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Cebu-Mactan International Airport's New Resort Terminal Is Gorgeous

It's the "world's first resort airport."
Cebu-Mactan International Airport's New Resort Terminal Is Gorgeous
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It's the "world's first resort airport."

Mactan-Cebu International Airport's second terminal has just been unveiled.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte led the inauguration of Cebu-Mactan International Airport's Terminal 2 last June 7. He was joined by board chairman Srinivas Bommidala, president Manuel Louie Ferrer of GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC), and Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat.


 Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat with President Rodrigo Duterte

Many other government leaders and the country's top tycoons are also in Cebu to celebrate the occasion. Here are the people behind the airport: Megawide Chairman and CEO Edgar Saavedra and IDA architect Winston Shu.

IDA is the Hong Kong-based architectural firm behind the new Mactan-Cebu International Airport Terminal 2.

Udenna Corp. Chairman and CEO Dennis Uy

Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and LT Group President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Tan; Finance Secretary Carlos "Sonny" Dominguez

The MCIA Terminal 2 project was awarded in April 2014 to a joint venture of two infrastructure firms: Philippine-based Megawide Construction Corp. and India-based GMR Infrastructure Ltd., operator of the Delhi International Airport and the Hyderabad International Airport in India.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Finance Secretary Carlos "Sonny" Dominguez

Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Presidential Adviser for the Visayas Michael Diño, Secretary Carlos "Sonny" Dominguez, Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat

Many guests flew to Cebu just for the unveiling.

The world's first resort airport attracted several airline companies with the interest of servicing flights to Cebu when the news was first announced. And the new terminal, a stunning mix of modern design and several Filipino elements, does not disappoint.

The massive glass facade fills the terminal with natural light.


Striking wooden arches, made of glulam wood imported from Austria, gives the space a modern and unique look.

Interior designer Budji Layug, architect Royal Pineda, and furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue all collaborated with Hong Kong-based firm Integrated Design Associates Ltd. for the project.

It took less than three years to build the new terminal.

The airport houses the largest Duty Free in the country with both international and local brands.

The work of Cebuana accessories designer Mia Arcenas-Branellec will be showcased among other high quality local products. 

The restrooms are decorated with moss walls, which also help purify the air.

Mother of Pearl shells are embedded on the polished concrete floor.

There will be photos of Cebu's iconic spots by photographers George Tapan and Bien S. Bautista across the terminal.

As for dining, travelers can expect a lechon outlet among many other restaurants.

Starting July 1, when the project is due for completion, all international flights from Cebu will be serviced by Terminal 2, reports.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.phMinor edits have been made by the editors.