T1 Regional Portfolio: Exploring Cebu as the Visayan Capital

Cebu is considered as the Queen City of the South in the Philippines. Primarily known for its bustling tourism industry, the provincial island boasts of its white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and rich culture and heritage. It is also emerging as an economic center out of Metro Manila for local and international occupiers that are looking to locate their business outside of Luzon.

Over the years, Cebu’s Tourism Industry has been in an all-time high as more local and international travelers flock to the province’s white sand beaches with crystal clear waters, captivating caves and adventure spots, and its rich culture and heritage. According to the Department of Tourism, Cebu was the 2nd top foreign destination in the Philippines with over 1.4 million international travelers in 2019.

T1’s hospitality builds portfolio continues to grow in this region as we partner with the newest luxury boutique hotel in Mactan.

This high-end hotel and resort is set to be the next architectural icon in the island of Mactan that would offer local and international guests a world class experience. T1 has provided project management, design management, and quantity surveying consultancy for this resort opening soon.

Cebu Central Business District also emerges as a viable location for businesses in the Visayan Region. Cebu IT Park and Cebu Business Park provides commercial spaces that companies can use as office or for retail establishments.

Among the office establishments within the Cebu CBD, JEG Tower @ One Acacia stands out as the newest premium green building. Being LEED Pre-certified Silver, it aims to be among the best places to work in the city.

T1 Project Management has partnered with JEG Development Corporation, one of the most established developers in the Cebu region. Having carried out several horizontal developments, JDC has embarked on their first mid-rise development through this future-proof structure that integrates sustainability and sophistication.

Aside from office buildings in Cebu, T1 also handles office fit-outs. World Remit is a multinational company who looked to Cebu as the ideal location for their Philippine branch. T1’s regional operations in Cebu provided for them a hassle-free turn-key solution by way of T1’s Design and Build service.

Cebu is an emerging economic and hospitality destination in the Philippines. Supported by sustained government projects and commercial real estate developments, this metropolitan city outside Luzon is set to be more successful and highlyurbanized in the coming years.

Meet the Team Heads: Carmi Buen, Lead Quantity Surveyor

T1 takes pride in delivering successful projects for our clients. Lead Quantity Surveyor and Commercial Manager Carmi ensures that all our client’s contracts are rightfully and thoroughly observed. 

After 10 years of industry experience, Carmi boasts of a competitive skillset and impressive knowledge in the field. Carmi is a capable leader with a background in managing contractual and commercial aspects of construction projects. She leads her team in providing commercial management services for large residential developments, industrial plants, office buildings, shopping malls, and many others. She ensures that her team is up-to-date with the latest market data and quantity surveying standards. 

As Lead Quantity Surveyor, Carmi takes a huge part in terms of decision making in the financial aspect of the projects handled by the company. For her, the job is very much similar to the role she takes in real life. “As a professional Quantity Surveyor whose main task is to manage the cost and contract, it is related in my personal life in terms of decisions making,” she shared. 

“As the lead quantity surveyor for T1, I find it most exciting whenever we experience commercial complexities in construction projects, this is where we can find opportunities that may be a benefit our clients’ commercial goals” Carmi said. “Spearheading the whole department, I ensure the performance of the team complies with the Philippine-set standards, along with other internationally-set standards as well.” 

T1 is committed to constant improvement and innovation. “We are continuously improving our systems and services and therefore our quality of our work by having a close working relationship with our clients to ensure a seamless transaction with them,” Carmi shared. 

“I am always delighted whenever we are able to exceed the client’s expectations it in terms of the project’s commercial aspects from outset to completion,” she added.