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Reasons for Visiting CEBU in the Philippines

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Cebu City is considered to be the oldest city in the Philippines. It’s also known as the earliest settlement established by the Spaniards in the country. Today, when one speaks of Cebu, it means relaxation, luxury, pleasure, and fun, all in one island. It has become such a developed cosmopolitan city over the years.

Attractive resorts, luxury and budget hotels, breathtaking

 

mountains, fun activities, outdoor adventures and wonderful restaurants are just some of the things you can experience in this beautiful island.

 

HISTORY

Found in the island are rich traces of history left mostly by the Spaniards. A historical site such as the Magellan’s Cross can be found in downtown Cebu. It is a Christian cross planted by the Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu on April 1521. The superstitious believe that this cross is growing.

The Lapu-Lapu Shrine is a 20-meter statue found in Mactan erected in honor of Lapu-Lapu, a native leader who fought Magellan and won the battle. Colon Street is the oldest and the shortest national road in the Philippines.

It is now lined with old buildings and new ones and is one of the busiest streets in the downtown area. Fort San Pedro is the oldest military defense structure built by the Spanish and indigenous Cebuano laborers.

Built from limestones in 1738, this fort was used to drive away Muslim raiders. Historical old churches with grandiose architecture can be found from towns in the north all the way to the south.

Some of the famous ones are Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino in downtown Cebu CitySt. Catherine of Alexandria Church in CarcarPatrocinio de Maria Church in the charming town of BoljoonSanto Tomas de Villanueva Church in Danao and St. Michael the Archangel Church in Argao

BEACHES & RESORTS

The island is known for its white sand beaches and world-class resorts. From the northern part and all the way to the south, there are all kinds of beach resorts to choose from. These tropical vacation spots can range from the very basic & native to the most luxurious. The farthest resorts would be around a three-hour drive. Some of the well-known ones are located in Mactan island which is about 13 kilometers away from the heart of the city.

You can get to them in 45 minutes or more depending on traffic. Relax & de-stress all you want with massages by the beach or in spas everywhere. Water sports & activities are also being offered such as parasailing, jet skiing, fly boarding, banana boat riding, scuba diving, snorkeling & wake boarding.

 

MOUNTAINS

Cebu’s amazing peaks are just an hour or two away. As you drive along the long winding roads up to the mountains, you feel the cool breeze & fresh mountain air. The beautiful scenic drive gives you the impression of a quiet rural setting with lots of greens.

Some of the activities being offered in the mountain areas are zip lining, trekking, horseback riding, caving, canyoneering, atv/ quading and mountain climbing. Outdoor lovers and adventure seekers have a choice of some awesome peaks to conquer. 

Osmena Peak stands 1,013 meters above sea level & is considered the easiest peak to climb. Mt. Manunggal in Balamban is a cool, scenic mountain filled with evergreen trees. Mt. Kan-Irag aka Sirao Peak involves passing through a river and falls.

The 752-meter Mt. Babag in Guadalupe is a pretty good challenge. Climbing Mt. Kapayas in Catmon includes a two-hour bone-breaking bicycle ride on a barely passable rocky dirt road. The climb to Mt. Hambubuyog in Ginatilan starts with a visit to Inambakan Falls, one of Cebu’s most gorgeous waterfalls. 

 

FOOD

There are a lot of tasty delicacies in this island. Cebu is famous for it’s lechon, a delectable, roasted suckling pig dish. The people have developed different styles of preparing it over the years but they are all very good. The mangoes in Cebu are famous because they are incredibly sweet and juicy. Chicharon is a deep fried pork’s back fat or pork rind and it is best dipped in spiced vinegar.

One of the trademarks of Cebu, the otap, is a crispy baked biscuit that is made up of flour, eggs, shortening, sugar and margarine. It has a unique flaxy texture and the taste is a mix of sweetness and burnt flavor. The Filipino restaurants in the city serve the best native dishes such as lechon kawali, chrispy pata, chicharon bulaklak & pork or chicken barbeque.

All kinds of restaurants like Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, French, American, Mexican, Swiss, German, etc. can be found in the city. If a visitor is ever feeling homesick, hopefully they can get their fix from these restos.

 

PEOPLE

Cebuanos are relaxed, cool & down-to-earth people. They’re accommodating, kind and very easy to deal with. Almost everyone speaks English. Cebuanos are very talented as well and a lot of artists, musicians, entertainers, designers, culinary geniuses & architects come from this island.

Aside from the attractive scenery and great adventure you’ll experience during your visit, the most valuable will be the awesome Cebuano friends you made.

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