Known as the Queen City of the South, Cebu is a place where religion, history, leisure adventure, and good food are rolled into one.
Filipinos and even foreign tourists troop to Cebu in January to witness the famed Sinulog Festival. It is a 9-day tribute to the Santo Niño or the child Jesus, and a commemoration of the Filipino’s acceptance of Roman Catholicism at the time when Spanish conquerors set foot in Cebu. The celebrations conclude with a grand parade, where everyone joins a street dance in multi-colored costumes and groove to the beat of drums and percussion.
A photo opportunity with the Magellan’s Cross in the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño is also a must. This gigantic crucifix is a replica of the cross planted by Spanish conquistadors to symbolize the conversion of the Filipino natives then into Christianity. Be transported back in 1521.
History lovers will be amazed at Museo Sugbo, a penitentiary-turned-museum which houses Cebu’s rich cultural heritage. To adapt to the modern times, art and media galleries and other collections were added to enhance the museum.
For those who just want a breather, enjoy a night of spectacular lights and sights at Tops. Perfect for lovers and sightseers, Tops is situated atop Busay Hills, which makes it popular for those who want see a panoramic view of Cebu and Mactan.
Daredevils will have the walk of their lives once they try the Sky Walk at the Crown Regency Cebu. Literally be in the edge of glory (with a harness though) by walking around a glass floor in the outer patio of the 37th floor of the building. That’s about 125 meters above the street. The same hotel houses a Sky Observatory which will let you take a peek at the starry, starry night; the Tower Zip which would make you zip across two buildings; and the blood pumping Edge Coaster where two passengers will be fastened in a rail seat that would circle the tower. The seat can even be tilted down to trigger your screams.
Finally, no visit to Cebu will ever be complete without tasting the authentic, trademark dishes made with love by Cebuanos. Topping the list is of course, the internationally acclaimed Cebu Lechon! A whole pig is marinated and stuffed with spices then roasted into crispy-perfection. Try out Zubuchon and CnT to take your cholesterol level a bit higher. Aside from lechon, there’s pochero, crispy pata, sinuglaw, seafoods, barbecue and brownies – which will all make you burp and say “Lami Gyud!” (very delicious).
Indeed, Cebu is crowned the ‘Queen’ for a whole lot of reasons. Much like a regal monarch, it stands proud of its history, and eagerly welcomes modernity to carry on the glory and grandeur of its reign.