Cebu IT Park

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The Cebu IT Park (formerly known as Asiatown IT Park) is a 27-hectare mixed use business park in Cebu City, Philippines, envisioned to attract locators in the information technology services. It is developed by Cebu Property Ventures and Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Cebu Holdings, Inc. Cebu Holdings itself is a subsidiary of Ayala Land.

General operations[edit]

Tenants include Cebu Bombardier, NEC, SPI Tech, 1&1 Internet Philippines, Inc., Aegis (now acquired by Teleperformance), Convergys (who later acquired both eTelecare and Stream and now acquired by Concentrix), Qualfon, Promotional USB, Accenture, NCR, IBM, Microsoft, Xlibris/Author Solutions, JP Morgan Chase, WorldRemit, Epson and 24-7 Intouch.[1] The main infrastructures found at the park are i1, i2, i3, The LINK, E-BLOC, E-BLOC 2, E-BLOC 3, E-BLOC 4, TGU Tower, Skyrise 4, Skyrise 3, Skyrise 2, Skyrise 1, CJRS Point, Mabuhay Tower, Calyx Centre, Globe Telecom IT Plaza, Teleperformance Tower, Avida Towers Cebu, Avida Towers Riala, Park Centrale, Asia Premier Residences, HM Tower, Filinvest Cyberzone Towers, and The Central Bloc.

In January 2010, IBM inaugurated its 2nd Global Delivery Center at TGU Tower.[2][3] IBM established its initial presence in the Philippines in 1937. In 2007, IBM partnered with the Philippines Department of Science and Technology on the Philippine Intellectual Property Policy Strategy, Engineering Research & Development for Technology Program, and the National Technology Business Incubators Program. IBM Philippines Country General Manager James Velasquez said the company recognizes Cebu as the gateway both for its domestic clients in the Visayas and Mindanao, as well as overseas clients.[4]

History[edit]

The site of where the Cebu IT Park is on used to be the site of the old Lahug Airport, which opened on 1938 before suspending operations in 1966, when Cebu's airport was transferred to the island of Mactan.[5] One event of historical note occurred in February 19, 1981, when Pope John Paul held an open-air Papal Mass on the airport's runway.[6][7]

The airport was finally closed in the mid-1990s, after it was acquired by Philippine property developer Ayala Land, just a couple of years after the same developer acquired the nearby Club Filipino golf course (which would later become the site of the Cebu Business Park).[5] It was approved by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) board as an economic zone on April 6, 2000. On February 27, 2001, Presidential Proclamation No. 12 made it an Information Technology Special Economic Zone.

Construction on eOffice One, the first office modules in Cebu IT Park, began in 2001 and opened in 2002.[8] It was later closed down and demolished.

Opened on the site of eOffice One in 2019, the Ayala Malls Central Bloc is the second Ayala Mall in Cebu, and is the first major retail establishment within the property. Also located adjacent to the mall's complex is a Seda Hotel and two office buildings, with the whole Central Bloc complex serving as Ayala's mixed-use development centerpiece of the business park, similar to its larger neighbor Ayala Center Cebu, which is located in the center of the larger Cebu Business Park that is just nearby.[9][10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Cebu, Everything. "Cebu City's Asiatown I.T. Park – Everything Cebu". www.everythingcebu.com.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2012-07-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ M.D, Tyrone M. Reyes. "The ABCs of angina". philstar.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-31. Retrieved Sep 11, 2020.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-06. Retrieved 2012-07-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b Bersales, Jobers R. (May 8, 2014). "Remembering Lahug Airport". Cebu Daily News. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  6. ^ Mayol, Ador Vincent S. (April 26, 2014). "John Paul Was Here: Exhibit recalls historic 1981 Cebu papal visit". Cebu Daily News. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  7. ^ Oaminal, Clarence Paul (August 28, 2019). "The Lahug, Cebu National Airport". The Freeman. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  8. ^ http://www.cebuholdings.com/images/milestone.jpg[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Lorenciana, Carlo (December 5, 2019). "Ayala's Central Bloc eyes young shoppers". SunStar. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  10. ^ Macasero, Ryan (November 30, 2019). "New Ayala mall to open at Cebu's IT Park". Rappler. Retrieved February 2, 2021.

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Coordinates: 10°19′47″N 123°54′26″E / 10.3297°N 123.9072°E / 10.3297; 123.9072