This Week in Cebu (March 19 to 24, 2018)

Mid-March is a great time to try camping or taste seasonal food in Cebu.

By: Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon | March 19, 2018
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Locals and tourists must get their umbrellas ready as there will be rain showers and thunderstorms throughout the week. As for the traffic situation, motorcycle drivers need to know of the new ordinance banning full-face tinted visors and face masks in Mandaue City. If you’re looking to try seasonal food and activities, you can grab a bite of cantaloupes or try camping at mountains or beaches.

Rainy weather up ahead

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Rain is in the forecast this week.

This week, locals and tourists can expect partly sunny skies with some rain showers and thunderstorms. Monday and Tuesday will start with this kind of weather, before transitioning to more sunny skies on Wednesday. However, on Thursday going to the weekend, people will see more of the same said weather pattern, with Friday having rain showers and no sun at all. Minimum temperature is at 24 ºC, while maximum temperature is at 33 ºC. It is best to bring umbrellas and raincoats to protect oneself from the rain.

Ban on face masks and bonnets in Mandaue

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A Team officer apprehends erring motorcycle drivers.

Image: Bantay Mandaue – Team

The City Government of Mandaue has implemented an ordinance which prohibits motorcycle drivers from wearing full-face tinted visors [1], face masks and other garments which cover the face. The Mandaue City Council has approved and implemented Ordinance 14-2017-1251 after a spate of shooting incidents which involved riding-in-tandem motorists. This means that motorcycle drivers have to lift the face shields of their helmets when passing through Mandaue [2]. Motorists who violate the ordinance will pay a PhP5,000 penalty. Apprehended motorists who don’t settle the penalty will also face criminal charges. On the other hand, those who do not wear the prescribed helmet will be given a PhP500 citation ticket. The Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) has advised the public that only full-face and half-face helmets are allowed. Shangyang helmets, bike helmets, and nutshell helmets are not allowed.

Travel Adventure: fresh fruit and fresh air

Local food to try: cantaloupes

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Cantaloupe melons make for a great summer snack.

Image: Bantay Mandaue – Team

This, March melons are abundant in Cebu. While there are many varieties of melons, cantaloupes are one type of melon you can find in Cebu aside from the popular watermelon. Cantaloupes have high water content, which helps keep you hydrated. It is also high in vitamin A for healthy skin and eyesight. Cantaloupes can be eaten on their own or grated then mixed with sugar and milk. It can be found in fruit stands and farmers’ markets around the city.

Local activity: camping

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Camping with the family is a great, affordable summer activity.

Image: Dwight Lu

If you want to commune with nature, you can try camping at different parks, beaches, and places which are open to the public. Cebu has no shortage of camping spots which let you appreciate the beauty of nature with friends and family. For a mountain-side adventure, you can head to Osmeña Peak in Dalaguete, Sirao Peak and Chalet Hills in Cebu City, or Mount Naupa in Naga. For beach lovers, there’s Santiago Beach in Camotes or Sugar Beach in Bantayan Island.

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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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