Cebu City is the country’s second city after Manila and is among the country’s most populated cities. It is situated on Cebu Island’s east coast and is similar to Manila in design and style but is not as congested as the country’s capital city. Cebu City is the site of the very first Spanish settlement and traces of the Spanish occupation are clearly visible all throughout Cebu City, which is the oldest city in the Philippines. Roman Catholicism is the major religion in Cebu City.
The main domestic shipping port in the Philippines is in Cebu City and the word ‘Cebu’ was derived from the Cebuano word for ‘trade’. Cebu City is famous for the high standards of accessibility and transportation infrastructure; travelling in and around Cebu City is very easy. Visitors to Cebu City also have easy access to many other islands as well as countless beaches, hotels, resorts and heritage sites, all of which have made Cebu City another tourist hotspot in the Philippines.
Cebu City is also renowned for the diverse festivals that are held there each year. Cebu City is host for the biggest Reggae festival in the country and is home to music memorabilia dating back to the early 20th century. Cebu City also hosts a number of sporting festivals each year, drawing great crowds from all over the country.
The two main airports in Cebu are the Mactan-Cebu International Airport and the Bantayan Airport. The second busiest airport in Philippines, Mactan-Cebu International Airport serves Cebu City and was also named amongst the top 20 airports in the ASEAN region. The Bantayan airport is a small feeder airport and serves Bantayan Island in the Province of Cebu.
Though not as plentiful in numbers as Manila, Cebu city offers a fair share of Halal restaurants and cafés. A popular Halal-certified restaurant is the Persian Palate. Halal food is also available at the Persian Kebab Tandoori and the 888 Asian Gourmet Food & Restaurant Lounge restaurants.
A few mosques are located in Cebu City, including the Cebu Muslim Mosque located in Mambaling and the Green Mosque located alongside Creekside Street. The Cebu Muslim Mosque can be easily spotted on the road leading to Labangon and faces the Shopwise Mall across McDonald’s.