Cebu

Cebu, the oldest city in the Philippines, has an endless vitality fueled by centuries of history. Every turn reveals something intriguing, and there is always more to discover. Check out Cebu’s narrow coastlines, limestone plateaus, and coastal plains. It also has rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges in and around the northern and southern parts of the island.

HOW TO GET THERE

Connected to many domestic and international destinations, one may conveniently travel to Cebu by air to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. You may also travel by sea as Cebu has a bustling port complex that accommodates fast crafts and ferries from Manila and other local destinations.

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MUST VISIT

Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu

Declared a National Cultural Treasure, Basilica Minore del Santo Nino houses the image of the Holy Child Jesus of Cebu (Señor Santo Niño de Cebu), the oldest catholic religious relic in the Philippines.

Lapu-Lapu Monument & Mactan Shrine

Mactan Shrine is a popular heritage site in Lapu-Lapu City with a rich history that is well-known both in the Philippines and the world.  It holds the story of the famous expedition led by Ferdinand Magellan, the first to circumnavigate the world.  At the shrine is a majestic 20-meter (66ft) bronze statue depicting the warrior Lapu-Lapu, the ruler of Mactan Island who stood up against the Spanish colonizers.

MUST DO

Diving/Snorkeling

The island province of Cebu offers two unique underwater encounters: thresher shark sightings in Malapascua island’s Monad Shoal and swimming along a massive school of sardines in Moalboal.


The pristine waters of this tropical island paradise offer an unforgettable adventure for scuba divers, snorkelers, and other water sports enthusiasts.

Badian Canyoneering

Badian is known for its canyoneering or canyoning, which is flocked to by thrill-seekers from all over the world. If you are looking for more adventure, join a canyoneering tour and visit the famous Kawasan Falls. Maybe even put your courage to the test as the jungle trail in Badian includes jumping, rappelling, and swimming through the cliffs, leaping off 30-foot high cliffs and into crystal-clear waters

MUST TRY

Cebu Lechon

Cebu’s lechon is the country’s best. Lechon or roasted pig is served with plum or other sauces, vinegar, or other seasonings.

Sutukil

Sutukil is a local wordplay on “Sugba,” (to grill) “Tula,” (to stew) and “Kilawin” (to cook in vinegar). You can pick one fish and have it cooked three ways. Tourists have grown very fond of this local style because it allows them to sample the different cooking styles all at the same time.

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Cebu Dried Mangoes

Dried mangoes are fat-free alternatives to sweet treats. This vitamin-rich dried fruit is prepared from handpicked Cebu mangoes with a pleasant, non-acidic zest. Each bite is undoubtedly chewy and delicious.

Cebu Guitars

Cebu’s handcrafted guitars are sturdy, affordable, and of great craftsmanship compared to mass-produced ones. Since the Spanish era, local artisans have painstakingly shaped the wood into the distinctive hourglass shape that makes these guitars.

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Ilocos
Cebu
Davao
Palawan
Bohol
Boracay
Baguio
Batanes
Bicol
Camiguin
Leyte
Siargao