The New Cebu City (2019)

Do you smell that? Vehicle exhaust. Raw fish. Sweet fruit. Far away smell of pork roasted in charcoal.

metro colon passersby pedestrian crossing

Cebu. Once it grabs you, it doesn’t let you go. When you begin to love it, you will love it forever.

I’ve been coming here since 2007, the first time I got here. I worked here too. and since then there is this special place in my heart and my imagination. I keep coming back. I have to.

Much has changed since then. It changes every minute. But there are things that still remain to this day. Important things. Like this. It was my first breakfast in cebu.

It’s a bit different. This is not the siomai sa tisa. it’s siomai in t. padilla, says the seller.

Cebu siomai is made from pork with secret spices, with no other vegetable mixture. Pork dumpling as it is called in English.

Cebu is a province of the Philippines consisting of Cebu Island and many other surrounding islands. historically, the name Cebu is derived from the word “Sibu” which means “trade”. During the reign of Rajah Humabon, the island became an important trading center where various products were exchanged such as agricultural products, valuable stones, perfumes, etc.

Prior to its discovery by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, Cebu was once known as a fishing community, but has been industrialized for many years. It is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines. Cebu City is the center of commerce and industry of the Philippines.

Cebu is not far from other parts of the country, but it’s different because when you get here you feel like you’re abroad. It has character, distinct nature, has originality. You will know this when you meet the people here. When you learn to speak Cebuano, when you like to eat their food.

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