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Overview Cebu City is the capital of Cebu Province which is a long narrow island stretching 255 km from north to south. It is one of the other four neighboring cities comprising Metro Cebu: Danao City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City and Talisay City. Also called as the Queen City of the South, Cebu City as the main center of commerce, trade, education and industry in the Visayas. The city as been named as the seventh best island destination in the Indian Ocean-Asia region and eighth best Asian-Pacific island destination. Cebu is the First Spanish Settlement in the Philippines so the wealth of things to see in Cebu is related to its historical and cultural landmarks. Cebu is dubbed as the "Island of Festivals" due to the popularity and number of festivals celebrated throughout the entire province. Sinulog is a religious festival celebrated every third Sunday of January. The feast is held in honor of the patron saint, Señor Santo Niño de Cebú (Lord Holy Child of Cebu) and the arrival of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the Philippines. The Fiesta Señor (Festival Lord) converge a procession and take part in a mardigras parade. The city has thriving commercial districts where trade and commerce take place, restaurants, clubs & cafes, hospital and health facilities, entertainment and cultural centers, educational institutions and all venues needed for modern living. In nearby are sprouting subdivisions making it easier to own homes on mortgage or rent to pay.
Population 822,628 (2009 census)
Airport The Mactan-Cebu International Airport on Mactan Island has regular direct flights to Hong Kong, Singapore, Busan-Gimhae and Seoul-Incheon (South Korea), Tokyo-Narita (Japan), and Doha (Qatar).
Climate Cebu has two official seasons: Dry and Wet, rainfall is usually not that high, with average rainfall hitting around 100 millimeters per month. The wet season usually comes from June to December, while the dry season comes from January until May. Rainfall is highest in June and July.
Best Season The best time to visit Cebu is from December to May. You can witness the fabulous Sinulog Festival (similar to Mardi Gras) in mid -January.
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To avoid In the latter part of June is the start of the rainy season bringing torrential downpours
Pros Cebu City is a commercial hub of many industries such as agriculture, aqua culture, cement, education, farming, fishing, mining, fishing, ship building and steel. Its extensive international port facilities, its accessibility to Asia and the rest of the world has led more than a hundred firms, with multinational companies like Convergys Corporation, Jp Morgan Chase, Mitsumi, BMC Group, Pentax Corp., Marine Colloids, Fairchild Semiconductor, Tsuneishi Heavy Industries, Muramoto Audio-Visual, Lexmark International, Asahi Optical, Teradyne, NEC Technologies, Timex, Olympus Optical, United Technologies, Maithland-Smith, Taiyo Yuden and other companies to established manufacturing industries on the islands. Due to its burgeoning furniture-making industry, Cebu has been named as the furniture capital of the Philippines. The city has become a site for various call centers and BPOs. The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, an organization of Cebu's businesses, are hedging the city's growth and economy on information and communications technology, with the aim of making it a premier ICT investment, software and e-services hub in Southeast Asia. Shipbuilding companies in Cebu have manufactured bulk carriers of up to 70,000 metric tons deadweight (DWT) and double hulled fast crafts as well.
Cons Environmental problems Poverty is remarkable all around the city. Garbage and drainage problem Electrical interruption
Hotels www.agoda.com/Cebu-Philippines
Tips You can find cheap accommodation in hotels and pensions houses some offering as much as 75%: Hotel Asia, N B Royal Pensionne, Palazzo Pensionne, Pacific Pensionne, Cebu Guest House and others.
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