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This Week in Cebu (August 18 to 24, 2019)

A "Luneta Park of the South" in honor of Lapu-Lapu is soon to rise in Cebu.

By: Peter Parcon | August 18, 2019
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Residents and visitors of Cebu are in for some erratic weather as the sun comes out from behind the clouds at the start of the week. But Mother Nature will remind Cebu that we are still in the middle of the wet season at the end of the week. The unpredictable weather comes in an inopportune time as the traffic system of Cebu suffered a breakdown recently causing traffic jams all over the city. But on the lighter side, the Mactan Cebu International Airport was recognized as Breastfeeding Friendly Public Place recently. Moreover, the “Luneta of the South” is set to rise at the SRP in time for the quincentennial celebration of the victory in Mactan.

Weather: Cloudy weather with some sunshine

The week starts with a bit of sunlight shining through the clouds in the Queen City of the South. But it’s still advisable to bring your rain gear since scattered rain showers and thunderstorms are expected until Tuesday. By the middle of the week, the sun will be out in its full glory. Some cloud cover is expected, but Cebu will still experience generally sunny weather during the day. The fair weather will continue until Thursday before nature will remind us over the weekend that it’s still the rainy season in this part of the world. Temperatures will be between 25°C and 33°C [1].

Traffic Update: Traffic system to be upgraded

When the Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System (Scats) was first installed, Cebu was the toast of the country. But that was three decades ago and it’s about time for the traffic system to receive an upgrade according to Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella. This announcement came after the traffic lights of 14 major intersections shut down on August 13. Ronie Nadera, the spokesperson for the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO), said the issue happened after the digital board of the system broke down. The mayor said modernization of the traffic system is already in the budget, and they will hold a public bidding for the project soon. Aside from upgrading its traffic system, a light railway transit (LRT) system will also help improve the traffic situation in the city. Construction will start at the end of the year [2].

Travel Updates

Mactan Airport recognized as “Breastfeeding Friendly Public Place”

The Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS) recently recognized the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) as a Breastfeeding Friendly Public Place. The award was given at the 1st Asia-Pacific Breastfeeding Conference and 7th Breastfeeding Congress on August 7. It recognizes the effort of the MCIA in ensuring breastfeeding mothers feel welcome and safe at the airport. GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) chief executive advisor Andrew Acquaah-Harrison said the baby care room was introduced after the first airport user’s forum. It was opened in Terminal 1 of the airport on May 2016. The room has four breastfeeding cubicles fitted with curtain partitions, lavatories, a refrigerator, and nappy changing stations. The baby care room also has monitors that allow mothers to track their flights without leaving the room. Aside from travelers, mothers working at the airport can also use the facility [3].

Quincentennial Park to rise at the SRP

A national park featuring Lapu-Lapu in the South Road Properties (SRP) is on the drawing boards of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the City Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC). NHCP Chairman Rene Escalante said the Quincentennial National Park will be similar to Luneta Park in Manila but will have a statue of Lapu-Lapu instead of Jose Rizal. It is also envisioned to become the Luneta of the South. The park will be part of the preparations for 500th anniversary of the victory of Lapu-Lapu over Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. While Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella will review the proposal, he already expressed his support for the project. The city government will determine the size of the lot that will be set aside for the park [4].

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After leaving spending 16 years of his professional life in the academe, Peter decided to try his luck in the world of online freelancing. For the past eight years, he has been creating content for clients all around the world. He can work on just about any topic - from tattoos to technology and food to finance. He dreams of visiting every island in the archipelago some day.
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