ILOILO CITY: The Venice of the Philippines

Iloilo City is blessed with a wonderful gift – the Iloilo River. This river is the catalyst for the changes in Iloilo especially its marine industry. This river will truly makes Iloilo the beautiful city.

ILOILO CITY: The City of Love

Being a regional Center of Western Visayas, Iloilo's night life is very much active. With the presence of different bars, restaurants and hotels, this city has been delivering one of a kind experienced every night time.

ILOILO CITY: The Queen City of the South

Iloilo City has been making noise in terms of creating pursuing it dreams to become a modern city. High-raised building is now on its way to invade the city, as its tag-line says “My City My Pride”..

ILOILO CITY: The Center of Western Visayas

Welcoming growth and being highly-urbanized city, Iloilo's business growth is fast and becoming enormous. The presence of different intuitions in the city is an indication of being one of the economic centers in the Philippines.

ILOILO CITY: The City with Finest Festival

Paraw Regatta is one of Iloilo's finest festivals. Aside from this festivity Iloilo is also well-known for its Dinagyang which dubbed as the best Festival in the Country.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Davao City and Iloilo City: A new Centers of Excellence for BPO operations

MANILA - Ten cities in the Philippines were named as the next hubs for the information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) sector.

In the latest Next Wave Cities (NWC) report, the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO), Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), and Leechiu Property Consultants (LPC) proclaimed 10 "next wave" cities as top locations for local and international IT-BPM players.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Iloilo Ancestral Home: Marquez Lim Mansion

The newly restored Marquez Lim mansion at 11 Mapa Street, Iloilo City (beside Sta. Maria Church)

The Marquez Lim mansion was inherited by former Senator Nikki Coseteng from her mother Alicia Guanco Marquez Lim. She is the fifth generation of Marquez Lim to have inherited the house.

Coseteng earlier told media that the house restoration was made by Marcelo Alonzo, a Manila-based interior designer. The old glass blocks, tiles and all portions of the house which reflects its antiquity are being restored. Even the old faucets were rechromed. The house was also repainted with olive green to look livelier. Before it looks like a white house.Coseteng said she wants to share the house with everyone as part of Iloilo's rich heritage. She said the Marquez Lim ancestral house has a lot of stories to tell.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Ayala Land to start Sicogon Island tourism project

by MBOnline

Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) and Sicogon Development Corporation (SIDECO) will launch Sicogon Island Tourism Estate development within the first half of 2016.

The ALI-SIDECO joint venture is expected to drive economic progress in Western Visayas and the entire region as it serves as a tourism hub for surrounding or nearby destinations like Gigantes, Bantayan and Concepcion islands.

The 1,100-hectare Sicogon Island will feature a balanced mix of developments, such as a resort town center, hotels and resorts, as well as commercial and residential establishments, supported by an on-site airstrip.  The ground breaking of the airport runway is scheduled for the second half of the year.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Forget Boracay: Islas de Gigantes White Sand Beaches are Unspoilt


To most tourists, Boracay is still the “epitome” of the best white sand beach in the Philippines. But if you’re unlike them who prefers low-key, uncrowded white sand beach, head on to Isla de Gigantes instead, located in Carles, Iloilo.

My research convinced me that we will only go to Cabugao Gamay, Tangke Water Lagoon, Bantique Sandbar and Antonia Beach. It’s impossible to explore the remaining islets/islands in one day. Gigantes is named as such because it’s giant, where “malalaking tao” or giant people according to locals, used to live.

It’s easy to fall in love with Bantique Sandbar. The waters are crystal-clear green and the sand on the beach is flat. If you don’t know how to swim, or for some reason afraid to go farther away from the shore, Bantique Sandbar invites you to go farther without worrying of the sudden slide of the sand. It’s that flat! Even up to chest deep. Bantique Sandbar feels like a huge swimming pool. But always be careful.

Friday, February 12, 2016

List of BPO Company in Iloilo

Iloilo City is one of the major hubs in business process outsourcing industry. The presence of contact centers, KPO, transcription & online research centers are widely distributed in the city. 

Why Iloilo is business friendly for BPO companies?
  • the high pool of graduates coming from 8 universities in the city (excluding external campuses and other 2 universities in Iloilo Province )
  • the low cost of business
  • the stable power provided by sole distributor PECO
  • the presence of all internet & communication provider in the philippines
  • the accessibility of the city having state of the art Airport
  • the presence of 4 big companies  namely, Iloilo Business Park, Ayala, Gaisano & SM which build offices suited for ICT & accredited by PEZA

Below is the list of BPO Companies in the City & Province  of Iloilo


Monday, January 25, 2016

Dinagyang 2016 List of of Winners

 ATI ATI TRIBES COMPETITION

Major Awards
Champion: Tribu Salugnon sang Jaro National High School
1st runner up: Tribu Ilonganon sang Jalandoni Memorial National High School
2nd runner up: Tribu Pan-ay sang Fort San Pedro National High School
3rd runner up: Tribu Paghidaet sang Lapaz National High School
4th runner up: Tribu Baybayanon sang Calaparan National High School



Minor Awards
Best in Performance: Tribu Salugnon sang Jaro National High School
Best in Choreography: Tribu Salugnon sang Jaro National High School
Best in Music: Tribu Panayanon sang Iloilo City National High School
Best in Costume: Tribu Panayanon sang Iloilo City National High School
Best in Street Dancing: Tribu Panayanon sang Iloilo City National High School
Best in Discipline: Tribu Ilonganon sang Jalandoni National High School


Special Awards
Best in Choreograper: Tribu Salugnon sang Jaro National High School
Best in Musical Director: Tribu Panayanon sang Iloilo City National High School
Best in Headress: Tribu Panayanon sang Iloilo City National High School
Best in Costume Designer: Tribu Panayanon sang Iloilo City National High School


OPENING SALVO AWARD
Best in Overall Performance: Tribu Salugnon sang Jaro National High School
Best in Discipline: Tribu Panayanon sang Iloilo City National High School
Best in Costume: Tribu Salugnon sang Jaro National High School




KASADYAHAN REGIONAL CULTURAL COMPETITION

Major Awards
Champion: Tribu Tatusan sang Caluya, Antique
1st runner up: Tribu Kasag sang Banate, Iloilo
2nd runner up: Tribu Bantayan sang Guimbal, Iloilo
3rd runner up: Mabulakon’g Pundok Sa Erpazalio sang Pinta Flores Festival, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
4th runner up: Tribu Patabang sang Tapaz, Capiz



Minor Awards Best in Street Dancing: Tribu Bantayan sang Guimbal, Iloilo
Best in Performance: Tribu Kasag sang Banate, Iloilo
Best in Choreography: Tribu Tatusan sang Caluya, Antique
Best in Music: Tribu Kasag sang Banate, Iloilo
Best in Costume: Tribu Kasag sang Banate, Iloilo
Best in Choreographer: Tribu Tatusan sang Caluya, Antique
Best Musical Director: Tribu Kasag sang Banate, Iloilo

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Dinagyang 2016 @ Iloilo City, Philippines

Iloilo's Dinagyang 2016: Beyond Fan Fame Borders

January is really more fun in the Philippines! In Visayas Region alone three of the most famous festivals will be held.  Iloilo's Hall of Fame Awardee Dinagyang will be bigger and quality festival that will set on January 23 & 24, 2016. To know more about the schedule take a closer look for this schedule:

ILOILO DINAGYANG 2016 SCHEDULE

Jan. 03 - 4PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 Fashion Show – SM City Iloilo – New Wing

Jan. 08 - 2PM Opening Salvo Mass with the different Tribe Dancers – San Jose Parish Church

Jan. 08 - 3PM OPENING SALVO – City Parade Route – Circuit Eight

Jan. 09 - 4PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 Pre-Pageant Festival Costume – SM City Iloilo – New Wing

Jan. 09 - 4PM Mr. Iloilo Dinagynag  and Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang – Robinson’s Place Iloilo (Housefit Gym Center)

Jan. 15 - 4PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 Pre-Pageant: Parade of Beauties & Swimwear – Iloilo Business Park & Esplanade

Jan. 16 - 4PM Sto. Niño Festival Queen – SM City Iloilo Event Center

Jan. 18 - 6:30AM  Arrival of the Pilgrim Image of Señor Sto. Niño from Cebu City to Iloilo Airport Terminal Motorcade passing by Cabatuan, Sta. Barbara, Pavia, and Jaro Cathedral – San Jose Parish Church

Jan. 18 - 1:30 PM Arrival at the Cathedral (Mass and Public Veneration) – San Jose Parish Church
Jan. 18 - 5:30 PM Opening of Iloilo Travel Mart – SM City Iloilo

Jan. 19 - 4PM  Iloilo Arts Festival: Folk Dance, Binalabay, Latin Dance Sports – SM City Carpark

Jan. 20 - 7PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 Coronation Night – San Agustin Gym

Jan. 21 - 5PM Onwards Dinagyang IHRAA FOOD FESTIVAL – Delgado Street


JAN 22:

8AM TAMBOR TRUMPA MARTSA MUSIKA – Bonifacio Drive to Freedom Grandstand

3PM SALVO OF A THOUSAND DRUMS – Arroyo Fountain Area

3PM FLUVIAL PROCESSION – Fort San Pedro to disembark in Iloilo Customs House to San Jose Parish Church

7 PM Kapuso Night  – Robinson’s Place Iloilo

7 PM LUCES IN THE SKY – SM City Parking Lot


JAN 23:

7AM Mass for Kasadyahan Contestants – San Jose Paris Church

8AM KASADYAHAN CULTURAL COMPETITION – City Parade Route – Circuit Eight

2PM Sponsors Mardi Gras – Parade from Freedom Grandstand

7PM  RELIGIOUS SADSAD – San Jose Parish Church


JAN 24:

6AM Concelebrated High Mass – San Jose Paris Church

8AM 2016 ILOILO DINAGYANG ATI CONTEST – City Parade Route
   
PM      AWARDING CEREMONY – Freedom Grandstand


Where to stay?

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Top Tourist Spots in Iloilo City

Here is my List of Top Tourist Spots in Iloilo City Philippines:

01) Iloilo's Esplande 1, 2 & 3
02) Camina Balay Na Bato
03) Nelly's Garden
04) Fort San Pedro
05) Restored Iloilo Old Capitol 
06) Museo Iloilo
07) Iloilo City Hall - Gallery & Rooftop
08) Calle Real District & Array Of Restored Buildings
09) Roberto's House
10) Casa Mariquit - Ancestral Home
11) Jaro Cathedral
12) Molo Church
13) Molo Mansion
14) Iloilo Diversion Road
15) Villa Church



Monday, September 14, 2015

Iloilo is Rising

The renaissance of Iloilo has begun. After a years of being on the sideline, Iloilo has finally undergone a rebirth - emerging as the new face of economic progress attracting increasing insvestments ans potential businesses - all while preserving its glorious past.




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Monday, September 7, 2015

Iloilo Rising

By: Rolando T. Dy
MANY things are happening in Iloilo: The Riverbank, the Apec Convention Center, Ayala Park, Gaisano City Center and Megaworld Complex.
After many years of lethargy, there is rebirth.
The city opened up to the world in 1855 and became the biggest port in the country anchored on sugar exports.
In 1889, the Queen Regent of Spain named it the Queen’s City of the South, and in 1890, the city government was established.
In the 1950s, the labor unions controlled by the Espinosas and the Navas caused a major disaster to the Iloilo economy, according to Iloilo chronicles.
To seize the port, an oil depot was bombed. Control of the port by lawless groups discouraged entrepreneurs and investors.
Passengers were scared since not only the arrastres were rumored to extort from shipping companies and businessmen but pickpockets also proliferated.
The merchants and investors fled the city. As the price of sugar fell, international ship calls to Iloilo declined.
Moreover, prosperous businessmen left and settled in Manila and Negros.
Iloilo has size and influence. It experienced a large diaspora. Negros Occidental and towns in North Cotabato, South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat were settled by Ilonggos.
Based on the census, there are about 7.5 million Ilonggo speakers today concentrated in their home base of Iloilo, Capiz, Negros Occidental, as well as in North Cotabato, South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.
There are also significant minorities in Bukidnon, Davao region, Agusan del Sur, Masbate, Palawan, and Occidental Mindoro.
Part of my roots come from Iloilo. My maternal grandfather, a Tesoro, came from the historic town of Miag-ao.
This means that there are at least two million Ilonggo speakers outside the home base.
This excludes overseas communities such as New Jersey and Los Angeles. This in an asset for tourism, investments and property development.
In 2010, Iloilo province’s population, excluding Iloilo City, was 1.81 million. If Iloilo City is included, the population was 2.23 million and it is estimated at 2.4 million in 2015.
Iloilo is one of the country’s leading food baskets. While it comprises only 2.4 percent of the country’s population, it supplies 4.5 percent of rice, 5.1 percent of sugar, 3.6 percent each of hogs and fish products.
Its north, centered in Estancia, Concepcion and Ajuy, hosts fishing and corn industries.
The central part, including the Dumangas, Pototan, Oton and Santa Barbara is an agribusiness center.
It produces crops, such as palay, sugarcane and milkfish, among others, as well as high value crops in upland Leon.
The southern corridor’s economy—Miag-ao, Tigbauan, Guimbal, San Joaquin—is based on tourism due to the centuries-old churches.
Iloilo City is the center for real estate, lodging, medical centers, education, shopping, trade and finance, IT/BPO (information technology/business process outsourcing) and many more in Western Visayas. Panay Island has a population of about 4.2 million.
The leading schools are : UP Visayas, Central Philippine University, West Visayas State University, University of Iloilo, University of San Agustin, St. Paul’s University Iloilo City, John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University, Iloilo Science and Technology University, and Western Institute of Technology.
The major hotels include: Amigo Terrace, Circle Inn, Days Hotel, Diversion 21, Grand Dame, Harbor Town, Injap Tower, Richmonde, Sarabia Manor, and Hotel del Rio.
The Business Processing Association of the Philippines ranked Iloilo among the top 10 “next wave” cities for BPO/IT because of the low cost of doing business and the availability of talent.
The entry of BPO companies began in 2004 with Callbox Solutions.
The 14 locators now include: Avatar Technologies, BrushNetwork, ECHO, Eversun Software, GMCI, Hinduja Global Solutions, Interactive Voice, Medialink, SPI Global, Star Tek, Technocall, Savant Technologies, Teletech, and Transcom Asia PH.
According to the Iloilo Federation for Information Technology, the BPO industry has generated employment for some 11,000.
In 2014, international advisory investment research firm Tholons ranked Iloilo City 98th in the Global Top 100 Outsourcing Cities.
What are the recent developments?
The River Esplanade is a 1.2-kilometer park. It was designed by Paulo Alcazaren, who worked on the Singapore Quay and River Esplanade. The park forms part of the city’s heritage zone.
The zone includes the Gothic-Renaissance Molo church built in in 1831 and the American period Governor Carpenter bridge that connects Molo and Mandurriao.
Public and private investments are ongoing to restore heritage buildings around the city and province.
The Iloilo Business Park is a 72-hectare township envisioned to be “the next central business district” in Iloilo City. Megaworld is investing P35 billion for its development in the next 10 years.
It hosts BPO office towers, a mall, Richmonde Hotel, The Courtyard by Marriott and Iloilo Convention Center.
Some 80 percent of the commercial spaces has been sold out.
Atria Park District is a 21-hectare mixed-use development by Ayala Land. The development is estimated to cost over P15 billion.
A recently completed project in the area is the Ayala Technohub. Under development are Seda Hotel and Avida Towers.
The Gaisano Iloilo City Center is a P12-billion, 16-hectare mixed-used development, that will include a 40-story Gaisano Tower.

The Jalaur River Multipurpose Project is a mega project (P11.2 billion), funded by Korea Export-Import Bank. It will be the biggest dam project outside of Luzon and is targeted for completion by 2018.

The project will provide irrigation to 31,849 hectares of farmland, deliver 86,000 cubic meters of bulk water a day to water-scarce Iloilo City, mitigate flooding as well as foster eco-tourism.
Hopefully, the project will help diversify agriculture for exports.
Iloilo has several major industrial plants: Two sugar mills, one flour mill, and at least four feedmills. Future developments in agriculture could spur agri-manufacturing industries.

What about air connections?
There are flights to Singapore (2x a week) and to Hongkong (3x a week) via Cebu Pacific. Meanwhile, there are five flights daily to Manila via Cebu Pacific and PAL.
There are also scheduled flights from Iloilo to Cagayan de Oro, General Santos and Puerto Princesa via Cebu Pacific. Certainly, Iloilo has one of the busiest airports in the Visayas and Mindanao, after Cebu.
Iloilo renaissance has taken off. Thanks to the indomitable spirit of the Ilonggos. The best is yet to come.

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photo credit to G EP L Iloilo

Sunday, August 9, 2015

See the World through Iloilo

Iloilo City, the Philippines’ “city of love” and the historical city most favored by Spain through the royal decree of Queen Regent Maria Christina during the Spanish colonial era, is now on its way for a newfound elevation, a magnificent rise as one of the most favored economic centers, a new investment hub, and world-class cultural heritage. A passionate site-seeing within this vibrant metropolis would give visitors and quests some glimpses of different world wonders. These resemblances are often associated with its grandeur history, culture and optimistic people whose values and perspective focuses mainly in their deep cultural pride. Take a journey with us and SEE THE WORLD THROUGH ILOILO…
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Singapore’s Esplanade and Iloilo River Esplanade: Nature and Progress Fuses Beautifully  

The Esplanade is a waterfront location just north of the mouth of the Singapore River in downtown Singapore. It is primarily occupied by the Esplanade Park, and was the venue where one of Singapore’s largest congregation of satay outlets until their relocation to Clarke Quay as a result of the construction of a major performance arts venue, the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, which took its name from this location.

Iloilo River Esplanade is an esplanade along Iloilo River in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Philippines that was opened on August 18, 2012. It stretches 1.2 Kilometers from Diversion Road (officially Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue) to Carpenter Bridge. The project cost 58.7 million. and was designed by Paolo Alcazaren, who also designed the Singapore quay and river esplanade.

There are proposals to extend the Esplanade from the Carpenter Bridge to Barangay Sooc, Arevalo, Iloilo City and from the Diversion Road to Jalandoni Bridge.

Singapore’s Esplanade and Iloilo River Esplanade both showcases the harmonious fusion of ecology, progress and stunning scenery, a picturesque vision of sustainability and commitment to our environment where people can truly appreciate. It’s the same vision and passion for nature… SEE THE WORLD THROUGH ILOILO!
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Paris Buildings and Iloilo’s Calle Real: Stunning Historical Scenery
Featured in the photo is one of the classic-designed buildings in the city of Paris. Paris is the capital and most-populous city of France. It is situated on the Seine River, in the north of the country. Paris was founded in the 3rd century BC by a Celtic people called the Parisii, who gave the city its name. By the 12th century, Paris was the largest city in the western world, a prosperous trading centre, and the home of the University of Paris, one of the first in Europe. In the 18th century, it was the centre stage for the French Revolution, and became an important centre of finance, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts, a position it still retains today.

Calle Real (Royal Street) or the Iloilo City Heritage and Cultural District old buildings that were constructed in the Commonwealth era in Calle Real, Iznart, Aldeguer and Guanco were declared as a heritage site of Iloilo by the National Historical Institute. Also known as the downtown area of Iloilo City, it is one of the oldest and affluent business districts in the Philippines where the first department store Hoskyn’s was established in 1877.

The classic similarity of buildings in Paris and Calle Real would give onlookers the same feeling of nostalgia. Both refuted as cities of love – Paris and Iloilo exudes passion with their architectural designs from the past and transcends a cultural value in their future. A walk in Calle Real would also give the same view of architectural excellence with the world-famous city of Paris… SEE THE WORLD THROUGH ILOILO!
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Covadonga Church and Molo Church: Reflections of Faith
Our Lady of Covadonga is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and a Marian shrine devoted to her at Covadonga in the province of Asturias in north west Spain. The Spanish shrine rose to prominence following the Battle of Covadon in 722, at which the Moorish invasion of Spain was first resisted. A statue of the Virgin Mary, secretly hidden in one of the caves, was believed to have miraculously aided the Christian victory. Our Lady of Covadonga is the patron of Asturias, and a basilica was built to house the current statue. Pope John Paul II visited the shrine at Covadonga to honour the Virgin Mary.

Molo Church is a famous Spanish-colonial church and heritage site in Molo District. It known for the prominent red spires that crown its tall bell towers and as “the feminist church” because of the all-women ensemble of saints represented in 16 statues perched on the aisle pillars. Built in neogothic style, the church is one of the Iloilo City’s most familiar landmarks and top tourist attractions.

Probably the greatest link between Spain and the Philippines is their deep-rooted devotion to the Catholic Religion. 300 years of colonialism by Spain, etched a strong ties through Christian faith. In their physical manifestation of religious faith, these two old churches – the Our Lady of Covadonga and St. Anne Church have quite similar architectural concept and design, forged by the same religion and destined to become timeless… SEE THE WORLD THROUGH ILOILO!
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Sydney Opera House and Iloilo Convention Center: World-Class Venues
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Situated onBennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the facility is adjacent to the Sydney central business district and the Royal Botanic Gardens, between Sydney and Farm Coves. Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the facility formally opened on 20 October 197

Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) is a state-of-the-art convention center in the Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Philippines which is expected to be completed in 2015 in time for the APEC 2015 hosting. It is built on a 1.7-hectare of lot in the district of Mandurriao donated by the Megaworld Corp. The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority allocated P200 million for the construction of the convention center, while another P250 million was sourced from the Priority Development Assistance Fund of Senator Franklin Drilon.

Australia takes pride of Sydney Opera House as a world-class convention and venue of events. Likewise, Iloilo Convention Center is the most-anticipated convention facility in the Western Visayas region. Both venues can hold thousands of audiences and have cultural connection from the past. They both showcase contemporary architectural design – classy and impressive and a product of vision and dreams. A visit to ICC will also make you feel you’ve visited Sydney’s beautiful convention destination. Would you like to SEE THE WORLD THROUGH ILOILO?
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Novotel Nanjing Central and Richmonde Hotel Iloilo: Getty’s Masterpieces
Novotel Nanjing Central is located in the heart of Nanjing, China, convenient to all of its historical centers, commercial complexes and businesses. The hotel boasts with 297 beautifully appointed guest rooms or suites with their magnificent views on Xinjiekou.

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo is the first international hotel that opened in Iloilo Business Park, Megaworld’s 72-hectare business township in Western Visayas region. The hotel boasts with gracious service and world-class accommodation that provides comfort with its 149 rooms and amenities.

Getty’s, one of the world’s most prestigious hotel designers both showcased their expertise and passion to build hotels that exudes masterpiece vision and style. When Getty’s conceptualize impressive designs, they always infuse a large part of the cultural heritage of the city or country where their hotel projects are being built. Both of these hotels showcase unique architectural and interior flair but maintains the same element of perspective – minimalism, dynamism and grandeur. Staying at Richmonde Hotel Iloilo will make you SEE THE WORLD THROUGH ILOILO.
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Musselburgh Golf Club and Iloilo Golf Club: Legends in their own Right
The Royal Musselburgh Golf Club is a golf club at Prestongrange House, Preston grange near PrestonpansEast Lothian,Scotland. The first golf clubs were founded in the 18th century. The first was the Royal Blackheath Golf Club, instituted in 1706, followed by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfersin 1744, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in 1754, and the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club in 1774. These clubs gradually accepted some responsibility for the links on which they played.

The Iloilo Golf and Country Club, formerly and informally known as the Santa Barbara Golf Course in Brgy. San Sebastian,Santa Barbara, Iloilo on 35 hectares of plain and rolling hills. It was built in 1907 by a group of British and Scottish expatriates building the Panay line of Panay Railways, also completed in 1907.  The club was the first Philippine club accepted as an affiliate of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in Scotland.[1] Since it is the oldest golf course in the country, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in 2012 approved the placement of a national historical marker.

The Guinness Book of World record considered Royal Musselburgh Golf Club as the oldest in the world while Iloilo Golf and Country Club is considered as one of the oldest in Asia. Both destinations are icons and legends in their own right. Thus, a trip to Iloilo Golf and Country Club would be like visiting the oldest golf club in Scotland… SEE THE WORLD THROUGH ILOILO!
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River Thames and Iloilo River: A Tale of Two Timeless Rivers
The River Thames is a river that flows through southern England. It is the longest river entirely in England and the second longest in the United Kingdom, after the River Severn. While it is best known for flowing through London, the river also flows alongside other towns and cities, including Oxford, Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Windsor.

The Iloilo River located in the Province of Iloilo, Philippines is actually an estuary.
The river starts in Oton at Batiano River, which is also an estuary, then traverses the Iloilo City districts of LapuzLapaz,MandurriaoMoloArevalo and the city proper, before emptying into the Iloilo Strait.

Iloilo River wharf, including Muelle Loney in the Iloilo City Proper, is a natural harbor which made it a preferred port of call for ships seeking protection from strong winds and tropical monsoons. It serves as port for inter island ferries that travel from Iloilo City to Bacolod on Negros and to Guimaras.

London is hailed as a royal city, the capital of England and home to the British Royal Family. Iloilo is historically considered as the “Queen City of the South” in the Philippines. Both cities take pride with their natural wonder – a grand river of ecological and historical value that sustains life, resources and commitment for preservation. These are veins and lifeblood of both royal cities that creates a synergy between the past and the future. So, a stroll around or boat ride at Iloilo River would give you a heartfelt appreciation for nature and history like those in London… SEE THE WORLD THROUGH ILOILO!
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Orchard Road and Iloilo Business Park: Vibrant Spots of Progress
Orchard Road is a 2.2 kilometre-long boulevard that is the retail and entertainment hub of Singapore. It is a huge tourist attraction, in addition to being the most popular shopping enclave in the city-state. Often, the surrounding area is known simply as Orchard, partly because the MRT station that serves the vicinity is named Orchard MRT.

The Orchard Planning Area is one of 55 urban planning areas as specified by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and is a commercial district. It is part of the Central Region and Singapore’s central business district, the Central Area.

A 72-hectare master planned mix-used development community project of Megaworld, Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao District is the vibrant future township of business and lifestyle in Western Visayas.

Iloilo Business Park is Megaworld’s biggest single investment outside Luzon of 35 billion. Gorgeously rising in this vibrant township are BPO Buildings, the iconic 7,000-seater Iloilo Convention Center, international hotel brands – Richmonde Hotel and Courtyard by Marriot, lifestyle shopping center Festive Walk Mall, the country’s longest dinning destination – the Street of Festive Walk and luxurious condominium towers – One Madison Place, La Fayette Park Square and The Palladium, the tallest tower in Western Visayas.

Orchard Road is the busiest business capital of Singapore, a proof of its dominance in terms of economy, investments and tourism. Iloilo Business Park is currently the most talked-about business, leisure and tourism, a mixed-used commercial complex in Iloilo and Western Visayas region, giving a great boost for opportunities. People converge in these business centers to chase a good life and work hard to sustain their dreams. The bright lights and vibrant ambiance gives us a glimpse of progress. Therefore, roaming around and starting a life in Iloilo Business Park replicates the same vein of opportunities like any other business centers in the world.

So, are your ready to SEE THE WORLD THROUGH ILOILO? It’s time to open your eyes and widen your vision.


(some parts of this article were taken from Wikipedia.com)
https://ibpofficial.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/see-the-world-through-iloilo/ 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Iloilo


Iloilo is a city of magnificent history and opportunities shaped throughout its existence. Still, it remains to be vibrant and culturally-passionate through its culture-loving people who never fail to dream big yet continue to preserve its rich cultural past. If you’re a true-blue Ilonggo or just a visitor of this exquisite city, here are 10 things you should know: Food

Are you Foodie? Come to Iloilo and tickle your taste buds.
Iloilo City is more than just the heart of Western Visayas and economic center. For visitors and travelers who are looking ahead to visit this vibrant city, it’s world-famous gastronomy, delicacies and food tickle the taste buds and palettes of many people. We have the luscious bowl of La Paz Batchoy originated in the wet market of La Paz district, the delicious soup-based Pancit Molo, the Biscocho Haus selling yummy Biscocho and Pandesal ni Pa-a in Jaro district, the Barquillos from Wewins, tastiest Queen Siopao of Roberto’s, the variety of the best seafood, chessy baked Oyster, Native Chicken barbeque in Tatoy’s Manokan, all of these mouth-watering menu sold in various mini-restos along the shores of Villa Beach and many other must-have keepsakes the brings the flavors of authentic Ilonggo cuisine.
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Didn’t you know your grandparents were movie lovers? Yes they are.
Back in the middle 1950s until 1980s, Iloilo City’s progress paved way for the expansion of its bustling metropolitan where countless movie theaters started to mushroomed and scattered within the city. The existence of some prominent movie theaters such as Cinema, Regent, Crown Allegro and Rivera, among others makes Iloilo as the movie capital outside Manila. In fact, prominent film festivals in Metro Manila along with their biggest movie stars were brought in to Iloilo back in the heydays. The passion of Ilonggos for movie theaters simply shows that most Ilonggos are affluent and enjoy living in a economically-stable city because they regularly watch movies after work or during weekends with their family. Old folks even used to say that most movie theaters are full-packed during premieres of important Filipino movies. Back then, Ilonggos are very passionate with local Filipino movies which are a form of cultural pride.
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Ilonggos take Banking seriously. Here’s why…
There’s a bank in almost every corner in downtown area of Iloilo City. The progressive business, commerce and trade back in the 18th century and the economic rise of the city in 1900s, Ilonggos are known for their thrifty and wise-spending attitude. Thus, banks were lining up in downtown area where most businessmen and old rich Ilonggos are ensuring they always kept their hard-earned money at the right place. Since Iloilo has been the most important international city next to Manila during the heydays, foreign exchange banks can be seen everywhere and large amount of deposits goes in the bank every day. In fact, most of the city’s present major investors were convinced to invest because Ilonggos are known to have big deposits in banks and financial institutions, something that transcends potential financial prominence and the right attitude for progress. Hablon Ilonggos are one of the BEST weavers in the world.
One of the reasons for Iloilo City’s economic prominence was the establishment of its popular weaving industry – sinamay, hablon, jusi and piňa cloth in later 18th and early 19th century. Iloilo became an international trading port for textile industry where local products are sold and send to Europe and other parts of the world.  Textile products made from Iloilo were considered expensive and in-demand in the international market during the heydays. Such reputation ensured Ilonggos’ timeless ingenuity and legacy with their distinct local products. Textile industry and retail stores mushroomed relentlessly in Calle Real, the busiest business district of the city. In Villa de Arevalo, Sinamay production flourished as local weavers became more and more popular for their intricate hand-woven products that impressed investors and suppliers. The Iloilo Sinamay House, an antique heritage house in Villa owned by Guizon and Villanueva clan passed on to her children their family’s business. 3473015596_7604378b59 Before jeepneys, care for a train ride in Iloilo?
The company was originally founded in Hartford, Connecticut, United States as Philippine Railway Company Inc. on March 5, 1906. It was part of a collection of Philippine infrastructure companies. On May 28, 1906, the Philippine Commission granted the Philippine Railway Corporation a concession to construct railways on the islands of Panay, Negros and Cebu. In 1907, construction began on a railroad from Iloilo City to Roxas City in Capiz. It was later controlled and owned by the Philippine government as Panay Railways Inc. with headquarter in La Paz in Iloilo City. The original route the company’s train service was 117 kilometers (73 miles) long, included 19 permanent, 10 flag stations and connected to La Paz in Iloilo City heading as far as Loctugan in Capiz. It had a total of 46 bridges. The operation of the train service ceased in 1983 and its demolition started in March 2005 under the administration of President Fidel V. Ramos. fc801455
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Forget about shopping malls, Iloilo’s Calle Real is timeless!
Its existence dates back in the time of Spain’s colonial era in the Philippines, Calle Real is a long-stretching old business district in Iloilo City where most of the pioneer Chinese merchants and local business clans established their businesses. From expensive to the cheapest shopping centers, retails stores, boutiques, goods, textile products, medical supplies, restaurants, and street vendors selling almost everything are lined-up beautifully to cater the locals. Calle Real is known for its heritage buildings build during the Spanish and American era in the Philippines. The recent effort of the city’s local government and Heritage Council to rebuilt and revive the original façade of heritage buildings creates an echo of cultural pride. The sights and sound of Calle Real dramatically changes from time to time. Its long existence captured great memories of Ilonggo culture, business-minded nature of locals, the city’s legacy for trade and commerce integrated in its impressive international business relationship in the past. Back then, elegant Illustrados, well-dressed elites and the iconic Calezas used to roam around the streets of Calle Real, a place that even until now never loses its mark in the lives of Ilonggos as their first and true leisure destination. Schools The city with over 100-year-old universities
Iloilo City is considered as the “center of education in Western Visayas” by having the most numbers of schools both private and public school. During the old times and presently, students flocked in Iloilo to gain the best education especially in tertiary level by having the biggest and prestigious universities. Iloilo’s two oldest universities who passed its centennial year or 100 years of existence but still going stronger are the University of San Agustin and Central Philippine University. Founded by the Order of Saint Augustine missionaries, the University of San Agustin was established in July 15, 1904 and celebrated its centennial year on 2004. Established in 1905 by American philanthropist John D. Rockefeller under the auspices of the American Baptist Foreign Missionaries, the Central Philippine University (CPU) has become known for its strong Christian foundation, competitive courses and a tourism-friendly university campus for its wide nature-friendly scenery and old buildings. CPU celebrated its Centennial Year in 2005. West Visayas State University is 113 years old this 2015. It is a prominent university with countless achievements to boast originally founded by the Thomasites who came to the Philippines in the early 1900s, it was a part of Philippine normal school system under the American occupation until it became separate and formally established in 1924. Iloilo Science and Technology University formerly Iloilo School of Arts and Trade (ISAT) and later became Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST) founded in 1905 is another educational institution in Iloilo City that existed for over a hundred years. The university is still fulfilling its vision of providing quality education from its laboratory high school, tertiary college courses and vocational-technical continuing course. DSCN2723 What used to be Iloilo’s King of the Road?
Calesa, the traditional two-wheeled elegant cart pulled by a horse used to roam the streets of Iloilo City particularly in Calle Real during the Spanish era. They used to be the King of the road in Iloilo even before its transformation into a royal city through a decree by Queen Regent Maria Christina of Spain in 1889. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Calesas can be still be seen in Calle Real. But the popularity of more modern jeepneys replaced the existence of traditional Calesa in Iloilo City. INAEC Did you know that Ilonggos were the first to fly?
Iloilo holds the record as the first city to have a commercial airline company. 8 years before the Philippine Airlines (PAL) was established, Iloilo Negros Air Express Company (INAEC) owned by Eugenio Lopez had its inaugural flight in Fort San Pedro on February 1, 1933. The company catered to chartered and commercial flights during its peak years. The INAEC site airport was destroyed by 36 Japanese bombers on December 18, 1941 during the outbreak of World War II. Today, INAEC still exists in Iloilo providing chartered flights including medical emergency flights for private clients.
Hoskyn's Building
Didn’t you know your grandparents are shopaholics?
Since Iloilo City is prominently popular commercial metropolis next to Manila even way back during the Spanish colonization years, the city secured itself as a bustling commercial and leisure destination. Hoskyn’s Department Store located along J. M. Basa Street was considered as the oldest shopping center in the Philippines according to local historians established in 1877. It was founded by Englishman Henry Hoskyn’s under the business name “Hoskyn’s and Co.” It is the first store in the country to introduced “fixed price” policy in merchandising and the first known “store to sell almost everything from needle to anchor.” Right now, the building remained standing and several retail stores existed in the same location.
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Iloilo City’s newest ‘claim-to-fame”- Iloilo Business Park
Reigniting the legacy of Iloilo City and opening a new gateway of opportunities, Megaworld Corporation, the Philippines prime mover in real estate developer set their sights in this city to establish Iloilo Business Park. Transforming the old Iloilo Airport (IBP) property into a bustling new commercial, business and leisure township, IBP is envisioned as the center of almost everything in Iloilo City. IBP will open a high-end shopping center – Festive Walk Mall, the country’s longest leisure strip – Street of Festive Walk, modern convention facility – Iloilo Convention Center, BPO Buildings that would serve as office and operation site for call center companies, international hotels – Richmonde Hotel Iloilo and Courtyard by Marriot and high-end residential towers sporting names like One Madison Place, Lafayette Park Square and The Palladium, the tallest and classiest among the three with 22 floors. IBP is seen as the grand destination that would uplift the tourism industry and modern lifestyle culture of the city. Employment openings in the IT-BPO sector in IBP are foreseen to rise up to 30,000 jobs in the next 10 years. Rapid infrastructure developments provide a life-changing hint in this modern township how Iloilo and its people, will embrace their city’s consistent rise to prominence as the region’s epicenter of progress.

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Source:https://ibpofficial.wordpress.com/2015/08/05/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-iloilo/

Monday, August 3, 2015

Megaworld to develop modern financial center in Iloilo

MANILA, Philippines - Megaworld, the Andrew Tan-led property giant, is developing a modern financial center inside the 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park, with several banks and companies already set to build regional headquarters in the district, a ranking official said over the weekend.

Jennifer Palmares-Fong, head of marketing of Iloilo Business Park, said interest has been strong, with commercial lots almost sold out.

“There has been a strong interest from various sectors, particularly financial and banking, to establish their businesses in Iloilo Business Park. Since we announced the township being envisioned as Iloilo City’s new central business district or CBD, everyone wants their presence here,” she said.

Megaworld has allocated nine hectares of the entire township for the commercial district.
It started selling the lots at P47,000 per square meter in 2013. Today, the lots, which range from 611sqm to 1,735 sqm, are now sold at P70,000 or a 49 percent increase from its original price a couple of years ago, according to Megaworld.

Eighty percent of the lands have already been sold to banks and financial institutions as well as local enterprises but Palmares-Fong said the lots are also viable for hotels.
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Among the major banks that are set to establish their regional headquarters and offices in Iloilo Business Park’s financial district include the George Ty-owned Metrobank and the Aboitiz Group’s Unionbank.

“Aside from banks and financial institutions, other commercial businesses like car and furniture showrooms as well as regional headquarters of corporations are welcome to the financial district of Iloilo Business Park,” she said.

Megaworld is developing the commercial district, which will rise toward the southern part of the township near the iconic Iloilo River.

It is envisioned to be one of the busiest districts in the Iloilo Business Park once completed. It will be directly connected to the township center via the six-lane Megaworld Boulevard.

Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park, occupying 72-hectares on the former site of the Old Mandurriao Airport, is envisioned to be the biggest business, lifestyle and tourism hub in Western Visayas.

Aside from the financial and commercial district, Iloilo Business Park will be home to two business hotels – Richmonde Hotel Iloilo and Courtyard by Marriott.

The Iloilo Convention Center, which will be the largest convention facility in Region VI, will also be part of the business park as well as state-of-the-art BPO office towers, luxury residential condominiums including The Palladium, the tallest residential tower in Western Visayas, and the Festive Walk Mall.

In addition to this, Megaworld is also developing The Street of Festive Walk, a 1.1-kilometer commercial and retail strip, which will be the longest dining and retail strip in the entire Western Visayas region. 


The property giant has lined up several projects for the year in Luzon and Visayas including the development of residential projects in the Makati Central Business District, office buildings in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig and its township projects.

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source: http://www.philstar.com:8080/business/2015/08/03/1483783/megaworld-develop-modern-financial-center-iloilo