Cebu City is the capital of the province of Cebu in 1565 and the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines was founded.
The city lies on the same island. Cebu City is the center of Metro Cebu , the second largest metropolitan area in the country, the cities of Lapu Lapu , Mandaue City , Talisay City and Danao City surrounds also economically and on the south to Mindanao broadcasting. The Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City can be reached in twenty minutes drive from Cebu City. The city has the major trading port in the Philippines, an oil refinery and several universities. The city has since 2008 with the Asia IT Park is a special economic area, which primarily houses companies in the telecommunications and information technology (call centers and software companies) and exclusively export-oriented ( business process outsourcing ). Cebu City was the starting point of the Christian colonization of the Philippines under Ferdinand Magellan , and is now archbishop’s seat.