Collapsed ceiling of Ayala Cinema 5 Cebu; Credit: @EarlCaves Twitter
A huge portion of the ceiling of Ayala Center Cinema 5 in Cebu collapses at around at 8:50 p.m. last night, Monday, June 15, 2015. Initial reports say they were at least six people injured due to the incident. Witnesses immediately posted videos of the collapsed ceiling on Facebook. Watch one of them below.
The said event was a launch of a business process outsourcing (BPO) company, Dreamscape Networks. There were an estimated 350 people who attended, including some foreign visitors of the company. A massive amount of water poured out from the damaged ceiling like water falls, as people rushed to the exit.
Cebu City Emergency Medical Services rescuers arrived at the scene, but Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak told Sunstar that security personnel did not immediately allowed them to enter the establishment. However, a witness commented on the report, saying that there were no guards inside the movie theater.
Meanwhile, Dreamwork Networks Chief Executive Officer Mark Evans, who was present in the said event and had a scratch on his finger, said that he was not satisfied with the response of the mall personnel. He emphasized that he would file charges against Ayala, noting that he is not sure how many people were hurt.
“The emergency response was zero. It was so embarrassing. No one knew what to do. So we began to pull people. The steel frames were all over,” Evans was quoted at Inquirer, adding that mall security guards arrived around 25 mnutes after the ceiling has collapsed. He said he wants to make sure everyone is safe.
The affected Cinema 5 in Ayala Center Cebu at Cebu Business Park, is the newest movie theater of the establishment, and formally opened to public in December 2013. Photos online reveal that nearly two-thirds of the ceiling has collapsed, with the debris falling on the seats. Below is the video taken by Alexis Yap.
As of posting, Jeanette Japzon, corporate communications manager of Cebu Holdings Inc. (CHI), which owns Ayala Center Cebu, said the incident is still under thorough investigation, and that they will coordinate with local authorities. Nonetheless, she clarified that the damaged ceiling was not made from cement.