Central Visayas Category

Punta Cruz Watchtower

May 20, 2014

The Punta Cruz Watchtower is the primary symbol of the town of Maribojoc, Bohol and is found on both the seal and flag of the town. Built by the Augustinian Recollects in 1796, the watchtower served as a lookout against marauding pirates and Moros from Mindanao and was dedicated to... (read more)

Cebu International Convention Center

April 19, 2014

The Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) (Wikipedia) originally began as an idea for a huge sports complex to be built in the reclamation area of Mandaue. That plan was scrapped and instead an international convention center was proposed when the Philippines was selected to host the twin events of the... (read more)


January 12, 2014

There are two stories of how the islet of Capitancillo got its name. The first story, a legend set during the Spanish Colonial Period, tells the tale of Capitan Basillo, a skipper of a trading vessel, who angered Rajah Bugtopasan, a contemporary of Lapu-Lapu. Capitan Basillo tried to escape Bugtopasan,... (read more)

Apo Island

September 1, 2013

I think the top tourist attraction of Negros Oriental outside of Dumaguete is Apo Island (Wikipedia). Famous for its excellent snorkeling and diving sites, the island and its surrounding waters is a very successful case study of developing a sustainable community-managed marine protected area. In the 1970s, fishing stocks around the... (read more)

Pamilacan Island

March 21, 2011

Just like Balicasag Island, Pamilacan Island is another island of Bohol that is located quite some distance from the mainland. If Balicasag is famous for its scuba diving and coral reefs, Pamilacan is famous for its dolphin and whale watching, though it does have some dive sites of its own. Located... (read more)

Capilay Spring Park

February 6, 2010

Siquijor hasn’t been featured yet here in Vista Pinas, so let’s rectify the situation by visiting the Capilay Spring Park, one of the famous tourist attractions on this mystical island province. This spring park is located in downtown San Juan, on the southwest coast of the island. Photo from the... (read more)

Baclayon Church

January 27, 2010

Our next stop is the really old Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception more popularly known as the Baclayon Church, located in the Bohol town of the same name. There’s a claim that this church is possibly the second-oldest church in the Philippines having been established in 1595,... (read more)

Balicasag Island

September 23, 2009

Situated about 6 kilometers west-southwest of Panglao Island in Bohol is Balicasag Island. This 35-hectare round island is quite popular among scuba divers since it is ringed with glorious coral reefs. The island is inhabited, and located at the western end is the Balicasag Island Dive Resort, the only resort... (read more)


July 22, 2009

With a name like Crocolandia, you can expect a place like this to have lots of crocodiles. And this mini-zoo in Brgy. Biasong, Talisay City, Cebu does in fact have plenty of them. Its most famous croc is a saltwater crocodile named Lapu-Lapu (I have no idea why). But Crocolandia... (read more)

Kawit Point (formerly Kawit Island)

June 19, 2009

Kawit Point used to be an island called Kawit Island that was located about a kilometer off the coast of Cebu City. The reclamation of this area of the Mactan channel that the city undertook connected this island to Cebu’s mainland and it is now part of the South Road... (read more)

Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa

May 19, 2009

You know what? I realized that I haven’t featured a sight from the beautiful province of Bohol yet! So let’s rectify this deplorable situation by featuring Panglao Island, specifically the Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa. Panglao Island is said to be the next Boracay and already there are plenty... (read more)

Heritage of Cebu Monument

April 26, 2009

Cebu City is the oldest city in the Philippines and the province of Cebu features prominently in the early history of the Philippine Islands. So it’s quite fitting that the Heritage of Cebu Monument was erected in the Parian district of Cebu City to celebrate the historicity of Cebu. The... (read more)

Malacañan sa Sugbo

October 23, 2008

The Malacañan sa Sugbo (which is Cebuano for “Malacañan of Cebu”) is the official residence of the President of the Philippines in Cebu City. This building, colloquially called the Aduana, was constructed in 1910 during the American colonial period and for most of its time until 2004, housed the Cebu... (read more)

Miag-ao Church

October 3, 2008

The Miag-ao Church, located in the southern municipality of the same name in Iloilo is one of the four Baroque Churches of the Philippines that have been collectively designated as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I’ve already featured one Baroque Church before and that’s the Paoay Church in... (read more)

Familia Luzuriaga Cemetery

September 11, 2008

Now here’s something interesting. Did you know that the Familia Luzuriaga Cemetery in Bacolod is “the only cemetery in the world at the intersection of two highways” according to the Guinness World Records? Well, that’s what many websites say but I could not verify that since the Guinness World Records... (read more)

Taoist Temple (Cebu City)

August 28, 2008

One of the most popular tourist spots in Cebu City aside from Magellan’s Cross is the Taoist Temple located in the posh Beverly Hills Subdivision way up on the hills of the Queen City of the South. This Taoist place of worship (I’ve featured one in Baguio City before) was... (read more)

Silliman University

June 12, 2008

In a country where secular state universities and privately-run Catholic universities dominate, Silliman University stands alone among the best universities in the Philippines for being the one started by Protestant Americans as a private institution of higher learning. Silliman University’s campus is a major landmark in the city of Dumaguete... (read more)

Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center

May 11, 2008

The Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center or CPDRC, is the world-famous penitentiary institution that gave us the dancing inmates. These prisoners became a worldwide sensation when a video of them dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was uploaded to YouTube by Byron Garcia, the security consultant of the Cebu Provincial... (read more)

Fuente Osmeña Circle

April 12, 2008

Cebu’s most prominent person is President Sergio Osmeña, the fourth president of the Philippines after the Japanese-sponsored presidency of Jose P. Laurel but succeeding Manuel L. Quezon’s term in the Commonwealth of the Philippines. He is also the patriarch of the powerful Osmeña clan which counts in its roster several... (read more)

Fort San Pedro

February 24, 2008

If Manila has Intramuros and Zamboanga City has Fort Pilar, then Cebu City has Fort San Pedro (Wikipedia), ordered built by Miguel López de Legazpi in 1565 and only finished in 1738. The fort lays claim to being the “oldest, smallest and well preserved colonial fort” in the Philippines and... (read more)

Ramon Durano Foundation Compound

February 4, 2008

Located in the northern outskirts of Danao City in Cebu is the Ramon Durano Foundation Compound. This is one of the last legacies of Ramon Durano, the powerful patriarch of the Durano Clan in Cebu (of which Department of Tourism Secretary Joseph “Ace” Durano is a member). We’ve also featured... (read more)

Don Ramon Durano Sr. Memorial Sports Complex

October 15, 2007

The Don Ramon Durano Sr. Memorial Sports Complex in Danao City, Cebu is pretty much like every other sports facility in the country. But its claim to fame is that it is one of the venues for the 2005 SEA Games, specifically the mountain biking event. Fortunately, the Philippines won... (read more)

Alegre Beach Resort

September 23, 2007

While Mactan Island is the undisputed resort capital of Cebu, what with the presence there of world-class resorts like Shangri-la Mactan and Plantation Bay, there are other equally well-known resorts in Cebu far from the hustle and bustle of Metro Cebu. One of these top-class resorts (that have high-resolution satellite... (read more)

Ayala Center Cebu

September 13, 2007

I tend to visit malls and shopping centers way, way after they have opened. For example, I only visited SM Mall of Asia four months after its grand opening. Same goes for the Ayala shopping centers. I still have not seen TriNoMa yet, and it was only a few weeks... (read more)

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa

August 1, 2007

I said before that Shangri-la Mactan Island Resort is Cebu’s premier resort. Well, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, is a close second in terms of prestige. This seaside resort is located about six kilometers down the coast from Shangri-la and is one of Lapu-Lapu City’s numerous beach resorts. Its architecture... (read more)

Liloan Lighthouse

July 21, 2007

The Liloan Lighthouse, officially named the Bagacay Point Light, is one of the famous lighthouses in the Visayas and is located in Barangay Catarman, Liloan, Cebu, about 18 kilometers northeast of Cebu City. The lighthouse is maintained by the Philippine Coast Guard and serves as a critical navigational aid for... (read more)

Mactan Shrine

May 20, 2007

Just a short walk away from the previously-featured Shangri-la Mactan Island Resort is the Mactan Shrine, which is dedicated in honor of Lapu-Lapu, Ferdinand Magellan, and the Battle of Mactan. Going back to our history, Lapu-Lapu was the native chieftain of Mactan Island, and he resisted the efforts of Magellan... (read more)

Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge

April 14, 2007

If there was a poll for the best-looking bridge in the country, I would probably give my vote to Cebu’s Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge. I said “probably,” because the elegant-looking Bamban Bridge is a very serious contender. :-) Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge connects the islands of Mactan to mainland Cebu across... (read more)

Shangri-la Mactan Island Resort

March 21, 2007

The Shangri-la Mactan Island Resort is undoubtedly Cebu’s crown jewel resort found along the northeastern shores of Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island. The delegates of the recently concluded 12th ASEAN Summit were accommodated in this seaside resort and several meetings were also held inside the hotel. The summit was to... (read more)

Magellan’s Cross

June 30, 2006

Magellan’s Cross is the symbol of Cebu City, the oldest city in the Philippines. In fact, the chapel that houses the cross (whose roof can be seen at the center of this article’s thumbnail image) is found on the queen city’s official seal. To the south of the chapel is... (read more)