Cebu is one of the most popular travel spots in the country, a must-visit destination on the bucket list of many adventure-seekers. It is also a gastronomic haven for foodies with its impressive selection of delectable treats.
The province offers everything a traveler wants -- pristine beaches to old churches and historical landmarks like the Magellan's Cross. But these are not the only tourist attractions that the Queen City of the South can offer. Five centuries after Magellan's arrival, another landmark has risen in Cebu -- SM Seaside City Cebu.
The 470,486-square-meter SM Seaside is the fourth largest SM mall in the country and the third in Cebu after SM City Cebu and SM City Consolacion. It offers a state-of-the-art urban center on the waterfront of the province's new South Road Properties development.
Apart from its world-class architecture and breath-taking view, here are the 10 must-see spots at SM Seaside.
1. The Cube
Do you want to change your profile picture on Facebook or Instagram? Take a jump shot in front of The Cube, a gigantic 21 x 21 meter sculptural piece made of fine stainless steel. It symbolizes the resilience, strength and stability of Cebuanos and Filipinos in general.
2. Food Court
Cebu is perfect for a food trip with dishes like its famous lechon and an abundance of seafood. SM Seaside's food court allows you to try Cebu's many culinary offerings in a convenient way. Apart from local treats, you can also indulge on different international cuisines with a breath-taking view of the Seaside Tower and an out-of-this-world ceiling decor to complement the dining ambiance.
3. Ice Skating Rink
While Cebu is famous for its beaches, did you know that you can also try ice skating in Cebu? Bring the gang and take the ice at SM Seaside's world-class, Olympic-sized ice skating rink and experience the adrenaline rush of hockey or the grace of figure skating.
Relax while taking in the wide expanse of the blue sea and its surroundings from different places inside the mall. You can also enjoy the fresh sea breeze at the Sky Park, which features lush greens.
5. Spiral Staircases
Take a wide-angle selfie at each of the whimsical color-coded staircases to prove you've circled the entire mall. These elegantly designed staircases feature the highly creative architectural design of the mall.
6. Chapel of Pedro Calungsod
Before starting your day, give thanks for all your blessings at the 100-wall Chapel of Pedro Calungsod. Reminiscent of the Spanish times, the chapel was the first structure to be built in the complex.
7. The Cinemas
Want to try a more exciting way to watch movies? Choose from the cushy recliners at the Director's Club or experience the 350-seat Large Screen Cinema that is 30% bigger than other screens -- a first of its kind in Cebu. Live shows and concerts also come to life at Centerstage. All theaters are carefully designed to be PWD-friendly.
Get your video camera ready as you take the kids to the playground located at the Sky Park, which offers safe, child-friendly features children can enjoy!
Whether you are with your family or barkada, you are guaranteed a good time at a 16-lane state of the art bowling facility. Apart from bowling, SM Seaside City Cebu also has KTV rooms, billiard tables and many bars -- perfect for a more active time at the mall.
10. The SM Seaside Tower
See the beauty of Cebu at the SM Seaside Tower, which offers a bird's eye view of this tropical paradise. The soon-to-be completed 40-story tower will have a viewing deck, a bar, and a restaurant that offers an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the city and the sea.
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