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Cebu's charm

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With its turquoise waters and white sandy beaches, Cebu is gaining popularity as a haven for tourists to check off their bucket list experiences.

It is a stunning island in the southern part of the Philippines.

In Cebu City, you should visit the historical attractions along the port before heading to the outskirts.

Fort San Pedro, which was built in 1565, is one of the oldest Spanish Forts in the country.

The Magellan's Cross offers insight into the rich culture that began in Cebu, the Philippines' first capital.

Cebu is the birthplace of the Catholic faith in the country which began when Ferdinand Magellan brought the Magellan's Cross there in 1521.

If you travel to Cebu in January, you will be part of the Cebu Sinulog Festival, the grandest festival in the Philippines, which celebrates the Filipinos' acceptance of Christianity.


A three-hour drive from the city takes you to Oslob, home of whale sharks.

Swimmers are advised to keep a respectful distance and avoid flash photography.

Swimming alongside the whale shark in Oslob is a lifetime memory for the writer.

A stay at the Brumini Resort, with its beach location and delicious menu, is recommended.

The 11m-high Kawasan Falls, a 20-minute drive from Oslob, is great for a canyoneering adventure.

Canyoneering uses techniques such as trekking, climbing, jumping and swimming amid picturesque mountains.


Cebu's delicacies include street snacks such as chicharon (fried pork rinds), pandesal (bread roll) and lechon (suckling pig that is roasted with garlic and herbs).

The Vikings Buffet Restaurant at SM Mall has one of the largest buffets in the Philippines, with Korean, Italian, Japanese and American cuisine, as well as vegetarian options.


AirAsia flies directly to Cebu four times a week.

Xpress boarding is available for guests who book premium seats. Pre-book your meals and have a taste of Asian cuisines at great value!

The trip was made possible by AirAsia and the Department of Tourism of Philippines.