The coral beds of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago are of unsurpassed beauty, and Guimaras, Cebu and Siquijor are completely covered with a thick cap of coral limestone.
Laoag in north Luzon with a population of 19,699, Iloilo in Panay with a population of 19,054, Cebu with a population of 18,330, and Nueva Caceres in south Luzon (r0,201), were the only towns with a population exceeding ro,000; and Manila (219,928) was the only city.
It is a curious fact that Cebu stands quite by itself, although the deep channel separating it from Negros narrows at one point to about 4 m.
It is connected with Cebu by a railway, and a branch of this railway extending across the island to Barili and Dumanjug was projected in 1908.
In Panay, Cebu and Negros.
Samar, Panay, Negros, Leyte, Bohol and Cebu are drained by many streams, and a few of those in Samar, Panay and Negros are of considerable size.
Cebu in Cebu and Iloilo in Panay are ports of entry second and third in rank, although small in comparison with Manila; there are others of minor importance.
Opon is a shipping and commercial suburb of Cebu city, the harbour of which is sheltered by Mactan Island.
High, and in Cebu not much more than 2000 ft.
Here he found a good harbour in the bay on which the city of Cebu now stands.