Despite the recent earthquake that hit Cebu and Bohol, Cebuanos still have the guts to say “Wala’y problima!” (No problem!). This is probably the answer to almost everything in Cebu. In the Philippines, any day you’re alive is a good day. And the days are especially good in Cebu.
Cebu City is known as the “Queen City of the South.” Some people call it Asia’s best-kept secret. Foreigners who have discovered Cebu, however, find that it offers the nation’s best overall value. Locate Cebu on a map and it looks tiny, but don’t let that fool you. This place has hundreds of beaches, in addition to rocky mountains, historical places, and unique culture.
Cebu itself is the country’s second-largest city. Here you have all the modern infrastructure of Manila but smaller, safer, friendlier, and more manageable scale. Hence, the “Queen City” designation. It’s hard to wrap your head around how easy life in Cebu is until you’ve actually been.
Cebu island is also extremely blessed by its geography. It is at the southern edge of the typhoon belt, and it is surrounded by other islands. So every year there are typhoons that lash Manila to the north; earthquakes in Negros to the west, and sometimes even volcano eruptions to the south. But in Cebu, typhoons and quakes rarely hit, so wala’y problima!
Filipinos are known for their unnerving optimism and ready smiles, and Cebuanos are no exemption. Locals stroll past, most with a gaggle of beautiful children. They go about their lives after the alarming earthquake. You will often hear laughter and singing, which is the national pastime. The people in Cebu also help make life easy. Cebuanos are fun, loving and friendly, and they actually want to know you, and they can be very friendly. Foreigners and tourists are welcomed into every level of society, as they’re appreciated for their difference rather than held apart.
Cebu has also demonstrated its capability with an excellent economic track record. It is the fastest growing economy in the Philippines. This is great news if you are planning on building a business in the city. Cebu’s export growth rate for the past five years has averaged close to 20 percent considerably higher than that of the country and any other province in the Philippines. It leads the country in export items such as furniture, fashion accessories, carrageenan and gifts, toys and housewares.
Cebu has been hailed as one of the best places in the world even after the earthquake. Though some attractions were destroyed and accessibility is hampered by the quake, the tourist department of Cebu still expects a quick recovery for all the Cebuanos that were affected. They say, “Wala’y problima!”