Known for its beautiful islands, white sand beaches, luxury resorts, scuba dive sites, and historical spots; Cebu province is the Queen City of the South. It is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines. Its capital is Cebu City, which is the center for commerce and trade in the Visayan region.
If you are planning to visit the province, you’ll most likely to stay in Cebu City. Here are the places you can visit in the Queen City of the South:
Basilica Del Sto Niño
Built in 1565 by Miguel Alexis Lopez de Legazpi, Basilica Del Sto Niño is considered to be the country’s oldest Roman Catholic Church. It is a quick walk from Fort San Pedro and thousands of catholic devotees call the church “Mother and Head of all Churches in the Philippines.” Inside the Basilica del Santo Nino is the most famous religious icon in the Philippines, the statue of the Santo Nino.Magellan gave the statue to Queen Juana of Cebu and the church receives thousands of visitors every day.
Fort San Pedro
Do you want to travel back in time of Spanish? You can do this at Fort San Pedro. For only 30 pesos, you can have a tour inside this historical place. Furza de San Pedro worked first on May 8, 1565. This is through the command of Miguel Lopez De Legazpi. It is located in Plaza Independencia in the pier area of Cebu City.
If you want to have solemn and quiet moment while enjoying beautiful scenery, Cebu Taoist Temple is the perfect place for you. It is located in the posh Beverly Hills in Lahug, Cebu. It is 30 minutes away from the city proper and most of Cebu’s elite lives here. It is the most popular non-Catholic shrine in Cebu.
There are 81 steps representing the number of books in Taoism. If you are planning to visit the temple, you must follow a dress code. They do not allow shorts most especially when entering the sacred places in the temple. There are also some areas where picture taking is prohibited.
The entrance is a replica of the famous Great Wall of China. The temple includes a chapel, a library, a souvenir shop and a wishing well.
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
The cathedral was first constructed in 1689 and completed in 1909. They rebuilt in 1950 after destroyed during World War 2 and one of the historical Cathedrals in Cebu that you should not miss to visit.
It is near Fort San Pedro and Sto Niño church. The cathedral is a Baroque-Rococo style, the facade is decorated with carved relieves of floral motifs, phonexis, Images of Saints Peter and Paul and A medallion of the most Holy name of Jesus.
Just a walk away from the Cebu Heritage Monument is the oldest street in the Philippines, Colon Street. Named after Cristobal Colon, and known as Christopher Columbus. This street existed way back when Miguel Lopez De Legazpi commissioned its creation in 1565.
SM City Cebu
If you want to have some shopping while in the city, you do not have to worry. You can find a famous mall to shop and dine in SM City Cebu. It is the fourth largest mall in the Philippines, so you can surely find everything you need here.
If you are not satisfied with your shopping at SM and still want to find more items, you can also visit Ayala Center and it is a great place to shop. This mall is a signature of Ayala Landscaping. You can surely enjoy your dining and shopping here. Ayala Center has a long list of bars and restaurants to choose from where you and your friends can hang out.
You may also like to visit:
Cebu IT Park
Cebu Provincial Capitol Building
The Heritage Cebu Monument