This people, formerly the largest ethnic group in the country, is now next only to the Tagalog, with a national population of 15,151,489 (NSO 1990). In the island of Cebu alone, they number about 15,008,593 (NSO 1990). Centrally located in the heart of the archipelago, they control commerce south of Manila. They constitute the major ethnic population and cultural influence in southern Philippines even among the peoples of Mindanao such that Cebuano is the lingua franca in the south.

       The people are found in mainstream society whether in government, education, industry, culture, and the arts. Cebu City is a major metropolis and has even an international airport.

Distribution of Ethnic Groups by Provinces
(Arrangement: Population count)
Cebuano
Total National Population
(Binukid count)
150,129,231
138,558
15,151,489
Abra 211
Agusan del N. 411,124
Agusan del S. 305,655
Aklan 1,711
Albay 1,194
Antique 2,683
Aurora 1,239
Basilan 25,993
Bataan 5,097
Batanes 81
Batangas 4,543
Benguet 1,344
Bohol 845,751
Bukidnon 631,056
Bulacan 19,915
Cagayan 1,430
Camarines N. 956
Camarines S. 2,097
Camiguin 62,860
Capiz 1,518
Catanduanes 259
Cavite 22,528
Cebu 2,572,399
Davao 845,629
Davao del S. 1,158,817
Davao Or. 217,108
E. Samar 1,688
Ifugao 93
Ilocos N. 843
Ilocos S. 568
Iloilo 9,292
Isabela 2,232
Kalinga-Apayao 154
La. Union 1,186
Laguna 1,290,278
Lanao del N. 46,957
Lanao del S. 17,577
Leyte 760,796
Maguindanao 58,600
Marinduque 183,235
Masbate 214,940
Misamis Occ. 412,940
Misamis Or. 832,101
Mt. Province 86
Negros Occ. 409,593
Negros Or. 2,522
N. Cotabato 226,964
N. Samar 19,624
N. Ecija 2,932
N. Vizcaya 880
Occ. Mindoro 3,316
Or. Mindoro 2,089
Palawan 39,611
Pampanga 134,870
Pangasinan 2,990
Quezon 40,574
Quirino 136
Rizal 22,701
Romblon 1,128
W. Samar 46,180
Siquijor 71,625
Sorsogon 1,028
S. Cotabato 383,142
S. Leyte 315,525
S. Kudarat 39,782
Sulu 1,735
Surigao del N. 134,829
Surigao del S. 333,897
Tarlac 2,776
Tawi-Tawi 2,015
Zambales 10,718
Zamboanga N. 562,135
Zamboanga S. 922,002
Kalookan 29,348
Las Pinas 14,920
Mandaluyong 8,114
Manila 47,275
Marikina 8,786
Malabon 9,791
Makati 23,426
Muntinlupa 9,064
Navotas 7,380
Paranaque 13,480
Pasay 18,359
Pateros 1,208
Quezon City 77,051
San Juan 4,749
Taguig 14,626
Valenzuela 11,271
BISAYA (BINISAYA)
Total National Population 138,558
Abra 8
Agusan del No. 442
Agusan del S. 1,484
Albay 18
Basilan 1,615
Bataan 319
Batangas 238
Benguet 288
Bohol 78,363
Bukidnon 856
Bulacan 398
Cagayan 29
Camarines N. 81
Camarines S. 141
Camiguin 10
Catanduanes 9
Cavite 1,003
Cebu 346
Davao 16,319
Davao Or. 643
Davao del S. 200
Ilocos S. 12
Isabela 187
Laguna 222
Lanao del N. 31
Lanao del S. 21
Leyte 155
Maguindanao 19
Misamis Occ. 19
Misamis Or. 483
Negros Occ. 21
N. Cotabato 2,269
N. Samar 29
Nueva Ecija 97
Nueva Vizcaya 32
Occ. Mindoro 344
Or. Mindoro 7,048
Palawan 1,196
Pampanga 179
Pangasinan 70
Quezon 242
Rizal 1,516
Siquijor 21
Sorsogon 629
S. Cotabato 1,533
S. Leyte 69
Sulu 214
Surigao del N. 211
Surigao del S. 5,957
Tarlac 9
Tawi-Tawi 418
Zambales 68
Zamboanga N. 398
Zamboanga S. 2,856
Kalookan 641
Las Pinas 20
Mandaluyong 473
Manila 1,044
Marikina 1,538
Malabon 323
Makati 516
Muntinlupa 122
Pasay 119
Pateros 21
Quezon City 3,349
San Juan 200
Taguig 593
Valenzuela 214