Top 5 Online Classified ads website – Cebu

Advertisement is becoming more and more accessible with the Internet. Before, advertisements were through newspaper, flyers, radio and television. Now you can get access to it through browsing online where you can search for the company’s product -  look for the best deal , click for information (price, specifics and et al. ) And then set the payment and you’re all set right in the comfort of your own home or work.

But nothing beats the Local Advertisement – where you can actually visit, view, test the product  and double-check for quality specially if it’s a used one.

Here I compiled a list of the Cebu’s Top Local Classified Ads (advertisement) websites.

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Cebu Classifieds

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www.cebuclassifieds.com

If you are looking for local classified in Cebu then this is your top choice. It’s always updated and widely used, even if you are not internet savvy. A lot of independent entrepreneurs use this site because of its easy navigation and free advertisement. The downside is that it’s widely abused by automatic spam postings.

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Istorya net

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www.istorya.net

This site has it all! From its community forum that covers just any kind of Topics to Classified listings. They have strict rules in updating your listing, especially if you’re a seller and want to get your listing on the top page. Users are very much aware and will rely on your clean record especially on the seller. If you scam and get caught then expect your name on one of the trending topics. Which is really a plus to decide if you are dealing with the seller for the first time. They also have an active admin to check and filter the spam or out of the page topic.

This is my personal favorite so far

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Ayos dito

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http://www.ayosdito.ph

This website covers the Philippines classified listings. On the page landing you can choose your local area and filter your choice of listings. On the downside they barely got updates on the Job and Employment section.

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Sulit

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http://cebu.sulit.com.ph/

Before the media advertisements Sulit.com.ph is already known for nationwide classifieds listings. As a matter of fact they are one of the pioneers in classified advertisement in the Philippines.

With different filter categories available from region to price it comes really handy. On the other hand some listings are not legit and are spam. So be careful with dealing with either buyer or seller.

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Craigslist Cebu

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http://cebu.tl.craigslist.com.ph/

The world renown Craigslist, known for their classifieds listing especially in the U.S. And we have our very own local listing available. It didn’t land in the top spot because of its lack of updates listings. Merely because it wasn’t really that well-known to the local sellers or people barely check the website :(.

Special Mentions:

http://www.cebu.olx.com.ph/

http://www.affordablecebu.com

http://www.locanto.ph/geo/539918/Cebu-City/

http://cebupress.com/

http://www.onecebu.com/classifieds

http://www.cebucentral.com/classifieds/

http://www.baicebu.com/

http://bisdak.net/

http://www.ebay.ph

Top 10 Exotic foods in Philippines

10. Stuffed Frog
“Betute Tugak”

Frog

Farmers in Pampanga used to depend on rain water to irrigation their farms. Children would then catch the frogs, which came out during the rainy season, while their parents cultivated the land or planted rice. Outwitting the frogs has been a traditional “family bonding” ritual. Betute is a play of words on butete, which means “tadpole” in the local dialect. Betute is the entire frog stuffed with minced pork – so it looks like a very fat frog. It is then deep-fried in oil.

9. Mole Crickets
“Kamaru”

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Is a mole cricket that burrows in the moist soil of growing rice fields of Pampanga. These mole crickets are the most delicious pulutan in Pampanga, a foodie province known for delicious dishes, the country’s best cooks and most discriminating gourmands. The kamaro catchers stomp their bare feet on the soil to make the crickets surface, causing them to jump and fly awkwardly, making them easy to catch. cooking them is even more laborious. The cricket’s legs and wings must be removed, after which the body is boiled in vinegar and garlic. It is then sauteed in oil, chopped oinion and tomatoes until they are chocolate brown in color. Kamaro is a party in your mouth with every bite: the initial crunch gives way to a moist interior, making it a perfect pairing with ice-cold beer. Without the wings and legs, there is no scratchy texture.

8.Woodworm
“Tamilok”

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It Is woodworm found in driftwoods and is common in the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Davao provinces. Tamilok is not for the squeamish nor the faint of heart. The experience of eating it is more risque than eating sushi. Forget raw, these worms are eaten alive! The driftwood is chopped so you are able to extract pink juicy worms measuring six to eight inches long. The worms are then washed then dropped onto the tounge. Fans love the clean taste and the tingling sensation through the digestive tract.

7. Ant Eggs

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Known as the caviar of Ilocos’ wealthy set, they are found on the branches of certain mango trees where these ants make their homes. You need an expert who can detect them from under the trees branches. Gathering them requires a light hand and fleet feet as the sound of foot steps makes these ants hide their eggs. Flat baskets are attached under the branches and the tree is shaken vigorously until the eggs fall into the baskets. These are fried in butter. the result: A crisp shell on th outside and creamy filling on the inside.

6. Fried beetle
“Prito o sinangag na salagubang”

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This is common among provinces where mango trees abound where beetles usually thrive. It’s crunchy like its grasshopper counterpart.

5. Grasshopper or Locust
“Sinangag o adobong tipaklong o balang”

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4. Snail
“Ginataang kuhol “

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There are varieties of snails being cooked and eaten in the Philippines. Only two are being shown here. Ginataang kuhol or suso is sautéed with garlic, onion, ginger and pepper plus coconut milk. There are also other ways of cooking these snails.

3. Huge Worms
“Fried/Sautéed Huge Worms”

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This one is what I consider the most bizarre of them all. These worms can be found on rotten trees or rotten stack of rice hays. They are usually cooked by deep frying it. It can also be sautéed with garlic, onion, tomato and pepper. I haven’t tasted this one yet.

2. Shrimp Jumping Salad

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It is called jumping salad because the shrimps are prepared alive and eaten alive. Spiced up with citrus juice or grated unripe mango, salt and msg. as easy as that.

1. Balot

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This is a 2 to 3 week-old hatched duck egg (with embryo), which is hard- boiled. It can be spiced up with salt, vinegar w/ diced garlic and onion, and chili.

Top 10 Cities of the Philippines

10. Malaybalay City Bukidnon

Malaybalay City, the capital and the first city of Bukidnon Province, is in Northern Mindanao. It is bounded on the east by the Pantaron Range separating Bukidnon from the Provinces of Agusan del Sur and Davao del Norte, on the west by the municipality of Lantapan and Mount Kitanglad, on the north by the municipality of Impasug-ong and on the south by the city of Valencia and municipality of San Fernando. The whole eastern and southeastern border adjoining Agusan and Davao called Pantaron Range are elevated and densely forested mountains, which is the remaining forest blocks of Mindanao.

The city is a landlocked area, the nearest sea and airports are in Cagayan de Oro City, which is 91 kilometers away.

9. Dipolog City

is a 1st class city and the capital of the province of Zamboanga del Norte on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Geographically, the city is surrounded by rolling hills to the southeast and the Sulu Seato the north.

Dipolog is known for its wild orchids and its sardine industry which stems from the rich fishing area off its shores. It is known as the “Gateway to Western Mindanao” through the Western Nautical Highway[1] and has also been called the “Bottled Sardines Capital of the Philippines.”[2]

8. Baguio City

is a highly urbanized city in northern Luzon in the Philippines. Baguio City was established by Americans in 1900 at the site of an Ibaloi village known as Kafagway. Baguio City was designated by the Philippine Commission as the Summer Capital of the Philippines on June 1, 1903 and incorporated as a city by the Philippine Assembly on September 1, 1909. Baguio is the seat of government of the Cordillera Administrative Region. The name of the city is derived from the word bagiw in Ibaloi, the indigenous language of the Benguet Region, meaning ‘moss’. The city is at an altitude of approximately 1500 meters (5100 ft) in the Luzon tropical pine forests ecoregion conducive to the growth of mossy plants and orchids. Baguio City has become the center of business and commerce as well as the center of education in the entire Northern Luzon.

According to the 2007 census, Baguio City has a population of 301,926.

The City of Baguio celebrated its Centennial on September 1, 2009. The celebrations marked the first 100 years of the Baguio City Charter, which was authored by former Philippines Supreme Court Justice George A. Malcolm. Baguio City is also the Ghost Capital of the Philippines.

7. General Santos City

is the southern most port city of the Republic of the Philippines. It is one of the most populous urban centers in the country with a population of 530,129 as per data of 2007 census.[1][2] GenSan is bounded by municipalities of Sarangani Province namely Alabel in the East of the city, and Maasim in the South. The city is likewise bounded by South Cotabato municipality of Polomolok and Sarangani Province municipality of Malungon in the North, and the municipality of T’boli in the West of the city. General Santos City is a component of province South Cotabato

6. Cagayan de Oro City

officially the City of Cagayan de Oro, is the provincial capital city of the province of Misamis Oriental in the Philippines. It lies along the northern coastline of the island of Mindanaoin the country’s south.

Dubbed locally as the “City of Golden Friendship” (Dakbayan sa Bulawanong Panaghigala-ay in Cebuano language, as the phrase appears on the city’s seal) for the camaraderie and hospitality that are inherent and traditional traits of its people.

A growing metropolis classified as a first-class city, Cagayan de Oro serves as the regional center being the most populous highly-urbanized city in Northern Mindanao (Region X) noted for its accessibility, business growth, and tourism attractions. According to the 2007 Census, the city has an estimated population of 553,996 inhabitants.

Cagayan de Oro is considered as a melting pot in Mindanao. The name Cagayan de Oro may appear abbreviated as CDO, CDOC, CdeO or Cag. de Oro.

5. Zamboanga City

It is the former capital of Moro Province now Mindanao Island (1903 to 1913) in the Philippines. On September 15, 1911, the Municipalidad de Zamboanga was converted into a Ciudad by the legislative order Act. No.272.It is known as CIUDAD LATINA DE ASIA in Zamboangueño Language or in English Language Asia’s Latin City for its strong Hispanic/Latin influence.

Currently, Ciudad de Zamboanga is one of the primary hubs in the Philippines, being the premier city in Zamboanga Peninsula Region in terms of commerce, trade, health services, financial institutions and education

4. Davao City

is the largest city on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Its international airportand seaports are among the busiest cargo hubs in the Philippines.

Davao City is also one of several cities in the Philippines that are independent of any province. The city serves as the regional center for Davao Region (Region XI). It has a population of 1,464,301 (2010 census), making it the country’s third largest city, and is named by the Foreign Direct Investment Magazine as the 10th “Asian City of the Future”. In recent years, Davao City has emerged as the business, investment and tourism hub for the entire southern Philippines. The city has good beaches and mountain resorts, and is close to diving spots and the highest peak in the Philippines, Mount Apo.It is awarded by the Department of Tourism as the Most Livable City in the Philippines in 2008.

3. Manila City

the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities comprising Metro Manila.

Manila is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay and is bordered by Navotas and Caloocan to the north, Quezon City to the northeast, San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east, Makati on the southeast, and Pasay to the south.

Manila has a total population of more than 1,660,714 according to the 2007 census. Manila is the second most populous city in the Philippines behind Quezon City. The populace inhabit an area of only 38.55 square kilometers, making Manila the most densely populated city in the world.[5] Metro Manila is the most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines and the 11th in the world with an estimated population of 16,300,000. The greater urban area is the fifth-largest in the world and has an estimated metropolitan population of 20,654,307 people

2. Makati City

Makati is noted for its highly cosmopolitan culture, also being a major cultural and entertainment hub in Metro Manila. Many expatriates live and work in the city. Makati is home to many first-class shopping malls, such as Ayala Center and Rockwell Center, top hotels like The Peninsula Manila, the Shangri-La Hotel Makati and the Intercontinental Hotel Manila, and the tallest buildings in the Philippines like PBCom Tower, G.T. International Tower. The city is the economic capital of the Philippines and also faces challenges due to the gap between the new city in the west, which contains the Central Business District, and the old city in the east, which is largely poor and where most of the slums are located.

1. Cebu City

is the capital city of Cebu and the second city in the Philippines, the second most significant metropolitan centrein the Philippines and known as the oldest city established by the Spaniards in the country.

The city is located on the eastern shore of Cebu and was the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines. Cebu is the Philippines’ main domestic shipping port and is home to about 80% of the country’s domestic shipping companies. Cebu also holds the second largest international flights in the Philippines and is a significant centre of commerce, trade and industry in the Visayas and Mindanao region. According to the 2009 LGPMS census, the city has a population of about 822,628 people.

Top 10 Beaches in Philippines

10. Malapascua Island
“Pacific Island Dream “

Malapascua Island

The name Malapascua means “Unfortunate Christmas” in english. there’s nothing unfortunate if and when you experience the beauty that the white sand beaches that the island has to offer. It is situated only 8 km off the northeast tip of Cebu Island in the green, blue Visayan sea. Malapascua lies in the middle of the Philippines. It is an archipelago, which attracts the majority of the country’s tourists.

The other side of the island has a more bird’s-eye rocky coastline and is an elegant alternative for the ever-popular white beach. Malapascua also called “Logon” is located about 8 km. northeast of Cebu mainland and 25 km. west of Leyte.

9. El Nido Palawan
“The Isle of the Gods”

El Nido Palawan

El Nido is considered a showcase of Palawan’s geology and various wildlife It is one of the most important sites for biological diversity in the country and has been stated by the Philippine government as a protected area.

Conquered by towering marble cliffs that are homes to a number of tropical birds, El Nido is the source of one of the most delicious soups specially found in Chinese restaurants “the Nido Soup”. This soup consists mainly of the bird nests that abound in the area. Edible-nest Swiftlets (Collocalia fuciphaga) abound in El Nido. The nests of these birds are found in the crevices of the limestone cliffs and are the main ingredient of the health enhancing bird’s nest or nido soup. It is these nests that gave the place its Spanish name, El Nido. But El Nido is more than this. It prides itself in having the most beautiful seascapes in the province of Palawan, known as the country’s last frontier. Because of its utter splendor, it has also been called the island of the gods, heaven on earth that is El Nido.

8. Siargao Island
Surfing Capital of the Philippines

Siargao Island

Siargao Island contains the largest mangrove forest reserves in Mindanao, at Del Carmen(citation needed). Long stretches of wetlands indicate a potential for commercial seaweed propagation. Siargao Island is greatly influenced by the winds and currents coming uninterrupted from the Pacific Ocean, intensified by the Mindanao current running westward through the Siargao Strait.

Offshore, a classic tropical island lies protected within its surrounding coral reef with dozens of coconut palms dressed in the center circle of the island. Off to the right, well within the massive coastal reef, lies a shining white sand bar, (Pansukian, or Naked island) some 200 meters long. The tide of Siargao is diurnal with tidal curves typically present, especially on the east coast of the island.

7. Panglao Island Bohol
“Hidden oasis”

Panglao Bohol

Panglao is an island in the Philippines located in the Central Visayas, with an area of 80.5 sq. It has a terrain that range from plain, hilly to mountainous. Panglao is made of Maribojoc Limestone, the youngest of the limestone units found in the western area of Bohol. The limestone composition halted the development of an airport as coralline limestone is soluble which causes formation of caves and sinkholes. One interesting geological feature found in the island is the Hinagdanan Cave which has an underground water source. The cave is an important water source as the island has no rivers or lakes.

About 250 new species of crustaceans and 2500 new species of mollusks were found around the island.[1] The discovery was the work of the Panglao Marine Biodiversity Project. The project found that Panglao alone has more marine biodiversity than Japan and the Mediterranean sea.

6. Bantayan Island Cebu
The shining tropical paradise in Asia

Bantayan Island Cebu

Bantayan island, the shining tropical paradise in Asia is commonly known as an island paradise in Philippines. Tourists as far as Europe fall in love with its fine white sand and crystal clear blue waters. Many of these foreigners even settled down on the island to spend the rest of their lives. They build single-cottage beach houses along the shore but as time went by, construct a couple of new cottages instead to accommodate the growing number of tourists who seeks safe haven on the splendid island paradise. Two of the main attraction of the island is its crystal-clear waters and it’s long stretch of powdery white sand. The stunning sunset will really spice those romantic walks on the beach. One of the reasons the island is famous is its peacefulness, the way a resort should be. Unsaturated beauty and a combination of sweet smiling natives made the island as it is now

5. Malamawi Basilan
‘Boracay of the South’

Malamawi Island is one of the unpopulated islets who’s nickname “Treasure Islands of the Southern Seas” immortalized in the official anthem of the Province of Basilan.
Although it is excluded from the Autonomous Region) and offshore islands, together with the Pilas island group (now Hadji Muhtamad Municipality) west of the island, and the Bubuan and Tapiantana island group (now Tabuan-Lasa Municipality) in the south. These are listed among the Philippine islands with a moderate risk of getting hit by tsunamis.

4. Dakak Beach Zamboanga
diving mecca of Mindanao

Dakak Beach Zamboanga

The very popular Dakak Beach is most known for its beautfiully shaped cove and powdery white sand, and as a diving mecca in Mindanao. Pristine blue waters, excellent dive sites with an abundance of coral reefs, and a magnificent sunset horizon characterize this tropical eden. Dakak Park and Beach Resort boasts 15 hectares of wooded land, a natural reservoir for native plants and animals, and a 750-meter private white-sand beach.

Nestled on the tip of Northern Zamboanga, Dakak faces the Sulu Sea in the west and is surrounded by mountains on its east side. North of Dakak are Negros, Cebu and Bohol. To its south is the Mindanao mainland with Borneo and Sarawak beyond the Celebes Sea. Conveniently encircled by all these large island, Dakak tactfully evades the typhoon belt, making it the perfect all-season destination.

3. Puerto Galera, Mindoro
One of the world’s most beautiful natural harbors

Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera is a listed by the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World, and is the only bay in the Philippines to be listed there.

Among the famous beaches in Puerto Galera are Sabang Beach and White Beach, which have an active nightlife with numerous bars and restaurants. Both beaches also have an array of first-class and economy-class accommodations.

Sabang beach is the main destination for foreign tourists, while White Beach remains popular with local travelers.Big La Laguna Beach and Small La Laguna Beach are considered part of Sabang with resorts lining the beaches. Big La Laguna Beach is popular for local swimmers and snorkelers. Since 2001 White beach has seen uncontrolled development. New restaurants and places to stay are rapidly encroaching on the beach itself and little remains of the once charming beach. Puerto Galera town is a pleasant but sleepy Philippine town with few attractions. It has a large central catholic church and a Pier area, with a selection of bistros and cafes.

2. Camotes Island Cebu
“Lost Horizon in the South”

Camotes Island Cebu

Camotes Islands is known as the “The Lost Horizon in the South” because of its pure beauty not known to many Filipinos. The Camotes islands are situated in between Leyte and Cebu provinces. It is part of Cebu but geographically, it is near the Leyte province. Camotes consists of four islands with five towns; Pacijan Island (San Francisco), Poro Island (Poro and Tudela), Ponson Island (Pilar) and Tulang Diot, a small island barangay in San Francisco. The islands have a fresh natural environment that will surely entice you. If you are looking for a place to relax, commune with nature, and find tranquility… this is the place you should be.

1. Boracay Island
“Finest Beach of all Asia”

Boracay Island

Adjudged one of the top ten beach islands in the world by a noted travel magazine a decade ago, Boracay Philippines has since endured good and bad press, comparisons to beaches in Thailand and Indonesia, and relentless property development. But Boracay Island remains a stretch of blindingly white, sugar-fine sand—sand that remains cool underfoot at noon, and does not easily blow away. Boracay beaches’ unusual puka-shell sand and gem-like aquamarine waters draw droves of tourists to sunbathe on its beaches, experience its world-class nightlife, and try an astounding number of watersports.