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Basic Facts

Location, Size, Economy

  • Metro Cebu is in the centre of the Philippines and is the country’s 2nd largest city. It is 584 km south of the capital, Manila.
  • Population of Metro Cebu: about 2.6 million.
  • Cebu has the country’s second largest port and an international airport.
    Shipbuilding, outsourcing, electronics and tourism are major parts of the city’s economy. Cebu is also host to a large number of foreign companies.


Climate & Topography

  • Tropical with wet and dry seasons.
  • June to November is usually the wettest period. April is usually the driest month.
  • Average temperatures range from 22 to 32 °C.
  • January is the coolest month, May is usually the hottest.
  • Typhoons are mostly in November but Cebu is well-protected by surrounding islands and there is rarely much damage.
  • Cebu Island is 285 km long and its widest point is 45 km.
  • Much of the island is mountainous; the highest peak is 1,000 m.


Transport (domestic)

  • Taxis are cheap and much more reliable than in Manila.
  • Local mass transport is mostly by Jeepney.
    See http://www.philippines.hvu.nl/transport2.htm
  • Jeepneys going past Pacific Tree (to Cebu) 20A, 20B, 21, 21B, 21D, 21G, 22A, 22D, 22G, 24, 25, 26, 27
    Jeepneys going past Pacific Tree (going north) 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 21D, 22A, 22D, 22G, 24, 25, 26, 27
  • There are frequent buses to other parts of the island.
  • Surrounding islands can easily be reached by boat.
  • Motorbikes can be hired.
  • Cars and vans can also be hired (with or without driver).
  • There are regular flights to many other cities in the Philippines on Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Asia and Tiger Air.