How to make your Cebu homecoming memorable
What could be happier than a homecoming, that time when balikbayans or Pinoys permanently residing abroad come home to reconnect again with their families and friends back home. For a Bisdak like me, there’s no place like Cebu.
The Aloguinsan River Tour
To make your stay in Cebu more memorable, I have come up with the following suggestions:
1. Eat Cebu’s lechon, arguably the best in the country, and, according to Anthony Bourdain, the best in the world. Pair it off with puso, and dinuguan, pig’s blood stew. Try dining al fresco at outdoor restos around the city, or, if you’re adventurous enough, the pungko-pungko at the sidewalk.
2. If you come home during the Fiesta Senor in January, join the Sto. Niño procession on Saturday and be a witness to a sea of humanity awash in devotion.Visit the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño’s religious store inside the Basilica for those Sto. Niño icons to take back home. Feel the excitement and witness the revelry during the Sinulog grand parade on Sunday. Take snapshots or a video of the parade for the folks and friends back in your host country.
3. Take a tour in worthwhile community-based ecotourism projects such as the Amazing River Tour in Aloguinsan (www.aloguinsan.gov.ph) pictured above. Ask from DOT which projects are run by local communities.
5. Ride a tartanilla in Duljo, a habal-habal to Tops, island hop around Cebu (www.islandsbanca.com) or ride a trisikad to the nearby sari-sari store.
6. Leave your manners at home and explore the Tabo sa Banay in downtown, or at Carbon Market for produce. See how your pasalubong budget can be stretched!
7. Shop for buwad, masareal (at Didang’s), dried mango and souvenir T-shirts.
8. Reconnect with your natural and cultural heritage. Explore beaches (www.camotesresorts.com.ph), museums and churches in the countrysides and buy locally made souvenirs from the residents.
9. Leave your loved ones with a cell phone and a SIM pack to sustain family ties rekindled during your homecoming.
10. Visit your barangay halls, or parish centers and talk with officials. You might discover they need help.