Queen City of the South, Cebu, Visayas
Most tourists who holiday to the Philippines put Manila as their first stop.
Foreigners have this notion that the capital is the only place in the country where you can find luxurious accommodations, dance clubs, fine restaurants and other such trappings of modern living.
However, the capital isn’t the only city in the Philippines where you can find all these things within easy reach.
Right smack in the middle of Visayas is the famed Queen City of the South, Cebu, which can rival Manila’s glamour any time.
The island is only a sliver of land in the Visayas group, but it’s definitely one of the most charming and economically progressive places you can find in the country.
A Story Fit For A Queen
The Spaniards were led by Ferdinand Magellan, who “discovered” the Philippines and took it in the name of the Spanish crown. Led by Datu Lapu-lapu, the natives drove away the Spaniards and succeeded in killing Magellan.
Today you can commemorate this historical moment by visiting Magellan’s Cross, one of the most famous tourist attractions in Cebu.
It is situated next to the Sto. Nino Shrine, a small chapel right in the heart of Cebu City, the island’s capital. History isn’t the only thing that Cebu can offer travellers. Cebu City is just like Manila in almost every aspect.
The clubs, traffic, hotels, spa resorts, shopping malls and restaurants will make you forget that you’re in a province.
Cebu City boasts of cosmopolitan living that coexists side by side with the natural surroundings of the area.
The malls and shops are full of every kind of merchandise, from budget buys to designer finds and of course, you can always pop into any restaurant offering your choice of native or foreign dishes to tickle your palate.
There are a couple of must-try Cebuano delicacies that you shouldn’t forget to bring home with you, such as the dried mangoes, danggit (a type of dried fish), lechon de Cebu and longganiza.
The Beaches Of Cebu
The waters surrounding Cebu are filled with amazing coral formations that are sure to delight any diver and with its year-long generally good weather, Cebu is the perfect place to while away the days.
Have you been to Cebu? What did you enjoy most whilst on your holiday?