About Cebu

Cebu is an island province situated in the heart of the Philippines, with Cebu City being one of the highly urbanized cities in the country. Also known as the “Queen City of the South”, Cebu is the center for trade and commerce in the Visayas and Mindanao (2 of the 3 main geographical divisions in the Philippines).

Having a major city, Cebu is not only about fascinating infrastructures and businesses sprouting everywhere and the merry-makings at night. Cebu also brags its wonderful sites both man-made and natural. Cebu is rich in culture and with different religions as seen in the great structures like temples, shrines, and churches inspired by their different religious beliefs. Cebu is also blessed with sites that bring you closer to mother nature. You can visit the mountains nearby to give you a scenic view of Cebu City and its neighboring cities. There are many waterfalls and springs in Cebu you can visit if you want to get away from the bustling city and the mundane life we’re experiencing.  Many resorts, white sandy beaches and islets scattered around Cebu are home to rich marine life. Not only are there spectacular sites and sceneries but Cebu also has beautiful and warm people who will welcome you and introduce you to delicious Filipino cuisines and delicacies.

Cebu being the seat of Christianity in the Philippines, with the cross first planted on Cebu’s shore and the giving of the statue of the Child Jesus as a gift by the great explorer Ferdinand Magellan, celebrates one of the biggest festivals in the Philippines, Sinulog. It is celebrated in honor of the Child Jesus every 3rd Sunday of January and one of the most visited festivals both by Filipinos all over the Philippines and by foreigners all over the world. People gather in the city to witness the mardi gras and join in on the street parties and feel the spirit of the festival.

Cebu City Weather

The Philippines being situated in the tropical zone results to it having only 2 seasons, the wet or the rainy season and the dry or the summer season. The rainy season usually starts in June until October. Typhoons usually occur in the months of September and October.

Language

Cebuanos are very diverse when it comes to speaking different languages. Cebuanos can speak many languages, but the 3 main languages are of course Cebuano, Filipino, and English.

Currency

The currency in the Philippines is in Philippine Peso. The following are the equivalent values of Philippine Peso in different currencies (as of September 2017)

  • 1 US Dollar = 50.85 Philippine Peso
  • 1 Japanese Yen = 0.45 Philippine Peso
  • 1 South Korean Won = 0.045 Philippine Peso
  • 1 Singapore Dollar = 37.62 Philippine Peso
  • 1 New Taiwan Dollar = 1.68 Philippine Peso
  • 1 Chinese Yuan = 7.68 Philippine Peso

Electricity

In the Philippines the power sockets are of type A, B and C but it is highly recommended that you get the type A socket which is shown on the picture. The standard voltage is 220V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.