The building that Radisson Blue Hotel now stands was basically finished more than a decade ago. It was idle for many years for a number reasons.
First reason I heard was the building is not structurally safe. The structure is too heavy for the lot.
Then, I read in the news, it was because of the financial crisis that hit Asia back in the late 1990s.
I also read that SM Investments could not find suitable partner to manage a hotel with 5 star hotel expertise.
Radisson Blue is considered to be the first 5-star hotel in Cebu City.
This hotel has 400 rooms and suites.
Radisson Blu is located just beside SM City Cebu.
Serging Osmeña Boulevard
corner Juan Luna Avenue
Cebu City, Philippines 6000
Tel: +63 (32) 402 9900
Tel: +63 (32) 505 1700
Fax: +63 (32) 402 9999
Integrated Transport Planning Managing Director Colin Brader shows the flow of traffic around Fuente Osmeña once the Bus Rapid Transport system is in place. (Arni Aclao)
CEBU CITY — The Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system for this city is on its last two months of consultation before the feasibility study will be completed.
Colin Brader, the urban planner from Integrated Transport Planning, the consultancy firm for the BRT, told the Movement for Livable Cebu (MLC) that Osmeña Blvd. is the most feasible area for the system.
Brader made a presentation with MLC on Tuesday, following the group’s request that V. Rama be made the major street where the BRT will pass through.
Joel Lee of MLC explained that Osmeña Blvd. is a heritage and showcase area for Cebu City and that a mass transport system may destroy its view.
He cited as example the possibility that the view of the Capitol building facade might be blocked.
Brader showed MLC and a couple of other youth groups the difference between V. Rama and Osmeña Blvd. and the advantages of the latter.
For one, about 2,800 vehicles pass through Osmeña Blvd. compared to V. Rama’s 1,300. The latter is mostly residential while the former is more commercial.
MLC believes that because V. Rama is more of a residential area, then a good number of people will be serviced by the bus.
Brader, though, explained that it is not just about the starting point but also about the destination.
“The significance of Osmeña Blvd. is that it is a major destination,” he said.
The area also has the support of the barangay officials of Sambag I, Sambag II, Santa Cruz, San Antonio, Capitol Site and Camputhaw.
After consulting with MLC last Tuesday and the persons with disabilities last Monday, Brader and BRT point person Maricon Encabo of the Cebu City Government are set to consult the 14 barangays that will benefit from the project.
Brader said that so far, there has been no opposition to the program.
Another important reason why Osmeña Blvd. is a better option, he said, is that using it for the BRT can help revitalize the downtown area, with Citilink as the ferry point. People will get down at Citilink and ride jeepneys to the downtown area.
The BRT is planned to start in Bulacao through N. Bacalso then turn to Osmeña Blvd., pass through Escario St. and go straight to Talamban.
As the feasibility study is expected to be concluded by August, a detailed design is expected to begin in October, to be completed in May.
The detailed design will provide the specifics of the BRT system like the road network, stops and intervals.
Proponents are aiming for an October 2013 start, and if all goes according to plan, the system may be operational by 2015.
Brader is just thankful that even if the political climate in Cebu City is heating up, the BRT system was never affected.
Brader started working on the BRT when Tomas Osmeña (now Cebu City, south district congressman) was mayor of the city three years ago. Now, he finds himself in close contact with Mayor Michael Rama or his representative for the smooth implementation of the project.
Brader said that Osmeña Blvd. also has wider roads compared to V. Rama and has a better transition road going to Escario St. compared to V. Rama’s M. Velez St.
Lee also asked how the project will affect the sidewalks along Osmeña Blvd. that have been improved by the Beautiful Cebu Movement Foundation Inc.
Brader did not totally discount V. Rama, saying, “Maybe it will be a good route in the future.”
By July, the BRT will have an exhibition in major malls in Cebu City so that regular people, those not attached to any organizations, can make their sentiments known on the BRT system.
Lee was satisfied with the explanation of Brader and commented that the BRT is a good project for Cebu City.
He also commended the massive consultation done by the Brader’s firm in coordination with the Cebu City Government, comparing it to the flyover projects that did not go through public consultation. (JGA/Sun.Star Cebu)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 20, 2012.
By Katlene O. Cacho
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
ENCOURAGED by upbeat customer traffic, homegrown pizza business Acha Pizzeria is spending P2 million to expand this year.
Acha Pizzeria manager and marketing head Michael James Orozco said on Monday they will be opening an alfresco pizza store in Talisay and Mandaue to cater to what he described as un-served demand in the area.
“Despite tough competition, there is a market for pizza business in Cebu. The fact that we are expanding explains the unserved demand of pizzas in some areas here,” Orozco said.
He said the planned expansions are among the major moves the company will be embarking since his family assumed ownership and management of the pizza business.
Acha Pizzeria was started by Lito Acha seven years ago. In July 2009, the Orozco family, who hails from Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, took over business as the Achas were migrating to the United States. The two families are friends.
The Orozco family bought the business for P900,000 from its original price of P1.3 million.
“They (Acha family) still have remaining shares in the business, but majority is owned by us. They still help us look after the business and act as consultants since they have more experience running a food and restaurant business,” Orozco said.
The Orozco family is into apartment rental in Siargao. Orozco, who used to work in one of the big resort hotels here, left corporate life to manage the pizza business.
Orozco said they have retained the original recipe of the pizza but stressed that the family will do some regular checking on the menu for possible additions or changes.
“So far, since we assumed ownership of the business we have improved the physical look of the store making it more “homey” for customers. We will also look into the improvements of the menu,” he said.
Orozco said he enrolled in some cooking classes to know the basics of cooking and
Acha Pizzeria is located on Osmeña Boulevard. It currently employs five workers. Its specialty is Pizza Tricia, a 12-inch three-layered pizza sold at P345. Other pizza flavors range from P135-P345. Aside from pizzas, the restaurant also serves pita sandwiches, salads and meals.
As competition heats up, Orozco said they will be aggressive in terms of marketing and promotions using traditional marketing tools and social media to tap potential customers.
He said the company has started creating a Facebook fan.
Orozco also assured that the company will sustain the quality of their products and continue offering quality service to customers.
Acha Pizzeria will also open a branch in Siargao Island this year.
The family also hopes to further grow the business through franchising for the company to generate more revenues and tap distant and out-of-reach markets in different locations.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 13, 2012.
This commercial building is located in front of SM City Cebu, and is designed by Archt. Arsenio Abella.
Cebu International Finance Corporation or better known as CIFC has office spaces available for rent to businesses or other organizations.
I was a huge admirer of the design of this building, it was unique when I first saw it in the mid 1990s.
Address and contact information of CIFC:
Juan Luna Avenue Extension
Cebu City, Philippines
032 232 4403
Here is the location map of CIFC Tower:
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If you were expecting a KTV with underdressed sexy women, well you go search again in Google :D. Gimik Barkada KTV is also a family music lounge. So basically, this place is for everyone.
My barkada went out to show off our singing voice, but only for us to hear though.
The Gimik Barkada KTV sign outside. This ktv joint is located in Mango Square Gen. Maxilom Avenue.
I personally don’t like their entrance, it’s so dark. Probably they’re cutting costs. 😀
The hallway, leading to the ktv rooms. We transferred to another room because of the smell of smoke left by those who first occupied.
Hey, I did not sing this song ha.
Ako ning barkada nag kanta.
After our singing session, this was past 10:00 pm na.
Overall, this ktv joint is good, not too expensive and not too cheap either. Just prepare about 500 pesos for the rest of your barkada.
Gimik KTV’s contact number is 032-2530129
A mate of mine from Manila, had this not so good experience with a taxi driver here in Cebu.
Hi everyone, if ever you find yourself in Cebu City and in need of a cab, stay away from AirLand Taxis.
I forgot to take my luggage from the trunk of the car when we got off since we were hurrying for a client meeting. I called up the taxi dispatch (number from the receipt) within 30 mins and when they contacted the driver (on the radio), he told them straight up that the luggage is no longer there. He even recognized us since he told the dispatch, “yung tagalog?”
How he figured out that the luggage, which was in the trunk, within seconds of being asked was no longer there is beyond me, considering he was driving at the time.
I told the dispatcher that the luggage had no valuables, only my clothes since I will be in the city for a good 3 days. Still, the driver was adamant that the luggage was not in his taxi.
After the second call, I no longer bothered to pursue it since it was obvious that the driver had no plans of returning my bag.
Plate number: GXL-781
If you happen to have a father, brother, or friend for a taxi driver plying around the streets of Cebu City, please do remind them to be good. Let’s show other Filipinos that we are not thieves.
Even share this link to them.
Why you should minimize your habit of smoking, drinking, and eating too much Cebu lechon or any unhealthy foods.
1 of 4 monthly deaths in Central Visayas due to cardiovascular disease
CEBU CITY — Cardiovascular disease is a “silent killer” responsible for one of four deaths in Central Visayas every month, according to the Department of Health (DOH) 7.
DOH 7 described cardiovascular disease as a “silent killer” because it strikes anyone who is not health-conscious.
But it said the disease is highly preventable.
Dr. Juditha Tawatao of DOH 7 said the best way to prevent heart disease is to avoid all factors that may cause it.
People who smoke, are overweight, are heavy drinkers, have high cholesterol level, and have a family history of the disease are most likely to have cardiovascular disease.
A proper diet and eating nutritious food help, Tawatao said.
She said those who constantly exercise and have a health lifestyle would be least likely to have the disease.
In 2011, heart ailments and other cardiovascular diseases topped the causes of death in Cebu City.
Dr. Stella Ygona, Cebu City health officer, said there were 874 reported deaths last year caused by cardiovascular diseases.
The most common cardiovascular disease is hypertension.
Last May 19, World Hypertension Day was marked to increase awareness about the said disease.
Well, not really a full spiral stairs, I just lacked for words to call this part of Ayala Center Cebu.
This area of the mall is where I stay if I wait for somebody, a friend or aheem – date.
With this shot, I waited for my male barkadas dili chick ha. 😀
I always see this mural painting everytime I pass by this area in Banilad, near Metrobank. It’s time to take a photo of it.
I have no idea who painted this, probably made by a female artist.
Female artist named Mau?
With an alias of Karingkay Hardchick?
Beside the mural of Hardchick is this another beautifully done wall painting.
I had to try out Apurado. I don’t usually eat at malls because of the prices. I had to do it, so I can have something to write about in this blog. Haha.
Apurado is located at Robinson’s, in the Jones Avenue side.
Apurado is just beside the Midtown / Robinson’s parking entrance.
This is their menu.
Barbecue pork and chicken.
I ate paliya and fried bangus. This is just below P50, cheaper than the combo meal which is P59.