Placed at the right in the middle of the Philippine archipelago,Cebu is a shining gem in its own right. Aside from its historical richness, it is blessed with many natural resources and even more blessed with constant sprouting of man-made attractions. The Queen City of the South is truly not a bore to be in, in fact, you’d maybe have to extend for more than a week to see and go to everything.
Let the locals help you find the best of everything in Cebu, especially the best foods you should try to taste. Let’s check out the things that make Cebu glitter!
Things you can do When In Cebu!
Try Cebu Local Street Food
If there’s something very unique you could try out in Cebu, it’s their street food. Though it’s a break from your diet as these treats involve being drenched in oil, it would be worth your while as it’s every Cebuano’s guilty pleasure. You can feast on several Cebuano fried dishes along the streets of Cebu City amid its bustling city traffic. Some choices include the Quek-Quek, which is quail’s egg Siomai covered in orange flour, and the all-time favorite tempura!
You can also find Siomai paired with the Cebuano Puso, too! They’re usually going around different corners and streets as they cook and serve each street food in carts, so be keen on looking for your cheap holy grail when it comes to food at the City’s downtown.
Taste The World Renowned Cebu Lechon
One of the best foods that you should try in Cebu is its tender-juicy-crunchy-tasty Lechon. Lechon Baboy is a delicacy that can be found throughout the country, but the ones in Cebu are deemed exceptional in taste.
Lechon Cebu is a young pig stuffed with a secret mix of herbs and spices (usually including star anise, spring onions, lemongrass), skewered on a bamboo pole and roasted whole over hot coals. Almost all celebrations with loved ones in Cebu, especially yearly fiesta celebrations, are not deemed complete without the lechon at the center of every dining table, its crispy skin and juicy meat just waiting to be devoured by all.
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Visit Sacred and Religious Landmarks and Sites
Since the 16th century, several nations who dominated or just visited the land have left a variety of holy and religious places in the province of Cebu.
Magellan’s Cross is a perfect site to start if you want to see some of Cebu’s historic sites. Cebu province has a long history and has witnessed many significant events. Also from the Basilica del Santo Nino on Osmena Boulevard to the Taoist Temple in Beverly Hills, and from the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist in Simala to the Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod in Cebu South Road, you’ll find a wide range of religious edifices on Cebu.
Experience Adventurous and Beautiful Viewpoints
Cebu is also a mountainous island and also known for its astonishing viewpoints and observation decks. You can enjoy the panoramic views of Cebu, just for example in Tops Lookout and Mountain View Nature’s Park that both can be found in Busay Hill.
If you are familiar with Osmeña Peak, it’s the tallest mountain on the island. Other stunning viewpoints can mostly be found in the southern part of Cebu. These beauteous and relaxing viewpoints require adventurous and serious hiking, but it’s satisfying when you reach the top.
Explore Astonishing Waterfalls
Cebu Island, which spans over 4,000 square kilometers, is home to rugged mountain ranges and limestone plateaus to the north and south of Metro Cebu.
There are more than 90 waterfalls that can be found in the dense jungle around Cebu. Some of them became famous and well-known by tourists: Tumalog Falls near Oslob, Kawasan Falls near Moalboal, Aguinid Falls in Samboan, and another Kawasan Falls in Badian Island, near Malapascua Island. Organized tours and guides are available to help you access these stunning waterfalls.
Island Hopping on Islands and Islets
Boarding a boat for a day of island hopping in Cebu is one of the most popular things to do in a province with 168 islands. Whether you’re staying in main island, Mactan, Malapascua, Bantayan, or another nearby island, an island-hopping day tour is always possible.
Pescador Island is the most popular day trip destination from Moalboal, while Dakit-Dakit, Biliran, and Kalanggaman islands are three ideal island-hopping possibilities from Malapascua Island. Sugbo Province offers discovering fine sand beaches caressed by blue waters is your idea of a perfect vacation.
Explore Down Under via Snorkeling and Diving
Scuba diving and snorkeling are two popular hobbies in Cebu. The majority of the islands in this area are surrounded by crystal-clear warm seas that are home to a diverse array of marine life, including enormous species like manta rays, whale sharks, and the uncommon thresher shark.
Many dive centers in Cebu and nearby islands provide daily diving trips to dive destinations such as Monad Shoal near Malapascua Island, Pescador Island near Moalboal, and Kansantik in the Olango Channel.
Visit Historical Landmarks
Cebu was the first Philippine island colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century, headed by the Portuguese Magellan. This turbulent past has left numerous landmarks, many of which may be found in Cebu City.
There are several secular historical landmarks to visit in Cebu, ranging from Fort San Pedro to Yap Sandiego Ancestral House and from Colon Street — the Philippines’ oldest street – to Lapu-Lapu Shrine. If you’re short on time, there are many museums that chronicle the region’s history.
Cebu is still riddled with a lot of things that you might not know about and you might just get to know it sooner than you think. When you do, maybe you can make your own list and share to others what you have experienced.