Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Arch. Willy V. Coscolluela, Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, Megaworld First Vice For Business Development President Jericho Go and Iloilo City Congressman Jerry Treñas, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Megaworld’s CEO and founder Dr. Andrew Tan, City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Senator Franklin Drilon led the unveiling of the design of the iconic Iloilo Conention Center at the old Iloilo Airport site , now known as the Iloilo Business Park. The 54.5-hectare township site was acquired by Megaworld Corporation to develop it with condominiums, hotels, BPO offices, malls and other commercial establishments making it a one-stop destination where one can live, work and play.
Everyone at the Old Iloilo Airport site which is now Megaworld Corporation’s property were really impressed with the design of the Convention Center that will be constructed and be done by 2015. What made the design very significant to Iloilo was the inspiration that the architect got from the sailboats of the Paraw Festival, a long-time sailing event done in Villa beach, Iloilo City every February. It also embodies tribe warriors of the Dinagyang Festival in its facade.
The 1.7-hectare lot where the convention center will rise was donated by Megaworld to Iloilo City. The construction and management of the convention center will be bidded out to private entities.
A closer look at what will soon become another icon of tourism in Iloilo.
Senator Franklin Drilon arrives at the Old Iloilo Airport Site. Megaworld Corporation will develop the area to be the 25 Billion-worth Iloilo Business Park and will also put up Marriot Courtyard Hotel, Richmonde Hotel (on-going construction), Rustan’s Mall, Festive walk (commercial strip) and other offices within their property.
Mr. Kevin Tan, Vice President of Megaworld Corporation (son of Andrew Tan, Ph.D. in blue) talks to Mr. Alfonso Uy and Felipe Uygongco, two of Iloilo’s most respected business leaders. Within the photo are Congressman Jerry Treñas and Department of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez (the man behind the success of DOT’s “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign).
Ms. Maricor Manlangit, FVP-Strategic Planning Division and Mr. Harold Geronimo, Director for Strategic Marketing and Communications of Megaworld Corporation hosted the event.
Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog warmly greets everyone in this momentous occasion in Iloilo City.
Senator Franklin Drilon:
Department of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez:
Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog:
Iloilo City Representative Jerry P. Treñas:
Megaworld Corporation’s Vice President Kevin Tan:
During the press conference: