Showing posts from November, 2019

A M&S Christmas Story: Nicole Hao Bian’s Holiday Gift-Giving Tips

I always rely on Marks & Spencer for my Christmas food and wine gifts.  Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I take gift giving seriously,” confessed 31-year old   Nicole Niña I. Hao Bian. “ When I make my Christmas List, I already include a budget and a shortlist of possible gifts to give according to their personality, hobbies, and their likes.” Nicole is  systematic and practical. That is   evident in the way she works. She  manages six international academies under t he JIB International Schools,  sits on the board  of several  associations and flies to Hong Kong regularly for her Doctorate degree in Hotel and Tourism Management. In between ,  she attends social events. She’s busy but this  smart, stylish and beautiful lady  breezes thro ugh her  daily  schedule  with ease and finesse. Christmas is my favorite time of the year and takes gift giving seriously. I start planning as early as mid October with a list of almost 400 people on Excel f


Marco Polo Davao recently invited me to witness their annual Christmas lighting event  Just  a month before Marco Polo Davao would celebrate its 21st anniversary, the hotel lit up the iconic building in their traditional Christmas Lighting Ceremony at the hotel façade. The event was attended by the hotel’s regular guests, key people from government & private sectors and members of the digitals and print media. All were warmly welcomed by the Marco Polo Davao’s management team headed by General Manager Colin Healy and the Melodies of Marco Polo, the hotel’s choir. This year’s lighting ceremony was dedication to the earthquake victims in Central Mindanao especially in the affected areas of North Cotabato. “We have been through a lot significantly the recent natural events, but we have risen above those challenges. Before we close 2019, it is the perfect opportunity to give thanks and celebrate the Yuletide season with family and friends. Marco Polo Davao would like to


Davao City's  urban lifestyle hotel kicked off the holiday season with a very meaningful Christmas Tree Lighting as it continues to support Smile Train and set initiatives to send aid on Mindanao earthquake victims. The ceremonial lighting was initiated by Seda’s very own bear, Seddy and Seda Abreeza’s General Manager Ken Kapulong. With them were Smile Train’s representative Ms. Marie Bumanlag and their beneficiaries, DOT RD Tanya Rabat-Tan, and the Seda Abreeza ManCom. The best Christmas feeling is best shared in love, prosperity, and unity in times of need. The event was graced with hotel guests, clients, media and lifestyle writers as well as the respected Consul Generals based in Davao, Department of Tourism, City Tourism Office, City Council, Davao Chamber of Commerce, friends from the press, and top business partners in the industry, the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony endeavors to share the bright and prosperous season through the hotel’s chosen