20 Amazing Cebu Changes Since Your Last Visit – Part 2
Cebu is changing. And it is changing quite fast. With busy ports, talented and hardworking manpower, tons of investments, and a robust economy among others, Cebu’s rapid growth and development are nothing short of extraordinary. In fact, there is a big chance that the Cebu you knew when you left may not be the same one you come home to tomorrow. And we agree.
So this week, TheCebuano lists down 20 exciting developments in Cebu that you definitely wouldn’t know about if you haven’t returned in recent months or years. Take a look!
1. Metro Ayala Blaze
At the start of this year, a huge fire hit Metro (Gaisano) Ayala. The fire ravaged for days and when it was finally put under control, the whole multi-story department store was basically completely destroyed.
2. Boardwalk Expansion
After the completion of its (now quite popular) marine boardwalk, the local government unit of the City of Naga recently announced its plans to extend it. Exciting!
3. Food Parks in the Metro
After the food park concept caught on, more food parks started appearing in various parts of the metropolis. Some of the most prominent ones include Sugbo Mercado, Yello Cube, and Tambayan sa Lacion, among others.
4. TransCentral Highway Steel Bridge
For safety reasons, the iconic steel-and-wood bridge in Balamban, along the TransCentral Highway, was removed. That part of the highway now looks like this.
5. LED Road Markers
LED road markers are now being used is several streets all over Metro Cebu. These markers took the place of the trapezoid-shaped and round-shaped street markets previously found in most Cebu roads.
6. Terminal 2
The world class, resort-themed second terminal of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport has finally been opened to the public. It is now being used for international departures and arrivals.
7. 24/7 Library
Due to a Facebook user’s request on his official page for safe and affordable study centers in the city, Cebu City Mayor Tomas recently decided to keep the Cebu City Public Library open 24/7.
8. Larsian Renovation
The famous Larsian square in Fuente Osmena is currently closed for repairs and renovation. In the mean time, the food stalls can be found along B. Rodriguez Street right across the Maternity Hospital.
9. Underpass Completion
The hugely controversial Mambaling Underpass project, which is seen to help solve (or at least lessen) the worsening traffic situation in the area, is now finally nearing completion.
10. No More Pino’s
Iconic Cebu brand Pino’s, which used to occupy a big lot in Lahug, has recently been closed. All the additional structures created during the restaurant’s operation have now been removed as well.
11. A Denser Cebu IT Park
The Cebu IT Park in Barangay Lahug is getting more and more dense by the minute. Adding to the robust development in the area is the massive Central Bloc project which will house the second Ayala Mall in Cebu.
12. Ala Van Epic City
The sleepy diving town of Moalboal will soon have its very first high-rise. The AlaVan Epic City is a multi-storey development which will house a condominium, a hotel, a hospital, and a whole lot more!
13. Ocean Park
Cebu’s very first Ocean Park is now finally nearing completion. This new tourist magnet is located right next to the San Pedro Calungsod Chapel inside the SM Seaside City Cebu complex at the South Road Properties.
14. More Highland Attractions
After the Celosia Craze in Sirao broke the local internet, more farms opened its doors to the selfie-loving Cebuanos. Some of the most popular ones include Buwakan ni Alejandra, Ka-Tilong Sunflower Farm, and Florentino’s Eco-Park.
15. Moalboal’s Marine Art
Famous for its white sand beaches and dive spots, the town of Moalboal recently gained more attention when a local elementary school and a local mall became viral on social media because of their fantastic marine art.
16. CityMall Bacalso
Downtown Cebu gets another mall! CityMall Bacalso, which is sitting right between Elizabeth Mall (E-Mall) and the Cebu South Bus Terminal, is opening very soon!
17. Hanging Bridge in Mantayupan
To keep visitors safe (especially when crossing towards the main drop, a new hanging bridge was opened to the public in the middle of 2017 at the foot of Mantayupan Falls in Campangga, Barili.
18. Goodbye Marriott!
World-renowned hotel brand Marriott officially closed its doors on January 1, 2018. Last August, the hotel reopened, now carrying the new name SEDA Ayala Center Cebu.
19. City di Marre
After years of anticipation, FilInvest’s City di Marre at the South Road Properties is now finally nearing completion. In fact, several well-known locators have already started occupying this new lifestyle destination.
20. Silongan sa Naga
The City of Naga has partnered with world-renowned furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue to create Pasilong sa Naga. Like the Sky Play at SM Seaside City Cebu, this project can also be enjoyed by the public.
Read PART 1 HERE | PART 3 Coming Soon!