Charting 4 Days of Fun at Regal Hotels in Hong Kong

Regala Skycity Hotel and Regal Hong Kong Hotel served as home to media guests from the Philippines and celebrity influencer Ashley Ortega, who joined the 4-day, fun-filled tour in Hong Kong organized by VFC Travel and Tours.


Hong Kong is an easy place to visit. With just an hour and 45 minutes flight from Manila, many tourists (including us) would frequent here for good reasons – to enjoy its dazzling city views, attractions, dining, night life, arts, culture, and shopping.

A well-planned trip is important to make the most of your stay, thanks to VFC Travel and Tours, who organized our 4-day, fun-filled tour in Hong Kong together with celebrity influencer, Ashley Ortega. VFC is your very first choice and go-to expert for trips to Hong Kong and beyond.

Regala Skycity Hotel and Regal Hong Kong Hotel served as our home for four days complete with superb accommodation and shuttle service. Regala Skycity is located in Lantau Island and is still on its first year of operation. It’s the place to be in the airport area.

Some of its recent awards, include: “Best Airport Hotel” by TTG Asia Travel Awards (2023), “Best New Hotel” by TTG China Travel Awards (2023), Best Hotel Restaurant Interior (Hong Kong) by International Property Media Ltd in 2023 for Vivace.

Regala Skycity Hotel Exterior.

Regala’s strengths are its airport counter (not many hotels have this service), providing free shuttle service to and from the hotel, Tung Chung, Citygate Outlet, and NP360. It’s also one MTR train ride to Disneyland; a short ride to Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge (or 45 minutes bus ride to Macau).

The group at the Regal Hotels airport counter.

Regal is situated in Causeway Bay and is near the MTR station, tram stop, popular shopping malls, and a short walk to restaurants, coffee shops, street food, Japanese specialty stores, and street shopping. These are the reasons that would make Regal the hotel of choice when in Causeway Bay.

Regala Skycity and Regal Hong Kong are part of the Regal Hotels brand known for its international standards of comfort.

We charted the activities that summed up our delightful stay in Hong Kong.



The group arrived at Hong Kong International Airport in the morning and headed to Regal Airport Counter B15, Arrival Hall B. We were accorded with free shuttle bus to Regala Skycity from the airport. Then, we checked in and met the hotel staff.

We had an enjoyable lunch at Vivace.

The welcome lunch was held at Vivace, the hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant located on the third floor. They served us a Thanksgiving special menu, semi-buffet tapas lunch, anti-salad bar, appetizers, soup, and dessert. We indulged in the delectable cuisine while enjoying the company of Ivan Tso, Assistant Marketing Communication Manager.

After the sumptuous lunch, we started touring the impressive hotel rooms, themed rooms, grand ballroom, and meeting venues, a walk to 11 Skies, and Asia World Expo (AWE).

Modern and vibrant interior design of Vivace.

In the afternoon, we had the opportunity to meet the hotel’s gracious general manager, Renee Kim, who also hosted dinner for us at the Jade, the fine-dining, Chinese restaurant of the hotel located on the 12th floor. We enjoyed the 7-course Chinese cuisine served to us coupled with an interesting conversation on sundry topics.

From left: Regala Skycity General Manager Renee Kim, Ashley Ortega, and Ivan Tso.


Kim shared that they have an Executive Chinese Chef who not only specializes in Cantonese but also many regional Chinese cuisines. “We have dynamic dishes from Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan province, and many more. People like to try food from different parts of the world. Dimsum is a good representation of Hong Kong.”

Kim explained that Regal is the core brand of Regal Hotels International, while Regala is a new brand, which focuses on lifestyle, wellness, and sustainability. They’re also planning to re-brand some of the existing hotels. Regal is more conservative, and upscale; Regala is more lifestyle and trendy.

Kim related that it’s challenging to manage a new property, especially after the pandemic. “Overall, there’s a downturn in the economy not just here in Hong Kong but in other countries. Despite the challenges, we have been able to open the hotel. We can’t complain. The business is picking up. Anyone who has tried our product, they loved it.”

Welcome dinner for the group with Ms. Kim and Sir Karl at the Jade restaurant.
Jade restaurant – for your fine dining experience.

With the holiday season fast approaching, she said, that they are promoting Chocolate Christmas to attract more families and pet-friendly promotions.

After that wonderful dinner, we headed back to our assigned room – a comfortable twin bed – where you can immerse yourself in the Regala celebratory lifestyle to unwind your body and mind.

Cabana room – spacious and bright.

It was a sweet welcome, and everyone was excited to enjoy the remaining days of our stay. As they say, “It’s time for a joyous gala!”



A buffet breakfast awaited us at Petra, another restaurant of the hotel located on the ground floor, which serves international cuisine.

Breakfast at Petra.
Petra’s color scheme is pleasing to the eyes.

Right after, we were whisked away to experience the Tung Chung adventure and the convenience of staying at Regala. We visited the Citygate Outlet, a train ride to Disneyland, and then a free shuttle back to the hotel.

The writer is in the happiest place on earth!

We tried the mouthwatering dishes for dinner at Petra, which consisted of salad, main course (I settled on salmon, others opted for steak), and dessert. We all enjoyed it!

To digest what we ate, we took a walk outside the hotel, visited the hotel sky deck, and felt the cold weather that night.



It was time to check out from Regala and transfer to Regal Hong Kong for an overnight stay. This 5-star hotel provides spacious, full-service accommodations, and a choice of dining venues.

Group photo at the hotel entrance.

The group had the chance to meet the hotel’s general manager, Christo Diamandopoulos, who gladly agreed to a short interview about his work experiences and the room renovation plans. He has been with Regal Hotels for 10 years now. He also holds concurrent positions as general manager of Regal Kowloon Hotel, and vice president – project for Regal Hotels International Limited.

Regal Hong Kong Hotel General Manager Christo Diamondopoulos (center) with Ashley Ortega and Vien Chan of VFC Travel and Tours.


He shared that he likes working in Hong Kong because the economy is very aggressive. He also cited that more tourists from the Philippines and Thailand are coming to Hong Kong either for business or leisure. “To all the lovely people in the Philippines, I wish to invite you to come and visit the Regal Hong Kong Hotel and the country of Hong Kong. We are well-prepared with attractive accommodation and services for an enjoyable stay. Hope to see you very soon!”

The Regal management also hosted lunch for us at the Chinese Restaurant, Regal Palace. The food was very satisfying. Soon after, we toured the hotel rooms, gym, and rooftop swimming pool (the only one in the Causeway Bay).

Rooftop swimming pool – overlooking a spectacular Harbour view. Courtesy: Regal Hong Kong Hotel
Topform gymnasium. Courtesy: Regal Hong Kong Hotel

We also rode the Peak Tram, checked out nearby shopping malls, Sogo, Sasa, Times Square, street markets, etc., and uncovered affordable souvenirs to bring home.

The Peak Tram. Courtesy: Regal Hong Kong Hotel

Another delectable meal for dinner was prepared for us, which we paired with red wine to our complete satisfaction.

With the comfortable bed and spacious room, we fell into a good night’s sleep.



We felt energized on our last day in the hotel and partook in the buffet breakfast at Cafe Rivoli.

After we checked out from Regal, we visited ArteM, an immersive media art;  Sky100,  a 360-degree indoor observation deck, which offers views of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbour, the Kowloon Peninsula, and Tai Mo Shan; M+ Museum, which featured Madame Song: Pioneering Art and Fashion in China courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), and Harbour City for some sightseeing until our departure flight to Manila.

The post-pandemic world has certainly ignited our spirit of discovery and the enriching experiences travel brings to life. So, on your next trip, look no further. Make Regal Hotels and VFC Travel and Tours your first choice for seamless travel. For more information, visit and


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Okada Manila Ushers in the Yuletide Season with its ‘Harmony of Lights’ Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The magic and celebration of the holiday season officially begins at Okada Manila, Manila’s Grand Icon, with the lighting of its spectacular Christmas Tree, serving as the property’s majestic centerpiece.  All throughout the Fountain foyer and Crystal Corridor is a showcase of a magnificent “Harmony of Lights,” featuring an array of colorful lights and holiday accentuations. The event marked the launch of the festivities across Okada Manila.

Whimsical Wonderland

The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony featured a stellar lineup of entertainment, headlined by “Asia’s Limitless Star,” Julie Anne San Jose. The Malabon Concert Singers added to the festive vibe with their repertoire of popular holiday song classics. The Okada Manila Entertainment Group also performed as the opening salvo of the event. The official Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony was led by Okada Manila’s top executives, including Wendy Ni, Okada Manila’s Vice President for Strategic Marketing, who also gave the welcome remarks.

Okada Manila Top Executives –  Christmas Tree Lighting 2023.

This year’s stunning 30-foot Christmas tree theme was sweetly inspired by a magical Christmas Wonderland. It is adorned with larger than life confectionery-inspired ornaments such as oversized candy canes, ice cream, and cupcakes.

Enchanting Christmas Village

Following the mesmerizing “Harmony of Lights” thematic peg, Okada Manila also opened its much-anticipated Christmas Village dubbed as “Home of Wonder” at the Crystal Pavilion.  The ribbon cutting ceremony marking its official opening was spearheaded by special guest, Department of Tourism’s Regional Director (NCR), Sharlene Batin.

The Christmas Village dazzled with a captivating Lights Show and the Interactive Fairy Baubles, an enchanting experience for the guests to enjoy. The showcase includes various holiday-themed installations, from the whimsical North Pole Suite to the delightful Chocolate PLAY House, among others.

Festive Shopping and Exclusive Offers

For a wonderful Christmas shopping spree, the property features the longest-running Noel Bazaar at the Crystal Pavilion from Nov. 10 to Dec. 17 where guests have a generous and endless array of delightful holiday gifts, delectable treats, and unique goodies. Guests are in for a treat with diverse weekly events, including captivating performances by Kapuso celebrities, the famed “Celebrity Ukay-Ukay,” and new merchants joining the festivities every week.

In the spirit of the holiday season, Okada Manila also presents a variety of holiday retail, hotel, and restaurant seasonal offerings and staycation packages.

For a memorable staycation, Okada Manila offers its Festive Family Getaway package, a relaxing overnight staycation, which includes foot massages for the parents and PLAY vouchers for the kids.  And for a bigger celebration, the Bespoke Celebrations by the Bay package would be ideal where a suite or villa experience await, and comes with a sumptuous family style dinner for 10 to 30 people.

And for decadent treats, the Lobby Lounge offers seasonal cakes like the Gingerbread House and Merry Journey cakes, and Christmas-themed milk chocolate reindeer and snowman.  Kiapo also offers their Festive Platters and classic holiday favorites – Simbang Gabi fare of puto bumbong and bibingka.

A Joyous Holiday Season

Okada Manila’s “Harmony of Lights” has truly set the stage for a joyous holiday season, combining stunning visuals, live entertainment, and heartwarming activities. This celebration promises to bring families and friends together during this wonderful time of the year.

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Halloween thrills and long weekend deals at Richmonde Hotels

Looking for fun and relaxation as you spend the upcoming extended weekend break in the metro? Or craving for some culture and cuisine as you enjoy a quick local getaway? Whatever you’re in the mood for, the Richmonde Hotels have amazing offers for the entire family and barkada!

For the Young and Young-at-Heart

Time to get your broomsticks and wizard hats ready and fly off to Eastwood Richmonde Hotel on Saturday, October 28, 2023, for a bewitching celebration that’s perfect for families of all ages. Wickedly Wizarding Wonderland Halloween Party is set to cast its spell and create lasting memories for attendees from 1pm to 5pm with its magical mix of entertainment, enchantment, and endless excitement.

For only PhP 1,499 nett, children and adults alike will be charmed by delightful activities that include a delectable Halloween-inspired snack buffet spread conjured up by the hotel’s kitchen sorcerers, a mystifying magic show filled with tricks and illusions, song and dance performances to keep the spirits high, and the Wicked Wizard’s Haunted House that is sure to bring scares and screams to all who enter.

For ticket reservations, call +8570 7777 or +63 917 821 0333 or email

Night of Spooks, Booze & Grooves

On October 27, 2023, step into Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ Mexican-themed Noche de Brujas at The Exchange and have a blast with bottomless beer, cocktails, and other drinks, a scrumptious spread of Mexican-inspired bar chow, and live retro music from the Big Bash Band. The party starts at 6pm and ends at midnight. Tickets are priced at PhP 1,350 nett. For inquiries and table reservations, call (632) 8638 7777 or (63) 917 534 4352.

 Monstrous Deals for Long Weekend Getaways

No need to travel far to treat yourself to a relaxing break during the extended holiday week. Even in the midst of Manila’s concrete jungle, get to experience an enjoyable escape with loved ones.  Richmonde Hotel Ortigas lets you celebrate Halloween and a Pinoy-style Oktoberfest with its Spooktober Staycation available from October 20 to November 5, 2023.

RHO Spooktober Staycation.

For inquiries and reservations, call Richmonde Ortigas’ Room Reservations at +632 8638 7777 or +63 917 859 7914 or email For online bookings, log on to www.

Prefer a locale that pulsates with energy day or night? Book a Cool Stay in the City at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel and get discounted rates starting at only PhP 4,240 nett (room only) and PhP 5,250 nett (with breakfast buffet for two), plus a delectable croissant ice cream sandwich as a special welcome amenity. Looking to bond with family and friends in a splendid sleepover?

Eastwood Richmonde’s How Suite It Is package is the one for you. Featuring the hotel’s spacious suite rooms, this limited offer is perfect for groups with inclusions like complimentary extra beds and additional breakfast buffet entitlements.  For inquiries and reservations, call Eastwood Richmonde’s Room Reservations at +632 8570 7777 or +63 917 531 6867 or email For online bookings, log on to

If you want to spend the long weekend in a local destination where you can explore its rich cultural heritage as you delight in modern conveniences, then Iloilo City is the destination for you with Richmonde Hotel Iloilo as your best option for accommodations. From October 27 to November 7, 2023, you can book a room for as low as PhP 4,800 nett (room only) and PhP 5,300 nett (with breakfast buffet for two). Rates are valid for a maximum of two adults and two children 5 years old and below and include Wi-Fi access and use of the hotel’s gym and outdoor pool.

For inquiries and reservations, call Richmonde Iloilo’s Room Reservations at +6333 328 7888 or +63 917 580 9642 or email For online bookings, log on to www.

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Rediscover the pop culture enthusiast within you at the Omniverse Museum

Seeking for the next place to heal your inner child? Look no further as the Omniverse museum opens its doors to pop culture and science fiction fans everywhere! From big installations of your favorite movie heroes to actual set props–you can all see them for only P1,499!

Located in Japan Town, Makati, the Omniverse Museum boasts film artifacts from historic franchises like Star Wars, Justice League, Marvel, and Harry Potter. Every movie fan with a passion for the lore, plot and the art of collecting will find their hearts filled and their eyes feasting on over 20 worlds–an experience like no other.

Ryan Sison, a journalist and pop culture collector, brought the Omniverse Museum to life. His passion for blockbuster films added fuel to the majestic collection of movie paraphernalia stored intricately in the 3,500 square foot space. Despite being stereotyped as a museum, there are also interactive displays, fun facts, and various forms of movie magic.

Aside from parading movie trinkets and sets, the Omniverse Museum also urges adults and kids alike to explore the wonders of science fiction. There are also activities and interactive exhibits that explain science, particularly how it transcends from actual scientific experiments to full-blown movie plots.

As you delve deeper into the museum, there are also pieces signed by the world-renowned actors who have played historic roles. Most of the pieces featured in the collection are one-of-a-kind, earning the respect of collectors and fans alike.

The tour wouldn’t be complete without a flurry of photos highlighting these rare artifacts, as well as sitting on the famed Iron Throne or pretend-dining in the Great Hall of the Harry Potter universe! There are also life-sized figures of Iron Man, Yoda, and Spiderman–some of the heroes that shaped fan’s lives in different ways.

It might be a bit disconcerting seeing characters from different timelines sit beside each other–just like Newt Scamander and Voldemort–but intriguing enough to interest someone’s fanfiction fantasy! The worlds, or the sections of the museum, are also built to encapsulate the feeling of being inside the movie’s lore–just like the Bat Cave that’s akin to a prison cell.

Before going home, visitors can also buy film merchandise, from shirts to figurines. If they also need time to rest their feet, there is also a spacious lounge for everyone.

At the end of the museum tour, visitors will have to make a decision that will dictate how they exit. You can either take an Alvin and the Chipmunks themed exit or the thrilling and spine-chilling route, filled with iconic horror film characters such as Annabelle and Ghostface. Who knows what lies on both ends? It’s up to you to see for yourself!

The Omniverse Museum also features function rooms for parties and programs, especially pop culture gatherings. Be sure to reach them through their social media accounts or contact them directly at their email, for bookings and inquiries!

Contributed by Princess Friel Lontoc


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A Spooktacular Halloween Celebration at F1 Hotel Manila

Get ready to embrace the eerie, the spooky, and the fantastical as we prepare not one, but two parties to celebrate the most thrilling and spine-tingling holiday of the year!

Embark on a bewitching adventure filled with magic, mystery, and endless fun at the HOCUS POCUS Trick or Treat Party! Join us in the enchanting Infinity Ballroom on October 28, 2023, Saturday, from 10 AM to 3 PM for a spooktacular Halloween celebration like no other. Ticket is at Php 1,888 net inclusive of lunch buffet for one (1) person, face painting, giveaway, access to balloon twisting, face painting, game station, photo booth and bubble show. Don’t miss this opportunity to create magical memories with your loved ones this Halloween season.

Prepare to dance the night away and enjoy great company at the Zombie Zone: Chills or Cheers Halloween Party on October 31, 2023 from 9 PM to 1 AM. Our live music lineup, featuring the electrifying tunes of DJ Buddah and guest DJ Philly, will infuse the atmosphere with pulsating beats to keep the energy high and the party in full swing. Unlimited beers courtesy of our official event partner, Heineken Silver, will be available throughout the Halloween party. This event promises non-stop fun and excitement. Gather your friends, reserve your tables, and get your tickets early to secure your spot at the chilliest party!

Complete your Halloween experience with a Wicked Staycation in our luxurious City Suite, complete with delightful surprises, all for just Php 6,500 net per night. This exclusive offer includes a sumptuous breakfast buffet for two (2) persons and an enticing 20% discount at the Hocus Pocus Trick or Treat Party. The promotion is valid from October 29 to November 4, 2023.

Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, our offer has something for everyone. For inquiries regarding the events and promotions mentioned above, kindly contact us at 8928-9888 or visit our website at for more information and assistance.

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Get Merry with Affordable Deals at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ Pre-Holiday Sale

As September marks the beginning of the Christmas season in the Philippines, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas welcomes the –Ber months with a “Pre-Holiday Sale” where those who want to get a head start on their holiday plans can get big savings on room stays and special buffets.

Early birds can get an amazing PhP1,000 discount on their Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve room bookings, with Superior Room rates dropping from PhP5,000nett to PhP4,000nett for December 24, and from PhP5,500nett to PhP4,500nett for December 31 stays. Rates for other room types are also available with the same PhP 1,000 discount. These affordable deals are inclusive of special holiday breakfast buffet good for 2 persons and 15% discount on a la carte food & beverage orders from the Richmonde Café and room service, as well as access to the Health Club facilities such as the gym, indoor heated swimming pool, and steam and sauna room.

RHO Pre-Holiday Sale_Rooms.

Get in the holiday spirit and reserve your seats now for Richmonde Cafe’s Noche Buena and Media Noche feasts and enjoy up to PhP300 off the regular rates. Secure a table for you and your family to savor a delicious Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet for only PhP 1,380 nett per person. Saying goodbye to 2023 and welcoming 2024 is also more affordable with a discount deal of PhP 1,680 nett per person for the New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet, and PhP 1,080 nett for the New Year’s Eve Countdown Party.

A New Year’s bundle package is also available for only PhP2,580 nett per person, inclusive of the dinner buffet and countdown party. A minimum of 4 adults per reservation is required to avail of the discounted dinner buffet and countdown party rates. Limited seats are available for sale during the promotion period.

The Pre-Holiday Sale happens from September 1 to 30, 2023 or until allocated slots last. It is available only via direct bookings. To make a reservation, please call (632) 8638 7777 or email You may also reach Room Reservations at mobile/Viber number 0917 859 7914 and Richmonde Café at 0917 534 4352. Pre-payment is required to confirm reservation. Per DTI Permit No. FTEB – 147211 / 174576 Series of 2023.


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Lanson Place Mall of Asia set to drive economic growth and opportunities in the PH

MANILA, Philippines – Strategically located near shopping, entertainment, and business hubs in the city, the soon-to-open Lanson Place Mall of Asia with 389 units designed for both long and short stays and offering a range of dining outlets, is set to become a must-visit destination offering unparalleled “bleisure” experience, as well as effectively aligning itself with a national initiative of fostering economic growth and community development.

The property presents prime business opportunities with tremendous growth potential for both the surrounding area and local communities. This is reinforced by the project having generated 185 positions during pre-opening, and is expected to reach over 220 once operation begins. This team is almost exclusively Filipino, emphasising the positive impact of the project on the local community and the number of local jobs created.

In addition to contributing to the country’s labour market, Lanson Place is committed to supporting local businesses and leaving a positive impact on the Philippine economy. By partnering with local suppliers, vendors, artists, and talents, Lanson Place embraces the unique cultural richness of the Philippines to complement its status as a world-renowned hotel and serviced apartment brand.

Redefining authentic hospitality

Lanson Place stands out by offering an oasis of calm, where guests can find genuine human connection and a sense of belonging. The team at Lanson Place genuinely cares about the well-being of each guest, seeking to make their stay not just comfortable but also transformative through their different facilities, services, and staff interactions.

“The true success of Lanson Place Mall of Asia lies in the unwavering dedication of its exceptional workforce and the unparalleled service they provide to every guest. Beyond the bricks and mortar, it is the thriving community spirit fostered by the staff that sets this establishment apart. Their commitment to being devoted hosts creates an environment where guests feel welcomed, cherished, and truly at home,” said Laurent Boisdron, the Vice President and General Manager of Lanson Place Mall of Asia.

The management team has provided several training and development programs to help their staff adjust quickly and work efficiently. This includes initiatives like new systems training and sustainability programs anchored with SM Hotels and Conventions Corp. Additionally, the property will periodically accept internships or partnerships with schools to better support the local community in the future.

Boisdron shared that a key aspect in their partnership approach for collaboration between the property and local suppliers is their affiliation with SM Central Procurement.

Reducing carbon footprint; increasing partner footprint

The local partnerships and collaborations promote sustainability by reducing the carbon footprint associated with long-distance sourcing and supporting the livelihoods of local businesses and artisans. This approach contributes to the economic growth and well-being of the community, creating a lasting impression beyond the hotel itself.

Additionally, partnership with the Lanson Place brand gives small businesses networking advantages and a platform to showcase their products and services. These can serve them well in the future, considering this entails growth, recognition, and sustainability in the local market. The property also promotes mutually benefiting partnerships, and stresses transparency and proper ethics are practised for every partner.

Once Lanson Place Mall of Asia opens its doors to the public, guests will be greeted with genuine warmth and personalised service expected from the Lanson Place brand. The property will have 247 hotel rooms, 142 serviced residences and amenities like a state-of-the-art fitness centre and rooftop infinity pool. It will also boast an exceptional dining experience at Cyan Modern Kitchen, Lanson Place Mall of Asia’s signature restaurant. With a delectable menu crafted by skilled chefs and a warm and elegant ambience, Cyan Modern Kitchen will be the perfect venue for memorable dining moments.

While the complete hotel opening is yet to come, introductory offers for stays are currently available. For stays booked between 2 October to 30 November 2023, guests can enjoy an exclusive advanced booking offer. To learn more about the introductory offers, please contact

For more information about Lanson Place Mall of Asia, Manila, visit the official website at, and the following social media pages (Facebook | Instagram).


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First DoubleTree by Hilton Debuts in Kyoto, Japan’s Cultural Capital

Singapore – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Kyoto Higashiyama, marking Hilton’s third distinct brand in Kyoto – joining two other award-winning brands, LXR Hotels & Resorts, and Hilton Garden Inn, offering a variety of stay experiences for guests in the historic urban hub.

 “We are thrilled to introduce DoubleTree by Hilton Kyoto Higashiyama as our third brand in Kyoto,” said Timothy Soper, area vice president, head of Japan, Korea & Micronesia, Hilton. “This debut also marks our third hotel to open in Japan this year, following DoubleTree by Hilton Toyama in January and Hilton Okinawa Miyako Island Resort in June. Next year, we have exciting plans to introduce two new hotels to Kyoto – DoubleTree by Hilton Kyoto Station and Hilton Kyoto. These openings exemplify our commitment to expanding our footprint in Japan, where we have been spreading the light and warmth of hospitality for the past 60 years.”

DoubleTree by Hilton Kyoto Higashiyama offers an ideal location for leisure and business travelers alike, situated just a 10-minute taxi ride from Kyoto Station and a one-minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station on the Keihan Main Line. Located in Kyoto’s best-preserved historic district, nearby attractions include the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kiyomizu-dera Temple; Yasaka Shrine; and the Gion district, famous for its traditional teahouses, boutiques, and restaurants. The hotel is also close to the Kyoto National Museum and the idyllic Ponto-cho dining area.

“We are excited about the DoubleTree by Hilton brand debut in Kyoto, a cultural capital that attracts travelers from around the world with its rich history and scenic beauty. We look forward to delighting comfort-seeking guests with feel-good moments throughout their stay, from our signature warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie upon arrival to comfortable accommodation that promises a great night’s sleep and thoughtful amenities,” said Vincent Ong, vice president, of Brand Management, Full Service, Asia Pacific, Hilton.

The seven-story, 158-room hotel features an all-day dining restaurant, sophisticated lounge bar, 24-hour fitness center, and public bath, offering modern comfort and convenience for families, couples, and solo travelers.

The hotel’s decor effortlessly combines art and natural materials, reflecting Kyoto’s serene gardens. A signature brass moon-shaped art piece welcomes guests at the lobby, while OPEN, the all-day dining restaurant, features screens with traditional monochrome paintings that embody local Kyoto culture.

Among the five guest room types, the “Japanese Room” is a nod to the local Kyoto culture, with 46 rooms modeled after authentic Japanese living spaces where guests can experience traditional tatami mats. In addition, two 61-square-meter suites include private saunas and rain showers. These suites are artfully decorated with local art pieces including tea utensils made by a Kyoto sculptor, fabric art woven in Nishijin, Kyoto’s famed weaving district, and sculptures inspired by the flow of the Kamo River. All guest rooms feature a bathtub, allowing guests to relax in comfort after a long day.

DoubleTree by Hilton Kyoto Higashiyama is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest loyalty program for Hilton’s 22 world-class hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, and free standard Wi-Fi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key.

For more information or to make a reservation, please visit DoubleTree by Hilton Kyoto Higashiyama.

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Amiya Raya transforms the landscape in San Mateo, Rizal

Manila, Philippines — When the pandemic brought the world to a grinding halt, people began craving for life in wide open spaces. Many started looking for a property just outside of the metro, where they can spend time outdoors with family yet still feel part of a safe and health-enhancing environment. Community Creators, Inc. took on this challenge and invested in a master-planned resort community surrounded by nature in San Mateo, Rizal – Amiya Raya.

Taking from the beautiful landscapes, calming seascapes, and enriching forest lands all around them, Community Creators, Inc. (CCI) drew their inspiration from the idea that God Himself is the first Developer – transforming the vast nothingness into the perfect natural world humanity has been blessed with. This was always the starting point when breaking ground on new developments. CCI saw this opportunity to be a transformer of land, a builder of homes, and a creator of sustainable communities as their privilege and life’s work. Not just for now, but also for generations of families to come.

CCI has been in the real estate development business for 18 years – conceptualizing, developing, and selling close to PhP3.0 billion in both “lot only” and “house and lot” inventories. These are spread out over six property developments situated in the east of Metro Manila – in and around Rizal and Bulacan. Four of these have been fully completed – Monte Brisa and Fiorenza in Rodriguez, Rizal, and Valle Rosa and Altana in Malolos, Bulacan. Their two developments in San Mateo – Amiya Raya, and Shanti Condominium – are works in progress. CCI has strived to deliver to the market, real estate properties that are of premium quality yet on price points that are budget-friendly.

Artist render of Amiya Raya Homes.

Of all the developments of CCI, Amiya Raya is the largest in land area, with 567 units spread across an impressive 36 hectares. CCI envisioned it as a place where you can “invest in your dreams, and wake up every day seeing them all come true.” It boasts of a 270-degree panoramic view of the Metro Manila skyline, Laguna De Bay, La Mesa Dam, Manila Bay, and nearby mountain ranges. On most days, one can enjoy dramatic and stunning sunsets on the property. Amiya Raya is meant to be a sanctuary for those who want to escape the hectic pace of city life and be surrounded by nature, just a mere 15-minute drive away.

Amiya Raya also finds itself in the burgeoning nature adventure hub Rizal province has become. Hiking trails around the area, ranging in difficulty for beginners and seasoned hikers, have become a popular weekend adventure among the younger set and families. Camping and glamping sites nearby are also a big draw for barkadas craving for a unique staycation. Amiya Raya picked up from these much-loved activities in its overall design, mimicking the resort and nature park feel that these experiences deliver on.

CCI keeps to the highest standards in all its developments. This aligns with their core belief that the families who choose their properties deserve nothing but the best – in design and quality. These are meant to be forever homes – for now and for generations to come.  The life their homeowners dream of for their families. Choosing a home in Amiya Raya delivers on that promise.

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Rediscover the space you deserve at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel

Eastwood Richmonde, the only hotel in Eastwood City, the pioneering mixed-use township development of leading real estate company, Megaworld Corporation, gets an exciting makeover as it enters its 12th year of operations. Its transformation marks the first step towards the hotel’s extensive brand refresh program which aims to capture a wider scope of the corporate and leisure markets.

Notable in the redesign of the lobby and guest rooms is the use of a fresh and vibrant color palette that inspires stylish and modern living. The contemporary theme of the furnishings and the updated conveniences in the rooms and suites create a welcoming atmosphere for the new breed of young professionals and vacationers to enjoy. All TVs have been replaced with 42” smart TVs, bathtubs changed to shower cubicles, and the individual air conditioning units switched to the newest models. The thoughtful layout of the rooms, plush new carpeting, and unobstructed window views also provide guests with a more luxurious space.

ERH Lobby

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel General Manager and Megaworld Hotels & Resorts Cluster General Manager for NCR+ Jun Justo shares, “With the hotel’s renovation we hope to uphold our commitment, and that of our owning company, Megaworld Corporation, and managing company, Megaworld Hotels and Resorts, to extend only the best hotel experiences to all who step through our doors. We are confident that the invigorating new look of the hotel will not only delight our loyal clients but will also fascinate the younger market that we haven’t had the chance to tap before. Our guests can be assured that this renovation is just the beginning as Eastwood Richmonde continues to evolve to cater to their ever-changing needs.”

ERH Suite Room – the revamped suite rooms provide comfort and luxury to create the perfect space for long-stay guests and groups of family and friends.

Other areas that were refurbished include the guest floor hallways, function rooms, ballroom, Business Center, gym, pool, and all public areas. And in response to the demand of fur parents wanting to staycation with their fur babies, the hotel will soon have pet-friendly rooms as well.

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