18 Construction Photos of Familiar Cebu Structures You Need to See Today
Almost ten years ago, we were all so giddy with excitement when the very first 40-storey building in Cebu was finally completed. Today, the building that is expected to dethrone it is nearing completion. It is truly incredible how fast time flies. And it’s mind-blowing how we often fail to notice the changes around us simply because of how busy we are.
Fortunately, we’ve managed to snap a few nice photos of some of Cebu’s most memorable scenes in the recent past (because we know you’d one day have enough time to actually look back and start feeling a little sentimental. :))
So, what exactly did you miss? Here are 18 photos of familiar Cebu structures while they were being constructed.
1. Cansaga Bay Bridge
Mandaue City – Consolacion
The Cansaga Bay Bridge’s completion made traveling from Mandaue city to the northern towns of Consolacion, Liloan, and Compostela faster and easier.
2. FilInvest Cebu Cyberzone
Cebu IT Park
Despite numerous delays and controversies, the construction and completion of the FilInvest Cebu Cyberzone finally pushed through. The structure is now home to several new restaurants and brands.
3. Gaisano Town Center Balamban
Gaisano Town Center Balamban, which sits right at the mouth of the TransCentral Highway, is now one of the most-visited pits stops in the town of Balamban.
4. Cebu City Philippines Temple
Scaffolding surround the spire (which features a golden Angel Moroni statue) of the Cebu City Philippine temple during its construction.
5. Capitol Center – Seventh Day Adventist Church
Check out the construction of the Seventh Day Adventist Church’s new building in Capitol Site. Plus, take a look at the old digital clocks which were once placed in various parts of the city.
6. Quest Hotel And Conference Center Cebu and Mandarin Plaza Hotel
Archbishop Reyes Avenue
The two iconic hotel buildings are located right next to each other along Cebu’s famous hotel corridor. Other popular hotels in the area include Parklane Hotel, Waterfront Hotel, Elizabeth Hotel, and Golden Prince Hotel.
7. TGU Tower
Cebu IT Park
The construction of the TGU Tower as seen from the parking lot of McDonald’s at TheWalk.
8. Super Metro Mambaling
Street view during the construction of Super Metro’s new store in the Mambaling/Labangon area.
9. Crown Regency
Cebu City’s then tallest building – Crown Regency Hotel and Tower – when it was finally topped off.
10. Monastery of the Holy Eucharist
Lindogon, Simala, Sibonga
Pilgrims wait for the start of a noon mass inside the unfinished main chapel of Sibonga’s Monastery of the Holy Eucharist or more commonly known as ‘Simala Shrine.’
11. Road Widening
Street scene at the height of the road widening and beautification of Escario street and the construction of high-rise Mandarin Plaza Hotel.
12. McDonald’s Escario
McDonald’s newest branch, which is located along the ultra-busy Escario Street, during its last few weeks of construction.
13. Citilights Gardens
Nivel Hills, Lahug
Construction work can be seen on the then recently-topped-off third tower of the CityLights Gardens condominium complex in Cebu City.
14. Lexmark Plaza
Cebu Park District
Lexmark’s iconic new building at the Cebu Business Park nearing completion.
15. SM City Cebu – North Wing
North Reclamation Area
A photograph of SM City Cebu’s expansion project (The SM City Cebu North Wing) several months before its grand opening.
16. The Strip
After the demolition of the old food strip, a new commercial strip was constructed on the exact same spot in Capitol Site.
17. Insular Life Cebu Business Center
Cebu Park District
The construction of the the Insular Life Business Center is in full swing, as seen from the lower ground floor of Ayala Center Cebu.
18. South Road Properties Tunnel/Subway
South Road Properties/Plaza Independencia
The construction of the Cebu Subway as seen atop For San Pedro’s main entrance.
Which of these scenes do you remember? Let us know in the comments below!