In continuation of our trip last September 2006 in the island of Bohol, our group of 17 people ferry ourselves to one of the key and most historical cities in the Philippines. Cebu City is part of now the great metropolitan region of Metro Cebu which lies in the middle section of elongated island province of Cebu.
Cebu (pronounced as ‘Se-boo’) is the center of commerce and trade in the Visayan region of the Philippines and is connected to most domestic airports and some international airports through the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. This makes Cebu as the second major gateway and second most important trade center of the country after Manila. The Port of Cebu also connects the island to other islands in the country.
Aside from it’s importance in the Philippine economy, Cebu is also very rich in history as it is considered the oldest city in the country. It marks its existence in history for more than 439 years ago, before the first Spanish expedition came in the islands in 1521 which led to the Philippines’ official discovery, putting it in the map. The expedition led by Ferdinand Magellan that year has seen a thriving settlement with an organized social structure led by a datu. And the settlement was already a center of trade by trading Chinese, Japanese, Malays, Indians, Burmese, and Arabs.