May 1, 2012

Southern Cebu Trip with Journeying James

As I started to write about my travels late last year, I had always wished to join a fellow travel blogger in his or her trip around the Philippines.

That wish was fulfilled when I accompanied Journeying James on his Day 85 and 86 here in Cebu. This trip is a part of his 100 Days of Backpacking the Philippines- The Cheapest Way Possible. (You can visit his site,, for updates of his amazing and incredible journey around the Philippines.)

Enjoying the company of the little boys in Oslob, Cebu.
Photo Credit: Journeying James

I waited for Journeying James to arrive from Negros Oriental in the beautiful Liloan port in Santander. Santander is a municipality located in the southernmost part of Cebu. In fact, you can see Negros Oriental in a distance.

I was delighted to see some little boys showing their talents in diving and swimming. They entertained me while I waited for the banca to arrive. We passed by the municipality of Santander. In there, we had our lunch (one of my cheapest lunch I should say).

We then checked the whaleshark watching area in Tan-awan, Oslob. We observed many businesses, especially resorts, sprouting around the area.

Then, we proceeded to Tumalog Falls, still in Oslob. I remember Journeying James telling me, “Panalo ‘to!”. This is the place where he eventually discovered something (or someone) better than butandings.

Still fresh and cool, we headed to the town proper of Oslob.

We have never imagined that its Cuartel and Baluarte (watchtower) is just so magnificent!

Next stop is Boljoon.

We went inside its historic church. One thing I admired is the painting on the ceiling of the church, it is like the Sistine Chapel ceiling painted by Michelangelo.

I persuaded Journeying James to come over and see the diving board near the plaza. We were entertained by some boys in their various diving stunts.

After swimming, we enjoyed the peaceful sunset in Boljoon. We thank God that we met Sir Ronald Villanueva, Boljoon’s Municipal Budget Officer as well as its Tourism and Heritage Officer. He offered his services to us for free. He is an example of the genuine hospitality of Boljo-anons.

And the next day came.

The loud ringing of the Kampanaryo woke us up to see the splendid sunrise.

We did a lot of things in Boljoon. (I said, a lot, really).

Before leaving Boljoon, I thought of the great potential of this place to become a prime travel destination in Cebu. I have discovered many things there.

Dalaguete is our next stop.

They have their restored baluarte with a canon in front.

We never missed the chance to play with the kids in Dalaguete too!

We then proceeded to Argao.

We climbed on top of its baluarte, took some photos in its Cabecera, and ate its torta.

Time ran so fast, and soon the night was approaching. So, we decided to skip Sibonga and Carcar. That’s maybe next time.

Then, we're off to Cebu City.

What can I say?

It was one of the best trips of my life!

Special thanks to Journeying James for letting me join him in his trip here in Cebu. I am happy (and elated) to be a part of his epic journey!

You may wish to see the videos that Journeying James made. Here are the links:

Part 1: Southern Cebu Trip- Oslob and Boljoon
Part 2: South Cebu Trip- Dalaguete and Argao

Come and discover the Southern part of Cebu!


  1. Ako din gusto ko mameet si Journeying James! :-)

  2. ang ganda naman dyan... hope to visit it too! sana soon!

    1. Sir, contact me if you will go there. I will refer you to the Tourism Officer of Boljoon. Explore Cebu South na sir!!

  3. hi,
    i wanna meet/travel with JourneyingJames din....
    are you based in Cebu?

    1. hello, tnx for making your comment... just pm Journeying James so you can meet him. Yes, I'm based in Cebu now.. Soon, i'l be in Ormoc...

    2. mvcian ka din... nice....
      i studied at MVC for two years..
      i think we have a few common friends..
      anyways... i'm enjoying your blog...
      i wish i could travel as you do as often as possible but
      still tied to an office table as of the moment...
      in time.... in time...

      keep on travelling and writing....

    3. Thank you so much for the compliment! I am so happy you are reading my blog. Oh wow, you studied in MVC din, very nice!

      Yes, i'll be traveling more often now. Thank you, God bless you too!

  4. ayos! i will upload the video part 2 of our southern cebu sojourn today or tom.

    1. Salamat sir! Can't wait to see that video.. Please tag me!

  5. you're from ormoc? i love ormoc! my granma lives there :') and yay wanted to join james visit in bukidnon but his resting place is a bit far from mine. ps: nice blog!!

    1. Yup, I am from ormoc. wow, your grandma still lives here? James passed by Bukidnon, esp in Malaybalay. He met fellow travel bloggers there. I also studied in Mountain View College in Valencia City, Bukidnon. Where are you in Bukidnon?

      Thanks for the compliment!

  6. nice, you became part of his isangdaan! =)

    1. Yeah, it's really an honor for me to journey with him. The best ang trip namin dito sa Cebu.. :)

  7. wooh, great you're able to join i wish had the chance too....

    1. Yup, he consented that I will join him here in Cebu. It was a great experience for me!

  8. 3 moths around the Philippines! That's clanging on my ear!

    1. Thanks for dropping by Jherson! Yeah, 100 days, amazing journey!