Regarded as the Queen City of the South, a residence in Cebu is seen in many ways as the epitome of tropical living. Known for their pristine beaches, powdery white sand, diverse landscapes and colorful festival dubbed as Sinulog, living in Cebu is an avenue to a lifestyle unlike any other. While the tropical lifestyle has always been the main allure for taking up residence in Cebu, the city also promises a myriad of opportunities that come second only to Metro Manila.
Being a progressive metropolis on its own, Cebu is teeming with job opportunities. After all, the city is considered as one of the major business centers in the country and is rapidly growing as an industrial hub. However, despite the modern innovations and fast-paced lifestyle, Cebu has retained its charm of being a laidback city where people come to rest and relax. In many ways, living in Cebu is akin to taking a perpetual vacation insomuch that they do not necessarily have to travel far to reach the beaches and mountainside. Beyond the beaches, famous Lechon and dried mangoes, however, Cebu has a lot to offer in terms of urban essentials. This includes a variety of business districts and shopping malls, a myriad of offices, academic institutions and so much more. With all these, one might say that everything you ever and will ever need can be found in the Queen City of the South.
FACTS ABOUT CEBU
- While Metro Manila is the Philippines’ capital, Cebu is the oldest city and was the first Philippine City discovered by the Spanish conquistadors. Consequently, it became the Philippines’ first Spanish colony after the local ruler signed a treaty (Treaty of Cebu) with Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.
- Colon is Cebu City and the entire country’s oldest street. Apart from giving the City its designation, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi also designed it and made Colon Street the central hub for businesses. Today, the oldest street in the City is still thriving with retail shops and restaurants, making it a hodgepodge of new and old commercial establishments.
- The Philippines’ and Asia’s oldest school is located in Cebu City. University of San Carlos (USC) was then known as the Colegio de San Ildefonso and was founded by Spanish Jesuits in 1595. The academic institution was named after St. Charles Borromeo. Currently, the school is managed by the Society of the Divine Word.
- The biggest festival in the country, as well as all of Asia, is celebrated in Cebu. Celebrated on the third Sunday of every year, the Sinulog is dubbed as Asia’s grandest and most colorful celebration which is held every third weekend of January to honor Sto. Niño (the child Jesus). The world-famous festival features a myriad of celebrations of all sorts: a fluvial procession, foot procession, novena masses, street dancing and at one point, street parties. The festival and Mardi Gras are known to attract tourists (both local and foreign) by the droves, so much so that hotels in the City get booked months before the scheduled celebration.
REASONS TO LIVE IN CEBU
1.) URBAN SETTING WITH THE PERKS OF RURAL LIFESTYLE
As a developing city, there is no doubt that Cebu is encumbered by the consequences of economic progress. Traffic, while present, is manageable. Getting around the city is pretty straightforward, and getting from one point to another typically takes about a few minutes to an hour. More importantly, most establishments are within walking distances of each other, so one need not go far to get everything they need. Best of all, Cebu, while a major metropolis, still retains that rural charm. The streets may be busy, but the allure of a small city has remained.
2.) A LIFESTYLE AKIN TO A PERPETUAL VACATION
One of the best things about living in Cebu is an opportunity to live in a city that is pretty much synonymous with a perpetual vacation. For this reason, many locals and foreigners alike have billeted their retirement homes in Cebu, as it is the perfect fusion of urban and tropical living. In fact, most of Cebu’s tourist attractions are within city proximity, and it does not take more than an hour to get to them (depending on traffic). In this regard, living in Cebu affords you an unbeatable lifestyle that truly personifies the mantra live, work, and play.
3.) MYRIAD OF OPPORTUNITIES
Business is robust in Cebu—whether small, medium, and large scale. Considering that it is one of the best areas for trade around the country with its strategic location, employment opportunities are never scarce. Today, many large and established companies have found their way in Cebu, and saw their businesses thrive even further. As a progressive city, salary is pretty competitive, and career advancement prospects are plenty.