Here's a famous youtuber who enjoyed cebu so much that he decided to live here ..
Well, I recommend you go out and meet more people.I've been there twice. I haven't met anyone whose been to Mactan and would recommend the beaches there. I've even met people from Cebu who recommend against it. I didn't like the city, but I think there's plenty of stuff to do if you're willing to travel, and I liked whale shark diving in Oslob. I want to go back some day and check out Bantayan island, Malapascua, and do some canyoneering. Again I'm not arguing against Cebu, I just think there are better places to go if you're pressed for time.
Many tourists like to roam inside a CBD especially if they want to socialize with locals and to catch photos of our skylines.Well, tourists especially foreign one's do not go to CBD's because they have it already in their country. Let us talk here about tourism.
Not really . CBDs are for business and are found everywhere in the world. malls are not that interesting unless you have products that they can't find in their home country or are cheaper and a great value. Manila has more to offer than makati , it has historical attractions ,Roxas blvd manila bay, casinos corregidor intramuros and has old world charms but it needs to be cleaned up.Many tourists like to roam inside a CBD especially if they want to socialize with locals and to catch photos of our skylines.
In addition to attractions, a city's atmosphere leaves much of an impression. If the Philippines had strict and appropriate building codes, then Manila and the other cities would have looked very differently. I'm sure Manila would have been a more attractive city had it maintained its pre-war look and density--at least in the Binondo-Intramuros-Ermita areas. A typical urban center in the Philippines looks like Quiapo--rundown, dingy, smelly, unorganized with kitschy buildings like Puregold and Sogo Hotel painted in bright colors. Filipino towns were patterned after Spanish ones--with an expansive plaza, a church and administrative buildings constituting the center. Many of these were destroyed in the war, and were replaced with parking lots, ugly government buildings, covered basketball courts, or etc. No one wants to see that.Old forts and churches are actually interesting, at least for Northern Europeans and Brits from my experience. As I've pointed out, Earthquake Baroque is a very interesting and unique design only found in the Philippines and indeed gives it more of a Southeast Asian vibe than the wooden boring churches of Western Europe.
As for what Manila has to offer, we do have Rizal Park, Intramuros, Binondo(oldest Chinatown in the world), Divisoria, Manila Ocean Park, SM MoA, Entertainment City and various CBDs but indeed there should be more to offer, like a theme park bigger than Star City. And for goodness sake, get rid of the shanty towns