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Megaworld to build Spanish-inspired residential tower in The Mactan Newtown

To be built in time to mark the 500th year of the circumnavigation of the world by the ship that inspired its name, the La Victoria Global Residences will add…

To be built in time to mark the 500th year of the circumnavigation of the world by the ship that inspired its name, the La Victoria Global Residences will add 181 units to the residential inventory at the 30-hectare township The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City.

“We launch this tower 500 years after Magellan was appointed captain of Galleon Victoria’s expedition and we hope to complete this in 2022 when we commemorate the ship’s 500th year of circumnavigation,” said Megaworld Cebu Properties, Inc. President Noli Hernandez.

The building is the 4th residential tower at the township in Lapu-Lapu City. It will have 20 storeys with 181 units ranging from studio of up to 40 square meters, 1-bedroom units of up to 53 square meters, 2-bedroom units of up to 80 square meters, and 3-bedroom units of up to 118 square meters.

Megaworld La Victoria Global Residences Noli Hernandez

NEW RESIDENTIAL TOWER. Megaworld Cebu Properties, Inc. President Noli Hernandez with an artist’s rendering of the La Victoria Global Residences, the company’s 4th residential tower at The Mactan Newtown.

 

P1.5 billion projected sales

Hernandez said units will be sold starting at about P160,000 per square meter. He said the company projects total sales of the project to reach P1.5 billion.

All units will have their own balconies that face the sea and mountains, Hernandez said during the press announcement today in Cebu City.

The main lobby of La Victoria Global Residences “will be designed with elements and installations that are significant to the Spanish expedition,” he said.

He said that the tower will have an amenity deck at the 3rd level with an infinity pool and kiddie pool. It will also have a covered pool lounge and wooden sunbathing deck.

Megaworld La Victoria Global Residences

LAUNCHING. Megaworld Cebu Properties, Inc. President Noli Hernandez and Megaworld Corp. Senior Assistant Vice President and Head, PR & Media Affairs Harold Geronimo talk about La Victoria Global Residences during its launch in Cebu today.

 

Right in the center

“La Victoria is actually right in the center of the whole township. We are placing so much importance on this project not only because it signals the success of our township but also because of its historical significance,” he said.

Megaworld launched in 2011 its 1st residential development in the township, 8 Newtown Boulevard. It was named Best Luxury Condo Development in Cebu in the 2016 Philippines Property Awards and the Outstanding Residential High-Rise Development in the 2016 Real Estate and Property Awards by FIABCI-Philippines.

The following year, the company launched One Pacific Residence. This won the Best Residential Architectural Design in the 2017 Philippines Property Awards, the company said. In 2016, Megaworld launched One Manchester Place.

Most units, except for a very few, have been sold, said Hernandez.

La Victoria Global Residences at The Mactan Newtown.

La Victoria Global Residences at The Mactan Newtown.

 

More tourists expected

“We already sold out 3 residential projects and more foreign retirees still looked for properties in our townships. More people who found work inside the Mactan Newtown are also looking for their own residential spaces,” Hernandez said.

“In a few years we also expect more tourists to come to our townships as we bring our 2 Megaworld homegrown hotel brands: Savoy Hotel and Belmont Hotel to the Mactan Newtown,” he said.

The Mactan Newtown is Megaworld’s only township that has its own beachfront. The company said it hosts 10,000 BPO and office workers. It is also the location of the Lasallian-supervised Newtown School of Excellence.

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The Mactan Newtown holds grandest “Lechon Festival” in Cebu

Everyone agrees that the best lechon is found in the “Queen City of the South.” In the Philippines, no festival would be a complete celebration without the world-renowned lechon on…

Everyone agrees that the best lechon is found in the “Queen City of the South.”

In the Philippines, no festival would be a complete celebration without the world-renowned lechon on the table.

In celebration of this culinary pride, The Mactan Newtown, in partnership with the Lapu-Lapu City Government, is once again putting the spotlight on the world-famous Cebu lechon, along with the rich history, artistry, and skill that goes into preparing this celebrated dish, with its very own “Lechon Festival.”

Mactan Newtown Lechon Festival

 

From August 1 to August 12, foodies can indulge in the finest lechons right off the roasting pit of Cebu’s best lechon makers as The Mactan Newtown Lechon Festival showcases Cebu’s mouthwatering dish for tourists, guests, and locals.

“This annual gastronomic and cultural celebration is aimed at bringing awareness to small-scale and less commercialized lechon businesses. Apart from giving local businesses the platform to showcase their lechon products, we are also looking to raise the status of this great dish as a main pillar of food tourism in Cebu. Through this, we hope to grow Cebu’s reputation further as a top tourist attraction, while also becoming a catalyst for regional economic growth and more livelihood opportunities,” said Kevin Tan, Head of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls.

Lechon Festival Lapu-Lapu

LIVE ROASTING. Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Head Hembler Mendoza and Megaworld Lifestyle Mall Vice President and Head of Marketing and Business Development Tefel Pesigan-Valentino lead the live lechon roasting at The Mactan Newtown as part of the Lechon Festival.

 

Week-long ‘lechon’ festivities underway

Experience a dining celebration like no other at the 500-seater Mactan Alfresco where you can savor the best iterations of Cebu’s beloved pork dish. Sample the signature lechon varieties from Cebu’s best lechon-makers, including delicious arrays of lechon-themed dishes and lechon pairings.

Making this delicious gathering even more appetizing is The Mactan Newtown’s introduction of exclusive lechon deals throughout the week-long festival. From August 3 to 12, guests can avail themselves of a whopping price drop of P400 per kilo of lechon for a limited time only from all participating lechon sellers.

Lechon sisig by KKB Seafood.

Lechon sisig by KKB Seafood.

 

Festival goers can also immerse themselves through the entire lechon preparation process at Mactan Alfresco’s very own Lechon Pit. Here, they can witness how a lechon is prepared right before their very eyes—from seasoning to roasting at the coal pit, to portioning, and serving on their own plates.

The 30-hectare The Mactan Newtown of Megaworld is the country’s first “Live-Work-Play-Learn” lifestyle township with its own beachfront located in Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island, Cebu. For more information, visit www.megaworld-lifestylemalls.com or like The Mactan Newtown on Facebook or follow @mactannewtown_ on Instagram and Twitter. (Press Release)

Lechon Festival Mactan Newtown

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Megaworld offers special Halloween treat at The Mactan Newtown with 1st-ever outdoor movie cinema in Cebu

This Halloween, scream all you can at the series of spine-tingling, hair-raising horror flicks at the first-ever outdoor movie cinema at The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City. Dubbed as “Fright…

This Halloween, scream all you can at the series of spine-tingling, hair-raising horror flicks at the first-ever outdoor movie cinema at The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City.

Dubbed as “Fright Night,” the Newtown Outdoor Cinema will feature three of the all-time best horror movies this coming October 30 (Sunday), from 5 pm onwards.

The Newtown Outdoor Cinema is Cebu’s first-ever outdoor cinema open to the public, which is located beside The Mactan Alfresco. This will offer a new experience for the family and friends to celebrate Halloween, the company said.

Biggest business, tourism hub

Aside from the free outdoor cinema, The Mactan Newtown brings a plethora of exciting spooky adventures and fun activities day and night for the Halloween celebration this year. This 30-hectare township with a beach is poised to be the biggest business and tourism hub in Central Visayas that imbibes Megaworld’s phenomenal Live-Work-Play-Learn concept.

What’s new is that the beach, the 11.5-hectare beachfront property area of The Mactan Newtown is now open to the public and can let you enjoy water activities such as Stand Up Paddling, Jet Skis, Banana Boat and more, or relax with family and friends while appreciating the white sand shores and unparalleled views of the Hilutungan Channel and Magellan Bay. Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., you can already have a fun day under the sun for only P150 on weekdays and P199 on weekends.

The Mactan Newtown

OUTDOOR CINEMA. The Newtown Outdoor Cinema located in The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City will feature three of the all-time best horror movies this coming October 30, from 5 pm onwards. It is the 1st-ever outdoor movie cinema in Cebu.

Where to go in Mactan Newtown

Guests and visitors can also visit The Mactan Alfresco, which is the newest dining hub in Mactan that offers a myriad of delectable food finds, which are unique to the island. Patterned after Singapore’s hawker centers, The Mactan Alfresco gives diners a whole new way of experiencing at the world-famous Cebu lechon with its very own Lechon Pit that opens until 10 p.m. There are also live colorful performances every weekend at the area where it showcases the best Cebuano culture and tradition.

After a movie marathon, you can have some downtime along or with someone at the slew of coffee shops inside the township. The Civet Coffee, located at the ground floor of Manulife Tower, has a different ambiance. It is a mainstream coffee shop but with a homey feel with grey tile flooring, wooden furniture and warm lights.

Beside the Coffee shop is Mister Donut which also offers affordable coffee blend in the neighborhood. If you need a quick stop to eat, McDonald’s and 7/11 store are also there where you can have your own comfort food.

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Showing at the Newtown Outdoor Cinema are three highly-rated picks:

It

Based on a 1986 horror novel by great master of horror fiction Stephen King, “It” is a mind-boggling classic film, set in a fictitious town of Derry, Maine, which follows the experience of seven children as they are being terrorized by unknown shape-shifting being (referred to simply as eponymous “It”), which often appears to be as Pennywise The Clown.

The Ring

The Ring is a 2002 American supernatural psychological horror film based on the novel of Koji Suzuki. The plot revolves around the urban legend of a cursed videotape, which victimizes anyone in a week after viewing it. This highest grossing film is famous for its bizarre and haunting image of a white lady with long black hair that lurks out the television set.

The Purge

In order to stabilize the American society, a new government was formed and the new founding fathers declared to hold an annual 12-hour event known as “The Purge,” wherein all crime including murder becomes legal while emergency and law enforcement services are shut down. The Purge is the first of the three American dystopian horror films written and directed by James DeMonaco. (Press Release)

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On a Pokemon hunt? Catch them at The Mactan Newtown

There’s no denying that the Pokemon Go mania has landed in the Philippines, and like many others, Cebuanos are also left with the same question: Where can we find more…

There’s no denying that the Pokemon Go mania has landed in the Philippines, and like many others, Cebuanos are also left with the same question: Where can we find more Pokemons?

No need to worry, you’re going to catch them all—more than 20 Pokemons are currently lurking around the 30-hectare The Mactan Newtown. Prepare to catch Caterpie, Weedle, Pikachu, Rattata, Voltorb, Electrode, Pidgey, Spearrow, Nidoran, Zubat, Paras, Meowth, Poliwag, Magikarp, Eevee, Exeggcute, and many more.

Mactan Newtown PokeStop

POKESTOP. The Dolphin Fountain area at the entrance of The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City is a major PokeStop in Mactan Island.

 

Pedestrian-friendly

The Mactan Newtown has one Poke Gym at the Dolphin Fountain, and is near 4 Poke Stops namely the Mactan Brgy. Hall, Magellan’s Battleship Wood Sculpture, Fr. Jules Chevaller Statue and Sto Nino de Cebu Mactan. What’s more, The Mactan Newtown is very pedestrian-friendly so you don’t have to worry about your safety while you’re busy trying to catch as many Pokémons as you can.

While there, you can even grab a quick bite at The Mactan Alfresco, a hawker-style establishment featuring various culinary dishes. You can also check out the newly-built Lechon Pit, where the famous Lechon Cebu is roasted right before your very eyes, then maybe satisfy your Lechon cravings while at it.

The Mactan Newtown

The Mactan Newtown is real estate giant Megaworld’s very own township with a beach. Currently, the Mactan Newtown’s masterplan includes 10 luxury condominium towers, five to ten more office towers by 2021, five business and leisure hotels overlooking the Hilutungan Channel and a bustling cyberpark.

Soon, it will be home to the Plaza Magellan, a three-level retail and commercial hub with structure inspired by rich Spanish architecture; and The Newtown School of Excellence, headed by the Lasallian Schools Supervision Office. (Press Release)

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Ironman 70.3 fever heats up at The Mactan Newtown

Free shuttle services to and from The Mactan Newtown to be offered to those staying in nearby hotels & resorts Spectators and participants of the Iron Man 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship…

Free shuttle services to and from The Mactan Newtown to be offered to those staying in nearby hotels & resorts

Spectators and participants of the Iron Man 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship are sure to find plenty of reasons to stop by The Mactan Newtown as the grandest triathlon event in the Philippines kicks off this August 7 in Lapu-Lapu City.

The Mactan Newtown, Megaworld’s 30-hectare township development featuring its own beachfront, has rolled out exciting events, attractions and activities as it looked to indulge tourists and participants in an authentic Cebuano cultural experience.

Cebu lechon

Beginning August 5, The Mactan Newtown will hold an all-day live roasting of Cebu’s culinary pride, the lechon, in its newly launched Lechon Pit located at the 500-seater Mactan Alfresco, a Singaporean inspired, hawker-style food strip that houses Cebu’s most popular restaurants.

No less than Cebu’s top lechon-makers and Mactan Alfresco mainstays Ayers Lechon, Cebu Lechon Belly, Ana’s Lechon, will be preparing and roasting their signature lechon dishes in the Lechon Pit, allowing tourists and guests to witness live lechon roasting before enjoying a serving of the world’s best pork dish.

Mactan Alfresco in the Mactan Newtown

OPEN AIR DINING. The Mactan Alfresco in the Mactan Newtown is inspired by the popular hawker centers in Singapore.

Cultural performances

Guests at Mactan Alfresco can experience a slice of the famed Cebuano culture with live cultural performances from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Spectators can also witness the race at various viewpoints as it makes its way around the township during Race Day on August 7. Moreover, supporters of the triathletes can also watch all the action at the special Race Day coverage at Mactan Alfresco from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. A sumptuous food exhibit will also greet hungry race fans at Mactan Alfresco’s beachfront area from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Guests can also enjoy free shuttle service going to and coming from The Mactan Newtown, with pickup/drop-off points located at Shangri-La Mactan, Movenpick and Be Resorts. (Press release)

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Mactan Alfresco serves Cebu lechon fresh off the roasting pit

With its crispy skin and tender juicy meat, Cebu lechon is known around the Philippines and even the world as extraordinarily delectable. Diners now get to take their enjoyment of…

With its crispy skin and tender juicy meat, Cebu lechon is known around the Philippines and even the world as extraordinarily delectable.

Diners now get to take their enjoyment of Cebu’s roasted pork to a whole new level with the opening of the Lechon Pit at The Mactan Newtown’s covered dining strip Mactan Alfresco.

“Nothing compares to Cebu lechon. When it comes to taste, Cebu’s culinary pride is unrivalled in other parts of the country. We want to show there’s more to lechon than its delectable crispy skin and juicy meat,” Tefel Pesigan-Valentino, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls head of marketing and business development, said during the Lechon Pit opening last July 1.

Lechon Pit Mactan Alfresco

CEBU LECHON. Diners get to witness how Cebu lechon is prepared at the Lechon Pit in Mactan Alfresco at The Mactan Newtown.

Cebu lechon roasting

At the Lechon Pit that’s located just beside Mactan Alfresco, diners get to witness firsthand how the world’s best pork dish, as recognized by Time Magazine in its Best of Asia 2009 issue and Anthony Bourdain in one episode of his travel show No Reservations, is prepared.

Every Saturday and Sunday, from 3 p.m. onwards, the Lechon Pit demonstrates the intricate process of Cebu lechon preparation, from seasoning to roasting and ultimately chopping and serving to guests.

Ayers Lechon, which has a food kiosk at Mactan Alfresco, currently operates the roasting pit, which can hold 12 lechons at a time.

Lechon pit Mactan Alfresco opening

LECHON PIT OPENING. Officials open the Lechon Pit in the Mactan Alfresco at The Mactan Newtown. Among those who led the opening were Megaworld AVP and head of public relations and communications Harold Geronimo, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls head of marketing and business development Tefel Pesigan-Valentino, Ayers Lechon operations manager Ronald Maniarez, and Lapu-Lapu tourism officer Hembler Mendoza.

Different experience

Valentino said tourists who want to enjoy a different kind of gastronomic experience can view the live roasting, dine on Cebu lechon fresh off the pit, and enjoy other Cebuano and Filipino dishes on offer at the 11 dining establishments in Mactan Alfresco.

Lapu-Lapu City tourism officer Hembler Mendoza said the live lechon roasting is an add-on to tourism in the historic island of Mactan. He added that Mactan Alfresco’s proximity to the historical destination Liberty Shrine, dedicated to Mactan native and hero Chieftain Lapu-Lapu, makes it doubly attractive to tourists.

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BPO firm Concentrix expands to Cebu in Mactan Newtown; 500 jobs created by yearend

US-based corporation Concentrix will start business process outsourcing operations in Megaworld’s The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City by the second half of 2016, executives from both companies announced yesterday, April…

US-based corporation Concentrix will start business process outsourcing operations in Megaworld’s The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City by the second half of 2016, executives from both companies announced yesterday, April 27.

The outsourcing company will occupy the entire 2,600 square meters of office space on the second floor of Tower 3 at 8 Newtown Boulevard, said Megaworld Corp. senior vice president Jericho Go.

“Concentrix is one of our biggest BPO partners. We value this opportunity of expansion that we can offer them. We’re happy and proud that they’ve chosen another Megaworld township as their home in Cebu,” Go said.

MORE JOBS FOR CEBU. Concentrix and Megaworld officials announce the expansion into Cebu by the BPO company. Concentrix said it plans to hire up to 500 people by the yearend. Present during the press conference were (from left) Megaworld AVP and head of public relations and communications Harold Geronimo, senior vice president Jericho Go, Concentrix country general manager David Brooks, and director for administration Michelle Ignacio. (Photo by Marlen Limpag)

MORE JOBS FOR CEBU. Concentrix and Megaworld officials announce the expansion into Cebu by the BPO company. Concentrix said it plans to hire up to 500 people by the yearend. Present during the press conference were (from left) Megaworld AVP and head of public relations and communications Harold Geronimo, senior vice president Jericho Go, Concentrix country general manager David Brooks, and director for administration Michelle Ignacio. (Photo by Marlen Limpag)

Business continuity

The BPO company plans to have a workforce of 450 to 500 at its Mactan Newtown office by the end of the year.

David Brooks, Concentrix Philippines country general manager, said they’re already in three locations in Manila but wanted to ease business continuity concerns of their clients in case a calamity prevents employees from showing up for work in their other offices.

Concentrix picked Mactan because it’s near the airport and Cebu supports a thriving BPO industry, he added. Concentrix is a first-time locator in Cebu and the fourth BPO company to open at The Mactan Newtown after The Results Companies, Enfra USA, and Manulife.

“The entry of Concentrix in Cebu, through The Mactan Newtown, is a clear indication of our continuing commitment to build the largest cyberpark in Mactan and to further strengthen Cebu’s position as the country’s top BPO hub,” said Go.

Beachfront exclusive to locators

Megaworld plans to finish some facilities at the beachfront by the end of the year so that the BPO tenants at the 30-hectare urban township development can do their teambuilding and other work events there. According to Go, the target is to complete the transformation of what used to be the Portofino Beach Resort into a world-class tourism hub that includes a beach club, sports and recreational facilities, and hotel developments.

“The existing BPO companies in The Mactan Newtown have been ecstatic about the future of the township especially after we revealed our plans for the beachfront and the Mactan Shrine area. Where else in the country can you find a workplace that is just a few steps away from the beach,” he added.

Concentrix Megaworld

CEBU WORKFORCE. Concentrix plans to have a workforce of 450 to 500 at its Mactan Newtown office by yearend. Megaworld Corp. senior vice president Jericho Go and Concentrix Philippines country general manager David Brooks visit the area along with other company officials. (Photo by Marlen Limpag)

BPO workers living in Mactan

Go said 25,000 of the over 100,000 BPO workers in Cebu live in Mactan and being able to tap this huge resource is one distinct advantage for The Mactan Newtown companies.

He added that with Mactan’s proximity to the airport and the worsening traffic, the township is in a prime position to become a top IT center in Cebu.

The mixed-use cluster of 8 Newtown Boulevard has total leasable office space of around 25,400 square meters. Each of the four towers has three floors of office spaces while the ground floor will be leased for commercial and retail purposes.

The three levels of Tower 1 are now occupied by The Results Companies, which expanded its operations from One World Center this year.

Office space inventory

With the opening of the new office towers in 8 Newtown Boulevard, the total office space inventory in The Mactan Newtown has already reached over 38,000 square meters, with the capability to generate at least 12,000 jobs.

Megaworld earlier announced that it will build around five to ten office towers in The Mactan Newtown by 2021, offering an estimated 150,000 square meters of office spaces that can accommodate around 45,000 workers in the IT-BPO sector.

The company has allocated P30-billion to develop The Mactan Newtown for a period of seven to 10 years.

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