Known as the Queen City of the South, Cebu City is a city in the Philippines that is located on Cebu Island. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the islands with the second largest air hub and the largest seaport. With an annual growth of around 5%, Cebu City is now the fastest growing area in the Philippines. The city is literally filled with attractions and historical landmarks that are worth visiting as well as some of the most spectacular natural wonders of the islands.
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The following is a listing of some of the must-see attractions and landmarks that you should consider when planning a vacation to the Philippines and Cebu City:
Magellan’s Cross – in 1521, the first baptism of the Filipinos occurred here when the movement was led by Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon. It was in April of 1521 that the Spanish explorer and navigator Ferdinand Magellan planted the now famous wooden cross.
Basilica Del Santo Nino – the oldest church in the Philippines was constructed by Fray de Urdaneta and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in 1565. The structure houses and protects the statue of the Holy Child Jesus and is believed to be the sight of numerous miracles.
Fort San Pedro – this is an excellent learning experience for adults and children alike. It has been said that wandering through the structure and exploring it is like taking a journey back into the Philippines’ past history.
Lapu Lapu Monument – one of Cebu City’s most favorite and popular landmarks. The monument commemorates the local Filipino hero who fought against Ferdinand Magellan and his party in 1521 during the Mactan landing.
Casa Gorordo Museum – set in an eye-pleasing, well-manicured garden, this Spanish mansion has been very well preserved that was constructed mostly of wood. The lower floor features changing art exhibits and a collection of old tools while the upper floor was the Gorordo family’s living quarters.
Taoist Temple – this structure was constructed in 1972 in Cebu City’s Beverly Hills Subdivision. The prolific Chinese community built the towering temple with multiple colors and tiers which is currently accessible via three different winding roads.
Kawasan Falls – located about a two hour drive outside of Cebu City, the falls are a must-see attraction for your vacation agenda. You can hire a cab or drive there yourself if you have rented a vehicle.
Colon Street – escape the crowds and the noise of the Cebu City traffic by exploring the Philippines’ oldest city street. Dating back to the American Era in history, Colon Street features some classical, worn out buildings that are still in nice condition. At night, Colon Street is transformed into a large market where you can find some excellent buys.
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