Cebu is the traveler's fantasy of a tropical island
come true - balmy weather, pristine beaches, crystalline
waters, and luxurious resorts with all the frills
of modern living.
The island-province of Cebu was where the Portuguese
navigator Ferdinand Magellan planted the Cross
of Christianity in the name of Spain in 1521.
But even before Cebu became the Occidental gateway
to the Orient, it was already a popular entry
point among Asian merchants.
Cebu has since blossomed into a choice tourist
destination, with many leisure establishments
taking full advantage of its sea-valley-and-mountain
Metropolitan Cebu, the country's second biggest
metropolis, is the political, economic, educational
and cultural center of the Visayas. Hotels, shopping
malls, entertainment halls, casinos and golf fairways
are ever present in the metro to cater to every
The rest of Cebu's 166 islands and islets are
fringed with sandy beaches and sapphire-clear
waters teeming with marine life, perfect for divers.