Mandaue is a city in the Philippines, part of Metro Cebu. Mandaue is located just north of Cebu City and, like that city, it is on Cebu Island. Just off the coast opposite Mandaue is Mactan Island with the city of Lapu-Lapu on it. From Mandaue two bridges lead to Lapu-Lapu and several good (if sometimes jammed) roads go to Cebu.
Mandaue is the least glamorous and least touristed of the three cities that make up the core of Metro Cebu, though it has quite a few resident foreigners because its housing costs are lower.
Cebu City is the main center, with better shopping and a wider range of hotels and restaurants, and Lapu-Lapu has the airport and quite a few high-end resorts and condos. Mandaue is mostly residential and industrial; quite a few people live there and commute to work in Cebu.
On the other hand, Mandaue has over 350,000 people, so it does have all the services one might expect in a medium-sized city anywhere. There are even a few resorts along its coast.
Metro Cebu has two major long-distance bus terminals, the north terminal in Mandaue and south terminal in Cebu City.
- 1 Cebu North Bus Terminal, Subangdaku. There are 3 bus companies that ride to/from Maya with ferry connection to/from Malapascua: Ceres, Cebu AutoBus and Rough Riders. Also to Hagnaya, San Remigio (Cebu).
See the Metro Cebu article for general information on getting around within the urban area that Mandaue is part of.
Within the town, most people travel by taxi or jeepney.
- 1 National Shrine of St Joseph.
- 2 Rizal-Bonifacio Memorial. City Plaza and library
- 3 Mandaue Presidencia (Mandaue City Hall), PJ Burgos St, ☏ . Neo-Grec style building built in 1947
- 4 Sergio Osmeña Bridge (Mactan–Mandaue Bridge). 864 m (2,835 ft) long truss bridge across the Mactan Channel
- 5 Marcelo Fernan Bridge. 1,237 m (4,058 ft) long Cable-stayed bridge across Mactan Channel
- 1 Cebu International Convention Center (CICC). Media Center, large Plenary Hall, Exhibition Hall and several Meeting Rooms.
Mandaue Foam is one of the Philippines' largest furniture makers with stores in most cities; their main factory is here and of course there is a store as well.
- 1 Mandaue Foam, Cebu main branch, H. Cortes Street Brgy. Tipolo, ☏ . Mon-Sat: 9am–8pm, Sun: 9am–6pm.
Shopping & supermarkets
- 2 Colonnade Supermarket, P Gomez Street Corner Ceniza Street, ☏ . 6AM-9PM. low prices.
- 3 S & R Membership Shopping, Ouano Avenue Mandaue, ☏ . 9AM-9PM. Need a membership card to do shopping. higher prices.
- 4 J Centre Mall, A S Fortuna Street (Jeepney (20 A) from Ayala mall jeepney terminal), ☏ . 10AM-9PM. The main Bureau of Immigration office is here. It can take up to 6 hours to get a visa extension at this office, though; it is much better to use the immigration office in Mactan. There is a SM Hypermarket and many fast food outlets.
- 5 Vibs Store, Vibs store building h-abellana ext. brgy. pagsabungan, ☏ . 6AM-7PM. Dry goods and mostly grocery items.
- 1 Pan de Manila, Plaridel Street (Bridges Town Square). Bakery.
|This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:|
- 1 P M G Pension House, Jose L Briones Avenue, ☏ . Check-out: noon. Has rooms by the month.
- 2 Pe're Aristo Guest House, Block 1 Lot 23 Sanjose village, Umapad Barangay, ☏ . Check-out: noon. Fan room with shared bathroom. Free Wi-Fi. from ₱500.
- 3 The Orchard Cebu, A.S. Fortuna Street, Bakilid, ☏ . All rooms equipped with air-conditioner, LCD cable TV, IDD/NDD telephone, and mini-bar. Some of its facilities are restaurant and cafe, spa and massage services, airport transfer, and high-speed Internet access. Rates on official website start at ₱1741.
Mandaue is located between Cebu City and Lapu-Lapu and well connected to both by road; getting to either by taxi or jeepney is easy. Another possibility quite nearby is Olango Island, with birdwatching and diving, reached by ferry from Lapu-Lapu.
Going beyond those, anywhere on Cebu Island is readily accessible by road, and there are many buses. Metro Cebu has two main long distance bus terminals; the north terminal is in Mandaue and the south terminal in Cebu City.
For other modes of travel, Metro Cebu is the main hub for the Visayas region and has connections to many cities outside that region. Mactan-Cebu International Airport is in Lapu-Lapu. For travel by sea, the main port is in Cebu City.
|Routes through Mandaue|
|Danao City ← Consolacion ←||N S||→ Cebu City|
|Liloan (Metro Cebu) ←||N S||→ Cebu City → Talisay (Cebu)|