Fondly called the Queen City of the South, Cebu City is located right in the heart of the Philippines. It has a rich history, vibrant culture and fun-loving people.

1) Cebu is the oldest city in The Philippines. In 1565, Cebu became the first Spanish colony after local ruler Rajah Tupas signed a treaty (Treaty of Cebu) with conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi.

2) Cebu is the home of the first Filipino hero. Lapu-Lapu was a datu (ruler) of the island of Mactan in Cebu. He is considered the nation's first hero as he resisted and fought Spanish colonisers led by Ferdinand Magellan. He defeated and killed Magellan in the Battle of Mactan in April 1521.

3) Hosts one of the biggest festivals in Asia and the grandest in the Philippines. The Sinulog Festival is a grand and colourful celebration held every third weekend of January
in honour of the Santo Niño. The world-famous fiesta features novena masses, a fluvial procession, a foot procession and street dancing. One of the highlights of the occasion is the grand mardi gra. Sinulog Festival is celebrated all week long and attracts millions of tourists from all over the world.

4) Cebu led the way in the discovery of the Philippines. The major discovery started with Magellan's expedition. There is a long history about how the Spanish colonised the country and how Lapu-Lapu fought Magellan. It was chaotic and huge; but to put it in a bigger picture, if it wasn't because of Cebu, the Philippines wouldn't have been fully discovered, colonised, or become what it is today.