After spending the night in Carcar with all the lechon and chicharon you can eat, you can continue on your road trip to the south of Cebu. The southern part of Cebu can give you a glimpse of the history of Cebu with all the heritage sites you can find in that part of the island.
Sibonga is the next town you can visit after the City of Carcar. The town is a major supplier of fruits in the island. Its major products include banana, grapes and mangos, among others. In fact, the town celebrates the Bonga Festival every August 9. The word “bonga” is the Cebuano word for fruit. It is also the term used for a local Areca nut. The name of the town is supposedly based on the nut. When the Spaniards first came to the place, they asked some natives for the name of the place. The natives, who were trading the betel nut in the community, thought the Spaniards were asking for the name of what they were selling and told them it was “bonga.” The name was later changed to Sibonga.
Your next stop is the town of Argao. Argao has a rich cultural and culinary heritage. It is also home to numerous natural wonders that have attracted the attention of tourists here and abroad. While there are a number of stories on how the name of the town of Argao came to be, all of these stories point to the Sali-argaw tree, which is abundant in the coastal areas of the town during the Spanish period. The tree has always been a part of the history of the town and was used as a medicinal herb for different ailments and illnesses.
After you’ve had your fill of the tasty delicacies of Argao, you can look forward to your visit to the town of Dalaguete. The name of the town was based on the dalaket or dalakit tree, which was a major landmark among the residents of the place. The location of the poblacion is where a huge dalakit tree used to stand. It was also a place where the natives met with merchants to trade. Dalaguete is also known as the “Vegetable Basket of Cebu.” The cold climate in the upper barangays of the town also garnered it the title of “Little Baguio of Cebu.”
Your next stop after Dalaguete will be the Municipality of Alcoy. The old name of the town was Mambajao and was once a part of Dalaguete. The first Spanish priest of the town noted a close resemblance to the town with a place in Spain called Alcoy. Due to this, he suggested to change the name of the town to Alcoy. The town also celebrates the Siloy Festival in honor of the patron saint of the town as well as to promote the natural treasures found in the town, including the Black Sharma, which is locally known as the siloy.
After spending time in the beaches of Alcoy, you can continue your journey to the next town in the south of Cebu, Boljoon. Boljoon features a rich heritage and is considered as among the Heritage Frontier of Cebu. The town was established in 1599, which makes it one of the oldest towns in the island. The heritage sites of the town of Boljoon make it a paradise for history lovers. The town was believed to be a Malay settlement before the coming of the Spaniards.