Cebu known as the "The Queen City of the South" has a balance of both urban thrills and nature. Every year, my family and I visit and all I can say is that this city has never failed to give us a memorable experience. Let me share to you the top ten things to do or places to visit when you are in Cebu.
1. Sto. Nino Church, Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City
I grew up with the belief that whenever we visit a new place, we must make sure to visit the Church first and pay respect. The Sto. Nino Church also known as Minor Basilica of the Holy Child was founded in 1565.
Visitors and devotees line up to see the image of Sto. Nino which is the oldest religious relic in the Philippines.
The Basilica also celebrates mass and it would be great if you schedule your visit during that time.
2. Magellan's Cross, Plaza Sugbo, Cebu City
The Magellan's Cross is just a few steps away from the Sto. Nino Church. It houses a replica of the Christian Cross planted by the Spaniards when they arrived in Cebu in 1521. This has been a historical landmark so, you might want to make sure that you have your pictures taken here.
3. Birhen sa Simala - Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, Sibonga, Cebu.
The Monastery in Sibonga, Cebu is approximately a 2-3 hour drive from Cebu City proper and it is believed to be miraculous. A lot of testimonials and tokens of gratitude for prayers answered can be found all over the monastery. Couples having difficulty in conceiving, persons with disabilities healed are just a few who became walking testimonials of God's grace and love for us.
Inside the monastery, you can find a lot of statues of Mama Mary in different forms. Each statue has a short description of when and where the apparition took place.