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City of Mandaue
Mandaue from the sea
Mandaue from the sea
Official seal of Mandaue
  • Furniture Capital of the Philippines
  • Industrial City of Southern Philippines
Map of Cebu with Mandaue highlighted
Map of Cebu with Mandaue highlighted
Mandaue is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°20′N 123°56′E / 10.33°N 123.93°E / 10.33; 123.93Coordinates: 10°20′N 123°56′E / 10.33°N 123.93°E / 10.33; 123.93
Country Philippines
RegionCentral Visayas (Region VII)
District6th district of Cebu
Founded12th–16th century
Municipality Status1901
CityhoodAugust 30, 1969
Highly Urbanized CityFebruary 15, 1991
Barangays27 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Panlungsod
 • MayorJonas C. Cortes
 • Vice MayorGlenn O. Bercede
 • CongressmanEmmarie M. Ouano-Dizon
 • Electorate226,091 voters (2019)
 • Total34.87 km2 (13.46 sq mi)
Highest elevation
100 m (300 ft)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total362,654
 • Density10,000/km2 (27,000/sq mi)
 • Income class1st city income class
 • Poverty incidence11.34% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue (₱)1,589,626,010.75 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)32
Climate typetropical climate
Native languagesCebuano

Mandaue, officially the City of Mandaue (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Mandaue; Tagalog: Lungsod ng Mandaue) or simply known as Mandaue City, is a 1st class highly urbanized city in the island province of Cebu in the region of Central Visayas, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 362,654 people.[3]

Mandaue City is located on the central-eastern coastal region of Cebu. Its southwest coast borders Mactan Island where Lapu-Lapu City is located and is connected to the island via two bridges: the Mactan-Mandaue Bridge and Marcelo Fernan Bridge. Mandaue City is bounded on the north by the town of Consolacion, to the east by the Camotes Sea, and to the west and south by Cebu City.

It is one of three highly urbanized cities on Cebu island and forms a part of the Cebu Metropolitan area[5] and is part of the Sixth District of Cebu joined with the municipalities of Consolacion and Cordova. Although qualified for a lone district since 1991, this was neglected by lawmakers. However, as of 5 April 2019, President Duterte recently signed a law declaring this city as a lone legislative district.[6]


A community was established in Mandaue by a flourishing group of Austronesian people. The Venetian chronicler Antonio Pigafetta wrote of a settlement called misspelled the place Mandani which existed in the area with a chieftain named Apanoaan[7] some called him Lambuzzan in other accounts.[8]

Mandaue natives were forced into a town as decreed by the Spanish authorities. This may have started off as a mission village (which included present day Consolacion, Liloan and Poro) serving as a bulwark for the church in the northern Cebu and was managed by the Jesuit in 1638 then a century later by the Recollects.[9]

The Philippine revolution in 1898 gave the town a new form of administration in accordance with the organic decree of the Central Revolutionary Government. The short-lived revolution was overthrown by the American Troops and a battle nearly destroyed the town in 1901, killing Presidente Benito Ceniza.[10]

Mandaue was a semi-autonomous functioning town. Semi-autonomous as it was still under the jurisdiction of Cebu. Despite having been developed and organized by the Spaniards through-out the ages and its population increasing as the years gone by, the Spaniards did not make an initiative to elevate the town into an independent municipality. It was only after the death of Presidente Ceniza and the establishment of American Rule in Mandaue that the dream of becoming an independent municipality came true. In 1901, Mandaue became an independent municipality.[11]

Mandaue became independent from being an American Commonwealth and a Japanese garrison on July 4, 1946 along with the entire nation. Mandaue became a chartered city on August 30, 1969 and decades later it was recognized as an HUC (Highly Urbanized City) on February 15, 1991.[12] In early-April 2019, Duterte signed a law that declared Mandaue City as a lone legislative district, which means that it will be separated from the sixth district, and will have its own representative of the lone district.[13][14]


The city has a total area of 34.87 km2 (13.46 sq mi). According to the 2015 census, the population density is 10,000/km2 (26,000/sq mi).

Land utilization
Category Land Area
ha acres
Industrial 1,695 4,190 51.4%     
Residential 872 2,150 26.5%     
Agricultural 283 700 8.6%     
Commercial 242 600 7.3%     
Roads 120 300 3.6%     
Institutional 60 150 1.8%     
Parks 24 59 0.7%     
Industrial: 1,695 (51.4%)Residential: 872 (26.5%)Agricultural: 283 (8.6%)Commercial: 242 (7.3%)Roads: 120 (3.6%)Institutional: 60 (1.8%)Parks: 24 (0.7%)Circle frame.svg

The city is the 6th smallest government unit in terms of land area; among the Metro Cebu local government units the city is the second smallest next to the municipality of Cordova in the island of Mactan. The city's land area is only 4.5% of the total land area of Metro Cebu and less than 1% of the total land of the province of Cebu.

The North Reclamation Project, now known as the North Special Administrative Zone, currently has about 180 ha (440 acres) reclaimed land. Of the 180 hectares, about 36 ha (89 acres) belong to the city.

It is one of the two (the other one being the municipality of Consolacion) local government units located within the mainland Metro Cebu where the elevation of land is less than 100 m (330 ft).

Many of the areas of the city are extremely flat. About 77.37% is within the 0-8% slope category. Barangays belonging to this region are Centro, Looc, South Special Administrative Zone, Cambaro, Opao, Umapad, Paknaan, Alang-alang, Tipolo, Ibabao, Guizo, Subangdaku, Mantuyong, Maguikay and Tabok. The greater portion of the city, comprising about 70%, is dominated by the Mandaue Clay Loam soil series. This is found in the 0-2% and 2-5% slope ranges. Faraon clay loam characterizes the rest of the land with slope range from 5-8% and up to 25-40%.[15]


Aerial photo of the Mactan Channel looking south. Mandaue is on the right side while Lapu-Lapu City is on the left

Mandaue comprises 27 barangays.

Political map of Mandaue

Bakilid (Est. 1928) Cambaro (Est. 1990) Casili (Est. 2006) Looc (Est. 1910) Tingub (Est. 1992)
PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[16]
072230001 Alang-alang 3.7% 13,457 12,475 1.45%
072230002 Bakilid 1.3% 4,591 5,027 −1.71%
072230003 Banilad 6.3% 22,771 22,297 0.40%
072230004 Basak 2.9% 10,606 7,858 5.88%
072230005 Cabancalan 3.9% 14,132 12,202 2.84%
072230006 Cambaro 2.6% 9,474 8,082 3.07%
072230007 Canduman 5.2% 18,852 17,100 1.87%
072230008 Casili 1.3% 4,558 3,743 3.82%
072230009 Casuntingan 4.1% 14,690 13,217 2.03%
072230010 Centro (Poblacion) 0.9% 3,383 3,236 0.85%
072230011 Cubacub 2.8% 10,284 8,255 4.27%
072230012 Guizo 2.7% 9,623 8,554 2.27%
072230013 Ibabao-Estancia 2.6% 9,503 8,641 1.83%
072230014 Jagobiao 3.8% 13,685 12,227 2.17%
072230015 Labogon 5.8% 21,028 19,175 1.77%
072230016 Looc 4.7% 17,143 14,438 3.32%
072230017 Maguikay 4.0% 14,645 17,782 −3.63%
072230018 Mantuyong 1.8% 6,540 5,869 2.08%
072230019 Opao 3.2% 11,457 9,907 2.81%
072230020 Paknaan 7.4% 26,943 22,957 3.10%
072230021 Pagsabungan 5.6% 20,335 16,838 3.66%
072230022 Subangdaku 4.9% 17,714 20,333 −2.59%
072230023 Tabok 5.0% 18,167 15,709 2.81%
072230024 Tawason 1.4% 4,958 4,891 0.26%
072230025 Tingub 1.9% 6,774 5,780 3.07%
072230026 Tipolo 5.2% 18,840 17,273 1.67%
072230027 Umapad 5.1% 18,501 17,454 1.12%
Total 362,654 44,732 48.95%


Population census of Mandaue
YearPop.±% p.a.
1970 58,579—    
1975 75,904+5.33%
1980 110,590+7.81%
1990 174,342+4.66%
1995 194,745+2.10%
2000 259,728+6.37%
2007 318,577+2.86%
2010 331,320+1.44%
2015 362,654+1.74%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][16][17][18]

Data showed that the oldest written accounts of Mandaue came from a population of 160 in 1637 to 1638. Mandaue had 10,309 souls according to the Buzeta & Bravo (1850). During the first year of its township in 1899, Mandaue had 42 barrios with a population of 21,086. When Mandaue was a second class municipality in 1964 its population was 33,811.[19]

According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 362,654, which is an increase of 102,926. Mandaue has a significantly large population at or below the poverty line.[20]


About 40 percent of Cebu’s export companies are found in Mandaue. The city is dubbed as the industrial hub of Region VII and hosts about 10,000 industrial and commercial businesses, making it a “little rich city” in the country. It is home to some of the world’s biggest companies such as San Miguel Corp., Coca-Cola Bottling Corp. and Shemberg, the number one exporter of carrageenan. Mandaue City also accounts for 75 percent of the country’s total exports in the furniture sector, making the city the furniture capital of the country.[21]


Bantayan sa Hari, 1912
Casa Municipio, circa 1920
Pasyon sa Mandaue celebrated in the early 1970s

Mandaue's point of interests, destinations, and attractions include:

Natural areas
  • Monkey Caves
  • Cansaga Bay
  • Butuanon River
  • Casili Hills
  • Jagobiao Spring
  • Cabancalan-Banilad Sinkholes
  • Mahiga River
Historical locations
  • Museums
  • 856 G Gallery
  • Luis Cabrera Ancestral House and Museum
  • Mandaue City Public Library
  • Quijano Museum
  • Parks
  • City Plaza
  • Bridge Park
  • Ibabao Mandaue Agri-Eco Park[24]
  • Subangdaku Wireless Sports Center
  • Cebu Westown Lagoon
  • Sports
  • Wireless Plaza and Sports Complex
  • Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex
  • Mandaue Tennis Complex
  • Portside Badminton Plaza
  • Quick Points Badminton Club
  • San Roque Football Club
  • Sacred Heart–Ateneo de Cebu Sports Complex
  • Cebu Golf Academy
  • Business Center
  • Norkis Cyber Park
  • Gatewalk (under construction)
  • Mandani Bay (under construction)
  • Oakridge Business Park
  • Shopping
  • Parkmall
  • J Centre Mall
  • Pacific Mall
  • Bridges Town Square
  • Insular Square Mall
  • City Times Square


Mandaue Fiesta: Celebrated on May 8 in honor of the patron St. Joseph. Activities that are typically held during this feast are the inter-barangay sports competition, Miss Mandaue ( the longest-running beauty competition in the province), rodeos, street festival, bailes, fairs, and many more.[citation needed]

Panagtagbo or Traslacion (Gathering of the Holy Family): Coincidentally the patrons of Metro Cebu are Santo Niño of Cebu City, Birhen sa Guadelupe of Lapu-Lapu City, and Saint Joseph of Mandaue City. This is celebrated every 3rd week of January when the three images meet in the National Shrine of Saint Joseph often called the Traslacion. This happens on a Friday and on the early morning of the following day a fluvial procession is held. There are singing and dancing competitions, and street dancing that happens during the Bibingkahan in honor of Santo Niño.[citation needed]

Kabayo Festival: The Kabayo (Horse) festival also known as Governor's Cup is a horse racing and different equestrian sports with the western way of riding event held annually in the second week of February.[citation needed]

Pasigarbo sa Sugbo: It is an event that is held annually in Mandaue City, Cebu International Convention Center every August 13 which shows Cebu's culture and different festivals, it is a fiesta of colorful costumes and elaborate props as dancers from 42 towns and cities from all over Cebu compete which ends with a fireworks display.[citation needed]


Masareal from Mandaue

Mandaue has many restaurants which cater to gourmets and international cuisines like Italian, Japanese, Indian, Mediterranean, Lebanese, Arabic, Russian, Korean, Mexican, and Western cuisines. A variety of restaurants also serves meals of local cuisine.

Many famous Cebuano meals like the lechon[25] or inasal, eaten with achara or pickled vegetables. The sugba or barbecue of either isda (fish), baboy (pork), manok (chicken) or baka (beef) is found all over Mandaue eaten with puso, a diamond-shaped hanged rice covered in coco leaves. Kinilaw[26] is raw meat usually pork or fish drenched in vinegar and salt. The buwad or dried seafood, either fish or squid, can be pungent with a crunchy and chewy texture. There are some exotic meals that can be found like dinuguan or pig's blood which is eaten like a soup. Barbecued chicken feet are liked by many locals.

Original cuisine in Mandaue includes bibingka which is steamed rice cakes mixed with coconut and sometimes egg. Binangos paired with rice is made of ground up corn with Bolinao fish. This dish is found only in Mandaue; other delicacies includes the tagaktak, the seasonal buriring fish (stewed with iba) and the famous masareal.


Philippine Jeepney

Mandaue City's road network is composed of a national highway which connects the city to its neighboring cities and municipalities, and a national secondary road which traverses the city's metropolitan area. The total length of the city road network (paved and unpaved) and the four bridges, is about 133.7 km (83.1 mi), broken down into:

  • National road - 13.2 km (8.2 mi)
  • City road - 57.1 km (35.5 mi)
  • Barangay road - 63.4 km (39.4 mi)

Road density is 5.31 km/km2 (8.55 mi/sq mi) of land. In terms of population, road density is 0.04 km (0.025 mi) per one thousand inhabitants.

Land transportation is being served by PUJ, utility vehicles, mini-buses, multi-cabs, tricycles, trisikads and for cargoes, trailers and vans. Sea transport of Mandaue is highly dependent on Port of Cebu and Cebu International Port, because of the city's proximity to these facilities.


Lapu-Lapu Mandaue campus of the University of Cebu.

Schools in Mandaue City follow a system of 6 years for primary education and 6 years for secondary education. There are technical schools like TESDA in Banilad and Looc and other private institutions that provide certificate degrees. Associate degree, Baccalaureate Degrees, Master's and Doctoral programs are available in specific Universities.

Mandaue has institutionalized learning with the Cabahug Medal which was started on 1923 by Sotero Cabahug as a medal of academic excellence annually. The Mandaue Fraternal Society was also created in the early part of the 19th century to provide a community for the professionals during the time when Mandaue was still a sleepy town.

Cebu's part-time Japanese school, the Cebu Japanese School (CJS; セブ補習授業校 Sebu Hoshū Jugyō Kō), is located on the fifth floor of the Clotilde Commercial Center in Barangay Casuntingan, Mandaue City.[27]



Television stations based in Mandaue City:


Radio stations licensed in Mandaue City:

Sister cities[edit]




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