Saturday, February 9, 2013

Travel Cebu - Carcar City

If Marikina City considered the shoe capital of the Philippines, here in Cebu we dub Carcar City with the same label. Going to Carcar randomly is such a great experience, not bad for a short travel from downtown Cebu, I think the Bus ride only took us more or less 60 minutes.

We did not plan this trip, actually on the nick of time we decided to buy shoes and maybe just to eat lechon. What I like about random trips is the excitement and that come-what-may feeling, but I guess it also depends on the experience you had in travelling. Trips like these are okay if you're planning to travel close-by and absolutely okay for amateur hoppers like us, but for long-distance trips, you really need to sit-down, research and plan everything properly.

Buses going to Carcar are always available in the Cebu South Bus Terminal, so going there is very easy. We went there just to have fun and to enjoy our day's off from work.



We didn't have the chance to snag some photos of the sumptuous lechon we had, maybe on another post I might talk about lechon particularly the lechon from Cebu. We also visited "Balay na Tisa" (House of Tiles) one of the oldest houses in Cebu and a town's treasure.

Balay na Tisa (House of Tiles)









My two cents on a close-by travel:

1.) Do not forget your camera, It is important to take nice pictures of course if you're planning to keep the memories for good.
2.) Bring extra shirt, pants/shorts and even undies, who knows you might end up in a beach.
3.) Ask from locals if they know nice places/restaurants to visit in the place, don't be shy, nothing is wrong with asking.
4.) When you happen to visit Carcar, do not forget to buy Ampao (rice crispes) or chicharon (pork rind) or any local delicacies.



23 comments:

  1. It's nice to know that there are other places in the Philippines that have plenty of craftsmen and cultural heritage sites that are not flooded with tourists.

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  2. Cebu is really versatile. It can be a cosmopolitan city with posh malls and establishment, historical place and rich in culture and of course, the beach.

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  3. wow that place looks really nice! I believe that filipinos are very talented poeple. WE just needed those full support from our government in order to enrich more or our capabilities and entertain other countries! xx

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    1. Such great talents that we should be proud of and in need of our government's attention as well.

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  4. It's good to know something about Carcar. I've been to Cebu a lot of times but I've never been to Carcar . Next time I'll be in Cebu this is going to be included in my itinerary :)

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    1. There are plenty of old structures/houses in Carcar that you can visit. The next time I will go to the place, I will also visit their museum, I heard its one of the most visited places in that town.

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  5. Good to know that there is a Shoe capital in the south. The photos show plenty of cultural treasures worth preserving.

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    1. I think there are a lot of places in the Philippines that needs a little lift by our government to be known, not just locally but internationally too.

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  6. "What I like about random trips is the excitement and that come-what-may feeling, but I guess it also depends on the experience you had in travelling." - I agree with this!..:)

    Is there an entrance fee in Balay na Tisa? If yes, how much?

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    1. No entrance to the ancestral house but there is a donation box, the money is used for maintenance.

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  7. The shoe or the tsinelas industry in Carcar Cebu, is maybe the inspiration of the serye Ina Kapatid Anak, in which Teresa, the character portayed by Cherry Pie Picache is a tsinelas seller in Cebu.

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    1. Hahaha, yeah, i remember the story now. Kim and her family transferred to manila but they were originally from Cebu, maybe particularly from Carcar.

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  8. I didn't get to visit Carcar back when I went to Cebu. But I did a good filling of Cebu's famous lechon.

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  9. I've heard about Carcar before and I must say its a must visit for me when I go back to Cebu.

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  10. I've been to Cebu City but not really to Carcar. It's such an interesting place and the lechon, never tasted it yet. Gotta go back to Cebu and these things. :)

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  11. Carcar is another heritage town and this place is definitely on my to visit list for 2013. I did not know they sold shoes, hmmm added attraction for a shoe lover like me :)

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  12. I always pass by Cebu whenever I go to my hometown which is Dumaguete. But I haven't been to Carcar. This is really an interesting place to visit anytime soon. :)

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  13. i've been to cebu once and i think i missed the balay na tisa in our tour... but i've been to a similarly historical place... fort san pedro... Yahweh bless.

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  14. Sometimes, unexpected travels are the best. Especially when you don't expect anything from the place because there will be lot of surprises that you will encounter. Didn't know that Cebu is a hub for shoe industry too. All I know is they have the best lechon and of course great craftsmanship of guitars.

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  15. Looking forward for a visit at Carcar City anytime soon, I havent tried chicharon from Cebu.. :D

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  16. This is nice!
    Something off beaten,with a little heritage tour of that Bahay Na Tisa..
    With your photos, it looks really old.
    Guess it bades well seeing those old musty floor tiles, and the varnished wood looking old.
    It just have that vibe of the ages long past.

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  17. One place I didn't know of until I read your post. Thanks for sharing your travel experience at Carcar!

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  18. what a nice experience!!!!!!!!!!!!
    visit this place too

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