THE three-day, two-night Suroy-Suroy Sugbo 2018 Adventure Round South successfully ended last January 26 with 37 guests, mostly balikbayans, impressed by Cebu’s cultural heritage, attractions and hospitality.
“Akong na-amaze kay welcome ta tanan sa kada town. The people were hospitable (What amazed me was the warmth of the welcome in every town we visited),” said first – time participant Heracleo Salgado, 76, a Madridejos native who is now based in the United States.
He and the other 36 guests went to the towns of San Fernando, Argao, Dalaguete, Boljoon, Oslob, Samboan, Santander, Ginatilan, Alegria, Moalboal, and Barili, as well as the cities of Carcar and Talisay.
They got to taste local delicacies like Talisay City’s famous lechon, and were treated to cultural presentations.
Some went swimming with whale sharks in Oslob, canyoneering in Alegria, and waterfall trekking in Samboan.
They also visited Argao church’s newly restored pipe organ, colonial era structures like Oslob’s Cuartel (barracks) and Boljoon’s El Gran Baluarte (grand watchtower), San Pedro Calungsod Shrine in Ginatilan, organic farming in Alegria, among other places.
Vice Governor Agnes Magpale asked the guests to spread the news about their Cebu experience.
“Please tell your relatives and friends … nindot na kaayo ang Sugbu nga inyong gibiyaan (that the Cebu you have left behind is now very nice),” she said.
She also thanked the participating towns and cities for their hospitality and for trying to “outdo” each other in accommodating the guests.