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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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TMC Iloilo educates public about diabetes thru ‘Sweet Pa Rin Ba?’ campaign

Diabetes Campaign

ACCORDING to the the Philippine Center for Diabetes Education Foundation in 2016, diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death among Filipinos based on the 2013 Philippine Health Statistics, noting that over 6 million Filipinos are diagnosed with diabetes.

As part of its commitment of bringing “patient partnership” closer to the Ilonggo community, TMC Iloilo recently launched the “Sweet Pa Rin Ba?” campaign.

Diabetes Campaign

The Medical City Iloilo provides free health and diabetes assessment to the pensioners Philippine Veterans Bank Iloilo.

The said campaign primarily aims to educate the public on the possible risks of diabetes and ways on how to prevent it.

“Sweet Pa Rin Ba?” campaign had its first leg in Oton, Iloilo on September 11. It was attended by over 100 participants from the said municipality.

The participants were able to attend a talk about diabetes given by TMC Iloilo Diabetes and Metabolism Program Head Dr. Genevieve Sia. They also got to enjoy fun activities and received some freebies. Yet, the event’s highlight is the free diabetes assessment and counseling which made them better understood their risks of diabetes.

Diabetes Campaign

Members of the Philippines Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) pose at The Medical City Iloilo’s “Sweet Pa Rin Ba?” structure.

Meanwhile, the second leg of the “Sweet Pa Rin Ba?” campaign was held in the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) Iloilo on September 15.

In partnership with the Veterans Bank Iloilo, the event was attended by the said bank’s pensioners who received free medical check-up and diabetes assessment from TMC Iloilo.

Diabetes Campaign

Employees of Oton, Iloilo LGU enjoy the different physical activities held as part of The Medical City Iloilo’s “Sweet Pa Rin Ba?” Health Fair.

“Sweet Pa Rin Ba?” was also brought to different malls around Iloilo City to reach out to more people. These include Festive Walk Iloilo Mall on September 20-27; Robinsons Place Iloilo on October 2-8; and at GT Town Center Pavia on October 9-19. 

Diabetes and Metabolism Program is one of the flagship programs of TMC Iloilo which helps diabetes patient understand their condition better, especially that this disease can cause serious complications such as stroke, heart attack, end-stage kidney disease and diabetic retinopathy among others.

Diabetes Campaign

Dr. Genevieve Sia-Majewski, Head of Diabetes and Metabolism Program of The Medical City Iloilo give a talk on the risks of the diabetes and ways on how to prevent it to the employees of Oton, Iloilo LGU.

For more details about TMC Iloilo’s Diabetes and Metabolism Program, visit TMC Iloilo at Esplanade 2, Molo, Iloilo City or call (033) 500-1000. (By Raymart Escopel/TMCI)

Diabetes Campaign

The Medical City Iloilo provides free health and diabetes assessment to the pensioners Philippine Veterans Bank Iloilo.

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Megaworld To Bring Belmont Hotel in Iloilo Business Park

Belmont Hotel

Belmont Hotel Iloilo – Fourth hotel under Megaworld’s homegrown Belmont brand to add 405 hotel rooms in Iloilo City 

ILOILO CITY, Philippines, October 16, 2018 – Property giant Megaworld is building its fourth Belmont Hotel inside its 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park township in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

Belmont Hotel Iloilo will have 405 suites, composed of a mix of Twin Suites, Queen Suites, Junior Suites, Executive Suites and Specially-Abled Suites for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

The 12-storey hotel, which is the third in the entire township, will be located along the stretch of the 1.1-kilometer long Festive Walk Parade, just a walking distance to the iconic Iloilo Convention Center and the Festive Walk Mall.

Belmont Hotel - Executive suite

Belmont Hotel – Executive suite

It will have its own swimming pool with in-pool lounge, landscaped deck with pool bar and outdoor lounge, fitness center with sauna, function room, and an all-day dining restaurant.

“We have seen the huge potential of Iloilo as a tourism destination. With the Iloilo Convention Center as a main facility for Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE), there is no doubt that Iloilo City needs another world-class hotel. And we are bringing another Megaworld homegrown hotel brand, which has gained popularity among business travelers since Belmont Hotel Manila opened in 2015,” says Jennifer Palmares-Fong, vice president for sales and marketing, Megaworld Iloilo.

Belmont Hotel - Junior suite

Belmont Hotel – Junior suite

Belmont Hotel Manila, Megaworld’s first Belmont Hotel that opened in Newport City, was awarded this year’s Best Airport Hotel in the 2018 Travel and Hospitality Awards. The second Belmont Hotel is set to open in Boracay Newcoast next year, while the third one will be at The Mactan Newtown, the company’s 30-hectare township in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

In Iloilo Business Park, Megaworld opened its third Richmonde Hotel in 2014 and its sister company Travelers International Hotels Group, Inc., owner and operator of Resorts World Manila, opened the Courtyard by Marriott early this year.

According to the Iloilo City Tourism Office, tourist arrivals in the city have remarkably increased during the past five years. In 2017, around 1.08 million local and foreign tourists visited Iloilo City. Most foreign visitors came from South Korea, US, Canada, Mexico and Australia.

Tourism receipts, on the other hand, reached P19.8-billion in 2017 as registration for tourism-related establishments such as hotels rose by 55% to 1,605 last year compared to those posted in 2013.

Belmont Hotel - Artist's Perspective

Belmont Hotel – Artist’s Perspective

“Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park itself is a tourist destination. Visitors come to the township to visit the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA), shop and dine in Festive Walk Mall, chill in Festive Walk Parade, attend events in the Iloilo Convention Center, or stay in our world-class hotels. We expect more tourists to come to our township as more establishments and attractions open in the coming months,” explains Palmares-Fong.

Belmont Hotel Iloilo is scheduled to open in 2023.

 

 

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To Infinity and Beyond: The Medical City Iloilo – 8 Years of Patient Partnership

The Medical City Iloilo

The Medical City Iloilo (TMC Iloilo) is celebrating another milestone this month as it promises to continuously grow as one of the trusted healthcare brands in Iloilo. Now on its 8th year of giving quality and modern medical services to the Ilonggos, TMC Iloilo highlights its commitment of patient partnership.

From being an industry challenger way back 2010, TMC Iloilo is now becoming known as one o the top healthcare brands in Iloilo offering state-of-the-art facilities, topnotch medical specialists and innovative health programs.

The Medical City Iloilo

Photo by: The Medical City Iloilo

As it celebrates its 8th year of bringing patient partnership to the Ilonggo community, TMC Iloilo proudly marks new developments that will further prove its commitment:

The Medical City Iloilo: I-REACT

TMC Iloilo is considered as the first private hospital in Western Visayas Region to have HIV Hub. TMC Iloilo’s I-REACT has been fully awarded full accreditation by the Department of Health (DOH) last January 2018 because of its outstanding performance.

I-REACT offers free HIV screening and counseling. It is also being manned by compassionate and competent HIV counselors and distinguished infectious disease specialist who provides quality health services to their patient partners. Moreover, The Medical City Iloilo is committed to end the stigma of HIV/AIDS in the Philippines by valuing high confidentiality among its patients.

The Medical City Iloilo: Dialysis Service

The Dialysis Center is the newest facility of TMC Iloilo. The hemodialysis unit houses 13 advanced stations, each having its individualized monitor for patient viewing and entertainment for the whole course of the treatment. This brings a new kind of experience to its patients as it commits to bring trendsetting technology and total wellness.

The Medical City Iloilo: CTRI

As part of its commitment of levelling up its services, TMC Iloilo now houses a research-based institution manned by trained and competent staff. The Medical City Iloilo’s CTRI has a centralized level III Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) and accredited by the Institutional Review Board. The said research facility provides intra and extra mural grant assistance for aspiring researchers.

The Medical City Iloilo: Z-Benefit for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)

TMC Iloilo is the first private hospital in Western Visayas to adopt PhilHealth’s Z-Benefit Package for CABG. The hospital offers a half a million coverage for PhilHealth eligible patients. The Medical City Iloilo also implements a “No Balance Billing” to policy qualified patients. With this offering, patients will no longer need to fly to Manila or go elsewhere.

The Medical City Iloilo: AMI Pathway

TMC Iloilo offers a specialized care for patients with heart attack through its Acute Myocardial Infraction (AMI) pathway which adheres to the standard given by the Joint Commission International. The program follows a 90 minutes door-to-ballon target to ensure efficient management of such conditions. With the competent critical care specialists, the interventional cardiologists and cathlab nurses, patients will be assured to receive nothing but the best medical services. The Medical City Iloilo is the only hospital that offers Catheterization Laboratory Services in the region.

The Medical City Iloilo: Brain AVM

TMC Iloilo is the first hospital in Western Visayas to perform the country’s first Onyx embolization procedure. The said endovascular treatment utilized Onyx brain Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs) led by Dr. Victor Erwin Jocson. With his impressive medical background being fellow of the University of Western Ontario in Canada for Neuroradiology and in NEURI Bicetre Brain Vascular Center in Paris, France for Interventional Neuroradiology, The Medical City Iloilo takes pride to have medical experts who can handle such complicated cases.

The Medical City Iloilo: Internal Medicine Residency Program

As part of rendering quality healthcare services, TMC Iloilo is now a Residency Training ground for future medical practitioner. The Medical City Iloilo’s Internal Medicine (IM) Program is accredited by the Philippine College of Physicians. This recognition is the first step to TMC Iloilo in becoming a training hospital of future physicians and soon-to-be leaders in the field of healthcare under Internal Medicine.

In a span of 8 years, TMC Iloilo has already proved so much to the Ilonggos. It has evolved into an industry prime mover because of the many firsts that it brought in this part of the country. With its continued commitment in serving its patient as partners, Ilonggos will surely see and experience more breakthroughs in terms of healthcare and medicine in the next few years.

Check this hospital on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/themedicalcityiloilo/  and their website: http://themedicalcityiloilo.com/.

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Miss Makeover Book Launch by Claire Betita De Guzman

Miss Makeover

Claire Betita De Guzman, the author of the bestselling book No Boyfriend Since Birth”, who is a true blooded Ilongga and a former magazine editor at Cosmopolitan Philippines, Preview, and Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, and lifestyle reporter for the broadsheet TODAY, launched her new book “Miss Makeoverat Book Latte in Megaworld Iloilo last December 2, 2017.

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CineKa5imanwa: Eight New Films from Western Visayas To Conquer Your Senses

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CineKa5imanwa: Ilonggo Cinema Rising

CineKasimanwa: Western Visayas Film Festival, (now, CineKa5imanwa for its 5 years of producing great films) the country’s largest regional festival and Region VI’s longest-running film fest is proud to present eight new films produced by the Department of Tourism – Region VI and CineKasimanwa to be presented in cinema theaters by the Film Development Council of the Philippines and CineLokal.

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Ilonggo Cinema Rising: CineKasimanwa Reaps Five-Years of Film Greats

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CineKasimanwa: Looking Back

Ilonggo Cinema is rising. Our filmmakers have been winning in major national festivals and are selected in international festivals. Director Tara Illenberger’s most recent major win in ToFarm Film Festival 2017 proves our point. Filmmaker TM Malones is one of Cinemalaya’s finalists this year and was also a finalist in Cinema One last year. The same filmmaker won last year in an international film festival. Filmmaker Reymundo Salao’s film is a finalist at FACINE 24 in San Francisco, USA, competing with Ilonggo filmmaker and CineKasimanwa’s Festival Director, Elvert Bañares. These are just but a few records made by Ilonggo filmmakers in 2017.

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Cafe Diem Southpoint in a Potter World

Cafe Diem SM City Iloilo

Cafe Diem in Southpoint SM City Iloilo made me feel how it is to be in the world of Harry! I enjoyed the ambiance and the coffee together with friends. It was more than just savoring their food and coffee. Most assuredly, it was a defining moment to all of us as we enjoyed each other’s company!

Cafe Diem SM City Iloilo

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