Trips and Itineraries for Cebu City
Top Places To Visit in Cebu City
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Weekend Getaways from Cebu City
About Cebu City
Cebu is the most happening city of the Visayas in Philippines, and is also economically and politically the second-most important city here. The tourism here is on a boom as well! Over two million tourists vacation in Cebu every year. Pristine beaches, spectacular diving sites, and amazing seafood makes this island city one of the prime holiday spots in southeast Asia. Also called the Queen City of the south, Cebu is a place where high-rise buildings and sprawling beaches exist together like a happily married couple.
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We flew to Cebu, using the ticket we purchased a couple of weeks prior to the start of this trip (Php 1,571.36). In Cebu, my buddy, Therese, picked us up from the airport and treated us to lunch at their restaurant, Casa Verde, in IT Park. She also treated us to merienda at Casa Verde main. Both meals were delicious!
Santo Tomas de Villanueva Parish (Cebu Archdiocese)
The underdog of this list is an imposing fortress-looking church located in Pardo. A Spanish engineer-architect, Domingo de Escondrillas, is resposible for its Latin-Byzantine Order of design. The white coral stone walls are at least a century old. The heavy looking facade with its rounded corner posts (pardon my lack of architecture lingo), also the lack of images of angels, cherubs or saints make it look like a fortess.
A must-see in Cebu is the Magellan’s Cross, the one erected by the Spaniards during their arrival. Magellan’s Cross is called as such because it is the original wooden cross that Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan planted when he arrived in Cebu. Because of the effects of time, weather and other external factors, it could not be avoided that the wooden cross would be subject to wear and tear. To preserve this historic landmark, the original cross was cast with wooden planks.This landmark is relevant to the Filipinos because it signified the locals’ conversion to Christianity. Because of the arrival of the Spaniards, the Philippines has become a significant mover in the Christian faith. In fact, the country remains to be the only Catholic nation in Asia.
The old Sto. Nino cathedral, which houses the old relic of Santo Nino, said to be the original statue given by the Spaniards to the Cebuana queen. Locals and believers from other towns, islands and countries flock to the Cathedral to visit the Sto, Niño which is also a miraculous one. During its feast day, usually celebrated with a Sinulog Festival every first month of the year, people would paint themselves black to symbolize the early Filipino aborigines, known as Negritos or Aetas. A figure of the child Jesus is paraded in the main streets of Cebu hyped with some street dancing.
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Just a few steps away from the decorated Sto. Nino church is where the Province's Archdiocese is seated. Locally referred to as simply the Cathedral, this grand church is witness to many a secular and political movements. The cathedral was recently renovated in time for its 75th year celebration (again, one of the oldest). The baroque exterior is maintained, but the interior is now laden with grandoise. I think it has also been airconditioned, which makes it ideal for big wedding ceremonies.
Kontiki Divers Scuba Adventures
Great diving equipment and good instructors Great sites at mactan - wall dives are breath taking! Kontiki Divers Scuba Adventures PADI 5 Star Dive Resort - 22035 7 Seas Aquanauts, Phils., Corp. Maribago Beach, Mactan Island Lapu-Lapu, Cebu 6015, Philippines Phone:(032) 495 2471 5 boat dives Kontiki House Reef, Marine Station, Tambuli Plane Wreck, Shangri-la Sanctuary (additional PHP300 sanctuary fee), Ludo, Plantation Reef Sanctuary
Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu Pilgrim Center
Possibly the most-visited church in Cebu; tourists arrive to the Basilica in busloads, also hitting the Magellan's Cross monument and City Hall in just one stop. Being one of the oldest, this 16th century church is admirable both for its resilience and its connection to the people.