It's more fun in the Philippines if you get to travel and see not only what our natural resources have to offer, but also get to experience, interact and make friends with Filipinos, the locals of each island-destination, along the way. After all, it is really the people, us, who set the Philippine experience apart from anywhere else in the world.
Recently, I was able to go back to Cebu, the Queen City of the South, by invitation of Summit Circle Cebu Hotel (previously known as Cebu Midtown Hotel) of Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) with fellow bloggers Melo, Spanky, James and Summit Media's Keisha. During the trip, I got to meet Meg and Lisette (leftmost in the photo above), both from RLC, two really nice ladies who accompanied us all throughout the trip.
Cebu will remain a destination that charms me with its food, old landmarks, beaches, and of course, its people. It was a leisurely trip which started out as a journey of getting to know more new people, which made it more fun! We were able to see some landmarks, eat a lot, and enjoy each others' crazy company :)
Upon arrival at Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA), we were greeted to a warm Cebuano welcome, twice. First, inside the arrival area. I knew at the sight of the necklace at that point coming down from the arrival area, where we usually welcome guests, that it's for us. I guess my favorite RD, whom I got the chance to work with closely during MICECON last year, would find me (even if I didn't coordinate my arrival) if I ever come to Cebu, and will surely give me a warm welcome, even if she didn't have to. Thank you! :)
Next was the welcome party of Summit Circle Cebu Hotel right outside the airport. We were brought to the hotel to check-in, freshen-up, get ready for the hotel tour and eat dinner. Warm towels and buko juice greeted us, with the Summit Circle resident manager, Miro smiling to welcome us. We each had our own rooms. Summit Circle Cebu Hotel has 14 floors, 210 rooms, and I was billeted at one of the top floors, which had a great view of the Fuente Osmeña Circle, at the heart of downtown Cebu.
My room at Summit Circle Cebu had all the amenities I needed that weekend to relax, rest, and have fun :) I laid down on my comfy bed for a while, watched TV (something I do not do anymore in Manila), and passed time before our hotel tour.