Cebu

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Cebu is a long, narrow island located in Central Visayas. It is where the country’s oldest city is located, also called Cebu, the “Queen City of the South”, and locally as Sugbo. With a rich historical background as it was the site of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan’s landing in the Philippines, the city features tourist attractions like Magellan’s Cross Shrine and the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño (Minor Basilica of the Santo Niño), which houses the Santo Niño de Cebú (Holy Child of Cebu), the oldest Catholic relic in the Philippines.

Its location in the “Coral Triangle” makes Cebu a haven for divers. From its northern tip at Malapascua Island to midway at Olango Island and south at Oslob, its sanctuaries offers sightings of fascinating marine fauna like the thresher sharks and whale sharks

Cebu hosts the annual Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage) every May to promote cultural and heritage awareness. The nightlong event features the many museums in Cebu including Ayala Center Cebu, Casa Gorordo Museum, Cathedral Museum, Cebu City Museum, Cebu Normal University, Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple, Fort San Pedro, and Sacred Heart Parish Church. Guests are also treated to “kalesa” (horse carriage) while museum-hopping.