MARIVELES, Bataan: A four-star hotel at the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) in Mariveles town will be operational this December as the multi-million peso-renovation of the former Bataan Hilltop Hotel broke ground on Thursday.
Once renovated, it will be known as The Oriental Mariveles. The Oriental Hotel is under LKY, which has hotels and resorts in Legaspi City, Albay and soon in Bacolod City, Pagsanjan (Laguna), Tacloban City and other areas.
The Oriental Mariveles will have 120 rooms, dormitories and function rooms. It will hire
250 employees, mostly coming from the province, in the pre-opening set on December this year.
FAB chairman Deogracias–Custodio said LKY was a welcome addition to the growing number of multi-national firms in the former Bataan Export processing Zone-turned Bataan Economic Zone.
The late President Ferdinand Marcos and wife Leyte Rep. Imelda Marcos inaugurated the Bataan Hilltop Hotel in September 1974 but it closed shop about 30 years ago.
“We are very lucky for having LKY in the province,” Rep. Enrique Garcia of Bataan’s second district said.
Garcia, a former three-term governor, said LKY will also be renovating the Bataan Transport Mall in Balanga City and the transport terminal in Dinalupihan town.
Mariveles Mayor Jesse Con–cepcion said the new hotel will spur progress in the fast-growing FAB.
Laurence Tan, vice-president for hotels and resorts of LKY, said it was a big opportunity for them to be investing in Bataan.
“Bataan is best for eco-tourism. We will work hand in hand with the Department of Tourism to see how we can package and know what the province needs more as the next tourist destination in the country,” Tan said.
LKY is headed by its chief operating officer Wilbert Lee.