The Philippines is an archipelago composed of 3 major group of islands namely, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The Island of Cebu is part of the Visayas group of islands and is under the Central Visayas region.
MAJOR TOURIST SPOTS IN CEBU CITY
Cebu (Sugbo) comprises the islands of Bantayan, Malapascua, Camotes, Gibitngil, Sumilon, Mactan, just to name a few.
When you say Cebu, it does not necessary mean Cebu City because to me, when someone says Cebu, I would take it to mean Cebu the province. So it is wrong when you say Alcoy, Cebu City because Alcoy is not part of Cebu City, it is another municipality (just to site an example). So there goes your confusion.
|Magellan's Cross, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines|
DIALECT/DEMONYM Cebuano is both a dialect and a demonym of the people of Cebu. Majority of Cebuanos just like the rest of the Filipino nationals understand English. If you are a local tourist traveling to Cebu expect Cebuanos to converse more with you in English rather than in Tagalog/Filipino. It's a Cebuano thing and I'm sure a lot of my fellow Cebuanos agree with me.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS The major tourist attractions in Cebu Province is around the capital city of Cebu, the Queen City of the South. The tour can be done in just less than an hour.
|Novena Mass at Basilica del Santo Niño during Sinulog|
If you intend to stay in Cebu for a longer period, the beautiful beaches are situated in the far south and in the far north. My favorite beach here is situated in Santa Fe, Bantayan Island. I have not been to some of the beautiful beaches here in Cebu but as a beach bum, I can recommend Alcoy, Moalboal, Badian, Oslob, Sumilon Island (in the south) and Catmon, Sogod, Bantayan Island, Malapascua Island and Gibitngil Island (in the north). Also, do not miss out Camotes Islands, one of the most popular beach destinations in Cebu. If you want to chase waterfalls, go check out, Cambais Falls in Alegria, Aguinid Falls, Binalayan Falls, Dau Falls in Samboan, Inambakan Falls in Ginatilan and Kawasan Falls in Badian. Most canyoneering spots can found in the southern towns of Cebu.
|Santa Fe, Bantayan Island|
The most popular festival is the Sinulog Festival held every third Sunday of January in Cebu City, Cebu but most Cebuanos celebrate it province-wide. This is when Cebu City is flocked by many local and foreign tourists from around the world.
The currency we used in the Philippines is Philippine Peso but unlike in Cambodia, most establishments here do not accept your currency as a mode of payment. You need to exchange your currency to Philippine Peso. One US Dollar is equivalent to almost Fifty Philippine Pesos.
You can find money changers aplenty anywhere in Cebu. You can find one at Mactan Cebu International Airpot. If you stayed in Downtown Cebu City, go to Metro Gaisano and Colonnade Mall. If you stayed in Uptown Cebu City, go to Robinsons Cybergate or if you are near Mango Avenue, there is a money changer near STC (St Theresa's College). You can also have your currency exchanged to Philippine Peso at SM City Cebu and Ayala Center Cebu.
ATM MACHINES/MAJOR BANKS
You can find several ATM machines in Cebu. You can find some at Mactan Cebu International Airport and major malls in Cebu. You can also find some onsite. Major banks here are Metrobank, PNB, BDO, BPI, Landbank, Security Bank, China Bank, DBP, RCBC and UnionBank.
Maayong pag-abot sa Sugbo! (Welcome to Cebu!).
Ayo ayo! (Enjoy!)
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