CEBU CITY, May 25 (PNA) — Descendants of Katipuneros who fought against Spanish rule in the 1890s are building an 82-room cultural and heritage hotel on Gen. Junquera St., Cebu City.

Bebilou Espina, general manager, said Palm Grass is a hotel project of the Guivelondo family as a tribute to Cebu history.

She said the Guivelondos were active members of the Cebu Katipunan during the Spanish colonization.

The Tres de Abril Uprising was planned in the house of Spanish mestizo Isidro Guivelondo in Mabolo.

Palm Grass is a seven-storey facility positioned as a heritage hotel, whose features highlight the rich culture and history of Cebu.

The hotel will showcase the blueprint of Cebu revolutionary history during the Spanish period.

Espina said the hotel will be completed in the first quarter of 2015. It targets local and foreign tourists.

“What we are offering to tourists is a different kind of hotel experience. Unlike other posh hotels, ours caters to guests who’d love to know more about Cebu’s heritage. Through this hotel, we aim to share to our children and continue the legacy of our forefathers,” she said.

Palm Grass’ hotel areas will be named after Cebu heroes like Governor Inocencio Junquera, generals Leon Kilat and Candido Padilla, among others.

It will have eight suite rooms, one executive suite, one presidential suite and 72 deluxe rooms. Guest rooms will feature graphics of the Cebuano way of life during the pre-Spanish and Spanish era.

The hotel will also have a function hall named after Tres de Abril uprising and a coffee shop/restaurant named after Lumaya, the founder of the rajahmate of Cebu.

It will also house a historical gallery, mini-library, mini-bookstore on Cebu heritage, a roof deck bar, garden, a pond and an open wellness gym.

Espina said the uniform of the staff will be designed after the Cebu Katipunan or Cebuano traditional attire during the pre-Spanish and Spanish era.

The hotel also hopes to host round table discussions and forums on Cebu history and cultural heritage. It also wants to become a venue of cultural live performances.

Palm Grass will also have links with the heritage walk tours as well as accreditation with National Historical Commission.

On top of being a heritage hotel, Palm Grass will also be known as a eco-friendly hotel. Its design is also typhoon- and earthquake-resilient, said Espina.