Whether you are a local or just a regular foreign vacationist in the Philippines, you probably already know about Cebu, a region which is surrounded by other 167 neighboring smaller islands including popular tourist destinations like Malapascua, Bantayan and Camotes. At all times of the year, this region in the Philippines is one of the first choices of the majority of tourists visitors; hence, it is tagged as a prime destination.
Cebu has a rich history which is portrayed by historical buildings and notable spots which are preserved by the Filipinos.
Known as the Queen City of The South, Cebu City is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines as it the center of industry and commerce in the country.
Cebu comes from the word “Sebu” which means, animal fat. The history of Cebu City is dated back in the 13th century. In between the 13th and 16th century, Cebu was known as Zubu or Sugbo and was an island inhabited by Hindus, Rajahs and Datus. During the early 1500’s, Cebu was a big fishing village.
In 1521, Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese sailor who came from Spain happened to accidentally enter the island. He was the first European who entered Cebu and he also tried to spread Christianity throughout the islands. The visit of Magellan turned out to become a rivalry against Datu Lapu-Lapu. There were also political issues in between the two which led to the Battle Of Mactan that killed several men of Magellan, including Magellan himself. Ferdinand Magellan’s troupe lost the battle and went back to Spain.
The Battle of Mactan is said to be one of the most important events in Philippine history.
Back in 1860, Cebu became the portals for exporting and importing goods to other countries. It was in 1937 when Cebu became a chartered city. And, during the 19th century, Cebu established its own name as one of the world’s traders.
Today, when one says “Cebu”, what the majority would commonly predict is wonders. To them it means luxury living, budget size hotels, breathtaking mountains and beautiful beach resorts.