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Area around the Century Hotel, Corner Colon and Pelaez Str. Cebu City. Bad area at day and night. Crowded, beggars, snatchers, sick and stinky people, at night shabu users, hookers and all the crime which comes along with it.

 

You very obviously have never set foot in the area or are just lying to be provocative. I suspect the latter :D

 

As someone who has lived there for some time, I can honestly say there are fewer beggars etc in the area than most other areas. based on population density, there is less crime per person than other areas. Safest place in town actually.

 

I think my distaste and disgust of beggars is well known so I would hardly be living in an area that had much of them now would I?

 

Worst place for tourists I would say is around fuente/mango. Lots of drug users, aggressive beggars, filthy smelly people, grotty pros and pimps etc. I've seen all of this myself but very little of this have I seen downtown. Well there are a few pros here but they don't hassle you and far far fewer than other touristy areas.

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Area around the Century Hotel, Corner Colon and Pelaez Str. Cebu City. Bad area at day and night. Crowded, beggars, snatchers, sick and stinky people, at night shabu users, hookers and all the crime which comes along with it.

 

Don't confuse with Century Plaza which is in a much better area.

 

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When I'm in Cebu I usually stay in that area either Hotel Sogo or GV tower and have never encountered a problem even coming back on foot at 4am of course many pimps around but harmless tell them no and they leave you be

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Everybody has there point of view as to safe and unsafe areas in Cebu City.Even though some areas may seem more unsafe to some,something unsafe could pop up in just about anywhere you are and any time of day.I used to take long hikes every night at around 9pm when its cool from our home in Guadalupe.I'd do about 5-7 kilometers of fast walking.I not once had the feeling of any impending trouble.I've walked through Colon many many times and the worse thing to happen there was the kids begging or kids selling candles.I'd usually buy a handful of candles and ask the kids to light them for me at Senor'SantoNino Church.Other times I would just say Ugma,the kids would laugh and ugma they would certainly find me when I alked through.The Fuente' area I would never have any problems at all.If there Were pimps and pick pockets around I did'nt see them,but then I was'nt looking for them either.Smelly people,Yeah,I guess that comes with being a beggar with nothing.Much more unsafeness for me and my wife and two little sons were,the owners of the house we rented-we took better care of this house then the owners who lived behind us did,they were wealthy and educated.the day we were to leave the Philippines for the States,The old lady owner came into our house,I could hear yelling in the kitchen,she hit my wife in the head and was screaming at her.When I got there,there were her husband and son and daughter in law and a few neighbors screaming a accusing.My wife had sold everything,even gave these people many expensive items,the old woman wanted our air conditioner,my wife had told her the price a month earlier,the old woman said No.A few days before we were to leave the old lady said again no.So my wife sold the a/c to another neighbor.They screamed and accused for the better part of an hour at us,the old lady attempted to hit me in the head and missed,our two little sons were screaming and crying and were traumatized by this BS for a long time afterwards and even 3 1/2 years later they still remember this experience.This all happened in the afternoon the day before we were to leave.The moring of this day my wife went to Colon to buy a celfone to send to her brother and got ripped off.I got a call from my wife from the police dept.I went there immediately only to end up in a pushing bout with one of the pigs.A real screwed up experience.This was our last day in Cebu,the rest of my 5 years in the Philippines was not like this at all.So unsafe was an well taken care of wealthy educated landlord by us and the police.

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When I'm in Cebu I usually stay in that area either Hotel Sogo or GV tower and have never encountered a problem even coming back on foot at 4am of course many pimps around but harmless tell them no and they leave you be

 

Exactly! The people who actually try living here, know the truth.

 

I suspect there was a time in years past when downtown deserved it's reputation however I think the character of the area has long since changed. It's common for an area's bad reputation to linger long after it is no longer applicable. Many years ago, I bought a very cheap house in a what was supposedly a very bad area and was advised against. But I had a good look around and discovered the criminals had all moved out or been put in prison and what was left seemed to be mostly their poor sad old parents. So I bought, renovated and sold three years later, doubling my money. It takes time for reputations to fade as many people like to voice ill informed outdated opinions not based on current reality.

 

If the area was so bad, you wouldn't be seeing the massive amount of investment going on in new buildings and renovations. Many of the facades have been torn down and new ones put up. Colonade supermarket has been completely rebuilt, the old burnt out plaza fair has finally been rebuilt as a modern spacious 3 story mall, across the road a new mall is being built, one of the 3 gaisanos has a huge expansion ongoing, E-mall recently completed their large addition, plus many other smaller constructions. I know of no other area with so much activity and infrastructure investment.

 

However...

 

I haven't been down to carbon market since a year ago. I didn't feel comfortable there before and feel no inclination to go back. I didn't see anything bad when I went there but there was a vibe about the place I didn't like. There may still be bad pockets like that in the area but for the most part I believe the area in general to be safer and nicer than most other locations in the city. Actually I think it's safer than many places in a large western city. But obviously common sense rules apply to personal safety anywhere you go.

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You very obviously have never set foot in the area or are just lying to be provocative. I suspect the latter :D

 

As someone who has lived there for some time, I can honestly say there are fewer beggars etc in the area than most other areas. based on population density, there is less crime per person than other areas. Safest place in town actually.

 

I think my distaste and disgust of beggars is well known so I would hardly be living in an area that had much of them now would I?

 

Worst place for tourists I would say is around fuente/mango. Lots of drug users, aggressive beggars, filthy smelly people, grotty pros and pimps etc. I've seen all of this myself but very little of this have I seen downtown. Well there are a few pros here but they don't hassle you and far far fewer than other touristy areas.

 

I have been to the area many times, it not a nice area and unsafe. I call everything unsafe where pimps, druggies and other elements doing their business. Of course, if you think that areas are suitable for families and vacationers, where hotels are located, which rent out rooms by the hour and the stink from the sewer is so bad that you can't breath anymore, then you are correct.

 

The Century is one of the cheapest hotels in Cebu, for a reason.

 

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I haven't been down to carbon market since a year ago. I didn't feel comfortable there before and feel no inclination to go back. I didn't see anything bad when I went there but there was a vibe about the place I didn't like.

 

Kristine went to USJR (edge of Carbon) for four years and lived in Taboan (Fairly close) for 8 years. She is street wise for sure. The last time we were in Carbon it was 2 pm and she told me we needed to leave. I said why, what is it. She just said that there were too many eyes on us and people moving parallel to us and she did not feel safe. If she was not feeling safe, that's good enough for me.

 

Ricky, just want to clarify one thing. The Barangay of Pasil as a whole is not a bad place. But there is a part of it which is included in the shabu district (my term) and is not safe at all in my opinion. Day or night, but obviously night is much worse.

 

I go to Colon almost every day between 8pm and 1am and I don't worry about it other than keeping my wits about me.

 

Rookies should not venture into downtown at night alone, period!!!

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I've been to Colon many times, though not after around 9PM, and have never felt unsafe there. I just stay alert and aware of my surroundings.

 

I dislike Fuente, with its beggars, aggressive street vendors, "viagra" sellers and whores. These are mere nuisances rather than dangers, though. I only go there to change jeeps or to occasionally go to Robinson's for something.

 

The biggest danger I've encountered here is (are?) those low roofs, signs, etc. over he sidewalks in many places that just want to jump out and smack me upside the head. "Little did they know that their peaceful island would someday be invaded by a race of giants." :D

 

One of the more dangerous places these days is our apartment. Karen keeps thinking she hears noises at night and I got tired of getting up to check them while empty-handed, so I invested in a softball bat, which now lives in the corner of our bedroom. :)

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Area around the Century Hotel, Corner Colon and Pelaez Str. Cebu City. Bad area at day and night. Crowded, beggars, snatchers, sick and stinky people, at night shabu users, hookers and all the crime which comes along with it.

 

Don't confuse with Century Plaza which is in a much better area.

 

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I agree with you 100% I think if there are a lack of beggars in this area it

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Well maybe I'm just braver than some of you fearful types but in all the time I've lived here, I've always felt safe and comfortable at all hours of the night and day and never had a bad experience. I guess its a personal choice but I wouldn't live anywhere else in Cebu but here where I feel safest and most at home. It's the most convenient area in town with the close proximity of so many modern clean malls and I always recommend anyone coming to this country for the first time, Downtown Cebu is the place to be.

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This is a link to an attempted robbery that happened to me and my ex-wife, back in 2005: To those who tried to rob my wife and I...

 

Here is the follow up thread to that incident: Fear? Nope.

 

Just to make it clear, I feel exactly the same way today. If someone tries to rob me, someone is not going to be happy. I hope they are prepared to die for what they wish to take from me. I damned sure will die to protect it.

 

 

Hell yeah! The Fother Mucker! :) This is why I carry.

Shoot first, ask questions later. :D

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I always recommend anyone coming to this country for the first time, Downtown Cebu is the place to be.

 

Why would you recommend to someone who has traveled half way around the world want to live in a crap hole like downtown ?

 

There are so many beautiful beaches and mountains in the Phils.

 

 

 

But as for the most dangerous place.. in my opinion it would be walking anywhere under a coconut tree.. you never know when a coconut is just going to drop out of a tree and knock you out.

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Why would you recommend to someone who has traveled half way around the world want to live in a crap hole like downtown ?

 

There are so many beautiful beaches and mountains in the Phils.

 

 

 

But as for the most dangerous place.. in my opinion it would be walking anywhere under a coconut tree.. you never know when a coconut is just going to drop out of a tree and knock you out.

 

I imagine some people might say, "Why would someone want to travel halfway around the world just to live out in the sticks? There's no action!" It depends on whatever floats someone's boat. I think I'd prefer the country, myself, but it'd be too far for Karen to have to commute. Otherwise it'd be nice not to live a few minutes away from malls, money-traps that they are. :)

 

Banana trees can be dangerous too: can you imagine slipping on an entire bunch? :D

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I imagine some people might say, "Why would someone want to travel halfway around the world just to live out in the sticks? There's no action!" It depends on whatever floats someone's boat. I think I'd prefer the country, myself, but it'd be too far for Karen to have to commute. Otherwise it'd be nice not to live a few minutes away from malls, money-traps that they are. :)

 

Banana trees can be dangerous too: can you imagine slipping on an entire bunch? :D

 

 

I did'nt mean living in the the sticks either... but the downtown Colon area is not the cheapest place to live in the city.

I guess if people consider that area action packed ....then I need to find a new hobby.

 

But I guess I value the quality of life... which still can be found on a reasonable budget anywhere outside of Colon.

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Why would you recommend to someone who has traveled half way around the world want to live in a crap hole like downtown ?

 

There are so many beautiful beaches and mountains in the Phils.

 

 

 

But as for the most dangerous place.. in my opinion it would be walking anywhere under a coconut tree.. you never know when a coconut is just going to drop out of a tree and knock you out.

 

 

 

 

 

i agree with you ... a guy spends thousands to get here and then stays in a polluted , area like that.. well our fellow poster will be there for ever unless the other hotels start charging spare change for a room..

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Okay, some people say Colon is unsafe. Other people say Fuente is unsafe. For me, I would walk anywhere in the city, day or night. Anyone who has known me for years, knows that I have had one incident where a guy (and his sidekick) pulled a gun on me and JJ (my former wife) late one night. That incident happened in Camputhaw, Cebu City. That is a few blocks from the intersection of Gorordo and Escario. To give you an idea where this intersection is, Golden Peak Hotel is on the southeast corner of Gorordo and Escario.

 

Now, what is the safest, or most dangerous place in the city for you?

I have only felt uncomfortable a couple of times in Cebu City and one time was with you.

 

You had been taking pictures in the "Basketball Court" and a man who claimed to be Filipino military took offense and wanted his pictures deleted. The fact that you had no pictures of him to delete did not deter him. I left with everyone else in the taxi that night instead of walking home alone.

 

The other time was after a vigilante killing. There was a huge crowd on Colon all happy that a long time, very active, Filipino thief was dead. As I moved through the crowd to find out what had happened, several people in the crowd told me my friend is dead.

 

It was a vigilante killing and people think he is my friend......I got out of there fast!

 

The chief of police said downtown has the highest reported crime. That does not translate as unsafe. It is the highest reported crime because it is a pick pocket paradise. Actual muggings are very rare. As I have said before, do not make yourself a target and you are unlikely to become one.

 

Anyone who thinks downtown is unsafe has not lived there.

 

I have been staying at the Cebu Century Hotel off and on since 1995. I feel very safe around Colon, day or night but especially at night because at night it is the same people in the street and new faces stand out.

 

For the poster who said why downtown.

- The Cebu Century Hotel was originally recommended to me by Filipinos. Cebu Century Hotel is very poplular with Filipino families. There was even some famous TV actress stay there while I was living there. Filipino mayors in town for conferences stay there.

- It is VERY cheap area to live! Accommodation, food, alcohol and tourist activities...all cheap!

- Convenience. Taxis parked out the front at night otherwise taxis going past 24/7. ATM machine at my front door. Cheapest supermarket in Cebu City for groceries and take away alcohol across the road. Food court, department stores, restaurants etc accross the road , round the corner and up the street. Multiple choices for massage service either in the hotel accross the road or around the corner. Cheapest cinemas in Cebu City, starting with a cinema in the Cebu Century Hotel. Money changers accross the road. Cheap prepaid cell phone cards accross the road. The cheapest DVD's and CD's in Cebu City at multiple outlets within 100 yards. Travel offices for airline and boat tickets at multiple outlets within 100 yards.

 

If you want to spend all your vacation money on high priced accommodation elswhere, I am happy for you! While my budget stays what it is, it will be Colon for me!

 

 

Just my two centavos worth!

 

 

Regards; Jim

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