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Dubbed as the Queen City of the South, Cebu has become the center of commerce, trade, entertainment, and industry for the Visayan islands in the central Philippines. It is also the oldest city in the country and was the site of the first Catholic mass by the Spanish conquerors. For hundreds of years, people of this city had full devotion to the image of the Child Christ, the Sto. Niño which was brought to the country centuries ago by the Spanish.
Aside from being a bustling city, Cebu is known for historical landmarks and beautiful beaches. Here are some of the points of interest while in the city:
Cebu also has nice beaches but you have to travel over 50 kilometres away from the city. There are plenty of options to choose. From a quite get away, to a white sand-bar party. Malapascua Island is one of the most visited island in Cebu. If you are looking for a quite place to relax feel the to warm breeze and listen to the friendly waves on a fine white sand beach, this is the perfect place for you. They also offer scuba diving, island hopping by boat, as well as other water sports.
Cebu being devoted to the Sto. Niño, the city holds one of the most major and famous festivals in the country called the Sinulog Festival. This festival is held every third Sunday of January. During the festival people join in the procession of the images of Sto. Niño and join in the street dancing around the city.
Other major Philippine festivals are listed in the Events and Festivals in the Philippines section.
Warm and humid weather throughout the year, with maximum temperatures mostly around or above 30 °C and nights mostly above 20 °C.
Since the city is situated in an island, the main ways to get there are by plane or by ferry from nearby islands.
Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) in Cebu is the third most important airport in the Philippines, following Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark and Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. It services flights from and to other domestic airports in the country and nearby South East Asian countries.
Airlines with direct international flights to Cebu include:
Being an island, Cebu may also be accessed through the use of the ferry system in the country. The following major ferry lines provide trips to Cebu from Manila and other major ports in the country.
The main bus lines servicing the Cebu area are Ceres Bus Liner, CBL Liner, ABC Liner and Rough Riders.
Do as the locals do and catch a colorful jeepney. They are available 24 hours and cover most of the city. Fares cost P8 if traveling between points within Cebu City and more if going to Mandaue City or Lapu-Lapu.
Buses are also available but these tend to ply exclusively along the north-south route. There are two major bus terminals as the name implies for direction of travel - North Bus terminal at Mandaue and South Bus terminal. Ceres Bus lines operates regular bus services from these terminals and are considered the "safer" alternative to the smaller privately operated bus lines.
Cebu with its long years of existence has a wide range of food delicacies and among the most famous are the following:
|Allson's Inn||129 Gen. Echavez St Cebu City||Hostel||75|
|ALTA Cebu Resort||ALTA Complex Cordova, Cebu||Hotel||-|
|Diplomat Hotel||90 F. Ramos Street||Hotel||79|
|Palazzo Pensionne||49 Sepulveda Street Cebu City||Hostel||79|
|Alba Uno Residencia||1007 Villa Amores Lahug Apas||Hostel||-|
|Cebu Guesthouse||211 mango avenue||GUESTHOUSE||70|
|Kukuk's Nest Pension House||157 Gorordo Ave Uptown||HOSTEL||73|
|Cebu Dulcinea Hotel and Suites||Shangs Mactan Town Center, Pajo Lapu-Lapu||Hotel||-|
|Europa Mansionette Inn||Hidden Homes subdivision,M.L. Quezon Avenue, Manda Europa Hostel||Guesthouse||-|
|Metro Park Hotel||Saint Lawrence St. La Guardia Lahug||Hotel||82|
|NS Royal Pensione||Juana Osmeña Street||Hotel||77|
|Century Plaza Hotel||Juana Osmeña Street||Hotel||73|
|Cordova Reef Village Resort Cebu||Bantayan Cordova Mactan Island||Hostel||-|
|Cebu Parklane International Hotel||Archbishop Reyes Avenue and Escario St||Hotel||-|
|Park Hill Hotel Mactan||Matumbo road Lapu Lapu city||Hotel||-|
|Kukuk's Nest Bed and Breakfast||86 Talamban Road Nasipit, Talamban||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Bohol Guesthouse||211 Mango Ave Bohol Guesthouse Valladolid, Bohol||HOSTEL||79|
|Ocean Bay Beach Resort||Dalaguete||Hotel||-|
|The Orchard Cebu||A.S. Fortuna Street, Bakilid||Hotel||-|
|Tr3ats Guesthouse||785 v. Rama Avenue||HOSTEL||83|
|BalayKo-op Pensionne||#20 M. Roa Street Capitol Site||HOSTEL||-|
|Elegant Circle Inn||Cinco Centrum Fuente Osmeña||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|La Gloria Residence Inn||GYT Bldg. Cnr. Borromeo and Climaco Sts.||HOTEL||-|
See also International Telephone Calls
The Philippine Postal Corporation, or PhilPost, is the provides the postal service throughout the Philippines. PhilPost is pretty reliable, but one can hardly call it fast services. It is fine for sending postcards and letters though, both domestically as well as internationally. Prices for sending postcards or letters within the country start at around P7, while most international post costs at least P20. For sending parcels to and from the Philippines it might be wise to use companies like FedEx or UPS. The opening hours of post offices in the Philippines differ from one place to another. Usually, post offices are open from 8:00am to 12 noon and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on weekdays. And for those that operate on Saturdays, the business hours are from 8:00am to 1:00pm.
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