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About Cebu and its History



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Cebu is located in the Visayas region of the Philippines. It consists of the main Cebu Island and 167 smaller islands. The historical province of Cebu is among the most developed and urbanized provinces in the country. Its capital, Cebu City, is the oldest city in the Philippines. Several business and commercial centers are scattered throughout the city, while beach resorts are abundant in the surrounding islands.

Cebu boasts of its friendly natives who are fluent in English, Filipino, and their local dialect Cebuano. This trait is one of the reasons why foreigners keep coming back to the province. Not only that, Cebu is also blessed with white beaches, limestone plateaus, and coastal plains.

Brief History

In 1521, Spanish expedition led by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the island of Cebu. He named the island Islas de San Lazaro and claimed the land for Spain. Magellan befriended the local chieftains and even converted many natives into Catholics, symbolized by a cross now known as the Magellanís Cross. However, when they tried to conquer Mactan Island near Cebu, he was killed by the chieftain Lapu Lapu who was against foreign dominators.

Many expeditions were attempted in the succeeding years but all failed until the arrival of Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in 1565. Cebu became the first European settlement in the Philippines. The Spaniards established their colony in Cebu before moving onto other parts of the country.


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