Central Visayas – Region VII consists of four provinces, namely, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor and 3 independent cities which are Cebu City, Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City. The region demarcates the territory occupied by the native speakers of Cebuano.
Regional center: Cebu City
- Density 381 per km²
Area: 14,852 km²
- Provinces 4
- Cities 12
- Municipalities 120
- Barangays 3,003
- Cong. districts 15
Languages: Cebuano, Boholano, Porohanon
- Bohol/Tagbilaran City/1,137,268
- Cebu/Cebu City/2,160,569
- Negros Oriental/Dumaguete City/1,126,061
- Cebu City/—/718,821
- Lapu-Lapu City/—/217,019
- Mandaue City/—/259,728
Although 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.
- Bais City, Negros Oriental
- Bayawan City, Negros Oriental
- Canlaon City, Negros Oriental
- Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
- Tanjay City, Negros Oriental
- Danao City, Cebu
- Talisay City, Cebu
- Toledo City, Cebu
- Tagbilaran City, Bohol
The terrain is characterized by highlands with narrow coastal strips of arable land. Bohol, however, has a level plateau upon which its agricultural areas are concentrated.
Region 7 or Central Visayas has many wonderful travel destinations abundant in natural resources, eco tourism, white sandy beaches, fabulous resorts. Cebu City which is the capital of Cebu serves as the main business center of the whole Visayas Region. Dumaguete City, the capital of Negros Oriental still boast of being the right place to get higher degrees with its reference as the University Town of the Central Visayas with the attraction of dolphin and whale watching in its glittery bay. Tagbilaran City of Bohol remains place to stay when visiting the province due to its proximity to all the tourism spots that it offers especially the world renowned Chocolate Hills. Siquijor on the other hand boasts of its wildlife adventures, eco tourism, crystal clear water and white sandy beaches. Annual colrful festival celebrations are the most visited on these part of the region with the Sinulog Festival (Cebu), the Buglasan Festival (Negros Oriental), Sandugo Festival (Bohol) and the Dilaab Festival (Siquijor) but there are more festivals or town fiestas celebrated and the mentioned are only the popular ones in these 4 provinces.
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