Living in Cebu City
Also called the Queen City of the South, Cebu City is one of the most developed cities in the Philippines. Economic experts even claim that it’s a small Hong Kong because of the influx of both tourists and investors. The city is continuously progressing, directly benefiting the government and thus, the residents. Now, Cebu City is dubbed as one of the wealthiest towns in the Visayan region.
Cebu City’s second unofficial language is English.
Instead of Filipino/Tagalog, the Cebuanos know English instead next to Cebuano, their dialect. English is deemed closer to Cebuano when it comes to its hard diction. Tagalog has a soft diction that’s why the locals prefer speaking in English. But while they cannot speak Tagalog fluently, the majority of the people understand it to some extent.
Their mother tongue Cebuano is easy to learn anyway. So you may instantly see the warm smiles of the locals once you start speaking their language, albeit intermittently or occasionally. Start with namit (delicious) or amping (take care) if you must. These are some of the most useful Cebuano terms.
Cebu City has an ever-growing number of BPO and IT industries.
Connected with the locals’ English language prowess is the number of business process outsourcing (BPO) firms and other related industries mushrooming in the city. The most prominent location is the Cebu IT Park, where the majority of the BPO companies are located.
With this also, business and employment opportunities are immense. There are small, medium, and large scale businesses, and some are even export-driven. Several big companies had their humble beginnings in Cebu before they made it big nationwide. This only proved the unyielding entrepreneurial spirit of the Cebuanos.
For the locally employed, the salary is competitive enough to rival that of the Manila rates. Career advancement is also plentiful whether you work in the export processing zone or for BPO locators.
Cebu City has several shopping complexes.
The mid-1990s sparked commercial growth in the city with the opening of major malls. Today, the city is progressing and bustling while providing for the everyday needs of the residents and tourists alike. All kinds of luxuries and conveniences are here as well.
There are at least five major shopping malls in the city, including The Terrace, an Ayala Mall. Beside the mall is the Cebu Business Park. The mall is the most elegant yet greenest in the city that makes for leisurely shopping. It has a food strip that the locals and tourists frequent. People go here to unwind and appreciate the scenic landscape.
Other than these, Cebu City has several well-known public markets. The perfect examples are Carbon Market, Colon Street, Pasil Wet Market, and Taboan Public Market, where you may buy dried seafood including pusit and danggit. Every day finds at the lowest prices can be found here.
Cebu City has several residential options.
There is something special about living in Cebu. Its main crowd drawer is its small-town feel. The locals are warm, hospitable, and considerate too. This alone makes the city worth relocating to for the long-term.
Don’t be surprised by the clannish nature of the Cebuanos, though, once you live here. Everyone seems to know someone from this or that family despite the geographical distance. That’s how the folks are, and they are trying so hard to keep with this tradition despite the city becoming more of a melting pot. Traditions are vital to Cebuanos.
Speaking of Cebu Business Park, it houses several residential buildings. What makes living in one of these condos for sale in Cebu more acceptable is the relatively low cost of living. It is cheaper compared to that of Manila. For one, a complete meal or fare is more affordable wherever you are in Cebu.
Families with school-aged children won’t have a hard time finding a good school. Cebu houses competent schools including colleges and universities.
Other than that, Cebu is one of the cleanest and most peaceful cities in the Philippines. So generally, the quality of life is much better here than when you live in the capital.
Cebu City takes pride in its lechon.
Mentioning Cebu City is not complete without discussing lechon, the pride of the Cebuanos. The roasted pig is every celebration’s star. And the invitees actually look for it first! Anthony Bourdain dubbed Cebu lechon as “the best pig ever.” Some tourists go back to Cebu because of lechon.
Nonetheless, the Queen City offers many other indulgences. Each town has its own delicacy. Some of these are chicharon (crispy-fried pork crackling) from Carcar, nilarang (fish soup) in Pasil, bingka (baked rice cake) in Mandaue, pintos (ground corn rice cake) in Bogo, masi (peanut rice balls) in Liloan and so on.
The Cebuano cuisine is hard to trace, but one laudable aspect is the variety. Eats can go from the cheapest to the most luxurious. You can have a decent meal for only Php30 or savor a dining experience at a fine dining restaurant for Php3,000. The decision is yours.
Cebu City is a popular tourist destination.
Even if you buy a condo for sale in Cebu, it will take months to years to visit the province in its entirety. All the more reason why you must obtain a condo here–so you may explore the city anytime you want.
Magellan’s Cross is still the most visited. Historical sites, museums, beaches are the other places of interest. Cebu’s unique landscape allows tourists to experience mountain climbing and beach bumming in a matter of a 15-minute drive. Not to mention, Cebu has some of the most beautiful islands in the world such as Bantayan, Malapascua, Camotes, and Nalusuan.
Exploring the nearby towns and islands is the weekend getaway of sorts among the locals. This is one good thing about Cebu – the island vibe. Despite rains, the beauty of the islands remains which means you may still explore the islands during the rainy days. It’s when the crowd is lesser also.
When it comes to its rich history, Cebu is one of the oldest cities and has the oldest street in the Philippines – Colon Street. It was usually closed off from public utility in January for the Sinulog Festival.
During the festival, hordes of tourists and spectators flock the city. Thousands of Catholic gather in Basilica de Sto. Niño, the oldest church in Cebu, to join the festivities. Also, over 85% of the Cebuanos are Catholic.
Cebu City boasts of its nightlife scene as well. At various points in Cebu, you will find a bar or disco. Bars lined up the streets of Mango Avenue and Mango Square, for instance. It also has the International Bar Complex, a few meters away from the convention center.
Cebu City has an extensive road network.
Cebu is strategically located. Wherever you are at in the province or city, the first thing you’d observe is the well-planned routes. Riding a jeepney is the primary mode of transportation, followed by bus, taxi, and motorcycle.
The jeepneys do not look like the typical jeeps you see in Manila. The jeeps are usually converted vans. Also, these are built with a black plate above the front windshield denoting their routes. This requires planning ahead of time if you want to go somewhere because the jeepney may not pass by your destination.
Despite the road system, traffic is increasingly becoming an issue. Heavy traffic occurs around 7 am and 5 pm and flows freely during the rest of the day. This is the same setback as one would experience living in Metro Manila; in Cebu, however, such setback is still small scale.
Moreover, future projects include a bridge that will connect Cebu to neighboring islands including Bohol and Dumaguete.
If you need to fly to Manila, the recently-upgraded Mactan Cebu International Airport is ready to serve you. The destination is just 55 minutes away by plane. Speaking of the airport, it is the second busiest airport that links Cebu to major cities in Visayas and Mindanao.
Condos for sale in Cebu
Cebu City welcomes a residential building, the first mid-rise condo development in Mandaue. The two-tower condo with nine stories each is less than 5 kilometers away from the airport and is very accessible to and fro transport terminals. With a total of 576 available units at the North and South towers, the residence is also close to at least five shopping malls and membership shopping.