Garden Bloc. The owners of establishments and the mind behind the Garden Bloc. (Sun.Star Foto/Jonolin Luab)
The Garden Bloc, Cebu I.T. Park’s newest hangout hub and outdoor events venue was launched last Dec. 11 in an event dubbed “A Night at the Garden.”
The three-hectare open space was envisioned to be a place where people on-the-go can escape their busy work life and connect with family and friends while surrounded by nature.
The blessing of the park was officiated by Msgr. Roberto “Boy” Alesna. A program which featured performances depicting the four elements of nature was held afterward. The switch-on ceremony followed and was participated by Cebu Holdings Inc.’s business development manager Romulo Alajid, marketing division manager Catrina Martinez, business development manager Nori Saito and business development supervisor Gwen Sala.
As trees around the area lit up, The Social’s Kevin Moss, Sugbo Mercardo Food Market’s JP Chiongbian and Nino Bascon, Pages Holdings Inc.’s Bunny Pages, Yakski’s Barbecue’s Alvin Roxas and TaKo Mexican-Korean Fusion Food Truck’s Johann Bontuyan—executives behind the food concepts found at the Garden Bloc—took to the stage to unveil the commemorative marque.
“The Garden Bloc answers the growing need for more open spaces and parks, especially in a very urban and bustling environment such as the Cebu I.T. Park, which is home to 70 percent of the island’s information technology and business process outsourcing (BPO) companies. To complement the vibrancy of Cebu I.T. Park and to add more value to those working and living here, the Garden Bloc not only provides new entertainment and dining options but more importantly, a more balanced lifestyle in a much-needed relaxing, open-air setting surrounded with greens,” said Martinez.
A variety of food finds were around the park that night. A Holiday Haven lifestyle bazaar that showcased Christmas gift items and unique discoveries was set up at the area’s Central Green. There was also an outdoor concert featuring 22 Tango artists—Mother Folker (a.k.a. Cattski), Ella Melendez, Vincent Eco, Ivy Gallur and Mike Fegi with a surprise performance by Kurt Fick.
The Central Green, a 5,000-square-meter events area, can host a range of events from garden, outdoor and wellness activities to bazaars and concerts.
In the pipeline are Yakski’s Barbecue opening, The Social’s new bar concept and a dining concept from Pages Holdings Inc.
Cebu I.T. Park is a vibrant 27-hectare master planned development and is the preferred destination for many global BPOs, employing close to 50,000 workers. It is located in the heart of the city and is home to many dining establishments. Cebu I.T. Park’s Garden Block will complement and add even more variety to the already vibrant streets of the estate. CCP with PR