Iloilo City Development Update (April 2012)
And the projects are adding up to give the Queen City of the South a new urban facelift. Restoration projects here and there, and mid-rise buildings sprouting in every corner of this busy metro. Come and take a look at these projects I featured this April.
A New Age of Restorations
1. 1925 S. Villanueva (RCBC) Restoration
After the completion of the 1925 Serafin Villanueva Building facade restoration (at Casa Real corner Arsenal Street), it’s “twin” building, another S. Villanueva across the street is now undergoing conservation work. The present building, occupied by RCBC, is being repainted and restored to its former glory. According to Iloilo Cultural Heritage Foundation, RCBC sponsored the restoration efforts. From its pure white painting, the art deco facade is now more prominent with the use of green accents. Kudos to our generous Ilonggos who contributed to make this a reality!
S. Villanueva (RCBC) Building in December 2011:
S. Villanueva (RCBC) Building in April 2012:
And here’s another good news! According to Ms. Vicki Jardiolin-Villa, trustee of Iloilo Cultural Heritage Foundation, Inc., owners of several other heritage buildings have also agreed to restore their building in cooperation with or financed entirely by the Foundation.
With our help and support, we can definitely restore the old Iloilo Business District and witness once again its glory – the glory that made it deserve its eternal title, the QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH.
2. Hotel de Iloilo Repainting and Renovation
Definitely, a must-see and must-be-restored building in the city is the old Hotel de Iloilo (now occupied by LandBank). A contemporary of the Manila Hotel, Hotel de Iloilo witnessed its height during the Commonwealth when Muelle Loney was the center of international sugar trade. The building is being repainted while the second floor is being renovated.
Hotel De Iloilo in September 2011:
Hotel De Iloilo in April 2012:
3. Casa Real de Iloilo Restoration
After years of waiting, Casa Real de Iloilo’s restoration has definitely started. Kudos to the provincial government for finally implementing this much-awaited project. Launched during the 111th Semana Sang Iloilo celebrations, the Phase I (the removal of structures not original to the building and the facade restoration) has already commenced. Based on the design by Iloilo’s renowned APEC Architect, Guillermo Hisancha, the Casa Real will be restored to its colonial past – in full regalia and beauty. Target completion: Within 150 Calendar Days.
More of this project soon. For now, here are the photos of the old capitol, before and during the restoration efforts:
Casa Real De Iloilo before 111th Semana Sang Iloilo:
Casa Real De Iloilo during Phase I of restoration:
It’s also interesting to note the sprouting of several mid-rise buildings around Iloilo City. These structures are key evidences of the middle-class Ilonggos’ taking part in booming real estate industry of the city. Mostly, these buildings shall house commercial establishments, while others are leasing office spaces as well. A sight to behold in our progressive Iloilo City.
Here are some of the mid-rise building being constructed in the city:
Escoto-Natividad in Mandurriao @ R. Mapa in front of Mohler Bldg:
Cagay-Irinco in front of West Bridge School:
This one just got renovated. Located at Delgado Street corner Mabini:
S & T Building at Rizal Street near Iglesia Ni Cristo:
AEB-Block Building at Jalandoni Street, Jaro
Other Projects on-going:
The Uptown Place
Of all the projects on-going in the city, the Uptown Place is my personal favorite. Ever wondered why buildings along General Luna Street are facing away from our beautiful river? Now we have Uptown Place, an INJAP Land project, which in contrast to its neighboring structures, takes advantage of the scenic view of the romantic Iloilo River. Expected for completion on December 2013, the Uptown Place promises to be Iloilo’s Serendra. With the Iloilo River at its background, the project promises to provide a unique residential, commercial, relaxation experience to Ilonggos and their visitors.
Injap Land’s Uptown Place Perspective:
Injap Land’s Uptown Place Site in December 2011:
Injap Land’s Uptown Place Site in April 2012:
Guimaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal Update
Updates to this project are still elusive. The GIFT or GIFTS (S for System) is under the list of projects of the NEDA-PPP Center ready for roll-out this year. The terminal is still for bidding though. Yet on my recent visit on the former Rotary Park, a new structure is being constructed.
Based on the perspective or plans taken from previous presentation of MIG-EDC, this might well be part of the new DENR Region 6 Office. True enough, the ground breaking of the new building was done last January. The structure shall house the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO).
At the other side of the strait, the Jordan Guimaras Wharf is already busy constructing their new terminal and tourism building. Upon completion of these projects, a definite and much-needed boost will be given to the thriving Iloilo-Guimaras tourism potential.
There’s more to come! Truly the Queen City of the South is now awake and is poised to regain her place in the Philippines!Tags: development updates, Guimaras, Iloilo City, Metro Iloilo - Guimaras