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CEBU

History
On April 7, 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan landed in Cebu. He was welcomed by Rajah Humabon, the king of Cebu, together with his wife and about 700 native islanders. Magellan, however, was killed in the Battle of Mactan, and the remaining members of his expedition left Cebu soon after several of them were poisoned by Humabon due to threats of foreign occupation. The signing of the Treaty of Paris at the end of the Spanish-American War provided for the cession of Cebu along with the rest of the Philippine islands to the United States until the formation of the Commonwealth Era (1935-1946). Cebu only became a chartered city in February 24, 1937. Many Philippine cities such as Dansalan (now Marawi), Iloilo City, and Bacolod City were only incorporated as such at that time (see Cities of the Philippines). Until then, Cebu City had never been more than a town since its original founding in 1565.
Transportation
You can go around by bus/coach (Ceres - yellow coaches or GT Express - people carriers) by jeepney (small, kitsch open buses), by tricycle (motorbikes with sidecars found in rural areas), by pump boat (wooden canoe powered by a small engine), and by taxi (Uber or local)
Weather
On an average the lowest temperature sticks to 22 degrees Celsius (71° Fahrenheit) while the average high temperature stays at 32° C (89° Fahrenheit). The hottest month in Cebu is May.The city of Cebu is known to remain wet and humid throughout the year due to the rainfalls and the humidity at almost 80% all year.

Here are some average weather facts we collected from our historical climate data:On average, the temperatures are always high. The months January, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December have a high chance of precipitation. On average, the warmest month is May. On average, the coolest month is January. October is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you are not a big fan of rain. April is the driest month.
People & Culture
Cebuano, also called Cebuan or Sugbuhanon, the second largest ethnolinguistic group (after Tagalog) in the Philippines, numbering roughly 16.5 million in the second decade of the 21st century and speak Visayan languages with other nearby islands. The Cebuano inhabit the islands of Cebu, Siquijor, and Bohol, as well as eastern Negros, western Leyte, southern Masbate, and northern Mindanao. Most Cebuano subsist through farming or fishing. Art forms are diverse among Cebuanos. Before the coming of the conquestadores, Cebuanos used to paint themselves employing the nowadays popular tattoo art forms. Although this form of art somehow vanished on the island, painting and other art forms is flourishing in myriads of medium. Many famous Cebuanos became clothing designers, furniture design artists, painters, sculpture, among others. Another form of art common in Cebu is dancing. Dances could be interpretations of deity worship, religious devotion (as in Sinulog), or just ordinary dances done during various festivities in Cebu island.
Food
Cebu has its distinct cuisine, which is defined by Wikipedia as an "aggregate of various ways of cooking and dish preparations distinct to the Cebuano people of the Visayas, Central Philippines." According to the chronicles of Antonio Pigafetta, rice was the main staple and the natives Cebuanos drank wine called 'tuba nio nipa'. "They ate macan, also rice cakes (tinapai) and domesticated pigs (babui) and chicken or eggs (silog)." In 1924, Maria Fadullon Rallos wrote a Cebuano cookbook, "Lagda sa Pagpanluto," which documented the recipes of Cebuano, Spanish and Chinese food in the city during that era. And indeed it was a 'fiesta' of popular Cebuano dishes. Appetizers and Salad served during the dinner were Ginabot (Pork Intestine Cracker with Sour Dipping), Kwik-Kwik, Salted Bean Tofu Baboy Kilawen, Peppered Crusted Tuna Guisan, Tangigue Kinilaw with Gata, Salad Bar with Condiments and Dressings, Eggplant Salad and Chicken BBQ Fiesta Potato Salad. That was quite a load of dishes, considering it was just the opening fare.

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Viet Nam

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Myanmar

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USA

General Requirements

  1. DS-160 Online Visa Electronic Application
  2. Original Old and Valid Passport( 6 months Valid)
  3. 2 pcs picture 2×2  colored with white Background
  4. Proof of Funds (Original passbook with bank certificate, Original 6 months Bank Statement, Time Deposit Certificate(if any) and 3 months credit card Billing Statement)
  5. Proof of Assets (Original Land Title Certificate, Car Registration and any property documents)
  6. PSA Marriage Certificate (If traveling with spouse)
  7. PSA Birth Certificate(If traveling with Family)

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment
  2.  Approved leave of absence

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy DTI or SEC Registration
  3. Copy of Income Tax Return

IF STUDENT:

  1. Original School Certificate
  2. Copy of Registration Form

IF RETIREE:

  1. Retirement Documents or Copy of Senior Citizen I.D

IF INVITED:

    1. Invitation Letter
    2. Copy of Sponsors Passport
    3. Proof of Relationship
United Kingdom

General Requirements

  1. Original valid passport
  2. 2 passport size colored with white background
  3. Completed online  application form  
  4. Latest Income Tax Return 
  5. Bank Certificate, last 6 months bank statement and last 6 months credit card statement 
  6. PSA Birth Certificate
  7. PSA Marriage Certificate – for married) 
  8. Proof of assets such as; Land Title, Car Registration, or any property documents
  9. Previous passports (within 10 years) 

– All documents submitted should be original and with one (1) set of photocopy. 

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Employment Certificate
  2. Approved Leave of Absence
  3. Last 6 months payslips

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Business documents such as; Mayor’s Permit, DTI/SEC

IF STUDENT:

  1. Proof of Enrollment and School Certificate

IF RETIREE:

    1. Copy of Senior Card or Retirement Documents
    2. Copy of Pension
Schengen Countries

General Requirements

  1. Schengen Application Form (A4 Size)
  2. Old and Valid Passport (6 months Valid)
  3. 2 pcs 2×2 size colored with white background
  4. Cover letter stating the purpose of visit and Itinerary
  5. Flight Booking
  6. Proof of accomodation
  7. Travel Insurance confirmation of minimum 30,000 Euro coverage entire Schengen Area
  8. Proof of sufficient Financial means  (Bank Certificate, Bank Statement and Passbook)
  9.  Day to day itinerary with transfers
  10. Copy of credit card (just the front), land title, car registration (if applicable)

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment showing Date Hired, Position, Compensation.
  2. Approved Certificate of Leave of Absence

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Full Copy of SEC
  2. Copy of Financial Statement
  3. Copy of General Information Sheet (GIS)

IF STUDENT:

  1. Proof of Enrollment and School Certificate

IF RETIREE:

    1. Copy of Senior Card or Retirement Documents
    2. Copy of Pension
New Zealand

General Requirements

  1. Original, valid and old passports
  2. 2 pcs passport size pictures, colored with white background
  3. Photocopy of Income Tax Return
  4. Original bank certificate
  5. Original latest 6 months bank statement

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment
  2. Original approved leave of absence

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy DTI or SEC Registration

IF STUDENT:

  1. Original School Certificate
  2. Copy of School ID

IF INVITED:

  1. Invitation letter if invited
  2. Copy of passport with visa of inviter
South Korea

General Requirements

  1. Application Form
  2. 1 pc. Passport size colored picture
  3. Passport Original(6 months Valid)
  4. Copy of Passport First Page
  5. Original & copy of valid visa and arrival stamps
  6. Original Bank Certificate
  7. Original Bank Statement 
  8. Copy of Income Tax Return
  9. Copy of PRC or IBP Card (If applicable only)
  10. Birth Certificate (If traveling with family)
  11. Marriage Certificate (If traveling with spouse)

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy DTI or SEC Registration

IF STUDENT:

  1. Original School Certificate
  2. Copy of School ID

IF RETIREE:

  1. Retirement Documents or Copy of Senior Citizen I.D

If personally invited by Korean: Invitation Letter & Copy of Inviter’s Passport

If invited by Company in Korea: Invitation letter & Copy of Korean Company Business Permit

Japan

General Requirements

  1. Application Form (A4 Size)
  2. Old and Valid Passport (6 months Valid)
  3. 2 pcs Picture 2×2 size colored with white background
  4. Latest Income Tax Return
  5. Original Bank Certificate
  6. PSA Authenticated Birth Certificate (Issued within a year)
  7. PSA Marriage Contract (Issued within a year, if married)
  8. Authorization Letter (for Visa Filling and Pick-up)
  9. Daily Schedule in Japan
  10. Original Letter of guarantee with passport copy of sponsor (If the applicant sponsor by other person)

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy DTI or SEC Registration

IF STUDENT:

  1. Photocopy of School I.D
  2. Original Affidavit of Support of parents/Guardian

IF RETIREE:

    1. Copy of Senior Card or Retirement Documents
    2. Original Marriage Certificate (if traveling w/ Spouse)
    3. Affidavit of Support if Senior is dependent.
China

General Requirements

  1. Application Form (Form V.2013A)
  2. Old and Valid Passport (6 months Valid)
  3. 2 pcs passport size colored with white background
  4. Flight Booking
  5. Hotel Voucher

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment
  2. Copy of Company I.D

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy  DTI or SEC Registration

IF STUDENT:

  1. Original School Certificate
  2. Copy of School I.D

IF RETIREE:

  1. Copy of Senior Citizen I.D or Retirement Documents

IF SPONSORED:

  1. Sponsorship Letter of Affidavit of Support
  2. Marriage Certificate for Spouse
  3. Birth Certificate for Children
Canada

General Requirements

  1. Completed Filled out set of Application Form
  2. Original Old and Valid Passport
  3. 2 pcs Passport size colored w/ white background
  4. Bank Certificate
  5. Copy of Income Tax Return
  6. Original PSA Birth Certificate
  7. Original PSA Marriage Certificate

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy  DTI and SEC Registration

IF STUDENT:

  1. Original School Certificate

IF INVITED:

    1. Invitation Letter from Canada
    2. Copy of Sponsors Passport
Australia

General Requirements

  1. Application Form ( Form 1419 and Form 956)
  2. 2pcs Passport size w/ with background
  3. Copy of Passport (6 months Valid)
  4. Proof of Funds (Original passbook with bank certificate, Original 3 months Bank Statement, Time Deposit Certificate (if any) and 3 months credit card Billing Statement)
  5. Proof of Assets (Original Land Title Certificate, Car Registration and any property documents)
  6. PSA Marriage Certificate (If traveling with Spouse)
  7. PSA Birth Certificate (If traveling with Family)
  8. Copy of PRC or IBP I.D (If applicable only)

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment
  2. Approved leave of Absence
  3. Copy of Company I.D.
  4. Copy of Income Tax Return

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy DTI or SEC Registration
  3. Copy of Income Tax Return

IF STUDENT:

  1. Original School Certificate
  2. Copy of School ID
  3. Copy of Registration Form

IF RETIREE:

  1. Copy of Senior Citizen ID
  2. Retirement Certificate for early retiree.

IF INVITED:

    1. Invitation Letter
    2. Copy of Sponsors Passport
    3. Proof of Relationship
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