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Cebu City, PhilippinesCebu City, Philippines
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Cebu City 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 CityMagellan's Cross, Cebu City
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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 ParkCebu City Business Park
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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 CebuProvincial Capitol Building of Cebu
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Basilica of Santo Niño, Cebu CityBasilica of Santo Niño, Cebu City
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Cebu City Taoist TempleCebu City Taoist Temple
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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 CitySM City Cebu, the biggest shopping mall in Cebu City
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Places of Interest in Cebu City

  1. Magellan's Cross
    Cebu's most important historical landmark, housed in a shrine commemorating the conversion of the islanders to Christianity.
  2. Santo Niño Basilica
    Basilica built in 1565 and houses the Image of the Holy Infant Jesus, the oldest religious relic in the Philippines.
  3. Fuerza de San Pedro
    Old Spanish fort built in the 17th century, reinforced in 1738, and recently refurbished.
  4. 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.
  5. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
    Ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu.
  6. Cathedral Museum of Cebu
    Museum next to the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral with collections dating to the 19th century.
  7. Colon Street
    The oldest street in the Philippines, and once Cebu's main street.
  8. University of San Carlos
    Site of the oldest university in the Philippines.
  9. 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.
  10. SM City Cebu
    The biggest mall in Cebu City and fourth largest in the Philippines.
  11. Ayala Center
    Second biggest shopping mall in Cebu City, located at the Cebu Business Park.
  12. Gaisano Country Mall
    Shopping mall in Banilad, in Cebu City.
  13. Sian Tian Temple
    Chinese temple near Gaisano Country Mall.
  14. University of Southern Philippines' Rizaliana Museum
    Museum displaying memorabilia of national hero Dr Jose Rizal.
  15. St Theresa's College Folklore Museum
    Museum maintained by the St Theresa's College.
  16. Rizal Memorial Library & Museum
    Libray and museum honoring Jose Rizal housed in a Neo-Classical building along Osmeña Boulevard.
  17. Southwestern University Museum
    Museum displaying the rare collection of Dr Lydia Aznar-Alfonso, comprising iron-age potteries, celadons and porcelains.
  18. Aznar Coliseum
    Sports and concert venue in Cebu City.
  19. Fuente Osmeña
    Roundabout at the very heart of Cebu City.
  20. Provincial Capitol Building
    Majestic building which is the seat of the provincial government of Cebu
  21. Taoist Temple
    A major Taoist temple in the posh residential enclave of Beverly Hills in Cebu City.
  22. Mandaue City
    Mandaue City
    Industrial city within Metro Cebu.
  23. St Joseph Church
    Beautiful centuries-old church in Mandaue City.
  24. Mandaue Watchtower
    Watchtower built in the 19th century to guard the city against pirates.
  25. Mactan Island
    Island which traditionally was the place where guitars and ukuleles were hand made.
  26. Magellan's Marker
    Monument marking the spot where Ferdinand Magellan was slained.
  27. Lapu Lapu Monument
    Monument to the local warrior said to have slained Magellan.
  28. Danao City
    City located 33 km (20 miles) to the north of Cebu City, popular for its native cheese and snakeskin bags and shoes.
  29. Gato Island
    Island to the northeast of Danao City with an industry in farming sea snakes.
  30. Bantayan Island
    Osland on the northwestern tip of Cebu that is becoming a popular beach destination famous for its seafood.
  31. Malapascua
    Tiny island on the northern tip of Cebu, fast becoming a famous dive site.
  32. Carcar
    An orchard town to the south of Cebu City with well-preserved Antillan houses.
  33. Santander
    Southernmost town on Cebu Island, with old flame trees lining its coastal road.
  34. Barili Hot Springs
    Hot springs located to the south of Cebu City.
  35. Moalboal
    Popular dive spot located 3 hours south of Cebu City.
  36. Panagsama Beach
    Tourist belt on Moalboal, with restaurants and dive shops.
  37. 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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