Highly developed province in the Central Visayas region. The name Cebu comes from the old Cebuano word sibu or sibo (“trade”), a shortened form of sinibuayng yawa (“the place for trading”), and it was in Cebu City—the province’s capital and oldest city in the Philippines—that Spanish explorers landed in 1521.
Today Cebu province is famous as a tourist destination, with most visitors staying in Cebu City. Along with Mactan Island, Cebu City offers nightlife, fine dining, culture, and many of the major hotel chains have a footprint here. Elsewhere in the province, there are waterfalls, remote islands, and much natural beauty.