Megaworld considers renaming city’s convention center-A A +A
Friday, November 23, 2012
MEGAWORLD Corp. is considering the idea of permanently naming the proposed convention center as the Iloilo City International Convention Center comparable to other international convention centers in the world.
Kevin L. Tan, Megaworld First vice president and head of Commercial Group, assured that they are going to look at the international side of the convention center project as a major hub for tourism conventions and exhibits in the city.
Megaworld is also building an Iloilo Business Park in the area with two five-star hotels to rise soon aside from commercial buildings, a park, restaurant and entertainment area and a business processing outsourcing (BPO) center.
The proposed hotels are Richmonde and Marriot Courtyard to cater to the needs of international tourists who wanted better and world class services aside from high-end shopping malls like Rustan’s presence in Iloilo City.
Fitted with state-of-art amenities and equipment, the proposed convention center at the 1.7-hectare lot donated by Megaworld, will accommodate 3,700 people.
The two-storey building will accommodate the main convention hall at the ground floor and eight smaller function rooms at the second floor, a small museum-souvenir shop, and will be equipped with escalators and elevators with enough comfort rooms on all floors.
The building design was made by international architect William Coscoluella and conceived with the Iloilo City festivals such as Paraw Regatta and Dinagyang Festival as inspiration.
The building’s 15 exterior fins mimic the sail of the Paraw, while the main glass walls are printed with ceramic paint laminated in glass featuring abstract figures of Dinagyang revelry.
Other features are the indigenous stones used predominantly in the exterior and interior design, while a green wall lines the side of the building. (Lydia C. Pendon)