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September 08, 2011

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Carcar City, Cebu

"A Quintessential Destination"

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Carcar Delicacies

 Chicharon  If you’ve already tasted one of the most mouth-watering crispy pork crackles, most commonly known to us Cebuanos as the “CHICHARON”, then most probably you already had your share of what Carcar is known for. Indeed, Carcar is known for its sweets and very good-tasting delicacies like the “bucarillo”, “ampao” and the most common snack to be tasted by the travelers out there, the “chicharon (shown at the left).

Matmat Chicharon - Best in CarcarChicharon is made from pork skin, and the best ones are sold at Mat-Mats.
 

Ampao

  Imagine wonderfully colored coconut strips in crystallized white sugar.Carcar has lots of bucarillo makers but unfortunately, most of the packs being sold in the local market are on the tough side.

Bucarillo

    The best bucarillo can only be had by special order from the original bucarillo maker in the photocopy shop behind the Carcar City Hall. One piece is about P5 each, quite a sum versus the regular pack of six at P10 something sold publicly. But what aheady difference! Boasting of only the tenderest slivers of young coconut (butong in Cebuano) tinted in the slightest shade of pink or green,thisspecial bucarillo rolls and melts inyour mouth.

 

Carcar's Special Lechon

 

    Typically, buses from Cebu City going south would take a short stop over in Carcar which gives the street vendors a few minutes of selling those delicacies and snacks insidethe vehicle. At the public market of Carcar, more of sweets, delicacies, snacks and other has-to-be-tasted foods can be found which includes several stalls with tasty “lechon” all for a price worth the stomach’s craving.

 


Culture and Heritage
 

St. Catherine's Church

 

        One of thedifferent prominent traces of Spanish Colonization still visible in this city is the church of St. Catherine of AlexandriaThe church rests at the elevated part of the city. The 124-year old stand as one of the great wonders of Carcar City since it is the second eldest church in the entire province of Cebu. 

    The orders of St. Augustine handled the church in Carcar. It took 260 years before the new building was finally constructed. The architectural design of this church obviously represents a sketch of Hispanic design.  Several structures were built during the Spanish period still exist.

    During the Spanish era, Carcar is considered as one of the buy district of Cebu which explains why its streets are filled with Spanish Architecture.

Bahay na Tisa

 

     Another thing that marks the uniqueness of Carcar City when wetalk about heritage is the famous, Bahay na Tisa.

    Bahay na Tisa is situated along Sta. Catalina St. (the street right across St. Catherine of Alexandria, church of Carcar), where several other ancestral houses such as the Sanchez’ House and Noel’s Dakung Balay (or The Big House) can be found.

    The Heritage Street in Carcar is lined with well-preserved colonial houses but we can only view them from the roadside and imagine what‘s beyond those firmly-shut wooden door and translucent capiz windows. But there is one ancestral house that took us by surprise. Like an onion, Bahay na Tisa, slowly revealed its different layers and open itself to us as we went to see what’s inside an 1859 ancestral house.

    The house was given a name after the original brick-tile roofing  locally called tisa when it was open to the public.

Carcar is known for retaining the old house reminiscent of the Spanish Colonization. Aside fro the Tisa House, I also enjoy going to the ancestral home of the Mancao's.

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HOW TO GET THERE?

ROUTES

MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION

Capacity

Accessibility

Fares*

CSBT-SOUTH

Buses(aircon)

66(max)

Cebu South Bus Terminal(CSBT)

P70-P95

CSBT-SOUTH

Buses(non-aircon)

66(max)

Cebu South Bus Terminal(CSBT)

P45-P60

CSBT-SOUTH

Mini Buses

40(max)

Citilink Terminal
(Cebu City)

P45-P60

CSBT-SOUTH

Van – for – Hire
(V-Hire)

15(max)

Citilink Terminal
(Cebu City)

P45-P60

Basak, Cebu City
-Carcar City

Multicabs

17(max)

Basak Pardo, Cebu City

P25-P35

Naga-Carcar

Tricycle

8(max)

Naga

P15

Carcar City

Tricycle

8(max)

Carcar

P7-P15

*Fares vary depending on the destination point.

If you are in Cebu or having a vacation time in this island, don’t forget to check out and explore the many splendid things

you’ll discover in Carcar City.

 

“CHICHARON Ta Bai!”

 



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Map of Cebu showing the location of Carcar City

 

Barangays in Carcar City, Cebu

Carcar is administratively subdivided into 15 Barangays.

Bolinawan Valencia Liburon Poblacion I
Buenavista Valladolid Napo Poblacion II
Calidngan Maxipit Ocaña Poblacion III
Can-asujan Guadalupe Perrelos Tuyom