VIGAN CITY, May 16 (PIA) — A newly-constructed Vigan Convention Center with the state-of-the-art design was formally opened in a simple ceremony.
According to Mayor Eva Marie Singson-Medina, the Vigan Convention Center is envisioned to help boost the economy of the city from the income derived from its operation.
“The Vigan Convention Center is committed to provide an exemplary destination for meetings, conventions, consumer shows, banquets, trade shows and entertainment as we strive to offer the highest level of services for our customers and their attendees. We are committed to provide professional management by operating the facilities with the highest level of efficiency and integrity,” she said.
The convention center, which is considered as the biggest convention center in Ilocos Sur if not Region 1, has a total land area of 7,915 square meters (sq m) and a building area of 3,103 sq m.
At least P100 million was spent by the Vigan City government for the completion of the convention center. Majority of the budget came from the city government funds. The other funds, in the amount of P3 million, is a grant to the city government from the national government’s performance challenge fund (PCF); P10 million from the local government support fund (LGSF) – an incentive of the city government as recipient of the seal of good housekeeping; and the P1 million fund from the office of Senator Alan Cayetano for the construction of center’s drainage system.
The center has a grand hall that can accommodate 2,912 persons in theater seating arrangement. The grand hall can also be divided into five smaller function halls.
With regards to its architectural structure, the Vigan Convention Center was constructed with a design derived from the existing Vigan antique houses which called, “Neo – Vigan Bahay na Bato” in a modern setting.
Artworks and mural paintings showing the significant historical events and products of Vigan will be used as decorations in the interior portions of the convention center.
Mayor Medina expressed elation over the presence of the overwhelming crowd that witnessed the formal opening of the convention center.
Incumbent Ilocos Sur’s first district Congressman Ryan V. Singson and former Congressman Ronald V. Singson jointly cut the ribbon that formally opened the convention center as witnessed by thousands of local residents and visitors.
After the ribbon cutting ceremony, singer-actress Sarah Geronimo performed a free concert at the convention center’s grand hall to entertain the thousands of Vigan residents and visitors who joined the event the event was one of the significant highlights of the week-long 2012 Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts. (ANL/FGL-PIA 1, Ilocos Sur)