PROPERTY developer Megaworld Corporation confirmed Monday, October 1, the construction of Bacolod Welcome Park in the boundary of Bacolod and Talisay along the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road will be finished within the month of October.
Harold Geronimo, senior assistant vice president and head of public relations and media affairs of Megaworld, said they are now expediting the construction of the welcome marker, the first Las Vegas-style signage in the Philippines.
“By October 15, they (contractor) will be able to complete everything, but I’m not sure yet about the lighting,” he said.
Geronimo pointed out that within this month, they will be able to complete everything and the inauguration will be done after the Masskara Festival.
“We can inaugurate the Bacolod Welcome Park after the MassKara Festival, but for the sake of the tourists coming to Bacolod for MassKara Festival, they (visitors) will be able to see the marker during the festival highlights,” he said.
Once it’s already completed, Geronimo added the visitors can drop by and take pictures in the marker.
Megaworld has partnered with the City Government of Bacolod for the development of the Bacolod Welcome Park, a tourism spot integrated within the 7.5-hectare Northill Town Center that forms part of the 53-hectare Northill Gateway township.
The park will be highlighted by the 7.2-meter welcome marker that will greet both incoming and outgoing visitors as well as locals of the city, which is a gateway to other destinations in Negros Occidental.
The design of the marker features colorful masks illuminated at night symbolizing the world-renowned MassKara Festival of Bacolod City.
Inspired by the fabulous welcome sign in Las Vegas, entering visitors will be greeted with “Welcome Bacolod City of Smiles” and “Thank You for Visiting City of Smiles” signage for those leaving the city.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia had said the concept of Megaworld for the welcome park will not only be parking lots but in synergy with various amenities and activities which tourists could probably do while they are here.
“This is going to be a new symbol of Bacolod City,” he said, adding that “this is going to be the only welcome park in the
Philippines, and that will be an advantage for us in Bacolod City.”