Friday, December 5, 2014

MANILA PAVILION HOTEL’S HOLIDAY TREATS

MANILA PAVILION HOTEL’S HOLIDAY TREATS

Manila Pavilion Hotel spreads good tidings and holiday cheers in conjunction with its ‘Pavilion at the North Pole’ theme by laying out a bountiful array of delightful Yuletide treats and activities beginning November 24 to January 6, 2015 to celebrate the merry season of gift-giving.

Yuletide Take-Aways and Hampers


A fine selection of holiday goodies and treats, delectable cakes, and confectionery products such as Santa Chocolate, Christmas fruit cake and gingerbread house, chocolate bell and Santa boots, chocolate cookies, chocolate pralines, among many others, will be available as splendid take-aways at the hotel’s French-style pastry shop Patisserie.

Some of your favorite Christmas carvings seasoned with the most delicious herbs and spices that are ideal for grand family celebrations include ham leg bone-in and whole roast turkey with stuffing. Premium holiday hampers filled with splendid treats and festive goodies are perfect for this season’s gift-giving revelry.

MANILA PAVILION HOTEL’S HOLIDAY TREATS

Native Yuletide Favorites


Savor the familiar holiday warmth and relish the traditional yet delectable flavors of the all-time favorite native Christmas delicacies puto bumbong and bibingka served al fresco in the cozy ambience of Patisserie, perfect to be paired with a delicious cup of hot chocolate or tea.

Yuletide Banquet Packages


Gourmet holiday party packages beckon in Manila Pavilion’s exquisite Alcuaz Function Rooms, to host time-honored grand family reunions and company parties among others. Book ahead with us and have a stress-free celebration with our Holiday Revelry buffet packages starting at Php1,200 nett per person. This includes table centerpieces, complimentary holiday goodies, sound system for background music and program support. Alcuaz Function Rooms will turn your merry-making activities into an exciting gastronomic occasion with a variety of menus such as Christmas Ham leg bone-in for the carving; mixed salad greens with condiments, chicken with Apricot Terrine and crab potato salad for the appetizer; creamy beef stroganoff, grilled fish with GarlicBeurre Rouge, spaghetti bolognaise, Moroccan vegetable stew and steamed rice for the main course; with seasonal fresh fruits and opera cake for desserts.

New Year’s Eve Festive Buffet Treat


Manila Pavilion’s Seasons Café will indulge holiday revelers with sublime dinner buffet on December 31, 2014 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm as our last hurrah for 2014. Seasons’ New Year’s Eve festive buffet treat comes with free flow of juice or iced tea and complimentary pass to the Countdown at the Boulvar with a splendid holiday selection of pica-pica buffet, sparkling wine and noise makers to share in the company of your family and friends as we usher in 2015.

MANILA PAVILION HOTEL’S HOLIDAY TREATS

Yuletide Room Package


Especially designed accommodation package to celebrate the season provide a merry respite with the whole family. Our delightful Christmas room package starts from Php6,800 nett, for a deluxe room inclusive of buffet breakfast for two and dinner for two on our New Year’s Eve Festive Buffet Treat at Seasons Café including free pass to our Countdown at the Boulvar’s New Year celebration.

Yuletide room package is inclusive of complimentary use of the gym and swimming pool, NDD/IDD telephone access, cable TV with pay-per-view channels, complimentary wi-fi access, personal safe, coffee and tea-making facilities, among others. Rate for an extra bed with buffet breakfast is at Php1,500 nett per person.

Yuletide Experience


Listen to time-honored Christmas hymns and carols as the Ramon Magsaysay High School Choir serenades this season’s revelers and fill the lobby with their angelic voices on December 16 to 24 from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm.


For inquiries and reservations, call Manila Pavilion thru its local toll free # 1-800-10-WFRONT8 (9376688) or (02) 526 1212 extension 2335 to 2337 for room reservations; extension 2408 for food and beverage; or via email at wphc@waterfronthotels.net or visit www.waterfronthotels.com.ph.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday Accommodation Choices at the Manila Pavilion Hotel

Holiday Accommodation choices at the Manila Pavilion Hotel

It is never too early to plan ahead and book a holiday stay with family and friends this Yuletide season. Manila Pavilion Hotel, with guest rooms and suites designed with a distinctive fusion of comfort and functionality to suit the needs of business and leisure travelers, has come up with special holiday room packages in conjunction with its ‘Pavilion at the North Pole’ theme in this season of gift-giving and celebration.

Especially designed accommodation package to celebrate the New Year’s countdown provide a merry respite with the whole family. Our delightful room package starts from Php6,800 nett, for a deluxe room inclusive of buffet breakfast for two and dinner for two on our New Year’s Eve Festive Buffet Treat at Seasons Café including free pass to our Countdown at the Boulvar’s New Year celebration.

Another Holiday Accommodation option is inclusive of one signature Manila Pavilion tumbler, breakfast for two (2) at Seasons interactive lifestyle restaurant, complimentary use of the gym and swimming pool, NDD/IDD telephone access, cable TV with pay-per-view channels, complimentary wi-fi access, personal safe, coffee and tea-making facilities. Rate for an extra bed with buffet breakfast is at Php1,500 nett per person. The package offer is valid until December 31, 2014, for those who wish to let the jovial holiday mood linger a while longer.

For the ultimate bonding with your loved ones, book at our Pavilion Deep Blue Adventure room package and enjoy entrance ticket for two (2) at Manila Ocean Park, plus complimentary use of the swimming pool and wi-fi access.

For booking inquiries and reservations, call Manila Pavilion thru its local toll free number at 1-800-10-WFRONT8 (9376688), or (02) 526 1212 extension 2335 to 2337, or via wphc@waterfronthotels.net, or visit www.waterfronthotels.com.ph.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in a Free Concert at Bonifacio High Street on November 23, 2014

Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in a Free Concert at Bonifacio High Street

The Cultural Center of the Philippines , with the support of Bonifacio High Street and the LJC Restaurant Group present “A Holiday Symphony” featuring the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) on November 23, 2014, 6 p.m. at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

The concert, which is free to the public, will be a serenade of Christmas, classical and contemporary pieces. Under the baton of Herminigildo Ranera, the PPO will perform the Christmas-Beatle's Medley, J. Nowak's A Christmas Portrait, Ryan Cayabyab's Kumukutikutitap, selections from Starwars and The Titanic, among many others.

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra is considered as the country's leading orchestra and as one of the top musical ensembles in the Asia-Pacific region.
Holiday Symphony is presented as a Christmas offering of Bonifacio High Street and in celebration of 35 years of the LJC Restaurant Group, a company created by the late restaurateur, Larry J. Cruz. The LJC Group manages Cafe Adriatico, Abe, Cafe Havana, Bistro Remedios, Fely J's Kitchen, Lorenzo's Way, Larry's Cafe and Bar, Abe's Farm, Polka Dot Bakeshop and the LJC Catering Service.

Guests watching the concert will also get a chance to win LJC dinner certificates, discount coupons and other prizes. For inquiries regarding the free concert, please call 5520403 or like us on facebook, LJCRestaurantGroup. For inquiries regarding subscriptions to PPO concerts, please call 8321125.

Manila Pavilion Hotel wins this year’s Agoda Gold Circle Award


Manila Pavilion Hotel, Waterfront Philippines Inc. Manila-based property is a proud recipient of the 2014 Agoda Gold Circle Award which embodies the best qualities of the online hospitality industry based on customer feedback and reviews on the Agoda.com website.


Agoda.com is one of Asia’s leading hotel booking sites and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN). It gives recognition to hotels which leads by example in the competitive hospitality industry. Manila Pavilion Hotel won base on several criteria
such as aggregate customer reviews, utilization of Agoda.com’s custom-built Yield Control System (YCS), competitiveness of pricing, and for showing a deep understanding of the complexities of the online booking industry.

Manila Pavilion Hotel greatly appreciates the continuous support of its guests. This accolade fuels the management and its entire workforce to continually improve its high quality of service and standard. Another Waterfront property that won the same award is the Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan.

Manila Pavilion Hotel is located at United Nations avenue corner Ma. Orosa Street, Ermita, Manila. For inquiries and reservations, call 526-1212 or toll free # 1-800-10-WFRONT8 (9376688), or visit www.waterfronthotels.com.ph.

Friday, November 14, 2014

AirAsia named official airline partner of Filipino Boxing Champ and Congressman Manny Pacquiao

AirAsia named official airline partner of Filipino Boxing Champ and Congressman Manny Pacquiao
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes gives Pacman an AirAsia AirbusA320 model plane after the official partnership announcement today in General Santos City, Philippines.

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, 12 November 2014 – AirAsia, the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for six straight years by Skytrax World Airline Awards from 2009 to 2014 today announced that it will be the official airline for the People’s Champ and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao.

Representative Manny Pacquiao, Filipino boxing's biggest attraction, is set to take his act on the road again on 23rd November, when he defends his WBO welterweight title against Chris Algieri at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian in Macau, China.

As the official airline of Team Pacquiao, AirAsia has unveiled an exclusive aircraft livery featuring the boxing sensation. The livery design was unveiled today in a press launch in General Santos City, Philippines attended by AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes and AirAsia Philippines CEO Joy Cañeba.

Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO said, “It’s a great honor for AirAsia to be chosen as the official airline of team Pacman. Congressman Manny’s story is an inspiration not only for Filipinos but to all of us who dared to dream the seemingly impossible. AirAsia’s commitment in the Philippines is anchored on the same dream, to make flying more affordable, more accessible and to provide the best quality service that every Filipino deserves.”
For his part, Representative Manny Pacquiao said, “I am delighted to be part of AirAsia’s mission in promoting the Philippines, our Filipino talents, sports and tourism wonders to the global stage.
Let’s celebrate the Filipino spirit and my team is looking forward to your support in my upcoming match in Macau in November.”

To celebrate the partnership, AirAsia is offering promo seats from as low as P199 base fare only for direct flights to/from Manila-Macau via AirAsia Philippines including promo seats for flights from Malaysia, Thailand and other destinations in the AirAsia group. Promo seats are available for booking today at www.airasia.com for immediate travel in November until 9th June 2015.

Pacman’s fans can look forward to spotting the special Manny Pacquiao branded Airbus A320 which carries the colors of the Philippine flag and Pacquiao’s logo painting the skies red soon from AirAsia hubs not only in Manila, Cebu, Kalibo to domestic destinations of Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Tagbilaran (Bohol), Tacloban and to international points in Malaysia, China and South Korea but all over AirAsia’s 88 destinations across Asean countries and extending as far as China, India, Australia and more!

Joy Cañeba, AirAsia Philippines CEO said, “We are honored and humbled that the People’s Champ, the Filipino pride, Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao has chosen AirAsia as his official airline partner. AirAsia Philippines will shake up the aviation industry and this partnership is just one of the examples on how we will take this game to a higher level. AirAsia will promote the Philippines to the world and bring the world closer to every Filipino via our massive network.”

In honor of Manny Pacquiao, AirAsia is opening Manila – General Santos route with attractive introductory fares to be announced very soon.
AirAsia Philippines is also offering a P0.01 seat sale for all domestic and international destinations. Promo seats are available for booking today at www.airasia.com until 16th November 2014, for the travel period from 10th June 2015 – 17th Jan 2016.

All-in promo seats (with airport tax, fuel surcharge and other applicable fees) from Manila to Kalibo (Boracay), Tagbilaran (Bohol), Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Cebu, Tacloban* and Cebu to Davao**, Cagayan de Oro** are available from as low as P353.81, one way while international flights from Manila, Cebu, Clark, Kalibo to South Korea (Incheon/Seoul and Busan), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu), China (Macau and Shanghai) and many more start from as low as P750.00, all-in, one way only.

Keep updated with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia).

*starts December 3
**starts December 12

New alcuaz function rooms grand launching and appreciation party at the Manila Pavilion Hotel

New alcuaz function rooms grand launching 
and appreciation party at the Manila pavilion hotel

Waterfront Philippines Inc.’s Manila-based property, the Manila Pavilion Hotel, recently held a ceremonial toast launch of its new Alcuaz Function Rooms participated by key clients and representatives of big corporations and of the media with a total number of guests reaching almost 250.

A multi-million reconstruction project has undeniably turned Manila Pavilion Hotel into a most appealing trendy venue designed to host unique events of all kinds in the heart of Manila. “We are extremely delighted to your visits, be it private or business,” said General Manager Christopher Park. “The completion of the new Alcuaz Function Rooms gives compliment to our newly renovated rooms. For those who are planning to have a special event, we are very excited to give them a grand affair that is atoned to their desires,” he continued.

During the night’s grand affair, the guests were welcomed by an art exhibit at the foyer of the new function rooms where some of the master pieces of Filipino National Artist Federico Aguilar Alcuaz were displayed. The Alcuaz Function Rooms pay homage to Federico Aguilar Alcuaz whose memories continue to thrive at the Manila Pavilion Hotel with the new function rooms named in his honor.

The highlight of the evening was represented by a ceremonial toast graced by no other than Mr. Christian Aguilar, son of Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Mr. Arthur Lopez, chairman of Acesite (Phils.) Hotel Corporation and General Manager Christopher Park. A token of appreciation was also given to Mr. Aguilar that symbolizes his father’s craftsmanship expressed in his paintings.

After the launching, an appreciation party for the top producers of Waterfront Hotels and Casinos Group for 2013 continued the night participated by key executives from various corporations, organizations, and travel agencies.

The Waterfront Hotels and Casinos Group also came in full force led by Corporate Sales & Marketing Director Ms. Theresa Fernandez together with Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino General Manager Philippe Frugere and Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao Hotel Manager Raoul Guanzon to name a few.

Waterfront Philippines Inc. is a Filipino-owned and managed first class hotel chain with presence in the key cities of the country. In Manila, it operates the Manila Pavilion Hotel; Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino and the Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino Mactan in Cebu and the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao in Davao. Visit www.waterfronthotels.com.ph.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Habitat for Humanity Philippines and Minka Collaborate for a Common Purpose

Habitat and Minka collaborate for a common purpose
(from left to right) Anthony Fernandez, Habitat’s Online Fundraising Officer; Jonah Marie Chipeco, Habitat’s Mass Marketing Manager; Mark Rivera, Minka’s Managing Director; Xrell Nikki Mallonga, Minka’s Director of Operations; Charlie Ayco, Habitat’s CEO and Managing Director; Yvonne Lih, Habitat’s Chief Marketing Officer; and Luisito Baclagon, Mass Market Development Head.

“Minka” a South American term meaning “collaborating together for a common purpose” is now starting to be the trendy byword amongst the health-conscious market with its advocacy of being known not just as an ordinary toothbrush, but spearheading a so-called “toothbrush movement” .
In a groundbreaking partnership, Minka Toothbrushes, which are available at all Healthy Options stores nationwide, have partnered with Habitat for Humanity Philippines in its ongoing social advocacy campaign.

Habitat and Minka collaborate for a common purpose

For every sale of a Minka Toothbrush at Healthy Options, 10% of its sales will go towards ongoing projects by Habitat, particularly its water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) program. The Minka Toothbrush packaging will also include Habitat’s logo, to further promote its advocacy and awareness to socially conscious customers.

Minka Toothbrushes, incidentally, are biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes, that are environmentally-friendly.

“At Habitat, we believe sanitation and health are improved when you provide a family with decent housing, tying hand-in-hand with Minka’s vision to raise worldwide awareness on sustainability and health,” said Charlie Ayco, CEO and Managing Director of Habitat.

Minka also plans to produce a biodegradable soap in line the WASH program and the Toothbrush Movement.

“Partnering with an organization which aims to improve livelihood across the world, strengthens both Minka’s and Habitat’s collaborated work towards a global, unified goal,” said Ayco.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Celebrate the holidays like no other at The Henry Hotel

Celebrate the holidays like no other at  The Henry Hotel

The Henry Hotel Cebu, the first design driven boutique hotel celebrates the holiday season with its Christmas package offerings perfect for family and corporate gatherings alike.

Buffet packages start at P750.00 net per person. Guests can celebrate at any of The Henry’s venues including Space 150, Space 40, Scrapyard and the outdoor Garden Pool, while enjoying a gustatory feast with menu selections complete from appetizers to dessert prepared by Rica’s restaurant.

Completing the merry atmosphere, guests can choose decorations and party themes such as White Winter, Old Hollywood and Enchanted Christmas. All themes and packages are inclusive of venue use for four hours, complimentary lechon, basic sound system, projector screen, free corkage for up to two bottles of wine and complimentary room gift certificate with buffet breakfast.

The Henry Hotel is located at One Paseo, Paseo Saturnino, Ma. Luisa Entrance Rd., Banilad, Cebu City. For more information on Christmas packages, please call +63 32 520 8877 or email reservations@thehenryhotel.com.

NEW BANQUEST PACKAGES AT THE MANILA PAVILION HOTEL

NEW BANQUEST PACKAGES AT THE MANILA PAVILION

Celebrating significant occasions at the Manila Pavilion Hotel bring not just pleasant memories but a host of exciting amenities and specially designed banquet packages, to suit the needs and preferences of discerning guests. Whether it be for meetings, seminars, or conferences, weddings, birthdays, debuts, and other social events, the hotel offers enticing packages replete with the intricacies of an exquisite reception.

Equipped with well-appointed banquet facilities coupled with excellent customer service, guests will have more reasons to book their next event at Manila Pavilion’s elegant function rooms namely – Alcuaz 1, Alcuaz 2, and Alcuaz 3, which can accommodate up to 300 guests for seated functions.

For a hassle-free meeting, seminar, or conference, packages starting at Php1,100 nett per person inclusive of buffet lunch or dinner, proffer the following amenities: use of function room for eight (8) hours; complimentary use of meeting amenities; complimentary parking on a first-come, first-serve basis; complimentary local telephone calls at the function room; and, requisite audio-visual equipment which include podium with microphone, wide screen, and, standard sound system.

Innovative menu selections that boast of the richest flavors and distinctive tastes include among others: penne pasta salad, mixed greens with condiments and vinaigrette dressing; spinach egg drop soup, soft roll and butter; Caribbean lime poached fish, pork stew with Sauerkraut, vegetable tofu with black beans; coconut pudding and strawberry panna cotta.

Manila Pavilion’s wedding packages are designed for receptions with minimum of 100 persons with set menus starting at Php152,500 and buffet menus at Php187,500. The hotel’s professional banquets team has added these fine touches, for a truly memorable event: three (3) layered fondant wedding cake; luxury bridal car service for three (3) hours; use of function room for five (5) hours; complimentary bottle of wine and bridal toast; decorated cage with doves and cake table; floral decoration at the presidential table; floral table centerpieces; ice carving for buffet table, complimentary guest book and sound system.

On top of these, couples also get a two-night stay in the Ambassador suite inclusive of buffet breakfast for two (2) persons.

The hotel’s creative culinary experts present an epicurean and sophisticated selection for both set and buffet receptions. Enticing set menus consist of: mushroom soup Hungarian style; freshly baked bread and butter; grilled hanger steak with pepper sauce; Dauphinoise potato and seasonal vegetables, among other for lunch or dinner. Buffet menus consist of a delightful spread of celestial courses of cold appetizers, salads, hot dishes, pasta and dessert stations.

This holiday season, book ahead with us and have a stress-free celebration with our Holiday Revelry buffet packages starting at Php1,200 nett per person. This includes table centerpieces, complimentary holiday goodies, sound system for background music and program support among others. Alcuaz Function Rooms will turn your merry-making activities into an exciting gastronomic occasion with a variety of menus such as Christmas Ham bone-in for the carving; mixed salad greens with condiments, chicken with Apricot Terrine and crab potato salad for the appetizer; creamy beef stroganoff, grilled fish with GarlicBeurre Rouge, spaghetti bolognaise, Moroccan vegetable stew and steamed rice for the main course; with seasonal fresh fruits and opera cake for desserts.

For further details on Manila Pavilion Hotel’s new banquet packages, call the Banquet Sales department at 526 1212 extension 2382 or visit our website at www.waterfronthotels.com.ph. Manila Pavilion is located at United Nations Avenue corner Maria Orosa Street, Ermita, Manila.

The New Alcuaz Function Rooms at the Manila Pavilion Hotel

 The New Alcuaz Function Rooms at the Manila Pavilion Hotel

The Manila Pavilion Hotel is pleased to welcome weddings, corporate meetings, social, soireés and events of all kinds with the opening of its new Alcuaz Function Rooms this November.

The Alcuaz Function Rooms are visually interesting space located at the third floor of Manila Pavilion Hotel. It can accommodate up to 300 people and can be arranged in a variety of ways to suit a guest’s needs may it be formal, classroom, theater or cocktails.

The Alcuaz Function Rooms pay homage to Filipino National Artist Federico Aguilar Alcuaz who made Manila Pavilion Hotel his atelier and residence for so many years. He stayed in a corner suite of the hotel and his favorite fine-dining restaurant was the old Rotisserie. Alcuaz’s memories continue to thrive at the Manila Pavilion Hotel with the new function rooms named in his honor.

“Federico Aguilar Alcuaz was more of a family to us than a guest. He definitely left a significant mark in this hotel,” said General Manager Christopher Park. “The completion of the new Alcuaz Function Rooms give compliment to our newly renovated rooms. For those who are planning to have a special event, we are very excited to give them a grand affair that is atoned to their desires,” he continued.

The Alcuaz Function Rooms were overseen by Ilustre & Associates, Architects. They restored the space to its original elegance and incorporated modern advances that resulted into a contemporary design highlighted by rich and vivid artwork. Shades of brown and beige can be found throughout its interior; and with black and red for its accents. At the focal point are the paintings of Alcuaz displayed within its walls illuminated by energy-efficient and eco-friendly lights.

Situated in the heart of Old Manila, the new Alcuaz Function Rooms offer culinary mastery, attention to details and ease of access to the city’s variety of attractions, deluxe shopping venues, the historic core of Manila and the famous sunset view of the Manila Bay.

Committed to making a grand affair, Waterfront Hotels, through the Manila Pavilion Hotel truly redefines Filipino hospitality with its continued innovation and relentless pursuit of excellence.


Visit the Manila Pavilion Hotel at United Nations Avenue corner Maria Orosa Street in Manila. Log on to www.waterfronthotels.com.ph or call 5261212, for inquiries and reservations; Like or Follow @WaterfrontMNL, for regular updates.

Sail across the Turkish Seas and more with Contiki in 2015!

Sail across the Turkish Seas and more with Contiki in 2015

The world’s leading youth travel company for 18 to 35’s goes big in Europe with 16 New Trips


No two travellers are the same. That’s why Contiki’s new Europe 2015 brochure offers something for everyone, with eight new trip styles that cater to the different experiences young people want to have on holiday. The original youth travel brand’s 2015 lineup also includes 16 brand new trips, with Morocco and Portugal as exciting sunny new destinations.

Just like back in ’62, the Contiki (www.contiki.com) mission is the same: provide young explorers with more choice, more freedom and more destinations at a great price and with plenty of awesome included experiences.

No longer will travellers choose their travel experience based on accommodation. Instead, they can choose the trip that works best for their travel style, whether they live for the late nights and bright lights of major cities or choose to take it easy and relax on some of the world’s best beaches.

Contiki’s eight new Europe travel styles include:

  • Discovery Plus - See and do it all with top amenities and incredible places to rest your head
  • High Energy - Experience Europe through culture-filled days, epic sights and late nights
  • Easy Pace - A more relaxed way to see Europe, for those who want to take it slow
  • In-Depth Explorer - Get to the heart of the places you visit with more unique experiences and free time to explore
  • Freestyle Camping - European camping adventures with all the luxuries of home
  • Sailing & Cruise - Discover the freedom of a holiday on Europe’s crystal clear waters
  • Festivals & Short Stays - Join our lineup of big festivals, day-trips & Christmas/NYE celebrations
  • Winter & Ski - Explore Europe covered in a dusting of snow or hit some of world’s best slopes

‘We’re particularly excited to launch this season’s European trips because of the cool and awesome variety of holiday experiences.’ said Kevin Khor, Head of Sales and Marketing for Contiki (Asia). ‘The new style of trips will appeal to a wider audience, and especially with fun activities like sailing across the Turkish islands or camping outdoors with the Swiss Alps as your backdrop, 18 to 35’s can look forward to more adventures in 2015!.’

Introduced by popular demand from Contiki’s core demographic of 18-35s are three new trips heading to Morocco and Portugal. These culture-filled European hotspots are In-Depth Explorer itineraries, meaning travellers will live like a local with unique regional experiences and more nights in each city.

15-Day Spain, Morocco & Portugal

With 2-3 nights in each city, this epic journey through Spain, Morocco and Portugal will give explorers a real feel for the destinations they visit. When they’re not taking in the sights and smells of the markets on their personal ME Time, young travellers will indulge in the must-see’s of Europe with locally guided tours of Lisbon, Granada’s Alahambra Palace and Marrakech’s Bahia Palace. All included, of course!

21-Day Iberian Peninsula & Morocco

Visiting the same countries as the Spain, Morocco & Portugal trip, the extra week gives travellers an opportunity to discover the Northern parts of Spain and Western coastline as well. Travellers will explore the artistic and vibrant city of Barcelona before flying to the island of Ibiza for beautiful beaches and a party they won’t soon forget!

5-day Morocco

The perfect add-on to any Contiki trip, this 5-day journey spends two nights each in the bustling cities of Marrakech and Fez exploring the markets and learning about the rich history and culture of the Moroccan people.

To see all of Contiki’s 145 trip options through Europe and check out the 16 new itineraries, head to contiki.com/Europe.

"There are only two times in your life – now and too late. Make sure you look back with #NOREGRETS."



About Contiki Holidays

Contiki is the world leader in youth travel experiences, a brand that is all about discovery, epic moments and making every second count. Our journeys unlock the local way of life in each and every destination we visit, and with over 200 trips in more than 50 countries, we see every day as the start of a new adventure. You only get one life and one shot to make it count – #NOREGRETS.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Skyscanner Reveals the Destinations of the Future: Space Tourism, Underwater Resorts & Hyper-Personalisation

Skyscanner Reveals the Destinations of the Future

Ahead of World Space Week (October 4th – 10th) Skyscanner predicts that the heights of the Earth’s orbit and the depths of the world’s oceans will become holiday destinations over the next decade. By 2024 space will be the final frontier for well-heeled intrepid travellers taking them to the outer edges of our planet’s atmosphere.

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Curtain Rises for The Theatre at Solaire

The Curtain Rises for The Theatre at Solaire

Solaire Resort and Casino announces the opening of THE THEATRE at Solaire this November; a new state-of-the-art, certified lyric theatre in the heart of Entertainment City. This majestic performance venue boasts of an astronomical line-up of performance artists and events; both local and international, in the months to come.

The Curtain Rises for The Theatre at Solaire

THE THEATRE at Solaire opens its doors for the holidays with the first International Broadway show CHICAGO from December 2 to 21, 2014. This spectacular opening and amazing entertainment line-up for The Theatre signifies the continuance of Solaire’s contribution to the flourishing arts and performance scene in the Entertainment City.

For more info:

@SolaireResort | #SolaireChicago
Visit solaireresort.com for details

Patisserie’s August Cake of the Month: Whisky and Cream Dome Cake

Patisserie’s August Cake of the Month:  Whisky and Cream Dome Cake

Manila Pavilion Hotel’s Patisserie, a French-style pastry shop at the heart of the metropolis welcomes another month to celebrate with your family and friends. Delight yourself with the rich chocolate splinter and whisky cream filling of our Whisky and Cream Dome Cake top with caramel chocolate décor specially made this month of August.

For inquiries and reservations, call 526 1212 extension 2408 (food and beverage); or visit www.waterfronthotels.com.ph.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BANQUET REVELRIES AT G HOTEL MANILA

BANQUET REVELRIES AT G HOTEL MANILA

Cherish life’s splendid moments with exquisite celebrations as G Hotel Manila turns special occasions into precious memories by offering a creative array of banquet packages that suit every discriminating taste.

Situated in the historic Roxas Boulevard, this luxurious boutique hotel boasts of its elegantly designed Promenade which serves as the ideal venue for your significant events with its sleek interiors complemented by the breathtaking view of the nostalgic Manila Bay. Whether for business meetings or social gatherings, this picturesque ballroom can accommodate 150 persons for seated functions.

BANQUET REVELRIES AT G HOTEL MANILA

Make your dream wedding a reality with G Hotel’s wedding packages that proffer impressive menu selections for a minimum of 100 persons, with requisite arrangements. A sophisticated selection of epicurean creations await couples-to-be with sit down menus. Buffet menus present an extensive range of delicately prepared dishes from cold appetizer, salad, soup, pasta or noodles, vegetables, to sublime dessert choices.

BANQUET REVELRIES AT G HOTEL MANILA

Corporate and business clients will also do well by availing of G Hotel’s meeting packages designed for small or large groups. Customized birthday and debut packages are also offered.

For details on these exquisite banquet packages, call G Hotel Manila’s banquet sales associates at 525 0888 extension 6803 or visit www.waterfronthotels.com.ph. G Hotel Manila is located at 2090 Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila.

Monday, June 30, 2014

TakBohol: Boholanos Run to Build a School on August 24, 2014

TakBohol: Boholanos run to build a school
Doing Habitat Philippines re-build pose are (L-R) Aris Jim Jimboy Sarmiento, Event Coordinator; Ret. Lt. Gen. Calos Holganza, Deputy COO for Disaster Response, Habitat; Charlito S. Ayco, CEO & Managing Director, Habitat; Ret. Gen. Leo Olegario, AFP, President, Tapok-Tapok Bol-Anon, Inc.; Manuel Omictin, Board of Director, Tapok-Tapok Bol-Anon, Inc.; and Mayor Manuel Molina, Vice President, Tapok-Tapok Bol-Anon, Inc.

Hundreds of Boholanos will unite for a fun run to support the construction of a school building in the earthquake-hit province of Bohol. On Sunday, August 24, 2014, Tapok- Tapok Bol- Anon, Inc., an organization of Boholanos based in Manila, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines will gear up towards the race for a brighter future of the youth of Bohol. The fundraising marathon is expected to be one of the biggest gatherings of the Boholano community in Manila this year.

Habitat is a non- profit organization which envisions a world where everybody has a decent place to live,. Habitat is committed to addressing the housing backlog in the Philippines, where millions remain in substandard housing.

In October last year, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocked parts of Bohol and the Central Visayas, destroying infrastructures and leaving hundreds of people dead. Just 3 weeks from the quake, the region was not spared from the path of the super Typhoon Yolanda (international name “Haiyan”) which sent some 40,000 Boholanos homeless. With these figures in mind, the Tapok- Tapok Bol- Anon Inc. saw the great need to partner with an organization to help their fellow Boholanos rise from the tragedy.

Today, more than six months after the earthquake, many families in Bohol remain homeless. In response to this need, Habitat targets to rebuild over 8,083 homes in 17 badly affected municipalities across the province providing decent, earthquake-resilient shelters to families still living in tents and make-shift houses.

TakBohol: Boholanos run to build a school
Habitat Ambassador Tonipet Gaba hosting the press launch of TakBohol Run for a School 2014.

All funds raised from the fun run will help fund the construction a school building in one of the worst hit barangays in Bohol. Tapok- Tapok Bol- Anon, Inc. hopes to help school children still holding their classes in tents and makeshift learning facilities. Registration fee is P300, the run categories are 3k and 4.5k. Participants will run around the Veteran’s Memorial Hospital grounds.

Tapok- Tapok Bol- Anon, Inc. was formed to further enhance the camaraderie and leadership of mid-level Boholanos based in Manila and contribute to Bohol’s well-being. Over the years, Tapok- Tapok Bol- Anon, Inc., has partnered with various government agencies and private organizations for programs to help support the needs of the Boholanos.

Today, Habitat for Humanity Philippines aims to rebuild the hard-hit areas in the various Visayan islands. It has continued to raise funds and gather volunteers in its goal to build 8,083 homes in 1,059 barangays of the 17 municipalities of Bohol. Habitat continues to seek the support of groups and individuals in building a better future for the Filipinos. To know more about Habitat and its programs, or to volunteer log on to www.habitat.org.ph.

To know more about “TakBohol, Run for a School”, please contact Mr. Aries Sarmiento at 0915-4079217.

MANILA PAVILION HOTEL’S RAINY SEASON ROOM PROMOS

MANILA PAVILION’S RAINY SEASON ROOM PROMOS

As the rainy season sets in, Manila Pavilion Hotel provides a selection of room accommodation promos to make the most out of this cold weather.


Embrace the cool breeze brought by the rain with the warmth of Pavilion Windfall’s room package for a Superior Room and Deluxe Room inclusive of complimentary buffet breakfast for two at Seasons Café and Manila Pavilion’s signature jacket and eco bag.

Stay fab and relaxed with our ‘Dazzle in the Drizzle’ room package that comes with Manila Pavilion’s travel bag and vanity kit to keep things tidy and dainty. Special room rate is available for a Superior Room and Deluxe Room inclusive of complimentary buffet breakfast for two at Seasons Café.

Create fond memories over a cool respite by reaping the benefits of our ‘Slumber, Tumbler’ room package for a Superior Room and Deluxe Room. Slumber all day to a haven of convenience and style coupled with complimentary buffet breakfast for two at Seasons Café plus our giveaway tumbler.

Veer away from your usual getaway during this wet season and revel in the functionality of our ‘Room Sale’ room-only package. Roam around the city and feast your eyes on marvelous highlights during the daytime. Come night time, give yourself a well-deserved break by relaxing in Manila Pavilion’s well-appointed rooms that suit your every need. Room-only rate is offered for a Superior Room.

All rainy season room packages are inclusive of complimentary use of gym and swimming pool and are valid only for bookings with prior reservations.

The Manila Pavilion Hotel is part of the Waterfront chain of hotels and is located at United Nations avenue corner Ma. Orosa Street, Ermita, Manila. For booking inquiries and reservations, call 526-1212 or toll free # 1-800-10-WFRONT8 (9376688), or visit www.waterfronthotels.com.ph.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Coca-Cola, TAYO Foundation Open New Season of Outstanding Youth Organization Awards


Members of Team BUNDOL Mountaineers, the Coke Barkada Awardee last year, with officers of the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. smile after planting trees by the balding side of the mountain. The Coke Barkada award is given to the TAYO Finalist that shares happiness, and embodies the passion in changing communities through projects that mirrors what Coca-Cola has been doing in the fields of water stewardship, women empowerment, and promoting well-being.

Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines with its longstanding partner, Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards Foundation, is once again calling student and youth organizations across the Philippines to take on the 12th TAYO Awards challenge. The TAYO Awards recognizes the outstanding contributions of Filipino youth groups to their respective communities throughprojects that address relevant needs or opportunities such as poverty reduction, education, disaster risk reduction, financial literacy, environmental conservation, and tourism.

In its most recent run, TAYO received a total of 286 entries, of which the following winners were chosen: Gualandi Volunteer Service Program, Association of Locally Empowered Youth-NM, Hayag Youth Organization, Kawil Tours, Tanay Mountaineers Incorporated, Reduction Advocacy Program, TC Youth Laboratory Cooperative, United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary - Foundation University Chapter, Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid, Volunteer Service Provider, and University of San Carlos-Pathways.

Special recognition was also given to a high-energy team of Sarangani mountaineers dubbed Team BUNDOL, this year’s Coke Barkada awardee. The Coke Barkada Award is given to one of the TAYO finalists that best demonstrates the qualities of a Coke Barkada – a group that shares happiness and embodies the passion to change communities through projects that mirror the Coca-Cola sustainability pillars ofwater stewardship, women empowerment, and promotion of well-being.

A Lasting Partnership


The partnership between TAYO Foundation and Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines – the social investment arm of Coca-Cola Philippines and Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines - began in 2005 upon the institution of the Coke Barkada Award as a special category in the annual TAYO Awards.

“At Coca-Cola, we believe that you can never be too young to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. People may be calling this generation the ‘selfie’ generation but, as one TAYO Finalist put it, it’s a we-generation or a TAYO-generation, not a me-generation, as I’ve come to know them. I feel like a proud mom to them, hearing their stories and getting to know all the wonderful work that they do,” said Cecile Alcantara, President of the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc.

In 2006, Coca-Cola Foundation scaled up its partnership to be the TAYO Award’s sole co-presenter.

“Last year, I remember being brought to tears when one of the TAYO Finalists went to the audience to hug her friend during the awarding ceremony. Moments like these are the result of the golden triangle at work: where business, civil society and government pool together to help towards the growth of the country and its people. As a Company, we believe that our business is only as strong and sustainable as the communities we serve and through partnerships like these, we take the opportunity to contribute all we can to make a positive impact,” said Atty. Adel Tamano, Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications of Coca-Cola Philippines, who also serves a judge in the panel for TAYO.

“You don’t forget groups like the Team BUNDOL Mountaineers, Tulong Sa Kapwa Kapatid, or even the Cebu Youth Ambassadors from the year before. These aren’t just groups, these are real people with real stories and I look forward to being part of the panel again this year to hear all of them,” he added.

The TAYO Awards 2014 is presented by the TAYO Awards Foundation, together with the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, in partnership with the National Youth Commission and the Office of Senator Bam Aquino.

Joining the search


To join the TAYO Awards, organizations must accomplish a TAYO 12 Entry Form and TAYO 12 Project briefer that can be accessed through in the Tayo Awards Website (http://www.tayoawards.net/tayo12/). Documents proving the existence and veracity of information, list of officers, leaders and founders and three-page project documentation must also be e-mailed to Tayo secretariat.

The TAYO Awards accepts entries from interested youth groups, organizations, clubs, and societies that are composed of at least 15 members, more than half of which must be between 15 to 30 years old. The submitted projects must have either been recently concluded or are still ongoing.

Entries are judged on the following criteria: Impact of project entry on stakeholders; harnessing the spirit of volunteerism and citizenship; creativity and innovation; and sustainability and effective use of resources. The winning organizations will receive a special trophy created by Philippine sculptor Tyom De Leon Imao, and a Php50,000 grant from Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines.

Deadline for entries is on September 30, 2014. Interested organizations may submit their entries through the official website of TAYO Awards, www.tayoawards.net.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

International Museum Day (IMD2014) on June 27, 2014

International Museum Day 2014

The International Council of Museums-Philippines (ICOM-Philippines) is the National Committee and Secretariat of ICOM in the country, an international organization of museums and museum professionals committed to the conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world’s natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible. ICOM has a unique professional network of institutions and museum professionals worldwide collaborating and participating in discussions and reflections concerning museum development.

In line with the ICOM International Museums Day Celebration (IMD), ICOM-PH is pleased to announce its upcoming event entitled “IMD2014 Forum” echoing he ICOM theme, “Museum Collections make Connections” to be held on Friday, the 27th of June 2014 in Manila, Philippines.

In partnership with the De La Salle -College of St. Benilde, Habitat for Humanity Philippines, University of the Philippines – Diliman, International Federation of Social Science Organizations, Philippine Association of Museums Inc, International Movement for Development Managers, Hiniraya Cultural Heritage and Development Foundation, GULF AIR, and other institutional partners, we will – as one team, celebrate the annual International Museum day in June and reflect on the global theme, “Museum Collections Make Connection” as we create the opportunity to introduce and strengthen new and creative collaborations among members, their museums and their partner stakeholders.

The objective for International Museum Day (IMD2014) is to continuously raise public awareness worldwide on the role museums play in the development of society. The global standard theme of IMD2014 is “Museum Collections Make Connections.” As the world moves away from traditional methods of engagement, museums musty find new ways to engage with their communities by making their collections more accessible and relevant to their stakeholders. It also encourages public awareness of the role of the museums in the development of society and promotes the connection that exists between different types of collection and their audiences.

ICOM – Philippines will be inviting representatives from its counterparts in Asia and Europe to share their won insights and best practices in making and keeping collections to the Filipinos. Speakers from province of Bohol will also be invited to share the current status of their lost treasures. Their presence will also solicit the help and support needed from the museum community in restoring and taking care of the collections affected by the recent natural disasters. Representatives of Indigenous People will also talk about their own collections that tell their stories. Congressman Teddy Baguilat of the lone district of Ifugao will share the collection, culture, heritage, and the current activities of the group of Indigenous People he belongs to. The Ifugaos are considered as the pride of the Philippine history and culture.

ICOM – Philippines is looking forward to see in museum professionals, advocate of museums, culture and the arts of everyone else who would like to learn more about the best practices on taking care of one’s collections using standards of museums’ code of ethics. ICOM – Philippines is inviting the public to join us as we celebrate the achievements of ICOM, share experiences as museum professionals and take ourselves to the next level of synergy.

If you would like to know more about ICOM Global, please visit icom.org or you may call ICOM-IMD Secretariat office at (632)550-2218. Please look for Ms. Mischelle Rico or Mia V. Morales.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Manila Pavilion’s FATHER’S DAY TREATS

Manila Pavilion’s FATHER’S DAY TREATS

Father’s Day comes but once a year. On Sunday, June 15, make the most of this wondrous occasion by matching Dad’s big appetite with Manila Pavilion Hotel’s all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner at it’s interactive lifestyle restaurant, Seasons Café for Php1,500 nett. As our way of paying tribute to the superheros of the home, dining Dads with groups of four and more will receive our very own Indulgence cake, Waterfront apron, F&B Loyalty Card and gift items from Darlington.

At Patisserie, Manila Pavilion’s French-style pastry shop, gift Dad with our heavenly cake of the month Pastillas Cheesecake made of sweet and creamy cheesecake that is sure to comfort him with its hint of crunch and perfect gooeyness of the pastillas available at Php1,100 nett.

A red-carpet treat and gustatory feast are also laid out for Dads with Manila Pavilion’s signature Black Angus Beef Rib served with rich bone marrow, shallot jus, fresh Yorkshire pudding and baked potatoes available at a discounted promo price of Php30,000 nett per slab.

Another delightful option for Dad is our drink of the month Mind Eraser, a refreshing vodka base cocktail laced with kahlua and soda at Php330 nett in all outlets and Php340 net for room service. For Dads who prefer to wine and dine at the outlets, our featured house wine – Merlot Pupilla pairs well with our spicy grilled meats while Chardonnay Pupilla is perfect for light fish dishes both available in all outlets starting at Php305 nett per glass.

For the ultimate Dad’s day gift, book your dads in one of Manila Pavilion Hotel’s well-appointed rooms starting at Php3,600 nett for a standard room inclusive of buffet breakfast for two at Seasons Cafe, access to swimming pool and gym, use of wi-fi and choose from our three types of promo with different souvenir items – tumbler (Summer Rush), vanity kit and bag (Soothing Pleasures) or jacket and ecobag (Pavilion Windfall).

For inquiries and reservations, call 526 1212 extension 2408 (food and beverage); or, for booking reservations, call toll free # 1-800-10-WFRONT8 (9376688); or, visit www.waterfronthotels.com.ph.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Manila Pavilion Hotel’s warm hospitality goes mobile with new app

Manila Pavilion Hotel’s  warm hospitality goes mobile with new app

Manila Pavilion Hotel, a property of Waterfront Hotels is transforming the way people travel with the introduction of Waterfront’s new mobile application for iPhone and Android. This latest digital move by Waterfront offers ease of use and access to information wherever and whenever the guest wants to.

Waterfront mobile application advantages:
- Search Manila Pavilion Hotel and save time in booking room accommodation
- Access maps and directions to easily find Manila Pavilion Hotel and nearby landmarks
- Access to hotel account and profile information
- Access hotel’s latest offers and promotions
- View photo galleries and hotel highlights
- Contact Manila Pavilion Hotel in just a click

"With mobile becoming more and more important, Manila Pavilion takes advantage of modern technology to allow our valued guests experience not only warm hospitality but a portable and more personal way to engage with us," said General Manager Christopher Park.

The Waterfront mobile application for iPhone and Android are available to download free on App Store and Google play.

Manila Pavilion Hotel is part of the Waterfront chain of hotels and is located at United Nations avenue corner Ma. Orosa Street, Ermita, Manila. For inquiries and reservations, call 526-1212 or toll free # 1-800-10-WFRONT8 (9376688), or visit www.waterfronthotels.com.ph.

KakaoTalk’s Latest Features Provide New Treat for Users

With the myriads of mobile messaging apps available in the market, it is crucial for developers to stand out by differentiating themselves from the competition. Simple, no-nonsense applications with only one defining feature struggle to appeal to the modern mobile user. In today’s technology-laden world, apps that capture the attention of mainstream audiences need to offer a full array of functions. On the other hand, the demand for constant new updates can clash with applications quest for greater innovation, particular in terms of providing an aesthetically pleasing user interface that does not feel too cluttered.

KakaoTalk’s fun and unique brand image also carries a strong reputation as a leading innovator in the mobile messaging industry. User feedback is the most prioritized aspect for Kakao, and many of its new features were developed specifically to reflect the insight and comments provided by actual users.

Brand-new functions such as the “Do Not Disturb” setting exemplifies KakaoTalk’s customer-centric mindset that also values the importance of privacy. Kakao promotes innovative connectivity, but it also understands the need for people to enjoy the occasional “Me Time.” The “Do Not Disturb” feature offers users the option to disable notifications during a customized time period without worrying about unwanted message alerts.



o To activate the Do Not Disturb feature, tap More > Settings > Do Not Disturb, or you can access this via your notification panel. Once activated, an icon will appear on your status bar to notify users of your inactivity. To disable the Do Not Disturb mode, simply turn your KakaoTalk push notifications back on with a tap.

KakaoTalk, understanding users’ need for message delivery assurance, also offers a neat feature that allows all messages to be delivered without fail, regardless of network conditions. This feature enables KakaoTalk to keep all messages sent by a user to stay afloat in the system and continuously reattempt delivery for a given length of time. So, even in situations where the network connection is unstable or weak, KakaoTalk users can send messages knowing that they will be automatically delivered as soon as the connection is stabilized, even during background mode. Once the message is delivered, the airplane icon disappears and is replaced with the ‘unread count’* number.


o Even with a busy network, your messages can still be sent and stay afloat in the network, and once your message is delivered the paper airplane icon will disappear.

The paper plane mode is a great example of Kakao’s core philosophy, which values users and user experience the most. Paper plane mode eliminates any cumbersome need for users to constantly recheck their phones for message delivery confirmation or resend the same message repeatedly, reducing user inconvenience dramatically.

Knowing how many people have read your message can be key when taking part in group chats with dozens of people, especially when it involves important announcements. KakaoTalk understands this need and ensures this information is adequately provided through the unread count number. Next to every message sent on KakaoTalk is a countdown number, which begins with the total number of users (excluding message sender) in the chatroom. As others in the chatroom read the message, the number counts down and eventually disappears altogether when everyone has read the particular message. An exclusive feature only available on KakaoTalk, the unread count number makes communication all the more effective while enabling speedier feedback.


o While talking to someone, or multiple people, countdowns are placed beside messages depending on the number of people you are chatting with. The number will decrease and eventually disappear when everyone has read your message

Users are bound to be pleasantly surprised almost every time they open KakaoTalk on their mobile devices. There is always a new gem to discover hidden within the settings that will drastically improve their mobile experience. As awesome features like the Do Not Disturb mode, paper airplane mode and the unread countdown illustrate, users can expect continued exciting innovations from KakaoTalk.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Manila Pavilion Hotel Pampers All Moms


Manila Pavilion Hotel fetes all moms on Sunday, May 11 with exquisite gustatory offerings and luxurious room packages replete with loving pampering and giveaways, to make their day extra special.


Indulge mom’s appetite with a bountiful Mother’s Day special lunch or dinner buffet at the hotel’s interactive lifestyle restaurant, Seasons Café at Php1500 nett. A complimentary cake, chocolate roses and an F&B loyalty card awaits mom who will come in four or more. Plus, she can get a chance to buy the jewelry she desires at Michelis as she can be one of the 10 lucky moms who may receive P1000 worth of gift certificate courtesy of Foreign Post. The gift certificates will be raffled off to all mothers who dined at Seasons Cafe and the winners will be sent a notification letter via email.

At the Patisserie, Manila Pavilion’s French-style pastry shop, delight moms with our afternoon bigbang blowout to enjoy 30 percent discount on all cakes and pastries when she avail of our tree tier treat offered daily from 2pm to 6pm at Php599 nett.

Express your sweetest gratitude with irresistible desserts featuring Patisserie’s cake of the month fruity custard fiesta cake, infused with sweet fruit cocktail and crumble toppings in three layer sponge cake at Php1100 nett.

Stir up your senses with a captivating blend of vodka, orange and cranberry juices by engulfing the potent drink of the month, Boulvar’s Delight at Php250 nett at the hotel’s premier sports and music bar, Boulvar.

Pamper moms with a luxuriously relaxing retreat by booking with Manila Pavilion’s room packages starting at Php3600 nett. Soothe her senses with our Soothing Pleasures and Summer Rush room packages offered until May 31.

For inquiries and reservations, call (632) 526 1212 extension 2408 for food and beverage and toll free # 1-800-10-WFRONT8 (937 6688) for room bookings, or visit www.waterfronthotels.com.ph.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DTC Offers Exclusive Smartphone Discounts in Summer Inventory Sale

DTC Offers Exclusive Smartphone Discounts in Summer Inventory Sale

Summer gets even hotter in the metro as market leading budget mobile device maker DTC brings lofty discounts of up to 30 percent on selected Android-based smart devices fished off DTC’s fourth wave series.


Slated to happen on April 22 to 30, DTC’s Summer Inventory Sale will take place in the (state specific place in Market! Market!) of Market! Market! in Taguig City and will be featuring three of DTC’s top-selling smart phones- the GT6 Astroid Jack, the 4.6-inch GT8 Bit and 5-inch GT9 Pump - and DTC’s first phablet, the GT10 Bullet.

With the sale in place, customers will enjoy discounts from P791 to P2,000 per unit. For instance, the 6-inch GT10 will be available for only P4,999 from a previous SRP of P6,999. Customers can purchase the GT9 for only P2,999 (originally P4,490) and the GT8 for only P3,990 (originally P4990).

Save for the GT6 Astroid Jack, all DTC units on sale pack a 1.2 GHz dual core processor plus 512 MB of RAM for speedy and heavy-duty usage. They also ship with the latest Android OS (Android Jellybean for the GT10 and Android ICS for both thebGT9 and GT8) for prime access to over 100,000 free applications in Google Playstore.

Created for the ultra-practical user, the 4-inch GT6 Astroid Jack on the other hand flaunts a 1GHz single core processor, 256 MB RAM, 2mp rear camera (VGA rear camera) and Android Gingerbread OS – all essentials for a decent smartphone experience. Originally priced at P2,790, the GT6 will be available for only P1,999 during the DTC inventory sale.

“As a company, one of our main goals is to bring technology closer to economy mobile users worldwide. And what better way to accomplish that than do a summer sale? With the introduction of our 5th wave units and our upcoming 6th wave phones, we would like our customers to enjoy great discounts on our fourth wave units as they go on their last legs,” said DTC’s Retail Business Operations Head Marta Buensalida.

To know more about DTC and their products, visit their website at www.dtcmobile.com.ph.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book Direct with The Henry Hotel and Get More Freebies!

The Henry Hotel Cebu

Book Direct with The Henry and get more FREEBIES!

  • Complimentary Room Updgrade
  • Late Check-out (pre-arranged)
  • Welcome Drink
  • Free Drink at Scrapyard or Cable Car
  • Morning and afternoon Mall Shuttle Service (SM and Ayala)

HOW TO BOOK?


Email: reservations@thehenryhotel.com
Website: www.thehenryhotel.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehenryhotel

ABOUT THE HENRY HOTEL


The Henry Hotel is located at One Paseo Compound, Paseo Saturnino, Ma. Luisa Entrance Road, Banilad, Cebu City. To know more about the hotel, visit their website at www.thehenryhotel.com.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Island Yoga at Buri Resort and Spa

Island Yoga at Buri Resort and Spa

Escape the city and enjoy the warm tropical summer season at Buri Resort and Spa. As a special seasonal treat, they are offering complimentary Island Yoga once a week until June 30 whilst enjoying the calm, tranquility and cool breeze in an idyllic natural setting. Buri Resort and Spa promises to deliver what others may only strive to - seclusion, escape, and romance all in one location.

About Buri Resort and Spa Yoga Teachers


Ria Tirazona
She is a certified Yin, Vinyasa, and Kids yoga teacher and has completed programs for yoga for special populations, including older adults and special children. Off of the mat, she is a practicing psychologist and a professor at a local university. She is a believer in the healing and therapeutic possibilities of yoga and this is what motivates her to share her practice with others.

Paulo Leonido
Staying fit and healthy was always something he considered a life priority. Already with a background in the fitness and yoga industry. Paulo enjoys traveling and enjoying good meals, passions he also loves to share to those around him. As a teacher, Paulo’s enthusiasm and love for yoga is contagious. Expect to laugh and be challenged with one of the most lovable people you could ever meet.

About Buri Resort and Spa


Buri Resort and Spa is one of the few resorts that offers personalized boutique service and is a rare gem in Puerto Galera. For more information visit www.buri-resort.com or call (632) 6258627.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easter Sunshine at Manila Pavilion Hotel

Easter Sunshine at Manila Pavilion Hotel

For families looking for a short-haul yet warm and luxurious break this Easter, look no further than Manila Pavilion Hotel. Located at the heart of Manila, Pavilion will be offering a hassle-free Lenten retreat with specially designed room packages replete with limitless possibilities to provide an absolutely exhilarating respite suitable for the whole family. Guests visiting over the Easter period may benefit from our Soothing Pleasures room package that comes with MPH’s set of personalized vanity kit and travel bag. Or experience our Summer Rush room package which offers our signature tumbler. All room packages are inclusive of breakfast for two (2) at Seasons Café and complimentary use of the gym, swimming pool and free unlimited use of wi-fi.

Easter Sunshine at Manila Pavilion Hotel

Starting April 11, Patisserie, the French-style pastry shop of the Manila Pavilion will have a line up of Easter goodies like Chocolate Eggs, Chocolate Hen and Rooster among others. Then from April 16 to 20, Seasons Café will give-away 25 percent discount and free pass to the Easter Egg Hunting at the Boulvar on Easter Sunday, April 20 at 2 pm. A range of fun games and exciting prizes have been prepared that the kids and parents will surely enjoy. Easter Egg Hunting at the Boulvar is supported by Zoobic Safari, Lemon Square , Toy Kingdom , Lotte, Oishi, Yakult and Clover.

Manila Pavilion Hotel is part of the Waterfront chain of hotels and is located at United Nations avenue corner Ma. Orosa Street, Ermita, Manila. For inquiries and reservations, call 526-1212 or toll free # 1-800-10-WFRONT8 (9376688), or visit www.waterfronthotels.com.ph.

Smooth Road Travel Begins with Safety, says Total

Smooth road travel begins with safety

Total (Philippines) Corporation recognizes that as it is already Summer and specially that Holy Week is fast approaching, it would be good to remind travelers some road safety tips. Here are some important roadside safety tips that should come handy any time.


Smooth road travel begins with safety

With bags now packed, accommodations booked, and travel itineraries set, the next important thing to keep in mind in preparation for the Holy Week is ensuring we and our vehicles are road-worthy.

“We get so excited when we go out of town with friends and family, that sometimes we miss out on preparing ourselves for long hours on the road,” says Malou Espina, Vice President for Marketing and Communications, Total (Philippines) Corporation. “At Total, we believe that being safe makes for smooth and fun travel. It is important to be road-safe, whatever season.”

Proper vehicle preparations before the trip


Check your vehicle. Before hitting the road, ensure the vehicle is in excellent condition. Make sure that the engine, battery, windshield wipers, and lights are properly functioning. Tires should have the proper pressure, and keep in mind to bring spare tires and a jack.

Fuel Change. Since provincial trips are typically long, check if the car is due for an engine oil change. Ensure that the vehicle is properly filled with power steering fluid, brake fluid, and transmission fluid, to avoid taking unnecessary stops.

Water. Test the air conditioning of the car, if it is not as cool as it should be, replace the coolant so everyone could enjoy a cool drive. Given the hot weather, bring water as well to prevent the engine’s radiator from overheating.

Emergency kits. Bringing a car emergency kit will come in handy if unforeseen circumstances take place. An emergency kit should at the very least include flashlight, early warning devices such as cones or warning triangles, and jumper cables.

The day of the trip


Rest. Remember to have a good night’s sleep before the day of the trip to avoid fatigue, stay more alert and focused on the road. First thing to be done in the morning is to fill the vehicle’s gas tank.

Map the route and stock up. Rest stops should be mapped strategically, which could be done at Total service stations. Maximize the stops by stocking up on snacks, and adding more fuel to the vehicle being used when the need arises. Rest stops are perfect opportunities as well to switch drivers, if needed. And, at selected Total stations during the Holy Week travel period, you can avail of basic safety checks and emergency roadside assistance services from Suzuki and Nissan.

Stick by the rules. When already on the road, basic driving rules should be kept in mind at all times. Follow all traffic rules and regulations, such as following traffic lights and driving within the proper speed limit per area. Wear a seatbelt.

Drive defensively. Be a defensive driver and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, especially when in freeways. Utilize turn signals when making a turn, changing lanes or going to a full stop.

Total (Philippines) is committed to road safety through programs with its lorry drivers (Super Tsuper), the general public (Drive City) and children (Road Champ).

About Total


Total is one of the largest integrated oil and gas companies in the world, with activities in more than 130 countries. The Group is also a first rank player in chemicals. Its 97,000 employees put their expertise to work in every part of the industry – exploration and production of oil and natural gas, refining and marketing, new energies, trading, and chemicals. Total is working to help satisfy the global demand for energy, both today and tomorrow (www.total.com).

About Total (Philippines) Corporation


Total (Philippines) Corporation is engaged in the importation, distribution and marketing of fuels, lubricants and LPG. It has a growing network of service stations spanning Luzon and the Visayas (www.total.com.ph).

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Summer Treats at G Hotel Manila


Summer Treats at G Hotel Manila

The heat is on at G Hotel Manila as a relish of heartwarming selection of delightful gourmet creation indulges you with gustatory pleasures this summer season.


Summer Treats at G Hotel Manila

Experience the relaxing view of Manila bay while having a sip of G Hotel’s featured drink. Take your taste buds in a summer vacation with our strawberry-filled taste cocktail, Strawberry Breeze, made with a combination of vodka, triple sec, lime juice, simple syrup and pineapple juice. Quench your summer thirst with our mocktail, Miloni, a mixture of watermelon fruit, mint leaves, soda water and simple syrup.

Summer Treats at G Hotel Manila

Take pleasure in our Steak Philly Fries, delicious tidbits of beef tenderloin and French fries top with mustard, cheese, fresh cream, tomato, avocado, lemon juice and olive oil that is a sure feast in the mouth. Complete your dining experience with G Hotel’s Banana Split, a sweet and cooling reward on a hot summer season and a perfect treat for the tongue to be shared with a date or your family.

Summer Treats at G Hotel Manila

G Hotel boasts of its distinctive personalized butler service that suits every guests’ needs. Bring your dining experience to another level by dining in your own room. For inquiries and reservations, call 525 0888 or visit www.waterfronthotels.com.ph. G Hotel Manila is located at 2090, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila with toll free # 1-800-10-WFRONT8 (9376688).

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Henry Hotel Partners with Life Project 4 Youth Foundation

The Henry Cebu

The Henry Hotel partners with Life Project 4 Youth (LP4Y) Foundation in providing all natural hand made soaps for its guests.


A boutique hotel that is unique, full of personality and charm, The Henry Hotel in Cebu is known for its out-of-the-box interior setting and intimate service to its guests. Adding to its visual appeal is its commitment to promote use of eco-friendly materials and supporting social enterprises. The hotel currently uses all-natural and organic Leyende toiletries which supports women from disadvantaged backgrounds and recycled tissue and trash bins from Rise Above Foundation Cebu. This year, an additional tieup is with LP4Y Foundation’s Natural H Care Program on providing natural soaps as part of The Henry’s bathroom amenities.

Life Project 4 Youth Foundation’s mission is to help Young Adults to achieve their dreams and be professionals. There, they make a commitment to participate as a team member within the Life Project Center (LPC), where they attend trainings, learn to build their Life Project Plan, and manage an economic activity.

"In our program, Natural H Care, we participate as a team in the production and sale of healthy, herbal and hand made soaps and ointments. The partnership with The Henry will contribute to the sustainability of our activity, enabling LP4Y Foundation to help more Young Adults in the future in the Philippines and abroad", Jessica Aviles of Natural H Care team on their partnership with The Henry Hotel.

ABOUT THE HENRY HOTEL

The Henry Hotel is located at One Paseo Compound, Paseo Saturnino, Ma. Luisa Entrance Road, Banilad, Cebu City. To know more about the hotel, visit their website at www.thehenryhotel.com.

If you would like to know more about the Natural H Care program, and discover their other programs in Manila and Cebu, feel free to visit their website www.lp4y.org or email them at beinvolved@lp4y.com.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Manila Pavilion Hotel saved 576.98 kilowatthours during Earth Hour 2014

Earth Hour 2014
Manila Pavilion employees light a candle to shine a light on climate change

Manila Pavilion Hotel, in support of World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF-Philippines) Earth Hour 2014, joined thousands of businesses across the globe by switching off selected lights in the hotel and encouraging in-house guests to turn-off unnecessary lights in their rooms for an hour.

Earth Hour 2014

United with almost five million people in over 100 countries, Manila Pavilion took a remarkable step in helping mitigate the negative ecological impacts of climate change when it conserved an estimate of 576.98 kilowatthours or almost 60 percent of its total daily energy consumption during the hour-long lights off.

“We believe that this energy-saving pledge is a significant contribution in raising awareness on climate change issues among our colleagues in the hotel industry. In the same way, we were able to convey a strong message to other individuals and businesses to take responsible action and be actively involved in conservation efforts for the environment,” Manila Pavilion Hotel’s general manager Christopher Park said.

Manila Pavilion Hotel is part of the Waterfront chain of hotels and is located at United Nations avenue corner Ma. Orosa Street, Ermita, Manila. For inquiries and reservations, call 526-1212 or toll free # 1-800-10-WFRONT8 (9376688), or visit www.waterfronthotels.com.ph.



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Imus Cathedral, the "Seat of the Diocese of Imus, Cavite"

Imus Cathedral

Imus Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church in the city of Imus, province of Cavite. Dedicated to the Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Our Lady of the Pillar), it is the seat of the Diocese of Imus which oversees all the Catholic churches in the province of Cavite. The parish was established in 1795 in Toclong, until it was then transferred to its current location in 1823. The church is made of stone and bricks was built in 1897 through the supervision of Nicolas Becerra, parish priest of Imus from 1821 to 1840. It became a Diocese in 1961.

Address: General Castañeda St. Poblacion III-A, Imus Cavite
Contact Numbers: (046) 471-4829/ 471-2686
Map Coordinates: 14.4250° N,120.9345° E

Tagaytay City is one of the most popular tourist destination in the Province of Cavite. It is an awesome destination near Metro Manila frequented by weekenders and city dwellers. As a famous tourist destination, it is home to a many hotels and resorts with swimming pools that you may consider if you want to spend a memorable vacation. Summer or not, visit Cavite and enjoy a "cool" Tagaytay getaway!



Batanes Tourist Spots and Attractions

Batanes Tourist Spots and Attractions

You can find many amazing places and do many things in the province of Batanes. Here are the top tourist spots and attractions, and places to visit in Batan and Sabtang Islands.


North Batan Island (Basco)

  1. Tukon Church
  2. Basco PAGASA Weather Station
  3. Fundacion Pacita
  4. Basco Idjang
  5. Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel
  6. Valugan Boulder Beach
  7. Vayang Rolling Hills
  8. Naidi Hills, Basco Lighthouse and Bunker's Cafe
  9. Our Lady of Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral

Sabtang Island

  1. Sabtang Church
  2. Savidug Village
  3. St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel and Old Beaterio
  4. Chamantad Cove and Tinyan Viewpoint
  5. Chavayan Village
  6. Sabtang Weavers Association
  7. Chavayan Chapel
  8. Morong Beach, Mayahaw Arch and Nakabuang Cave
  9. Sabtang Lighthouse

South Batan Island (Mahatao, Ivana and Uyugan)

  1. Mahatao Idjang and Boat Shelter Port
  2. Mahatao Church (San Carlos Borromeo Church)
  3. Maywang A Libro Du Vatan (Batanes Blank Book Archive)
  4. Spanish Lighthouse
  5. Old Beaterio
  6. Mahatao Town
  7. Mahatao Wind Turbines
  8. Tayid (Mahatao) Lighthouse
  9. Diura Fishing Village
  10. Racuh a Payaman (Marlboro Country)
  11. Imnajbu Village, Uyugan
  12. San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel in Imnajbu
  13. LORAN Station
  14. Alapad Hill and Rock Formations
  15. Old House in Uyugan Town
  16. Song-Song Ruins
  17. Honesty Coffee Shop
  18. Ivana Church (San Jose de Obrero Church)
  19. House of Dakay
  20. Old Spanish Bridge
  21. White Beach
  22. Chawa View Deck