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CEBU - a Virtual Paradise

Cebu is now considered the most important trading and commercial hub outside Metro Manila. Strongly entrepreneurial, Cebu is a sophisticated metropolis with the charms of an island destination. Shopping, dining and entertainment complement the other facets of the Queen City of the South: a world-class export industry for such products like furniture, gifts, toys and fruits (mango), special economic zones, IT Parks, central business districts, educational and medical institutions all help to make Cebu one of the premiere cities in Asia.

Today, Cebu leads in traditional and non-traditional exports and has the highest economic growth rate anywhere in the country. The people of Cebu are known to be pioneering and innovative businessmen. Cebu International Airport in Mactan Island facilitates comfortable and easy movement for travelers. The number of weekly international flights to and from Mactan is constantly increasing. To date, Cebu has regular direct international flights to Singapore, Hongkong, Narita (Japan), Kota Kinabalu, Seoul and Qatar. There is also a steady stream of chartered flights from Incheon, Taipei, kansai, Nagoya and Kaoshiung.

Cebu has a relatively moderate climate that makes it highly attractive tourist destination. It is blessed to be at the center of Negros Island, Leyte, Bohol and Samar and other various Islands that cushion the impact of bad weather conditions, the reason why Cebu is very rarely affected by strong typhoons. While Luzon areas as well as Samar islands down to Mindanao are battered by strong winds during typhoons, Cebu in most cases remain calm with tolerable winds and weather conditions.

Identified by Asiaweek as one of Asia's best cities, Cebu's quality of life has kept pace with its growth. Needed infrastructure and utilities, especially, power, water and communication have been put in place. Commuters in the metropolis rely on computerized traffic management system. Housing is also adequate and reasonably priced.

Major attractions are Cebu's numerous historical sites, such as the Magellan Shrine. One is within minutes of any of Cebu's abundant attractions: five-star hotels, casinos, white sand beaches, world-class golf courses and shopping malls. For those who prefer the rugged outdoors, there are four National parks for hiking, climbing and the like.

Come and savor the spectacular and wondrous beauty of Cebu, your virtual paradise and Queen City of the South.
Facts & Figures:

Capital : Cebu City Districts Eight (8) Cities: Cebu, Danao, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Toledo, Talisay, Car Car & Bogo

Municipalities: 45

Barangays: 1,201 Location : Center of Visayas Islands - 584 km. (385 miles)

South of Manila Population: 2.85 M Cebu Province; 1.5 M Metro Cebu or 53% of the island (NSO data as of 1995)

Climate: Cebu's weather is relatively moderate, having no distinct wet and dry season, the perfect vacation spot for all seasons. One can bask under the sunshine the whole year through since Cebu is blessed with tropical climate. Humidity is 78 percent, warmest temperature is at 189C usually expected during the months of December to February, while the wettest time of the year occurs during November.

Average Annual Rainfall: 1,638.20 mm

Minimum Monthly Rainfall: 50.40 mm

Maximum Monthly Rainfall: 206.50 mm

Mean Temperature Range: 26.49 C - 28.79 C

Minimum Temperature: 22.69 C

Maximum Temperature: 33.19 C

Land Area: 508,839 hectares (5,088.4 sq. km)

Certified Alienable and Disposable Land : 253,341 hectares

Classified Forest Land: 100,775 hectares

Unclassified Forest Land: 154.723 hectares

Arable Land: 338,816 hectares

Firms Registered (1994-1998) with DTI : 33,911

with SEC : 4,581

Agricultural Products: Corn, rice, legumes, fruit trees, root crops, ornamental plants, coffee, cacao and spices

Topography: Predominantly rugged & mountainous with its highest peak at 1,000 m. above sea level. It is elongated; approximately 250 km. long. Its widest point is 45 km.

Ethnic Origins: Malay mixed w/ Chinese & Spanish ancestry

Languages: Cebuano (spoken by 98% of population), Tagalog, English & Chinese (Fookien & Mandarin)

Dialects: Cebuano is the dialect in the province, which is also widely spoken in the Visayas and Mindanao. Tagalog and English are also spoken and understood.

Dress : Casual dress in light, natural fabrics, preferably cotton. Dinner jacket and tie or Philippine Barong Tagalog for formal events.

Currency : Philippine Peso. Travellers cheques and foreign currency can be exchanged at hotels, banks or authorised dealers. Major credit cards are accepted at major outlets and facilities.

The eight major cities in Cebu province are Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay, Lapu-lapu, Danao, Toledo, Car Car & Bogo while there are 45 towns or municipalities. Facing Bohol Strait is the island's capital, Cebu City and historic Mactan Island lies just across the city's harbor. Cebu City is bounded by the City of Mandaue and the Municipality of Consolacion in the north; the city harbor and Bohol Strait in the east; Talisay town in the south and Toledo City in the west. Of the 73 barangays comprising the city, 30 are categorized as mountain barangays with land area totaling 27,797 hectares. There are 6 congressional districts, 3 component cities, namely: Lapu-lapu, Danao and Toledo; 3 highly urbanized cities: Cebu, Mandaue and Talisay. 47 municipalities; and 1,122 barangays.

Power Capacity: Over 600 mw

Water Supply: 107,337cu. m

Road Network: 3,811.650 km By Type of Pavement (in km)

Concrete : 195.602 km

Asphalt: 605.294 km

Gravel: 2,837.435 km

Earth: 173.320 Existing Road Category (in km)

National Road: 622.857 km

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