This Week in Cebu (August 7 to 13, 2017)

Plenty of happenings in Cebu such as the Dinagat Festival and photo walks.

By: Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon | August 07, 2017
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The second week of August is the ideal time to explore Cordova, with its Dinagat Festival, new bridge, and a local restaurant offering the bounty of the sea.Over at Cebu City, locals and tourists can join a photo walk, visit a museum, or shop for baked goods.Innovative transport solutions like a new motorcycle-hailing app and e-jeepneys promise to make traffic woes in the city a bit more bearable.

Dinagat Festival

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A festival queen poses while at the Dinagat Festival street parade (Image: Jules Laurence Angeles)

The municipality of Cordova will celebrate the 18th Dinagat Festival this August 7. As part of the celebration, there will be various activities such as street dancing, individual and group presentations, and a festival queen competition. The festivities will showcase the local fishing culture of Cordova, which is known for bakasi (sea eel). It also aims to drive awareness for respecting and protecting marine resources.

Fourth Mactan-Cebu bridge

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Artist’s perspective of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (Image: Cebu Updates)

Even with preliminary work on the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway slated last July, government authorities are already looking into building a fourth Mactan-Mandauebridge. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is considering constructing a bridge connecting Cebu to Bohol. They will tap the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to do a feasibility study on the project. The proposed structure is part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s comprehensive plan to connect different provinces in Visayas to turn it into one economic region.

Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant

Dinagat Festival Cebu 2017

Seafood selection at Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant (Image: Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant)

A great selection of seafood and Filipino favorites can be enjoyed at Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant.It is located 40 minutes away from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, and is within walking distance to another Cordova tourist spot, 10000 Roses Café and More. Their unique dishes include Cordova Express, their own take on Bicol Express, and bakasi, which customers can order stewed (nilarang) or fried. At sundown, one can also enjoy a view of the Cebu City skyline and Talisay City amidst the waters of Cebu Strait.

Cathedral Museum of Cebu

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The Cathedral Museum of Cebu offers a glimpse into the past. (Image: The Cathedral Museum of Cebu)

One of the many heritage sites one can visit downtown is the Cathedral Museum of Cebu, which dates back to the early 19th century.The museum features a chapel, exhibition area, and several galleries showcasing the personal effects of Cardinal Ricardo Vidal and other instruments of the Catholic faith. The museum is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Sunday. Entrance is at PhP50 for locals, PhP100 for foreigners, PhP25 for students, and PhP15 for kids.

Baked goodies from Cardinal Bakery

Dinagat Festival Cebu 2017

Cheese bread from Cebu Cardinal Bakeshop (Image: Cebu Cardinal Bakeshop)

For sweet treats to take home, locals and tourists can head to Cardinal Bakery. One of the popular items at this homegrown bakery is the cheese bread, which retails at PhP25 per piece and PhP180 per box. Aside from bite-sized baked goods like ensaymada (brioche with cheese and sugar) and brownies, they also have whole cakes which range from PhP350 to PhP780. Cardinal Bakery has an outlet in Taboan and a coffee shop called Cardinal Coffea in Capitol Site.

Fujifilm Nationwide Photowalk

Dinagat Festival Cebu 2017

The Fujifilm Nationwide Photowalk kicks off its Cebu leg this week. (Image: Fujifilm Philippines)

The Cebu leg of the Fujifilm Nationwide Photowalk is slated for August 12, 2017, 6:00 AM.The meet-up point for participants will be at Magellan’s Cross. The photowalk is open to all camera users, but the contest is open to Fujifilm users only. The event is free of charge and is part of the celebration of the fifth anniversary of Fujifilm Philippines.

Angkas app now in Cebu

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Angkas launched its service in Cebu last July 24. (Image: Angkas)

Commuters in Cebu City can now use Angkas, a new motorcycle-hailing service. The service lets users book a motorcycle ride through an app. Angkas flag-down rate is at PhP20, while every additional kilometer is charged at PhP10. Though the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has ordered Angkas to cease operations, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña said he will allow Angkas to operate for the benefit of the public.

E-jeeps riding soon in Cebu

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Solar-powered e-jeeps may soon ply the streets of Cebu. (Image: SkyScraperCity-Cebu)

Local transport groups have expressed their willingness to replace some of their gasoline- or diesel-fuelled jeepneys with environment-friendly vehicles. Leaders of the Cebu Integrated Transport Service Cooperative (CITRASCO) and Visayas United Drivers Transport Services Multipurpose Cooperative (VUDTRASCO) have said that they are willing to shift to e-jeepneys. Australian firm Solar 8 can provide 2,000 e-jeepneys which run on solar power instead of fossil fuels. The e-jeepneys are expected to start operating within the year.

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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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