After around five years, Cebuanos can once again enjoy their beloved Plaza Independencia. The plaza was closed in 2006 due to the construction of the South Road Properties Tunnel (which runs directly underneath the plaza). When the tunnel was completed, the restoration, conservation, and beautification of the plaza followed. And finally, last May 8, 2011, the new Plaza Independencia was opened to the public.
The plaza is now cleaner and much more appealing. Also, security personnel are stationed in and around the plaza. When I visited the plaza last Saturday, it was refreshing to see young foreign tourists just sitting on the benches and enjoying the view of Fort San Pedro and the Malacañan Sa Sugbo. I also saw a lot of locals whiling away the hours just chatting and relaxing under the shade of the plaza’s age-old trees.
Ladies and gentlemen, the new Plaza Independencia.
To give you an idea of how the construction of the tunnel affected the plaza, please see the map below.The map shows the CSCR Tunnel running directly underneath the plaza.
Welcome sign and front gate.
History of Plaza Independencia
Rules and regulations. Please read carefully.
I really like the big open spaces inside the plaza.
The road separating Plaza Independencia and Fort San Pedro.
The USJ-R OAR monument.
View of the SRP Tunnel.
Fort San Pedro.
Well-paved walkways complete with lights and lamp posts.
An old fountain. This fountain was rehabilitated.
Workers keeping the grass short.
Plaza Independencia wood carving. Nice!
Im not sure what this is. I think this is a plant holder. This is one of the few remaining ‘old’ objects which can still be seen inside the plaza.
Palm trees. Nice.
A gazebo right in the middle of the park. Nice.
The President Ramon Magsaysay Monument.
He was lovingly referred to as the Monching ng Bayan. He died in Mt. Manunggal in Balamban when his plane crashed on his way to Cebu City in 1957.
I’m not sure what those lights are called. But they look nice.
Nice lamp posts.
The Cebu Veterans Memorial
The memorial is right in front of the Malacañan Sa Sugbo.
The old Customs House, which became Malacañan Sa Sugbo during PGMA’s term.
The gate near the Old Customs House.
View of the road in front of the plaza. Nice.
Very clean. 🙂
Clean sidewalk. Lovely!
Fort San Pedro still looks very gorgeous.
Visit the new Plaza Independencia now!