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Cebu City is easily the most renowned part of the Visayas, which is a prominent collection of islands in the Philippines. Some even call it a smaller version of Manila, thanks to its exuberant and dynamic environment. It is celebrated for its rich history, as well as its unique balance between growing cityscapes and well-preserved beaches. When coupled with its status as one of the Philippines’ most important sea ports and its title as the 'Queen City of the South', it comes as no surprise that Cebu City is a must-visit destination for all.

Things to do in Cebu City

Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro
Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro

To See

Once a prominent defensive structure of Cebu City, Fort San Pedro stands today as a major landmark in the region’s landscape. This triangular construct played a vital role during the rule of the Philippines by the Spanish conquistadors, and it is named after the ship that brought the reported founder of Cebu, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, to the Philippines. Some of its original cannons can still be found around its vicinity, alongside other traces of its past.

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Yap Sandiego Ancestral House

Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
Yap Sandiego Ancestral House

Yap Sandiego Ancestral House

To Do

The coral stone and molave wood structure that is the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House is one of the oldest residential complexes in the Philippines. It was built in the 17th century, and is renowned today for its vast collection of unique and interesting artifacts. This is the place to be should you wish to have a glimpse of life in Cebu City—and the Philippines—during the time of the Spanish conquistadors. (Image credit: Yap Sandiego Ancestral House | Facebook)

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Tops Lookout


Tops Lookout

Tops Lookout


Tops Lookout


To Do

Tops Lookout is the place to be if catching stellar views of Cebu City is on your list of things to do. Resting at 600 metres above the level of Cebu City, this spot is best visited at sunset, as it allows you to enjoy the sight of Cebu City’s nightlife coming to life. Be warned though: Tops Lookout is notorious for its chilly, breezy atmosphere, so be sure to bring a jacket along! (Image credit: Mervin | Flickr)

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Taoist Temple

Taoist Temple
Taoist Temple

Taoist Temple

To Do

The Taoist Temple is a commanding and colourful structure that was built in 1972 by Cebu City’s sizeable Chinese community. It is hard to miss with its elaborate rooftops that are reminiscent of pagodas in China. Aside from being a pivotal place of worship for Taoists, the temple also receives a steady flow of visitors due to the scenic view of Cebu City that it provides, as well as the reproduction of the Great Wall of China that it houses.

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Lechon

Lechon
Lechon

Lechon

To Eat

Lechon refers to a whole pig that is skewered and roasted using charcoal, and there is no better place to enjoy it than in Cebu City. It is said to be the home of some of the best lechon makers in the Philippines, which explains why a large variety of lechon preparations can be found around the city. Local favourites include Ayer’s Lechon and Tatang’s Lechon Belly.

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Ginabot

Ginabot
Ginabot

Ginabot

To Eat

If exotic food is up your alley of interests, ginabot will definitely entice you. This Cebuano street food favourite features pig intestines that are chopped up before being drizzled with salt and deep-fried until crispy. It is regarded as an appetizer in meals, and is often used as a topping for soups or soupy dishes. Please note that this dish is not suitable for those with cholesterol concerns, though! (Image credit: Jigs Arquiza)

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Ayala Center

Ayala Center
Ayala Center

Ayala Center

To Shop

Known as Cebu City’s favourite shopping destination, Ayala Center is where you can entertain all your lifestyle and retail therapy needs. It is especially renowned for The Terraces, a section that is devoted primarily to food and beverage outlets. (Image credit: Ayala Centre Cebu | Facebook)

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