SM City Cebu

My favorite all-time tambayan, suroyanan, hideaway. This is one of the reasons why I flunked some of my subjects in school! Haha, okay enough with the blame game. More »

Lapu-Lapu Shrine in Mactan

I and my friends went to Lapu-Lapu Shrine in Mactan, Cebu. Location and map of the Lapu-Lapu Shrine, just below this page. More »

Breakfast at Apurado

I had to try out Apurado. I don’t usually eat at malls because of the prices. I had to do it, so I can have something to write about in this blog. Haha. More »

 

Unique People during the Sinulog 2016

I’m not really interested in taking photos of the street dancers. Kung sa Cebuano pa, gas-gas na hehe.

What I did was take photos of unique and unusual people, well at least in my opinion. These people may not be unique for you. I only took a few since I also have other plans that day. But I hope to add more in the next Sinulog.

While walking along Jones Avenue, I saw this Clash of Clan character. He posed with his Akrho hand sign.
Sinulog Cebu photos

This guy was game when I asked him if I could take a picture of him.
Sinulog Cebu photos

When this float arrived at the Fuente Osmeña circle, people were ecstatic, especially the children. Below is Kylo Ren, Star Wars latest main villain.
Sinulog Cebu photos

Well, everyone’s favorite character, Chewbacca or Chewie if you dont want the mouthful name.
Sinulog Cebu photos

Richard Guttierez, well he is unique since very few men are imbued with handsome looks hehe.
Sinulog Cebu photos

The face alone of this comedian Poo, is quiet unique. He became famous when he played the Pacquiao character in Wowowee, a defunct noontime television show.
Sinulog Cebu photos

I just find this boy’s hair cute, and of course unusual, he is probably the only human being with that hair in this part of Cebu City.
Sinulog Cebu photos

I hope you enjoyed looking at the photos.

How to Survive the Deadly Sinulog Crowd

I’m not exaggerating. The Sinulog crowd in some areas especially in Mango Avenue could literally turn into a deadly stampede. It already happened, almost every Sinulog.

Although, I still have to hear a report of death, but some were hurt especially children.

Last January 17, I was in front of Robinsons in Mango, near the pedestrian overpass. People were pushing and pulling. I believe some people with crooked intentions deliberately do this either to pass through easily or so they could get the chance to steal some valuables such as cellphones and money.

Sinulog crowd
At Mango Avenue, in front of Mercury Drug.

How to survive the Sinulog crowd?
1. Better stay home. This is the surest way for you to live longer.
2. Avoid the areas were the parade would pass by. Surely, there are huge volume of people cramping up.
Specifically, avoid Jones Avenue and Mango Avenue.
3. Do not walk on the middle of the street, the throngs of people are there, and the volume would increase at noon down to the evening, especially in Mango Avenue. Better walk on the sidewalk, closer to the wall of commercial establishments.
4. Do not bring your expensive gadgets or large amount of money. If you do, better put them in the inner part of your clothes if it has secret pockets.

Sinulog crowd
At Mango Avenue, in front of Jollibee, near National Bookstore. Group of police guarding. Thanks to them.

I really thought I would die in a mini stampeded last Sunday. After I made out safe, I was shaking. Checked my camera bag. Thank God, nothing was missing or broken.

Sinulog crowd
At Jones Avenue, around 8 in the morning.

SM Seaside City, Cebu’s newest and biggest Mall

If you’re from Cebu, I’m sure you’re one of those anticipating the opening of SM’s newest mall named Seaside City. It will be 4th largest mall in the country. This is located in the SRP or South Road Properties, located along the coastline of Cebu City.

This spaceship-like mall will open on November 27, 2015 despite DPWH announcing that they found defects in the construction.

It has a lot area of 93, 570 sq. m and a total floor area of 291,043 sq. m. SM Megamall is still the largest mall in the Philippines with a 570,000 sqm floor area.

It has a church! Yes, a designed church solely for religious activities. Most malls around the country only temporarily converts a certain large space into a makeshift church on Sundays.

Visit their official website at SMSeasideCity.net.

Cebu South Bus Terminal Bus Schedules

Going to Oslob or to any place down south of Cebu? Here is an updated schedule of Cebu South Bus Terminal, last updated on September 16, 2015. Information mirrored in my other site Pilipinas.

Schedules may change without prior notice*

For more inquiries contact CSBT ( 253-3830/ 2534119 ).

BUS COMPANY ROUTE Aircon/non Aircon NUMBER OF BUSES NUMBER OF TRIP/DAY TIME DEPARTURE
CERES Toledo non-aircon 4 5/6 ways 1st trip 5 am
Pinamungajan non-aircon 8 3/4 ways depends on the bus
Balamban aircon 4 3/4 ways last trip 8 pm
Argao Aircon 16 4 ways 1st trip 3 am
interval 30 min.
last trip 9 pm.
Argao non-aircon 14 3/4 ways 1st trip 3 am
interval 30 min.
last trip 9 pm.
Bato/ Oslob Aircon 34 2/3 ways 1st trip 3 am
interval 30 min.
last trip 9 pm.
Bato/Oslob non- Aircon 42 2/3 ways 1st trip 3 am
interval 30 min.
last trip 9 pm.
Moalboal non-aircon 6 3/4 ways interval 30 min.
interval 30 min.
last trip 9 pm.
Carcar non-aircon 6 4/5 ways 1st trip 3 am
depends on the bus
last trip 9 pm.
Bato/Brili Aircon 12 2/3 ways 1st trip 3 am
depends on the bus
last trip 9 pm.
Bato/Barili non- Aircon 21 2/3 ways 1st trip 3 am
interval 30 min.
last trip 9 pm.
Bacolod Aircon 2 1 way 1st trip 1 am
last trip 6 am.
non-Aircon 2 1 way 1st trip 1 am
last trip 6 am.
Dumaguete Aircon 8 1 way 1st trip 6 am
2 hours interval
last trip 6 pm
SUNRAYS Bato/oslob Aircon 9 3 ways 1st trip 3 am
interval 30 min.
last trip 9 pm.
non Aircon 21 3 ways 1st trip 3 am
interval 30 min.
last trip 9 pm.
JHADE Aluguinsan non-aircon 4 4 ways 1st trip 5 am
Pinamungajan depends on the bus
last trip 6 pm
DOS HERMANOS Carcar non-aircon 3 6 ways 1st trip 6 am
depends on the bus
last trip 8 pm
BEFEL LINER Carcar non-Aircon 1 6 ways 1st trip 6 am
depends on the bus
last trip 6 pm
SKIPPER Sibonga non-aircon 3 4 ways 1st trip 5 am
depends on the bus
last trip 6 pm
ANDREW LINER Sibonga non-aircon 2 4 ways 1st trip 5 am
depends on the bus
last trip 6 pm
PIONEER Sibonga non-aircon 10 4 ways 1st trip 4 am
depends on the bus
last trip 8 pm
METROLINK Bato/Barili non-aircon 6 2 ways 1st trip 4 am
depends on the bus
last trip 8 pm
JBH trans Dumanjug non-aircon 10 4 ways 1st trip 3 am
depends on the bus
last trip 6 pm
CHAN Transit Dumanjug non-aircon 24 2 ways 1st trip 3 am
depends on the bus
last trip 6 pm
SOCORRO Dumanjug non-aircon 5 3 ways 1st trip 6 am
depends on the bus
last trip 6 pm
YEOMAN Sibonga non-Aircon 10 4 ways 1st trip 5 am
depends on the bus
last trip 7 pm
CALVO LINE Toledo non-aircon 38 2/3 ways 1st trip 3 am
Balamban 30 min. interval
last trip 8 pm
EDC Sibonga non-aircon 9 2/3 ways 1st trip 7 am
depends on the bus
last trip 7 pm
COROMINAS Tuburan non-aircon 18 2/3 ways 1st trip 5 am
depends on the bus
last trip 7 pm
ALLOWIE Sibonga non-aircon 5 4 ways 1st trip 6 am
depends on the bus
last trip 8 pm
JRK sibonga non-aircon 14 2/3 ways 1st trip 5 am
depends on the bus
last trip 8 pm
INDAY Jean Carcar non-aircon 1 4/5 ways 1st trip 5 am
depends on the bus
last trip 7 pm
CANOÑEO Toledo non-aircon 3 2/3 ways 1st trip 5 am
depends on the bus
last trip 8 pm
JEGANS Pinamungajan non-aircon 9 4 ways 1st trip 5 am
depends on the bus
last trip 8 pm
total no. of Cebu South Bus Terminal 384

Map of Unionbank Cebu branches

Here are the Unionbank of the Philippines branches in Cebu City.

Wheelchair-accessible Taxi for Cebu?

A “wheelchair-accessible taxi” would be very helpful for people with disability here in our city.

In Australia, their government offers free permits to taxi owners who have a wheelchair-friendly taxi. We could also imitate that scheme, to encourage business owners to have this type of taxi.

Studio 108 Fitness and Wellness Center

studio 108 yoga cebu

Simply called Studio 108 is a newly opened yoga and fitness center in Cebu.

This wellness center is a baby conceived by Anne Dala, who is passionate about yoga, healthy and organic diet, inner peace, charity works and all in between.

studio 108 cebu

They not only offer yoga, but also other fitness regimens such as ‪taichi‬, ‪zumba‬, ‪aikido‬, hula fitness, and detoxification (diet).

The prices are affordable
Getting fit and healthy need not be expensive. Here are the rates and packages.
studio 108 prices and packages

Studio 108 is open seven days a week, you would not miss a day in your path to a healthy lifestyle.
studio 108 cebu

Studio 108 is located in:
2F Paseo Arcenas Building
Banawa, Cebu City, Philippines

You can call them through the following numbers:
511-3642 / 0943-818-7783

SM City area is Flooded today

If you love your car, then it is best to avoid the SM City Cebu area in Mandaue City today.

In front of SM City and Sungold general merchandise.
SM City Cebu

Amphibious vehicles roaming the streets of Cebu!
SM Cebu

Bus Rapid Transit is Approved

The BRT system has been approved by the national government through National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and bidding will take place in the second quarter of 2015 for potential contractors responsible for building the system.

The estimated cost of construction is P10.618-billion.

brt

The Transportation Department said it is ready to bid out the P10.618-billion Cebu bus rapid transit system in the second quarter of 2015, after the mass transit project received the green light from the National Economic and Development Authority last week.

Cebu BRT, a project supported by the World Bank, involves the development of a dedicated bus way in Cebu that will serve over 330,000 passengers daily once it starts operations in 2015.

“We are pleased that we can now proceed with these projects. They will modernize our country’s transportation systems, and boost traveling convenience, safety, and efficiency for the people. Our hard work today will pay off tomorrow, which is why we now have to make sure that they will be bid out, awarded, and implemented at the soonest possible time,” Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said over the weekend.

The proposed project in Cebu will be the first BRT system in the Philippines. It will run on a 23-kilometer corridor with 33 stations where 176 high-quality buses will be deployed through dedicated and exclusive bus-ways from Bulacao to Talamban, with a link to Cebu’s South Road Property.

The Transportation Department said a detailed engineering design was currently being prepared for Cebu BRT. It said bidding for construction would start in the second quarter next year.

The second phase involves the supervision of the transit way and the supporting infrastructure during the construction.

The BRT system, which has been successful in other parts of the world, entails a segregated lane for buses, controlled dispatching, priority in stoplight signaling, fixed stops and various technical components. Buses run on fixed schedules, providing riders with greater reliability, efficiency and convenience.

Cebu BRT will be patterned after the BRT systems in Bogota in Colombia, Curitiba in Brazil, Seoul in South Korea and Guangzhou in China.

Another project approved by Neda last week was the P4.107-billion Busuanga airport to support the booming tourism industry in Palawan. The Transportation Department said it would first bid out the detailed engineering and design component of the project in the third quarter, then the construction component in second quarter next year.

The other project was Light Rail Transit Line 2 operations and maintenance, a public-private partnership project for the 10- to 15-year concession to operate and maintain the LRT-2 system. It will include the current 13.8-kilometer line from Recto to Santolan, as well as the 4.19-kilometer extension to Masinag in Rizal.

The project is expected to result in higher performance standards, improving train availability and punctuality. It will also ensure better system preservation covering the tracks, train coaches and other facilities.

Sunstar Daily also has its report.

Beware of this Man

cebu wanted

If you happen to see this man around Cebu City, then be aware. According to a certain Edwin San Nicolas in his Facebook post, this man was caught inside their property in Mabolo. Although, the suspect didn’t get anything, but he was still arrested for “trespassing”.

Edwin San Nicolas full post:

This guy/stranger was caught inside our property where our house is (still under construction) and went inside my neighbor’s property climbing the low fence in between. He was seen by my neighbor and went back to our area and was caught there. This happened last Saturday night at around 10. His alibi: he wanted to wash his feet! …at 10pm and there is a faucet near our entrance gate, go figure.

Anyway, he was detained at Mabolo Police station Saturday night until this morning for trespassing. He was caught with nothing from either my area or my neighbr’s. I was not there when this happened. This morning, I went to the police station to see this guy. I didnt believe a single excuse he made but decided not to press charges. The 2-night stay in that stinky cell with other guys for me was enough punishment for him. He had to be detained since Nobody can process his release on a weekend. I had him released with a stern warning not to set foot in our neighborhood.

Remember this face people just incase this guy will create trouble in your area. His name is Jundril Jemenez. I dont even think its his real name since he didnt have any identification docs with him. He said he is going back home to Kawit, Bantayan since he only came to Cebu to look for a job and found non…one of his alibis. I gave him some money so he can go home…hoping he will indeed go home. I still believe this guy was lucky enough…a hollowpoint load could have been discharged if things happend differently…God forbid, because i would not hesitate…