Book Your 2018 Events at Summit Magnolia’s Newest Event Space Momento


Those looking for a new spot for their 2018 events will find comfort, elegance, and convenience at Summit Hotels Magnolia’s newest function hall called Momento.

Momento was built and designed to meet one’s needs for the perfect gathering. It has up-to-date technical equipment for sound, lighting, and screenings. It is capable of seating up to 60 guests in a theater setup, 60 guests in a cocktail setup, and 80 guests in a banquet setup. It can also accommodate small get-togethers of 30 or 60 in the U-Shape and classroom setup respectively.

Guests will enjoy the space and the features of this function hall while marveling at a panoramic window view of the lush Robinsons Magnolia Garden.

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Being located at Summit Hotels Magnolia along Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City makes Momento the ideal meeting point and quick getaway hub from the busyness of Metro Manila. Despite being a boutique hotel, it has premium quality facilities and services which foster a relaxed atmosphere amidst a fast-paced urban environment. It exudes elegance and style with its interior, furniture and amenities. It’s a welcoming respite for any kind of guest — families, couples, businessmen, and individuals.

The neighboring Robinsons Magnolia Mall also serves as a leisure spot especially with its distinct mix of international and local shops and restaurants where anyone can unwind before or after their event.

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Every moment truly is worth spending at Momento. Book your meetings, parties, reunions, office events, bridal showers, wedding receptions and more for the coming year at Summit Hotels Magnolia’s Momento and you’ll be treated to topnotch facilities, hassle-free planning, and its convenient location in the emerging district of Metro North. For inquiries, you may send your event requirements to or call these numbers : (02) 398-8788 / 0998-888-7788. Know more about the MICE facilities of Summit Hotels and Resorts at


Make Meetings and Celebrations More Convenient and Hassle-Free at Summit Hotels and Resorts


Summit Hotels and Resorts is a full service boutique hotel with key amenities for complete relaxation, affordable luxury, bonding time with family, and more. And while it is the top-of-mind location to conveniently spend your staycation in, Summit Hotels is also the prime destination for people to stage memorable gatherings, from large-scale conferences to intimate celebrations.

Each Summit Hotels property provides all the right facilities you would need for a successful occasion.

Summit Ridge Tagaytay

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Summit Hotels Magnolia, located along Doña Hemady Street,  Quezon City, is the top choice for residents and businesses for a convenient meeting point in this emerging district of Metro North.

Despite being a boutique hotel, it has premium quality facilities and services which foster a relaxed atmosphere amidst a fast-paced urban environment. It has an elegant event space capable of seating up to 100 guests. This multi-functional event space can be transformed to meet one’s needs, making it a great spot for any event of any kind or size — from small gatherings up to 100 attendees.

For special events away from the densely-populated capital, Cebu stands as one of the country’s key destinations for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE). Look no further than at Summit Galleria Cebu, Summit Hotels and Resorts’ newest hotel which boasts of artistry, luxury and contemporary design.

Summit Circle Cebu

It’s the prime spot to hold MICE in this vibrant city. It has a Grand Summit Ballroom that can seat up to 600 guests, as well as smaller function rooms like the Summit Pool Lounge, Sinulog Meeting Room and Mango Meeting Room (can each accommodate 30-35 people) for more intimate meetings.

Each room also has alternative layouts for you to choose from depending on your capacity requirements. Conference attendees would also be given the opportunity to enjoy visiting nearby attractions, such as the iconic Fort San Pedro and Magellan’s Cross, and Cebu’s newest upscale mall, Robinsons Galleria Cebu.

Summit Ridge Tagaytay Meeting Room

Summit Tagaytay Meeting Room

Those who want to plan grand events someplace only a stone’s throw away from Metro Manila can do so at Summit Ridge Tagaytay. Just a two-hour leisurely drive from the city center, it’s the perfect place for large-scale meetings and banquet celebrations while surrounded by the relaxing sights and sounds of Tagaytay. There are 16 function rooms to choose from, including the Raintree Ballroom that can seat up to 500 people, smaller rooms that can seat 30 to 50 people, average-sized halls that can accommodate up to 150 people, and an open-air events lawn that can hold up to 70 people.

If you don’t want people to be cooped up indoors for your event, check out Summit Ridge’s Sky Lounge which is located at the topmost level of the hotel. It’s an ideal outdoor party venue which can seat up to 120 guests who will be treated to a breathtaking and scenic view of the Taal Lake.

Summit Ridge Tagaytay Sky Lounge

Summit Tagaytay Sky Lounge

The Summit Learning Center is also a distinct facility at Summit Ridge. It is designed as a modern conference venue that mimics the auditoriums in Harvard University. It is also equipped with executive tables and chairs, and state-of-the-art AVP facilities, including a built-in projector screen and technical control room.

At Summit Hotels and Resorts, any kind of meeting or convention is always made easier and hassle-free. Whether planned on short-notice or arranged with flair and grandeur, you’re guaranteed to find the events space fit for your occasion.

For your event needs, best available rate and perks, visit




Go Hotels Opens New Branches in Metro Manila


Go Hotels, the first Filipino home-grown value essential service hotel chain in the country, has opened four more branches to cater to smart travelers in search for affordable yet comfortable accommodations.

The four new branches: Cubao-Quezon City, Ermita-Manila, Manila Airport Road in Paranaque, and North Edsa-Quezon City,  are all strategically-located near prime destinations and with easy access for guests.

“Metro Manila has an energetic spirit; it’s home to some of the country’s business districts and important landmarks,” said Go Hotels general manager Elizabeth D. Gregorio. “We plan to open more branches in the metro with the emergence and increasing number of smart travellers—local and international.”


Cubao: The Precinct of Manila’s Underground Scene

Cubao is an urbanite’s delight. Who is not familiar with the famed Araneta Center? Its streets are packed with entertainment of different sorts—shopping, nightlife, flea markets, food hubs—all catering to various tastes and demands of urbanites. At the heart of Cubao sits Araneta Coliseum or the Big Dome, the countries and one of Asia’s most historic indoor arenas  where people witness once-in-a-lifetime events from top local and international acts.

Experience the vibrant spirit of Manila’s underground scene in Cubao Expo, where the city’s well-kept secrets like cool bars, unique vinyl stores, quality thrift shops and cheap eats thrive. If you want to buy items for your vintage collection or maybe just browse through the treasures of the past, head to Vinyl Dump Thrift Store where racks upon racks of records await Vinyl enthusiasts.

After a long day of exploring this vibrant place, stay at the newly-opened Go Hotels along Aurora Boulevard.  Whether you’re here for business or leisure, Go Hotels’ Windsor beds are comfortable enough to relax you.  Maximize your staycation while watching your favorite show at their 32-inch LCD TV. Book your stay here.


The Energetic City of Manila

More than just a bustling city, Manila is the country’s beating heart for a reason. Every street you will pass by has an interesting and important backstory—most of them you can discover beyond reading in history books. At the heart of the city stands Rizal Park, a monumental tribute to our national hero, and it’s just a few walks away from the historic walled city of Intramuros, the centerpiece of Manila’s Spanish heritage.

Manila is also an arts and culture paradise: you’ll find museums that houses precious gems of the past and art galleries with reflective masterpieces that will fill your soul. Get cultured at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, where you can witness Manila’s top performing arts or visit modern art galleries that feature the works of some of the country’s finest artists. Don’t forget to include some of the best art hubs in your itinerary like the National Museum of the Philippines, The Metropolitan Museum of Manila (the MET), and 1335 Mabini.

Perhaps one of the best takeaways in this city is its flourishing nightlife. Catch an awesome roster of live bands and music in the streets of Malate, where neon signs sparkle at night. And if you plan to have an overnight stay, fret not! Have a good rest at the new Go Hotels branch located at 1412 A. Mabini Street, a stones-throw away from Robinson’s Place Manila and a few minutes away from the city’s most important landmarks. For those who like to come and go, Go Hotels Ermita-Manila is safe and secure.  The guest rooms have an in-room safe and luggage storage for your belongings, plus, the entire premises are equipped with 24-hour CCTV security. Click here to book your stay.

The Intersection That Is Manila Airport Road

 Ninoy Aquino International Airport is Manila’s prime gateway to the World. The busiest airport in the country services an average of about 30 million local and international passengers a year.

Keep yourself entertained before, in between Or after your flight.  Go Hotels Manila Airport Road is just near Manila’s growing lifestyle entertainment and gaming hub.

 Entertainment City, also known as E-City (formerly PAGCOR City and Manila Bay Tourism City), is now the prime a gaming and entertainment complex under development by PAGCOR is teeming with casinos that will challenge your luck.  You can spend a few hours at the Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum inside the Villamor Air Base and marvel at the aerospace science exhibits and learn more about the military aviation history. Play a good round of Golf at the Villamor Golf Club.

On-the-go travellers can find their temporary haven in Go Hotels Manila Airport Road. It features quality amenities like the Super Shower to wash off your fatigue and a shuttle service to and from the airports for your additional needs. It’s located at 608 Quirino Ave, Parañaque City. Book here.


North EDSA: Shopper’s Paradise

If there’s one thing to say about North Avenue in Quezon City, it’s this: you won’t leave empty-handed. Prime malls like SM North EDSA, Trinoma and Ayala Malls Vertis North stand tall inside this commercial area, and they’re gleaming with items that meet people’s different shopping needs. Sale items are everywhere, so be sure to keep your wallet full or try hard to control yourself.

The district is also an institutional destination. Government offices, hospitals and schools are within its vicinity like the Quezon City Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman and Quezon City General Hospital. If you’re in need of a city break, look no further than the Quezon City Memorial Circle, a lush of greenery where you can de-stress in the middle of the hustles. A number of attractions sits inside, including amusement park called Pedal and Paddle is a perfect escape for families and friends—you should try their exciting amenities such as 4D ride, Skybike, Boat Station… there’s even a fish spa!

A day’s worth of activities is definitely tiring, so why not check-in at an affordable hotel at the end of the day? One footbridge away from SM City North Edsa is the newly-opened Go Hotels, ideally situated along EDSA. Go Hotels North EDSA also near LRT Roosevelt station and bus terminals, so it’s easily accessible. The hotel’s vibe is also fun and energetic, you’ll want to extend your stay. You can easily book here.

Japan On A Shoestring with Karaksa Hotel

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Every Pinoy traveler’s dream destination includes The Land of the Rising Sun. And why wouldn’t it be, the place is screaming with so much culture and life, and every attraction is bucket-list worthy: the gleaming temples and architectures, modern cityscapes a la sci-fi film, stunning parks in vibrant colors, heavenly hot springs—all begging to be explored.

Its fusion of ancient traditions and modern technology makes it an endless discovery and a country that holds a lot of surprises. In fact, Japan is the fourth most-visited country in Asia last year according to the World Tourism Organization, so it’s no doubt that it’s on top of most people’s bucket lists.

Kyoto: A time-warp to old century Japan


Kyoto’s Bamboo Forest

If Tokyo is the loud, beating heart of Japan, Kyoto is its more peaceful soul. This city is bursting with history and tradition, you’ll be amazed with how its century-old culture and architectures have remained intact up to this day.

Walk through the green wonderland that is the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, pass by the historic castles dating from ancient eras, admire the aesthetic pathway of Fushimi Inari Shrine, and experience the Japanese way of life by trying the delectable cuisine like the Kyoto’s popular kaiseki meal.

Golden Pavilion Kyoto

Golden Pavilion

One of the city’s highlights is the Kinkaku-ji, also called the golden pavilion, which sits in a lush of greenery surrounded by water where you can be one with nature. A trip to Kyoto won’t be complete without visiting this renowned Buddhist temple, so don’t forget to take photos while you’re there!

The city is also home to lovely cherry blossom trees and colorful geisha culture. With its reflective spirit and calm vibe, Kyoto is an amazing experience that you won’t get enough of.

Kyoto Facade

Karaksa Hotel Facade in Kyoto

Where to stay

Located at the heart of Kyoto lies Karaksa Hotel, a three-star leisure hotel that is a total bang for your buck. Think star-ranked hotels’ hospitality and facilities in a completely affordable price. It’s very accessible to the Arashiyama and is only 3 minutes away from Omiya station, so it’s a smart hotel option after a long day of exploration in the city.

Osaka Food

Osaka Food

The gastronomic adventure that is Osaka

Osaka is a dynamic city. For instance, it’s the food capital of Japan, so it’s the ultimate go-to place for binge-eating. If you’re in quest for the yummiest authentic Japanese eats like takoyaki, horumon and okonomiyaki—just head to Dotonbori or Shinsekai. Name it, they have it. The city is also home to popular tourist attractions such as Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Osaka Castle, and Universal Studios Japan.


Osaka’s familiar sights

For those who like to observe city skylines, Japan’s tallest skyscraper, Abeno Harukas, has an observation deck called Harukas 300 where you can admire the city’s sweeping views 300 meters high.

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

While you’re there, you can visit the Kintetsu Department Store and Art Museum just a few floors below. The nightlife is also flourishing here, so be sure to be wide awake at night while exploring its happy streets.

Osaka Breakfast Area

Osaka Breakfast Area

Where to stay

At the end of the day, have a good rest at the comfortable rooms of Karaksa Hotel, a leisure hotel just a few walks away from Osaka’s main shopping district, Shinsaibashi. Osaka Shinsaibashi I is located at 1-6-9 Bakuroumachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, just a 5-minute walk from Sakaisuji-Hommachi Station/Nagahoribashi Station.

Come home to Karaksa

Whether you went to get cultured at Kyoto or eat your heart out in Osaka, you can come home to the inviting comfort of Karaksa Hotel, especially designed for the smart Asian traveller.

Kyoto Hollywood Twin

Kyoto Hollywood Twin

Inside, there’s everything you need for a cozy stay. The rooms are fully-air conditioned and equipped with hot and cold shower, all of which contains the basic necessities like the latest flat screen TV, universal sockets with USB ports, bath towels, hair dryer, suitcase storage under the bed, Japanese-style bidet, mini refrigerator, toothbrush set, shampoo, conditioner and face soap, pajamas, sanitized slippers. There’s also a mini desk area if you have an urgent work to check. The room sizes include double decker and Hollywood twin for 2 adults and their child, and connecting room for group of friends or bigger families. The average room size is 18 sqm.

Osaka Triple

Osaka Triple Room

Its interiors are charming—every corner is a minimalist’s haven. The hotel is an experience itself: their amenities include a smoking space, and prayer room for the Muslim guests. A high-speed Wi-Fi service is also installed in the whole building, so you won’t easily get bored. Guests can also assure their important belongings are safe with their safety deposit box.

The overall vibe of the place feels like home–you can chance upon its Filipino receptionists, and there’s a TFC channel in your room television when you feel a little home sick. That’s because it has a touch of Pinoy: the hotel’s owner, Xymax Corporation, Japan’s premier asset property management company has teamed up with Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC), one of the leading property developers in the Philippines. RLC is the official Sales and Marketing agent of Karaksa Hotel in the country.

Osaka Hollywood Twin

Osaka Hollywood Twin

The Osaka branch features a laundry area and a leisure space with massage chairs and a wide array of vendo machines for snacks, toys and souvenirs, plus dining sets for eating or chatting with your companions. The Kyoto branch, on the other hand, features only twin rooms: Bunk and High Floor for up to 2 persons and Hollywood for groups and families.

A trip to Japan most likely comes with a hefty price tag, especially since the country is screaming with lots of attractions to put in your itinerary. To maximize your experience, start by choosing an affordable hotel to stay in. Karaksa Hotel is a great value for money, complete with basic amenities and comfortable accommodation. It’s slightly cheaper compared to other hotels of the same kind in the city, but it offers a top-star hotel experience that won’t hurt your wallet.

Kyoto Hollywood Twin

Whether you grab a seat sale or impulsively book a tour to Japan, fret not! You can book at Karaksa Hotel easily through By booking at any Go Hotels branch, you can get a chance to win a trip for two to Osaka. Click here for more details.

Karaksa Hotel, in partnership with Go Hotels, will open five more branches before the Tokyo Olympics 2020: Hokkaido, Sapporo, Tokyo Ginza, Shin-Osaka and Namba to cater more budget travelers. You can expect the Namba branch to open this November.

A Summer of Exciting Explorations with Go Hotels

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Summer has official started! For those who still don’t have plans for this exciting season, we’ve got you covered. Here are places to maximize your summer adventure without breaking the bank:

Obscure food places in Mandaluyong

The city where food lovers unite and hippies thrive, Mandaluyong houses a number of food places catering to diverse taste preferences. Aside from the food spots inside the big malls, you can choose to explore some hidden and hip places if you’re in a quest for new things this season.


Visit the All Day Breakfast in Bed, a cozy place at California Garden Square that serves breakfast food all day—perfect for catching up with friends over brunch. For night crawlers, there’s a New York-inspired spot called Borough that serves pub-type NYC food for 24 hours. A food plaza called Industrie Food Park is to open soon along Ortigas by the end of April, so get your taste buds ready with this another exciting food adventure.

After a long weekend of food exploration, stay at Go Hotels Mandaluyong branch along EDSA to ensure affordable room rates and comfortable stay. For bookings and inquiries, go to


Maginhawa Street in Quezon City

Maginhawa Street is definitely the most famous food area in the metro. But the place is not your typical trite food destination. Art and culture hangouts also fill the entire place, making it an ideal entertainment hub for those who seek comfort from the heat with a culture fix.

Drop by Yesteryears Music Gallery and Vinyl Store and hoard vinyl items for your collection. For thrifty bibliophiles, there’s a bookstore selling cheap secondhand books called BookayUkay. If you’re looking for a chill hangout place with your friends while indulging yourselves with coffee and art, the Art Circle Café is just inside UP Diliman campus, a ride away from Maginhawa Street. For those who love attending gigs, head to Tomato Kick, a spacious bar and grill place where bands and OPM lovers thrive.

After a long day in the city, check-in at one of the newly opened Go Hotels branch located right across SM City North Edsa. The hotel is just a 10-minute walk to the prime malls and restaurants, a short minute drive to government offices, and accessible to major public transports. Find out more about this branch here.


Nagtabon Beach at Puerto Princesa, Palawan

For a dose of “vitamin sea”, people can never go wrong with the breathtaking beaches of Puerto Princesa. While it houses a lot of beaches that are already known to tourists, this big part of Palawan still has its hidden wonders for those who love the silent sea treatment.

Head to Nagtabon Beach, a stunning beach spot just one habal-habal away from Bacungan, and enjoy its peaceful vibe. The place has fewer tourists, so you can do fun beach activities such as snorkeling and volleyball without the hassle of a big crowd. You can easily reach the place through private van, motorcycle or tricycle, and even via public transportation. For beach hopping enthusiasts, there are other secluded beaches you can go nearby like the Tagkawayan Beach, which offers a deserted island feel.

If you’re looking for an affordable place to stay that is easily accessible, Go Hotels Puerto Princesa branch is conveniently located at North Road, Barangay San Manuel. They also have free WiFi and LED cable TV, so you have a lot of entertainment options despite being in an island. Visit Go Hotel’s website to know how to get there.


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Zipcity in Davao City

As one the largest cities in the country, Davao City offers a slew of cultural places and activities to make you fall in love with nature. Since Davao is a great example of a place where nature and city meet, appreciate the great scenery of the place through one of Davao’s most thrilling adventures—zipline!

For first-timers, Zip City in Hilltop, Ma-a is the ideal place to go. Unlike other ziplines, Zip City will make you feel refreshed while you’re up in the air, and it overlooks the breathtaking view of Davao Gulf and Mount Apo. It’s perfect for all ages, and it’s just nearby Dencio’s Kainan, one of Davao’s famous native restaurant.


Summer Holiday


If you fancy a dip, there’s an infinity pool at Mother Ignacia Healing Center, a retreat place located within the hilltop. To maximize your Davao City experience, visit the famous Butterfly House and Crocodile Farm nearby.

At the end of the day, have a good rest on comfy Windsor beds exclusively available at Go Hotels. Their Davao branch is conveniently located at Km. 7, J.P. Laurel Avenue corner Arroyo Street, Lanang. Learn more about the hotel’s exciting features here.


Get Away from The City Hustle and Unwind at Summit Ridge Tagaytay

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The city is where everything happens — where life is a high-speed car chase to get to where you want to be. But being in the midst of the everyday hustle and bustle can take a toll on your physical and mental well-being.

We all need a break from the fast-paced lifestyle of the city every once in a while. Luckily, we don’t have to venture too far to enjoy life unhurried. Favored weekend destinations like Tagaytay are only a stone’s throw away from Metro Manila, making it an ideal spot for a quick rest and relaxation.

Among the plenty of accommodations you can find in Tagaytay, Summit Ridge Hotel is a welcoming respite for urbanites needing a quick break from the daily grind.

Only one and a half hours away from the center of Metro Manila, this cozy suburban hotel that sits along Aguinaldo Highway greets you with friendly and personalized service as soon as you walk through its doors. With hassle-free processes and Tagaytay’s tranquility emanating even from within, Summit Ridge immediately fulfills its promise of offering peaceful rest and relaxation to its guests, making it conducive for bonding and togetherness among groups.

Its 108 guest rooms are perfect for every type of traveler who can take in the fresh breeze and the picturesque view of Taal Lake through their own private verandas. Those who seek the most comfort from their hotel stay can book one of the 18 suites that feature a living area, kitchenette and two separate bedrooms.

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The recreational amenities available likewise add to the experience of a relaxed weekend getaway. Spa enthusiasts can relieve themselves of physical stress at the hotel’s own spa facility, The Ridge Spa, or opt for an in-room massage service. Guests can delight in the refreshing infinity pool set in the midst of Tagaytay’s lush nature and beautiful climate. Meanwhile, those who want to maintain or work on their figure even while on vacation can do so at the round-the-clock gym, or at the indoor basketball and badminton courts — facilities not found in most hotels in the metro.

When it comes to food, guests need not venture too far to indulge in mouthwatering treats. The hotel’s own onsite restaurant, Sisterfields by Cravings, serves sustainable cuisine that features a specially curated menu of comfort food dishes like Chicken Ala Pobre, Roast Beef, Crispy Kare Kare and Sisterfields Burger with quarter pound beef.

Summit Ridge also provides enough opportunities for its guests to unwind even beyond the hotel grounds with the various dining options, fun-filled parks and top must-see Tagaytay destinations all conveniently located and within reach.

Families can enjoy nearby spots like Sky Ranch Theme Park, Bag of Beans, Tagaytay Picnic Grove, and the next-door commercial center Summit Ridge Promenade. Couples who don’t mind splurging a little bit for an unforgettable vacation experience will delight in a fine dinner at Antonio’s or escape to hidden romantic spots like Chateau Hestia and Marcia Adams.

Barkadas can explore the city’s lesser known gems that serve healthy comfort food like The Dining Room at Gourmet Farms and Lime and Basil Thai Restaurant. They can also go on an adventurous trek to Taal Volcano and see the pride of Tagaytay up close.

Companies on their out-of-town retreats can make use of Summit Ridge’s state-of-the-art MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events) facilities and banqueting hall, complete with an efficient and attentive staff. During their free time, they can destress at Qiwellness Living, an Asian teahouse, bathhouse and spa, or play a few rounds of golf at the Splendido Taal Golf Club.

Indeed, there’s always something to do for every kind of vacationer.

Whether it’s a quick summer getaway or an affordable vacation, Summit Ridge Tagaytay is the ideal place to unwind with family, friends, coworkers, a loved one, or just on your own. With the beautiful weather you can relish just outside your window and all the leisure activities to enjoy within the area, you’ll definitely get the laidback vacation you deserve.

Visit for more information and to book a stay today.


REVIEW: Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island in Cebu

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Whether you want to admit it to yourself or not, there are times when, after visiting one place, over and over again, you just become a bit bored, and your interest in visiting it once again wanes.

Cebu is a little bit like that for me. After visiting it for more then 20 times already for events, and business meetings over the past 13 years, it has become a very boring place for me and begged off some opportunities to come visit it again.

But all that changed when I had the chance to visit the city and stay at the luxurious Movenpick Hotel in Mactan Island.


I have heard only wonderful things about the hotel and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to experience it for myself.

Needless to say, I had high expectations but I was also realistic.

Thank God that Movenpick exceeded all my expectations and then some.


Located at the quieter side of Mactan (Punta Engano), Movenpick is miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city, giving you that much needed peace you crave for. Surprisingly, it is only 7 kilometers or about 30 minutes away from the  airport.

It is about 22 kilometers though from the the Cebu City and the usual shopping areas in the city.


From the moment I arrived at its breezy, open air lobby and saw the grand sails hovering above and the comfy, colorful sofas, I was instantly in love. It was a nice contrast to the overall white color and Mediterranean feel and inspiration of the hotel.

The staff was very attentive and assisted me every step of the way until I checked into my spacious room.


Deluxe Room. Photo courtesy of Movenpick

Again, I was in Cebu for a business engagement, so I had the chance to check out its amenities for MICE and I was satisfied.

For three days, I had my meals at The Sails, Movenpick’s main all day dining restaurant. It had limited choices but the food was good and the ambiance was cozy.




What really made me fall in love with Movenpick is the Ibiza Beach Club and Churrasco Grill. They made sure that after a whole day’s worth of heavy work, I was able to unwind at the comfort of my own hotel, and that there’s really no need to go downtown to have a party.


And since this is a 5-star luxury hotel, the clienteles were mostly businessmen and more discerning and affluent guests.

Movenpick is a bit pricey but the rooms are excellent, the amenities are satisfactory and the overall experience is topnotch. I think it’s definitely worth your money’s worth. And without any hesitation, I would surely come back a second time.

A Review of Park Inn Radisson Davao

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Let’s be honest. No matter how grand the amenities are, now matter how posh and comfortable your hotel is. There is always this nagging feeling that you’re somewhere unfamiliar.

You can’t put a finger on it, but it’s just the feeling of being somewhere you don’t necessarily belong.

In Filipino colloquial terms, we call it ‘namamahay” derived from the root word ‘bahay’ or house/

I always get this feeling when I stay somewhere away from my own condo unit. Although I usually get this feeling after a day or two. I still don’t like to feel it in the first place.

After some observation, I realized that part of this feeling emanates from the fact that most hotels where we stay have the same dull, generic colors, mostly pale yellow, white, or cream.

These colors give the hotel a feeling of unfamiliarity and it’s a glaring reminder that this is not your home, and you are just passing through.

Absent are the colors we use to make our personal space more personal and intimate. Case in point, my room wall is covered by pictures showing a barrange of colors. It gives me that warm feeling and it evokes happy emotions.

This awareness on the importance of color and the emotions it gives you must have been a top consideration in building the all new Park Inn Radisson in Lanang, Davao City.

Park Inn Radisson Davao is the latest project of SM Hotels and Conventions Corp., next to Radisson Blu in Cebu, Pico Sands Hotel in Hamilo Coast Batangas, and Taal Vista in Tagaytay among others. It is in partnership with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the largest hotel chains in the world.

This 204-bedroom structure is basically a businessman’s hotel but it threw convention and stereotype to the wind by providing a burst of colors everywhere, resulting in a hotel that mimics  just your own personal space: that space where you can just relax and enjoy. A space where you can be you.

This is quite apparent as soon as you arrive. Park Inn Radisson Davao’s main lobby is the most colorful lobby I have ever seen and that’s saying something given the number of hotels/hostels I’ve seen here and abroad.

It screams you are welcome and you will instantly feel it

Once you get over the hues, you will notice the bits and pieces of furniture that makes the lobby quite warm and relaxing.

Because this is a mid-scale business hotel geared towards visiting business and leisure guests, who are always out touring the gorgeous sights and spots of Davao City, the rooms are not as big, but each one is equipped with the basic services you will ever need.

There’s also a gym and a pool, which is actually not present in most business hotels.

Security is tight and you can only use the elevators through your electronic card key.

For dining, the rbg grill is located the left side of the main lobby. This also serves as the breakfast area of the hotel.

Park Inn Radisson Davao is located in Lanang, just in front of the newly constructed SM Lanang and SMX Davao so the location is quite convenient for those attending MICE events.

There’s even a walkway from the second floor of the hotel to the mall.

It is also close to various attractions such as the Crocodile farm and the outdoor events center.

I was really happy with my stay at Park Inn Radisscon because it provided the basic luxury and amenities I needed during my three-day visit. And quite honestly, I never really had to get over that feeling of discomfort at another hotel because of the warm, friendly and familiar ambience the hotel gives.

Add to that the very accommodating staff and my stay was simply memorable.

When I visit Davao City, again, Park Inn Radisson will definitely be my hotel of choice.

A Review of Market Cafe, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila

buffet, Food and Dining, Hotels, restaurant, The Philippines, Weekend Food Trips

I am definitely a man who’s after value for money.

So when my mom asked me whether I wanted to try having a buffet dinner at Market Cafe for about $50 per person, it was an understatement to say that I was skeptical about it. In fact, I wasn’t that thrilled. I wasn’t planning on spending $100 when I can dine at a great restaurant for a fraction of the cost.

But since we were in the area, (my mom tried her hands at the slots), we proceeded to have dinner at Market Cafe, located at the third floor of the Hyatt Hotel and Casino in Malate, Manila.

Now, being the food lover that I am, I am very much familiar with buffet dinners. I’ve tried having dinner at Spiral in Sofitel; Circles in Makati Shang; Heat in Edsa Shang; Escolta in Manila Pen; Cafe Ilang-Ilang in Manila Hotel and Paseo Uno in Mandarin Hotel. So you see, I had great expectations going into yet another buffet dinner. I wanted to see and taste what it is that makes this restaurant unique.

What does it offer that other restaurants in its category do not?

It turns out that my mom and I was in for a good surprise.

Market Cafe, while not as famous as other restaurants offering buffet dinners, probably because Hyatt Hotel and Casino is located in Malate, and not in posh Makati, offers a wide range of cuisines enough to satisfy its mostly foreign customers.

My mom and I were part of the few Filipinos dining on a Saturday night, with most of the customers being Caucasians, Japanese and Koreans.

They served authentic Oriental food and I loved their dimsum. I also loved their steaks and blue marlin placed raw at the meat section. They were big cuts that satisfied my appetite, and you can have it grilled anyway you like, medium rare or very well done. They had a wide range of meats to grill, you have your usual pork and chicken skewers, tanigue, lamb chops, and prawns.

The dessert section was quite interesting as well. Not only did they serve the usual cakes and sweets, but they also served Filipino delicacies you don’t usually see in buffet dinners. Have you tried nilupak and maja blanca?at any of the other restaurant in its category?

My mom particularly loved the Japanese section since you can have an unlimited number of tempura which the chef will gladly cook for your and have it served on your table.

I guess the best part the buffet is the unlimited soda and beer, which was a real treat. Of course, you can also order champagne and wines, but they are not included in the buffet.

Imagine, coming from a casino night, and you can enjoy your cold beer while overlooking the busy streets of Malate.

Also, the restaurant staff were very accommodating and they were willing to serve any food you want.

We were so full, that I didn’t even get to try their Thai section. But I guess, I was so full and contented that we decided to leave after several rounds of beer.

Now, if you’re wondering if I got my money’s worth at Market Cafe, I can safely say that it was one of the most satisfying buffet dinners I’ve ever had. The experience was made even more memorable by the chat I’ve shared with my mom.

And at the end of the evening, I had to thank her for recommending a great new restaurant that I’m sure we will visit very very soon.

A Review of Melia Lebreros Hotel in Sevilla, Spain

Europe, Hotels, Spain

It’s been more than a month since my Spanish getaway and I still couldn’t get over the excitement of my first-ever European trip.

I just love Spain: the food, the people, the architecture and the culture totally blew me away.

The lobby of Melia Lebreros

But a lot of the positive experience I had can be directly attributed to the awesome hotel we stayed at for the greater duration of the trip.

Melia Lebreros, a four-star accommodation, may not be the best, and the most high-end hotel in Sevilla, but when it comes to location, service and value for money, it will give other more esteemed hotels a run for their money.


Located at the heart of Sevilla, Melia Lebreros is quite accessible to almost all places of interest in the city. It is about 8-15 minutes (or 8-10) euros away from Plaza de Espana, Seville Cathedral, and the historic center.

Grand Staircase

It is about four kilometers from the Isla Magic theme park and the gypsy quarter of town called Triana. It is about 10 minutes away from both the Santa Cruz and La Macarena districts of Sevilla.

The hotel is also close to all various modes of transport in and out of Sevilla. It is a mere 400 meters away from the Santa Justa station where you can take the AVE or high speef train to Madrid and other parts of Spain. It is also close to the Sevilla San Pablo airport.

Should you need to shop during your trip, you can literally cross the street to the nearby El Corte Ingles and the Nervion Plaza.


Melia Lebreros has a total of 437 rooms including five junior suites, five family roooms and a premium floor. Each roo, has a king-size bed or two single beds, a 37-inch LCD TV, mini bar and free wifi. The rooms are kept clean every day and the staff are very polite and accommodating.

I had some trouble with our room assignment and I had to add an extra bed and the front desk staff helped me. Just a note though, a lot of hotel employees in Spain do not speak English at all so it will be helpful if you bring with you some useful Spanish words and phrases.


When it comes to amenities and add-on attractions, Melia Lebreros is also impressive.

It has a gorgeous outdoor pool measuring 270 square meters and a disco bar at the ground floor. It also has a 24/7 gym available to all guests.

Restaurante Arcos

For dining options, the Arcos restaurant at the 1st floor, serves buffet breakfast and it boasts of mixed international, Andalusian and Mediterranean cuisine line-up.

The Taverna La Dehesa located right beside Melia Lebreros is a great, if a bit pricey dining option in Sevilla. The restaurant has a bullfighting theme/ design for its interiors and it serves tapas and jamons from Huelva. It also prides in wines ordered from as far as Cadiz.

For the service and the amenities and its proximity to everything that’s important, I think the price range of Melia Lebreros is justified.

My colleague and I stayed at a classic room with king size bed and we paid for about 160 Euros inclusive of buffet breakfast for two.

Overall, I really enjoyed my stay in Melia Lebreros and if I ever get the chance to go back to Seville, I will definitely come back and stay there again.


Melia Lebreros Hotel

Calle Luis Morales, 2

Seville, Spain