To get to Carcar, your bus or V-hire cruises along the 40 kilometer (25 mile) coastal highway going south of Cebu City, passing through Talisay, Minglanilla, Naga and San Fernando before finally reaching the Poblacion (further divided into three areas marked I to III). Tourists usually head to the church/munisipio area, a cloister on a western sidestreet just before reaching the iconic Carcar Kiosk at the roundabout. So conductors must be told that your stop is the beautiful St. Catherine of Alexandria Church.
There was a known civilization even before the colonization of the Spaniards. It was once called Sialao that was declared a municipality in 1599.
This visit was my 3rd try to visit Carcar. Last time (October 2013), I just stood outside this congested, chaotic, noisy bus terminal in Cebu's cringe-worthy Colon district and backed out. I made it this time. Third time's the charm really.
FOUR CORNERS AND LEON KILAT
|Carcar Museum and Dispensary (above and below)|
|Jose Rizal on a pedestal|
|St. Catherine's College (above and below)|
|Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria|
|Virgin Mother carries Child Jesus|
|Carcar Parish Convent, the oldest convent in Cebu.|
|The Virgin Mother|
|Upland Elementary School|
|Don Mariano Mercado Residence - the house of the "Father of Carcar" (above and below).|
|Balay nga Tisa|
|Dakong Balay (notice the big balcony)|
|A list of Carcar City's heritage sites.|