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To increase tourism, Cebu City will host international cultural festivals.

In line with the full reopening of the economy amid Covid-19, the Cebu City government will host cultural festivals celebrated in several nations to increase tourism, an official said on Wednesday.

The head of the Cebu City Tourism Commission, lawyer Jocelyn Pesquera, stated that this year’s planned activities would concentrate on events that are widely observed and would target a bigger international audience.

According to her, the commission has plans to imitate Hanukkah, which is celebrated by the Jewish population in Israel and other countries, Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights in Indian culture, and the Korean holiday.

Pesquera did not specify which Korean holiday the city would commemorate, but the East Asian nation of Korea has a number of annual celebrations, including the Bonfire Festival, Wangin Festival, Chuseok-Harvest Moon Festival, the Busan One Asia Festival, and a number of tribal contests.

She claimed that late last year, the city celebrated Hanukkah in Plaza Independencia.

She remarked that it was only a modest party and that they intended to make it larger in December.

Together with the Jewish community, “we will have a larger celebration,” she declared.

She noted the Red Lantern Festival, which took place successfully on Saturday, January 21, just before the Chinese New Year, and said the commission had chosen to hold it in the city every year.

At the South Road Properties, the city’s new business zone, the commission would introduce watersports tourism in the summer (SRP). Jet skiing, canoeing, and kayaking are all part of the event.

We’re hoping to start scuba diving in the location one kilometer from Corso in SRP before the year is over. We are building a wharf at Barangays Pasil and Suba, which will serve as the starting point for island hopping and scuba diving, according to Pesquera.

She said that the Cebu City Council had been informed by students from the Marine Biology Department of the Cebu Technical University that “we have a rich marine biodiversity just one kilometer from Il Corso, which is suitable for scuba diving.”

She added tourists may spend their time exploring the marine life off the city’s coast if they find Moalboal or Oslob in the south or the island town of Bantayan in the north, which are Cebu’s scuba diving centers.

Pesquera stated that the commission will collaborate with the marine biologists to develop campaign methods to catalog this area’s marine biodiversity as well as to disseminate multimedia content to advertise these water-related activities to tourists.

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