Carmen is mid-north of Cebu next to Danao City. Carmen is about 45 kilometers from Cebu City and around 1 and 45 minutes travel. Carmen is bordered on the north by the town of Catmon, to the west by the town of Tuburan, on the east by the Camotes Sea. Carmen is a town with several beaches in mid north specially in barangay “Luyang”. Carmen is home of Cebu Safari and Adventure Park.
The Origin of the name of “Carmen”
It was originally a settlement called Bugho. But because of a language barrier, it was changed to Carmen.
The story relates that a woman-resident of Bugho who was about to be baptized in the Catholic rites, was already wearing a scapular with the inscription of the Virgen of Carmen. Before the Baptismal ceremonies, the Spanish scribe asked her in his native tongue the name of the village. Thinking that he was curious about the medallion she readily answered: Carmen. The Spaniard began calling the place Carmen and it has been since called.
And the story goes..
Carmen has a favorite legend about strange spirits dwelling in its mountains:
There lived in Mt. Cantipay a mountain deity called Pipay. Mt. Cansaquiring was also inhabited by another mountain spirit, Saring. Both had magical powers and both were generous and helpful. But they could also be severe and exacting when they were disobeyed.
On those days, betrothed couples who cannot afford to buy wedding dresses and other necessities would only have to write on paper what they needed and place them at the mouth of either cave in the two mountains. The things would magically appear the nest day, already beautifully wrapped. But the strict rule was that every piece of article be returned.
There came a time when the borrowers did not bother to return what they got and so earned the wrath of the goddesses. They had to pay for it with their lives.
To this day, no one can borrow anything at all.
Below are suggested places to visit when in Carmen.
Marik Beach Resort
A Beach Resort located in Brgy Luyang, Carmen, Cebu, Philippines. We offer room accommodation, Beach, Swimming Pool, Videok and Restaurant. Accepts catering for all sorts of occasion. Your event with an amazing view. Relax and enjoy our facilities
BPC Beach Resort Palm Restaurant
Nice beach in Luyang accessible just near the highway.
Johnsands Port Beach
See breeze on your face and the sand on your toes, what could be more calming? This is a private resort where you and your family can enjoy some much-needed vitamin sea
San Pan Beach Resort
• We accept private events • We are open from 8:00am to 5:00pm • Entrance fee: P20/pax • Cottage fee: P800(10pax),P1000(12pax)&P1200 (15pax) • Billiard table fee: P100/hr • Karaoke machine: P150/hr Contact us at 0939-434-2177/0917-634-5326