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Tourist and Historical Attractions in Cebu Philippines

Updated on November 25, 2009

Historical and Tourist Spots In Cebu

Do you feel tired and stressed with work? Think of giving yourself a real nice vacation. You deserve it after working so hard earning a living. This is one way, well a great way of pampering and showing love to yourself. After finally making a decision that you need a long break, now what, where should you go? You lucky thing, you found me to help you! I say you should spend your long vacation in the Philippines, specifically in the Cebu Island. Where the hell is that??

Republic of the Philippines is a Southeast Asian country consisting of 7701 islands. It has 3 major islands Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao and Cebu is in the Visayas region. I am strongly recommending it because I am from Cebu myself. Cebu is a very progressive city so you wont have any problem finding malls there like Cebu Ayala Center, SM City Cebu, Gaisano Country Mall, and Elizabeth Mall. You can also find vast variety of Hotels and Resorts from the cheapest to a 5-star hotel.We have Plantation Bay, Marco Polo Hotel, Marriott Hotel, Waterfront Hotel, Montebello hotel and the list goes on and on. Me and my husband spent 2 nights at Plantation Bay resort and it was a very relaxing and fantastic moment. I'm proud to say that in the midst of the advancement and progress of the place, Cebu is able to maintain it's charm, scenic beauty, and the touch of nature. Tourists from different parts of the world swarm the entire island throughout the year.

Mode of Transportation

Jeepney - is the major public transportation of Cebu and the entire Philippines. It was originally the American military jeeps during World War II now modified and embellished with flambouyant decorations, interesting huh?!

Bus - is for long distance trips that take at least a 2-hour drive from the city and I'm sure anybody knows how a bus looks like so there wont be a need for me to post pics of it. There are 2 bus terminals: South Bus Terminal and the North Bus Terminal

Taxicab - is also available for your convenience in going around the city. You can even hire it to go to long distance trips within the Cebu province

Rent-a-Car - is at your disposal if you want to drive yourself. But obviously this is only good if you know the place or if you have somebody with who does. Well, if you have the spirit of adventure you can just follow a map in going where you wanna go.

The following are the tourist and historical places I recommend you to go:

Basilica de Sto Nino Church - was built in 1521 when Spain introduced Catholicism in Cebu. The original structure of the church was mostly made of wood and it was destroyed by fire and it was rebuilt and got rehabilitated twice. Fronting the old church is the Provincial Pilgrim center which was built to hold more people during the yearly feast in honor of the Patron Saint Sr. Sto. Nino De Cebu.

Magellan's Cross - is the place where the Christian cross was planted by the Portuguese and Spanish explorers as orderd by Magellan in 1521. Now the cross (not the original one) is in a chapel next to the Basilica de Sto Nino Church.

Casa Gorordo Museum --is located in the heart of the city, and is one of the few remaining Spanish structured house owned by a prominent family during the Spanish conlonization. Though the house is restored you will see antique stuff and a lot of history in it. For pictures click on this link

Fort San Pedro -is just a walking distance from Magellan's Cross. It was built by the Spaniards to guard themselves from the Filipino rebels. It also served as a prison for caught rebels. A tour guide from the place itself will give you a more detailed information about the place. Click on this link for a picture of it

Taoist Temple - Built in 1972, is located in Beverly Hills Subdivision in Cebu City. The temple was built by Cebu's chinese community. With an elevation of 300 meters above sea level,the temple is a towering, multi-tiered, multi-hued attraction accessible by three separate winding routes. The entrance to the temple is a replica of the Great Wall of China. 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.(infos from wikipedia)

Mactan Shrine - is where the statue of Lapu-lapu was erected in honor of him for fighting against the Spanish and Portuguese colonizers lead by Magellan. Lapu-lapu was a native tribe chieftain who led his men to defeat the colonizers in the battle of Mactan in 1521. You can have sumptuous meals in the nearby seafood restaurants. Click on this link for pictures

Where can you relax and have a truly unforgetable vacation experience? I will share with you the best places to enjoy more your vacation in my next blog. So it will be more on long distance trips from beaches, lake, and to falls.

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Cebu MapBasilica de Sto Nino Church on their annual feast that falls on very 3rd Sunday of JanuaryJeepneysMagellan's Cross InscriptionInside Magellan's Cross ChapelTaoist Temple entranceTaoist templetaoist temple
Cebu Map
Cebu Map
Basilica de Sto Nino Church on their annual feast that falls on very 3rd Sunday of January
Basilica de Sto Nino Church on their annual feast that falls on very 3rd Sunday of January
Magellan's Cross Inscription
Magellan's Cross Inscription
Inside Magellan's Cross Chapel
Inside Magellan's Cross Chapel
Taoist Temple entrance
Taoist Temple entrance
Taoist temple
Taoist temple
taoist temple
taoist temple


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