Cebu has become one of the primary destinations of choice for tourists on travel, vacation, entertainment and English language learning hub in the past few years. The Department of Tourism Region 7 confirmed that there are 5.5 million tourists visited Cebu in 2018. This is probably one of the reasons why casinos became more popular in Cebu province. Let us try to learn further.
Why do Cebuanos love playing in Casinos?
It also has become an option for new graduates or those who want to venture to professional work because of the rapid growth of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) in the province. In 2012 alone, the presence of the IT-BPO industry in Cebu City reached 26.9 percent. This made the city ranked 8th at the Top 100 BPO Destinations in the world.
Going back to the question, “Why do Cebuanos love playing in Casinos?” Initially, the majority of the people have in mind that the love of Cebuanos to playing casinos came from the abundant existence of peryahan or local funfairs particularly found in the barangays, or traveling amusement parks back in the days.
We were able to ask people online and usually, they would end up giving similar answers to our question. We were able to collect the three (3) most popular responses from random respondents.
1) They have the hopes to win big and easy money
When you enter a casino, a player only has one thing in mind: to hit the jackpot. Casino players get entertained with many different types of casino games available. There’s the most common table game, Poker, and other examples like Baccarat, Blackjack, Super 6, Roulette, Red/White, and many more.
Slot machines are also very popular in a casino.
2) Casinos are everywhere
The most popular Casino operator is the Casino Filipino by PAGCOR. In Cebu, it has top-of-the-line gaming and entertainment offerings from its main branch at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino and four satellites located in Mactan, Crown Regency Hotel & Towers, Parkmall, and Talisay City.
The main branch in Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino is a 24-hour gaming area by Casino Filipino. It started its operation last January 1, 1998, with Poker tables, 61 Table games, and 429 gaming machines.
There is also The Palace Casino Cebu located in one of the resorts in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.
3) Trying their luck
The elated feeling of being lucky is just so right why people love playing in casinos. Even though it is obvious for players that they are losing a lot of money on games and slot machines, they are not thinking about it. Instead, the urge to hit the jackpot still prevails.
Cebu is a lively and entertaining province. It is evident in the growing number of tourists visiting every year. Cebuanos, themselves, are fun-loving people by nature. It is also due to the fact that Cebu is home to one of the country’s most visited white sand beaches, huge shopping malls, historic and religious landmarks rooting back to the Spanish colonial era, diverse cuisine from Chinese, American, and other foreign cooking, and also, the locally-made food and delicacies like lechon and dried mangoes. We also need not forget that Cebu is where you can experience the biggest and grandest festival in the country — the Sinulog Festival.
Majority of the hotels and resorts in Cebu has casino in them. There are a few, however, very common to Cebuanos, especially those operated by the Casino Filipino Cebu.