Putting up a business is an exciting venture that anybody can do. Aside from deciding what type of business you should be investing in, it is also important to decide the location where your business will be placed. The Cebu Metropolitan is a very thriving place with great cities to choose from. These cities, in no particular order, are the best places for your business.

And please take note, I have included towns within the metropolitan area of Cebu. They may be choices in case you want to establish or branch out your business in any of the towns included here.

1. Cebu City

Cebu City is otherwise known as the Queen City of the South and is the 2nd most populous city in the Philippines. According to the Philippine census of 2010, the city of Cebu has a total population of 866,171, making the best place in Cebu where you will put up your business. This is also the first established settlement by the Spaniards during the Colonial Era.

Why put up a business here?

It is the center of the bustling economic activities of the province though the city itself has not been considered a part of the province of Cebu for a long time now. Cebu is popular because of Cebu City but I think not all will agree on me on this.

Among the largest malls in the Philippines are located in Cebu City, the SM City Cebu and ayala Center Cebu. Business districts such as Cebu Business Park and AsiaTown IT Park have also made this city a viable option for financial and service sectors including tech businesses and BPO’s.

Cebu City is one of the top emerged global outsourcing destination.

2. Mandaue City

If Cebu City is the center, Mandaue city is the heart of the Metro Cebu. Why? It is in the middle of two highly urbanized cities: Cebu City and Lapu-lapu and the link of two bridges from Lapu-lapu City have made Mandaue City very important in business route especially if a business in Lapu-lapu City must transport something to Cebu City by land.

Mandaue is a highly urbanized city connected to Lapu-Lapu City via 2 bridges. It has a total population of 331,320 as repoted by the 2010 Philippine Census.

It is called industrial city because of the presence of many factories including the San Miguel Brewery which holds the largest business complex in the city. Other famous brands with manufacturing plants, commissaries and original offices in this city include Dedon, Giardini del Sole, Julie’s Bakeshop and Jollibee.

The presences of JCenter Mall, ParkMall and Insular Square Mall have made Mandaue City a shopping and lifestyle destination.

3. Lapu-Lapu City

Lapu-Lapu City is where the famous Battle of Mactan happened. Magellan, together with his fleet, fought the Chieftan of the island known as Lapu-Lapu to no avail. Today, this bustling city with population of 350,467 as of 2010 is an island full of world-class beach resorts and home of Cebu’s international airport.

The presence of the international airport in this city has made Lapu-lapu a thriving urban jungle. But its proximity to the beach area has made a great vacation destination in Cebu. However, it requires people now to pay to resorts to experience leisure within the city as the public beaches have now transformed for commercial uses.

Lapu-lapu city  is the only city in Cebu with many five star  and 3-diamond hotels and resorts in Cebu including Shangri-La Mactan, Imperial Palace, Plantation Bay, Crimson Resort and Spa, Costabella Resort and Maribago BlueWater.

4. Naga City is a 3rd class city situated in the province of Cebu. The 2010 census states that their population is 101,571 people and home to a 30-hectare power station, Cemex cement factory, and Cantao-an small medium enterprise industrial park managed by Planters Development Bank.

5. Danao City

Danao City is another 3rd class city in the roster of Metropolitan Cebu. It is home to 119,252 people as of 2010 and is the leader of gun industry in Cebu. It is the gateway to Camotes Island, another vacation spot in Cebu.

This city though not as active as the four cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Lapulapu and Talisay when it comes to economic activities has a picturesque central area known as poblacion. Vacationers also go here for resorts and black sand beaches.

6. Talisay City 

Talisay City is also known for its inasal na baboy or roasted pig, is a 3rd class city with 200,772 inhabitants. Cebu is world-famous because of the roasted pig but the best tasting of this kind of delicacy is in this city.

Talisay is also considered the people hub or village hub. Many residential developments from reputable property developers have established organized housing in this area from mid to high end.

7. Carcar City

Carcar was proclaimed as a city in 2007 and was included in Metropolitan Cebu by 2005. It’s population by 2010 was 107,323.

It is regarded as a heritage city because of the presence of century old houses dating back from the Spanish era.

The city is famous for shoe manufacturing and pork grind which is locally called “chicharon”.

Food and shoe manufacturing and retailing thrive in this city.

8. Lilo-an

Lilo-an is a 1st-class municipality with a thriving commercial activities.

Titay’s is the famous brand from Liloan. It is a bakeshop that makes famous Cebuano deliacies such as otap and rosquillos. Rosquillos festival is celebrated in this town annually.

Ceramics manufacturing is a thriving industry in this town.

Lilo-an is also famous for Bagacay Point Lighthouse which is considered the landmark of the town.

9. Consolacion 

Consolacion is a 1st class municipality which is home to the 2nd franchise of SM Supermall and is proclaimed to become a residential urban municipality in 5 to 10 years. It has gradually become a shopping destination with economic presences of furniture and fashion accessories.

10. Minglanilla

Minglanilla is another 1st class municipality with a 2010 population of 113,178.  It is famous for the Easter celebration known locally as “Sugat”.

Retailing is thriving in this municipality.

Now that you have an idea of the best places to invest in Cebu, have you made your pick already?