The Philippine province of Cebu comprises of islands and smaller islets. This constricting and long province is located east of the Negros and west of the Bohol and Leyte islands. The province is best known for some beautiful islands, such as the Camotes, Olango, Malapascua, Bantayan and Mactan. It mainly consists of limestone highlands, clear coastlines, rolling hills and shore plains. Another geographical feature is the chain of mountains that stretches from the southern to the northern part of the province.
The capital of the province is the ancient metropolis of Cebu City. Along with other cities, such as the Lapu-Lapu City, the Talisay City, the Mandaue City and the Danao City, it forms the larger Cebu metropolitan area.
The province of Cebu is one of the most advanced and well-developed provinces in the Philippines, and its capital, the Cebu City, is considered as one of the main educational, trade, industrial and commercial hubs of the central part of the Visayas.
Culture and history
In addition to many tourist resorts, such as the popular Camotes Island resorts, and other tourist attractions, the Cebu province also has an extensive historical and cultural heritage.
A multilingual environment
It is home to more than 3.5 million people, and it is quite common to hear a multitude of different languages spoken by those people. Even though Cebuano is the official language, many people living in Cebu are also familiar with other languages, as well. Some of these secondary languages include Waray-Waray, Hiligaynon, and Tagalog.
In addition to these, a good number of inhabitants are also fluent in Spanish, especially the mestizo populace. The Chinese language is also widely used, thanks to a large Chinese population, while the English language is used as the universal language in commerce, media, universities, and schools, as well as government institutions.
When it comes to the religion, the majority of Cebu dwellers identify themselves as Catholics. They largely devote their fate to the Santo Nino de Cebu as their patron saint. In addition to the Roman Catholic Church, the Cebu province is also home to a number of other churches, such as the San Carlos Church, the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, the Sacred Heart Church, the Santo Rosario Parish Church and more. There are also a good number of temples, mosques and other places of worship scattered throughout the province.
Rich historical heritage
This province also has a strong historical heritage, which comes in the form of a plethora of historical landmarks and sights, which bring tens of thousands of tourists each year. One of the most notable historical landmarks is the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, which was built in the 16th Century and which is located in the heart of Cebu city. Other important cultural and historical sites include the famous Taoist Temple, the Marcelo Fernan Bridge, the Magellan Shrine, the Magellan’s Cross, the Lapu-Lapu Shrine, the San Pedro Fort and the Cebu Provincial Capitol.
If you want a complete experience, make sure to visit Cebu and its islands, during the festival season. There are plenty of beautiful festivals taking place annually. Some of the most popular ones are the Kabanhawan Festival, the Virgin of the Rule Fiesta and the Mantawi festival.