Iloilo City Development Update (February 2012)
Iloilo City is in full swing in its development projects – both public and private efforts are now reshaping the face of the metro with its new skyscrapers, malls, restoration projects, infrastructure and facility improvements, and many more. Truly this is a good time for Iloilo City as it gears up in attaining its goal as a premiere city in 2015. Below are some of the projects now unfolding in Iloilo City:
1. Molo Plaza Rehabilitation Project
At last, after many months of speculation, the Molo Plaza Rehabilitation Project had officially started. Just this week, workers started sealing off the northwest side of the plaza (in front of the Molo Convent). This portion includes the Temple of God Gazebo and the children’s playground. This is a welcome development in the long awaited beautification of the historic plaza of Molo. As to the nature of the rehabilitation efforts, we can only surmise based on the perspective displayed in front of the plaza.
Hopefully plazas in other districts would also be rehabilitated. For more information about Molo Plaza, you may visit this post “Molo Plaza Up For Renovation”.
2. Fort San Pedro Sea Wall Repair
Now, this one had been promised for so many decades. After a very long wait, a refreshing development is now occurring at the ruins of Fort San Pedro. The seawall protecting the old fort, now a plaza, and the length of Fort San Pedro drive (in front of NEDA / NBI Region 6) is up for repair and possible expansion. Based on the containment walls temporarily constructed, it seems that the sea wall is to be expanded.
Hopefully, these efforts will also include the rehabilitation of the Fort San Pedro Marker which has fallen into disrepair for a generation already. The expanded sea wall will also be ideal for another esplanade providing a romantic view of Guimaras Island. If properly implemented, we can have a scenic view of the strait, just like when you visit Roxas Boulevard in Manila.
The contractor of the project is IBC while the implementing agency is DPWH City Engineering District.
Pictures Taken February 2012:
3. The 1925 S. Villanueva Building Restoration
For a few months now, we have been observing how the restoration of the historic 1925 S. Villanueva building will play out. Based on recent developments in the rehabilitation efforts, we can now see the former glory of the building. The newly restored and repainted facade now distinctly displays the art deco design incorporated in the building. Imagine if we can restore almost all of these buildings and pedestrianize Calle Real! This time early, I’m congratulating the City Government of Iloilo and the Iloilo Cultural Heritage Foundation Inc, and Iloilo City Cultural Heritage Conservation Council for this accomplishment!
Note: Seems I got confused with the year 1925 and 1927. Going back on my earlier post, I cannot recall my source on the year 1927.
1925 S. Villanueva December 2011:
1925 S. Villanueva – February 2012:
One request to PECO: please find a scheme to hide those electrical wires. Just hide them, place them underground, or if you can make them invisible that will be all fine. =)
4. Iloilo River Development Project
Another interesting development is the full swing implementation of the Iloilo River Development Project aka the “Iloilo River Esplanade”. Expected to be finished by May this year just in time for the 1st International River Summit (May 31 – June 2, 2012), the project had reached significant accomplishment as seen on the pictures below. For more information on the Trenas Boulevard and Iloilo River, visit my post “Sunset at Treñas Boulevard: A romance with the majestic Iloilo River”.
5. Megaworld’s Iloilo Central Business District Project
As of now, the biggest and much awaited urban development in Iloilo City is now running in a busy pace. The Megaworld’s Iloilo Central Business in old Iloilo Airport is in full swing with its initial project, the Richmonde Hotel and Festive Walk being constructed. Expected to promote Iloilo City as a premiere investment hub, the entire business park would definitely change the cityscape of Metro Iloilo with its prime real estate and, modern and luxurious space designed for residential, commercial, recreational, and educational uses.
6. GT Plaza Mall
Malls are now sprouting anywhere in Iloilo City and its environs. A stone throw away from the Molo Plaza, the GT Plaza will surely attract customers from Molo and nearby districts with its unconventional design, and open spaces. Construction started late last year.
This is a testament to Iloilo as a strong business and consumer market.
7. Go Hotels at Robinson’s Place Iloilo
Robinson’s Place Iloilo is now embarking on expansion as it converts its Ledesma Wing Car Park Area into a multi (6 or 7?) – storey complex. One of the features of this new project is the Iloilo branch of the hotel chain Go Hotels. Go Hotels is part of the Robinsons Land Corporation hotels division and has branches in Cybergate-EDSA and Puerto Princesa City. Aside from Iloilo City, Go Hotels is expected to soon open branches at Dumaguete, Bacolod, and Tacloban. Go Hotels promotes high quality hotel experience on affordable price.
8. One Front Tower
One of the most exciting developments now unfolding in Iloilo City is the construction of an 18-storey high-rise condominium right in the heart of KAPIDECO Estate. The One Front Tower is the pioneer project of a local company Gold Field Sales and Property Holdings Corporation. As of posting time, Gold Field says the project is still pending approval at Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB). Given the go-signal, the project is expected to commence at first week of March this year. The image below is my speculation regarding the project’s perspective if placed on its possible location at San Rafael, Mandurriao (this is not an official illustration of the project):
More exciting projects are coming up! Iloilo City: The Queen City of the South has now awaken…
Note: I highly prioritize the accuracy of this post. If you notice any discrepancies or mistakes, please do notify me. I’ll be more than glad to correct them. Thank you!Tags: development updates, Iloilo City, Mandurriao, Metro Iloilo - Guimaras, Molo