From Cebu City, going south means passing the bustle of Talisay City past the beautiful churches of Minglanilla, Naga and San Fernando do where the National Highway is often lined with age-old balete trees.
Forty kilometers south along Bohol Strait, is the heritage town of Carcar where a welcoming grand arch formed rows of ancient acacia trees leads to a charming town of old colonial houses and an older church with a friendly people who must be eating a lot of chicharon. You can get their famous chicharon in the public market or up the road to Barili at Luis Chicharon in Guadalupe.
The town down Carcar is Argao where is found the Argao Beach Club, once the picturesque playground of the rich and famous until it was turned over to the government PTA. Here also is the beach house set in a rustic fishing village, once lived by Ramon Castellano, a Spanish furniture designer who has a studio, Diseño en Asia, in Carcar.
He describes his house as “a boat lost in a garden near the sea”. On Sundays when he’s home, children of the fishermen peer over his low fence and ask for candy and in exchange give him a fish.
In Argao we can also find the beautiful Bugasok Falls.