Even with the hundreds of people, you can still feel how solemn it is, especially inside the church.
With Sinulog just a few weeks away, you can't help but feel the excitement building up within you :)
Just imagine, with the thousands of people coming here every time, epecially for Sinulog, they have an outdoor altar bigger than a basketball court.
At the back of the church courtyard, there stands Magellan's Cross.
There were ladies/devotees there you can buy candles from and will be praying for you and your loved ones :)
We went to Fort San Pedro (Fuerza de San Pedro) next and it is very much similar to Manila's Fort Santiago. Don't you just love walking back into time, albeit temporarily?
(Entrance to the Fort, from wikipedia.org)
(What the Fort may have originally looked like in 1565, photo from wikipedia.org)
As usual, all that walking made us hungry for some Cebu lechon, we went to CNT the previous day this as well as the following day, only to find out that they run out of lechon real early! After researching some more, we decided to try out Zubuchon, which, acoording to accalimed food critic and host of No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain (whom I follow on Twitter too) is the best roast pig he has ever had.
Zubuchon is owned by marketmanila.com's Market Man, and if you want a 'healthier' lechon, this is your pig. We went to the Zubuchon branch in Mango Avenue. Very clean reastaurant, nice interiors, makes you feel good in the wonderful Cebu heat. Not much of a lechon fan though, but I must say it was really good! But the best part of our meal, for me, was the dinuguan! We were told it had coconut milk, which really made the difference. This was perhaps the best dinuguan I have had thus far! Every item on the menu had a little bit of lechon in it, even the pumpkin soup, which you can really taste. And unfortunately, all the bits of lechon, you can also 'feel' LOL! I felt very light-headed an hour after our meal heeheehee, good thing we went to the gym the night before :)
Check them out:
Going back home to Manila the next day, we decided to bring home some more lechon for New Year's Eve dinner that night, as well as a couple of frozen dinuguan. They also have a branch at the airport.
Oh, before ending this post, you might ask, did we ever try the Sky Rides and the Edge Coasters\ at our hotel? We decided to finally go on the night before we went home...but it was raining! :P
Maybe on our next trip we will!!