Investing in hospitality industry in the City of Naga is a "giant leap of faith.” But the owners of Hotel Dulceé had faith in the city's leadership and in Cebu Province which impressed Governor Gwendolyn Garcia.
"While other establishments are closing down, Hotel Dulceé is opening up. This is exactly in tune with our direction, with the call of the times to revive our economy and stop counting Covid cases. Dili ni sila Nagahanons by birth but Nagahanons by choice," Garcia said during the hotel’s inauguration Thursday, January 28.
Hotel Dulceé, owned by Engr. Jonathan and Candy Quirante, is the first hotel in the City of Naga, southern Cebu.
Garcia called on Cebuanos to continue supporting fellow Cebuanos most especially those who are not a native of one town or city but have poured in their investments to boost economic opportunities and local employment.
"Awhagon ta mo, ari mo diri. Suwayi mi. Brand new ni nga hotel ha, dili kay refurbished. Be the first to experience. Ug inig kahuman, adto sad dayon mo sa Naga Baywalk. Sama sa giingon nako, kinsa pa man diay ang magtinabangay? Come on over to Hotel Dulceé!" Garcia expressed.
Naga Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong stated that the opening of the hotel is a resounding response to the need for a "decent hotel" in the city which was a recurring drawback when they hosted big events and a regional schools press conference years back.
"Magpasalamat gyud ko ni Gov Gwen for inspiring an attitude of anticipating better months ahead. Nga naa pay nindot moabot, nga dili ta ma-stagnate," she said.
"Finally, naa na ta’y hotel - a business hotel - nga accredited gyud sa Department of Tourism ug sa atong Cebu Provincial Government. We expect that this will create a ripple effect on similar establishments to also help draw in tourists to our City of Naga," the mayor added.
Engr. Jonathan Quirante shared that the project took off because of the firm stand of the governor to focus on the resuscitation of the economy.
"Mi-take inspiration mi sa stand ni Gov Gwen to focus more on rejuvenating the economy. Most hotels are closing but kami nag-open. Salamat kaayo Gov nga ikaw gyud ang nahimo namong leader," Quirante stated.
Garcia remains steadfast in reviving the Province’s economy crushed by the pandemic while ensuring the Cebuanos’ safety through the implementation of health protocols and standards.
"Wala man ta magpataka. Nag-open ta apan naa man ta’y klaro’ng measures. Naa ta’y klaro’ng policy ug very strict protocols. Kay gitun-an man ta ni," she emphasized.
The hotel's opening proceeded immediately after the Capitol issued its Certificate of Compliance (COC) on January 27, 2021.
"We have been very excited because the COC gives the go-signal for rooms to open. What we did beforehand was just to operate our Café Dulceé which offers space for 40 guests,” hotel Operations Manager Elly Jane Facturan said.
“But because we have complied with the requirements set based on government-instituted health protocols, we can now start selling 16 rooms of the 31 rooms or half of our capacity," Facturan added.
The hotel also prioritizes hiring locals to boost employment. Facturan and the hotel’s staff are all from the City of Naga.
Also present during the inauguration are Talisay Mayor Gerald "Samsam" Gullas, Sibonga Mayor Lionel Bacaltos and his wife, Provincial Board Member Caroline Bacaltos of the Provincial Councilors League; City of Naga Vice Mayor Rajiv Enad, and Toledo City Tourism Officer Trinidad Bubuli, among others. (Eleanor Valeros)
(For hotel bookings and inquiries, contact (02) 236-3966 or 0936-948-9685)