Hi! Sorry about replying so late but here are my suggestions:
1.) If you only have 3 days, make a decision whether you want to explore the city proper or head for a beach town outside city limits. Three days is not enough to savor the city AND the beach.
2.) If you decide to stay within CITY LIMITS, chances are that you get a good mix of culture and night life (whatever there is of it). I suggest staying in a Mactan resort and then making transpo arrangements for city night life. Actually, cabs are easy to get and they usually don't charge extra (meter rates lang). Around P90 to P120 one way...Cebu-Mactan
3.) places to see in the city (day tour itinerary)
a.) Sto. Niņo Church. At least light a candle and make a wish. You will see the
first Catholic icon ever brought to the islands. There is also a small musuem
in the church. Right outside the church are small stalls selling truly updated
costume jewelry that retail for 60% less than when they are sold in Manila.
b.) Magellan's Cross is beside the Sto. Niņo church.
c.) Casa Gorordo Museum. Turn of the century Cebuano lifestyle. This is main-
tained by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation and is a short walk away from Sto.
d.) Carbon Market. You will most likely be brought to Freedom Park where you
can find lots of native home decor. Great for Christmas crafts. I got nice
native blinds for P40/each
e.) Pasalubong Shopping : Villalonga's (chicharon) & RM Mangoes in Guada-
lupe; all sorts of dried fish in Taboan Market (get the tocino fish and the
weird crunchy fish bones)
f.) Taoist Temple in Beverly Hills for the fantastic view of the city as well
as prayers and wishes divining
4.) places to eat in the city (where we locals go)
a.) Kahayag Bar in Mabolo...there is always a band, food is good and cheap.
b.) Mooon Cafe in Emilio Osmeņa street (near M. Velez/Provincial Capitol) for
affordable marlin steak and Mexican dishes. Ask for the Mooon Steak & the
drink named "Secret."
c.) Tinderbox in Banilad (for wine, cheese and cigar aficionados)
d.) Tong's Grill...eat-all-you-can...great seafood (crab, baked and fresh talaba,
squid, etc.) for only P145
e.) Tsai in Crossroads Mall...extensive tea selection and lots of great Asian
f.) Postrio in Escario Street...100 cheesecake recipes. Enough said.
g.)La Marea at Crossroads Mall...try their warm brownie cup.
h.)La Tegola in Busay Hills...amazing Italian food : try their Busay pizza that
has ingredientes fresh from surrounding farms + a carafe of house wine.
Bring a shawl because the fog/mist creeps in and it can get really cold.
i.) and if you have friends with cars, nothing beats just hanging out at the
end of the runway in Mactan with a cooler of beer, hanging rice and
barbecue...sea breeze and good friends
5.) places to hang out, chill, dance : Vudu lang talaga
Edited by Raintribe, 27 September 2004 - 05:28 PM.