Cebu is one of the Visayan Islands in the Philippines, between Leyte and Negros. The coastal plains are intensely cultivated and densely populated. The island was important agriculturally, but overpopulation and soil depletion have virtually halted production. There are coal and copper deposits. Fertilizer is made from local pyrite, and seaweed farming and processing is a growing industry. Magellan landed on the island in 1521; the remnants of the wooden cross he planted is a major tourist attraction.
Cebu City (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Sugbo, Filipino: Lungsod ng Cebu) is the capital city of Cebu and the second city in thePhilippines, the second most significant metropolitan centre in the Philippines and known as the oldest city established by the Spaniards in the country..
Cebu City is the centre of a metropolitan area called Metro Cebu, which includes the cities of Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and Talisay. Metro Cebu has a total population of about 2 million people. The Mactan-Cebu International Airport, located in Lapu-Lapu City is only a twenty-minute drive away from Cebu City. To the northeast of the city are Mandaue City and the town of Consolacion, to the west are Toledo City, the towns of Balamban and Asturias, to the south are Talisay City and the town of Minglanilla. Across Mactan Strait to the east isMactan Island where Lapu-Lapu City and an aquarium attraction are located.
Cebuano is the dialect in the province, which is also widely spoken in the Visayas and Mindanao. Tagalog and English are also spoken and understood.
Geography and People
Cebu City has a land area of 291.2 square kilometers and about 55.9 square kilometers is classified as urban, while 235.2 square kilometers is classified as rural, although all barangays are classified as urban. To the northeast of the city are Mandaue City and the town of Consolacion, to the west are Toledo City, the towns of Balamban and Asturias, to the south are Talisay City and the town of Minglanilla. Across Mactan Strait to the east is Mactan Island where Lapu-Lapu City is located. Further east across the Cebu Strait is the Island of Bohol.
Around 1960′s the population of the city was just around 91,000. The current data shows that the population reached 798,809 people in 2007.
The city is politically subdivided into 80 barangays or barrios. These are grouped into two congressional districts, with 46 barangays or barrios in the northern district and 34 barangays or barrios in the southern district.
Cebu City is politically subdivided into 80 barangays.
Lorega San Miguel
Basak San Nicolas
Pahina San Nicolas
San Nicolas Proper