Here’s Your Guide to an Exciting Weekend in Cebu

There are plenty of places to explore in the Philippines outside of the usual tourist favorites like Boracay and Palawan. Just close by these destinations is Cebu, which marries the best of tropical living with the metropolitan hustle. In this city, you’re never too far from a beach, mall, or cultural spot. Doesn’t that sound great?

Can’t decide what to do in the Cebu this weekend? Here are some things to add to your exciting weekend itinerary.

Discover its Religious History

Cebu is teeming with religious history. After all, this is the birth place of Catholicism the Philippines, dating back to the early 16th century when Spanish missionaries and colonists first arrived in Cebu. This is why, to this day, there are plenty of old church buildings scattered everywhere — each with their own interesting stories to tell. One of the most popular ones is the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, located at the heart of the city. It’s a towering structure whose architecture draws inspiration from Romanesque, Muslim, and Baroque structures.

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Visit the Mactan Shrine

Speaking of Catholicism, this way of life was not well received by some chieftains in pre-colonial Philippines. One of them was the known warrior, Lapu-Lapu

. The Mactan Shrine, located just off the coast of Cebu, was built to honor his battle against the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. According to Mactan Island locals, the statue of Lapu-Lapu that can be found in the area is the exact place where he died.

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Play a Few Games

As the Leisure and Resorts World Corp is focusing on expanding the casino industry in the Philippines, more casinos have been popping up outside Metro Manila. Mactan Isla Resort in Cebu, for example, is a perfect choice for those looking to swim during the day, and play a few games at night. If it’s your first time, gaming website ExpatBets has guides to bustling gaming hubs in Southeast Asia like Thailand and Cambodia. In contrast to these, you’ll find that Cebu’s casinos offer up a more traditional experience, but nevertheless hint at how Southeast Asia is fast becoming a gaming destination of choice.

Image Credit: Mactan Isla Resort & Casino

Swim with the Sharks

Don’t worry, we’re not referring to actual sharks — but rather, their more docile counterpart, the whale sharks. Down in the small fishing village of Oslob, you can encounter these gentle giants for a fee of P500 for locals and P1,000 for foreign tourists, as listed on travel website Erika’s Travelventures. Boats, snorkel equipment, and feed are all included in the package.

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Fall from the Skies

Cebu is a big place, and the city is but a small part of it. Outside of the metropolis, you’ll find adventures that you’d be hard-pressed to get anywhere else, and if you’re in the mood for an adrenaline rush, you can go sky-dropping. Danasan Eco Park in Danao City is surrounded by acres of mountains and flatlands — making it the perfect choice to jump off and fly.

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Cebu is as urban as it is rural, which makes for an exciting mix of experiences. The city promises an adventure for every kind traveler; whether you’re a family looking to trace the country’s history, or a backpacker looking for the extra thrill.

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