Hello, Cebu!

Daghang salamat for all the beautiful memories, Cebu! My first ever trip to the queen city of the south was beyond amazing - until now I still get butterflies in my stomach whenever I think about all that we’ve done in a span of 3 days. I love Cebu! 

Been getting quite a lot of messages about this short vacation so I’ll share with you a glimpse of our itinerary - what to do and where to go around the city. Please stay tuned on my YouTube channel as well. I’ve videos ready for you with my MCN Chicken Pork Adobo! :)

Cebu Day 1 Itinerary
8:30AM - Flight to Cebu
10:00AM - Arrival at Mactan International Airport
10:30AM - Check In at Parklane International Hotel
12:00NN - Lunch at Rico’s Lechon
2:00PM - Coffee at La Vie Parisienne
5:30PM - Mass at Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
7:00PM - Dinner at Parklane International Hotel

Our flight to Cebu was quite early - 8:30AM departure via AirAsia. We ran with barely 4 hours of sleep, but our excited souls were thrilled to finally touchdown Cebu.

Fluffy clouds beside me the entire flight! I’ll never get tired of looking at these cuties!

We arrived around 10AM at Mactan International Airport. Saw quite a lot of delegates (men in suits, lels) and figured that it’s the APEC weekend. Cebu’s traffic rerouting plans made us reach the heart of the city by only 30 minutes (versus the usual of an hour or more, according to the locals).

Hello, Parklane International Hotel! We struggled a bit searching for hotels because it was almost fully booked everywhere due to APEC. So happy they accommodated us even with the super short notice! :)

Parklane’s a great choice - near all the hubs and food spots that we wanted to visit!

Giving everyone a glimpse of our room on my YouTube channel soon!

Anyway, we rested a bit then headed to Rico’s Lechon, just a few blocks away from Parklane. Yup, our first meal’s lechon! :p Nothing beats the taste of the original! 

Rico’s Lechon boasts its great-tasting traditional lechon - your choice if the regular or spicy, but we suggest you get both! Of course we did had the two, and our tummies (+ taste buds) were super happy!

We also met up with my fellow bloggers Vanessa (my virtual momma) and Karlo. Spent pretty much the entire afternoon with this lovely couple and they’re the nicest!

Coffee fix after our filling lunch! We drove to La Vie Parisienne - probably one of my favorite spots in Cebu. We thought it was too early for wine and cheese, and we’re happy they’ve got really nice coffee selections (don’t forget the breads and French macarons).

Cannot miss taking OOTDs in this beautiful place! I’ll blog about that on a separate post. :)

We took a cab downtown for Sunday mass at Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño. This church is the realest survivor - being the oldest one in the Philippines, burnt down thrice decades ago, and gone through a deadly earthquake back in 2013. Mass was held outside the basilica, so huge that the plaza was filled with probably hundreds of attendees. Super heartwarming!

Fell to tears when we entered the church, gave endless thanks to the Lord for all His blessings. My strength are You alone! 

We headed back to Parklane for dinner. Sadly no photos, but you’ll see more of that on my YouTube video! Subscribe subscribe!

That’s it! Not much adventure in our trip, honestly. It was more of rest and city appreciation than strenuous activities, but every bit was special. :) Hope you enjoyed reading through our first day! Posting about days 2 and 3 next!

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