The Philippines, being a tropical climate country, has only two seasons – wet (rainy) and dry (summer). Devoid of spring season, flowers still bloom constantly all year-round, notwithstanding their demand in the celebration of a scheduled holiday or special occasion. Talk of Valentine’s Day, weddings and romantic celebrations, and it remains almost incomplete having not mentioned the lovely and colorful flowers. 🌾🌻🌼
What’s not to love about flowers? What would romantic day be without flowers? Considered one of the most ultimate symbols of love, flowers play an integral role in any special day. But it doesn’t mean it only applies to those in a relationship or married couples. You can also give flowers to your friends, relatives, teachers, workmates or even to yourself. Regardless of which side are you on, flowers in general can help improve your mood. If you pay close attention to the flower-filled surroundings, the flowers emit negative ions that would awaken that suppressed feeling when stressed, thereby giving you a calming effect. Isn’t that cool?
And with that in mind, let’s head to Cebu, the 5th Best Island in the world. Cebu never ran out of destinations bombarded with lots of flowers to make you feel better and not bitter (with love, relationship and the like.. LOL!). And so, here’s a list of 10 instagram-worthy floral spots in Cebu worth visiting in your lifetime ~ may it be solo, with friends or with bae.
1.) 10,000 Roses Cafe
This adorn Korean cafe in Day-as, Cordova is the newest floral destination in Cebu. With a vision to create a romantic ambiance, the Korean owner decided to artificially grow 10,000 white LED roses to blanket the front lawn of his little cafe. These plants light up at night offering a majestic view of sea of roses. Php 20.00 entrance fee has been implemented since V-day for environmental purposes. This is in response to the recent incident of LED roses destruction brought about by some irresponsible visitors without due regards to the properties being visited. Nevertheless, 10,000 Roses Cafe continuously draws more tourists and locals every single day to experience romance in this IG-worthy floral destination.
For more details, let’s watch foureyedlaagan‘s vlog here.
From SM City Cebu, take a van-for-hire bound for Cordova (fare PhP 35.00). Disembark at Gaisano Grand Mall in Cordova then ride a tricycle for PhP 15-25/pax. Alternatively, commute the Mactan Channel via Metroferry bound for Lapu-lapu City from Cebu City Pier 3 terminal (fare for adult PhP 14.00, student Php 12.00).
2.) Sibugay Floral Garden
From white LED roses, let’s now move to white flowers that are real. Not known to many is this Chrysanthemum and Baby’s Breath plantation in Sibugay, Cebu. With white and pink petals sprouting in the area, this spot is surely an instagrammable floral destination. This is a private garden but you can ask the owner to have a selfie for IG purposes without a fee.
To get to this spectacular floral spot, just ride a habal2x in JY Square and inform the driver to drop you off at Sibugay junction where you can see lots of corn vendors. A 500-meter hike will then be undertaken before you reach this floral garden. Fare is not more than Php 150.00 each.
3.) Medellin Valley
Medellin Valley is a charming sugarcane farm showcasing exquisite flowers in full bloom just in time for harvesting. It is said to be Cebu’s BIGGEST Flower Farm!!!
As per Instagram star Jack Ponpon (@jak73), it all began when someone commented on one of his videos and requested him and his brother to take some aerial shots of Medellin Valley. With the white, fuzzy flowers of the sugarcanes spreading across the vast lands of the town, you don’t wanna miss this once-in-a-blue-moon spectacle. Credits to Jack Ponpon for this awesome video.
To savor the beauty of the valley, take a bus bound for Daanbantayan via Mainline route (PhP 150) and inform the driver to drop you off at the crossing in Barangay Curva, with the heritage tree as landmark. From the high way, going to the sugarcane plantation is just a walking distance.
4.) Sirao Flower Farm
When the flower farm craze spread like wildfire in the social media, netizens flocked into the hillside of barangay Sirao to experience the Spring season and relish the beauty of the fiery multi-colored field of celosia akin to the tulip fields of the Netherlands. In light of the foregoing, it is branded as the “#miniAmsterdam” of Cebu.
As of writing, burlas (local name of celosia) blooms anew, awaiting to stage your selfies. From JY Square Mall in Lahug, and take a habal-habal (motorcycle for hire) for PhP 100 per way. Travel time is about 30-35 minutes. Entrance fee is PhP 30 for unlimited photos and PhP 100 for taking videos. Its neighboring garden has a lesser fee of PhP 25.
5.) Betty’s Botanical Garden
Feeling the urge to affiliate with nature? Embrace your biophilia and head to Betty’s Botanical Garden. This 6-hectare floral farm is located in the hinterlands of Cantipla that boasts various flowers and plants which are produced organically. There are a lot of pine trees in the area, as well as wild flowers such as pitcher plant and hydrangea. Overlooking Camotes Island and panoramic view of Tabunan forest, the place is naturally cool, perfect retreat for a hot summer day.
From Ayala Center Cebu Terminal, ride a v-hire for PhP 120. You’ll have scenic ride for 45 minutes along Transcentral highway before arriving at the jump off point (Barangay Cantipla). Get off the van once you have this signage in sight “Welcome to Cantipla/ Tabunan Integrated Sch)” and from there, you can hike your up or ride a habal-habal going to Betty’s Botanical Garden.
6.) Terrazas de Flores
There’s a new place in Cebu City wherein you can have a relaxing view of 127 identified species of flora. Privately owned by a father of three, Terrazas de Flores has been developed as a symbol of a father’s love to his children. This 2 hectares botanical garden terraces offers exquisite view and a unique feeling of being one with nature. The terraces is scrupulously landscaped and supported by interlocked rocks with each row being planted with a local species of flora (either indigenous or adapted). Café, cabanas, CR and parking area are likewise available in the vicinity. Entrance fee is Php 100.
Don’t miss in visiting the Philippines’ ONLY Botanical Field in Terraces! Private car or habal-habal can access Terrazas de Flores at Tiguib, Malubog, Cebu City (few meters past La Tegola).
For more terraces in Cebu, proceed to this blog post.
7.) Ogtong Cave Resort
Walling in a bougainvillea-flavored hedge ‘coz why not? If you want to see and take a selfie in this instagrammable floral spot, then head to Ogtong Cave Resort in Bantayan Island, Cebu. The bougainvillea blooms in its full glory during March to May and be stunned with its lovely colors ranging from white, pink and pale red.
From Cebu City, catch a bus or van in Cebu North Terminal going to Hagnaya Port in the town of San Remegio (PhP 160) or Ceres bus direct to Bantayan town proper via Sta. Fe. (PhP 200). Travel time is 3 – 4 hours. From Hagnaya’s Port you’ll hop a 45-min. ferry boat (PhP 170 fare + PhP 10 terminal fee) to Santa Fe, Bantayan Island. Tricycle (PhP 25/person fare) can take you from Sante Fe port going to Ogtong Cave Resort.
8.) Cebu Safari
Walk down the aisle or sit in the corner ~ whatever you prefer, you’ll surely be visually delighted with the presence of more than a hundred lovely orchids. This orchid garden is just one of the attractions in Safari Resort, an ongoing 100-hectare development in Carmen Cebu, owned by the Lhuilliers. Aside from this floral spot, one can encounter zoo animals up close in this wildlife sanctuary as it will showcase some of the popular Safari circuit residents (e.g., lion, zebra, camel, giraffe, tiger, etc). Slated to open to the public this 2017.
Minibuses or jeepneys are available in Sun Gold, in front of SM Cebu, for (PhP 40–50). Alight at Nacional, the third street from Super Metro Store in Carmen, wherein you’ll see the billboards of Shemberg Biotech Corporation and St. Benedict’s Monastery. Habal-habal is available for PhP 30 per person leading you to Hacienda M. Lhuillier (southwest of Durano Eco Farm).
9.) La Vie Parisiene / Sibonga Plaza
La Vie Parisiene is a French bakery & wineshop conveniently located in Lahug along Gorordo Avenue that captures the heart of Cebuanos and countless tourists. It is notable for its artificial cherry blossoms that brightens up the night while you spend quality moment with your companions. Offering dozens of choices from breads, pastries, pizzas, cheeses and wine, it is without a doubt an ideal place to chill with friends and families.
If you want to witness a real-life cherry blossoms without the need to go to Japan, then head to Sibonga Poblacion. Right at the corner of Sibonga town plaza (2.5km before Simala Shrine), cherry blossoms or Sakura trees can be found. During April to May, one can marvel at the blooming beauty of Japan’s snow-white pinkish national flower for free.
From Cebu City South Bus Terminal, there are lots of mini buses that will go directly to Simala, costing Php 100 for a trip of not more than 3 hours. Alternatively, you may take a van at Sanciangko for the same amount for a more comfortable and faster ride. More details here.
10.) TIEZA Botanical Garden (Malubog Lake)
Malubog lake is a natural waterscape abounded by celosia flowers. One can do YOLO-ing by the picturesque natural pool while marveling at the famous Sirao Peak in its backdrop. The view and experience is just exquisite, perfect for a “me” time. If you want a quick getaway in a scenic floral destination that is near the city, yet away from its hurly-burly, then just hail a habal2x in JY Square and tell the driver that you are heading to Malubog Lake. You can see Busay Holiday Pool in the highway and then turn right. Fare is not more than P100 per person, one way.
There you go lovely people. Wherever you go, may you be guided by the “Leave No Trace” Principle, to wit: “Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time.” The Earth’s natural creation or man-made attractions are not ours to destroy so better exercise caution and practice responsible tourism. And more importantly, express your love by giving not just flowers but the opportunity to improve your mood and health by visiting these floral destinations in Cebu this Valentine’s Day and beyond.
Have you been to any of the 10 IG-worthy floral destinations in Cebu? Are there any flower-filled spots you would like to share that are not in the list above? We can make “part two” of this blog feature soon so don’t hesitate to comment below. Happy Heart’s Day!