Mandaue City - Cebu Province Destinations

Mandaue City

It is located on the coastal plains of the Province of Cebu.

 Historically, Mandaue got its name from a thick, clinging vines known as “mantawi,” which were abundant in the early times, long before the coming of the Spanish conquestadores. 



The City of Mandaue was founded in April 7, 1521, when a “Cove of Cebu”, called Mandawe, was sighted by a Spanish expedition led by Ferdinand Magellan. The “Cove of Cebu”, which is located in the present Barangay Tipolo, became the host to the first facility in the country. Its establishment marked the origins of the industrialization of the country as it helped in the promotion and sustainability of the Acapulco Trade which took place at that time.

Trade and Industry

As of 2001, the city has 381 export and import private manufacturing firms. It also has more than 8,000 major business establishments engaged in local and domestic trade, wholesale and retail merchandising, and services.


Mandaue City’s potential market includes Cebu City (6 km, 20 min.) and Metro Manila (1 hr. by airplane). The city is very near to the local seaport (2 km, 3 min), Cebu International Port (3km, 7 min.), MEPZ-RIC (3.5km, 7min.) and Mactan Cebu International Airport (3km, 10 min.)


The city’s geographical advantages, among others include the following:

    * Proximity to international seaport (CIP), international airport (MIA) and the Regional Industrial Center (RIC) @ MEPZA

    * Leader in domestic manufacturing and processing industries

    * Strategic location for international/global business linkages

    * Availability of sufficient land for expansion (reclamation)

    * Availability of Quality Labor Force

    * Safety and Security

    * Local Government Supports new business

    * Relatively advantageous land rent

    * Flat terrain


The City of Mandaue is known as the industrial hub of the province of Cebu and the region. As of the year 2002, about 9,000 commercial and industrial establishments have located in the City of Mandaue, generating a total gross sales of P50,540,275,281.30 and a total business tax collection of P89,615,062.01. The year 2002 saw the entry of 872 new businesses.

Of the total number of establishments, 2,509 are General Merchandisers, 128 are importers, 171 are exporters, 272 are in the manufacturing sector, 983 are into services, 461 are real estate lessors, 235 are into the food/restaurant business, and 52 are in the banking sector.

The major industries of the city are the furniture sector which accounts for 85% of the total export of the country.

Comparatively, 6,935 commercial and industrial establishments were registered in the year 2000, generating a total gross sales of P48,374,625,488.06 and a total business tax collection of P68,538,737.75. 7,894 were registered in the year 2001, with a total gross sales of P44.736,976,044.71 and a total business tax collection of P75,934,154.85.

Transport and Communication

Ferry boats of Trans Asia Shipping Lines and Lite Shipping Company serve the city's shipping needs. Mini-buses, taxi cabs, public utility jeepneys, tricycles and trisikads are widely available. Roads are generally in good condition.


Modern communication facilities are now in place with the presence of major telecom companies like Globe Isla Communications and PLDT. These make cellular, land-based phone and Internet services readily available to the public.

Mandaue City is politically subdivided into 27 barangays.


* Alang-alang

* Bakilid

* Banilad

* Basak

* Cabancalan

* Cambaro

* Canduman

* Casili

* Casuntingan

* Centro (Pob.)

* Cubacub

* Guizo

* Ibabao-Estancia

* Jagobiao

* Labogon

* Looc (Mandaue)

* Maguikay

* Mantuyong

* Opao

* Pakna-an

* Pagsabungan

* Subangdaku

* Tabok

* Tawason

* Tingub

* Tipolo

* Umapad




Mandawi City Government


Attractions at Mandaue City

Mantawi Festival