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Cebu City is an hour’s flight away from Manila and has its own international airport 15 kilometers from the city center, with almost-daily flights to Hong Kong, Singapore, Los Angeles, and other major destinations. It is also a hub for most domestic destinations via air or sea. Because it is centrally located in the Philippines, Cebu enjoys almost year-round sunshine and warm weather. Five-star beach resorts in Mactan are only 45 minutes away by car from the city, less without traffic. Water sports, diving, or simply enjoying Cebu’s shores are favorite pastimes of local and foreign residents. In the mountains not far from the city, adventurers will enjoy mountain biking and zip lining. White sand beaches and beautiful waterfalls can be found all over the island. Golfers can choose from several 18-hole international standard courses.
Despite being a busy metropolis, Cebu is still largely residential, with Maria Luisa Estate Park maintaining a reputation for being one of the most exclusive subdivisions. English is spoken everywhere, and is the language of instruction in education. Large hospitals and international schools are easily accessible. Major shopping malls offer both local and international boutiques, dining options, and cinemas. There are restaurants for most types of local and foreign cuisine around the city. Spas and salons offer health and beauty treatments at every price point. At night, Cebu has a lively party scene, whether at dance clubs, bars or lounges.Because of its excellent location and stable economy, more and more BPO’s and multi-national companies continue to establish their offices here. Cebu is home to a growing expat community that enjoys the modern amenities any major city offers, and the relaxed feel of island life.