A higher altitude than the usual.
Cebu Pacific Airlines
I had my first flight when I was legal. Yes, when I was eighteen. It felt awkward and I thought I am the last person who never rode a plane until my eighteenth. Heck no, because travelling is discovering regardless of how visible your wrinkles may be. I flew on a higher altitude than usual and kept my feet on the ground of Cebu Pacific Airlines on the 3rd of August of last year. It was memorable since I had my sleepless nights before that flight (obviously because I am an Architecture student) but I still manage to never kill the fun. Flashback to Cebu and Bohol trip 2013 shall we?
We had an hour and a few minutes of travel (together with my mom and sister). The grounds of Cebu were different than of Davao. Cebu had its history embarked on the streets found on the enormous cathedrals and vintage houses made of wood. Surprisingly, these structures survived through the years since the Spanish era. As we stepped out of the airport and rode on a taxi, we headed straight to an inn and rest. But our excitement and adrenaline could no longer wait and so we called for a taxi to tour us around Cebu's finest landmarks.
|First Stop: Ayala Center Cebu (located in the heart of CEBU Business Park)|
|Entrance leading to Ayala shopping mall|
The Architectural aesthetics of Ayala Center Cebu redefines the impression of Cebu's characteristic as historical. This business center in the heart of the city contrasts the Cathedrals, Fortresses, and many other Spanish establishments built around Cebu's vicinity. Fine dining together with its surrounding malls lets you breathe with luxury. Ayala Center has given us the feeling of green architecture through its modern vegetation regardless of the fact that it opened in the early 1994. Along with elegance and modernity amid history, comfort and style sums up to Ayala Center's essence of true lifestyle.
|Second Stop: Cebu Taoist Temple (Taoist Temple Staircase)|
|Temple's Roof Design|
|Random shots around Taoist Temple|
The Cebu Taoist Temple is located in Beverly Hills subdivision. Before we reached the temple itself, we have to climb up an 81-step staircase which ensembled the Great Wall of China. It has an elevation of around 300 meters above sea level and is surrounded by breathe-taking vegetation. The Taoist temple is a sacred place of prayer in granting one's wish. The temple however is open to public and is strictly guarded. Silence is a must. The temple's intricate design portrays Asian architecture such as the Dragon details, bamboo designs, decorative colors (red for prosperity), and it's multi-tiered plan. The temple provides a souvenir shop, a balcony, a library and a wishing well.
SM City Cebu
|SM City Cebu|
So far, SM City Cebu is the oldest SM mall I've been. It opened in November 27,1993 and is the 4th largest shopping mall in the Philippines. The mall had a different atmosphere compared to the recent SM malls since it had lower ceiling heights, less natural ventilation and semi-old styled flooring. However, it accommodated almost thousands of people with ease and a sense of comfort.
|Construction of SM Seaside City Cebu|
Afterwards, we then dropped by at some of the famous cathedrals in Cebu. Unfortunately, these cathedrals were damaged in the October 15, 2013 earthquake with a 7.2-magnitude. Good thing, we had the chance to appreciate its intrinsic designs and intricate decorative wall exteriors beforehand.
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
|Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral Exterior|
Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino
|Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino|
This is not the end of our trip yet. Go see my next blog entitled "Cebu Amid History" to witness the continuation of my journey in the oldest city in the Philippines.