Dreamscape Network Inc, an Australian IT and BPO company operating in Cebu Business Park, was having a corporate event at the Ayala Center Cebu Cinema 5 when the cinema’s ceiling collapsed. The injured are now being taken cared of by Dreamscape Network’s management. No report yet on casualties, if there are any.
Videos of the unfortunate event are surfacing right now. One can see that while the presentation was on the big screen, the audience starts to get up and move to the front because of the cascading water at the back of the cinema. After a few minutes, part of the ceiling cave-in.
A Twitter Photo posted by Earl Justice Cuevas of the aftermath of the collapsed Ayala Cinema ceiling
Unconfirmed reports alledged that the collapsed was caused by the bursting of water pipes, and when the pressure becomes too much, the cinema’s ceiling collapsed.
Watch this video of Ayala Cinema 5 as its ceiling collapsed
Cascading Waters in Ayala Cebu Cinema 5
Ayala Center Cebu has been heavily expanding since 2013, adding new wings, and renovating existing structures. It is still not clear whether or not the on-going mall improvements are in some way connected with the collapsed ceiling. Every one is now waiting for the investigation to be completed and for the release of the official statement of the mall management of Ayala Center Cebu regarding this incident.
UPDATE June 16: Statement from Ayala Center Cebu
“Based on initial findings, the sprinkler system released water that caused the acoustic boards to fall. We are further investigating the cause.”
A question being raised right now is what is the responsibility and liability of Ayala Center Cebu to the injured, and to the company who rented their cinema for their corporate launching event?
UPDATE: 9 people were injured, 5 were rushed to the hospital, there are no casualties.