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Xin Tian TI Development Corporation (XTT) and Marco Polo Hotels (MPH) held a groundbreaking ceremony today for the construction of the 313-room Marco Polo Ortigas hotel in Manila, Philippines. Construction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2014, with the grand opening of the hotel to occur soon after.

Samuel Po, President of XTT and Steve Kleinschmidt, President of MPH participated in a morning groundbreaking ceremony at the site to mark the official beginning of the project. Government officials, business partners and guests also attended the ceremony.

“We are incredibly excited to have reached such an important milestone in the construction of the Ortigas Center,” Po said. "I'm looking forward to another celebration when we open the doors."

“We are delighted to be attending the ceremony and this new addition to our portfolio reflects our commitment to the Philippines, which provide us with business opportunities both domestically and internationally.” said Kleinschmidt.

About Marco Polo Ortigas
Located in Ortigas Center, this contemporary 5-star hotel offers spectacular view of the city center and direct access to Meralco Avenue. The hotel will feature 313 rooms and suites including Marco Polo’s signature Continental Club Floor, extensive meeting facilities and signature restaurants including an all day dining restaurant, a Chinese restaurant, a lobby lounge and a Sky Bar. The recreation area will feature an indoor swimming pool, health club and spa.

About Xin Tian Ti Development Corporation
Xin Tian Ti (XTT) is a development corporation established by First SLP to manage the hotel and tourism-related businesses. First SLP Holdings is a duly registered company in the Philippines, headquartered in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The company fully owns JS Unitrade Merchandise Inc. JSU has emerged as one of the top 300 corporations in the country as a prime mover of baby care, feminine hygiene, and geriatric care products with annual revenues of over $100 million. Its success derives from its dedication to achieve supreme quality in service and the products it distributes.

About Marco Polo Hotels
Marco Polo Hotels is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Wharf (Holdings) Ltd; a Hong Konglisted company with core business interests in property and investments in communications and container-terminal operations. Marco Polo Hotels’ roots are firmly in Asia, offering a hospitality experience that is warm, efficient, and distinctly Asian. Its’ hotels, located in key business centers in Asia/Pacific, includes Beijing, Hong Kong, Jinjiang, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Xiamen in China; Cebu and Davao in the Philippines. Further details on Marco Polo Hotels are available at www.marcopolohotels.com
 

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Sigh....I guess Union Bank Plaza's sheer grand presence will now be altered forever. I suppose this finally ends the uncertainty over what would be built beside it, and it could have been worse.

I did a manual floor count and it looks like the hotel will have 40 floors or so. Perhaps it won't be too tall compared to Union Bank Plaza so the end result may not end up being ugly (unlike that Burgundy Corporate Tower / West of Ayala monstrosity in Makati City..).
 

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Marco Polo Ortigas Groundbreaking Ceremony
From Left: Mr. Victor Co – Chairman, Xin Tian Ti Development Corporation; Mr. Steve Kleinschmidt – President, MarcoPolo Hotels, Sec. Alberto Lim – Department of Tourism; Gov. Jun Ynares – Rizal Province​
 

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Nice addition to the list of nearly a dozen five star hotels underconstruction in metro manila. The hotel industry is really booming that never seen before since the 70's .:cheers:
:banana:yes a vote of confidence for our country despite the negative news about the safety of our country which i find exaggerated. :nuts:
 

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:D Ahhhh, finally Marco Polo comes to Metro Manila after being in Davao and Cebu for so long. I hope its presence will encourage more better streetscaping like in Makati and FBGC. :eek:kay:
 

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:D Ahhhh, finally Marco Polo comes to Metro Manila after being in Davao and Cebu for so long. I hope its presence will encourage more better streetscaping like in Makati and FBGC. :eek:kay:
Yup, Marco Polo Davao, opened its doors in 1998



Marco Polo Cebu opened in 2006


And now they'll be in Metro Manila.
 

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bad for UBP tenant...most of UBP conference room are on that side of that building. Breath taking view of Meralco compound and QC will be block.
 

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^^ Here here!!! :cheers:

bad for UBP tenant...most of UBP conference room are on that side of that building. Breath taking view of Meralco compound and QC will be block.
Well, Union Bank has only themselves to blame. There was nothing stopping the Aboitiz from purchasing that empty lot and making some kind of podium to ensure their views won`t be blocked. I doubt Ortigas will be reveloping their building and their private parking lot beside it so it looks like it will be the guests of the new Marco Polo Hotel that will be enjoying that breathtaking view of the Meralco compound and QC.

But unfortunately its bad for fans of the UBP architectural presence, especially when seeing Ortigas from QC, especially from EDSA heading towards the EDSA Ortigas flyover. Lets just hope that the end result won`t be bad. As I said earlier, it could be worse but lets hope that the Marco Plaza Hotel won`t be too tall to steal the spotlight of UBP.
 

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^^ Hopefully not too tall. Otherwise, it should be in a different location as it would really really make the Ortigas Skyline in many vantage points really really FUGLY. It really irks me how architecturally stunning buildings in this country such as UBP can easily be degraded due to lack of control and planning (in this case, from the owners of UBP, the owners of Marco Polo, the Ortigas Association and the City of Pasig). :rant:
 

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BTW, I passed by the site yesterday and saw the blue fence beside UBP where Marco Polo Hotel is to rise. The gate was open so I can see the site itself but still nothing though, no equipment or digging. But the contractor is Jose Aliling...
 
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