Sandbars in Cebu: Campolabo Islet in Pinamungajan

With a total of 168 islands and islets in Cebu, the Central Visayas province is blessed with picture-perfect sandbars that are a treasure find for vacationers looking for the perfect summer getaway. This is the first of a series of articles about sandbars located within the province of Cebu.

Late Summer Getaway

Me, my brother, and my cousins decided to embark on a late summer excursion and decided to head to a place that is not so mainstream. One of my personal goals is to visit as many islands in Cebu, Philippines in my lifetime, so I suggested we go to an island destination. And since we were also trying to do a budget trip, we decided against the more popular and more expensive places. We figured that the destinations that are not so frequented by vacationers would be cheap. We also agreed that there was much to explore in Cebu, Philippines. So with personal agenda in mind, I suggested Campolabo islet in Pinamungajan town. Summoning my convincing powers, I got everyone to agree. While the Campolabo sandbar is already being promoted as a tourist destination in Pinamungajan, it was still hard to find information on the internet. This added up to the interest of the group as it has now become somewhat of a mystery. There was also the prospect of being the ones who get to make the destination famous.


What Places In Cebu Used to Be Called

Most of the names of places in Cebu are of Spanish origins thanks to more than three centuries of Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines. Prior to the Spaniard's arrival however, places in Cebu used to be known by different names. Many of these names still stick around, but most are probably just forgotten. Let us review the former names of places in Cebu in this post. I also tried to research on what these former names actually mean.

Related reading: What’s In A Name: How Places in Cebu Got Its Names

Cebu

Kang Sri Lumayng Sugbo

That of Sri Lumay's Great Fire


Camotes Islands

Suangan


Alcantara

Kogtong

A big freshwater fish lived for a time in the brackish waters of a spring in Capton Bay. It was known to the locals as kogtong. When the Spanish established sovereignty, they renamed the town after a place in Spain.

Alcoy

Mambaje


Alegria

Tuburan


Argao

Argahao

Argao was named after the sali-argaw tree that grew in abundance in the town. The town's name used to be spelled Argahao but as time passed, it was shortened to Argao.

Asturias

Naghalin


Balamban

Kagma


Borbon

Silmugi


Carcar City

Kabkad 

Mowag

Sialao


Carmen

Bugho


Cebu City

Dapit sa Sinibuayng Hingpit

Place of Trading

Mabolo

Singhapula

Lion City


Cordova

Cordoba


Day-as

To adventure or dare

Daanbantayan

Kandaya

Daanbantayan town used to be called Kandaya or Kang Daya which referred to its legendary chieftain, Datu Daya.


Chocolate Island 

Paji Island


Malapascua Island

Logon Island


Ginatilan

Hinatdan


Lapulapu City

Opon


Madridejos

Lawis

In Cebuano, lawis literally means peninsula.


Medellin

Tawagan


Minglanilla

Buat


Oslob

Nueva Caceres


Pinamungajan

San Remigio

Kanghagas

Kanghagas is a kind of tree that grew in abundance in the area.

Punta Isabel


Santander

TaƱong


Toledo City

Pueblo Hinulawan

Hinaguang Bulawan means gold that was worked hard for. Hinulawan could also come from the phrase "hinol sa bulawan" which means touching the gold.


Tuburan

Bagacawa



Eat All You Can Restaurant in Talisay City: Pino Inasal & Kalderohan

NOTE: CLOSED AS OF 7 OCTOBER 2015

Eat All You Can Restaurant in Talisay City

Pino Inasal and Kalderohan opens the first eat all you can restaurant experience in southern Metro Cebu when it recently offered their Feast All You Can lunch and dinner buffet at the second floor of Gaisano Fiesta Mall in Tabunok, Talisay City, Cebu, Philippines.

Since it is a stone's throw from where I reside at Palmview Village, there is no way I'm going to pass up the chance to partake on this buffet. So off I headed to Pino's eat all you can restaurant in Gaisano Fiesta Mall in Tabunok, Talisay City, Cebu, Philippines. It was actually by accident that I found out that Pino already serves buffet meals at this branch. While I wasn't too impressed with their buffet selections at their Lahug branch, I was hoping the eat all you can restaurant menu selection at their Tabunok, Talisay City branch will be a lot better and more acceptable to my palate. Lunch buffet is served from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. while dinner buffet is available from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Related article: Pino Buffet Restaurant in Lahug