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50-Million Campaign for Iloilo MICE Tourism

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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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Arriba Visayas Iloilo on Cactus and Succulents for a Greener Space

Cactus Succulent

ILOILO CITY – Arriba Visayas: A Cactus and Succulent Roadshow stopped over in Iloilo Festive Walk Mall last Sunday, September 15, 2019 for a one-day exhibit and workshop on tropicalizing cactus and succulents, basic grafting and starting a cactus and succulent business participated Arids and Aroids Boyet Ganigan, Masiteras, DOS Tillandsias, Sprouting Surprise Garden, Pinky Spikes, Succulents and Spikes, and Planthaholic Garden. The event was very much embraced by members of Iloilo Cactus and Succulent Lover Group.

Cactus Succulent

Iloilo is the third leg of Arriva Visayas following Bacolod and Antique. This roadshow aims to educate the public about cactus and succulent. Boyet Ganigan of Arids and Aroids is convinced that planting and taking good care of cactuses and succulents is good therapy for everyone even for kids. “It brings relaxation, distresses the mind and creates tranquility from within” said Boyet. “Cactus and succulent is becoming a craze. Millennials now considered plants as pets at home” he added.

Cactus Succulent

Part of this event was a workshop on tropicalizing cactus and succulent conducted by Mark Dizon of Masitera. “There is a very big potential for cactus and succulent breeders in Iloilo City. The Ilonggos are very welcoming” said Mark. Taking care of a cactus or a succulent is very easy for a beginner. You will only need constant sunlight exposure, a soilless medium and to be watered minimally once a week. “The next stop will be in Cebu but will have it for three days. The Cebu demands a longer exhibit as it currently has a very big market” he added.

This event happened in Iloilo as an aspiration of Honey Mae Osimco of Sprouting Surprise Garden whose love for cactuses and succulents started as a hobby. She collected different breeds until she thought of having it as a business. This opened her up to a more complex and diverse network of businesses. She not only wants cactus and succulent breeding business to thrive but also other trade-related enterprises such as pots, succulent collectors and sellers, recyclable bottles, compost mixers and sellers, workshops on kids painting on pots and basic grafting.

Cactus Succulent

Honey Mae hopes to instill environmentalism on kids through these activities. She also supports this lifestyle and habit to help breeders and collectors. Ultimately, she believes that having cactuses and succulent around us can also helps keep our air clean or lessens the pollutants at the very least. “We all know plants help clean the air” she added. Having cactus at home can then help us breathe cleaner air.

Cactus Succulent

Meet Punggo and Estrella!

The next stopover of the roadshow is in North Drive Mall in Cebu City on September 20-22. Attending this event somehow sparks a desire in me to have ab cactus or succulent. I brought a cactus and a succulent at home. They will be called as Punggo and Estrella. Let me try my thumb if this time it’ll become green!

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4 Tips to GO BIG on SM 3 Day Sale!

Most of us have one thing in mind when we go shopping, and that is getting the best discounts on the items we have been saving up to when the sale season comes. This 3-Day Sale at SM City Iloilo ‪on September 13 to 15, 2019‬, with the expected crowd wanting to take part in the biggest sale of the year, it is helpful to bear in mind some reminders to maximize time and savings bargain shopping.

Here are some brief and simple tips you can consider:

1. Mind The Time

Being aware of the time and store hours is importantly helpful if you want to get the best deals of your favorite store in the mall during the sale. Special deals are often given in the early hours, so being on time will not only give you a chance to be the first to avail the item but the discounts as well.

Mall Hours: ‪
September 13 (9am-12MN)‬
‪September 14 (8am-11pm)‬ ‪
September 15 (10am-11pm)‬

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2. Keep Those Cards Close

There are reasons why you have those special cards with you and that is why you always have to have them in your wallet, especially during sale season. Your SM Advantage, BDO Rewards, Ace Rewards and SM Prestige Cards have their own special powers that will give you more discounts on top of the existing discounts offered.

Prestige Friday (9am-12MN)
SMAC Saturday (8am-12NN)
SUNDAY Specials(‪5pm-7pm‬)

Image result for SM Prestige Card and SM Advantage Card

Source: https://www.smadvantage.com/

3. Load Up

Getting around the mall can be physically draining. And being in that rush to get the best discounts can be both exciting and a calorie burning experience—given that on sale days, people swarm the mall with the same reason as yours—the best items with the best discounts. Be in the lookout for the offers of the different restaurants in the mall, so you can maximize your budget with a little more extra on food. Take your time choosing the best offers, as food establishments including the SM Foodhall and SM Foodcourt tenants, may even have freebies on top of your food purchases.

Image result for sm city iloilo food hall

Source: https://ph.phonebooky.com/blog/sm-iloilo-food-hall/

4. Have Fun

Enjoy the exciting activities in store during the 3 Day Sale, such as store mascots parade, hourly freebies and the Ball Toss game for a chance to win the first 100 prizes per day. Just present any receipt purchased during the 3 Day Sale to play the Ball Toss game at the Northpoint of SM City Iloilo. Plus, you also get a chance to win a Suzuki Swift GL CVT for every P1,000 single receipt purchase. There are a whole lot reasons to shop this September 13,14 and 15 at SM City Iloilo. But putting everything in order before the rush makes things a little better.

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For other inquiries on offers and discounts of some tenants in the mall, you can visit the official Facebook page of SM City Iloilo or call ‪(033) 3209609‬ loc. 15 and 16 to get in touch with the Marketing Department.

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National Speakers Inspired Students at the Globe AcadArena School Tour in University of San Agustin

AcadArena

ILOILO, Philippines – ISC Events and Media, together with the University of San Agustin, Campus Esports Development Organization, RUMBLE ROYALE, and Secret 6 partnered up for the first Ilonggo leg of the Globe Telecom Esports AcadArena School Tour on July 31 at the USA Auditorium.

Themed ‘Taking Your First Steps In The Gaming Industry’, the one-day event featured keynote speeches and panel discussions from industry leaders, professional players, and organizations all across the Philippines. The free-to-all event drew students from different schools, esports communities, and groups from across Iloilo who were interested in building communities, learning about the gaming industry, and pursuing their careers in the industry.

AcadArena

The talks ranged from a variety of topics relating to the theme, ranging from content creation, the rise of the esports community, the future of digital and new media, and game development.

The aim of the program is to elevate esports with schools across the country, empower different students and enthusiasts, and to prepare them for a career in the industry.

‘This marks our first school tour event here in Iloilo, and our 5th nationally, we were amazed by the enthusiasm of the attendees who really got to engage with the speakers” said A. Frederick Sansait, Director of External Affairs of ISC Events. ‘The future of the esports industry is bright in Iloilo, and I see the next generation of the youth rising up to the challenge”.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Emile Tanglao is currently the Head of Talent Management and Acquisition Department of RUMBLE ROYALE — one of the two Facebook-accredited talent agencies in the Philippines. RUMBLE ROYALE is a talent management and content production agency based in Quezon City. Founded in 2014, they currently manage influencers such as Megan Young and Christian Bautista.

AcadArena

Anton Naranjo is the Head Coach of Bren Esports’ League of Legends team. Founded by venture capitalist Bren Chong, Bren Esports is one of the Philippines’ leading esports teams — having won the Mobile Legends Professional League last year, as well as competitions for several other titles.

Regina ‘Xiao’ Supapo is a Game Design and Marketing Manager from Secret 6. Born and raised in Iloilo, she did college in Manila and eventually found herself working for Secret 6. The company is a game development, art and animation company that caters to a wide variety of clients from across the globe.

About Esports AcadArena

The Globe Esports AcadArena is the country’s first multi-faceted campus esports program. With three pillars — competitive, education, and experience — it aims to uplift students, their communities, and provide them with pathways into the new and emerging media industry. In its network of events include the EAA Championships (a national league/tournament), CONQuest Festival (the largest pop culture convention in the Visayas), and the EAA School Tour.

AcadArena

About ISC Events

ISC Events is a student-run events management & content production firm behind CONQuest Festival based in Western Visayas, Philippines. Founded in 2014, it is the official partner of Twitch and Globe Telecom for campus esports and pop culture in the Philippines.

Contact them at contact@iscevents.net and on their Facebook Page: fb.com/MadeByISC.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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The Mansion Introduces The New Tastes at The Pool Club

The Mansion The Pool Club

The Mansion Iloilo stands true to its name featuring an Ilonggo “gracious experience” at a landmark destination in the city. The set of new menu is part of a series of launching after the introduction of The Mansion’s new executive chef, Arnie Pineda, earlier this year.

The Pool Club menu is a collection of flavorful dishes from sandwiches to seafood entrees and the timeless taste of crispy pata. Highlighting a healthy lifestyle, The Mansion is proud to introduce its grilled panini made for vegetarians. Aside from The Pool Club menu, guests can also lavish their cravings at The Lobby Cafe and its sumptuous dishes. Check out the rest of the new tastes below.

The Mansion The Pool Club

Chilled Vietnamese Spring Roll

The Mansion The Pool Club

Beef Shawarma

The Mansion The Pool Club

Crispy Calamari

The Mansion The Pool Club

Fish and Chips

The Mansion The Pool Club

Greek Salad

The Mansion The Pool Club

Grilled Panini Sandwich

The Mansion The Pool Club

Club Sandwich

The Mansion The Pool Club

Sisig Kapampangan

The Mansion The Pool Club

Seafood Platter

The Mansion The Pool Club

Nasi Goreng

The Mansion The Pool Club

Crispy Pata

Truffle Chocolate Cake and Coconut Jelly

About The Mansion: The Mansion Iloilo is one of the most prominent landmarks in Iloilo City–one of the Philippines’ fast-emerging destinations for commerce and tourism. Featuring a unique blend of Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino heritage and architecture, this iconic hotel offers travelers a gracious experience in a landmark destination.

The Mansion offers guests a sentimental charm and a calm respite from the city’s rapidly developing business & entertainment districts. The hotel provides a total of 187 spacious rooms & suites located in its two wings, 5 restaurants, a banquet & events convention center, a full service salon, and an outdoor swimming pool — all within the 1.5-hectare property nestled at the heart of Iloilo City Proper.

The Mansion Iloilo is also just a short drive away from historical sites like the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, Molo Mansion, and Calle Real; Atria Park District, Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park, SM City Iloilo, and the Smallville Complex. Also accessible are ferries to Guimaras, Palawan, Bacolod, CDO, and Cebu; and just 45 minutes away, the Iloilo International Airport offers domestic and direct international flights to Hong Kong and Singapore.

Contact them on the following details:

Web: https://themansion.ph
Address: 101 General Luna St., 5000 Iloilo City, Philippines
Phone Number/s: +63 (033) 335 1021 to 22; +63 (033) 335 1025; +63 (033) 335 1027; +63 (02) 584 4113
Email: reservations@themansion.ph

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FPG Insurance and Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation open Iloilo Community Learning Center

Iloilo Community Learning Center

ILOILO, Philippines – FPG Insurance, the major player in the general insurance industry and Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. (CLFI), the CSR arm of the PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (PLGC) formally inaugurated a community learning center under CLFI’s Alternative Learning System Program in Sitio Nagpana, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo.

Iloilo Community Learning Center.

Representative of DepEd Iloilo receive from FPG Insurance and Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation school equipment for the Iloilo Community Learning Center.

Guided by CLFI’s advocacy “Always Love Schooling”, FPG Insurance provided support to the learners enrolled in the program to enable them to complete education and pass the Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) test with flying colors. Integrated at the Nagpana Elementary School complex, the recipient community learning center has a historical 99% passing rate for its 2017 ALS Accreditation and Equivalency test.

“It is a personal commitment of our President and CEO Ramon Dimacali to support initiatives that pave way for education. He believes that education is the first step towards success and these privileged students of Barotac Viejo will have that with the help of Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation,” said Branches Business Group Assistant Vice President and Cebu Branch Head Janice Diaz.

The launch was also attended by FPG Insurance Assistant Vice President for Channels Marketing Group Vinelle Haber, CLFI’s Education and Special Projects Head Pebbles Muniz, members of the Department of Education – Iloilo Division represented by Schools Division Superintendent Miguel Aposin, Schools Division Assistant Superintendent Dr. Azucena Falaes, and Public Schools Division Supervisor and Indigenous Peoples’ Education Focal Person Concepcion Tababa, members of the Ati tribal community, and Hon. SB Member Antonio Balairos on behalf of Barotac Viejo Mayor Hon. Niel Tupas III.

Iloilo Community Learning Center

CLFI Executive Director Jonathan Batangan delivers a talk to the students of Sitio Nagpana Community Learning Center.

“Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation has always been active when it comes to promoting and giving access to education. We thank FPG Insurance for being our partner in bridging continued learning for adults and youth of Barotac Viejo. We hope to see more institutions giving out support to enable more learners in the future,” said CLFI Executive Director Jonathan Batangan.

The students of Barotac Viejo Community Learning Center will all undergo an equivalency examination by the end of their training course to determine their viability to receive a certification from the Department of Education.

FPG Insurance offers a comprehensive suite of insurance products from motor insurance, property insurance, to travel and personal accident coverages.

Iloilo Community Learning Center

Insurance Branches Business Group Assistant Vice President Janice Diaz and CLFI Executive Director Jonathan Batangas cut the ribbon for the Sitio Nagpana Community Learning Center inauguration.

About FPG Insurance Philippines

Formerly known as Federal Phoenix Assurance Co., Inc., FPG Insurance was established in 1958 and is a member of the Zuellig Group of Companies in implementing bespoke insurance and risk management solutions for its clients. FPG Insurance is the trusted name in general insurance solutions. FPG Insurance also has operations in Indonesia and Thailand.

About Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation

Cebuna Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. (CLFI) is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of the PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (PLGC) established in the year 2000. CLFI focuses on programs in education and implements the Nationwide Scholarship and the Alternative Learning Programs as well as initiatives promoting disaster resilience.

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Megaworld Unveils Iconic Martin Delgado Monument in Iloilo Business Park

Martin Delgado

Iloilo City – Philippines, January 19, 2019 – In Iloilo where the city’s rich history is present in every corner, the 8.8-meter bronze statue of the greatest Visayan ‘revolucionario’ General Martin Delgado in Iloilo Business Park (IBP) is something that is hard to miss.

A masterpiece created by Spanish sculptor Gines Serran-Pagan, one of the world’s most renowned international contemporary artists, the Gen. Delgado statue has become nothing short of a landmark in the City of Love. Located at the Casa de Emperador inside Iloilo Business Park, the statue stands proudly as a tribute to Ilonggo hero’s historic feat.

“We are very happy to have such an iconic masterpiece here in Iloilo Business Park, especially one that bears a stamp of artistic greatness courtesy of Gines Serran-Pagan. This statue is truly a fitting reminder of the continued emergence of Iloilo as a progessive city that puts the arts, history, and culture at its very core,” says Kevin L. Tan, executive vice president and chief strategy officer, Megaworld.

The statue was first made in clay, then fiber glass, and eventually casted into bronze by Serran-Pagan himself. It took almost a month for the statue to arrive here in the Philippines from China where it was created, but the overall design and preparation of the massive artpiece took more than three years to be completed.

“I feel really proud because General Martin T. Delgado deserved this honor for having sacrificed his life for Iloilo. The bronze sculpture has the durability of thousands of years. His legacy will be an inspiration to future generations. My gratitude to his family, the people of Iloilo, and to Dr. Andrew L. Tan and his company Megaworld for giving me the opportunity to create this monument and commemorate the most famous son and hero of Iloilo,” shares Serran-Pagan.

Born in Ceuta, Spain, Serran-Pagan has devoted his life in developing communities by combining art, anthropology, history and culture. Some of his remarkable sculptures include the Pillars of Hercules: Abyla and Caipe and The Union of the World: Monument to World Peace, deemed to be the largest works of art depicting Classic mythology in the contemporary world which are both in Gibraltar.

Just recently, Serran-pagan was feted with the Lorenzo de Medici Medal of the Artism Miami, Florida for his valuable contribution to the arts in the world. The recognition was bestowed upon him by Prince Lorenzo De Medici himself, the direct descendant of the Renaissance sponsor of the Arts.

With over 250 exhibitions across 20 countries, international news agencies and organizations consider Serran-Pagan as a western artist who has had more exhibitions in Asia. He earned a master’s degree in Anthropology from New York University and a PhD from City University New York. Serran-Pagan’s artworks are collected by major museums around the globe, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Martin Delgado

Iloilo Business Park was recently named by the prestigious Philippine Property Awards as the Philippines’ “Best Township Development”, the IBP highlights the importance of art in further developing communities. Perfectly blending urban architecture with art, history, and culture, the 72-hectare Megaworld township has become the place where art enthusiasts discover more about their craft at the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary (ILOMOCA). One of the latest additions to Iloilo Business Park, the museum happens to be a sanctuary where Ilonggos and tourists alike can feed their love for the art with various paintings and sculptures from local and international artists.

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