Two Complimentary Tours to Showcase Cebu at PAS 2019

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Please note that the Post-Tour has been cancelled since this article was published.

Did you know that Cebu is the oldest city in the Philippines?

Cebu is also the host destination of this year’s PATA Annual Summit, consisting of thought-provoking programmes and many value-added activities between May 9-12, 2019.

In addition to the complimentary registration for PATA members, PAS delegates are also invited to explore the host city through two complimentary tours:

PRE-TOUR: City Heritage Tour (May 9, 09:00-11:30)

Fort San Pedro, Cebu

As this guided walking tour takes place before the one-day conference, participants will find many opportunities to meet other members of the PATA network.

Departing from the host venue, Radisson Blu Cebu, the first stop is Magellan’s Cross, located at the city centre. When Portuguese and Spanish explorers arrived to the city in 1521, this Christian cross was planted by order of the famous voyager, Ferdinand Magellan.

Located nearby is the Basilica del Santo Niño (Minor Basilica of the Holy Child), founded in 1565 and is now the oldest Roman Catholic church in the country. On display is the Santo Niño statuette of the Child Jesus, which Ferdinand Magellan presented as a gift to the chief consort of the monarch of Cebu, Rajah Humabon, at their baptism in 1521. They were among the first indigenous people in the Philippines to convert to Catholicism.

Magellan’s Cross, Cebu

Participants will then proceed to Fort San Pedro, a triangular stone fortress that dates back to 1738. While this structure has had many purposes over its lifetime, part of it is now a museum that preserves the country’s Spanish history, including documents, paintings, and sculptures.

The final stop on this tour is the Parian District, which started as a Chinese ghetto in the 16th century before evolving into a lavish centre of social life for Cebu’s founding families. There are a number of restored house museums that showcase the district’s heritage, including the Jesuit House of 1730 and the colonial era Casa Gorordo, which combines indigenous architecture with Spanish and Chinese influences. Built between 1675 and 1700, the Yap San Diego Ancestral House is considered to be one of the oldest residential houses in the Philippines.

POST-TOUR: Cebu Safari & Adventure Park Tour (Technical Tour, May 13, 8:30-17:30)

Please note that the Post-Tour has been cancelled since this article was published.

Ending PAS 2019 on a high note, the post-conference tour will take participants on a wilderness journey through the scenic hills of Carmen, located about an hour away from the city.

Departing from the Radisson Blu Cebu, visitors will be welcomed at the Cebu Safari & Adventure Park with a presentation, drinks, and safety orientation. The area’s beautiful landscape is showcased throughout the massive property, including Michel’s Garden, which is filled with flowers and the Canopy Trail viewing deck.

The park is sectioned according to animal species, such as the Tiger Turf, Orangutown, and Macaw Aviary. Inside the Safari Outpost are giraffes, meerkats, swans, ducks, and pelicans, while the African Savanna houses zebras, wildebeests, waterbucks, and cranes. Among some of the many animals that live in the park are dromedary camels, Burmese pythons, African lions, kangaroos, cheetahs, and the nationally protected Philippines saltwater crocodile.

Sky bicycle adventure rides (Photo credit: Cebu Safari & Adventure Park)

After a lunch break at Michel’s Pavilion, participants can go on adventure rides on the zipline, sky bicycles, ATVs, buggies, and giant swing before heading back to the Radisson Blu Cebu.

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Please note that seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.