is in the heart of the Philippines. Known to be the
Queen City of the South, Cebu has is the oldest and
second most important city in the country. Cebu is one
of the top priority of tourist because of its
world-class beach resorts and diving spots. Cebu's
tourist destinations and attraction are found in both
north and south of Metro Cebu. Cebu has it's own
international and shipping port. Cebu has export
processing zones that are helps boost up the economy of
The province is composed of five cities; Cebu City,
Mandaue, Lapu-lapu, Toledo and Danao and there are 48
municipalities. Cebu City, the provincial capital, is
located on the island's east coast.
Cebu is the shipping crossroads and it is a good jumping
off point for island hopping to the tropical islets of
Central Visayas. Cebu is the home of the world-class
beach resorts and beautiful tropical diving sites in the
country. Mactan Island which is adjacent to Cebu has
become the tourist package destination especially for
Japanese, Taiwanese and Koreans.
Cebu is also the home of the Sinulog Festival which is
famous because of its colorful costumes and street
dancing. The Sinulog Festival is held every third Sunday
of January. Various groups in which are called tribes
are wearing beautiful, exotic and colorful costumes to
celebrate the religious festival with the image infant
Jesus. These tribes are singing and dancing in the
streets from morning to evening.
Cebu is also known as the country's oldest Spanish
settlement and colonial City dating from 15th century.
Cebu has several historic landmarks.
There are many colonial houses in the south especially
in Carcar the restored Bahay na Tisa and the
Moorish-style Church of St. Catherine. Many exotic and
beautiful beaches can be found in Argao and Dalaguete.
18th Century church which attracts tourist can also be
found in Argao.
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Located centrally in a group of islands that form the
Visayas, central of the three main Philippine island
groups, the others being Northern Luzon and southernmost
Mindanao, may be one vertigo-inducing central too many.
But puissant fortune has positioned this long and narrow
island in the auspicious site, in the axis of an
archipelago with 7,107 of its fellows.
Its geography is unique, stretching 122 miles, nowhere
exceeding 20 miles across; the island is eight times the
size of Singapore, and five times the size of Hong Kong.
Modern topography maps show the back of a lizard
immersed in teeming waters, a jagged cordillera rising
3,400 feet at the apex as its spine, gradually vanishing
into plains on both its northern and southern ends. Cebu
is long and narrow, allowing easy access to both the
bounty of mountain and ocean: markets abound with both
fresh seafood and produce.
The soil, however, lacks fecundity. Porous and derived
of limestone, less than 30% of the province is suited
for agriculture. Sugar was major export in the 1840's,
where the island became second only to Pampanga and
Bulacan, two Luzon towns north of the Visayas. The
industry soon fizzled, and only traces of its glory can
be found today. Corn replaced rice as a staple because
it needed a lot less water than the latter (Cebu has
among the lowest rainfalls in the country). Even today,
country field meals feature fresh stone-ground boiled
corn. Only mangoes can be considered a terrestrial
agriculture product the province is identified with, he
best ones coming from Guadalupe area. Faced with a
limited choice of marketable raw product, Cebuana
ingenuity has giving birth to countless incarnations of
mango: fresh (both ripe and green), pureed -- as
ready-to-drink juice concentration, dried and sliced
mango pulp, canned, vacuum, packed ... even the rind is
sweetened and dried as a snack food .. the list is
The island's relationship with the ocean, however, is
altogether a different love story. A combination of
legend and archeology pieces together the story of
Indonesian and Malay tribal chiefs who landed on these
coastal shores, settling on virgin territory. As these
people were not a lot bound by communal consciousness,
little documentation of their collective lives are
available. It is, however, gleaned from the records of
the neighboring civilizations that they engaged in trade
with, that the early settlers had a well-developed if
not impressionable culture, and an existing commercial
Turned toward to the sea, pre-colonial Cebu was already
a recognized quay, its main port of Sugbu ("to wade in
water", as most arrivals were wont to be especially at
low tide) figured prominently in a book called "Records
of Various Barbarian Nations" written in 1225 by Chua
Ju-kua, Superintendent of Foreign Trade at the
customhouse in Chua-chou, of the ancient civilization of
China. A full three centuries before the coming of the
Spaniards, who would occupy for 300 years, Cebu was
already a flourishing trading post.
Cebu Tourist Attraction
Minore del Santo Niño: The church is found in the
heart of Cebu City. It enshrines the image of the Christ
Child that Ferdinand Magellan gave to Rajah Humabon.
Magellan's Cross: Is one of the Cebu landmark. It
encase the original cross which was planted by Ferdinand
Magellan on the Philippine shores.
Fort San Pedro is the oldest fort in the
country. It was built in the 16th century. Colon
Street is the oldest street in the country.
Fuente Osmeña is a favorite city promenade, while
the Taoist Temple at Beverly Hills and Tops
Lookout at Busay offers the spectacular views of the
city. Known Museums that include Casa Gorordo,
University of San Carlos and the Jumalon
Butterfly Museum, which features artworks made
entirely from butterfly wings. The booming metropolis is
also home to several modern shopping malls and a
sprawling business park.
Mactan Island is home to the Lapu-Lapu
Monument and the much older Magellan Monument
at Punta Engano, both near the traditional battle site
between the two historical figures. The island's famed
beach resorts are located at the island's eastern coast,
just half an hour away from Mactan International
Carcar has many colonial houses (especially its restored
Bahay na Tisa) and the Moorish-style Church of
St. Catherine. Notable beaches can be found in
Argao and Dalaguete, the former also has a
splendid 18th-century church.
Mantalongon is the Little Baguio of Cebu with its
upland vegetable and flower farms. Boljoon's
well-preserved Church of St. William is now a
national cultural treasure. At the southern tip is
Sumilon Island, site of the country's first marine
reserve with its coral reefs; adjoining Tanon Strait
is a whale and dolphin habitat.
On the west coast is Moalboal, one of the
country's most popular dive sites; its top sites are
Panagsama Beach and Pescador Island.
Badian Island has white sand beaches. In Matutinao
is Kawasan Falls with its natural pools. Samboan
has Escala de Jacob, an impressive hilltop
watchtower. Balamban is the site of a national
The road north leads to Danao, famous for its
paltik or gun industry. Sogod has attractive
beaches and a world-class resort. At the northern tip
islands of Bantayan, with its sandy
Malapascua Island, which has
powder-fine sand. Olango Island across Mactan is
becoming popular as a bird-watching site due to its
status as a sanctuary of migratory birds coming from as
far as China and Siberia.
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Historical Background of Cebu
See also the
Flight Schedules of
Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines
from Cebu to Manila, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro,
Kalibo, General Santos, Puerto Princesa, Zamboanga and
Davao and vice versa.