A Day and an Hour Spent in a Quiet and Quaint Town in TABOGON, NORTHERN CEBU : Places to Go, Places to See
A number of tourists, foreign or local alike usually prefer having a vacation in Southern Cebu than in the Northern part believing that the southern part have many known tourists spots. Only a few tourists go to the northern part of Cebu and the usual activity is just island bumming in Malapascua, Carnaza or Bantayan Island…
There may be more beautiful spots in the SOUTH but the places in the NORTH are really worth visiting for these places hide their wonder and are just waiting to be visited and explored so that their beauty can be revealed.
One example of this place is Tabogon. Honestly, I didn’t have any idea about what this town offers until I reached Bunzies Cove. Anyway, this is my time story and I’ll give you a virtual tour of my 25-hour stay in Tabogon.
8:00 AM – Meet up time
As the van started heading to Tabogon, I was ecstatic because it has been months that I haven’t gone out. It seems I’m slowly becoming a homebuddy and introvertness is getting in. Yes, sometimes I do enjoy my solitude. But I have to go somewhere to be able to breathe again and experience new things or else I’m gonna be stuck in this plain and ordinary life of mine . Haha!
10:00 AM – Lunch at Danao Tinap-an
The van stopped at Danao so that we could have our early lunch of sinugbang isda which Danao is known for. Whenever I ride a bus from Bantayan to Cebu, I always see a lot of sinugbang isda aligned in the stalls along the street of Danao. But now I was no longer seeing this Danao delicacy but actually eating it.
12:00 PM – Arrive at Bunzie’s Cove, Tabogon
We arrived at Bunzie’s Cove in Tabogon where we would stay overnight. Eventually, we toured the place. Bunzies Cove got its name from the cove at its beachfront where local boats are allowed to dock. It has a small coastline and the rest is a cliff with big rocks.
We also had the chance to look at every room. I was mesmerized by the arhitectural designs and creative decoration of each room. One could feel the authentic, rustic atmosphere. Like for example the bathroom interior is elegant but no showers are provided. Instead they have a pail and dipper made from coconut shell. Isn’t it cute? Hehe!
Just look at these photos. I grabbed these photos from the website of Bunzie’s Cove (http://bunziescove.com/) because my camera has no wide angle lens to capture the entire place.
Bunzie’s Cove has also an infinity pool that provides a panoramic view of the ocean, a perfect site to watch sunrise.
2:00 PM – Snacks Time
The last spot we went to was a unique empty container van with a very artistic facade. We were enjoying taking pictures with it until an ice cream vendor passed by. Few minutes later our tummy was filled with cold and sweet yummy mango-flavored ice cream. Yum yum!
3:45 PM – That Hanging Bridge Though
We also had the opportunity to see other interesting spots in Tabogon. The first place we visited was the Hanging Bridge. It took us more than an hour cruising in a very long and winding road to be able to get there. I’ve seen this hanging bridge in social media sites but it was only this time I knew that it is located in Tabogon.
The Hanging Bridge which stands above a river connects one barangay to another barangay of Tabogon.
At the time of my visit, the bridge wasn’t in good condition. It had a lot of damaged and broken parts making it unsafe to pass through. But I saw locals crossing the bridge cautiously. I hope that repair of the bridge will be attended to the soonest possible time as the place is attractive to tourists and is instagrammable worthy. Furthermore, repair of the bridge will prevent accidents to happen.
3:45 PM – The Headless Virgin
Our tour was getting more interesting because our next stop was to see the Headless Virgin. Again, we journeyed long, until we found ourselves trudging in a field. For about 30 minutes we finally reached the site. It has a chapel and over the end of the shore, there are lots of rocks & boulders in the area and one of those rocks has a mini cave- like structure where stands the altar of the Headless Virgin.
According to some locals, long time ago, Moro seafarers or pirates stole the head of the statue of the Virgin. The locals tried to replace the head but they weren’t able to do so because the Virgin’s body suddenly became heavy. So they just left it there. Believing it was a miraculous happening, they made a shrine and altar for it. Today devotees and believers go there to pray.
Not only that, the place has its charm as well. Beside the altar of the Headless Virgin, is the sea in which vibrant coral reefs are noticeable. The locals who accompanied us narrated that they saw a turtle and a whale shark there. Tabogon has rich marine resources. I wish it would stay that way until the future.
7:00 PM – Dinner at Bunzie’s Cove
Finally, after touring around Tabogon’s interesting spots, we wen back to Bunzie’s Cobe and had a sumptuous dinner prepared and served by its local cook. We had our fill of grilled pork, fried fish, hot soup of pork sinigang, a platter of rice and ice cold soda.
9:00 PM – Night Swimming
We rested for awhile until we saw the moon in the firmament and its reflection in the placid sea that created a dazzling sparkling sight and we heard the rythmic lullaby of the waves that hit the shore. It was such a splendid and peaceful moment. That was when my friends decided to have a night swim in the pool under the summer moonlight.
I didn’t take a dip in the pool because I find more enjoyment in looking at the beautiful scenery of my friends having fun in the pool and capturing those precious moments. It’s not everyday that I can savor this experience. So, thanks Bunzie’s cove for this chance . ♥
To be continued . . .