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Why Cebu Rocks?

Let CEBU’s performance speak for itself!

Department of Trade and Industry
New Business Establishments Registered

year 2000 – 7,630
year 2001 – 7,816
year 2002 – 9,412
year 2003 – 10,389
year 2004 – 12,275
year 2005 – 12,165

Board of Investments
BOI – Registered Investments (P Billion)

year 2000 – 1.5 billion pesos
year 2001 – 0.783 billion pesos
year 2002 – 0.289 billion pesos
year 2003 – 0.208 billion pesos
year 2004 – 2.91 billion pesos
year 2005 – 17.70 billion pesos

Cebu Exports

Top Markets 2005 and Top Pproducts 2005

USA – Electronics
Japan – Other Industrial Goods
Hongkong – Furniture
Belgium – Garments
Indonesia – Electrical Equipment
China – Vehicles/Machinery Parts
Netherlands – Processed Foods
Korea – Steel & Metal Products
Singapore – Gift, Toys and Housewares
Thailand – Fashion Accessories

Cebu Annual Exports

1999 – 2.047 billion dollars (US)
2000 – 2.812 billion dollars
2001 – 2.988 billion dollars
2002 – 3.108 billion dollars
2003 – 3.434 billion dollars
2004 – 4.152 billion dollars
2005 – 4.713 billion dollars

Foreign Direct Investment in IT in Cebu
company – Activity – Nationality

Lexmark / Research & Development R&D / American
Dash Engineering / Eng’g Design (CAD) / Japanese
Tsuneishi Technical Services, Phils., Inc. / Eng’g Design (CAD) / Japanese
BOOOM! Interactive (formerly JAMMPS) / Graphics / Animation / Japanese
Innodata / Data Conversion, Content Dev’t / American
United Publishing / Content Dev’t / Japanese
Bigfoot / Web, Graphics, Content, Comm / American
N-Pax Corp. / Software Dev’t JV / Fil-Japanese
Alliance Software / Software Dev’t JV / Fil-Japanese
Farcite / Software Dev’t, Web / Japanese
Epsor Software Development / Software Dev’t / Japanese
NEC Software Phil., Inc. / Software Dev’t / Japanese
ADTEX Systems / Software Dev’t / Japanese
Xlibris / Data Conversion,Content Dev’t / American
I Catch / IT, BPO, Accounting / American
Secure DNA PI Inc. / Network Security / American

Air Traffic – ARRIVAL

2000 – 943,856
2001 – 924,033
2002 – 861,060
2003 – 907,690
2004 – 996,466
2005 – 1,030,340

2000 – 206,612
2001 – 198,042
2002 – 213,114
2003 – 212,394
2004 – 288,049
2005 – 330,451


employment rate

2001 – 87.9%
2002 – 88.3 %
2003 – 88.2 %
2004 – 85.6 %
2005 – 92.2 %

unemployment rate

2001 – 12.1%
2002 – 11.7 %
2003 – 11.8 %
2004 – 13.2 %
2005 – 7.8%

-It is not just a promise or potential. Cebu is demonstrated capability with an excellent economic track record.

-It is the second largest city and fastest growing economy in the Philippines.

-Cebu’s export growth rate for the past 5 years has averaged close to 20% considerably higher than that of the country and any other province in the Philippines.

-It leads the country in export items such as furniture, fashion accessories, carrageenan and gifts, toys and housewares.

-It is the most accessible place in the Philippines, with more domestic air and sea linkages than Manila.

-Cebu is base to over 80% of inter-island shipping capacity in the Philippines.

-Cebu is the Tourism Gateway for the Central and Southern Philippines.

-It is not in an earthquake zone or typhoon belt, nor are there volcanoes in the island.

-Cebu has one of the best records for peace & order in the country.

-Its labor force is oriented towards non-agricultural lines and is one of the most productive in the country.

-The development of its infrastructure is balanced; it has all the ingredients necessary to be competitive and sustain investments.

-It is a cosmopolitan area with all the support facilities and amenities needed for an ideal lifestyle.

thanks to SSC Cebu’s fundraiser. =)

38 responses to “Why Cebu Rocks?

  1. jo3y August 23, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    owsss???? a typhoon free zone? funny… visayas area are the worst typhoon areas dude…

  2. leylander August 23, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    The post indicated that Cebu is NOT in the typhoon belt. It didn’t say anything about NOT HAVING any typhoons at all.

  3. quapa1 August 29, 2007 at 2:16 am

    Why do you say Cebu is the worst typhoon area?

  4. ched fernandez October 4, 2007 at 11:39 am

    ayaw nalang liboga is unpredictable baya. but generally cebu is not affected with worst typhoons, right?it is because of its geography unlike northern and eastern philippines which are stricken most.

  5. koibitoscripts January 19, 2008 at 7:21 am

    visayas has lots of typhoons but it does not hit cebu often..usually hinay lng…rare ra jud ang kusog…hahhaa…

  6. rik March 11, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    While it may be true that parts of the visayas are hit by typhoons such as samar and leyte (which face the pacific) cebu is normally spared from these typhoons..
    If one also notices in the map cebu is bounded by other islands on each side (which i believe reduces the strength of such typhoons coming to cebu..also this geographic situation is a natural shield from tsunamis also)

  7. Sam March 26, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    very well said Rik..
    I so agree with you

  8. beah July 7, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    hi pwd ko mangayo sa employment rate at present dri sa cebu?f available!!kasagaran nko ky whole phil. man gud dn sa Cebu ra ako knahanglan!!tnx in advance..

  9. Amicus Cebuanensis November 3, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Wow, the data speak so well. No questions. Cebu rocks and it rocks very well. Because of its history, location, schools, people and many others. Very early in history, Cebu already had Lapu-lapu. Early on and as it is now, Cebuano politicians were in the national scene before those outside Luzon made their mark. With little arable land as to rely on agriculture, Cebuanos focused on trade, commerce and industry, backed up by a pool of creative and intelligent people educated in the finest schools and universities. Its ancient structures and religious traditions attract tourists. Its natural wonders, though not really that great or massive to be considered awesome, are developed, made accessible and marketed so well, on top of other real estate developments. Cebu is visited by typhoons from time to time but it has proven to have the capability to rise up from a calamity, if ever it leaves damage. My only fear is that Cebu would be so overbuilt in the future that it would sink into the ocean (LOL). Adelante, there’s no other way but up!

  10. tools4kools November 4, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    simbako pud ka anang maunlod ang cebu wui… its just a matter of good urban planning bai especially sa SRP because its a reclaimed area so dapat mga light engineering lang.. pero as what i’ve said, simbako palayo pito kabuntod.LOL

  11. mariniel November 6, 2008 at 3:07 am

    cebuano’s are the best..nalipay ko i found this site.. bisan wala ko kauli sa cebu for the last3 years..medyo na ibanan ang akong ka homesick.. sorry guys akong binisaya medyo.. gui tay-an . leylander.. you’re so correct..laparoha si joey for making stupid comments.. Samar and Leyte gets hit by typhoon.. by the time they hit cebu its has weaken its strength.. ngano mga tagalog are so jealous over CeBU.. they always label Us Visayan.. these people need to go back and examine our region.. we don’t call iloilo people Visayan.. we call them Ilongo.. we need to educate these people.. by the way.. here in the states.. when someone call me asian.. I always reply.. Im filipina.. and Iam more of pacific islander than asian.. so lets start preaching and be proud who we are and where we come from…

  12. lhen November 18, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    pataka man og comments c jo3y oi…. mora man og c adolfo…hehehe

  13. Prederick December 28, 2008 at 4:42 am

    taga manila tingali tong unggoya nga pataka lang og comment.

  14. carolinian88 January 16, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    lolz joey!we hvnt bn expriencng super duper grbe na typhoon for the past few yrs,ryt guys?

    i dfntly wd hav to agree wd ol d infos..
    as a mttr of fct,iv rd frm a local newsppr dt cebu ranked 8th as d future key cities in asia,nd take note,cebu lng ang nkpsok s lht ng cities s pinas.see?

  15. prudy January 19, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    i from negros, and i graduated in cebu,,all ican say cebu rocks jud,. now im here in cavite but i still miss cebu,. layo ra jud ang cebu,.SOME tagalog people always critisize visayan language,pronunciation,and diction, and they feel that they are always correct, they discriminate people coming from visayas and also from mindanao,. but they dont think that many celebs as in sikat na celebs coming from the south,.and they alwats says that basta bisaya badoy daw..and take note only from cebu na daghan or marami kung sa tagalog pa na beautiful women..

  16. jeazzine March 3, 2009 at 8:44 am

    cebu rocks! lalo na sa southern part of cebu. white sand..

  17. jeazzine March 3, 2009 at 8:47 am

    i’ve been to hilton, shangrila mactan and toured over southern part of cebu thru helicopter..

  18. arcyelyn March 6, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    makalingaw gyud ang mga comments! share pamo kay lingaw kaayo ko basa.:)

  19. zamme_kr August 14, 2009 at 2:57 am

    Good data. I just err… ngano ga-eninglish man tawn ko oi. Pasabot nako wala’y data hantud tuig 2009?

    Hinaut sunod presidente sa Pilipinas Cebuano na sad. Tagam nako anang taga-Luzon oi. Last Cebuano president si Osmena pero sa akong pagka-hibalo nipuli ra sya pagkamatay ni Quezon. Wa juy nakadaug Cebuano or even Bisaya nga presidente sa election. Luoy tawn kaayo taga Visayas ug Mindanao. Kung huna-hunaon mas daghan pa man unta Bisaya speakers kay sa Tagalog speakers diba?

    Unite Cebuanos and Bisaya.

  20. Dhong Esmer September 5, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    last election walay taga cebu na tumakbo pagka president,sana karong 2010 election my taga cebu na sana..hehehe..oo nga pero very solid ang cebu kung sinu ang suppurtahan nila pagka presidente..naa na gyuy malacanang sugbo..

  21. greenSpider September 30, 2009 at 9:14 am

    what is the best place for relaxation and refreshments here in cebu?

  22. jennifer Lobedica January 19, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Wa mu kahibalo nga sigi man mu-0g Novena, unya gi-pangayo man ninyo nga ipalayo mo sa major nga calamities. Ma-o na nga hinay ra ang bagyo sa Cebu.

    Unya Kon magbutang mo -ug Santo Nino Image sa inyong auto dili sa gayud mo ma accidenti kay gipangayo man sasd na nato nga protectahan sa Santo Nino ang mag Travelers sa sea. air and land.

    Basaha gyud na inyong novenaryo.

  23. Gian February 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Lander, I think the data you posted here is not accurate anymore. The numbers have vastly risen up. I’ll see if I can help you find statistical updates.

    Bai, it would be nice too to post a list of mga upcoming developments diri just like sa SSC ba.

  24. ALVIN March 28, 2011 at 2:50 am

    I’m from Manila and I just wonder what Cebuanos are trying to prove. First they say Metro Manila is full of slums which is true. I can’t deny that either. But have you really checked who and where are those people are? Well of course from different regions in the Philippines including Cebu. How many times have you noticed their Visayan accent everytime those people are being interviewed by news reporters on TV just because they are one of the fire victims at the slums? And regarding pollution, who pollutes our environment- land, rivers, seas? Of course most people at the squatter areas.

    If you think Cebu is better than Manila/NCR, then why more Cebuanos are here to study and work despite all the data shown on top? One might say it’s because we offer more jobs and education opportunities. Precisely!

    Cebu may have more advantages in terms of tourism but overall, no other cities in the Philippines can beat the Metro Manila which will be the richest city by 2020 in the ASEAN region according to a study done by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    Just to add some more, Quezon City has also lots of potential especially for IT expansion (already got multiple BPO offices in Easwood Libis and UP Ayala Technohub [which collaborates with UP]) not to mention Makati, Ortigas, and Bonifacio Global City.

    • leylander March 28, 2011 at 9:27 am

      so, why are you angry? did this post mention anything about manila? this post is mainly showing how nice and economically strong cebu is. cebuanos are visayans. but not all visayans are cebuanos. try to remember that the next time. sheesh!

    • PanzerTiger_18 March 28, 2011 at 9:53 am

      Hehehe here we go again!!!… The wonders why philippines wont work for progress cuz of the greed from the Imperial capital… Decentralization of the development or other wise spread the economic developments in other places in the different provinces in the philippines is the common notion of everyone … You know what how lucky from imperial capital enjoy our big chunks and pieces of our revenues and income coming from us, in return it only concentrates in the capital and others are being used or corrupt… Thats why many people scrambled for better living manila and thats the fact that you should know… If only federal form government is the solution?… it is a solution …

      • ALVIN March 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

        Quezon City’s huge tax alone can subsidize our MRT system (I heard Cebuanos are saying that our MRT is being subsidized). I have been hearing that Federalism is the solution but how about the poorest region in the Philippines? Who will build their schools, roads, bridges etc.? This idea might be beneficial for Manila and Cebu but how about them? Federalism form of government is very expensive. Thus, it is often said that rich countries can afford it. It promotes unnecessary competition, regional inequalities, and does not eliminate poverty.

      • ALVIN March 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm

        For GDP, NCR has 36% while Central Visayas has 6.8% and for gross regional domestic product per capita, NCR got 246,753 while Central Visayas 75,220 so where is that big chuck you said we are getting from you?

    • Cebu Gems April 6, 2011 at 8:04 am

      Before you go about disputing what you see in these pages, before you even think about posting your reactions, please ensure that whatever it is you have in your back pocket is not your right foot bee-lining to your mouth. Infact, I suggest you straighten your research some more. You talk about numbers and statistics, but are these accurate representations of the actual? Naturally GMA would post better numbers than Metro Cebu since about 90% of the major business institutions are head-officed there in the North. Why? simply because GMA is the business hub of the Philippines. That’s typical of developing countries to have their nation’s capital as the business hub. I’m not sure if you’ve been to first world countries, but if you have, notice that their nation’s capital is pretty much a small, laid-back city where not much big business establishments are homed. So for GMA, take a step back and examine who or what these institutions are, remove the multi-national firms and what does it leave you? I bet my left foot against your right foot (to put in your mouth) you will be left with companies where a vast majority are Cebuano-owned. Did you know that as a province, Cebu is injecting taxes more than what it’s getting in return for maintenance and other civic needs? If you really are good at research, look that up and you’ll be surprised.

      Further, you do not equate Cebu as Visayas….that’s mortal sin. This is a common ignorance among people from the north. So if you hear Visayan sounding accent in Manila and immediately dismiss these individuals as Cebuanos, then you’re guilty of stero-typing. We are not that many. If for some reason you still choose to disagree, I invite you to come visit Cebu on a holy week or Christmas. It’s during these holidays when people not native to Cebu but at present live and work in Cebu go back to their provinces. It’s in these seasons that only the true-blue Cebuanos are in Cebu. You will realize that we are not as many as you suggested (that we are as crowded as Manila). Yes Cebu is crowded, but not by Cebuanos….and we don’t mind that. Cebu is the seat of hosipitality, the very trait Filipinos are known for worldwide.

      Lastly, I have yet to run into someone from Manila who tasted Cebu and did not think twice about dropping Manila and packing to live in Cebu. To you people from the North, Cebu is a jagged little pill you just can’t resist. And that my friend is an absolute fact.

    • Darryl February 26, 2012 at 10:38 am

      This guy is an idiot.

    • GB February 16, 2013 at 11:13 am

      That’s a very defensive post Alvin. I have been to both places, and as an outsider, I can tell you I WAY prefer both the natural elements of Cebu and it’s slower pace of life, AND the people, who are far more polite and gentle.

  25. arai ko March 29, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I’m returing your question: what are you trying to prove? No regional comparison was ever presented in the above post.
    By stating that you’re from Manila firsthand, I hope you are not hinting that all of those victims who are in Visayan accent are pollutants from Cebu.
    Why would a probinsiano work in Manila? Because the minimum wage there is higher than that of the rest of the region. And who pegged the wage rate? Manila(where the seat of govt is). Inversely, the gas prices and jeepney fares in other areas are higher than in Manila. Who decided the fares? Manila again. So it’s not about offering better job opportunities at all but the result of Manila’s actions.
    No quarrel here.

  26. PanzerTiger_18 April 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    keep moving Cebu… aim high and reach your goal… be proud of what you are, and be yourself all the time… don’t be bothered by there sizes just remain focus,calm and persevere until we’ve got the right turn…

    Mabuhi ang sugboanon!!!… Viva El Sugbo

  27. Fredirick Abella June 17, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Just because those squatters in manila has a Visayan or some other accent that your not familiar with. that doesn’t autmatically make them a cebuano. you said federalism does not eliminate poverty well it does in a way. if that city uses it’s taxes that it received on it’s own city and use those taxes to provide jobs for the people in that city, that could provide jobs for the people at the same time those people that worked for their city will get taxed and those taxes will get used to provide more jobs within that city. what’s happening right now in the philippines is fucked. all the taxes of the people in the entire country is used to provide more infrastructures and jobs in the northern part of the country. that’s the reason why other parts in the philippines remain poor and that’s why manila has alot of squatters from all over the country looking for jobs and money. dont complain on the squatters complain on what manila has done to the country :D

    the poorest part in the philippines will be manila if federalism comes true. manila has no natural resources therefor they need to buy there resources from other cities or provinces however cebu and davao has there own natural resources and also has buisnesses and manufacturing areas in the city therefor manila will drown in debt! if it really happens. Manila also has alot of Squatters and jobless people yeah manila has higher percentage in gross and domestic products but have you looked at how many population metro manila has? so in average most people up there has no stable jobs. if federalism is to happen visayas and mindanao will benefit the most than the northern philippines Just like how it was back in the Ancient times before the spanish came. and that’s the fear that manila has that’s why they don’t want it to happen. Cebu also have stricter laws and security. that’s why the tourist feel safe here. hehehe and we have better lechon aswell :P!

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