A Thousand Pesos Frugal Trip To Southern Cebu

I know that there are a lot of beautiful destinations in Cebu to visit for a budget solo travel. But, I am always under the impression that it will be for a day tour only.I never thought that my 1000 PHP can give me a lot of superb experience for 2 days and 1 night.
As I always checked on the net and I saw that my fellow bloggers are doing a 1000 Pesos challenge (budget travel to any destinations in Cebu for 1 day). I found it very interesting and a perfect idea for a solo traveler like me. Since I was not able to participate it, I tried to do it on my own instead.I got so intrigued whether I can survive the 1000 PHP budget for the 2 days trip because usually, I allocate 2-3k for each of my trips. So I contacted with one of my friend who lives in Carcar City on where to spend a quick vacation in the town. I asked her assistance to help me find a cheap room since Carcar City will be my first destination to visit for my 1000 PHP 2 days budget travel.
It was late afternoon when I arrived Carcar City, so I told my friend to bring me directly to the hotel that she recommended for me to check-in. So she brought me to Carcar Traveller’s Inn.After checking in to the hotel, I decided to quickly jaunt around the heritage park of the town before the sun goes down.I rented
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On my way to the place which holds a monument to Dr. Joser Rizal, circa 1927. I was greeted by the street vendors selling chicharron and ampao. I bought some of the towns famous native treats and consumed a pack while walking.
While roaming around the plaza, my mind goes classical when I saw the church of Sta. Catalina de Alexandria. The church was constructed in 1860, it is one of the unique designed colonial churches in the Philippines. The twin bell towers really catch my attention because it was capped by an onion-shaped dome that resembles those found in Greek Orthodox Churches in Eastern Europe.
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The church is just one of the various heritage buildings around the town plaza.





It is only in Carcar where we can see a well-preserved American period structures. According to the Carcar historical council, most of the public structures were built during the term of Mayor Mariano Mercado from 1922 to 1938. Most of the architectures you can see in the town plaza are eye-catching especially the detail of the Old Carcar Dispensary. It is a collage of exquisite lattice-work, accented with stained glass doors and windows.


After walking around the town plaza, I asked some of the locals on how to reach the Balay Na Tisa. So, they instructed me on how to get there and I thought it is quite far to reach. And I was wrong!  🙂 The other side of the road is the way going downhill towards the heritage village.

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The Heritage Town: Carcar City is a town with a merry decorated Bahay-Na-Bato. Same with Vigan. It is considered as one of the best-preserved heritage towns in the country.

Traditional Bahay-Na-Bato in her fanciest dress lined the streets of Carcar’s heritage village. One of the ornately decorated houses occupy a block along the main road is the Silva House.

Since it is around 6:00 PM already, so I didn’t get the chance to go inside and see those well-preserved American and Spanish collections. So I decided to go back to the hotel and took my dinner.
I woke up early on the next day for the next destination of my 1000 PHP 2 days budget travel. My itinerary is to go to Samboan and see the chasing waterfalls. But I am sure that my 1000 PHP is not enough, so I ended up visiting Boljoon, Cebu.
Upon making a sharp turn on a road carved out of a natural rock formation known Ili Rock The expanse of the lovely cove is dominated by the blue waters of the Bohol Sea on the foreground while the towering verdant hills serve as the background of the centuries-old fortress-church of the Nuestra Señora Patrocinio de Maria.
Boljoon graduated as a visita of Carcar in 1690. The main church, belfry, and rectory were built on different occasions but the current church (second to be built on the same site) was constructed by Fray Ambrosio Otero, O.S.A in 1783.
Inside the historical church, my eyes were immediately drawn to the painting on the ceiling. The painting was truly inspired the 80-year old Boljoon native, Miguel Villareal.


At the left side of the church is the “Bahay na Bato” built in 1940.  It was used as a dormitory for children where they can have an overnight stay before receiving  the first Holy Communion.


Before leaving the town of Boljoon, I have to make sure to have an unforgettable experience.Since my adventurous soul is looking for a waterfall. So I asked the locals on how to get to the hidden paradise of Boljoon which is the Dayhag falls.

Boljoon is known for their waterfalls, Kan Amno, but turns out they have another, lesser-known yet magnificent waterfalls called Dayhag. Named after the cascading flow, the waterfalls is one of the nature’s hidden gems 12 kilometers from the town center. In a Sun.Star article, tourism officer Ronald Villanueva discovered the waterfalls in Beveril after receiving word from locals in the area.


If you’re an adventurer who wants to experience Dayhag Falls, Click here
How Did I Budget The 1000 PHP for 2 days?
From Cebu City to Carcar -Mini Bus Fare – 40 PHP
Carcar Travellers Inn-                                      400 PHP
From Carcar to Boljoon                                    100 PHP
From Boljoon town to Dayhag Falls
Habal-habal fare                                          200 PHP -Depends on how you negotiate the driver.
Snacks, Dinner and Lunch                          140 PHP
From Boljoon to Cebu City                          120 PHP
Total Damage :                                               1000 PHP

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