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This Week in Cebu (November 17 to 23, 2019)

A new hotel recently opened its doors for Cebu travelers.

By: Peter Parcon | November 17, 2019
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Cebu, travel, things to do, weather

Cloudy weather coupled with rain showers are expected as November nears its end at the Queen City of the South. Since flooding normally comes after a heavy downpour, traffic will consequently slow down. To meet this challenge, the governor formed an interagency board to create a traffic management plan with the help of the local government units in Cebu. The plan will also make it easier for visitors to go around Cebu, especially with the increasing number of passengers using the MCIA. On a lighter note, a new hotel recently opened its doors to meet the need for hotel rooms during the Sinulog Festival in January. Moreover, visitors to Cebu can look forward to seeing a 130-foot icon of the Divine Mercy greeting them as they arrive at the airport. Additionally, the Cebu City mayor has ordered the close monitoring of lechon vendors in the city to avoid the same incident that happened in Carcar City recently.

Weather: Clouds and rain are coming

Even as the chances of rain on Sunday are low, it is still advisable to bring an umbrella while going around the city. Monday will be different as there will be a 68 percent chance of rain with a couple of rain showers and thunderstorms expected throughout the day. While the weather will improve on Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday will see the rain clouds hovering over the city for most of the day. But this will soon pass with the weekend seeing a bit more of sunlight during the day. Temperatures for the week will range from 24°C to 32°C [1].

Traffic News: Interagency traffic management board formed

To help alleviate the traffic situation in Cebu, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia created the Cebu Traffic Management Board. Executive Order No. 24 puts the governor as the chairman of the interagency board that includes the Department of Public Works and Highways-Central Visayas, Land Transportation Office-Region 7, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the Highway Patrol Group. Moreover, the executive order also formed an advisory council composed of the city and municipal mayors of Cebu. The board is tasked with formulating a traffic management plan in coordination with the different local government units of the city [2].

Travel Updates

More passengers using MCIA

The private operator of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), GMCAC, revealed that there was an increasing number of passengers using the airport. The third quarter saw 3.2 million international passengers and 6.3 million domestic passengers passing through the airport. These figures are higher compared to the 6.9 million passengers using the airport in 2014. GMCAC president Louie Ferrer said they achieved this feat with the support of its partners and the Cebuano community. Moreover, the airport is expected to meet its 12.8-million target for the year. Currently, the MCIA has 26 partner carriers serving 23 international destinations and 28 domestic destinations [3].

New hotel opens in time for Sinulog

With hotel rooms becoming scarce during the Sinulog Festival, it is timely that a new hotel opened its doors to Cebu two months before the annual celebration. Citadines Cebu City is the first property of Ascott Limited outside of Metro Manila. The new hotel is located in Juana Osmeña Street, which is within walking distance from the main route of the Sinulog Grand Parade. Nanette Moreno, resident manager of Citadines Cebu City, said the hotel features 180 serviced apartments offering guests with three room categories: studio units, one-bedroom units, and two-bedroom units. While they cater mainly to long-term guests, the hotel also accepts short-staying guests [4].

Divine Mercy icon planned in Consolacion

In preparation for the quincentennial celebration of Philippine Christianization in 2021, the Shrine of The Divine Mercy de Cebu Foundation, Inc. is planning to build a 130-foot Divine Mercy icon on a mountain in Consolacion. Since the icon will be overlooking the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA), it will greet pilgrims who will visit Cebu in 2021. Aside from the Divine Mercy icon in the north, a giant image of Our Lady of Fatima will also be built by the foundation in the southern town of San Remigio. Moreover, the two projects received the support of Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma [5].

Passed Laws and Ordinance: City to monitor lechon dealers

Following an incident with some lechon (roasted suckling pig) vendors in Carcar City, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella ordered the City Health Office (CHO) to closely monitor lechon dealers in the city. A recent viral post showed some lechon vendors in Carcar forcing customers to buy their products but the mayor said the incident is unlikely to happen in Cebu City. For his part, Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama will meet with lechon dealers to discuss regulations that will affect them. He also emphasized that lechon is a part of the tradition of Cebuanos during Christmas and the Sinulog Festival [6].

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About Peter Parcon
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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