Holy Week. For some, this might be a time for solitude and penance, but, others took this long vacay (vacation) as an opportunity to relax and pamper themselves yet still observing the same tradition. Well, me and my cousins took this chance to enjoy a four days vacay in a resort in the municipality of Badian, somewhere south of Cebu.
My other cousins and my sister stayed in the resort for five days while me and my other cousin went there on Thursday, April 17, coz duty calls. So, we took a bus from the Cebu South Bus Terminal, we were kinda disappointed on how the terminal signage were being posted and how disorganized the terminal was. Asked why it was disorganized? When we asked a certain person in-charged on where we are going to wait for a Ceres Bus heading to Badian, Cebu, he told us that we’ll wait in door 8 — which turns out to be the correct one — but when we reached the said door, the person assigned there told us that no bus is heading to our destination. Of course, we were confused with their instructions and when we looked at the signage, we thought that it was put up in the wrong location, coz a signage saying this is door whatever is pointing to a different door and we sort of got pissed off coz we were there since 6am+ but we understood that it was really a busy day coz a lot of people in the city also wants to come home to their provinces. We waited for almost an hour before we rode on a MetroLink rough rider bus.
We stayed at Matutinao Beach Resort but during that four days course, we visited different spots in the south starting with the Kawasan Falls on day 1. Kawasan Falls was actually a trek from where we were staying.
When we got there we first took our meal and then enjoyed the beach and in the afternoon we went to Kawasan Falls.
Good Friday. Our itinerary for today was supposed to be whale shark watching at Oslob, but sadly, they don’t have any operation for today since it is Good Friday. So many of the tourists, foreign and local — including us — got nothing to do but to go back and think of another place to visit.
We discussed in the car on where we were going and so we decided to go to Aguinid Falls in Samboan. Before that, we made a stop in Santander, I don’t know the specific name of the barangay or town.
So, after the epic fail in Oslob, we went to Samboan to visit the not so famous falls in which they named Aguinid Falls. It may be famous to the town’s locals but this place never made a buzz on the internet or in Cebu that’s why I called it “not so famous”, no offense meant.
The place has an entrance fee of Php 15.00 and compared to Kawasan Falls, it’s not really a long walk, just a few meters from the main road. The place is not yet fully developed, they don’t have any cottages and their CR or Shower room is a walk from the falls. They just placed some tables made from bamboo trees and chairs as well.
Later that night, back at Matutinao Beach Resort, we had a bonfire with my cousins. We ate hotdogs heated on the fire and smores.
Matutinao Beach (Bonfire)
Finally, we went to Oslob for the whale shark a.k.a butanding watching. We were told that by 6am we should already be in the vicinity so that we will be accommodated first. Even though we went there as early as we could, we were still queued, and we were 32nd on the priority list.
We paid Php 500.00 each and we’re given 30 minutes to enjoy the whale shark watching. It was a fun experience. What I don’t like about the place is that it’s shower room is so crowded and the water flowing from the shower is too slow. Me and my cousins even struggled taking a bath coz there was no pail to contain the water flowing from the tap.
Another disappointing fact about the place is, we went to the nearest Sutukil (Sugba-Tuwa-Kilaw) to have our breakfast and their service is very very very disappointing. We only ordered tinolang isda (fish) and calamares and we waited for almost an hour for our food to be served.
Apologies for the very sleepy faces coz we woke up very early just to get here as early as we could.
If you want to capture your moments underwater, they also offer an underwater camera rental.
In our long vacay, we were not only excited on visiting the different tourist spots, but, we were also looking forward on going back to our parents’ province. I guess it’s been five years since we last visited our province. There were a lot of changes, especially the roads leading there. I was actually looking forward on savoring the taste of the violet colored puto a.k.a rice cake and the sikwate (hot chocolate) made from cocoa coz we used to have those as our breakfast way back many years ago. Unfortunately, we were offered different set of foods.
Nothing is more remarkable in this long vacay than to recollect with your distant relatives.
Easter Sunday and the last day of our long vacay. My uncle and aunt woke us up early and since we were so tired from yesterday’s walk in the mountains, it was really hard to get up. Uncle told us that we’ll be going somewhere so most of us got up.
Our last destination was in Aloguinsan. We went to the Bojo River. Bojo River offers it’s guests bird watching, a swim in the river and also some knowledge about the place for only Php 400.00. Your tour guide will be local fishermen.
The place has 22 species of well-taken care mangroves. It was amazing coz the mangroves were all on the sides making way for the bangkas to pass in the middle of the river. The place was also well-preserved.
Our tour guide told us a story about the legend of Maria Tang-an, a “diwata” where locals used to borrow things from. It was said that locals just write to her and place it on her so-called rock door and on the next day, the thing that they wanted to borrow is already there. Later on, they saw that the rock door was shut and our guide said that the diwata got mad on the locals coz some of them did not return the things that they borrowed and there was one time that someone borrowed a wedding dress and when it was returned, a part of it was already half burnt.
Just near the barangay hall a few drive from bojo river is the baluarte park. Baluarte is a local term for “watch tower”. It is called baluarte park because there is a pillar of remains from a watch tower. You can have a picnic here while enjoying the overlooking sea view for only Php 15.00 for adults and Php 10.00 for kids.
Overall, we had a memorable vacation coz it was spent with people that are precious and dear to our hearts.
There are a lot more places in Cebu that are just waiting to be discovered, so before you explore other neighboring islands, explore Cebu first. I guarantee you, it would be awesome.