Perez Park, Lucena City

One of the places of interest in Lucena City is Perez Park. It was reconstructed in the year 2000. It is the best place to rest and enjoy during weekend with family and friends. There are place for the kids where they can enjoy like slides, swings and others. They can run anywhere as long as they can because the place is really big. Perez Park is also a place for teenagers. They used this place to enjoy themselves as well. You can see different teenagers do biking; dancing lesson/practice; bartending; skating and some just hang out with their friends. Also a place for parents to have some relaxation while watching their kids enjoying.

The whole Perez Park separately in 3 parts, playgrounds is located in the first part with some food stands. In the next part you can see monument of rocks and fishponds. In the last part you can see fountain and the monument of the late Manuel L. Quezon.  The Manuel L. Quezon Monument is a tribute to the First President of the Philippine Commonwealth, who is also known as the Ama ng Wikang Pilipino.  Close to the monument is a Map Boulder at one of the park’s sunken gardens, which has stones representing the 39 municipalities and 2 cities of Quezon.

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First monument is Pres. Manuel L. Quezon .. And the second one is the founder of Perez Park

Huge Heart in SM City Lucena

Days are passing by so quickly time again for Mellow Yellow Monday as well as Ruby Tuesday. This is the first time I actually joined the two meme in one post. So here is my chosen photo, today is the last day of love month so I want to share this photo with you all. This was taken few days ago in SM City Lucena as you can see it’s a huge heart inline with the celebration of Valentine’s Day. The girl sitting in the bench is my daughter Kyla who’s not always game to pose in camera hehe. She’s looking in somewhere while holding her hat with some red colors on it. Anyway, I hope you can see also the yellow things here.  Some of the people passing by are carrying yellow plastic. Also the paintings have yellow color. There is yellow thing at the back of the red heart I guess it’s the small booth that sells mobile cards.

Tourist Spots in Cebu, Philippines

Cebu City is known as the Queen City of the South. It is one of the most well-liked targets in all of the Philippines for overseas tourists. It has the largest sea port in the Philippines and the second largest city in the country. Also known as the oldest city established by the Spaniards in the country. It brags of natural resources like having white sand beaches. There are many historical sites also to enjoy in Cebu City.

Our day in Cebu City ( Click pictures for larger view)

Magellan Cross

This cross, put up by Ferdinand Magellan, marked the beginning of Christianity, after the first Catholic Mass was celebrated here on April 14, 1521.

Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño (Cebu City)
The only Catholic Basilica in East Asia that houses the image of Santo Niño, it’s said that it was left by Ferdinand Magellan.

Fort San Pedro
The first Spanish fort in the Philippines. It was said that most of the fort has been destroyed already during Second World War.

Lapu lapu Shrine

The Lapu-Lapu Shrine is a 20-meter bronze statue located in the Mactan Shrine Park in Punta Engaño, Mactan Island, Cebu. The statue was put up to honor Rajah Lapu-Lapu, the native chieftain of Mactan Island who beaten Ferdinand Magellan during the historic Battle of Mactan in 1521.

Taoist Temple (Cebu City)

The center of worship for Taoism, the religion which follows the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tze. It is situated on Beverly Hills, the millionaires’ quarter of Cebu City.

Yap – San Diego – Ancestral House

One of the oldest houses in the Philippines built during the late 17th Century.

Ayala Center Cebu

Ayala Center Cebu is a great shopping mall in Cebu City, Philippines. It is the first Ayala Shopping Center located outside Metro Manila. Opened in 1994, and is owned by Ayala Malls.

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa

Looking for good place to stay in Cebu, Philippines – i recommended this one.

View all these in Cebu, Philippines

 

Taoist Temple, Cebu City

It is Tuesday once again meaning time for Ruby Tuesday. I’ve been posting about our 2 days vacation in Cebu-Bohol. So here are other photos that are part of our get away.
Philippine Taoist Temple, Inc.
This is located in the well-off village of Beverly Hills about 6 km north of downtown Cebu. It was built by Cebu’s large Chinese community in 1972, topped with pagoda-style roof.
It is said to be that this temple is the center of worship for Taoism, the religion which follows the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tze. If you climb the 99 steps to the entrance, you will be pleased with a good view of Cebu City and in the distance Mactan and Bohol islands.

When we arrived in the temple the guard is already closing the gate. The guard said it’s open till 5PM only I think we arrived at past 5. We asked the guard if he can still open it for us because we traveled via air just to visit this place but still the guard refused us. So we only had picture taking in the front of this temple, sigh!

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Coconut Water Anyone?

Coconut water or buko juice anyone? Here I am sipping buko juice in Plantation Bay. We had the chance to sight the beauty of Plantation Bay in Cebu City. More photos in this place next time. Meanwhile, hope you can see the yellow part here. This is my entry for Mellow Yellow Monday.

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Bohol Philippines our get away started here PART 2

LOBOC RIVER
This is continuation of my post about Bohol Philippines our get away started here (click the link if you haven’t read it). So half of our time in Bohol was finished we enjoyed Blood Compact Monument, Baclayon Church and Prony. After that we go straight in Loboc River for our lunch. Here you will cruise the Loboc River by means of small bancas or boat. While enjoying the beautiful sceneries you will enjoy also their first class unlimited food on board floating restaurants. Each boat can accommodate up to 50 people. For 400 pesos each or around $10 you will enjoy unlimited food they served. There is no limit on the food to take as long as your tummy desires. I think children below 10 years old are free of charge (not sure) but my little Kyla doesn’t pay anything.


Floating restaurant cruising Loboc River

Next destination is Philippine Tarsier 🙂
Philippine Tarsier Monkey’s are probably the smallest primates in the world. They are not actually monkeys but primates. Their Latin name is ‘Tarsius Syrichta’. Tarsier’s diet consists of insects in the main which they eat live. Their height is between 90 to 160 mm (3.5 to 6.25 inches). And weight is between 70 to 165 grams (3-6 ozs).  Tarsier’s big eyes give very acute night vision which makes them good hunters during the dark. Their big ears can move in the direction of any noise and heads can swivel through 180 degrees which all helps us in hunting. (Information’s came from http://tarsieruk.homestead.com/tarsier.html)I was surprised to see them I thought they are big but they are really tiny. See photos below.




Chocolate Hills
A chocolate hill has a cone-shaped that spread over the municipalities of Carmen, Sagbayan and Batuan. The Chocolate Hills is the province’s signature attraction. It consists of approximately 1,268 hay cock hills with heights ranging from 40 to 120 meters. Approximately 214 steps before you reach the top view. During the summers, the dome-shaped grass covered limestone hills dry up and turn brown, transforming the area into seemingly endless rows of chocolate “kisses” Two of the highest hills have been developed and provided with facilities such as a restaurant, hostel and view deck. (Some details came from google)



Groto in Chocolate Hills
After whole day of sight seeing in Bohol we decided to go back in Cebu. Read my post about our Cebu get away next time.

Bohol Philippines our Get Away started here

Last February 11, we departed from Manila going to Cebu and Bohol via Air Phil Express to spend our weekend. We left Lucena City at around 10PM and arrived in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after four hours. It’s just right time because our flight in Cebu is past 4 Am. After checking our ticket, ID’s and baggage we wait again for almost one hour before the scheduled flight. Some of the members of the family were their first time to travel in a plane including my little Kyla. Too bad she was sleeping till we arrived in Mactan Cebu International Airport.
Outside Mactan Cebu International Airport
When we arrived in Mactan Cebu International Airport we rented a van to bring us in the port. Here we will ride in a fast craft that would take us in Bohol. We chose Supercat and paid 875 pesos including taxes or around $20. Kyla paid 625 pesos because she is already 3 years old. But children 0-2 years old are free of charge. Anyway, it’s my first time to cross in this kind of transportation and the experienced was nice. No worry at all the weather is really good that time. I enjoyed sight seeing of the different views though I am sleepy at that time. My daughter remain on saying “wake up mama; wake up so no choice but to open my eyes. After 2 hours finally we arrived in Port of Tagbilaran.
Views while cruising to Port of Tagbilaran
Finally, were here…
There is a van waiting for us that will tour us in Bohol. Thanks Hazel or Pinx of Pink Memoirs because she is the one who arranged this van for us. By the way, I knew Hazel for almost a month only and became friends here in blogosphere. I am glad that we met (see photo below). She is the first blogger I met so far though we just talked for a minute or two but happy that I see her in person. After waving goodbye we started our sight seeing in Bohol.
Me, Kyla, Hazel and her son Bogs
BLOOD COMPACT MONUMENT
First destination is the Blood Compact Monument – it is one of the tourist attractions in Bohol aside from the beautiful sceneries, Bohol is also rich in history and one of these is the Blood Compact where the friendship of Datu Sikatuna of Bohol and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi of Spain was cemented.
My nephew in Blood Compact Monument
BACLAYON CHURCH
Baclayon Church it is 6 kilometers away from Tagbilaran City, Bohol. Baclayon church as stated in the photo below is the Oldest Coral Stone Church in the Region built in 1727. One of the oldest in Asia and foremost among the best-preserved Jesuit built Churches in the Philippines. It is the second stone church in the Philippines the first one is San Agustin Church situated in Manila.
Me at Baclayon Church
Inside Baclayon Church
My sister in law still at Baclayon Church – view from backward
PRONY – the famous Bohol Python
We had the chance to see this huge python too bad this python is sleeping when we arrived. While looking at the big python somebody came with the name of “Badong.” He is a gay and probably working here because he shared to us about the history of this python. He said the name of this python is Prony who weighs 300 kilos. I hope my memory is right, hehe. This is known to the people as Anaconda in Bohol. Anyway, Badong showed some entertainment as part of our visit in the place. He made a lip sing, while dancing and doing some comic faces while performing. All these we just paid for 10 pesos for each person and it depends to you if you want to give some tip. Aside from the huge python you can also view birds and monkeys. I don’t know if there are other animals to see because we don’t go far in the place.
my niece picture taking in the entrance

Prony, biggest Python in Bohol

Badong – the entertainer
Badong while performing
We are surely entertained by his performance 🙂
Our next destinations in Bohol are Loboc River, Tarsiers and Chocolate Hills. I will post about it tomorrow meanwhile I leave you with this one first 🙂

Electronic Ticket … Envelope

Two days ago I received this Envelope I have no idea what’s inside so I immediately open it. I’m surprise to see a blue card after reading I learned that the card is the extension of my credit card which can be use merely in online purchase.

Electronic Ticket – this is the ticket I used going home from Cebu to Manila. It’s nice that we have electronic ticket now; this is great help especially to the travelers to get ticket online anytime of the day.

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Cebu-Bohol Get Away

We had unforgettable experienced in our Cebu and Bohol get away. Lots of fun I am happy that we are able to visit/see beautiful places in our country. Though we only spent 2 days in the said places it was good experienced for all of us.  Anyway, these are some of the photos I want to share to you as my entry for Ruby Tuesday. I will write about our get away/vacation in a separate post in a few days.

Floating restaurant cruising Loboc River
These are some of the foods we ate in the well-known floating restaurant in Loboc River

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