The Birthplace of a Nation, Cebu Philippines
To most foreigners, Manila is the only city that comes to mind when it pertains to their knowledge of the Philippines. All be it, it is the capital and the largest city on the archipelago but if you want to understand the culture and history of the Philippines you have to start in Cebu.
The area of Cebu City was a hub for trade for local villagers and anyone hardy enough to make this regional voyage. It was not until Ferdinand Magellan planted the cross in what is now Cebu City that the Philippines was known to the rest of the world. With the arrival of the Spaniards, the Catholic religion was introduced to the native population.
The predominate religion in the Philippines is Catholicism and churches 100 years or older can be seen strung out throughout the island of Cebu. The country fell under Spanish rule for almost 500 years and during this time the Spanish culture was integrated into the local culture.
Chinese influence is also present. The Chinese had been sailing to this area to trade years before the arrival of the Spaniards. The Chinese influence can also be seen in the local foods and they heavily influence the countries economics through ownership of many shops and businesses.
This is just one man’s humble opinion but Cebu is the birth place of a Nation. Cebu is not only an ideal location for beautiful beaches but also a great place for culture, history, and local fair. It’s a mixture of big city, paradise and a small town feel. If you are looking for more remote places of heaven on earth, Cebu is a great place to start with its international airport and seaport that can connect you to some of the most amazing and pristine beaches on earth.