Cebu, Philippines

Things to do in Cebu by Veronica Sarthou

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Cebu is located in the Central Visayas Region, which is around 365 miles south of Metro Manila. Its landscape is mostly characterized by rugged mountain ranges and rolling hills, as well as narrow coastlines and urban centers. According to history, Cebu was the center of trade—even before the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. Now, it is a major tourist destination for its beach getaways, festivals, and more.


Start your day right and get a filling buffet breakfast at the Crown Regency Hotel and Towers and take your pick from its various food selections such as bread, rice, viands, desserts, and more.

Crown Regency Hotel and Towers – Tower 1, Fuente Towers, Osmeña Boulevard, Sta. Cruz, Cebu City 6000, Philippines; (+63 32) 418-8888

Morning activity

Visit the usual tourist spots around the city. First on your itinerary should be Magellan’s Cross (a popular landmark), and nearby is the Basilica del Santo Niño that houses the Santo Niño de Cebu (probably the country’s oldest religious relic). A few blocks away is the Fort San Pedro, a military defense structure which is now open to tourists for a minimal fee.

For those looking for some excitement, experience the Edge Coaster and Skywalk in the Crown Regency Hotel and Towers and get a bird’s eye view of the city as well.


Get a taste of Cebu’s most famous food find—lechon (whole roast pig). There are plenty of stalls selling this meaty goodness but do try the one from CnT Lechon, where you can even buy to-go and ready for check-in at the airport.

1377 Rama Ave., Guadalupe, Cebu City; Ayala Center Food Choices; SM Supermarket

Afternoon activity

Schedule a daytrip to Mactan Island and spend a day by the beach. There are several resorts to suit all kinds of travelers. For those who want to indulge, visit Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa or Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel. Simply lounge by the pool or by the shore while you sip some refreshing cocktails.

Shangri-La – Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu 6015, Philippines

Costabella – Buyong, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines


Satisfy your cravings for Filipino food and sample the local cuisine in Hukad, where you get to eat from a banana leaf plate. Order some crispy pata, vegetables cooked in coconut milk and taste its seafood specialties. Malls like Ayala Center and SM have a wide selection of food choices for the discerning palate.

Ayala Center Cebu, Archbishop Reyes Street, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City, Philippines

Evening activity

Try your luck at the casino in Waterfront Hotel and maybe catch some special events like concerts and other shows. Or check out the Cebu I.T. Park and hang out in one of the bars and restaurants there. Grab some local beer and Mexican-inspired food at Mooon Café.

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino – Salinas Drive, Lahug Cebu City 6000, Philippines

Mooon Café – 42 E. Osmeña corner J. Diaz Street, Guadalupe, Cebu City, Philippines

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