Cebu is a province in the Philippines, consisting of Cebu Island and 167 surrounding islands. It is located to the east of Negros and to the west of Leyte and Bohol islands. Cebu is a long narrow island stretching 140 miles from north to south, surrounded by neighboring, smaller islands, which include Mactan, Bantayan, Malapascua, Olango and the Camotes Islands. Cebu has narrow coastlines, limestone plateaus and coastal plains. It also has rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges traversing the northern and southern lengths of the island, with its highest mountain over 3,300 feet.
Cebu is a city on Cebu Island in the Philippines. It is known as the Queen City of the South and is one of the most popular destinations in all of the Philippines for travelers. It has the largest sea port in the Philippines, the second largest Air hub as well as the second largest city in the country. It is the fastest growing large city in the nation with an annual growth of over 5% per year.
Cebu is a booming metropolitan area with all the conveniences of a modern city. At the same time, it boasts of natural resources like countless white sand beaches (both commercial and untouched), as well as historical sites that reflect its cosmopolitan past: from the birth of Christianity in Asia, to early commercial trade with Mexico and China, to vestiges of the American colonization of the Philippines.
Cebu Weather and Best Time to Visit
Though Cebu has two official seasons, Dry and Wet, rainfall is usually not particularly high, with average rainfall hitting at less than 4 inches per month. The wet season usually comes from June to December, while the dry season comes from January until May. Rainfall is at its peak in June and July. Cebu's temperatures can reach a high of 98°F from March to May, to as low as 64°F degrees at the mountains during the cooler season from October to January. The average temperature in Cebu is around 75°F to 90°F, and does not fluctuate much except for the month of May, which is the hottest month. Cebu averages 70-80 percent humidity.
The peak season in Cebu is during their dry season, from January to May, so if you’re traveling during this time expect larger crowds and higher rates on accommodations. You should plan your trip at least several weeks in advance to be sure that you get the best rates possible for your vacation package. Diving is a popular year-round activity in this region as well as surfing. Walking is best in the winter season, as some of the trails are simply impassable when it's wet.
Often called the “Queen City of the South” and the Seat of Christianity in the Philippines, Cebu is the country's oldest city. Exploring Cebu City, one encounters a rich historic past. Cebuano’s are extremely proud of their cultural and historical heritage, a legacy which has endured through the centuries from the time the great explorer Ferdinand Magellan first planted the cross on Cebu’s shore. Time has been kind to Cebu. From Zubu, the busy trading port in 1521, it has evolved into a highly urbanized metropolitan center which now serves as focal point of growth and development in Southern Philippines.
Flat tracts of land can be found in the city of Bogo and in the towns of San Remigio, Medellin and Daanbantayan at the northern region of the province. Its capital is Cebu City forms part of the Cebu Metropolitan Area together with four neighboring cities which include Danao City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City and Talisay City and eight other municipalities. Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, with Cebu City as the main center of commerce, trade, education and industry in the Visayas. Condé Nast Traveler Magazine named Cebu the seventh best island destination in the Indian Ocean-Asia region in 2007, eighth best Asian-Pacific island destination in 2005 and seventh in 2004 and 2009.
Cebu City is a significant cultural center in the Philippines. The imprint of Spanish and Roman Catholic culture is evident, as the city's most famous landmark is Magellan's Cross. This cross, now housed in a chapel, is reputed to have been planted by Ferdinand Magellan when he arrived in the Philippines in 1521. It was encased in hollow Tindalo wood in 1835 upon the order of the Augustinian Bishop Santos Gómez Marañon to prevent devotees from taking it home chip by chip. The same bishop restored the present template or kiosk, located at the present Magallanes Street between the City Hall and Colegio del Santo Niño. Revered by Filipinos, the Magellan's Cross is a symbol of Christianity in the Philippines.