Picture an island blessed with wonderful tropical weather, glorious beaches within an hour or two from whatever you may be standing…. Whilst having the 21st –century technological advances that any metropolitan city in the world can boast of—that is Cebu.
Metro Cebu is composed of several cities — Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-lapu, Danao and Talisay as well as the suburban towns of Cordova, Consolacion and Lilioan, all company packaged in a narrow island that is just 225km (140mi) long.
This tiny island is home to a vibrant cluster of world class creative industries – furniture and furnishings, culinary arts, graphic arts, music and many more that lends to Cebu the distinction of being the creative center of the Philippines.
International banks have made a home in Cebu. Major shopping centers boast of brand-names that can satisfy the picky shopaholic. Restaurants that can satiate any palate. Convention centers that can host anything from a concert to world-changing, policy-making meets. Fast streaming internet. There is nothing a businessman needs that Metro Cebu cannot provide. Want a good cup if java? We got that too.
The best thing? After a long day at work… one is just minutes away from world-class hotels, resorts and spas all giving justice to the term “rest and recreation.”
Whichever way you go, Cebu has a lot to offer, from food to its beaches, from warm hands that craft wonderful items to warm hearts that welcome each and every one of you. From work and business opportunities to a vacation that will surely be remembered for many years to come.
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Sun and Surf
Got the week-end off? Hop away to Mactan Island where one can find Shangri-la’s Mactan Island Resort and Spa, Hilton Cebu or countless other resorts whose sole goal is to provide their guest the best service that money can buy. Go ahead….lie their pristine white sand and bask in the sun. Or you can try one of the many water sports available.
Cebu is a city rich in history and culture. One can go to downtown Cebu and visit Colon Street, the oldest street in the Philippines where at one end, one will see major historical landmarks; the Magellan’s Cross, the shrine commemorating the first planting of Christianity in Asia; the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, home of the famous Sto. Niño Museum; the historic City Hall and bit further in the Fort San Pedro, one time protector of this Spanish Territory. It is a must-see for those who love history.
Scene of the battle of Mactan, where the famous explorer, Magellan, met his death in the hands of Lapu-lapu, Chief of Mactan, when he and his people opposed Magellan’s landing. A solemn shrine now stands commemorating where that epic battle took place.
Cebu’s melting spot society has produced countries restaurants which can serve up dishes from many countries: Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Spain, Germany, and of course the Philippines.
Cebu itself is known for specific and popular food offerings: the dried mangoes, tangy and sweet delicacy; the dried fish and dried squid; the chicharon, crispy porl cracklings and the famous lechon of Cebu, roasted whole pig, a staple in every celebration.
Visitors to Cebu can bring home wonderful items that are proudly Cebu made: the Cebu guitars which can rival any guitar made anywhere; the beautiful costume jewelry made from indigenous materials and the home accessories and furniture that are finely-crafted by Cebu’s best.