This Week in Cebu (June 19 to 25, 2017)

Construction on a new underpass in south Cebu begins this June.

By: Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon | June 19, 2017
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This rainy season, Cebuanos heading south can anticipate heavy traffic as construction on a new underpass will soon begin. When the downpour strikes, one can relish in a good bowl of batchoy in an unassuming joint in the city. On the weekend, locals and tourists can check out a museum for a soon-to-be Visayan saint, or enjoy a music festival.

Underpass to south Cebu creates traffic woes

Cebu travel news June 2017

Rerouting dry run in preparation for the construction (Image: The Freeman)

The public can expect heavy traffic traffic along N. Bacalso Ave. and F. Llamas St. in the coming months due to the construction of a PhP638 million underpass. In preparation for the construction, the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) implemented a rerouting dry run two weeks ago. But this was soon scrapped as southbound motorists experienced bumper-to-bumper traffic on the second night of the rerouting.

With this, the CCTO has ordered the Department of Public Works and Highways in Central Visayas (DPWH-7) to fix the alternate routes before starting the first phase of the underpass project.

Rainy-Day comfort food at #batchoyhouse328

Cebu travel news June 2017

#batchoyhouse328 sells the Ilonggo favorite in Cebu. (Image: #batchoyhouse328)

At a hole-in-the-wall eatery at M. Veloso St., Guadalupe, one can have a piping hot bowl of batchoy, the famous Ilonggo soup made of pork organs and beef loin. #batchoyhouse328 sells regular batchoy at PhP50, while their special batchoy is at PhP65. Diners also have the option to add in extra ingredients like egg (PhP15), bone marrow (PhP15), and pan de sal (PhP5 per piece). #batchoyhouse328 is open from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM on weekdays, and 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM on weekends.

Domus Teofilo Musuem in Carcar

Cebu travel news June 2017

Blessing of Archbishop Camomot’s room in Domus Teofilo (Image: Sammy Navaja Photography)

Now that his bid to sainthood is under way, Domus Teofilo, a museum honoring the late Archbishop Teofilo Camomot has opened in Brgy. Valladolid, Carcar City. It can be found just beside the convent of the Daughters of Mother Teresa, a congregation that Camomot founded. Personal effects that the Cebuano prelate used in his life and ministry can be seen in the museum.

The devotional museum aims to inspire the faithful to follow the good example set by a simple man who could be soon be the third Filipino and second Visayan saint.

Mangoes and more at Cebu Besto

Cebu travel news June 2017

The variety of items carried in the Cebu Besto Pasalubong Atbp. shop (Image: Sammy Navaja Photography)

Travelers looking for a one-stop souvenir shop to buy popular local delicacies at factory prices can head to Cebu Besto Pasalubong Atbp. Located at Salinas Dr. cor. La Guardia St., this neighborhood store carries favorite pasalubong (take-home gift) items like dried mangoes, mango puree, and mango nectar. They also sell dried pineapple and spicy peanuts with dried mango bits. After shopping, customers can take a selfie or group photo in their brightly colored mural.

Fête de la Musique 2017

Cebu travel news June 2017

Local artists perform in various events for Fête de la Musique. (Image: Alliance Française de Cebu‎)

After kicking off World Music Day last June 16 to 17, Fête de la Musique 2017 will stage its main event this June 23, 7:00 PM with simultaneous concerts at La Vie Parisienne, Sugbo Mercado Garden Bloc, and Sugbo Mercado IT Park. Local artists are set to entertain guests as they enjoy their food. Music lovers can also catch a jam session on June 24 at A Space Cebu in addition to the abovementioned locations from 2:00 PM to 12:00 AM.

Fête de la Musique 2017 is organized by Alliance française de Cebu, Sugbo Mercado, Marco Polo Plaza Hotel, and Zion Productions.

Decrease in dengue cases

Cebu travel news June 2017

Health officials advise public to follow dengue prevention tips.

The Provincial Health Office noted a significant drop in dengue cases in Cebu from January 1 to June 3. Despite this, they still urge the public to take precautions against the mosquito-borne disease by keeping their surroundings clean and using mosquito nets. Data from the Department of Health Region 7 show that the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu had the most number of dengue cases, including deaths. Central Visayas also landed in number four in the list of regions with the highest number of dengue cases.

Ban on loud music and liquor eyed

Cebu travel news June 2017

Loud music past midnight might soon be banned in Mandaue City. (Image: Liv Super Club)

Following the attack by a gunman at Resorts World Manila, local officials are reviewing the security measures of the establishments in their areas. Mandaue City Mayor Luigi Quisumbing is looking into banning loud music and liquor by midnight in bars and nightlife establishments in Mandaue City. On the other hand, Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza has asked the tourism office to tighten security measures in hotels and resorts. These moves are all in a bid to ensure that the public can enjoy in entertainment spots without fear for their safety.

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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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