[PHOTO - These women at the Tabo-an market in Cebu City deftly weave the Visayan staple puso or rice cooked in heart-shaped woven coconut leaves. It is a convenient take-out food to accompany any cooked dish like grilled fish, barbecued meats, and Cebu’s pride, the lechon. CLAUDE TAYAG]

MANILA, MAY 18, 2012 (PHILSTAR) Located at Manalili Street in Cebu City, it can be accessed through a small alley between Colon’s Jollibee and Best Buy Mart or the one across La Fortuna Bakeshop near USJ-R.

From within the city center, ride on any public jeepney with a Colon signboard and tell the driver to drop you off near Metro Gaisano-Colon.

Tabo sa Banay is a short walk from Gaisano. Tabo sa Banay is a type of a bazaar where inexpensive goods from Manila, Mindanao, China, Hongkong, and even Bangkok are sold.

It’s housed under an old three storey building where the first two floors are devoted to selling. Shopping inside a non-air-conditioned building is uncomfortable but becomes an essential part of the exhilarating experience.

If you want to buy cheap and affordable clothing’s and apparels this is the best stop for you. They have many products to choose from and its basically a clothing haven where you can see a lot of stalls who are selling this cheap and affordable clothes, pants, short pants, t-shirts, dress and some others…Indeed, armed with only a few hundreds of pesos and the readiness to sweat a little, you would be able to stock a wardrobe good for the next season or two: from pants, shorts, leggings, blouses, dresses, and matching accessories. You can even find running clothes and other sporting gears for the athletes and other sport enthusiasts and coats and blazers for the corporate yuppies. There are hundreds of pairs of sandals and other footwear, too.


So the ladies and gents of Cebu’s Taboan Market beckons every tourists who sets foot in this famous dried fish haven. Salted and unsalted danggit, pusit, fish bones, fish tapa, fish tocino, espada, dilis etc etc can be found here. The moment you alight from the jeep or your vehicle there is no denying that you have reach Taboan for the very distinct fishy smell will assail your senses.

Taboan Market maybe the country’s most popular source of dried fishes and I know that most if not all tourists, especially first timers to the province, pay this mercado a visit. And the great thing about Taboan is that this is the central hub where majority of the dried fishes haul of Cebu and nearby islands gets to be dropped off hence danggit, pusit and others are cheapest here!

The only downside to every visitor’s experience is that the very strong fishy smell of the dried items will stick to the clothes, as in! You can try whisking perfumes and colognes but it won’t help much, you need to wash your clothes to get rid of the odor.

That’s why I advice friends and tourist that when they do their Taboan pasalubong shopping to bring extra clothes so they can change after leaving the market or better yet head back to their hotel and take a shower.


The Carbon Market is the oldest and largest farmer’s market in Cebu City, located in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines, and is a major tourist attraction. It is wheelchair accessible.

It is located in downtown Cebu City, on MC Briones Street, Ermita barangay, and it can be reached by most buses or jeepneys in that area. Wares sold include clothing and kalamansi, baskets from Bohol, fish, chickens, and tripe, as well as souvenirs and handicrafts.

Although there is significant crime in the downtown area around the Carbon Market, the crimes are controlled by police, the vendors, and nearby residents


Ayala Center Cebu is a large shopping mall at the Cebu Business Park in Cebu City, Philippines.

It is the first Ayala Shopping Center located outside Metro Manila. It was opened in 1994, and is owned by Ayala Malls.

On October 30, 2008, Ayala Center Cebu unveiled “The Terraces”, a P600-million redevelopment that transformed what used to be a simple lagoon area to a food and beverage strip with the signature Ayala-landscaping and orchestrated water features.

Ayala Center Cebu is one of the finalist for the Best Shopping Center of the year in 2002 for the Philippine Retailer’s Association and Department of Trade and Industry.


It is the 4th shopping mall owned and developed by SM Prime Holdings, the country’s largest shopping mall owner and developer.

It is the company’s first shopping mall outside of Metro Manila and the 4th largest shopping mall in the Philippines.

It has a land area of 11.8 hectares and a gross floor area of 268,611 m² (2,891,305 sq. ft.), becoming part of the world’s 15 largest shopping malls and making it the 11th largest shopping mall in the world in 2009.

On an average day, more than 100,000 people visit SM City Cebu, with the figure increasing to 140,000 to 150,000 on weekends.

Due to Cebu City’s position as a transshipment point for the Visayas and Mindanao, and SM City Cebu’s location close to the city’s port area, the mall attracts a significant number of transient shoppers.

Construction on SM City Cebu’s expansion building, dubbed the Northwing, began in March 2006. The expansion, which was developed at a cost of P1.3 billion (US$30.5 million), was built on the parking lot to the north of the existing building, temporarily decreasing the number of parking spaces by more than 30%.

The Northwing was started in April 2007, and opened in November 2007, featuring spacious hallways catering to the leisure market and upper class customers, while the existing mall, redubbed as the Southwing, is targeted for those who “love the hustle and bustle”. It increased the total gross floor area of SM City Cebu by 107,049 m², for a total of 268,611 m²


Cebu (Cebuano: Sugbo) is a province in the Philippines, consisting of Cebu Island and 167 surrounding islands.

It is located to the east of Negros, to the west of Leyte and Bohol islands.

Cebu is a long narrow island stretching 225 kilometers from north to south, surrounded by 167 neighbouring, smaller islands, which include Mactan, Bantayan, Malapascua, Olango and the Camotes Islands.

Cebu has narrow coastlines, limestone plateaus and coastal plains. It also has rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges traversing the northern and southern lengths of the island. Cebu’s highest mountains are over 1000 meters high.

Flat tracts of land can be found in the towns of Bogo, San Remigio, Medellin and Daanbantayan at the northern region of the province.

Its capital is Cebu City, the oldest city in the Philippines, which forms part of the Cebu Metropolitan Area together with four neighboring cities which include Danao City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City and Talisay City and eight other municipalities. Mactan-Cebu International Airport, located in Mactan island, is the second busiest airport in the Philippines.

Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, with Cebu City as the main center of commerce, trade, education and industry in the Visayas. Condé Nast Traveler Magazine named Cebu the seventh best island destination in the Indian Ocean-Asia region in 2007,[1]eighth best Asian-Pacific island destination in 2005, seventh in 2004 and in 2009.



The Santo Nino Shrine is located in the old Magallanes Street in Cebu City.

 Historically, the Santo Nino or the Baby Jesus was brought from Spain in 1521 by the famous explorer Ferdinand Magellan, and was thought to have been lost.

When the Spaniards returned and burned down the whole barangay in Cebu, they found the statue in a house untouched by the fire, inside a box, miraculously surviving the fire.

The spot where the statue was found is currently the shrine of the Santo Nino.


Magellans cross is located beside the Santo Nino Shrine in Magallanes Street.

It was bought over by the famous explorer Ferdinand Magellan and planted the cross on the spot where they came ashore in 1521.

The original cross is encased in a wooden cross.


The Taoist Temple was established in 1972 to house the famous Taoist God, Q Kong Kong.

It is very famous throughout Asia as it is said it gives a very accurate fortune telling to those who come all over Asia to Cebu to ask for its help.

You can ask the temple priest for guidance when asking for your wish. Be sure to give thanks when your wish is granted.


The Tops in Cebu is located in Busay. It is an observation deck, that is 12 kilometers from the center of Cebu.

It is very romantic from sunset as it gives a 180 degrees vision of Cebu with its lights.

On a clear day, you can see as far away as Bohol.



Lapu-Lapu is the famous chieftain who defied Ferdinand Magellan.

They fought the famous battle of Mactan and where the spot that Magellan died, a statue of Lapu-Lapu was erected.





Museu sugbo located in MJ Cuenco Ave. was established by Governor Gwen Garcia to showcase the historical riches of Cebu.

It is a must see destination for historical buffs and students alike.





Jesuit house is the site of the first house of the Jesuit General in the Philippines
when they established their presence in Cebu.





The University of San Carlos is the oldest established university in the Philippines. It claims to be even older than Harvard University.

It is located in P. Del Rosario street and houses a generous collection of artifacts from early 6th century of Cebu to the present.




Casa Gorordo is a must see house in Cebu. Located in the old Parian of Cebu.

Its architecture represents how Cebu looked like in the early 19th century.





The University of Southern Philippines houses one of the biggest collection of things owned by the National Hero Jose Rizal.

It is located in Lahug and a must see for Rizal Buffs.



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