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Exploring Exotic Cebu, Philippines

Monday, November 14th, 2011

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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Venere Travel Blog writer will joce

Will Joce is a recent graduate from the London School of Economics who has a morbid fear of working in an office. As well as travelling and writing he has worked in the UK Parliament and as a press monitor. Refusing to follow advice and get a real job he will soon be beginning a Masters degree at St Petersburg State University

2 responses to “Exploring Exotic Cebu, Philippines”

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  1. Liana Yates says via Facebook:
    November 15th, 2011 at 02:42

    We loved the Philippines…We backpacked and caved up North but we like Cebu City too. Friends live in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

  2. Mike Foster says:
    April 1st, 2012 at 08:56

    I visit the Philippines often, about 3 times a year. My wife is a philipina. My question is what’s wrong with the philippines?? Great people, beautiful country, plenty of beaches, freindly and hard working people, etc. But still, the country is a mess. I’m sure everyone is going to blame it on the corrupt politicians. But that’s taking the easy way out. I think the corrupt politicians are a product of the people themselves.
    I think one big problem in Manila is the situation with the squaters. They’ve totally messed up the city. Not just short term either. No one wants to invest in Manila, because it’s future doesn’t look very bright. It’s a messy city which looks like will get only messier.
    Please no hate answers. I want to get some positive solutions.

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