How many of us actually visit downtown Cebu on a regular basis? Some might be getting their food supplies from nearby Carbon Market. But I think most of us only get to drop by this part of the city during the Sinulog season. Looking forward, a new landmark is set to rise in downtown that will bridge the old and new and inspire us to celebrate our rich and colorful history.
Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) has broken ground on its latest mixed-use development at the heart of downtown Cebu.
Named after the historic Catholic recreation center that heavily influenced young professionals in the ‘50s, Patria de Cebu’s redevelopment will offer food, dining, entertainment and office spaces, and will be bannered by the opening of a 182-room international hotel, Mercure Cebu Downtown, by French multinational hospitality chain Accor in 2024.
A collaboration between Cebu Landmasters and the Archdiocese of Cebu, the mixed-use complex was masterplanned to revitalize this historic center of Cebu, with the approval of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.
“The final design of Patria de Cebu is a result of a collaboration between the Archdiocese of Cebu, CLI and key stakeholders. It is a celebration of Cebuano history and culture in today’s setting,” CLI chief executive officer Jose Soberano III highlighted.
Located in front of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, the main Patria building will be retained. CLI and the Archdiocese of Cebu commit to preserve the historic edifice of Patria de Cebu–not just its frontage–thereby keeping its rich heritage intact.
The new structure will be integrated while preserving the heritage of the main Patria building. It will showcase a large central interior plaza for cultural and other gatherings. Its rooftop will also be a venue for al fresco events.
Mercure Cebu Downtown’s ballroom and meeting rooms will also host social and business gatherings. It will also have a restaurant, executive floor lounge, swimming pool and rooftop bar.
I cannot wait for #PatriaDeCebu to reinvigorate this part of downtown Cebu!