A Glimpse to the Oldest City in the Philippines — Cebu City

Cebu City (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Sugbo; Filipino: Lungsod ng Cebú) is the capital city of Cebu and the second city in the Philippines, the second most significant metropolitan centre in the Philippines and known as the oldest city in the country.

The city is located on the eastern shore of Cebu and was the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines. Cebu is the Philippines’ main domestic shipping port and is home to about 80% of the country’s domestic shipping companies. Cebu also holds the second largest international flights in the Philippines and is a significant centre of commerce, trade and industry in the Visayas and Mindanao region. According to the 2007 Philippine census, the city has a population of about 798,809 people.

Cebu City is the centre of a metropolitan area called Metro Cebu, which includes the cities of Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and Talisay. Metro Cebu has a total population of about 2 million people. The Mactan-Cebu International Airport, located in Lapu-Lapu City is only a twenty-minute drive away from Cebu City. To the northeast of the city are Mandaue City and the town of Consolacion, to the west are Toledo City, the towns of Balamban and Asturias, to the south are Talisay City and the town of Minglanilla. Across Mactan Strait to the east is Mactan Island where Lapu-Lapu City and an aquarium attraction are located.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cebu_City

Let me guide you to our one day tour in Cebu City and Lapu-Lapu City with my friends.

–> The gang is now ready to start the tour!

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–> First stop at the ancestral house but we really did not went inside the house. But if you wish to check this place they are located at 155 Mabini corner Lopez Jeana St. Cebu, Philippines. The entrance fee is Php50.

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–> Next, we went to see the Heritage of Cebu Monument at Parian district in Cebu City. This is made in a brass, steel and bronze tableau.

 

–> After which, we visited the Basilica de Sto. Niño.

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–> We then drop by at Magellan’s Cross. It is located just next to the Basilica del Santo Niño on Magallanes Street, just in front of the city hall of Cebu City. Magellan’s Cross is a symbol of Cebu, and the chapel’s image can be found in its city seal. It is also seen as the symbol of Roman Catholicism in the Philippines.

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–> Fort San Pedro is the oldest and smallest fort in the Philippines. Built by the Spaniards to repel sieges by hostile natives and Muslim pirates, the fort was deemed finished in 1738, some 200 years after it started construction. t is located in the area now called Plaza Indepedencia, in the Pier Area of Cebu City, Philippines.

 

–> After hours of travel, we finally felt hungry and as we had friends that are first time in Cebu we let them try the ever famous and tasty lechon

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–> After taking a little rest at SM City, we then proceed to our next destination which is the Taoist Temple. It is located in Beverly Hills Subdivision in Cebu City.  The temple includes a chapel, a library, a souvenir shop and a wishing well. The spacious balconies offer a scenic view of the downtown Cebu. Also noteworthy is the giant dragon statue.

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–> We then went straight to Mactan to visit Lapu-lapu. The site where the battle between Mactan Island Chieftain Lapulapu and the foreign aggressor Ferdinand Magellan occurred in April 27, 1521. This monument stands as a reminder of Filipino bravery.

–> We also drop by at Plantation Bay Resort

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–> … and at Shangrila Hotel.

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–> And for our final stop, we went to Tops — situated 2,000 feet above sea level on the hills of Busay, An excellent sight-seeing spot which offers a breathtaking view of Metro Cebu and the islands of Mactan.

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Actually, our tour did not end there yet because we then proceed to Mango Square where the party begins. ^____^

 

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