Iloilo Convention Center Soon to Rise at Iloilo Business Park
A dream is now becoming a reality for the Ilonggos as the Iloilo Convention Center was officially launched last Friday, November 23, 2012 here. The unveiling was led by Megaworld Corporation Chairman and CEO Andrew Tan, Senator Franklin Drilon and Department of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr..
The Iloilo Convention Center will be constructed inside Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park (old Iloilo Airport) in Mandurriao district. It will rise in a 1.7 hectares parcel of land donated by Megaworld Corporation for the construction of the facility.
The building has an iconic design inspired by the Paraw and Dinagyang Festival. Designed by Ilonggo Architect Willy V. Coscolluela (he also designed the Iloilo Provincial Capitol and the new Iloilo City Hall), the building features 15 exterior fins that mimic the sail of the Paraw while the main glass walls are printed with ceramic laminated in glass featuring abstract figures of the Dinagyang Festival. It will utilize indigenous stones in its exterior and interior design while a green wall will line the side.
The 2-storey convention center has a floor plate of 6,400 sqm. The main convention hall will be at the ground floor and has a total of 2,880 sqm floor area. It will be equipped with demising/operable walls that can subdivide the hall into different units as needed. Floor to ceiling will be 14 meters high and it will be equipped with the latest state-of-the-art audio and video equipment.
The Main Lobby will be around 720 sqm while the Pre-function Hall will be 468 sqm enough to support any type of event. Eight more smaller function rooms will occupy the second floor along with a museum and a souvenir shop.
The facility will also include a kitchen designed to cater to international cuisine requirements.
Iloilo Convention Center Features
- Main Convention Hall can accommodate over 3,700 guests
- 8 small function rooms
- Main Lobby
- Pre-function Hall
- State-of-the-art audio and video equipment
- Museum and Souvenir shop
- Escalators and elevators
- Metal Detector terminals and CCTVs
- Kitchen designed to International standards
- 15 exterior fins that mimic the sail of the Paraw
- Glass walls featuring abstract figures of the Dinagyang Festival
- Use of indigenous stones in the interiors and exteriors
- Green wall on the side of the building
The construction of the building will initially cost P450 Million, P250 Million of which will come from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Senator Drilon and another P200 Million will be provided by the DOT and the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).
Constructions will begin early next year and is expected to finish by 2014.
With the launching of this project, Megaworld has vowed to fast-track the development of its Iloilo Business Park. Aside from Richmonde Hotel, the company is also building a Marriott Courtyard hotel near the convention center. Meanwhile, the retail component of the 54-hectare development will also begin construction to boost the convention center project.
Once completed, the Iloilo Convention Center can accommodate over 3,700 guests and will position Iloilo as a convention destination in the Philippines. It will also strengthen Iloilo’s bid in hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC) summit in 2015.
Mr. Andrew Tan (Chairman and CEO, Megaworld Corp.) along with Senator Franklin Drilon and DOT Sec. Ramon Jimenez during the unveiling of the Iloilo Convention Center last Nov. 23, 2012.
The fast-rising Iloilo Business Park by Megaworld