Apr 13, 2011 - Cebu    No Comments

Interesting Places to See in Cebu

A popular destination like Cebu has captured the fancy and attention of millions of foreigners from all over the world. Koreans count in thousands who visit Cebu Island every month. Where you go in Cebu will be a matter o f preference.

There are historical museums for those who want to take a trip down memory lane or you can take a walk and enjoy the solemn pavements in Fort San Pedro. There are flourishing estates and abundance in the islands where one can enjoy diving, parasailing, jet skiing, and other water activities, to name just a few. There are shopping malls that cover several acres of land, as well as the famed Carbon Market, which would certainly hark back of the shopping districts in Bangkok and Hong Kong. Below are just some of the many interesting places in Cebu that every visitors should visit.

Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island—Photo courtesy of ComicGeek on Flickr

Bantayan Island

At the northern tip of Cebu is the Bantayan Island. It is renowned for two things: a great shoreline and small population. If you’re looking for the most ideal recluse, this would be it. There’s definitely affordable and impressive beach resorts to spend an interesting weekend or summer.

Getting to Bantayan Island

From Cebu City, getting to Bantayan means you have to take a bus ride to San Remigio. From there ferry rides toward Bantayan Island is available twice everyday. It will arrive at Santa Fe on Bantayan.

Before getting there, it’s highly recommended to look for a place to stay. Resorts are normally booked especially during peak season for trippers like summer.


Sumilon is an isle with an area of only 24 hectares. It’s very well-liked because of its unique diving sites. The dive sites are currently facing restoration from the damages caused by the Muro-Ami fishermen. But with appropriate care and rehabilitation, it will bring back to life its majesty that has been adorned by people past and present.

One can expect a diversity of aquatic species, shifting sand bars, and open cottages. But around the isle there are only few rooms available to house a prolonged stay—to be exact, there are only twenty. So tripping in this isle requires a reservation.

Sumilon Island

Sumilon Island—Photo courtesy of karloil on Flickr

Magellan’s Cross
Location: Magellanes Street
Known to be erected in April 21, 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan, this spot where the first Christian Filipinos Rajah Humabon and Queen Juana and about 400 followers were baptized by Padre Pedro Valderema. In 1525 to 1740, the Augustinian priests built an open shrine for the cross but the natives began to take chips from the cross believing it had miraculous power so a kiosk-like structure was built to protect the cross from total destruction. To protect it further, a hallow cross of tinadalo wood was made to encase the original cross which still stands today.

Fort San Pedro
Location: Port Area, Cebu City
The smallest and oldest tri-bastion fort in the country. This served as the nucleus of the Spanish settlement in the Philippines. It has a total inside area of 2,025 sq. meters. The walls are 20 feet high, 8 feet thick, and the tower is 30 feet high from the ground. It was built on May 8, 1565 with Miguel Lopez De Legazpi breaking the ground. After the battle of Manila Bay, Commodore George Dewey turned the fort to the local Cebuanos and then it became the American Warwick Barracks during the American Regime, which was later converted into classrooms where the Cebuanos received formal education.

During the second World War, it served as fortification for Japanese soldiers. When the battle for liberation was fought the fort served as an army camp. After 1950, Cebu Garden Club took over and fixed the inner court into a miniature garden. For a couple of years it also housed the Cebu City Zoo. In 1978 to August 15, 1993, it housed the offices of Department of Tourism and the Philippine Tourism Authority. At present, it is under the care and administration of the PTA and now houses the National Museum that showcases the San Diego shipwreck & Fort San Pedro diggings.

Heritage of Cebu Monument
Location: Colon St., Cebu City
Located in the original Plaza Parian, it boasts the momentous and emblematic events in the history of Cebu from the time of Rajah Humabon to the recent beatification of Cebuano martyr Pedro Calunsod. The monumental sculptural tableau is the work of national artist Edgardo Castrillo. Construction began on July 1997 and it was inaugurated on Dec. 8, 2000.

Magellan Marker
Location: Punta Engaño, Lapulapu City
It was said that Magellan was inspired by his success in Christianizing the people of Cebu. He crossed the channel to Mactan Island in an attempt to bring faith to the Island. But a local chieftain Lapulapu refused the Spaniards as conquerors. The battle of Mactan, also called the battle for supremacy and freedom on April 27, 1521 accounts the death of Magellan by a poisoned dart that hit him. Efforts to retrieve the body of Magellan were futile in spite of the offer to trade jewelries and spices for the dead body. A marker was erected in 1866 to mark the spot where the great explorer died.

Colon Street
The oldest street in the Philippines was built by the Spaniards in the time of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. Named after Christopher Columbus, it is in downtown Cebu, a glittering area by night lined with moviehouses, restaurants, department stores, and other business enterprise. An obelisk detailing its historical connotation was constructed on its northern end.

Lapulapu Monument
Location: Punta Engaño, Lapulapu City
Site where the battle between Mactan Island Chieftain Lapulapu and the foreign aggressor Ferdinand Magellan said to happen in April 27, 1521. It depicts the hero holding a Kris in one hand and a pestle on the other. The said weapons were believed to have been used during his combat with the Spanish forces commanded by Magellan. This monument stands as a reminder of Filipino bravery.

University of San Carlos
Location: P. del Rosario St., Cebu City
The oldest school in the country established in 1565. In earlier times this was called Colegio de San lldefonso, established by the Jesuits.

Capitol Building
Location: Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City
The seat of the Provincial government is of pre-war epoch and has the undulating mountains of Cebu for its background. Majestic and daunting, its high dome can be seen along Osmeña Boulevard, a replica of the White House in United States of America. It is also considered as one of the many attractive capitol buildings in the country, constructed in 1937.

Casa Gorordo Museum
Location: 35 Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City
Birthplace of the first Filipino Bishop of Cebu, Juan Gorordo (1862-1934). A tour inside this residence is a brief journey into a Filipino standard of living in a particular era between 1860 & 1920. The place presently features noted paintings, museum relics, a patio, antique domestic items and furnishings.

University of San Carlos Museum
Location: P. del Rosario St., Cebu City
A product of years of research activities of the Anthropological Department’s faculty in Central and Southern Philippines; It has four galleries: Spanish Colonial, Ethnographic, Archeological, and Natural Science.

The Southwestern University Museum
Location: Urgello Private Road, Cebu City
Cebu holds the extensive collection of Lydia Aznar Alfonso, reflecting the affluent trade, daily life, and mores of the port city Cebu in pre-historic times. Exhibits of excavated gold, trade beads, coins, iron-age potteries, rare trade wares of porcelain from China, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand, including Ming, Celadon, and other China trade jars, as was Ban Chieng, Haripunchai pottery, and gold teeth peggings were excavated in the areas of Cebu, and the Visayas and Mindanao. The museum also displays heirloom jewelry, Saintly figurines, and church carvings and other church frills.

Julian Jumalon’s Butterfly Sanctuary and Art Gallery
Location: 20-D Macopa St., Basak, Pardo, Cebu City
The country’s oldest butterfly collection and Butterfly Sanctuary with live immature- and adult-stage local butterflies in their natural settings. It’s also where the Lepido Mosaic Art collection is found. A unique collector’s hub frequently visited because the artist utilizes butterfly wings as its means to express fine art. Beautiful and obscure samples of these artworks can be seen at the PROF. JULIAN JAMALON residence.

Rizal Museum and Library
Location: Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City
Just within Cebu City Library along Osmeña Boulevard a collection of antiques donated by illustrious and well-off Cebuano families. Also on exhibit is a collection of artworks of the Cebuano painters and artists. Its upper floor is utilized as a performing arts hall for concert and theatre productions by purely Cebu talents. On the ground floor is the Rizal Memorial Library which keeps some important books on

Taoist Temple Cebu

Taoist Temple in Cebu—Photo courtesy of Tristanskye on Flickr

Taoist Temple
One of the remarkable temples in Cebu which contains several documents of Lao-Tse. Besides fortune reading, its almost 100 steps climb to the main chamber of the temple to light joss sticks and pray to the gods.
Because the location for this temple is a bit hilly, there is hardly any public vehicle that goes up to its location. But a taxi ride with a little tip for the driver will do the job.

Hotels and Resorts in Cebu and Mactan Island
Waterfront Hotel and Casino
Centrepoint hotel and live local bands hubs.
Maribago Bluewaters Resort
Marriott Hotel
Shangri-La Mactan hotel and fine dining with a great pool and beach panorama
Cebu Club Pacific also famous for its so-called nude beaches
Tambuli Beach Club
White Sands

Ayala Center Cebu

Ayala Center Cebu—Photo courtesy of restymail on Flickr

Cebu Shopping Malls
Abacus mall
Ayala Center
Rustan’s department store
Rivergate mall
SM City

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