Tourist Attractions South of Cebu: Dalaguete, the Summer Capital of Cebu

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Dalaguete, a 1st class municipality in the province of Cebu, is referred to as the “vegetable basket” and the “summer capital of Cebu”.

If you’re wondering why the town is called that: Dalaguete is exceptional in farming. Their fruit and vegetable produce are bountiful. Dalaguete is also called the “summer capital of Cebu” as it is relatively cooler there during the summer, thus many tourists flock the town.

Sergio's Strawberry Farm

Source: Cebu Daily News

You can find strawberry fields in Dalaguete, Cebu! Sergio's Strawberry Farm is located in the mountains of Mantalongon. Sergio's Strawberry Farm is owned by Engr. Paul Revalde. He managed it for 6 years, planted vegetables and fruits and never used synthetic chemicals or fertilizers. His father died due to lung cancer which was caused by inhalation of pesticides and he did his best to produce products naturally.

If you visit Sergio's Strawberry farm, you’re allowed to take unlimited photos but picking fruits is strictly prohibited. If you want to buy strawberries, the staff will pick strawberries for you and weight it. 

Dalaguete Sunflower Garden

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Who wouldn't want to personally look at these flowers? Even in pictures they're so lovely.

Dalaguete Sunflower Garden is located in Sitio Alang-alang, Mantalongon, Dalaguete. It doesn't just offer you views of a bed of sunflowers but also 20 imported variation of flowers. It occupies 2.1 hectares which was owned by the government. With the help of the local government, the empty lot eventually became a tourist spot.

They're open from 6AM-6PM and has an entrance fee of P50 for tourist, P30 for local residents and 20% discount for Senior Citizens and students. 

St. William de Aquitaine

St. William de Aquitaine is in Brgy. Poblacion, Dalaguete. It was built by Augustinians in 1711 and they St. William to become the town's patron saint. It has a Pseudo-Rococo design and the church ceiling was painted by Canuto Avila and Ray Francia.  The feast is held every February 9 to 10, which is called the “Utanon Festival” (vegetable festival). The celebration is often highlighted by street dancing and dance competition. It is also a day of thanksgiving for all the good harvest the town received.

Mountain Peaks

Source: Cebu Daily News

If you’re up for an adventure on top of the peaks, Dalaguete has a lot to offer.

  1. Osmeña Peak. Osmeña Peak is one of the highest mountain peaks in province of Cebu. It is located in mountains of Brgy. Mantalongon, Dalaguete.
  2. Mercado Peak. Mercado Peak is also located in Brgy. Mantalongon (neighbouring area of Osmeña Peak).
  3. Bandera Peak. This one is far from Mantalongon but you can get a scenic view of visible cities of Cebu, Tagbilaran, Bohol Strait, island of Siquijor and coastal road of Argao and Dalaguete.

Kulabyaw Cave

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Kulabyaw Cave is largely unexplored. It is near the Rock Formation and you will pass by this when you’re on your way to Mercado's Peak & Osmena Peak. The cave is home to thousands of bats and nocturnal insects.

Gakub Spring

This natural spring that looks like a swimming pool is located in Brgy. Banhigan, Dalaguete. It doesn't have an entrance fee but you have to pay P50 if you need a cottage.

You can also find out a zipline which isn't made for riding, but for more practical purposes:   to transport vegetable and goods to neighbouring barangays that don’t have access to the barangay roads.

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Tourist Attractions South of Cebu: To Alcoy We Go

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Tourist Attractions South of Cebu: The Stars are Bright in San Fernando!

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