Cebu, Philippines again!

Back from my short five days in the Philippines. This time all concentrated in Cebu city and surrounding Lapu Lapu,Mandaue towns. The trip was very busy with work so little time to see anything, anyway ,it was a great opportunity to revisit Cebu from last visit in Jan 2016.

My previous visit to Manila, Cebu and General Santos is here :

This time I had a heck of a long cheap trip. I left home by car at 4am on my way to Nantes airport catch AF to Paris CDG, there took the Emirates airline to Dubai International airport,and then hop again on Emirates to Cebu airport!!! And of course the return was even slower as leaving Cebu the plane waited an hour at Clark Manila before taken off again for Dubai. I do not think will do this again, this route and airlines  Emirates read they were good but boy did they screw up not knowing the allow luggage weight the slowness of it all and the poor meals on the plane. To be avoided by yours truly.

Once landed the rest was easy and friendly with the locals, some I knew already in addition to new friends found. The ride to my hotel was nice and not too much traffic as normally the case.  I did not needed any visas but did pay 750 PHP pesos leaving the airport as an airport tax. More on the country regs here:

And the tourist office with Cebu here:

I agree to what wikipedia says on it. “The highest income class island province in the Philippines located in the central Visayas region VII, consisting of a main island and 167 surrounding islands and islets. The Capital city is Cebu City, the oldest city and first capital of the Philippines. Cebu city forms part of the metropolitan area with Danao city, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue and Talisay cities. Mactan Cebu international airport is in Mactan island the second busiest in the Philippines.”

My hotel for the entire stayed was the wonderful Best Western Lex Cebu right in town. Centrally located for shopping and eating in town. webpage here:

The KAI restaurant for breakfast lunch and dinner is nice, friendly and well done with glass walls to see the hustle of the city main artery before you.

I had fun crossing the bridges from the airport site to the main island and back, sometimes easy traffic but the worse was coming home going to the airport so not much determining factor. The rains were announced but only one day was a bit heavy at times the rest was easy nothing to bothered me, and the temps well from 24 to 30 C is just what the doctor ordered knowing that my family was telling me home was -7C lol!!!

Shopping galore on good prices compare to home and malls that reminds me of those in the USA big ,huge even,and plenty of choices for shopping and eating nice and safe. One of them was the Ayala Terraces Mall with the great Huskad Philippines cuisine overlooking the great seaside port, now only 45 restaurants here ::) ;  more here:

Another one was briefly the Parkmall, one of the newest ones there; right in town. More here:

And even more was the J Centre ,also in town great malls too easy town shopping and eating. The newest mall there and tried by yours truly ::) More info here:

and much more at SM city mall just in new city Cebu, great shopping and food here too; here had a great pizza pepperoni with San Miguel beer call Veneto Pizzeria Ristorante.  more here:

The best action in town and one I made my home central on many nights was Howling Dogs, Juana Osmeña St, Cebu City, just great sports bar several large screen TV’s and the great San Miguel beer.  The best Is on their Facebook page here:

For the rest it was a lot of work and driving around which included clients’ visits. Hopes are high will be back soon. So stay tune for the Philippines.

The airports webpages are:


Paris CDG:

Dubai international :

Clark Manila :

Enjoy Cebu, Philippines and until next time. Cheers

Cebu Cebu

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