CEBU “Kaleidoscope of varying cultures and lifestyles…”
Cebu consists of Cebu Island and167 surrounding islands. It is located to the east of Negros, to the west of Leyte and Bohol islands.
-Capital city: Cebu City “The queen city of the south” -Independent Cities: 3 -Component Cities: 3 -Municipalities: 47
Etymology: Hispanicized corruption of sugbu, Cebuano for "to walk on shallow waters,"
Brief History: -13th -16th Century: Hindus, animists and Muslim tribal groups inhabited the place *Pintados -1521: Arrival of Ferdinand Magellan and his troops -1566: Arrival of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi -1872 – 1896: Extensive propaganda against abuses of Spaniards was done -The rest of Cebu ’s history was then tied to events in the country and the rest of the world…
People in Cebu then were called pintados because men were heavily tattooed. Lavish ornaments such as gold jewelry were used not only by women but also men. Antonio Pigafetta’s painting of the Cebuanos.
People & Dialects spoken The Cebuano people (Cebuano: Sugbuanon), are a Visayan ethnic group in Cebu and form the second largest cultural-linguistic group in the Philippines Dialects spoken: Cebuano, Filipino, English
Main Religion -Roman Catholic -The most celebrated patron saint in Cebu is the SeñorSto Niño de Cebu, the Holy Child Jesus
Cultural Practices The more than 40 festivals in Cebu province are highlighted in one grand event, the Festival of Festivals organized by the Cebu Provincial Government during its annual founding anniversary celebration every August.