Travelers may find it helpful to read about Cebu during the planning stages of their vacation.  This can help to guide the itinerary of the trip.  The most current form of media information on Cebu is the internet. For online references on Cebu I suggest visiting:

CEBU LIFESTYLES: A detailed travel portal on Cebu. Lots of information on beaches, restaurants,  bars,  and lifestyle  news. Has a interesting forum which also has easy to navigate news on Cebu.

 Recommended Reading - Literature Related to Cebu - can be found in

  • "When the Rainbow Goddess Wept" by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the coming of age novel of a young girl set in Ubec (or Cebu), Philippines during World War II; it is internationally acclaimed;  
  • "Magdalena" by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is a novel set in Ubec (or Cebu) about three women in various historical periods in Cebu's history; 
  • "Vigan and Other Stories" by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is a collection of short stories, including many stories set in Ubec or Cebu. 
  •  "Woman with Horns and Other Stories by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the award-winning author's first collection of short stories, set in Ubec or Cebu;
  • “Cebu: Leisure and Business Paradise in the Philippines” by Dirk Jan Barreveld is both a travel guide and a historical narrative.
  • “Cebu” by Peter Bacho.  This novel is set in Cebu and is told through the narrative eyes of an American with Filipino heritage, giving travelers who read the book insight in to some of the cultural conflicts related to the area.
  • “I Have Tasted the Sweet Mangoes of Cebu” by George Estrada is the true story of an American man who decides to try and get in touch with his Cebu roots.  This gives readers an interesting perspective on the culture of the area. 
  • “Maria Cacao, The Fairy of Cebu” by Rene O. Villanueva is a beautiful book featuring the mythology and folklore of the area. 
  • “Surrender on Cebu: A POW’s Diary of WWII” by William Miner and Lewis A. Miner offers readers insight into a particular experience in the history of the area.