It’s another escape from the city to the place where I originally discovered and appreciate life. I wasn’t born in this place but I consider this place as one of the landmark in my life. I landed on this place for the first time when my father decided to be back on his mother’s arm and try a new living with the place where he was born “ Alegria” my father’s hometown. Alegria is a place of tranquility, perfect for meditation and relaxation, a place full of adventure and discovery and a place where you could have a a glimpse of heaven.
Alegria is considered to be a 4th class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines . It was named after a group of Spanish soldiers who witnessed the festiveness of the people gathered around” tubod” (natural spring) that empties directly into the sea which is located at Poblacion Sta. Rosa. The Spanishsoldiers exclaimed “Que alegre, que alegre”, which means happy, bright or cheerful thus the place is being dubbed as Alegria. Alegria is situated in the southern part of Cebu with one hundred and seventeen kilometer drive away from the city. The travel reaches two to three and a half hours from one hundred seventeen kilometers as estimated. The journey might take too long and tired but it’s worth it with the different towns and scenes that you are going to pass through before getting into the place. From Cebu City you will pass; Talisay, Minglanilla, Naga, San Fernando, Car- Car, Mantalongon, Barili, Dumanjug, Ronda, Alcantara, Moalboal and Badian. Neighboring town includes Badian where you could find the famous Kawasan Falls and Malabuyoc where you could see one of the historical watchtowers in Cebu. It is also subdivided into 9 barangays namely; Compostela, Guadalupe, Legaspi, Lepanto, Madridejos, Montpeller , Poblacion, Santa Filomena and Valencia.
The municipality has Elementary Schools in every barangay, 4 different high schools; Madridejos national High School, Santa Filomena National High School, St. Peter Academy and Montpeller National High School. Healthcare services are accessible through Rural Health Units distributed in different barangays and through a hospital known as St Peter’s. “Tabo” (town trade) happens every Friday of the week. The municipality has its feast every December 3 to honor St. Francis Xavier along with the Kawayan festival.
If you don’t have your own service, you could get there by; (A) catching trips in Cebu South Bus Terminal and be noted that the bus that you are riding is heading to Bato via Barili and tell the bus fee collector to notify/drop you in Alegria. (B) Try a V-hire trip in Cebu Citylink and it would drop you into Moalboal, from Moalboal ride on a multicab going to Alegria. Ceres Bus fee is 130+ but not more 150 as of May 2012.
Aside from the cheerful and friendly people in the place, you could find breathtaking sceneries where you could surely say that God is so amazing with his creations. If you are an adventurous person, Alegria could offer everything to you, from trekking, mountain climbing, caving and more. If you are in search for a water adventure, Alegria have crystal clear beaches where you could enjoy the splashing waves while snorkeling with the fishes but if you want to dive into fresh there’s no need to go into another town because Alegria have several waterfalls a great lake and even a hot spring. Eco-tourism sites of Alegria include the Cambais Falls in Barangay Valencia,Cancalanog and Kanlaob mountain resorts in Barangay Compostela, the white beach in Batong Malunhaw, Quitara river and forest in Guadalupe, and Barangay Lepanto which is described as a “Little Baguio.” Dolphin and whale-watching tours can also be arranged from the town, which is located along the Tañon Strait. Pension houses are also accommodating as they welcome visitors. However, if you want to be plain then just be historical, you could sit back and relax in Alegria Heritage Park while taking pleasure from the sea breeze.
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Indeed, few isn’t enough to explore the beauty of Alegria, so what are you waiting for, go and pack your things for an adventure!