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Megaworld to continue making Bacolod ‘shine’ with developments

Property giant Megaworld Corp. will continue to make Bacolod City “shine” with its developments, its senior assistant vice president and public relations and media affairs head, Harold Geronimo, said.

Geronimo led the unveiling of the firm’s Christmas Village and the parol lighting program at Forbes Hill, its first upscale village outside Metro Manila, located at the boundary of the cities of Bacolod and Talisay in Negros Occidental, on Saturday, November 13.

“I hope that this pandemic will not stop us from celebrating the true spirit of Christmas,” he said.

Geronimo, a Negrense himself, said that he has been working closely with his friends and colleagues in Manila to make their township an exciting place to visit.

“We hope that as we celebrate the Christmas Season – as part of our gratitude – we are not just here in Bacolod to do business. We are also here to also help generate jobs and to be able to propel the economy of Bacolod even during this time,” he stressed.

Megaworld will be opening the biggest and first-ever Bike and Dine McDonald’s in the city and Visayas in December, he said, adding that the fastfood chain will come equipped with ledges where diners can attach their bikes and eat.

Megaworld Corp. senior assistant vice president and public relations and media affairs head Harold Geronimo

Geronimo said that the McDonald’s NXTGen store has the innovations of contactless payments, adding that the store will also feature an expansive Alfresco area and the McCafe.

Megaworld loves the city and “we will continue to make Bacolod shine with our developments,” Geronimo said.

Megaworld has two townships in the city, and “trust me, this is not the last because we still have more land in Negros. We love Negros, we love Bacolod,” he said.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who joined the activity, said the development was “a dream come true and this goes beyond our expectations,” adding that he used to only drive past the area and did not see what was inside.

What made both Megaworld and Forbes Hill a beacon of success is the realization that it is now part of Bacolod, the mayor added.

“This only shows how far we have grown and developed as a city,” Leonardia said.

Leonardia assured the Megaworld executives that Bacolod “will be back on track” as soon as the pandemic is over, and its progress will continue to accelerate as it had accelerated its fastest growth” before the virus scare.

He thanked Megaworld for infusing and stimulating the economy of Bacolod, especially in the northern part of the city.

Leonardia also disclosed that Andrew Tan, who is an honorary mayor of Bacolod, will also sponsor the Christmas decors for the Bacolod Public Plaza and the Bacolod City Government Center.

Joining the Forbes Hill group were joint venture partners Felipe Lacson, Ana Lacson, Suzette Lacson, and Angelo Eugene Gawat; Korina Sanchez-Roxas, wife of Mar Roxas, and General Manager of Asia Affinity Property Management Inc. architect Achilles “Lucky” Braga.

Accompanying Leonardia was Tourism head Sandra Sycip.*

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