Queen City of the South
Cebu City is a significant cultural centre in the Philippines. The city’s most famous landmark is Magellan’s Cross. This cross, now housed in a chapel, is reputed to have been planted by Ferdinand Magellan (Fernão Magalhães) when he arrived in the Philippines in 1521.
All cities and municipalities in the province have their own different respective cultural festivals. Only the municipalities of Asturias, Compostela, Pilar and Tabogon have no designated annual celebrations.
Details from Wikipedia.
How to get there?
The fastest way to reach Cebu is by plane. Cebu is an international destination with flights from Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. Arrival is at at the Mactan International Airport almost daily. From Manila, Cebu is just an hour away by plane. It is an ideal jump-off point for other tourist attractions in Visayas and Mindanao.
Mactan-Cebu International Airport is serviced by the Cathay Pacific, Silk Air, Korean Air , Asiana Airlines and Qatar Airways.
Cebu City’s vast, multi-piered port throngs harbor boats travelling around the Philippines. There are daily ferries to and from Cebu, Manila, Bohol, Negros, Leyte, Butuan, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Ozamis and Iligan among others. Ferry schedules change often so reconfirm departure times you get from guidebooks. There are ferries from other places as well, check locally for details.
The sea route is serviced by WG&A Superferry, Negros Navigation and Sulpicio Lines
Details from My Cebu Guide.
Where to stay?
Cebu City is one of the Philippines’ major tourist destinations, whether for leisure, recreation or business. Its booming economy as well as its word class tourist spots has certainly attracted visitors from other parts of the country and abroad. If you are looking for a place to stay in Cebu, here’s a list of hotels, inns, pension houses and other types of accommodation that will surely provide you and you friends or family with great value for money.
Sugbutel Family Hotel
Address/Location: Don Alfredo D. Gothong Centre, S. Osmena Blvd. cor. Road East North Reclamation Area Cebu City Rate starts at Php250 per pax per night: (Note: Rates may change without prior notice. Please contact them to find out the latest rate) Contact Number(s): +63322328888 | +639176299961 | +639177251449 Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tr3ats Guest House
Address/Location: 785 V. Rama Avenue, Cebu City Rate starts at Php300 per night: (Note: Rates may change without prior notice. Please contact them to find out the latest rate) Contact Number(s): +63324228881 | +639178882055 Email Address: email@example.com
Address/Location: 84, Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City Rate starts at Php500 per night: (Note: Rates may change without prior notice. Please contact them to find out the latest rate) Contact Number(s): +639188888286 | +639291253745 | +639279088286 Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pacific Tourist Inn
Address/Location: V. Gullas cor. Balintawak Sts, Cebu City Rate starts at Php535 per night: (Note: Rates may change without prior notice. Please contact them to find out the latest rate) Contact Number(s): +63322562796 | +63322532151 to 57 Email Address: N/A
Travelbee Capitol Inn
Address/Location: 294 Don Gil Garcia St., Capitol Site, Cebu City Rate starts at Php600 per night: (Note: Rates may change without prior notice. Please contact them to find out the latest rate) Contact Number(s): +63322531005 | +639228001802 |+63322531556 Email Address: email@example.com
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Where to go?
Basilica del Sto. Niño
Located along Osmeña Boulevard, it is one of the most famous landmarks in Cebu. It was founded in the 16th century and it is considered as the oldest Roman Catholic Church established in the country.
The present church was completed between 1739-1740 and has been the home of the Sto. Niño, the oldest religious image in the country. Outside the church you can buy candles from the candle vendors and they will ask for your family name, then dance to the high heavens while praying for your family.
Just a few steps away from Sto. Niño Church is the Magellan’s Cross, a symbol of Roman Catholicism in the Philippines.
Housed in a chapel, the cross is said to have been planted through the order of Ferdinand Magellan to signify one important event – the propagation of the Roman Catholic faith in the islands. It also symbolizes the colonization of the Philippines on behalf of King Philip II of Spain.
Located in Lapu-lapu City, it is a site dedicated in honor of Lapu-Lapu, Ferdinand Magellan, and the Battle of Mactan.
A life-sized statue of Lapu Lapu and a painting that depicts the war of Lapu-Lapu against Ferdinand Magellan can be seen here. It is also the site of Kadaugan sa Mactan festival where a re-enactment of the battle is held every 27th of April every year.
Located in the northernmost part of Cebu, Bantayan Island is approximately 140 kilometers away from the Cebu City proper.
Travel time from the capitol would be about 3 to 4 hours, which includes land transport going to Hagnaya Port in the town of San Remigio, a ferry ride to the Sta. Fe Wharf and a tricycle ride to the resort of your choice within Bantayan Island.
Another great spot to visit in the northernmost part of Cebu is the island of Malapascua. It also boasts of white sand beaches, crystal-clear water and is best known for a diving destination.
An exciting adventure awaits you in Gato Island and deep into the Kemod and Gonad Shoals where you will be able to see Malapascua’s vibrant marine life and beautiful corals. You might even see some thresher sharks and manta rays swimming about, so make sure you are properly equipped and accompanied by professional divers and guides.