We Cebuanos are indeed so lucky because we have an island that is complete with several features and amenities that make it a world-class province. And one of the top reasons for this is its tourism wealth.
On a daily basis, domestic and foreign visitors or guests visit and see Cebu's tourist destinations. In fact, the province's tourism industry is very vibrant simply because of the different attractions and sights that delight the visiting guests.
To mention all the attractions that Cebu offers takes a lot of one's precious time so let this article name just a few of these sights. For instance, the world-class beach resorts and towering hotels that continue to mesmerize the eyes. Go to Maribago, part of Lapulapu island, and wonder at the beauty of its resorts.
Or proceed to Malapascua island which is under the territorial jurisdiction and control of the Daanbantayan municipal government. The place is so lovely that it has even earned the tag The Boracay of Cebu.
And if you go to the southern part of Cebu, the friendly whale sharks locally known as tukior butanding that abound in the seas off Oslob offer a unique and thrilling experience. The rest of the towns near and beyond Oslob also offer other types of tourist attractions.
Before, the Camotes group of islands had never been a "tourist magnet" because there was not enough money to develop their tourism potential. Eventually, however, due to the innovative ways of several tourism stakeholders and players, more than enough financial assistance have been poured into the island, thus, its four towns started to develop their tourist destinations.
Now, Poro, Tudela, San Francisco and Pilar continue to attract local and foreign tourists - on a regular basis - making them favorite tour sights. This is not to mention the promotion of the island's heritage assets like old churches, houses and historical markers.
Of course, the towns and cities all over Cebu have their own local festivals that are shown every fiesta. These places have been able to come up with their local festivals where some of them get invited to join the yearly Sinulog grand parade, considered the "mother of all festivals" in this part of the globe. Sinulog is held every third Sunday of January.
Truly, tourism in Cebu continues to be a booming industry. Be thrilled here. It's the place to be!
How to Get There
There are daily flights to Cebu via the Mactan-Cebu International Airport from key cities in the country, as well as scheduled flights from Hongkong, Singapore, Narita in Japan and Incheon, South Korea.
Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines are the two largest carriers with regular and daily scheduled flights to Cebu direct.
Marco Polo Plaza Hotel Cebu
Phone: +63 (32) 253 1111
Cebu Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills, Apas
Cebu City, 6000, Philippines
As the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines, it has some of the country’s most iconic heritage spots. As a major trading port and site for some of the nation’s fastest-growing industries, it reinforces its multiculturalism with progression. This heady mix of urban vibes and casual provincial airs makes it a favorite destination of those seeking a showcase of the harmonious co-existence of history, culture and modernity.
Explore the city’s rich past with a visit to its historical landmarks.
Magellan’s Cross commemorates the moment Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan planted a wooden cross on Cebu’s soil to mark converting its locals to Christianity.
The Basilica del Santo Niño houses one of the country’s oldest religious relics: a statue of the Child Jesus that dates back to 1521.
Fort San Pedro is the smallest Spanish outpost in the Philippines, while the Casa Gorordo and Yap-San Diego Ancestral House give a glimpse into residential life in Cebu during the Spanish era.
The Museo Sugbo showcases the province’s history. And if you can brave the cacophony, walk down Colon Street, the oldest street in the Philippines.
Sophisticated palates will enjoy the international buffet and vegetarian menu at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Cafe Marco.
The famous Sinulog Festival, which celebrates the child Jesus, happens every third Sunday of January. The city hosts a wild, colorful street party attracting revellers from around the Philippines and the world.
Cebu is the traveller's dream of a tropical island come true: balmy weather, pristine beaches, and luxurious resorts with all the frills of modern living. The island-province of Cebu is where the sweetest mangoes can be found and where Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan planted the Cross of Christianity in the name of Spain in 1521.
Cebu City is the capital of the Province, and the oldest city in the Philippines, founded in 1565 by Spaniard Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The city, together with the 6 neighboring cities of – Carcar, Danao, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Naga and Talisay and 6 other municipalities forms the Cebu Metropolitan Area.
Cebu is a long narrow island stretching 225 km (140 mi) from north to south, surrounded by 167 neighboring smaller islands, that includes Mactan Island, Bantayan, Daanbantayan, Malapascua, Olango and the Camotes Islands. Cebu lies to the east of Negros Island; to the east is Leyte and to the southeast is Bohol province. It is flanked on both sides by the straits of Cebu (between Cebu and Bohol) and Tañon (between Cebu and Negros). Cebu is located between 9°25'N and 11°15'N latitude and between 123°13'E and 124°5'E longitude in the centre of the archipelago. Cebu is 365 miles south of Manila and can be reached in an hour through air travel.
Cebu's weather is relatively moderate, having no distinct wet and dry season, the perfect vacation spot for all seasons. One can bask under the sunshine the whole year through since Cebu is blessed with a tropical climate with a generally fair temperature range of between 23 – 33ºC (73 – 91ºF). Coolest temperature can be felt in January and warmest in May.
PEOPLE AND CULTURE
The people of Cebu are called Cebuanos and are of Malay, Chinese, and Spanish ancestries. Cebuano culture is laid back and easy going. As an American former colony, strong American influence is dominant in music, movies and literature. Foreign ethnic groups include Germans, Japanese, Koreans, Indians and Australians.
LANGUAGE & DIALECT
Cebuano is the native tongue of Cebu as well as the spoken language of a large part of the Visayas (Central) and Mindanao (Southern) Philippine Islands. The people of Cebu are conversant in English and Filipino (national language), as well as other Visayan languages – Ilonggo and Waray. Chinese (Fookien) are spoken by the ethnic Chinese Cebuanos. English is widely used in education, media and commerce.