The oldest and first capital of Philippines, Cebu is one of the most popular destinations of Philippines visited by many tourists all throughout the year. With verdant landscape and abundance of outdoor activities, it makes an ideal holiday spot for beach bums, adventure junkies as well as city explorers.
Here’s the list of five interesting things to do in Cebu City:
Discover Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
The heart of Catholic pride in Cebu, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is a huge religious structure of Spanish colonial design constructed between the 17th and 20th centuries. It is one of the most important emblems of Catholicism in the Philippines drawing a large number of history and architecture lovers. Visitors can spend an ideal time here inspecting the statues of religious figures decorating the square outside the church, relaxing in the spacious red plaza, and appreciating the serene atmosphere in the Meditation Room.
Be a part of the Sinulog-Santo Niño Festival
Considered to be first of most important festivals in the Philippines, Sinulog-Santo Niño Festival is celebrated in the honour of the Santo Niño – the patron saint of Cebu. This annual cultural and religious festival is held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu. What attracts most about the festival is the grand street parade which goes on for 9 to 12 hours and comprises dance performances on the music created by trumpets, native gongs and drums. Every year around 1 to 2 million people from all over the Philippines become a part of the festival.
Go for a walk in the Colon Street
The shortest and oldest national road in the Philippines, Colon Street is a famous street in the city named after Cristobal Colon or Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer who led a Spanish expedition into the New World. It is one major crowded place comprising restaurants, shopping malls, fashion shops and movie houses, and attracting budget travellers who look for products that are easy on pocket. You should not miss on spending a day here while holidaying in the city.
Explore history at University of San Carlos Museum
Those who are keen of discovering history and architecture must make a visit to the University of San Carlos Museum. It is a well-established museum renowned for its anthropological and archaeological exhibits. Visitors can spend an ideal day here exploring displays that depict the 16th century practice of artificial skull deformation on infants. Founded in 1967, this place has four galleries, namely the Spanish Colonial Gallery, the Archaeological Gallery, the Natural Science Gallery and the Ethnographic Gallery.
Take a thrilling Edge Coaster ride
If adventure is your thing, you cannot miss the chance of taking this thrilling ride! You would love to go around the edge of the Crown Regency Hotel and Towers while being locked on a rail seat during the ride. The panoramic view of the cityscape from the 38th floor is the best thing about the ride. The two-seated platform is tilted downwards up to 55 degrees to elevate the excitement level of the participants. Also, please note that this ride is not for the faint-hearted!