One of the reasons we visited Bais City was the Central Azucacera de Bais. At the height of Ondoy, my family went to the town of Mabinay in Negros Oriental, and along the way, we passed by several towns, including Bais and Tanjay. What drew me to come back to the azucarera was the tree-shaded street in between the small gated compound of houses that used to accommodate the azucarera’s owners.
Argao is a place where many great people hailed from. The incumbent governor of the province of Cebu, Junjun Davide, for one, traces his roots to Argao. His father, Hilario Davide, was former chief justice of the Philippine Supreme Court. The late Cerge Remonde, press secretary to former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was also from Argao.
One of our favorite places to visit when in Argao is Alex Kafe, a home cafe owned by the Kintanar family of Argao. Alex, from whom the cafe is named after, is already dead but the cafe still lived on.
Baguio is a very long ride from Manila. And a very long trip coming from Cebu City. But Baguio and the rest of Benguet have been in my thoughts and dreams ever since I was a child and happened to read short stories on the region. I was curious and was just very happy when a group of friends invited my boyfriend and I to go with them to Baguio. In order to cut out expenses we book our flights five months earlier than our time of travel and booked our hotels and accommodations two months before the time of travel. I have to admit that because the trip to Baguio was very long (about six hours aboard the deluxe Victory Liner bus), I slept during most of our DIY tour the day we arrived.
The Banilad Town Center (BTC) Sunday market is one of the earliest farmers’ market I know in Cebu. This is where I learned that organic farming is not just a trend in Cebu but a sustainable livelihood for many farmers. This is where I learned that Cebu does not just have many local diners and restaurants, but also artisans who can make authentic regional and foreign food.