Kawasan Falls and the
“Queen City of the South” – Cebu. This major travel destination
map also features the Visayas major air and sea transport hubs,
the Mactan Island resort area, Mandaue City and historical landmarks.
About Cebu Philippines
Cebu city is located on the eastern shore of Cebu and was the first
Spanish settlement in the Philippines. Cebu is the Philippines' main
domestic shipping port and is home to about 80% of the country's
domestic shipping companies. Cebu also holds the second largest
international flights in the Philippines and is a significant centre of
commerce, trade and industry in the Visayas and Mindanao region.
According to the 2007 Philippine census, the city has a population of
about 798,809 people.
Cebu City Photos
Cebu City is the centre of a metropolitan area called Metro Cebu, which
includes the cities of Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and Talisay. Metro Cebu has a
total population of about 2 million people. The Mactan-Cebu
International Airport, located in Lapu-Lapu City is only a twenty-minute
drive away from Cebu City. To the northeast of the city are Mandaue City
and the town of Consolacion, to the west are Toledo City, the towns of
Balamban and Asturias, to the south are Talisay City and the town of
Minglanilla. Across Mactan Strait to the east is Mactan Island where
Lapu-Lapu City and an aquarium attraction are located.
Like many Philippine cities, CEBU, nicknamed the "Queen City of the
South", has become something of an urban nightmare in recent decades,
with jeepneys taking over the inadequate road network. There's history
and architecture in there somewhere, but you have to look hard for it
among the clutter, the exhaust fumes and the malls. The good news is
that it's not half as bad as Manila. It's possible to get from one side
of the city to the other in less than thirty minutes and the excellent
airport and ferry connections might make you want to consider using Cebu
as your base. Hotels are cheaper than Manila, taxi drivers are less
confrontational, and while gridlock is not unknown, it's much less
common that in the capital. The big annual attraction in Cebu City is
the Sinulog Festival, which culminates on the third Sunday of January
with a wild mardi gras street parade and an outdoor concert at Fuente
Osmeña. The Sinulog Festival, in honour of Cebu's patron saint the Santo
Niño, is almost as popular as Kalibo's Ati-Atihan and hotels are usually
full, particularly for the climax of the festivities during the third
weekend of January.