Rediscovering Cebu

Rediscovering Cebu: City view, Part 2 of 5

Guests at The Tops gets a good view of Cebu City and Mactan Island

Guests at The Tops gets a good view of Cebu City and Mactan Island

Underbelly of Marcelo Fernan Bridge as seen from a small park below it

Underbelly of Marcelo Fernan Bridge as seen from a small park below it

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A view of Cebu City at night is just spectacular with the many colored lights brightening this cosmopolitan city. There are several vantage points to go. Hands down though, the Tops (P100 per person) is still the best vantage point there is.

Located at one of the highest portions of central Cebu, it has an encompassing view of the entire city and Mactan Island. During daytime, it has good sceneries of Bohol and its many islets. Just be prepared to have your jacket or windbreaker as temperature can drop and winds strong.

Mountain View (entrance P50) is just before and near the Tops but has a bigger area, has simple accommodations and known for tryst among the many cottages within the vicinity.

The rural and the urban as seen from Cordova, Mactan

The rural and the urban as seen from Cordova, Mactan

At sea level, the rows of benches at the SRP is also a good vantage point. In Mactan, head under the Marcelo Fernan Bridge to a small park and see ships and boats pass by. A few kilometres to the municipality of Cordova, at the Day-as wharf, is another and rare view of Cebu City with mangroves and fishermen in the foreground. It’s a good place for landscape photography too. All these are free of charge.

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Article originally written and published in Space Magazine.

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.

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