Cebu International Convention Center

Satellite image of the Cebu International Convention Center in Mandaue City

The Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) (Wikipedia) originally began as an idea for a huge sports complex to be built in the reclamation area of Mandaue. That plan was scrapped and instead an international convention center was proposed when the Philippines was selected to host the twin events of the 12th ASEAN Summit and the 2nd East Asia Summit one year early after Myanmar, the original host, backed out.

Panoramic photo of the south side of the Cebu International Convention Center. © Mike Gonzalez (CC)

The groundbreaking for the convention center was held on April 7, 2006 as part of the celebrations for the 485th anniversary of the founding of Mandaue. Construction was completed in November 2006, 7 months later (they had to be fast because of the twin events), and the convention center was finally inaugurated on January 6, 2007, just in time for the said summits on January 12 to 15.

Built at a cost of around 800 million pesos, the CICC is a 3-storey structure with a floor area of 28,000 square meters and sits on a 3.8 hectare lot, most of which is occupied by an expansive parking lot. The building itself features a large plenary hall, an exhibition hall, several meeting rooms, and an international media center.

Unfortunately, last year’s Bohol earthquake and its aftershocks, as well as Typhoon Yolanda, damaged the CICC and made it unfit for use after cracks were discovered in some interior walls and plumbing and electrical systems were damaged. Currently, the Mandaue City government and the Cebu provincial government are looking for ways to source the 160 million pesos needed to repair and renovate the facility.

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April 19, 2014
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