Cebu City, Philippineshttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cebu_City.jpg
is the second biggest city in the Philippines outside Metro Manila
. Located on the island also called Cebu, Cebu City is the oldest city in the country, having been founded by the Spanish as early as 1571.
Magellan's Cross, Cebu Cityhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Magellans_Cross_Inside.jpg
Cebu City is within Metro Cebu, the second most important metropolitan area in the Philippines, and includes neighboring cities of Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and Talisay. Cebu City has a population of close to 800,000 people, while the metropolitan area contains some 2.3 million inhabitant. It is the commercial hub of the Visayas islands.
Cebu City is one of the major tourist destinations in the Philippines. It is popular for its many beautiful beaches, and is also regarded as a cultural centre of the Philippines. One of the most important relics in the city is Magellan's Cross, said to have been planted by Ferdinand Magellan himself when he arrived in the Philippines in 1521.
Cebu City Business Parkhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cebu-Business-Park-Marriott-2.jpg
Among the many cultural festivals that take place in Cebu City is the Sinulog Festival, held on the third Sunday of January to celebrate the Santo Niño. Sinulog itself has its origin in pre-Hispanic times, and has been readapted to be part of a religious festival.
Provincial Capitol Building of Cebuhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cebu_capitol.jpg
Basilica of Santo Niño, Cebu Cityhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Basilica_del_Santo_Nino.jpg
Cebu City Taoist Templehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cebu_Taoist_Temple.jpg
Travel to Cebu City
The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) is the international gateway to Cebu. It receives numerous daily flights from neighbouring countries. Budget carrier AirAsia flies there from Kuala Lumpur. The airport, located in Lapu-Lapu, is about half an hour from downtown Cebu. At the moment, unless you have arranged with your hotel to send a transport to fetch you, the only practical way to leave the airport is by taxi.
Travel within Cebu City
The main form of public transport in Cebu City is the jeepney. A ride costs around ₱7 to ₱20. If you prefer to take a taxi, always use one with meter. The trip will cost you much more, between ₱50 and ₱100. When riding any form of transport, make ready lose change, as the drivers may say they do not have any change for your bills.
SM City Cebu, the biggest shopping mall in Cebu Cityhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SM_City_Cebu_Southwing.jpg
Sinulog Festival, Cebu Cityhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sinulog_Festival_-_Procession_%283299334480%29.jpg
Marcelino Rapayla Jr
Places of Interest in Cebu City
- Magellan's Cross
Cebu's most important historical landmark, housed in a shrine commemorating the conversion of the islanders to Christianity.
- Santo Niño Basilica
Basilica built in 1565 and houses the Image of the Holy Infant Jesus, the oldest religious relic in the Philippines.
- Fuerza de San Pedro
Old Spanish fort built in the 17th century, reinforced in 1738, and recently refurbished.
- Plaza Independencia
Public square with obelisk honoring Miguel López de Legazpi, the Spanish conquistador who made the Philippines the capital of the Spanish East Indies.
- Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu.
- Cathedral Museum of Cebu
Museum next to the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral with collections dating to the 19th century.
- Colon Street
The oldest street in the Philippines, and once Cebu's main street.
- University of San Carlos
Site of the oldest university in the Philippines.
- Casa Gorordo Museum
Museum, housed in the former residence of the first Filipino bishop of Cebu, showcasing items related to the traditional lifestyle in Cebu.
- SM City Cebu
The biggest mall in Cebu City and fourth largest in the Philippines.
- Ayala Center
Second biggest shopping mall in Cebu City, located at the Cebu Business Park.
- Gaisano Country Mall
Shopping mall in Banilad, in Cebu City.
- Sian Tian Temple
Chinese temple near Gaisano Country Mall.
- University of Southern Philippines' Rizaliana Museum
Museum displaying memorabilia of national hero Dr Jose Rizal.
- St Theresa's College Folklore Museum
Museum maintained by the St Theresa's College.
- Rizal Memorial Library & Museum
Libray and museum honoring Jose Rizal housed in a Neo-Classical building along Osmeña Boulevard.
- Southwestern University Museum
Museum displaying the rare collection of Dr Lydia Aznar-Alfonso, comprising iron-age potteries, celadons and porcelains.
- Aznar Coliseum
Sports and concert venue in Cebu City.
- Fuente Osmeña
Roundabout at the very heart of Cebu City.
- Provincial Capitol Building
Majestic building which is the seat of the provincial government of Cebu
- Taoist Temple
A major Taoist temple in the posh residential enclave of Beverly Hills in Cebu City.
- Mandaue City
Industrial city within Metro Cebu.
- St Joseph Church
Beautiful centuries-old church in Mandaue City.
- Mandaue Watchtower
Watchtower built in the 19th century to guard the city against pirates.
- Mactan Island
Island which traditionally was the place where guitars and ukuleles were hand made.
- Magellan's Marker
Monument marking the spot where Ferdinand Magellan was slained.
- Lapu Lapu Monument
Monument to the local warrior said to have slained Magellan.
- Danao City
City located 33 km (20 miles) to the north of Cebu City, popular for its native cheese and snakeskin bags and shoes.
- Gato Island
Island to the northeast of Danao City with an industry in farming sea snakes.
- Bantayan Island
Osland on the northwestern tip of Cebu that is becoming a popular beach destination famous for its seafood.
Tiny island on the northern tip of Cebu, fast becoming a famous dive site.
An orchard town to the south of Cebu City with well-preserved Antillan houses.
Southernmost town on Cebu Island, with old flame trees lining its coastal road.
- Barili Hot Springs
Hot springs located to the south of Cebu City.
Popular dive spot located 3 hours south of Cebu City.
- Panagsama Beach
Tourist belt on Moalboal, with restaurants and dive shops.
- Kawasan Falls
Reputably the best waterfall on Cebu Island, located in the village of Badian, half an hour south of Moalboal.
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