Forty-five years ago, luxury hotel living came into Bataan in the form of the Bataan Hilltop Hotel. Located within the Bataan Export Processing Zone (established in 1969, it is the first export processing zone in the country), now the Freeport Area in Bataan (FAB), it was designed by the late National Artist for Architecture Leandro V. Locsin and was inaugurated on September 28, 1974, by the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos.  It operated for over a decade until it was abandoned around the time of the Edsa Revolution.  After being neglected for almost 30 years, the hotel was acquired by the LKY Property Group (part of the LKY Group of Cos. headed by COO Wilbert Lee), was redeveloped as a luxury businessman’s hotel and reopened on December 2014. Today, the four-story (two upper floors and two basement), four-star Oriental Bataan, under the guidance of General Manager Joseph R. Ong, is a member of The Oriental Hotels and Resorts, a well-recognized hotel group in the Philippines. During the redevelopment, the dated Brutalist architecture of Locsin on the exterior of this building was retained but this was complemented by very elegant, vivid and classy modern Asian Thai interior de...