Cebu

Cebu City by P199

Cebu City by P199

Introduction

The City of Cebu is the capital city of Cebu and is the “second city” in the Philippines with the second most significant metropolitan centre and known as the oldest Spanish settlement in the country.

The 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 regions.

Cebu City is the center of a metropolitan area called Metro Cebu, which includes the cities of Carcar, Danao, Lapu-lapu, Mandaue, Naga, 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.

People

Cebu City has a land area of 291.2 square kilometres and about 55.9 square kilometres is classified as urban, while 235.2 square kilometres is classified as rural, although all barangays are classified as urban. To the northeast of the city is Mandaue City and the town of Consolacion; to the west is Toledo City and the towns of Balamban and Asturias; to the south is Talisay City and the town of Minglanilla.

Across Mactan Strait to the east is Mactan Island where Lapu-Lapu City is located. Further east across the Cebu Strait is the Island of Bohol.

Around the 1960s, the population of the city was about 91,000. The current data shows that the population reached 799,762 people in 2007, and as of 2009 LGPMS Census the city’s population was 822,628 in over 161,151 households.

Climate

Climate data for Cebu

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Average high °C (°F)

29.9
(85.8)

30.2
(86.4)

31.2
(88.2)

32.3
(90.1)

33.0
(91.4)

32.1
(89.8)

31.7
(89.1)

31.9
(89.4)

31.7
(89.1)

31.6
(88.9)

31.2
(88.2)

30.3
(86.5)

31.43
(88.57)

Daily mean °C (°F)

26.8
(80.2)

27.0
(80.6)

27.8
(82.0)

28.8
(83.8)

29.4
(84.9)

28.7
(83.7)

28.3
(82.9)

28.4
(83.1)

28.3
(82.9)

28.1
(82.6)

27.9
(82.2)

27.3
(81.1)

28.07
(82.52)

Average low °C (°F)

23.8
(74.8)

23.7
(74.7)

24.4
(75.9)

25.4
(77.7)

25.9
(78.6)

25.3
(77.5)

24.9
(76.8)

25.0
(77.0)

24.8
(76.6)

24.7
(76.5)

24.7
(76.5)

24.2
(75.6)

24.73
(76.52)

Rainfall mm (inches)

78.1
(3.075)

62.3
(2.453)

41.5
(1.634)

29.1
(1.146)

54.8
(2.157)

149.9
(5.902)

157.0
(6.181)

136.5
(5.374)

167.3
(6.587)

148.4
(5.843)

131.4
(5.173)

103.8
(4.087)

1,260.1
(49.61)

Airports

The city is readily accessible by air via the Mactan-Cebu International Airport located in Lapu-Lapu City which has direct international flights to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, China, Qatar, South Korea and domestic destinations. Many international and cargo airlines fly to Cebu. There are also direct transfer flights via the capital’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport that readily connects the city to other destinations in the world. The city mostly gets its power from an interconnection grid with the Leyte Geothermal Power Plant which also powers the majority of the Visayas Islands. There are also coal-fired power plants, though these have been controversial due to their environmental impact. Another coal-fired power plant is nearing completion and is envisioned to make the city independent from the interconnection grid once completed.

The city is served by a domestic and international port which are handled by the Cebu Port Authority. Much of the city’s waterfront is actually occupied by the port with around 3.5 kilometres of berthing space. The city is home to more than 80% of the country’s island vessels traveling on domestic routes mostly in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Tourism

The city derives significant income from tourism. It hosted the 1998 ASEAN Tourism Forum. The city also hosted the East Asian Tourism Forum on August 2002, in which the province of Cebu is a member and signatory.

There are a number of significant Spanish colonial buildings in Cebu City which includes the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, Fort San Pedro, Casa Gorordo Museum and Magellan’s Cross.[5]

The Cebu Reggae Festival is a popular Filipino Reggae and Roots music festival, it now has become one of the Philippines’ largest annual Reggae Festivals. On Cebuano musical heritage, the Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum in V. Gullas St. (former Manalili) corner D. Jakosalem St. in Cebu City, holds musical memorabilia of Cebuano composers in the early 20th century, the likes of Ben Zubiri (composer of Matud Nila), Inting Rubi (Kasadya Ning Taknaa) and Minggoy Lopez (Rosas Pandan). The Cebu City Sports Complex exhibits sporting and festival events.

Away from the city is the Cebu Taoist Temple, a Taoist temple in Beverly Hills. Views of Cebu City can also be seen from villages and gated communities located on the mountains.

Ayala Center Cebu is a shopping mall at the Cebu Business Park. It is the first Ayala Malls outside Metro Manila and it was opened in 1994.

On an average day, more than 85,000 people visit Ayala Center Cebu, with the figure increasing to 135,000 on weekends.[6]

Hospitals

Cebu has several good hospitals. Amongst the best are Chong Hua Hospital, Cebu Doctor’s University Hospital and Perpetual Soccour Hospital.

 

Text adapted from Wikipedia.

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