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Cebu Travel Guide: Get to know the Queen City of the South

Cebu, a province located in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines is surrounded by more than 100 islands and islets which make up some of the country’s best tropical destinations. It offers the perfect balance for a striving city and a sprawling natural haven with its white sand beaches and turquoise waters. In today’s Cebu Travel Guide, we’ll let you in on everything you need to know about one of the Philippines tourist places and why a trip to this island is something to include on your summer plans!

Cebu City

Known for Sinulog – one of the Philippines’ grandest festivals, and the Filipinos’ favourite lechon, the capital city Cebu city is also home to beautiful 16th-century Spanish colonial landmarks with significance in the Philippine history.

How to get to Cebu 

If you’ll be coming from Manila, there are many airlines with daily flights departing Manila bound for Cebu. Other international destinations such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and China also have direct flights going to Cebu.

Places to visit in Cebu

Temple of Leah

Constructed in 2012, the Temple of Leah was built as a testament of Teodorico Adarna’s love for his wife Leah Adarna who died of lung cancer in the year 2012. They were married for 53 years.

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This Cebu attraction is a 2-storey temple which stands in a 5,000-square metre land in Busay’s hilltop. It reflects the beauty of Roman architecture with its marble-adorned columns and the 9-ft bronze statue of Leah Adarna.

Address: Roosevelt Street, Busay, Cebu City
Entrance Fee: 
P50
Opening Hours: 
6:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Sirao Flower Garden

Get ready to fill your Instagram feed with colourful, blooming flowers when you make your way to Sirao Flower Garden in Cebu. It was opened in 2015 and has since been welcoming both local and foreign tourists. Take your time and snap away as this Cebu attraction is a great backdrop for photos that are sure to get those likes on Instagram!

When it’s time, it’s time! ????

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Address: Cebu City, 6000 Cebu
Entrance Fee: 
P50
Opening Hours: 
6:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Cebu Taoist Temple

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Built by Cebu’s Chinese community in 1972, the Cebu Taoist Temple located in Beverly Hills Subdivision is situated 300 metres above sea level. The multi-tiered temple is the centre of the Cebu’s Taoism religion and is open to both devotees and non-devotees. Entrance is also free. Remember to always keep quiet as you explore the temples as many devotees come here daily to worship.

Address: Beverly Hills Subdivision, Cebu City
Entrance Fee: 
FREE
Opening Hours: 
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Magellan’s Cross

Your Cebu travel itinerary will never be complete without a stop at our next featured attraction.

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Situated in the bustling downtown area near the historic Sto. Nino Basilica and Cebu City Hall is Magellan’s Cross. This historical landmark in Cebu marks the arrival of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the Philippines.

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It is located inside a small shrine with a beautifully painted ceiling that shows Magellan’s arrival in Cebu nearly 500 years ago. He planted the cross to signify the propagation of the Roman Catholic in Cebu, Philippines.

Address: Magallanes Street, Cebu City
Entrance Fee: 
FREE
Opening Hours: 
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Santo Niño Church

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Just beside the location of Magellan’s Cross is the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu or more commonly known as Santo Niño Church. It is the Philippines’ oldest Roman Catholic Church and it was founded in 1565 by Andrés de Urdaneta, O.S.A. and Diego de Herrera, O.S.A.

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It is where an image of the Santo Nino was found by a Spanish soldier. The image was a gift to Rajah Humabon’s wife, given by Ferdinand Magellan. In 1965, Santo Niño Church was declared a basilica by Pope Paul VI and was declared a “symbol of the birth and growth of Christianity in the Philippines”.

Fort San Pedro

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Fort San Pedro, often featured in different Cebu travel guides is regarded as the oldest and smallest fort in the Philippines. The once military defense structure built by the Spaniards expands 2,025 square metres with walls that are 20 feet tall and 8 metres thick.

Today, it serves as both a park and a museum where travellers can relax and at the same time learn about the history of Cebu and the Philippines.

Address: A. Pigafetta Street, Cebu City
Entrance Fee: 
P30
Opening Hours: 
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Heritage of Cebu Monument

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During the Spanish era, Parian District is the home of Cebu’s most prominent families. Today, it is one of the places to visit in the Philippines as it is the location of the Heritage of Cebu Monument which depicts historical events, and important monuments in the history of Cebu.

The tableau of sculptures that are made of bronze, brass, steel and concrete were built by local artist Eduardo Castrillo. Construction began in 1997 and with the help of the late Senator Marcelo Fernan and donations from different organizations and individuals which funded the monument, it was completed in 2000.

Address: Colon Street, Parian Plaza, Cebu City

Bantayan Island

No Cebu travel guide will ever be complete without featuring one of the island’s stunning tropical destinations.

Just as beautiful as the last time!

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Bantayan Island found in the coast of northern Cebu is among the country’s finest beach destinations. Its sheer beauty and relaxing atmosphere remain to be the main reasons why it has constantly been welcoming tourists for years. It was once a sleepy fishing town but as tourism grew, the secret island has been opened to the public, which we are very much thankful for.

You can consider this to be a laid-back version of Boracay – another famous tourist place in the Philippines.

Spend days on the powdery sand beaches as you watch the sunset and enjoy a refreshing drink in hand.

If you’re planning to explore more the rest of the Philippines, we have our Philippines travel guides to show you what else the country has to offer whether it’s in one of the tropical islands or the capital city!

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