Pick and Pay at the Bisita sa Parian. The nifty little tongue twister is also an invitation to a one-night only bisita (visit) to the historical district of Parian, once the center of society and culture of Old Cebu.
Pocket activities surrounding the Cebu Heritage Monumentare available starting 6pm to 11pm on Friday, September 11, just in time for Cebu City Tourism Month. PICK from the following:
1. Tartanilla time! Take a leisurely horse-drawn carriage ride around Parian’s festive Bisita night and catch glimpses of the outdoor performances from the Sandiego Dancers,Children’s Joy Foundation Rondalla and eskrima (or arnis , a Visayan martial art). This uniquely Visayan carriage is distinguished by its two rows of seats arranged across each other, a back entrance, and distinctive design element by its maker. It fits only a maximum of 4 per ride, PAY only P25 per adult (minimum 2 adults per ride), children under 12 ride free.
2. Museum-hop. Two museums within walking distancefrom each other are open until 11pm just for the day. The Yap-Sandiego house is widely considered the oldest Chinese house built outside China and houses the Hispanic antiques of the present owner. In the garden, Café Rafael serves Cebu lechon (whole spit-roast pig), chicharon (pork crackling from the town of Carcar, famous for the delicacy), pusô (hanging rice), torta (a pastry made with egg yolk and tubà or coconut wine), sikwate (hot cocoa), and other Cebuano delicacies. A few steps away is the Jesuit House of 1730, the oldest dated house in the country, discovered relatively recently hidden in plain sight inside a working warehouse and houses the well-curated Museo Parian sa Sugbo. PAY entrance fees at P50 for adults and P15 for students.
3. Selfie with history. Stop for a quick selfie or self-wewith mimes dressed as historical characters pivotal in Cebu’s history: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, aSpanish friar, Spanish soldiers, the king of Cebu Rajah Humabon and his Queen Hara Humamay. Click, load and hashtag #ThousandJourneysCebu! PAY nothing, but donations are encouraged.
To book these tours, call Cebu City Tourism Commission(CCTC) at (+63-32 ) 412-4355 from 8am to 5pm on weekdays or 0917-7909175/0906-3093461. For walk-in guests, a booth manned by CCTC staff will be stationed at the yellow Lim Bon Fing Building (beside the Yap-Sandiego House) from 6pm on Friday.