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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Time to discover Cebu by Jose Maria Abada

The provincial government of Cebu lists five major reasons why the province is Number One. First reason is that the weather in the province is generally cooperative. The weather in the province is good for business since typhoons are not regular occurrences here and rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year. It is also added that the province is not located in the earthquake belt and there is no known active volcano in the area, and also the province has an international airport that is large enough to meet the needs of its people and the many businesses in the area. Second reason relates to the kind of public administrators in the province.

According to the LGU, the province' administrators are known to be development-oriented and these public administrators steer the province to economic growth and development. Reason three relates to the presence of economic zones in the province. The province of Cebu plays host to nine economic zones. Reason four relates to its fiscal management. According to the provincial government, the province is known for its good fiscal management and the province is one of the leading lights when it comes to assets and cash in bank. And lastly, the province ranks first because of the unity present in the province. These are the listed reasons why Cebu, according to the provincial government as the leading province in the country.

Cebu boasts a rich history But this is not only the things that make the province unique. The province of Cebu has a long history as well, and this is considered as one of the oldest provinces in the country. In fact, the history of the province goes way beyond 400 years ago and this started when the island was made as a province when the colonization of the Spaniards was just starting. And even before the arrival of the Spaniards, the province of Cebu was already active in its trade with neighboring provinces and islands. The island was in fact known as the center of trade in Southern Philippines as it dealt with the traders from many countries like China, Malaysia, Japan, India, Burma and other parts of the continent. And even before the arrival of the Spaniards, Cebu has already established its social structure. The province has roughly 3 million people and the language used is Cebuano. English is widely used too mostly in business transactions and this language is also understood by majority of the population. The province is known for many interesting travel destinations. Here is a listing of some of the famous destinations in the province: * Argao. The main attraction of the town includes the public stone buildings that date back centuries ago and one of its main attractions is the Rococo-Baroque church of the St. Michael Archangel. There is also a man-made Riverstone Castle and this was built entirely from stones. * Badian. Badian is known for its white sand beaches and a must visit for travelers. * Bantayan Island. This is also known for its clear blue waters and its fine white beaches. This is the place to be for travelers and tourists during Holy Week. * Camotes Group of Islands. * Carcar City. There are a number of good-looking and well-preserved ancestral homes in the city. This is also considered as a 'Little Marikina' thanks to its growing shoe industry. * Malapascua Island. The shores in the island are comparable that to those seen in Boracay Islands. * Sumilon Island * Moalboal. This island is host the orchid farm and considered as the largest orchid farm in Southeast Asia. * Medellin * Aloguinsan * Dalaguete. Another prime destination in the province of Cebu known for its white sand beaches and lengthy coastlines.

And of course, a visit to the province will not be complete without checking out Cebu City, one of the biggest and advanced cities in the country. The city of Cebu is best known for its 'Sinulog Festival'- considered as the province's biggest fiesta. The festival is known for its street dancing, face painting and street parties and concerts. But at the center of the celebration is the carved image of the Holy Child Jesus.

About the Author

Jose Maria Abada is a lover and a promoter of Philippine provinces and sights. He writes about Cebu Philippines and Boracay Philippines. Jose is passionate about what Cebu and Boracay can offer its guests and tourists. Interested to learn more please visit the Philippine Travel Guide site.

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