People Here Are Called: Cebuanos
Known as: Queen City of the South
Known for: Sinulog Festival, Magellan's Cross and other historic sites and churches, pristine islands, beaches and waters, danggit
Top Landmarks and Tourist Spots:
Mactan Island is a coral island and famous for scuba diving and beach site. It is also the site of the Export Processing Zone.
Malapascua Island is endowed with white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, and the west coast is ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
Olango Island supports the largest concentration of migratory birds found in the country. These birds migrating from Russia stop here en route to Australia.
The sleepy little market town of Moalboal was one of the first places where scuba diving caught on in the Philippines. From here, you can dive straight off Panagsama Beach, which is home to an extraordinary array of coral, anemones, sponges, and a swarming host of brightly colored reef fish.
Famous Dishes: Cebu lechon
Major Industries: Copper and dolomite mining, industrial parts assembly, food processing, handicraft, rattancraft, woodcraft, metalcraft, shellcraft, stonecraft, basketware, rattan and wicker furniture making, ceramics making, manufacturing of footwear, garments, costume jewelry, food products and preserves, electronic devices, transistors and diodes, vehicle assembly, agricultural products
Tourism Assets: Sinulog Festival, historic sites and churches, pristine islands, beaches and waters
30,000 years ago, the Negrito race crossed the Asian continent through land bridges. With the disappearance of the bridges, islands were formed including Cebu. Being part of the Malay peninsula, Cebu was part of the Malay empire around 500 A.D.
In 1521, Fernando de Magallanes, or Magellan, landed in Cebu. The Portuguese explorer who sailed under the Spanish expedition of 5 ships and more than 200 men was well received by Datu Humabon. Datu Humabon and his followers were even baptized to Christianity.
In Mactan, however, Magellan, , died in the hands of Datu Lapu-lapu, the island's chieftain. The famous battle marked the Filipinos's aversion to foreign dominance and rule.
It was not until 1566 when Miguel Lopez de Legazpi arrived in Cebu that the island came under Spanish rule. Churches were built, priests ruled communities alongside civil leaders, and watchtowers were scattered along the island to guard against Moro raids.
During the Philippine revolution led by Andres Bonifacio in Luzon, Cebu was also the site of bloody battle. On April 3, 1898, Cebuano rebels under Gen. Leon Kilat engaged in a three-day fight and had the Spaniards cover behind Fort San Pedro.
At the end of Spanish rule, the Americans came next and set the country to a semi-autonomous rule. The Philippine Commonwealth was established in 1935, with Manuel Quezon as president and Sergio Osmena, a Cebuano, as vice-president.
During the Japanese occupation, Cebu served as a vital Japanese base for the Imperial Army. The rest of Cebu’s history was tied to events in the country — postwar reconstruction, Philippine independence, then the declaration of Martial Law, and so forth.
Southwestern University - PHINMA Alumni 1st Scientific Symposium 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Halls A and B
Couples for Christ Mission Core Gathering July 28, 2018 - July 29, 2018 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Meeting Rooms A-C
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SVI distribution Corp. is a Cebu based distributor of Baking and food ingredients (fractionated butter, Flavorings, Whipping cream, fruit fillings, Seasonimgs, Bread additives, ETC.) SVI Distribution serves some of the largest bakeries, bakeshops, industrial baking companies, and hotels in Cebu, Bohol, Davao and Cotabato.