Thursday, February 21, 2019

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila makes history with third consecutive Five-Star Hotel Award from Forbes Travel Guide


Filipino Warmth and Hospitality Acclaimed Among World’s Best

Forbes Travel Guide today unveiled its annual Star Rating list, naming Marco Polo Ortigas Manila as a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel for the third consecutive year. Part of Wharf Hotels, the Philippines’ first sky hotel will be showcased with all of the Star Rating recipients on ForbesTravelGuide.com

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Celebrating Love this Valentine's at Cocina Peruvia



It's Valentine's Day today! Expect heavy traffic everywhere, long lines at restaurants and flowers at every corner you may go!  No, Valentine's is not just for couples, they are for the singles as well.  Valentine's is a celebration of love, love for a friend, a neighbor, a family member or love for yourself.  It has been one of the most loved, and also one of the most hated day in a year.... oh what a day you are indeed, Valentine's Day!

Well, have you got plans yet for this Valentine"s Day?  Well, if you still have not planned it out yet, and you just gotta get out of it all, do make that visit to Cocina Peruvia, one of the most underrated restaurants we have in the metro.  We have been recently to their Podium branch, and may I say the food is GOOD!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Experience Romance, Indulgence and Luxury at City of Dreams Manila this Love Month


City of Dreams Manila celebrates the season of love and passion with romantic offerings that include epicurean experiences at signature restaurants The Tasting Room, Crystal Dragon, and Nobu Manila; sweet treats from Chocol8 and Café Society; Valentine’s weekend acoustic nights at The Garage; a dreamy staycation package at Nobu Hotel; and revitalizing spa treatments at Nobu Spa and Nuwa Spa.


Monday, February 11, 2019

A Sweet Love Affair at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila


Join hearts with a celebration of all things sweet and lovely this Valentine’s month. Meaningful journeys make the most memorable love stories at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila.

It’s time for romance. Complete the whole Valentine experience with the special someone with a romantic overnight stay on 14 February. Book a room and get a complimentary upgrade to Premier room, with an intimate dinner for the couple at the comforts of the room. The special menu includes U.S. MacDonald’s Premium Angus Beef Tenderloin and a bottle of Cadet d’Oc Chardonnay. Reservations may be made via resv.mnl@marcopolohotels.com or (02)7207777. 

La Festa Degli Innamorati with Villa Del Conte


No one is more passionately in-love with being in-love than the Italians. In fact, in Italy, they have a celebration called “La Festa Degli Innamorati” or Feast of Lovers, which lasts for four days to a month and is strictly celebrated between couples, where they exchange flowers, love notes, romantic candlelit dinners and delicious chocolates. 

This Love Month, Villa Del Conte shares the Italian tradition of La Festa Degli Innamorati with their Amore Gift Collection of creative, rich and authentic Italian chocolates masterfully handcrafted from Padova, Italy. You can choose from Villa Del Conte Amore Chocolate Gift Box that contains 115 grams of rich assorted pralines; Amore 5g square with 50% dark chocolate; Amore 100g chocolate bar; or Amore Crate Gift Set. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Earth Pig Arrives at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila


New beginnings and new opportunities arise as Marco Polo Ortigas Manila welcomed the coming of the Earth Pig during the Lunar New Year.

As the award-winning hotel celebrates the New Year with its guests, this year’s festivities commenced last 5 February 2019, with the guidance of Feng Shui Master Chau Kam Shing, who led the Taoist Ritual Blessing Ceremony. Guests and members of the Hotel’s executive team gathered around at the ground floor lobby of the hotel for this special gathering. This was followed by the traditional eye-dotting of the lions and dragons, led by General Manager Frank Reichenbach, and hotel owners Mr. Samuel Po and Mr. Victor Co.

The Future of Smartphones: What we know so far about Vivo’s 2019 opening salvo


In 2018, Vivo cemented its position as the innovator of the smartphone industry—always introducing breakthrough technology. From the Vivo X21, the first to feature an in-display fingerprint scanner, to the NEX series that boasts of additional impressive features such as a huge screen-to-body ratio, to name one. 

The consistently remarkable releases just gets everyone all the more excited for what Vivo will pull out its sleeves next. An unofficial image circulating the web, of what might be the speculated V15 or the latest in the NEX series, shows that it might bring in a groundbreaking pop-up front camera.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

All the Special M Bakery Desserts for the Perfect Valentine Surprise


Thinking of what to get your special someone this Valentine’s Day?  M Bakery introduces swoon-worthy treats perfect for that sweet surprise 

Any gesture to make your Valentine’s celebration special will surely brighten your sweetheart’s day. But this time, turn the notch higher and make your surprise extra sweet with these beautiful and equally delicious desserts from Manila’s latest hit bakeshop—M Bakery! 

The popular bakeshop, known for its freshly baked American desserts, releases a selection of Valentine’s-inspired versions of their classic offerings—and they are all Instagram- and drool-worthy that your sweetheart won’t be able to resist!

Nature Collection by Starbucks: Inspired by the charm of nature and beauty of wood

Gloria Wood Lid Glass
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s important to find ways to slow down. Some people recharge and re-center by spending some time immersed in nature - feeling the grass on their bare feet, taking in the earthy scents of a forest, and just seeing some lush greenery. Although this may sound like the perfect way to unwind, sneaking in moments of calm during our hectic day is actually easy and just as rewarding.

Now, Starbucks is helping coffee and nature lovers find Zen in their daily lives with its new merchandise collection inspired by a variety of wood finishes. The set features six different designs in classic and new shapes. Its minimalist design, chic wood finish, and warm neutral shades are an instantly calming sight that gives off the feel of nature.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Indulgently Auspicious Delights for the Year of the Earth Pig at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria and Holiday Inn Manila Galleria

Celebrating Chinese New Year 
at Xin Tian Di

Chinese New Year is one of the most celebrated holiday in the world, from Asia to the rest of the world, it has blossomed through the years, just like in the Philippines, I remember the days where Chinese New Year was never celebrated in the Philippines as a whole, and I am glad to see how the Philippines has embraced Chinese culture as their own and is giving respect to the many Chinoys living in the Philippines.

Now it is celebrated all over the country and is a proclaimed holiday in the Philippines.  So much so that restaurants and hotels celebrate it with zest, from featuring functions for Feng Shui appreciation, to the many traditions such a Chinese calligraphy and the like, but most of all it is in the celebration of great tasting food!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Lee Kum Kee Announces Winners of 130th Anniversary Recipe Contest in the Philippines

(L-R): Mr. Ryan Cruz, Ms. Venus Lorraine Moral, Ms. Patricia Mejorada, Mr. Linus Reyes
Home business owner took home HKD 13,000 for her signature recipe


In celebration of its 130th Anniversary, “Lee Kum Kee 130th Anniversary Recipe Contest” was launched in 2018 globally to look for the best recipe created with Lee Kum Kee sauces and condiments. The competition received close to 500 entries worldwide, of which 50 came from the Philippines (https://130.lkk.com/winner-announcement/). On January 22, 2019, a Prize Presentation Ceremony was held to award the country’s two regional winners.

Home-maker and small business owner Ms. Venus Lorraine Moral took home the Most Liked Recipe Prize with her own version of the beloved Pinoy Local Empanada (https://130.lkk.com/recipe-detail/?rid=706) using Lee Kum Kee Premium Soy Sauce. The mother of one has been using Lee Kum Kee products in her home business for more than eight years. Sharing her passion for good food, Lorraine loves joining online cooking and recipe contests. The winning dish is her family favorite. As a cook, Lorraine loves using Lee Kum Kee products for its consistent taste, which makes every dish more delicious. As the winner with 2,370 online votes, Lorraine took home HKD 13,000 in cash (approximately PHP 87,000) and a gift package of Lee Kum Kee products. To find out Lorraine’s award-winning recipe for Local Pinoy Empanada, please visit https://130.lkk.com/recipe-detail/?rid=706

Friday, February 1, 2019

Chinese New Year Traditions at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila


Celebrate auspicious beginnings as Marco Polo Ortigas Manila ushers abundance with the coming of the Earth Pig. Welcome a flow of luck, fortune, and happiness starting this festive season.

A true tradition through symbolic delicacies that bring abundance. Indulge in auspicious and staple glutinous rice cakes for that stroke of luck. Choose between its two forms: the gold bar, which is available boxes of one and two pieces and in brown sugar flavour; or the traditional round variant, which is available in orange and brown sugar flavours. These nian gao are available starting at Php 798.

Overflowing HOPE: Starbucks builds another classroom with Hope in a Bottle


Ever since it was established in the country in 1997, Starbucks has always been known to brew handcrafted beverages for coffee lovers. Since 2012, however, the company has also been brewing opportunities for young Filipinos to better their lives through simply serving Hope in a Bottle.

In partnership with Hope in a Bottle, Starbucks Philippines (Rustan Coffee Corporation) has been retailing the purified drinking water in their stores nationwide, to generate funds needed to build public school classrooms in areas where they are most needed. Upon construction, the facilities are donated to schools identified by the Department of Education Adopt-A-School program, to help address the problem of classroom shortage. The department is set to deliver 81,000 classrooms to address the shortage which affects more than 2.5million students.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

“foodpanda launched their Healthy First Food Revolution campaign to help you with your New Year’s resolution”


foodpanda, the on-demand food delivery platform, is bringing you the Healthy First Food Revolution to jump-start with your new year's resolution to eat clean by providing special discounts on healthy restaurant options. The campaign has up to 25% off on food you love. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t have a cheat meal or two during the week because foodpanda has your favorite cheat meals on discounted prices too!

Healthy First Food Revolution will run for the whole month of January with the perfect compliment to those new gym memberships you recently paid for. Come home to a healthy meal delivered straight to your door at a discounted price! 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Villa Del Conte introduces new delicious flavors



Chocoholics have more reasons to indulge. Villa Del Conte has launched a new set of mouthwatering dark chocolate flavors. The best selling chocolate Pralines are now available in White Cream Cheese Cake flavor with Amaretto Grains filling. Get the praline ball covered in thick dark chocolate and soft cream cheese made from the highest quality of milk and cheese or the luscious combo of chewy amaretto grains. 

Mang Inasal rules grilled-chicken market with perfect recipe for success


A truly Filipino feast is never complete without inihaw (barbecue or grilled dish), as it is as iconic as the Pinoy fiesta itself. This well-loved dish has found its way in Mang Inasal’s menu 15 years ago, and the rest is history. 

Mang Inasal’s 2-in-1 sa Laki, Nuot sa Ihaw Sarap Chicken Inasal stands out amid the different brands of grilled chicken with its large serving of its uniquely flavored char-grilled chicken served in a homey fastfood setting.  

This is affirmed by the latest Kantar Worldpanel Eat-Out Panel Study which shows that Mang Inasal emerged as the No.1 Grilled Chicken brand, capturing a lion-share based on moving annual total value as of May 2018.

Usher Abundance with Feng Shui Master Joseph Chau


A flow of luck and prosperity is coming as Marco Polo Ortigas Manila welcomes the coming of the Earth Pig with Feng Shui Master Joseph Chau this Chinese New Year, 5 February 2019, 11AM, at the hotel’s ground floor lobby.

As the hotel ushers abundance with the annual Chinese New Year celebration, Master Chau will be facilitating a Taoist Ritual Blessing Ceremony to guests attending the event. This will be followed by the dragon and lion dance, performing their way to bring prosperity.

Jamba Juice invites you to keep it real with all-new tea smoothies



Fake news, fake fashion, fake fitness. In this day and age when what is fake is what most people know to be true, Jamba Juice keeps it real with its newest offerings, the Tea Smoothies.

Freshly blended upon order, the Tea Smoothies come in two exciting varieties that offer a refreshing and healthy break from all the fake health trends bombarding today’s consumers. Made with real tea, real whole fruits, and real low fat milk, there is no better way to keep it real than to chill out with one—or two!—of these.

City of Dreams Manila welcomes The Year of the Earth Pig with auspicious Chinese New Year Specialties and Activities


City of Dreams Manila ushers in the bountiful Year of the Earth Pig with menu specialties from Crystal Dragon and Red Ginger restaurant; and auspicious line up of activities in front of Café Society at The Shops at the Boulevard.

Crystal Dragon

From January 25 to February 19, Crystal Dragon is offering specialty menus available for lunch at 12 PM to 3 PM and dinner from 6 PM to 11 PM.

The premium Chinese restaurant highlights symbolic and premium renditions of the traditional “Yu Sheng” salad with a fruity twist: the Prosperity Abalone Yu Sheng with Fruit Salad available in medium (Php 1,350++) and large (Php 2,700++) servings; and the Shredded Roasted Duck with Fresh Fruit Salad with dressing in medium (Php 1,280++) and large (Php 2,380++). The medium serving is good for four to five persons; while the large is good for eight to ten persons.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Mang Inasal marks Pambansang Araw ng Chicken Inasal on Jan. 26 with P15 off on select Chicken Paborito Value meals


Mang Inasal, home of the country’s No.1 Chicken Inasal, will once more celebrate Filipinos’ love for its great-tasting grilled chicken on January 26. 

Now called as the Pambansang Araw ng Chicken Inasal, the celebration will feature a one-day only promo where customers ordering the Chicken Paborito Value Meals (PVM) at Mang Inasal stores nationwide will enjoy P15 off.

The promo applies for dine-in and takeout transactions only.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Survive Everyday Peligro with the help of JolliSavers!

New JolliSavers video illustrates how you can overcome everyday peligro and mediocre meals
Petsa de peligro—that nerve-wracking time when payday feels so near yet so far—now extends beyond the 14th and 29th of every month. These days, because of the increasing prices of our daily needs, we now face “Everyday Peligro”, daily challenges we must overcome with our tight budget.

But as the latest Jollibee ad shows, there are creative and enjoyable ways to survive everyday peligro, especially with the help of JolliSavers!

Flip Nights at Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge


Take a chance during cold January nights with a classic gin and tonic in hand as Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge presents Flip Nights, in partnership with Bombay Sapphire. Simply toss a coin and get a complimentary round of gin and tonic when you win against the bartender. This promotion is available from 8PM onwards Sundays through Tuesdays.

Located at the 45th topmost level of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge is a signature Ortigas attraction offering an unobstructed 180-degree view of Manila. Apart from the remarkable skyline scenery, the sky bar invites diners to indulge in its vast selection of cocktails, wines and other spirits together with a well-curated line-up of dishes that is a good mix of Filipino, Spanish and other Mediterranean favourites.

Friday, January 11, 2019

AirAsia welcomes 2019 with 1.9 million promo seats!


Fly from as low as P519, grab your promo seats now at airasia.com

AirAsia welcomes the new year with 1.9 million promo seats up for grabs! The AirAsia Group is offering promo seats to over 130 destinations across ASEAN and stretching across Asia, Australia and New Zealand and the Middle East.

Enjoy promotional all-in BIG Loyalty members fares from as low as P519 for flights from Manila, Clark, Cebu and Cagayan de Oro.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Celebrate Lunar New Year by hogging the adorable Starbucks Year of the Pig collection



Get ready for an abundant and prosperous 2019 as Starbucks welcomes the Year of the Pig! In Chinese culture, the pig is a symbol of wealth and luck, and this year, the lucky Pig is sharing its fortune and promising success to everyone.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila Shares the Gift of ‘Tis Season


With the season of gift-giving, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila holds a fun-filled Christmas party with the long-time partner, the Riversprings School, last 29 November 2018.

Coming from the previous partnerships of sharing Philippine Eagle stuffed toys purchased by hotel guests for the kids, this year’s campaign was set differently. The hotel organized a Filipino-themed party that gave the little tots a celebration of a Marco Polo Christmas. Activities include games together with their own teachers, magic show, and bubble show. The students also delighted everyone with a dance performance.

Elevated Tea Experiences With Bold, New Starbucks Teavana® Beverages


Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world, a timeless drink that has been enjoyed from the east to the west. In Europe, especially Britain, ‘afternoon tea’ is a staple relished by many, while in Asia, tea drinking is not only part of everyday meals but is also part of many traditional ceremonies. Through the years, however, tea has changed as more people look for exciting twists on the classic beverage.

Now, embracing the spirit of innovation and reimagination, Starbucks is introducing a new way to experience tea with a range of Teavana® ™ Tea Lattes to bring a modernized tea experience.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach reveals how she gives her best for her life’s greatest joys


In a touching new Jollibee ad, the Muhlachs give us another heartwarming glimpse of their family life

Being a celebrity comes with a multitude of “rewards,” including fame, fortune, and countless public milestones. But for celebrity parents Aga and Charlene Muhlach, there’s no greater joy than being able to give their best for the twins, Atasha and Andres.

In a heartwarming new commercial for Jollibee, former beauty queen and renowned actress-host Charlene professes that her “greatest joy” in life are her twin children, who had grown up relatively away from the limelight.

Viva Mexicana at Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge


Say ¡Hola! and have a fiesta with the amigos as Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge brings alegria with staple dishes from the land of carnitas and tortillas until 26 January 2019.

Sample the sky bar’s take on Mexican cuisine with its festive spices that truly make one’s taste buds dance. Until 26 January, Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge takes guests on a tasty trip with some well-deserved cerveza. Enjoy staples packed with flavour at every bite. Have a platter of gourmet tacos and burritos, and toast it up with San Miguel Beer for Php 999. Take the Mexican route after a day’s work, gathering, or celebrating an occasion and fiesta!
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