Something is happening in the south. Cebu is fast becoming a top destination for the growing MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) market among regional, national and even international groups.
Looking at bigger possibilities, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Cathay International Resources Corp., headed by Chairman Alfred Ty, decided it was time to renovate its grand ballroom to make it fitting for the Queen City of the South.
On November 25, the newly renovated events place was finally unveiled among guests that included Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, Marco Polo Hotels vice president of operations Philippe Caretti, Marco Polo Hong Kong general manager James Ong and Bonifacio Landmark Realty and Development Corp. president Hans Hauri who were all graciously welcomed by MPPC general manager Julie Najar.
The Cebu Grand Ballroom can now accommodate up to 800 guests and can also be partitioned in three different ways, making it a more flexible venue for events.
Tasty lechon party
Meanwhile, Calata Corp., one of the biggest agribusiness conglomerates in the country, broke the Guinness World Record for the largest serving of roast pork by having a grand lechon party.
Dishing up 4,046 kilos of lechon, Calata Corp. beat Mexico’s record of 3,094.2 kilos of Cochinita Pibil, a popular roast pork dish in its Yucatan region.
As part of the company’s 16th anniversary, the lechon party held at the Liwasang Aurora, Quezon City Memorial Circle was also the company’s early Christmas treat for thousands of underprivileged Metro Manila residents. This is their way of giving back to the community.
Joseph Calata, chairman and CEO, proudly said that this year they are celebrating 16 successful years and it’s a momentous occasion not just for the company but for the Philippines. With the achievement, he also hoped that it will generate attention for the often overlooked farming industry especially among the younger generation of Filipinos.
Joining CEO Calata in the celebration are Calata Corp. VP for Corporate Communications, Sales and Marketing Michael Angelo Lobrin, Calata Corporation Corporate Secretary Jose Marie Fabella, Brookfields Meat Inc., President Halmon Parker Ong, Guinness Officer Lucia Sinigagliesi, Lydia’s Lechon Chief Executive Officer Ricky de Roca, and Quezon City Councilor Gian Carlo Sotto.
GMA Network artists Kristoffer Martin, Derrick Monasterio, and Glaiza De Castro also brought the event a festive ambiance with their performances during the program.
To Joseph may you continue to inspire others to share their blessings. Congratulations!