Just a one-and-a-half-hour to two-hour drive from the center of Cebu, you can reach the town of Dumanjug: a town popularized by its Inasal na Bisnok or Bisayang Manok (native fried chicken).
The town got its name from the traders who used to shout “Du, Manok Tinuhog,” while trading their native chickens to other neighboring towns. Thus, Du-Man-Jug (read as du-man-hog) was born along with its native chickens.
Another town practicing Roman Catholic, the center of their faith is the St. Francis de Assisi Parish Church which was constructed in 1854 and was finished after ten years. Considered to be one of oldest churches in Cebu, it’s also one of those churches that were designed, completed, executed and supervised by Filipinos. Made out of coral stones, lime stones and local black wood, its edifice and architectural design is truly of the colonial’s. Usually crowded during Holy Week, the church has been an attraction of the town because of its historical significance and heritage.
Just across the church, is their wide Doña Josefa Paras Garcia Heritage Park. The park was said to be the Cuartel of the Americans during the Spanish-American War. But now, it serves as the playground for kids and a good picnic venue for family and lovers. Surrounding the park are food stalls which offer a variety of Filipino foods one of which is their best-selling halo-halo at fifty pesos only. Just a walk nearer from the stalls is their tabo or market which sells native products at their lowest prices.
If you’re having a thought as to where to stay, SaDumanjugNi Home Stay welcomes everyone to their dwelling. This is not just ordinary, it’s actually an ancestral house and a business quarter for Dumanjug’s Hand Painted linens located at Brgy. Sima.
Speaking of ancestral houses, you can also visit the Garcia Ancestral House which is up until now because of its coral stone foundation.
You can also take a free tour at the Cantarini Art Gallery of Mrs. Loreta Zulueta (a gallery focused on the preservation of the artworks of Mrs. Zulueta’s late Italian husband). If you are into sports, you probably would like to meet Cebu’s basketball legend Julian Macoy in a photo gallery which narrates his life and his basketball career. Mr. Macoy is a remembered Green and Gold Warrior of the mid to late 50s that scored 227 points in 2 games and scored amazingly 126 points in just 28 minutes of the game (points that time were by twos, no three points).
Just when you thought you’ve had enough of Dumanjug, we are still half on our way. If you don’t feel like walking, you can opt to try their river cruise which gives you a more nature-like experience. Forget not to drop by the Tubod-Bitoon Farm (ideal for plant lovers) and their Brgy. Camboang spring which is situated at the seashore. Also in Brgy. Camboang is their Camboang Marine Sanctuary, a very ideal place for divers for it is clean, well-preserved and protected and home for different marine species. You can plunge yourself in to the falls of Lelo-an and be amazed with its unique rock formation.
When you think bird watching is too mainstream, you can try their monkey watching at Brgy. Kabala-asnan. Not on their usual cages as in the zoos, these monkeys are free-goers, you have to see them on their habitat at the earliest time of the day as possible. They are endangered and must be respected as well, so better not give them a yell at their territory.
You’ve never been to Dumanjug if you haven’t tried their Inasal na Bisayang Manok which comes at only one hundred twenty pesos. A native fried chicken dish that instead of bamboo stick, uses a branch of coconut as a stick, instead of rotating you only have to flip the stick and instead of seasoning it before frying, you have to the reverse. Much different than the usual but much tastier and distinct than the ordinary fried chicken we have at home. This is even considered to be the best sadness reliever of the locals. This dish has inspired the town to conceptualize a festival now known to be the Bisnok Festival in celebration of their annual fiesta happening every first week of February.
Truly, Dumanjug is a place of history, heritage and nature. One can fully satisfy his search for adventure, gastronomical pleasure and history by going to the place where people cooperates and thrive for a better Dumanjug in the future. God bless Dumanjuganons!