Queen City of the South

Shangrila Mactan, Cebu - Photo by James Deakin of Pbase

Shangrila Mactan, Cebu – Photo by James Deakin of Pbase

Numerous tourists destination in the Philippines can be found in Cebu. It is an island visited by Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who spread Catholic faith in Cebu on 1521. Cebu is the second most famous metropolitan city next to Manila. Known as the “Queen City of the South”, Cebu has complete amenities a resident or a tourist could wish for. As an island, it is blessed with exotic white sand beaches, crystal blue waters that made the island a fine diving spot in the world and an adventure paradise for nature lovers and seekers.

Magellan’s Marker is one of the famous tourist destinations in Cebu. It is where the Spanish explorer died after fighting with Mactan Chieftain Lapulapu. At the Chapel of the Last Supper is the 250 years old precious relic life-sized carving of the Lord Jesus and his twelve apostles seated on a long table called Last Supper. Located at the southern most part of Olango Island, Olango Wildlife Sanctuary supports countless migratory birds coming from as far as Australia and New Zealand from July to November and return to their breeding grounds from February until May. Tourists can’t help but view the large Christian cross planted in Cebu when Magellan first arrived. This cross symbolizes the city of Cebu and can be found in a small chapel near the Basilica Minore del Santo.

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