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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-laís 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 resortsí 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 Mactanís six restaurants. According to the report, Shangri-laís Mactan Island Resort and Spa is offering its garden view room at a promo price of P6,500 a night.

Cebu’s north reclamation area transformed for Asean summit

The stretch of road at the north reclamation area in Mandaue City used to be dark and deserted, a place you do not pass, if you can help it. It was ablaze at 1 a.m. today, 3 days before the opening ceremonies for the Asean Leaders' Summit in Cebu, with light from the huge illuminated Cebu City sign, new streetlights that dot the Mandaue North Reclamation highway, and star-shaped lanterns hanging from posts along Ouano Avenue. The lantern decors go all to the way to the Marcelo B. Fernan bridge in the Mandaue City side.
cebu city sign CEBU CITY SIGN welcomes commuters as they enter the city at the north reclamation area, a few meters away from popular SM City Cebu mall. Click on photo to enlarge.
Along the islands in the reclamation highway are sculptures put up just last month and a profusion of flowers and ornamental palms planted at about the same time. There used to be only trees there. Right smack in the middle of this beautified stretch is the Cebu International Convention Center, where most of the meetings during the Asean summit from December 10 to 15 will be held. The City Government of Mandaue is sparing to expense to liven up the stretch since it is part of the ceremonial route where delegates will pass when going from their hotels in Cebu City to the CICC and to the Shangri-la in Mactan, where the heads of state will have their conferences. The stretch will be closed for a few hours everyday starting this Sunday and until the closing ceremonies on Friday.
cebu international convention center CEBU INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER. The P515-million building, a joint project of the Cebu Provincial and Mandaue City governments, was built in eight months. Click on photo to enlarge.
Finished at last save for a few finishing touches, the CICC was still lighted from top to bottom when we passed it at 1 a.m. today. Last night was the lighting rites for the convention center and cultural dances were performed as well as a display of flags of countries participating in the Asean summit. Asean groups Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. The P515-million edifice, a joint project of the Cebu Provincial and Mandaue City governments, was built in eight months. The transformation of the reclamation area mirrors improvements in other parts of Metro Cebu: roads have been paved with asphalt, major tourism spots restored and buildings getting new coats of paint. The Asean has been described as Cebuís "coming-out party" and its officials and residents have been hard at work making it a great one. More photos click on images to enlarge: reclamation area cebu sm city cebu road mandaue city road metro cebu road galleon mandaue city sign christmas lantern

Christmas lanterns to adorn major Asean Summit routes

Local governments in Metro Cebu will be putting up native Christmas lanterns or "parols" on major streets as part of preparations for the coming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit. The Philippine Information Agency 7 reported that businesses and households in Cebu City have been asked to beautify their surroundings and put up Christmas decors and lights. The move is meant to highlight to visitors the Christmas tradition in the Philippines, a country reputed to have the longest Yuletide celebration worldwide. Ambassador Marciano Paynor, secretary general of the summitís organizing committee, urged Cebu to capitalize on the Christmas atmosphere during the hosting of the event and showcase to delegates and international media the traditional Filipino Christmas. Both the neighboring cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu are also scheduled to put up native lanterns on its streets, especially on main roads leading to summit venues.

Asean Summit in December opportunity to showcase Cebu

Cebuanos have been asked to cooperate to make the coming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in December not only a success but an event that will promote the island-paradise as a travel destination. Ambassador Marciano Paynor, who is the secretary general of the summit's national organizing committee, said in a media briefing last Friday that Cebuanos should "take advantage of the presence of some 2,500 foreign media representatives in December, by seeing to it that the delegates' stay here is pleasant and memorable." Paynor said, according to a Sun.Star Cebu report, that "at the end of the summit, the leaders and members of delegations may not remember every detail of their discussions during the meetings, but it would be good if they remember the hospitality of the people and how they enjoyed their stay here." Cebu is abuzz with activity in preparation for the summit. Roads are being paved and repaired, buildings are getting facelifts, trees are being planted everywhere and the Cebu Provincial Government is working on a tight deadline to finish the Cebu International Convention Center, the venue of the summit. President Arroyo has declared a holiday in Metro Cebu for duration of the summit on Dec. 11 to 14. If you're planning to visit Cebu during the summit, you have to book your hotel room accommodations now, chances are all rooms in Cebu will be booked for the summit.