Cebu is a province in the Philippines, consisting of Cebu island and 167 surrounding islands. It is located to the east of Negros, to the west of Leyte and Bohol islands. Cebu is a long narrow island stretching 225 kilometres from north to south, surrounded by 167 neighbouring smaller islands, that includes Mactan, Bantayan, Malapascua, Olango and the Camotes Islands. Cebu has a narrow coastlines, limestone plateaus and a coastal plains. It also has a predominant rolling hills and a rugged mountain ranges traversing the northern and southern lengths of the island. Cebu`s highest mountains are over 1000 metres high. Flat tracts of land can be found in the towns of Bogo, San Remigio, Medellin and Daanbantayan at the northern region of the province. Its capital is Cebu City, the oldest city in the Philippines which forms part of the Cebu Metropolitan Area together with four neighbouring cities which include Danao City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City and Talisay City and eight other municipalities. Mactan-Cebu International Airport, located in Mactan island, is the second busiest airport in the Philippines. Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, with Cebu City as the main centre of commerce, trade, education and industry in the Visayas. The United Kingdom based Conde Nast Traveler Magazine named Cebu the seventh best island destination in the Indian Ocean-Asia region in 2007, Eigth Best Asian-Pacific island destination in 2005, Seventh in 2004 and Fourth in 2009. For more information, visit www.cebucitytourism.com.
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Magellan`s Cross signifies the baptism of the Rajah Humabon and Queen Juana to Christianity.
Sto. Nino Basilica and Museum, off Osmena Avenue, was built in 1565 and houses the country`s oldest religious relic, the Image of Holy Child Jesus or Sto. Nino.
Fort San Pedro, the smallest fort and the oldest Spanish settlement in the Philippines, has since been used as prison for Cebuano rebels during the Spanish era. Now it has been transformed into a park with a zoo and the main building now houses a museum.
There are three Lapu-Lapu Monuments in Mactan island, one stands just a lance-throw away from Magellan`s marker, and a second one has been erected at the plaza fronting Lapu Lapu City Hall and the last and the most handsome at Punta Engano. All three statues are bronze-hued and glint golden in the harsh sun.
In Metro Cebu, off Salinas Drive is the University of Southern Philippines Rizaliana Museum. It exhibits a substantial collection of memorabilia of national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.
At the Taoist Temple people go to light joss sticks, have their fortune read or to simply think and reflect.