Ah, summer. It’s the perfect time of the year to experience pure fun. If you’re finding a good way to spend it, then look no more!
The Cebu Provincial Government once again offers the Suroy-Suroy Sugbo Summer Interlude in the Camotes Islands from April 22 to 24 this year.
So why should you avail of the getaway, you ask?
Then allow me take you back to the experience of the balikbayans and other participants of the Suroy-Suroy Sugbo Southern Getaway last January 20-22, 2016. Ready?
“I enjoyed this trip very much. Cebuanos are very hospitable. The music, the food, they’re all nice,” commented Von Long, one of the participants.
The trip was set for three days and two nights, covering nine towns and two cities in the southern part of Cebu.
A total of 115 participants joined the getaway. Four of them were foreigners, 84 balikbayans and 27 local guests, equally divided to travel into three Ceres buses.
Marian Fernandez led the balikbayan group. She shared that her group, who are graduates of Southern Islands Hospital School of Nursing, was here in Cebu for their class’ ruby reunion .
“When I joined the Suroy Suroy Sugbo Southern Getaway last January 2015, it gave me an idea to present it to my group. Compared to last year, there are a lot of improvements on the way the guests are treated, that’s why I am proud that I offered Suroy Suroy Sugbo to my batchmates,” Fernandez expressed.
Another noteworthy guest is the National Geographic Czech Edition photographer/reporter Mr. Hynek Adamek.
He shared that he’s here in the country for a month to work on an article about the Philippines.
“I’ve been to Negros and Cebu is a big surprise for me, especially with the friendly people and the beautiful pictures I’ve shot here,” Adamek disclosed.
Provincial Tourism Office Head Grace Paulino said that the package rates range from 7,000 to 14,000 per person inclusive of meals, snacks, and transportation. Rates varied according to the accommodations chosen.
“The delegates eat the same food and go to the same places. The only difference in the rates is the accommodations they chose. And our policy is book and buy, no reservation of slots,” she explained further.
The same system is applied to all of the Suroy-Suroy Sugbo trips.
For safety measures, a local government unit emergency response team (with a doctor and two nurses) is provided. For heat protection, umbrellas, caps, andwater bottles are also given to the participants.
THE PIT STOPS
“I’ve enjoyed every place this trip has taken us. It would be very difficult to pick a favorite,” Adamek expressed.
During day one of the Suroy-Suroy Sugbo Southern Getaway in January, the Province of Cebu brought the participants to a fun-filled tour at Carcar City and the towns of Barili, Alegria, and Moalboal.
First stop was at the city museum of Carcar for early lunch. The participants were also greeted with a Sinulog dance performance.
“The Mantayupan waterfall was majestic! I’m awed,” exclaimed a participant.
At 4 p.m., the participants arrived in the Municipality of Alegria to explore the town’s heritage park and demo farm. Delicacies and entertainment were also provided as the sun slowly hid behind the bay’s horizon.
The town of Moalboal was last on the list for a sumptuous dinner in their heritage park.
On the next day, first stop was at the St. Gregory the Great Parish Church in Ginatilan for a 30-minute visit. Ginatilan was the hometown of the second Filipino saint, St. Pedro Calungsod.
At 12 noon., the delegates then arrived at the heritage park of Samboan that’s perched atop a hill that features St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church, Jacob’s ladder, Campanario de Antigua, and Stations of the Cross.
After lunch, a waterfall adventure to Aguinid Falls was next on the list. The few participants who did not to join the waterfall trek were pampered with a foot spa at Gamallo Beach Resort.
“I conquered my fear! Achieve!” a participant from bus 1 voiced out.
Balikbayan Jake Go also expressed, “The trek to Aguinid Falls is very very good. Super!”
However, the day did not end there. The delegates then proceeded to Oslob to see the Immaculate Conception Church, old cuartel and museum. They were also welcomed with entertaining dances and songs while feasting on the town’s delicacies.
At 7 p.m., dinner was served at Sanayon, Santander. The Sinulog dance champions of 2016 also performed for the guests.
On the last day of the trip, before the delegates departed for Boljoon, 29 participants went to see and swim with the whale sharks or butanding in Oslob.
“For me, the highlight of the last day is the butanding. Even though it was just an option and not part of the itinerary, we really enjoyed it!” Fernandez said.
At 10 a.m., the participants arrived in Boljoon and did a tour in the town’s Plaza Bermejo, Escuela Catolica, and The Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio de Maria Parish Church.
The church also had a museum full of church antiques and a headless skeleton of a woman. In 2008, archeologists discovered 26 human remains (with china plates on top of the heads) buried by the plaza.
By noontime, the delegates then arrived at Mantalongon, Dalaguete to shop for fresh veggies in the market at a bargain price. A marching band, Sinulog dance performance and delicacies were also offered to the guests.
Late lunch was served at Cabecera de Argao. A tour in the cabecera was done after the delegates had their fill of authentic Argawanon dishes and delicacies.
It was then followed with a quick run for pasalubong at Acacia Grill in Carcar City.
The last pit stop, before finally closing the three-day journey, was at Naga City where a lavish dinner party was served paired with entertainment and a fireworks show at the end of the program.
“Everywhere we go, we feel very welcomed and every place was enjoyable. I definitely will come back and join again!” Fernandez expressed.
At the end of the third day, everyone went back to the city tired but happy and full of memories to treasure.
So what are you waiting for? Spend your summer in full swing mode, explore the different sites and see the whole province one place at a time!
For booking and inquiries, visit www.cebu.gov.ph/suroysuroysugbo for more details.