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FIVE BIG REASONS to love Megaworld Hotels’ CLUB ACCESS Card

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Basking The Beauty of Bohol: The Genesis

Long holidays will not be fun without some footsteps on a foreign land. So here we go… Simply Nile together with DLinkers and Unlideals Team decided to make some memories outside the City of Love, Iloilo City and we were up to the City of Peace and Friendship, Tagbilaran City, Bohol. We will bask the beauty of Bohol within a day or two. Now, let me start this on some moments leaving Iloilo City. We flew to Cebu and then went to Bohol via Ocean Jet.

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