It is no surprise that updating one’s social media feed has become a popular routine to people who love the online milieu. To some, it may be just plain leisure, but others consider it as a creative way to express themselves better—an extension of their personalities. If you are an avid user of Instagram, you would know how satisfying it is to be able to update your feed with pictures or videos that are aesthetically pleasing and have its own stories you can tell straight from experience.
In Cebu, there are tons of stunning locations you can explore to that are sure worth the snap and memory. Ready your cameras and make sure to note some of these instagrammable spots you might never want to miss.
This famous tourist spot, also known as Cebu’s Little Amsterdam, rests on the hills of Busay. It is a home of a paradise of picturesque flowers, photo-op displays, and windmills that give off the Amsterdam ambience to both locals and foreigners who drop by. If you are the type who relish in such scenery, this place will need more than one click of your camera.
Address: 2nd garden of Brgy. Sirao, Cebu City
Contact number: 0943-706-3437/ 0936-776-8801
10,000 Roses Café
Feast your lenses with a sight of 10,000 LED white roses in the vicinity of the breathtaking Cordova Ocean. This location does not only present you with a garden of roses both insta-worthy on day and night but, it also comes along with a café comfortable enough for you to grasp the fine scenery on your stay.
Address: Day-as, Cordova, Cebu
Contact number: 0956-839-9427
Upside Down World Cebu
Awaken your creative minds and visit a perfect spot for you to capture yourselves inside a frame of illusion. Upside Down World Cebu is an interactive museum that houses themed rooms apt for your photos to be taken to the next level. How witty can you get? Take a look for yourself and find out!
Address: 2nd floor of City Time Square 2, Mandaue City (across Parkmall)
Contact number: 234-7842 / 0917-772-8670
GG Blue Restaurant
Whether it is time for the golden hour or moonlight setting, the view of this restaurant completes the overall ambience you might desperately need to capture. Your dining experience along the shore will almost take you to a romantic scene you can enjoy with your significant other, family, peers, or even by yourself. Enjoy the breeze in this place and be free to embrace the whole sight as your canvas.
Address: Hadsan Cove Beach, Agus Gamay, Lapu-Lapu
Contact number: 318-4703 / 0917-303-0889
La Vie Parisienne
La Vie Parisienne is known to replicate the Parisian ambience while offering quality French pastry, wine, and deli products. At a touch of luxury and comfort from its indoor to outside dining, everyone becomes a photographer!
Address: 371 Gorordo Avenue, Baranggay Lahug, Cebu City (beside Mormons Church)
Contact number: 0917-321-4197
A break from the city is all it takes for you to witness one of the most popular waterfalls in the Philippines. Kawasan Falls is one promising cascade of attraction that leaves every adventurer in awe. Its turquoise-colored plunge pool from its fresh cascades of water is a captivating sight that is worth the space in your Instagram feed.
Address: Matutinao, Badian, Cebu
Contact number: 0917-444-4503
If you find yourself driving around Talamban, be sure to stop by at this artistic and modern hub. From a variety of food stalls, to musicians on site, to garden and living spaces, this place is built like one of those abstract paintings. With its interesting architectural design, your feed would sure look colorful and unique if you get the chance to take some shots.
Address: Nasipit, Talamban, Cebu City
The Queen City of The South, Cebu, is truly a wonderful island, with wonderful people, rich culture, and of course, scrumptuos food. Cebu also happens to be the land of many talented artists and musicians. Check them out with this list!
- Sepia Times
Sepia Time is composed of lovers — Elisha Ang, popularly known as Icy, and Luigi Balazo. These artists have produced and written songs ever since 2016. Their music is widely influenced by international artists like Paramore and Oh Wonder. Listeners would definitley feel the chill vibe Sepia Times gives off through their songs. Despite being described as sad, their songs are the type of songs that you listen to on a chilly Saturday or when you just want to hang around the park and contemplate. Their songs “Kofi”, “The Art of”, “Let Me Let Go”, “1238” are some of the songs they released.
The pop folk group, Wonggoys, is composed of a band of brothers — Gabe, Bill, and Kyle Wong. The Wonggoys drew enthusiastic applause with their pop rock with a little bit of jazz and blues compositions. They first began with singing cover songs in harmony and eventually progressed to a trip to the recording studio, and after months of writing and recording, their efforts eventually paid off and produced an album. Several live performances and one more album later, they garnered a considerable following. Their song “Wa’y Blema”, is light-hearted and focuses on enjoying the good things.
3. Mandaue Nights
Mandaue Nights is an 80’s synth-pop group based in Cebu composed of — filmmaker and singer-songwriter Karl Lucente, and music producer and arranger Gino Rosales. What makes them different from the other Cebuano acts is their 80’s vibe , this group will totally leave you feeling nostalgic. Their first single, You and I, was selected as the original soundtrack for a locally produced film, Magbuwag Ta Kay, which was shown in cinemas nationwide.
4. Three Legged Men PH
Three Legged Men PH started off when Micmic Kindica, the band’s vocalist, got invited to play for UP Cookout. Amazed by the opportunity to perform again, he formed a temporary band, composed of high school and college friends, to go on stage with him in the said event, and since then every member just kind of stuck to each other to play more music. Their music is mainly pop with hints of jazz, blues, R&B, and funk. “Spur of the Moment”, “Keep”, and “Tibok” are some of the songs everyone needs to listen to!
5. Thinking Chair
Thinking Chair first started off in church, eventually took a break from that scene, and started a band. The band’s lineup is actually new — they wanted to revive the old Thinking Chair, but some of them already moved to Canada. Their music is described as indie, soul, revolutionary, and “raw”, and is widely influenced by a lot, most especially by The 1975, Coldplay, and Private Island. “Mirage”, a song they’ve written, is said to be the most memorable song they’ve written since they have so many renditions of it and is fun to play.
A Leap into the Literary Experience in Cebu
Cebu is being constantly brought in the limelight when it comes to its beaches, delicacies, tourist spots, and its culture in general. A lot of tourists and locals spend their vacation in the province doing most common activities you can easily find in the Internet (i.e. island hopping, sightseeing, and food trip). But, if you are looking for other ways to experience Cebu, then setting foot in its literary space might be one of the unique directions to take.
Paying a visit to Cebu’s libraries
From learning one’s history to reading just any book that sparks your interest, there are a variety of libraries Cebu has to offer.
Just like any other place, the province has a dwelling for archives, books, journals and other publications that trace back from the early ages to the modern times. The Cebuano Studies Center, for example, is a special library that houses source materials, research, and other literary works covering Cebu and its culture. The center is located inside Josef Baumgartner Learning Resource Center of the University of San Carlos, Talamban Campus, which is the largest library in the Philippines by size. As soon as you walk right inside the Cebuano Studies Center, the hinting scent of antiquity will almost lure you to read every record of history stored in the shelves.
Another notable library in the province you might also want to check out is the Cebu City Public Library or also known as Rizal Memorial Library and Museum, which is widely recognized as the first public library in the country that opens 24/7 (read more about it here). The building has a neoclassical structure which makes it feel nostalgic especially for older generations. The ride of history and culture will not only come from the shelf route, but will also drift you to a room of ancient artifacts, sculptures, painting, and other archaeological finds in the museum that dates back to the old-fashioned lifestyle Cebuanos used to have before and during the colonization period in the Philippines.
If you’re the type that wants a more intimate or comfortable area to enjoy your nooks and books instead, you can check out Books and Brews Cafè located at G/F Mango Square Mall, Juana Osmeña Street, Cebu City. The place is a cafè with an extensive library perfect for bibliophiles who enjoy a scent of coffee while being taken deep into their reading experiences. This might just be your modern mini-library of choice that you’re hoping to have around the corner. [Visit Facebook]
Attending literary events and exhibitions
Cebuanos love marking their calendars for special occasions like annual literary festivals or events in Cebu, which usually happens between the 1st to the 3rd quarter of the year. The Big Bad Wolf, known as the world’s largest book sale, recently came to town and had their sale at the IEC Convention Center Cebu from August 16 to 26. What makes this event stand out among the rest every year is that majority of the bookworms in Cebu never dare to miss this as it’s the perfect opportunity for them to hoard a vast number of books that have the biggest discounts you could not imagine! Quite unfair if we leave some people out of this once in a lifetime opportunity right? So, whether you are a tourist or a local, make sure to include this in your plans soon. [See updates here]
Aside from smart shopping, stopping by at literary and art exhibitions is also a different kind of “sightseeing” experience. Cebu Zine Fest, for example, runs in a showcase room at 856 G Gallery that includes displays of art, illustrations, comics, books, poetry, photography, and self-produced merchandises set up by diverse artists from different parts of the country. The artists themselves also have their own booths and tables placed in the same area of their displays, so it’s the perfect setting for a curious mind to explore another’s. What makes this exhibition different from what people usually expect in a local exhibition is that the works showcased here are unique, uncensored, peculiar, and interesting—a manifestation of young yet sophisticated minds.
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Literature and art entice the heart of many Cebuanos. These two disciplines altogether is about expressing an idea, concept, or message in an artistic, intellectual, and creative way. The beauty and impact of its nature is the reason why many are driven to involve and contribute to its growth and recognition.
Because the people in the province are constantly putting life into their literary activities and celebrations, it has become part of Cebu’s beautiful culture that is worth to experience and appreciate.
Be it a huge event or spoken word juncture, the creative scene becomes a whole different experience if it’s in Cebu. Trying something new is also one adventure to take that is worth telling.
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