With its colorful history and exciting destinations, Iloilo City has become a must-visit, must-experience spot among tourists and business travelers. The “City of Love” has awide range of reasons to fall in love with this Western Visayan city – from its stunning tapestry of culture and heritage to its mouthwatering delicacies and, of course, the warm hospitality that made Ilonggos such stand out hosts.
The locals, however, have found one big reason to love their city: Iloilo Business Park. Property giant Megaworld orchestrated the dynamic makeup of the 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park (IBP)—transforming the historic site of what was once the Mandurriao Airport into the iconic face of Iloilo today.
Megaworld senior vice president Kevin L. Tan and chief operating officer Lourdes Gutierrez-Alfonso led the Megaworld Group in accepting the ‘Best Developer’ award for the company and the first ‘Best Township Development’ for Iloilo Business Park at the 2018 Philippines Property Awards.
The township—often referred to by the locals as Megaworld—was recently named the ‘Best Township Development’ at the prestigious 2018 Philippines Property Awards. Megaworld senior vice president Kevin L. Tan and chief operating officer Lourdes Gutierrez-Alfonso led the Megaworld Group in accepting the ‘Best Developer’ award for the company and the first ‘Best Township Development’ for Iloilo Business Park at the awarding. This is the third year in a row for Megaworld to receive the “Best Developer” award.
Here are some reasons why this Megaworld township has redefined the landscaped and transformed the lives of Ilonggos.
1. Modern urban vibe. Perfectly blending urban architecture with the historical grandeur of the city, Iloilo Business Park made the city of Iloilo a bustling metropolis that ideally caters to locals, business, and leisure
2. A 24/7 township. With nearly 10,000 BPO workers spread across the five office towers in the township, Iloilo Business Park has truly become a 24/7 district for the hardworking Ilonggo workforce. The nine-hectare commercial district at IBP will also become the home of the regional headquarters of UnionBank of the Philippines and Metrobank, respectively.
3. A complete LIVE-WORK-PLAY community. Like any Megaworld township, IBP carries the company’s signature live-work-play lifestyle concept imbued in its structures. Currently, it is selling its seventh residential tower after One Madison Place, Lafayette Park Square, Palladium, Saint Honore, and Saint Dominique.
4. Global MICE destination. Conferences, meetings, and exhibits that are set in Iloilo have found a home in the 1.7-hectare Iloilo Convention Center—the biggest convention center in Western Visayas. Over the years, the ICC has slowly become the destination of choice for local and international conferences, foremost of which were the series of 2015 APEC meetings.
5. World-class accommodations. With the ICC in place, two world-class hotels are now in the township catering to business and leisure travelers: The Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, which was awarded the “Best Hotel Interior Design” award at the 2016 Philippines Property Awards, and Courtyard by Marriott, the first Courtyard brand in the Philippines.
6. A ‘festive’ leisure and entertainment hub. From pasalubongs to delicious cuisines, foodies can stroll along the 1.1-kilometer Festive Walk Parade where they can have their choice of fine restaurants with top-notch service. The area has also become the center of night life and entertainment of Iloilo with the introduction of the ‘Festive Nights’ event, a series of weekend night street parties featuring a dynamic fusion of food, music, arts, and entertainment.
7. Nurturing art and creativity. Art enthusiasts can also make a quick visit to the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA), where they can feed their love for the arts with various paintings, sculptures, and installations from local and international artists. ILOMOCA is housed inside the iconic Casa de Emperador building, which is also adorned by the bronze statue of Ilonggo hero, General Martin Delgado.
8. A model for environment sustainability. Iloilo Business Park is a bike-friendly township where bike lanes are as important as pedestrians and roads. The township is now known as a “bike-cation destination” as it is the official host venue of the yearly Iloilo Bike Festival.
In a city that has made a mark for its vibrancy and diverse experiences, Iloilo Business Park continues to captivate the hearts and fancy of travelers from all corners of the world by raising the standards for how thriving urban townships must be built.