Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge in Mactan, Cebu

When visiting Cebu via plane, the first attraction that will greet you perhaps is the Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge.  Built in 1999, the Marcelo B. Fernan bridge connects two of the province’s most important hubs, Mactan Island and the island of Cebu. Mactan houses the different hotel-resorts, which attracts millions of tourists every year; the different export processing plants; and Cebu’s gateway to the world, the Mactan International Airport.

This 1.2 km cable stayed bridge was constructed to alleviate traffic on the old Mactan-Mandaue bridge. The entire bridge system, which was constructed by the Japanese, spans across the Mactan Channel. The bridge was named after one of Cebu’s political figures, the late Senator Marcelo Fernan.

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Ayala Terraces in Cebu

Ayala in Cebu has changed a lot since I left in October 2008. Only a few days after I left that Ayala Terraces opened. The Ayala Terraces is the result of the few months of renovation of the back part of the ACC. The entire complex now houses restaurants and food establishments both coming from Cebu and other parts of the country.

Ayala Terraces

The ambiance of the place gives people the impression that everything within its confines is expensive. But don’t be deceived with its looks. On the contrary, I find the rates of the food establishments here relatively affordable (as compared to Metro Manila prices). So far, I’ve only been able to dine at Mooon Cafe — a Mexican Restaurant, Sunburst — Cebu’s signature fried chicken and UCC Cafe.

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The Ayala Terraces is a PhP 600M development project by the Ayalas in Cebu. The Terraces, which was originally Ayala Center Cebu’s Lagoon before it was renovated, comprises 8,000 square meters of available floor area for establishments. The addition of the Ayala Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu gives Cebuanos a new definition to their urban lifestyle.

Ayala Terraces at night
Ayala Terraces at night

Weekend Trip to Cebu

Taoist Temple

Weee! I’m going back to Cebu City this weekend for some business. It has been sometime since the last time I went there. I’m excited for my weekend trip. I was hoping I could meet all of my college classmates and blogger friends but the idea seems muri (impossible). I might meet up with some Cebu Bloggers on Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon, after their Sumilon Island trip.

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