Popular Attractions in Cebu City

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Cebu City has so much to offer for tourists in terms of Filipino-Spanish heritage sites, famous churches, museums and popular festivals. A few of the gated communities located on the mountainsides also offer great views of the city. Here are some of the popular attractions in Cebu City that you should not miss.

Basilica Del Sto. Niño

Basilica Del Sto. Niño
Basilica Del Sto. Niño – A favorite destination for millions of pilgrims each year.

Built in 1565 by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, the Basilica Del Sto. Niño is the oldest church in the Philippines. This church houses the most famous statue of the child Jesus called Santo Niño. The church’s beautiful antique chandeliers, painted ceilings, gilded statues of saints inspire awe among visitors.

Magellan’s Cross

Magellan Cross
Magellan’s Cross – The original cross made of tindalo wood is said to be inside the wooden casing.

Just steps away from the Basilica Del Sto. Niño is Magellan’s Cross. Explorer Ferdinand Magellan brought the cross to the islands when he arrived on March 31, 1521. An outer shell now houses the actual cross which now stands in a chapel/monument fronting Cebu City Hall. Magellan’s Cross is one of the top tourist attractions in the city because of its great historical significance.

Colon Street

Colon Street
Colon Street – Considered the oldest and shortest national road in the Philippines.

Known as the oldest street in the Philippines, Colon Street is also the center of commerce and tourism of Cebu City. Because of its history, this street never fails to fascinate its visitors. Its old stores and new shops sell much cheaper prices compared to that of their competitors in the malls.

Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod

Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod
Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod – One of the most modern & unique churches in the Philippines.

The Chapel of Pedro Calungsod boasts of 100 walls of varying heights, making it look like a giant concrete puzzle. Consequently, it is considered the most modern church in Cebu City. The unique walls face one direction so it would look completely opaque on one side and totally transparent on the other. It’s definitely a sacred place of prayer and meditation and one not to miss.

Taoist Temple

Taoist Temple
The Taoist Temple, a quiet place with a stunning view of the city.

The Cebu Taoist Temple sits on Beverly Hills Subdivision in Lahug, Cebu’s millionaires’ quarter. It’s about six kilometers from the city center and is three hundred feet above sea level. This towering temple is the center of worship of Taoism and is open for worshipers and non-worshipers alike. You’ll also enjoy the scenic view of downtown from the balcony.

Yap-San Diego Ancestral House

Yap-San Diego Ancestral House
Yap-San Diego Ancestral House – Oldest residential structure in the Philippines.

The Yap-Sandiego house is located on Mabini St. Cebu, a few meters away from Colon Street. The 300-year-old house is made of wood and coral stones. Inside, you will see antiques passed from the family’s eight generations. It’s one of Cebu’s best-kept secrets.

Sinulog Festival

Sinulog dancers occupied the city streets of Cebu City in the honor of Santo Niño,

The Sinulog Festival is the most awaited street parade festival in Cebu City in honor of the Santo Niño. Every third Sunday of January participants with their colorful costumes dance to the beat of drums and trumpets. You can also see a number of famous actors and actresses on board the floats. Tourists are advised to book in advance as hotels and pension houses may be jam packed for the event.

Heritage of Cebu Monument

Heritage of  Cebu Monument
Heritage of Cebu Monument – Gigantic sculptures showcasing the history of Cebu.

This historic monument is located at the original Plaza Parian in Cebu City. A gigantic tableau of sculptures made up of metals and concrete showcases the history of Cebu from the time of Ferdinand Magellan to the recent beatification of Cebuano martyr Pedro Calungsod.


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