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Cebu Province has a total population of around 3 million. Cebuano is the native tongue. English and Tagalog are commonly understood and spoken.
Cebu is best from December to May when the weather turns dry. It is coolest from December to February, hottest from March to May. Temperature can rise higher than 100F in the summer. The rainy season begins in July bringing torrential downpours that would sometimes inhibit movement.
Philippine standard time is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Meantime.
Dress/What to Bring:
Wear naturalfibre, lightweight clothing. You'll feel more comfortable. Bring shorts, hat sunglasses, bathing suit, insect repellent, flashlight, sun block cream, tough shoes for walking, rubber slippers for the beach. Pack tissue paper in your purse as public toilets almost never have any.
The Barong Tagalog is acceptable formal wear for men. Shorts or sleeveless shirts should never be worn when visiting churches, mosques or temples.
Most areas in Cebu are supplied with 220 volts, 60 cycles. A plug with 2 flat parallel prongs is the norm.
The Philippine currency is peso, divided into 100 centavos. Next to the peso, the US dollar enjoys wide acceptance. Most foreign currencies can easily be changed at banks, hotels, and authorized dealers. Foreign currency is not readily taken by the establishments in Cebu. Major foreign credit cards may be accepted only at major hotels, resorts, shops and restaurants. Visitors are advised to bring sufficient amount of change in small bills or coins.
Banks - 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday; government agencies and offices - 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday; private firms - 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, 9am to 12noon Saturday; Shops - 9am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday. Most department stores stay open on Sundays and holidays.
Bellhops expect a tip, as do waiters, taxi drivers, hairdressers, beauticians, and porters. Most hotels and restaurants add 10% service charge on top of the government tax. Tipping 5 15% of the bill appropriate if no service charge is included. P5 to P10 for bellboys, porters and like.
Getting around Cebu one may take a colorful jeepney or a bus at a minimal fare Tricycles (motorcycles with sidecars) are popular in outlaying areas and in the suburbs, quiet notably within Mactan Island. Taxicabs are widely available.
Often called the "Queen City of the South" and the Seat of Christianity in the Philippines, Cebu is the country's oldest city. Exploring Cebu City, one encounters a rich historic past. Cebuanos are extremely proud of their cultural and historical heritage, a legacy which has endured thru the centuries from the time the great explorer Ferdinand Magellan first planted the cross on Cebu's shore.
Time has been kind to Cebu. From Zubu, the fishing village and busy trading port in 1521 has evolved a highly urbanized metropolitan center which now serves as focal point of growth and development in Southern Philippines. With its five cities; Cebu, Danao, Lapulapu Mandaue and Toledo; and its 48 smaller towns, Cebu. has more than kept pace with the nation's progress. Today ' the island province leads in traditional and non-traditional exports and has the highest economic growth rate anywhere in the country. Likewise, recent indications pointed out that Cebu has become the country's most favorite tourist destination.
In contrast to the bustling metropolis, the rest of Cebu's 167 islets and islands are lined with idyllic white sandy beaches and pristine clear waters. Cebu. has gained wide popularity for its fantastic diving grounds evidenced by the proliferation of resorts which offer luxurious accommodations, excellent dive facilities and the services of competent dive masters and dive guides.
Cebu's strategic location makes it ideal for those who wish to travel to the other islands and provinces. By plane, boat or bus, nowhere could be too far from CEBU.
Some Do's and Don't's
IN PHILIPPINE SOCIETY
The most important initial step in efforts of gaining insights about the local resident is to understand him in his own setting. The following are just some general statements intended to help you in your behavior in the local community:
- Avoid wearing sandals when attending special occasions in the local community - wearing shoes is a sign that the event is important to you
- Do invite people at least three times. Local residents are taught that it is proper to refuse the first time or two. To them, insistence is a clear sign that the offer or invitations is genuine.
- Do give the local residents a way out of the situation so he can save face, thus avoiding embarrassment. Embarrassing him will cause "hiya" or loss of face.
- Don't use the common sign of OK In the local community, it means money. You may use the new sign OK. This is the thumbs- up sign which has been commonly seen on television.
- Don't use your forefinger upward to call a local resident-it is considered somewhat degrading. One way of calling is to beckon with the hand in gentle downward motion. Pssst is another popular way to get someone's attention. As a rule however, it is preferred to call the person by name. It is even better to use nicknames, because these are reserved for close friends.
- Smiling is a form of friendship and a form of greeting.
- Do show respect for age - use the proper appellations for elders and relations. Find out right away what appellations are used in the family.
Some Points of Interest
JUMALON'S MUSEUM - is the home of a lepido mosaic art collection so called because of it utilizes butterfly wings as its medium. The museum is located at the residence of Professor Julian Jurnalon at Basak Elementary School side road.
COLON STREET - the oldest street in the Philippines named after the renowned explorer 'Cristobal Colon' a.k.a. Christopher Columbus is the heart of 'downtown' Cebu City. A glittering city by night lined with moviehouses, department stores and other establishment.
FUENTE OSMENA - is a fountain honoring Cebu's favorite son, the late President Sergio Osmena, Sr. . It is one of city's most famous landmarks dominating the uptown area where commercial and banking establishments have proliferated.
THE UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS MUSEUM - with a fine collection of antique ceramicware in archeological diggings in various parts of the country. It also presents samples of flora and fauna in the country and in Cebu particularly.
CHAPEL OF THE LAST SUPPER - 250 year old life-size replica of the Lord Jesus with His 12 Apostles seated for the last Supper.
MAGELLANS MARKER - Magellan crossed the channel to Mactan in the effort to spread the faith. Before he could reach the shore he was killed in kneedeep waters by Lapulapu, the chieftain of Mactan Island, and his men in a battle of supremacy and freedom on April 27, 1521. The marker stands on that fateful battle ground in Mactan Island.
MOALBOAL - located 89 kms. southwest of Cebu City. It offers modestly priced cottages for rent, white sandy beaches. A popular diving area having one of the best coral formations in the country. Scuba diving facilities are available.
THE TOPS - Situated high on top of cool Busay Hills is an excellent sight seeing spot which offers a breathtaking view of Metro Cebu and the islands of Mactan and Olango. Cottages are available for daytime picnics and instant evening parties. Only 15 minutes ride from Cebu City's Lahug area.
IMAGE OF SANTO NINO DE CEBU - considered as the oldest religious relic in the Philippines and Cebu's patron, given as a baptismal gift by Magellan to Queen Juana on April 14, 1521. Today the image is enshrined at the Basilica Minions del Santo Niflo. Everyday, a constant line of devotees flies through to kiss the image and offer prayers.
SAN MIGUEL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX - the biggest glass factory, brewery, CocaCola and Agro Industrial Complex outside Metro Manila.
MACTAN EXPORT PROCESSING ZONE - is the country's largest export processing zone with companies producing goods and items exclusively for export.
MACTAN BEACHES - Famous worldwide for its beautiful white sand beaches and pristine clear waters, for an exceptional vacation experience. Mactan beach resorts offer superb accommodation facilities, scuba diving, wind surfing, boating and other aqua sports.
Celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January, is Cebu's biggest and most popular. The feast is in honor of the holy image Senor Santo Nino de Cebu. Fiesta Senor as it widely known, is the most celebrated among Cebu's festivals where people converge along the route of a grand solemn procession and partake in the gaiety amidst a mardigras parade immersed in vivid colors and the constant drums of the Pit Senor
A Christmas celebration of songs and lantern making held during the month of December spread good cheers to local residents and visitors alike.
KADAUGAN SA MACTAN
A one day re-enactment celebrated with pomp and pageantry every 27th of April to commemorate the historic Battle of Mactan between the forces of Lapulapu and Magellan.
VIRGIN OF THE RULE FIESTA
Held to honor the patroness of Opon on Nov. 20-21, this religious and social event reveals the deep religious faith of the people and the penchant for merry making. A food fair, a procession and a coronation of the Fiesta Queen highlight the festivity.
SEMANA SANTA SA BANTAYAN
A unique mixture of solemn religious rites and local celebration highlights the Holy Week activities in Bantayan Island. The normally quiet island is visited by relatives and friends of the residents, as well as tourists to experience the scenic rites and to cool off the summer heat in the beautiful white sandy beaches and clear tropical waters.
FIESTA SA CARCAR
Is celebrated on November 24-25 in honor of the town's patron. St. Catherine of Alexandria Carcar town is noted for Its old Spanish style houses in the quiet countryside setting. During fiestas, the residents would invite friends, relatives and town visitors into their homes to taste popular local delicacies. A lively and enjoyable event.
How to Get Around
Getting Around by land Jeepney
rub elbows with the locals on the famous Filipino commuter vehicle; for city trips. tartanilla
clippety-clop, clippety-clop; get a feel of how Cebuanos got around in times past. taxi
ideal for really going around, seeing the sights; flag down P10 non-aircon, P16 aircon, succeeding fare P1.00.
Getting Around by Sea
(motorized outrigger) for island-hopping
DEPARTMENT STORES / COMMERCIAL CENTERS
Abacus Mall & Mango Plaza
Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City
Ayala Carter Cebu
Archbishop Reyes Ave. Tel. Nos. 231534212315301
Century Plaza Complex
Juana Osmena St., Cebu City
Gen. Maxilorn Ave., Cebu City
Enricke - SM City
Tel. No. 2321441
Enricke - Ayala
Tel. No. 2316211
Fairmart - Cebu
Colon St., Cebu City Tel. Nos. 61751161737
Colon St., Cebu City Tel. No. 2546391
Colon St., Cebu City Tel. Nos. 62259/91716
Gaisano Country Mall
Banilad, Cebu City . Tel. No. 2311481
Colon St., Cebu City Tel. Nos. 74594/79755
107 Colon St., Cebu City Tel. Nos. 97526/99775
Gorordo Ave., Cebu City
Robinson's Department Store
Fuente Osmena, Cebu City Tel. Nos. 54551/154553
Fuente Osmena, Cebu City
Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cabu City
Colon cor. D. Jakosalem St., Cebu City Tel. No. 91590
Fuente Osmena, Cebu City Tel. No. 2534943
Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City Tel. Nos. 2540711 12545475
SM - Cebu
North Reclamation Area Tel. No. 2314696
Reclamation Area, Cebu City Tel. No. 72281
HANDICRAFT / GIFT SHOP
Artevalman Handicraft Market
Bakilid, Mandaue City Tel. No. 23460644
Cebu Display Canter
Magallanes St., Cebu City Tel. No. 52223
M.C. Briones St., Highway Mandaue City . Tel. No. 2344945
A. Abellana, Cebu City Tel. No. 2544749
A.C. Cortes Ave., Mandaue City Tel. No. 81663
Nasipit, Talamban, Cebu City Tel. No. 3462760
Jewel of the Sea
STC Campus, Gen. Maxilom Ave. Cebu City . Tel. No. 78431
Ligne Filipina Trading
Banilad, Cebu City
Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City Tel. No. 70251
Tesoro's Mktg. Corp.
River ate Comm'I Complex Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cabu City Tel. No. 2538582
Briones and Calderon St., Cebu City
V. Ceniza St., Mandaue City
F. Ramos St., Cebu City
Tres de Abril, Cebu City
Fort San Pedro Regional National Museum
Santo Nino Basilica Museum
Magallanes St., Cebu City Tel. No. 97668
Cebu Archdiocesan Museum
Mabini St., Cebu City Tel. No. 76931
Case Gorordo Museum
Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City Tel. No. 94576
USC Main General Museum
P. del Rosario St., Cebu City Tel. No. 72419
Cebu State College Museum
Osmena Blvd., Cebu City Tel. No. 2539611
Southwestern University Museum
Urgello Private Road Tel. No. 2536500
CAP Don Sergio Memorabilia and Art Gallery
Osmena Blvd Cebu City Tel. No. 2536519
Rizal Memorial and library Museum
Osmena Blvd., Cebu Cl Tel. Nos. 54997/2541109
St. Theresa's College Museum
R. Aboitiz St., Cebu City Tel. No. 2536337
University of Southern Philippines Museum
Lahug, Cebu City & Tel. No. 79015
University of Son Carlos Biological Museum
Talamban Cebu City Tel. No. 95023
Jumalon Museum, Butterfly Sanctuary and Art Gallery
Basak, Cebu City Tel. No. 91029
Cebu Country Club
Banilad, Cebu City Tel. Nos. 749011/749051/74813
Danao City, Cebu
Aquaventure Dive Shop
Unit 2, Mercedes Commercial, Amado Cortez Ave., Mandaue City Tel. No. 84565
Maribago, Lapu-lapu City, Mactan Island Tel. No. 3400310
Jaspo 21 Co. Phils., Inc.
c/o Hadsan Beach Resort,
Maribago, Lapu-lapu City
Joy Marine Sports
c/o Cebu Plaza Hotel
Ocean Field Marine Sports Facilities& Services, Ltd.
Maribago, Lapu-lapu W Mactan Island Tel. No. 3461187
Phil. Commission on Sports and Scuba Diving c/o PTA
3rd Floor, GMC Plaza Bidg. Legaspi Ext., Cebu City Tel. No. 2534308
Saavedra Diving Carrier
Panagsama Beach Moalboal, Cebu
Seven Seas Aquenaut Phils., Corp.
c/o Cebu Club Pacific
(M/Y Queen Mary) 131 E Gonzales St., Cebu City
Triple S Divers
Buyong Beach, Maribago, Lapu-lapu City
Casino Espanol do Collie
V. Ranudo St., Cebu City Tel. No. 78254
Super Courts Polotadium
Juana Osmena St., Cebu City Tel. No. 92116
VECO Tennis Club
Banilad, Cebu City Tel. No. 75446
Cebu Plaza Hotel Tel. No. 2311231
Balls Sportsbar, Theater lounge & Discotheque
Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City
Reclamation Area, Cebu City
Centrepoint Hotels International Osmena Blvd. cor. Plaridel St. Cebu City
Point After Disco
Ranudo St., Cebu City Tel. No. 2539070
Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City
PUBS & BARS
Park Place Hotel, Fuente Osmena, Cebu City Tel. No. 2531131
160 E Ramos St., Cebu City Tel. No. 94871
Bar Cane, Montebello Villa Hotel
Tel Nos. 85021 to 29
Cities Music lounge
Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City Tel. No. 54562
Cebu Plaza Hotel Tel. No. 2311231
St. Gothard's, Fulton St., Lahug, Cebit City
St. Moritz Pub & Bar
Gorordo Ave., Lahug, Cebu City Tel. Nos. 94371 to 74
Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City
Chikaan so Cebu
Juana Osmena St., Cebu City Tel . No. 253-6221
Golden Cowrie Restaurant
Cor. Salinas and La Guardia Lahug, Cebu City Tel. No. 92633
Cebu Flan, Nivel Hills Lahug, Cebu City
Gen. Maxilorn Ave., Cebu City Tel. No. 78126
Lighthouse Restaurant Inc.
Gaisano Countrymall Bldg. Banilad, Cebu City Tel. No. 231-2478
Royal Concourse Gourmet Mall
Gorordo Ave., Cebu City Tel. No. 3465345
Seafood City Restaurant
J.Y. Square, Salinas St. Lahug, Cebu City Tel. No. 253-3795
171 F. Ramos St., Cebu City Tel. No. 253-0405
Cafe Baden Baden
Raintree Mall, F. Ramos St. Cebu City Tel. No. 254-9621
Chateau do Busay
Lower Busay Hills, Lahug, Cebu City Tel. No. 231-2000
Cebu plaza Hotel, Nivel Hills Lahug, Cebu City
Cebu Plaza Hotel, Nivel Hills Lahug, Cebu City
Grand Majestic Convention City
Archbishop Reyes Ave., Cebu City Tel. No 232-1103
Mikado Japanese Restaurant
SM City Reclamation Area, Cebu City Tel. No. 232-0702
Sakura Japanese Restaurant
M. Gotianuy St., Cebu City Tel. No. 253-3280
Wilson, Lahug, Cebu City Tel. No. 231-3553
Crab House Seafood
Banilad, Cebu City Tel. No. 99995
Nang Damasa's Restaurant
2nd Floor, Raintree Mall F. Ramos St., Cebu City Tel. No. 254-9664
Old Banilad Rd., Cebu City Tel. 231-6075
Marina Seafood & Restaurant
Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City Tel. No. 232-4390
Osmena Blvd., Cebu City Tel. No. 253-7659
Ranudo Cafe & Restaurant
110 V. Ranudo St., Cebu City Tel. No. 253-9070
Juana Osmena. Cebu City Tel. No. 253-5417
Cebu Family Choice Restaurant
110 Gorordo Ave., Cebu City Tel. 231-1859
Golden Dragon Firepot Garden
Archbishop Reyes cor. Tojong Sts. Cebu City Tel. No. 231-5964
AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Natividad Centrum, D. Jakosalem St., Cebu City Tel. No. 2534855
BUREAU OF CUSTOMS
M.C. Briones St., Cebu City Tel. Nos. 71838 / 72927
BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION
M.C. Briones St., Cebu City Tel. No. 2534339
CEBU CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
11 and 13th Avenue N. Reclamation Area Cebu City Tel. No. 232-1421124
CENTRAL BANK OF THE PHIL.
cor. Osmena Blvd. & P. Del Rosario St., Cebu City Tel. No. 2545036
CITY MAYOR'S OFFICE
Magallanes St., Cebu City Tel. No. 92916
CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Osmena Blvd., Cebu City Tel. No. 2536609
DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES
Banilad, Cebu City Tel. No. 3460661
DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM
3/F GMC Plaza Bldg., Legaspi Ext., Cebu City Tel. Nos. 61873 / 2542811
DEPT. OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Don Julio Liorente St., Cebu City Tel. No. 2536793
DEPT. OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY
Osmena Blvd., Cebu City Tel. No. 54474
EUROPEAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
104 Centro Maximo Bkdg., cor. V Ranudo & D. Jakosalem Sts., Cebu City Tel. No. 2533389
JAPANESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Room 303, Machay Bkdg., Gorordo Ave., Cebu City Tel. No. 2310563
LAND TRANSPORTATION OFFICE
N. Bacalso Ave., Cebu City Tel. Nos. 253233412530754
MACTAN EXPORT PROCESSING ZONE
Lapu-lapu City Tel. No. 3400594
PHIL. PORTS AUTHORITY
Reclamation Area, Cebu City Tel. No. 96281/70815
PHIL. TOURISM AUTHORITY
3/F GMC Plaza Bkdg., Legaspi Ext., Cebu City Tel. No. 2533532 , 72620 (Fort San Pedro)
PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR'S OFFICE
Capitol Bkdg., Cebu City Tel. No. 2536070
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Tel. No. 253533712536987