Monday, February 20, 2023

Newport World Resorts opens first urban farm

Newport World Resorts President and CEO Kingson Sian and Marriott International Multi-Property Vice President - The Philippines Bruce Winton (center) led the launch of Newport World Resorts’ I Love Earth Urban Farm with (L-R) Marriott Hotel Manila Executive Chef Meik Brammer, Department of Tourism National Capital Region Director Sharlene Zabala-Batin, Pasay City Mayor Hon. Imelda “Emi” Calixto-Rubiano, Embassy of Malaysia Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Mohd Fareed Zakaria, and BoomGrow Co-Founders Murali Krishnamurthy and Dr. Jay Desan.

The country’s pioneering integrated resort, Newport World Resorts, is taking a bolder step in its property-wide I Love Earth (ILE) sustainability program with the launch of a technology-controlled onsite farm, through Marriott Hotel Manila, to grow high-value vegetables for use in its restaurants.

The collaborators tapped BoomGrow, a regional agriculture technology startup to develop the first ILE Urban Farm within the property as part of its sustainable culinary program. Through BoomGrow’s proprietary Indoor Precision Farming technology, the entire complex will have access to farm-fresh, clean and sustainable produce throughout the year.

The opening of the ILE Urban Farm makes Newport World Resorts the first destination resort outside of Malaysia to house BoomGrow’s Indoor Precision Farming Machine. Fresh produce will be grown and nurtured within a highly-controlled environment, using best-in-class hydroponic systems that are supported by artificial intelligence to ensure optimal conditions at all times. 

The ILE Urban Farm is the latest addition to the Healthy, Responsible, and Sustainable Sourcing initiatives that include sustainable seafood offerings and cage-free egg use led  by Marriott Hotel Manila executive chef Meik Brammer.

Last year, Newport World Resorts ramped up its commitment to caring for the planet with the launch of the ILE program, which carries out specific initiatives with concrete goals, by harmonizing the respective sustainability programs of the integrated resort and its international partner hotels.  

This has allowed the ILE initiatives to prosper, and by 2022, earn a coveted Bronze Benchmarked certification for the whole complex from EarthCheck, the world's leading certification, consulting and advisory group for sustainable destinations and tourism.

We also got to try some of the produce from the Urban Farm.

Just look how green those leaves are, nothing gets fresher than this.

Newport World Resorts’ I Love Earth sustainability program is part of Alliance Global Group’s wider SustainAGIlity initiative.

Escape the ordinary at Newport World Resorts, you know you want to. For more information on the I Love Earth sustainability initiative, visit and follow @newportworldresorts and @ILovEarthPH on Facebook and Instagram, and @nwresorts on Twitter. Make the most of your visit and sign up for an Epic Membership or download the Newport World Resorts Mobile App for free at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

About BoomGrow:

BoomGrow started with a simple question “How can I eat better and healthier?” With that in mind, the team embarked on a journey to reimagine the way we produce and consume. Since our inception in 2013, we have been persistent in innovating, and leveraging on technology to position us at the forefront of the vertical farming industry in South East Asia.

Today, our region faces one of the most severe food security crises with extreme weathers reducing food production and geopolitical tensions threatening the stability of our food supply chain. We believe in hyper-local food production that not only reduces food miles that contribute towards GHG emissions but also toxic-free produce that keeps consumers’ minds at peace. Together with our partners, BoomGrow is now building more farms in the region and we look forward to continuing this mission of transforming the food supply chain and creating a better future for generations to come.

About Newport World Resorts (NWR):

Escape the ordinary at Newport World Resorts.

First established as the pioneer integrated resort in the Philippines in 2009, Newport World Resorts encompasses a newer and bigger world of extraordinary thrills within the bustling Newport City community. It is a one-stop, non-stop casino, hotels, and entertainment complex comprising two main wings, Newport Grand Wing and Newport Garden Wing that feature a wide array of gaming thrills and an innovative EPIC REWARDS program for members.

Centrally located within a prime tourism spot, right across the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3, Newport World Resorts boasts of the highest hotel room key count in a single property with five international hotel brands, MARRIOTT Hotel Manila, SHERATON Manila Hotel, HOTEL OKURA Manila, HILTON Hotel Manila, and HOLIDAY INN Express Manila-Newport City. The sprawling property also features a wide range of Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) venues, including a three-story convention center that houses the country’s largest hotel ballroom, the Marriott Grand Ballroom.

At Newport World Resorts, entertainment and lifestyle options abound. The award-winning Newport Performing Arts Theater seats over 1,700 audiences for live entertainment from plays and musicals to concerts and amazing performances. Likewise, the Newport Grand Wing’s The Grand Bar and Lounge and the Newport Garden Wing’s Bar 360 and El Calle Food and Music Hall provide nightly live entertainment for guests and patrons. The Newport Mall features international luxury brands and the state-of-the-art Newport Cinemas. Also within Newport City, are over 50 restaurants and dining outlets offering a diverse selection of local and international cuisine, prepared by top Filipino and international chefs.

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