Bantayan Island, found in the northernmost part of the Province of Cebu may be a test of patience as you need to endure the long travel via air (if you are coming from Manila), land and sea before reaching this island paradise. Located more than 200 kilometers from Cebu City, this island consist of three municipalities – Sta. Fe, known for its white sand beach; Bantayan, the largest municipality and home to the century old Saints Peter and Paul Church; and Madridejos (locals at times use its old name, Lawis), a popular place to watch the sun as it sets.
It was a year of fulfilling travel aspirations, ticking off items on my bucket list, a year of widening my horizon and taking that leap of faith, a year of meeting new friends and strengthening existing relationships. As the year bid goodbye, let us once again relive the twelve wonderful months of 2014.
For almost 300 years, the Philippines have been colonized by the Spaniards with the intention of extending its territory, of making the trade and commerce flourish and spreading the Christian faith in the Far East. Given the distance from Spain, it was difficult for the monarchy to monitor what was really happening in the then colony, which lead to the many abuses of the church and the government. With these, revolts ignited in the provinces of Central and Southern Luzon, which eventually spread to the whole country like a wildfire.
As the Philippines celebrate its Independence Day, let us look back and relive some of the noble acts of heroism that these Filipinos from various parts of the country showed, through the monuments and shrines built in honor of them.
Like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, Oslob will surprise every visitor on what this place has to offer after a three to four hour travel from Cebu City. This quiet town is one of the southernmost towns of Cebu, 113 kilometers from the province’s capital, that is very rich both on natural at cultural heritage attractions.