Opening of the 1st creative hub in Cebu on October 18
CEBU’s first creative hub will open in October this year.
This was announced by Lawrence Panganiban, Chairman of Creative Entertainment of Cebu Business Month (CBM) 2022 during the recent press briefing of the annual CBM 2022 flagship project run by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Panganiban said the hub’s grand opening is scheduled for October 18, 2022. The hub sits on a 600 square meter property in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, which will house the development of Cebu’s creative entertainment industry.
“This property will serve as an incubator for this fledgling industry. We will have a dormitory for our artists, workspaces, offices for rent and also workstations,” Panganiban said.
He added that this is one of the first steps for the creative entertainment industry to realize the dream of building a “Hollywood” in Cebu.
In addition, the Panganiban committee organizes weekly webinars and conferences throughout the month of September, on Fridays and Saturdays.
During the first week, an animation webinar will be held in partnership with the Animation Council of the Philippines, the group that has worked with Disney, Warner Bros., Pixar, and Universal Studios, among others.
The second week, the webinar will focus on video games in partnership with the Game Developers Association of the Philippines while the third week will focus on the film industry.
The works of the Creative Content Creators Association of the Philippines will be spotlighted in the fourth week of September. Panganiban said it is the group that creates original stories and introduces Filipino culture to the world.
Meanwhile, an Investors’ Primer: Business of Entertainment will take place on October 21.
“We will talk about the entertainment industry as a business and open this brand new opportunity to the business community as a form of new investment and business for Cebu,” Panganiban said. “The industry is small but has great potential. We are going to build a new industry and we will share this opportunity during the Investors’ Primer.
Last year, CCCI pledged to support the development of the creative entertainment sector so that it can achieve an annual turnover of 500 million pesos over the next two years and 30 billion pesos in 2030.
“Cebu’s initial target is that we want to reach 500 million per year and 30 billion pesos by 2030,” said CCCI administrator Mario Panganiban at the launch of Creative Entertainment Week.
He said this can be achieved with the support of the Creative Industries Development Bill, the Cebu City Government and the support of industry partners.