Top Choice Church in Cebu City

Basilica Minore del Santo Niño

Cebu’s holiest church houses a revered Flemish statuette of the Christ child (Santo Niño) that dates to Magellan’s time. The church’s belfry came crumbling down in the October 2013 earthquake and is being rebuilt. T…
Museum in Cebu City

Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary

One of the first places Cebu residents will take visiting relatives is the Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary, west of the downtown area. It’s hardly a place you’d expect butterflies to hang around, but hang around they do…
Museum in Cebu City

Casa Gorordo Museum

Downtown, in a quieter residential area, Casa Gorordo Museum was originally a private home built in the 1850s and purchased by the Gorordos, one of Cebu’s leading families. The lower part of the house has walls of M…
Fort in Cebu City

Fort San Pedro

Built in 1565 under the command of Miguel López de Legazpi, conqueror of the Philippines, Fort San Pedro has served as an army garrison, a rebel stronghold, prison camp and the city zoo. These days it’s retired as a…
Bird Sanctuary in Olango Island & Around

Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary

Just 20 minutes from Mactan by public bangka, Olango Island is home to the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary. Taking in 1030 hectares of sand flats and mangroves on Olango’s southern shores, the sanctuary supports th…
Museum in Cebu City

Museo Sugbo

This terrific museum comprises several galleries in an sturdy old coral-stone building that was Cebu's provincial jail from 1870 to 2004. Most interesting are the Spanish-era and American-era galleries. The latter c…
Museum in Cebu City

University of San Carlos Museum

This well-put-together museum is best known for its anthropological and archaeological exhibits, including displays depicting the 16th-century practise of artificial skull deformation on infants for aesthetic reason…
Historic Site in Cebu City

Magellan’s Cross

Ferdinand’s Catholic legacy, a large wooden cross, is housed in a stone rotunda (built in 1841) across from Cebu City Hall. The crucifix on show here apparently contains remnants from a cross Magellan planted on the…
Viewpoint in Cebu City

Tops Lookout

Make your way to JY Square Mall in Lahug, where habal-habal (motorcyle taxis) depart for the thrilling 20-minute ride (return P300) up a winding road to the Tops lookout point, 600m above Cebu.
Market in Cebu City

Carbon Market

West of Fort San Pedro, the sprawling Carbon Market is a boisterous, cacophonous frenzy that seemingly never sleeps. It’s a must for market lovers.