CEBU - The Queen City of the South. Home of the famous festival, Sinulog; home of the famous "Otap" and "Lechon de Cebu".
I've been staying here in Cebu City for almost 5 years since I spent my tertiary education at the University of San Carlos. I have known lots of the city's best place to visit and at the same time, affordable, can impart learning to the visitors and hopefully may enhance the spirituality and faith of the visitors of Cebu.
Touring around a certain place does not necessarily mean going to the best beach, shopping centers and bars. It can also be a good opportunity to learn the place's rich history and culture.
So, if I am Nuffnang's tour guide, I would surely take them to these of the following places:
Basilica Minore del Santo Niño
(c) El Trinidad
This Basilica is home of the miraculous sculpture depicting Holy Child Jesus found during the Spanish era of 16th century.
Basically, when we start touring around, we should start it off with a prayer for guidance and safety of our tour.
The Basilica itself was built around the 18th century. You can see European designs on the Basilica and lots of antiques (sculptures of Mama Mary and Saints).
The Magellan's Cross
(c) Rhee Gonzaga
The site is just adjacent to the Basilica. It is where the wooden cross brought by the Portuguese Explorer Ferdinad Magellan on the year 1521 is located.
University of San Carlos - Main Campus
Not to sound bias, but I would love to tour you on my college Alma Mater. The University of San Carlos is the oldest school in the Philippines and Asia built on the year 1595.
The university also has its own museum where you can do some travel time with history which is a great way of learning!
This temple preserves the teaching of the famous Chinese Philisopher Lao Tzu. This temple offers you a relaxing and meditating time from the fast-paced life in the city. There are 81 steps way up which represents the 81 chapters of the Taoism scriptures - that must be a perfect way to exercise!
This Taoist Temple is located at Barangay Lahug, Cebu City.
(c) Wilson Santos
This used to be the home of the first Filipino Bishop of Cebu, Juan Gorordo and now being utilized as the museum. Upon entering this museum you will see the Filipino lifestyle during the Spanish period and American period.; featuring the relics and antique household items and furniture.
Cebu I.T. Park
Formerly known as Asiatown IT Park, this is an economic zone and modern trading center at the heart of Cebu City. This is just adjacent to the famous Waterfront Hotel - Cebu.