In this country where everyone has something to say, thanks to social media, only time will tell when someone or something will be stereotyped. While it is also true that in terms of hospitality, engagement and other means of friendship – Filipinos will always be number 1 but most often than not we also stereotyped.
That goes the same with the Queen City of the South, Cebu. Just a little bit of trivia, did you know that Cebu is the home of the very first Filipino Hero and also the oldest City in the Philippines? Lapu-Lapu, the very first Filipino hero, is the first Filipino to be recognized who resisted against foreign invasion against Ferdinand Magellan. It was also his victory over Ferdinand Magellan that solidify his Hero status. Cebu City is the first Spanish settlement, hence being the oldest city in the country.
Being the oldest and all, still everyone has a lot to say regarding them and most often than not – it is not true. That is why here, once and for all, I am going to shed light to this “myth” about Cebu.
A vacation in Cebu is ‘EXPENSIVE’
While it is not cheap, it is not also as expensive as others are saying. It is about perspective. If you want to do your vacation during peak season, anywhere in the world would be expensive, but do it in a regular season then you will be spending much much less.
For travelers outside the region, the fastest mode of travel for you is to book a plane to Cebu and that could be expensive – or not. It’s very famous nowadays the so called “piso fare” whereas you will only be paying 1 peso for the air fare but if you think that you will be paying 1 peso then you’re wrong. There are other things you need to pay but all in all you will be paying as low as PHP800 or $16 for a back and forth trip. Yep that cheap.
For your accommodations, there are lots and lots to choose from. From a cheap resorts to a luxury resorts in cebu, from cheap motels to a five star hotels, and for those ‘budget Nazi’ there also transient homes available for you.
The foods are also cheap, local delicacies are available in any small restaurants along the streets. Land fares are cheap. Since you’re traveling during a regular season then everything can be negotiated into a cheaper price. Like tour guides, van rentals, water activities and other heart-pumping activities available in Cebu.
Besides, getting a cheap price for your air fare and affordable accommodations is already a big savings for you. Every penny you will spend in this wonderful City is just worth it. The culture and history is very rich, lots of historical places are available for you to come and visit. Every religion is welcome and is not being discriminated. If you are going to stay here for good, then fear not for as opportunity here in Cebu is big. It is called Queen City not because of its big area but because of its economic potential.
Did I tell you about the beaches here in Cebu? Unlike Boracay, where it is really expensive, lots of beaches here in Cebu are yet to be discovered. Especially if you travel during off season, lots of beaches are not crowded even the famous ones. All I can say is that the beaches here are breathtaking and stunning.
If you really wanted to spend less there’s a saying among travelers that ‘the more, the merrier, the cheaper’ and it is true and much fun also. Traveling as a group can give you lots of discounts and bargaining power and best part is you get to feel the full experience of fun.
Traveling anywhere is not cheap, you just have to find the great time. Here in Cebu, while there are lots of expensive stuffs that made people say that it is expensive here, you just have to find an alternative. If a good and quality time with your friends or loved ones is what you need, then you do not need an expensive accommodation for that. Your experience in Cebu is what matters, and let me tell you if you are into historical and cultural sceneries, breathtaking beaches, and heart-pumping activities then Cebu is what you’re looking for.
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