Updated: Jul 17
Is Cebu really Philippines poorest City? Having grown up in Cebu and seeing poverty at it's worse, I can only nod my head and agree. But let's explore the facts below.
We all know that the Philippines is known for having its rich in biodiversity as its main tourist attraction like the beaches, heritage towns and monuments, mountains, rainforests, islands and diving spots are the number one country’s most popular tourist destinations. The Philippines is also known in historical and cultural heritage, including its festivals and indigenous traditions. Popular destinations are El Nido in Palawan, Davao, Boracay, Siargao, Cebu, Manila, Camiguin Island in Misamis Oriental, Mati and Samal Island in Davao del Norte.
As of 2017, million of Filipino have been employed in the tourism sector and the government gained billion pesos from foreign tourists, almost 25% of it came from Boracay itself. The country attracted a total of 5,360,682 foreign visitors in 2015 through its successful tourism campaign of “It’s More Fun in the Philippines”.
Aside from that Cebu City is also picking up tourism lately for it is the secondary country’s metropolis. It has also a lot of cultural, historical tourist spots around the area and it is where the sweetest mangoes are found and also known where the Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan planted the Cross of the Roman Catholic in the name of Spain in 1521 and here where the Roman Catholic Religion began.
Despite its progressive tourism Poverty in Cebu still rises. According to the NSCB poverty statistics they didn’t allow Cebu’s claim of prosperity because it does not show the improvement of its people’s living conditions because there are still few families and a number of foreign investors funnel billions of pesos into its banks, the rich are getting richer and the magnitude of household poverty is getting worse and making Cebu as the top in the whole Philippines in poverty frequency. More and more number of households are consistently rising and worsening situation. Cebu was supposedly the land of opportunity for people to make a better living, but what’s happening was the reverse side because 40 percent of the population is fighting for poverty. And Cebu suffers from a reduced land area for agricultural development even the land of Cebu is really large but it has no more room for agriculture.
According to the study of the World Bank and UNICEF almost 385-M children living in extreme poverty in the Philippines and almost 50% of that number belongs to Cebu. Although there is still poverty arises from different parts of the Philippines namely from Manila, Davao, and other large and medium-sized cities.
In order to help cut the poverty problem in the Philippines, we need a helping hand to support this endeavour. We need to educate ourselves to figure out how we can spend our time and energy helping the impoverished gain the skills and the power they need to help themselves. Volunteer or join different groups that you can work with for children, elderly, mentally ill, and the homeless, women. If each one of us will help an individual it will make a big change for the better like give them some money, even a few dollars can help (but make sure they are really going to buy food). But if you are not sure or at ease giving money to street children or family but you want to help; there are now many charity organizations in the Philippines and around the world that are helping countries with high poverty rates like the Philippines.
Style Tourista aims to do charity work with children in Borbon, Cebu and focuses on education. Style Tourista also helps children who are living below the poverty line by supporting them to go to school and to be good at school, providing activities to expand the mind, encouraging a happy lifestyle. Shop our Products here to see our livelihood program on helping mothers, children and the animal kingdom.
Style Tourista herself has designed a special collection edition to help children in need, meaning for every bracelet bought, CHF/USD 10.00 goes directly to the children's charity in Cebu, Philippines. Each bracelet color supports a specific cause: Black for Education, Violet for Creativity, Brown for Tree Planting, Blue for Water, Orange for Fresh Fruits and Yellow for Clothing and Slippers.
Our vision is to contribute to basic education as it is a human right and the foundation of every striving community. It is my vision that all the children in the Philippines have the chance to be educated. Not only to be educated academically but also to develop personally and to learn how to share and sustain happiness. The goal is to give back hope to children who have fewer opportunities to develop as independent, intelligent and healthy individuals. It is in Style Tourista’s duty and passion to help children and families in communities in need.
If you plan to donate directly to Style Tourista, 100% of your donation goes to our Foundation Projects in the Philippines.