Visiting Cebu

Cebu is a city on Cebu Island in the Philippines and it is called the Queen City of the South. It is one the most popular destination in Philippines for foreign tourists. Over 50% of all people visiting the Philippines as tourists list Cebu as their main destination. The City of Cebu can accommodate thousands of tourist since hotel industry is booming in this city. A good number of luxury hotels can also be found in Mactan, while a lot of Cheap Hotels can be found also in Mandaue City. Cebu has the largest sea port in the nation, the second largest Air hub, the second largest city in the country and of course it is the oldest city in the Philippines dating back to Magellan’s arrival in 1521. Today, the busy Metropolitan Cebu extends over 350 square kilometers, with five cities and municipalities and a population of more than 1 million. It is the fastest growing large city in the nation with an annual growth of over 5% per year.

Cebu (Sugbo) is the name given to the city, the metropolis, the island, the province. Cebu Province is made up of 48 municipalities and 5 cities – Cebu, Danao, Lapu-lapu, Mandaue and Toledo – with Cebu City as its capital. As the first Spanish settlement, it was called Ciudad del Santissimo Nombre de Jesus.

Cebu offers one of the best diving destination in the country with magnificent coral formations, spectacular marine life and drop-offs plunging to blue nothingness. Fine weather all year round makes Cebu a favorite for water sports. Swim, snorkel & dive; windsurf, sail or ski; ride the waves, stroll along the beach, get a glorious tan. Revel in Cebu’s sun, sand, sea & sky!

The locals speak Cebuano – a dialect common in Visayas and Mindanao region. Pilipino (also known as Tagalog) is the national language, however English is widely used.

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