Like all parts of the Philippines, Cebu has its own background and history. The unforgettable colonization of the Spaniards, happened hundreds of years ago, has carved a deep and dramatic event that strongly influenced the religious faith of the island. It is when the people of Cebu first embraced and welcomed Roman Catholicism. From then on, this famous city continued cultivating and nourishing what they have inherited from the influential Spaniards.
The province of Cebu is located in the eastern part of Negros and west of Leyte and Bohol islands. Its capital city Cebu is known as the largest and oldest city in the Philippines. It is the second most significant city of the country next to Manila. With its abundance in life, culture, and festivities – it’s no wonder why Cebu is one of the most visited destinations in the Philippines.
Often called as the Queen City of the South, Cebu has a lot of historical and picturesque spots where locals and tourists alike will enjoy. Such include the following:
Photo credit: jennonthego.com
The Magellan’ Cross was built in Cebu in the year 1521 as ordered by the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan. This place has become one of the significant symbols and attractions in Cebu from the day it was planted. Today, the cross dwells in a small chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño.
Photo credit: philhealthlawsandplaces.com
The Lapu-Lapu Shrine was built to honor Datu Lapu-Lapu – a native leader in Cebu who fought against the Spaniards and was responsible for the death of the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan during the Battle of Mactan in 1521. The shrine is a 20-meter bronze statue situated inside Mactan Shrine Park.
Fort San Pedro
Photo credit: infohub.ph
The Fuerza de San Pedro, also known as the Fort San Pedro, is a military defense structure built by the Spaniards and Cebuanos during the Spanish colonization in Cebu. The construction of this fort was led by the Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. Today, the fort stands as a historical park open for public. It houses a museum that showcases Spanish artifacts, documents, sculpture, and paintings.
Basilica Minore de Sto.Nino
Photo credit: visita-iglesia.com
The Basilica Minore de Sto. Nino is a 16th century church founded by Augustinian priest, Andrés de Urdaneta. Inside the basilica is a museum that houses memorabilia of Cebu’s past. An assortment of vintage objects such as furniture, documents, priest belongings, and many others. Just beside the church is the famous Magellan’s cross where one can visit and pray.
Taboan Public Market
Photo credit: foodspotting.com
The Taboan Market is known for having a wide selection of dried fishes sold at very affordable prices. One of its famous and best-selling dried fish delicacies is known as danggit – a small and thin fish that you can be bought in salty and unsalted flavors. Apart from dried fishes, there are also other delicacies available for everyone such as dried mangoes, otap, chicharon, and an assortment of fresh fruits.
Apart from these remarkable places, your stay in Cebu will not be complete without savoring its famous and very delectable specialty – the Cebu lechon. Cebu lechon is a pork dish roasted with an enhancing blend of different herbs and spices. This mouth-watering goodness is best partnered with sweet sarsa and atchara (a sweet pickled papaya).
There's a lot more in Cebu than what you can imagine. So go, explore and experience with Mango Tours' affordable Cebu Tour Package!
For bookings and inquiries, we would be happy to assist you. Call our 24/7 U.S. toll-free number at 1-866-2-MANILA or (02) 893-0002 if you’re in the Philippines. Please visit www.mangotours.com for more of our amazing travel deals.