Mandaue City is a philippine highly urbanized city in the province Cebu
in Region VII Central Visayas
which belongs to the Visayas group
of islands. The highly urbanized city Mandaue City is seated about 8 km east-south-east of province capital Cebu City
and about 570 km south-south-east of Philippine main capital Manila.
The City of Mandaue is one of the cities and municipalities in the province of Cebu in the Philippines. It is one of the three urbanized cities in the province and forms a part of the Cebu Metropolitan Area. The city has an area of about 25.18 km&supp2; and has a total population of about 318,575 residents. Mandaue is politically subdivided into 27 barnagys.
Mandaue City is located in the middle eastern coastal region of Cebu. It is connected to Mactan Island via two bridges which are the Mactan-Cebu Bridge and Marcelo Fernan Bridge. 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.
Mandaue City is part of the Sixth District of Cebu together with the municipalities of Consolacion and Cordova. Although qualified for a lone district in 1991, this was neglected by lawmakers. Mandaue is under the province of Cebu but because it is a Highly Urbanized City, it is not under the authority of the provincial government.
A community was established in Mandaue by a flourishing group of Indonesian, Malayan and Chinese merchants. Antonio Pigafetta, a Venetian chronicler, wrote a settlement called Mandani existed in the area with a chieftain named Apo Noan then a few decades later another ruler named Lam Busan, probably Lakan Busan. Mandaue natives were forced into a town as decreed by the Spanish authorities. 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. Mandaue was independent from being an American Commonwealth and a Japanese Garrison on July 4, 1946 along with the entire nation. It became a chartered city on June 21, 1969.
Celebrated on May 8 in honor of the patron St, Joseph is the city’s fiesta. There are a lot of events in this feast like the Mr. and Miss Mandaue, Inter-Barangay Sports Competition, Queen Prince and Princess Coronation, Rodeos, Mantawi Festival, Bailes and many more. The Mantawi Festival is an event where tribal dances are accompanied by different beats and is played by a brass instead of the usual drum and trumpet. This is an evident reminder of the Philippines’ Hispanic influences.
Administratively the Highly Urbanized City of Mandaue City is subdivided into 27 barangays. One forms the center of the city wheras the other 26 are in the outlying areas. Some of them are even several kilometers away from the center of the Highly Urbanized City. The most populous are
Centro (Pob.), Casili, Tawason, Tingub, Bakilid, Mantuyong, Cambaro, Guizo, Cubacub, Basak, Ibabao-Estancia, Jagobiao, Opao, Cabancalan, Alang-alang.
Among the bigger cities and municipalities in the neighborhood of Mandaue City there are Cebu City 8 km west-north-west, City Of Talisay 14 km south-west, Lapu-lapu City (Opon) 2 km south-east, Cadiz City (Negros Occidental) 97 km north-west, Toledo City 31 km west, Sagay City (Negros Occidental) 84 km north-west, City Of Naga 23 km south-west, San Carlos City (Negros Occidental) 72 km west-north-west, Minglanilla 18 km west-south-west as well as 41 km south-west of Mandaue City the highly urbanized city City Of Carcar.