At the constant prodding of my brother Nicko, we finally made the trip to Carcar, South Cebu and the main reason is espadrille!
Espadrille, that come back kid from the 80’s, has become so popular again! In fact I am noticing espadrilles everywhere in Cebu – in malls, in tiangges, in sidestreets – it feels like an espadrille invasion has overtaken the city!
Despite its availability in all sort of places, we decided to head south, travel to where espadrilles are made, you know maybe we can get a good bargain from direct suppliers of espadrilles in Carcar, you can never know heheheh.
Carcar Shoe Products – ESPADRILLE!!!
Armed with the assumption that I know the way because hey! come on I am a Cebuana and have live most of my life in Cebu and couldn’t be possibly lost/wrong in going there, I told the mga lagaan a.k.a my sister Kenneth, brother Nicko and boyfriend Titus that the trip from our place in Mactan to Carcar will take at least 3 hours. I was that confident in my time estimate hehehe.
So we all got up so early at 5am and made an early, early trip on a Sunday morning following the South Cebu road.
How to go to Carcar, Cebu:
Commute: The Cebu South Bus Terminal is your best bet. Fare on the mini buses whose routes will end in Carcar only is at P35 pax, they can be found mostly along the street adjacent to the terminal itself. Big buses bound for the southern towns are inside the terminal.
Note though that the mini buses are not airconditioned and the ride can get pretty uncomfortable in mini buses because the seats as well as the seat’s back rest is made of wood. The good thing is it fills up fast because of its smaller capacity compared to the regular big buses.
Here’s the usual mini-buses plying the southern roads 🙂
So on an early Sunday morning devoid of the usual traffic and after slightly just over an hour trying to be comfortable on the minibus, we arrived in Carcar! We decided to go to the town center first and have breakfast because the shoe stores are well, still closed. We were so early! The bus ride was just an hour and a half so much for my 3 hours estimate!
Good old reliable Jollibee in the town center was a welcome sight! After our breakfast, we decided to buy Carcar’s chicharon just across from jollibee. Am i surprised though because a kilo of chicharon there cost 500php. I was expecting it to be cheaper in Carcar because we have come direct to the source. Oh well. We also wanted to eat Carcar Lechon for breakfast but none of the stores that offers lechon were open yet, bummer, so Jollibee it was.
Across the chicharon stalls, you cant miss Carcar’s most photograph town symbol/icon at the rotunda.
After some pictures, lots of it if my sister has a way, we took a jeepney ride and went back our way a km or so to the shoe stalls compound in Acacia Grill, fare cost 7/pax. Carcar’s ladies espadrilles cost around P250 to P295 (don’t forget to haggle!) whereas espadrilles for guys starts at P350.00 to P450.00.
@Acacia Grill Compound
We had to wait some more for all the shoe shops to be opened. It was fun trying on espadrilles after espadrilles, by the time we decided to go home, the Shoe Expo in Acacia Grill compound has become pretty crowded. Oh yeees! We were happy with our loots – 7 pairs of espadrilles. Yey! says our feet 🙂
Have you been to Carcar? Check out the stores selling footwear too!