Central Visayas


The Central Visayas or Region VII is a part of a larger group called the Visayas.

The provinces in Central Visayas are Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor. Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue are the highly urbanized cities in the region.


Cebuano or sometimes known as Bisaya is the dialect in Central Visayas. There are about 20 million speakers of Bisaya and it is considered as the mother tongue of many Filipinos beside Tagalog (or Filipino language). However, there are also different variations of Cebuano such as Boholano in Bohol. But the most popular variation is spoken in Cebu.


Similar to other regions in the Philippines, festivals are celebrated in many places in Central Visayas. Sinulog Festival in January is the region’s most popular religious cultural event. It is centered in Cebu City but also celebrated in many nearby areas.

Places to go

Come to Central Visayas. Experience not just the spectacular beaches but the culture of the Visayan people.Many diving spots and historical landmarks are famous destinations such as Magellan’s Cross. Bohol beaches and the Chocolate Hills are some of the places to visit in the region. Don’t miss to see the smallest primate in the world, the Philippine tarsiers.