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MORE Power aligns to Iloilo City as Investment Destination

MORE aligns to Iloilo City as Investment Destination

More Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) earns support from Iloilo City business and transport leaders for its operations as the new utility distributor.

In a separate media statement, business and transport leaders considered MORE Power’s effort to correct the current state of disrepair of the city’s electricity distribution system is a commitment they promised, which naturally resulted in scheduled power outages.

Moreover, the old utility Panay Electric Co. (PECO) was asked by several business leaders to accept it’s lost the electricity distribution business and move on to spare the city the ongoing struggle.

The president of the Iloilo City Loop Alliance of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association (ICLAJODA), Raymundo Parcon, praised MORE Power for “diligently doing their upgrading and comprehensive preventive maintenance in all its substations and upgrading its distribution lines.”

This statement debunked the claims of the old utility Panay Electric Co. (PECO) that the new service provider, MORE Power, has caused power outages to hit Iloilo City in recent weeks due to its lack of experience in running such an operation.

The Iloilo Economic Development Foundation (ILEDF), a group of Iloilo City’s varied business associations, stated through its Executive Director, Francis Gentoral, that ILEDF “is confident that MORE Power remains true to its commitment to provide transparent service and has never shied away from informing the public of the unscheduled power interruptions, their durations, and causes.”

ILEDF said PECO could best serve Iloilo’s interests if it accepts it has lost the power distribution business.

”ILEDF calls for unity in the face of the global health crisis and for PECO to accept the things it can no longer change — expired franchise, revoked CPCN, revoked Mayor’s Permit — for the whole of Iloilo City to move forward and level up as envisioned by the city government.”

ILEDF said the city’s power distribution utility should have “a demonstrated capability, track record, and financial capability to operate and maintain a distribution utility for a fast-growing metropolis; make significant investments in infrastructure; systems and technology; and human resources; and maintain a long-term commitment to Iloilo.”

MORE aligns to Iloilo City as Investment Destination

The business group noted that for the first time, “Iloilo City consumers … finally, enjoy(ed) a (per) kilowatt-hour (kWh) rate of less than Php10 when MORE Power took over as distribution utility” as Iloilo City had recorded one of the highest power rates in the entire Philippines for more than 15 years under PECO.

They also noted the experience of Iloilo City’s businesses and residents in the first few months of MORE Power’s operation that it ” supports efforts to address public welfare concerns particularly on the eradication of theft of electricity, fire prevention, and overall improvement of services to the Iloilo City consumers.”

Meanwhile, Western Visayas Transport Cooperative general manager Halley Alcarde is satisfied that MORE Power “is really committed to delivering the needed upgrades in all aspects of their operations, from upgrading the capacity of every substation to their distribution lines, and replacements of old meters of its consumers.”

He also noted the uproar from Iloilo City’s consumers before MORE Power took over in March this year over PECO’s overbilling of its customers and the proliferation of illegal connections that resulted in a higher rate of systems loss that caused Ilonggos’ monthly power bills one of the highest in the Philippines.

In particular, the general manager commended MORE Power President Roel Castro for being “very open and transparent with most of its dealings and on handling the operations down the line as consumers are updated of the current power distribution situation in the city as well its current limitations, something that we don’t know from the previous one.”

The business group regarded that this position was in line with the vision of the city’s business leaders to promote Iloilo as a preferred investment destination and underscoring the urgency for the world-class electricity service for Iloilo City.

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Oceans Edge Resort, NEXT Big Thing near Boracay!

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Summer 2020 is anticipated to have thousands of tourist arrival this year in Boracay Island. More than that, we are seeing a revival of the sister island of Boracay, the Carabao Island. The island is geared towards sustainable and cultural tourism with the opening of Oceans Edge Resort. 

Carabao Island is the southernmost island of Romblon, dubbed as the “twin sister” island of the world famous Boracay Island of Aklan. Popularly known as Hambil to the locals, this island is only an hour away from the busy party scenes in Boracay. Despite its closeness, Carabao Island entirely offers an opposite ambiance to tourists. The island is part of the town of San Jose in the province of Romblon with about five barangays and less than 10,000 inhabitants. 

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Carabao Island reams international standard as its newest destination, Oceans Edge Resort opens up for a redefined luxurious paradise with several facilities from villas, clubhouse and bar lounge, shuttle van, infinity swimming pool, all-natural farm and spa services. 

On top of the sun, sea, sand and serenity totally opposite of Boracay’s life, the island is magnified with simple pleasures of climbing a bent coconut tree, watching the sun rise and listening to the waves. Time passes unnoticed in this tropical paradise of serene beauty.

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

The country’s most famous coconut tree!

Oceans Edge Resort is the flagship development of Oceans 11 Property Development Inc., a real estate company registered in the Philippines specializing in resort development. The Company ventures in 5-star luxury properties in the country. 

Let me give you a virtual tour of the resort.

We arrived at Caticlan, Aklan in the morning. We crossed the water to get to Carabao Island. Then we took a shuttle van to the resort. We were welcomed with this view from the infinity pool and a cocktail drink.

After some chit chat, we were brought to our villas. Oh the beauty, our villa is facing the viewing deck. The resort has three types of villas – garden view, ocean view and cliff villa.

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Let us check out the view from our villa!

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Also, let us check out the clubhouse and the bar lounge.

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Here is the view from the bar lounge.

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Another view from the clubhouse.

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

One more plus point of this resort is because of its inclusive and holistic approach in tourism. The resort highlights and hires native to do minimal services. The owner fully support the welfare of the natives as she believes they too belong in this advocacy.

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Another amazing view is the sunset which can be viewed from our villa.

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

The sunset’s warm light striking the garden view villas.

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Of course, the resort won’t be as good without the sumptuous food. They have their own organic and all-natural farm and garden from where they get their ingredients, vegetables and fruits. Looks tasty, right?

There are more reason to visit Carabao Island, and definitely Oceans Edge Resort is the best one so book nowOceans Edge Resort, The Next Big Thing near Boracay Island. Discover a hotel that defines the new dimension of luxury, a tropical paradise waiting to be discovered this summer! The unspoilt natural beauty in Carabao Island, Romblon!

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Rosma Resort – Nearby Paradise in San Joaquin Iloilo

Rosma

Rosma Pebbled Cove Resort or commonly known as “Rosma” is the newest go-to place in Iloilo province which officially opened last September 18, 2019 situated in Barangay Igcadlum in San Joaquin. The resort is much ready for overnight stays, parties and water activities for the family and barkadas. I consider this resort as a little paradise nearby with its close-to-nature ambiance and offerings, from comfortable accommodation to water activities and delicious food!

The resort has an infinity pool, restaurant and bar, with lunch buffet with ihaw-ihaw station every Saturday, lounge area, water rafts for rental. They also have a pavillion hall with a capacity of 80 guests, a high-speed Wi-Fi connection, a KTV, a gift shop, a personal laundry service, and by appointment in-room massage. Also, they are planning to add more water sports, scuba diving and a floating bar before the year ends.

For Rosma room rates,

  • Double Suite (1 double and 1 single bed) with free breakfast for two persons P2100
  • Quadruple Suite (2 double-decker beds) with free breakfast for four persons P2800
  • Family Suite (Native Hut with 5 single beds) with free breakfast for five persons P4000
  • Nipa Hut (on the beach, 2 single beds) with free breakfast for two persons P1500

Should you just want to enjoy the infinity pool inclusive of the entrance fee only,

  • 3-11 years old regular rate P75, on going promo rate P65
  • 12 years old and above regular rate P150, on going promo rate P120

Additional information that may help you during your visit,

  • Check-in time 2:00PM
  • Check-out time 12:00NN
  • Child, 9 years below FREE of charge for overnight stays
  • Guest 10 years above will be charged at P300/night with FREE breakfast
  • Kids should be supervised by a guardian
  • Breakfast is served from 6:30AM to 10:00AM
  • Welcome drinks upon arrival
  • Transportation for private tour of surrounding attractions available upon request
  • Load Center under Wi-Fi
  • Concierge service will assist you with tour flights transportation and special request 24/7
  • Senior Citizen and PWD with IDs will have discounts of 20%

Note: Rates may change without prior notice.

Rosma

And the most important part, your guide to get there! Rosma Pebbled Cove Resort is along the main highway going to Antique. Here are ways to get to Rosma.

  • From Iloilo Terminal Market (Super). Take a Lawigan, San Joaquin jeep.
  • From Molo Bus Terminal. Take a Dao bus going to Antique.

In any of these options, tell the driver to drop you off at the resort. The resort is located across Igcadlum Primary School.

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50-Million Campaign for Iloilo MICE Tourism

MICE

ILOILO CITY – A 50-million MICE campaign – “Meet you in Iloilo” – was launched last October 10, 2019 at Iloilo Convention Center led by Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat together with the Iloilo MICE Alliance, Department of Tourism to market Iloilo as a premier MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences/Conventions and Exhibitions) destination in the country.

The launching of “Meet you in Iloilo” campaign is expected to pull in tourists, business investors and exhibitors to one of the progressive and livable cities in the Philippines, Iloilo City, and be recognized as a premier MICE destination in the country.

“The launching of Iloilo as a MICE hub will surely open more opportunities for Iloilo to further boost its tourism industry, drive investments and development, and create jobs,” Senator Drilon said.

Promoting Iloilo as a MICE center is projected to bring significant contributions to the province and the entire region’s development. This campaign includes a handful of promotions and related tourism packages in partnership with different tourism stakeholders in the city. 

The launching of the MICE campaign also highlighted some of the tourism facilities and projects that will surely attract every tourist, local and international.

  • Iloilo convention center
  • an 8-kilometer Esplanade, the longest linear park in the country
  • the 10-lane, 15-km Sen. Benigno Aquino Avenue
  • the 4-lane President Corazon Aquino circumferential road
  • rehabilitated Iloilo River
  •  four museums including the country’s first Museum of Philippine Economic History
  • restoration of heritage buildings along Calle Real
  • restoration of the Iloilo Customs House, or Aduana
  • building the Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge by 2023

For more information, you visit Iloilo MICE Alliance, Department of Tourism at Ground floor, Casa Real de Iloilo (Old Iloilo Provincial Capitol), Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City, Philippines or contact their office through these numbers: (+63 33) 337-5411 / 335-0245 (Telefax). You can also reach them online through an email, secretariat@meetyouiniloilo.com or visit the website, www.meetyouiniloilo.com. #MeetYouInIloilo

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9 Reasons for Iloilo as a MICE Destination

Iloilo

Iloilo – culinary haven, a vibrant festival destination, a cosmopolitan trading port since the turn of the last century, the heart of the Philippines, and so much more.

It’s a fairly easy task to fall in love with Iloilo – a locale steeped in history and rich indigenous culture, yet also an emergent city assuredly making strides toward a sustainable tomorrow, an eclectic marriage of the traditional and the modern. As multifaceted as it is colorful, Iloilo will leave you spellbound by its manifold charms.

Here are 9 reasons why you should consider the “City of Love” as your next MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences/Conventions, Exhibitions) destination.

1. The Heart of the Philippines

Smack dab in the middle of this vibrant archipelago, Iloilo’s strategic location lends its ease of accessibility to most major hubs in both Luzon and Mindanao, as well as being a gateway to multi-cultural Panay Island and the greater Visayas.

2.Steeped in History

Ours is a culture shaped by a rich genteel history and undeniable Spanish influence, as demonstrated by Iloilo’s architectural marvels: from the stately ancestral mansions of the moneyed sugar barons to age-old ornate churches that have stood the test of time. The country’s former textile capital and the Philippines’ most important seaport during the Spanish era – second only to Manila – one only needs to visit Iloilo’s immersive museums to fully fathom the city’s old glory.

3. Food-Lover’s Haven

Satisfy your cravings: From the quintessential Ilonggo batchoy, to seafood freshly plucked from the ocean, to saccharine delicacies that will satisfy any sweet tooth – Iloilo is a gastronomical destination like no other. Iloilo’s sprawling shorelines and serendipitous proximity to the uplands ensures abundant produce from both the land and the sea whole year-round, making it a bountiful playground for chefs and foodies alike.

4. Sunny Shores and Marvelous Mounts

Traced by the Panay Gulf in the east and bordered by the Central Panay Mountain Range in the west, Iloilo and its neighboring provinces has scenic excursions for beachcombers and mountain adventurers alike.

Iloilo

Photo credits: meetyouiniloilo.com

5. Heartfelt Ilonggo Hospitality

Ilonggos, Iloilo’s locals, are known to be a generous and hospitable bunch – it isn’t the “City of Love” for nothing. Hoteliers and restauranteurs in this cosmopolitan destination put a premium on exceptional service to delight guests, but Ilonggos have always been innately warm and outgoing.

6. Beacon of Sustainability

Lauded for numerous successful civic initiatives, sustainability has become the foundation for the mapping and planning of this developing metropolis. The Iloilo River Esplanade first comes to mind, an 8.1-kilometer linear park that traces the banks of its namesake waterway, running along major thoroughfares in the city.

7. Among Southeast Asia’s Safest Place

Iloilo is consistently recognized as one of the safest cities in Southeast Asia by the survey of international online database Numbeo. In 2019, the city landed 8th place, following the ranks of Singapore, Bangkok, and Bali, among others.

8. Seamless Incentives

The tight-knit collaboration of Iloilo’s MICE Alliance seeks to offer a seamless experience, with an across-the-board incentive plan that no other city is likely capable to match – encompassing from confab discounts on domestic airfare, to exclusive hotel perks, and even concessions from major malls and affiliated restaurants. Iloilo promises an unparalleled MICE experience. Giving meeting planners every reason to choose Iloilo as their next MICE venue.

9. International MICE Standards

Iloilo is committed to abide by the tight touchstones of global MICE standards. The city has revealed itself a trailblazer, being one of only a few hubs in the Philippines to have successfully hosted both APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) meetings and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) delegates in 2015 and 2017, respectively.

Iloilo

Photo credits: meetyouiniloilo.com

For more information, you visit Iloilo MICE Alliance, Department of Tourism at Ground floor, Casa Real de Iloilo (Old Iloilo Provincial Capitol), Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City, Philippines or contact their office through these numbers: (+63 33) 337-5411 / 335-0245 (Telefax). You can also reach them online through an email, secretariat@meetyouiniloilo.com or visit the website, www.meetyouiniloilo.com. #MeetYouInIloilo

Source: www.meetyouiniloilo.com

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BHive Hotel – A Virtual Tour in a Classic Rustic Wood Themed Hotel

BHive

Situated the middle of the entertainment and big malls in Iloilo City lies a medium-sized hotel – BHive Hotel. This hotel located at Taft North, Mandurriao features classic wood theme interior with a rustic accent. As you enter their lobby, Benito’s Cafe will welcome you with a light ambiance good for small talks and catch up meetings. The place is glammed with instagrammable corners. They also have a board room available for corporate meetings.

BHive

I got a chance to check BHive rooms. The room is divided into two sections: a receiving area and a bedroom with a bath and comfort room. The receiving area has a coffee table with chairs, a small couch, a hanger rack, and a closet. It is quite a homey set up to separate the bedroom from the receiving area.

BHive

For more details, check this photo.

BHive

Other Facebook reviews about this place we as follows.
BHive Hotel has a comfortable, clean and spacious rooms. It is accessible to SM City, Gaisano Diversion, Plazuela and Megaworld Festive Walk Mall. It is also affordable for backpackers. The hotel has warm staff for accommodation.

More photos below.

BHive

BHive

BHive

Receiving Area of Unit Room

BHive

Receiving Area of Unit Room

BHive

Bed Room Area

BHive

BHive

Board Room

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Iloilo Business Park Transport Hub: Western Visayas’ First Premium P2P Bus Services

Transport Hub

ILOILO CITY, Philippines, July 10, 2019 – Property giant Megaworld is set to open its Transport Hubs this year to serve the requirements of the region’s first Premium P2P service in Iloilo Business Park.

The P350-million Iloilo Business Park Transport Hubs will have two terminals – one for departures and another for arrivals – that will be strategically located along the township’s Megaworld Boulevard, just in front of the Festive Walk Mall.

Transport Hub

Traveller’s Lounge

Each terminal, sitting on a 4,000-square meter lot each, will feature its own Traveler’s Lounge, an airconditioned facility where passengers can relax and wait for their trips at the Departure Terminal, and also wait for their transits or pick-up vehicles at the Arrival Terminal. Each lounge will have shower rooms and toilets, all for the convenience of departing and arriving passengers.

At the Traveler’s Lounge of the Departure Terminal, passengers will also have the convenience of booking and purchasing their tickets at its own Ticketing Booths. It will also have Breastfeeding Stations, and Free WiFi access.

Each terminal will also have its own Food Park where passengers can indulge in wide array for food choices while waiting.

At the second and third level of each terminal, 200 parking slots will be made available for free.

“We aim to provide world-class and convenient service in land transport for the local and international travelers in and out of Iloilo City. Hopefully, this will serve as a model for other transport hubs in the region,” says Jose Arnulfo Batac, head of estate management, Megaworld.

LTFRB Region 6 is rolling out the first Premium Point-to-Point Buses in Western Visayas tomorrow, July 11, with Iloilo Business Park as its main hub in Panay Island.

The project is part of the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), a flagship program spearheaded by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Transport Hub

Ticketing Office

Around 106 P2P buses, equipped with the auto-pay system, will be launched on July 11, serving the following routes: Iloilo Business Park to Iloilo Airport, Iloilo Business Park to Roxas Airport, Iloilo Business Park to Kalibo Airport, and Iloilo Business Park to Caticlan Airport (Boracay), and vice versa.

At the same time, the LTFRB Region 6 will also simultaneously launch other modernized PUVs composed of 365 taxis and 165 jeepneys, which are also equipped with the auto-pay system.

“We thank the LTFRB Region 6 for this partnership, and we hope that we are able to contribute to the success of this modernization campaign for the betterment of the country’s transport industry. All of our townships, especially those in urban centers, serve as convergence points of motorists and commuters. Thus, we integrate transport hubs in our developments to meet the transport needs of the local community,” explains Batac.

Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao District, Iloilo City is a 72-hectare integrated urban township that is home to rows of residential towers, state-of-the-art office towers, the Festive Walk Mall, the 1.1-kilometer Festive Walk Parade, two first-class hotels (Richmonde Hotel Iloilo and Courtyard by Marriott, the Iloilo Convention Center, the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA), and the rising Commercial and Boutique Hotel District.

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Songs from the Sea at ILOMOCA by Renowned Artist Nune Alvarado

Songs From The Sea

In the coastal city of Sagay in Negros Occidental, Filipino artist Nunelucio Alverado – the creator of Songs from the Sea – has made not only a home but a community.

“Inaawitan ako ng dagat,” says Alvarado of the peace he found in this place – the kind that has paved the way for a new kind of prosperity, one that feeds back into his community to enrich the lives of its members through art.

Songs From The Sea

His latest series of paintings and objects dubbed as “Stories of Restoration, Songs from the Sea” is composed of works that appear to be a far cry from the jarring depictions of life in the cane fields and mills for which Alvarado has been known. Instead, the artist takes inspiration from the community he helped create, giving back through art what he himself has gained after over three decades of practice.

Songs From The Sea

“Tonight marks another milestone for us at Megaworld Foundation as we celebrate the first year since we ventured into the intricate world of museum management, and already we are closing the year with yet another highlight exhibit. Nune Alvarado’s ‘Songs from the Sea’ is a moving masterpiece that showcases the beauty of Filipino culture even in mundane everyday experiences. This is only the beginning and we are committed to upholding the undeniable talent of local creative minds and the promotion and preservation of art in the entire region,” says Tefel Pesigan Valentino, Vice President and Head of Marketing and Business Development of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls.

Songs From The Sea

Taking inspiration from the everyday stories of home

A proud Negrense himself, Nunelucio Alvarado is a painter known for his exceptional work as a social realist. A founding member of the Black Artists in Asia – one of the most prominent collectives in the region – Nune, as his friends fondly call him, is known for large-scale depictions of difficulty and despondency in the cane fields of Negros.

Songs From The Sea

While these works have won him awards and recognition, they have also drawn critical attention to the plight of the sakada, as well as other marginalized members of the society. Alvarado now lives in Sagay City, where he runs Kape Albarako, a café and art space that is integral to the city’s creative community.

An Aarts and Culture Jewel in Asia’s ‘best township’

Songs From The Sea

ILOMOCA is Megaworld’s first ever museum located at Iloilo Business Park, the company’s bustling 73-hectare township development in Western Visayas which was recently feted as the Country Winner for ‘Best Township Development in Asia’ at the 2018 Asia Property Awards held in Bangkok, Thailand.

The facility proudly embraces the distinction as the first art institution in Visayas and Mindanao exclusively dedicated to showcasing the works of mostly Filipino and Ilonggo artists within the realm of modern and contemporary art. As a major component in the development of IBP, IILOMOCA serves as a platform for Megaworld in reinforcing its thrust to preserve and promote the Ilonggo brand of artistry, culture and creativity.

Songs From The Sea

A glimpse 0f what you can find at Hulot Gallery today until December 10, 2018.

Songs From The Sea

Songs From The Sea

Songs From The Sea

Songs From The Sea

Songs from the Sea runs at the Hulot Gallery on the ground floor of ILOMOCA from November 11 up to December 10, 2018

To know more about Nune Alvarado’s exhibit, visit ILOMOCA on Facebook or call (033) 320-9903 and (033) 328 1028

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Iloilo shines with Banaag Festival 2018’s amazing light show

Banaag Festival

Fresh from being hailed as the Philippines’ Best Municipal Festival at the recently held 2018 Pearl Awards, the highly anticipated 14th Banaag Festival in Anilao, Iloilo drew excited tourists from all over the country who came to witness the much talked about Festival of Lights and the spectacular culminating program that set the night ablaze with beautiful dancing flames last October 31.

Following the symbolic lighting of the torch, which was lead by Iloilo 4th District Congressman Ferjenel “Dok Ferj” Biron, along with Anilao Mayor Lee Ann Debuque and Anilao Vice Mayor Matet Debuque, this year’s Banaag Festival presented fierce and more enchanting cultural presentations of eight competing tribes vying for the coveted Banaag Festival Dance Drama Competition Championship.

Banaag Festival

Lighting of Torch with Senator Cynthia Villa and Iloilo 4th District Congressman Ferjenel “Dok Ferj” Biron, along with Anilao Mayor Lee Ann Debuque and Anilao Vice Mayor Matet Debuque

Banaag Festival is a cultural tradition in Anilao, Iloilo which was inspired by local sentinels during the Spanish era who guarded bamboo watchtowers and warned residents of incoming pirates by lighting the torch as a signal to flee. Thus, the torch became a precious symbol of unity for the Anilaonons, and this beautiful burning light has become the source of pride and inspiration for the people throughout the years.

In the recently concluded 19th Pearl Awards of the Association of Tourism Officers of the Phippines – Department of Tourism (ATOP-DOT) held in Cagayan De Oro earlier this month, Banaag Festival bagged the First Place as Best Tourism Festival (Festival Category, Municipal Level), earning for this Anilaonon tradition its much deserved title as the Philippines’ Best Municipal Festival.

Banaag Festival

A quick media press conference with Iloilo 4th District Congressman Ferjenel “Dok Ferj” Biron, along with Anilao Mayor Lee Ann Debuque and Anilao Vice Mayor Matet Debuque

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