Fondly called the Queen City of the South, Cebu City is located right in the heart of the Philippines. It has a rich history, a vibrant culture and such fun-loving people.
At present, Cebu City is one of the major business centers in the country, rapidly growing as an industrial hub. But despite of its modernities, it still has that laid back atmosphere where one can come to relax. Cebu natural attractions are spread around the island for tourists to see and experience.
Rightfully, Cebu City is not called the Queen City for no reason at all. Here are some interesting facts about the island that people should know.
1. Cebu City’s birthday is February 24.
Cebu officially attained city status on February 24, 1937 through Commonwealth Act No. 58, also known as The Charter of the City of Cebu.
2. It’s the country’s oldest city.
In 1565, Cebu became the first Spanish colony after local ruler Rajah Tupas signed a treaty (Treaty of Cebu) with conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.
3. It has the Philippines’ oldest street.
You’ve never truly experienced Cebu if you haven’t set foot in Colon Street. It’s only the country’s oldest street.
Aside from giving the city a name, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi also designed it, making Colon Street the center for retail and business. Up until today, businesses are still very much alive in this part of the city. The street is home to a number of old commercial establishments and considered a tourist attraction.
4. The oldest school in the Philippines (and Asia) is located in Cebu.
Tracing its roots, the University of San Carlos (USC) is the oldest school in the country. Previously known as the Colegio de San Ildefonso, it was founded by Spanish Jesuits in 1595. The school was named after St. Charles Borromeo. Today, USC is managed by the Society of the Diving Word.
5. Cebu houses the Philippines’ oldest Christian relic.
Crafted by European artisans, the image of the Santo Niño de Cebu was given by Ferdinand Magellan to Rajah Humabon and his wife Queen Juana as a gift when he set foot on the island in 1521. The Santo Niño (Holy Child) is the patron saint of Cebu.
6. One of the biggest festivals in Asia is held here.
The Sinulog Festival is a grand and colorful celebration held every third weekend off January in honor of the Santo Niño. The world-famous fiesta features novena masses, a fluvial procession, a foot procession and street dancing. One of the highlights of the occasion is the grand mardi gra. Sinulog Festival is celebrated all week long and attracts millions of tourists from all over the world.
7. It’s the home of the first Filipino hero.
Lapu-Lapu was a datu (ruler) of the island of Mactan in Cebu. He is considered the nation’s first hero as he resisted and fought Spanish colonizers led by Ferdinand Magellan. He defeated and killed Magellan in the Battle of Mactan in April 1521.
8. Cebu produces some of the finest acoustic guitars.
Beginners and professional guitarists alike will definitely admire the masterfully-crafted guitars of Cebu. There is a wide range of high-quality acoustic guitars sold in the island. Whether you need a guitar for casual playing or a serious hobby, you are sure to find one of your choice.
9. It’s where you can find the world-famous lechon.
Cebu is almost synonymous to lechon. This roasted pig dish is sold practically anywhere in the city. Get a taste of this all-time favorite for the ultimate gastronomic experience.
10. YouTube sensation CPDRC dancing inmates are from Cebu.
In 2007, the inmates at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center wowed the world with their dancing skills. Dancing enthusiastically to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the inmates became instant YoutTube stars. Their video has over 54 million hits to date.
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