Cebu City: one of the places that I am so curious to explore considering its historical landmarks, picturesque destinations, and white sand beaches. With this, it became part of my next destinations list this summer; fortunately, I got a chance to have a sneak peek at the city when Bai Hotel Cebu invited us to experience the hotel and what it is like to live in the Queen City of the South – click to see my Bai Hotel Cebu review.
Temple of Leah
Entrance Fee: Php 50
Known as Cebu City’s Taj Majal, Temple of Leah is a grand gesture of love from a husband, Teodorico Soriano Adarna, to his late wife, Leah Albino-Adarna who died of lung cancer in 2012 – the grandparents of actress, Ellen Adarna. The architecture makes references to ancient Roman temples, which explains the Grecian statues in the corners and in different parts of the building. It holds memory and personal belongings of Leah gathered from her travels.
What is more, it has outstanding overlooking views of the city.
Thank you for this lovely photo, Kenneth Surat!
Temple of Leah is now one of Cebu’s most visited attractions, and a place where future generations of Adarna clan can trace their heritage.
The Pyramid Cebu
The Pyramid is one of the popular bistros in Cebu known for its quality food and wine, and stunning structure inspired by the Louvre Pyramid. It is perfect to visit by night as the lights make it look even more attractive. On the other hand, its menu is not really all French, but a mix of the usual dishes: pizza, pasta, salad, burger, grilled ribs, crispy pata, steak, coffee and teas, wine and cheese, beers and cocktails. Unfortunately, I only tried its 3 Cheese Pizza that comes with honey syrup, which surprisingly complemented the taste of the pizza.
For the drinks, I tried the Matcha Latte, which tasted just fine. Hopefully, we could try its wine and cheese next time!
Entrance Fee: Php 20
You have probably heard of Cebu’s 10,000 Roses Café by now, as it made a huge buzz on social media last year. To be honest, I am one of those people who got attracted by it, and really did look forward to visiting the place when we arrived in Cebu. But here’s what you should know:
– 10,000 Roses is located in Cordova, and just a 30-minute drive from the first Mactan Bridge.
– The 10,000 roses are 3 feet tall artificial LED powered roses.
– It is best to go there during dusk until night.
– There is a Korean café that has a roof deck where you can see the view of the ocean, the Cordova mangrove forest, and the skyline of Metro Cebu.
Although everything was so pretty, to be honest, I was kind of disappointed as I was expecting a huge field filled with roses. Nevertheless, it would still be one of the places where I would love to chill and dine with my guy when we come back in Cebu!
Cebu Lechon (Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly)
Of course, visiting Cebu would not be complete without having Cebu Lechon, and I am not going to deny it, this was what I kept on saying and thinking days before my Cebu trip, and even the moment our airplane landed in the city.
Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly is just a 5-minute walk from our hotel, Bai Hotel. My blogger friend, Julius, tagged us along to try its Cebu Lechon in one of its branches in Cebu: Park Mall, Al-Fresco 1, Mandaue City.
When our orders were finally served, I tried it right away! Honestly, all I can say is that it was definitely a love at first bite: its crispy skin, tasty and tender meat are certainly nothing like any other Lechon Belly that I tried in Manila. Plus, they offer Spicy Lechon Belly, for those who love spicy!
And if you are like me who enjoys Lechon with Mang Tomas sauce, sadly, they do not serve one, but their special vinegar (pinakurat style) and soy sauce complemented the taste of their Lechon Belly very well that even I, who do not like vinegar as a sauce, enjoyed having one.
We did not let this trip end without experiencing the nightlife in Cebu. So, together with my blogger friends, we headed to Oqtagon Club, which is free of entrance if you are staying in Bai Hotel Cebu – simply present your key card and you are ready to go!
The best thing about this club is its crowd: everyone was having fun and looked so chill while they were dancing and jumping to the beat! Plus, we all loved the music and the DJ!
Overall, time might be a little bit limited for this trip, considering that it was my first time, yet it was fun and productive! Also, I am happy that I met a lot of new friends! I cannot wait to be back, and hopefully, I could finally visit Cebu’s beaches! So, do you have any suggestions for my next visit? What else did we miss in Cebu aside from its beaches?