Free Things To Do in Cebu City: Enjoy Without Spending

Cebu City is the Philippines' second major city. The city can be a bit more expensive than many other places in the Philippines. But do you know that tourists can have a good time with free things to do in Cebu City?

Related reading: Things A Tourist Can Do in Cebu for A Dollar

1. Free things to do in Cebu City: Walking Tour of Cebu City's Spanish-era District 

A good way to start exploring Cebu City is to do a walking tour of it's Spanish-era district. Start off at Plaza Independencia where you can find other historical buildings around it such as Fort San Pedro and the Aduana Building. The Compania Maritima Building is also not far away. Proceed to the Basilica Minore del Santo NiƱo. Around it is the old Cebu City Hall and the Magellan's Cross. Walk towards the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. Adjacent to it is Plaza Hamabar and the Cebu Cathedral Museum. Next stop will be the area around the Colon Street Obelisk at the end of Colon Street. Colon Street is the country's oldest and shortest national road. Around the area is the Cebu Heritage Monument in the Parian Plaza, the Parian Fire Station, and the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House. Not far from the area is the Museo Pari-an sa Sugbu at the Jesuit House of 1730 and Casa Gorordo. Some of the places mentioned may require an entrance fee to get into.

Free things to do in Cebu City: Visit Magellan's Cross
Magellan's Cross

Problems in Cebu: The Dark Side of Living in Cebu Province

Cebu is a major province and metropolitan area in the Philippines. It has its share of current issues that it needs to address. Let us take a look at some of the major problems in Cebu: poor sanitation, poor drainage system, bad roads, lack of traffic discipline, poor urban planning, and smoking in public.

Major Problems in Cebu

Major Problem in Cebu 1: Poor Sanitation

One serious problem that Cebu is facing is very poor sanitation. Many people in Cebu are very irresponsible with their waste disposal.

It is a good thing that Cebu has already implemented waste segregation. Although in some towns, this is still not widely practiced. There is also the perennial lack of garbage collection equipment. Refuse trucks are old and dated. Safety and sanitation gear for garbage collectors is scarce.

There are a few well meaning groups that do have programs trying to address this problem. One component program of Mega Cebu, Pwede Kaayo is "Limpyo Cebu, Pwede Kaayo". It is a program that appeals to the individual responsibility and accountability of Cebuanos to properly dispose off their waste.

Major Problem in Cebu 2: Poor Drainage System 

When it rains hard in Cebu, brace for the floods. This is particularly true in Metro Cebu and most specially in Cebu City, Talisay City, and Mandaue City. This has been a recurring problem from a long time ago. Yet, it seems no solutions are being done. Flooding in Colon Street was already bad way back in 1997. Back then, I was still a college freshman and missed a major exam because I got stuck somewhere in Colon. It is just as bad or worse when it pours now. 

Major Problem in Cebu 3: Bad Roads 

One constantly see roadworks being done in Cebu year-round. Curiously though, very little is improved in Cebu's road conditions. That is despite all these work being done.

Major Problem in Cebu 4: Lack of Traffic Discipline 

The traffic situation in Cebu has gone from bad to worse. And there is no hope in sight that it will improve drastically soon. The sheer volume of vehicles may have contributed to Cebu's traffic woes. But that does not seem to be the biggest issue at all. Cebu's drivers in general are probably among the world's most undisciplined lot. In fact, Waze traffic application ranks Cebu as the second worst place to drive in the world. This was the result of a study released in September 2016. Only San Salvador, El Salvador is worse.

The more common traffic violations in Cebu include overspeeding, using sidewalks to drive vehicles on, driving on the wrong lane, stopping on non-designated stops, overloading, and parking on no parking zones.

Problems in Cebu: Illegal parking
Parking at non-designated areas

Alta Cebu Resort: More than Just a MICE Resort in Cordova

I recently visited Alta Cebu Village Garden Resort and Conference Center in Tugbungan, Pilipog, Cordova, Cebu. It is one of only a few resorts on mainland Cordova island. Alta Cebu Resort was specifically designed not only for vacationers. More importantly, it was designed for meetings, incentives, conferences, and events or MICE. I explored around the place to find out more about what they can offer.

Alta Cebu Resort Features and Amenities

Alta Cebu Resort
Alta Cebu Resort

It's More Than Just Tuslob Buwa at Azul Surf

To many, Azul is synonymous to tuslob buwa, the popular Cebuano street food whose main ingredient is pig's brains. But do you know that there is more to Azul than just tuslob buwa itself? It may come as a surprise to many that Azul actually serves a fusion of Filipino, Asian, and even Italian dishes. One Saturday night in July, I became witness to Azul Surf's menu coming alive. The restobar is owned by artist Ian "Yannix" Sekong of the Powerspoonz band. Azul Surf wishes food patrons to know that there are a lot more choices outside tuslob buwa. Yannix also part owns Wasted Chef.

Tuslob Buwa

No one goes to Azul Surf and not try their signature tuslob buwa. So we obliged. Fellow Cebu Blogging Community member JL Mainit and Yannix showed us how to best prepare the tuslob buwa. Tuslob buwa is a dish that originated from barangay Pasil with pig's brain as main ingredient. Then there was lard, onions, and garlic

Tuslob buwa ingredients at Azul Surf
Tuslob buwa ingredients