Situated in the midway of the Philippine islands lies the island of Cebu which is considered to be equatorial. It has become the finest province in the Philippines and one of the most recommended tourist destinations in the world.
The Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan landed there and changed the ruler and chiefs to Christianity because he was appealed by the island's area. The inhabitants in the island later on massacred Magellan. The island has limited 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 flat volcanic hills. The province consists of Cebu Island, as well as 167 lesser area islands, which include Malapascua, Olango, Mactan, Camotes, and the Bantayan Islands. Cebu was probably the initial island to breed corn on a widely basis after that plant’s introduction by the Spaniards. Aside to Cebu City, the major locations on Cebu are Talisay City, Danao City, Lapu-Lapu City, Toledo City, and Mandaue City. Some locations in northern Cebu were extensively damaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan, a powerful tropical cyclone that swept through the central Philippines in early November 2013. In February 2012 Cebu island sensed the tremors 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 powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake which left more than 100 dead and destroyed some buildings, including 5 historical churches. For the Central Visayas which Cebu is located, the locals is chiefly teen with about 37 percent of its population below 10 years old. The Cebuano language is spoken in Cebu, as well as in main areas of the Visayas, including Bohol. Cebu has some of the finest beaches in the country and it is also home to a variety of historical, religious, and cultural sites that you can visit in Cebu City tours. The majority of its population are Roman Catholic followed by more than 90% of Cebuanos and there are also patrons of Islam, Buddhism, Iglesia Filipina Independiente, and Hinduism. Venerated and revered at the Basilica of Santo Niño is the wooden image of Santo Niño de Cebú, the oldest Christian image in the Philippines. The wooden statue of the Santo Niño was given to the wife of the Rajah of Cebu by the Portuguese explorer Magellan according to the historical documents. The Sinulog where street parades and extravagant drum beats preceded by a Christian Mass is celebrated every third Sunday of January is shown in Cebu's cultural festivity. The Philippine elementary school commences from Grades 1 to 6 while the high school stage takes six years, from Grades 7 through to 12, taken after doing from elementary school. There are more than a dozen other schools and universities developing in various courses in Cebu including eleven major universities each with a number of college branches predominantly throughout the capital, Cebu City. The best time to go to Cebu would be from January to April if you are planning to visit to do water activities or go to beaches. If you hate hot or rainy weather, this is the best time to visit the island because it is not too hot and low chance of rain.