MERGE Mark Jarantilla, Abrahan Lee, Mathias Bergundthal, Jose Franco Soberano, Susan Salcedo, Marose Soberano, Joanna Marie Soberano- Begundthal, Alexis Lustre, Philip James Barnes, Benjie Torre, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, Alec Lustre, and Jose Soberano III break ground for the first international-brand hotel in Bacolod City yesterday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Construction of P2.5B
hotel, subdivisions on


A real estate firm, upbeat about Bacolod’s economy, broke ground to start the construction of the city’s first international brand hotel and launched two more housing projects yesterday.

The three projects of Cebu Landmasters Inc. estimated to cost about P2.5 billion will bring to P5 billion CLI’s total investments in Bacolod, its chief executive officer Jose Soberano III.

CLI yesterday broke ground for its 265-room hotel with a 1,000- seat convention center, Citadines Bacolod City, at Lacson Street in Barangay Bata, Bacolod, and launched its Casa Mira Bacolod and Velmiro Plains Bacolod subdivisions to rise in Barangay Granada. moremoremore

Firm eyes expansion in Bacolod

CEBU CITY – Bacolod City, known for its robust economy and for being among the prime locations for investments in the Visayas as reported by the British Chamber of CommercePhilippines, is now getting the attention of Federal Land Inc., one of the country’s pioneers in real estate development.

John Cabato, FLI senior vice president and head of sales and marketing, yesterday said they are now on the look-out for of properties in the cities of Bacolod and Iloilo in Western Visayas, which they can develop. “This is now in the pipe line”, he stressed.

Now on its 47th year, FLI is now expanding its foot prints outside Metro Manila, Cabato said, noting that the Visayas robust economy is attracting more investments. moremoremore


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Sipalay inventories
cultural attractions

The city government of Sipalay will conduct an inventory of its cultural attractions to rediscover the character and uniqueness of its locality, Jerick Lacson, city tourism officer, said.

This will be part of the cultural mapping project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts for Negros Occidental, he said, and this is the second locality, next to Sagay City, to conduct this project.

“We’re going to assess our cultural attractions, our cultural properties - both tangible and intangible,” he added.