Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Big Q's Mountain Horseback Riding Adventure

Ever dreamt of riding a horse? Fancy the idea of being a LOTR (Lord of the Rings) warrior or Camelot perhaps?  It’s now time to tame your wild side and hop on to Big Q's Mountain Horseback Riding Adventure.  It is located at Barangay Tabunan, Cebu, just a 30 minutes drive west bound through the Cebu Trans-central highway going to Balamban from JY Square in Barangay Lahug.

You do not even have to be a professional rider to hop on one, as Mr. Anton Quisumbing, the one who managed the trail will teach you to ride hands-on.  The basic introduction to trial riding takes approximately 1 hr ride covering 3 kms. It will take rider around the farm, trail through the forest, and can see scenic view of Cebu's mountain side.  Rate is only Php 1,500.00 per person for a minimum of 3 riders.

There is also a River adventure ride where the rider is taken to the river, downhill and uphill riding through the mountain, river crossing and cantering in the river in a stretch of approximately 7 kms within 3.5 hrs.  Rate is only Php 4,000.00 per person (minimum of 2 riders).  Only 4 riders at a time is the maximum no. of riders that can be accommodated.

There is also a VaQuero Special whole day ride for about 3.5 hrs in the morning and 1.5 hrs in the afternoon. Takes you down to the river and falls (swimming is optional) inclusive of lunch.  Rate is only Php 6,000.00 per person for a minimum of 2 riders.

If you do not want to experience the thrill of horseback riding and just simply enjoy the beauty of nature there is also a NON RIDERS (FARM VISIT W/ LUNCH) for only Php 1,000.00 per person for a minimum of 4 people and maximum of 12.

Farm hours is from 10:30am to 3:30pm


The rates are inclusive of: Transfers (Cebu/Mandaue/Mactan only), Horses, Lunch (for vaquero special package only) and Trail guides.

What To Bring on the trail:
Camera
Whip
Zip lock for your camera/cell phone
Rain coat
Extra clothing (can get wet in the River ride)
Signed Waiver (to be prepared prior to scheduled ride)

What To Wear on the trail - Required
Long Pants/ Riding Pants
Tops with Sleeves 
Riding Shoes/ boots with Heel
Helmets/ riding cap
Sun Block

All bookings are done thru mobile, email or facebook.  No walk-ins are allowed as rides are scheduled in advance.  You may contact Mr. Anton Quisumbing at contact nos:09275446349 or 09396244624 or email him at martinantonio888@yahoo.com.ph

You may also like its page on Facebook : Big Q's Mountain Horseback Riding Adventure

I am truly excited to try this kind of adventure 'coz i know it would be a great thrill to ride a horse and at the same time relax with the beauty of nature.  Oh, this is a must-visit place and must-try adventure when in Cebu, so try it now!  



Monday, May 30, 2011

19th CEBUCON Construction Show CEBU 2011

CEBUCON Construction Show Cebu, the Biggest and Longest Running Annual Construction Trade Exhibit in the Southern Philippines will once again strut their wares this coming June 03 to 06, 2011 at the Cebu Trade Hall of SM City Cebu.

There are new products to watch out for like the Landlite LED lamps, Lanko 101 Parinduit and many more exciting products to be showcased.

So be there and learned the new trends in the construction industry.

Sponsors for this event are: Pioneer Pro, Matwood, Sun Star, AEG and many more.

For more details, you may contact CEBUCON at

Telephone Nos.: +63 32 232-3729, +63 32 232-3740, +63 32 231-3172
E-mail: sales@Laducut.com

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Gabii sa Kabilin: Museums, Museums and Museums

On the day typhoon "Chedeng" left the Philippines (Friday, May 27, 2011), I was eagerly awaiting for "Gabii sa Kabilin" which was on it's fifth season this year but that was to be my first.  There were some 'leftover" rain and some wind, but that did not stop people from coming to the event.  It was to be a museum galore night!
Gabii sa Kabilin
There was a Eucharistic mass at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral at 4 in the afternoon followed by a Santacruzan.  The Santacruzan actually passed right in front of our office so i had fun watching it for the first time.
Santacruzan, Gabii sa Kabilin
The Santacruzan is a novena procession to commemorate the finding of the Holy Cross by Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, and her Royal Regiment in the year 324 A.D.  Santacruzan is the culminating activity of the Flores de Mayo -a Catholic festival held in the month of May in honor of the Virgin Mary.
Santacruzan, Gabii sa Kabilin
 "The procession is accompanied by the steady beat of the rondalla, playing and singing the Hail Mary ("Dios Te Salve"). The devotees walking with the procession hold lighted candles in their hands and sing the prayer as they go along." (Wikipedia)
Santacruzan, Gabii sa Kabilin
After the Santacruzan, the opening ceremony was held at the Cebu Normal University and by 6pm all the participating museums opened its doors to the anxious visitors - Tourists and foreigners, families, heritage enthusiasts, curios Cebuanos and first time attendees like me.
Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
Our first stop was the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, which was just a walking distance from our office.
Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
It was all lit up for the occasion and it was a sight to behold.  An antique house all aglow in the darkness of the night.
Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, Gabii sa Kabilin
Inside the house were timeless treasures.
Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, Gabii sa Kabilin
Furnitures, chinas, chandeliers, religious images and statues, paintings and lots of other cool antique stuffs.
Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, Gabii sa Kabilin
And there is a wishing well too.  I was totally floored in my amazement.  I passed by this seemingly "old rugged house" everyday not knowing that it hold treasures beyond my years.
The Heritage of Cebu Monument, Gabii sa Kabilin
Then we walked towards the "Heritage of Cebu Monument" which was located at Pari-an Cebu, just across the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House.
Pari-an Fire Station, Cebu (Gabii sa Kabilin)
Beside the Heritage of Cebu Monument is the Pari-an Fire Station.
San Juan Bautista Church, Pari-an, Cebu (Gabii sa Kabilin)
There was an exhibit of pictures of Cebu now and then and also a program was going on presenting the participants of the Santacruzan earlier and the Pari-an Church or the San Juan Bautista Church can be seen just beside the stage.
Sacred Heart Art Gallery, Gabii sa Kabilin
We can actually go to the Casa Gorordo museum or the Jesuit museum which were just of walking distance from the Heritage of Cebu Monument, but we opted to go first to the museums located far from where we were in an attempt to cover all the 18 locations. So we took a free bus ride to the Sacred Heart Alternative Art Gallery and there we were greeted by the sounds of a local band.
Sacred Heart Art Gallery, Gabii sa Kabilin
Inside the gallery were modern artworks and paintings of Cebuanos.
Sugbo Museum, Gabii sa Kabilin
We just stayed there for a while then we took another free bus ride to the Sugbo Museum located t M.J. Cuenco Avenue.  It was another museum i just passed by everyday and that was to be my first visit there.

Sugbo Museum, Gabii sa Kabilin
It has a grand view outside with all its lights aglow.  Not bad for a place known to be a prison then.

Sugbo Museum, Gabii sa Kabilin
You'll be greeted by two cannons outside the main entrance.  There are different rooms showcasing different parts of the History of Cebu. It was another museum which took most of our time because there were lots of interesting information we gathered and displays we saw. It was like a library and a museum in one.
Sugbo Museum, Gabii sa Kabilin
We were particularly amused with the World War II memorabilia, just great treasures and reminders that these things we knew in history classes did actually happened.

A beautiful fountain will greet you going to a huge courtyard where more museums could be found.  As we hurriedly left to get to more museums, rain began to pour down but it did not stop the people from coming as buses came and went towards Sugbo Museum.  
Fort San Pedro, Gabii sa Kabilin
We took a free bus ride to Fort San Pedro and Plaza Independencia which is just beside the Fort. 
Fort San Pedro, Gabii sa Kabilin
We were greeted by a tribal musical group and guards dressed as Spanish soldiers.
Fort San Pedro, Gabii sa Kabilin
We really couldn't enjoy much of Fort San Pedro as the rain played the 'killjoy" part.  It was okay as i have been there before but too sad for the first timers.  We had a big dilemma because it is almost 11:00 pm and we have to decide if we should go to the Mandaue City Plaza which is very far or go to the nearer museums.  So we chose to go to the nearer museums. A bonus awaits as we get to ride a tartanilla - a local horse drawn carriage which was a common transportation then.  We just passed across Plaza Independencia then went to the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Fort San Pedro/Plaza Independencia (Gabii sa Kabilin)
We were so thrilled to ride the tartanilla.  It's not everyday that we can do so.
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Gabii sa Kabilin
Then we just went around the Cathedral as it was already closed.
Cathedral Museum, Gabii sa Kabilin
We were quite lost because we thought the Cathedral museum was inside the Church but we soon found out that the Cathedral Museum was just beside the Cathedral.
Plaza Hamabar, Gabii sa Kabilin
Across the museum is Plaza Hamabar.
Cathedral Museum, Gabii sa Kabilin
The Cathedral museum showcased the religious aspect of the History of Cebu. It was a great honor to see the vestments of past Cardinals and Bishops. There was a big garden at the back of the museum with big bells and a well too.
USPF Rizal Museum, Gabii sa Kabilin
Then we walked towards USPF-Rizal museum which is just beside the Cathedral museum.
Jose Rizal Museum, Gabii sa Kabilin
It has displays of the old clothes of Jose Rizal.  It was a just a very small museum and we just stayed there for less than 5 minutes.
Colon Street, Gabii sa Kabilin
Then we walked towards Colon Street- the oldest street in the Philippines, then towards Pari-an area our starting point.
Museo Parian sa Sugbo, Jesuit House of 1730
In that area was the Museo Parian sa Sugbo - Jesuit House of 1730 which housed the Sugbo Gallery, another walking distance from the Heritage of Cebu Monument.  It was another great experience as we learned a lot from the tour guide.  
Casa Gorordo Museum, Gabii sa Kabilin
Then we decided to forego Casa Gorordo museum which is on the street opposite the Jesuit House because we want to go the CNU museum and the Cebu City Museum, but couldn't find a bus ride available. As it was already past 11:00 pm and no bus in sight we went to the Casa Gorordo museum instead.  It was the only museum that we went into that did not allow taking of pictures inside.  The museum somehow told us that a rich family or a person of high profile used to lived there.  It was really beautiful.
Balut, Gabii sa Kabilin
Then we waited again for a bus, but it never came so we were left with three museums and a heritage site that we were not able to go to - CNU museum, Cebu City Museum, Basilica del Sto Niño museum and the Mandaue City Plaza.

With more museums and heritage sites participating this year, time was just not enough to visit all these sites.  So we ended the tour by having snacks at the Pari-an Plaza - fishballs and the native "Balut" 
Buko (Coconut), Gabii sa Kabilin
and some coconut juice.  Apparently our stomachs craved for more, so we went to a famous fastfood restaurant and had our dinner at 12 midnight.

It was the first time i felt so safe walking in the streets of Cebu City at night.  Lots of police personnel and barangay tanods were placed on almost all corners of the streets of Cebu, specially where the museums are located.

I will be joining next year for sure but i will try to plan my schedule and set a time limit for each museum so that i can visit all of them.  It is also best to come in groups as there will be a tour guide who will entertain you and tell you about the museum.  It is also best to start early so that you can have time to spare to watch the presentations.

So, see you all for 2012 "Gabii sa Kabilin".











Wednesday, May 25, 2011

CEBU SHIPPING GUIDE - SCHEDULE and RATES (2 of 12) - TRANS-ASIA SHIPPING

CEBU SHIPPING GUIDE - SCHEDULE and RATES: Getting to Cebu, Visayas and Mindanao by Ship, Boat and Ferry
Ever tried booking for a ticket when travelling via ship or ferry? Or have you planned that perfect trip to Cebu or nearby islands only to found out that there is no scheduled trip on the day you set?  Did you check for other travel options with other shipping companies but could not find their info?  I did and it was such a great inconvenience to grope for answers and could find none.

This is the second of the twelve i'll be making of a detailed list of Shipping Companies you might consider in travelling to and from Cebu or its nearby islands in Visayas and Mindanao and even Luzon.  This might help you or guide you in planning that trip you've been longing to take.  Check out the daily schedules and rates/fares so that you can plan your budget and set your travel date.  Links to websites and contact information of the shipping companies are also listed below if you have further inquiries or if you may wish to book online.  I suggest you book online ahead of your schedule planned trip to avail of promo fares offered by shipping lines.

NOTE: ALL SCHEDULES AND RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE, so it is better to contact the local office of the Shipping line to verify the schedules and rates.


From Cebu to Cagayan De Oro
Travels Daily at 8:00 pm Terminal 3 Estimated Arrival is 4:30 am the next day

From Cagayan De Oro to Cebu
Travels Daily at 8:00 pm, Estimated Arrival is 5:00 am the next day


RATE/FARE
                     Adult     0-2 yrs old   3-11 yrs   60 yrs & Up  Student
2nd Class       880.00     168.00        707.32      662.40       776.39
Tourist        1,020.00     168.00        812.32      762.40       895.39
Cabin          1,300.00     168.00     1,022.35      962.40          N.A. 
Presidential 
-Suite         3,360.00      168.00        N.A.       2,467.60          N.A. 

1. Senior - applicable only to Philippine citizens
2. Students - not applicable to short courses.
3. Presidential Suite rooms are sold per room basis (good for 2 persons) 
and per person for some areas
4. Passage rates are all in inclusive of VAT already

From Cebu to Ozamis
Travels Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
 Departs at 8:00 pm Terminal 3 
 Estimated Arrival is 6:30 am the next day

From Ozamis to Cebu
Travels Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

 Departs at 8:00 pm Ozamis Pier
 Estimated Arrival is 6:30 am the next day


RATE/FARE
                     Adult     0-2 yrs old   3-11 yrs   60 yrs & Up  Student
2nd Class       760.00     168.00        452.24      568.65       667.67
Tourist           970.00     168.00        557.24      718.65       846.17
Cabin          1,125.00     168.00        634.74      829.40          N.A. 
Presidential 
-Suite         2,650.00      168.00        N.A.       1,944.50          N.A. 

1. Senior - applicable only to Philippine citizens
2. Students - not applicable to short courses.
3. Presidential Suite rooms are sold per room basis (good for 2 persons) 
and per person for some areas
4. Passage rates are all in inclusive of VAT already



From Cebu to Iloilo
Travels Monday to Saturday
Departs at 6:00 pm Terminal 3 
Estimated Arrival is 6:30 am the next day

From Iloilo to Cebu
Travels Tuesday to Sunday 

Departs at 6:00 pm Iloilo Pier
Estimated Arrival is 6:30 am the next day


RATE/FARE
                     Adult     0-2 yrs old   3-11 yrs   60 yrs & Up  Student
2nd Class       725.00     168.00        481.74      596.85       725.00
Tourist           825.00     168.00        634.24      676.85       825.00
Cabin             950.00     168.00        796.74      771.85          N.A. 
Presidential 
-Suite         2,300.00      168.00        N.A.       1,863.70          N.A. 

1. Senior - applicable only to Philippine citizens
2. Students - not applicable to short courses.
3. Presidential Suite rooms are sold per room basis (good for 2 persons) 
and per person for some areas
4. Passage rates are all in inclusive of VAT already
  

From Cebu to Masbate
Travels Monday, Wednesday and Friday 
Departs at 6:00 pm Terminal 3 
Estimated Arrival is 7:30 am the next day

From Masbate to Cebu
Travels Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 
Departs at 6:00 pm Masbate Pier
Estimated Arrival is 7:30 am the next day

RATE/FARE
                     Adult     0-2 yrs old   3-11 yrs   60 yrs & Up  Student
2nd Class       575.00     112.00        349.70      466.00       507.40
Tourist           850.00     112.00        487.16      650.15       741.15
Cabin           1,465.00     112.00        794.66   1,067.85          N.A. 
Presidential 
-Suite         1,795.00      112.00       959.66   1,303.00          N.A. 
1. Senior - applicable only to Philippine citizens
2. Students - not applicable to short courses.
3. Presidential Suite rooms are sold per room basis (good for 2 persons) 
and per person for some areas
4. Passage rates are all in inclusive of VAT already

From Cebu to Tagbilaran
Travels every Monday only 
Departs at 12:00 noon Terminal 3 
Estimated Arrival is 4:30 am the next day

From Tagbilaran to Cebu
Travels every Sunday only  
Departs at 10:00 pm Tagbilaran Pier
Estimated Arrival is 2:30 am the next day

RATE/FARE
                     Adult     0-2 yrs old   3-11 yrs   60 yrs & Up  Student
2nd Class       180.00     120.00        150.00      180.00       180.00
Tourist           240.00     160.00        195.00      240.00       240.00
Cabin             345.00     230.00        270.00      325.15          N.A. 
Presidential 
-Suite            445.00      235.00        340.00      380.00          N.A. 
1. Senior - applicable only to Philippine citizens
2. Students - not applicable to short courses.
3. Presidential Suite rooms are sold per room basis (good for 2 persons) 
and per person for some areas
4. Passage rates are all in inclusive of VAT already


From Tagbilaran to Cagayan
Travels every Monday, Wednesday and Friday  
Departs at 7:30 pm
Estimated Arrival is 5:00 am the next day

From Cagayan to Tagbilaran
Travels every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday   
Departs at 7:00 pm 
Estimated Arrival is 4:30 am the next day

RATE/FARE
                     Adult     0-2 yrs old   3-11 yrs   60 yrs & Up  Student
2nd Class       645.00     478.80        513.15      483.15       565.90
Tourist           775.00     446.30        610.65      574.60       676.39
Cabin             960.00     538.80        749.40      706.75          N.A. 
Presidential 
-Suite          1,100.00      608.80        854.40      806.71          N.A. 
1. Senior - applicable only to Philippine citizens
2. Students - not applicable to short courses.
3. Presidential Suite rooms are sold per room basis (good for 2 persons) 
and per person for some areas
4. Passage rates are all in inclusive of VAT already

From Cebu to Tacloban
Travels every Thursdays  
Departs at 6:00 pm
Estimated Arrival is 12:00 pm 

From Tacloban to Cebu
Travels every Saturdays   
Departs at 6:00 am 
Estimated Arrival is 7:00 pm 

For RATE/FARE to Tacloban , please check Trans-Asia Website.




From Cebu to Zamboanga
Travels every Sunday  
Departs at 12:00 pm
Estimated Arrival is 06:00 pm 

From Zamboanga to Cebu
Travels every Tuesdays   
Departs at 6:00 pm 
Estimated Arrival is 8:00 pm 

For RATE/FARE to Zamboanga, please check Trans-Asia Website.



Trans-Asia offers free shuttle bus pick up from SM City Cebu to Terminal 3, Cebu. Schedule of the Shuttle bus changes from time to time so it is best to contact their office for that day’s pick up time.


There are four (4) types of accommodation on all Trans Asia vessels. The highest class is the Presidential Suite room, followed by Cabin, the Tourist and the 2nd Class non-aircon accommodation.

The Presidential Suite room is sold on a per room basis, ranging from good for two (2) to three (3) passengers inside the room. Suite rooms have complete amenities such as individual reading lamp, closet, toilet and bath, television set and DVD player, private intercom, and on some vessels, a personal butler and a private verandah with coffee table and 2 chairs.

Cabin rooms are designed for small families or groups with a choice of good for 2 to 8 passengers in a room. This is sold on a per passenger basis with amenities such as toilet and bath, television set and half curtains for privacy.

Tourist accommodations are air-conditioned cubicles in groups of 2 to 8, with individual reading lamp, half curtains for privacy and television set showing in-house featured movies.

2nd class non-aircon accommodation is designed for those who want to enjoy the fresh sea breeze. Television sets are strategically located showing in-house featured movies. 



Be at the Terminal or pre-boarding area at least two (2) hours before scheduled departure


Source: Trans-Asia Website


You may purchase your  tickets at the
Cebu Main Office



M.J. Cuenco corner Osmeña Bvd., Cebu City
at SM Cebu ticket outlet, 
Pier 4 Cebu Pier ticket outlet and other ticketing agents.

For more information and inquiries, visit the Trans-Asia website
or contact them at these numbers; 
+63 (032) 254-6491; +63 (032) 255-7899; 255-7997





Click Map below to locate Trans-Asia Main Office;



Watch out for the next series 
of Cebu Shipping Guide (3 of 12)



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