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Cebu real estate booming

A restaurateur in Cebu sees real estate as more lucrative and has decided to invest on more properties instead of adding more outlets to his restaurant. Efrain Pelaez, part-ower of Cebu restaurants such as Mikado, Grand Majestic, and Café de France, told The Freeman that he is taking advantage of the real estate boom in Cebu and will be developing some of his idle properties in Mactan Island and Olanggo. "In boom times, real estate can do much better, it provides faster [investment] returns with less hassles," Pelaez told the Cebu newspaper. His company, Coral Point Development Corporation, recently launched the Coral Point Condominium at Punta Engaño. The company is also scheduled to start construction of the Gold Point Resort, a four-hectare property to be developed as a major hotel and spa facility in Santa Rosa, Olanggo Island. The real estate boom in Cebu is evident, what with the number of projects launched and completed in recent years. We here at Cebu Network are covering this booming industry and if you are a real estate developer or agent, you can contact us if you want your properties featured or you can add property listings yourself for free in our Cebu Real Estate Listing.

Looking for a job in Cebu?

Think about it: beaches are less than an hour away, the cost of living is relatively cheaper than that of Manila, and businesses are booming. Cebu is the shipping hub of the country. It is also the education center for Visayas and Mindanao. Lately, officials are positioning to market Cebu as a top-notch location for business process outsourcing, off-shore developments and information and communications technology. These developments are fueling a great demand for workers in various industries. If you're still looking for that dream job in Cebu, head off to Cebu Jobs. The site lists job openings in Cebu companies. We will also be posting tips for jobseekers as well as featuring companies who are scouting for workers. We have just opened a forum where jobseekers, employees, and human resource staff can discuss work-related issues.

Pit Senyor: Cebu dances to the Sinulog

The Sinulog grand mardi gras is under way and if you're not in Cebu City, you’re missing an explosion of colors, dances and Sto. Niño devotion. The city center is packed with people: devotees carrying their own Sto. Niño images, tourists lugging around cameras, teeners riddled with henna tattoos and just about every one else. Sinulog dancers are out on the streets, clad in colorful costumes that span different eras of the country's history: from the pre-Hispanic period to the modern day times.
sinulog DANCING ON THE STREET. A contingent dances the Sinulog in front of a huge crowd in central Cebu City. Click on photo to view larger image.
Saturday afternoon was the religious highlight of the week-long Sinulog festival. Today is the cultural culmination of the activity. The Sinulog transcends Catholicism, it is an expression of Cebu’s ethos: a fun tropical paradise punctuated with year-long festivities that celebrate various aspects of its culture. To those unlucky enough not to be here, here are a few photos hot off the street. We will continue posting updates so be sure to check this site once in a while. As we say in these days: Pit Senyor! kids on a cart sinulog dancers mardi gras sinulog dancers

Sinulog solemn procession, high mass set on Jan. 20

The solemn procession and high mass scheduled this year on January 20 is the religious highlight of the Sinulog, Cebu's celebration of the feast of the Holy Child Jesus. During the procession, an of the Sto. Niño is brought out of Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño and placed on top of a carriage that will take it around downtown Cebu City. The image is a replica of the statue left behind by Portuguese and Spanish explorers in 1521 and found preserved in a burned wooden box in 1565. Led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Augustinian priest Andres de Urdaneta, the Spaniards who discovered the image in 1565 called it miraculous because it survived the fire that gutted the structure that housed it. But the fire had totally blackened the image. Last year, an estimated 700,000 devotees attended the six-hour procession. The procession is on foot and is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 20, the day before the Sinulog grand mardi gras. The calendar of events released by organizers indicated that Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal will be leading the procession. In the morning of the procession, Msgr. Cristobal Garcia will lead the re-enactment of the first Christian mass and baptism of Cebu. The event commemorates the baptism of Sugbu (now Cebu) island chief Rajah Humabon, his wife and some 500 of their followers on April 21, 1521, when Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan went to Cebu. After the procession, Bishop John Du will celebrate a pontifical mass. At 8:00 p.m., devotees will dance for an hour the Sinulog, a prayer that is both dance and offering. Here’s a map of the procession route. Use navigation controls to pan around and zoom into the map.

Shangri-la Mactan Island cuts rates to increase occupancy

With the postponement of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit, Cebu City hotels suddenly find themselves with low occupancy rates. Shangri-la’s Mactan Island Resort and Spa saw its occupancy drop to 12 percent last Monday, which would have been the first day of the summit, from the average occupancy rate of between 80 to 85 percent. With the summit moved to January, the resort has decided to cut prices of its rooms to attract local tourists to its luxurious Mactan Island resort. Sharon Samarista, the resorts’ director for communications, told Sun.Star Cebu that with "the low occupancy, we have to do something." The resort's reduced rates promotion ends on Dec. 21, Samarista told Sun.Star Cebu. The accommodation packages, she said, already include breakfast for two in any of Shangri-la Mactan’s six restaurants. According to the report, Shangri-la’s Mactan Island Resort and Spa is offering its garden view room at a promo price of P6,500 a night.