Tops. There is an "s" there. It's a lookout point boasting views spanning most of Cebu City, Mactan Island and even as far as the peaks of Bohol. It's a bit out of the way but considering that it's still part of Cebu City, in Barangay Busay to be exact, it isn't really as out-there as, say Lapu Lapu Shrine. It takes some 30 minutes from the city proper, and you'd have to shake hand with a taxi driver to take you there and back because there aren't regular vehicles plying that route. A word of caution: the last 100 meter ascent will test your vehicle so make sure you get a new taxi, the bigger ones the better.
There are of course refreshments being sold by little shops, as well as souvenir items. You can wait for sunset, though the place is not exactly in its ideal orientation.
When night time falls, the place teems with lovers sharing the cool winds of this Osmena leisure sanctuary. The place is open from 9AM to 12 midnight daily, and there's an entrance fee of PhP100.
Eons ago, I left my camera on one of the benches. In the middle of dinner with a group, I realized, and went there alone - on a taxi. Looking back, it was a brave thing to do. Yes, I got my camera back, but the place, you see, is remote. So going there alone at 9PM on a taxi was an adventure. Getting to Tops isn't like hopping on the park next door. I do have interesting memories from Tops. And you can have yours as well.
This is the Eye in the Sky!
|This restaurant here serves delectable cakes and coffee.
|Fiery sun sets at the Tops skies.