Exploring Liloan, Cebu -the Light of the North

Liloan, Cebu, also called as the Light of the North, has a lot to offer to local and foreign tourists alike. It got its name because of the presence of whirlpools in Silot Bay called locally as “lilo”. Liloan, when roughly translated, means “a place where there are whirlpools”.

Liloan, Cebu

Liloan Municipal Hall

Contrary to popular belief, Liloan is actually home to a number of attractions – both natural and man-made. There are a lot of places to explore in this beautiful municipality in the north. What makes it even better is that it is just an hour and a half away from Cebu City, and it has all the necessary establishments for a safe and convenient travel experience.

The Lighthouse

Liloan, Cebu

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse, or more popular known as the Parola, is the reason why Liloan got its nickname. The 72-foot lighthouse is still functional to this day, and it has become a popular tourist destination. It’s also a favorite spot for dates, photography sessions, and exploration. Set on a hill in barangay Catarman, travelers are able to enjoy a scenic view of the sea and the lush greenery of Liloan.

To get to the Parola, from the town center, you can ride a motorcycle or a habal-habal to take you there. You can also choose to ride a tricycle, although this might take a little more time.

Liloan, Cebu

Bantayan sa Hari

Bantayan sa Hari in Liloan, Cebu

The King’s Watchtower, in English, is a watchtower built during the Spanish-era. This is used to keep the town safe from any impending danger from the sea and other neighboring lands. Located in Barangay Calero, this structure overlooks the Mactan channel. Because of its looks, it’s often mistaken as the Parola, but similar to the lighthouse, it affords the same scenic views.

Mulao River

This hidden river which traverses the mountains of Compostela and Liloan is something that adrenaline junkies would surely love. Its clear waters and natural rock formations would give the adventurers the thrill that they are looking for. Coupled with a number of stories of mystical creatures and other folklore, you’re up for a memorable experience when you choose to trek the Mulao River.

Liloan, Cebu

Mulao River photo from chasingpotatoes.com

Limestone Cave

A man-made cave in Liloan, Cebu used by soldiers to hide during the Japanese Era, the limestone cave is a favorite among tourists and adventure lovers. This 30-meter high cave has a lot in store for cave enthusiasts including hundreds of limestone formations, mystery, and black out silence.

Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon

Liloan, Cebu

Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon

A huge number of activities await the entire family in Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon. It is a favorite location for many tourists as you can do so many things when in the property. You may choose to fish in the fish pond and ask the restaurant to cook your catch for your lunch. You may also choose to commune with nature and enjoy the lush environment. You may also enjoy horseback riding, the zipline, ATVs, wall climbing, and other water sports and outdoor activities. You can also choose to stay in one of its rooms to be able to make the most out of your stay in Liloan.

Liloan, Cebu

Titay’s Rosquillos

 

Liloan, Cebu celebrates the Rosquillos festival annually. This is due to the delicacy which Liloan is famous for – the Rosquillos. This local delicacy is a flower-shaped cookie which has become a favorite for many people.

 

The nearby town of Compostela lots of attractions to offer too, check it here.

Read more info about Catmon’s must-see places here.

 

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