MCIA Terminal 2 design gains recognition
The design of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) was recognized recently at the 2019 International Architecture Awards . Terminal 2 was chosen as one of the winners in the Airports and Transportation Centers category, according to Louie Ferrer, president of GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC). The terminal shared the stage with the expansion wing of the Incheon International Airport Terminal 2. In addition, the terminal was also shortlisted under the Completed Buildings Transport category of the World Architecture Festival Award. The terminal joins the Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore, Istanbul Airport in Turkey, and five other transport buildings. Terminal 2 of MCIA is known for its eye-catching glulam roof and Filipiniana-inspired design.
Cebu name 7th Best Island in Asia
Cebu was selected as the “7th Best Island in Asia” in a recent Travel + Leisure survey . The survey conducted by the New York-based travel magazine also showed Palawan and Boracay Island as the 2nd and 9th best islands, respectively. The survey is a part of the annual World’s Best Awards survey of the travel magazine. Readers are asked to share their opinions on the top islands, cities, and cruise ships, among others. Islands are rated according to activities, food, sights, natural attractions, beaches, friendliness, as well as overall value. Cebu and the two other Philippine islands are among the favorites due to the presence of hiking trails, white-sand beaches, and reef and wreck diving, according to Travel + Leisure.
Malacañang sa Sugbo to be converted into a museum
Six years after the Malacañang sa Sugbo was condemned, it will go through a major transformation . Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino revealed in a press statement that Secretary of Finance Carlos Dominguez III and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea gave a “verbal approval” to transform the building into a local tourist attraction. The building will become a regional museum under the management of the National Museum. Its transformation comes as the quincentennial commemoration of the arrival of Ferdinand Magellan in the Philippines is set to be celebrated in 2021. The Malacañang sa Sugbo was condemned after it was damaged during the magnitude 7.2 earthquake on October 15, 2013.
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