Cebu-Mactan Island, Philippines - Time for R&R!
22 June 2016
Hi All -
Just a quick update on what we’ve been up to -
After arriving in the Philippines, Tom was looking forward to a break as he’d worked about a 45 days without much of break so I went to work looking for some places to go in the Philippines. We decided on Cebu/Mactan Island & Boracay. Both are northwest of us.
We went to Cebu first, about an 1½ hr flight. We splurged & stayed a Costabella’s a nicer hotel with a pool, great food & fantastic mojitos! We were only there 3 days but we hung at the pool & beach. Our last day we went diving. Diving wasn’t really very good even though it was a marine sanctuary. In fact less than a mile away, fishermen were dynamite fishing & we could feel & hear the dynamite go off. I don’t think there’s any more disappointing than to know the reef & fish are being killed daily by these fishermen. It’s illegal but they do it anyway.
The last day our flight wasn’t until 2 pm so we played tourist on the way to the airport.
Remember Ferdinand Magellan from your high school history days? He was the first to circumnavigate the world & discover the Straits of Magellan in the early 1500’s. He landed in Cebu, Philippines in 1521 & tried to take over what is now Mactan Island from Lapu-Lapu the local leader of the island. A fierce fight broke out & the spaniards fought with guns while the Filipinos fought with poison arrows. Lapu-Lapu managed to hit Magellan & kill him with his poison arrow. He is credited to saving his people for 60 years before more explorers tried to take Mactan Island again. Both Lapu-Lapu & Magellan have statues & memorials erected in their honor. Interesting because I never remembered any of that from history! While there’s tons more to see in Cebu, we got a only a short peek but look forward to returning with Mokisha & spending some time there. You can see the pictures on the picture gallery on the right. Enjoy!
Our next 3 days would be spent in Boracay a much more beachy, touristy island. It too, was only an 1½ hr flight. Hello…...Boracay!