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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”-Mark Twain

Hailed and regarded as the Philippines’ Queen City of the South, there are a lot of reasons why Cebu City can own up to this claim to fame and why it should be your next travel destination. Apart from the universally acclaimed local food item known as the Lechon, Cebu plays host to a myriad of picturesque destinations all worthy of your Instagram and social media feeds. Being an island, Cebu has the unique privilege of being an eclectic fusion of city and tropical life, and for this reason, tourists and travelers all over the world would visit by the droves.

In fact, it is during the summer season wherein Cebu would experience a huge influx of visitors coming to the island. Considering that the city has struck an excellent balance between the bustling city and quiet provincial life, it would be easy to see why tourists tend to the favor this island. After all, with everything in proximity to the city, tourists would easily have a myriad of activities at their disposal. So, if they wish to go island hopping by the daytime and bar hopping by nightfall, it would not require so much of an effort on their parts.

Furthermore, there are a lot of cheap hotels in Cebu which means that going to the island for a short vacation would not be all too hard for your pockets and would easily fit in your travel budget. In any case, if you have been wanting to visit the Queen City of the south, here are things you can look forward to:

1. Spectacular food

Aside from the world-renowned lechon, Cebu plays host to some legendary eats as well. With eatery juggernauts such as Café Laguna and Kuya J, it would be no question that you can find some of the Philippines’ finest cuisine here. Some of the food staples you should definitely try are the bbq treats from Larsian, and of course, the hanging rice fondly called “puso” which is a local staple in the city. You would not have any problems finding these two famed foods as bbq stalls are an omnipresent presence in the streets.

2. Jeepney signs

The jeepney is a ubiquitous vehicle that perfectly defines the typical Filipino: down-to-earth, unassuming and incredibly resilient throughout the years. While jeepneys are somewhat of a pervasive presence in traffic, they are quite different in Cebu. In fact, one might say that Cebu’s jeepney transport system is much more efficient and convenient to commuters. Apart from the places indicated on the side of the vehicle, Cebu’s jeepneys also have designated alphanumerical numbers above it—just by the entrance. This makes it easier for commuters to identify where the jeepney would be headed and makes it a lot easier for the riding public to get to where they wish.

3. Heritage and historical sites

Being the first Philippine city discovered by the Spaniards, it would only be natural for Cebu to host some ancient relics and artifacts. In fact, the Spanish culture is so deeply rooted and ingrained in the Cebuanos that until today they still celebrate the feast of Sr. Sto. Nino. It was said that during the pre-colonial era, a statuette of Sto.Nino was presented to the wife of Rajah Humabon, the Rajah of Cebu at that time. Today, the celebration is locally known as Sinulog and is celebrated every third Sunday of January.

Street dancing, as well as a slew of parties, can be expected during this time. Apart from Sinulog, Cebu has a myriad of heritage sites such as Casa Gorordo, the Cathedral Cebu, the Magellan’s cross among others. Just take a stroll down the oldest street of the city (Colon Street), and you would get to see a glimpse of the city’s colorful history.

4. Nature Tripping

While Cebu is primarily known for its white sand beaches, world-class resorts and picturesque mountaintops, there is so much more to experience than just the beach itself. In fact, if you are big on nature trips, Cebu might just be the destination for you. Down south, Cebu has a variety of waterfalls and other bodies of water to showcase. Furthermore, the island is an excellent jump-off point to Camotes, Malapascua, and Bantayan—three tropical beach destinations as well.

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