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Elegant Circle Inn

Elegant Circle Inn
Cinco Centrum Fuente Osmeña,
Cebu City, 6000 Philippines
Tel. Nos.: 254-1601/ 412-4928
Fax: 254-1606

Attractions in Cebu

Magellan’s Cross – is Cebu’s most popular tourist destination. Being the cradle of Christianity in the country, the kiosk behind the Sto. Niño Basilica in downtown Cebu enshrines the famed cross that made believers of the Filipinos. It is a historical landmark that serves as a reminder of the power and pervasiveness of the Catholic Church in the Philippines.
Still in downtown Cebu is Fort San Pedro, another historical landmark that showcases Spanish memorabilia left over from the Spanish colonial perion. It was once a bulwark of Spain’s power in Cebu. Today it serves as a vestige of past colonial command. Because the Spaniards were the most enduring colonizers in Philippine history, it is their influence that is most apparent in society.

Casa Gorordo – is a testament to Spanish cultural influence, being a museum of artifacts of old that have carried over into centuries of use and adoption. This house-turned-museum gives a glimpse of life during heavy Spanish influence. People are quickly realizing that Cebu’s best beaches are actually three hours away from Cebu City and are found in Bantayan and Malapascua islands. Both beachfronts still carry a virgin quality that appeals to many travelers, and so in recent years they have ironically been subjected to progress and development. Located north of Cebu, these neighboring paradise getaways have but a few resorts just yet, which nonetheless attract a bevy of beachcombers and vacationers.

Natural Attraction In Siquijor

Siquijor Beaches ( maria, San Juan, Larena, Lazi, Siquijor and Enrique Villanueva) – several beach resorts dot the coastal areas and serve as tranquil hideaways where the sky meets the sea. Beachfronts are covered with fine, white sand while raws of huts, cottages and other room accomodations are available for picknickers and bathers.

Cantabon Cave (Siquijor)
The long, winding and difficult trek to the cave’s end is both a challenge and a delight to any spelunker. It takes an hour and a half to negotiate the trail. wading through little streams and dodging stalactites and stalagmites that abound the cavern. A dip in the pool at the end of the cave provides a cool respite.

San Juan De Capilay Spring Park (San Juan)
A natural, spring-fed swimming pool situated at the heart of the town plaza where local people converge during weekends for a swim in the cool waters of the spring or simple sit under the shade in the spring and people watch.

Cambugahay Falls (Tigbawan, Lazi)
Visitors may choose from either a river or forest trek to get to the waterfalls. Secluded and relatively unexplored, the waterfalls beckons trekkers for a refreshing deep.

Mt. Bandilaan National Park

Located at the center of the island province of Siquijor, the park’s highest peak rises at 557 ft above sea level. The park which covers an entire area of the former Siquijor Reforestation Project is home to numerous endemic fauna and flora. Other attractions in the area include a shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, The Way of the Cross, five natural spring, caves, and butterfly sanctuary.

Chocolate Hills Tour (with Panglao extras)

Looking for a unique way to spend the Good friday, I decided to join my friend Lee, his special friend Monica, Monica’s mother and sister in an amazing adventure in the world famous Chocolate Hills and other places along Bohol’s Tourism highway.

Our destinations (in Bohol, Philippines):

  • Chocolate Hills in Carmen
  • Butterfly Garden in Bilar
  • Loboc River and Tarsier in Loboc
  • Prony, the Python in Alburquerque
  • Blood Compact Site in Bool, Tagbilaran City

Other Destinations

  • Dauis Church
  • Hinagdanan Cave in Panglao
  • Dumaluan Beach Resort in Panglao

We rented a van operated by George Noroño for a discounted price (since George is our friend…LOL), and left Tagbilaran at around 8:00 am in the morning. Our first destination is nothing but the Chocolate  Hills. After more than an hour of travel, we arrived in Carmen. We payed an entrance fee of Php 50.00 each at the Chocolate Hills (a little contribution to the community). The pics below will tell how much fun we had.

After an hour at the Chocolate Hills, we headed for  the Butterfly Garden (Simply Butterflies) in Bilar. Read the rest of this entry »

Sagbayan Peak

Sagbayan Peak Children's Playground

Sagbayan Peak Children's Playground

The Chocolate Hills stretch beyond the town of Carmen; Sagbayan shares a part as well. The Sagbayan Peak offers a playground for kids, a restaurant, a butterfly garden, a 360-degrees view of the hills, statues disney characters to take pictures with, and a mini-park. It has offered services to  countless tourists for over seven years and is still actively building constructions like a chapel, a monument, and maybe in a few years time, a hotel where people can spend their night in the hills. Sagbayan is 76 kilometers away from Tagbilaran city. It has twenty-four barangays.

Loboc River

The Loboc River boosts of its peaceful body of water so green and deep that it is sometimes called the little and ‘safe’ version of the Amazon River. You can enjoy the serenity of the river by riding on to the Loboc Floating Restaurant while enjoying a festive meal, songs, dance and breathtaking view of the forest nearby. at the end of river, there can be found the Busai Falls where you can dip your tiresome bodies for a fresh bath in the river. Recently, there has been constructed new buildings by the riverbank to accommodate tourists who want to spend their night in Loboc.

The Loboc River is not just the town’s pride. Across the street is the Church of San Pedro which is the second oldest church in Bohol. Attached to the church is three-storey convent which houses the Museo de Loboc in the third floor. Old artifacts and saints’ statues can be found in the museum since the Spanish era. Here in this church also is where the young voices of the Loboc Children’s Choir were nurtured by the school teachers, priests and the locals. This choir has performed in concerts all over Philippines and abroad. It has won the first prize in the Children’s Choir Category during the Europe and its Songs Festival 2003 held in Barcelona, Spain in September 17 – 21, 2003. at the same time, the choir grabbed the The Europe and its Songs 2003 Cup “for having achieved the overall highest mark in all categories, surpassing the marks of twelve other international choirs.”

A Tarsier Sanctuary can also be found in Loboc where the smallest primate in the world can be found; the tarsiers. This primate has been endangered into extinction and is under the community’s constant guard.

Chocolate Hills

The Chocolate Hills consist of 1268 cone-shaped hills that extend over the towns of Carmen, Sagbayan and Sierra Bullones. This remarkable tourist spot’s origin were unknown yet scientific investigations claim that it sprouted from the ocean bed through evidences of decayed coral reefs, shells and marine life. Local legend claims that two giants who were lovers lived in the place and when they the male was killed, it brought utmost grief to the giant woman. Her tears became the Chocolate Hills now. Another story tells about two giants quarrelling, they then throw mud at each other which later form the Chocolate Hills.

chocolate hills

It is one of a kind and nothing the same can be found anywhere else in the globe, thus, gaining popularity among tourists and distinct recognition from both local and foreign award-giving bodies.  The Philippine Tourism Authority declared it as the country’s 3rd National Geological Monument. The latest nomination of Chocolate Hills as one of the Seven Wonders of Nature proves that the hills’ fame has gone far beyond its local boundaries out into the vast global attention.

An Attraction within an Attraction (from a signboard in the Chocolate Hills Complex)

An Attraction within an Attraction is the Chocolate Hills Complex. Nested in between a twin Chocolate Hill, the complex offers the most beautiful view of the other hills. Its double tiered view deck is perched at the apex of a 214-step hill that gives the viewer a panoramic vista of the exquisite beauty strewn like chocolate drops in an intricate manner by the magic hands of nature.

Climb the 214 (not February 14) steps towards the apex of the Hill

Climb the 214 (not February 14) steps towards the apex of the Hill

Chocolate Hills of Bohol: a National Geological Monument

The unique landform known as the Chocolate Hills of Bohol was formed ages ago by the uplift of Coral Deposits and the action of rainwater and erosion.

These hills are scattered throughout the towns of Carmen,Batuan and Sagbayan and consist of 1,268 mounds of the same general shape.

In Recognition of its special characteristics, scientific importance, uniqueness and high scenic value, the National Committee on Geological Sciences declares the Chocolate Hills of Bohol a National Geological Monument.

18 June 1988