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Cebu- is a long, thin island pointing north-south, approximately 200km long and about 40 km across at it's widest point. When the Spaniards came it was named Sugbu. The capital, Cebu City, is about half way down on the East side. Opposite Cebu city is Mactan island, on which the biggest town is Lapu-Lapu. This is named after the Filipino who killed Ferdinand Magellan when he arrived in the Philippines. Cebu is a very hilly island. There are still a few remote areas where some of the original forest cover remains, but they are getting sadly fewer. Mining is one of the main industries, with copper, iron, gold and silver all mined on the island. Most settlements are on the coast. Not surprisingly, fishing is very important. Also, there are big plantations of maize, sugar, mangoes and the ubiquitous coconuts. Some coral has managed to survive the pollution, dynamite fishing and the dredging effect of boats' anchors, and is well worth seeing.

The photograph below was taken in MALABUYOC (where Ivy was born). It is about 100Km South of Cebu City on the west side of the island, overlooking Negros. The journey takes about three and a half hours by bus, which says something about both the roads and the buses. Malabuyoc is a small town, having been a settlement for many centuries, even before the arrival of the Spaniards. It is a peaceful place, mainly comprising fishermen and farmers.

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