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Patnongon Gets Animal and Livestock Feed Production Facility

Patnongon

Members of the Patnongon Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMPC) were all smiles and excited for the launching and inauguration of the Shared Service Facility (SSF) for Animal and Livestock Feed Production at Brgy. Magsaysay in Patnongon, Antique.

PMPC Chairperson Antonieta B. Crianza said that this is the cooperative’s first engagement in a government project. The government has reached out to the community and addressed their needs by putting up the facility.

The PMPC is the co-operator of the P900,000 worth of machineries and equipment under the SSF Program of the DTI, and funded through the efforts of Deputy Speaker Loren B, Legarda.

On Thursday, DTI VI Industry Development Division Chief Ma. Dinda R. Tamayo and DTI Antique Provincial Director Mercedes A. Young together with Patnongon Mayor Evohn Nee B. Baldestamon, PMPC Officers and members, among others led the launching of the SSF.

The DTI provided machineries and equipment comprising of one unit of horizontal mixer with accessories, one unit of hammer mill, two units of platform weighing scales and two units of bag closer.

Mayor Baldestamon commended the agency’s efforts of establishing the facility, especially with the presence of a Negosyo Center in Patnongon that provided opportunities to small entrepreneurs to register their business names, and eventually securing business permits.

PMPC Manager Anecar M. Vera Cruz said that the facility will give swine growers “fresh, excellent and affordable feeds for livestock,” and to have a stable market and farm gate price for their corn farmers.

Aside from the facility, the DTI will likewise provide mentoring to the cooperative on the operation of the feed mill, while the Department of Agriculture will provide effective technology for crop and livestock production.

About the cover photo:
The Shared Service Facility for Animal and Livestock Feed Production was launched at Brgy. Magsaysay in Patnongon, Antique on February 20. It was attended by the officers and members of the Patnongon Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMPC), as the co-operator, provincial and municipal officials, Office of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, DTI official sand staff, and representatives from other line agencies. (from left) PMPC Vice Chairperson Tomas R. Osumo, PMPC 2nd Vice Chairperson Emelyn C. Estaris, PMPC Chairperson Antonieta B. Crianza, Patnongon Municipal Mayor Evohn Nee B. Baldestamon, Office of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda staff Marnee Payne, Father Jose Tubianosa Sr., DTI VI IDD Chief Ma. Dinda R. Tamayo, DTI Antique Provincial Director Mercedes A. Young, PMPC Manager Anecar M. Vera Cruz, and Patnongon Negosyo Center Business Counsellor Gracelyn N. Berte.

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Oceans Edge Resort, NEXT Big Thing near Boracay!

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

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

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

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

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

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

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

The country’s most famous coconut tree!

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

Let me give you a virtual tour of the resort.

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

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

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Let us check out the view from our villa!

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

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

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Here is the view from the bar lounge.

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Another view from the clubhouse.

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

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

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

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

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

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

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

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

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

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My 4K Budget Plan to El Nido Palawan 4D-3N

El Nido Palawan

Nile on Weekends started the year with an adventure! Together with my family, we went to El Nido, Palawan. El Nido is a municipality on Palawan island. It is famed clear waters with white sand shores, beautiful coral reefs and as the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago. Bacuit archipelago is a group of islands with steep karst cliffs. El Nido is also known for Miniloc island having Small and Big Lagoons. 

I recommend Melo as a tour organizer. Contact him via 09168382292.

🏖 Day 1

We arrived at Puerto Princesa Airport at around 3:00PM. After which, we traveled to El Nido via a shuttle van for 6 hours. Van transfer is P500/pax. We arrived in El Nido, just in time to eat and sleep. We had a good rest at our choice accommodation.

*Melo gives the tourists an option to book their own preferred accommodation. Although, he can help them scout for an affordable one upon request of the tourist.

🏖 Day 2

The next day, we are up and ready to experience El Nido. We were fetched from the apartelle to the shore. First tour is the Tour A (BEST SELLING) which starts at 9AM to 4PM with 5 locations (Tour A is P1,200/pax includes sumptuous lunch). Tour A is mainly adventure around Miniloc Island and is limited to 200 people in a day. So, we had to reserve our slots before we arrived in Palawan. We also paid for the environmental fee P200/pax which covers our stay as a tourist and the entrance fee to lagoons P200/pax. Finally, I got to try kayaking! (So childish! heheh)

Tour A includes the following destinations.

💦Secret Lagoon

El Nido Palawan

We forgot to take out the camera from the waterproof pouch. The plastic absorbed reflection from the sunlight causing a not so good photo.

💦Payong Payong Beach

El Nido Palawan

We did our snorkeling activity on this area.

Things to remember when snorkeling.

  • Snorkeling goggles are free of charge.
  • Wear your life vest.
  • Don’t step on the coral.
  • Just float.

💦Shimizu Beach

El Nido Palawan

We also had our lunch over this area. Well, since we cannot dock, we had our floating buffet. And, we were shocked with our lunch. Fresh fruit, fishes, grilled pork belly, grilled squid, green shells, vegetables and salad plus 2 Liters of soda.

💦Big Lagoon

El Nido Palawan

Going inside the Big Lagoon, we had to do kayaking. It was fun! Midway on its entrance, there is a knee-high area where you can take photos. White clear waters means shallow depth while blue color waters is deep area.

💦Papaya Beach

Lastly, we had some relaxing hour at Papaya Beach which is a papaya plantation island back in 1970s.

El Nido Palawan

El Nido Palawan

We had a stroll by the beach and fresh coconut juice and meat.

El Nido Palawan

Palawan is strict to prohibiting the use of plastic. No use of plastic straw. So, I had to kiss the coconut long to drink its juice HAHAHA

After we arrived back to the apartelle, we fixed ourselves. Me and Ate (sister) went to Vanilla Beach to capture the beautiful sunset. Vanilla Beach is comparable with the D’ Mall of Boracay. They have store and service provider such as spa and massage, fast-food chain McDo, underwater gears rentals and more. Trikes from Vanilla beach to town proper is about P30/pax or P150/rent.

I recommend Melo as a tour organizer. Contact him via 09168382292.

🏖 Day 3

On our 3rd day, we had Tour C (BEST SELLING) which also starts at 9AM to 5PM with 5 locations (Tour is P1,400/pax includes sumptuous lunch). This tour has more physical activities especially with the Hidden Beach and the Secret Beach. But we enjoyed! We even met a fish that bites us. Don’t worry, it won’t kill you though.

Tour C includes the following destinations.

💦Helicopter Island

El Nido Palawan

There is a sanctuary of fishes near the shore. You can have snorkeling activities over this island.

💦Hidden Beach

Hidden Beach is paved with rocky entrance which use of aqua shoes is recommended.

El Nido Palawan

El Nido Palawan

Here is the beach area behind the boulders.

💦Talisay Beach

El Nido Palawan

We had our lunch over this beach. Again, we are really amazed by the food during this tour. We had fresh fruits, grilled pork belly, crabs, green shells, grilled fishes, vegetables and salad plus 2 liters of soda.

💦Matinloc Shrine (View Deck)

We dropped by Matinloc Shrine to climb a not-so-high rock formation to get a photo of the whole view.

El Nido Palawan

💦Secret Beach

Secret Beach has a unique entrance. We had to swim our way in through a small tunnel battling with the waves. Totally a memorable experience.

El Nido Palawan

El Nido Palawan

Here we are, capping our El Nido Experience!

🏖 Day 4

The next day, we woke up early to ride the first trip of a shuttle van from El Nido to Puerto Princesa Palawan. (Van transfer is P500/pax) We had to rush back because our flight to Iloilo City is about 12 noon. 

I recommend Melo as a tour organizer. Contact him via 09168382292.

🏖 Includes in 4K: Van transfer from Puerto Princesa to El Nido (vice versa), Lunch during actual tours (sobrang sarap ng lunch, peks man!), mask & snorkel, an environmental fee (P200/pax), lagoons entrance fee (P200/pax), life vest, and guides to assist you.

🏖 NOT included in 4K: airfare to Puerto Princesa Palawan, accommodation, other meals (breakfast and dinner), aqua shoes rental (P150/pair/day), Kayaking (P350/kayak) and Matinloc Shrine Fee (P100/pax optional). This gives the tourist an option to customize based on their preferences. It can also help us find affordable service providers.

El Nido Palawan

I recommend Melo as a tour organizer. Contact him via 09168382292.

Contact Melo, the most affordable, and friendliest tour organizer in El Nido! He arranged everything for us underlined with our preferences from van transfer to accommodation and tours.

Melo will assist you on:

  • Van Transfers
  • Scout for affordable accommodation (if you have not booked yet)
  • Tour assistance
  • Pasalubong assistance
  • Fetching from the hotel room to the tour dock

This 4 days-3 nights budget plan is to give time allowance before and after the tours to have ample rest. There are affordable meals in El Nido. Meals (breakfast and dinners) budget can be P150/pax/meal. 

What I love about these El Nido adventure tours is you get to have enough time to enjoy every destination island. There is active interaction with nature. You get to swim, do snorkeling, floating, and kayaking. No rush. No hush. Just enjoy the adventure!

El Nido Palawan

 

 

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50-Million Campaign for Iloilo MICE Tourism

MICE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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9 Reasons for Iloilo as a MICE Destination

Iloilo

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

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

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

1. The Heart of the Philippines

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

2.Steeped in History

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

3. Food-Lover’s Haven

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

4. Sunny Shores and Marvelous Mounts

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

Iloilo

Photo credits: meetyouiniloilo.com

5. Heartfelt Ilonggo Hospitality

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

6. Beacon of Sustainability

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

7. Among Southeast Asia’s Safest Place

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

8. Seamless Incentives

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

9. International MICE Standards

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

Iloilo

Photo credits: meetyouiniloilo.com

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

Source: www.meetyouiniloilo.com

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Deco’s Original La Paz Batchoy Opens 3rd Branch

Deco's La Paz Batchoy Robinsons Jaro

Deco’s Original La Paz Batchoy brings your favorite batchoy near you as it opens its 3rd branch at Robinsons Place Jaro. This is a good news for those who are living in Jaro and neighboring districts who want to have a taste of the original batchoy. Visiting tourists who are touring the area need not to go far to have taste of Iloilo’s most popular signature soup.

Deco's La Paz Batchoy Robinsons Jaro

Father of La Paz Batchoy

Deco’s Original La Paz Batchoy was founded before the war by Federico “Deco” Guillergan Sr., a butcher in La Paz Public Market. Deco, as what he is called by family and friends, loves to cook and experiment on soup by combining meke (noodles), pork meat, liver, intestines and different spices. Deco’s soup, which he named bathcoy, became a big hit to clients at the public market, encouraging him to expand his business. And the rest is history.

Ilonggo Heritage in an Asian Concept

Deco’s Original La Paz Batchoy Jaro branch is a far cry from the batchoyan in La Paz Public Market decades ago. It is not your typical batchoyan as this one will be a fusion of Asian and Ilonggo, a first of its kind in Iloilo.

Designed Ramen house style, at the center of the room is an open kitchen with counter where the guests can eat their meals. The resto is vibrant blend of red, orange, yellow and blue tones, instantly brightening up one’s mood upon entering.

Deco's La Paz Batchoy Robinsons Jaro

“We are revolutionizing the look of a batchoyan in Iloilo to make it more exciting to our guests. Given the fact that the Iloilo is very progressive, Ilonggos today are more modern and many tourists are visiting our city. We have created a look that has an inviting ambiance that people from all walks of life will be happy to eat there,” says Marichel Teves-Magalona, licensed operator of Deco’s Original La Paz Batchoy.

Keeping Tradition

The look of the restaurant may be modern but the batchoy and other meals are very much Ilonggo and prepared the traditional way. This is the reason why Deco’s batchoy is so flavorful that people keep coming back.

“We continue to prepare our batchoy the same way it was done when it was created by Federico Guillergan Sr. before the 2nd World War broke out. This how Ilonggos love their Batchoy, and to this day we continue to please their palate,” says Mrs. Magalona.

Deco's La Paz Batchoy Robinsons Jaro

With the concept of having an open kitchen, diners get to see how the food are being prepared and served to them, and will likely be impressed on the way the stock making. We ensure the quality of our ingredients. We have our own reverse osmosis water system so clients are assured that the water used for our stock and drinking water are clean and safe,” adds Mrs. Magalona.

With the opening of Deco’s Robinsons Place Jaro, you can enjoy the Ilonggo’s favorite soup in three locations. The other two branches are in Valeria Street (La Salette Building) and Robinsons Place Iloilo.

To be kept updated of their latest offerings and promotions, like or follow them on Instagram @decosbatchoy and Facebook:
www.facebook.com/decos.lapaz.batchoy.official/.

Disclaimer: Deco’s Original La Paz Batchoy has three (3) branches, namely;

  • Robinsons Place Iloilo
  • Valeria Street (La Salette Building)
  • Robinsons Place Jaro

Deco's La Paz Batchoy Robinsons Jaro

Any store claiming to be Deco’s other than these three (3) branches are not under the Deco’s Original La Paz Batchoy brand, thus are not covered by our policies related to food preparation standards, offerings and promos.

 

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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.

Megaworld's Access Card

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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