Mandaue City is the 2nd most important city in Cebu province and is part of Cebu metropolitan area. It is an industrial area comprising of food processing plants, stone craft industries and furniture companies.
There are a number of restaurants and bars along AS Fortuna St as well as a number of hotels. Immigration office is located as well as the midsized shopping mall – Parkmall which has supermarket (SM) retail shops and restaurants.
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Mandaue has a good choice of hotels and pension houses to choose from starting from the brand new Allure Hotel located on A S Fortuna Street. One of Cebu’s most popular hotels Alpa City Suites is located on the border of Mandaue and Cebu City. Budget options in Mandaue include The D’ Ancestors Pension, Cherry Pension, PMG Pension House and CML Pension House all within walking distance of Mandaue City Hall. Other hotels in the area are Orchard Hotel, Nikkei Garden, Europa Mansionette Inn or the newly opened R Suites and Cafe.
Tourist spots in Cebu
For a tourist there is not a lot to see in Mandaue. You’re more likely to be passing through it when you head from Mactan to Cebu City or when you’re heading north to Malapascua or Bantayan Island. Mandaue is more an industrial city with more than 4000 listed. Along A.S Fortuna Street there are a number of bars, videoke bars, billiards and clubs. The new and popular MO2 bar is located near Parkmall which has billiards, bar, live bands and disco a great place to hang out.
For shopping there is the relatively new Parkmall shopping Mall (http://www.parkmallph.com/), it’s not as large as SM or Ayala but has restaurants( Mooon Cafe, Pier One, Dimsum Break, Japengo Yakiniku, Mang Inasal, Manila Foodshoppe) fastfood (KFC, Da Vinci’s Pizza) coffee shops ( Bo’s Coffee, Coffee Dream, Red Ribbon and Postrio Bakery) bars( Veranda and Yo.U Latino) , shops (including CD – R King, Pixel Pro, Samsung to name a few ) kid zone, supermarket (Save More supermarket), banks (Banco de Oro, Metro Bank) , salons and Spa.
The Governor’s Cup Horseshow and competition
February (moveable date)
Promoting Sports tourism, ecotourism awareness in Cebu. Includes horse races, parade of horses and competition for the best decorated horse drawn carriage.
Mantawi Festival (7th May) A month long festival with street dancing, floats, food and a trade fair.
Mandaue is full of fast food options (McDonalds, Jollibee, KFC, Chow King and more). Parkmall has probably the best range of restaurants in Mandaue and being so close to Cebu City itself the option is to eat there.
How to get to Mandaue
Mandaue City is located in between Mactan Island and Cebu It can be reached from Cebu City by many of the Jeepneys running the city. You can pick up an jeepney running this route from SM. Taxis from Cebu City won’t cost you much and should only be around 10 -15 minute ride depending on the area and traffic!
History of Mandaue
A community was established in Mandaue by a flourishing group of Indonesian, Malayan and Chinese merchants. The Venetian chronicler Antonio Pigafetta wrote a settlement called Mandani existed in the area with a chieftain who was named Aponoan then a few decades later another ruler named Lambusan. Mandaue was established as a mission village (which included present day Consolacion, Liloan and Poro) in 1638 by Jesuit then a century later by the Recollects. 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 destroys the town on 1901. Mandaue was 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 June 21, 1969 by Mayor Demetrio Cortes Sr. The city was recognized as a HUC (Highly Urban City) on 1991.