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Hotels

The Peninsula Manila

For almost four decades now, the Peninsula Manila has become a favorite hangout of the rich and famous, politicians, professionals, business executives, socialites and even ordinary people like me. I’m always in awe of the hotel’s iconic lobby with its signature sunburst ceiling. The Lobby is also home to the Pen‘s famous halo-halo called Harana. … Continue reading »

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Hotel Celeste

What made Bea’s 9th birthday even more memorable, apart from her videoke playdate with friends, was our overnight stay at Hotel Celeste — a posh boutique hotel in Makati with one-of-a-kind rooms that combine sophistication and utmost comfort. Its modern European-inspired interior design and furnishings are truly awe-inspiring. The word “opulent” easily comes to mind. … Continue reading »

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Holiday Inn & Suites Makati

My parents just recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary or Ruby Anniversary (yes, I was a honeymoon baby!) and we thought of treating them to a nice hotel stay and a strictly-family anniversary lunch in Makati. They came all the way from Olongapo City, where I grew up and where they still reside, and I … Continue reading »

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Dusit Thani Manila

The “suite life” can be quite addicting — a luxury that’s really nice to enjoy once in a while. And I guess once you’ve tried a suite accommodation it’s hard to go back to standard hotel rooms. For our daughter Bea’s 8th birthday weekend, we decided to hole up in a hotel suite again and … Continue reading »

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Weekend at New World Hotel

I think the word staycation was especially coined because of people like my husband who hate going out of town for some relaxation and leisure time. A staycation, according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, is a vacation spent at home or nearby — which means, no long drives or airport hassles involved. With only about … Continue reading »

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The Mandarin Oriental Club Experience

Dear Mandarin Oriental Manila, You just don’t know what a tremendous blessing you have given me this year. I am one of the winners of your wonderful “MOMents in Our Family Tradition” photo contest which you hosted on facebook a few months ago. As the second place winner, I received a complimentary weekend stay at … Continue reading »

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