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					Cebu City, Philippines - Central Visayan Metropolis
Region 7 in the Philippines is characterized as central Visayas with
places such as Dumaguete, Bohol, Siquijor and most importantly Cebu. Cebu
is one of the biggest cities in the Visayas and it is the ultimate trade
city of the south. Cebu is the oldest city in the Philippines and has the
only International Airport in the Visayas which makes Cebu an important
metropolis in the Visayas.
The native language of the Philippines is Tagalog, but the native
language of Cebu is Cebuano, which is also spoken in other places such as
Bohol, Leyte, Negros Oriental and parts of Mindanao. Every city in the
Philippines has a patron saint and the patron saint of Cebu happens to be
Our Lady of Guadalupe. There are many religious events in Cebu and the
saint that is widely used by the natives is Santo Niño de Cebu. A whole
festival is dedicated to him, called the Sinulog which is celebrated
every January with street shows and dances.
Cebu is the center of economic activity in the central Visayas. The total
investments, export and import of Cebu city totals an amount of an
estimated 10 Million US dollars, which makes Cebu a powerful metropolis.
Cebu has big industries including electronic, computer, food processing
and most importantly mining and shipping industries. When you take a bus
to Cebu city you will see the big coal mines near the sea and you will
even drive underneath a mining company that is situated alongside the
highway. Most of the shipping industries are located in Cebu which makes
this metropolis the most and easiest accessible city in the Philippines.
National and International shipping is going through Cebu and the city
earns millions just from the shipping taxes and toll taxes.
Other multimillion business chances can be found in the Mactan
International Airport at Mactan City, Cebu. This International Airport
gives access to all the trade opportunities in Asia, Europe and the US.
Cebu is also the home of the International Convention Center in which the
12th ASEAN summit has been held where world leaders congregated. This
shows that Cebu is already the international metropolis that it should
be. The education in Cebu is also very international. The first
International Academy of Film and Television has been established in
Mactan, Cebu in 2004 and is the only international film school in the
Central Visayas.
The central Visayas also have a big network of print media and
broadcasting media. Cebu itself has three local newspapers that are
published daily and several other little tabloids and community
newspapers. Broadcasting outlets are also numerous in the queen city of
the south. Cebu has three television stations that can be accessed
through cable and a total of 23 radio stations with 13 AM radio stations
and 20 FM radio stations. This is just another proof that Cebu City is
not only the oldest city in the Philippines, but also one of the richest
and economically stronger cities in the Philippines.
You can also find many historical monuments in this central Visayan city.
One of the most important and often visited monuments is the Magellan's
Cross. Magellan's Cross can be found in a small chapel that is located
next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, which is fronting Cebu's city
hall. Cebu has something for everybody; good food, great malls for
shopping, and monuments for your cultural desires. Cebu will be unlike
any other city you can visit in the Central Visayas.
Peter Garant is writing Cebu City articles for his site about the
Philippines.

				
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