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Cebu, Phillipines - anyone have info on this place?

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1. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 11y

Ok, i have a friend who has a really nice, big house in Cebu who is allowing me to come there and live with him for as long as i want

I work online and i want to save up some $$$ to buy a house so i will probably go

i would get a visa and all and try to stay for 5-8months

has anyone ever been there? or can give me advice or info about this place? alls i know is it is somewhat near Manila and is hot, and is cheap. any info will really help me decide what to do.

thanks a lot. z

2. Posted by aimeecb (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Hi Zachary,

It's about an hour away ( more or less ) from Manila, is less chaotic ( in terms of traffic etc. etc ) and has some of the Philippines most beatiful beaches.

Cebu province is quite big. Is your friend's house in Cebu city or in some of the other smaller towns?

Being cheap, it is a good place to save and live. It's also close to the city, so you'll get the usual luxuries you get in the US.

I'm from the Philippines but haven't been there for the past 2 years. Remember though that the Philippines is not like Thailand in terms of the existence of an expat community--

What exact information do you want to know? I'll be glad to answer them ( if i know the answers!)

Aimee

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3. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 11y

hi aimiee, so where do you live now?

ok now to the Cebu questions........

1. is there a nightlife there? how is the nightlife there? is it really really awesome or does it suck? (i hope it sucks)

2. safety? is cebu generally a safe area?

3. visa stuff, is it difficult to get a VISA there?

oh, and i think my friends house is on an outskirt of Cebu, it's right on the beach, i can post pictures later

4. Posted by aimeecb (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Zachary,

Hi. I've been living in Hanoi for the past year, but my husband and I are thinking of moving to Europe next year.

I'm answering your questions based on what Cebu was like when I was last there.

is there a nightlife there? how is the nightlife there? is it really really awesome or does it suck? (i hope it sucks)

The nightlife in Cebu city ( not cebu province ) is great! How old are you by the way? I'm asking because my husband and I are in our 30's and his biggest problem when we stayed there for a year was finding an expat who was his age..Most of the ones we met were old enough to be our parents :)

safety? is cebu generally a safe area?

I've never felt unsafe when I was there. BUT...as with travel anywhere, it's always best to be doubly on guard whereever you are.
If terrorists/kidnappers are your concern, I'd say Cebu is one of the safest places in the Philippines. but you may have a bit of a problem with pickpockets and other petty theft...

visa stuff, is it difficult to get a VISA there?

Ask the Philippine embassy near you for the most recent requirements. When my husband got his ( he's not Filipino ), it was very easy. You usually get 56 days or 2 months I think ( can't remember now) and then once you're in the Philippines, you can renew your visa in Cebu city every 3 months or 6 months I think.

Hope this helps

Aimee