• Katrina Jaiun Roa

Lapu-Lapu’s Soon-to-be Premiere Lifestyle Destination Hub

Residents of the historic resort city will soon have easy access to an information technology (IT) center coupled offering lifestyle features which will be located in Mactan Export Processing Zone 1 (MEPZ) in a 7,500 lot in the Mactan export processing zone where its groundbreaking ceremony occurred last March 21, 2019. Mahi is 2 kilometer away from Mactan Cebu International Airport and 5 kilometers away from one of the best beach resorts. This new lifestyle hub, Mahi by AppleOne Properties Inc., is a 5-storey building offering two floors of office spaces for the workers, three floors of commercial/retail spaces for the shoppers, and a rooftop bar and restaurant who wish to get together with loved ones and have fun. Adjacent to the building is a walkway, transportation hub, and a world-class hotel with 12 floors and 180 rooms. A game-changing concept like Mahi is definitely making the development the first of its kind in Mactan Island and will help develop Mactan’s economic process.

When asking Steve Baek, Senior Director for Hotel Development in Asia Pacific of Marriot International to talk about this upcoming development and his inspiration for opening a property in Cebu, he states how Mactan has so much potential in terms of corporate and leisure opportunities for being a tourist destination. “When I observe the market segment in Cebu, I see opportunities for corporate and leisure activities which is great for the hotel agency that results to making occupancy full every week making the occupancy stable year-round. We are also expecting a lot of opportunities from partners who are passionate about the hotel industry as well.”, Baek adds.

Steve Baek, Senior Director for Hotel Development in Asia Pacific of Marriot International

Being the soon-to-be venue for the lifestyle destination hub, the Mactan Economic Zone has been around for 50 years and is owned by Philippine Economic Zone authority. “Modernizing the phase of this economic zone, this is the first endeavor towards that new concept and we are even going to re-landscape the Mactan Economic Zone and place electronic shuttles later in the future. In our new concept of an economic zone we are encouraging eco-zone developers and industries to upgrade with integration in hopes to make Mactan Economic Zone and other economic zones of the country to be a township by itself, because this is where locators and workers going to work, live, learn, and play”, stated Charito Plaza, Director General of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority.

Breaking ground of another first of a kind development by AppleOne Properties Inc., this game-changing concept is set to be complete 2-3 years from now and a true landmark and is not possible without the help of Marriot and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Manigsaca.

The soon-to-be location of Mahi, located at the Mactan export processing zone


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