Situated at the geographic center of the Philippines, the island of Cebu, which is coterminous with Cebu Province, can be described as the country’s most historic and oldest province. It encompasses the island of Cebu itself plus about 167 islands and islets, and comprises 44 municipalities and six component cities, the most important of which is Cebu City, its center and capital.
Cebu City, which aside from being a first-class city in terms of income class, is a highly urbanized city, and it is also the Philippines’ main domestic shipping port and is home to about 80 percent of the country’s domestic shipping companies. It is also the center of Metro Cebu, the Philippines’ second most important metropolitan area.
Cebu City is also a significant cultural center. Being the first permanent settlement founded by the Spaniards, the imprint of Spanish culture and Roman Catholicism is evident in Cebu City. The city’s most famous landmark is Magellan’s Cross, while its most beloved religious icon is that of the Holy Infant Jesus, whose feast day is celebrated with much revelry every third Sunday of January.
An important tourism hub, Cebu hosted the 1998 ASEAN Tourism Forum and the East Asian Tourism Forum in 2002. Readers of prestigious U.S.-based magazine Travel + Leisure even voted Cebu Island as the world’s sixth best island, outranking even the world-famous Maui Island in Hawaii.
Where else in the Philippines would you find a thriving business center, foodie streets, and lush tropical getaways within a few hours’ drive from each other? Other than its famous dried mangoes, mouth-watering roasted pig, and lots and lots of nature parks within its vicinity, living in Cebu Province has many, many perks. Its capital Cebu City is a short drive away from some of the world’s best beaches and diving sites, including Malapascua and Lapu-Lapu Island. Three hours drive southwest toward Oslob is a famous spot to swim with whale sharks, while over at the town of Badian is the famous Kawasan Falls, where a new attraction—canyoneering—is becoming the “it” activity on the island.
Available condos for sale in Cebu include resort-inspired in Lapu-Lapu City, practical units aimed at students in Mandaue City, and luxurious abodes in Ayala Center in the middle of Cebu City. Examples of high-end condo properties in Cebu City’s Ayala Center area are Park Point Residences and 1016 Residences by Ayala Land Premier and Solinea developed by Alveo Land. Over at Mactan Island within Lapu-Lapu City are condos by Megaworld Corp. in its Mactan Newtown township, an upcoming mixed-use development that is soon to be home to malls, BPO office buildings, resort-like amenities, and condo properties. Over at Mandaue City, affordable condo apartments abound, including those found in Eagles’ Nest Condominium in Barangay Canduman.
Indeed, condos for sale in Cebu are some of the best properties in this part of the Visayas. Not only are there plenty of options available for different tastes, requirements, and budgets, these condo properties are impeccably located, ensuring that the laidback and relaxed lifestyle Cebu is renowned for is thoroughly enjoyed.