Located 587 km south of Manila, the oldest city in the country is often known as the “Queen City of the South” and the Seat of Christianity in the Philippines. Since the time of its discovery by the great explorer Ferdinand Magellan, the city has managed to nurture its legacy of culture and historical heritage throughout time and has currently established itself as an ASEAN City of Culture. Balancing out the city’s celebration of the past is its constant growth and progress, which brings Cebu to the highly urbanized metropolis it is today as a center point for growth and development in Southern Philippines. Travelers find it easy to navigate about the city as English is widely spoken and as tourism is a main industry, the locals are always willing to give a friendly hand or word of advice.
Region: Central Visayas (Region VII)
Capital: Cebu City
Area: 4,932.79 km2(1,904.56 sq mi)
Temperature: 26.50 ‘C
Coldest Month – January
Warmest Month – May
Currency: Philippine Peso
Public Mode of Transportation: Taxis, Jeepneys
Congress Attire: Business attire
Cebu has always been a marriage of different elements – a combination of beautiful mountain scenery as well as its famous beaches which have found their way onto the Yahoo! List of the World’s Most Popular Beaches. The bustling metropolitan city has still managed to retain its laid-back charm and old-world flair as it hosts several historical landmarks including Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro and the Shrine of Lapu-Lapu.
The city has always enjoyed a rich history in creating beautiful handicrafts, and has managed to carve a name for itself out on the world-stage. The famous CEBU NEXT Furniture show has continuously showcased Cebuano talent and craftsmanship for furniture and design is now on it’s 23rd year. Cebu also has created a niche in quality jewelry design as well, and has established BIJOUX Cebu, an annual jewelry show which has attracted people from across to globe. Finally, the quintessential Cebuano guitar which reflects Cebu’s intrinsic love of music, has been a standard in export for Cebu since the early years.
Cebu wears many different hats, including “The Festival Island of the Philippines” due to the popularity and number of festivals celebrated through out the province. However the biggest festival of the year is the annual celebration of “Sinulog” which is held on the third Sunday of January commemorating the Cebuano people’s origins and their acceptance of Roman Catholicism. The festival which comes from the word “sulog” which roughly means “like waves upon the shore” is celebrated different contingents who dance throughout the streets of the city in brightly colored costumes to the beat of drums, and the city joining together in one large mardi gras party.