Located in the Central Visayas Region in the Philippines, Cebu is known as a first income class island province. It is consisted of the main island itself and surrounded by 167 islands and islets. Cebu City is the island capital. It is the first and the oldest Philippine capital.
As one of the most developed provinces in the country, it is the centre of trade, commerce, industry, and education in the Visayas. Over the years, it has transformed into an international hub tourism, heavy industry, furniture-making, and business processing services.
Cebu Island has a 4,944 square kilometres land area. But it has a total area of 5,342 square kilometres if the independent cities, namely Cebu City, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu are included. Cebu Island has limestone plateaus, narrow coastlines, and coastal plains. Its rugged mountain ranges and rolling hills make it such an amazing place to explore.
Its location and its proximity to unusual, exotic tourist destinations make it very popular among local and international tourists. Here, the guests have easy access to a diversity of animals, plants, and geological wonders. This gorgeous island has special attributes including remoteness from typhoon activity and earthquake. Cebu Island is surrounded by coral atolls, fishing grounds, beaches, and islands.
There are two (2) main seasons in the island – the dry and the wet seasons. Most of the year, it’s dry and sunny. There are some occasional rains starting in June and ends in December. Fortunately, this province only has one or no typhoon in a year.
The island’s temperature can reach as high as 36 °C during summer (March to May). 24 to 34 °C is the average temperature.
People in Cebu mostly speak Cebuano, a language that is also spoken in most areas in Visayas like Negros Oriental, Western Leyte, and Bohol.
Its capital, Cebu City holds a significant role in preserving the Philippine culture. Here, one can observe that the Spanish imprints as well as the Roman Catholic culture are very evident. The Magellan’s Cross is one of the most visited landmarks in the city. It was believed that this cross have been planted by Ferdinand Magellan upon his arrival in the country in 1521.
Nearby, is the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño. This is the first established church in Cebu Island, which is built of hewn stone. You can also visit the oldest Philippine street called Colon Street.
What makes the island very interesting to tourists is the fact that almost all of the cities and municipalities in this province have their own cultural festivals. Pintos Festival is celebrated in Bogo City, Kabkaban Festival in Carcar, and more.
But, none of those beats the Sinulog Festival, the largest festival in Cebu Island. This celebration commemorates the Child Jesus, which is held every 3rd Sunday of January. The people believe that the Child Jesus is their Lord and Protector. Sinulog has pre-Hispanic indigenous origin. This dance ritual follows the rhythm of drums and the movement resembles the current (sulog).
If you are visiting the province do not miss the historical landmarks, wonderful beaches, whales and dolphin watching adventures, diving spots and various beaches. You can really enjoy by swimming, island hopping, try sky adventures, visiting island marine sanctuaries or do boat tours.
Your Cebu Island adventure won’t be complete without trying the to-die-for lechon, barbeque, otap, danggit and other delectable dishes. These might all be delectable treats so be sure to have them in moderate proportions. You can take some of the best garcinia cambogia pills to avoid immediate weight gain.The island is a one big gastronomic adventure that provides you with unlimited options.