Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Argao's Legends at Argao Nature Park

We took a tricycle from Cabecera de Argao to Argao Nature Park. One way ride is Php8.00.

 Argao Nature Park is not your typical nature park, because here you will get to experience extreme activities, like canopy walk, which me and sissy tried. Entrance fee and canopy walk cost us Php 30.00 for two person.
By the entrance we met Mangao, of the legendary figures in Argao's legend. He is a giant who once lived in this part of Cebu and said to be the husband of Maria Cacao. Can you see the connection of Mangao and Maria Cacao to Argao?
Meet Mangao

The Bridge or Purgante, where Maria Cacao's ship pass
In Philippine literature, legends or "alamat" is a semi-true story which has important meaning or symbolism of how a place or thing originates. One example is how Argao came to be, the giant's name Mangao sounds like Argao, Maria Cacao, the wife of Mangao, may have became the cacao fruit, which made Argao known as having the best tablea.

Our visit to Argao Nature Park, is not just a walk in the park but a walk to Argao's past tru its legends.
Travel Date: July 1, 2012
Travel Buddy: Sissy

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Baluarte de Argao for a Tummy Fill

Across the church yard is a small stone structure, we don't know what it is or what it is for. It has a small chamber and the facade has cherubim. Well, no one is around, for us to ask, so we went around it.
the old stone arch and the white board of menu
 And VIOLA! a white board with an American Menu written, burger, steak, fries........and so on. Behind it is an old stone arch leading to a beach.....HMMM "Dora the Explorer" wants to come out again. 
 On the gate, it reads "Baluarte de Argao," we were a bit hesitant because of a what we saw, just a two storey house with a wide lawn. So I went to the beach and asked the kids playing, if the Baluarte de Argao is open. And they answered "Tawag lang diha te, naa man tawo dinha." 
So I went and called out "tao po," and an old woman came and let us in.
Inside we were in awe with what we saw, this is just the kind of place I want to live. A nice big house, lovely garden and a beach.
Outdoor Jacuzzi

Manang directed us to the Baluarte, a two storey stone structure that resemble a lighthouse, only to find out later through Manang that it is indeed an old lighthouse, converted into a bar and restaurant.

Winding staircase of the lighthouse

coral stone wall of the baluarte
bar on the 2nd floor
 With an All American Menu, we ordered burger and fries, two bottled water and a can of soda, all for only Php 285.00 only.
Baluarte de Argao has rooms for an overnight stay. The place is perfect for a weekend getaway.

Travel Date: July 1, 2012
Travel Buddy: Sissy

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Simple Life at Cabecera de Argao

Simple life. 
This is the kind of life the Cabecera had and still have. The church and seat of government were located a few steps from each other. 
And I supposed that both been working together harmoniously, for they were able to preserved this Spanish era Pueblo.
It's a walk back to an old Spanish Town 
The walk around the Cabecera is like entering a time machine that brought me back to an old Spanish Town.  
St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church

Municipal Hall

As we exit the Cabecera, I came to a conclusion that life can be this simple if we want it to be, just how Cabecera de Argao was built. 

Getting to the Cabecera is easy, it is accessible through any of streets from the main highway. For me and sissy, we got down on the first gasoline station you see upon entering Argao City. Just cross the main highway, at walk through the street, you will end up at the back gate of the Church of St. Michael the Archangel.

Travel Date: July 1, 2012
Travel Buddy: Sissy

Thursday, May 09, 2013

A Bus Ride to Experience Down South of Cebu City

It was a spur of the moment decision for me and sissy to go to Argao City, Cebu to buy Argao's Tablea, or it was just our itchy soles. Whatever it is, all we know is we want to go somewhere even for a day.
US in the rear view mirror

At the South Bus Terminal, we rode a Non-A.C. Ceres Bus to Argao for only P79.00. The bus ride is not for a faint heart, roads going to South of Cebu are narrow and drivers drive so fast. The ride is like a roller coaster, and sissy & I have the full view of how our bus get to overtake in those narrow roads despite a super close incoming vehicle, because we took the seats just behind the driver.

Taking a seat behind the bus driver has another pro, aside from seeing the possible danger of a vehicle collision, you get to have a full view of the towns you will be passing.
Roundball of Carcar

Sibunga Municipal Hall

A bus ride down South is an experience in itself. You get the mix of the past, present and future. The FUTURE in the industrial town of Naga, the PRESENT in busy life of Carcar & Sibunga and the PAST in the historic town of Argao.
Excited to Wander around Cabecera de Argao
It was more than an hour bus ride from Cebu City to Argao, and getting down in Argao calls for more wanders!

Travel Date: July 1, 2012