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10 Reasons to Choose Cebu (Bantayan Island + Sinulog Festival + Crispy Lechon)


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Choose Philippines | Oct 18, 2015
10 Reasons to Choose Cebu (Bantayan Island + Sinulog Festival + Crispy Lechon)

The province of Cebu in Visayas is undeniably a great destination for anyone who wants to travel on foot and explore the oldest and, probably, one of the most historic city in the Philippines: Cebu City.

Cebu is comprised of its capital, Cebu City, and four other cities, namely: Danao City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, and Talisay City. Nestled in the heart of these cities are some century old churches, historic landmarks, and beautiful white sand beaches. 

Here's a rundown of everything you need to see and experience in Cebu: 

1. Dive Underwater with the Gentle Giants of Oslob

This tiny Municipality in south of Cebu, has become an attraction not just all over the Philippines but to the whole world. A large number of people started congregating everyday in the shore of Tan awan  just to get a glimpse of these giant fish being hand feed by their fisherman friends.


2. Visit one of Cebu's Most Mesmerizing Churches

n 1907, the church was restored and consecrated by Archbishop Jeremias Harty with the support of the first American Bishop—Thomas Hendrick, and 17 other priests.

What’s so astounding about the church? It features pre-war ceiling frescoes.

The frescoes at the Nuestra Señora del Pilar Parish illustrate different biblical scenes like the Seven-day Creation of the World and the Seven Sacraments. The nave vault was expertly painted to create an optical illusion giving a coffered ceiling effect. It was painted in 1924 by Cebuano artist Raymundo Francia who also did some churches in Bohol during the Spanish times.


3. Have a Relaxing Vacation by the Sea Side 

Retreat from the busy life of the city as you come to this place they call "Your Home By The Sea." Drive South of Cebu City in Moalboal and discover this place where you can relax your senses and have a holistic vacation experience you will enjoy.


4. Have a Python Massage


There are different massages for those with aching bodies and sore muscles, such as the Swedish massage, shiatsu massage, hot stone massage, deep tissue massage, and many others offered at the spa.

But have you tried a snake massage?

You can have this relaxing experience (if you’re not afraid, that is) at a zoo in Cebu where the snakes are the masseurs.


5. Be Ready for a Different Kind of Adventure

Trekking, swimming, and wallowing through the canyon was all worth it. It was great moment surrendering back to nature. At some point in our life we became afraid and we let our fear stop us. Just remember if it scares you it might be a good thing. The bravado to be free, embracing and letting go of your fear.


6. Have the Best Tasting Lechon in the World 

Cebu is synonymous with mouth-watering lechon (roasted pig). A trip to Cebu would not be complete without tasting this Filipino favorite. With all the available and known lechon establishments, each having their own take on the most delicious way to prepare it, finding someone who was willing to part with his secret to delicious lechon is definitely a treasure.



7. Join One of the Biggest Religious Festivals in the Country

Although the longest holiday season in the world will be officially over with the Feast of the Magi on January 6, it's definitely “more fun in the Philippines” as the 2015 fiesta season immediately kicks off with community celebrations venerating the Santo Niño.

Aside from the Philippines' "Big Three" of the Ati-atihan, Dinagyang, and Sinulog Festivals, Kabankalan City, at the heart of Negros Island, holds its festival of thanksgiving with the Sinulog sa Kabankalan.

This culminates on the third week of January in a grand weekend of revelry from January 16-18, 2015. It is both a cultural and religious celebration.


8. Experience the Glorious Past of Parian District  

The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is one of the oldest houses in the Philippines. Built in the late 17th century, the ancestral house has remained in its original state even though it already shows weather-beaten but unyielding structures made of molave and coral stones due to time. This was the house of Don Juan Yap and Doña Maria Florido with their 3 children: Maria, Eleuterio and Consolacion.


9. Enjoy the Paradise Island of Bantayan

The yellow Ceres bus eased through its usual route, up north to the port of Hagnaya, three hours from the city. As soon as the sun’s rays flickered through the curtains, the hobbit who seated comfortably by the window, woke up with excitement. Outside, the mountains carved a beautiful backdrop against the morning sky, and the tall grasses gently swayed in trance to the cool wind. Finally, he could tick off the long overdue escapade to one of Cebu’s paradise destinations, the Bantayan Islands.


10.  It is Home to Many Talented and Dashing Cebuanos

The island of Cebu doesn't only have beautiful beaches and elegant landmarks. It's also a land of the most strikingly handsome men, as much as it's famous for its beautiful women.



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