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Karancho beach resort in Mactan

The Karancho beach resort in Maribago in Mactan is private and affordable and can be a jump-off point to any of the smaller islets that ring the island city of Lapu-Lapu and municipality of Cordova. Entrance fee to Karancho is only 20 pesos for adults and 10 pesos for kids. Cottages cost from 500 pesos (about $10) to 1,500 pesos. The resort is located beside the Cebu White Sands in Maribago. What's great about the resort is that it isn't as crowded compared to more popular beach destinations like Tambuli or Hadsan. Karancho beach resortSince there is no restaurant inside the resort, beach goers must bring their own food and drinks. Karancho has several grills offered for use to customers who may want to do the grilling inside the resort. (Click on photos to view larger image) Those who want to go island hopping to any of the sattelite islets off Cordova, including Gilutungan, Lava, Tongo, and Nalusuan, or Lapu-Lapu City islands Olango, Pangan-an, Caohagan, and two Caubian islets can rent any of several outrigger boats parked some distance away from the resort's shore. A tour to any one of nearby islets using the outrigger boats costs 1,500 pesos (about $30), a tour to two islets costs 2,500 pesos, and a tour to three islets costs 3,000 pesos. The prices are for a tour group of 10 to 15 people. The outrigger boats, however, can carry 30 passengers. Karancho beach resortThere are also smaller boats in Karancho for anyone who want to take a ride to a man-made island nearby. The small boats can carry only four passengers and can be rented at 150 pesos (about $3) each. Mactan is made up of the city of Lapu-Lapu, which occupies four-fifths of the entire island, and the town of Cordova, which used to be a barangay of Lapu-Lapu. The village of Maribago, where most of the white sand beach resorts are located, is part of Lapu-Lapu City. To get there A taxi from Cebu City to Karancho costs around 200 pesos. Cottages at Karancho beach resort Another way is to take the van-for-hire in the SM and Ayala terminals to Lapu-Lapu--fare is 25 per person--and disembark at the city center. From the city center, take a tricycle to Maribago (cost of the tricycle ride if there are no other passengers is from 50 to 60 pesos). Another option is to take the jeepney to Maribago (just look for the jeepney with the signboard Maribago) from the city center. Jeepney fare is at 10 pesos per person. For inquiries, call the resort at (63-32) 495-2455, 340-9708, 340-8072 or send e-mail to [email protected]

The beautiful island

Cebu is an island province in the central Philippines composed of six cities and 46 municipalities. It is ringed by over a hundred smaller islands that include popular tourist destinations Mactan, Olango, Bantayan, Camotes, Daanbantayan, and Malapascua. The province, a narrow strip of land that is 200 kilometers long and 41 kilometers wide, is 588 kilometers away or an hour's flight from the Philippine capital Manila. Click here for a map of Cebu province. The capital city--also named Cebu and dubbed the "Queen City of the South"--is the oldest city in the country. In Cebu City is Colon, the oldest street in the country built by the Spaniards during the time of Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Legaspi. Legaspi came some 40 years after Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan landed on the shores of Cebu in 1521 and became friends with then Rajah Humabon of Sugbo (Cebu) and his wife. Magellan converted Humabon, his wife, and some 500 natives and they were baptized into the Roman Catholic religion on April 14, 1521. To emphasize the significance of the event, Magellan planted a huge cross in Cebu. It is now encased in tindalo wood to preserve it and displayed in a kiosk near the Cebu City Hall. Magellan met his death in nearby Mactan island, which is also part of the province, in a battle with native chieftain Lapu-Lapu. A marker was erected in 1866 on the spot where Magellan died. Also nearby is a statue of Lapu-Lapu holding a bolo in one hand and a pestle in the other, reportedly the weapons he used when he fought Magellan. The people in Cebu are Cebuanos and their language is also called Cebuano.