Blessed with numerous natural springs, the municipality of Tuburan has started to attract the attention of local and foreign visitors. The name of the town itself is based on the Cebuano word for spring, “tubod.” Due to the abundance of natural springs in the area, it is also all but appropriate for the town to call its annual fiesta the “Tubod Festival.”
The Tubod Festival is held every 13th day of the month of June. Aside from showing their gratitude for the natural blessings bestowed on the town, the annual festival is also celebrated in honor of the patron saint of the town, St. Anthony de Padua. The festival is one of the most-anticipated events in the town among Tuboranons.
Similar to other festivals in the different towns in the island of Cebu, a number of events and activities come before the main festival itself. These events and activities include live band presentations, discos, and a “peryahan” or a town fair. The town also holds a beauty pageant where the winner is crowned on the night before the main festival.
The main festival features a competition participated in by different school-based contingents. Since the participants in the competition are students, they normally have around two months to prepare. Despite the short period for preparation, they typically give their best performance to the delight of residents and visitors alike.
Festivals in the country are typically open to all visitors to witness. In fact, some residents may even welcome visitors into their homes for lunch. And the main dish during these events is typically the lechon. The town of Tuburan is no different since it is one way for the residents to show their gratitude for all the blessings they received throughout the year.
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Cebu is blessed with numerous natural wonders that have captured the imagination of many local and foreign visitors. These natural wonders are situated in different areas around the island. These include a number of waterfalls, cave systems and, of course, white sand beaches.
But, Cebu is also home to some man-made attractions that have become tourist attractions due to their significance in the history of the island. One of these man-made attractions is the Lantawan Tunnel in Tuburan, Cebu.
The Lantawan Tunnel is situated inside the Tuburan Lantawan Resort in Daan Lungsod, Tuburan. The tunnel was reportedly the place where Japanese soldiers would hide whenever enemy fighter planes would fly overhead. It was built during the Japanese occupation of Cebu during the Second World War. Since the place is close to the sea, it was an ideal place for the soldiers to hide as the enemy would patrol the area. The resort where the place is located is run by a Filipino who got married to a foreigner.
The town of Tuburan is located in the northwestern part of the island. It is home to a good number of natural springs, which is where the name of the town is derived since the word “tubod” is the Cebuano word for spring. There are a number of ways to get to Tuburan. The first one starts at the Cebu North Bus Terminal, which means visitors will pass through a number of northern towns. The second route is the southern route where visitors start off at the Cebu South Bus Terminal. The third route is right in the middle of the island where visitors pass through the trans-central highway.
The town of Tuburan is home to numerous natural springs, which is where the town got its name. The word “tubod” is the Cebuano term for spring, so the name Tuburan essentially means a place where springs are found. One of the more renowned springs in the town is the Molobolo Spring.
But, the town has another spring that is also drawing in crowds of both residents and visitors, the Mantawihan Spring. Unlike the Molobolo Spring, the Mantawihan Spring is not quite developed. It is also connected to another body of water, albeit a smaller one compared to the other tourist attraction of the town.
The name of the place was derived from the term “mantaga” which is the Cebuano word for a giant octopus. A local legend indicates that the place is the home of a giant octopus. A fisherman supposedly saw a mantaga as he passed through the spring under the light of a full moon. On the other hand, some residents in the area claim that the place is the home of two giant octopi.
Nestled in the middle of lush greenery, the Mantawihan Spring is a place where visitors can take a break from everyday life. City dwellers can also visit the place and rejuvenate themselves over the weekend in preparation for another week at work. The cool waters of the spring can easily soothe one’s tired muscles and revitalize them.
The Mantawihan Spring of Tuburan is connected to the Adela River, a three-kilometer long river of brackish water serving as a natural boundary between Daan Lungsod and Poblacion. The water coming from the spring is as clear as a bright blue summer sky.
While the Mantawihan Spring in Tuburan may not be as popular as the Molobolo Spring, it still offers a relaxing destination for anyone wanting a temporary respite from the stress of living in the big city. Have you visited the Mantawihan Spring in Tuburan already? Tell us about it on the comments section below.
Coffee shops are a dime a dozen in the Queen City of the South. Truth be told, just about every major commercial area in the city has a coffee shop or two. The thing is, some of these coffee shops may not be as friendly to our canine friends as they are to us. But, good news to all dog lovers in the Queen City of the South, the very first dog café recently opened its doors to dogs of all walks of life.
Lovey Doggy Café
The Lovey Doggy café had its soft opening recently and is entering on its third week of operations. It is the best place for dog lovers to unwind with their pets as well as meet other dog lovers in the city. The café is also perfect for dog lovers who do not have their own dogs since it has its own in-house dogs that bring a smile to their faces. They can also have their pictures taken with their newfound friends.
The puppy playpen is located in the ground floor of the place. The in-house dogs include a Corgi, a Boston Terrier, a Pomeranian, a Husky, a Bull Terrier, a Beagle and a couple of Pugs. Patrons can spend some time with these dogs after getting a playpen ticket costing PHP 100. While they have to buy something from the café before they can purchase the ticket, they will get their money’s worth since the food and drinks on the menu are quite appetizing.
A playpen ticket gives patrons one hour to spend with the in-house puppies. Entry into the playpen is starts at 10:00 AM and is divided into one-hour intervals until 9:00 PM. Only fifteen (15) patrons are allowed to enter the playpen for every hour. A waiver of liability form should be signed by the patrons before they can enter the playpen. The second floor was designed to look like a patio where customers can relax and spend a lazy afternoon bonding with their pets. Patrons without dogs can also wait their turn to enter the playpen in the second floor of Lovey Doggy café.
The owners of Lovey Doggy café are planning to make the place into a one-stop shop offering services specifically designed to meet the needs of our canine friends. The place will soon offer veterinary and grooming services as well as a pet hotel in the future.
While the capital city of the country already has a number of pet-friendly cafes scattered across the metro, Cebu is gradually catching up with the opening of the Lovey Doggy café. The Lovey Doggy café is located at GQS Plaza, Banilad Road, Cebu City. It is situated between the Banilad campus of the University of Cebu and the Petron gasoline station. Have you already visited the Lovey Doggy café? How was your experience?
Spelunking is the sport or the practice of exploring a cave, as indicated on the Merriam-Webster dictionary. And Cebu is not in any shortage of caves to explore. In fact, some of these caves are gradually being noticed by tourists, both local and foreign. One of these caves is located in the mountain barangay of Bonbon, Cebu City.
The Murga Cave in Bonbon is also called Binuthan Cave by the locals. It may not be as massive as the Agta Cave in Argao, it is still one place where adventure-seekers and adrenaline junkies may want to explore if they are looking for a new place to go to within Cebu City. Yes, it is in Cebu City albeit in one of the mountain barangays of the city.
The trail to the cave
The trail going to the Murga Cave or Binuthan Cave is somewhat challenging since adventurers will have to go through rough terrain, including cliffs, slippery rivers and streams and a thick forest. While there are no large-sized wild animals in the area, it is important to know that visitors may encounter snakes along the way. It is necessary for visitors to be physically fit since getting to the cave will require a trek of around one hour. It will also be necessary to climb high rocks that can become slippery when wet. Even as the trek to the cave will not be a walk in the park for weekend warriors, it will be an enjoyable activity for people who like the great outdoors.
Into the cave
After reaching the mouth of the cave, adventurers and spelunkers will have to be prepared to get wet . . . again. To get to the interior of the cave, it will be necessary to swim. The water will be quite cold since the place is located in the mountainous area of the city. It may be necessary for someone to tie a rope on one end for non-swimmers to hold on to while trying to get into the cave itself.
Exploring the interior
Exploring the cave may take less time than getting to the place itself. Two hours may be enough to get a good view of the place since it is very much smaller than the Agta Cave in Argao. One can see stalactites and crystals forming in the cave. It will be necessary to bring headlamps to be able to fully appreciate the beauty of the cave as well as see one’s way into the cave.
The Queen City of the South is blessed with numerous natural wonders that have yet to be fully explored. These natural wonders can be used by the locals as a part of their eco-tourism campaign as long as they make sure they remain relatively untouched by commercial development.
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The City of Toledo was once called Pueblo Hinulawan and was named after one of the provinces in Spain. While the place is home to the biggest copper mine in the country, it has more to offer to local and foreign visitors. Aside from being one of the gateways to Negros Island, Toledo City is also the home to a private chapel that houses the relics of saints, the Capilla Santa Ana Museum and Community Center.
Capilla Sta. Ana
The chapel is located in Sitio Sta. Ana in Barangay Ibo. The chapel was built by a Toledo native who married a Canadian to house artifacts and relics she collected with her husband while traveling Europe. In addition, the chapel also served as a multi-purpose building for the Tesari Charitable Foundation. The foundation was established around ten years ago by Lillian Yared and her husband, Michael Overs, to provide educational, health and livelihood benefits to the marginalized members of the city. It was one way for the Overs to give back to the hometown of Lillian.
Aside from the relics of saints from the 18th and 19th century, the museum also houses a number of religious icons, vestments, European Renaissance paintings and an 1859 Steinway piano. In addition to the items on display, the place also has a garden at the back where a Labyrinth is located. The Labyrinth is a maze garden where one can pray and meditate. It was inspired by the labyrinths the Overs saw while traveling through Europe. The place also houses a community center that benefits the less-privileged children in the area.
The Capilla Santa Ana Museum and Community Center is located along Disodado Macapagal Highway, Toledo City, Cebu. The entrance fee to the museum is PHP 100 for local tourists and PHP 200 for foreign visitors. On the other hand, the entrance fee for students is at PHP 50. The place is managed by the Gaite family and visitors can course their inquiries to Jenny Gaite through (032) 467-8101.
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Lapu-Lapu was one of the rulers of the island of Mactan and the first native to resist colonial rule when he led his men in the Battle of Mactan on April 27, 1521. He is also considered as the first Filipino hero by modern Philippine society. A statue of Lapu-Lapu was erected in both Manila and Cebu. In fact, a 20-meter bronze statue of the native chieftain stands at the Lapu-Lapu Shrine, the site where the Battle of Mactan was believed to have happened.
It is all but fitting to name the home of the Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines after the first Filipino hero. Camp Lapu-Lapu is the home of the AFP Central Command, which is one of the Wide Support Commands of the AFP fighting against terrorism and insurgency in the Visayas.
The history of the Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines started on May 17, 1942 when the 3rd Military Area (3MA) was activated under the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE). The wartime military unit was given the task of providing an effective defense against the Japanese Imperial Army. It had command and control over all allied forces within the Visayas and Mindanao areas. During this time, the headquarters of the 3MA was in Camp Guadalupe, which is the present-day Barangay Guadalupe. The military unit was later transferred to its present location in Camp Lapu-Lapu following the end of the war.
The place went through a number of changes from being the headquarters of the 3MA to the base of operations of the Battalion Combat Team in the 1950s. In the 1970s, it was the headquarters of the CEMCOM, which covered operations in Mindanao during the Muslim rebellion. The 3rd Brigade Separate also called the place home under the command of then Gen. Fidel V. Ramos. The camp was also the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) in 1975 before the creation of the Regional Unified Command (RUC). When the RUC merged with other commands in the region, the Visayas Command (VISCOM) was created to become the operating unit controlling Internal Security Operations (ISO) of the AFP in the Visayas. The command was later called the present-day Central Command of the AFP.
Mission of the Central Command
According to the Facebook Page of the Central Command of the AFP, its mission is “to intensify the conduct of sustained peace and security operations in the Visayas to significantly degrade the armed capability of KR-P, KR-N, KR-SB, EVRPC and other threat groups in order to help create an environment conducive for sustainable development and a just and lasting peace.”
Aside from military operations, the Central Command of the AFP also conducts medical and dental missions within its area of responsibility. They are also among the first ones to provide relief operations whenever natural calamities occur within the Visayas area. The Central Command was among the first units to provide relief to the victims of typhoon Yolanda. In addition, the men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines also participate in the annual Brigada Eskwela of the Department of Education in preparation for the school year. The present commander of the Central Command of the AFP is Major General Raul del Rosario.
Camp Lapu-Lapu of the Central Command is home to the brave men and women in uniform who risk their lives to ensure peace and stability prevails in the land of their birth.
Cebu is renowned for its impressive white sand beaches that rival the best in the country, if not, the world. While a good number of tourists come to Cebu to spend some down time in the magnificent beaches of the island, Cebu has much more to offer.
Aside from the excellent beaches, the island is also home to a number of picturesque waterfalls like the Kawasan Falls in the south. Cebu also has its share of fresh water springs, with a good number found in the municipality of Tuburan. In fact, the name of the town is derived from the Cebuano word “tubod” which means “spring.”
One of the more famous springs in the town is the Molobolo Spring. The local government built a rectangular pool that serves as a catchment for the spring before it flows out to the sea. The pool also makes it easier for tourists to take a dip in the cool waters of the spring. Aside from the cool waters of the spring, huge trees also provide a welcome respite from the searing heat from the sun especially during the summer.
The place has two pools depending on the depth. The bigger one is mainly intended for adults and good swimmers since it has a depth of around seven feet. The smaller pool is intended for the little ones and is more popular among families since the kids are the ones who enjoy a dip in the cool waters of the pool.
Entrance fee and facilities
The Molobolo Spring has become one of the go-to places in the municipality of Tuburan, and it does not cost much to take a dip in the pool. The entrance fee for adults is only PHP 5 while children 10 years old and younger only pay PHP 2. Cottages are also available at a reasonable rate. Small cottages cost PHP 150 while the bigger ones are available at PHP 300. While there is a store where visitors can buy food, there is no corkage fee for food brought to the place. Aspiring singers can also have the time of their lives at the place since a karaoke machine is also available for anyone aiming to join any of the singing contests on television, like “The Voice.”
For visitors who want to take home a keepsake from the place, export-quality jewelry boxes are also available for sale at the Molobol Spring in Tuburan. These souvenir items are also sold at rather reasonable prices. Small-sized jewelry boxes are priced at PHP 30 to PHP 50 while the large ones are priced at PHP 100 to PHP 200. One can imagine how much these jewelry boxes will cost when sold at some of the malls in the big city
Getting to the Molobolo Spring in Tuburan
You can take a bus ride from either the Cebu North Bus Terminal or the Cebu South Bus Terminal in getting to the Molobolo Spring in Tuburan. Just ask the terminal personnel which bus goes to Tuburan, which is around three hours away from the Queen City of the South. Visitors with their own vehicles also have a number of routes to take when going to Tuburan. They can take the trans-central highway through Balamban or through the northern towns via Tabuelan. Another route would be through the towns in the south going through Toledo.
While the summer season has come and gone, there are still some instances when the humidity in the city would be more than enough for anyone to wish it would rain. In this situation, it is better to find a place to cool oneself down outside the city. The Molobolo Spring in Tuburan is one of these places where one can find some relief from the heat of the blazing sun. Have you visited the cool waters of the Molobolo Spring in Tuburan already? Tell us about it on the comments section below.
Weekends are normally reserved for a day at the beach to recharge one’s energy after a whole week at work. But, these days the beaches close to the city are likely to be filled with people with the same idea. While a weekend at the beach is the best way to revitalize oneself after a stressful week at work, there are times when people may just need some tranquility away from the city.
There is one place up north where you can find the serenity you seek, Turtle’s Point in Catmon. Located around 50 kilometers north of the Queen City of the South, Turtle’s Point is a quaint little place where you can spend the day reading a good book while listening to the gentle crashing of the waves.
The place is perfect for a small gathering of friends and family or a romantic rendezvous with one’s partner. It has two rooms, a gazebo and grilling area. While the beachfront may not have the wide white sand typical of many beaches in Cebu, it offers a magnificent view of the vast expanse of the sea.
The Rest House
The rest house at Turtle’s Point features two bedrooms, a fully functional kitchen with a stove, grill and refrigerator, and a grilling area along the beachfront. One of the rooms is fully air-conditioned while the second room has an electric fan. The veranda can also be used as a sleeping area since it has three beds. Guests are provided two gallons of water each day by the caretaker. They can make use of the hot and cold water dispenser in the kitchen. To make things better, guests can cook their own food at the place and there is no corkage for food brought to the place.
Security will not be a problem since only the guests are allowed to enter the place and it is right across the Binongkalan Barangay Hall. For guests bringing a vehicle, parking will not be a problem since the parking space is big enough to fit three vehicles.
Renting the Turtle’s Point rest house costs PHP 6,000 per night during the weekend and PHP 4,000 per night on weekdays. But, there are also some instances when the place has a promotion where the weekend rate goes down to PHP 5,000 per night.
Getting to Turtle’s Point
The journey to Turtle’s Point starts at the North Bus Terminal where you should hop on a bus bound for the municipality of Catmon. It will be necessary to tell the driver that you need to get off at Binongkalan, Catmon, which is at the KM 46 mark. The rest house is located just across the Binongkalan Barangay Hall.
Weekends are normally used to recharge one’s energies after a whole week at work. One of the best ways to recharge is a relaxing day at the beach with a book in one hand, a great view and all the time in the world . . . well, that is until the weekend ends. Have you been to Turtle's Point in Catmon already? Tell us about it on the comments section below.
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