Cebu City isn’t too bad. It’s smaller than Manila so it’s easier to navigate and the air doesn’t feel so polluted. We stayed in Cebu Tropical Hostel which had a lot of backpackers staying there so it was a great place to meet people.
On our first day, we visited the Cebu Taoist Temple, which had great views of the city of Cebu. The temple itself was peaceful and beautiful.
On our last night we met a couple of Brits in the hostel and decided to try a few bars on Mango Avenue. The 5 of us crammed into a taxi and 5 minutes later, we arrived at Mango Avenue.
At first glance, it didn’t seem very busy. The busiest looking place was an Irish bar which had a singer performing. We headed in and luckily beers weren’t too expensive if you bought them in rounds of 8. Towards the end of their set, the singers let a couple of the people from our group sing with them and we all had a dance. We stayed in this bar until the singer finished.
By this point, we were all a little tipsy but it was only 1am and no one was ready to go home. Karaoke was suggested so we wandered around looking for a karaoke bar. We found one in what seemed to be the ground floor of a multi-storey car park. It was called’Lyrics’ and it was the sort of karaoke bar where you hire a booth for an hour and sing amongst friends. I can’t remember the exact cost but it definitely wasn’t too pricey. After an hour of singing Beyonce, TLC and 90’s classics our time was up. We headed outside with our cocktails in some attempt to finish them.
This is where the gang fight begins. As we were trying to finish our drinks, loads of men started fighting in front of the bar. Like, about 50. We stood up to watch but a bartender told us to sit down. I asked the bartender if this was normal and she casually replied, “Yeah, it happens often”. We waited for the fighters to clear then hopped in a taxi and headed back to the hostel.
Cebu is a good place for a night out. The karaoke was very entertaining and it’s easy to see why Filipinos love it so much. The gang fight was more unusual than actually frightening because everyone seemed to appear out of nowhere and they disappeared just as quickly.