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Island Paradise of Cebu Philippines
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Pristine white sand beaches, beautiful azure seas, interesting culture and tropical weather. What's not to love about the Island Paradise of Cebu Philippines?
With a population of over 3,000,000 people, Cebu is sometimes referred to as the Queen of the South. It is a province of The Philippines and the place where industry and vacation resorts thrive in harmony and easy reach of each other.
Cebu Island has a long, rich history dating back to 1521 when Magellan claimed it for Spain. Even before that time, Cebu was a gateway for Asian trade merchants.
Today, the island still enjoys prosperity and growth. It promotes itself as a centre of industry, ideal vacation spot and perfect retirement location.
For anyone interested in historic architecture and statues, you'll find plenty of great sights to visit on the island of Cebu. Don't forget to pack your camera and perhaps a notepad to jot down things of interest to you.
Island of Festivals
Colorful celebrations abound on Cebu Island.
Known as the Island of Festivals, there are numerous events held to honour different aspects of nature and bounty, as well as some that are connected to religious beliefs.
Additionally, Cebu's festival jingles have become somewhat famous.
There are 47 fiestas per year in Cebu. Below is a sampling of one town's celebrations:
In honor of its patron saint, Saint Vincent Ferrer, Bogo City in Cebu holds two yearly town festivals:
- April 5th - Birthday celebration and feast day for San Vicente Ferrer. The occasion attracts pilgrims from around the world to participate in religious activities honouring the patron saint.
- May 27th - Pintos Festival is the official and biggest fiesta of Bogo City. It attracts large crowds to watch and participate in the celebration, and includes a contest for Ms. Bogo Festival Queen.
More About Those Famous Jingles
I'm including a few videos of the jingles in this hub. They all used to be available on the official Cebu site but it seems that they have been removed. Either that or I just couldn't locate them.
Regardless, I wanted to include a few jingles for you to see and hear, particularly since they are so well known to many. Notice that they each tell a story of the location that's being sung about. The jingles are part tour guide, part travelogue, part promotional. Always entertaining.
I was surprised, to be honest. What we consider a jingle here in North America is a bit different, a short piece of commercial music that gets stuck in our head, if the ad has done its job properly. In Cebu, it seems, a jingle is a far more full-service tool for promoting festivals in various cities. I actually like their jingles better than ours. They seem more earthy and entertaining, giving me a taste of their culture.
The miles of gorgeous white sand beaches and crystalline water is perhaps what Cebu is best known for among tourists. A bus or motorcycle ride or a short walk however, will take you to some of the best tropical sightseeing spots in The Philippines.
In addition to the sights on Cebu Island, there are other islands to explore and enjoy. You can dive, see World Heritage structures, enjoy a variety of foods including local fare or trek up a mountain.
Since the island is also a centre of commerce and industry, business can be comfortably combined with pleasure.
There's something for everyone on the Island Paradise of Cebu Philippines.
There is just about any type of Cebu hotel available. You can find luxury 5 star resorts, major hotel chains, as well as privately owned accommodations for retirees and those seeking a small apartment.
You don't need to spend a lot unless you want to. Cheap Cebu accommodation is available.
Wherever you decide to stay, you will love the Island Paradise of Cebu Philippines. In fact, odds are that you will want to return again and again. Enjoy your tropical vacation!
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