“Queen City of the South”

 The city of Cebu is known as the “Queen City of the South” —and rightly so. As the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines, it has some of the country’s most iconic heritage spots. As a major trading port and site for some of the nation’s fastest-growing industries, it reinforces its multiculturalism with progression. This heady mix of urban vibes and casual provincial airs makes it a favorite destination of those seeking a showcase of the harmonious co-existence of history, culture and modernity. Explore the city’s rich past with a visit to its historical landmarks.

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By Air
There are daily flights to Cebu via the Mactan-Cebu International Airport from key cities in the country, as well as scheduled flights from Hongkong, Singapore, Narita in Japan and Incheon, South Korea.

By Land
Buses bound for Cebu leave from Dumaguete, Oriental Negros and Bacolod, Negros Occidental every hour. It is also possible to take your car here via a Roll On-Roll Off (RORO) ferry.

By Sea
The Cebu City Port service the inter-island sea vessels on the Cebu-Manila-Cebu route from the different major cities in the Visayas and Mindanao.


For most tourists the only way to get around is via taxi. They are everywhere, cheap and efficient. You simply flag one down and tell them where you want to go. Most drivers know where almost everything is. If they don't then simply flag down another one. Jeepneys are usually safe. During rush hour, though, be warned that it tends to get crammed and stuffy. To get in a jeepney, call the attention of the driver by waving one arm as the jeepney approaches you. Drivers usually stop once they see this arm-waving. To get off one should say "LUGAR LANG" in a loud voice. Make sure the jeepney driver hears you, if not, he will continue to drive away. For trips around the island there are several bus operators (e.g. Ceres or Sunrays) leaving from Cebu South Bus Terminal.



  • Cebuano
  • Bisaya
  • Tagalog
  • English



  • Magellan's Cross
  • Fort San Pedro
  • Kawasan Falls
  • Basilica Minore Del Sto. Nino
  • Lapu-Lapu Monument
  • Mactan Island
  • Moalboal
  • Magellan's Marker
  • Malapascua Island
  • Taoist temple
  • The Cathedral Museum of Cebu 
  • Museo Sugbo


  • Lechon Cebu 
  • Danggit
  • Chorizo De Cebu
  • Dried Mangoes
  • Otap



  • Explore the city’s rich past with a visit to its historical landmarks.
  • Pig out on lechon.
  • Dance the night and day away during the Sinulog Festival.
  • Ride the Xtreme Edge Coaster for a view of Cebu unlike any other.



  • Sinulog Festival (held every 3rd Sunday of January-Cebu's biggest and most popular festival. The feast is in honor of the Holy Image of Senyor Santo Nino de Cebu.)



  • Cebu is the first Philippine City. 
  • Due to Cebu City’s extensive population and strategic location, it became the principal Japanese base after their landing on April 10,1942. 
  • Cebu, which was formerly called as Sugbu, Zebu, Zubu, Sebu, Sibuy and others by merchants, from a sleeping fishing village, is now one of the most productive cities in the Philippines.
  • It is also known as Queen of the South.



Summer in Cebu is usually very hot while in November-January, the wind is often cold. If you want to frolic in the beach, you should go there during summer which is from March to May. But, if you want to see what Cebu has in store for all its visitors, go there in January, specifically on the 3rd week as this is the time they celebrate one of the country’s biggest festivities, the Sinulog. 

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