Cebu also known as Zubu (or Sugbo), is one of the famous islands in the Philippines that lie to the east of Negros Island; to the west of Leyte and to the southeast of Bohol province. It is located between 9°25’N and 11°15’N latitude and between 123°13’E and 124°5’E longitude in the center of the archipelago. As of the 2007 census, there were 798,000 people living in Cebu City, with over 3.5 million in the entire province. Cebuano is their native dialect and also spoken in most parts of Central and Southern Philippine Islands, including Bohol, western Leyte, Negros Oriental, the northern and eastern coast of Mindanao, some parts of Bukidnon, Agusan, Surigao, Davao, Cotabato, and Zamboanga del Sur. While Filipino is commonly understood and spoken, the English language is widely used in business transactions and educations.
Cebu is best from December to May when the weather turns dry. It is coolest from December to February, hottest from March to May. Temperature can rise as high as 37°C in the summer. The rainy seasons begins in July bringing torrential downpours that would sometimes inhibit movements.
Senior Santo Niño de Cebu, the Holy Child Jesus is Cebu’s patron saint and together with the Our Lady of Guadalupe. In honor of Santo Niño, Cebuanos celebrates the Sinulog Festival which held every 3rd Sunday of January as Cebu’s largest, most popular and largest cultural event, where street-dancing and loud drum beats preceded by a holy Mass is the main attraction. There are major churches in Cebu, including the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, the San Carlos Church, Sto. Rosario Parish Church, San Jose-Recoletos Church, Sacred Heart Church, as well as several other non-Catholic churches and temples.
Visitors may take a colorful jeepney or a bus at a minimal fare in getting around Cebu. Tricycles (motorcycles with sidecars) are also popular in outlaying areas and in the suburbs, quiet notably within Mactan Island. Taxicabs are widely available. Tourism continues to contribute much to the local economy, not just of the city itself, but to the entire province of Cebu. It is one of the most developed islands in the country and the main center of commerce, trade, education and industry in the central and southern parts of the archipelago. Everyone must enjoy its five-star hotels, casinos, white sand beaches, world-class golf courses, convention centers, and shopping malls.