By Anna Gabriela A. Mogato
MEGAWORLD Corp. said it will be building a P500 million luxury boutique hotel in The Upper East Township, its 34-hectare property in Bacolod City, set to open by 2022.
In a disclosure to the Stock Market on Tuesday, Megaworld announced that the 48-room boutique hotel will be designed by heritage architect and conservationist Dominic Galicia to preserve the features of the heritage structures it will be built into.
The project will see the old Bacolod-Murcia Milling Co. compound’s “guest house” repurposed to serve as its main lobby.
“The entire hotel complex is anchored in the oldest structure, and it expands from this like wings, with the Ballroom Wing to the left, and the Guest Room Wing to the right,” Mr. Galicia said.
Mr. Galicia is most recently known for redesigning the much-celebrated National Museum of Natural History.
“As a landmark of Bacolod, it will express the noble intent of remembering and anchoring in a glorious past as we move towards what we dream to be a glorious future,” he added.
Megaworld Bacolod Vice President for Sales and Marketing Rachelle Peñaflorida, in the same disclosure, said that the hotel’s features can further help the meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions tourism industry in Bacolod.
The hotel, to be situated along the Upper East Avenue, will house an all-day dining restaurant, ballroom, café, courtyard, swimming pool, fitness center,lanai, and a hotel bar concept Zabana Bar.