Also known as the Queen City of the South, Cebu is a renowned cultural center that plays a major role in the history of Philippines. The city's history stretches back to 1565, when Miguel Lopez de Legazpi founded it as a Spanish colony.Continue Reading
Cebu is the oldest city and one of the most active commercial districts in the Philippines as of 2015. Colon Street, which was the city's first focal point for business and retail, serves as a tourist attraction and plays home to classical infrastructure and colonial architecture. The Philippines smallest and oldest fort, San Pedro, is in Cebu. Spanish occupiers of the city built the fort to ward off attackers. During the Second World War, the fort served as a refugee camp.
Cebu is the cradle of Christianity in the region, and it serves as the entry point for many evangelists in Asia. The oldest school in Asia, Colegio de Ildefonso, is also found in the city. As of 2015, the school is known as the University of San Carlos.
Cebu province has 168 islands scattered across the city. The islands feature stunning beaches and world-class diving spots. The city hosts its own version of the Mardi Grass. Every third Sunday in January, residents take over the city for the Sinulog festival that lasts between nine and 12 hours.Learn more about Southeast Asia