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Cebu’s unforgettable Tops

Lovers having their sweet private time with a view at Cebu's Tops

Circular path at the covered structure

Who hasn’t been to Cebu’s Tops? That promontory with a wide open area, hexagonal cement slabs fringed with bermuda grass and benches to get a good, no, great view of Cebu City especially at night? Where temperatures get nippy and, at some nights, the wind can be strong, prompting lovers to go close and embrace?

Situated at 2,000 feet above sea level in the cool hills of Busay, Cebu City, Tops has been there as far as I can remember. It’s the perfect place to just view the city and surrounding islands of Olango and, even Bohol on a clear day.

At night, the unfolding panorama of the citylights become an attraction in itself with locals trying to figure out buildings, structures and places within the city.

A series of strong street lights marks Osmena Blvd; a glowing blue structure, Harold’s Hotel; and of course, who can miss the beautifully lighted structure of Waterfront? At the far end, the twin bridges connecting Mactan to Cebu is evident while the cool light beams of Crown Regency with its multicolored top easily seen.

Open area and structure

For many Cebuanos, Tops is one of the top and reliable tourist attraction. For many of us, it holds many beautiful memories: visits with school friends, of family and visitors, or romantic rendezvous where a trip at night can guarantee a warming embrace or a kiss… or more than that.

Its a no frills area where you just go there to watch or drink at the covered structure tastefully done where the pathway is through a series of circular openings. To talk or just reminisce. Getting there is also an adventure and, for the driver, a challenge.

Tops is accessed through Transcentral Highway that goes up from near JY Square in Lahug and is situated in Busay Hills. There are no existing signage but the forking road to the place is just around a hundred meters from the ascent to Mountain View. Do ask around for directions. Entrance fee as of this writing is P100.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

9 Comments

  1. Clarence
    December 27, 2011 @ 10:05

    Never been there. Faets!
    Will visit the place gyud puhon with someone to experience that warm embrace or a kiss… or more than that. LOL

  2. Anonymous
    December 27, 2011 @ 10:13

    hahaha, grabe, wa pa jud ka ka anha? adto na uy. dapat naa kay dala nga chicks 🙂

  3. Edelito Sangco
    December 27, 2011 @ 16:38

    I was there but that was many years ago, just don’t know if it has new facilities and amenities nowadays. How does it fare with the Mountain View Nature’s Park in the same Barangay Busay in terms of the variety of attractions?

  4. Anonymous
    December 27, 2011 @ 17:09

    mountain view is too big and lots of things to do. in tops. its simple pleasure 😉

  5. Clarence
    December 27, 2011 @ 22:35

    Wala pa g’yud tawn.

    Unsay maayong sakyan kung mag solo flight?

    Nagpangutana ko sa mga taxi driver libo² man pud ila pangayo kun mutungas ngadto. Hehe

  6. Grace Capistrano
    December 27, 2011 @ 22:58

    hmm. mukha ngang sweet yung setting.

  7. Anonymous
    January 2, 2012 @ 9:04

    not only sweet, malamig pa. hehehe

  8. Anonymous
    January 2, 2012 @ 9:11

    ed, i still prefer tops. samukan ko sa mountainview pero if you want to make out with your partner, mountain view is it. hahaha

  9. Anonymous
    January 2, 2012 @ 9:12

    na, ingna lang ko sunod if im in cebu. naa ko sakyanan.

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