On July 10, 2020, LoveYourself White House relocated to its new home at 6 A. Morales St., Camputhaw, Cebu City. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the previous location of the community center was utilized as a laboratory for RT-PCR and GenXpert SARS-COV-2 tests.
“Moving to a new location required a lot of work, and this pandemic has presented huge challenges in our transition,” says Jan Shaltiel Vincent Estrada, clinic manager and head of LoveYourself White House. “But in the end, the payoff is tremendous, because our new home is much bigger, with more space to optimize our operations.”
In its new location, LoveYourself White House has a floor area of 280 sq.m. and lot area of 730 sq.m., almost double the square footage of the previous center. It stands two stories along a relatively quiet street behind Harolds Hotel, just minutes away from the University of the Philippines Cebu and Cebu Business Park. Just like the center in its former location, the facade is that of an old-fashioned Filipino home painted white, making it a reassuring and comely destination for those who are about to enter.
Since it is still on soft opening, LoveYourself White House is still being set up to a fully functional community center that provides free HIV screening, counseling, treatment, and other services. It will stay true to the original coworking-space configuration, with the offer of complimentary Wi-Fi, light refreshments, board games, and books, among others.
The former location at #40 J. Llorente St., Capitol Site, Cebu City was a great starting point for LoveYourself’s first community center outside Metro Manila. It was named LoveYourself White House simply for its facade, which is that of a quaint Filipino home painted white. It was a structure that stood humbly against the budget hotels and food joints that surrounded the area. As it was in close proximity to the hustle and bustle of the Fuente Osmeña circle, a historical Cebu landmark, LoveYourself White House made itself a safe and private nook for those who wish to avail of free HIV screening, counseling, and treatment.
LoveYourself White House on 6 A. Morales St. is currently open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. At the moment, the center does not accept walk-ins. Appointments can be scheduled at go.loveyourself.ph/booking. For inquiries about current services being offered and expectations on the center’s full launch, call 0927 873 7575.
Text by Ryan Taborada