Guide to enjoying and exploring Siam’s first capital.
The north of Cebu is a relatively new discovery to me. It was only this year that I was able to finally visit all towns and cities of Northern Cebu and, to me, that is a feat because I’ve been living in the city for almost 2 decades and I can’t believe I still haven’t toured the province completely. Anyway, it was a road trip to remember, one because it was my husband’s clan reunion and, two, we almost figured in a road accident and I couldn’t shake off the fear in the next days following our arrival home.
Toledo is an economic hub — home to Atlas Mining, Carmen Mining, and now fertilizer plants. The neighboring towns also benefit from their city neighbor’s economic progress as industries expand north to Balamban and south to Pinamungajan. Toledo is also where my boyfriend’s maternal grandfather came from. One weekend in October, we went to Toledo to attend the burial of my boyfriend’s uncle. Because we had little time for sightseeing, I only made sure to at least do two things: (1) meet with my college classmate who brought us the original Balamban liempo, and (2) visit my “Toledo secret.”
When we have time, my boyfriend and I visit his aunt and family who lives in Taguig City. Taguig is very convenient coming from the airport because it is very near and I actually love that their house is near Libingan ng mga Bayani and the Bonifacio Global City. During this visit, my boyfriend and I did a walking tour of BGC, starting from Market! Market! (pausing for some Wendy’s burgers and a little shopping), proceeding to Serendra and then capping the walking tour at The Mind Museum where we purchased tickets for an afternoon visit.
We went to Manila mainly to attend the wedding of my boyfriend’s college classmate. It was going to be in San Agustin Church in Intramuros and it was a good chance to explore the walled city again. My first time to go to Intramuros was in 2005 when my grandma took me with her in one of the Wow! Philippines exhibitions there. I could not remember what the place looked like in 2005 because we got there at night. All I remembered was the streets were really narrow, and were tiled. So, I was back in 2012, and the streets were still narrow