The island of Cebu is world-renowned for its underwater adventures and lechon, or whole roasted suckling pig. Established by the Spanish in 1565, this “Queen City of the South” is rich in history, too.
Where To Eat + Drink
Attend the Lechon Festival in August, a three-week celebration of the suckling pig hosted by Megaworld. Can’t make the fest? Enjoy meals from Cebu’s lechoneros (pit masters) instead. Zubuchon’s lechon plus rice and vegetables goes for about $9 per person, or order a whole pig from $103.
What To Do
The diving is world-class here. Reputable outfit Scotty’s Action Sports Network can show you the Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary (price on request). Visit the circa-1565 Basilica Minore del Santo Nino for its array of antiques and artworks. Challenge yourself with a four-day Trail Adventours trek (from $836 per person) up Mount Apo – Philippines’s highest peak.
Where To Shop
Get Cebu’s dried mangoes at a sari sari (variety store) for around $2 per pack. On Mactan Island, stroll Pajac-Maribago Road to shop guitar stores – stop at Alegre Guitars Factory for mandolins and ukuleles. (Pajac-Maribago Rd, Lapu-Lapu City)
Where To Stay
Getting There + Around
Both Scoot and Singapore Airlines have nonstop flights, at less than 4 hours. (At press time, they went for $215 – if arriving the week before 2019’s Lechon Festival.) Traverse Cebu by jeepney, converted Jeeps which fit 12 to 15 people and cost a maximum of $1 a ride per person. Or, hail an inexpensive motorcycle with a sidecar.
Some text adapted from www.straitstimes.com, www.thepeakmagazine.com.sg
Additional Reporting: Joshua Tan
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