Cebu City: A Place Where Traditional Meets Modern

A local in CebuA lot has changed in Cebu City over the last decade. Sprinkled across the city are modern skyscrapers, heritage buildings, and a thriving community of locals and foreigners – creating a delightful fusion of all things traditional and modern.

From an outsider’s perspective, the urban center primarily serves as a jump-off point to tourist destinations around the province. But beyond the beaches, rainforests, the Sinulog festival and its rich cultural heritage, this island province in Central Visayas is also an important career and business hub, with a metropolitan area that accommodates varied lifestyles.

Living in Cebu

Cebu City is home to some 922, 611 people, with the vast majority being Cebuanos, with a sizeable number of other Visayan and Tagalog people and expats. The population is scattered across inner-city neighborhoods, integrated townships, and outlying communities. The inner-city living is characterized by mixed-use developments such as, apartments, and contemporary homes, while outer city living is painted by lush gated communities, suburban homes and low- to medium-density neighborhoods.

The metropolitan area now sits along the coastline facing the Mactan Channel, a narrow strait that serves as a major center of trade and commerce. The rest of the population is sparsely distributed in the hinterlands along the foothills of Sudlon National Park.

Modern Meets Classic

Central Cebu is the oldest city in the world, which explains its rich cultural heritage integrated into modern life. It is normal to see historic buildings, temples and heritage sites deep in the metropolis.

The fusion of modern and traditional lifestyles echoes in all aspects of life – from the culinary fare to the city’s architecture, from the arts and music scene down to the much-anticipated festivals. Cebuanos were quick to embrace modern life, but on their path to progress, they carried their tribal, native and colonial past with them.

Cebu City is home and Cebuanos will protect everything they hold dear. You can see it in the way they protect their forests, beaches, and wildlife, how they preserve the beauty of historic buildings and heritage sites and how they lead a life that’s open to change but rooted in tradition.