About Cebu


Cebu is one of the most developed province in the Philippines and a prime spot for business ventures, both local and international. It is one of the most popular of tourist destination in the country because of the wonderful sea coastline, very rich in historic past, and the Cebuanos are very warming. Its capital is Cebu City, the oldest city in the Philippines dubbed as the Queen City of the South.

Cebu is a long narrow island stretching 225 kilometers (140 miles) from north to south, surrounded by 167 neighboring smaller islands, that includes Mactan Island, Bantayan, Malapascua, Olango, and the Camotes Islands.

How to get to Cebu:
  • By Plane - Mactan-Cebu International Airport, located in Mactan island, is the second busiest airport in the Philippines. There are numerous direct daily flights to and from Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and scheduled flights to Japan, Qatar, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China. Aside from this, the airport serves several seasonal charter flights to Russia, China, the United States, and other nations. Mactan Cebu International is also the main domestic hub outside Manila with a variety of flights around the Philippine archipelago. It takes about 20-30 minutes to get to the actual city of Cebu by a taxi.
  • By Boat - Cebu City's domestic port is the country's busiest. Cebu City is home to almost 80 percent of the country's passenger vessels. The country's largest shipping lines, namely WG&A, Sulpicio Lines, Trans-Asia, George & Peter Lines and Lorenzo Shipping Lines, are headquartered in Cebu.
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List of traditional festivities:
  • Sinulog is a religious festival celebrated every third Sunday of January. The feast is held in honor of the patron saint, Señor Santo Niño de Cebú (Lord Holy Child of Cebu) and the arrival of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the Philippines. The Fiesta Señor (Festival Lord) converge a procession and take part in a mardigras parade.
  • Paskuhan is a Christmas celebration of songs held during the month of December.
  • Kadaugan sa Mactan is an re-enactment held in Punta Engaño, celebrated every April 27, to commemorate the historical Battle of Mactan between the soldiers of Datu Lapu-Lapu and Ferdinand Magellan.
  • Virgin of the Rule Fiesta is held to honor the patron saint of Lapu-Lapu City on November 20 to November 21 which includes social event, and traditions of the people, including feasting and a procession of the patron saint.
  • Semana Santa sa Bantayan is a religious tradition, accompanied by a celebration of Holy Week activities in Bantayan Island.
  • Nuestra Señora de Regla Fiesta en ciudad de Lapu-Lapu is a festivity celebrated to honour the patron saint of Mactan Island on November 20 to November 21.
  • Tres de Abril is held every April 3, a celebration of the colonial resistance in the southern Philippines.

Cebu is dubbed as the "Island of Festivals" due to the popularity and number of festivals celebrated throughout the entire province:
  • Kabanhawan Festival is a festival which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The festival is held in Minglanilla.
  • Kabkaban Festival is celebrated on November 24 to November 25 in honor of the town's patron, Saint Catherine of Alexandria. The town of Carcar is known for its old Spanish style houses. During the festivities, the residents invite their friends, relatives and town visitors into their homes to feast on traditional Cebuano cuisines.
  • Tagbo Poro is celebrated every January in honor of the Santo Niño de Poro.
  • Siloy Festival is held every August 26 in the town of Alcoy.
  • Haladaya Festival is held in the town of Daanbatayan in honour of the chieftain Datu Daya.
  • Dinagat-Bakasi Festival is celebrated in the town of Cordova.
  • Dagitab Festival is the Festival in Naga celebrated every town fiesta.
  • Hinulawan Festival is a festival in Toledo.[21]
  • Lapyahan Festival is a festival celebrated in cognizance with the municipality of San Remigio's festivities. It is named after the "lapyahan" meaning "shoreline". The festival is a combination of the town’s history and its tradition.
  • Kinsan Festival is held in the town of Aloguinsan every June 17. It is a festival held to promote the fish, "kinsan", a popular fish in the town.
  • Pasigarbo sa Sugbo Festival is celebrated in 2007. It features all the festivals of the cities and municipalities of Cebu.
  • Tostado Festival is celebrated in Santander.
  • Kagasangan Festival is celebrated in Moalboal.
  • Kinhason Festival is celebrated in Santa Fe.
  • Rosquillos Festival is celebrated in Liloan for its Rosquillos delicacy.
  • Hinulawan Festival is celebrated in Toledo City.
  • Karansa Festival is celebrated in Danao City.
  • Utanon Festival is celebrated in Dalaguete.
  • Sikoy-Sikoy Festival is celebrated in San Fernando.
  • Palawod Festival is celebrated in Bantayan Island.
  • Ani-Anihan Festival is celebrated in Tabuelan.
  • Soli Soli Festival is celebrated in San Francisco in the Camotes Islands.
  • Bonga Festival is celebrated in Sibonga.
  • Pamujuan Festival is celebrated in Pinamungahan.
  • Inasal Festival is celebrated in Talisay City.
  • Tubod Festival is celebrated in Tuburan.
  • Pitlagong Festival is celebrated in Argao.
  • Sinnanggiyaw Festival is celebrated in Dumanjug.
  • Kawayan Festival is celebrated in Alegria every December 1.
  • Bolho Festival is the festival of the town of Boljoon.
  • Toslob Festival is the festival celebrated in Oslob.
  • Hinatdan Festival is the festival of Ginatilan.
  • Saksak Festival is in Samboan.
  • Sarok Festival is the festival in Consolacion.
  • Hinorno Festival is in Ronda.
  • Kaumahan Fesitval is celebrated in Barili.
  • Balang-balang Festival is in Balamban.
  • Bahandi Festival in Alcantara is celebrated every August.
  • Banig Festival in July is in Badian.
  • Sinamay Festival is celebrated in Carmen.
  • Panagsogod Festival is celebrated in Sogod.
  • Budbod-Kabog Festival in Catmon.
  • Pintos Festival is celebrated in Bogo City.
  • Isda Festival (formerly Kadagaya Festival) is in Madridejos, Bantayan.
  • Silmugi Festival is in Borbon.
  • Binuyocan Festival is in Malabuyoc.

 References: wikipedia.org, wikitravel.org