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Top 10 Best Cities to Live in The Philippines

by nobert soloria bermosa on 20/02/11 at 6:19 am

Check out if your city is one of the best in the Philippines.

 

There are 120 cities in the Philippines and 10 out of this number came out as best cities to live in  terms of livability, economy, infrastructure and local government response to people’s needs. Most of the cities included on the list are located in Luzon.

1.) Bacolod City

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Bacolod City in the province of Negros Occidental in the Visayas, known as the “City of Smiles”, is the best city to live in the Philippines. The city government of Bacolod for maintaining order and safety received the 3rd Best City Peace and Order Council award in 2009. The city was also recognized “Most Business Friendly City in the Philippines” by the PCCI or Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2007.

2.) Davao City

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Davao City in the province of Davao Del Sur in Mindanao, which is famous for Durian – the ‘king of fruits’, is one of the “TOP 5” performing cities according to the PCCRP or Philippine Cities Competitiveness Ranking Project in 2008. Davao City is also recognized for having the best infrastructure and business-friendly environment. The city, which is one of the largest in the country, is a favorite tourist destination for its numerous natural and manmade attractions.

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3.) Lapu-Lapu City

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Lapu-Lapu City, a first-class city in the province of Cebu, is a city named after the first Filipino hero –Lapu-Lapu of Mactan. Lapu-Lapu City is a highly urbanized city famous for its worlcd-calass beach resorts and gated subdivisions. It has its own international airport – Mactan-Cebu International Airport and is considered as Cebu’s tourism hub. The city is also noted as the trade and industry center of the province because it contains the Mactan Export Processing Zone I&II.

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Christine Ramsay

Feb 20th, 2011

A very interesting and well presented post, Nobert. I would love to visit the Philippines.

Christine

dbanheh

Feb 20th, 2011

Who spelled “Bagiyo” ??? ha ha.. great list.. But no Cebu! Puerto Princessa is really good too. I think they’re now the cleanest city.

nobert soloria bermosa

Feb 20th, 2011

@deebanheh,Cebu and Puerto Princesa are great cities too,if the list is top 20,they will surely be included

@ Christine,i would love to see you here someday my friend

Raj the Tora

Feb 20th, 2011

gerat info Nobert. )

Goodselfme

Feb 20th, 2011

You have made this a really inviting article with great pictures too.

PR Mace

Feb 20th, 2011

You have brought these cities to life for me. Good job.

Wizard Brown

Feb 20th, 2011

cool, they all sound like great places to live!

Ima Vee

Feb 20th, 2011

how I wish, I could live in baguio… nice list sir norbert…:-]

R.B. Parsley

Feb 20th, 2011

Nobert,
You make me wish I was rich, so I could visit all these beautiful places. Though it may not happen, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed I’ll hit the lottery and be able to visit these places. I’ve always wanted to visit a foreign country to see how other people live. I may surprise you when I hit the lottery and show up on your doorstep. Excellent article, Nobert.

Randy

quiet voice

Feb 20th, 2011

Hi nobert, great article. Beautiful pictures. Thanks.

Eunice Tan

Feb 20th, 2011

Learn from you that Philippines has great building & lovely cities.

Blue Buttefly

Feb 21st, 2011

Baguio is great, love its weather!

Manilenya

Mar 2nd, 2011

Is this based on national and international stat/survey or you are just too subjective?

Manilenya

Mar 2nd, 2011

By the way, why did you erase my comment? Something’s wrong with your too subjective article?

Erika

Mar 2nd, 2011

I wonder why there’s no Cebu in the top 10 list?

Or even Puerto Princesa?

nobert soloria bermosa

Mar 2nd, 2011

@Manilenya… i didn’t erase any comment of yours…
@Erika..Cebu and Puerto Prinsesa will surely make it if the list is “top 20″..

jun

Apr 4th, 2011

davao city is the best!!
peaceful,clean,friendly people ann fair local governance!!

Gary

Jun 1st, 2011

I can’t argue with the not so green Baguio coment.
I have lived here 9 years & i can say besides the weather baguio has very little good to say about it.
The traffic & pollution is Terrible, there is very little to do & Camp John Hay, the So Called family resort is being turned into a coorporate park, there is NOTHING for kids to do there except eat.

jun

Jun 4th, 2011

Davao is one of the best cities in the Philippines.

Chekwang_mnla

Jun 4th, 2011

Davao city has it all! The best and the cleanest. .

Jun2x

Jun 11th, 2011

Yes bacolod city is the best, try to visit mambukal resort at nearby municipality.

king21

Jun 24th, 2011

im so proud to be a bacolodnon

clandestinef

Jul 10th, 2011

NO! CEBU CITY IS THE BEST>>> but anyway…LAPU-LAPU is good also…

lapzZiero

Jul 23rd, 2011

Davao City-is always in top cities in the phlippines..,,,,,,,,,,

Mtrue

Jul 30th, 2011

Hi there,
Zamboanga City is by far the best City
But as foreigner who has lived almost 6 years in the Philippines and who has been to many of those city`s you mentioned i have to say by far the most beautiful,excotic,outstanding City in the Philippines is Zamboanga City.
I have lived here ,the boulevard,the new paseo del mar beachfront,the beaches and landscapes,the hills of pasonanca and Lunzuran are the best ,as a world traveler believe me no other city in the Philippines can match with Zamboanga .
It`s diverse people ,and culture and dialect make it the most excotic City and destination in the Philippines.
Zamboanga city is Asia´s latin City and it has not only the best mangos and seafood in the Phillippines but can match with the whole world.
Zamboanga City also is the most romantic city i have noticed in the Philippines,no other city have i had such nice romantic places and resturants to sit and chica and chica.
Either you havea beautiful dinner with a wonderful beautiful sunset at the Zamboanga boulevard,or you enjoy Pasonanca PARK.
Pink sand beaches agross from the boulevard.
Easy access to Malaysia to visit the world´s oldest rainforest in Borneo(3 times a week ferry rides
No other city than Zamboanga .
Even some ex presidents have a residence or a hacienda here.
In ZamboangaLunzuran you can find some of the most beautiful Homes with swimming pools .
These people can be wrong check out yourself,
bienvenidos in Zamboanga City

mong

Aug 2nd, 2011

To Mtrue,

I might agree with you about Zamboanga. But you might NOT enjoy the city, long enough….short lived, if I might say

Raymund

Aug 18th, 2011

I love bacolod..masskara festival na this october. opening ng robinsons city walk..

fil

Aug 27th, 2011

what’s that basis for best city?

nobert soloria bermosa

Aug 27th, 2011

@ fil – best cities to live in terms of livability, economy, infrastructure and local government response to people’s needs

Read more: http://trifter.com/asia-pacific/philippines/top-10-best-cities-to-live-in-the-philippines/#ixzz1WGoSJAnC

flo

Oct 1st, 2011

i love bukidnon cool place……. productive malamig pa at walang baha

anfoldlee

Oct 18th, 2011

y iloilo city is not included in list..its one of the best cities economically and educationally..when it comes to heritage,’twas it is…livable at the same time it grows rapidly..^_^

Bop

Nov 12th, 2011

i don’t doubt why Bacolod became no.1…it’s less polluted, people friendly and respectful, less crowded & a peaceful city…it’s like the old meets the new City…..we all know what is the status of Manila, Cebu is a fine city too with a lot to offer in terms of business but Cebu is almost secondary to Manila & some parts of Cebu even starts to flood during rains which doesn’t happen before, Zamboanga is an Exotic & beautiful but sometimes being targeted by some terrorist due to proximity to Basilan and Jolo and that scares off investors…Palawan offers a Majestic & Almost Paradise scenery but like Zamboanga they need more investors to further develop there City…..i am not judging and basing my POV only on the Net…i am judging based on my experience and trip made to the cities i mentioned

emz

Feb 14th, 2012

i agree davao really is the best place to stay with…why? because is you want to stay in a beach davao has the most beatiful beaches,you want mountain climbing,davao has mount apo,you want island hoping you have samal island,you want to eat fresh fruits davao can offer you a lot of fresh fruits and veg..
Davao city is a NO SMOKING CITY.This is a very clean city,very peaceful…
and this coming March 16 davao celebrates the ARAW NG DABAW…so pls dont miss it…

O-Jay Jimenez

Mar 24th, 2012

I agree, i\’ve been with alot of places, when I\’m in bacolod, it\’s really inviting to invest in this City, and just bring my family to live there. Hearing the news as well of all the upcoming developments, Bacolod is no doubt the number 1 spot for best place to live in.

joel

Apr 24th, 2012

yes i also agreed that bacolod is the top 1best city to live in the philippines but in my own opinion davao should be the best because during christmas fireworks are not allowed less injuries lesser kriminals than manila it has also a friendly enviroment friendly people nice airport and it is clean than other cities.

lee

Apr 25th, 2012

davao city is the best… no one can bet davao in terms of clean\’ infra\’ safe\’ friendly\’ etc… davao city is one of the asian\’s cities of futures….

jovi

Jun 3rd, 2012

Cebu is the BEST city to live in! FYI!

niwraj

Jun 7th, 2012

tacloban maganda!!!!

Oliver

Aug 27th, 2012

I agree. Bacolod is now one of the fastest growing city in the Philippines. Lots of Business were invested here since 2007.
Bacolod is young and fresh.
I like also Cebu but as what one person had commented here, it seems to be following the footsteps of Manila. Hassle and not Flood free anymore.
Im glad Bacolod and Davao were among the top three.
Thumbs up Bacolodnons and Davaoenyos!

ILOILO_MY_CITY_MY_PRIDE!!! the origanal "QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH"

Aug 30th, 2012

ILOILO CITY!!! no need to elaborate… WE ARE THE ORIGINAL QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH!!!

‘ILOILO, the Most Noble City’

Amidst Iloilo\’s abundant natural beauty and colorful history, the Ilonggos remain to be its most important asset. A humble people with a rich heritage, known for their genuine hospitality, romantic \”tongues\”, friendly smiles, and amiable faces. Such are the diverse treasures of Iloilo, the very heart of the Philippines. (www.exploreiloilo.com)

(garsok.com) MY CITY MY PRIDE!!!

Aug 30th, 2012

viva!!! hala bira ILOILO!!!

ROLLY

Oct 24th, 2012

WHERE IS THE HELL IS CEBU CITY.. THE QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH..

markie

Dec 2nd, 2012

Well no need to elaborate because Bacolod Tops it all…..

markie

Dec 2nd, 2012

Well no need to elaborate because Bacolod Tops it all…..

markie

Dec 2nd, 2012

Bacolod is always and will always be on the top lists… the best place to live in WV and the whole philippines

Melvin Prado

Dec 7th, 2012

Yes !!! Second kami !!!! Proud to be a Dabaweño !!!! :D

ruel domingo

Dec 18th, 2012

davao city is the no.1 clenliness city all over the world…..people are hospitable and over welcome to they other people.i like kadayawan sa dabaw because it is a vitl way to give thanks to god about the fruits,ang good tropical climate in mindanao..davao city i like….

Mark Lim

Jan 17th, 2013

For me Olongapo City is the best city in the philippines to live. Because of it’s look like singapore and kuala lumpur style. And mostly people here are very hospitable and peacefully surroundings

igorotak

Feb 6th, 2013

ohs,,,, please search what is the summer capital of the Philippines
,,it’s Baguio city….,,,what is the most urbanized city in the Philippines,,, Baguio is included,,,,,why is that the training ground of world boxing champion Manny is in Baguio,,,think first,,is that true,,,,come now to the city of Baguio the Panagbenga Festival is now ready to entertain u,,,,,… t oink ,,,,,it is not a joke,,, visit our place…

igorotak

Feb 6th, 2013

ohs,,,, please search what is the summer capital of the Philippines
,,it\\\’s Baguio city….,,,what is the most urbanized city in the Philippines,,, Baguio is included,,,,,why is that the training ground of world boxing champion Manny is in Baguio,,,think first,,is that true,,,,come now to the city of Baguio the Panagbenga Festival is now ready to entertain u,,,,,… t oink ,,,,,it is not a joke,,, visit our place…

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