Apr 4, 2011 - Cebu    1 Comment

Cebu: A Perfect Holiday Destination

Cebu City is a getaway destination which is about an hour air travel from Manila. It’s found in an island in central Philippines with Cebu City as its capital. The stretched island is thin with a few miniature islands off-shore. Its international airport is located on the flat island of Mactan. An island separated from the main land mass by the narrow Mactan strait. Cebu city is one of the prominent centers for commerce and infrastructure in the Visayas and Mindanao region of the country. Because of this and other key aspects that Cebu City was given the well deserved moniker Queen City of the South.

Shangri-la Mactan

Shangri-la Mactan -- Photo courtesy of seansabado on flickr

For tourists local and foreign, Cebu offers many travel destinations. One primary historical and religious marker is the “Magellan’s Cross” which was named after Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese born explorer who arrived in Cebu in the early 1500s. Pieces of the original cross are believed to be encased in the present spot. Across the street from the downtown marker is the Sto. Niño Basilica. It used to be the only Catholic Basilica in East Asia. The basilica houses the celebrated “Santo Niño” the patron saint of the Cebuanos. Another historical site downtown in Cebu is the Fort San Pedro, the remains of the Spanish military fortification that still stands today as a tourist site. Read more »