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Dancers from Cebu province performing during the Pasigarbo sa Subgo street dance competition

Festivals in Cebu Province Gather for the Pasigarbo sa Sugbo

Cebu Province has an assortment of local festivals that celebrate the food culture, the endemic plants and animals, and the general lifestyle of the people.These festivals are celebrated through a number of cultural dances that give you a glimpse into what each town or municipality is known for.Fortunately, a yearly event gathers the best Cebuano festivals to showcase the talented nature of the Cebuanos, bringing it to a bigger audience.

Signage of the Unveiled Art Exhibit featuring endemic animals in Cebu

Endemic Animals in Cebu Inspire the Unveiled Art Exhibit

Like other parts of the Philippines, Cebu has its share of endemic animals. These creatures give the island personality and help travelers and visitors know what climate, land formations, and life forms are present on the island.Several cause-oriented groups have lobbied for the conservation of endemic species, as threats like climate change and infrastructure projects create fear of their extinction.An art exhibit organized by a group of Biology students, in collaboration with artists from Mactan Island, aims to educate its viewers about these endemic animals but also showcase the talents of Cebuano artists.

Dancers perform with Cebu Province Governor Gwendolyn Garcia

R’ Cebu Expo Highlights the First District of Cebu Province

The first district of Cebu province consists of the cities of Talisay, Naga, and Carcar, as well as the municipalities of Minglanilla, San Fernando, and Sibonga. These towns and cities are easily accessible locations on the island, as they are the first areas you pass by when going to the South.The Cebu Provincial Government has promoted several areas and establishments in Southern Cebu for many years, including the delicious local food and all kinds of well-known art forms.One particular event that helps promote tourism on the island is R’ Cebu, and they recently had an expo at Robinsons Galleria on July 15, 2022.

Two bikers enter the race for the Ironman sports event

Why Ironman is the Most Entertaining Sports Event in Cebu

August is a time for some of the world’s most talented athletes to gather in Lapu-Lapu City, where they will swim the crystal clear waters, cycle around the neighborhoods, and sprint along the major roads.Ironman, Cebu’s most popular sports event, takes place every year in August. This leg of the world-famous triathlon features swimming, biking, and running courses, spanning different areas around Cebu.Suffice to say, only the best of the best can endure the long-distance races held by this prominent sports event.

Posters at the Cebu Art Book Fair

Cebu Art Book Fair | A Gathering
of Cebu’s Young Creatives

Cebu City has a vibrant art industry. Cebuanos are so well-versed in various art forms like architecture and fashion that the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) hailed the city as a Creative City in 2019.Not only do they have the skills to create mesmerizing work, but also the imagination and knowledge to make these works compelling.There are already a few places and events to indulge yourself in Cebuano artistry. The newest art event to come to the city is the Cebu Art Book Fair, a celebration of printed arts.

Actor playing LapuLapu raises his hand during the Battle of Mactan reenactment

Kadaugan sa Mactan Celebrates
the 500th Year of Christianity

Kadaugan sa Mactan is a highly anticipated event that happens every year. This stage play depicts the intense clash between the Mactan soldiers and the Spaniards on April 27, 1521.This timely presentation – performed in line with the anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines – attracts many viewers (especially Oponganons) eager to witness the spectacle.The Lapu-Lapu City government carried on with the tradition this year, perfectly timing it with the closing of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country.

The Mactan Art Fest signage at the entrance of the Island Central Mall

Mactan Art Fest | An Exhibit
of Creative Masterpieces

Artists from around Lapu-Lapu City collaborated to bring the first Mactan Art Fest. This inaugural exhibit displayed exquisite original artwork portraying the lives and experiences of artists through various mediums and methods.This art exhibit coincided with the celebration of the Kadaugan sa Mactan Festival, which commemorates the victory of the early Cebuanos against the Spaniards in 1521.

Children dressed up as angels drop flower petals to an image of Mama Mary at the Sugat Kabanhawan in Minglanilla.

Sugat Kabanhawan sa Minglanilla |
A Grand Easter Festival

The first-class municipality of Minglanilla celebrates Easter quite differently compared to its neighboring provinces. A local event filled with high-flying acrobatics, jaw-dropping dance routines, and heart-pumping action perfectly caps off an otherwise solemn Holy Week.

an art exhibit depicting the aftermath of Super Typhoon Rai

A Super Typhoon Rai Art Exhibition
in Cebu: Importante Buhi

Super Typhoon Rai, locally known as Typhoon Odette, was an absolute nightmare for Cebuano residents.Locals from Lapu-Lapu City, the famous Resort City on Mactan Island, persevered amidst the lack of water and electricity, not to mention the destruction of several homes and properties.

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Festivals in Cebu Province Gather for the Pasigarbo sa Sugbo

Several towns in Cebu Province gathered to celebrate the Pasigarbo sa Sugbo. Cebu Province has an assortment of local festivals that celebrate the food culture, the endemic plants and animals, and the general lifestyle of the people.  These festivals are celebrated through a number of cultural dances that give you

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Learn about Catholicism in Cebu at the Cathedral Museum

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