If you are fond of heights, we mean the mountains, well, our next adventure is going to bring you close to nature. A mountain resort. And just within Cebu City!
Really. And it’s not even in Busay — but Tisa. The Ring RestHouse!
To Get Here: Just ride jeepney number 12 from Cebu City proper. Then get off Tisa Public Market, or the corner road going to South Hills. Take a ‘habal-habal’, and you’re on your way uphill!
The main roads are actually okay as they are concrete and two-way; but it’s when you reach the corner towards the resort that it becomes narrow, and where parking is even very limited.
The place has got 2 adult pools and 2 kiddie pools — yeah, located on two levels. Indeed, it’s really a pretty small place, and what makes it appear ‘big’ are the levels or floors in which there are three.
On these levels.. Pools, cottages, and rooms are ‘scattered’ including refreshment areas, bars, and even a little chapel.
Oh before we forget, the entrance fee is P110 for adults and P60 for kids; while cottages are at P300 and P500. They’re lower though on weekdays..
So, if you wish to stay overnight, their rooms are pegged at P1,900, and that’s good for 3. For us though, a visit is good enough considering the resort’s limitations.
If you like nature, the greens, the refreshing unpolluted air of the mountains when in Cebu — then Mantalongon is the place to be. After all, it’s also the vegetable basket of the province. It’s actually one of the barrios of Dalaguete (some 80 kilometers south of Cebu City) and where the highest mountain (1,013 meters above sea level) of Cebu is located — the Osmena Peak.
To get to Mantalongon: Coming from Cebu City, a commuter in fact has 2 choices — South Bus Terminal or near Carbon Market (Caltex gasoline station just before the bridge). Carbon Market is for the adventurous as here, buses are far and few, so you got to be ready to wait and squeeze your way inside the bus. South Terminal is more organized but then you’d need connecting rides and so, pay more.
Carbon Market, P100 from Caltex to Mantalongon market proper. That’s it. South Bus Terminal, the Ceres bus would ask around P100 to Dalaguete — take the Oslob route — then you’d need to take a motorbike which would cost at least P200 on a special ride. Travel time is just about the same, 3 hours, unless there’s traffic or lots of cargoes being loaded that the bus couldn’t immediately leave.
Obviously, I took the Carbon Market route, not bad really unless if you’ve got more than a handful of stuff. Still, when you finally arrive, it’s certainly a relief especially with a cooler climate than in the city.
Well, just so nice to see all those fresh vegetables and where they are actually coming from. And now, we’re just about hours from our next adventure, yeah..
Mountain climbing! Until next time!
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