This Week in Cebu (November 13 to 19, 2016)

Tourism in southern Cebu unaffected despite Western travel advisories

By: Peter Parcon | November 13, 2016
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Increased rainfall expected with the coming of the amihan season

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Amihan season expected to bring flooded streets in Cebu (Photo by Arrah Manticajon)

With the shift from habagat (southwest monsoon) to amihan (northeast monsoon), rain showers and thunderstorms are expected to dominate Cebu weather for the week. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) is expecting rainfall for November to be higher than normal. PAG-ASA Mactan Chief Al Quiblat said floods should be expected as more rainfall will cause creeks and rivers to overflow especially if drainage outlets are clogged.


Travel from Cebu to Iloilo made easier with ambitious bridge project

The plan to connect Cebu with Negros, Iloilo, and Guimaras through an ambitious bridge program will make it easier to travel between these four islands in the Visayas. The new bridge will become the longest one in the country, replacing the San Juanico Bridge connecting Samar and Leyte. Department of Public Works (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar said the project is set to be implemented next year. He said work on the bridge system will be done round the clock to hasten its completion, but is still expected to result in some inconvenience to the public.


Ayala Center Cebu Pre-Holiday Sale

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Ayala Center Cebu holds pre-holiday sale (Photo courtesy of Ayala Center Cebu)

Shoppers can get discounts of up to 70 % on select items during the pre-holiday sale at Ayala Center Cebu. The mall-wide sale runs from November 11 to 15.

Share a Toy at SM Seaside City

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Making Christmas happy for a child through the Share a Toy project at SM Seaside City (Photo courtesy of SM City Cebu)

To help less fortunate kids this Christmas, SM Seaside City Cebu is launching their Share-A-Toy project. Shoppers can get a PhP50 discount coupon for every toy they donate at The SM Store or Toy Kingdom. The coupon can be used on the next toy purchase at The SM Store or Toy Kingdom.


On November 12 to 13, the Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Gala Performance film will be exclusively shown at SM Cinemas in SM City Cebu and SM Seaside City Cebu.

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Limited run of Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Gala Performance film to be shown at SM Cinemas (Photo courtesy of SM City Cebu)

The movie was filmed in London’s West End and features the original cast of the multi-awarded production of Cameron Mackintosh, including Lea Salonga and Jonathan Pryce. The musical tells the story of Kim, a young bar girl who was orphaned by the war. She falls in love with Chris, an American soldier. The lovers are torn apart following the fall of Saigon. The movie is on a limited run in cinemas around the world.


Wakeboarding in the north

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Entrance to Papa Kit’s in Liloan (Photo by Writer)

Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon is an adventure park where guests have the chance to try their hand on different extreme adventure activities. Guests can try to conquer the jungle obstacle of the resort or go down an 800-meter zip-line. On the other hand, adrenaline-junkies can try wakeboarding. Guests can also relax and try their hand at fishing at the lagoon of this resort in Liloan.

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Wakeboarding at Papa Kit’s (Photo by Writer)

Papa Kit’s has two restaurants serving sumptuous food for its guests. Resto 1 serves freshly caught fish cooked to the specification of guests. Guests can also order live fish and other seafood at the native restaurant of Papa Kit’s. The second restaurant, the Clubhouse, is located along Silot Bay and is normally used for special occasions, such as weddings, birthday parties, and family gatherings, among others.

The resort also has a number of rooms available for guests who want to stay for a night or two.

Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon is located in Silot Bay, Poblacion, Liloan.


Western embassies advise against traveling to southern Cebu

A recent travel advisory issued by the embassies of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom prompted local authorities to increase security measures in southern Cebu. On November 3, the US Embassy issued a travel advisory for its citizens urging them to avoid southern Cebu. Areas particularly noted are the towns of Oslob, Santander, and Dalaguete where some terrorist groups are reported to be planning to conduct kidnappings. The British and Canadian embassies followed with their own travel advisories advising their citizens to remain vigilant at all times.

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Tumalog Falls in Oslob (Photo courtesy of Oslob Whale Shark Watching)

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Central Command Chief Lt. General Raul del Rosario said security in the island will be reinforced following the travel advisory issued by the US embassy. He said they will coordinate with Navy and Army forces in northern Mindanao to prevent terrorist groups from entering Cebu. He added security measures will be implemented until the travel advisories are lifted.

Despite the travel warning, the Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 said local tourism appeared unaffected. While tour operators said some clients were thinking of canceling their tours, southern Cebu remains safe and secure. Southern Cebu is home to a number of tourist destinations frequented by foreign nationals.

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After leaving spending 16 years of his professional life in the academe, Peter decided to try his luck in the world of online freelancing. For the past eight years, he has been creating content for clients all around the world. He can work on just about any topic - from tattoos to technology and food to finance. He dreams of visiting every island in the archipelago some day.
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