Central Visayas

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Central Visayas (Gitnang Kabisayaan)
Region VII
Country Philippines
Island group Visayas
Provinces Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Siquijor
Regional center Cebu City
Area 15,875 km² (6,129 sq mi)
Population 6,800,180 (2010) [1]
Density 428 /km² (1,109 /sq mi)
Timezone PST (UTC+8)
Map of the Philippines showing the Region VII
Map of the Philippines showing the Region VII
Wikimedia Commons: Central Visayas

Central Visayas, designated as Region VII, is a region of the Philippines in the central part of the Visayas island group. It consists of four provincesBohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor– and the highly urbanized cities of Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue. The region is dominated by the native speakers of Cebuano. Cebu City is its regional center.

The land area of the region is 15,875 km². As of the 2010 census, 6,800,180 people lived there. Only three of the country's 17 regions had more people.[1]

Provinces and independent cities[change | change source]

The Central Visayas region is composed of 4 provinces and 3 independent cities:

Province/City Capital Population
Pop. density
(per km²)
Bohol Tagbilaran City 1,255,128 4,117.3 304.8
Cebu Cebu City 2,619,362 4,800.11 545.7
Negros Oriental Dumaguete City 1,286,666 5,402.3 238.2
Siquijor Siquijor 91,066 343.5 265.1
Cebu City 866,171 280.2 3091.3
Lapu-Lapu City 350,467 64.22 5457.3
Mandaue 331,320 34.87 9501.6

Although Cebu City, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu City are often grouped under the province of Cebu for statistical purposes by the National Statistics Office, as highly urbanized cities they are administratively independent from the province.

Component cities[change | change source]

Climate[change | change source]

Surrounded by Region VIII (Eastern Visayas), Central Visayas does not get many typhoons. Region VII has a weather of cloudy skies with scattered rains. Central Visayas has 80-90% humidity. The dry season is from April-May wet during the rest of the year.

Demographics[change | change source]

As of the 2010 census, Central Visayas had a population of 6,800,180 people. At the 2007 census, the population was 6,398,628 with a population density of 403.1 people per square kilometer (6,129.4/mi²). The 2007 census showed an average annual population growth rate of 1.59% from 2000 to 2007, significantly less than the national average of 2.04%.

Cebuano is the dominant language of the region. In Bohol, Cebuano is referred to as Boholano. In the Camotes Islands, which is part of Cebu, Cebuano language is spoken in the towns of Tudela, Pilar and San Francisco. Except the town of Poro, in which, Porohanon is spoken (a variation or mixture of Cebuano, Hiligaynon (Ilonggo) and Masbateño language).

Transportation[change | change source]

By sea[change | change source]

Fastcraft terminal for ferrying passengers from Cebu to Negros.

The Port of Cebu is the region's main gateway. There are also ports in Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental, Tagbilaran in Bohol and Larena in Siquijor. Inter-island shipping is served by numerous shipping lines, two of them fastcraft companies which serve all the provinces in the region.

By air[change | change source]

Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport, in Lapu-Lapu City, is the country's second busiest airport (after Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila) and the only airports in the Visayas serving international flights. It is an airline hub of Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, and Air Philippines, with flights to key cities throughout the country. It also serves international flights to other Asian destinations.[2]

Other airports in the region are Sibulan Airport, serving Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental with flights to Manila and Cebu, and Tagbilaran Airport, serving Tagbilaran City and Bohol with flights to Manila.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "NSCB ActiveStats - REGION VII (Central Visayas)". National Statistical Coordination Board - NSCB. Archived from the original on 13 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  2. "Mactan Cebu International Airport - Cebu Pacific - Philippines". www.mactan-cebuairport.com.ph. Archived from the original on 2019-04-08. Retrieved 2019-02-14.

Other websites[change | change source]

Coordinates: 10°00′N 123°30′E / 10.000°N 123.500°E / 10.000; 123.500