Cebu is a province of the Philippines, in the country’s Central Visayas region, comprising Cebu Island and more than 150 smaller surrounding islands and islets. Its prosperous port capital, Cebu City, retains landmarks from its 16th-century Spanish colonial past, including the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño church and triangular Fort San Pedro. Tops, an observation deck on Mt. Busay, has sweeping views over the city.
Cebu is call the Queen City of the South, previously the Capital City of the Philippines before it was changed to Manila.
One of its island is home to the shy thresher shark in Malapascua, gifted with beautiful white sand beaches around the island.
Oslob, is where you can find the " Gentle Giant " Whale Shark, where you can witness them with your bare eye, or swim with them while they are feeding on plankton.
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Here are more interesting facts on Cebu:
1. One Philippine president hailed from Cebu.
Born in Cebu City, Vice President Sergio Osmeña became president on August 1, 1944, following the death of President Manuel L. Quezon. He served until May 28, 1946.
2. One Philippine president died in Cebu.
On March 17, 1957, President Ramon Magsayay was on his way back to Manila after visiting Cebu City. Unfortunately, the "Mt Pinatubo," a Douglas C-47 plane, carrying Magsaysay and 25 other people crashed on Mount Manunggal in the town of Balamban. Only journalist Nestor Mata survived the crash.
3. Cebu has the country's smallest and oldest fort.
Fort San Pedro in Cebu City was built during the Spanish occupation to fend off local attackers. It later served as a bastion of resistance of Filipino revolutionaries in Cebu, barracks for American forces, a school, a refugee camp during World War II, and an army camp after the war.
The fort was restored in the years that followed. It is located beside the Plaza Independencia park.
4. Cebu once had a railway system.
The main track, stretching over 90 kilometers, linked the towns of Argao and Danao (which became a component city in 1961). Unfortunately, the railway system was heavily damaged during World War II.
5. One of the oldest schools in the Philippines and in Asia can be found in Cebu.
The history of the University of San Carlos (USC) can be traced back to the Jesuits-founded Colegio de San Ildefonso in 1595. It was closed in 1769 and re-opened in 1783 under the name Colegio-Seminario de San Carlos. The college attained university status in 1948.
However, USC's claim as the oldest existing school in the country and in Asia is disputed by the University of Santo Tomas (UST), established in Manila in 1611. UST argues that there is "no visble or clear link" between the Colegio de San Ildefonso and the USC.
6. Cebu has the oldest Christian relic in the Philippines.
The Santo Niño de Cebu. Photo from Wikimedia Commons
Made by Flemish artisans in Europe, the Santo Niño de Cebu (Holy Child of Cebu) was a gift of Ferdinand Magellan to Rajah (King) Humabon and Queen Juana for their baptism into the Roman Catholic Church in April 1521.
The province holds the Sinulog festival every January in honor of Santo Niño de Cebu. In addition, the Santo Niño's image can be seen at the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño in Cebu City.
7. The Malacañang of the South (Malacañan sa Sugbo) is located in Cebu.
Built in 1910, the "Malacañang of the South" in Cebu City was formerly known as the Aduana, the Spanish word for customs. It originally served as the headquarters of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in the province.
The BOC left the building in 2004, when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo restored it and made it her official residence in Cebu. She named it after the Malacañang Palace in Manila.