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Old November 18th, 2007, 06:46 PM   #1
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Official Website: www.embarcadero.ph

The Embarcadero, formerly dubbed as The Sunwest Wharf, is projected to be the premier 24-hour seafront business and tourism complex and IT Center in the Bicol Region. Embarcadero will be the center of commercial, recreational and tourism activity in Legazpi City and the provinces of Albay and Sorsogon. It is located at the Legazpi port area, near the foot of the Kapuntukan Hill, also known as 'Sleeping Lion Hill'.


The Embarcadero is regarded as the jump-off point to Bicol’s 8-wonders of eco-tourism – the Whale Shark of Donsol, Sorsogon – world’s largest fish, Manta Ray, the world’s fifth largest fish can be seen at Ticao Pass, Mayon Volcano – world’s most perfect cone volcano, Misibis Resorts, Estates & Spa – the first Tourism Estate Zone in South Luzon with triple Class A classification by the department of Tourism, Boiling Lake – the natural steam of Nag-Asu Lake in Manito, Albay which is like a natural Jacuzzi, Sula Channel – the country’s longest salty river known for its calmness, Pototan Cave – famous for underground river cave and the Vera Falls – one of the tallest falls in Bicol known for its pristine waters and lavish rainforest in the area.

A prime commercial, recreational, tourism and IT center, it will feature a landmark 30-meter lighthouse, civic space, souvenir shops, first class restaurants, “Dampa” restaurants, coffee shops, hotel, convention center, leisure and amusement park and about 800 seats call center. All these entwined with a fastcraft ferry transport and semi-submersible vessel, the Embarcadero is truly the jumpstart to a Bicol Experience!


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Embarcadero - Commercial, IT hub to rise in Legazpi port area
By Jaymee T. Gamil, Inquirer Southern Luzon
10.15.2007

LEGAZPI CITY — It is easy to imagine how picturesque it would be to have a lifestyle center along a baywalk—easier still to imagine its potential as a commercial hub and tourist attraction. But how easy is it to imagine one such place in a typhoon-stricken province? For Misibis Land Inc., it doesn’t pose a problem at all as it braved the challenge and set off to pioneer another world-class destination in Bicol.

This city’s Port District locals have little idea that by this time next year, the five-month-old construction site currently spanning 2,000 square meters along the city pier, will be transformed into a waterfront commercial, recreational and information technology complex. To be unveiled next year as the Embarcadero, it will provide a comprehensive array of services catering to a broad market, regardless of economic status and lifestyle, while preserving an upscale atmosphere through the architectural design envisioned by a foreign consultant. The building plan is now being carried out by Sunwest Construction & Development Corp.



The Embarcadero will stretch across 2.5 hectares, composed of nine expansive structures facing a panoramic view of Albay Gulf and the world-renowned Mayon Volcano. A four-level mall will be built which will house specialty shops, restaurants, hotels, spas, bars, a supermarket, gaming and Internet hubs, and even an 800-seat call center which will be in operation round the clock. Six other buildings, with one to two floors each, will be lined with walk-in retail stores and bistros. “MLI specifically aims to bring in establishments currently without branches in Legazpi City or nearby areas,” said Salvador Ludovice, corporate communications specialist of Sunwest Group of Companies.

A spacious open-air activity plaza will be the centerpiece of Embarcadero, which will provide a venue for conventions, expos, trade fairs, concerts and other large events, while still giving way to food stalls, kiosks and rest benches around the periphery. Patrons can also opt to simply enjoy the sea breeze: strolling, biking, rollerblading, or just taking photos of the coastal view along the baywalk and wooden boardwalks fringing the premises. A 30-meter lighthouse will also be constructed to punctuate the international impression envisioned by the MLI.

Once site development is finished, water sports will also figure in the plan, with MLI looking into providing diving, sailing and snorkeling services. With abundant beaches, rich coral formations and even sunken galleons in and around the Legazpi City coast, Embarcadero will prove rewarding for aquatic enthusiasts.


^View of Celebration Plaza/Lighthouse

Embarcadero will also serve as the “jump-off point” to other tourist destinations in the province. The MLI plans to offer cruise boat rides, island hopping, and tours to attractions such as the Mayon Volcano, the historic Cagsawa Ruins, and the Lignon Hill and cave—all but a 20- to 30-minute ride away from the Legazpi City Port District.

It will also serve as a means to reach MLI’s first brainchild in the Bicol Region, the Misibis Resorts, Estates & Spa, a near-completed high-end resort and residential area on the remote Cagraray Island off Albay. Vitaliano Ubaldo Jr., project manager for both MLI projects, said the initial investment for the Embarcadero cost around P450 million to P500 million for the current construction of Phase 1, or the first three buildings, alone.

With the influx of tourism and economic benefits it will generate, the Embarcadero is also looking to be the “jump-off point” for the progress of the immediate community. It is foreseen to create a thriving business climate and a steady source of income for the local government, while opening thousands of livelihood opportunities for nearby residents. The 800-seat call center that will operate on eight-hour shifts can bring in 2,400 jobs, while the shops and bistros can open around 3,400 jobs, equivalent to about P400 million to P450 million job wage per year.

Hazard-resistant

Although dynamic in concept, the waterfront structure will still prove solid and safe from typhoons, earthquakes and floods, project engineer Jerry Beja said. “The Embarcadero will have typhoon-resistant buildings. It stands on a rock base, and will be elevated 80 meters from the natural ground line,” he said. The baywalk will also act as an inclined but elevated seawall. According to Beja, 500 meters more of the shoreline needs to be reclaimed for Phase III of the construction.

Ubaldo said the project is 23-percent completed, adding that by March of next year, seven of the nine buildings of Embarcadero would have been completed. The soft launch of Embarcadero is set to be held simultaneously with the opening of its sister project, the Misibis Resorts, Estates & Spa, during the third quarter of next year, Ludovice said. The 20-hectare prime leisure destination and residential complex in nearby Cagraray Island offers white sand beaches, pristine and peaceful surroundings and a breathtaking view of the Sula Channel.

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Embarcadero - Commercial, IT hub to rise in Legazpi port area
By Jaymee T. Gamil, Inquirer Southern Luzon
10.15.2007

LEGAZPI CITY — It is easy to imagine how picturesque it would be to have a lifestyle center along a baywalk—easier still to imagine its potential as a commercial hub and tourist attraction. But how easy is it to imagine one such place in a typhoon-stricken province? For Misibis Land Inc., it doesn’t pose a problem at all as it braved the challenge and set off to pioneer another world-class destination in Bicol.

This city’s Port District locals have little idea that by this time next year, the five-month-old construction site currently spanning 2,000 square meters along the city pier, will be transformed into a waterfront commercial, recreational and information technology complex. To be unveiled next year as the Embarcadero, it will provide a comprehensive array of services catering to a broad market, regardless of economic status and lifestyle, while preserving an upscale atmosphere through the architectural design envisioned by a foreign consultant. The building plan is now being carried out by Sunwest Construction & Development Corp.



The Embarcadero will stretch across 2.5 hectares, composed of nine expansive structures facing a panoramic view of Albay Gulf and the world-renowned Mayon Volcano. A four-level mall will be built which will house specialty shops, restaurants, hotels, spas, bars, a supermarket, gaming and Internet hubs, and even an 800-seat call center which will be in operation round the clock. Six other buildings, with one to two floors each, will be lined with walk-in retail stores and bistros. “MLI specifically aims to bring in establishments currently without branches in Legazpi City or nearby areas,” said Salvador Ludovice, corporate communications specialist of Sunwest Group of Companies.

A spacious open-air activity plaza will be the centerpiece of Embarcadero, which will provide a venue for conventions, expos, trade fairs, concerts and other large events, while still giving way to food stalls, kiosks and rest benches around the periphery. Patrons can also opt to simply enjoy the sea breeze: strolling, biking, rollerblading, or just taking photos of the coastal view along the baywalk and wooden boardwalks fringing the premises. A 30-meter lighthouse will also be constructed to punctuate the international impression envisioned by the MLI.

Once site development is finished, water sports will also figure in the plan, with MLI looking into providing diving, sailing and snorkeling services. With abundant beaches, rich coral formations and even sunken galleons in and around the Legazpi City coast, Embarcadero will prove rewarding for aquatic enthusiasts.


^View of Celebration Plaza/Lighthouse

Embarcadero will also serve as the “jump-off point” to other tourist destinations in the province. The MLI plans to offer cruise boat rides, island hopping, and tours to attractions such as the Mayon Volcano, the historic Cagsawa Ruins, and the Lignon Hill and cave—all but a 20- to 30-minute ride away from the Legazpi City Port District.

It will also serve as a means to reach MLI’s first brainchild in the Bicol Region, the Misibis Resorts, Estates & Spa, a near-completed high-end resort and residential area on the remote Cagraray Island off Albay. Vitaliano Ubaldo Jr., project manager for both MLI projects, said the initial investment for the Embarcadero cost around P450 million to P500 million for the current construction of Phase 1, or the first three buildings, alone.

With the influx of tourism and economic benefits it will generate, the Embarcadero is also looking to be the “jump-off point” for the progress of the immediate community. It is foreseen to create a thriving business climate and a steady source of income for the local government, while opening thousands of livelihood opportunities for nearby residents. The 800-seat call center that will operate on eight-hour shifts can bring in 2,400 jobs, while the shops and bistros can open around 3,400 jobs, equivalent to about P400 million to P450 million job wage per year.

Hazard-resistant

Although dynamic in concept, the waterfront structure will still prove solid and safe from typhoons, earthquakes and floods, project engineer Jerry Beja said. “The Embarcadero will have typhoon-resistant buildings. It stands on a rock base, and will be elevated 80 meters from the natural ground line,” he said. The baywalk will also act as an inclined but elevated seawall. According to Beja, 500 meters more of the shoreline needs to be reclaimed for Phase III of the construction.

Ubaldo said the project is 23-percent completed, adding that by March of next year, seven of the nine buildings of Embarcadero would have been completed. The soft launch of Embarcadero is set to be held simultaneously with the opening of its sister project, the Misibis Resorts, Estates & Spa, during the third quarter of next year, Ludovice said. The 20-hectare prime leisure destination and residential complex in nearby Cagraray Island offers white sand beaches, pristine and peaceful surroundings and a breathtaking view of the Sula Channel.


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that's pretty darn impressive. legazpi already has the beautiful volcanic background, it just needs the nice cityscape to compliment it.
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HSAI-Raintree to manage hotels in Albay
Johanna D. Poblete, BusinessWorld Online

TWO NEW properties under the management of Hotel Systems Asia, Inc.-Raintree Partners (HSAI-Raintree), a joint undertaking between Hotel Systems Asia, Inc. and property development and management firm Raintree Partners, will open in Albay in the third quarter of next year, with two other luxury properties set to open in Manila in 2011.

HSAI-Raintree President Annabella Wisniewski told reporters on Nov. 15 that the Bicol properties include a small luxury hotel and resort in partnership with Misibis Land, Inc., and a retail and entertainment center dubbed "Embarcadero," to be developed in partnership with Sunwest Realty and Dev’t. Corp.

The company will also be managing newly renovated Venezia Hotel, a 36-room hotel in Legaspi City located near the city airport. HSAI-Raintree is tasked to manage, develop and operate a small luxury hotel within Misibis Resorts, Estates and Spa, a 20-hectare beachfront commercial and residential property located at Cagraray Island, in Bacacay, Albay. Misibis, which has 279 residential lots and 200 "condotel" units, is sold out for its Phase I units and is now entering Phase II.

"Rather than just the location, I saw an opportunity to rebuild a community... If you build nicely, people will come, and if you make it easy for them to come," said Ms. Wisniewski, when asked why HSAI-Raintree decided to go to Albay. "It’s easy to get to the resort, it’s only a few minutes drive from the Legaspi airport, and the roads are very well-maitained. They’ve also installed a cable car to the resort," she added.

HSAI-Raintree’s Misibis property will consist of a 100-room hotel, beach villas, spa village, an indoor conference center good for 500 people, dive center, 18-hole golf course, and other leisure facilities, including helicopters for flying tours and 40-seater and 30-seater submarines. The first 40 villas will be ready for occupancy by the third quarter of 2008.

"We came in and redid the interiors, structures, and added more facilities... We’re also coming up with more activities, such as trips to Donsol, Sorsogon and of course to the Mayon Volcano. We’re selling it as a destination," said Augusto Lontok, director of operations of Discovery Suites — also operated by HSAI-Raintree — and soon to be general manager for the Misibis property.

"In terms of staff, we’re looking at around four people to one guest. And what makes the difference is we’re preserving everything, all the trees, building the structures around these," he added. The 2.5-hectare waterfront property Embarcadero, meanwhile, is being built on reclaimed land and will serve as a "mall" in the port area of Legaspi City.

A midpoint between Valenzia Hotel and Misibis resort, it not only offers retail shops, cinemas and restaurants, but also will centralize eco-tourism activities such as riverboat cruising on the Sula Channel between Legaspi and Cagraray Island, and driving or hiking to Mayon Volcano or Vera Falls in Malinao, Albay, among other things.

In Manila, HSAI-Raintree will also be managing The Discovery Leisure Company’s flagship project Discovery Primea in Ayala Avenue, as well as Raintree Hotel in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig. Both properties are set to open in 2011, coinciding with the launch of other new luxury hotels such as Fairmont Hotel and Raffles Hotel.

"Discovery Primea has 150 luxury suites and 92 luxury condos that will be sold at $1 million to $1.5 million on average... It will be competitive with the other luxury hotels in the area," said Ms. Wisniewski. Meanwhile, Raintree’s 3,000- square meter Fort Bonifacio mixed-use property will consist of approximately 220 suites and 80-90 condominium units targeted for the 35-year-old to 55-year-old market.

"It’s younger, more contemporary, and with a hipness to it. We’re also planning to make it a showcase for sustainable development in a hotel, to be ’green and smart,’ for young executives whose work and leisure are combined," Ms. Wisniewski said. In addition, HSAI-Raintree is also looking at potential new developments in Batangas and perhaps Alabang.
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oooh., looks so cool., i like the name to., unique.,
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unique? i bet it's from san francisco's embarcadero.
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when ba expected matapos?
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unique? i bet it's from san francisco's embarcadero.
ah., may kapangalan pala., senxa. hehehe.,
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unique? i bet it's from san francisco's embarcadero.
Yup, the word embarcadero simply means 'pier' or 'jetty' in Spanish. The most famous Embarcadero is the one in San Francisco.

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The article posted says that by MArch next year, seven of the nine buildings will be completed. So siguro by mid or late 2008, tapos na 'to.
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perfect combination... embarcadero plus mayon. lalong gaganda ang postcard na legaspi city sa mga bookstore.
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Wow. That looks nice. Way to go Legazpi
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perfect combination... embarcadero plus mayon. lalong gaganda ang postcard na legaspi city sa mga bookstore.
Hahaha! Oo nga mabenta pa naman ang Legazpi postcard or is it just me?
Embarcadero could also mean someone who is to embark into an adventure. Or what?
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it's not just you sir Jerry, same here

Re: Embarcadero: i guess your right, cause it will serve as a jump-off point to Cagraray Island (east of mainland Albay) where it's sister project (Misibis) is located.
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OMG! ang ganda! way to go legazpi
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Is mayon clearly visible from the ground level of the site itself?
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