Showing posts from 2018


Marco Polo Davao marks a milestone as it celebrated its 20th Anniversary last December 7, 2018 at the Marco Polo Ballroom with the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte, its VIP guests from the business sector, diplomatic corps, government, media and society. 

Dr. Cronin also presented a Peacock embroidery artwork as a symbolic gift from WHM which means power and grace and continuous good fortune for Marco Polo Davao. The gift was received by Halifax Davao Hotel Inc.s Chairman Bienvenido Tan and President Francis Ledesma.
Republic of the Philippines President Rogrigo R. Duterte and founding chairman Department of Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez also gave a congratulatory message to the management of Marco Polo Davao. Lucky guests won exciting prizes such as round trip tickets from Marco Polo Davaos corporate airline partners - Philippine Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Silk Air, Cebu Pacific and AirAsia bundled with overnight stays at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, Pan Pacific …

Debbie Tan-Hao: On Holiday Hosting & Styling

If Debbie Tan-Hao can summarize her annual to-do list, it will have these three: travel, shop, socials. She may have a seat in several of the companies the family owns, but she’s lucky to have her husband and children take the lead. She, on the other hand, holds the rein on matters of the home, including decorating, hosting parties and styling the men in her life. It does help that she loves fashion and shopping.

December is the busiest month for Debbie, if not challenging. The calendar is marked with social engagements for the family, business associates and the several cliques she’s part of. Most of the affairs may be themed, including the ones she’ll be hosting in her hilltop home with a scenic view of the city. That will require getting creative with the closet and cupboard contents.

How does she keep up? Debbie has several tricks under her sleeve, and she’s willing to share it. 

“I enjoy hosting informal and relaxed dinners. For formal gatherings, which doesn’t happen too often, I g…


For this special holiday, Hot n’ Hungry is getting a makeover with HoliDeals! Starting  December 1, foodpanda, the on-demand food delivery platform, is bringing back the biggest food sale with a lot of restaurants offering up to 30%. 

     HoliDeals will run for the whole month of December, until the 31st, perfect for all the Christmas gatherings! These amazing deals will be available nationwide from Metro Manila to Metro Cebu and Davao. All customers can expect to enjoy a range of choices from over 50 partner restaurants, such as, Bubble Tea Station, Cinnabon, Denico’s Kamayan, Sunday’s Modern Home Cooking and Chicken Backyard, to name a few. As a fun Christmas twist, spot which one of your deals ends in “12”. 

“Christmas brings large crowds, long queues and terrible traffic. Since we know no holiday in the Philippines is complete without food, we at foodpanda want to ease the pain and deliver your favorites straight to your door with amazing discounts. We want to be a special part of t…

CLI Kicks Off P12.6-Billion Worth of Projects in Davao City

Leading VisMin property developer Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) in partnership with Davao’s Villa-Abrille family through joint ventures YHEST Realty & Development Corp and YHES Inc., fortified its presence in Davao City as it kicked off two key landmark projects in the second fastest-growing economy in country in partnership with a prominent Davao family.

The partners broke ground, graced by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, on a former golf course that will be transformed into the 22-hectare Central Business District called Davao Global Township (DGT) and unveiled a vibrant mixed-use lifestyle destination The Paragon Davao. The latter will be anchored by a hotel managed by world-renowned The Ascott Limited, a residential tower, a lifestyle mall, and convention center.

Jose Soberano III, CLI chairman and CEO, said: “Davao City is the economic center of Mindanao and we are grateful for opportunities made available by our partners, members of the Villa-Abrille family, to work in this dynamic…


Now on its 5th year,   PARK INN BY RADISSON DAVAO lighted its colorful contemporary and funky christmas tree. The tree lighting ceremony last November 15, 2018 was graced by the hotel’s VIP guests,  media, affiliates and corporate clients. 

“This year, as you notice, we opted for a contemporary and funky approach on Christmas to spread the spirit of fun not only within the hotel but also for the community which we are part of. Christmas, as we all know, is a time of the year that we associate with joy and expectation and wonder. It brings with it a warm glow that lights up the faces of everyone and makes our thoughts turn to family, friendship and happy memories. It is a time of love, reunion and celebration.” shares General Manager, Emelyn Rosales.

The Ceremony was accompanied by the synchronized performance of classic Christmas songs by the Voices of the South Children’s Choir and the humbling presence of the children from Love the Children Foundation who were escorted by Park Inn by …


Celebrating its 5th holiday season, Davao’s urban lifestyle hotel, Seda Abreeza welcomes the holiday season with a meaningful Christmas Tree Lighting with its long tiime beneficiary, The Smile Train. The tree lighting event was attended by executives from ANFLO Group, the Davao based Consul Generals, Department of Tourism, City Tourism Office, City Council, Davao Chamber of Commerce, Hotel’s top Business Partners,  Media, Bloggers and Influencers. Seda Abreeza shares the bright and prosperous season through the hotels, symbol this year: Socks.

"The hotel’s decorations and accents are highlighted with socks – lit with gold and silver –  to signify the bright hope of believing, just like a kid who pleases to get a present from a sock they hang on trees. This simple act of giving, whether big or small, reminds us that to whoever we give, this gesture will always be a grand surprise. As we continue to partner with Smile Train, we hope to be the giver of hope and genuine smiles of th…


Hotel Manager Bryan Yves Lasala
The event was graced by Ms Regina Rosa Tecson, Officer in Charge of  City Tourism Operations Office. The. House of Hope Foundation President, Mr Frederick Rubinos and of course the Management team of Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao along with the Corporate Affairs of Waterfront Hotels and Casinos. Davao City Tourism Officer Ms Gene Rose Tecson Children from House Of Hope Foundation

The long time partnership with the foundation and the annual christmas lighting event was dedicated to the hotel's benefeciary and long to share more love and support to the kids and their family  in the years to come. Dinner was then served and guests were entertained by the Himig Singers of Davao.
Christmas Tree Lighting Davao Media & Bloggers
Thank you, Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao for having us! 
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M&S Personality Feature: Nikki Honasan’s Christmas Shopping Tips

"Being a mom keeps me busy as I’m very hands on and at the same time, I enjoy spending time with my little boy, India. My five-year old keeps me entertained for sure,” said 41-year old Nikki Serrano-Honasan. Her yoga practice keeps her occupied as well. She starts each day on the mat, whether it’s ten minutes or two hours. Yoga & meditation keep her anchored wherever she is. This sets the tone & energy of the day as she goes about her mommy & teacher duties.  With Christmas around the corner, Holiday decorating and gift shopping adds up to the must-do list.

A decorative gift hamper cna be reused for other purpose at home. 
“Growing up my siblings and cousins would all spend it in our lola’s house in the province, gathered around the table for Noche Buena followed by the much awaited part of the evening, the gift giving. Now living in Boracay with a small family of my own, I find myself carrying this tradition with me while sharing it with her island family. We have Noch…


If you find yourself thinking about certain food and your thoughts glued onto which restaurant to go to just to satisfy your cravings, your mind is probably telling you to go to OUT OF NOWHERE KITCHEN TORRESand have a dining experience like no other.

Out of Nowhere Kitchen recently opened its 3rd branch near Torres in Davao. Owned and managed by Mr. Jico Haw, OONT serves delicious dishes ideal for friends and family dine outs as food here offers really huge servings.  My relationship with food took a step further after i dined here at OONT. Eveything is delicious! Apart from the yummy dishes, The place is really cool and cozy, I fell in love how the interiors were nicely decorated with artsy crafts and wall arts.  Every corner is instagrammable! The place also caters to private functions and parties. See rates below. 
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Function room rates are as follows: 
12 pax - 3,500/3hrs extend 500/hr 24 pax - 7,000/3hrs/ extend 1,000/hr 36 pax - 10,000/3hrs/ extend…