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                                                  Cebu - Pearl Of South Philippines
                                                                 By Dan Eggers

   Why travel to Cebu, Philippines of all places? What makes Cebu, Philippines special among all
other places in the whole country – or the world even? If your travel plans for this year includes Cebu,
here are some reasons why we’re certain that you won’t regret your decision on choosing Cebu as
your travel destination.

What Makes Cebu Popular Even if we weren’t to talk about any of the famous tourist spots of Cebu,
Philippines, there are still other things that make Cebu so very popular with the tourists. First, there’s
the food. If you love those ripe yellow mangoes, you absolutely must go to Guadulupe because their
mangoes - served dried or not - can never fail to make taste buds water.

And then there’s chicharon or pork rind; if you’ve never tasted chicharon yet, a good place to start
would be at Cebu. Other food to explore in Cebu would be “puso”, the hanging rice, dangit, a dried fish
usually eaten for breakfast and budbud, another type of rice.

And then there are the souvenirs or other accessories that you may only purchase in Cebu, Philippine.
If you come from a country experiencing all four seasons – people back home would probably
appreciate if you give them the beautifully hand woven blankets made from Argao. People with deep
faith would no doubt appreciate as well gifts of the Medallions of the Christ Child. For fashion lovers,
jewelry made from Mactan stone, corals or seashells are very much popular.

Lastly, there are the guitars. People with fine ears for music can’t help but appreciate the quality of
guitars manufactured in Cebu. If you also want to see with your very own eyes the manufacturing
process of a guitar, from start to finish, LapuLapu City of Cebu is the place to travel to.

And now finally, we come to the places…

Magellan’s Cross – Since the Philippines began to be of interest to the world thanks to Ferdinand
Magellan’s discovery in 1521, tourists might as well begin their travel plans by visiting Magellan’s
Cross which is found in Magallanes Street of Cebu City. This place is of much historical value to the
Philippines because it’s also where the baptismal rites of the earliest Filipino Christians were held.

Mactan Island – Water sports have always been a favorite activity by tourists when visiting the Cebu

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and if you’re fond of this as well, make sure that you drop by Mactan Island because the waves there
are alike no place else!

Cebu is also the jumping point to other exciting destinations like Dumaguete, Bohol and Sumilon.

Dan Eggers live in Dumaguete City in the Philippines, his Dumaguete City Guide can be found at and his lively Dumaguete Forum at

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                           Cebu; Central Visayan Metropolis - Philippines
                                            By Peter Garant

Region 7 in the Philippines is characterized as central Visayas with places such as Dumaguete, Bohol,
Siquijor and most importantly Cebu. Cebu is one of the biggest cities in the Visayas and it is the
ultimate trade city of the south. Cebu is the oldest city in the Philippines and has the only International
Airport in the Visayas which makes Cebu an important metropolis in the Visayas.

 The native language of the Philippines is Tagalog, but the native language of Cebu is Cebuano, which
is also spoken in other places such as Bohol, Leyte, Negros Oriental and parts of Mindanao. Every city
in the Philippines has a patron saint and the patron saint of Cebu happens to be Our Lady of
Guadalupe. There are many religious events in Cebu and the saint that is widely used by the natives is
Santo Niño de Cebu. A whole festival is dedicated to him, called the Sinulog which is celebrated every
January with street shows and dances.

 Cebu is the center of economic activity in the central Visayas. The total investments, export and import
of Cebu city totals an amount of an estimated 10 Million US dollars, which makes Cebu a powerful
metropolis. Cebu has big industries including electronic, computer, food processing and most
importantly mining and shipping industries. When you take a bus to Cebu city you will see the big coal
mines near the sea and you will even drive underneath a mining company that is situated alongside the
highway. Most of the shipping industries are located in Cebu which makes this metropolis the most and
easiest accessible city in the Philippines. National and International shipping is going through Cebu
and the city earns millions just from the shipping taxes and toll taxes.

 Other multimillion business chances can be found in the Mactan International Airport at Mactan City,
Cebu. This International Airport gives access to all the trade opportunities in Asia, Europe and the US.
Cebu is also the home of the International Convention Center in which the 12th ASEAN summit has
been held where world leaders congregated. This shows that Cebu is already the international
metropolis that it should be. The education in Cebu is also very international. The first International
Academy of Film and Television has been established in Mactan, Cebu in 2004 and is the only
international film school in the Central Visayas.

 The central Visayas also have a big network of print media and broadcasting media. Cebu itself has
three local newspapers that are published daily and several other little tabloids and community
newspapers. Broadcasting outlets are also numerous in the queen city of the south. Cebu has three
television stations that can be accessed through cable and a total of 23 radio stations with 13 AM radio
stations and 20 FM radio stations. This is just another proof that Cebu City is not only the oldest city in
the Philippines, but also one of the richest and economically stronger cities in the Philippines.

 You can also find many historical monuments in this central Visayan city. One of the most important
and often visited monuments is the Magellan’s Cross. Magellan’s Cross can be found in a small chapel
that is located next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, which is fronting Cebu’s city hall. Cebu has
something for everybody; good food, great malls for shopping, and monuments for your cultural
desires. Cebu will be unlike any other city you can visit in the Central Visayas.

Peter Garant is writing Cebu ( ) articles for his site about the Philippines ( ).

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