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April 25,2013 12:28 AM

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

Recognizing the potential of Iloilo City as the “next big thing” in the region and in the country, the Ayala Land, Inc. is pouring a total of P15-billion investments in Iloilo City.

In a press conference and launching of Ayala Land’s Atria Park District held yesterday at the Smallville 21 Hotel in Mandurriao, Ayala Land President and Chief Executive Officer Tony Aquino said the real-estate firm’s confidence in Iloilo which was once called the “Queen City of the South” stemmed from different positive developments.

These developments, he noted, are the “very nice international airport, very nice road system, infrastructures here are a lot better than other cities in the country, as well as the good management of the city’s Iloilo River.”

He also cited Iloilo’s thriving agriculture sector and different educational and medical institutions that makes the local economy more robust.

Aquino explained that Ayala’s project – the Atria Park District – will rise in a 21-hectare property in Mandurriao District. He noted that the area is very strategic and accessible to the BPO offices of the Iloilo-AyalaLand TechnoHub, schools like Ateneo de Iloilo and UP Visayas, churches, hospitals, the entertainment strip of Smallville, and hotels.

The community will include the residential development of the Avida Land, parks and landscaped areas, commercial and office establishments, an Ayala hotel, and institutional areas including UPMC Iloilo and a modern health care facility.

Aquino expressed his optimism that the major project will be successful because “it is based on the company’s tried and tested formula, the “live-work-play” concept incorporated in a masterplanned, mixed used community adapted in their notable communities in Makati, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Talisay City, among others.

The project is expected to bring about 10,000 jobs in Iloilo City.

Meanwhile, Chris Maglanoc, president of Avida Land Corp. said the first phase of the residential clusters of Atria Park District’s Avida Storeys Atria and Avida Towers Atria has a total of 509 units and will break ground on the third quarter of 2013.

The firm expects to complete the whole District by the year 2018.

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The race is on

February 10, 2016 03:34 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

ILOILO CITY was literally locked down yesterday for the kick-off rally of the Liberal Party at the historic Freedom Grandstand. I am writing this column in the Bo’s Coffee at the Mactan International Airport while waiting for my flight back to Iloilo City at 2:05 p.m. Read more...

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(Unedited statement of Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa in reaction to the series of columns by Modesto Sao-noy published in this paper)

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By: Alex P. Vidal

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." – Thomas Jefferson

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By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE NEED to expand our understanding and appreciation of beauty. If by beauty we mean only the physical beauty of a scenic landscape, the romantic hue of a sunset, or a Miss Universe, then we are missing not only a lot of things but also the one thing that is most necessary to us. Read more...

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