Cebu City eyes highlands, coastal and urban tourism

The Cebu City Tourism Commission (CCTC) represented by chairperson Atty: Jocelyn 'Joy' Pesquera shares Cebu's plans to offer new tourism products for traveler visiting the provincial capital.

The slow downtrend of the city encourages locals to travel to the Queen City of the South, Cebu City for a unique experience. Atty: Joy shares their plans and offers new tourism products for travelers aiming for local and domestic tourism (for now). She encourages interested locals to go to the mountains, explore hidden gems in the area, breath fresh air and get enough vitamin D and also for mental health. The project also hopes to answer the demand of Cebuanos to find resorts and parks away form the urban areas and closer to nature. Hopeful at drawing tourists, local and domestic, to the vast natural resources of the city’s mountain barangays.

Highland Blooms Eco Tourism - Relaunched just last May 11. The program promotes the charms of mountain barangays highlighting the eco farms, game fowl farms and other nature sites.

They also came up with tourism packages which has day trips, and overnight stays across its 10 mountain barangays and features accommodation establishments and restaurants accredited by the city government which have passed health and safety standards. Here are some of them
  • TERRAZAS DE FLORES BOTANICAL GARDEN in Malubog, Cebu City. Area is about 2.3 hectares and their flowers are planted by rows, they have cabanas and viewing deck and serves coffee! 
  • BLOOMS AND GREENS BY JAIME CHUA in Bonbon- Sudlon 2,Cebu City. They have orchids, philodendron, anthurium, bougainvillea and so much more. They sell "Variegated Philodendron Billietiae" for only 800,000 Pesos! 
  • LAKEVIEW LE JARDIN in Barangay Tabunan, Cebu City. Entrance to this place is only P 50.00 and is open daily from 8AM to 6PM. Their restaurant is also located near the entrance level.
  • SERENITY MOUNTAIN CAFE - Quaint but affordable cafĂ© gives you a nice view of the mountain scenery. Located in Brgy. Malubog, Busay. This place operated from 11:30AM to 9PM daily, you may get in touch with them thru their mobile 0917-726-0775 / 0917-621-8133
Cebu Tourism Commission chairperson Atty: Jocelyn 'Joy' Pesquera welcomes the media to Cebu City.

The project mostly participated by private owners, the Highland Blooms also features barangay-based sites like the hiking trail in Tagbao and Waterfall Catching trail will be open to the general public by January 2022. The waterfalls highlight Liki, Manggasang and Pasong waterfalls at Barangay Tagbao. For experienced hikers, they can experience it earlier and they just need to get in touch with Cebu City Tourism Commission. Pesquera said local tourists can start availing these packages by June, when their office finalizes its agreements with partner tour operators.
You might be familiar with Cebu tours and of course the Spanish Tour. They will also be adding to their Heritage Tours. American Era Heritage Tour set to launch by July 4 followed by & the Japanese Era Heritage tour. CCTC will launch a whole lot more by 2022, along with new tours like the Urban and Coastal Tours with activities like bird watching and scuba diving.

So much happening in Cebu by 2022. The long-awaited Cebu Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is currently 75% completed and set to start its operation by March 2022. 

There's a lot of ways to experience Cebu for everyone. May it be nature tripping to falls, caves, pocket forest, spelunking experiencing the beauty of the mountains and nature. Canyoneering, tracing waterfalls, great for hiking, biking and trekking! They also have some virtual tours available. For more information, please contact Cebu City Tourism Office at 09171083834 , Ms. Joy Avila.

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