CEBU City’s historic Colon Street will soon bustle with more food, people and merchandise with the return of the night market on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, as part of the City Government’s celebration of Tourism month.

Organizers of the night market said 370 stalls will offer dry goods and food products every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on Sept. 16-19, Sept. 23-25, and Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

During a press conference Thursday, Sept. 15, Councilor Jocelyn Pesquera, chairperson of the Cebu City Tourism Commission, said the night market will also feature a “celebrity corner” wherein pre-loved items of celebrities and athletes will be sold.

The night market will be open from 6 p.m. until 12 midnight starting at the Iconique Mall going to the Colon St. obelisk.

“We are really coming up with so many events in order to attract more visitors to our city... We are also pushing forward to promote and revitalize Colon Street, which is the oldest street in our country,” said Pesquera.

Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) executive director Paul Gotiong said 10 to 15 personnel will be deployed to direct the flow of traffic.

Gotiong said Colon St. will be closed to motorists beginning 5 p.m. and will open again by 1 a.m. or after the night market has been properly cleaned.

Maria Pino of the Cebu City United Vendors Association said the food and other products sold in the night market will not be expensive since the vendors will have to pay only P140 per night for the use of electricity and as payment for the street sweepers.

Pino added that Cebuano dishes such as tuslob-buwa and the famous pungko-pungko will also be featured in the night market.

Aside from food and dry goods, there will also be entertainment that will be organized by Iconique Mall.

Kalubihan Barangay Captain Rex Milan assured that barangay tanods will be deployed in the night market to ensure safety in coordination with the Cebu City Police Office.