Discovering Philippines: Three Convincing Reasons to Visit Cebu
“New places always help us look at life differently”-Joan Bauer
White sand beaches, lush greeneries, sprawling mountainsides, vibrant nightlife, progressive city life—these are just a few things you can say about Cebu. Hailed as the Queen City of the South, Cebu City is the first known city of the Philippines and with that comes a series of enjoyable and diverse activities—from exploring ancient churches to nature tripping. Seeing as Cebu is one of the premier spots with an excellent balance between tropical island and city life, it would be no wonder why so many foreign tourists would flock to the city. Indeed, being an eclectic fusion of city and provincial life, this metropolis welcomes travelers by the droves—especially during the summer season—in droves. An interesting thing to note about this major metropolitan in the Philippines is the fact that the picturesque sights and wonderful activities are not just concentrated within the city but are peppered all throughout the island. In this regard, tourists and even locals would be compelled to explore the northern and southern regions where there are hidden locations waiting to be discovered.
Apart from these, here are some of the things you can experience while in the island:
1.) Mouthwatering food
Apart from being known as one of the summer capitals of the Philippines, Cebu is also known to be the Lechon capital of the country. Indeed, there is no other province in the Philippines that can prepare lechon the way cebuanos do, and the locals are mighty proud of that fact. Even Anthony Bourdain himself has proclaimed the city to have the best pig he has ever had in his life. Aside from the lechon (which is a must-try whenever you are in the city), Cebu also has an array of delectable street foods. From Chinese-inspired dishes given a Cebuano twist such as siomai and steamed rice to local Cebuano staples such as ginabot, Cebu’s street food scene offers you a smorgasbord of mouthwatering cuisine.
2.) Magnificent and picturesque places
A fraction of the Philippines’ beach tourist spots are found in Cebu and that is good enough reason to go. And the best thing about some of them is that they are littered almost everywhere in the island that you can find one in almost every municipality. If you do not wish to go through the hassle of a long bus ride, you can simply ride a cab to Mactan and visit any of its sprawling resorts. However, if you want a more natural vibe and feel to the beaches you visit, you need to withstand the 2-3 hour bus trip going south. Not to fret though, your lengthy trip will be well compensated by the assortment of activities you are inevitably going to enjoy. Aside from visiting the beach, you can also go canyoneering, take a dip in various falls and even go whale watching!
3.) Friendly locals
Most Filipinos are considered hospitable, but Cebuanos take this ingrained characteristic a little further. Although they are prejudged to be a little brash and even a little rude, Cebuanos can be some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. Perhaps the misguided assumption stems from the fact that the Cebuano dialect can sound a little aggressive and maybe a bit belligerent to most individuals who are not familiar with the language. However, you will soon find how incredibly erroneous this notion is once you meet the locals. Furthermore, Cebuanos are incredibly well-versed in English and have an excellent command of the language. In this regard, Cebuanos would not have a hard time walking up to tourists for a chat or offering them help when asked.
Indeed, Cebu has earned its claim to fame as one of the Philippines’ top tourist destinations as it can fascinate and awe you in more ways than one. If you have been planning to visit this beautiful city anytime soon, these are just some of the things you can look forward to the moment you book one of the hotels in Cebu City