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CEBU
Location:Asia: Philippines
Capital:Manila
Main Cities:Angeles,Manila
Electical:110/220 Adaptors
Population:718,821
Currency: Peso
Language:Tagalog
Religion: Catholic, Muslim
 

 
 
 

 
  Overview | Women | Cost | Legal
 

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Cities: Angeles City | Manila | Puerto Galera
When To Go  Weather | Holidays | Events
Arriving Passport/ Visa | Customs | Airport to Lodging
Getting There | How To | What To Bring | Prices
Money Payment Methods | How Much | Tipping
Food & Lodging Hotels | Dining | Water
Getting Around Transportation | Maps
Health And Safety Medical | Security | Scams
Communication Phones | Internet | Language
Sex Legal Age | Where
Other Photography | Recreation

 

Overview
Cebu is both expensive bar fines are double to triple what you pay in Angeles City, polluted i.e., from vehicle exhaust, somewhat dangerous i.e., crime, and limited, boring actually, in terms of night life. You certainly won't find the abundance of Go Go bars or nightlife activity like you will in Angeles City. Some say Cebu has the most beautiful girls in the Philippines, however that has yet to be proven. Indeed, many extremely ugly women can be found here working in factories and the endless sweat shops throughout the city. On a somewhat positive side, it does have lots of single, available and friendly women working in stores, malls, restaurants, hotels and just walking around where ever you go. Its the kind of place where you can meet lots of "good girls" who are waiting patiently for you to show up and ask them to marry you. It has been said that Cebu is the "marriage island" of the Philippines due to so many men who have found there wives there. Actually, the fact is this is where many of the pen pal clubs get there girls, meaning the chances of running into a girl who is writing to four or five American guys back home is not unlikely. Often called the "Queen City of the South"  Cebu is the country's oldest city. Exploring Cebu City, one encounters a rich historic past. Cebuanos are extremely proud of their cultural and historical heritage, a legacy which has endured thru the centuries from the time the great explorer Ferdinand Magellan first planted the cross on Cebu's shore.

 
 
Women
Besides the bars, which is not the best place in this town to look for a wife, you can meet girls all over the city. By far, the largest cluster of roaming women will be found in the giant shopping malls, such as Robinson's, located in Cebu City right in the circle, midtown, and the newer SM mall. Shoe Mart Mall There you will find an abundance of single women who are working as employees, not to mention the many female shoppers especially on the weekends. The Show Mart Store or SM only hires girls on two conditions: 1. They are from the ages of 18-25 years old and they are not married and have no children. Just go to the mall in the afternoon and you'll see more than a handful of pretty girls working as cashiers, salesgirls, clerks, door girls, etc. 
If you spot a girl you like, feel free to go right up to her and say hello. Remember, Filipina girls are very shy, so don't take it as an automatic reject if the girls seem unfriendly or evasive. That's just their style, namely their shyness. Once you've said hello to a girl, ask her what her name is,  how old she is, etc., Next, ask her if you can take meet with her on her lunch break or for an evening of dancing at the disco. What I always like to do is hand the girl my hotel card with my name and room number on it. Then I tell her to call me at a certain time and believe it or not, that usually works. Most girls will call and from there you can make arrangements to meet for lunch or dinner. So as a rule, have at least ten or more hotel cards with you when you go shopping for women. Make sure you already have your name and room number printed on it. Be sure you hand the card very discreetly or you may embarrass her by her friends thinking you are just after her for sex and she is willing and able. By the way, if you do take a girl out on a date, it's standard procedure for her to bring her friend along, as a escort. If the girl is a true virgin, most likely it will take several dates, possibly longer, before you can convince her to visit you at your hotel alone. In short, dating means spending time and money and getting no sex, at least not for a while. This is the nature of dating in the PI. Tip: we found hiring a female guide to help you pick up girls at the malls or other public places works wonders. The guide will establish trust and friendship much faster than you ever could and will make the girl feel more comfortable when first meeting and dating you. Once the girl has agreed to go out, on the second or third date, you can usually let the guide go home and with a bit of luck, have the girl to yourself. See section on hiring a guide.

Your personal Appearance
will have a lot to do with your success with the ladies. Get a decent conservative haircut before you leave. Filipina's prefer clean cut, clean shaven gentlemen to hippies, punks, or Mr. Natural types. Non smokers are also preferred. Losing a few pounds of flab before you take off won't hurt your prospects either.
 
 
Cost
Believe it or not, you can get free sex, even with bar girls, in the Philippines. However, it is recommended, because of the high level of poverty among the girls, you always pay a tip of at least 200 pesos $4 for a quick session of passion and romance and 300 pesos $6 if the girl spends the entire night. As for taking girls out of the bars, the price varies from city to city. In Manila, the most expensive, girls can cost up to $100 or more. Cebu bar girls cost 2,000 to 3,000 pesos $40 to $60 for all night sex. Angeles and Subic rates are very low, 1,000 pesos $20 for all night or 200 pesos $4 for a girl you might pick up on the street.
 
 
Legal
Although prostitution is technically illegal, the police are corrupt and bar owners pay off the cops to turn the other way. Tourists are rarely arrested for having sex with a prostitute unless their is complaint i.e., rape, seduction, loss of virginity, etc.. Although the age of consent is 16, it is advised you stay clear of women in the bars under 18 years of age. The age of consent is 18 years old.
 
 

Weather
Cebu is best from December to February when the weather turns somewhat cool and dry. March thru June are the hot season, and believe me, it gets hot and humid. Expect to sweat a lot during this time period.  The rainy season begins in June onto October, bringing torrential downpours that would sometimes inhibit movement except bowel movement if you eat on the open streets and bed movement if you take back a girl.

 
 

Holidays
There is only one weekend, namely Easter weekend, in which the bars close. Even on Christmas and New Year's, most bars stay open. Holidays in the Philippines can be very exciting and interesting.  For example, on New Years Eve, you will have fireworks going off for about 24 hours all over the country. You don't want to be in Manila for this loud and festive occasion unless you like hearing bombs go off every minute and enjoy having firecrackers, cherry bombs and M-80's thrown at you while you walk down the street. For a Vietnam Vet, maybe but not me. Then there's Easter where in some of the provinces they nail people to a wooden cross with real nails through their real hands. Not to mention the people marching through town and whipping themselves until they bleed. I hope Christmas is a little nicer, yet I heard they eat the reindeer after it's all over.

 
 

Events
Sinulog. A week-long religious festival held every 3rd weekend of January honoring the patron Saint of Cebu, Sto. Niño, the Christ Child, with the Sinulog ritual dance and other public celebrations. The Sto. Niño image is carried in procession along the streets. It is also a celebration of the pageantry of the early Cebuano culture, and the history of the Christianization of Cebu.

 
 

Prices
Airfare
Depending on time of year, from the West Coast, $299-$650. From the Midwest to east coast it can go as high as $1,200r/t. Check the Travel Section

 
 

How to

Getting there
you'll need to fly to Cebu out of the domestic airport in Manila. It's less then an hour flight. To book a flight to Cebu, consult any travel agent. If you're in Angeles or Manila, you can book your reservation from the Swagman Travel in Ermita, located inside the Swagman hotel; in Angeles, located on Fields, next door to Margarita restaurant. Or, if you like, you can purchase a ticket directly at the Philippine domestic airport or at any Philippines Airlines agency. It's recommended you book your flight at least 2-3 days in advance as seats can fill up quick. Also, an important tip: book only the morning or early afternoon flight, as that is the best time to be seeking out  a hotel noon being the time most tourists check out, leaving room for you. Do not fly in at dark, for security reasons. Caution: If you book your flight from a travel agency in the Philippines, make damn sure the travel agent gives you your confirmation number of the flight. If they say they have no confirmation number and it will be fine when you arrive at the airport, they are either lying or don't know what they are talking about. You will show up for your flight and chances are they will have no record of you having any reservation with their airlines. It happened to me and I went through hell to get a flight out.

Philippine Airlines has three daily flights morning, early and late afternoon from Manila to Cebu. You can get a slightly cheaper flight if you fly Cebu Pacific.

Although Philippine Airlines PAL: short for "plane always late" is a decent airlines, they are notorious for screwing up their flight schedule. Therefore, plan on something happening such as losing your seat on a flight, having to take the next flight out to screw things up. This is the Filipino way. 

Guides

Getting around a foreign country, especially for your first time is no easy task. Trying to find a wife or a serious relationship is even harder and if you think you can just walk into a place you've never been before and have command of the situation, well, all I can do is wish you good luck. The easiest way to find true love in Cebu is to hire a guide to help you. Although I prefer female guides, a male will work provided the guy is married so he isn't himself trying to steal your girls from you!. There are several ways to go about finding a guide. Usually companies that sell pen-pal books in the states can make a reference. We found such a company and his male guide was excellent. He was a real flirt with the girls and did his job well. Another way to find a guide is to hire one from your hotel. Ask the clerk at the front desk you are looking to hire an English speaking female guide to show you around the city don't say you're looking for a wife. Then, when you meet the guide, you can talk to her in person and tell her what you're up to. If she seems fit for the job, agree on a price 200 pesos a day is a very generous salary, and test her out by going with you to the malls. If she is helpful, you've got yourself a good guide. If not, move on to the next.

 
 
What to Bring
Clothing
The key is to dress light and casual as the weather is both hot and humid. Throughout the town, whether in the bars or along the streets,  tourists dress very casual, even often sloppy to ward off robbers. I always wear either sandals or tennis shoes, shorts, and a T-shirt. During the cool season I might wear a pair of jeans at night. If it rains, it's going to cool off, but the streets get easily flooded and muddy. So in either case, sandals or old tennis shoes work the best, a nylon swimsuit not the bikini type, and a tank top also will keep you comfortable. Again, this is not the town to dress up in.
Tip
Never wear tennis shoes without socks as you will get the worse case of athlete's feet you've ever experienced. During the heat of the day, you will see the Filipina girls walking around with umbrellas to ward off the scorching sun. 

The Philippines is both, 110V and 220V. Watch out! Because in the very same hotel room you stay in, on the very same side of the wall, can be two sockets, one is 110V and the other 220V. I learned my lesson the hard way twice, now when I blew out two video lights; I thought I was plugging into a IIOV circuit. Watch out what you are plugging into. TIP: Go to an electronic store and buy a voltage tester, there a couple of dollars. You stick the tester into the socket and it tells you if its 110v or 220v.

Laundry

in Cebu is cheap to have done. There are a number of places that will do your laundry and either have it done in 24 hours or a few hours, depending on where you go. Some go by the weight of the clothes and some go by each piece that needs to be cleaned. The hotels will clean your laundry also, but the charge will be slightly higher than if you took the laundry in yourself to one of the places. There are little shops all over town, ask your desk clerk for the closest one.
 
 
Passports and Visas
Do not overstay your welcome in the Philippines. There are harsh penalties if you stay beyond the date stamped in your passport. I overstayed my welcome in the Philippines by only one day and they charged me 900 pesos penalty about $25. I don't want to know what it would have cost if I stayed much longer. Leave the country before your visa expires or renew it. Immigration does not take kindly to those to stay after their visa has expired. No, they won't arrest you, but they will ream you for every dime they can get out of you.
 
 

Customs
Visitors are allowed to import the following items duty free: reasonable quantities of clothing, jewelry and perfume; 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams just over half a poundof tobacco; and 2 litres of alcoholic beverage. Alcohol and tobacco is comparatively cheap in Cebu however, so most visitors would probably not want to import for personal consumption. Firearms, explosives, pornographic material, seditious or subversive material, and narcotics are prohibited.

 
 
Payment Methods
Money Exchange
Cebu is not really a prime destination for Western tourists. Exchanging money, therefore, is not always such an easy task. You will find exchange booths near the Robinson's department store, both along the street at the Bank of the Philippine Islands and near the popular restaurant, Max's. If you have problem finding an exchange booth or it's closed, you can always exchange your money at your hotel. However, the rates there are generally poor. The best bet is to try to anticipate how much money you will need in Cebu and exchange your money BEFORE your departure, either in Angeles City or Manila. That way you won't have to worry about it once you arrive. I would exchange at least $100 per day you will be staying in Cebu, before departing. 

Travelers Checks

Does not get the higher exchange rate as it does in Thailand. Travelers checks can be changed in Manila in most banks or with money changers. The rate for travelers checks is 5% to 10% lower than the rate for cash. Purchase receipts for the travelers checks as well as a passport are required for cashing. The checks are only accepted if signed at the counter of the bank or money changer. In the provinces, it can sometimes be difficult to change travelers checks. Many banking companies which accept travelers checks in Manila do not so in their provincial branches. In the provinces, the best place to change is a local Philippine National Bank or a Central Bank in larger cities. Cash advances in dollars can be obtained with an American Express Card at American Express, and with a Visa Card at Bank of America. Cash advances in pesos can be obtained.

Credit Cards are accepted in most big hotels, shops and restaurants. The smallest little shops do not, and neither do the girls. They also charge... 3% for MC and Visa, 5% for AMEX. VISA is the best. Leave your AMEX at home. The smartest card to bring is your ATM!! It is the best exchange rate as well. Also, you may want to call your bank that holds your credit card account and let them know that you will be out of the country and which country. Sometimes credit card companies will deny you access to your card, thinking that your card was stolen and someone else is using your card in that country. It happened to me in Rio De Janeiro. If you take enough cash with you, you will not really ever have to use it. Personally, I use it for all of my hotel stays and some meals.
 
 
How Much
will be needed will depend on you personally and your budget of course. Figure for each night in Cebu, staying at  budget or medium range hotel, food, girl, drinks, transportation, etc. you will need about $100-$150.
 
 

Tipping
Girls will ask for 2500 peso's for the night. I once barfined two girls at the Silver Dollar Bar for P350 each 1999, and then the girls asked for 2500 peso's each per girl. They tried to leave early, so I threatened no tip, and then ended up giving them 1,000 each until about 6:00am. Play hard ball with these girls. The Japanese and Koreans tip aggressively, so be firm with your girl.
Karaoke bars will provide you access to private rooms and guest relations officers. Ladies drinks for girls at Infinity cost P300. If you decide to go to a back room, your cost is P1500. You need to buy a ladies drink every 30 minutes at around P150. This may sound like a bad deal, however the girls will usually dance naked for you, do lap dances, and give you blow jobs for around P500 tip. For P1000 to P1500 depending on the girl, the girls will go to private bathroom in the back rooms, and do full service. The quality of the girls there are 10's and 9's. They wear incredible uniforms, high heels, and are made up and clean. Plus, it's a blast to sing Karaoke with beautiful women. As for most girly bars, like Silver Dollar and Firehouse, the standard 800 to 1000P leaving fee, followed by P1500 to P2500 tip.

 
 
Airport to Lodging
Once you arrive in Cebu, you can take a private airport taxi to your hotel. See hotels You will not have a problem finding a taxi as the taxi drivers will mob you once you get out onto the street. Bargain for the ride and don't take the first taxi driver that comes up to you. Fares vary from 120 to 250 pesos, if you are good, they might even switch the meter on. Negotiate prices always ,beforehand, if not sure. Alternatively, at the end of a trip, when you have gotten your luggage, just give them what you think its worth.
The airport is about an hour's ride to downtown.  By the way, before you head on out to your hotel, I suggest you go to the Cecario Airport restaurant and order the incredibly delicious, fresh squeezed, mango shake. A true delight.
There used to be a bus available from Mactan Airport, a contract hire, fare 50 pesos. If that's not running anymore, take a taxi to the town center.

Airport Pick Up Service

can be made by notifying your hotel by fax, phone or email to pick you up at the Cebu Airport when you arrive in Cebu. Some or most hotels will offer this service for no extra charge if you make an overnight reservation with them. See hotel info for suggestions
 
 
Transportation
The best way to get around in Cebu is to hire a private taxi. Ask your hotel to recommend one. It's best for security reasons not to pick one up on the street, especially during the evenings. During the evenings, have your driver wait for you as you bar hop, rather than let him go and have to trust another driver. If you have hired a guide, which again you can find by consulting your hotel, then he will make all arrangements for transportation, day and night. 
Jeepneys are the most popular means of transportation for the locals. They are easy to catch as they parade up and down the major streets. While easy to catch and get on, getting off them at the right location is no easy task unless you are very familiar with the area it's difficult to see out of the Jeepney as it's usually very crowded and the windows are very low. while the jeepneys are a very cheap means of transportation For about a few cents you can get around Cebu City all day, they are very uncomfortable being open air, all the fumes and dust from the dirty and polluted streets get into your face, somewhat risky many a tourist has had his pockets picked on the Jeepney, and overall obnoxious as passengers bump into you getting on and off, making you wonder what the hell you are doing riding on one. While it's recommended you ride in one at least once, just to say you did it, you'll find the money spent on private taxis more than worth the price.
 
 
Maps
Cebu
Cebu1
Cebu2
Cebu3
 
 
Hotels
Fuente Pension House Hotel
13 Don Julio Llorente St., in Cebu city. The location is quite good as it's hidden off in a side street making the area quiet, yet only a few minutes walk from the circle of town where the Robinson's department store and Max's Chicken best restaurant in town are located. The phone number is 253-6789. The rooms are comfortable and will run you about $20 per night. Add another two dollars for the upgrade room which includes cable TV. All the rooms have air con, western style bathrooms with hot/cold shower and telephone. The Fuente Pension House allows you to bring as many female guests to your room as you like without any hassle or surcharge. Actually, we were told to avoid a surcharge, we would need to stay in the room with twin beds, which worked out fine as it was a larger room and more comfortable. As it turned out though, the front desk never charged us  for bringing in female guests, although one of us stayed in the single room rather than the twin. So perhaps they were just pulling our leg when they said we needed to book a twin room rather than the single. Anyway, both of us brought a ton of girls to our rooms and the hotel staff not once lodged a complaint or charged us any extra fees one day our guide brought almost ten girls to our hotel to meet us!

Maria's Pension Tourist Inn
ML Quezon Avenue, Mandaue City. Tel. No.: 6332 345-2211

Budget P395.00  Economy P550.00  Single Executive 650.00 Twin Bed P850.00

Cebu Pensionne Plaza
North Escario St.,
Cebu City Tel. No.: 6332254-6300
DeLuxe P650.00 Super DeLuxe P700.00  Supreme P800.00 Double Supreme P900.00 

Century Hotel
Corner of Colon and Palaez Streets. Phone no. 255 1341,Fax 255 1600 or website..... <http://cebu-hotels.com/century.htm>...... prices are around 500-700 pesos per night. Its near to the fun and the night life,and also has an extra benefit. Outside are large numbers of taxis and hustlers. Some of these guys are actually not bad. A good taxi driver can get you out of trouble, save you money, get a nice deal with a street girl, or one from the casas. A few decent bars around the location of the Century Hotel The best was Silver Dollar and next Erotica Bar. Prices for drinks around 55 pesos for beer/local mix, 15/175 pesos for ladies drink. Bar Fines are about 600 to the Bar and 1500 to the girl.

Pacific Pensionne
313-A Osmeņa Boulevard Cebu City Tel. No.: 6332 253-5271
Single P448.00 Double P504.00 Double Room P600.00 Family P800.00

Hotels
Park Place Hotel 
Fuente Osmena, Cebu City Tel. No.: 6332 253-1131
Standard P1,400.00 Superior P1 600.00 Superior Double P1 800.00 Suite Room P2,688.00

Acropolis Hotel Guadalupe
Cebu City   6332 - 253-1911 
Cebu Midtown Hotel    Fuente Osmeņa,  Cebu City      6332 - 253-9711


Tip
Like most hotels around the world, a lot of them frown on bringing guests to the room, especially if they're hookers. The more expensive the hotel, the less chance you will be able to bring your "squeeze" up to the room without being asked to pay a surcharge. That is why we suggest staying at the medium range hotels mentioned on our recommended hotel list.
 
 
Dining
Filipino food is an intriguing blend of Malaysian, Chinese, Spanish and American cuisines. For instance, the use of coconut milk as an ingredient is a gastronomic legacy from the Filipinos' Malay ancestors. Popular dishes such as lumpia egg rolls and pancit noodles are Chinese. Even the country's most famous dish lechon roast pig, originated in China. Some traditional dishes are still called by their Spanish names such as mechado beef with pork fat, menudo diced meat and potatoes stewed in tomato sauce and pochero pork, green beans, cabbage and other selected vegetables.

SM Mega Mall
Lots of fast food restaurants all throughout the building. A great place to meet lots of local Filipina's.

Max's Restaurant
Noted for their chicken, fried to a delicious crisp without coloring, flavoring or coverings. A secret Filipino family recipe handed down through generations since 1945. You will find Max's in Cebu City near Robinson's Mall, in the circle across the street from the park. Start off with their delicious green mango shake. Then I suggest you enjoy one of their dinner specials, which includes along with a quarter of a chicken a variety of Filipino dishes. Explore.

Chinese Dim Sum Tea Houses

are my favorite if you like Dim Sum.

Cebu Plaza Hotel Buffet
A good place to eat is the Cebu Plaza hotel in the Cafe Tartanilla.
Their brunch buffet is about $8 and is very good.

English Pubs
Our Place
Located in Colon, Cebu City. Great continental food, and cheap beers. Usually you'll find a few foreigners drinking and eating there.

American
Marriot Hotel - Great Spare Ribs - Best Food in Cebu City

Korean
Cebu Seoul Restaurant Archbishop Reyes Ave. Cebu City Tel. 95384
Korea Korea 5/F Gaisano Metro, Colon St. Cebu City, Tel. 61110
Korean Garden Restaurant Arlington Pond, Cebu City

Chinese
Great Han Palace 18 Osmena Boulevard, Tel. 95881
Chowking Gaisano Country Mall Banilad, Cebu City Tel. 2313695
Golden City Dimsum Restaurant JRDC Bldg., Osmena Blvd., Cebu City Tel. 2537538/2537560
Lumpia House Gaisano Country Mall Banilad, Cebu City Tel. 2311481 loc. 116
Lee Garden Restaurant Nivel Hills, Lahug, Tel. 72376
Majestic Chinese Cuisine 2f JRG Bldg., Gen Maxilom Ave. Tel. 53788/75319
Seafood City JY Square, Lahug, Tel. 75157
Talk of the Town 117 Gorordo Ave., Tel. 61332
Tung Yan Arch. Reyes cor. Gorordo Ave. Tel. 74198/90265
White Gold House Reclamation Area, Cebu City Tel. 90248/78390
Grand Majestic Restaurant Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City Tel. 2533087

Filipino
Alavar's Seafood House Archbishop Reyes Ave., 46 Gorordo Ave., Lahug Tel. 96120
Chika-an sa Cebu Century Plaza Complex, Juana Osmena St. Tel. 2536221/2536303
Golden Cowrie Salinas Drive cor. La Guardia, Lahug Tel. 92633
Lantaw Gardens Cebu Plaza, Cebu City Tel. 311231
Lighthouse Restaurant Gen. Maxilom Ave. Tel. 78126/97233
Nang Damasa's Restaurant F. Ramos St., Cebu City Tel. No. 2549664
Pete's Kitchen 6-1 Pelaez St, Cebu City Tel. 94234/53808
Pistahan Pilipino Seafood 329 Gorordo Ave. Tel. 72742
Seafood City J.Y. Square. Lahug, Tel. 75157
Seafood City Restaurant Salinas Drive, Cebu City Tel. 2533795
Abuhan Restaurant & Coffeeshop Kan-irag Hotel Garden, F. Ramos St. Cebu City Tel. 2531157
Cafe Laguna Restaurant & Catering Services Veteran's Drive cor. Torralba St, Cebu City Tel. 2313553 Branch: Ayala Center Cebu Tel. 2310922
Cafe Ranudo 110 V. Ranudo St., Cebu City Tels. 2539070/ 2533282
Patio Isabel Old Banilad Road, Banilad, Cebu City Tel. 2315075
Sabungan Restaurant Cebu Midtown Hotel Fuente Osmena St., Cebu City Tel. 253-9711

 
 
Water
Like most parts of the Philippines, fresh tap water should not be consumed. It is safer to always drink bottled water where ever you are in the Philippines. When brushing your teeth, always rinse out your mouth with bottled water too. The finer restaurants will be a safer choice to drink water from the the pitcher, however you are still taking a chance.
 
 
Language
The Language spoken in The Philippines is Tagalog Filipino The English language is taught in the Philippines from the first grade on. Of course, if the girl is from a poor family, which most are, schooling will be limited as well as their English vocabulary. Most of the girls speak passable English.  Most of the people that work in the hotels and restaurants speak a great deal of English. There are more funny and interesting stories regarding the language barrier and what you'll encounter while you're over there in the "Panties Down Before Money Down" Philippine Guide book in the book section of this site. All in all the "language of love" is spoken everywhere.
 
 
Security
Cebu is probably safe during the daytime. Nighttime is a different game as robbers and thieves seems to come out of nowhere.  Follow the same rules we suggest in other parts of the Philippines and you will have lowered your chances of robbery. The golden rule of safe travel is: don't walk the streets at night, especially if you are drunk or alone; appear poor at all times by not wearing any jewelry fake or not or fancy clothes, and don't ever flash money in public or in a place where others are watching keep your smaller bills in one pocket, from which you draw your money to pay your bills at the bars, discos, etc.. I've seen tourists make the mistake of pulling out $100 bills in search for a 100 note peso $2 to pay off a drink. Such tourists are setting themselves up for being robbed.  Try to anticipate how much you will need before you leave your hotel and carry only that amount. At any one time, I can't see myself carrying more than a few thousand pesos i.e., $50 or less. Always exchange you money during the afternoon and head straight back to your hotel to deposit the bulk in your safe deposit box. Don't leave any valuables in your room or any cash sitting around where a female guest can pocket it. All this sound paranoia? Good, because there is cause to be. The Philippines is not a safe and secure place to travel. 

Safety Deposit Boxes

If you leave all your money in your room or take it with you as you bar hop, you are a fool. Always secure your valuables in the hotel safe deposit box. Be sure to check the hours the box is open. Some hotels will not let you access the safe deposit box after 9 p.m. This is because the manager leaves to go home and the desk clerk is not trusted with the key. However, some hotels will let you access your box 24 hours a day. Check with the hotel. You don't want to be stuck with no money late at night i.e., if you decide to do some late night bar hopping. Knowing when you can access your valuables in the safe deposit box can be critical. Suppose, for example, your flight departs at 6 a.m. the next morning. So you awake at 4:30 a.m, and as you check out at 5:00 a.m, you need to access your box to get at your money, passport, airline ticket, etc. But the safe is not open till 7:00 a.m. So now you're in the frustrating position of having to catch a plane but you can't leave because you can't remove your passport and money out of the box! Of course, if you knew this ahead of time, you would have emptied your box the night before so you could leave on time the following morning. Another example. You check into the hotel after midnight. You have a few thousand dollars in cash that you wish to deposit in your box, but the safe deposit box cannot be accessed between midnight and 6 a.m . So what are you going to do? You want to go out bar hopping, but there's no way you're going to take thousands of dollars with you and no way you'll leave that much cash in the room. So you're stuck to stay in your hotel alone till morning when you can deposit your money.
 
 
Scams
There is always some tourist who falls for the line from a Filipino man,  "Hey, remember me? I'm the guy who drove you home last night, when you were drunk. Hey! Can you now pay me for the ride..." Or "Hi, how you doing? You're staying at the Clarkton hotel right? I work there. I'm the cook. .. Say, why don't we go over to my place for a game of cards." If any Filipino man approaches you on the street with any of these type of lines or with an extended hand to shake, ignore the guy as if he doesn't even exist. Don't shake his hand, don't say hello, don't even say, "No". Just keep walking and ignore him as if he doesn't exist. Why? Because he is most likely a hustler who will try to con you into a card game or some other situation in which you will lose the very shirt off your back, if it were possible. Stay away and ignore any Filipino man who comes up to you on the street.
Most of the hustlers will be found right on Fields avenue outside and around Margaritaville. They will also be hanging around Johnny's market on Macarthur Blvd., even during the daytime. 
Be cautious of taking two girls to your room. Sometimes they work as a team and as one is making love to you, the other is searching through your pants and room for valuables. Also, when the maid comes to clean the room, do not have valuables lying around, like money, jewelry, cameras, etc. She may not take the stuff, but when she leaves the room to go down the hall to get something, someone passing by will go in your room real quick and take whatever is in clear view. Sound paranoia? Good. Better to be paranoid than empty handed.
 
 
Medical
Safe Sex in the Philippines should be practiced at all times, and anywhere else you travel in the world. Condoms should be worn at all times, even when you're sleeping. I'm wearing one now as I type this report. But seriously, you should buy your condoms in the U.S.A. before you go to the Philippines. The ones made in Asia are made to fit Asian men and you know what that means. Also, figure on using at least two a day. Unfortunately condoms are not requested by all of the girls in the Philippines due to lack of education. Be safe and considerate to others and use protection.
 
 
Internet
There are a number of internet cafes which offer full access to the net. Cyber Lynx Coco Mall offers access complete with video cams at 90 Pesos/hr., Global Village Ayala Centre offers access at 95 Pesos/hr. and Web Link General Maxilom Av. offers 24 Hr. access at 100 Pesos per hour. Hourly rates reduce if online time exceeds 1 hour. All rates quoted here are for the first hour of access. The international lines can be slow so don`t expect fast connect speeds even with a fast modem.
 
 
Phones
International Access Code : 00
The international telephone access code for the Philippines is 63.
The city code for Cebu is 32.
For assistance with direct-dialled calls, dial 112.
AT&T USA direct operators are available by dialing 105-11.
Dial 108 for operator assisted international calls.
Dial 109 for operator assisted local calls.
For directory assistance, dial 114 all operators speak English.
Don`t expect a good connection every time.
Pagers are widely used in the Metropolitan Cebu area also.
To make a call from a pay phone, lift the receiver and deposit P2 coins or you can buy phonecards in the range of P100, P250, P300, P500, P1000. Wait for the dial tone.
You can then dial the number of the party you need to call.
 
 
Sex
Nightlife
There are some hot looking women working the bars in Cebu. Let there be no doubt about that. However, the number of places to meet chicks is very limited and the prices are steep, surprisingly high actually. Compared to Angeles City, you will be paying double or triple the bar fine fee, choosing from only a handful of girls, and frequenting only a small selection of bars and disco's which will probably have you bored by the third or forth night in town. In other words, the nightlife in Cebu is very limited and cannot compare to what you will find in places like Angeles City or better yet, Thailand. On the bright side however, the quality of women in some of the bars is surprisingly nice, so even if you have only a handful of bars and bar girls to choose from, almost all will be as hot as or better than the top ten in Angeles. So in a way that balances out, although again, it will reach a saturation point quite fast.  Note: unlike Angeles City, where the bars are clustered together and walking distance from each other, in Cebu it's more spread out and you will need to hire a private taxi to take you around. It's suggested, for security reasons, you hire a driver who is recommended by your hotel or a friend. Do not pick up a driver at night whom you have never seen before. Also, do not attempt to walk around after 9 p.m., unless danger is your middle name. By the way, Cebu is the only place in the Philippines where I found bars that charge a cover charge for entrance. The entrance fee is small under $2, but on the greedy side if you ask me. Perhaps they charge the entrance fee to keep out bums. Most likely, it's just another way to get money out of a tourist, a true Filipino philosophy "You are rich, so you should give us your money", so they will tell you.


Transvestites
Every so often you will run into a "billy-boy", meaning a man who dresses up as a women. They are not as common in Cebu as in Angeles City, but in case you do find some, here is a few hints on how to recognize them. True Filipina women are typically very short, around five feet or under. The transvestites, being men, are much taller, five foot six and up. So if what appears to be a woman approaches you and you notice that she is nearly as tall as you, watch out! Oddly enough, the transvestites, as tall as they are, persist in wearing high heels. I understand they want to dress as women, but being men they are already tall enough; wearing high heels makes them even taller and therefore more obvious. I would have thought they would wear shoes a little flatter to disguise their height, but they don't. For that reason, it's usually pretty easy to spot them a mile away. In short, any woman who is unusually tall 5 and a half feet or taller, beware of. Transvestites, being men, cannot imitate the softness and high pitched sound of a woman's voice that's because they are men. So the transvestite will try to disguise his voice by either speaking with a whisper, a very soft tone, or a falsetto i.e., a fake high pitched sound. So if you hear someone whisper or say in a high pitched voice, "Hello. Where you go?" you know what you are dealing with. Since most of them cannot 'afford to have the operation where they surgically remove the penis and carve it into a vagina, the transvestites will desire only oral sex, rather than intercourse. So if the emphasis of the conversation is, "I give you good blow job", that is your red alert. However, being that most of them hang on blow road, there is not much of a distinction between them and the girls, as the girls are also aggressively pushing their line of work: "I give you good blow job." Transvestites are usually quite ugly up close. After all, they are men and a man's face, no matter how much make-up you put on it, will still take on a masculine appearance although some of the transvestites amazingly look feminine. To hide this, it's not unusual for the transvestites to hang out where the lighting is low. Transvestites have masculine hands. They are aggressive and if you let them, will come right up to you and touch you. If you touch their hand, it will be unusually large; Filipina girls typically have very small hands, much like that of a twelve year old girl in the states. So if a "woman" holds your hand and it's thick like that of a man, Beware.
 
 
Legal Age
The age of consent is 18 years old
 
 
Where

Bars

Cobra Bar
Acropolis Hotel on V. Rama  Ave. Cor. Singson, Guadalupe St. , Cebu City   6332 253-1911 is about a ten minute taxi ride from the center of town. Any taxi driver will know here it is. The atmosphere is high class and the women are gorgeous. However, the bar fine is 2,000 pesos about $40, so it's double what you would pay in Angeles. Also, there are only about five girls or so working the bar, so there is not exactly a large selection. However, of the five we saw, two were drop dead gorgeous and the other three also very nice looking. The MO is Filipino style, meaning each girl comes out to do a quick dance and strip tease, one at a time and very slowly. This is most likely meant to keep you there for a long time thus, buying more drinks, of course, as you patiently wait for each girl to come out and show you what she's worth.

Thunderdome
is just a few minute taxi ride from the center of town. Again, ask any taxi driver to take you there.  The Thunderdome  had some truly gorgeous babes working there. The girls dance on stage Filipino style, meaning they come out one at a time. The girls appear in see through nightgowns and other sexy outfits, a sight to behold sexy, but tame compared to Bangkok's dancing beauties. Some of the girls were breathtaking, most a bit large and tall. But not as large and tall as the whopping 3,000 pesos bar fine yikes!. One girl, named Ana Lynn, who was absolutely adorable was too tempting for me to resist and so I paid it. She turned out to be worth every peso. She was sweet, gorgeous, sexy and knew how to please a man. My type of girl. But the bar fine price is so high, I can't see myself spending too much time girl chasing in the bars of Cebu.
Big Wigs is right next door to Thunderdome.

Silver Dollar
is a more relaxed, low key bar with only a handful of somewhat decent women. Actually, the women tend to be older and uglier, but the prices are also much lower 1,000 to 1,500 pesos for the bar fine. It's worth a visit only if you're on a budget.


Brothels
Another way to get laid in Cebu is to go to the local whore houses or brothels. To find the brothels, you will need either a taxi driver to take you or better yet, hire a Filipino guide to get you there. Most of the hotels will be able to hook you up with a local guide, especially if you stay in a hotel that is NOT four star. The Fuente pension house will probably be able to help with in that area. You will not be able to find the brothels on your own. They are located in residential areas and there are no obvious signs indicating which house is a brothel and which isn't. We visited a few brothels with our guide and found the women old and unattractive. This was the opposite of what I expected to find as you hear so much from the media about eight, nine and ten year old children working the sex industry the youngest we saw was about 17 and from the size of her tits and ass and the way she commanded her clientele, this was certainly no child!. The brothels we visited were no bargain. The asking price was 1,500 pesos for all night, which is outrageous. However, when we decided there were no women even close to being worth that price, the Papasan brothel manager suddenly lowered the price down to 1,000 pesos, still not much of a bargain if you saw what we had to choose from some butt ugly whores!. In disappointment, we asked our guide if he could find us a better selection of women and next day he actually brought about ten girls to our hotel to choose from. None were cute and so we went on our way, wondering who said this city is the center point for beautiful women in Cebu.

Casas
Another area you may want to explore is visiting the "Casa's" in Cebu City. These are very similar to brothels where Filipina girls congregate into a large living room that have long couches. Most Casas have 10 to 40 girls, starting at 5 or 6 pm. Later on around 10 p.m. the choices gets to be slim pickens. Whereas at the bars you can arrive late and do fine, with the Casas the early bird catches the worm. Best time to get to these Casas is between 7-9 p.m.

Happy Valley

near Osmena Circle. Just ask a taxi driver to take you there. There are a number of
girls usually on duty however the quality is not as good as some of the others.

Myuki is
central area and has a lot of fairly decent looking girls. The price is high 2,000 and the girls get snatched up quick, so get there early.

New World
near the Ayala Center.  Price is lower here, around P1200.

Para Para
Lahug on hillside below Cebu Plaza hotel. Quality is the lowest here and this would be a last choice. Price 1500 peso

VIP
Lapu Lapu City on Mactan Island near the Mactan Bridge. The prices are a bit pricey, P3000,
but they can be bargained down to P2000. The quality is first rate here
 
 
Photography
Some of the girls like it and some don't. It is highly recommended that you don't try to take hidden video of the girls while having sex with them. It pisses them off to no end. It may result in her having the police summoned to the room. The ones that agree will usually ask for more money on top of the original amount agreed for having sex with them. Some won't care and will do it because they like you. As long as you have copies of their i.d's showing that they are eighteen you will be fine taking them back into the U.S.
 
 
Recreation
Besides the bars, which is not the best place in this town to look for a wife, you can meet girls all over the city. By far, the largest cluster of roaming women will be found in the giant shopping malls, such as Robinson's, located in Cebu City right in the circle, midtown, and the newer SM mall. Shoe Mart Mall There you will find an abundance of single women who are working as employees, not to mention the many female shoppers especially on the weekends. The Shoe Mart Store or SM only hires girls on two conditions: They are from the ages of 18-25 years old and they are not married and have no children. Just go to the mall in the afternoon and you'll see more than a handful of pretty girls working as cashiers, salesgirls, clerks, door girls, etc.
If you spot a girl you like, feel free to go right up to her and say hello. Remember, Filipina girls are very shy, so don't take it as an automatic rejection if the girls seem unfriendly or evasive. That's just their style, namely their shyness. Once you've said hello to a girl, ask her what her name is, how old she is, etc., Next, ask her if you can meet with her on her lunch break or for an evening of dancing at the disco. What I always like to do is hand the girl my hotel card with my name and room number on it. Then I tell her to call me at a certain time and believe it or not, that usually works. Most girls will call and from there you can make arrangements to meet for lunch or dinner. So as a rule, have at least ten or more hotel cards with you when you go shopping for women. Make sure you already have your name and room number printed on it. Be sure you hand the card very discreetly or you may embarrass her by her friends thinking you are just after her for sex and she is willing and able. By the way, if you do take a girl out on a date, it's standard procedure for her to bring her friend along, as a escort. If the girl is a true virgin, most likely it will take several dates, possibly longer, before you can convince her to visit you at your hotel alone. In short, dating means spending time and money and getting no sex, at least not for a while. This is the nature of dating in the PI. Tip: we found hiring a female guide to help you pick up girls at the malls or other public places works wonders. The guide will establish trust and friendship much faster than you ever could and will make the girl feel more comfortable when first meeting and dating you. Once the girl has agreed to go out, on the second or third date, you can usually let the guide go home and with a bit of luck, have the girl to yourself. See section on hiring a guide.


Shopping
Cebu has two major shopping malls, SM City and Ayala Centre, in addition to a number of smaller malls such as Gaisano Country Mall, Coco Mall and Raintree Mall. A wide variety of local and imported products are available. The traditional shopping area is located in the downtown area around Colon Street oldest street in the Philippines; this area is relatively "native" and visitors should take particular care of their valuables here-pickpockets frequently operate. Carbon Market also situated in the downtown area is the best known produce market in Cebu; a wide variety of indigenous products are sold and traded here.
 

 
 
 
 
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