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Cebu - A world class tourist destination in the South

magellan-cross-interiorCebu is a province in the Philippines, consisting of Cebu Island and 167 surrounding islands including Mactan Island, Bantayan, Malapascua, Olango, and the Camotes Islands. Of the hundreds of small islands some are uninhabited which make them popular with tourists. It is also one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, with its capital, Cebu City, as the main center of commerce, trade, education and industry in the Visayas.

Cebu City is also the second largest city in the Philippines, the second most significant metropolitan center in the Philippines and known as the oldest settlement established by the Spaniards in the country.

Blessed with natural beauty and rich history, Cebu is one of the favorite destinations of tourists, both foreign and local. Aside from its numerous islands and beaches, other attractions include the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, Fort San Pedro, Lapu Lapu shrine, Magellan's Cross, Magellan shrine, and Cebu Taoist Temple.

Because of its predominantly Roman Catholic population, majority of the festivals in the province have religious undertones. One of the most popular festival, the Sinulog, is a religious festival celebrated every third Sunday of January. The feast is held in honor of the patron saint, Señor Santo Niño de Cebú (Lord Holy Child of Cebu) and the arrival of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the Philippines. The Fiesta Señor (Festival Lord) converge a procession and take part in a mardigras parade.

Other Cebuano festivals celebrated throughout the entire province:

  • Paskuhan is a Christmas celebration of songs held during the month of December.
  • Kadaugan sa Mactan is an re-enactment held in Punta Engaño, celebrated every April 27, to commemorate the historical Battle of Mactan between the soldiers of Datu Lapu-Lapu and Ferdinand Magellan.
  • Virgin of the Rule Fiesta is held to honor the patron saint of Lapu-Lapu City on November 20 to November 21 which includes social event, and traditions of the people, including feasting and a procession of the patron saint.
  • Semana Santa sa Bantayan is a religious tradition, accompanied by a celebration of Holy Week activities in Bantayan Island.
  • Nuestra Señora de Regla Fiesta en ciudad de Lapu-Lapu is a festivity celebrated to honour the patron saint of Mactan Island on November 20 to November 21.
  • Tres de Abril is held every April 3, a celebration of the colonial resistance in the southern Philippines.
  • Kabanhawan Festival is a festival which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The festival is held in Minglanilla.
  • Kabkaban Festival is celebrated on November 24 to November 25 in honor of the town's patron, Saint Catherine of Alexandria. The town of Carcar is known for its old Spanish style houses. During the festivities, the residents invite their friends, relatives and town visitors into their homes to feast on traditional Cebuano cuisines.
  • Tagbo Poro is celebrated every January in honor of the Santo Niño de Poro.
  • Mantawi Festival are tribal dances and music held in Mandaue City.
  • Siloy Festival is held every August 26 in the town of Alcoy.
  • Haladaya Festival is held in the town of Daanbatayan in honour of the chieftain Datu Daya.
  • Dinagat-Bakasi Festival is celebrated in the town of Cordova.
  • Dagitab Festival is the Festival in Naga celebrated every town fiesta.
  • Hinulawan Festival is a festival in Toledo.[19]
  • Lapyahan Festival is a festival celebrated in cognizance with the municipality of San Remigio's festivities. It is named after the "lapyahan" meaning "shoreline". The festival is a combination of the town’s history and its tradition.
  • Kinsan Festival is held in the town of Aloguinsan every June 17. It is a festival held to promote the fish, "kinsan", a popular fish in the town.
  • Pasigarbo sa Sugbo Festival is celebrated in 2007. It features all the festivals of the cities and municipalities of Cebu.
  • Tostado Festival is celebrated in Santander.
  • Kagasangan Festival is celebrated in Moalboal.
  • Kinhason Festival is celebrated in Santa Fe.
  • Rosquillos Festival is celebrated in Liloan for its Rosquillos delicacy.
  • Hinulawan Festival is celebrated in Toledo City.
  • Karansa Festival is celebrated in Danao City.
  • Utanon Festival is celebrated in Dalaguete.
  • Sikoy-Sikoy Festival is celebrated in San Fernando.
  • Palawod Festival is celebrated in Bantayan Island.
  • Ani-Anihan Festival is celebrated in Tabuelan.
  • Soli Soli Festival is celebrated in San Francisco in the Camotes Islands.
  • Bonga Festival is celebrated in Sibonga.
  • Pamujuan Festival is celebrated in Pinamungahan.
  • Halad Inasal Festival is celebrated in Talisay City.
  • Tubod Festival is celebrated in Tuburan.
  • La Torta Festival is celebrated in Argao.
  • Sinnanggiyaw Festival is celebrated in Dumanjug.
  • Kawayan Festival is celebrated in Alegria every December 1.
  • Bolho Festival is the festival of the town of Boljoon.
  • Toslob Festival is the festival celebrated in Oslob.
  • Hinatdan Festival is the festival of Ginatilan.
  • Saksak Festival is in Samboan.
  • Sarok Festival is the festival in Consolacion.
  • Hinorno Festival is in Ronda.
  • Kaumahan Fesitval is celebrated in Barili.
  • Balang-balang Festival is in Balamban.
  • Bahandi Festival in Alcantara is celebrated every August.
  • Banig Festival in July is in Badian.
  • Sinamay Festival is celebrated in Carmen.
  • Panagsogod Festival is celebrated in Sogod.
  • Budbod-Kabog Festival in Catmon.
  • Pintos Festival is celebrated in Bogo City.
  • Isda Festival (formerly Kadagaya Festival) is in Madridejos, Bantayan.
  • Silmugi Festival is in Borbon.
  • Binuyocan Festival is in Malabuyoc.
  • Balanghoy Festival is in Tudela.

With five-star hotels, casinos, white sand beaches, world-class golf courses, convention centers, shopping malls, magnificent landmarks and colorful festivals, Cebu is truly a tourist's haven!

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