Cebu - Expat and Tourist Paradise
Cebu is a tourist and expats haven, a long narrow island stretching 225 kilometers (140 miles) from north to south, surrounded by numerous smaller islands. Of the hundreds of small islands surrounding this fantastic Philippine Island, some are uninhabited which make them very popular with tourists wanting to explore remote island territory.
The Philippines Oldest City
Cebu is a beautiful central island province of the Philippines, located to the east of Negros Island, to the west of Leyte, and Bohol islands. This province/island has the opportunity to boast of having the Philippines oldest city and the capital city of the province Cebu City which is actually a large metro area comprised of Danao City, Lapu-Lapu City, Talisay City and Mandaue City along with eight more municipalities.
You will definitely want to make your travel plans to include Cebu, Philippines if you are interested in the recommendations of the world-renowned Condé Nast Traveler Magazine. In 2007, they named Cebu the seventh best island destination in the Indian Ocean-Asia region and eighth best Asian-Pacific island destination in 2005.
Cebu, Mactan International Airport
If you are looking to fly to Cebu City be aware that the International Airport is a 30 minute drive from the center of town and also serves the Mactan area.
Cebu is known for its coastal plains, narrow coastlines, fantastic beach resorts and plateaus areas. Cebu also has rolling hills, rugged mountain ranges along the northern and southern portions of the island/province. Cebu's steep mountains reach over 1,000 meters. The flat land areas can be found in the northern region of the province in towns such as San Remigio, Daanbantayan, Bogo and Medellin.
All the Style of a Large Metropolitan Area
Being the oldest city in the Philippines, you can expect Cebu to be a highly-developed province. Cebu is the main center of trade, commerce, industry and education of the central southern Philippine islands. If you visit here expect to find five-star hotels, shopping malls, casinos, world-class golf courses, convention centers, and all the modern conveniences of a major metropolitan area.
Beautiful White Sand Beach in Cebu - Just one of many white sand beaches on the Island province of Cebu Philippines. You'll find luxury and classy hotel resorts and facilities all throughout this island in places such as Maribago Beach, and Santander. Some of the hotel/resorts include, Alegre Beach Resort, Badian Island Resort & Spa, Casa del Mar Resort Hotel, Cebu Beach Club, Cebu Marine Beach Resort, Cebu White Sands, Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel, Maribago Blue Water Beach Resort, Pulchra Resort and more.
Buddhist Temple in Cebu - Find your way to the well-to-do residential suburb called Beverly Hills approximately 6 km north of the city center of Cebu where an enormous Taoist Temple will greet your eyes. It was built by Cebu's wealthy Chinese community in 1972. Here Chinese Taoists following their rituals on Wednesdays and Sundays. The 99 steps leading up to the temple entrance will test your stamina but the experience is well-worth the exercise. At the temple top you will be enchanted by a great view of Cebu City and Mactan and the Bohol Islands. Then you and your tour group can light joss sticks and have your fortunes read by the Taoist monks.
Marcelo Fernan Bridge Connecting Cebu Island with Mactan Island - Named after Senator Marcelo Fernan, this impressive cable-stayed bridge opened in August 1999 to help alleviate the heavy traffic from the old Mactan-Mandaue Bridge. This bridge, is one of the longest and widest spanned bridges in the entire Philippine Islands, reaching a length of 1237 meters or 4058.40 feet. It has become a nationwide landmark for the Cebu/Mactan area. The Japanese government assisted with the funds and construction of this beauty.
Lapu-Lapu, Considered the First Filipino Hero - Lapu-Lapu has quite an impressive reputation in the Philippines. He is noted as being responsible for stopping the Spanish invasion of the Island of Mactan and for the death of the famous worldwide explorer from Portugal, Ferdinand Magellan. Witnessing the neighboring island of Cebu overtaken and the king of Cebu having to pledge allegiance to the King of Spain, he was determined to stop Magellan and his group. Out armored and equipped, the native army led by Lapu-Lapu killed Magellan and many of the Spanish soldiers when they proceeded beyond Cebu to overtake and pillage the villages of Mactan. The Spanish ships left, never to return to this island.
Magellan's Cross on Magallanes Street in Cebu City - As the name implies, this cross was placed by the command of the world famous explorer Ferdinand Magellan. When he and his Spanish consortium arrived in Cebu they made sure their Christian presence was marked by the placement of this cross on April 21, 1521. You can find this location in front of Cebu City Hall in a very small chapel next door to the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino on Magallanes Street. According to the sign below the cross, the original cross is actually enclosed in this wooden casing in order to protect the original from those who believed the cross possessed healing power and was able to affect miracles. Magallanes Cross is a big tourist attraction, held in high regard to the locals, and considered a symbol of Cebu City and Catholicism arriving in the Philippine culture.
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