Central Visayas

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Region VII
Central Visayas
Location in the Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°00′N 123°30′E / 10°N 123.5°E / 10; 123.5Coordinates: 10°00′N 123°30′E / 10°N 123.5°E / 10; 123.5
Country Philippines
Island group Visayas
Regional center Cebu City
 • Total 10,102.16 km2 (3,900.47 sq mi)
Population (2015 (based on 2010 census))[1]
 • Total 5,513,514
 • Density 550/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ISO 3166 code PH-07
Provinces 3
Cities 10
Municipalities 97
Barangays 2,446
Cong. districts 14
Languages Cebuano (Boholano dialect), Porohanon, Tagalog, English, Spanish, Chinese

Central Visayas (Filipino: Gitnang Kabisayaan) is a region of the Philippines, designated as Region VII. It is located in the central part of the Visayas island group, and comprises three provinces: Bohol, Cebu, and Siquijor; and three highly urbanized cities: Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu, and Mandaue. Cebu City is the regional center. The region is dominated by the native speakers of Cebuano. The land area of the region is 10,102 square kilometres (3,900 sq mi) and with a population of 5,513,514 people.

In 2015, the region was redefined, when Region VII lost the province of Negros Oriental to the newly formed Negros Island Region. Prior to this, the region had a population of 6,800,180 at the 2010 census, with an area of 15,875 square kilometres (6,129 sq mi). [1]. In the 2013 election, it had 4,114,046 registered voters.[2]


Regions first came to existence in on September 24, 1972, when the provinces of the Philippines were organized into 11 regions by Presidential Decree No. 1 as part of the Integrated Reorganization Plan of President Ferdinand Marcos.

By virtue of Executive Order No. 183 issued on May 29, 2015 by President Benigno Aquino III, the province of Negros Oriental was transferred to the Negros Island Region.[3]


Population census of Central Visayas
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 4,594,124 —    
2000 5,706,953 +2.19%
2010 6,800,180 +1.77%
Source: National Statistics Office[1][4]

In the 2013 election, it had 4,114,046 registered voters, meaning that 60% of the population are aged 18 and over.[2]

According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 6,800,180.[1]. The population density was 430/km2 (1,100/sq mi). The 2010 census showed an average annual population growth rate of 1.61% from 2000 to 2010, lower than the national average of 1.71%.

Cebuano is the dominant language of the region. In the Camotes Islands, Cebuano language is spoken in the towns of Tudela, Pilar and San Francisco, except Poro, where a mixture of Cebuano, Hiligaynon (Ilonggo) and Masbateño is spoken.

Political divisions[edit]

The Central Visayas region comprises 3 provinces and 3 independent cities:

Political map of Central Visayas


Province Capital No. of Population Area Pop.
Cities 2010 (km) Density
Ph seal bohol.png Bohol Tagbilaran 1 1,255,128 4,821 260/km2
(670/sq mi)
Ph seal cebu.png Cebu Cebu 9 2,619,362 5342 490/km2
(1,300/sq mi)
Ph seal siquijor.png Siquijor Siquijor 0 91,066 337 270/km2
(700/sq mi)

Negros Oriental was formerly a part of Region VII. President Benigno Aquino III signed the Executive Order No.183, creating the Negros Island Region.


Highly Urbanized cities[edit]

City Province Income Population Area Pop. Mayor
Class (2010) (km) Density
Ph seal cebucity.png Cebu CityA Cebu 1st 866,171 315.00 2,700/km2
(7,000/sq mi)
Michael Rama
Lapu-Lapu Cebu.png Lapu-LapuA Cebu 1st 350,467 58.10 6,000/km2
(16,000/sq mi)
Paz Radaza
Mandaue Cebu.png MandaueA Cebu 1st 331,320 25.18 13,200/km2
(34,000/sq mi)
Jonas Cortes

A ^ ^ ^ Although Cebu , Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu 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[edit]

City Province Income Population Area Pop. Mayor
Class (2010) (km) Density
Bogo City Logo.png Bogo Cebu 6th 69,911 103.52 680/km2
(1,800/sq mi)
Celestino Martinez
Carcar Cebu 5th 107,323 116.78 920/km2
(2,400/sq mi)
Nicepuro Apura
Danao Cebu.png Danao Cebu 3rd 119,252 107.30 1,100/km2
(2,800/sq mi)
Ramon Durano
Ph seal nagacitycebu logo.jpg Naga Cebu 3rd 101,571 101.97 1,000/km2
(2,600/sq mi)
Valdemar Chiong
Tagbilaran Bohol.png Tagbilaran Bohol 3rd 96,792 36.50 2,700/km2
(7,000/sq mi)
John Yap II
Ph-talisay-city-cebu-seal.png Talisay Cebu 3rd 200,772 39.87 5,200/km2
(13,000/sq mi)
Johnny de los Reyes
Toledo Cebu.png Toledo Cebu 3rd 157,078 216.28 730/km2
(1,900/sq mi)
John Osmeña


Cebu City is the main media hub for both the region. Large media networks – ABS-CBN, GMA Network, TV5, People's Television Network, and CNN Philippines – maintain their respective local stations and branches for viewership, commercial and news coverage purposes. Most of these stations broadcast local news and public affairs as well as entertainment and dramas to cater the local viewers.

Aside from the 24 national daily newspapers available, Cebu City also has 20 local newspapers. Among the widely read are the Sun Star Cebu. The country's main Islamic news journal, The Voice of Islam, was founded in 1961 and published in this city.

Points of Interest[edit]

Photo Name
Magellans Cross, Cebu, Philippines.JPG Magellan's Cross is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese, and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines.
Blood Compact Bohol.jpg Bohol Blood Compact Statue is the statue portraying the blood compact between the Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna.
Lazi Convent Color.JPG Lazi Convent is a convent built in Lazi, Siquijor


By sea[edit]

Fastcraft terminal for ferrying passengers from Cebu to Negros.

The Port of Cebu is the region's main gateway. There are also ports in 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[edit]

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport, located in Lapu-Lapu City, is the country's second busiest airport (after Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila) and the only airport in the Visayas serving international flights (aside from Kalibo International Airport). It is the primary airline hub of Cebu Pacific, and secondary hub for Philippine Airlines and its subsidiaries, with flights to locations throughout the country. It also serves international flights to other Asian and intercontinental destinations.[5]

Other airports in the region are Tagbilaran Airport, serves Tagbilaran and Bohol with flights to Manila.


  1. ^ a b c d "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "2013 National and Local Elections Statistics" (PDF). Commission on Elections. 2015. 
  3. ^ "Executive Order No. 183, s. 2015". Official Gazette (Philippines). May 29, 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City and Municipality: Central Visayas: 1995, 2000 and 2007" (PDF). National Statistics Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mactan Cebu International Airport - Cebu Pacific - Philippines". Mactan-cebuairport.com.ph. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 

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