Where is Metro Cebu?
Metro Cebu is the second largest metropolitan city in the Philippines and situated in Central Visayas Region. The metropolitan is composed of four component cities, Cebu City, Mandaue City, Lapulapu City and Talisay City. It is the center of trade and commerce in the Visayas region. It is also rich in cultural heritage with heritage sites that can be located around the metro. It is also popular among local and foreign tourist due to nearby beaches in Mactan Island.
Why Make The Map?
I’ve been staying in Cebu for a couple of months and I realized how life is way easier here compared to Manila. In Manila, public transport is more harsh and stressful than here in Cebu. Despite being a great livable metro, I have never seen a convenient reference map of jeepneys here in Cebu and even in other Philippine cities.
While there are online sites and communities with posted wordings of jeepney routes, its just hard to imagine those lines in the form of words without a visual representation of those routes. Where is it from? Where is it passing through? Where is it heading? Who would use a map when there’s Google maps anyway who would teach you how to get to your destination? Yes, apps are easier but apparently it cannot provide you a more accurate alternative route than a more traditional network map. Perhaps, transit network maps are pretty straightforward.
Using the Map
Basically, locals in Cebu only know where routes traverses through word of mouth only. This is their most obvious means of getting information about a jeepney route. It is important to understand a local’s system concept of their public transportation system. I designed the map using my own experience travelling the metro during my whole stay in Cebu.
Key Locations: Route Index
The Route Index below shows the simplest breakdown of the routes where commuters often travel to and from. A route is often composed of two endpoint routes and up to 3 via stops.
There are places in Cebu where locals and tourists often travel to. Most of the routes come from outside the city going towards the downtown Cebu City area. Other routes connect two places where people travel back and forth. Take a look at route 03Q where it just simply travel between SM and Ayala, where commuters visit very often.
Tourist Spots and Heritage Sites
Cebu boasts its unique heritage sites around the metro. Most of them are located in the city center and you can travel through any jeepneys going to the downtown area.
Mall is Life
Filipinos love visiting malls during their free time or after their office hours. Three of the biggest mall developers are situated in a single triangular area Ayala, SM and Robinsons in between Cebu CIty and Mandaue City. As you may notice wherever you may be from in Cebu, there is a designated route for each. That makes it easier for anyone to visit any mall.