At a gathering of Cebu business movers, British consul Moya Jackson raised the lack of an online resource for tourists interested in traveling to Cebu.

MyCebu aims to partly answer this need by providing information to local and foreign travelers who want to explore the many historical structures and spots, white sand beaches, and numerous falls, lakes, and rivers that can be found in this queen island of the south.

Beyond Cebu City’s surprising contrast of urban and rustic character, Lapu-Lapu City’s mix of industry and leisure, Mandaue City’s nightlife are places breathtaking but rarely traveled: among them Argao’s Bugasok Falls and Balay sa Agta (House of the Ogre) cave, Aloguinsan’s hidden beach, hot springs in Carmen, and Moalboal’s underwater wonder.

MyCebu will attempt to go into the nitty-gritty of travel to Cebu’s distant towns, where the lack of hotels prompts the intrepid traveler to avail of board and lodging in a local’s home, into even little details like bus schedules and fares, smaller public transport route and costs, and native fare and wear.

No one can talk Cebu values like Cebuanos can, and MyCebu focuses on local attributes like thrift and value for money characteristic that make it possible for ukay-ukay (secondhand dresses), tabo (cheap clothes stalls), and expensive shops like Calvin Klein to co-exist and thrive.

FAITH ON PARADE. A young participant joins the religious procession held the day before the Sinulog Mardi Gras.

 

MyCebu will feature eateries and restaurants, snack parlors and coffee shops, churches and streets, parks and Wi-Fi zones, and all the other things that explain how it is to live in Cebu and be a Cebuano.

This blog is maintained and updated by Cebuano writers who are on a quest to rediscover the land of their birth and share their experiences with people interested in learning about this island that is the birthplace of Christianity in Asia.

Marlen D. Limpag is a true-blue Cebuano, having been born and raised in Cebu. She has lived in different times of her life in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu. She has been a journalist for close to 20 years working for The Freeman, The Independent Post, GMA 7, Business World, Yahoo! Philippines and the Sun.Star website, where she served as managing editor and was instrumental in building the site.

Max Limpag is a transplanted Mindanao native born of Cebuano parents. He has been a journalist since 1996 writing for The Freeman, The Independent Post, and Today. He worked for Sun.Star Cebu as a reporter, editor and until recently, its business editor. He retired from full-time work with Sun.Star Cebu to focus on this website and the journalism startup InnoPub Media. He continues to write for Sun.Star Cebu as a technology columnist. In 2007, he was named the best technology blogger by the Philippine Blog Awards. In 2011, he was named the Best Sports Blogger for his now-defunct CebuRunning website.

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