Cebu Living: Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Cebu

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” –Unknown

Hailed as the Queen City of the South, there is a myriad of reasons why possessing a zip code in Cebu is enviable. Apart from being an excellent fusion of city and island living, taking up residence in Cebu opens up to a myriad of opportunities. Moreover, you can expect your weekends and downtimes to be always filled perpetually filled with activities as there is a wealth of entertainment options. After all, it is not named as one of the country’s top places to live in for nothing.

Being billeted in Cebu is an avenue for an eclectic living—one that excellently and effectively combines your vacation life with your daily grind. In a sense, the sentiment “live and work where you play” rings true for residents of Cebu as living there is very much akin to living life in perpetual vacation. Sure, there are a few noteworthy things in Cebu that are comparable to most Philippine cities, but you would also find that the city has a subtle charm, not most cities possess. In any case, if you are preparing for a big move to this Queen City, it pays to be prepared for what you can expect. In this regard, not only will your move be hassle-free and less nerve-wracking, but you would also be psyched about it.  Whether you will be moving to a condo in Cebu or a flat within the city, here are some of the things you need to know:

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Both a city and a province

It might seem like an unorthodox idea to you, but the province of Cebu and its capital city share the same name so it is easy to get confused. If you associate Cebu with mountains, waterfalls, and beaches, you are not necessarily wrong. But your assessment of the province is incomplete as Cebu is also considered the busiest city in the Visayas and Mindanao. It is incredibly progressive as evidenced by its string of shopping malls and districts. Furthermore, business parks and entertainment hubs are rife in the city.

Sunday is Lechon Day

Cebu City is known to be the lechon capital of the Philippines and it is only the place where you will get the tastiest lechon—no doubt about that! Cebuanos are incredibly passionate about their lechon and they will staunchly stand by their local dish and can even identify which among Cebu’s lechoneros cook the best lechon. As it is, Sunday is normally considered a family day and Cebuanos normally celebrate it by eating a kilo or two of the scrumptious Cebuano staple to be shared by the family members. If you have not treated yourself to this tasty morsel just yet, you are missing out on a lot!

 Bai and Migo are common terms to call your friends

Cebuanos are a fun bunch and they are incredibly friendly. Although typically, the Cebuano accent sounds a bit thick and aggressive (as if the speaker is belligerently picking a fight) this is just how they converse. Do not let the accent intimidate you though as you will be surprised to find how incredibly fun they are to hang out with. If you wish to make quick friends, using the words ‘Bai’ and ‘Migo’  would be a good start and are friendly endearments designated for friends (and at times even strangers).

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Traffic can be stressful

Although Cebu’s traffic is slightly better than Manila’s gridlocks, it can still get pretty stressful. On peak and rush hours, expect traffic onslaughts to be at an all-time high especially in major areas in the city. Cebuanos are not strangers to bumper to bumper traffic, but if you are used to this every single day in your life, you will find Cebu’s traffic conditions to be a bit more relaxed.

It is a melting pot

Considering that Cebu is located smack dab in the middle of the country, it would only be inevitable for it to be one of the most progressive regions in the whole of Philippines. In this regard, many would call Cebu their homes so do not be afraid if your Cebuano is a little clunky as there is a likely chance that you will meet a non-Cebuano speaker while in the city.

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