20 Amazing Cebu Changes Since Your Last Visit – Part 2
Cebu is changing. And the changes in Cebu can be quite overwhelming. With busy ports, hardworking manpower, tons of investments, and a robust economy among others, Cebu’s rapid growth is nothing short of breath-taking. 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.
This week, TheCebuano lists down 20 exciting changes in Cebu that you wouldn’t know about if you haven’t returned recently. Take a look!
1. Metro Ayala Blaze
At the start of this year, a huge fire hit Metro (Gaisano) Ayala. When the blaze was finally put under control, the whole department store was completely destroyed.
2. Boardwalk Expansion
After the completion of its marine boardwalk, the Naga City LGU 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 all over Cebu. 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 old 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 in Metro Cebu. These markers took the place of the round-shaped street markets previously used in most Cebu roads.
6. Terminal 2
The world-class second terminal of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport has finally been opened to the public. In fact, it is now being used for international departures and arrivals.
7. 24/7 Library
Cebu City Mayor Tomas has recently decided to keep the Cebu City Public Library open 24/7. This is due to a Facebook user’s request on his FB page for safe and affordable study centers in the city.
8. Larsian Renovation
The famous Larsian square in Fuente Osmena is currently closed for repairs and renovation. In the meantime, the food stalls can be found along B. Rodriguez Street right across the Maternity Hospital.
9. Underpass Completion
The Mambaling Underpass project is now finally nearing completion. The project is expected to help solve (or at least lessen) the worsening traffic situation in the area.
10. No More Pino’s
Iconic Cebu brand Pino’s, which used to occupy a big lot in Lahug, has recently been closed. Also, all the additional structures created during the restaurant’s operation have now been removed.
11. A Denser Cebu IT Park
The Cebu IT Park in Barangay Lahug is getting denser by the minute. Adding to the robust development in the area is the massive Central Bloc project. This project will house the second Ayala Mall in Cebu.
12. Ala Van Epic City
The sleepy beach town of Moalboal will soon have its very first high-rise. The AlaVan Epic City is an ambitious multi-story project. It 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 inside the SM Seaside City Cebu complex at the South Road Properties. It sits right next to the San Pedro Calungsod Chapel.
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 for a good reason. A local elementary school and a local mall became viral on social media because of their fantastic ‘marine art’.
16. CityMall Bacalso
Downtown Cebu is getting 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
A new hanging bridge was opened to the public in 2017 at the foot of Mantayupan Falls in Campangga, Barili. The bridge aims to keep visitors safe (especially when crossing towards the main drop.)
18. Goodbye Marriott!
World-renowned hotel brand Marriott officially closed its doors on January 1, 2018. The hotel later reopened (August) and is now carrying the new name SEDA Ayala Center Cebu.
19. City di Marre
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 mall.
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 Cebu Changes PART 1 HERE | PART 3 Coming Soon!