Tieza accepts Tacloban’s offer to take over the hotel built by Imelda Marcos

UNDERLYING BEAUTY The waterfront property and its view of San Pablo Bay in a photo taken in 2010. —Leyte park resort hotel facebook page

TACLOBAN CITY—The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) has welcomed the Tacloban City Government’s decision to purchase, rehabilitate and manage the hotel built by former First Lady Imelda Marcos.

Mark Lapid, Tieza’s chief operating officer, said they had no objections to the city government taking over Leyte Park Resort Hotel.

“We are very pleased that the city government is taking over the Leyte Park Hotel. Otherwise, we (Tieza) will be the ones to take over,” he said.

“But since the city government is interested and very aggressive in its pursuit, we are very happy and supportive of this idea,” added Lapid, who was interviewed here during the lighting ceremony of the aesthetic sound and light show at the San Juanico. Bridge on October 19.

The hotel is co-owned by the Tieza, an agency of the Department of Tourism responsible for developing, promoting and supervising tourism projects in the country.

Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez recently revealed the city’s plan to secure a one billion peso loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines, half of which would be used to purchase and rehabilitate Leyte Park. Resort Hotel. The remaining amount would be used for other City Hall projects.

He said the revitalized hotel could provide at least 2,000 jobs and would provide a new venue for large gatherings in the city.

“We are continuing to operate it even as our airport is being rehabilitated,” he said, referring to Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport, which is currently undergoing a 1.42 billion peso renovation funded by the Ministry of Transport.

Lonely 5 star hotel

The hotel ceased operations in 2021 after its private operator, Unimasters Conglomeration Inc., which had leased the property since 1994, did not renew its contract with the government and opted to build its own hotel in the city.

The Leyte Park Resort Hotel was built in 1979 when the city’s mayor’s aunt, Imelda Romualdez Marcos, was the country’s first lady ruled by her husband, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr., father of President Marcos Jr.

The hotel was seized by the national government in 1987, as part of the Marcos’ so-called ill-gotten wealth.

The hotel, located on a hill overlooking the San Juanico Bridge that connects the islands of Leyte and Samar, had 110 rooms with four pool villas, infinity pools, a spa center, several restaurants and a convention center can accommodate 2,000 people.

It was the only five-star hotel in the Eastern Visayas built on land in Leyte Province, jointly managed by the Privatization Management Office, the provincial government and the Tieza.

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