The traffic and commuting situation in Cebu City is better than Manila, so going on a DIY (do-it-yourself) tour around the city is easy. Cebuanos are very friendly so you may ask them for directions to get to your destination, or if you get lost. But we don’t want that, so read on to avoid getting lost.
Cebu International Airport is located in Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island, which is less than an hour drive to Cebu City. There are yellow metered and fixed rate taxis right outside the airport.
Tip: if you only have handcarry luggage, then do what we did – ride the yellow Multicab by the International Departure entrance and get off at Save More supermarket, Marina Mall. (Fare: Php8.00) You may do a bit of shopping for necessities or grab something to eat here, then hail a cab to Cebu City proper.
WHERE TO STAY
If you haven’t booked a hotel yet, you need not worry, there are a lot of places to stay in Cebu – hotels, hostels, inns, pension houses, guesthouses.
Tip: If you don’t mind staying with fellow travelers from all over and playing nightly drinking games, Le Village Guesthouse hostel & bar at 84 Gorordo Ave., Cebu City (Dorm-type rooms range between Php400-550). Or stay at Travelbee Business Inn, Jakosalem St, Cebu City for a more business-modern accommodation (Room rates start at Php880 single). Both are in the heart of the city.
Get around the city via walking, taxi, jeepney, motorbike, or tricycle. Commuting around Cebu City for less via the jeepney is a matter of learning their alphanumeric route coding system. Most common in the city proper:
04C or 04L – passes by JY Square, UP Cebu, Gorordo Avenue, Mango Avenue, Robinson’s Fuente, Ramos Avenue
12L – Mango Avenue, Ayala Center Cebu
17B – Robinson’s Fuente, Basilica del Sto.Niño and Magellan’s Cross, Taboan
17C – goes around the city proper including Waterfront-Lahug, IT Park, UP Cebu, Gorordo Avenue, Mango Avenue, Robinson’s Fuente, Ramos Avenue
17D – Robinson’s Fuente, Basilica del Sto.Niño and Magellan’s Cross, Taboan (for dried goods like Danggit), E-Mall/Elizabeth Mall (walking distance to South Bus Terminal and One Citilink)
(Ride a bus or van to visit the nearby towns of Cebu)
LEARN THE LANGUAGE
Learn some helpful Cebuano:
1. Say “Palihug” (puh-lee-hoog) to pass on your fare to the jeepney driver, or
2. Simply say “Plete” (plea-tea) to announce that you are paying for your ride.
3. And when you arrive at your destination, say to the driver “Lugar lang” (loo-gar lung) to stop.
4. “Tagpila ni?” (tug-pee-la knee?) to ask the price of something being bought.
5. “Asa dapit ang…<destination>?” (uh-sa duh-peat ung) to ask for direction to a place.
WHERE TO GO
Aside from the sites around the city and all its modernity, you should also go and explore the outback. Enjoy the charm of great architecture – churches and beyond, the beauty of nature, and the wonderful flavors of the food in these places. I like to go to Cebu’s southern towns – Boljoon, Oslob, Badian, Moalboal, etc.
Read: SOUTH CEBU ROADTRIP