“EVERY investment penny is worth pouring in here now. Bacolod is rising and we want to be part of it,” said honorary mayor and MegaWorld Corp. chief executive officer Kevin Andrew Tan, when he spoke before the Filipino-Chinese community during the Spring Festival gala night held at the SMX Convention Center on Sunday, January 22.

Tan’s business empire is the biggest investor in the city of Bacolod, citing his various investment undertakings here.

He also announced that their company will have another huge parcel of land to develop in this province.

“There are so much potentials that we see in this province. More than just sugarcane fields, your land is so rich with opportunities left untapped for so many years. Our group of companies will always be on the lookout for these opportunities and we hope to be able to contribute to the provincial economy, especially on job creation among Bacolodnons and Negrenses as a whole,” he said.

He added, “we have chosen to be here in Bacolod because of your vibrant local economy and this is a business and investment-friendly city. We have also seen an adequate and strong pool of graduates every year, and you have a beautiful cost of living compared to other major cities. Your city and province have so much to offer as far as tourism is concerned, from the islands to highlands, great food, and festivals.”

He also said he would be coming back here to Bacolod. “I love your inasal, cansi, and cakes. I also love to see your mountains and beaches. I love to explore your beautiful province. But most of all, as I always said, I love your people.

Tan thanked Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez and the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod for the opportunity to serve as the honorary mayor of Bacolod for the duration of the Bacolaodiat Festival and the Chinese New Year.

He also thanked the Filipino-Chinese community here for inviting him as their guest speaker during the Spring Festival gala night.*