Senator Franklin M. Drilon leads the groundbreaking of the Iloilo City Convention Center on November 23, 2012 at the Megaworld Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
The Two-Storey Convention Center costs P450-million, a Priority Development Assistance Fund of Sen. Franklin Drilon and will be built on a 1.7-hectare lot at the old Iloilo airport in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. It will be designed by Ilonggo architect Willy Coscoluella and it is expected to establish the province as a conference hub in Western Visayas.
The Iloilo Convention Center is set to transform the Western Visayas Region into a world-class business tourism, convention and events destination.
This grand new setting located at the Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao affirms the vibrancy and vitality of Iloilo, the South’s new city of tomorrow.
With 15 exterior fins that evoke the beauty of Iloilo’s colorful Paraw sail Glass walls feature abstract designs of the Dinagyang Festival and the use of indigenous stones for the façade and interiors.
It Can accommodate over 3,700 guests, there is a Main convention hall at the ground level with 8 function rooms at the second level. State-of-the-art audio and video equipment, and Kitchen designed to international standards. It has also a Museum and souvenir shop.
Part of the 54-hectare Iloilo Business Park, and near the community’s hotels, BPO offices and retail and leisure attractions and it is near the Iloilo international airport.
source: (Iloilo City Government Facebook Page)
During the launching, Senator Franklin Drilon was joined by Megaworld Corporation President Mr. Andrew L. Tan, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Iloilo City Representative Jerry Treñas, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Governor Arthur Defensor, and Arch Bishop Angel Lagdameo.
Drilon envisioned a more progressive Iloilo Province in the next two to three years, it will be truly the Next Big Thing!