We spent majority of our time in ARGAO (see Sibonga Tour blog post). The tour fed me with lots of interesting information , it felt like travelling the past. It’s, I guess, my first time appreciating this kind of activity – heritage tour. First time, ei? Plus, the tour ended by visiting some of Argao’s natural splendors. It was a blast!
We were warmly greeted by Argao’s young and active tourism staffs headed by its Tourism Officer, Vip Semilla. Before the tour started, we first met the Mayor of Argao, Mayor Edsel A. Galeos, and had a ‘lil chit-chat. So nice to know that their officials are really doing great jobs to make their place stands out. Argao is the 1st in the province to have a free WIFI Hotspot. Truly amazing! Techy people would surely love it.
CABESERA de ARGAO
The first time you set-foot Argao, you will be amazed by its beautifully landscaped and well-cared Cabesera.
ARGAO derived its name from a tree, SALI-ARGAW, that grew abundantly along its coastal areas. Sali-Argaw trees belong to the family of mangroves.
Built some years after the Augustinians began construction on the St. Michael Church, this Spanish-period structure became the town’s municipyo.
A structure made of coral stones towering beside the Capella Murtuaryo, this gate served as a main entrance also served as a watchtower for possible Moro attacks.
Capella Murtuaryo (Mortuary Chapel)
This small stone building standing beside the Puerta Marina functioned as a mortuary chapel in the 1800’s for funeral wakes to the pagans and the unbaptized.
Kampanaryo (The Belfry)
The bell tower, that stands beside the main church of St. Michael the Archangel, is said to be one of the most beautiful bell towers in Cebu. It is a 3-level tower that features nine bronze bells.
St. Michael the Archangel Church
This grandiose church was built in dedication to the St. Michael the Archangel some years following the declaration of Argao as a Parish in 1703.
…after the awesome and fun heritage tour, we then headed to Argao Nature Park (take note, a WI-FI hotspot), It has a mini-zoo and some semi-extreme activities: canopy walk, zip-line, wall-climbing, boating etc.This is good place to spend time with your families and love ones – connecting with nature and have some sweaty-actions.
TORTA – Magkabahaw, Magkalami.
Who would not know the famed, Torta? Yes, Argao is very well-known of making homemade Tortas – superior in taste to compare it with those being sold commercially. It would be a crime if you are visiting the place and would not taste it.
The sun was so high but it did not stop us from sipping the thick hot chocolate made from cacao beans. Yes, I am talking about “sikwati”. Argao is also known of making tablea/tableya.
Argao’s Guilang Tableya
Tummy’s grumbling! Chow time! The day did not end there and so we needed to replenish our energies. See separate post here >> SUTUKIL restaurant at Taloot Warf, Argao Cebu.
After our sumptuous and voracious pigging out session, we then visited some of Argao’s Natural attractions: Taloot Marine Sanctuary, Talisay Spring and Liki-Spring
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