Cebu City to Open Its First Billion-Peso Entertainment Resort

The proposed 80,000-sqm development in the south will have parks and hotels, as well as a mall, a theater, and a casino.


Cebu has always been considered a progressive city to live in, combining the convenience of multiple business districts with the laid-back provincial charm of heritage sites and nearby beach resorts.


Now the Queen City of the South is up for more expansion—the most recent of which is the impending P18-billion proposed development slated to rise in Kawit Island, which is within South Road Properties in Cebu City. This 300-hectare reclamation area in the southern part of Cebu City is connected to mainland Cebu by the South Coastal and Mambaling Access Roads. It's most popular development is the two-year-old SM Seaside City Cebu.



According to, Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña approved a proposal in early March by the Gokongwei affiliate Universal Hotels and Resorts Inc. to develop the property. It was submitted to the Cebu City Council on March 6 for approval.





Osmeña—a social media-savvy mayor—is known for calling out misbehaving government employees and personally answering his constituents’ questions on his official Facebook page. He recently posted the South Roads Properties project’s site plans and perspectives and wrote in his caption: “This development will be called Isla dela Victoria, named after Jojo dela Victoria, a Cebuano who died protecting our waters from dynamite fishermen…it will be accessible by sea taxi directly from Mactan Airport. It will be the hub for the ferries and cruise ships that will come, and for the seaplane airline that is already there. It will be the shining beacon of the Visayas.”




The 80,000-square-meter proposed entertainment complex would include parks and hotels, as well as a mall, a theater, and a casino.


This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.


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