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, www.journeyingjames.com, 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.
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.
We have never imagined that its Cuartel and Baluarte (watchtower) is just so magnificent!
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.
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 climbed on top of its baluarte, took some photos in its Cabecera, and ate its torta.
Then, we're off to Cebu City.
What can I say?
It was one of the best trips of my life!
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!