Where is Cebu City? And why Cebu City is one of the hottest places to be right now!
Cebu City, officially the City of Cebu (Cebuano: Dakbayan a Sugbo; Filipino: Lungsod ng Cebu), is the capital city of the province of Cebu, in Central Visayas and is the “second city” of the Philippines after Manila. Cebu City is a 1st city income class highly urbanized city where political governance is independent and separate from the province of Cebu, and according to the 2015 census, it has a population of 922,611, making it the fifth most populated city in the nation.In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 630,003 registered voters. Cebu City is a significant center of commerce, trade, and education in the Visayas.
The city is located on the mid-eastern side of Cebu Island. It is the first Spanish settlement, the country’s oldest city, and the first capital of the Philippines. It is considered as the Fount of Christianity in the Far East.
Cebu is the Philippines’ main domestic shipping port and is home to about 80% of the country’s domestic shipping companies. Cebu City is bordered to the northeast by Mandaue and the town of Consolacion, to the west are Toledo City, and the towns of Balamban and Asturias, to the south, are Talisay City and the town of Minglanilla. Across Mactan Strait to the east is Mactan Island.
It is the center of a metropolitan area called Metro Cebu, which includes the cities of Carcar, Danao, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Naga, and Talisay; and the municipalities (towns) of Compostela, Consolacion, Cordova, Liloan, Minglanilla and San Fernando. Metro Cebu has a total population of 2,849,213 as of 2015, making it the second most-populous metropolitan area of the nation after Metro Manila in Luzon.
Is Cebu City famous this day enough to change the moods of all travelers?
According to Beyondcebu
Cebu is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Philippines. Rich in history, fantastic beaches, luxury resorts, terrific diving and not forgetting the friendly Cebuano people. Tourism in Cebu has been outpacing the rest of Asia as more and more people are discovering the amazing attractions Cebu has to offer.
If you have never been to Cebu before, please check out my blog on the first time to Cebu for travelers or visit the main page of BeyondCebu which you can view in more details on all these wonderful places and things to do in Cebu.
1. Bantayan Island
Cebu is famous for its beaches, and nothing beats the gorgeous beaches in Bantayan Island. With names like Sugar Beach and Paradise Beach you know it’s something special. Bantayan has some of the best beaches in the Philippines. Except for Holy week when the island transforms into a crowded tent city, Bantayan is an idyllic tropical island that you expect to find on postcards. There are plenty of low-key resorts in Bantayan to relax and enjoy paradise.
2. Malapascua Island
Great beaches, superb diving and in fact one of the few places to get the chance to see thresher shark. With a fantastic choice of beach resorts, it’s no wonder Malapascua is one of Cebu’s most popular tourist spots. It’s amazing such a small island has so much to offer for the tourist, so much so, even if you’re not a diver, you still will love the place!
3. Cebu Sinulog Festival
It’s the biggest festival in Cebu, full of color, celebration, and nonstop fun! Tourists flock from all over the Philippines as well as from overseas to experience Cebu’s culture at its best. The Filipino’s love their festivals and this no exception – one is not to be missed when in Cebu! Sinulog is held annually on the 3rd Sunday of January. Make sure to book your hotel early!
4. Magellan’s Cross
Nothing defines Cebu’s history, or in fact, the Philippines is the arrival of the Spanish in 1521 with the religion of Christianity. The first Catholic Mass was held in Cebu and was marked by a wooden cross Magellan brought with him. Thousands of tourists come to Cebu to see Magellan’s Cross in downtown Cebu. Bring your wide lens camera!
5. Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
Houses the most sacred Christian relics in the Philippines; Sto.Niño de Cebu (the infant Jesus). Small statues of Sto Niño can be found all over Cebu, in taxi dashboards, in people’s homes, hotels, establishments and Cebu’s biggest festival – Sinulog. It actually shows how much Sto Niño is embedded into Cebuano culture.
6. Osmeña Peak
If you thought Top’s Lookout in Cebu City had some great views, then Osmeña Peak will blow your mind! It forms part of the Mantalungon Mountain Range and is the tallest peak in Cebu. From here you get this incredible panoramic view around Cebu. One side you can see Bohol, the other you look over Badian Island towards Negros. Getting there you can do it the easy way by riding a motorbike and then hiking for around 20 minutes to the summit. Or for the more adventurous, you can hike back down to Kawasan Falls, which conveniently falls into the number 7 spot in the top 10 tourist attractions in Cebu!
7. Kawasan Waterfalls
Cebu has some waterfalls dotted around the island, none so more spectacular and as large as Kawasan Falls. It’s a 20-minute walk to the 1st falls (there are 3 in total), and many tourists don’t go further than the first falls. The natural pools under the falls make a perfect place for a refreshing swim to escape the tropical heat of Cebu.
8. Olango Wildlife Sanctuary
If you’re a bird lover (the feathered kind), then the Wildlife Sanctuary on Olango Island is a must. The birds use the sanctuary as a stopover point when they migrate from and to northern Asia from Australia. There are not many places for bird watching (and not the ones in the bikini bars) in Cebu, so it’s a treat to see the birds in their natural habitat. Olango Island is a short boat ride from Mactan Island; there is a regular service every 30 minutes or so and around 15 P. A lot of the resorts in Mactan, or some of the tours can offer special trips to see the birds as well. Make sure to bring a camera with a big zoom!
9. Oslob – Whale watching.
One of the most controversial attractions in Cebu in recent times has to be the swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob (in the south of Cebu). The sharks naturally swim past Oslob on their migrating route, but some of the entrepreneurial fisherman starting feeding them, in the hope they would stay, and they did! It all became a huge tourist attraction overnight. The fishermen take you out in boats, and while they feed them, you can swim with the whale sharks. The problem was that it all became a money making racket, and greed became more important than the welfare of the sharks. Fishers in the area were making more money than fishing! Manila ordered the immediate stop to feed the whale sharks, but the Governor of Cebu ordered more “studies” and delayed the order until this study was completed. It leads to some people detecting the feeding of the sharks, but with all the politics aside, it has to be said swimming with these whale sharks is an amazing experience. Whether the chance to swim with the sharks will be available much longer is anyone’s guess, but if you can it’s well worth the experience!
One of Cebu’s most popular dive spots has to be at Moalboal located around 90 km south of Cebu City. Most action in Moalboal is located at Panagsama Beach (though not much of a beach!), this is where the resorts, dive shops, and restaurants are located. Dive around Pescador Island for schools of sardines and tuna as well shallow reefs and caverns to be discovered. Moalboal offers some great snorkeling as well just offshore from Panagsama Beach. For those looking for a white sand beach, just head a few km north of Panagsama to the surprising named area of White Beach!
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11. Fort San Pedro
If you are looking to learn the rich and great history of Cebu, then you should probably go to Fort San Pedro. This establishment was started on the 8th of May, 1565 by local men and Spaniards and was ordered by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi. Although it has an entrance fee of Php30.00, I am extremely sure that you won’t regret touring inside the fort because it will take you centuries back and genuinely know how the native Cebuanos and Spanish people were.
12. Mactan Shrine
The shrine was established to honor Rajah Lapu-Lapu for defeating the Spaniards and for conquering their land back from them. It is a life-sized statue with a painting that depicts the war of the Cebuanos against the Spaniards. Mactan Shrine is located in Punta Engano of Lapu-Lapu City in Mactan Island.
13. Colon Street
The street was named after Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus) and the Colon Street is the oldest street in Philippine history. The construction of the early stages of the road was done in the year 1565 under the command of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi. If you want to “go back in time,” this is where you should go since it is the first ever street recorded in the Philippine history. You will see a lot of modernism now, and you wouldn’t think that this street is history.
14. Mango Square
Are you looking to experience a taste of Modernized-province nightlife? Cebu offers a ton of places to go for you to enjoy your night and one of the most famous and the best places is the Mango Square. It is located somewhere near Fuente Circle. Indulge yourself in good music, fun and lively atmosphere, and an excellent time in Mango Square. It is a lot like Tomas Morato here in the Metro.
Cebu is home to the most beautiful and the most astounding places here in our country and this list; we only discussed six (6) of the best things you can do. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and plan a trip to Cebu with your friends and family.