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Dubbed as the “Queen City of the South”, Cebu City is rich in economy and infrastructure. It even catches the attention of many tourists for its uniquely beautiful man-made and natural attractions that portray their rich history.

From the vibrant festivals, white-sand beaches, and luxury hotels, even a 24-hour stay in the city can be a perfect getaway! Here are the wisest and most fun ways on how to spend 24 hours in Cebu:

See the Magellan’s Cross and pray at the Basilica Del Sto. Niño

Way back 1521, the cross was planted by Magellan as he arrived in Cebu City. The cross still lies on the same spot where it was originally planted. So, if you only have 24 hours in Cebu, make sure to take photos on the spot to celebrate this special time in history.

After that, you can go to Basilica Del Sto. Niño and spend time to offer prayers. Many tourists say their wishes, repentance, and everyday prayers to Little Jesus as they believe in His power in granting them.

Feast on Cebu Lechon

Lechon, also known as roasted suckling pig, is a staple food in every Philippine fiesta. Filipinos love to feast on it with relatives, friends, and other guests. However, Cebu doesn’t just serve it during special occasions. They also set it up in the table during ordinary meals, and believe it, they have the best-tasting Lechon. We suggest that you take Lechon and rice for your lunch!

Take a picture in the sea of flowers in Sirao

The bursting colors of red, yellow, and orange will make you speechless! It’s like a bed of flowers that blooms beautifully in bright matching colors. In your 24-hour stay in Cebu, make sure to get multiple shots in the garden and have them posted in your Instagram account!

Have a bite of “Siomai sa Tisa”

Apart from Lechon, “Siomai sa Tisa” is one of the trademark food in Cebu City. It has a distinctive flavor with a balanced taste of salt and spice. Just hop for a ride to the Tisa, Labangon and the jeepney or taxi drivers already know where to take you in search for the original “Siomai sa Tisa”. It’s affordable so you don’t have to worry much on getting out of the budget.  

Dinner at Top of Cebu

‘Top of Cebu’, as the name suggests, is a mountain-top restaurant in Busay. It offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals depending on the time you get there. However, it is highly recommended that you visit the place at night. The cool breeze, the night lights, and the music will make it more romantic. In fact, a calm dinner here will sum up the day best.

Have some drinks at La Vie Parisienne

After having your dinner, head out to La Vie Parisienne to have some fancy drinks! This place is known for giving out Parisian experience with its expensive and creative interior design. The place even houses imported yet affordable wines in Cebu to be served to the guests.

Eat some Pochero after a night out

The sizzling Pochero of Cebu is a chunk of beef joint or shank with the marrow taken from Pochero, a common Philippine stew of meat and vegetables. This version then takes off the vegetables and douse the meat in flavorful gravy. Although some call it cholesterol on a platter, Cebuanos call it a delicious gem on a platter!

Early morning visit to Taboan Public Market

Before you head back to your hometown, it’s best to first have a stopover at Taboan Public Market for your pasalubong. The place has delicacies like dried fish, mangoes, and other dried goods that you can only see in Cebu City.

Having only 24 hours in Cebu is enough to give you a worthwhile experience. You’ll get the chance to immerse on their historical sites, taste their delicacies, and shop on their most visited markets. What are you waiting for? Fly to Cebu and create a bunch of memories!

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