Central Visayas

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Region VII

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Regional center Cebu City
Population 5,706,953
– Density 381 per km²
Area 14,852 km²
Provinces 4
Cities 12
Municipalities 120
Barangays 3,003
Cong. districts 15
Languages Cebuano, Boholano, Porohanon

Central Visayas, one of the regions of the Philippines, is designated as Region VII. It is part of the Visayas. It consists of four provinces, namely, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor. The region demarcates the territory occupied by the native speakers of Cebuano. The regional capital is Cebu City.

The total land area of the region is 14852 km².

Negros Oriental, occupying the eastern part of the island of Negros. A mountain range down the middle of the island has determined that the eastern coast has less in common with the western coast than with neighboring islands. The province has a population of 1,124,000 by the 2000 census on 5402 sq.km. in twenty-two towns and three cities, Dumaguete (the capital), Canlaon, and Bais. The population has long been a mix of Negritos, Malays, and Chinese. From about the middle of the nineteenth century Visayas have immigrated in numbers from Cebu. The people speak Cebuano (Visaya), Tagalog, Ilonggo, English, and Spanish. The economy depends largely on agriculture in several forms, fishing and aquaculture in several forms, and tourism.

The capital city of Dumaguete has a relatively simple shield. Its blue and white wavy base symbolizes the city's coastal location. The towers were built to guard against pirate raids. The city makes furniture, housewares, and jewelry. It is home to three important universities. The city carries environmentalism to heights seldom seen elsewhere; its municipal dump is not merely a public park but home to a number of species of rare animals and birds.



The Central Visayas region is composed of 4 provinces:

Province/City Capital Population
Pop. density
(per km²)
Ph seal bohol.png Bohol Tagbilaran City 1,137,268 4,117.3 276.2
Ph seal cebu.png Cebu Cebu City 2,377,588 4,864.33 488.78
Ph seal negros oriental.png Negros Oriental Dumaguete City 1,126,061 5,402.3 208.4
Ph seal siquijor.png Siquijor Siquijor 81,598 343.5 237.5
Ph seal cebucity.gif Cebu City¹ 718,821 280.2 2,565.4
Ph seal cebu mandaue.png Mandaue City¹ 259,728 34.87 7,448

¹ Cebu City and Mandaue City are highly urbanized cities; figures are excluded from Cebu Province.



Cebuano is the dominant language of the region. In Bohol, Cebuano it is referred to as Boholano. In the Camotes Islands, which is part of Cebu, Porohanon is spoken.


By sea

The Port of Cebu is the region's main gateway. There are also ports in Dumaguete in Negros Oriental, 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

The main airport is the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, which is in Metro Cebu. There are also airports in Dumaguete (in Sibulan town), and in Tagbilaran. Tagbilaran airport is serviced by Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines which flies only to Manila. Dumaguete is served by Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific, both of them flying only to Manila.

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