Tuesday, December 30, 2008

CEBU: A destination close to heart

Speaking of starting the year right, my feet will take me back to Cebu come January 6 on business.

Called the Queen City of the South and located about 365 miles south of Manila, Cebu is the site for the second temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Philippines. Having a temple in Cebu would blend in so well because Cebu is blessed with numerous museums and churches.

I am privileged to be involved with the Cebu Temple project, handling all the legal aspects in the purchase of site and the construction.

That involvement is one of the reasons for my frequent business visits to Cebu. But Cebu’s numerous beach resorts and exhilarating historicity, are enticing enough for me to always couple business with pleasures.

In fact, it is one of those visits to the Magellan’s Cross that my prince found me charming enough to ask me for a date when we returned to Manila. That was one and a half years ago by January 5, 2009. With that, Cebu will always be close to my heart.

As for shopping, Cebu offers a lot of souvenir ideas from export-quality fashion accessories and clothing, handcrafted guitar, shellcrafts and handicrafts to dried mango preserves, sugar coated biscuits and peanut wafers. And for my family, my visit to Cebu would always mean CNT Lechon.

Cebu’s biggest festival is the Sinulog Festival that is celebrated on January 21 of every year. Villagers take to the streets with masks, instruments and performing the quaint Sinulog dance all over the city. A Grand Parade follows suit.

Cebu also features various points of interest for the adventurous visitor. I particularly enjoyed my visit to the Butterfly Sanctuary. Come January 6, I will also be meeting in Cebu my friends from Guam – the Colliers, who will be picking up Rizza, the four-year old girl that the Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) have approved for adoption after two years of waiting. The adoption really meant a lot for Tisa and her family, as she herself was an adopted child from the Hospicio de San Jose. With Rizza’s adoption, Tisa is giving back the favor and the blessings given to her when her American family welcomed and embraced her as their own child.


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