Provinces

Cebu Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Cebu is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas Region. Its capital Cebu City is referred to as the Queen City of the South”. One of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, Cebu has a lot of interesting history.

LOCATION

Cebu

Coordinates: 10°19′N 123°45′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Cebu
Location:
10°19′N 123°45′E View Map
Year Founded:
1569
Capital:
Area:
4,943.72 km2 (1,908.78 sq mi)
Population:
2,938,982
Density:
590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
3 Independent cities, 6 Component cities, 38 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Cebuano/a
Elevation:
(Mount Manunggal) 1,097 m (3,599 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
6000–6053
Area code:
+63 -(032)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
First Class
Religion(s):
95% Roman Catholic
Language(s):
Bisaya, Tagalog, English
Known For:
Lechon, Sinulog Festival
Major Industries:
Tourism, Manufacturing (furniture, guitars, dried mangoes, coconut oil, electronics, and housewards), Agriculture (corn, rice, mango, coconut, banana, and peanut), Fishing (tuna, grouper, sardine, flying fish, prawn, and crab), Information Technology (BPO), Shipping, Mining
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
January, March to May
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON
Website:

CLIMATE

The climate in this province is tropical. There are 2 seasons in Cebu − the dry and wet season. It is dry and sunny most of the year with some occasional rains during the months of June to December. The province of Cebu normally gets typhoons once a year or none.

Northern Cebu gets more rainfall and typhoons than southern Cebu because it has a different climate. Typhoon Yolanda hit Northern Cebu in 2013 killing 73 people and injuring 348 others. Though most typhoons hit only the northern part of Cebu, the urban areas in central Cebu are sometimes hit, such as when Typhoon Ruping, one of the worst to hit Cebu, lashed the central Cebu area in 1990.

Cebu’s temperatures can reach a high of 36 °C (97 °F) from March to May, and as low as 18 °C (64 °F) in the mountains during the wet season. The average temperature is around 24 to 34 °C (75 to 93 °F), and does not fluctuate much except during the month of May, which is the hottest month. Cebu averages 70–80% humidity.

The best time to visit Cebu is during the winter season. It enjoys sunny days, cool nights and it is less humid at this time of the year. The colorful Sinulog Festival is held in January where you can see the culture of Cebu at its best. The summer months from March to May are very hot and humid.

The most appropriate clothing in this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Cebu Political Map

The Cebu province is divided into 44 Municipalities, 3 Cities:

  • Alcantara
  • Alcoy
  • Alegria
  • Aloguinsan
  • Argao
  • Asturias
  • Badian
  • Balamban
  • Bantayan
  • Barili
  • Bogo
  • Boljoon
  • Borbon
  • Carcar
  • Carmen
  • Catmon
  • Cebu City
  • Compostela
  • Consolacion
  • Cordova
  • Daanbantayan
  • Dalaguete
  • Danao
  • Ginatilan
  • Lapu-Lapu
  • Liloan
  • Madridejos
  • Malabuyoc
  • Mandaue
  • Medellin
  • Minglanilla
  • Moalboal
  • Naga
  • Oslob
  • Pilar
  • Pinamungajan
  • Poro
  • Ronda
  • Samboan
  • San Fernando
  • San Francisco
  • San Remigio
  • Santa Fe
  • Santander
  • Sibonga
  • Sogod
  • Tabogon
  • Tabuelan
  • Talisay
  • Toledo
  • Tuburan
  • Tudela
 

ISLANDS

There are 27 outlying islands surrounding the mainland of Cebu which are under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Bantayan Island
  • Botigues or Batiquis (Doong Islands)
  • Calamangan
  • Camungi (Olango Island Group)
  • Capitancillo
  • Carnaza Island
  • Chocolate Island
  • Cordova
  • Doong (Doong Islands)
  • Gapas-gapas
  • Gapas-gapas
  • Guintacan Island
  • Hilutungan (Olango Island Group)
  • Jibitnil (or Gihitngil) Island
  • Kaohagan or Caohagan (Olango Island Group)
  • Lipayran (Doong Islands)
  • Mactan
  • Malapascua Island
  • Nalusuan (Olango Island Group)
  • Pacijan Island (Camotes Islands)
  • Panganan (Olango Island Group)
  • Pescador Island
  • Ponson Island (Camotes Islands)
  • Poro Island (Camotes Islands)
  • Saragossa Island
  • Sulpa (Olango Island Group)
  • Sumilon Island
  • Tulang Island (Camotes Islands)
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Cebu province:

  • Ayala Center Cebu
  • Basilica del Santo Nino
  • Caohagan Island
  • Casa Gorordo Museum
  • Cebu Safari & Adventure Park
  • Fort San Pedro
  • Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan
  • Happy Beach Cebu
  • J Centre Mall
  • Kawasan Falls
  • Langub Beach
  • Lapu Lapu Statue
  • Tarsier Mactan Newton Beach Ayala Center Cebu
    • Basilica del Santo Nino
    • Caohagan Island
    • Casa Gorordo Museum
    • Cebu Safari & Adventure Park
    • Fort San Pedro
    • Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan
    • Happy Beach Cebu
    • J Centre Mall
    • Kawasan Falls
    • Langub Beach
    • Lapu Lapu Statue
    • Mactan Newton Beach
    • Magellan Shrine
    • Magellan’s Cross
    • Olango Island
    • Paradise Beach
    • Pescador Island
    • San Vicente Marine Sanctuary
    • Simala Shrine
    • Sirao Flower Garden
    • SM Seaside City Cebu
    • Sugbo Mercado
    • Sumilon Island
    • Taoist Temple
    • Temple of Leah
    • Tops Lookout
    • Tumalog Falls
    • Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
     

    FESTIVALS

    The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Cebu throughout the year:

    • Sinulog Festival (3rd Sunday of January) – Cebu City

    FAQs

    The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Cebu province.

    Where in the Philippines is Cebu located?
    Cebu is located in the Central Visayas.

    Is Cebu a city or province?
    Cebu is a province.

    What is the Capital of Cebu?
    The capital of Cebu is Cebu City.

    What is Cebu famous or known for?
    Cebu is famous or known for lechon and Sinulog Festival.

    How do I get to Cebu?
    There are several ways to get to Cebu, the most common being from Manila:

    • Ship | 11 hours | $20-$106
    • Plane | 1.5 hours | $30-$60

    RESOURCE: Best Online Transportation Resource for the Philippines

    How many islands are in Cebu?
    There are 27 islands in the Cebu province.

    What does Cebu mean?
    Cebu comes from the old Cebuano word “sibu” or “sibo” which means trade. It is a shortened form of sinibuayng hingpit, meaning ‘the place for trading’.

    How Safe is Traveling in Cebu?
    Cebu is very safe for locals and tourists.

    Is the climate the same as the rest of the Philippines?
    The climate in Cebu is considered tropical. It is similar to most provinces in the Philippines.

    To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below …

    READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

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    About the Author

    Patrick

    Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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