SMC developing 130-hectare property in Aklan town

NABAS, Aklan—San Miguel Corp. is developing a 130-hectare property in Barangay Union here, its town mayor said.

In an interview, Nabas Mayor James Solanoy said that, because of such development, the town is currently bracing for a faster economic growth.

“Just last week SMC invited me to grace the groundbreaking ceremony of a 400-room hotel under the Marriott Hotel brand. More development is expected to grow in their property,” Solanoy said.

Aside from the Marriott Hotel, other plans being put up include an ocean park, an entertainment complex and more hotels, among others.


“They are also now building a departure and arrival terminal for the Boracay Airport being anticipated to open during the last quarter of 2018,” he said.

The Boracay Airport’s current terminal is at Barangay Caticlan, in adjacent Malay, Aklan. With the ongoing development, it is being transferred to the town of Nabas.

“SMC’s 130-hectare property was not included in the airport’s development plan. The Boracay Airport is still being managed by the SMC,” Solanoy said.

Meanwhile, Kathleen Paton, the newly crowned Miss Teen International, said she is also planning to promote the ecotourism of Nabas, such as its cold springs.

Paton, from Barangay Laserna, Nabas, is the first Filipina to win the prestigious beauty-teen pageant.

“I am planning to organize friendship tours among teenagers to promote the welfare and camaraderie among teens around the world,” said Paton, whose father is an Australian.

Her mother hails from Barangay Laserna, Nabas town.


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Jun Ariolo N. Aguirre has been working as a correspondent in Business Mirror since June 2017. He studied his Bachelor of Arts major in Journalism at the Centro Escolar University. In 2012, he was recruited as a member of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Aklan chapter and has been since a member of the board of directors. He was then immersed in series of trainings and seminars related to business. He currently covers Boracay Island and the rest of provinces in Panay Island.