Situated by the northeastern shores of Cebu is the city of Danao. There is no official account as to how the city got its name but like many places found in the country, local stories say that Danao got its name during the Spanish colonial period after a Spanish captain, Manuel Aniceto del Rosario, misheard the word danawan (“small lake” in Cebuano) when he asked a couple of natives bathing their carabaos in the lake for the name of the place.
Danao’s culture and heritage has a heavy religious influence. Tourists can visit the Sto. Tomas Villanueva Church, the oldest church in Danao which was rehabilitated after suffering damages during World War II. Built in 1755, the Romanesque structure of the church was built with cut coral stones. The church was named after the city’s patron saint, whose feast day is celebrated every third Monday of September.
San Antonio of Padua Church is another church tourists can visit. It has its own version of the Garden of Gethsemane, the place where Jesus prayed the night prior to his crucifixion.
Danao also has its own replica of Mount Calvary, the site where Jesus had been crucified, situated on a hill in Barangay Tuburan Sur. Those who enjoy mountain climbing can head up to the top of Mt. Manghilao, the highest peak in Danao, to see the wooden cross erected there.
Want to spend a fun day outdoors? Make your way to Danasan Eco Adventure Park and for a healthy dose of thrill and adventure. Ziplining, rock climbing, rappelling, camping, and wakeboarding are just some of the many activities you can take part of. The Danasan Eco Adventure Park is also home to three caves, a waterfall and a freshwater spring, perfect for those who enjoy trekking and spelunking.
The Danao City Mangrove Boardwalk and Danao Marine Sanctuary are other must visit destinations of those who wish to enjoy the beauty of nature that the city has to offer.
Find yourself in Danao during the month of September and experience the Karansa Festival, a colorful dancing festival which got its name from the local word karansa (meaning “to celebrate”). The Karansa dance is known for its basic steps: kiay (swaying), kurug at karag (shaking), and karahay (juddering).
All these fun activities will surely result to a grumbling stomach. Satisfy your hunger by heading to the fish port by the Durano-Macapagal Boardwalk and trying the famous sutukil, a Visayan dish composed of sugba (grilled), tuwa (stewed), and kilaw (raw fish or meat cured in vinegar similar to ceviche).
Before leaving Danao, help the flourishing pottery industry, one of the main sources of income of its people, by buying a pot or two as souvenir of your trip to take home.
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