Visitors from across the world fly into Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) in order to start their exploration of the Philippines. While many will head straight to their resorts, Cebu City is itself a popular tourist destination.
To get to Cebu City from the airport, a taxi is your best option, which will take around 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can bag a seat on a colorful, kitsch Jeepney - catch one outside the supermarket on the airport highway. Be aware that this journey will take you around an hour.
Once in the city, be sure to visit the 16th century Basilica of Santo Nino, which contains a statue believed to be the holiest of Philippines' relics.
Music buffs will enjoy the Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum, which tells the tale of the local musical scene through stories of its history and heritage. The area around Plaza Independencia and Fort San Pedro is an interesting place to hang out; for upscale shopping, head to Ayala Mall.
If you have time to spare at the airport, visit the Lapu-Lapu statue, which can be found just 10 minutes away. This 66ft bronze statue honors a native leader who defeated Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century.
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