This prominent 3-storey structure that stands at Mandaue City, Cebu is no simple government building. It serves as a primary witness to some of the most significant events that took place in the city for the past 8 years.
Built for the purpose of hosting the 12th ASEAN Summit and the 2nd East Asia Summit, the Cebu International Convention Center or more commonly known as CICC was officially completed and opened to the public in 2007. It is composed of 3 storeys and covers 28, 000 square meters. The convention center features an Exhibition Hall, a Plenary Hall, an International Media Center, and several meeting rooms.
Before the conception of CICC, the provincial government already thought of constructing a structure on the same site in Mandaue called “Cebu Mega Dome”, which would supposedly serve as a sports complex. However, this project was not pushed through because some of the provincial board members did not approve. It was only in 2005 when the former president of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, decided to make Cebu the host for the upcoming ASEAN Summit that the former governor of the province of Cebu, Gwendolyn Garcia, revived the sports complex project and turned it into a convention center instead. Construction officially began in April 2006 and inauguration took place on January 6, 2007.
The birth of CICC was also the birth of some speculative comments from government critics and Cebuano locals. Some were questioning the credibility of the building considering that it was only constructed for 8 months or less, while few were thinking that perhaps its construction was used for corruption since the structure was believed to cost about US$ 10 million dollars. Despite all of the negative feedback, it is still undeniable that such a convention center has brought pride to the Cebuanos and has now become an important venue for disaster preparedness programs, Suroy-Suroy Sugbo exhibits, and other government-headed activities.