Affectionately known as the Queen City of the South, Cebu is a destination that many would say truly embodies the heart of the Philippine Islands. Home to the most charismatic Filipinos and some of the most pristine waters, Cebu’s attractions, coupled with the warmth and hospitality of its people, will leave you breathless.
In Cebu, things to do range from the familiar historical tour to adrenaline-charged encounters with whale sharks and other eco-adventures. It is a city with so much promise, just waiting to be explored.
The Second City is Actually the First
Many regard Cebu as the second city of the Philippines, often ignoring the fact that it was actually the site of Magellan’s landing—the event that sparked Spanish colonization of the Philippines. Rediscover how this historic story unfolded with a visit to Magellan’s Cross. Housed in a minor chapel, the cross planted here served two purposes: one, it officially introduced Christianity, and two, it formally symbolized the start of Spanish colonization.
Another essential stop of your tour in Cebu is the Basilica del Santo Niño, conveniently located just a stone’s throw away from the Magellan’s Cross. Built in the 16th century, the Vatican refers to the basilica as the “Mother and Head of all Churches in the Philippines” considering how it is the oldest in all of the 7,107 islands of the archipelago. Light a candle and experience the solemnity as you say a quick prayer for your personal intentions.
More than just a thriving heritage, Cebu is also a destination known for its natural wonders. From virgin beaches to unspoiled waterfalls to secluded getaways, the island has it all. Adventures of all sorts make up some of the top Cebu attractions.
Oslob is a destination a couple of hours south of the main city with some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. You might be wondering, though, why go to Oslob when Mactan and a couple of other beaches are closer? The answer is because no other beaches in Cebu are frequented by mighty whale sharks, animals known around these parts as the butanding. Whether you choose to view them from aboard the boat or swim right beside them, one thing is for sure: seeing one up close is truly a magical experience you will remember for life.
For those who are not too comfortable with the idea of swimming with whale sharks but want to experience an adrenaline rush, then your tour in Cebu should include a visit to the top of the Crown Regency Cebu, where you can try the Skywalk Extreme or experience the terror of looking down 38 floors from an inclined angle aboard the Edge Coaster.
Fiesta Like No Other
Of course, you cannot talk about the things to do in Cebu without mentioning the grand Sinulog Festival. Plan your trip on the third Sunday of January to experience what is perhaps the country’s, if not the region’s grandest religious festival, the Feast of the Santo Niño. During the Sinulog, the day is spent lined up along the parade and procession route watching the most colorful floats and dancers give it their all, and then celebrating the fiesta with heaps of the most delicious Cebu lechon and San Miguel beer as the sun sets and the evening settles in.
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