Five reasons Metro Cebu is better than Metro Manila

We’re not even talking about the city’s fine females whom we saw, encountered, gawked at, stared at, thought about, talked to, fantasized, toasted to, drank with, flirted with, hit on, gossiped about, Googled, confronted, took pictures of, tailed.

Pic from http://manila-guide.com/2009/10/14/cebu-citys-night-life/

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Everything except scored with, given the nature of our limited budget, lack of sophistication, and overall charm deficit.

In any case, Cebuanas are works of art, national treasures, true symbols of Filipino beauty.

And yes, that includes you, Governor Gwen Garcia, despite your bad hair days.

Cebuanas deserve a separate blog entry, an ode, here at Indolent Indio.

But we’re getting carried away.

And so, to begin:

Bigger is not necessarily better.

Best proof of that is Metro Manila.

Besides being the Philippines’ richest and most populous city, the metropolis also enables its residents to enjoy a 24/7 lifestyle every single day of the year.

As a result, every Manileño — including the pseudo-city slickers in Tondo and the coño kids in Makati — exude a sense of superiority wherever they go.

But those days are about to end, if they haven’t yet.

How come?

Metro Cebu is about to overtake Manila in more ways than one.

With its low-key nightlife and well-planned urban development, Cebu has increasingly trumped the offerings of Metro Manila.

Facilities in the Queen City of the South are not only world-class but are more advanced than those in Manila.

It has everything that the capital can offer without the severe urban blight that is Manila.

Take our first example.

Tarmac

For years, the Mactan International Airport reigned supreme.

Before terminals two and three of Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were built, everyone — Manileños included — were aghast at the monumental confusion spawned by its layout.

Departing or arriving at the NAIA was like being stuck in a government housing project whose contractor absconded with the money the minute the check cleared.

You needed a guide to navigate the maze that would bring you to the boarding gate and once there, you needed someone to take a pee break before you could even get a seat.

Just a decade later, NAIA’s Terminal II — built (or so it seemed) for the exclusive use of Philippine Airlines, now controlled by Lucio Tan — is showing its progenitor’s shortfalls.

Even on regular days, passengers are reduced to munching on exorbitantly-priced yet tasteless sandwiches while standing up.

No such thing at the Mactan airport, then and now.

Seats at the departure lounge are always available, even if the terminal serves passengers of as much as seven flights — domestic and international — on a given hour.

Also, pre-flight entertainment

Moreover, if your flight gets cancelled, all you have to do is to park your posterior at the nearest strategic location and drink in the sights of young, nubile, and shapely Cebuano-speaking eye candy.

This piece of advice is especially useful if you’re male or lesbian.

But let’s not get into that.

Taxis

Taxis are plenty to and from the Mactan airport, within the metro, and any which way to and from the city. And even though drivers only speak a sprinkling of Tagalog, most of them won’t screw you over.

Best proof — again — is reason Numero Uno: the airport.

Upon reaching the arrival area, passengers can choose to board yellow cabs that are readily available on the same floor but at higher prices.

The well-worn and otherwise budget-conscious traveller is advised to take the elevator to the second floor — the departure area — and exit the building from there.

Why?

Just outside the departure area’s entrance and exit gates is a queue of regular-priced cabs, waiting for their next fare.

To ensure against any irregularities, security personnel are posted at the head of the line, handing out small pieces of paper containing the cab’s license plate number, useful for reporting incidents should anything go wrong.

No such arrangements are available at the departure area of Manila’s Terminal II.

Cabs are encouraged to leave without any passengers at all once their fares have gotten off.

So what happens?

The driver will only take you in if you agree to pay an extra amount on top of the regular fare and/or if you promise to let him cop a feel.

This insight is especially useful if you’re female, gay, or lesbian.

But let’s not get into that.

Talk Radio

If Manila’s airwaves have Papa Jack, Metro Cebu has Papa Joe.

Papa Jack’s good in dispensing advice to his callers regarding matters of the heart and — arguably — cracking jokes.

But Papa Joe’s better.

Besides being the audio version of an advice column, Papa Joe also helps out with the sundry problems of Cebuanos — dead, malfunctioning cellphones,
faulty motorcycle engines, and — get this — high blood and aneurysm.

He even knows if his callers just want airtime because he lets out a barrage of questions before answering them.

Moreover, unlike Ernie Baron, he doesn’t claim to know everything.

If Papa Joe doesn’t know the answer to a question, he asks listeners to call back without telling them that they should buy triangle-shaped hats or drink water from boiled leaves.

Also unlike Ernie Baron, Papa Joe can rap.

Traffic

The Cebu City government has always advertised its South Road Properties (SRP) Project on at least one local cable television channel.

The advertisement features Caucasian-looking executives, extolling the virtues of doing business in Cebu and why investors should put their money in the city, particularly the SRP.

A reclaimed area, the project will soon be the site of another SM Mall of Asia by 2013, among other developments.

To ensure the smooth flow of vehicular traffic between the SRP and the city, project’s proponents have already built a highway for the very purpose.

All Malls of Asia must be built on reclaimed land

In turn, the newly-constructed highway — which is to Cebu what the C-5 is to Manila — has also produced a fringe benefit.

It is now used by motorists as the main thoroughfare to the South, helping decongest traffic along the city’s old South Highway.

As far as we know, that didn’t take a genius to figure out.

Tourists

Given the past four reasons, is it any wonder why Cebu continues to attract more tourists than Manila?

Nope.

What does this prove?

Build good infrastructure in a city that already has a great culture and a laid-back atmosphere — tons of babes wouldn’t hurt — and you get a tourist magnet.

Not only do residents reap from the tourism industry’s multiplier effects, you also bring forth a vibrant city that is both fun to live and work in.

Fact is, there may be more tourists per square foot in Metro Cebu than any other city in Metro Manila, thanks to direct flights mounted between foreign destinations and Cebu.

Indeed, everything’s good — and cool — in Cebu.

Now, if we can only score with the babes.

But let’s not get into that.

Thank you, Indolent contributor D.R. Alvarado!

21 Comments

  1. i am from Luzon but judging Manila and its environments it is dirty and full of garbage, smelly and foul odor……….Cebu is better than Metro Manila it is clean and the air is refreshing, when i come back from my overseas work i will again visit Cebu and savor its delicious food….

  2. YOU’LL HAVE ALL THE THINGS THAT METRO MANILA IS HAVING NOW IF CEBU WILL BECOME THE CAPITAL CITY…

    HEAVY TRAFFICS, SMOGS, GARBAGES EVERYWHERE AND TOO MUCH POPULATION.

    JUST BE HAPPY THAT YOU DID NOT BECAME THE ONE, JUST REALIZE THAT THE MAIN REASON WHY MANILA HAVE THESE THINGS IS BECAUSE IT IS OVERPOPULATED, EVERY FILIPINOS ARE EXPECTING/HOPING FOR A BETTER LIFE IF THEY’LL GO TO MANILA SO ALL OF YOU PROBINSYANOS ARE THE MAIN REASON WHY MANILA IS SUFFERING…

    DO NOT MISJUDGE AND CRITICIZE MANILA JUST BECAUSE YOU CAME IN THE PROVINCE AND GREW THERE…
    IF YOU WERE BORN AND GREW HERE IN MANILA, YOU’LL UNDERSTAND EVRY REASONS…

    • If Cebu was the capital city, we would get about 1/3 of the NATIONAL BUDGET, we would have more infra projects, we would have an efficient mass transport system. You should be thankful that Manila is the capital city because here in Cebu, we have to literally beg the National Government in Manila to give us projects. You are lucky to be in the Capital because most business would first venture in the Capital than in the second cities. You should be thankful you are in the Capital because FDIs are pouring there than in Cebu. You should feel lucky that you are born in Manila because there you have the LRT and MRT. YOU SHOULD FEEL LUCKY!!!!

      And you tell me that the probinsyanos are the cause of the problems of Metro Manila, excuse you, if the government was not very MANILA-CENTRIC, we would not have not have these problems. If this government would pour money to other regions in the Philippines that would not be a problem. You are lucky you are born in the Capital. Everything is handed to you by the government unlike here in Cebu, we have to beg even for a road widening project.

      And excuse you again, we Cebuanos are not Probinsyanos, we are city folks, we live in a City or at least we have an Urban Center.

      DO NOT MISJUDGE AND CRITICIZE CEBU JUST BECAUSE YOU CAME IN THE CAPIRAL

      IF YOU WERE BORN AND GREW HERE IN CEBU, YOU’LL UNDERSTAND EVERY REASON.

  3. IVE BEEN TO CEBU A FEW DAYS AGO AND I WAS SHOCKED ABOUT THE REALITY THAT THERE WAS REALLY A RIFT BETWEEN CEBUANOS AND TAGALOG. SAD…SAD… BUT ABOUT THE ARGUMENT OF WHICH IS BETTER ? MANILA OR CEBU. I WOULD SAY METRO MANILA IS THE BEST. PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT PROVINCES FLOCK TO MANILA TO FIND OPPORTUNITIES THAT THEY CANNOT FIND ELSEWHERE. THAT IS WHY MOST OF OUR SQUATTERS ARE NOT TAGALOG ORIGIN FROM MOSTLY FROM VISAYAS AND MINDANAOS. IN TERMS OF BUSINES, METRO MANILA PROVIDES MORE REVENUE THAN ANY CITIES IN THE PHILIPPINES. SHUT DOWN MANILA FOR JUST A DAY AND SEE HOW MUCH LOSSES WE NEED TO ENDURE AS COMPARED IF YOU WILL SHUT DOWN THE WHOLE OF CEBU.

  4. Manila is the melting pot of the Philippines thats why it lead to dirty, smelly, and crowded place. No blame, everyone goes there for bigger dreams and opportunities. Cebuano travel to Manila to seek opportunities. Maybe some Manileneo go there but few because they expect lesser opportunity.

  5. Manila sucks! You go to work and that’s your day. In Cebu, you can have a hike on the mountain by the morning and relax at a white sand beach 15 minutes later. Moreover, Cebu is a world-class city! It has everything you can find in Manila (from a simple sari-sari store to an iStore). But the best thing is that Cebuanos are way, way cooler than the Manileneos. They are more good-looking and more intelligent.

    Indeed, Cebu doesn’t need the capital city. It produces its own food, electricity, water, etc. Many world-famous businesses started there.

    Cebu offers MORE OPPORTUNITIES than the infamous Manila.

    Against my own will, I have been living in San Juan City for almost 7 years. Believe me, this place is a piece of s**t! I have all the money, but life is not worth living here. There is no room for resting. I hate it!

  6. Using wifi now in heaven. Why are you ridiculing my favorite city, Manila? It’s beautiful if you look past the squalor, overpopulation, and rampant crime that came about when my city was inundated by Bisayas after the war.

  7. first of all, i seriously have no idea why people are into this “MANILA VS CEBU” thing.

    Anyway,

    For me Manila’s got the economy while Cebu’s got the luxury. I could see how Cebu suffered from the monstrous typhoon Ruping during the 90’s and how the Government slowly acted on their needs. But as time passed by, we could see the booming of their economy, the tourism, and even their Infrastructure. And about the “PROBINSYANO” issue. Cebu’s got those problems too. Other people from different provinces especially the people from Mindano and some parts of Visayas ended up there when they heard about the CEBOOM (Cebu’s economical growth thing) and by the way, some people in Manila stays here for a living too. And about the coño kids in Makati, Cebuano’s got them too

    On the other hand, Manila’s job as the Capital City is too whole-heartedly accept filthy jobs such as accepting “PROBINSYANOS”. I know that people from Visayas and Mindanao travels far to Manila just to find a better future which is actually a BIG lie since people don’t normally just find a freakin’ job in a huge city! That’s why they ended up living in a squatter’s area.

  8. why u fighting, every city or government has a unique way to control the city’s
    economy,tourism and many more, lol everyone fight from different country and cities

  9. MANILA is better. kung hindi lang dahil sa mga probinsyano na pumupunta dito galing visayas or mindanao maybe konti ang tao and less pollution. and in terms of crimes di nyo napapansan halos lahat ng criminal mga bisaya kasi they’re leaving here dahil sa big oppurtunity but they end up criminals

    • Excuse me Myra, please don’t generalize people that are from Visayas or Mindanao. They went there to risk an opportunity to have a job or be productive. Don’t judge them accordingly that they are all the eyesores in capital city. They went there with hope and courage. Though some of them were unlucky, they ended up having no choice but to live in the crowded streets. By then, we can’t say they’ve totally given up their lives there. You can see them struggle in a day only to survive. They are not useless or as bad as you think. Moreover, not all of them are from Vis and Min, some are still from your very own. I used to live in Manila for 17 years.(Now, I’m a Cebu City resident) Therefore, I know the differences of people’s behaviour (Manila and Cebu). Most of the people from the capital are tactless and closed minded. Unlike in Metro Cebu, people are more logical in giving opinions. You can compare by how they speak. I love Cebu.

  10. One of the things that make me want to move in Cebu is because it’s a less stressful place and is at less risk for earthquakes unlike Manila which lies within a fault line.

  11. Actually you have some points there, however Manila is still Manila. Manila is what you call the gateway to the Philippines.

    I grew up in Manila and now I am in Cebu working. I like living in Cebu because I am a carefree person and in Cebu life is carefree. It would be unfair to both if you compare both cities because they have different histories and different people.

    Manila has no “endemic” people. Most people in Manila come from the provinces. That is why most Manilenos would ask one another “What province are you from?” And there would always be a province to mention. In cebu almost everyone is Cebuano. So every Cebuano in Cebu assumes everyone living in Cebu is Cebuano.

    Manila is a stranger’s city and everyone there is a stranger to one another. When I grew up in Manila we have naighbors from Bicol, Samar, Cebu, Iloilo and Batangas, Pampanga… When I studied in UST I have classmates from China, Taiwan, Bacolod, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Tarlac, San Mateo, … you name it we have it . and that is very common in Manila. NO one assumes that all Manilenos are from Manila.

    Manila is Manila and Cebu is Cebu.

    For me Manila is for every Filipino. I do hope the Cebuanos have the same sentiment.

  12. I feel like you only like Cebu because there’s a lot of girls that you can score easily without effort. To be honest, real Cebuanos don’t like foreigners that are like you. There are better things in Cebu than hunting girls that you want to bang. You should go in Angeles City there are tons of ‘babes’ that you can bang there.

  13. I feel like you only like Cebu because there’s a lot of girls that you can score easily without effort. To be honest, real Cebuanos don’t like foreigners that are like you. There are better things in Cebu than hunting girls that you want to bang. You should go in Angeles City there are tons of ‘babes’ that you can bang there.

    NOTE to ADMIN: Accept this comment. I forgot to check the notification boxes.

  14. Cebu City is not just BOOMING but also getting SAFER! I love Cebu bcoz it has everything 🙂 and by the way speaking bisaya living there in manila?? hahah they are bisaya but not cebuanos… there are lots of bisaya speaking here in visayas and mindanao… and by the way the oldest city is cebu so dont u dare to tell cebuanos a probinsyano bcoz cebuanos are first civilized b4 manila :*

  15. Great comments
    in terms of…romance and datings…which one u think is better?
    I am not saying ..paid girls as Angeles…no…just friendly open minded girls..want to spend
    romantic date on the beach..fun..and relax
    I am open to all comments
    Thankxxx

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