Iloilo Convention Center

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Iloilo Convention Center
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General information
Type Convention Center
Location Megaworld Blvd., Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Philippines
Construction started 2013
Cost 747 million[1]
Technical details
Floor count 2

Iloilo Convention Center is a state-of-the-art convention center in the Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Philippines. Its construction was completed in September 2015 in time for the APEC 2015 hosting. It is built on a 1.7-hectare of lot in the district of Mandurriao donated by the Megaworld Corp.[2] The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority allocated P200 million for the construction of the convention center, while another P250 million was sourced from the Priority Development Assistance Fund of Senator Franklin Drilon.[3]

Design[edit]

The state-of-the-art convention center designed by Ilonggo architect, William Coscolluela. The design was inspired by Iloilo’s Dinagyang and Paraw Regatta festivals. The paraw is a native double outrigger sailboat in the Visayas region, used in the annual Paraw Regatta Festival sailboat race. Abstract designs of the famous Dinagyang Festival are featured on the glass walls of the center.[4]

It is a two-storey structure with a total floor area of 11,832 square meters. The main hall on the ground floor has a 3,700-seat capacity and 500-seat function rooms on the second floor. A rooftop of 1,500 sqm is available for outdoor functions.[5]

Inauguration[edit]

President Aquino III led the inauguration on September 14, 2015. Senator Franklin Drilon who was instrumental in the realization of this project introduced the president and also gave his message. Congressman Jerry Trenas, Governor Arthur Defensor, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog led the local officials who welcomed President Aquino. Also in attendance are Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson and Department of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez whose departments contributed to the project construction.

APEC Meetings[edit]

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2015 meetings scheduled at the center include:[6]

1. Small and Medium Enterprise ministerial meeting on September 21–25

2. Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum on September 22–23

3. High-Level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and the Blue Economy and Related Meetings on September 28 to October 6, 2015

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