In a few days, 2013 is coming to a close. In the TsadaGyud year end review, we take a look back in highlights of the year 2013. In this article, we look back at the biggest Kasikas stories, the most anticipated construction projects that left Kagay-anons on the edge of their seats.
Whether you are Kagay-anon or a visiting guest, it’s impossible to miss the tallest building in the region. Clad in gold glass, Limketkai Luxe is set to be a world class hotel that will not only significantly add to the number of accommodations to our growing city, but also satisfy the Kagay-anon’s and their guests’ discriminating taste for luxury, elegance, and exceptional service.
Limketkai Luxe is set to open around January 2014.
Puregold Cagayan de Oro
The green and yellow clad supermarket has invaded Cagayan de Oro on the former location of Ororama Megacenter. This project was highly anticipated by Kagay-anons not only for being the first Puregold in the city, but also for the immense construction effort starting from tearing down the massive Megacenter up to the exterior design that is quite unique from the rest of the Puregold stores nationwide.
Tune Hotel Cagayan de Oro
The city has been bustling with growth, and with investors and guests all coming in fast, Tune Hotel has responded to the need by building their first hotel in the city, at the location of Shell Station fronting the now defunct Coca Cola Plant, soon to be SM CDO 2. It features the same budget friendly yet well equipped Tune Hotel standard rooms that are a delight to travelers.
Easily one of the most anticipated announcements in 2013 is the reveal of the SM CDO 2, which will rise on the old Coca Cola Plant. What got Kagay-anons excited is the hint of Premier branding, a name which SM carries throughout their top of the line, showcase malls like SM MOA, North Edsa, Aura, Seaside City, and Megamall, to name a few. The implication, being that these malls all project an upscale and unique feel, which will contend heavily with the existing Centrio Mall and Limketkai Mall.
There are no construction dates announced, but as of this day, the soda plant has been totally demolished, and the area is fenced with blue metal sheets, which is typical for SM construction projects.
This is SM CDO 2 Premier
A Closer Look at SM CDO 2 Premier
MUST Gymnasium and Engineering Building
Mindanao University of Science and Technology is on a roll, seemingly reflecting the non-stop expansion of its neighbor mall. After the newly constructed Science Complex, the Gymnasium has been rebuilt and reopened, now more complete and more modern with amenities not found from the old Gym. Shortly after, the DOST X building fronting Gateway Park has been demolished and a new Engineering Complex has started construction. We have a hunch that the top floor will be some sort of concert/event venue, for student and public events.
The MUST Gym has opened June 11, 2013, at the first school day, while the MUST Engineering Bldg is rumored to open February 2014.
It’s safe to assume that this project has caught Avida Land / Ayala Land off guard, as this has sold out like hotcakes in a few months compared to other projects. Centrio Tower has started selling before Centrio Mall has opened. Considered by Ayala Land as a mixed use integrated community, future residents enjoy the convenience of the live, work and play ecosystem.
Foundation works have started, but target turnover is on 2015.
Residents of the far east side of Cagayan de Oro are rejoicing as their shopping choices will be much better, with Gaisano Puerto ongoing construction. Residents are only buying from markets and vendors for supplies, and have to travel downtown to do groceries or buy items from department stores. This is surely a welcome move to benefit residents in the locality, even for residents of Damilag and Manolo Fortich as a whole, and eastward to Tagoloan, Villanueva, Jasaan, onwards.
At the rate of the construction, this will be completed in 2014.
This is easily the most significant Kasikas in the bunch, as most of Misamis Oriental and Northern and Central Bukidnon rely heavily on air travel through Cagayan de Oro. The airport opening was not spared of issues, as flights were reduced to daytime schedules as night landing facilities are still non-existent, and the road widening from Cagayan de Oro to Iligan were still underway. More modern and cleaner facilities, as well as more visibility in rainy weather is a big advantage though, and fears of invisibility at the more elevated Lumbia Airport are now a thing of the past.
Laguindingan Airport opened last June 15, 2o13, and Instrumental Landing Systems (ILS) will be in place by May 2014 as announced.
The condominium, earning the distinction of being the first building in the city to be LEED certified, and built from the ground up as a “green building,” has turned over units of the first phase, Tower A. Right after, Tower B has started construction, and is fast growing up to date. The well designed condo allows fresh air to cycle in even for inner units, thereby reducing the need for all day air conditioning.
Tower B is slated for turn-over on the 4th Quarter of 2014.
Cagayan de Oro’s night life has continued to flourish and overflow to different parts of the city, most especially Corrales Street. Getting ahead the potential of this growth, Montecarlo Realty developed the Lifestyle District, fronting the Budgetel and Capitol University Corrales gate. Since its opening, the venue has been received well by Kagay-anons, with tenants like the Microphone Hero, Sweet Leaf, or the nearby Tree House, which is an emerging favorite among night owls.
Lifestyle District opened around August or September, 2013. Work is still ongoing and establishments are slowly coming in.
Well folks, there we have it. The top 10 Kasikas for 2013, the most memorable construction projects in and around the city. Stay tuned for more of our Year End reports.