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AXN Launches Regional Partnership with GoDaddy

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PHILIPPINES (February 13, 2019) AXN announced today a new regional partnership with GoDaddy, the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, to strengthen its presence in Asia.

This partnership will see Maggie Wilson-Consunji, one-half of the winning team of AXN’s The Amazing Race Asia Season 5, named as GoDaddy Brand Ambassador. As a dedicated entrepreneur, Maggie has leveraged GoDaddy’s online tools to launch an online presence and website for her business unique café and store concept, Casa Consunji (http://www.CasaConsunji.com/) in the Philippines.

Maggie Wilson-Consunji will  be featured in two GoDaddy TVCs – The Start Up and Power Your Passion – which were filmed on location at Casa Consunji. The TVCs mark the launch phase of the partnership and will air from January to April.

“AXN is the number one English General Entertainment channel across Asia. Our audience is constantly craving for premium content and we couldn’t be happier to work with a partner like GoDaddy to help take their vision of entrepreneurship mainstream. We are confident of amplifying GoDaddy’s brand awareness and help drive their next phase of growth in 2019 across Asia,” said Avani Bhanchawat, Vice President, Media & Sponsorship Sales, Sony Pictures Entertainment Networks, Asia.

GoDaddy offers an integrated suite of products for small business owners and entrepreneurs, ranging from domain names, hosting, website building, to email marketing, security protections and an online store. GoDaddy offers 24/7 customer support locally, to help guide customers in the growth of their venture, and to find the tools that best meet their needs.

“Partnering with AXN Asia gives us the opportunity to reach a broader audience across Asia.  We are pleased to be working with them, including sponsoring Asia’s Got Talent and in working more closely together on promoting the GoDaddy brand with targeted audiences in a variety of formats,” said Roger Chen, Senior Vice President of GoDaddy Asia Region. A cornerstone of the partnership is the sponsorship of Asia’s Got Talent that brings together passionate people pursuing their dreams. “GoDaddy supports people who want to create and manage an online presence for their idea,” adds Chen.

This announcement coincides with the premiere of the top-rated series, Asia’s Got Talent Season 3 on Thursday, February 7 at 8.30pm. Expect hundreds of talented contestants from 17 countries to be competing for the winning crown and the grand prize of USD100,000. The contestants will be judged by 16-time Grammy winner and producer David Foster, internationally acclaimed singing sensation, Anggun and multi-platinum recording artist Jay Park.

Asia’s Got Talent is the 67th adaptation of the Guinness-World-Record-breaking hit “Got Talent” format, which was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced by FremantleMedia. The “Got Talent” format is officially the most successful reality TV format in history and currently airs in 186 countries.

AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notable ratings successes including two record-breaking seasons of Asia’s Got Talent, five seasons of the award-winning The Amazing Race Asia; The Elements: Cosentino; Adventure Your Way; Cash Cab Asia and Cash Cab Philippines; The Apprentice Asia; Cyril: Rio Magic; Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition; and Cyril: Simply Magic.

Launched first in Asia in 1997, AXN is a global channel brand with a presence in Latin America, Africa and Europe. In Asia, the channel is enjoyed in 133 million households across 21 territories and is available in both SD and HD. AXN Asia is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia.

To watch extended highlights of Asia’s Got Talent and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, fans can subscribe to the official AXN Asia YouTube Channel at www.YouTube.com/AXNAsia.

About GoDaddy

GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With over 18 million customers worldwide and more than 77 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company, visit www.GoDaddy.com.

About Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to managing one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, SPT is home to a thriving global production business operating 21 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 12 countries around the world. Sony Pictures Television is a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company.

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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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Levi’s® sets up permanent Tailor Shop in Iloilo

Heads up, style junkies: Levi’s® sets up permanent Tailor Shop in Iloilo

November 30, 2018- The Levi’s® Tailor Shop, where shoppers can step up their denim game through customization and personalization, is now in full swing at Robinson’s Place Iloilo, its first permanent home outside Metro Manila.

At the Levi’s® Tailor Shop, customers can work with a master tailor to place original patches, studs, and collectible pins for added attitude. To give wearers the perfect fit and style, the Levi’s® Tailor Shop also offers alteration services such as hemmings. For those who want an extra touch of ownership and character, there’s custom fabric paneling for trucker jackets and distressing for jeans.

Customization and personalization are key to the #LiveInLevis campaign, which aims to put Levi’s® at the center of culture. Through the Levi’s® Tailor Shop, customers get immersed in an experience where  Levi’s® apparel become their blank canvas for authentic self-expression.

“The Levi’s® Tailor Shop is a way of opening up new possibilities for denim wearers to express themselves and celebrate their authenticity. At Robinson’s Place Iloilo, we found an emerging hub of culture and lifestyle, making it a perfect home for the Levi’s® Tailor Shop,” said Charisse Chua, Levi’s Philippines Country Manager.

Follow @Levis.philippines on Facebook and @levis_ph on Instagram for updates.

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FIVE BIG REASONS to love Megaworld Hotels’ CLUB ACCESS Card

Megaworld's Access Card

Megaworld’s Access Card packed with perks and freebies now available in Iloilo for only P6,999 – Imagine the fun and the thrill of experiencing the best of the Philippines—from the festive city of Iloilo, the splendid shores of Mactan, the chilly hills of Tagaytay, and the thrilling landscape of Manila—with just one privilege card.

Megaworld's Access Card

Discover more of the beauty of Western Visayas and the cities and islands around the country—along with their scrumptious cuisines, our world-class hospitality, and more—Megaworld Hotels brings you CLUB ACCESS, an exclusive membership privilege card packed with exciting perks and discounts from some of the finest local hotel brands nationwide.

Itching to know why this card is a must-have for every traveler? Here are five reasons why you will definitely love to have your own Club Access card.

  1. Its the most affordable hotel privilege card to date.

Members can fully enjoy the power of Club Access for an entire year for a Php6,999 one-time membership fee. This then entitles the cardholder to discounts on dining, rooms—even during special promotions—amenities, and other hotel services.

Megaworld's Access Card

“Club Access is designed for the quintessential traveler, someone who wants to experience the best accommodations our hotels can offer in several key destinations like Boracay, Tagaytay, and soon, Cebu. It is perfect for people who love being pampered and know that they deserve the best,” says Natalie Lim, general manager of Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, who also serves as the Club Access spokesperson.

  1. It gives members access to the most number of homegrown hotels nationwide.

Participating in this privilege program are six (6) existing and ten (10) soon-to-open Megaworld homegrown hotel brands nationwide.

Existing hotel brands include Richmonde Hotel Ortigas, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, Belmont Hotel Manila, Savoy Hotel Manila, and Savoy Hotel Boracay.

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel

Between this year and the next three years, ten (10) more homegrown hotels will open and become part of the program: Twin Lakes Hotel Tagaytay, and Chinatown Hotel in Binondo, Manila, both of which will be opening within this year; Savoy Hotel Mactan and Belmont Hotel Mactan Newtown, both in Mactan Island, Cebu; Belmont Hotel Boracay and Chancellor Hotel Boracay, both in Boracay Island; Kingsford Hotel and Grand Westside Hotel in Westside City within the booming Entertainment City near Manila Bay; and the recently announced Belmont Hotel Iloilo in Iloilo Business Park and the Upper East Hotel in Bacolod.

Megaworld's Access Card

Belmont Hotel

  1. It offers up to 5 nights worth of FREE stays!

The Club Access card gives members almost five complimentary nights worth of stay: One (1) complimentary overnight stay in a standard room at any Megaworld Hotel; One (1) 50% room discount voucher at any Megaworld Hotel; one (1) 50% room discount each at Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Belmont Hotel Manila, Savoy Hotel Manila, and Savoy Hotel Boracay; and Two (2) Complimentary Upgrades to the Next Room Category at all participating hotels.

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Richmonde Hotel Iloilo

On top of this, members get unlimited 20% discount on Best Available Rates in all types of rooms, inclusive of breakfast for two. On promotional rates and special holidays, members can still get 10% discount on all types of rooms inclusive of breakfast for two.

“For every stay in the hotel, members will receive our Exclusive Welcome Amenities. There will also be a priority lane for Club Access members so they don’t need to queue in long lines for check-ins and check-outs,” adds Lim.

Megaworld's Access Card

Richmonde Hotel Ortigas

  1. Get unparalleled access to hotels in key tourism sites.

“So far, this is the only hotel privilege card that provides more hotel choices within the Philippines, especially in key tourism areas like Cebu, Boracay, and Tagaytay,” Lim shares.

Aptly wrapped in elegant royal blue, the Club Access card also comes with hotel vouchers and certificates that offer discounts and complimentary accommodations and dining experiences.

Megaworld's Access Card

Savoy Hotel Boracay

The Club Access card is non-transferable, although tagging along another person is always welcome so you fully enjoy the fun of staying at any Megaworld Hotel.

  1. It supports 100% Filipino hotel chains.

No other membership privilege card offers travelers the fun of experiencing some of the Philippines’ 100% Filipino hotel brands that capture the warmth of true Filipino hospitality than Club Access.

Members can indulge in the finest local cuisines for FREE at all participating F&B outlets from any Megaworld Hotel chain when accompanied by one paying guest. Member plus two guests, meanwhile, get 30% discount on total bill; member plus three guests at 25%; member plus four to 19 guests at 20% discount. Even members dining alone automatically get 30% off the total bill.

Megaworld's Access Card

Savoy Hotel Manila

During special occasions and holidays like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, members can still get unlimited 10% discounts on their total F&B bills. Indulge limitlessly on the mouth-watering cuisines and drinks from Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ Richmonde Café, The Exchange, and Lobby Café; Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s Eastwood Cafe + Bar; Richmonde Hotel Iloilo’s The Granary, BizBar, and Zabana Bar; Belmont Hotel Manila’s Cafe Belmont and Roof Top 11; Savoy Hotel Manila’s Savoy Cafe, The Poolside, Connect Lounge, and Zabana Bar; and Savoy Hotel Boracay’s Savoy Cafe, Vienne Lobby Lounge, and Chambery Pool Bar.

Aside from complimentary stays, room upgrades, and dining discounts and freebies, members also get the following:

  • Exclusive Priority VIP Lane for all Club Access members.
  • 10% off on Spa treatments.
  • 20% off on Gym Annual Membership Fees.
  • 20% off on Day Pass use of swimming pool for up to 4 persons (not applicable to Savoy Hotel Manila).
  • Complimentary non-motorized water sports activities for maximum of 2 hours in Savoy Hotel Boracay.
  • Complimentary wash & press laundry services for up to three (3) pieces of clothing, excluding dry cleaning services, plus 30% discount on next availment of such services when staying as a paying guest.
  • Complimentary Scheduled Shuttle service from the hotel to the main station in when staying in Savoy Hotel Boracay.
  • 15% discount on total food bill for banquets and social events with a minimum spend of P20,000 only applicable to the following hotels:
    • Richmonde Hotel Ortigas – Dinner on weekdays/All-day on weekends.
    • Eastwood Richmonde Hotel – Dinner on weekdays/All-day on Sundays.
    • Richmonde Hotel Iloilo – All-day on weekends.
    • Twin Lakes Hotel – 15% off on weekdays and 10% off on weekends (not valid on banquet packages).
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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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Banaag Festival 2018 ignites with more spectacular performances

Banaag Festival

“The Philippines’ Best Tourism Municipal Festival” – More people are expected to flock to the charming town of Anilao, Iloilo this month to witness for themselves the much-awaited and talked about festivities of what has been officially proclaimed as the Best Tourism Municipal Festival in the country — the Anilaonon’s very own Banaag Festival.

Also known as the Festival of Lights, the 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 line with Anilao’s 79th Foundation Anniversary this year, the 14th Banaag Festival brings in more reasons to celebrate after being recently proclaimed as the Grand Winner of Best Tourism Event (Festival Category, Municipal Level) in the 19th Pearl Awards of the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines-Department of Tourism (ATOP-DOT) held in Cagayan De Oro earlier this month.

Fresh from this win, the 2018 Banaag Festival boasts of fiercer and more spectacular performances as the week-long festivities culminate in the Dance Drama Competition among eight competing tribes who will vie for the championship with their own unique stage interpretation of the town’s rich history. How these tribes will use the symbolic torch light in their colorful performances is definitely worth waiting for.

Gracing this year’s Banaag Festival to lead the symbolic lighting of the torch on October 31 is Iloilo 4th District Congressman Ferjenel “Dok Ferj” Biron, who joins the Anilaonons’ celebration and commits to giving national awareness to this great victory among the people in his district. He will be joined by Anilao Mayor Lee Ann Debuque and Barotac Nuevo Mayor Braeden John Biron in igniting an even brighter and culturally enriching future for Anilao and for the whole province of Iloilo as well.

Here are the remaining activities and schedule for this year’s Banaag Festival: Opening Program and Banaag sa Langit (October 29, 7:00 p.m., Anilao Municipal Centennial Park), Balik-Anilao and JAD Excellence Awards (October 30, 7:00 p.m., Anilao Municipal Centennial Park), Dance Drama Competition (October 31, 6:00 p.m., Anilao Covered Gym)), and Thanksgiving Mass (November 1, 2:00 p.m., St. Rita of Cascia Parish).

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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

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Z-Benefit CABG beneficiary thanks TMC Iloilo, PhilHealth

Seventy year-old Catalina Balgos of Roxas City didn’t know that she has a heart condition until she was admitted in the hospital after feeling unbearable intermittent chest pains.

Balgos is the first patient partner of The Medical City (TMC) Iloilo granted with PhilHealth’s Z-Benefit Package for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG).

Her daughter Emily narrated that her mother was first diagnosed with a coronary artery disease last May when they decided to bring her to the hospital after feeling discomfort in her chest.

“She started to feel chest pains last March. It became worst last June,” Emily recounted.

“Every three months, she has her regular check-up. However, her heart health was disregarded.

We only checked her cholesterol and blood sugar levels but we forgot her heart condition,” she added.

Before they were discharged to the hospital, their doctor advised them to go to Manila to seek for a second opinion. However, they were uncertain about it as they don’t have relatives there.

Apparently, a friend mentioned about TMC Iloilo offering CABG. They immediately inquired about the said service and upon confirmation, they directly went to the recommended doctor.

“We were advised by Dr. Catoto to undergo an angiogram. He said that we have to undergo CABG. However, we were worried about our finances because it was quite costly. Good thing we were recommended to apply for PhilHealth Z-Benefit Package which has become a big help to us financially,” Emily noted.

Under PhilHealth Z-Benefit for CABG, the patient is entitled to a package rate of P550,000 for the entire course of treatment.

The P550,000 benefit package is the second highest benefit package being paid for by PhilHealth which covers drugs and medicines, operating room and professional fees, including mandatory and other services under PhilHealth’s ‘Z-Benefit’ – or those illnesses perceived to be financially and medically catastrophic.

With TMC Iloilo as a Z-Benefit provider for CABG, patient partners are mandatorily provided with services such as pre-operative laboratory tests, medications, blood support, open heart surgery and continuing post-operative care, among others.

TMC Iloilo is the first hospital in Western Visayas to be accredited by PhilHealth for its Z-Benefit Package for CABG.

“We are very thankful to TMC Iloilo for making my mom the first beneficiary of the Z-Ben CABG Package,” Emily noted. (By Raymart Escopel/TMCI)

Z-Benefit CABG The Medical City Iloilo

Catalina Balgos is the first patient of The Medical City Iloilo to avail The Medical City Iloilo to avail PhilHealth Z-Benefit Package.

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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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