The Philippines is a country painted of rich and vibrant cultures and historic tales of the past. The Philippines is a sovereign island country in the Southeast Asia in the Western Pacific. With 7,107 tropical and idyllic islands forming an archipelago, every single island is a different experience worth exploring. It's hardly ever surprising that many of the country's most stunning attractions can be found on the seaside as the country has been endowed with some of the world's most immaculate beaches and waters offshore as a diver's paradise, with pristine reefs, astounding tropical fishes, migrating whale sharks and wrecks from WWII.
But beyond the coastline are places to visit of a different nature; explore the outdoors and go on an adventure through the mystical tribal villages, breathtaking man-made rice terraces, magnificent views off mountain peaks and crumbling Spanish churches and forts.
Here one may find the great influences of the island's rich stew of cultures- Islamic, Malay, Spanish and American – in an exuberant array of festivals, tantalizing food and elegant colonial towns that has more in common with Latin America than the rest of Asia.
The Filipino people are widely known to be very welcoming, warm, and relentlessly upbeat. They take pride in making visitors welcome, even in the most rustic barrio homes, evident in the hundreds of colorful fiestas held throughout the year, which are tied to Roman Catholic beliefs. Accompanied of course, with the merrymaking are the delicious Filipino food that are heavily influenced by Spanish and native traditions- one may only expect the abundance of fresh seafood, roasted meats, and unlike the rest of Asia, a plethora of sweet desserts making use of the abundance of tropical fruits available in the country.
Cebu, or Sugbo as locals call it, is an island province of the Philippines rich in history, culture, natural wonder and resources. Hailed the Queen City of the South, it is one of the country's top destinations for tourism, industry, education, business, and recreation.
The Province of Cebu is a juxtaposition between a concrete jungle and a tropical paradise--the best of both worlds.
Cebu's fast-paced, convenience-driven urban lifestyle earned its title as one of the fastest growing cities in the
country. Countering the ever-growing skylines of the booming metropolis, Cebu established a reputation for its 167
beautiful islands blanketed in white sand beaches, luxurious hotels and resorts, travel facilities, diving sites and
thriving marine life.
Cebu plays a major role in Philippine history. From its first Spanish settlement in 1565, Cebu houses countless iconic heritage and cultural sites in the country. These well-preserved historical structures and artifacts have become popular points of interest for locals and tourists alike.
Aside from top tourist attractions, Cebu also takes pride in Cebuano cuisine, cultural and religious festivals, and local industries such as handcrafted guitars, woven goods, delicious lechon, dried mangoes, seafood and danggit (dried fish). Cebuano cuisine is hearty and unique, where suka (vinegar) and sili (chili) are almost ubiquitous in every recipe.
The Sinulog festival, in particular, is one of the grandest, most anticipated festivals in the country, held annually in honor of the miraculous Santo Niño. People from all over the nation flock to Cebu every third Sunday of January to observe the religious event and participate in colorful street parties.
For those who wish to visit or tour the island province of Cebu, travel is readily accessible by plane, boat, bus, or private vehicle.
As the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines, Cebu has some of the country's most iconic heritage spots. Explore the city's rich history, culture and modernity in one exciting adventure with us.
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