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

Balamban, Cebu

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

Barangay Lahug

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

Capitol Site

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

Fuente Osmeña

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

Escario Street

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

Escario Street

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

Osmeña Boulevard

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!

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