Your travel destination shall be Cebu? Do we sound arrogant?
That may be a presumptuous statement to make but after reading this article thoroughly, there’s a good chance that you’d agree to make that statement as well.
But first, let’s get down to the basics.
Cebu, as mentioned, is in the Philippines. Now, when you mention the Philippines, it’s either Manila or Boracay — those are the first places to come to your mind. But we assure you that Cebu is as good as both those places. Better yet, there’s no need to pass through other cities in the Philippines just to get to Cebu. As one of the major ports of the country, Cebu is even directly accessible from other countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong, China. There are multiple flights to Cebu from Malaysia as well.
Cebu has always been a bit of a stopover for tourists on the way to islands such as Boracay. But we think that there is more to Cebu than that. It’s a quaint city that has abundant nightlife, fantastic food, and rich history. Also, we must add, some great wildlife! Wikipedia informs us that “It is the first Spanish settlement, the country’s oldest city, and the first capital of the Philippines.” Now, isn’t that interesting enough, already?
Olango Wildlife Sanctuary
The Olango Wildlife Sanctuary should always figure prominently in a travel plan to Cebu. In this sanctuary, you can catch a glimpse of different species of migrating birds coming from places as far as China and Siberia. Based on studies made of this natural phenomenon, these birds choose Olango as a wintering ground and a way to increase their fat reserves before they resume flight.
Cebu’s Fort San Pedro is the oldest tri-bastion fort in the Philippines. Built in 1565, its 8-foot thick walls and 30-foot tall tower bore witness to several wars, not the least would be World War II, in which it served as barracks for American soldiers.
Casa Gorordo Museum is also one of the well-loved destinations in Cebu. Taking a tour of this well-kept museum is like stepping into another time and era, thanks to the lovely antique furniture on display and the conservation of residential features from the old days such as the magnificent courtyard.
And speaking of Gorordo, make sure that you visit 415 Gorordo Avenue in Lahug, Cebu City because that is the address of the Sala Piano Museum. In this museum, you’d be able to a see a collection of about hundreds of pianos of different shapes and sizes.
Lastly, there’s the Kawasan Falls in Matutinao, Badian. The sight of this majestic waterfall would no doubt make you think how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful world. Here awaits the famed turquoise blue water where you can swim around and relax. If you are more adventurous, one could also embark on a bamboo raft and go for a ride under the waterfall. This excellent blog post tells you exactly how to reach there.
Traveling to the Philippines is a historic expedition into colonial pasts. One of the most famous sights in Cebu is Magellan’s cross, which marks the arrival of Ferdinand Magellan into the Philippines.