"The perks of having a family member living on top of the mountain is that you get to experience the life of a country kid."
Our final destination was in Manggabon. My auntie told me that this place is close to Mt. Manunggal, one of the highest mountains in Cebu where President Ramon Magsaysay crashed his plane on March 17, 1957. Today, that mountain is considered as one of the historical places in Cebu. We were not able to climb the so called mountain because we were totally unprepared for it and we didn't have enough time. The route heading to that mountain is longer than the actual distance between our place and the mountain.
Going to places in Central Cebu is quiet complicated if you don't have a private vehicle. It is difficult to find public transportation in rural areas that are far from the highway.
*You may ride a V-hire(mini vans) from Ayala Terminal heading to Balamban. You should stop at a place near Balamban where you can find motorcycle drivers for hire that could take you to places in Central Cebu.
*Or rent a vehicle and go by yourself unless you have one.
*Or hire a driver that is nearby your place and negotiate with them.
We didn't have cars so we rented a motorcycle and hired two motorcycle drivers from our place. The price depends on your negotiating skills. I just let my parents do that task. As for the directions, asking people around is necessary unless you're confident with what your GPS/map is saying.
While my family was too busy talking to our grandfather we were getting bored so we decided to do something fun without clinging on to our phones. So if you're one of those kids from the city taken by your family to visit your ancestors on the mountains, here is a list of the things that you can do.
*Make sure that your vehicle is well conditioned and is good for rough roads and could climb up.
*Always bring first aid kit.
*Bring enough water and food as stores could be hard to find sometimes.
*Wear a cap/hat/scarf/apply sunblock.
*Don't lay on green grasses/pass through bushy places if you have skin allergies.