While I was typing the headline for this article, I was thinking of the best caption that would catch the attention of whoever is going to read this. Together with a small group of lifestyle and travel bloggers, I was invited to visit Eugenio Lopez Center (ELC) in Antipolo. ELC spawns with an area of 5,250 square meters atop a 10-hectare property situated on the highest hill along Sumulong Hi-way in Antipolo City.
Eugenio Lopez Center offers an ideal venue for team building, function room meetings, theater viewing, and also dining and accommodation with 38 modern rooms to cater corporate and individual bookings. ELC is also known for weddings, debuts, and special occasion events place. ELC is also a favorite location shoot for local movies and TV series.
The place itself is already interesting and just by mere mentioning the name ELC makes it an easy piece to write about. But how can I express it when no amount of words can equate to its beauty when you’re there up close and personal?
I flipped the pages of the ELC’s brochure and found a line that I believe truly represents the place. Eugenio Lopez Center, “offers a panoramic view of the metropolis as well as nature’s unparalleled beauty.” And yes, it is. Eugenio Lopez Center sits on a very marvelous location where guests can enjoy the sight of Ortigas, Batangas, Laguna de Bay, and Arayat skyline; beautiful sunset; and bright city lights during night time. ELC offers a relaxing sanctuary and with the comfort of a romantic ambiance, perfect for a weekend getaway or unplanned dates with your special someone.
Looking back through history, ELC was once a 3-storey residential house built by the Lopez’s patriarch, the late Eugenio Lopez, Sr., according to his grandson, Oscar R. Lopez, Jr., who delightedly welcomed our group and briefly acquainted us with the place’s history. Lopez, Sr., also known as Don Eugenio was the Father of Philippine Television and the founder of the Lopez Group of Companies.
The training center had been in operation since July 20, 1997, serving the training requirements of companies exclusively within Lopez Group. Already had a reputation for good food, modern multimedia equipment and complete facilities, including a gym and swimming pool, ELC was already a good product in a good location all through the years.
“But we still think that we still need to make this venue open to the public. The center could sell by itself. But when we took over, we saw things that we didn’t see before. Officially, we are open for individual walk-ins and for those who want to try our food and have lunch here. For people who want to spend their afternoons and take a look at the beautiful sunset. We’re the only venue here in Antipolo that can offer that amazing panoramic view (pointing at the wonderful metropolis skyline). On your left, you’ll see Batangas and on the center is Ortigas. Far away to the right is Arayat,” said Lopez.
True that. I didn’t expect that this place is much beautiful when you’re there in person compared when you see ELC on print and online pages. You have to see it and be there, yourself.
For those asking, Eugenio Lopez Center is open for overnight and/or extended stay offering standard, deluxe, and suite rooms for in-coming guests. With a total of 38 guest rooms (3- suites, 24- twin sharing, and 11- triple sharing rooms), ELC is a perfect staycation place, especially for the nature lovers. Room rates goes at P4,400, P5,500,a nd P8,500. 410-0951 to 53. Or email ELC at [email protected]
For room reservations, you may contact ELC at 2/F benpres Building, Exchange Road cor. Meralco Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City 1600. Tel. No. (632)
On regular days and without traffic, Eugenio Lopez Center is just 15-30 minutes commute from Ortigas Avenue or from Cubao in Quezon City. On peak days and hours, you might be able to reach this place within an hour, more or less.
ELC’s complete address is at Sumulong Hi-way, Antipolo City, Philippines 1870. Tel. No (632) 449-7241 to 44. Mobile No. 0917-5156225.
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