Summer is about to end, but there is still non-stop action in the Queen City of the South. Those with last-minute travel plans can head to Camotes Island faster than before with a new means of transportation. With the month of May being National Heritage Month, locals and tourist can soak up history and culture by hitting a local museum, or participating in a multi-city heritage tour.
Distracted Driving Law now in effect
Texting while driving is now a traffic violation.
Motorists using their cellphones while driving will now be apprehended in line with the Anti-Distracted Driving Act which became effective last May 18. Republic Act No. 10913 defines distracted driving as writing, sending, or receiving a text, and making or receiving calls on a mobile device while the vehicle is moving or temporarily stopped.
Motorists are still allowed to use their cellphones hands-free as long as it does not interfere with their line of sight. Fines for violating the law range from PhP5,000 for the first offense to PhP20,000 for the fourth offense.
Food and architecture at The Pyramid
The Pyramid, a new restaurant and tourist attraction in IT Park (Image: The Pyramid)
A new and unique dining destination brings Egyptian and French architecture to Cebu. With a glass façade similar to the Louvre Museum, The Pyramid
is a multi-cuisine restaurant, wine bar
, and art gallery all rolled in one.
Located in West Geonzon Road, Lahug, Cebu City, The Pyramid serves pizza, pasta, salad, wine, craft beer, cheese, cold cuts and more at affordable prices. Food prices start at PhP50, and wines start at PhP250 per bottle.
Revisiting history at Museo Sugbo
Façade of the restored Museo Sugbo (Image: Writer)
History buffs who would like to get a glimpse of Cebu from the past can visit the restored Museo Sugbo in M.J. Cuenco Ave. The building used to be Carcel de Cebu, a prison during the Spanish era before it became the Cebu Provincial Jail, which was then converted into a provincial museum in 2008.
After touring the 12 galleries and four exhibits inside, visitors can munch on quirkily-named sandwiches like Not Guilty BLT or Crime of Passion Eggplant Sandwich at 1871 Celda Café.
Museo Sugbo is open from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, with an entrance fee of PhP30 for locals and PhP75 for foreigners.
Pasalubong with a sweet twist
Mangoes meet chocolate in these snacks from Cebu Best. (Image: Cebu Best Mango)
A local family-run business has given the usual dried a mango a decadent twist. Improving on their original recipe from the 1970s, Cebu Best sells dried mangoes covered in premium dark chocolate at PhP25 per piece or PhP600 for a box of 24. Aside from mango chocolates, they also sell chocolate-covered pineapple and mango chocolate coins.
Cebu Best Mango Chocolate can be found at selected branches of Kultura Filipino, SM Snack Exchange, Metro Supermarket, Rustan’s Department Store, and Rustan's Supermarket in Metro Cebu, Metro Manila, and Metro Davao.
Gabii sa Kabilin 2017
Participants can enjoy food, music, and art at Gabii sa Kabilin. (Image: Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.)
The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. and participating heritage sites and museums will hold Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage) this May 26, from 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM. Held every last Friday of May, the event is staged in celebration of Philippine National Heritage Month and International Museum Day. For its 11th year, the Gabii sa Kabilin route will include 27 museums and heritage sites in the cities of Cebu, Talisay, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu. Some roads in the downtown area will be closed to traffic for the event.
Faster travel to Camotes
Fast craft service schedule from Mactan to Camotes (Image: Island Central Mactan)
For locals and tourists who would like to make the most of the remaining summer days, traveling to nearby Camotes Island just got more convenient. Jomalia Shipping Corp. has started offering fast craft rides to the public from Mactan to Camotes. The vessels leave Mactan Wharf at the back of Island Central Mall twice a day from Mondays to Thursdays, and three times a day from Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. One-way fare costs PhP350, with the trip lasting for 1 hour and 10 minutes, compared to a two-hour ferry boat ride from Danao City.
Casino resort soon to rise in Mactan
A giant casino which is touted to be the first integrated resort outside Metro Manila will start development three months from now. The $300 million project, dubbed Lapu-Lapu Leisure Mactan, will rise on a 12-ha. lot in Punta Engaño, Mactan giving visitors access to the longest stretch of beachfront in the island.
The property will have modern buildings set amidst greenery and infinity pools, a skydiving center along the pier, retail establishments, a convention center, luxury hotels, condotels, villas, and private residences. The casino, retail complex, and hotels are set to open by 2019, with completion of the project targeted for 2022.
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