On Being A Tour Guide

I was amazed and couldn’t believe that in a span of four months, I was able to show Cebu City to guests from Luzon and Mindanao. Well the guest from Mindanao wasn’t really new to the place. hehehe I really had a great time touring them around πŸ™‚ As much as I enjoyed giving them a tour of Cebu City, I realized that I really suck at being a tour guide πŸ˜† For one, I am not that familiar with the Β roads where the famous tourist spots were located. In fact, I got lost in the downtown area and had to circle a couple of blocks just to get out of where we were πŸ˜†

Then there’s the embarrassing part of my guests suggesting we ask people around when I couldn’t figure out what jeepney we need to take to go to a certain area. Then there’s also a matter of not knowing when places like the Taoist Temple would close. Not that I was expected to know that too. I guess I should have prepared for this. I should have created a list of possible places to visit within the city including the hours of operation of these locations.

I couldn’t help remind myself that I should create a fool proof guide to my own tour guide stunts – a fool proof IT to discovering Cebu City. hehehe. I actually remember how my friend toured my cousins when they went on a trip to Moalboal. She tried to ask me how to create a travel itinerary since she wanted to make sure her trip to is seamless. I gave Β her information on where to stay. I remember giving her tips on how they can successfully tour the place checking out the beautiful spots in the area. It seems that my tips were useless since I had a difficulty following my own travel advices.

Oh well, another “guest’s”Β coming over this weekend. He’s also from here but needs to be updated on the ideal places to eat in town, which he’s been raving about the whole time πŸ˜† so I promised him I’d be his eating buddy all throughout his 3-week stay if ever he needs one πŸ˜†

I also told one of the visitors I hosted that if they wanted to really, really see Cebu, they need to travel to the north and the south of the province as there’s not much to see within the city, except for a few key tourist spots. But not being able to visit the beautiful beaches of Cebu wouldn’t complete any new comer’s attempt at discovering Cebu’s hidden gems. Afterall, it wouldn’t be called the Queen City of the South for nothing.

So two or three months from now, I might find my feet in the island of Camotes if everything pushes through πŸ˜€

Here’s some info of my attempts as a tour guide πŸ˜€

Origin: Muntinplupa City
Travel Date: June 2010
Duration: less than 24 hours
Destinations: SM City Cebu, Magellan’s Cross, Tabo-an, Iglesia ni Cristo at Mango Avenue

My cousin and her husband went on a bike roadtrip from Muntinlupa City down to Bicol, Samar and Leyte to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Since the roads in Samar are really bad, they decided to hop on a boat going to Cebu instead and take the next boat that leaves the province going to Manila. I just received a text message from my cousin when they were 3 hours away from the port of Cebu that they were arriving in town πŸ™‚ This was the second time I met my cousin. The first time was during my granma’s birthday last May 2010.

Origin: Bulacan
Travel Date: August 22-24, 2010
Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Destinations: Basilica del Santo NiΓ±o, Magellan’s Cross, SM City Cebu, Bigby’s Ayala. Their friends in Cebu toured them to Fort San Pedro, Taoist Temple and Mactan Shrine

Another cousin decided to drop by Cebu, for the first time, after her family spent their vacation in Bohol. With her were her two kids and her husband. They went on a vacation to celebrate the birthdays of their eldest child and her hubby. The last time I saw this cousin of mine was when we were still kids. ehehehe

Origin: Ilocos Norte
Travel Date: Sept. 8-9, 2010
Duration: 2 days/1 night
Destinations: Central Books along P. del Rosario, Redemptorist Church, Basilica del Santo NiΓ±o, Magellan’s Cross, AAs in Lahug, E-mall, Argao, Carcar

I met Dr. Edwin Antonio when my siblings and I went on a trip to Ilocos Norte December of 2008. I got to know him through his website ilocandiatreasures.com when I was trying to look for last minute information of Ilocos Norte a day before leaving Cebu. I never expected the super warm hospitality we received from him despite us being strangers and all. Through the power of FB Chat, I learned that he’ll be arriving in town so I offered my so-called tour guide skills πŸ˜† since I was free. He was accompanied by his friend Mai and we were able to cover a lot of stuff during their stay including the book launching of Edwin’s book entitled Around the Americas in 60 Days and forcing to open the closed doors of the church of St. Catherine of Alexandria in Carcar πŸ˜†

Origin: Davao City
Travel Date: Sept. 23-27, 2010
Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Destinations: SRP Tunnel, siomai sa tisa, Fudge, Julie’s Bakeshop at e-bloc, Busay, Taboan, Casa Verde, Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu, Leona’s

Pia was in town to process her clearance papers from the same company I was connected with. After 9 months of leaving Cebu, she finally found her way back here and made sure she didn’t waste her time to enjoy everything she missed about Cebu including Casa Verde, Leona’s cakes and shopping πŸ˜† We only met twice on her 5-day stay. After realizing that it would have been more fun had we gone on a beach adventure, we planned to go to Camotes Island the next time she sets her foot in Cebu. I’m still gonna tag along on this other adventure for sure and am looking forward to it already! πŸ˜€

Been a busy week lately. And it’s not stopping here. Doc. Carlo will be in town for the next three weeks. Things on his list includes eating talaba, siomai sa tisa, mongos, ginabut and more at the High blood station in Mabolo among others. And for deserts, its definitely going to be at Leona’s, fudge, Coffeecat and Razon’s! πŸ˜†

Then I’ll be off to Manila for the Wordcamp 2010 and then by November, to Iloilo for the Visayay Blogging Summit. woot! What a busy quarter indeed! πŸ˜€


  1. try to bring them also sa Downtown… pwede ka pumili: Cebu Heritage, San Diego Museum, Casa Gorodo, Cathedral Museum, Sugbo Museum… The Basilica has a Museum also… Try going to the TOPS at around 5:00pm, maganda tingnan kapag binuksan na ang lights sa City… at marami pang iba…

    Punta tayo sa Camotes ngayong December!!! πŸ˜€

    • am not familiar with the rest of those museums except for Casa Gorordo but will definitely check them out to add to my list of places to show around Cebu. As for Tops, ate would have been the perfect driver but she wasn’t available man when Edwin was here. sayang. I discovered another place uie and it doesn’t require one to go to Tops! πŸ™‚

      As for Camotes, why not? hehe. ano? backpacking ulit or sama natin sila mama? πŸ˜€

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