Mandaue is one of the cities that make up Metropolitan Cebu, located on the central-eastern coastal region of the province. From its beginnings as a simple and quiet town, Mandaue has transformed quickly into one of the highly urbanized cities in the country. With a long history of commerce and trade, Mandaue envisions itself not only as a destination for business but also as a producer of high-quality goods to further boost its economy. The city also prides itself on being the "Furniture Capital of the Philippines."
The Mantawi Festival is the biggest celebration in Mandaue City which is held every 7th of May. The feast was named after a tree that grew all over the shores of Cebu when the city was first established as a settlement by the Spaniards. The Mantawi Festival is celebrated to commemorate the contributions of Mandaue City to the economic growth of the Philippines as a center for trade and commerce. The locals participate in colorful street dances and parades that illustrate the rich history and culture of the city. Various competitions, fireworks shows, and sporting tournaments are also included in the festivities.
Mandaue also has its share of significant structures. The National Shrine of St. Joseph is a historic church built in 1601 by the Jesuits. It was the center for priests and missionaries while spreading Christianity throughout Cebu. The Bantayan sa Hari is the ruins of a stone watchtower used during the 19th century to guard the town from Moro invaders.
Tourists in Mandaue shouldn't miss trying out their version of bibingka or rice cake. Out of the many types of bibingka in the Philippines, the one from Mandaue is said to be the best.