Cebu City, Philippines will be host to the APEC Summit, so it is prime time to get to know this unique destination. Cebu City, located in the Cebu Province, it the oldest city in the Philippines and plays an important part in the country’s commerce sector. Affectionately called “Ceboom,” for its rapid growth, this location has grown to be a popular vacation destination and the gateway to the Philippines.
When operating to Cebu City, the closest airport is Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB / RPVM), located in nearby Lapu-Lapu City. While you are on the ground, you will find that the city’s transportation is in the form of automobiles for rent, taxis and “jeepneys.” Not heard of a jeepney before? Imagine a cross between a Jeep and a bus, decorated with every kind of art imaginable. This is the main form of mass transportation in the Philippines, so you will see many of them during your time in the country.
A great way to take in the natural beauty of the mountains is to join a mountain bike tour. If you are feeling more adventurous during your time in Cebu City, look for one of the tour companies available where you ride a motorbike to explore the area. To really awaken your thrill-seeking side, you can even take a trip to Sky Experience Adventure, where you can zip line, climb a rock wall, and experience the Edge Coaster and Sky Walk Extreme.
The Philippines has a rich heritage and you can learn about local history in the museums found in town. To get an overview of Cebu’s history, including precolonial and Spanish era, visit the Museo Sugbo. The Rizaliana Museum at the University of Southern Philippines is home to the largest collection of items pertinent to Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal. The Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum is the place to visit to learn all about Cebu’s native music and influences.
No unique culture is complete without its own culinary flair. Barbecue is very popular with locals and the style, which involves skewers, is called “inato.” While you have certainly had barbecue before, in Cebu you will eat it along with “puso,” rice that is cooked in containers made out of woven coconut leaves. Another local specialty is “lechon,” a whole roasted pig stuffed with spices and cooked until crispy.
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