Cebu City is on the island of Cebu in the Visayanas, the central geographic division of the Philippines. It is known as the ‘Queen City of the South’ and is the Philippines’ oldest city.
It is also the country’s second biggest city and has its busiest port. Cebu Island combines all the convenience of a modern metropolis with all the requirements of an island paradise.
As the oldest city in the Philippines – and the first established by the Spanish – Cebu City is home to some stunning Spanish buildings and churches. It is considered the cradle of Christianity in the Far East. The later colonial influence of the Americans can be seen in its huge shopping malls and fast-paced youth.
Cebu City is an important commercial centre for the Philippines and its growing economy attracts migrants from around the region. The past decade has seen a boom in furniture making, tourism, business processing outsourcing (BPO) services and heavy industry.
It has a modern business park to accommodate commercial growth and several universities to feed future graduates into the workforce.
Cebu is the most densely populated island in the Philippines, but it maintains areas of natural splendour. Its beaches on the northern tip of the island have some of the whitest sand you’ll see anywhere and it has many excellent spots for diving.
When to go:
You can visit Cebu City year-round as its geographic location shields it from the worst of the monsoons and natural phenomena such as typhoons and earthquakes.
The Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu provides deluxe accommodation with incredible city and Mactan Canal views. Enjoy plush, comfortable rooms with thoughtful amenities including Free Wireless High-speed Internet access. Dine at the hotel’s delicious Feria restaurant, and take advantage of on-site parking. For fun and relaxation, take a dip in the 800-square-metre, free-form pool.
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