Wedding Destination

Sea, Sand, and Sugbu - Cebu Beach Wedding
By Jonathan Dionisio
15 October 2010

Aside from garden wedding, given the chance, most soon-to-wed couples would like to have a Philippine beach wedding. Imagine walking down the aisle with fine white sand as your red carpet, the clear blue sky as your ceiling, the cool sea wind as your air conditioner, and the waves and seagulls, your pipe organ.

The Philippines, being an archipelago, is blessed to have numerous beaches that can serve as a couple's wedding venue. Add the presence of local wedding suppliers; having a Philippine beach wedding is surely possible anytime of the year. But among all beaches in the country, the beaches found in Cebu, the Queen of the South, have become one of the most favorite Philippine beach wedding destinations by both local and foreign soon-to-wed couples.

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The island province of Cebu is composed of Cebu island itself and 167 neighboring smaller islands, which include Mactan, Bantayan, Malapascua, Olango and the Camotes Islands. The entire province is divided into three independent cities, three component cities, and 47 municipalities.

Cebu, one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, can be reached via the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. It has regular direct flights to Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore, Busan-Gimhae and Seoul-Incheon (South Korea), Tokyo-Narita (Japan), and Doha (Qatar).

Surrounded by neighboring islands, Cebu does not get hit by typhoons often. Though Cebu has been classified officially to have two climates, Dry and Wet, rainfall is usually not that high in the Region. Wet season usually comes in June and December, while the dry season comes in January until May. Rainfall is highest in June and July.

Cebu Beach Wedding Locations
Soon-to-wed couples can choose from numerous beaches in Cebu that can serve as their wedding venue. Here are some of them based on its island location.

Mactan Island
Mactan is an island located a few kilometres from Cebu Island, connected by the Marcelo Fernan Bridge and the Mactan – Mandaue Bridge. The island known for its pristine beaches and luxurious hotels, namely the Shangri-La’s Mactan Island Resort & Spa, and Hilton Cebu Resort & Spa.

Bantayan Island
Bantayan island is renowned for its powder white sands, crystal clear water, and laid-back resort. Its famous Paradise Beach is very secluded and only accessible via boat. The beach is untouched by modern living – there are no hotel accommodations in the island, just 100 yards of pure soft talcum powder white sand beach. Another popular beach in Bantayan is the Kota Beach.

Malapascua Island
Malapascua Island is situated in the Visayan Sea, located across a shallow strait from the northernmost tip of Cebu Island. The gems of this island was "discovered" fairly recently, only in the early 90s. The island was first known for its wide white sand beach, known as Bounty Beach. Later on, it also became known for its beautiful coral gardens and excellent local dive spots, making it perfect for soon-to-weds that are diving enthusiasts as well. Some even consider Malampascua as the ‘new Boracay’.

Olango Island
It is composed of Olango Island and 6 satellite islets namely: Sulpa, Gilutongan, Nalusuan, Caohagan, Pangan-an, and Camungi. Olango also has pristine white sand beaches but it is best know as a destination for migratory birds. These migratory birds from Siberia, Northern China, and Japan flock to the island seeking refuge from the winter climate of other countries. The island of Olango is also known for its dive sites.

Camotes Island
The Camotes Islands are a group of four islands – Pacijan Island, Poro island, Ponson island and a tiny Tulang island. The island group is located east of Cebu Island, southwest of Leyte Island, and north of Bohol Island, in the center of the Camotes Sea.

Some of the popular beach resorts in Camotes Island include Bakhaw beach, which has a sugary pristine white sand beach of crystal clear waters, Star Beach Resort (managed by World Big 4 Golf Club), Mangodlong Rock Beach Resort, Masamayor’s Beach House and Resort, Harbor View Family Resort, Payag Beach House and Resort, Santiago Bay Garden and Resort, and Borromeo Island Resort.

Bragging Rights
Its location, climate, and accessibility make Cebu an ideal wedding destination. This has bee proven by the numerous accolades it received from various institutions. It was awarded by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine named Cebu the seventh best island destination in the Indian Ocean-Asia region in 2004; seventh best Asian-Pacific island destination in 2004 and 2009, and eighth in 2005. Recently, it was hailed ass “Best Honeymoon Destination” at the World Trade Fair 2010 in Shanghai, China.

Furthermore, the Philippine government, through the Department of Tourism, has been extensively promoting Cebu as a wedding destination especially to foreign soon-to-wed couples.

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