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SM Lanang Premier Construction Updates as of March 2012

Below are photos and renderings courtesy of our fellow SSC forumer (who wants to be left unnamed). Thanks for these photos. SM Lanang Premier – the official name of the up and coming SM Mall in the northern part of Davao City.  It will be the first SM outside of Metro Manila to have an SMX Convention Center similar to its facility in SM Mall of Asia. It will also have a hotel linked to the mall, a Centerstage, a Science Discovery Museum, an IMAX theater, and a SkyGarden.  Personally, it’s Sky Garden is something that Im very much excited to see if it would be at par with it’s Sky Garden in SM North Edsa. But based on the rendering, it actually looks interesting as well. 🙂


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A sneak peek inside SM Annex

SM Annex is the newest addition to the roster of places to shop and dine in Davao City. Not only that it is a mall but it will also be one of the newest facilities for BPOs (business-process-outsourcing) in the city.

Here are some photos courtesy of Jay Salva and Allen Gatan.


SM Annex Davao

SM Annex Davao


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Aerial shot courtesy of Gilles Shackwell

Aerial shot of SM City Davao and SM Annex


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3 international big tourism events to be held in Davao City on the second quarter of 2011

Davao City will be hosting three international tourism events this April 2012. These are Equator Asia Air Access Forum, Airline CEO Summit, and the Air Network Exhibit.

The first Equator Asia Air Access Forum will be the main event. It will be a gathering of participants and stakeholders of the airline and tourism industry. Invited guests and exhibitors are those from the BIMP Eaga Region (Brunei – Indonesia – Malaysia – Philippines). It is being organized mainly by Department of Tourism Region XI under the leadership of Mr. Art Boncato and also by Mindanao Development Authority. More details will be announced soon.


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Twins that would soon dethrone Marco Polo Davao?

To those who are updated with what’s up and coming in Davao City, this blogpost is already  late. As of this writing, a Manila based developer is on the process of securing permits and requirements for this upcoming project that will serve as a new landmark in Davao’s downtown area.

If the northern part of the city will soon have Aeon Towers (30 plus twin residential condo towers) and Abreeza Residences (26-storey upscale condo by Alveo of Ayala Land), once permits are secured, the downtown area will soon see the rise of another twin tower project that would dwarf the current tallest structure in the area which is Marco Polo Davao. The proposed twin tower will soon offer a viable real estate investment option for mid income earners in the city.

Details of the twin project will soon be posted after all permits are secured.

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Davao investments grew in 2011

In terms of business, 2011 had been a good year of Davao City. It was a year when the first Ayala Mall in Davao City opened. It was also the year when big ticket projects which will soon change the cityscape of the city were launched – projects such as the 26 storey Abreeza Residences and the 30 plus storey Aeon Towers. It was also the year when we had our very first Davao Icon (Investment Conference) that led to investment  commitments of around P11.87 billion.

(Davao City Investment and Promotion Center) DCIPC chief Jason Magnaye said the total investment grew in terms of amount of business capitalization at P187 billion in 2011. The establishment of new businesses in the city also showed an increase of 47.6 percent in 2011 with an accumulated amount of P3.68 billion from P2.5 billion in 2010.

Jason Magnaye shared that the increase mostly came from real estate projects or property development projects here in the city.  The BPO (business process outsourcing) and tourism industries also helped in the increase of both capitalization and new business establishment.

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20 storey Ateneo de Davao University Tower

—-UPDATE as of January 20—–  : Instead of a 20 storey building, ADDU changed its plan to 12 storey building once it will be approved by the Society of Jesus in Rome. Original proposal is 20 storey but reduced to 12 floors for the main reason that they would want to use the extra funding for the improvement of the sports facility as well. 

Here is the rendering of the proposed 20 storey Ateneo de Davao University Tower (Community Center)

Rendering courtesy of halfmasked posted on SSC Davao (halfmasked.blogspot.com)

Availability of the rendering is not possible if not shared publicly by Paolo Villanueva. http://www.facebook.com/macster7

Availability of the rendering is not possible if not shared publicly by Paolo Villanueva on October 1st, 2011. http://www.facebook.com/macster7

Proposed 20 storey Ateneo De Davao University Tower. Proposed 20 storey Ateneo De Davao University Tower. Photo Credit: This photo is courtesy of one of the forumers from SSC Davao.

Proposed 20 storey Ateneo De Davao University Tower

According to Arch. Christopher Ong who presented the concept and overall design, the tower which will serve as a community center will house the student plaza (for student offices), faculty lounge, wellness gym, jog track, and a fitness center. It will have a 3 level convention hall that can accommodate upto 5000 people. Skybridges will connect the tower to Finster and Jubilee.

Proposed 20 storey Ateneo De Davao University Tower

Proposed 20 storey Ateneo De Davao University Tower

With a budget of around 1.2 billion pesos,the community tower will occupy a 6,000 sqm area. Once everything will be agreed upon by the proponents, construction will start in January 2012.

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Evolving downtown Davao

We have been dazzled by the construction frenzy in the northern part of Davao City and the expansion of residential estates and even the rise of new malls in the southern part of the city, but let’s not forget the evolving cityscape of downtown Davao.

Downtown Davao can normally be equated to the streets of CM Recto or local Dabawenyos normally refer to as Claveria, areas in Bolton, Ilustre, San Pedro, Magallanes, Bankerohan, or even the areas surrounding Quirino.

This recent years, Davao enjoyed big investments from big developers such as Ayala Land and Anflocor which built the Abreeza business district in Bajada (an area for the soon to rise 26 storey Abreeza Residences,  11 storey Kukun Hotel, and a multilevel BPO/IT building), the upcoming 30-plus storey twin tower residential condominium called Aeon Towers by FTC Group, or Robinsons Land that built Robinsons Cybergate – a business process outsourcing facility with a commercial component. SM Prime Holdings is currently building SM Annex (in fact, with how massive it is,  it looks more like another mall)  to be linked to SM City Davao, and a larger SM supermall in Lanang which will house SMX Convention Center and Park Inn Hotel by Radissons.

We’ve read all about these in the news, from online forums, and blogs. But have you also noticed the small constructions and new developments in downtown Davao?

Well, one of our friends Jay Salva took some photos of street scenes in downtown Davao. Check these developments that were never there three or even four years ago.

Blue Velvet Hotel and Caffe in Davao City

Blue Velvet Hotel and Caffe in Davao City (downtown area - Claveria/CM Recto)

This is Blue Velvet Hotel and Cafe along Claveria or today known as CM Recto St. It opened just this year – very homey yet affordable with rates starting at around 650 pesos. Owned by the Oropesas who will soon be opening another commercial arcade in this same street to be called as OroDerm City.

With the dream to revitalize the downtown area again, Neil Oropesa (President and CEO of Oroderm Group of Companies) spearheaded this project which will house a boutique hotel and a commercial arcade.

oroderm city davao city

Oroderm City along CM Recto (Claveria) - photo courtesy of El Bartolo

Farther from downtown Davao, well it’s actually part of Chinatown Davao, is Hari Royale Suites. This opened sometime in 2009 minus the noise.  A six-storey structure along Sta. Ana Avenue with a resto, a spa, and 33 suites. Today, this is just one of the new structures in Sta Ana Avenue. Some of which are the recently opened The Peak on top of G-Mall Davao, our answer to Trinoma’s Skygarden or SM North’s, and a hotel with green architecture that opened few years back which is Pinnacle Suites.

Hari Royale Suites

Hari Royale Suites (early morning fun run) along Sta Ana Avenue


Sta Ana Avenue in Davao City

Sta Ana Avenue in Davao City

And if you’re a Dabawenyo or a frequent visitor, im sure you know that few blocks from here is Sta Ana Shrine Parish – which recently went through a facelift.

Sta Ana Shrine Parish in Davao City

Sta Ana Shrine Parish in Davao City

Going back to the heart of downtown Davao – near Ilustre is Mt Mayon St and its vicinity with some new structures such as Midorri Inn, the second building of  Sampaguita Tourist Inn that opened few years back, and some new restos and shops in the area. Did you know that Midorri Inn is one of the two Philippine hotels that are part of Green Hotels Association (the other one is Le Soleil De Boracay Hotel).

Sampaguita Inn and Midorri Inn

Sampaguita Inn and Midorri Inn

Now these are just few of the many new developments in downtown Davao. Not to mention the newly constructed condominium complex in Magallanes called Magallanes Residences – a three 8 storey condominium complex, the soon to rise Eurotel near City Triangle, the upcoming Avida Towers by Avida Land (one of the property arms of Ayala Land), and the recently announced Ateneo de Davao University Tower which will be taller than Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City after its completion. Downtown Davao is indeed evolving. And who knows what’s next?

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