This Week in Cebu (May 08 to 14, 2017)

Mother’s Day and a colorful fun run kick off the month of May in Cebu.

By: Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon | May 08, 2017
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Mother’s Day and a colorful fun run kick off the month of May in Cebu. Locals and tourists will have to brave the heat as well as traffic due to a tri-level pass to be built soon along UN Ave., Mandaue City. On the other side of town, a new LED-powered garden blooms in Cordova.

Traffic measures for tri-level pass

May 2017 travel weekly update Cebu

Traffic at the intersection of M.C. Briones St. and UN Ave. (Image: Writer)

The Mandaue City government is eyeing building new roads in Brgy. Umapad to ease traffic during the construction of the tri-level pass. The project worth PhP1 billion will include a tunnel, flyover, and a road on United Nations Ave. and DM Cortes St. Aside from new roads, Mandaue City Mayor Luigi Quisimbing is also considering the addition of barge and roll-on/roll-off ships and water taxi services from Mandaue City to Mactan Island. The tri-level pass is expected to be complete sometime in 2018 or 2019.

Hotter weather ahead

Locals and tourists are advised to prepare for hotter weather this May. Although there will be no El Niño this year, forecasted temperatures for the month will be as high as 35 ºC. During the onset of El Niño in 2010, the highest recorded temperature in Cebu was at 37 ºC. Alfredo Quiblat, chief of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Mactan has urged the public to stay indoors from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and to drink lots of water.

Travel Adventure

May 2017 travel weekly update Cebu

Red LED roses glow in the dark at Liza’s Garden in Cordova. (Image: Cordova Home Village)

Visitors came in droves to 10,000 Roses Café and More when it opened in Cordova town. Now another LED-powered flower garden is attracting attention just two kilometers away from the said tourist spot. This Mother’s Day, the family can bond with mom at Liza’s Little Garden in Cordova Home Village Resort, which is home to 2,000 artificial red roses. Entrance fee is PhP100 for adults and PhP50 for children 10 years and below, inclusive of use of swimming pool.

Shopping Adventure

May travel weekly news Cebu 2017

Browas is a Cebuano innovation during a flour shortage. (Image: Peanut Browas)

Cebuano delicacies have a range of sweet offerings, one of which is peanut browas. Unlike their French counterpart ladyfingers, browas use ground peanuts in place of flour. One of the recognizable brands of this sweet treat is Lola Pureza’s, which sells browas at PhP50 for a small box and PhP130 for a big box at major supermarkets and pasalubong centers. Aside from peanut browas, Lola Pureza’s also carries butterscotch and toasted mini mamon.

Color Manila Cebu Run

May travel weekly news Cebu 2017

Runners can join the Cebu leg of the Color Manila Challenge this May 14. (Image: Color Manila Run)

The Color Manila Challenge will kick off its Cebu leg this May 14, 4:00 AM to 8:00 AM at the Cebu Business Park. The run will have 3K, 5K, 10K, and 16K categories. Aside from being tossed with colored powder, an estimated 2,500 participants will have to conquer obstacles like inflatable tires and inflatable slides. Race kits range from PhP750 to PhP1,050 and can be claimed from May 11 to 13.

VECO kite flying tips

The Visayan Electric Company, Inc. (VECO) is reminding the public to fly kites in open areas. This is in accordance on Cebu City Ordinance 1471 which prohibits flying kites near power and telecommunications lines and other similar structures. Based on 2016 data, at least 140 power interruptions are caused by kites stuck in overhead power lines. They have also advised kite flyers to use cotton, linen, or nylon strings as metal ones can cause electrocution when it touches power lines.

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About Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon
Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.
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