Drink plenty of water and more importantly get the right bottle!

I can’t stress the importance of this as simply dehydration due to a lack of fluids is a problem many people develop. It’s not like the movies where you just feel a bit faint and lay down with a wet towel on your head. Because the thing people forget is the fact your already dehydrated by then but often people here feeling a bit sweaty and hot will have a coffee or a beer both make the problem worse long and short-term. You could end up with kidney stones, gout or even worse dead. But on top of that filtration is just as important if your away from home as things like ice is often made with tap water which has a good chance of giving you the runs (LBM). With the amount of copies of everything here and the fact the Philippines seems to be a Mecca of all things that failed at factory quality tests I would advise getting a bottle from your home country instead as I can’t guarantee quality here for myself so wouldn’t guarantee it for you!

Jeepney Routes For Cebu

 You can find the route numbers on the front of the vehicles generally on the roof. At the side of the vehicles generally they have the start and end location of the route “not the towns in between”. Jeepney fares are currently P7 for the first 6km (I am led to believe most people generally travel the same routes every day so just know the amount they need). I have yet to have a jeepney driver to overcharge me. Be aware though at peak hours they may be overloaded and you may find it better to go for a coffee and come back when its a little quieter. The vehicles themselves vary in size and quality which is why I prefer to wait and get one with a taller roof a lot of the smaller multi-cab type vary in roof heights and on the smaller ones I can’t see out the window to see when to get off if the Jeepney is busy, At the same time bump my head on the roof. Pickpockets are rife on certain routes so be warned and make sure you secure your valuables. I know of at least 3 people this year personally robbed one near Ayala, one at Pardo and the third somewhere between Minglanilla and Cebu. Don’t assume you will notice either as my friend going to Ayala had his wallet removed emptied and then they put the wallet back with the credit cards still in it just taking the cash.

I have yet to have any problems on a Jeepney but have heard of robberies and aware of a PNP outpost opened along a route due to the number of robberies it was taking on a regular basis. I find it a quick and convenient way to travel but also I rarely travel on them alone or with valuables.

Cebu City Jeepney Codes

  1. Urgello
  2. Private
  3. Mabolo
  4. Lahug
  5. Englis
  6. Guadalupe
  7. Banawa
  8. Alumnos
  9. Basak
  10. Bulacao
  11. Inayawan
  12. Labangon
  13. Talamban
  14. Ayala

17. Lahug (IT Park only one available to enter)

*62. Pit-os, Talamban

Nearby Town Jeepney Codes

21. Mandaue

22. Mandaue

23. Lapu-Lapu

24. Consolacion

25. Lilo-an

26. Carmen

27. Danao

41. Tabunok

42. Tabunok / Talisay

43. Minglanilla

44. Naga

45. San Fernando

46. CarCar

Jeepney Route list

Cebu Jeepney Route – 01B 
URGELLO – COLON URGELLO – LEON KILAT – PLAZA INDEPENDENCIA – PIER 1 – PIER 2 – PIER 3 – PIER 4 – WHITE GOLD – MJ CUENCO – BONIFACIO – SANCIANGKO – URGELLO

Cebu Jeepney Route – 01C
PRIVATE – COLON PRIVATE – LEON KILAT – COLON – PLAZA – PIER 1 – PIER 2 – PIER 3 – PIER 4 – WHITE GOLD CLUB – MJ CUENCO – BONIFACIO – SANCIANGKO – PRIVATE

Cebu Jeepney Route – 01I
PRIVATE – COLON – PIER – SM – AYALA SM – AYALA – AYALA ACCESS ROAD – HIPPODROMO – MJ CUENCO – BONIFACIO – SANCIANGKO – LEON KILAT – P DEL ROSARIO EXTENSION (PRIVATE) – LEON KILAT – COLON – MABINI – PLAZA INDEPENDENCIA – PIER 1 – PIER 2 – PIER 3 – PIER 4 – SM

Cebu Jeepney Route – 02B
SOUTH BUS TERMINAL – COLON SOUTH BUS TERMINAL – CCMC – PANGANIBAN – COLON – PLAZA INDEPENDENCIA – PIER 1 – PIER 2 – PIER 3 – PIER 4 – WHITE GOLD – MJ CUENCO – BONIFACIO – SANCIANGKO – SOUTH BUS TERMINAL

Cebu Jeepney Route – 03B
MABOLO – JONES – CARBON PANAGDAIT – MABOLO – AYALA – GORORDO – MANGO – FUENTE – JONES – CARBON

Cebu Jeepney Route – 03Q
AYALA – SM AYALA – JUAN LUNA – SM – JUAN LUNA – AYALA

Cebu Jeepney Route – 04L
LAHUG – AYALA – SM AYALA – JUAN LUNA – SM – JUAN LUNA – SALINAS – JY SQUARE – GORORDO – UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES – ESCARIO – AYALA

Cebu Jeepney Route – 04M
LAHUG – AYALA VIA UP JYS AYALA – ESCARIO – GORORDO – UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES – JY SQUARE – SALINAS – WATERFRONT – [U TURN] – SALINAS – JY SQUARE – UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES – GORORDO – ESCARIO – AYALA

Cebu Jeepney Route – 06C
GUADALUPE – CARBON GUADALUPE – M VELEZ – CAPITOL – FUENTE – JONES – PLARIDEL – CARBON – MJ CUENCO – JONES – FUENTE – CAPTOL – M VELEZ – GUADALUPE

Cebu Jeepney Route – 06D
SINGSON – MAGALLANES GUADALUPE – A ABELLANA – M VELEZ – CAPITOL – FUENTE – JONES – PLARIDEL – MAGALLANES – CITY HALL – MCWD – [U-TURN]

Cebu Jeepney Route – 06H
GUADALUPE – AYALA – SM GUADALUPE – ENGLISH – V RAMA – P RODRIGUEZ – FUENTE – MANGO – WHITE GOLD CLUB – SM – JUAN LUNA – AYALA – ESCARIO – CAPITOL – M VELEZ – GUADALUPE

Cebu Jeepney Route – 08G
ALUMNOS – COLON – MANALILI ALUMNOS – C PADILLA – COLON – MANALILI – C PADILLA – ALUMNOS

Cebu Jeepney Route – 09F
BASAK – PLARIDEL – JUNQUERA – MANALILI BASAK – BACALSO – SANTO ROSARIO – JUNQUERA – COLON – MANALILI – PLARIDEL – MAGALLANES

Cebu Jeepney Route – 10M
BULACAO – PARDO – COLON – SM SM – WHITE GOLD CLUB – MJ CUENCO – LEGASPI – COLON – BORROMEO – PANGANI8BAN – BACALSO – MAMBALING – BASAK – PARDO – BULACAO / U-TURN – PARDO – BASAK – BACALSO – PANGANIBAN – COLON – SULUETA – MJ CUENCO – T PADILLA – NORTH PUJ TERMINAL – SM

Cebu Jeepney Route – 11D
INAYAWAN – COLON – MANALILI INAYAWAN – PARDO – BACALSO – C PADILLA – COLON – MABINI – MAGALLANES – TABUAN – BACALSO – PARDO – INAYAWAN

Cebu Jeepney Route – 12G
LABANGON – COLON – SM SM – RECLA – PIER 4 – T PADILLA – MJ CUENCO – BONIFACIO – SANCIANGKO – CCMC -KATIPUNAN – TABUAN – T PADILLA – LEON KILAT – MAGALLANES – PLAZA INDEPENDENCIA – PIER 1 – PIER 2 – PIER – 3 – PIER 4 – SM

Cebu Jeepney Route – 12L
LABANGON – AYALA VIA ESCARIO CAPITOL AYALA – ESCARIO – CAPITOL – M VELEZ – BANAWA – KATIPUNAN – PUNTA PRINCESA – TRES DE ABRIL – SALVADOR – BANAWA – M VELEZ – CAPITOL – ESCARIO – AYALA

Cebu Jeepney Route – 13B
TALAMBAN – CARBON CANDUMAN – TINTAY – TALAMBAN – FOODLAND – COUNTRY MALL – BANILAD – ARCH REYES – AYALA – GORORDO – ECHAVEZ – SIKATUNA – RAMOS – JUNQUERA – COLON – MANALILI – CARBON – JAKOSALEM – SIKATUNA – ECHAVEZ – GORORDO – AYALA – ARCH REYES – BANILAD – COUNTRY MALL – FOODLAND – TALAMBAN – TINTAY – CANDUMAN

Cebu Jeepney Route - 13C
TALAMBAN – COLON TINTAY – TALAMBAN – FOODLAND – COUNTRY MALL – BANILAD – ARCH REYES – AYALA – GORORDO – ECHAVEZ – SIKATUNA – COLON – JONES – METRO GAISANO – BORROMEO – PANGANIBAN – SOUTH BUS TERMINAL – P DEL ROSARIO – MJ CUENCO – AYALA ACCESS ROAD – AYALA – ARCH REYES – BANILAD – COUNTRY MALL – FOODLAND – TALAMBAN – TINTAY

Cebu Jeepney Route – 14B
CARBON – CAPITOL – COMP MARTINES NOT – SURE – PLS – WAIT – TILL – NEXT – UPDATE

Cebu Jeepney Route – 14D
AYALA – COLON AYALA – ESCARIO – CAPITOL SITE – OSMENA – FUENTE – RAMOS – JUNQUERA – COLON – MANALILI – METRO GAISANO – JONES – FUENTE – ESCARIO – AYALA

Cebu Jeepney Route – 17B

IT PARK/ LAHUG- CARBON IT PARK – SALINAS – JY SQUARE – GORORDO (UP) – SSS – ESCARIO – CAPITOL – JONES – METRO GAISANO  – OSMENA BLVD – JAKOSALEM – LEGZAPI – COLON – METRO GAISANO

Cebu Jeepney Route – 17C

IT PARK/LAHUG – CARBON IT PARK – Salinas – JY SQUARE – GORORDO – MAXILLOM  – F. RAMOS – JUNQUERA – SANCIANGKO

Cebu Jeepney Route – 21B
IBABAO – MANDAUE – AYALA – JONES IBABAO – MAGUIKAY – HIGHWAY – MABOLO – JUAN LUNA – AYALA – GORORDO – MANGO – FUENTE – JONES – PLAZA INDEPENDENCIA – RECLA – WHITE GOLD TERMINAL – SM – JUAN LUNA – HIGHWAY – IBABAO

Cebu Jeepney Route – 22B
MANDAUE – OUANO – AYALA – JONES OUANO WHARF – MANDAUE CITY HALL – IMMACULADA – HIGHWAY – JUAN LUNA – AYALA – GORORDO – MANGO – FUNETE – OSMENA – JONES – METRO GAISANO – SANTO NINO – PLAZA INDEPENDENCIA – MJ CUENCO – HIGHWAY – SAN MIGUEL – OUANO WHARF

Cebu Jeepney Route – 23D
MEPZA – CEBU CORDOVA – PUNTA ENGANO – MEPZA – PUSOK – OLD BRIDGE – AC CORTES – HIGHWAY – JUAN LUNA – SM – NORTH BUS TERMINAL – SM – JUAN LUNA – HIGHWAY – AC CORTES – OLD BRIDGE – PUSOK – CORDOVA – PUNTA ENGANO

Cebu Jeepney Route – 24A
CONSOLACION – NORTH PUJ TERMINAL CONSOLACION – HIGHWAY – JUAN LUNA – WHITE GOLD CLUB – NORTH PUJ TERMINAL – MANGO – MJ CUENCO – AYALA ACCESS ROAD – AYALA – JUAN LUNA – HIGHWAY – CONSOLACION

Cebu Jeepney Route – 27
SABANG – DANAO – CEBU DANAO – CONSOLACION – SUPER METRO – UN AVENUE – PLARIDEL – RECLA – SM – NORTH PUJ TERMINAL

Cebu Jeepney Route – 41
TABUNOK – COLON TABUNOK – MAMBALING – C PADILLA – PASIL – C PADILLA – GAISANO SOUTH – COLON – BORROMEO – TABUAN – BACALSO – MAMBALING – TABUNOK

Cebu Jeepney Route – 42

TABUNOK – TALISAY – CEBU CITY

Cebu Jeepney Route – 43

MINGLANILLA – TABUNOK – CEBU CITY

Cebu Jeepney Route – 44

NAGA – MINGLANILLA – TABUNOK - CEBU CITY

Cebu Jeepney Route – 45

SAN FERNANDO – CARCAR - NAGA – MINGLANILLA – TABUNOK - CEBU CITY

Cebu Jeepney Route – 46

CARCAR – NAGA – MINGLANILLA – TABUNOK - CEBU CITY

Cebu Jeepney Route – 62B
PIT-OS – TALAMBAN – COLON PIT-OS – BACAYAN – TALAMBAN – FOODLAND – COUNTRY MALL – BANILAD – ARCH REYES – AYALA – GORORDO – ECHAVEZ – SIKATUNA – MANALILI – CARBON – D JAKOSALEM – P DEL ROSARIO – IMUS – AYALA ACCESS ROAD – ARCH REYES – AYALA

Be aware the “out of town routes” market in Bold start and finish that the driver may not take you as a passenger unless your going from e.g. Cebu to Carcar as the distances between picking up passengers and length of route wouldn’t make it worth the drivers time to take you.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT FOR ROUTES WE ARE MISSING SO WE CAN ADD THEM TO COMPLETE THE LIST

Does Cebu offer a gay friendly atmosphere for foreigners?

Well with the recent gay pageant I went to I was probably one of the few straight people in the building. At the same time everyone I met were not only welcoming but very friendly, my Facebook page afterwards was also inundated with people from within the community and although very little seems to be written about the community online I would say the people within it seem to enjoy Foreigners visiting as much as anyone else on top of that I did meet several people looking for Foreign partners so in a nutshell I would say yes to pretty much everything you would be looking on a holiday trip. At the same time I would say with the recent developments and invites from within the Gay community in Cebu I am looking to organise events specifically for the gay community because from a business sense it makes a lot of sense.. There doesn’t seem to be too much gender specific events going on and at the same time I can see from the numbers of people in the gay community that it is something they would look to enjoy/ go to. I think there is still a stigma to do with homesexuality in the broader population but at the same time if things are organised in specific locations and places there is no reason for them to interfere as simply if your going to a gay disco what you expect..

The funny thing also from a business perspective is so many Expats want businesses that can work but I doubt many would want to get involved within the gay community at the same time I can see it being the biggest market for sector growth if marketed correctly, you have to remember there is still the macho image here where the male is seen to be dominating the females of the country so along the side of that there is obviously the same issues gays had in the UK/US before gay rights started to push through. So all in all I can see this as the next big thing in the Philippines but I doubt most expats will look to get involved.

Medical tourism in the Philippines

The medical tourism bureau was created by the Philippines government to promote medical tourism to the country. The medical industry is something the Philippines is well known for with its nurses pretty much scattered across the globe to hospitals of many nations. It was a natural progression from supply and demand of basic medical staff to developing the Philippines own medical tourism industry. On top of this as the Overseas workers study and become educated in various fields to Western standards and training they gain further knowledge in their field which results in many specialist skills being brought back to the country. At the same time I would also say the standard of service from each medical institute varies due to monopoly controls of the industry. E.g. take a look at a wall chart in Cebu of a hospital and you will see they are part of a large group of hospitals rather than a competing industry the way in the West we see “private” companies. This does leave open to question the quality of service has to offer and quite literally you will find “you get what you pay for”.

The hospitals do however go under periodic inspections by the department of health and those who do have international accreditations such as the JCI (Joint Commission International) or ISOs have to abide by the bodies and their standards.

Personally I find the services vary considerably I know of a lot of good where people have had things like their stomach tied to help with weight loss to heart bypasses. At the same time I have heard and know of several horror stories and things I wouldn’t expect to see in the West. 3 deaths (including an unborn child in a womb) and watching a kid scream after they just came out of surgery while waiting for my wife in labour are things I seen with my own eyes. But at the same time I do go to the dentist here and I think she does a great job. Services that are offered here though generally as part of the medical tourist industry are as follows :-

  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Eye Surgery
  • Fertility Treatment
  • General Surgery
  • Hair Transplant
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Weight Loss Surgery

One thing I can’t emphasis more especially if coming for surgery is “GOOD MEDICAL INSURANCE” because if there are complications you may find yourself on the receiving end of an expensive bill. It could be as simple as being stuck here while waiting to heal as the flight courier won’t take you after the operation until your medically fit. I would advise researching this as much as picking a good hospital and doctor/surgeon.

Adapting to life in the Philippines compared to the UK

For me its been difficult as my life before was based on 16 hour days 7 days a week as well as being available 24/7 via phone and email. Coming here even in a crisis people cover their working hours, someone reported on the last typhoon that aid was rotting in warehouses because they had not increased workers and the ones there weren’t doing overtime which simply caused a bottle neck for badly needed aid.

So what is a rush here? an emergency when it happens and only for those directly involved, very odd from the way we are used to it in the West because if things aren’t dealt with there we end up suing or firing people for incompetence or at least having an enquiry to why things went wrong. Here it may be a enquiry but pretty much guaranteed they will get away with whatever it was.

Which brings me to another point as people often wonder why Filipino’s don’t get mad about things that should be done efficiently or without headaches reason is they are used to it. Best way to sum it up is to expect it to go wrong then if it doesn’t you can be pleasantly surprised. For things that involve waiting take a book as even an appointment is often worthless as many people arrive at work late especially the higher their status in the company or government office. Which is the same reason people say can you wait “ a while” as the answer to the question in a time frame is they don’t know.

If you want something done today often its better to do it yourself. Its not that people are ignoring you but one of the big problems is parts, e.g. getting a car fixed the alternator has gone but you haven’t had it fixed yet after a few days wondering what the mechanic is playing at. Answer to the question is he already ordered it just hasn’t told you as more often than not important information isn’t past back and he can’t fix it any quicker until he gets the parts. Same goes for paperwork processing where people will be told “come back tomorrow we finished processing today”. They will literally just go back tomorrow don’t think its important to tell you as they are already dealing with it as fast as they can. So when I say do it yourself its down to seeing the headaches people go through rather than thinking they are lazy or haven’t bothered. Do it a couple of times then you realise when you ask it is being done just slowly and more often than not it can’t go any faster.

Transportation here on public vehicles is more reliable than the UK its more like a lose train in the way the number of vehicles go up and down the roads picking up and dropping passengers, this allows quick movement across cities as well as much of the provincial areas. Safety standards are questionable due if its in an accident its normally a severe one. Most vehicles are cut and shut in some way (cut apart for importing then re-welded) this removes the strength required in a crash which is why the fatalities in a vehicle are often high. At the same time with the number of vehicles on the road you would actually expect more accidents so all I can say is I do use the transportation for city use but heading into the provinces I use private vehicles due to the speed the vehicles go and the fact the straddle the middle of the road.

Food people will often say “its cheap” but more often than not eating out is cheap but supermarket prices are overcharging especially on import goods. If you imagine that it was nearly P100 to the £ about 3 years ago and now around P69 to the £ you would expect the peso on food to drop on import goods right? wrong.. many have gone up even though the supermarkets are gaining at least 25% extra than before. What I do find though is the quality on local produce isn’t as good as the UK in many cases at the same time the opportunity to grow things is everywhere as most of the land isn’t being farmed getting a small scale farm going for yourself and family is easily achievable and would advise going for permaculture methods to allow a variety of crops and often you can grow things that aren’t normally achievable due to adding shade from larger trees etc.

People wise Filipino’s are generally easy going and I love engaging in conversations with people. Only issues I find is limited knowledge of specific things as most people live in a village bubble so unaware of the outside world in a lot of cases at the same time embracing the local life and trying to understand how things function keep me occupied as well as the plant varieties that are available. The Expat community to a newcomer takes time to adapt to and often will involve finding your social group that your happy with.

Locations to live is also something that comes up often as people will say “Matt can you find me an apartment?” answer is yes.. but you need to decide what you want to be doing long-term otherwise you will settle then move. E.g. want to be near the beach often will up the rent at the same time I find if people have the beach everyday they don’t use it. Want to live in the city because everything is easy access, for some it works others get tired of the dust and bustle of living in a city. Live in the province? some don’t like it because its too disconnected from the city while others enjoy the fact of having space and great views.. truth is everyone is different you have the opportunity to choose yourself and would advise moving around a little before setting up roots anywhere as simply heading south for a couple of hours has opened a lot of peoples eyes to a completely different world to Cebu city as its more provincial but its also greener and cleaner.

As a British national I think people can adapt to life here, work opportunities are a narrow margin and the fact special visa requirements or marriage to a Filipino national do limit many opportunities I would say its all possible with the right mindset and desire to succeed. Many who do arrive expect X,Y and Z to be easy and that they can do other things that many have failed at, in reality the possibility is there at the same time its often going to cost you on the learning curve which is what you really need to look at.

Agricultural Centre Cebu, Best Place To Buy Plants! – Near Gaisano Metro, Cebu, Philippines

The Agricultural Centre in Cebu is located near to Gaisano Metro Mall in Mandaue (Near the Bridge heading to Mactan airport). I dropped by to see what plants were available as I was actually looking for dwarf Coconut trees and lucky enough they had some as well as a lot more trees and plants on offer.

The 7.5 Hectare site is best to drop by Monday – Friday when everyone is there. There are co-operative garden sections as well as the general and its the co-operative gardens that are closed at weekends (behind lock and key). Which if your looking for ornamentals the co-operatives seemed to have more plants on offer. The Agricultural centre though as a whole had more than most people would need for any garden. From small plants up to mango’s and large coconut trees. The interesting thing also is that people are helpful and willing to share how they grow things to help get you started.

The range of plants is pretty large and what I like is the number of edible plants there are available as well as how well the whole place is laid out for easy access. Ask “is there any more?” when your there as there are other garden sections not so obvious to find as well as vegetable gardens at the back of the site.

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