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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Guest Post: Whale Shark Watching Tours in Oslob



Oslob was once an unchartered territory when it comes to tourism. Visitors prefer to visit other beach destinations in Cebu, but that all changed in 2011 when tourists began flocking to see one of the world’s gentle giants – whale sharks. Whale sharks, the biggest fish in the ocean and one of the of the gentlest creatures known to mankind, can be seen and interacted in this southern town of Cebu.

The southern region of Cebu is a local’s secret when it comes to tourism. Home to pristine beaches and secluded shores, yet it was just a few years ago that people began to come here all year-round specifically in Oslob.



Why Oslob?

Like other coastal towns in Cebu, Oslob’s residents primary source of livelihood is fishing. Gifted with healthy marine life, people rely on fishing and in fact, fishing is their life. Reports have been said that even before the formality of whale shark watching tours in Oslob in the later part of 2011, fishermen have been feeding these whale sharks-- like their own pets.

So it was natural for these local fishermen to “call” the gentle giants to the enjoyment of visitors. Donsol, Sorsogon in Luzon seemed to have been stripped of its title, “Whale Shark Capital of the Philippines”. The main advantage of whale shark watching in Oslob? It is an all-year-round experience.

Unlike other whale shark watching destination in the Philippines, visitors don’t have to wait long to spot these gigantic marine creatures. In other places, there is no assurance that you can see or spot them. Sometimes, seeing them means travel or being on the water for hours.

 But not in Oslob, previous visitors swear how fishermen and guide seemed to have a personal relationship with these animals.  The whale sharks come and not threatened to be around with humans.

What awaits you?

Whale watching tours in Oslob takes center stage in Baranggay Tan-awan. There are different kinds of encounter that can suit to all types and ages of the visitors. Mostly, visitors come in boats – in small outrigger canoe locally known as banca. With safe life vests, guests can watch the whale sharks from the boat.

Visitors can also feel free to jump into the water and swim with them. Snorkel for a deeper look to these gigantic marine animals! The experience is surreal and beyond words. Whale sharks come in different sizes as well.

Enjoy whale shark watching tours in Oslob as part of your southern Cebu trip. To maximize your time in the south, book your holidays in one of the neighboring resorts like those in Alcoy like Divepoint Alcoy. These resorts have modern facilities to take you to these nature-inspired activities and have amenities to make your vacation truly relaxing and comfortable.

Seeing and interacting with the whale sharks should not be missed when coming to Cebu. This activity is one thing that draws visitors to come to the Philippines – one memorable and unique travel experience.

This post is written by Edgar M., he is a freelance travel agent and online marketing consultant of Divepoint Alcoy Resort.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Sinulog 2014 Schedule of Activities – Cebu City, Philippines

Are you excited Cebuanos for the Sinulog 2014? Oh yeah!, likewise! Sinulog is the mother of all festivals in the country (in honor of the Senyor Santo Niño), it is an annual festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City and the Sinulog Contest is usually held in the Cebu City Sports Complex. See you all there! dancing in the street, feel the heat and enjoy the beat on January 19, 2014 for the Sinulog Grand Parade 2014.

I just remembered when I joined Sinulog Photo Contest 2013, it was fun then but unfortunately, I did not make it (I am just a noob). Hahaha. Well, I must try for Sinulog Photo Contest 2014, I hope 2014 is my lucky year.

Activities

To name a few:  Sinulog Fun Run, Sinulog 2014 Kick Off, Sinulog sa Kabataan-Lalawigan, Sinulog sa Kabataan – Dakbayan, Sinulog Idol, Cultural Show, Concert at the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands, Miss Cebu 2014 Coronation Night and more.

Sinulog 2014 Schedule of Activities

Dec 01 – Jan 31, 2014           Sinulog Street Fair, Osmeña Blvd.
7:00 AM                                  Elimination of Sinulog Dance Crew and Musicfest, CCSC

December 30, 2013               Sinulog Fun Run
January 9, 2014 (Thursday) Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus  
4:00 AM                                   Assembly Time (Area) Fuente Osmeña
4:30 AM                                  Start of Walk-Fuente Osmeña Blvd. – Basilica del Sto. Niño
5:30 AM                                  Installation of Hermano & Hermana Mayores 2014

January 10, 2014 (Friday)     Sinulog 2014 Kick Off
2:00PM                                   Solemn Mass (Basilica del Sto. Niño)
3:00 PM                                   Launching Parade (Basilica del Sto. Niño to CCSC)
7:00 PM                                  Opening and Launching Program, Fuente Osmeña
8:00 PM                                  Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM                                  Street Party Bands

January 11, 2014 (Saturday)Sinulog sa Kabataan – Lalawigan
1:00 PM                                  Parade of Participants, Capitol Site to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 PM                                  Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan, Cebu City Sports Center
6:30 PM                                  Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
7:00 PM                                  Ms. Cebu 2014 Presentation @ Ayala Activity Center
8:00 PM                                  Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM                                  Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña , Street Party Bands

January 12, 2014 (Sunday)  Sinulog sa Kabataan- Dakbayan
4:00 AM                                  Cebu City 2014 Marathon – www.cebumarathon.com
1:00 PM                                  Parade of Participants, Plaza Independencia to CCSC
2:00 PM                                  Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan, Cebu City Sports Center
6:00 PM                                  Grand Finals of Sinulog Choral Competition
6:30 PM                                  Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 PM                                  Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM                                  Concert @ the Fuente O, Street Party Bands

January 13, 2014 (Monday)
6:30 PM                                  Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 PM                                  Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM                                  Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands

January 14, 2014 (Tuesday) 
6:30 PM                                  Cultural show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 PM                                  Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM                                  Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands

January 15, 2014 (Wednesday)
9:00 AM                                  Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:30 PM                                  Cultural Shows (Fuente Osmeña)
7:00 PM                                  Ms. Cebu 2013 Coronation Night, Waterfront Lahug Hotel
8:00 PM                                  Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM                                  Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands

January 16, 2014 (Thursday)
9:00 AM                                  Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:30 PM                                  Cultural Shows (Fuente Osmeña)
                                                Sinulog Festival Queen Runway Competition and Photoshoot
6:00 PM                                  Balik Cebu, Welcome Party @ Ayala Center Cebu
8:00 PM                                  Sinulog Idol Grand Finals(Fuente Osmeña Circle)
8:00 PM                                  Handumanan @ Ayala Terraces
9:00 PM                                  Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña , Street Party Bands

January 17, 2014 (Friday)     Visual Merchandising Contest(Dept. Stores and Malls)
4:00 AM                                  Walk with Mary (Area) Fuente Osmeña-Sto. Niño
9:00 AM                                  Solidarity Meeting (All Competing Contingent /Floats / Higante / Puppteers) @ Cebu City Sports Center Gym
6:00 PM                                  Sinulog Dance Crew and Musicfest Grand Finals, CCSC
7:30 PM                                  Sinulog Festival Queen 2014, Cebu City Sports Center
8:00 PM                                  Cebu Popular Music Festival, Cebu Coliseum

January 18, 2014 (Saturday)
6:00 AM                                  Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
9:00 AM                                  Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon Basilica del Sto.Niño
2:00 PM                                  Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
7:00 PM                                  Sinulog Fireworks Competition @ SM City Cebu
7:00 PM                                  Street party @ Fuente Osmeña and Plaza Independencia
8:00 PM                                  Kasadya Nite Mardi Gras @ Ayala Center Cebu
9:00 PM                                  Musicfest Grand Finals

January 19, 2014 (Sunday)  SINULOG GRAND PARADE

4:00 AM                                  Mañanita Mass @Basilica del Sto. Niño
6:00 AM                                  Pontifical mass with His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal
9:00 AM                                  Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
7:00 PM                                  Grand Finale and Grand Fireworks, Cebu City Sports Center
7:30 PM                                  Street Party Bands, Fuente Osmeña
January 20, 2014 (Monday)
1:00 PM                                  Awarding Ceremonies, Cebu City Sports Center
January 24, 2014 (Friday)     “HUBO”
4:00 AM                                  “HUBO Mass” Ritual @ Basilica del Sto. Niño
January 25, 2014 (Saturday)
1:00 P.M                                 Screening of Finaslists Short Film/Video Documentary Contest
                                                Sinulog 2013 Photo Contest Winners Exhibits
6:00 P.M                                 Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest and Video Documentary Contest @SM City Cebu
                  
February 03– Feb. 10, 2014  Photo Exhibits “Winning Photos Sinulog ’14 @SM City Cebu

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Guest Post: Great Beaches Along Southern Cebu

A place for adventurers and waiting to be discovered by the rest of the traveling community, the southern coast of Cebu has created one of the stunning coastlines of white sand beaches, coves, cliffs and inviting clear water. Not to mention is the lively fisherfolk communities that make these areas more authentic.

Beaches in the southern towns of Cebu are mostly free from rowdy tourists and still “natural”, free from modern and commercialism of local tourism. It is in these beaches that you will feel that you own the beach – even if it is a public beach.

For those who want to experience beach bumming or beach hopping in the southern part of Cebu, here are five of the best beaches in Cebu’s southern region.


Tingko Beach, Alcoy
Image by Amacasero

Alcoy’s main beach, Tingko Beach is the closest to Cebu City and great for those who want to experience the stunning beaches of the south without traveling too far. The main attraction of the town, it remains very laidback offering relaxing beach getaways for visitors. This beach in Alcoy is noted for its clear water and longer white-sand shoreline accentuated with big limestone boulders. Alcoy’s beach is also a nice base camp for divers from resorts like Dive Point Alcoy.

White Beach, Moalboal
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Moalbaoal is synonymous with diving but many visit this southern town for its beaches. As the name suggest, this is a white-sand beach. The shoreline is wider and longer, accommodating even large volumes of tourists during weekends and holidays. Like the rest of the great beaches along southern Cebu, its clear water lures beachgoers to White Beach in Moalboal.

Lambug Beach, Badian
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Badian has long been famous for its falls, Kawasan Falls but after decades of promoting local tourism, visitors discover more and more about this wonderful town in southern Cebu.  Aside from falls, visitors can spend their time along the beaches of Badian and one of these is Lambug Beach. White-sand stretching far enough for beachgoers to enjoy the shores that is totally unspoiled. It has enough space for campers to put up their tent or enjoy the sun and sand on a beautiful day.

Samboan beaches
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For those who want a beach along southern Cebu that is totally untouched by commercial tourism, head off to Samboan. The beaches here are small but will mark an impression for its soft sand, clear water and totally zero crowd. With its public beaches, you can just enjoy the beach with locals busy with their fishing.

Beaches of Boljoon
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If you prefer to enjoy the beautiful shores of southern Cebu with complete amenities and facilities, plan your trip to Boljoon. A historically rich seaside town, Boljoon has many beaches  - long stretches to secluded coves. Boljoon has one of the many resorts in southern Cebu offering visitors choices, which are mostly budget-friendly. The town is just 30 minutes away from the famous Oslob whale shark watching.

If you want to enjoy the real beauty of Cebu’s beaches, look them in the southern region of the island. It is here where you can find the most stunning beaches that are not as crowded compered to other beaches while others are completely considered a local’s “secret”.

This post is written by Edgar M., he is a freelance travel agent and online marketing consultant of Divepoint Alcoy Resort.
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