Argao is a place where many great people hailed from. The incumbent governor of the province of Cebu, Junjun Davide, for one, traces his roots to Argao. His father, Hilario Davide, was former chief justice of the Philippine Supreme Court. The late Cerge Remonde, press secretary to former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was also from Argao.
The name “argao” came from a humble medicinal plant called “sali-argaw” commonly found in the seashore of the place. From the humble place where the sali-argaw thrived, came many a great men and women who contributed so much not only to the province’s success, but also the whole country’s. Argao is also the hometown of a good friend. And on the eve of the feast of St. Michael, we visited the town and our good friend. After partaking of a sumptuous lunch at my friend’s cousin’s house, my boyfriend and I toured the town and checked out our favorite places. Alex Kafe was number one in our must-visit places that day, next was the St. Michael Church, then Chitang’s to buy delicacies and pasalubong, and finally, the public market to buy dalandan.