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Travessentials: What You Need For Your Trip In the City

Fashion does not need to be synonymous with pain and hassle.

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Exploring the city shouldn’t be difficult, especially when you’re a newbie in an area where almost everything is accessible via any mode of transportation.

However, the heat and rain is inevitable now that we’re approaching the moody season, which makes everyone wonder whether or not they should be bringing their umbrellas or jackets.

Fashion does not need to be synonymous with pain and hassle. Here are some items which one may wear to stay comfortable and in style:

Hats

Sport your favorite baseball or your beach hat to protect your face from the scorching heat of the sun or from the heavy droplets of rain. This keeps you cool, while upgrading your outfit from the basic shirt-short-shoe formula into the fashionista that you are. It is also highly advisable to slather your face and body with your sun screen to protect it from harmful ultraviolet rays.

Loose outfits

Nothing screams adventure more than wearing your comfortable outfits, which enables you to eat as much as you want and go where your feet may take you in this little paradise. When it comes to fabric, cotton would be the best choice as it allows air to move which absorbs the body moisture caused by sweat compared to other types of cloth.

Comfy Shoes

As what most people say, shoes can make or break the outfit but fret no more as you only need your favorite sneakers and flats to maximize your stay. If you’re feeling fancy, you may wear your wedges to give you an extra oomph of confidence.

Enough Cash

“Do not place all your eggs in one basket” is the main message here. As a tourist, it is very important to be financially secure in a foreign land, which is home to both the good and the bad aspects of the city. As much as possible, bring only enough cash that is consumable within the day if you plan to explore the city like a local as you shop for danggit (an example of a dried fish), chorizo (local sausage) and other things to try!

Phone

Though having the latest DSLR is great, it is no fun bringing heavy equipment (which turns eyes and attracts attention) with you all throughout the day as it can be more of a hassle than an added joy to your trip. With smartphones possessing great cameras, it is easier to take instagrammable photos using your cellular phone as it is light and can fit into a tiny sling bag – making your hands free. Furthermore, your phone has all the apps you can need for your stay here in the Queen City of the South from your accommodation bookings down to the directions you need to hop from one place to another.

 

Now that you’ve read through the list, it’s time to enjoy!

 

Disclaimer: All the photos used are taken from the wires.

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Culture

Cebuano Musicians

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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!

  1. 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.

5 Cebuano Musical Acts

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2. Wonggoys

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.

5 Cebuano Musical Acts

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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.

5 Cebuano Musical Acts

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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 Cebuano Musical Acts

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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.

5 Cebuano Musical Acts

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A Leap into the Literary Experience in Cebu

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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

LRC_A Leap into a Literary Experience in Cebu

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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.

Books and Brews_A Leap into the Literary Exprience in Cebu

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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

BBW_A Leap into the Literary Experience in Cebu

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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.

[See also future literary events and activities here]

ZineFest_A Leap into the Literary Experience in Cebu

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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.

So, what’s not to like?

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