Manila Solar City: Tieng brothers unveil new multibillion-peso township

The Manila Goldcoast Development Corp. (MGDC) of bilyonaryo brothers Wilson, Willy and William Tieng held a grand launch of its Manila Solar City project, which is envisioned to be an ultra-modern and ecologically sustainable central business district.

The project involves the reclamation of 148 hectares beside the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex, and behind the Manila Yacht Club and Philippine Navy headquarters.

The Tiengs have tapped the services of Fernando R. Santico, a key member of the development team in Alphaland Corp., which is behind world-class projects Balesin Island Club and the Alphaland Benguet Highlands.

The Grand Launch held at the Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel Tuesday night was graced by no less than Manila City mayor Honey Lacuna, and Emiel Cornelis of Jan De Nul, the world expert in reclamation and dredging.

The Manila Solar City project, which had been proposed more than 30 years ago, had been stalled for years due to a host of issues. The Tieng family’s patience and perseverance was tested but their trust and confidence in the government’s observance of the universal principle of sanctity of contracts, particularly on awarded reclamation projects, prevailed.

Work on the project stopped in 1993 when the local government of Manila imposed a ban on reclamation in the city,

The ordinance was reversed in 2011. The same year also saw the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) issuing a decree affirming the previous award of the South Sector reclamation to MGDC.

In February 2019, the project received the green light from Malacanang.

Last year, the PRA issued a notice to mobilize and commence actual reclamation work on the Manila Solar City.