"The fast growing city in the Asian Region!" Cebu City by joiwatani

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Most pop destination among Asian merchants

Cebu City is very popular nowadays because of the YouTube's rendition of Michael Jackson's Thriller by the inmates of Cebu prison! ! It has been watched seven million times all over the world!

But even before the YouTube sensation, Cebu City is a popular destination. It is popular among Asian businessmen because of its maritime industry. It is also popular among local tourists because of its natural beauty!

I was in Cebu City in 1989 for a job interview of my husband as an Assistant Country Director of Plan International. We travelled all over the city to check on all the on-going projects of Plan International, a non-profit organization.

Previously, I was in Cebu in 1981. It was one of those one-day stop over of the ship that my mother and my siblings boarded. The ship, Sulpicio Lines, stopped over Cebu to get more passengers going to Davao City.

I stopped by the city to buy Otap to bring home as 'pasalubong' (gifts) to my family.

One day stop over in Cebu City

My mother and I usually stop by Cebu City to buy Otap. Otap is some pastry popularized by Cebuanos. It is like a cookie with some sugar crystals on top of the cookie!

P.S.This is an old picture here. This was taken in 1981 - the summer I graduated from St. Louis University's Political Science Department. I met some friends on board the Sulpicion Lines' ship and we ended up being the neighbors in Kidapawan, North Cotabato. This was the last summer I had seen my uncle who died last year. I have not seen him since then.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Definitely a place to come back to!
  • Cons:I don't have enough time to explore the city!
  • In a nutshell:The government of Cebu is cleaning up the system, figuratively and literally speaking!
  • Last visit to Cebu City: Jul 1989
  • Intro Updated Nov 16, 2011
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  • RoyJava's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Tnq Jo, for B-day wishes, very nice of you, and for being a friend. I have been once in Cebu, for sure to return once again, bye, cya, greets Roy

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