when ivan wrote about southeastern cebu's heritage trail, he took the bus and wrote down the fares. susie and i were ready to do the same thing, as we haven't had to go on such an adventure before. being a big fan of public transportation, the idea of bus-ing it to the various provinces was thrilling.
that was until we found cebu trip, a car rental service in cebu. the website is pretty informative and encouraging, and the rates, though not the cheapest, are pretty reasonable.
we booked a car for our first three days in cebu, to pick us up from the airport, drive us to argao, and go with us to oslob, boljoon, alcoy, dalaguete, argao, and carcar.
mr. emmanuel barretto, the manager, was open to suggestions from us regarding the arrangements for the rental and the driver. he gave us a rate of P3,500 per day excluding gas.
it was my first time to try out a car rental service, and i am happy to say that i am pretty satisfied. we were chauffered around inside a blue opel astra, by a friendly and knowledgeable driver named celso. he seemed to know the ins and outs of cebu, even the towns and the provinces that we visited. it was also pretty convenient to have a cebuano traveling with you, to ask people for directions or other interesting sights to cover.
our only beef was the speed. now, i'm not familiar with speed limits in the province, but i believe going over 60 is not a deadly sin. i kept fidgeting in my seat, sending signals to the driver that i can handle a faster speed, but he didn't seem to get it. we crawled along at 60kph most of the time. i really think we could have gotten to the other places faster if he'd just gone at 80 at least.
still, i am recommending cebu trip to anyone who'd like to see cebu with high emphasis on convenience. having a local show you around saves you lots of time trying to figure out where to go here and how to get there. you also get to leave your stuff in the car and not have to lug everything around with you. you even get commentaries and insider stuff about cebu that you wouldn't get from anyone.
name: cebu trip
contact person: emmanuel barretto
address: 11 Forest Hills, Banawa, Cebu City, Philippines, 6000
telefax: +63 (32) 419-6740
mobile: 09228855511; 09173205688