The historic province of Cebu is the political, economic, educational and cultural center of Central Philippines. It is the second biggest metropolis after Metro Manila in the north, and as such provides all modern, fast-paced amenities of city life while essentially remaining true to its course as a breezy Pacific island paradise.
Cebu was where Spanish navigator Ferdinand Magellan first proclaimed Iberian ownership over what would later become known as the Philippine islands.
As the country’s oldest colonial city, Cebu was the country’s most important bastion of development next only to Intramuros in Manila. Its long history as an outpost of Spanish rule in the South has given Cebu a diverse array of heritage sites, from massive vintage charges to traditional religious festivals like Sinulog, from well preserved colonial streets to a cuisine rich in east-meets-west influences.
Cebu is also a cosmopolitan city, and as such, has an exciting nightlife and varied entertainment options. For those in search of outdoor adventures, the island’s surrounding beaches and mountainous areas offer opportunities for diving, trekking, sailing, extreme sports, or plain lounging around in well-appointed resorts.