Cities within cities. That’s what modern townships, or business parks, have become. Not only do they provide jobs and contribute significantly to the region’s economy, they have also become lifestyle centers. As such, townships have become havens for urban adventurers as they explore and experience amazing hotels, shops, restaurants, and other developments—all within a stone’s throw from each other—in a township. Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park in Iloilo City is one such urban destination.
The Iloilo Business Park (IBP) is situated right at the Mandurriao district. It is a master-planned 72-hectare mixed-use development community project, a city within a city. The IBP is poised to become a top and vibrant future township of business and lifestyle in the Western Visayas.
With a single investment of Php 35 billion pesos, the IBP holds the record as Megaworld’s biggest project outside Luzon.
(Photo credit: Iloilo Business Park)
The main avenue of the IBP is the old Iloilo runway. The broad width of the runway allows the developer to divide the avenue into eight lanes, two of which are used as access and exit lanes. Megaworld has learned from the urban-planning mistakes of Cebu and Manila, which caused horrendous traffic. Therefore, as early as now, they already made wide roads to accommodate future traffic. That’s advanced planning and foresight indeed!
Business process outsourcing (BPO) companies, restaurants, boutique hotels, banks, and other firms have started to establish businesses in this promising township. These companies will provide thousands of jobs to people in Iloilo and the surrounding provinces. IBP, therefore, will be truly instrumental in boosting the region’s economy.
One of the first structures that was constructed in IBP is the 3,500-seat Iloilo Convention Center (ICC). With a contemporary and minimalist architectural design, it is an iconic and striking building within the township. Today, ICC is a favorite venue of local, national, and international seminars, summits, exhibits, and other special events. In fact, we visited IBP during the 2017 ASEAN Summit, which was held in ICC. We hope to host a travel and adventure symposium here someday. Hehehe!
Beside the iconic ICC is the Courtyard by Marriot hotel.
Megaworld Online Influencers Supervisor Greg Flores invited us to visit the Megaworld sales office and showroom just right at the entrance of IBP. Let’s go take a look at their projects.
Scale models of the township and several condominium projects give us an idea of what the finished IBP would look like. Upon completion, the IBP would be filled with condominium buildings, malls, BPOs, offices, restaurants, and more. Wow!
We also had a tour in some of their condominium show rooms. Their studio and multi-room units are all equally gorgeous! If given the opportunity and money, we would definitely purchase a property here. That dream property will be our staging point for our Panay island adventures.
Our home for the weekend was at the 5th floor of Richmonde Hotel. This towering blue glass-and-steel building is a giant in IBP. We treasure stays like these. Thank you so much, Megaworld!
A beautiful, carefully trimmed garden acts as a gateway to Richmonde Hotel. We were actually beaming with excitement since it is not every day that we can be pampered like this.
Obviously, our stay was like a vacation in heaven! Clean sheets, soft pillows, hot showers, world-class furniture, top-of-the-line facilities, top-quality service—you couldn’t ask for more.
The pool at the 7th floor is one of Richmonde Hotel’s highlights. Thanks to clear fences made of tempered glass, you can have a great view of IBP and the surrounding areas while taking a dip!
Festival Walk Parade
Greg and some top-rated Iloilo travel, food, and lifestyle bloggers treated us to a filling dinner at the glitzy Festive Walk Parade. At 1.1 kilometers long (upon completion sometime in 2018), it is the longest dining and shopping strip mall in the country. This is a great destination for urban adventurers who want to wind down, relax, and socialize after a day’s adventure in Iloilo.
We will tell you about our gastronomic feast here in a later blog post.
Is it Christmas? No, but it sure feels like it! The lively atmosphere, the glittering lights, and the company of great new friends surely makes the Festive Walk Parade live up to its name! Yes, in here, it feels like a fun party every night.
A Late-Evening City Tour
After a sumptuous dinner that doubled as a taste-test of new dishes, Greg and the Iloilo bloggers decided to show us around before we doze off. We skipped the Esplanade, having visited there a few months ago, and headed directly to Molo Plaza. Renovated last 2012 after many years of neglect, the grandeur and nostalgia of Molo Plaza truly stood out. The gazebo has been polished white, Greek statues are installed in place, and gorgeous flower gardens are planted. Cobblestone pathways are a joy to walk on, and trimmed trees provide shade during a hot day.
The successful rehabilitation of the Molo Plaza has become a benchmark for similar other plaza restoration projects in the city.
Across the plaza is the historic St. Anne Parish, known as Molo Church among the locals. Exhibiting Neo-Gothic architecture, the church is considered as one of the most beautiful churches in the country. Construction started in 1831 under Fray Pablo Montaño and finished in 1888 by Fray Agapito.
Like many other structures of its time, Molo Church is made of blocks of coral stone. The most interesting features of the structure are the twin pointed bell towers that house a total of 30 bells!
Our last destination for the night is the grandiose Provincial Capitol of Iloilo, which is made even more stunning with the sodium fog lamps that illuminate the entire structure. Known as Casa Real in the old times, it officially became a capitol in 1901. The facility later became a garrison of the Japanese forces during World War 2 and later repaired in 1988 after a fire gutted out the building. Further restoration endeavors are then initiated to preserve the structure.
Today, the Capitol is a National Historical Site as declared by the National Historical Commission.
The Iloilo Business Park is rapidly emerging as the province’s new face of economic progress, chic lifestyle, and urban adventure. It is Megaworld’s testament of a perfect synergy of business, leisure, living, and fun. Visit, explore, and invest in Iloilo Business Park today!
(Cover and End Photo credit: Megaworld Corporation)
For inquiries and more information about the Iloilo Business Park, use the following contact details:
- Sales Office Address: 8 Enterprise Road, Corner Old Airport Rd. , Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Philippines
- Phone Number: 330-3464/ 330-3465
- Mobile Number: 0917-352-4888
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: Iloilo Business Park
- Facebook Page: Iloilo Business Park