"Going to the Sinulog festival in January 2013." Tue 14-Aug-12 10:08 PM by prophotoman
I need some advice!! I know the festival is on the 3rd Sunday in January in Cebu City. I will be in Manila (General Trias) one month prior to that. Going to the festival primarily to take photos. I want to stay safe and I need hotel recommendations for Cebu city. My wife and brother in law will be with me. I also need advicee concerning BEING in Cebu City I know that as far as the Abu Sayef is concerned that I should be safe there. ANY advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated!! This will be about my 12th trip to the Philippines since I became a photographer in 1971. But I've only been to one other island besides Luzon... Mindoro (Puerto Galera). And is Mindoro still safe for Americans?
#1. "RE: Going to the Sinulog festival in January 2013." In response to Reply # 0
Standard rules apply - don't go off into the countryside, do not wander into remote barrios, be aware of your surroundings. Check State Dept notices for any high-risk travel warnings in the country. Cebu is very safe, but the same cautions you would take in a European City would apply as well, don't go wandering around after dark, stay at good and secure hotel even if it means a little more money per night. The hotels can put you in touch with reliable drivers/guides for hire so you can travel around with a local who knows where to go and what to avoid.
#2. "RE: Going to the Sinulog festival in January 2013." In response to Reply # 1 Mon 26-Nov-12 03:18 PM by prophotoman
Flight and hotel reservations will be made by my wife tonight. There are still available seats and rooms. My wife says that my four star hotel will be on the parade route in Cebu City. My wife will be in the Philippines with me, but she won't be making the trip from Manila to Cebu city. My brother in law and my wife's cousin (who works for the Philippine Department of Tourism) will be with me at all times. I feel better about them being with me since I will be carrying some very expensive equipment with me out on the streets, camera... two of four lenses at any one time. I will be there Thursday afternoon through Monday morning.