Viva Pit Senyor! - "Long Live the Baby Jesus!"
Getting my hand painted with Henna - Artist's version of Pinoy Pride!
Street Punk - literally!
Having fun at the Parade but all covered up due to the intense heat.
Steaming Hot Peanuts
Fried Fish Balls & Kikiam
Freshly harvested, steaming-hot corn.
SORBETES - Homemade Ice Cream by Independent Street Vendors. Locally known as "Dirty Ice Cream."
Locally made Colorful Straw Hats
Local Arts & Crafts - sun-baked & dyed starfish and straw hats in beautiful colors.
Wooden Spoons and Forks built from Bamboo and Coconut Husks.
Locally Weaved Baskets.
Wind Chimes made from Capiz Shells.
Various Crafts often used in weddings as gift give-aways.
Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese Explorer who worked for King Philip of Spain. He discovered the Philippines by accident during the Conquistador era in the early 1500's and named the place Philippines-after his master and immediately began the process of converting locals to Christianity. Thus to this day, the Philippines remain the only Christian Nation in Asia.
Magellan's Cross and Painted Ceiling. One of Cebu's Premier Tourist Spots.
The Building that houses the Cross of Magellan.
Cebu City Hall
Sto. Nino Cathedral - This church was built with the local stone and sticky rice! Now that's what you call Green Architecture.
Candle Burning - A prayer ritual commonly used as an offering to God along with ones prayers.
Colorful Balloons outside the Church brings childhood memories to me.
Homeless man with all his belongings.
Photos of Cebu's Old Fort
Cebu Cathedral's Facade
Cebu Cathedral's Doors - Exact Replica of the ones from the Vatican Palace (made of pure gold).
Gargoyle guarding the gates of Cebu Cathedral.
Want to learn one of the deadliest art forms of fighting? Here it is! Visit the Yaw-Yan Temple. Yaw-Yan is the Philippine version of martial arts and considered to be one of the deadliest.
The Cebu Public Market boasts of so many fresh products. From poultry to various meat products, fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood and exotic cuisine. I couldn't believe just how fresh the seafood was. They had an endless selection of fish, seashells, crabs, prawns, seaweeds, lobsters and so much more to choose from. What made the Cebu Public Market different from many I've visited around the Philippines is the option of having your newly purchased produce to be cooked according to your preference. And that's what we did! We shopped for the foods we liked and had them cooked to our chosen flavors. We had a feast fit for a king.
Various varieties of crabs, Lobsters, Spotted Groupers and Spotted Blue Crabs
Fresh Fish, Seashells, Giant Prawns (measuring from elbow to wrist) and Various Seaweeds.
A feast fit for a King!
(L to R) Bbq Pork Liempo, Sinigang na Hipon, Kinilaw, Scallops w/ black bean sauce.
The flower market was such a refreshing sight. After walking the streets of Cebu for several hours under the blazing sun, touring all the city highlights, we came upon this place by accident. The location is known to most locals. But it wasn't being marketed as a tourist attraction. You could find every tropical specie of flora and fauna here. There were vendors who sold local flowers indigenous to the Visayan Region where Cebu is located, while others specialized on imported flowers from as far away as Finland. There were many shoppers that day. I wanted to purchase some of these beautiful blooms. But I was on a hectic schedule and I was transferring hotels that evening. I tried to get to the precious blue tulips (my favorite flower) to take a photograph of it, but I couldn't get through the throng of people crowding the stall that sold it. It was the only airconditoned store in the entire vicinity. So I opted to take photos of flowers from the stall with the least foot traffic over the more crowded ones.