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
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.