Discover Sampaloc Quezon

The quaint town of Sampaloc is known for its impressive array of “buri” products, the source of livelihood of the amiable people of this 5th class municipality in the province of Quezon.

Buri,” a large palm tree noted for its strong leaves that can be made into various products like bags and other native accessories. The houses are adorned with different buri products during the Bulihan Festival.

Assorted products made of buri and some native delicacies.

This writer has witnessed this festival in years past – during the 4th Bulihan Festival. The highlights of the festival were the costume parade and the showcase of native dishes, as only “Sampalukins” (how residents are called in Sampaloc) can uniquely prepare and do.

“Palos Cooking Contest

One of the awaited activities of the festival was the native “Palos Cooking Contest.” “Palos,” is Sampaloc’s term for native eel, which is caught in the Maapon River. It’s often brought by Sampalukins as a present to somebody being asked for a favor.  The “madulas” is associated with a saying that if it is given as a gift to the person being asked for a favor, the request will be easily granted.

This exciting and one-of-a-kind cooking contest was participated by representatives from the 14 Barangays through the town’s Rural Improvement Club.

The cooking skills and creativity of the “Sampalukins” were once again demonstrated — with everything and anything that can be done and concocted with “palos.”  Spicy, sweet, saucy, “ginataan”, “ginisa”, baked, steamed, fried, what have you!

The winning recipe came from Barangay Ibabang Owain. The dish is called “Steamed Palos.”

Steamed “Palos”

Sharing here the winning recipe:


1-kilo Palos (cleaned)




Green Chili

Chicken Broth

Calamansi or Lemon juice

White Onion

Grated Cheese

Aluminum Foil

Tomatoes for garnishing

Toppings: mayonnaise, grated carrots, chopped hard-boiled egg, onion leeks

Cooking procedure:

  1. Mix all ingredients and wrap with aluminum foil.
  2. Put onion leek into the water and set for boiling.
  3. Steam Palos for about 30-40 minutes.
  4. When cooked, arrange the steamed Palos on a platter with the toppings.
  5. Serve hot.

Uniquely Sampaloc

The “Parada ng Bayan”- a buri-inspired costume parade was participated by the different sectors of the community like NGOs, the private sector, puroks, barangay, and municipal government officials and employees.

The strong camaraderie was felt as the whole town took time to participate and support the costume parade. It was amazing to see how young women and men were dressed in different creative and distinctively classy costumes made from colorful buri. It was as if these costumes were tailored and styled by professional designers — knowing these were handcrafted by the “Sampalukins”!

The Bulihan Festival provides jobs to residents and promotes tourism in the municipality.

Beautiful sceneries

Some of Sampaloc’s beautiful sceneries are the Malaoag Cave and Underground River, the Hangga Falls, and the Kakati River. During our stay, we were fortunate to explore Hangga Falls, a hidden gem located in the boundary of the towns of Sampaloc and Lucban. An approximate one to two hours of trekking was needed to reach the destination, and was worth the exhaustion upon seeing the invigorating waterfalls!

Feeling invigorated at Hangga Falls after a two-hour trek.
With friends from Sampaloc

Discover Sampaloc and know more about its culture, people, and captivating attractions!

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What to do in Hong Kong, according to your Zodiac Sign

There are so many things you can do when on holiday in Hong Kong. From exploring the bustling nightlife to searching for the best dim sum, visiting artsy neighborhoods in West Kowloon to surfing at down-to-earth Sai Kung, and from spiritual hikes up Ngong Ping to souvenir shopping along the various shopping streets and night markets. There is definitely something for everyone!

We scoured the stars and our city for ideas on where to go in Hong Kong based on your zodiac sign.

  •     ARIES (MARCH 21 – APRIL 19)

The most energetic sign of all, Aries travelers are sure to love lively and action-packed activities when on vacation.

Check out the newly opened Water World Ocean Park for a fun-filled day packed with adrenaline-pumping attractions such as the Rainbow Rush, Skyhigh Falls, and Thunder Loop! Alternatively, explore Aberdeen Country Park and pick a scenic hiking trail to fully appreciate Hong Kong’s great outdoors. For a true-blue Aries, the world is their oyster.

Best Travel Companion: Leo

  • TAURUS (APRIL 20 – MAY 20)

Comfort is definitely a requirement when a Taurus goes on vacation.

Take your pick and pre-book a pampering luxury spa date. Stay in one of Hong Kong’s many luxury hotels like The RitzCarlton or Rosewood Hong Kong  and relish the stunning views of the harbor comfortably from your room. Cap off your day of relaxation at a Michelin-starred restaurant and you can even book a helicopter tour around Hong Kong to end the night!

 Best Travel Companion: Pisces, Cancer

  •  GEMINI (MAY 21 – JUNE 20)

Geminis are natural explorers who love to try out new spots and experiences.

Visit Tai Kwun, Hong Kong’s Centre for Heritage and Arts, for the best heritage and arts experiences. Go for a stroll around Old Town Central, an artsy district with a myriad of heritage buildings, beautiful architecture, and diverse street art. Discover local art studios at PMQ where you can join workshops and even make your own dim sum candles!

Best Travel Companion: Sagittarius

  •  CANCER (JUNE 21 – JULY 22)

Cancers like to take things slow and enjoy the vibes when visiting new places.

You would definitely enjoy Sai Kung‘s tranquil waters while in Hong Kong. Enjoy seafood with your loved ones and spend a relaxing day hanging out on beautiful beaches. Explore Hakka culture at Yim Tin Tsai and check out the island’s most prominent industry of the past.

 Best Travel Companion: Virgo, Pisces

  •   LEO (JULY 23 – AUGUST 22)

A true fire sign, Leos are passionate and driven even while on holiday.

Pull an all-nighter at Central, Hong Kong’s central business district, home to pulsating beats and top-class restaurants. A neighborhood that never sleeps, take your pick from Lan Kwai Fong, home to more than 100 clubs, or SoHo, the fancier upmarket bar area. Start from the top of the hill and bar hop your way down the L-shaped lane for the full experience!

 Best Travel Companion: Aries


Virgos love being engaged in new information and experiences.

Take a ferry over to Hong Kong’s largest island, Lantau Island, where you can find a variety of impressive activities to engage in. Take Ngong Ping 360 and choose a glass-bottomed gondola to see Big Buddha, the tallest seated Buddha in Hong Kong. Make sure to stop by Wisdom Path, Tung Chung Fort, and Tai O Fishing Village as well.

Best Travel Companion: Cancer, Gemini


 A true social butterfly, Libras love to people watch and love interacting with new people wherever they go.

 As an international event hub, Hong Kong hosts a plethora of global events and festivals, from arts to sports, food, and seasonal celebrations. You will love to plan out your Hong Kong trip in advance to make sure you check out exciting events such as the Hong Kong Winterfest, Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival, Art Basel, and Clockenflap among others.

Best Travel Companion: Aquarius


 Scorpios are hard workers that rarely stop for breaks.

Make the most out of your well-earned vacation by taking the newly revamped Peak Tram up to The Peak for a stunning and relaxing panoramic view of Victoria Harbour. At The Peak, enjoy a romantic view at the highest 360 viewing terrace in town with a special someone, lock your love with a love lock, and have fun at the world’s first Monopoly theme park, Monopoly Dreams.

 Best Travel Companion: Cancer, Taurus



 Born adventurers, Sagittarius travelers love to explore new experiences and make sure to immerse themselves in their destination’s culture when they travel.

Where else but in Hong Kong to learn more about Cantonese Opera? Go to XiQu Centre and treat yourself to a Cantonese Opera show at its tea theatre. Alternatively, challenge yourself and take on Hong Kong’s highest peak, Tai Mo Shan, and be rewarded with breathtaking views. End the trip with a visit to Duen Kee Chinese Restaurant for an authentic dim sum meal where you can pick your own dishes off push carts!

Best Travel Companion: Aries, Capricorn



 Capricorns cherish enriching holidays that keep their minds busy.

A paradise for art lovers, the West Kowloon Cultural District offers various museum options, from gorgeous modern art at M+ to culture-rich traditional artifacts at the Hong Kong Palace Museum. After a visit to the museum, plan for a picnic at the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade, backed by the magnificent Hong Kong skyline during sunset.

Best Travel Companion: Sagittarius



 Adventurous Aquarius travelers want to do everything and have an insatiable curiosity while on vacation.

Take a cycling tour with friends along Hong Kong’s longest bike route, a 60km superbike track from Tuen Mun to Ma On Shan. Pit stop at Lion Rock Country Park for a phenomenal view of the city at its peak or simply immerse yourself in nature without hiking up. While taking a breather, you may also visit the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and learn about Hong Kong’s culture and history.

 Best Travel Companion: Sagittarius, Aries


 Pisces travelers are happy to just go with the flow.

Take a boat ride and spend a relaxing day on Cheung Chau Island admiring the historical architecture. Seek out quaint local shops in the backstreets before heading to Tung Wan Beach, a fantastic spot to go for an invigorating swim. Finish your day trip with a feast of seafood and refreshing cold beer.

Best Travel Companion: Taurus, Cancer

With its vibrant culture and rich history, Hong Kong is the perfect blend of modern and traditional. Whether a curious Gemini, a perfectionist Virgo, or an adventurous Aquarius, there is definitely something for everyone in Hong Kong!

Whether or not you believe in astrology, there’s no harm in finding out what your zodiac sign says about you! Having said that, why not use our recommendations when planning your next trip to Hong Kong? Click here for more unique Hong Kong experiences.


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Celebrate Special Mom-ents at a Richmonde Hotel

It’s all about Mom the whole month of May at the Richmonde Hotels in Ortigas, Eastwood, and Iloilo. In celebration of Mother’s Day, Richmonde has prepared treats to pamper mom and create happy memories to last a lifetime. From relaxing hotel stays to gastronomic feasts, each experience is made more special with Richmonde’s warm and indulgent service.

Vibe with Mom and give her the gift of a chill and easy vacation in the city at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas. Rates start at PhP 3,500 nett (room only) and PhP 4,300 nett (with breakfast buffet for two).

RHO Mother’s Day lunch buffet.

On May 14, 2023, Richmonde Ortigas’ Richmonde Café serves up a fine spread of Summer Fresh Picks for Mom at the Mother’s Day lunch buffet priced at PhP 1,888nett, inclusive of a round of mimosa. Groups of 5 or more can avail of the 4+1 deal where for every four persons paying the full rate, another person eats for free.

If a staycation, a massage, and some shopping are what mom likes, then surprise her with a reservation in one of Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s newly renovated rooms under the Mother’s Day Room Package rates start at PhP 5,900 nett which are available all days of May.

ERH newly renovated room.

Eastwood Café+Bar, the all-day dining restaurant of Eastwood Richmonde, offers sumptuous and festive international lunch and dinner buffets in honor of Mom on Mother’s Day priced at only PhP 1,799nett. Children 6 to 12 years old get a 50% discount and children 5 years old and below eat for free.

For the fun-loving and adventurous mom, book her an Iloilo summer getaway with a luxurious stay at Richmonde Hotel Iloilo rates starting at PhP 5,300 nett good for two persons. Rates are valid until June 15, 2023.

Mother’s Day celebration at Richmonde Iloilo’s The Granary is a market-style dinner buffet where diners can select from an array of global fare freshly cooked with their chosen ingredients. The Mother’s Day Banchetto is available on May 14 from 6pm to 10pm, and is priced at PhP 1,500 nett, with a glass of wine for mom. Children 6 to 12 years old get 50% off and those 5 years and below eat free.

For the ultimate pampering stay for new moms, mommies-to be and mothers of any age, Richmonde, together with the other hotels of Megaworld Hotels & Resorts, partnered with Mama’s Choice to create room packages that promote the care and wellness of moms and their babies not just on Mother’s Day, but all days until the end of the year.

RHI Mother’s Day banchetto dinner buffet.

The Babymoon Package which includes breakfast for two, rates start at PhP 7,000 for a Junior Suite in Richmonde Ortigas, PhP 7,480 for a Superior Room in Eastwood Richmonde, and PhP 8,800 for a Deluxe Room with complimentary massage service, in Richmonde Iloilo.

The Mamajuvenation Package rates start at PhP 8,000 for a One-Bedroom Suite at Richmonde Ortigas, PhP 14,800 for a Superior Room with a facial massage at Eastwood Richmonde, and PhP 15,800 for a Deluxe Room at Richmonde Iloilo.

For moms needing a break from their mommy duties, the Mamacation Package at Richmonde Ortigas is priced at PhP 8,000 for a One-Bedroom Suite; at Eastwood Richmonde for as low as PhP 8,200 for a Superior Room with free facial or foot massage; and at Richmonde Iloilo for as low as PhP 9,300 for a Deluxe Room.

For more information on Richmonde Hotel Ortigas, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, and Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, log on to and follow @richmondehotels on Facebook and Instagram.


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Amiya Raya breaks ground on the new Shanti Condominium

At the end of a long day, there is nothing better than coming home to a place where you can relax and breathe in fresh air.

Nestled in San Mateo, Rizal is Amiya Raya – a master-planned residential development that boasts a 270-degree unobstructed view of the Metro Manila skyline from 160 to 240 meters above sea level.  Located in the suburbs of Mega Quezon City, Amiya Raya is fused with its natural landscape, offering its homeowners a dream sanctuary, amidst cool weather and a pollution-free environment.  Breaking ground in the middle of this premiere community is Shanti Condominium – a vertical village that will allow its residents to experience true living amidst nature.

Inspired by 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 is always the starting point when planning 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.

 Of all its developments, 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.” Situated in the burgeoning adventure hub that is Rizal province, it boasts a 270-degree panoramic view of Laguna De Bay, La Mesa Dam, Manila Bay, and nearby mountain ranges.  It is within these calming environs that Shanti Condominium will rise.

Named after the Hindu-Sanskrit term for peace, calmness, and bliss, Shanti will be built beside a soon-to-be-developed nature park. At only 11 floors with three basement levels, the mid-rise building offers a total of 148 units, and an average of 19 units per floor. Homeowners can choose between one-, two-, or three-bedroom units – perfect for whether you are starting on your own, or with a young family.

As part of CCI’s commitment to modern design, convenience, and comfort, each unit will have Smart Home features, as well as being telephone, cable, and internet ready. They even have provisions for backup power in case of any outages – one electric outlet, one lighting fixture, and one to keep the refrigerator running. Now that is a game-changer.

Since Shanti is surrounded by beautiful scenery all around, a spacious balcony allows you to take it all in while having your morning coffee, or nightly cocktail.

CCI formally broke ground on their newest development in San Mateo, Rizal recently. Partners, investors, property owners, and members of the press watched as CCI President and CEO Ma. Charina Garcia, Jose Dalida, and Engineer Angel Paterno from ECDC, Architect Rhon De Guzman from MET Architectural Design, Engineer Jinkyn Fortun from PRESCON and other partners lowered the symbolic time capsule into the ground. This marks the official start of the construction, which they project to be completed by the first quarter of 2027.

Residents and guests participated in the kite show at the top of Amiya Raya.

That same afternoon, Amiya Raya celebrated the month’s Kite Festival with the Kite Show At The Top, as part of its family-friendly weekend activities. Residents and guests were treated to a colorful kite-flying exhibition by the Kite Association Of The Philippines. The Pampanga-based group has organized special events such as the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark, Pampanga, and has represented the country in kite festivals around the world. With the weather conditions perfect for flight, kids were also taught how to properly launch their own kites.

What truly makes a difference in choosing Shanti and Amiya Raya to be your home is being able to step out into the great outdoors a mere few meters from your doorstep. Breathe in the fresh air and take a long walk with the whole family. Go on picnics or fly kites in the open grounds. Your own sanctuary is just 30 minutes from the big city. Now that is living the life.

CCI keeps to the highest of 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. Choosing a home in Shanti Condominiums delivers on that promise.

For more information:

Office address: 2504-A Tektite Tower East, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

On-site address: Amiya Raya, Bgy. Guitnang Bayan I, San Mateo, Rizal

Tel. no. (02)8938-6288 / (02)8667-3456 or 57 / (0917)529-0955

Email address:

About Community Creators, Inc.

CCI has been in the business of real estate development 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 eastern part 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


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Celebrate a Decade of Joy at Holiday Inn and Suites Makati

Holiday Inn & Suites Makati celebrates A Decade of Joy, a milestone celebration as it turns ten this year. Take part in this journey as they offer exciting promos just for you!

Celebrate with Holiday Inn and Suites Makati and enjoy a staycation with family and friends and delectable cuisines from Flavors Restaurant. Stay at Holiday Inn and Suites Makati and get to enjoy a buffet breakfast for two (2) at Php 10. This is available during the weekends until June 30, 2023. The rate is good for 2 adults and 2 children where kids stay and eat free! This is bookable through the website when you Book Early and Save or you may call directly at the hotel.

Enjoy more time as you plan your staycation and indulge in a shopcation spree as Holiday Inn and Suites Makati is giving a Lifestyle Passport to all check-in guests where you can enjoy special discounts from various merchant partners at Glorietta Mall. Guests have more options for an enjoyable and relaxing staycation with its direct access to Glorietta Mall.

If you want to start the week right, this is the chance for you to enjoy a Happy Monday as Holiday Inn and Suites Makati is offering all guests and visitors a 50% discount on lunch or dinner buffet at Flavors Restaurant on all Mondays until May 30, 2023. Get big savings from Php2,300 nett to Php1,150 nett per person.

Savor the mouthwatering cuisines since 2013 as you indulge in Flavors Best of 10 – the top favorites that guests have loved through the years. Enjoy these ala carte dishes of Kare-Kare, Chicken Biryani, Pink Salmon Fillet, and Country-style Fried Chicken to name a few, and enjoy a bottomless iced tea for every order. This is available daily until June 30, 2023, at Flavors Restaurant.

If you are celebrating with your family and friends, this is a good time to treat them to a buffet. Avail of the 5 + 1 buffet treat for those celebrating birthdays from April until June 30, 2023, or for those graduating students, as they dine for free for every five (5) full-paying adults. So come now and celebrate your special occasion at Flavors Restaurant.

Jehan J. Balbanero (center), Holiday Inn & Suites Director of Marketing Communications with media guests from The Manila Times, BusinessMirror, and Ruby’s Precious Moments during the 10th anniversary celebration recently.


It gets even better as Holiday Inn and Suites Makati offers a 40% discount on Lunch and Dinner Buffet until December 30, 2023, once you enroll at IHG One Rewards. Not yet a member? Join the IHG One Rewards at®2023. So now is a good time to avail of all these offers and treats as Holiday Inn and Suites Makati turns ten!

For bookings and reservations, please call +63 2 79090888 or email To know more about the promos and offerings, visit Like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at HolidayInnMakati.


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Landco promotes sports tourism in Batangas

Club Laiya, Landco’s Resort Estate in Batangas, serves as the official training camp of the country’s beach volleyball teams. The tourist and leisure destination becomes more vibrant and teems with excitement as the practice sessions of beach volleyball players are anticipated to attract sports enthusiasts and fans.

The Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) and Landco Pacific Corporation inked the one-year partnership agreement from January to December 2023. Under the agreement, two beach volleyball courts were built at Club Laiya, with 10 of the 18 members of the national men’s and women’s teams to hold camp seven days a week in Batangas. The rest of the national athletes who are still students will be in Laiya on weekends.

Alongside heralding Club Laiya as a beautiful backdrop for active sports at the beach and a venue for sports tourism, the partnership is an opportune time to strengthen the support for Philippine beach volleyball athletes. In the recent Volleyball World Beach Pro Tours Futures, the Philippine team won gold and silver in the women’s competition.

“We gladly and sincerely appreciate this partnership with Club Laiya on the beach volleyball training camp,” PNVF President Ramon “Tats” Suzara said. “The timing is perfect, now that we achieved a breakthrough on the global beach volleyball stage.”

The Philippine National Men’s Volleyball team hold regular practice sessions at the white beach of Landco Resort Estate Club Laiya in Batangas.

“It’s our privilege at Landco to support the Philippine national beach volleyball teams in Club Laiya as they undergo rigorous training and are set to make the country proud when they compete in upcoming international tournaments. Alongside our advocacy of enabling the youth to realize their full potential in sports, the practice sessions of the national beach volleyball team at the white sand beach of Club Laiya also help in promoting sports tourism in Batangas,” stated Landco Pacific Corporation President and CEO Erickson Y. Manzano.

“We welcome the national beach volleyball teams as they hold their training camp in Club Laiya where they also enjoy the facilities managed by Millennial Resorts. They are billeted at the unique accommodations of Cocoons and to meet and balance the demands and discipline of their sports, they can cross-train or opt to unwind at the swimming pool of Club Laiya Beach Club and have their hearty meals at Capt. Barbozza restaurant,” said Patrick Gregorio, Senior Tourism and Hospitality consultant for Millennial Resorts Corp. and former Secretary General, Philippine Olympic Committee.

Only two and a half hours from Metro Manila and adjacent to Landco’s Playa Laiya, the sun-kissed 23-hectare Club Laiya is a master-planned and premier resort community. The sprawling property features a mix of private residential lots, buildings, commercial spaces, and tourist hubs. Each provides distinct experiences and opportunities that are part of one unified development of Landco Pacific Corporation.

Club Laiya is a top-notch choice for investors and property owners drawn to the vibrant energy of Laiya beach as a favorite tourist spot for those who love to socialize and engage in an active outdoor lifestyle, with all the conveniences of modern life.

Together with Landco Resort Estates CaSoBe (Calatagan South Beach), Club Laiya is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) registered for the properties’ sustainability program.

At Club Laiya, investors can choose from the Seaside District, offering mix use residential and commercial lots that are closest to Laiya’s powdery white sand beach; the Premier District, the gated resort and lush forest community with a scenic view of Laiya’s mountains and greenery; the soon to be built Plaza Laiya; and soon to be launched The Spinnaker, the stunning, medium-rise beachfront premium condominium, with terraced levels and luxurious cuts, featuring an exclusive 4th level infinity pool, and positive Miami vibes.

Millennial Resorts, the hospitality arm of Landco, operates and manages the leisure and hospitality facilities of Resort Estates Club Laiya: the unconventional accommodations of the Cocoons and Camperisti; Captain Barbozza Restaurant and Bar; and the soon-to-be-built The Isle, a multi-purpose event center.

For more information about Landco Pacific Corporation and its Resort Estates Club Laiya, visit their website or Facebook page.


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The Philippines welcomes Vanessa Hudgens as its newest Global Tourism Ambassador

The title recognizes the Hollywood actress’ “contributions to help promote the Philippines as one of the world’s best tourism destinations.”

The Philippines offers numerous picturesque places perfect for any traveler looking for a thrilling and enjoyable getaway. For the same reason that Vanessa Hudgens believes the Philippines is a paradise waiting to be discovered. As the new tourism ambassador for the Philippines, the Filipino-American actress hopes to showcase the country’s rich heritage by retracing her Filipino roots.

On March 30, 2022, Vanessa had been appointed as the Global Tourism Ambassador for the Philippines, and she was thrilled about the opportunity.

“It’s a little bit of everything. It’s got paradise. It’s got [a] metropolitan city. It’s got kindness,” she enthusiastically expressed. “Everybody is so warm, so friendly. The people here are unique. Everyone is just so warm. I haven’t met anyone who seems like they’re not having a bad day. The hospitality is unmatched. It got wonder, and it’s just a magical place.”

The title was given by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., during a conferment ceremony at the Malacañang Palace. The title recognizes the Hollywood actress’ “contributions to help promote the Philippines as one of the world’s best tourism destinations.”

According to the Presidential Communications Office (PCO), “The initiative is a branding campaign and marketing strategy aimed at attracting international tourists as the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Creative Arts (OPACC) and the DOT (Department of Tourism) set their sights on creating opportunities to aggressively push for the resurgence of the Philippines as a travel destination.”

The High School Musical star has started working with director Paul Soriano on a travel documentary. In partnership with the tourism department, the documentary will highlight the actress’ reconnection with her Filipino roots while promoting the country’s tourist spots. The film will also feature her relationship with her Filipino mother, Gina Guangco, and sister Stella.

Gina was born in Manila, Philippines, and left when she was 25 years old, making Vanessa half-Filipino. She has always been proud of her Filipino heritage and has been talking about it in various interviews. She even shared her desire to showcase her Filipino identity in an interview with Glamour UK in 2021.

“My mom is from the Philippines, and growing up, there weren’t many women who looked like me and my mom and my family onscreen. It’s important to share all the different stories because America is a massive melting pot, [just like the] world.”

While the 34-year-old Broadway beauty admits this was the first time she had the chance to visit the country, she made it worthwhile by visiting the crystal clear lagoons of El Nido, Palawan. Aside from her plans of visiting the beautiful beaches and historical landmarks in the country, she also would like to immerse herself in Filipino culture. She particularly wants to meet with local tribal communities.

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“I’m going to hang out with tribes, there’s so much to do,” she stated. “I haven’t even gone shopping!”

As she entered her mid-30s, her plans involved finding her roots and rediscovering herself, hence the trip to the Philippines. “I’m thinking about raising a family, and I wanna be able to know my heritage so that I can bring that forth and so that my kids can know their background, they can know more about their own blood.”

Meanwhile, Vanessa faced backlash on social media as many netizens deemed her unworthy of the title. Nevertheless, the actress opened up about how she struggled to find her place in Hollywood as a Fil-Am.

Even though the industry is slowly diversifying, there is still a lack of international representation, especially among the Filipino tribes. Thus, she looks forward to more opportunities to work and stay in the country to fulfill her goal of learning about the Philippines and discovering her Filipino identity.

“I already can’t wait to come back. I feel like the time that I have spent here has been so incredible and so special, but I need more time. The country is so big and has so much to offer,” she said.


Contributed by Princess Friel Lontoc


Featured photo credits to GMA News

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Spend Easter Break at Richmonde Hotels

Holy Week is the perfect time to rest and spend time with family, and what can be more relaxing than staying in the city away from the crowded beaches and packed roads to out-of-town hotspots.

We’ve got your back!  Richmonde Hotel Ortigas (RHO) and Eastwood Richmonde Hotel (ERH) could take care of this for you.


  • Urban getaway at RHO

Available from April 1 to 10, 2023, Richmonde’s Easter Break Escape Room Package provides guests with a soothing sojourn for as low as PhP 3,400 nett per night if staying for two or more nights. Overnight rates are also reasonably priced starting at PhP 3,500 nett for Sunday to Thursday stays and PhP 3,700 nett for Friday & Saturday check-ins. For rates that come with a daily breakfast buffet for up to two adults and two children aged 5 years old and below, rates begin at PhP 4,200 nett per night for a minimum of 2 nights, PhP 4,300 nett  and PhP 4,500 nett for nightly stays from Sunday to Thursday and Friday to Saturday, respectively.

All guests also get complimentary use of the Health Club’s gym and heated indoor pool, scheduled afternoon snacks at the café, and lemonade at the pool area on April 6, 7 & 8. And for the convenience of in-house guests on April 9, an Easter Sunday mass will be celebrated at the 3rd floor function rooms at 10:30am.

RHO Seafood Specials Salmon Teriyaki

For guilt-free indulgences, this Lent and the summer season, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, Richmonde Café, introduces new seafood specials featuring fresh and healthy pescatarian dishes like grilled blue marlin (PhP 810nett), sous vid black cod (PhP 940nett), and salmon teriyaki (PhP 865nett). These delightful entrées are available for a la carte orders for the whole month of April.

For bookings and inquiries, call Richmonde Hotel Ortigas at (632) 8638 7777 or email You may also call or message via mobile/Viber at 0917 859 7914 (Room Reservations) and 0917 534 4352 (Richmonde Café).


  • Enjoyable Eggsperience at ERH

 Richmonde’s Easter Eggsperience Room Packages, available from April 1 to 10, 2023, provide three rate options guests can choose from. For a no-frills stay, rates start at PhP 3,800 nett, which is good for room accommodations for up to two adults and two children 5 years old and below. For as low as PhP 5,600 nett, get inclusions of a breakfast buffet for two and PhP 500 dining credits that can be used for food and beverage orders at Eastwood Café+Bar or from room service.

To have the ultimate Easter Sunday celebration with the little ones, there’s the Easter Celebration Package, available on April 8 and 9, starting at PhP 8,600 nett which includes a breakfast buffet for two, dining credits worth PhP 500, and two tickets to the hotel’s April 9 Easter Party event. All rates include complimentary use of the pool and gym, a 20% discount on restaurant and room service orders, and a 15% discount on all services of Lumiere Skin and Spa located beside the hotel’s mall entrance.

ERH guest room

It will be a Beary Happy Easter at Eastwood Richmonde’s kiddie party happening on April 9, from 1pm to 5pm at the Ballroom and Amberley-Belmont Rooms. Highlighted by a sumptuous snack buffet and food carts, an Easter egg hunt, a kiddie show with musical performances, a bear-themed costume contest, a photo booth, loot bags, games, and prizes, the event promises to be a fun-filled Easter celebration to remember. Tickets are at PhP 1,499nett per child or adult. Children 2 years old and below are free if accompanied by a paying adult.

During the Holy Week holiday from April 6 to 8, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, Eastwood Café+Bar, will serve an array of well-loved Filipino snacks from 2:30pm to 5pm, including pancit canton, arroz caldo, turon, sapin-sapin, halo-halo and more at the Merienda Buffet. The buffet is priced at PhP 499nett, inclusive of a glass of iced tea.

On Easter Sunday, Eastwood Café+Bar will present its newest weekend lunch buffet. Consisting of international favorites like roast beef short plate, maki rolls, hot pot, lechon belly roll, and many more, the Sunday Lunch Buffet will be featuring a Greek station with lamb shank and fish, plus your choice of tzatziki, skordalia, or tabbouleh sauce. Priced at only PhP 1,499nett with bottomless iced tea and coffee, this buffet will make the Easter celebration with the family even more special. Children 6 to 12 years old get a 50% discount while toddlers 5 years old and below eat for free.

For inquiries and bookings, call (632) 8570 7777 / (63) 917 531 6867 or email For table reservations, call (63) 917 821 0333 or send a message via Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s official Facebook page.


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Century Park Hotel announces pre-summer promotions

The season is heating up at Manila’s renowned establishment, Century Park Hotel (CPH), as it announces its line-up of exciting pre-summer promotions.

 According to the hotel’s General Manager, Anthony Tan, CPH geared up early this year to present a delightful variety of promos and activities for all its patrons.  “For the last month of the first quarter of the year, the hotel deals are on full blast to give our guests wonderful bonding moments and celebrations”.

 Your fondness for our Century Tsukiji’s Eat-ALL-You-Can gets more exciting as it upgrades its Japanese buffet spread.

Starting March 1, 2023, we are introducing daily add-ons of crepes station, unlimited juices, and a “Make Your Own Ramen” station in your favorite Japanese dishes from appetizers (Otsumami), sushi, sashimi, sunomono (vinegared dishes), nimono (simmered dishes), teppanyaki, tempura, yakimono to delightful desserts for only Php 1,199 net per person every Mondays to Thursdays.

And for Fridays to Sundays and on holidays, enjoy more items like Yakitori, a variety of seasonal seafood, new sashimi & sushi creations, and an exclusive add-on of Japanese ice cream on top of our regular buffet spread for only Php 1,399 net per person.

Head off to the Century Tsukiji and reward yourself with an indulging meal. The outlet is open from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm for lunch and dinner, respectively. 

 March is the season for graduates! At Century Park Hotel, more people mean more fun in our grand “Salute to the Graduates”. A free buffet awaits graduates who will bring along a minimum of three paying guests at the Café in the Park. Celebrate their moment by indulging in a wide selection of food and filling your plates with your favorite items from soup, salad, cold cuts, carving, seasonal seafood, grilled meats, pasta, and Filipino and Chinese stations.  Be sure to make room for desserts and unlimited juices all available from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm for lunch and dinner, respectively.

Tsu Kiji

Prom and Graduation Ball’s Package are also available.  For reservations, you may call our Sales Department at contact numbers (02) 8528-5871 to 73. 

 The Palm Grove Bar, where one of Manila’s first temperature-controlled pools is situated, extends its promo of “Buy 1, Take 1” on Heineken and Tiger beers, Frozen Fruity Margarita, and Frozen Sangria every Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 

When being in the thick of activity on weekends means all the hustle and hassles, take a break and visit Al Fresco by Palm Grove from 5 pm to 11 pm, Fridays and Saturdays and enjoy our Unlimited Samgyeopsal for only Php 799 net per person and spare yourself from cooking at home even just for weekends.

 “New deals for the second quarter were already rolled out as well,” explained GM Anthony Tan.  CPH will open it with Easter Candyland, a special celebration to end the Lenten season on April 9. Both adults and children will enjoy a fun-filled day full of exciting activities like interactive games, face painting, an enchanting magic show, a photo booth, loot bags, and the traditional egg hunting at the Grand Ballroom from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.


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Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Manila Galleria welcome its first Filipina General Manager this Women’s Month

Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria and Holiday Inn Manila Galleria aptly welcome Mrs. Patria Puyat as its very first female General Manager. She brings with her over three decades of industry experience, most recently as the head matriarch of Crowne Plaza Vientiane in Laos.

“I am proud to have been with the InterContinental Hotels Group for over twenty years. The brand has been part of my childhood. And that’s where I started my career in hospitality as a Sales Coordinator at the InterContinental Hotel Manila,” she fondly recalls. Patria’s ingenuity from her innate creativity and Les Roches education was demonstrated time and again as a young hotelier. She left the Philippines in 2001, and she always made sure to go back but in 2009 she decided to see what a career overseas would take her.

When she left the country to lead hospitality professionals in Vietnam, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates. Dubai played a pivotal role in Patria’s journey to the top. She shares, “Being a Filipina leader among Middle Eastern men and European women meant I had to work harder than anyone in the room! But it all paid off when I finally broke the glass ceiling and became the  Pre-Opening General Manager of Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City.”

Her contribution to the Filipino community did not go unnoticed. In 2017, she was recognized as Hospitality Professional of the Year by a premier award-giving body honoring Filipinos in the UAE who raise the bar in their respective fields.

Amidst various accolades and commendations, Patria finds fulfillment in giving back. “Of all my years abroad, I can say that my time in Laos was closest to my heart. It was there where we made a difference to adolescent girls by teaching them livelihood skills in the hopes of giving them the freedom to choose their future,” she says beaming with pride for the empowered young women.

Likewise, neither the pandemic nor the distance hindered her from imparting thirty years’ worth of knowledge and expertise to hospitality students in the Philippines. A nurturer and educator, Patria taught at the Enderun Colleges as a lecturer.

She came. She saw. She conquered. And now, she returns … with passion and energy that seemingly have not waned over the years. As she embarks on yet another chapter of her stellar career in IHG – this time coming home to the iconic hospitality properties in the heart of Ortigas Center, Patria remarks that there are three guiding principles that she lives by: “Gratitude. Respect. Trust.”

Truly, this brand of leadership means Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Manila Galleria shall conquer new heights with HER at the helm.


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