Exploring South Cebu: A Backpacking Trip (Part 2 of 4)

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When we started planning our trip, this was the part that I was really excited about. We have visited old churches in Bohol before but we were only able to visit two churches in Cebu. This time we visited more!

We left Moalboal around 8AM. This was our itinerary for the day: from Moalboal we would go to Carcar to buy Chicharon and to eat their famous Lechon. Then we would go to Sibonga to visit the Simala church. After that we would go to Argao to visit their church and other old buildings. Proceed to another municipality, Dalaguete, to visit their church as well. Lastly, we would then take a bus to Oslob where we would stay for the night. We were not that busy, huh?

First Stop
CARCAR

Carcar is known for their Chicharon (Pork Cracklings) and of course the famous Lechon (Roasted Pig). But what I really wanted to see was their architecture. Carcar is the only heritage town in Cebu City with many of its old architecture, ranging from the Spanish to the American colonial periods intact. The bus stopped near the Rotunda and we asked for directions from there. We didn’t know the name of the church so we just asked the locals where their old church was. They said we can ride a tricycle but we decided to just walk since it was more exciting. After a couple of minutes we reached the place.

The Mercado Ancestral House. We passed this by on our way to the plaza.

The Mercado Ancestral House. We passed this by on our way to the plaza.

Center of the plaza

Center of the plaza

The Carcar City Museum- This building used to be the Carcar Dispensary. It has since been turned into a museum to highlight the city's culture and history.

The Carcar City Museum- This building used to be the Carcar Dispensary. It has since been turned into a museum to highlight the city’s culture and history.

Panorama shot from the museum's balcony.

Panorama shot from the museum’s balcony.

St. Catherine of Alexandria Church

St. Catherine of Alexandria Church

St. Catherine of Alexandria Church

St. Catherine of Alexandria Church

Parish Convent- It also has a museum but we were told that it was closed at the moment.

Parish Convent- It also has a museum but we were told that it was closed at the moment.

We stayed there for at least an hour then went to the public market to eat Lechon. Yum! After that sumptuous lunch we waited for a bus going to Sibonga.

Second Stop
SIBONGA

There were four of us from Moalboal, Eloise, Mark, Grace Kelly and I, but Eloise and Mark decided to go straight to Oslob after Carcar. Grace Kelly and I decided to stick to the original plan. Since another friend of ours, Joy, was already on her way to meet us we decided we would wait for her in Simala Church. Sibonga was only around 15 to 20 minutes bus ride from Carcar. We stopped by the bus stop then we rode a habal-habal (motorcycle) to the church since it was also a couple of minutes away from the highway. It was an unexplainable feeling once we reached the church. It was like we were in another country. See for yourself:

Simala Church in Sibonga, Cebu- The church literally looks like a castle.

Simala Church in Sibonga, Cebu- The church literally looks like a castle.

Construction is still on going on the right side. Will surely go back to this place once everything is done.

Construction is still on going on the right side. Will surely go back to this place once everything is done.

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Inside the curch

A view from one of the balconies at the top.

A view from one of the balconies at the top.

Me, Joy and Grace Kelly. Next Stop: Argao, Cebu

Me, Joy and Grace Kelly. Next Stop: Argao, Cebu

Third Stop
ARGAO

I was looking forward to go to Argao since it was my grandmother’s hometown. At least I would get to see some of the places that she saw as a kid. There were jeepneys from Sibonga to Argao but we chose to wait for another bus. Argao was only 10km away so it was just a very short bus ride. When we arrived there we immediately asked where their old church was and we were told it was just near and we can ride a tricycle. But for us “ride a tricycle” means “it’s just near so we might as well walk” hahaha. True enough it was just near. We reached the Cabecera de Argao (Center of the Town of Argao) and we mere mesmerized by the place. It was like stepping into another time in the past. The Municipal Hall was just in front of the church and to the right side of the church was the Hall of Justice and at the center was a park.

The center of the town where the church, hall of justice and municipal hall are all located.

The center of the town where the church, hall of justice and municipal hall are all located.

Panorama view of the church and the park

Panorama view of the church and the park

San Miguel Arcangel Parish Church- The church was constructed in 1734 and was completed in 1788.

San Miguel Arcangel Parish Church- The church was constructed in 1734 and was completed in 1788.

Hall of Justice- This is just to the right side of the church.

Hall of Justice- This is just to the right side of the church.

Balay Lungsod sa Argao, 1608

The church and it's bell tower.

The church and it’s bell tower.

Me, Joy and Kelly

Me, Joy and Kelly. Next stop: Dalaguete.

Fourth Stop
DALAGUETE

The took another bus from Argao to Dalaguete. It was an air-conditioned bus so we paid P30 but that was fine. The church in Dalaguete was called San Guillermo de Aquitania. It was also just a walking distance from the bus stop. It was starting to get dark when we reached Dalaguete. Their church was infront of the beach and there was also a park there. We took some photos while it was still not that dark and walked the church grounds for a couple of minutes.

San Guillermo de Aquitania Church

San Guillermo de Aquitania Church

The church and it's bell tower.

The church and it’s bell tower.

Fourth and Final Stop
OSLOB

Waiting for the bus to Oslob

Waiting for the bus to Oslob

We didn’t wait long at the bus stop for the bus to Oslob. We rode a non-airconditioned bus since the air was already cold. It was another 20 to 30 minutes ride to Oslob. It was already dark outside so we were not able to see much of the view. We reached Oslob around 7 in the evening and had barbecue and rice for dinner along the highway.

Dinner time.

Dinner time.

We just walked our way to Oslob New Village where Eloise and Mark were waiting. We retired for the night and recharged our energy for our next adventure.

Oslob New Village- Where we stayed for the night. Up next: Swimming with the Whale Sharks

Oslob New Village- Where we stayed for the night.
Up next: Swimming with the Whale Sharks

Here’s a link to a video compilation of this day’s adventure:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ASCXcTcGUPw

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5 thoughts on “Exploring South Cebu: A Backpacking Trip (Part 2 of 4)

    1. You should! I would’ve wanted to go inside the churches so I can also take pictures. Unfortunately it was a Monday and the churches were closed. But thanks for appreciating the shots and for leaving a comment. ☺

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