Iloilo Business Park by bike

Biking and road sharing strengthened by Iloilo Bike Festival

By Marie Katherine Villalon

Here is another reason for bikers and biking hopefuls to celebrate.

There is going to be an annual Iloilo Bike Festival and its venue would be the Iloilo Business Park for 10 years.

In fact, Megaworld Corp. and the Iloilo City Government, represented by senior vice president Jericho Go and Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog respectively, have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for such last Oct. 24, 2014 at the recently opened Richmonde Tower.

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Megaworld Senior Vice President Jericho P. Go (seated, center) lead the MOA signing for the annual Bike Festival to be held in Iloilo Business Park until 2024. With them are (standing, L-R) Rommel Castro, sports officer, Iloilo City; Iloilo City councilors Jay Trenas, Love Love Baronda, R. Leone Gerochi, Jason Gonzales; Felix Tiu, chairman, Iloilo City Trade and Investment Promotions Board; Harold Geronimo, head of PR and Communications, Megaworld; Ogie Natividad, leasing manager, Megaworld; (seated, L-R) Iloilo City Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III, and Jennifer Palmares-Fong, head of marketing, Iloilo Business Park.

“The Iloilo Bike Festival is another milestone for the 71-hectare Iloilo Business Park,” said Go. “The park will be an exciting backdrop for the bikers as skyscrapers will be rising here,” he added.

"The partnership solidifies the very purpose of this festival, which is to gather the Ilonggo community and show its commitment to healthy and sustainable living. We fully support Iloilo's bid to become the bike capital of the Philippines as we also build our own bike lanes in Iloilo Business Park," Go further said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Mabilog said that Iloilo City is very fortunate to have Megaworld Corp. as partner for the Iloilo Bike Festival. He added that the first one last March 2014 was successful as more than 3,000 bikers and spectators attended.

Apart from positioning itself as the bike capital of the Philippines, Mabilog said that road sharing, a healthy environment and wellness are part of Iloilo City’s consciousness.

Mabilog also recognized Megaworld’s support in the government’s education initiatives and relief operations during disasters.

The Palladium
Environment-friendly township
Like Iloilo City’s dream of becoming an environment-friendly city, Iloilo Business Park promises to become an eco-friendly and sustainable “Live-Work-Play-Learn” township.

(Review Megaworld's Iloilo Business Park at www.megaworldcorp.com)

"The very essence of township living is allowing convenient access to everyone to walk from one place to another or use bikes around the township, lessening carbon footprint," said Go.

In addition, the soon-to-rise 22-storey residential tower The Palladium, will have multi-level sky gardens -- the first in Western Visayas.  “We are very excited about The Palladium because our residents will be able to experience sky garden living that allows them to commune with nature without going out of the building," says Jennifer Palmares-Fong, Iloilo Business Park’s head of marketing.

Also to rise at the Iloilo Business Park are the three-tower One Madison Place Luxury Residences, 14-storey European-inspired Lafayette Park Square, Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Megaworld Lifestyle Mall, the 1.1-kilometer Festive Walk commercial and retail strip, open parks, transport hub; One Global Tower and Two Global Tower for business process outsourcing (BPO) companies; and the 3,700-seating Iloilo Convention Center. The ICC will be the venue for the APEC 2015 ministerial meetings.

The Iloilo Business Park is Megaworld’s biggest single investment outside Metro Manila at P35 million.

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