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Weekend readers reveal what place in Cebu they’d be proud to represent

By Cassandra C. Poculan
Photo: N.S. Villaflor


IT’S no secret that Cebu in itself is a thing of beauty. Drawing millions of foreign travelers each year, with its claim to fame not limited to a single attraction or some bizarre food item, it boasts so many more marvels both natural and man-made. Its six component cities and 44 municipalities are more than enough to cover whatever it is that your traveler souls and soles are after. Don’t know where to start? These readers spill secrets from their town of choice so you can add them to your travel bucket list.

Charlotte McCue, 28
Pathology Pre-Resident
Perpetual Succour Hospital

Dayhag Falls (Photo: SunStar File)

“If I were to choose among the municipalities in Cebu, it would definitely be the peaceful municipality of Boljoon. It is a lovely small town which has picturesque views of the sea and looming mountains in the background. The old church still stands strong amid the greenery. The place is beautiful, and the people are friendly and helpful.”

Chary dela Cruz, 24
Finance Services Analyst

Medellin Town Hall (Photo: SunStar File)

“If I could represent a municipality in Cebu, it would be Medellin. It’s the perfect place that fits the definition of ‘home away from the city.’ The people are amazing and you don’t run out of things to do. If you want a calm place where you can reflect, you can do it there. If you’re a beach bum, you can enjoy picturesque beaches without spending much, if at all, as most of these are public beaches. And if it’s adventure you seek, Medellin also has zip-line activities, cable cars, sky bike adventure, and the Tarzan jump. Lastly, if it’s comfort in food that you seek, then you are in the right place. Seafood there is fresh and cheap, and the hometown delicacies are a must-try.”

Karla Lawas-Maglasang, 23
San Narciso Builders Corp.

Camotes (Photo: N.S. Villaflor)

“If I were to represent a municipality in Cebu, it would be San Francisco — a paradise located on Camotes Island. The white sandy beach of San Francisco is a must-visit for locals and tourists alike. But there’s more to this magnificent island aside from its beautiful beach. Instagram-worthy caves, parks, and other scenic spots complete the list. Places like these, found nowhere else but in my homeland, make me a proud Cebuana.”

Therese Ragusta, 25
Registered Nurse

Fort San Pedro (Photo: N.S. Villaflor)

“If I could represent a place in Cebu, I would proudly represent its capital, the Queen City of the South. Besides the fact that I grew up here, there’s just so many things the city can offer and more that remain undiscovered. Despite its modern living, the city is rich in culture and history, evident in its historical sites such as the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño and Fort San Pedro. Aside from its historical importance, Cebu City also takes pride in its world-famous lechon. Sinulog, one of the biggest and most sought-after festivals in the Philippines is held in Cebu City. Every year thousands of people from all over the world are drawn to witness the Sinulog festivities. In addition, the Cebuanos are kind, friendly, fun loving and hospitable.”

Joje Burgos, 27
The SM Store
Facilities Manager

Oslob (Photo: N.S. Villaflor)

“I would represent Oslob, because just like the butanding’s limited diet of microoganisms, my diet is also limited. But my body is almost like the butanding’s! Kidding aside, I would proudly represent Oslob because people from all walks of life would be excited to visit Oslob because of its natural wonders. Representing Oslob would also mean advocating for responsible tourism and the preservation of its natural resources.”

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