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Quick Facts

Population/language:
Cebu Province has a total population of around 3 million. Cebuano is the native tongue. English and Tagalog are commonly understood and spoken.

Weather:
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 Time:
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.

Electrical Appliances:
Most areas in Cebu are supplied with 220 volts, 60 cycles. A plug with 2 flat parallel prongs is the norm.

Money:
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.

Business Hours:
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.

Tipping:
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.

Public Transport:
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.

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General Information

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.

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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:

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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.

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Fiestas/Festivals

SINULOG
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

PASKUHAN
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.

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How to Get Around

 

Getting Around by land
Jeepney
(fixed routes)
rub elbows with the locals on the famous Filipino commuter vehicle; for city trips.
tartanilla
(horse-drawn cart)
clippety-clop, clippety-clop; get a feel of how Cebuanos got around in times past.
taxi
(with meter)
ideal for really going around, seeing the sights; flag down P10 non-aircon, P16 aircon, succeeding fare P1.00.

Getting Around by Sea
banca
(motorized outrigger) for island-hopping

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Shopping

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

Cherry Court
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

Gaisano Main
Colon St., Cebu City Tel. No. 2546391

Gaisano Metro
Colon St., Cebu City Tel. Nos. 62259/91716

Gaisano Country Mall
Banilad, Cebu City . Tel. No. 2311481

Gaw Colon
Colon St., Cebu City Tel. Nos. 74594/79755

Gazini Plaza
107 Colon St., Cebu City Tel. Nos. 97526/99775

GC Pavilion
Gorordo Ave., Cebu City

Robinson's Department Store
Fuente Osmena, Cebu City Tel. Nos. 54551/154553

Robinson's (Basement),
Fuente Osmena, Cebu City

Rivergate Mall
Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cabu City

Rosita's Colon
Colon cor. D. Jakosalem St., Cebu City Tel. No. 91590

Rosita's Fuente
Fuente Osmena, Cebu City Tel. No. 2534943

Rustan's
Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City Tel. Nos. 2540711 12545475

SM - Cebu
North Reclamation Area Tel. No. 2314696

White Gold
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

Filipino Hands
M.C. Briones St., Highway Mandaue City . Tel. No. 2344945

Hamicrafters
A. Abellana, Cebu City Tel. No. 2544749

Remember Cebu
A.C. Cortes Ave., Mandaue City Tel. No. 81663

Island Souvenirs
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

Lilang's Guitars
lapu-Lapu City

Narda's Handicrafts
Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City Tel. No. 70251

Susing's Guitar
Lapu-Lapu City

Tesoro's Mktg. Corp.
River ate Comm'I Complex Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cabu City Tel. No. 2538582

PUBLIC MARKETS
Carbon Market
Briones and Calderon St., Cebu City

Mandaue Market
V. Ceniza St., Mandaue City

Ramos Market
F. Ramos St., Cebu City

Taboan Market
Tres de Abril, Cebu City

MUSEUM

Fort San Pedro Regional National Museum
Plaza Independencia

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

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Entertainment

DAYTIME PLEASURES

GOLF
Cebu Country Club
Banilad, Cebu City Tel. Nos. 749011/749051/74813

Club Filipino
Danao City, Cebu

SCUBA DIVING
Aquaventure Dive Shop
Unit 2, Mercedes Commercial, Amado Cortez Ave., Mandaue City Tel. No. 84565

Club Kontiki
Maribago, Lapu-lapu City, Mactan Island Tel. No. 3400310

Jaspo 21 Co. Phils., Inc.
c/o Hadsan Beach Resort,

Buyong Beach
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

Shemberg Marketing
(M/Y Queen Mary) 131 E Gonzales St., Cebu City

Triple S Divers
Buyong Beach, Maribago, Lapu-lapu City

TENNIS
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

NIGHTTIME PLEASURES

DISCOS
Bai Disco
Cebu Plaza Hotel Tel. No. 2311231

Balls Sportsbar, Theater lounge & Discotheque
Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City

Inner Circle
Reclamation Area, Cebu City

Motion Disco
Centrepoint Hotels International Osmena Blvd. cor. Plaridel St. Cebu City

Point After Disco
Ranudo St., Cebu City Tel. No. 2539070

MUSIC BARS
City Lights
Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City

PUBS & BARS
Alibi
Park Place Hotel, Fuente Osmena, Cebu City Tel. No. 2531131

Bachelors, Too
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

Club Amigo
Cebu Plaza Hotel Tel. No. 2311231

Pub 24
St. Gothard's, Fulton St., Lahug, Cebit City

St. Moritz Pub & Bar
Gorordo Ave., Lahug, Cebu City Tel. Nos. 94371 to 74

The Barn
Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City

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Eating Out

ESTABLISHMENTS (Accredited)

FILIPINO
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

Lantaw Gardens
Cebu Flan, Nivel Hills Lahug, Cebu City

Lighthouse Restaurant
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

INTERNATIONAL
Cafe Adriatico
171 F. Ramos St., Cebu City Tel. No. 253-0405

GERMAN
Cafe Baden Baden
Raintree Mall, F. Ramos St. Cebu City Tel. No. 254-9621

CONTINENTAL
Chateau do Busay
Lower Busay Hills, Lahug, Cebu City Tel. No. 231-2000

Pards
Cebu plaza Hotel, Nivel Hills Lahug, Cebu City

Cafe Tartanilia
Cebu Plaza Hotel, Nivel Hills Lahug, Cebu City

CHINESE
Grand Majestic Convention City
Archbishop Reyes Ave., Cebu City Tel. No 232-1103

JAPANESE
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

ESTABLISHMENTS (Non-accredited)

FILIPINO
Cafe Laguna
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

Patio isabel
Old Banilad Rd., Cebu City Tel. 231-6075

Marina Seafood & Restaurant
Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City Tel. No. 232-4390

CONTINENTAL
Cafe Sebastian
Osmena Blvd., Cebu City Tel. No. 253-7659

Ranudo Cafe & Restaurant
110 V. Ranudo St., Cebu City Tel. No. 253-9070

Baseline
Juana Osmena. Cebu City Tel. No. 253-5417

CHINESE
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

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Business Contacts
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


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