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Christian Joy S. Anobling
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Hello, everyone! It's haruki.tls123 here once more, and I'm delighted to welcome you to my latest blog installment. Today, I'm excited to dive into a topic close to my heart as I share with you the top five reasons, in my humble opinion, why you should consider visiting the enchanting city of Naga, nestled right here in the beautiful province of Cebu, Philippines. So sit back, relax, and join me as we embark on a journey to discover the wonders and hidden gems of my beloved hometown.

For travelers who enjoys exploring both local and international destinations, there's a perfect addition to your bucket list: the captivating "City of Naga," also known as City Of Lights and Christmas Capital of the South!!!

Where is it located?

Naga City lies north of Minglanilla, west of Toledo City, and south of San Fernando, with the Cebu Strait to the east. It sits 21-22 kilometers (13 mi) away from Cebu City, approximately a 50-minute drive. Located 20 kilometers south of Cebu City, Naga is a flourishing hub known for its vibrant events and celebrations, drawing visitors from far and wide. With its ongoing growth, Naga continues to provide ample opportunities for exploration and enjoyment, making it a destination worth discovering.

(Credits for the picture: Wikipedia)

How can a traveler go here?

If you want to travel here, your journey to City Of Naga, Cebu, would likely start with a flight to Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Upon arrival, you can take a taxi or a ride-sharing service to reach the South Bus Terminal in Cebu City. From there, you can board a Ceres Bus or a van heading to Naga City.

These buses regularly depart from the terminal and offer a convenient and affordable mode of transportation to reach your destination. Once in Naga City, you can explore the vibrant community and enjoy its attractions, events, and festivities. Whether you're traveling from within Cebu or from outside the province, Naga City welcomes visitors with open arms and promises an enriching experience worth the journey 🤍

As a proud Nagahanon, I'm excited to share some personal favorites for visitors to look forward to in our city. These recommendations serve as a guide for family and friends eager to explore and experience what Naga has to offer. Keep in mind that this list is just a glimpse, as there's still so much more awaiting discovery!

1. Dagitab Festival

Of course!! The City of Naga wouldn't be complete without the Dagitab Festival because it serves as a beacon of creativity, fostering a sense of community and pride among residents and visitors alike, it is our annual festival to celebrate the talents, culture, and innovation of our City.

(captured by City Government Of Naga)

The annual Dagitab Festival, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a source of immense pride for the City of Naga, celebrated with fervor every December. This vibrant event showcases the city's cultural richness and artistic talent, particularly through captivating dance performances presented by various schools across Naga. Drawing inspiration from its name, "dagitab," which translates to "light" in English, the festival dazzles spectators with mesmerizing displays of illumination integrated into the performers' costumes and props. This innovative use of light adds a spectacular dimension to their dance routines, elevating them to a breathtaking and unforgettable experience for all who witness them.

(captured by City Government Of Naga)

2. Boardwalk

Second of the reason why you should visit this city is because of the stunning boardwalk of the City of Naga, where the serene sea meets the vibrant energy of the city, creating the perfect ambiance for a romantic outing or a peaceful solo retreat. This place is renowned for its breathtaking ocean views, making it an ideal spot to spend quality time with a loved one or simply enjoy some tranquil moments by yourself. As you stroll along the boardwalk, hand in hand with your partner or lost in your own thoughts because you're probably single, you'll be treated to panoramic vistas of the sea stretching out endlessly before you!

(captured by Lakwatserong Engineer)

Located just a short walk away from the highway, the Naga Boardwalk presents an irresistible allure and some people says that it is similar to those renowned boardwalks in Singapore, albeit on a smaller scale. Here, visitors can immerse themselves in the serene ambiance while taking in the picturesque vista of the sea, with Bohol Island adding to the scenic backdrop on the horizon. Whether it's a leisurely stroll on a lazy afternoon or a lively gathering on a weekend, the boardwalk attracts people from all walks of life, seeking respite and connection amidst the natural beauty that surrounds them. So, whether you're looking to unwind after a busy day or simply soak in the coastal charm, the Naga Boardwalk invites you to experience moments of joy and relaxation in the company of loved ones.

3. Pasilong In Naga

Pasilong sa Naga, is one also of those astonishing places here in City of Naga. It is a public park with an investment of P10.5 million, was conceptualized by celebrated Cebuano industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue in partnership with the local administration of Naga, led by our former Mayor Kristine Chiong.

Named "Finding Shelter in Naga" when translated literally, Pasilong Sa Naga emerges as an architectural gem, adorned with numerous expansive linked rings, elevated pathways, cascading water features like fountains, seating arrangements, and designated rest areas, all nestled within the majestic canopy of towering acacia trees that have adorned the landscape for countless years. This breathtaking oasis was envisioned by the acclaimed designer, Conbonpue, who envisioned the interlocking rings in this structure as a representation of the interconnectedness of life's cycles and nature's harmonious dance of giving and receiving. With its serene ambiance and thoughtful design elements, Pasilong Sa Naga invites visitors to immerse themselves in a tranquil haven where they can pause, reflect, and reconnect with the beauty of the natural world.

4. Foods

City of Naga's bustling food scene offers a plethora of options to tantalize taste buds, with its array of food courts, avenues, parks, stalls, fast-food outlets, and restaurants beckoning food enthusiasts from far and wide. Whether you're craving the comforting familiarity of popular fast-food chains, the authentic flavors of native cuisine, or the delightful simplicity of local street foods, City of Naga has it all!!!!

From savoring mouthwatering burgers and crispy fried chicken to indulging in aromatic stews and delectable desserts, there's no shortage of culinary delights to explore. And amidst this culinary cornucopia, my personal favorites are the irresistible allure of crispy French fries and the uniquely satisfying flavor of "isaw", a beloved Filipino street food made from skewered and grilled chicken or pork intestines. These slender, marinated strips of offal are grilled to perfection over hot coals, resulting in a smoky and savory treat that captures the essence of Filipino street food culture.

5. The People Of Naga (Nagahanons)

In this beloved City of Naga, the warmth and hospitality of its residents shine through, making it a place where friendships blossom and bonds deepen. As a proud Nagahanon, I've been fortunate to witness firsthand the genuine camaraderie among Nagahanons, as they embrace their friends from neighboring cities with open arms. The sense of community here is palpable, with locals extending a warm welcome to all who enter their midst. It's heartening to see how natives of Naga are treasured and cherished by those around them, reflecting the deep-rooted values of camaraderie and inclusivity that define the city's culture.

Amidst this backdrop of friendship and camaraderie, I've had the pleasure of forging lifelong bonds with my Nagahanon friends, especially to our squad, the "Our Circle". Our squad is not only characterized by our academic achievements but also by the warmth, kindness, and genuine affection we have for one another. So basically, Nagahanons exemplify warmth and hospitality, as evidenced by the deep bonds formed with friends from neighboring cities. Known for their easygoing nature, fun-loving spirit, and genuine care for others, the people of the City of Naga embrace newcomers with open arms, treating them like family. It's essential to cultivate at least one friendship with a Nagahanon, as they embody the values of inclusivity and camaraderie that define the vibrant community of Naga.

Naga City offers more than just its industrial complex and breathtaking scenery. Beyond its urban core, you'll discover a wealth of sites, natural wonders, resorts, and man-made attractions perfect for relaxation and exploration.

While these are just the top five reasons to visit the City of Naga, there's a plethora of other reasons why you must visit my hometown. So, plan your visit carefully to ensure a rewarding and unforgettable experience in the area. Many satisfied travelers have highly recommended also the following destinations:

Archdiocesan Shrine and Parish of Saint Francis of Assisi

Mountain Climbing / Hiking

Museo De Naga

Sports Area

As a proud resident of this City, I can confidently say that the City of Naga in Cebu is a destination that has left a lasting impression on me. From its bustling industrial complex to its breathtaking natural scenery. Whether you're seeking adventure amidst our lush surroundings, relaxation at my hometown, or a deeper understanding of our rich cultural heritage at our historic sites, Naga has it all. By meticulously planning your itinerary, you can fully immerse yourself in the warmth and hospitality of our people while uncovering the hidden gems that make Naga truly special. So, everyone!!, this is the beauty and charm of our beloved city to the world, so I'm sharing with you all about this that you must have to experience firsthand the magic that makes City of Naga such an extraordinary place to call home.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog and explore the wonders of our beloved City of Naga, Cebu, through my eyes. Your interest and support mean the world to me as I share the beauty and richness of our hometown with you. Stay tuned for the next installment, where I'll continue to uncover the hidden gems and fascinating stories that make Naga such a remarkable place. Until then, keep exploring, keep dreaming, and keep embracing the magic of our city. See you in the next blog!