In the center of the Philippine archipelago is the warm island of Cebu. As one of the foremost tourist destinations in the Philippines and is considered to be the world's most mentioned tourist destinations. Appealed by the island’s scene, the Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan landed there and transformed the ruler and chiefs to Christianity. Sadly, Magellan was assasinated by the natives of the island. The island has slight level land except for the Bogo Plain in the far north, which is mainly a commercial sugarcane area and is bisected by a range of low volcanic hills. Aside from the large Cebu island, the province also constitute 167 smaller islands like Olango, Mactan, Camotes, Malapascua, and the Bantayan Islands. Cebu was probably the prime island to plant corn on a boundless basis after that plant’s introduction by the Spaniards. Aside to Cebu City, the big areas on Cebu are Talisay City, Danao City, Lapu-Lapu City, Toledo City, and Mandaue City. Some areas in northern Cebu were extremely damaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan, a potent tropical cyclone that swept through the central Philippines in early November 2013. In February 2012 Cebu island experienced the shaking of magnitude 6.7 earthquake on the neighboring island of Negros and was one of the most powerful quake in the area for 90 years. In October 2013, Bohol and Cebu were hit by potent 7.2 magnitude earthquake which left more than 100 dead and demolished some buildings, including 5 old churches. The citizens of the Central Visayas is principally youth with about 37 percent of its population below 10 years old. The Cebuano language is voiced in Cebu, as well as in large areas of the Visayas, including Bohol. Cebu has some of the foremost beaches in the country and it is also home to a variety of old, religious, and cultural sites that you can stay at in Cebu City tours. There are also disciples of Islam, Buddhism, Iglesia Filipina Independiente, and Hinduism aside from the superior of its population are Roman Catholic followed by more than 90% of Cebuanos.
The wooden image of Santo Niño de Cebú, the oldest Christian image in the Philippines, is venerated and revered at the Basilica of Santo Niño. According the historical documents, the wooden statue of the Santo Niño was offered to the wife of the Rajah of Cebu by the Portuguese explorer Magellan. The friendship is often shown in Cebu's cultural festivity, the Sinulog where street parades and loud drum beats preceded by a Christian Mass is celebrated every third Sunday of January. The Philippine elementary school starts from Grades 1 to 6 while the high school stage takes six years, from Grades 7 through to 12, taken after finishing from elementary school. Cebu has eleven big universities each with a number of college branches predominantly throughout the capital, Cebu City, and more than a dozen other schools and universities developing in various courses. If you are planning to stay at Cebu to do water activities or go to beaches, the best time to go would be from January to April. The weather is not too hot and there is less chance of rain during this time.