Cebu is a province in the Philippines, consisting of Cebu island and 167 surrounding islands. It is located to the east of Negros, to the west of Leyte and Bohol islands. Cebu is a long narrow island stretching 225 kilometres from north to south, surrounded by 167 neighbouring smaller islands, that includes Mactan, Bantayan, Malapascua, Olango and the Camotes Islands. Cebu has a narrow coastlines, limestone plateaus and a coastal plains. It also has a predominant rolling hills and a rugged mountain ranges traversing the northern and southern lengths of the island. Cebu's highest mountains are over 1000 metres high. Flat tracts of land can be found in the towns of Bogo, San Remigio, Medellin and Daanbantayan at the northern region of the province. Its capital is Cebu City, the oldest city in the Philippines which forms part of the Cebu Metropolitan Area together with four neighbouring cities which include Danao City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City and Talisay City and eight other municipalities. Mactan-Cebu International Airport, located in Mactan island, is the second busiest airport in the Philippines.
Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, with Cebu City as the main centre of commerce, trade, education and industry in the Visayas. The United Kingdom based CondÃ© Nast Traveler Magazine named Cebu the seventh best island destination in the Indian Ocean-Asia region in 2007, Eigth Best Asian-Pacific island destination in 2005, Seventh in 2004 and Fourth in 2009.
For more information, visit www.cebucitytourism.com.
The City of Manila (Filipino: Lungsod ng Maynila) is the capital of the Philippines and one of the 17 cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila. It is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay, on the western portion of the National Capital Region, in the western side of Luzon. Manila is one of the central hubs of a thriving metropolitan area home to around 20 million people. As of 2009, Manila ranks as the world's eleventh largest metropolitan area and the fifth largest urban area by population. Manila is also ranked as one of the most densely populated cities in the world.
Manila occupies a total land area of 38.55 square kilometers, is the second most populous city in the Philippines, with more than 1.6 million inhabitants. Only nearby Quezon City is more populous. The metropolitan area is the second most populous in Southeast Asia. Manila is bordered by several cities in Metro Manila such as Navotas City and Caloocan City to the north, Quezon City to the northeast, San Juan and Mandaluyong City to the east, Makati City to the southeast, and Pasay City to the south. The Pasig River bisects the city in the middle. Almost all of the city sits on top of centuries of prehistoric alluvial deposits built by the waters of the Pasig River and on some land reclaimed from Manila Bay.
Manila has been classified as a "Beta+" global city by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network in 2008.
For more info, visit www.manila.gov.ph
Cagayan de Oro
The City of Cagayan de Oro (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Cagayan de Oro; Filipino (Tagalog): Lungsod ng Cagayan de Oro) is the provincial capital of the Province of Misamis Oriental and classified as first class city. Abbreviated CDO, CDOC, CdeO or Cag. de Oro, lies along the northern coastline on the Mindanao island, southern part of the Philippines.
It is considered as one of the most progressive cities in the Philippines and one of its most picturesque destination. The city serves as the regional center being the most populous highly-urbanized city in Northern Mindanao (Region X). According to the 2007 Census, the city has an estimated population of about 553,996 people.
Cagayan de Oro is known by many nicknames such as "Gateway to Northern Mindanao" because of its location and good transportation facilities, "Rafting Capital of the Philippines", it is a primary whitewater rafting destination in the Philippines that has a whole year round of maneuverable rafting courses and is located within the city limit, "ICT Goldmine of the Philippines" due to its number of ICT infrastructures and businesses mushrooming the city providing job oppurtunities for ICT personnels and "A City in Bloom, in Blossom and in BOOM!" because of the great strides it has made by way of progress, notably in the last few years. Officially, Cagayan de Oro is known as the "City of Golden Friendship" (Dakbayan sa Bulawanong Panaghigalaay). The official city seal bears this phrase.
There are also other places in the Philippines with a Cagayan name. One must distinguish Cagayan de Oro from Cagayan Province in Northern Luzon and the Cagayan Islands in the Sulu Sea.
For more info, visit www.cagayandeoro.gov.ph
The City of Tacloban (Filipino: Lungsod ng Tacloban, Waray: Ciudad han Tacloban, simplified Chinese: ç‹¬é²ä¸‡; traditional Chinese: ç¨é¯è¬) is a port city approximately 360 miles southeast of Manila. It is the first in Eastern Visayas to be classified as a Highly Urbanized City. It is the capital of Philippine province of Leyte. It is the largest city in terms of population and considered as the regional center of Eastern Visayas or Region VIII. It briefly became the seat of the Philippine Commonwealth Government from October 20, 1944 to February 27, 1945.
It is the regional center of commerce, tourism, education, culture, and government in the region. It has new malls, entertainment centers, and coffee bars around. Tacloban is now actually a rising City with many new investments coming to the city, like malls, call centers and etc...
For more info, visit www.tacloban.gov.ph