Cebu City, such a lot of stories to tell. Its legacies reshaped the Filipinos’ enduring commitment to Christianity, Senior Sto Nino, Sinulog Festival, custom, and fervour to preserve our cultural prosperity. The peace-loving and compassionate Cebuanos are odds and ends of a fearless Visayan civilization that inauspiciously evolved into a more optimistic and progress-driven people willing to hold close the challenges of globalisation of the 21st century. Cebu is not a just foremost tourism destination in the Philippines but a veiled wealth that constantly allures its visitors with its mesmerizing charm and ardour carved in every face of the Cebuanos. Look—the covert treasure is worth demystifying.
Rediscover What Cebu Truly Is
Cebu is a chocolate box province blessed with slender coastlines, limestone plateaus, and coastal plains that bear a resemblance to an idyllic tropical island. Largest rolling hills, rugged mountain ranges crossing the northern, and southern length of the island make Cebu an admired destination for thrill-seekers and nature-lovers. In the northern part of the province, plane tracts of land can be found in the municipalities of Daanbantayan, San Remigio, and Medelin.
Cebu City, the province’s capital was considered as the oldest conurbation in the Philippines. The city forms part of the Cebu Metropolitan Area together with other four neighbouring cities such as Danao City, LapuLapu City, Mandaue City, and Talisay City. With well-developed infrastructure, Cebu is leading the way as one of the most developed provinces and the main centre of commerce, trade, education, and industry in the central and southern part of the Philippines.
The Cebu Mactan International Airport on Mactan Island served as its major gateway to international flights next to Manila which is thirty minutes drive from Cebu City. Too, Cebu is not only blessed with like new white beaches and natural wonders, several five-star hotels, casinos, world-class golf courses, convention centre, and shopping malls give life to its popular cities.
Corroboration of its esteem as a premier city in the Philippines, Cebu was named as the seventh best island destination in the Indian Ocean-Asia region in 2007, eighth best Asia-Pacific island destination in 2005, and seventh in 2004 by UKbased Conde Nast Traveller Magazine. Cebuano is the native language of Cebu. Similarly, it is also spoken in most parts of the Central Visayas including Bohol, Western Leyte, Negros Oriental, some parts of Mindanao including Bukidnon, Agusan, Surigao, Davao, Cotabato, and Zamboanga. There are existing variations of the language within these places.
According to recent study, there are about 20 million speakers of Cebuano which is also au fait in other native Philippines languages including Tagalog (Manila/Malolos), Hiligaynon (Iloilo/ Bacolod), and Waray (Tacloban/Ormoc). English is used on education, media, commerce, and the government. Spanish is spoken by Spanish communities or metizo since Cebu is the first province influenced by the Spaniards until Manila was declared the capital city of the Philippines. Cebu is presently subdivided into nine cities and forty-nine municipalities.