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Sinulod 2014 Cebu City

Sinulog 2014 rain

Sinulog 2014 starts this weekend but I will be in LA and will miss the main event It has been raining steadily the past 3 days in Cebu City, Philippines but the preparations for Sinulog 2014 are in full swing. It is now over 2 months since Typhoon Yolanda caused widespread damage in Leyte and […]

Whaleshark nibbling on seaweed

Whaleshark nibbling on seaweed

Oslob Whale Shark Whale shark nibbling on seaweed in the Tan-Awan Marine Sanctuary near Oslob on Cebu Island I enjoyed swimming along the sanctuary markers in Tan-Awan every morning for three weeks. Occasionally there would be a whale shark or two swimming past the marker buoys and it was a thrill for me to watch […]

Scuba and Snorkeling

Scuba and Snorkeling

Whale shark watching – scuba and snorkeling It has been an amazing three weeks for me  snorkeling with the whale sharks off the coast of Cebu near Oslob in the Philippines. The local fishermen had been feeding the whale sharks some small shrimp called “uyap” . Several of these whale sharks became temporary residents looking […]

Feeding whalesharks in Oslob

Feeding whalesharks in Oslob

Tan-Awan Feeding whalesharks The fishermen on the southern tip of Cebu Island near Oslob have grown accustomed to feeding whale sharks in an effort to increase tourism in the area. There is a marine sanctuary in Tan-Awan where the sanctuary administration is set up under some trees and the local boat men are hired to […]

Oslob Whalesharks Butanding

Oslob Whalesharks Butanding

Oslob Whale Sharks Butanding Tan-Awan Cebu Philippines I have been spending a few days on the south coast of Cebu Island looking for whale sharks. The fishermen in the area feed them shrimp in the mornings in an effort to increase tourism in the area. It seems to be working because a resident school of […]

Sinulog 2012 Scoring the Gecko

Sinulog 2012 Scoring the Gecko

Sinulog 2012 Cebu – I decided to stick around Cebu City this year for  Sinulog and scored an amazing dutchpickle gecko fastened to a carabao horn last night at a flea market booth on Osmena Blvd. Here the artist Jen from Dumageute shows off his work. He and friends also have a crafter’s booth at […]

Cebu Harbor

Cebu Harbor

Cebu Harbor Cebu is a major shipping hub in the Philippines. I really enjoy taking pictures of the boats and activity in the channel between Cebu and Mactan Island. Shipping vehicles between the different  islands in the Philippines is rather easy but it takes a few times doing it before you get used to the […]

Cebu to Ormoc Lite Shipping

Cebu to Ormoc Lite Shipping

Lite Shipping – Cebu City to Ormoc Lite Shipping has a daily 11am ferry from Cebu to Ormoc. (except Fridays). The fare is 350 pesos per person and 850 for a motorbike. It arrives around 5:30 pm depending upon the weather. The boat returns from Leyte at 10 pm. There are bunks to sleep on […]

Cebu in January

Cebu in January

Cebu in January I stayed for a week in Cebu City visiting friends, and getting some things cleared up with my visa at the immigration office in Mandaue. It was an uneventful week. Preparations for the Sinulog festival were in full swing. It is the biggest holiday of the year in Cebu and signals the […]