The pioneering Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan was killed at the historic Battle of Mactan, now Lapu-lapu City, by local chieftain Lapu-lapu in the year 1521. A shrine in Cebu City was built in memory of his death centuries later. Traces of ruins of the oldest urban center in the Philippines, the walled city in Cebu, was built by the Spanish colonizers in the 16th century. The walled city of Intramuros was patterned after this walled fortress.
Sinulog Festival in Cebu City is the region's most popular religious cultural event.
Capital Cities and Towns
The jump off point to the region is the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in the island city of Lapu-lapu, just off the coast of Mandaue City in the main island of Cebu. From the airport, the island is linked by two separate bridges to the main island of Cebu through Mandaue City, going to the urban center of Cebu City. The international airport has flight connections to Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul. It is Cebu Pacific's hub in the Visayas with connecting flights to major cities in Mindanao and to major cities in the Visayas such as Tacloban, Dumaguete and tourist destinations such as Boracay thru Caticlan Airport and Palawan thru Puerto Princesa Airport. All domestic carriers have flights to Mactan-Cebu International Airport from Manila.
There are also airports in Dumaguete (in Sibulan town), and in Tagbilaran. Tagbilaran Airport is serviced by Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines which both fly to Manila. Cebu pacific also fly from Tagbilaran to Davao. Dumaguete is also served by Cebu Pacific which fly to manila, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Philippines airlines which fly's to Manila.
The Port of Cebu is the region's main gateway to Manila, Bohol, Leyte, Panay island and Mindanao. There are also ports in Dumaguete in Negros Oriental, Tagbilaran in Bohol and Larena in Siquijor. Inter-island shipping is served by numerous shipping lines, two of them fastcraft companies which serve all the provinces in the region.
Bus companies serve the Manila-Cebu route from Ali Mall terminal in Cubao, Quezon City passing through Eastern Visayas.
The Port of Cebu is the region's main gateway. There are also ports in Dumaguete in Negros Oriental, Tagbilaran in Bohol and Larena in Siquijor. Inter-island shipping is served by numerous shipping lines, two of them fastcraft companies which serve all the provinces in the region.
The main airport is the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, which is in Metro Cebu. There are also airports in Dumaguete (in Sibulan town), and in Tagbilaran. Tagbilaran airport is serviced by Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines which flies only to Manila. Dumaguete is served by Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific, both of them flying only to Manila.