Region VII: Central Visayas
Cebuano, Porohanon, Hiligaynon
Before the Spanish colonial period, the region was inhabited by various indigenous groups such as Negritos, Eskayas, Pintados and Malays usually with their respective datus.
Cebu gained prominence as the first seat of the Spanish government. It was also where Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer, serving the Kingdom of Spain met his death. Undaunted by the visitors, the chieftain of Mactan named Lapu Lapu ferociously fought the visitors, making him also the first Filipino hero.
What To See In Central Visayas ?
A busy metropolis surrounded by vast beauties of nature.
The province is home to the world’s smallest primate, the Tarsier, with its size as big as a thumb and its big bubbly eyes that charm tourists. The quiet town of Panglao is known for its vast marine sanctuary and dolphin watching.
The sunny island of Cebu is known for its Sinulog Festival, wherein the streets were filled with costumes and dance to commemorate the Holy Child of Cebu. The locals have transformed its festivities into a full-blown party from dusk until dawn. Magellan’s Cross is an interesting monument built to commemorate the country’s first step to Christianity.
Negros Oriental is famous for its rich underwater life in Apo Island, dubbed as the “model marine sanctuary of the world”.
Siquijor is known for its mystic local wizards who fascinate tourists with their sorcery and simple way of life. Do check out Cambugahay falls and the centenary Balete Tree to make your trip complete.