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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.

The city of Cebu is located along the coastal and the eastern belt of the Province of Cebu. As defined by the Bureau of Land Location Movement (BLLM) No. 1, Cebu Cadastral Survey, it is 10 deg. 17 N latitude and 123 degree 54 E longitude. It is bounded on the north by the west by the Municipality of Talisay and the City of Toledo.

As a community for human habitation, the City of Cebu ideally situated since it straddles the mountain ranges on its morthwestern rim, and on the opposite side its harbor is protected from prevailing winds by the historic island of Mactan wherein Lapu-lapu City is located. Mactan Island is linked to the Cebu main land by the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge. Subangdaku river delimits Cebu City from Mandaue City in the north just as Bulacao River the City from Talisay in the South. The rivers located within the city, namely: Guadalupe, Lahug and Kinalumsan, serve as excellent buffers for zoning aside from being used as natural flood drains. Class :

1st Highly Urbanized
Annual Income:(As of 1996) P 702,296,582.64
No. of Barangays: 80
Total Land Area (Cadastral Survey): 32,880 Has.
Land Classification as of (Latest Year)
Arable Area: Has.
Residential : Has.
Commercial : Has.
Industrial :
Certified Alienable/Disposable Land: Has.
Classified Forest/Reservation/Timberland: Has.
Wildlife/Military Reserve Land : Has.
Unclassified Forest Land/Wilderness : Has.
National Parks/Playgrounds : Has.

Topography:
Its terrain is relatively flat on the coastal plain and becomes rolling and hilly at elevations of 40 to 200 meters, then generally rugged and mountainous at elevation of 200 to almost 800 meters above sea level. The slopes vary from 0 to 60 degrees. Its relatively flat terrain is only approximately 15% of the total land area. The mountain areas have become generally unproductive due to the adverse effects of deforestration and poor soil condition; and, the inadequacy of feeder roads has limited the use of the land for agricultural purposes. What may be called productive areas are planted either to corn, vegetables or fruits. In terms of effective land use, Cebu City has very unfavorable topography, since 80% of its total land area is mountainous. This situation also holds true for the adjoining municipalities, thereby limiting growth to the linear or ribbon type of development along the coastal plains. Cebu City's land poor is the rationale behind the reclamation of foreshore lands. Land use for the relatively flat area of Cebu City, considered as the urban core within the Metropolitan Cebu Area, is rapidly being intensified, with the old districts becoming high density areas including the Central Business District (CBD)
Climate:
The Cebu Metropolitan Area has what is termed by the Weather Bureau as the third type of climate in which there is no distinct wet or dry season. There is more rainfall during the southeast monsoon seasons in the month of September. the summer heat which generally come in March reaches its peak in April and May. Humidity is approximately 77%, decreasing during the summer months and increasing during the rainy days by a few percent. As per records of the Weather Bureau, the average temperture in Cebu City is 27.4 0C or 81.3 0F
Soil Type:

The top soil on the higher elevation is primarily Faraon Clay. It is residual since it is derived from limestone. The top soil for the lower elevation is primarily clay loam. It is fertile since it is organic in nature, and it can also retain water very well. The primary composition of the sub-strait is limestone interspersed with bedrock formation. Severe erosion has extremely exposed the limestone and rock foundation in some areas. According to the Bureau of soiols , the type of soil common in the different districts of the city and its environs are Faraon Clay, Mandaue Clay, and silt-loam, Baguio and Bolinao Clay. These types are responsible for the production of different kinds of vegetables and root crops, the ever popular Guadalupe mangoes, the much talked about grapes, sugar cane, corn and other staple products.

LAPU-LAPU CITY
   

Lapu-Lapu, chartered city of the central Philippines, in Cebu Province, on the western coast of Mactan Island. Lapu-Lapu lies about 5 km (about 3 mi) across Cebu Harbor from the city of Cebu and is part of the Cebu metropolitan area. The short Mactan-Mandaue Bridge connects Lapu-Lapu and the rest of Mactan Island with Mandaue on Cebu Island. Lapu-Lapu is a port and industrial center noted for its thermal installations, which burn petroleum for energy; corn and flour milling; fishing; and handmade guitars. The Mactan International Airport is located adjacent to Lapu-Lapu, as is the Mactan Export Processing Zone (MEPZ), an industrial tax-free zone that opened in 1979. The MEPZ includes approximately 35 business ventures, about 50 percent of which are Japanese-owned. Tourism is also important in Lapu-Lapu; visitors are drawn to the excellent beaches and coral reefs of eastern Mactan. Lapu-Lapu, formerly Opon, is named after the famous Chief Lapulapu, who is believed to have killed the Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan when he arrived on the east coast of Mactan Island in 1521. In 1886 a monument to Magellan was erected at the site of the conflict, and a monument to Chief Lapulapu stands in the citys plaza. During the 1980s Lapu-Lapus population increased by an annual average growth rate of 4 percent. Population (1999 estimate) 200,871. A monument in memory of Lapulapu, the brave warrior from the island of Mactan who engaged the superior forces of Magellan in battle along the shore. Magellan was slain in that battle and Lapulapu became the first recorded Filipino hero. This monument stands right next to the shrine of Magellan in barangay Mactan, Lapulapu City -- a reminder to all visitors who come to this place that no one can talk of Magellan without talking of Lapulapu The Mactan Export Processing Zone (MEPZ) is Cebus prime showcase of export-oriented growth. The 120-hectare industrial estate started out with only eight firms in 1986. But today, it keeps on expanding firms manufacturing a wide variety of goods and services. The growing activity in the MEPZ reflects the fast-paced economic development that is taking place in Cebu. The Mepz registered the largest positive trade balance among the four export processing zones in the country. Being labor-intensive, the MEPZ scaled new heights in employment. The zone increased in the number of skilled and unskilled workers. Factories at the MEPZ deliver world-class products to the United States, the European Economic Community and Japan. Such products include watches, semiconductors, electrical equipment, garments and precious jewelry. Enterprises with manufacturing facilities at the zone are predominantly multinational corporations. Half of these are Japanese-owned Facade of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport terminal building. This terminal has modern facilities that can measure up to international standards. MCIA also services the five domestic airlines: Philippine Airlines, Grand Air, Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, Asian Spirit

SHANGRILA'S MACTAN ISLA & RESORT

SHANGRI-LA

The resort has 546 guestrooms and suites that are tastefully furnished with a colourful tropical decor which is a combination of meticulous local craftmanship and beautiful interior design. From the comfort of your own private balcony you can take in all the breathtaking views of the Visayan Sea and Outlying islands. All rooms are equipped with the most modern amenities including IDD telephones, tea and coffee making facilities, electronic safe and satellite TV. Distinguished guests can enjoy the premium facilities of the Horizon Resort Club at the two top floors of the New Wing offering a new dimension of excellent service. No other resort in the Philippines offers such an exciting range of health, recreational and sports activities the world. For water sport lovers there is windsurfing, parasailing, sailboating, water-skiing, scuba diving, snorkling and fishing. If you prefer your activity on land, there is ennis, a golf park and a fully equipped health club and gymnasium with sauna, steam bath and massage room. To pamper yourself from head to toe, visit the Beauty Salon.

LOCATION Just a short flight from Manila but a world away is one of the Philippines most historical provinces, Cebu. Within easy reach of Cebus entertainment and business district and only 15 minutes from the international airport on a beautifully landscaped 13 hectare site in Punta Engano, you will find the Philippines first 5-star resort. Shangri-Las Mactan Island Resort. Waterfront Mactan, located in the captivating Mactan Island, offers you the luxury of 167 guest rooms and suites, and the convenience of a two-minute walk to the Mactan International Airport. Also, the hotel is only 5 minutes away from Mactan Export Processing Zone. Health spa-jacuzzis, private massage rooms, saunas, lounge, live performances at the Karaoke Bar, and the international standard Casino Filipino. All these choices to give you complete rest or fun, thrill, and excitement. Make that convention, function, or vacation more productive yet pleasurable with our well-planned facilities, business center, 6 multi-purpose function rooms, and excellent service. Plus this exclusive amenity for hotel guests and members only, the CLUB 747 Lounge located at the 7th floor overlooking the airport runway and terminal

The City of Talisay is on the coast of Cebu Province and is the first town located twelve (12) kilometers Southwest of Cebu City. It is bounded on the north by Barangay Bulacao of Cebu City; on the west by Barangay Camp 7 of Toledo City; on the south by the Municipality of Minglanilla, Cebu; and on the east by Bohol Strait. It served as an intermediated area on the south of Metro Cebu and is the gateway to the west and southern towns of the province. The municipality has a total land area of 5,251.558 hectares and the municipality is made up of twenty-two (22) barangays namely: Biasong, Camp 4, Camp 6, Candulawan, Cansojong, Dumlog, Jaclupan, Lagtang, Lawaan I, Lawaan II, Lawaan III, Linao, Maghaway, Mohon, Poblacion, Pooc, San Isidro, San Roque, Tabunoc, Tangke and Tapul.

Class : I-C
Annual Income:(As of 1996) P 24,964,160.66
No. of Barangays: 22
Barangay: Bulacao
Income: P60Million (Year 2000)
Total Land Area (Cadastral Survey): 8,645.00 Has.
Land Classification as of (Latest Year)
Arable Area: 1,217.376 Has.
Residential : 3,110.40 Has.
Commercial : 129.60 Has.
Industrial : 72.576 Has.
Certified Alienable /Disposable Land: Has.
Classified Forest/Reservation/Timberland:
Wildlife/Military Reserve Land :
Unclassified Forest Land/Wilderness :
National Parks/Playgrounds : Has.

 
Soil Type
Talisay has (4) types of soils, namely: Faraon Clay, Faraon Clay Steep Phase, Baguio Clay Loam.
Geology
The mountainous areas in Talisay are of indigenous origin. The town is well-drained except in certain parts of Poblacion and Dumlog near the mouth of Mananga river where manggroves abound. Its abundant supply of artesian water that sprouts out of its own pressure and fine beaches in the town although some have dried up. No mineral of commercial value have been prospected.
Climate:

The climate of Talisay falls under the third type and is characterized by a pronounced maximum rain periods with short dry seasons lasting from 1 to 3 months. The distribution of rainfall shows that March to April is the dry season and the heaviest rains pour in October due to depressions, typhoons and the start of the northeasterly winds through November and December. Talisay shorelines are largely exposed to southwesterly winds in July and August. Northeasterly winds blow from the direction of Cebu City eight months of the year beginning in October through May. Westerly and northwesterly winds hardly affect the town owing to its high mountain ranges towards this direction. Mean relative humidity rises in June and July by 77% to 78% and reaches its peak in October and November by 79% and goes down in December and January by 77% to 78%. Mean temperature reaches its height in April by 72%. Mean temperature reaches its height in April and May at 28.2oC and drops down to its lowest in January and February at 26.3oC.

 

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

Municipalities: 47
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

Classified Forest Land: 100,775

Unclassified Forest Land: 154.723

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 six major cities in Cebu province are Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay, Lapu-lapu, Danao and Toledo, while there are 47 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
Asphalt: 605.294
Gravel: 2,837.435
Earth: 173.320 Existing Road Category (in km)
National Road: 622.857

Population: CEBU CITY(Latest NCSO Survey-1994 ) 759,990
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No. of Household 148,225
Labor Force: 375,187
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Existing Tourist Attraction/s Location
1. Magellan's Cross Magallanes St., Cebu City
2. Fort San Pedro Plaza Independencia
3. Basilica del Sto. Niņo Pilgrimage Sto. Niņo Church,
Magallanes St.
4. Casa Gorordo Museum Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City

Cebu Real Estate