MANDAUECITYis known as the “Industrial Heartland of the Island” and 1st class city in the province of Cebu, Philippines. Currently the place is bustling with 10,000 business establishments though most are small scale and family run businesses. The land is also a highly urbanized city next to the provincial capital Cebu City. Mandaue is situated right across Mactan Island.
In history archives, the famous expeditionary Ferdinand E. Magellan was the first one who actually sighted “Mandawe” on April 7, 1521. Mandaue is a fertile land and variety of thick “Mantawi” vines grew abundantly. The island is said to be the “Cove of Cebu” or the “merchant’s paradise” even during the Spanish occupation.
Mandaue was the first drydock complex established in the Philippines during 1571. The drydock facility was used in servicing the Galleons of Legazpi during the Acapulco Trade.
The “Cove of Cebu” was formally changed into “pueblo” in the year 1580 to 1700, and later on was officially known as the town of Mandaue in 1899. The city prospered as an industrial city and later on through Republic Act 5519 on June 21, 1969, Mandaue became a chartered city and considered highly-urbanized in 1991.
The city is situated in the coastal plains of the Cebu province, bounded by the municipality of Consolacion on the north side, Mactan Channel in the east side, Banilad (Cebu City) in the southwest, Talamban (Cebu City) in the northwest side, and Cebu City North Reclamation in the south.
The city is formed like a heart right at the center of Cebu province and Region XII. It is located through major transport links: Mandaue-Mactan Bridge, (Marcelo Fernan) Mandaue-Mactan Bridge, and Cebu International Port.
The city has a total land area of 3,487 hectares or 34.87 square kilometers. Land utilization is based on Residential houses with 872 hectares of the total land area, commercial buildings, industrial buildings with 1,695 hectares of the land, Institutional facilities, Parks or open spaces, roads and agricultural.
The latest census states that Mandaue City has a total population of 259,758 people in 54,882 households with an annual growth rate of 6.06%. The city has 27 barangays or communities, and the highest population that was registered is in barangay Subangdaku with 19,171 residents, followed by Banilad at 17,265, and Paknaan with 16,117 residents.
COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Currently the city boasts of 381 export and import private manufacturing firms with more than 9,000 business establishments engaged in local, domestic, wholesale, retail trade and merchandising, and other business services. The city is known as the Industrial hub of Cebu generating total gross sales of 50 Billion and total tax collection amounting to 89 Million pesos.
The major industry of the city is the furniture sector which is 85% of the total export of the country. It is viable to makes business investments in the city due to lower cost of doing business such as no sales tax, lower taxes and cost of living, plus business friendly policies for businessmen.
Today the Mandaue Reclamation Area is considered to be the “New Center of the Metropolis” in Cebu with the infrastructure of Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) where the recent ASEAN Summit was held, construction of Cebu Doctors University for a new campus, Cebu Boardwalk-a multi use development project that will feature a marina and the Taft I.T Zone which will feature world-class facilities for IT companies. All of these infrastructures and developments, plus more, will surely be an added economic and tourism boost for the city.
The city has no distinct wet or dry season, with more rainfall during the southeast monsoon seasons in September. Summer comes in March to May. The average temperature is 27.4 °C.
ARTS & CULTURE
Mandauehanons take pride in their heritage and historic role, through “Mantawi Festival” the city reconnects to its roots as the merchant’s paradise of Cebu during the time of Ferdinand Magellan and over centuries as a center for trade and commerce.
Recently, the townsfolk showcased Mantawi Festival to the delegates of the ASEAN Summit with all its unique and exotic dance steps. Usually the colorful Mantawi Festival is celebrated in the month of May annually, and with the dancers using native delicacies such as bibingka, budbud and tagaktak as props for their dances.
The following are the local products and skills which the City of Mandaue prides in:
Agricultural/Fishery/Forestry (List of crops starting from the predominant one) Corn Vegetables Sugarcane Fishery Fruit trees Prawns Coconut Livestock and Poultry
Mandaue City has local delectable home-made cuisines which all tourists can enjoy such as bibingka (rice cakes), masareal (ground sugared peanuts), tagaktak (fried ground rice), and budbud (sticky rice rapped in banana leaves). The native delicacy OTAP is also produced here.
There are also various dining restaurants with a vast array of gourmets with international tastes in the city, as well as restaurants serving local cuisine meals.
Predominant religion in the City is Roman Catholic, although there are also various religions offered such as Protestant, Iglesia ni Cristo, Jesus Miracle Crusade, Jehovah, Baptists, Mormons, Taoists, Muslims and others.
LIST OF “BARANGAYS” (or communities)
Comprised of 27 communities:
FURNITURE AND HOME ACCESSORIES SHOPS
Rattan furniture is very much famous in this City due to its craftsmanship in making furnitures out of bamboo stone, and other indigenous materials.
Using music, dance and diorama the Mantawi Festival traverses centuries of culture to vividly understand the history and heritage of Mandaue City.
FIESTA OF ST. JOSEPH
This is celebrated ever May 8 annually. This is the Patron Saint of Mandaue City. According to history archives the Spaniards exampled St. Joseph to the natives of Mandaue who were hardworking and responsible people.
BY AIR The city is just a few minutes away from Mactan International Airport. Manila-Cebu is accessible with daily flights.
Ferry boats of Trans Asia Shipping Lines and Lite Shipping Company takes the route to Cebu on daily schedules. It will take approximately 22 hours by boat.
From Cebu mini-buses, taxi cabs, public utility jeepneys, tricycles and trisikads are widely available. Roads are generally in good condition.