Cebu

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WELCOME TO CEBU!


DAYUN KAMO SA SUGBO!

This is your quintessential guide to the colorful, vibrant, creative, diverse products and services, and exciting experiences and exposures which together frame Cebu’s charm as the “Queen City of the South,” -----your one-stop lifestyle destination which will definitely make you feel part of royalty. <<<insert image1>>> 

CEBU is simply bursting with nooks to explore and adventures to experience but before you begin your sensational vacation ahead, let us embark on a quick trip down history lane. 

Cebu is the oldest city in the Philippines and has a rich historic past. Zubu (Cebu) was one of the busiest trading ports in the country in 1521. It had extensive trade relations with China, Malaysia, Japan, Burma, India, and other Asian nations.  Ferdinand Magellan, Captain-general of the first Spanish expedition reached the Philippine shores in 1521.  Magellan’s chronicler, Pigafetta, drew a map locating the geographical location of Cebu in the early 16th century. Rajah Humabon with his wife, Queen Juana and their followers were baptized into the Roman Catholic faith. The Spaniards gave the king an image of the infant Jesus to mark their baptism. <<<insert image30>>> This made Cebu as the seat of Christianity’s foundation in the Philippines. 

Several years later, the Spaniards returned to Cebu making it as the first Spanish settlement in the country. They destroyed the old Cebuano settlement in 1565 and built the Basilica Minore del Santo Nińo, formerly known as San Agustin Church, to house the image of the Seńor Sto. Nińo de Cebu which was venerated as a miraculous icon after it was found among the ruins of Cebu. It was also in 1565 when the Spaniards built the fort---Fuerza San Pedro--- which is the nub of the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines. Although Legazpi evacuated in 1569 and transferred its power to Panay and later to Manila, Cebu continued to flourish with its commerce and finally opened its port to international trade in 1860. The strategic location of Cebu makes it the brunt of trade and commerce in the southern part of the Philippines. Its enviable position makes it an ultimate point to operate a business. 

Cebu has several smaller islands and two narrow coastal regions which run its length. Its boundaries include the Visayan Sea in the north, Camotes Sea in the Northeast, Tańon Strait in the West, Mindanao Sea in the South, and Bohol Strait in the Southeast. Cebu is divided into six districts: first district (Talisay City, Minglanilla, Naga, San Fernando, Carcar City, Sibonga), second district (Argao, Dalaguete, Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Santander, Samboan, Ginatilan, Malabuyoc, Alegria, Badian, Moalboal, Alcantara, Ronda, Dumanjug), third district (Barili, Aloguinsan, Pinamungajan, Toledo City, Balamban, Asturias, Tuburan), fourth district (Tabuelan, Bantayan, Madridejos, Santa Fe, Daan Bantayan, San Remegio, Bogo, Tabogon), fifth district (Borbon, Sogod, Catmon, Carmen, San Francisco, Poro, Tudela, Pilar, Danao City, Compostela, Liloan), sixth district (Consolacion, Mandaue City, Cordova). 

Apart from its rich historical chronicles, strategic location, and six congressional districts, Cebu is affluent of natural wonders making it the country’s favorite tourist destination in Asia for 2009. The Travel + Leisure magazine, a prestigious American publication based in New York, recently released the results of its World’s Best Awards 2009. Cebu ranked no. 4 among Asian island destinations. What made it to its rank are its natural attractions, the idyllic white sandy beaches and pristine clear waters, crannies which turn into hip enclaves, activities which makes it an all-night party royalty, the surprising and spectacular sights and sounds, the plethora of great eating places both humble and high-end, and of course, its people and value. 
Cebu is visited by 500,000 international tourists in a year and not less than 500,000 local tourists a year. It is indeed an ideal destination. This oldest city in the Philippines makes people young at heart. One can enjoy the youthfulness that it brings. No matter where you are in Cebu, you will never be short of activities to do, sights to see, good local music to enjoy, opportunities to shop, food to relish, places to stay, and smiles to remember to your heart’s pleasure.

When you read, hear, or come across the word CEBU, there are so many things that would come to mind:

 FESTIVALS


1.      SINULOG FESTIVAL (Cebu City, Cebu)
The Sinulog festival which is held each year on the third Sunday of January is one of the most distinguished festivals in the Philippines. This grandest festival of Cebu City is held to honor the Santo Nińo or the child Jesus. The celebration of Sinulog traditionally lasts for nine days. A Fluvial Procession is held at dawn before the grand parade the following day. The fluvial procession starts from the Mandaue City wharf to Cebu City Wharf with the image of the child Jesus carried on a pump boat lavishly decorated with flowers and candles.  The Sinulog Grand Parade which is revealed on the last day features the Sinulog dances from different participants from various parts of the country.  The dances featured on the grand parade are characterized by the traditional and ritual dance accompanied by the sounds of the drums. The Sinulog dancer moves two steps forward followed by a step backward.  The history of the Sinulog festival can be traced in 1980 when David S. Odilao, Jr. then Regional Director of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Development (MYSD) organized the first ever Sinulog parade together with a group of students who were dressed in moro-moro costumes.

 2.      HALADAYA FESTIVAL (Daanbantayan, Cebu)
The Haladaya Festival starts on Easter Sunday and ends with a street dancing on the seventh day after Easter. It is celebrated in time with the feast day of the town’s patron, St. Rose of Lima. Haladaya means “Halad kang Datu Daya”. The festival is named after a legendary leader of the first Malayan settlers, Datu Daya.

 3.      KADAUGAN SA MACTAN (Mactan, Cebu)
Kadaugan sa Mactan is a weeklong commemoration of the historic battle between the Spanish Conquestador Fernando Magellan and Mactan Chieftain Lapu-Lapu on April 27, 1521.  The Kadaugan festivities is capped with the dramatization of the Filipino’s quest for freedom from the Spanish rule. This festivity was originally called in 1981 as “Bahug-bahug sa Mactan” which meant Melee in Mactan.

 4.      MANTAWI FESTIVAL (Mandaue City, Cebu)
The Mantawi festival is the most anticipated festivals of the Mandauehanons. The name Mandaue is derived from Mantawi which is a thick, clinging vine that grew abundantly in coastal areas. This festivity of the city’s historical heritage is held annually on the 7th day of May. This festival does not honor saints but rather focuses on historical themes like Mandaue’s history and showcases diorama floats as well as giants made of paper and the much awaited Mantawi Festival street dancing.

 5.      HALAD/INASAL FESTIVAL (Talisay City, Cebu)
Talisay City, Cebu is famous for their scrumptious roasted pigs---the lechon or inasal. That is why every year, the Talisaynons showcase an inasal parade and interpret an offering “halad” song as a thanksgiving for their patron saint, Sta. Teresa de Avila. Aside from the parade of Talisay’s undisputable roast pig, there is also a parade of higantes/giants featuring great personages, and also a sports fest.
 

DELICACIES 

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1.      OTAP
Otap is an oval-shaped pastry which is four to six inches in length and about two inches in width. It is a very brittle delicacy which makes it easily broken into pieces once it is eaten. This delicacy born in Cebu is made by combining flour, shortening, coconut, and sugar. The first step in making otap is to partially cook the dough and then sprinkle the partially cooked dough with sugar.  The second step involves re-baking the dough above the normal baking time to achieve an oval shape pastry. One can buy this delicacy at any Shamrock stores spread all over Cebu, even in malls.

2.      ROSQUILLOS <<<insert image3>>>
Rosquillos are ring-shaped cookies that originated from the Municipality of Liloan, Cebu. This cookie was the favorite of the late Philippine president Sergio Osmeńa Sr. which reputedly named the cookies as Rosquillos, coming from the Spanish word rosca, meaning ring/ringlet. Margarita “Titay” T. Frasco created this ring-shaped delicacy in 1907 and its recipe has been passed on from generation to generation. One can buy this delicacy at any Titay’s Rosquillos branches. To order, one can also check out the Titay’s Rosquillos website at http://www.titaysliloan.com

3.      MASAREAL <<<insert IMG_1025, IMG_1028, IMG_1029>>>
Mandaue City, Cebu is also famous for their native delicacies. One of these is the Masareal, grayish white and narrow-sized grounded peanuts which is simple looking but tasty. The original and most famous maker of this delicacy is from a family living in Dońa Rosario, Mandaue.

4.      TORTA DE TUBA OF ARGAO <<<insert image4>>>
The town of Argao is famous for their local cake which is the Torta de Tuba of Argao. Two of its ingredients are the tuba (red fermented coconut milk that brings out the character of the cake) and the pork lard. Argao’s torta is topped with sugar and bits of cheese and raisins. 

5.      AMPAO
The Ampao began in Carcar, Cebu in the early 1900s. It is a sweet puffed rice cake which many locals say is the Philippine version of the American rice crispy. It is white in color, sweet in taste, crunchy in texture, and rectangular or square in shape. It is sprinkled with peanuts. One can easily find ampao in the major supermarkets; however, it is best to buy this delicacy in the factory outlets of ampao manufacturers in Carcar.

6.      BIBINGKA <<<insert IMG_1023, IMG_1015, IMG_1021>>>
Aside from Masareal, Mandaue City, Cebu is famous for their Bibingka or rice cake. It is made by combining ground rice, coconut milk, buko strips, sugar, and coconut alcohol. One can buy freshly made Bibingka near Mandaue City Hall and Mandaue’s wet market. There are also delicacy stalls spread around the vicinity of Centro Mandaue near its city hall.

 7.      DRIED MANGOES <<<insert image5>>>
Cebu is abundant with sweet and delicious mangoes. But one of the best ways to eat them is dried. Cebu’s dried mangoes are made of sun dried pieces of ripe mangoes. Dried mangoes are chewy, moist, and tasty. Cebu’s dried mangoes are of export quality.

 8.      PINTOS <<<insert image6, image7>>>
Bogo, Cebu is known for their sweet delicacy, Pintos. It is made by preparing and mixing scrapes of young corn and young buko, milk, egg yolks, melted butter, and cornstarch. To add its distinct flavor, corn cobs are arranged at the bottom of a saucepan to create a bed for the mixture. Once the mixture is steamed for 20 minutes, the pintos are now ready to be served. One can buy this delicacy in Bogo, Cebu.
 

 GIFTS AND SOUVENIR ITEMS


1.      GUITAR <<<insert image8, image9>>>
The center of Cebu’s guitar making industry is at Maribago, Mactan, Cebu. There one can find authentic, export-quality, hand-crafted, shell-inlaid guitars which can be compared to the best in the world.

 2.      FURNITURES, HOME DECORS AND ACCESSORIES
Cebu is widely known as the top makers of furniture, home decors and accessories. There are export-quality native home decors, furniture and accessories found in many Mandaue City furniture shops. Cebu is also home to one of the world’s most famous furniture designer, Kenneth Cobonpue. To check out his world-class designs, one may visit his website at http://kennethcobonpue.com/

 3.      HANDICRAFTS AND FASHION KNICK-KNACKS
Cebu is practically home to all sorts of handicrafts like coral jewelry boxes, Capiz lampshades, abaca bags, and even futuristic fashion pieces. One can find these items at Carbon market. For the futuristic and arty fashion pieces, one can check out SEPA by Dianne Espera. There are unique pairs of fashion accessories tucked in her shop along 25 Visitacion Street in Osmeńa Boulevard. One can also check out her pieces at http://sepaonline.multiply.com/. Aside from Sepa accessories, there are also fashion-worthy shoes that one needs to check out in the shoe-making city of Carcar, Cebu.

 4.      CEBUANO ART AND PAINTINGS <<<insert image10, image11, image12, image13>>>
Cebu is also a place to be if one is an art lover. Here one can find the works of the late Martino Abellana who taught and influenced a generation of Cebuano artists. Several paintings and artworks by the Philippines' currently acknowledged top painter Romulo Galicano, Cebu's current crop of top artists Adeste Deguilmo, Celso Pepito and Edgar Mojares, among others can be bought at art shops in malls and in Escario (near Ayala Center Cebu). There are also Cebuano artists whose works (as shown in the photos) are known abroad.  

 FOOD


1.      LECHON (whole roasted pig)
One of Cebu’s most popular lechon suppliers is CnT Lechon House. Lechón is a Spanish word which means suckling pig. In our local language, it is called “litsong baboy”, a whole pig roasted to perfection. Cebu’s lechon is unique among all others because of the stuffing and the sauce dip used for it. One can  visit them at 1377 V. Rama Ave., Guadalupe, Cebu City.

 2.      DANGGIT (dried fish)
Tabo-an, Cebu (two kilometers from Metro Cebu) is where dried fishes and squids are sold in retail and wholesale. Here one can find one of Cebu’s famous sun-dried, salt-cured fishes like the siganid fish (danggit). When eating danggit, pair it with hot rice and vinegar with crushed chili peppers, onions, and garlic. For the ultimate danggit experience, eat with your bare hands.

 3.      PUSO (hanging rice) <<<image13a>>>
Puso is cooked rice wrapped in a woven palm leaf pouch and is then boiled. When the rice is cooked, the grains expand and fill the pouch. To serve the puso, one needs to cut the coco leaves in half to expose the cooked rice. Puso is a distinctive food originating from Cebu but several versions of this rice dumpling can be found in Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
 
Other Cebuano favorites that one must try are Lansiao or Soup No. 5 (bull’s penis), Balbacua (pork stew), and Pochero (beef soup) which can be found at Abuhan Restaurant (near Robinson’s/Cebu Midtown Hotel/Fuente Osmeńa), and also at Matia’s (at A.S Fortuna St. beside Larsian).
 

 ACTIVITIES AND ADVENTURES


1.      SKY DIVING
If you like the adrenaline rush from extreme sports and you like the sport of jumping to the open air then try skydiving adventure in Cebu. Rate is PhP17,500 per person which will cover the theoretical lessons and the actual jump. You can register by sending an email to Russell T. Ri (e-Philippines Adventure Travel and Destinations) with the following details (full name, contact number, email address, trip name and date) to info@e-philippines.com.ph

 2.      NATURE TREKKING
Several hotels and travel companies in Cebu also offer trekking tours around the high hills of Cebu. You can inquire one from the hotel that you will be staying.

 3.      CART RACING <<<insert carting>>>
If you are itching for a combination of rush and excitement and you want to show off those drift moves, then head on to Kart Zone. For just PhP325 you can enjoy a real life speed machine. Kartzone is located at F. Cabahug St., Ayala Access Road. It is near Sykes building, Off Roads, and Jollibee.

 4.      GOLFING
Cebu has popular golf clubs that you can choose from.  There is the Cebu Country Club (Gov. M. Cuenco, Banilad, Cebu City), Alta Vista Golf and Country Club (Aznar Road, Pardo Hills, Cebu City), Green island Golf & Beach Club (Barangay Lambug, Badian), Cebu International Golf and Resort (Barangay Lambug, Badian), and Verdemar Golf (San Remegio, Cebu).

 5.      SCUBA DIVING <<<insert SCUBA>>>
PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Cebu offers dive courses for beginners to professionals. If you don’t know how to dive, PADI licensed divers are always ready to teach you how. Even kids can enjoy diving too. Several beach resorts in Mactan, Cebu and other beach resorts in the provinces have PADI instructors and even scuba diving gears.

 6.      TRADITIONAL WATER SPORTS: PARASAILING / KNEE BOARDING / WAKEBOARDING / SKIM BOARDING / SNORKELING / KAYAKING / WATER SKIING
Beach resorts in Cebu and Cebu provinces offer inviting turquoise blue waters that is excellent for any water sports. All beach resorts in Cebu, Mactan, Bantayan island, and Malapascua offer these exciting water sports at very affordable prices. For more information, one can check out the availability of these water sports at the hotel/resort one is staying.

 7.      SPA
Give yourself some well-deserved space and some rest at Cebu’s world-class destination and day spas. Try Hilton Cebu resort & Spa, Badian Island Resort & Spa, Plantation bay Resort & Spa, and more.
 

 PLACES TO SHOP


1.      AYALA CENTER CEBU <<<insert image14>>>
The Ayala Center Cebu is located at the heart of Cebu Business Park. This is Cebu’s premier shopping paradise, entertainment hub and food haven rolled into one. The Ayala Center Cebu is designed to make shopping a comfortable experience from sun up to sun down.

 2.      SM CITY CEBU <<<insert SM>>>
SM City Cebu is one of Cebu’s large shopping malls. It is located near the city’s port area. Today, SM City Cebu has expanded to accommodate more shoppers. The expanded area is dubbed as SM Northwing. It houses international brands as well as world-class dining, wellness, and shopping experience. SM City Cebu is the 4th shopping mall owned and developed by SM Prime Holdings.

 3.      BANILAD TOWN CENTER
Banilad Town Center is a clubhouse mall that gives everyone a lifestyle experience. It is located at Gov. Mariano Cuenco Ave., Banilad, Cebu City. For more information about BTC, one may call (32) 345 3260.

 4.      GAISANO COUNTRY MALL
Gaisano Country Mall is known for its regular entertainment bringing national celebrities for store promotions. It is located at Banilad Road, Cebu City.

 5.      PARKMALL
Parkmall is Cebu’s biggest value shopping destination located at 168 Ouano Avenue, Mandaue Reclamation Road, Mandaue City. It is beside Cebu International Convention Center (CICC). The mall is accented by a piazza which serves as a gathering place. It is a great venue to stroll, relax, jog, and so much more. Parkmall is indeed a complete experience. One can comfortably shop at the fully-airconditioned mall and eat at a garden enclave of resto-bars. Since it is at the heart of Mandaue City, traveling businessmen and transient travelers can meet and dine comfortably.

 6.      CARBON MARKET/MANALILI/TABO SA BANAY
These three places are just near to each other. One can walk a block or two to reach the next destination. There are many great bargains that one can avail here. To reach Manalili and Tabo sa Banay, one can ride a jeepney from SM or Ayala with the signboard MANALILI/CARBON. The driver will drop you off at Manalili or Carbon.
 

 HISTORICAL/HERITAGE TRAILS AND INTERESTING PLACES TO VISIT


1.      MACTAN SHRINE (THE MAGELLAN MARKER, THE MAGELLAN MONUMENT, LAPU-LAPU STATUE)
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 There are three important features of the Mactan Shrine: the Magellan Marker, the Magellan monument, and the Lapu-lapu shrine.  A note on the Magellan Marker says that it was on that spot where Magellan fell dead. The Magellan monument which is a little farther away is said to have been built in 1866. The statue of chieftain Lapu-lapu is holding a bolo in one hand and a shield in the other.
 There are quite a number of stores that sell native trinkets for you to give to your loved ones as souvenirs or for you to keep as a remembrance. Also near the Mactan shrine are SUTUKIL restaurants that cook/grill fresh seafood of your choice.

 2.      TAOIST TEMPLE
The Taoist Temple was built by Cebu’s extensive Chinese community in 1972. It is located at Beverly Hills Subdivision, Cebu City. The entrance to the temple is a replica of the Great Wall of China. 

 3.      CEBU PROVINCIAL CAPITOL <<<insert image18>>>
The Cebu Provincial Capitol is the seat of government of the province of Cebu. It is located at Osmeńa Boulevard, cor. Escario St. The Capitol building was inaugurated in 1938. Its style is patterned after the neo-classical style of architecture. The National Historical Institute placed a historical marker in the Capitol in celebration of the 439th founding anniversary of CEBU which makes this site a must-see for local and international tourists.

 4.      FUENTE OSMEŃA CIRCLE <<<insert image19, image20>>>
The Fuente Osmeńa Circle, a fountain in the heart of a rotunda park in Cebu City was named after Cebu’s most prominent person, President Sergio Osmeńa. It is a landmark of the city which holds numerous festivals and even rallies.

 5.      UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS
The University of San Carlos, formerly called Colegio de San Ildefonso, is the oldest school in the Philippines. The Spanish Jesuits established this educational institution in 1565. USC-Main campus is located at P. Del Rosario St., Cebu City.

 6.      BASILICA MINORE DEL SANTO NIŃO <<<insert image21, image22>>>
The Basilica Minore del Santo Nińo is the oldest Catholic Church in Cebu. It houses the image of the child Jesus, Sto. Nińo. It is said to be built on the spot where Spanish explorers in 1565 found the Holy Child preserved in a burned wooden box. The church is located at the heart of downtown Cebu.

 7.      MAGELLAN’S CROSS <<<insert image23, image24>>>
Magellan’s cross is the cross that Magellan planted. The cross is housed in a small chapel/gazebo made of red tiles. It is located beside the Basilica Minore del Santo Nińo on Magallanes Street and in front of Cebu City Hall.

 8.      FORT SAN PEDRO <<<insert image25>>>
Fort San Pedro is a captivating historical sight to visit in Cebu. It is the oldest and smallest fort in the Philippines. In 1565, the fort was built using logs, mud, stones, and mortar by Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and his men to serve as hub of the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines.  It was named after Legazpi’s ship “San Pedro” which sailed the Pacific Ocean in 1565.

 9.      PLAZA INDEPENDENCIA
Plaza Independencia is located in front of Fort San Pedro. Planted at the heart of the plaze is an obelisk dedicated in memory of Miguel lopez de legazpi, the first Spanish governor-general of the Philippines.

 10.  THE CEBU METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL <<<insert image26>>>
This fairly large ecclesiastical building is in the midst of Cebu’s old Central Business District. It is just a block away from Basilica Minore del Santo Nińo.

 11.  THE HERITAGE OF CEBU MONUMENT (PARIAN PLAZA) <<<insert HCM1>>>
The Heritage of Cebu Monument is a montage of sculptures showing significant events and scenes related to the history of Cebu. The construction of the monument began in July 1997 and was finished in December 2000. The structure which is made of bronze, concrete, brass and steel depicts the Basilica Minore del Santo Nińo, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Magellan’s Cross, and a Spanish galleon. The scenes depicted are the baptism of Rajah Humabon, the Battle of Mactan between Lapu-lapu and Ferdinand Magellan, a procession of the Sto. Nińo, and a Catholic mass. Also depicted in the monument is late president Sergio Osmeńa Sr. and Blessed Pedro Calungsod. The Heritage of Cebu Monument is located in the historic Parian District. Just across the monument is the Pari-an Fire Station built in 1954.

 12.  CASA GORORDO <<<insert a>>>
This museum is probably one of the best preserved wood-and-stone house that is typical during the Spanish era architecture in the Philippines. It is once home to four generations of the Gorordo family. It was originally a two-story house built in the mid-19th century in the historic Parian district of Cebu City. The Parian district was once the most esteemed and prestigious section of the city and it was also home to the most prominent families in Cebu

13.  MUSEO SUGBO <<<insert image27>>>
The Museo Sugbo was once a prison built in 1871 where criminals were incarcerated including some Katipuneros during the Philippine revolution and Japanese occupation. This centuries-old structure was designed in 1869 and was conceived in 1870 by Domingo de Escondrillas, a Spanish architect in Cebu. It was called Carcel de Cebu originally intended to be the main prison for the Visayas. More buildings were added during its renovation in 1892. It became the Cebu City jail from 1946 to 2004. It served its purpose until the provincial government built a much bigger and modern prison (Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center) at Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City.

 14.  COLON STREET
Colon Street is the oldest street in the Philippines. It was named after Christopher Columbus (Cristobal Colon). This street was built by the Spaniards during the time of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.

 15.  BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY
A multi-awarded artist-lepidopterist J.N. Jumalon houses a haven of at least 53 butterfly species and different kinds of moth at his butterfly sanctuary cum botanical garden at Barangay Basak Pardo, Cebu City. He holds a collection of lepido-mosaic paintings/artworks made of discarded butterfly wings. The place is ideal for local and foreign tourists who wish to revel at the site of butterflies.

 16.  ORCHID GALLERY/ORCHID FARM
One of the biggest orchid displays in South East Asia is found at Moalboal, Cebu. Thett Orchid Gallery grows over 200 kinds of orchids and other potted plants. Visitors can buy rare orchid varieties and even stroll in the farm.

 17.  OLANGO WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
If your ideal day is to experience nature in Cebu then visit Olango Wildlife Sanctuary in the southern part of Olango Island. The Philippine Wetland and Wildlife Conservation Foundation Inc. discovered a total of 77 species of migratory waders. The best time to witness the sanctuary is during the peak of migration months when most birds arrive at the island. It is best to go there from September to November (Southward Migration) and February and April (Northward Migration). When in Lapu-lapu, take a multicab/jeepney bound for Angasil then disembark at a wharf beside Portofino Beach resort. Take a pump boat to Sta. Rosa in Olango Island.

 18.  TOPS <<<insert CEBU5a, TOPS1 >>>
TOPS is a viewing deck for a breathtaking panorama of Cebu. It is located 2,00 feet high on the cool Busay Hills.

 19.  LILOAN LIGHT HOUSE <<<insert PAROLA1>>>
Liloan Lighthouse/Parola ng Bagacay Point is located in the municipality of Liloan, north of Cebu City. This light house was built by Governor General William Howard Taft in 1904. It is an interesting place to unwind and also see American architecture.

 20.  CHURCHES <<<insert image28, image29>>>
Cebu and its provinces are overwhelming with old and historic churches and chapels. There is the Chapel of the Last Supper in Mandaue City which houses life-sized carvings of the Lord Jesus and His 12 apostles that dates back to 1601. There is also the Patrocinio de Maria Church in Boljoon, Cebu which is also interesting as it is the oldest remaining original stone church in Cebu. It is also dubbed as the best one which gives us the sense of the Philippine colonial past. For quaintness, there is also the San Fransisco de Asis church in Naga, Cebu. It was constructed in 1839. The 126-year old St. Catherine of Alexandria Church in CarCar City, Cebu is the second oldest church in the entire province of Cebu. Another must-visit church is the Sto. Tomas de Villanueva church in Danao City, Cebu. It was constructed in 1755 and is made of sugar cane and sea rocks.
 

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION----FAST FACTS


 LANGUAGE
•Cebuano is the native tongue
•English is widely used
 
SOME USEFUL WORDS
Good morning! (Maayong buntag)
Good afternoon! (Maayong hapon)
Good evening! (Maayong gabii)
Thank you! (Salamat)
Thank you so much! (Daghang salamat!)
How are you? (Kumusta?)
Where is ______ located? (Asa dapit ang ______? Asa nga dapit nako makit-an ang ______?)
When (Kanus-a)
Where (Asa—place/location, Hain—person/thing)
Why (Ngano)
What (Unsa)
How (Unsaon)
How much? (Tagpila?)
 MONEY MATTERS
There are several money changers all over the city and in malls. It is advisable to bring sufficient amount of change in small bills or coins.
 TIPPING
Most bellhops, waiters, taxi drivers, hairdressers, porters expect a tip of 5-15% of the bill if no service charge is included.
 BUSINESS HOURS
•Banks operate from 9 am to 3 pm, (Monday to Friday)
•Department stores/Malls are open from 10 am to 8 pm/9 am to 9 pm/8 am to 8 pm
•Government offices/agencies are open from 8 am to 5 pm

 ACCOMMODATION


There are premium hotels and Economy Suites and Inns all over Cebu so it isn’t so hard to find a place to stay. Here are a few of the premium hotels which are near to shopping malls in Cebu City.
 Cebu City Marriot Hotel
Cardinal Rosales Ave., Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
(32) 2326100
 
Cebu Castle Peak Hotel
F. Cabahug cor. Pres Quezon Sts., Mabolo, Cebu City
(32) 2331811, 2326838
 
Waterfront Cebu City Hotel
7 Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City
(32) 2326888
 
Marco Polo Plaza
Nivel Hills, Lahug
(32) 2531111
 
The Parklane
Archbishop Reyes Ave., Cebu Business Park
(32) 4117000
 
Golden Peak Hotel
Gorordo Avenue., cor. Escario St., Cebu City
(32) 2338111 to 15
 
SHOPPING
SM City Cebu
North Reclamation Area
(32) 2310557
 
Ayala Center Cebu
Cebu Business Park
(32) 2315342
 
Gaisano Country Mall
Banilad
(32) 2311481
 
Banilad Town Center
Banilad
(32) 3453261
 
BEACH RESORTS
Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort
Maribago, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu
(32) 2325411 to 14
 
Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa
Punta Engańo, Lapu-lapu
(32) 2310288
 
Plantation Bay
Marigondon, Lapu-lapu City
(32) 3405906
 
Hilton Cebu Resort & Spa
Punta Engańo, Mactan Island,
Lapu-lapu City, Cebu
(32) 4927777
 
HOSPITALS
Cebu Doctors Hospital
Osmeńa Blvd., Cebu City
(32) 2537511
 
Cebu Velez General Hospital
F. Ramos St., Cebu City
(32) 2531871
 
Chong Hua Hospital
Don Mariano Cui St., Cebu City
(32) 2541461
 
Perpetual Succour Hospital
Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City
(32) 2338620
 

USEFUL NUMBERS

Cebu City Tourism Commission (32) 2532047
Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation (ERUF) 161
Lapu-lapu Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation (32) 3402994
Mandaue (ACERT) 3450652 loc 120
Fire 160
Police 166
Bureau of Immigration (32) 3400781
Cebu Provincial Tourism Commission (32) 2533083
Department of Tourism (32) 2542811
Task Force Turista (32) 2544023, after 5pm (32) 2540080
Airport Office (32) 3408299
 

HOW TO GET TO CEBU


 
SUPERFERRY (www.SuperFerry.com.ph)
MANILA TO CEBU
Mon    10:45 pm
Wed   7:45 pm
Thu      10:45pm
Fri        6:45 pm
Sun      8:45 am
 
CAGAYAN TO CEBU
Mon    10:45 pm
Wed   10:15 pm
Fri        10:15 pm
 
SUPERCAT (www.SuperCat.com.ph)
ORMOC TO CEBU
8:20am, 1:45pm, 7:15pm
 
TAGBILARAN TO CEBU
10:30am, 2:30pm, 6:30pm
 
CEBU FERRIES (www.cebuferries.com)
CAGAYAN TO CEBU
Tue, Thu, Sun  8:00pm
 
ILIGAN TO CEBU
Tue, Thu          4:00pm
 
NASIPIT TO CEBU
Mon, Wed, Fri           6:00pm
 
ORMOC TO CEBU
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 1:30pm
Fri                                12:00pm
 
OZAMIZ TO CEBU
Tue, Thu          8:00pm
Sun                  7:00pm
 
 
You can also check the following websites for flights from your place to Cebu. Travel time from Manila to Cebu is only one hour.
 
CEBU PACIFIC (www.cebupacificair.com)
ASIANA AIRLINES (www.flyasiana.com)
KOREAN AIR (www.koreanair.com)
SEAIR—SOUTHEAST ASIAN AIRLINES (www.flyseair.com)
 
Mactan Cebu International Airport is in Lapu-lapu City, Cebu. They can be reached through (32) 3402486. For more flight information, see their website: http://www.mactan-cebuairport.com.ph/
  
Pack up your bag and book a flight to Cebu now. Here, you will not only discover the thriving industries in education, trade, and business, but you will also enjoy the pristine natural surroundings, the beautiful coastlines and enchanting historical monuments.

Getting around Cebu is quite comfy and secure. You can also take advantage of the colorful public utility jeepneys to take you around.

So, see you around CEBU!
 
 
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