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Central Visayas

Region VII
Central Visayas
Location in the Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Country Philippines
Island group Visayas
Regional center Cebu City
 • Total 15,875 km2 (6,129 sq mi)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 6,800,180
 • Density 430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Provinces 3
Cities 16
Municipalities 116
Barangays 3,003
Cong. districts 15
Languages Cebuano (Boholano dialect), Porohanon, Tagalog, English, Spanish, Chinese

Central Visayas (Filipino: Gitnang Kabisayaan) is a region of the Philippines, designated as Region VII. It is located in the central part of the Visayas island group, and consists of three provincesBohol, Cebu, and Siquijor— and the highly urbanized cities of Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu, and Mandaue. The region is dominated by the native speakers of Cebuano. Cebu City is its regional center.

The land area of the region is 9,659.19 km². As of the 2010 census, it has a population of 6,800,180 people, making it the 5th most populous of the country's 17 regions.[1]


  • History 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Political divisions 3
    • Provinces 3.1
    • Cities 3.2
      • Component cities 3.2.1
  • Media 4
  • Points of Interest 5
  • Transportation 6
    • By sea 6.1
    • By air 6.2
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Regions first came to existence in on September 24, 1972, when the provinces of the Philippines were organized into 11 regions by Presidential Decree No. 1 as part of the Integrated Reorganization Plan of President Ferdinand Marcos.

By virtue of Executive Order No. 183 issued on May 29, 2015 by President Benigno Aquino III, the province of Negros Oriental was transferred to the Negros Island Region.[2]


As of the 2010 census, Central Visayas had a population of 6,800,180 people, making it the 5th most populous of the country's 17 regions. At the 2007 census, the population was 6,398,628 with a population density of 403.1 people per square kilometer (6,129.4/mi²). The 2007 census showed an average annual population growth rate of 1.59% from 2000 to 2007, significantly less than the national average of 2.04%.[3]

Cebuano is the dominant language of the region. Boholano is a dialectal variant of Cebuano spoken in Bohol. In the Camotes Islands, which is part of Cebu, Cebuano language is spoken in the towns of Tudela, Pilar and San Francisco. Except the town of Poro, in which, Porohanon is spoken (a variation or mixture of Cebuano, Hiligaynon (Ilonggo) and Masbateño language, with 87% Cebuano vocabulary). Tagalog, English, and Spanish are also spoken in this region.

Political divisions

The Central Visayas region is composed of 3 provinces and 3 independent cities:

Political map of Central Visayas


Province Capital No. of
(May 2010)[1]
Pop. density
(per km²)
Bohol Tagbilaran 1 1,255,128 4,117.3 304.8
Cebu Cebu City 9 2,619,362 4,800.11 545.7 -
Siquijor Siquijor 0 91,066 343.5 265.1

Negros Oriental was formerly a part of Region VII. President Benigno Aquino III signed the Executive Order No.183, creating the Negros Island Region.


City Province City Class Income Class Population
(May 2010)[1]
Pop. density
(per km²)
Cebu CityA Cebu Highly Urbanized 1st Class 866,171 315.00 2,749.75 Michael L. Rama
Lapu-LapuA Cebu Highly Urbanized 1st Class 350,467 58.10 6,032.13 Paz C. Radaza
MandaueA Cebu Highly Urbanized 1st Class 331,320 25.18 13,158.06 Jonas C. Cortes

AAlthough Cebu City, Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City are often grouped under the province of Cebu for statistical purposes by the National Statistics Office, as highly urbanized cities, they are administratively independent from the province.

Component cities


Cebu City is the main media hub for both the region and the island of Visayas. It is the home to many media outlets for both the million-nighttime and the 4-million daytime population of the city. Large media networks such as ABS-CBN Corporation, GMA Network, Inc., TV5, People's Television Network, and 9TV maintain their respective local stations and branches for viewership, commercial and news coverage purposes. Most of these stations broadcast local news and public affairs as well as entertainment and dramas to cater the local viewers.

Cable television operators are putting up cable TV stations in an effort to spread the TV signals all over the region. They also offer free worldwide array of television stations for various channels for news, sports, drama, cartoons, and advertisements.

Aside from the 24 national daily newspapers available, Cebu City also has 20 local newspapers. Among the widely read are the Sun Star Cebu. The country's main Islamic news journal, The Voice of Islam, was founded in 1961 and published in this city.

Broadcast Television networks

Cable Television channels

ABS-CBN Cebu TV Shows

GMA Cebu TV Shows

TV5 Cebu TV Shows

CNN Philippines Cebu TV Shows

CCTN Cebu TV Shows

  • Sayri 47 (formerly CCTN News)
  • CCTN Newsbreak (News Update)
  • Balita sa Alas Dose

Points of Interest

Photo Name
Magellan's Cross is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese, and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines.
Bohol Blood Compact Statue is the statue portraying the blood compact between the Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna.
Lazi Convent is a convent built in Lazi, Siquijor


By sea

Fastcraft terminal for ferrying passengers from Cebu to Negros.

The Port of Cebu is the region's main gateway. There are also ports in 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 Mactan-Cebu International Airport, located in Lapu-Lapu City, is the country's second busiest airport (after Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila) and the only airport in the Visayas serving international flights (aside from Kalibo International Airport). It is an airline hub of Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, and Air Philippines, with flights to key cities throughout the country. It also serves international flights to other Asian destinations.[4]

Other airports in the region are Tagbilaran Airport, serves Tagbilaran and Bohol with flights to Manila.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities" (PDF). 2010 Census and Housing Population. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Executive Order No. 183, s. 2015".  
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "Mactan Cebu International Airport - Cebu Pacific - Philippines". Retrieved 2013-04-22. 

External links

  • Philippine Standard Geographic Code
  • Central Visayas - Region VI pota oda kamutangan

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