About Cebu City and the University of San Carlos
During the Sinulog Festival, the streets are filled with euphoric crowd, as they danced to the festive beat of drums and merry whistles, chanting their devotion to the Sto. Niño, “Viva! Pit Señor!”. This year’s 34th PCC host city, Cebu, the Queen City of the South, is steeped with rich historical culture rooted in Catholicism, and is one of the busiest metropolis in the Philippines. Bustling ports, thriving industries, and vibrant city-center melded with tropical island vibes from the clear, blue shores of Malapascua, Moalboal, Badian and Camotes, make Cebu one of the top Philippine destinations. Considered as the center of education in the Visayas, it is home to numerous universities and colleges, including this year’s host institution, the University of San Carlos (USC). USC is one of the 5 Philippine universities included in the QS University Rankings for Southeast Asia in 2018 . Founded in 1595 by the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), USC offers 57 undergraduate and 74 graduate programs in its 4 campuses, including the BS, MS and PhD in Chemistry in the School of Arts and Sciences . It has 8 CHED Centers of Excellence and 12 CHED Centers of Development, which include a Tuklas Lunas Development Center and the USC Water Laboratory . Areas of research include natural products, aquatic toxicology, environmental chemistry and mercury research.
 http://usc.edu.ph/about; Photo credit from http://usc.edu.ph/about
Accommodation and Tourism
Because Cebu is one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines, accommodation reservation should be made in advance since the 34th PCC will coincide with the summer peak season for both local and international travelers. The following websites offer up-to-date information on accommodations, places of interest, and comprehensive navigation in and around Cebu. MALIPAYONG PAG-ABOT SA CEBU!