It’s not called the “Queen City of the South” for nothing. Cebu City has been a major node for Visayas’ economy and culture since Spanish colonial times; now, Cebu’s kicking it up a notch.
Today, the city’s booming economy and proximity to leisure destinations have made Cebu an increasingly attractive destination for Filipinos looking to settle down. They’ve found several compelling reasons for Cebu City to be the perfect location they call home. Here are just a few of them:
Ample Work Opportunities
Second only to Metro Manila, Cebu is one of the most well-developed economic centers in the country, having become a promising hub for small and medium enterprises. Cebu I.T. Park, for instance, has become the address of choice for many big names in the information technology (IT) sector, along with business process outsourcing (BPO) companies and various local and foreign banking institutions.
Career-minded professionals can even stay next to their work places, thanks to projects like Avida Towers Riala rising in the middle of Cebu I.T. Park.
A Freelancer’s Haven
Self-employed professionals will find no shortage of establishments that are perfect for remote working. Aside from international coffee chains such as Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, and The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, the city also boasts its fair share of independent local coffee shops like Abaca Baking Company, The Good Cup Coffee Company, and Civet Coffee Roasters. A few brands have broken out from Cebu’s coffee scene to make it big nationwide, like Bo’s Coffee.
Some popular names include If you want to socialize with other freelancers, you’ll want to check out the Company. Located right in Cebu IT Park, this cozy office space is the Philippine node of a worldwide network of coworking spaces. Visitors enjoy a fast internet connection, printing services, and free-flowing coffee.
Plenty of Shops and Malls
Whether it’s gadgets, groceries, clothes, or even furniture, Ayala Center Cebu has everything you could ever want. You can even grab a bite to eat or watch a movie to pass the time, making it a great place to spend the weekend with your family and friends.
Should you happen to be closer to Cebu I.T. Park, you can fulfill all of your shopping needs at Ayala Malls Central Bloc, which features hundreds of retail stores, a fashion gallery, and a supermarket in addition to an indoor activity center and four digital cinemas.
Self-professed foodies will love all of the gastronomical eats that Cebu has to offer. Some of the more famous budget meals include the barbecue at Larsian, the siomai in Tisa, and the puto in Labangon.
For a satisfying dining experience, you can always head to The Walk at Cebu I.T. Park, which features plenty of familiar restaurants and bars. Ayala Malls’ Central Bloc, too, offers a delicious lineup of restaurants and watering holes down its newly-opened Garden Row.
For those seeking a flavor adventure, you won’t want to miss Sugbo Mercado, a weekly food market that’s only a few minutes away from The Walk.
A Vibrant Nightlife
Want to unwind after work? You can sing to your heart’s content at Music One Family KTV, a 24-hour karaoke venue located at The Walk in Cebu I.T. Park. If you’re in the mood for some live music over food and drinks, check out The Pyramid, a Louvre-inspired restaurant located in the nearby Garden Bloc. To enjoy a breathtaking view of the city, head on over to TOP’s Lookout for an unforgettable outdoor dining experience.
Because it is located in the Central Visayas region, one can easily access Cebu City by plane or ferry. Cebu’s major ports are only thirty minutes’ drive away, greatly easing your freight or sea travel needs.
Additionally, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport is only an hour away by car. This makes it an ideal jump-off point for those who wish to visit other provinces in Visayas and Mindanao.
Convenient Public Transportation
Even if you don’t own a car, getting around Cebu is no problem thanks to its affordable modes of public transportation such as motorcycle taxis, tricycles, and buses.
The city’s number-coded Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ) system also makes it a breeze to get from one place to another. You can also ride on one of three point-to-point (P2P) bus routes that connect Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) to Sibonga, Danao City and Lapu-Lapu City, passing through Cebu’s major thoroughfares.
If you prefer to ride in privacy, you can always rent a car or hail a taxi for a modest fee.
Enjoy the Best of Cebu at Your Doorstep
Truly, there’s a lot to love about living in Cebu City. That being said, the area’s continued development also brings with it a common problem shared by all highly urbanized cities: traffic jams. You may even hear some locals describe the traffic situation as being comparable to that of Metro Manila these days.
Fortunately, there’s still a way that you can enjoy the best that Cebu has to offer without having to endure being stuck for hours on the road. Strategically located within Cebu I.T. Park, Avida Towers Riala is only a few steps away from many commercial and business establishments, schools, churches, hospitals, and tourist attractions. If you’re seriously considering moving to the Queen City of the South, a visit to the Avida Land website is in order; after all, investing in a condominium unit at Avida Towers Riala may just be the smartest move you can make.