Livin’ La Vida Local In Cebu

Sustainable, community-based experiences welcome visitors to the central Visayan island province.


Paddle from river to reef in Aloguinsan

The Bojo River Cruise takes visitors down a 1.4km-long river on small banca paddled by local fishermen. Learn about the legends surrounding the locale and the importance of the mangrove ecosystem. This is part of a local eco-tourism venture to preserve the river.

Be an organic farmer for a day in Alegria

Cebu 2_Algeria_galleryGet tutored by an agriculturalist on the methods of sustainable farming, at an organic demo farm 12km south of Kawasan Falls. Visitors may also harvest produce, feed farm animals and feast on farm-to-table dishes.

Discover the culinary delights of Argao

Cebu 4_Argao_galleryAfter visiting the town’s well-preserved 18th-century church complex, visitors can watch (by special arrangement) traditional home cooks make the town’s famous “three Ts” — tuba, coconut palm wine; tablea, cacao tablets; and torta, a type of sponge cake.

Spot rare birds and plants in Alcoy

Cebu 1_Alcoy_galleryWith forest wardens as guides, walk a path through the cool Nug-as Forest, a 1.6-hectare upland sanctuary, and spot endemic flora and fauna like Cebu cinnamon, Cebu mistletoe, the black shama bird and the Cebu hawk-owl.

Immerse yourself in the heritage of Boljoon

Cebu 3_boljoon-2_galleryBoljoon’s architectural treasures include the stately Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio de Maria Parish Church, a Catholic school built in 1783, as well as various centuries-old homes. Finish your journey with hearty native food, served at the largest surviving watchtower in the country.

This article first appeared in the August 2019 issue of Smile magazine.

Written by

Edgar Alan Zeta Yap

Photographed by

Edgar Alan Zeta Yap

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