Team Kramer Joins MR.DIY Philippines in New Campaign: ‘For BIG and small FAMILYhan needs, MERON DIYan!’

MR.DIY Philippines launched its 2024 campaign at the MR.DIY store located on the 4th level of One Ayala Mall in Makati. The event marked the beginning of a new chapter for the brand, emphasizing its core value propositions: “Always Low Prices,” extensive product assortment, and convenient shopping across numerous store locations. The newest brand tagline, “For BIG and small FAMILYhan needs, MERON DIYan!” encapsulates the brand’s mission to cater to all family needs, both big and small, reinforcing MR.DIY as the go-to destination for home improvement.

The event began with a Media Thanksgiving session, which kicked off with a message of gratitude to the media from MR.DIY Philippines’ Deputy Head of Marketing Mr. Charles Salecina.

Mr. Charles Salecina, Deputy Head of Marketing of MR.DIY Philippines, expressed gratitude to the media during the Media Thanksgiving program.

This was followed  by fun games and prizes for the media, which included  “BIG and small, Hakot, Dakot, Panalo!” Challenge, where participants were blindfolded and given 15 seconds to scoop as many prizes as they could into a basket, taking home whatever they managed to gather. Trivia questions about MR.DIY also engaged attendees, with correct answers earning exciting prizes.

The main program commenced with opening remarks from Mr. Salecina, and halfway through his speech, he invited everyone to watch the 2023 highlights of MR.DIY, showcasing the brand’s achievements and milestones over the past year.

This was followed by a short message from MR.DIY Philippines’ CEO, Ms. Roselle B. Andaya, where she shared her excitement for renewing the brand’s partnership with Team Kramer, and how MR.DIY remains steadfast in its commitment to offer a delightful and convenient shopping experience.

Ms. Roselle Andaya, CEO of MR.DIY Philippines, delivers her message for the media and guests at MR.DIY’s Branding Campaign Launch held in One Ayala, Makati City.

“This year’s campaign reaffirms MR.DIY’s dedication to being your trusted partner for all home improvement needs,” said Ms. Andaya.

A significant moment in the event was the ceremonial “BIG and small” contract signing with MR.DIY’s Brand Ambassador, Team Kramer.

“We are renewing our contract with MR.DIY because our collaboration has been fulfilling and successful. MR.DIY’s commitment to quality and affordability aligns with our family values. We’ve seen how their products have enhanced our home and everyday life. The positive feedback from our followers has been overwhelming and we’re excited to continue this journey with our MR.DIY family, “ said Doug Kramer.

The unveiling of the 2024 campaign video and new jingle was accompanied by a dynamic dance mob, setting an energetic tone for the day, with Team Kramer joining in on the fun. Doug and Cheska Kramer spoke about how the new MR.DIY branding came to life. The couple highlighted the collaborative effort and shared behind-the-scenes of the branding campaign shoot and jingle creation, giving attendees a glimpse into the creative process. 

The “For BIG and small FAMILYhan needs, MERON DIYan!” campaign represents MR.DIY’s mission to serve the diverse needs of Filipino families, offering products that cater to both major home improvements and everyday essentials. The term “FAMILYhan” blends the words “Family” and “Pamilihan” (marketplace), positioning MR.DIY as the go-to market for Filipino families’ big and small needs. The campaign is designed to emphasize the brand’s dedication to affordability, quality, and variety, ensuring that every family, regardless of size, can find what they need at MR.DIY. This campaign ties seamlessly with the renewed brand story, showcasing MR.DIY as a reliable partner for all home-related needs.

“Our relationship with MR.DIY has grown stronger and more collaborative. We’ve deepened our understanding of their commitment to quality and affordability and created content that resonates with our audience. This partnership feels like a true alignment of values and goals,” Mr. Kramer added. Team Kramer’s continued partnership with MR.DIY highlights the brand’s family-oriented approach and commitment to enhancing the lives of its customers.

Ms. Roselle Andaya, CEO of MR.DIY signs the contract with Team Kramer, marking another chapter of success and partnership ahead.

During the media Q&A, Ms. Andaya discussed the brand’s strategies for rapid expansion and success in the competitive retail market.

She emphasized the importance of a customer-centric approach, among other factors that contribute to MR.DIY’s success. “Our key strategies include having  a customer-centric approach by ensuring we have the right variety of products at affordable prices in carefully selected locations to maximize reach. Additionally, we keep major processes as simple as possible to achieve faster scalability. The more we are able to scale up successfully, the more we benefit from economies of scale, where costs are spread out more, resulting in higher savings which are passed on to our customers as products they can buy at always low prices. The more our customers patronize MR.DIY, the more we are able to expand, thus the virtuous cycle continues,” Ms. Andaya added.

The event concluded on a high note, leaving attendees excited about MR.DIY’s future initiatives and continued commitment to providing variety, good quality and value for money for Filipino families. With its new campaign and renewed brand identity as the “familyhan” for big and small needs. MR.DIY is poised to strengthen its presence in the Philippine retail market.

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Megaworld Opens ‘PH’s Biggest Hotel’ Grand Westside in Paranaque

Inaugurated by no less than President Ferdinand R. Marcos, the 19-story, two-tower Grand Westside Hotel features 1,530 rooms within the rising ‘Broadway of Asia.’


Property giant Megaworld, the country’s largest hotel developer with over 7,000 hotel rooms in its portfolio, has formally opened the Philippines’ biggest hotel development to date: the 1,530-room Grand Westside Hotel located within Megaworld’s 31-hectare Westside City township at the bustling Entertainment City in Parañaque City.

His Excellency Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., President of the Republic of the Philippines, inaugurated the biggest hotel in the Philippines with 1,530 rooms – Grand Westside Hotel. In photo: HE Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., House Speaker Martin Romualdez, Christina Garcia-Frasco, Secretary – Department of Tourism, Kevin L. Tan, Vice Chairman, President and CEO – Alliance Global Group, Inc., and Megaworld’s Director and COO, Lourdes T. Gutierrez-Alfonso, Cleofe Albiso, Managing Director – Megaworld Hotels & Resorts, Joe Fijardo, General Manager – Grand Westside Hotel and other decision makers.


“Grand Westside Hotel is the latest addition to Megaworld’s Westside City township, which continues to take shape today as the ‘Broadway of Asia.” The hotel offers guests a wide variety of room selections, each one designed for the varied preferences of guests, whether they are traveling for business or for leisure. Even more exciting is the fact that the hotel sits along Manila Bay, which allows guests to marvel and enjoy the captivating sunset from this side of Metro Manila,” says Cleofe Albiso, managing director, Megaworld Hotels & Resorts.

Executive Suite


First-class dining options and amenities

The hotel has a variety of different dining outlets, including Café by Westside, an all-day dining restaurant serving Filipino and international cuisines, Zabana Bar on the ground floor, the Plunge Bar at the open deck on the fifth floor. The hotel will also have its own specialty restaurant, LaMeza, which is set to open later this year.

The façade design of Grand Westside Hotel is inspired by the formation of waves approaching the shore, as seen through the lines enveloping the entire structure. At the ground level, guests will be welcomed to a high-ceiling lobby that carries a contemporary design, exuding a sophisticated ambiance with the use of natural elements, such as wood, stone, metal, and leather.

GWH Facade

Over at the amenity floor on the fifth floor, guests will enjoy a variety of first-class amenities, including an expansive pool area with views of the Manila Bay sunset. There’s also a children’s pool, gazebo, a sprawling Zen garden, and an outdoor seating area.

There’s also an Executive Lounge, exclusive to VIP guests where they can dine, do their express check-in and check-out, and fulfill other business functions using the meeting room integrated into this facility.


Surrounded by entertainment and leisure hotspots

 Soon, Grand Westside Hotel will be connected to the rising Westside Resort complex, a sprawling entertainment complex that will feature four theaters where a variety of performing arts shows, ranging from musicals to concerts, comedies, and more, will be shown.

The largest of these theaters will be The Grand Opera House, poised to be the first of its kind in the country, which will have a 2,000-seating capacity.

A milestone development launched on the occasion of Megaworld’s 35th anniversary this June, Grand Westside Hotel provides a big boost to the company’s continuing support for Philippine tourism. In 2019, Megaworld committed to invest around P64 billion to build Westside City within the next 10 years.

Managed and operated by Megaworld Hotels & Resorts, Grand Westside Hotel is the second hotel property to welcome travelers at Westside City, the first being the 529-room Kingsford Hotel Manila.


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‘Inside Out 2’ movie release with special offers

Globe is celebrating the highly anticipated theater release of Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” with special offers and events for the whole family to enjoy.

The exclusive activities will bring together families and friends to create core memories through an unforgettable movie experience, offering a chance to win free tickets to Hong Kong Disneyland while enjoying one of the year’s biggest animated films.

Pixar and Disney fans are in for a chance to create new core memories in cinemas as they get to enjoy another heartwarming animation gem filled with timeless lessons.  Parents who grew up on Disney fare will love the chance to pass on the learnings to their children, while kids and kids-at-heart immersed in today’s Disney universe will connect with the relatable characters and the delightful storytelling.

With the film now showing in cinemas, Globe customers can further enjoy a movie date watching “Inside Out 2” and join the Family Feels Grand Raffle Promo.

To be eligible for the promo, customers must complete any of the eligible paid transactions in the GlobeOne app between June 19 and July 10, 2024. Eligible transactions include GFiber Prepaid sign up, GFiber Prepaid top up, any Globe Prepaid top up, any Globe Postpaid add on, and redemption of the Family Feels Reward from the Rewards catalog (visit the Globe Facebook page for the complete mechanics).

Once the transaction is done, the customer must fill out and submit the form on the GlobeOne app to officially register their raffle entry. The raffle will have 250 winners, each receiving movie tickets for four, redeemable at any Ayala Cinema showing Inside Out 2. One grand winner gets the grand prize of a trip for four to Hong Kong Disneyland.

“Inside Out 2,” sequel to the 2015 box office hit “Inside Out,” takes audiences back into the mind of teenager Riley, where new emotions are introduced, including Anxiety, voiced by Maya Hawke and Envy voiced by Ayo Edibiri. The movie, directed by Kelsey Mann and featuring a score by Andrea Datzman, promises to bring viewers through a rollercoaster of emotions, continuing the legacy of the beloved multi-awarded original film.

“Globe is committed to providing enriching experiences for Filipinos, and this collaboration with Disney gives everyone a chance to make new core memories. We invite all Disney lovers to join our special events and take part in our exciting promotions, making the cinema date truly unforgettable for the whole family,” said Joey Kilayko, Director, Globe Masterbrand and Strategic Initiatives.

Globe and Disney continue to help people find narratives that will spur them to positive action through stirring tales and heroes with a heart.

The partnership for the release of “Inside Out 2” further underscores Globe’s dedication to creating memorable experiences for its customers. With special events, raffle promos, and engaging activities, Globe invites everyone to make lasting memories and celebrate the joy of storytelling.

For more details on Globe’s offers and events, visit the GlobeOne app or

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SM Hotels and Conventions Corp. (SMHCC): Together for a #SMWasteFreeFuture

SM Hotels and Conventions Corp. (SMHCC) joins SM Prime Holdings, Inc. in the #SMWasteFreeFuture.

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property developers in Southeast Asia, brings all its property groups and stakeholders toward an #SMWasteFreeFuture on a unified waste management and segregation campaign in response to the growing global crises on waste.

The #SMWasteFreeFuture program promotes behavioral changes in waste management through effective waste segregation via Recyclable, Disposable, Compostable, or RDC. It aims to achieve two primary objectives: (1) Reduce Overall Waste Generation by implementing effective waste segregation practices, and 2) Enhance Waste Diversion Rate by diverting a greater proportion of waste away from landfills through recycling, composting, and other sustainable disposal methods.

ORCA Biodigester


Day 1 for a Waste-Free Future

The #SMWasteFreeFuture project was launched at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall, on June 5, 2024, World Environment Day.

Sustainability Champion and SM Engineering Design and Development Corporation President Hans “Chico” T. Sy, Jr. emphasized, “We have to be open to new ways of doing things and of putting into action every little step that’s crucial for advancing waste management solutions,” he said.

“This is a small step in a long journey. This is a learning process and it will not be perfect. We highly encourage all of you to give us feedback,” he said. Sy further emphasizes that, “This project is not specific to one organization, but one that belongs to an entire society. We welcome everyone to practice this in their everyday lives.”

Sy also encourages the youth and the general public. “Now it’s up to you and every individual here in attendance, to embrace the cause of change. We are given the opportunity to work on the biggest problems of our community when the planet truly needs it. Let’s not waste this opportunity,” he said.

Sustainable Hospitality: On Food and Linen Waste

In the hotel and tourism sector, SMHCC’s practical and sustainable solutions zeroed in on waste diversion focused on food waste management and condemned linens.

In 2019, SMHCC took decisive leadership to mitigate global food waste across all its properties in the Philippines. It opened its Back of House (BOH) operations to WWF-Philippines as the pilot study for the Sustainable Diner Project, covering the journey of food from source to plate, including kitchen operations, menu creation, guest engagement, composting, waste management, and working with local farmers.

 “We have diverted 198 tonnes of food waste from landfills as of 2019 to 2023. More importantly, food waste prevention is where we take our first steps. We’ve made it our priority through mindful production and simple innovative solutions.” said Leah Magallanes, VP for Quality and Sustainability at SMHCC.

Launched during World Recycling Day, March 18, 2024, at SMX Convention Center Manila, Tela Tales, a textile upcycling project, gives life to condemned linens while seeking to provide livelihood to women from the local community.

The hotels industry changes its linens every two to three years. “We upcycle our condemned linens into beautiful products created by the communities we help,” said Magallanes. “But we also want to provide opportunities for skills building and encourage mothers from the single-income households to use their creativity and earn a little bit of extra while taking care of their families,” she said.

Giving Garden – Pico

In partnership with designer Zara Juan, the program invested on the training and skills development of 41 women members of the community of Barangay Bulihan in Batangas and Kalingap Casa de Sueno in Tagaytay, to help them increase the additional home income and encourage entrepreneurship.

To date, Tela Tales has upcycled 1,716 yards of condemned linens. The project addresses the amount of linen in hospitality and is the hotel’s commitment to #SMWasteFreeFuture.

 #SMHCC #SMWasteFreeFuture #rubyspreciousmoments #rubyasoyph


CCP’S Tara, Laro Ta(y)o Interweaves Traditional Games and Dances

Believing in the importance of dance and arts in general in the lives of every Filipino, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) embarks on another milestone project, dubbed Tara, Laro Ta(y)o, that aims to preserve what is inherently Filipino and promote the diverse Philippine dance tapestry.

Six dance

Featuring six dance films, the project explores how the joyous spirit of traditional games can be woven and intertwined with the dynamism of Philippine indigenous dances. Championing the folk and indigenous arts, the CCP aims to promote traditional dances and games to young generations through these dance films.

Inspired by the traditional games of selected Philippine indigenous communities from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, the featured dances are: Mali, a Dumagat traditional dance; Koirdas di la Bordon of Cuyo, Palawan; Sipit-sipit from Eastern Samar; Kikembe from Cuartero, Capiz; Kasipa sa Manggis from Marawi, Lanao del Sur; and Buwa-buwan of Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.

Comparable to agawan base, the Mali is considered the pambansang laro of the Dumagats from San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. Usually played after the pagyuyuro (a long day’s work) at night under the moon along the river, the traditional game is played with two teams, with 10 players each; one of which will be the pambato (leader). Utilizing a ball, each group must protect with all their strength and might the base assigned to them.

In the dance film directed by Roberto P. Ramirez, Jr. and choreographed by Ramirez Jr. alongside John Rick Bugas, a player named Emman shows all his strength to win the game and eventually falls in love with his female opponent named Kulot. His love languages were observed and witnessed by Kulot’s younger sister Ekang. He may not win the game but wins the heart of his love.

Played after prayers for the dead or during wakes, Koirdas di la Bordon entails players secretly passing a ring while singing the Bordon. The “It” tries to guess who has the ring. The guessing game continues until the “it” succeeds in pointing at the person who holds it. The holder of the ring becomes the new “it.”

Performed by Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, the dance film shows the son of a bereaved family initiating the Koirdas di la Bordon to keep everyone awake and alleviate boredom throughout the night. Children eagerly join in, providing a much-needed distraction from the grief and sadness of the wake. This showed that even in times of mourning, there is still room for happiness and fun. Percival V.  Carel directs and choreographs.

A lively and playful cultural expression from the Philippines, specifically in Taft, Eastern Samar, Sipit-sipit is inspired by a traditional Filipino game where players aim to hit each other’s slippers with their own.

The Samleyaw Performing Arts Group performs the choreography of its artistic director Jerry E. Mores in the film directed by Mores himself and Mark Doclotero. In the film, dancers move energetically, incorporating movements that mimic the act of tucking or placing slippers in different parts of the body. The choreography often includes rhythmic footwork, dynamic arm gestures, and joyful expressions, capturing the essence of camaraderie and competition found in the game.

Kikembe, a traditional group game from Cuartero, Capiz, is often played by children who form a circle and tangle their hands and feet.  As they turn and form various formations, they would chant “Kekembe, nang kekembe/Ang barato nang karamiri/Ginsakyan ni Kapitan Kabyan/Byan, byan…. Byan.” Any player who loses focus and stops the routine will render a song or a dance as a penalty.

Directed by Jocelyn Mayo and Ramie Capuyan, the dance film features the performance of Agdahanay Folkloric Group as choreographed by Rose Hallegado and Cute Candelario. In the film, Kikembe ignites the friendship between classmates who bicker and fight.

In Kasipa sa Manggis, sipa players try to outdo one another by kicking the ball-like contraption made of rattan (sipa) and hitting the manggis that are hung on a bamboo above them. The player that can hit a manggis and make it drop to the ground gets a price.

The traditional game is mentioned in Darangen, the Maranaw epic. In the tale, mythical hero Raja Bantugan competed in kasipa sa manggis, along with other noble warriors and datus, to win the hand of a beautiful princess.

Benhur Abulencia directs the dancers of Sining Kambayoka Ensemble (SKE) who follow the choreography of Abulencia and Jear P. Lopez in the film, narrating the story of a Meranaw boy who journeys through the Kasipa games and learns the true value of family.

The Agusan Manobo and Lapakonon Manobo children often play the Buwa-buwan, a traditional outdoor game where the runners will try to outrun the “taya.” The taya will try to chase and block the runners. Hugis Dance Project of Butuan City performs the choreography of Dariel Endencia and Railey Clark Baring in the film directed by Carlito Amalla and Gerard Hechanova.

CCP’s instructional videos

Maximizing the potential of modern technology, the CCP also created instructional videos and books to document unpublished dances from the different regions of the country, with materials on costumes, music, instruments, and choreographies performed by partner dance groups from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

“The long-term plan is to create a comprehensive archive of Philippine dances, ensuring that future generations will deeply understand and appreciate our culture and heritage. We aim to distribute these manuals and instructional materials to educational institutions and libraries in the Philippines,” said CCP President Kaye C. Tinga.

In partnership with the Philippine Folk Dance Society and the City Government of San Jose Del Monte, the CCP will screen the Tara, Laro Ta(y)o films on June 25, at the Convention Center, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. Coinciding with the launch is the 42nd National Folk Dance Workshop, slated on June 24-28.

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CIMB launches first-ever Pinoy Mavericks Awards, honoring inspiring stories of overcoming adversity

CIMB Bank Philippines, the most awarded digital-only commercial bank in the country, recently launched the first-ever CIMB Pinoy Mavericks Awards, which aims to honor inspiring stories of triumph after travails, while also promoting financial inclusion and social responsibility.

“We believe in celebrating the triumphs of everyday people who have overcome challenges and adversities to achieve extraordinary results and are exemplary contributors to their own communities,” said CIMB Bank PH CEO Vijay Manoharan.

“Through the Pinoy Mavericks Awards, we hope to inspire, empower, and ignite the spark within more of our fellow Pinoys to overcome their perceived limitations, make an impact to their communities, and truly pursue their purpose with the help of CIMB Bank,” he shared. “This is very much in line with our mission as a Bank in the Philippines that is a pioneer in driving financial inclusion and digital banking. Our mission is to impact and improve the lives of our customers through our products and services and give them easy access to saving and borrowing to meet their financial needs.”

For the inaugural run of the Pinoy Mavericks Awards, CIMB has chosen individuals who will be sharing their own unique stories of overcoming adversity and their journey of facing these challenges head-on. Their stories span a wide range of challenges experienced by many, such as financial adversity, physical disability, and loss of assets or loved ones, among others.

“When we first came to the Philippines, we were a small player amid long-established banking giants in the country,” said D’Artagnan Aguilar, Chief Marketing Officer of CIMB Bank Philippines. “Like David facing Goliath, we forged our own path to get to where we are now, the trusted partner of 8 million customers in just five years. This is the spirit of being a maverick we hope to impart with others so that they will be empowered to live their life purpose.”

The winners of the first Pinoy Mavericks Awards will receive a cash prize, half of which will be donated to a charity or cause of their choice to continue the spirit of giving back to the community. The pioneering nominees of the Pinoy Mavericks Awards will be announced soon.

To know more about the Pinoy Mavericks Awards, visit or watch the unveiling here:


About CIMB Bank Philippines

CIMB Bank Philippines is a digital-only commercial bank providing innovative mobile-first digital banking solutions and services. It is the most awarded digital-only commercial bank in the country, and was named by Forbes as the number 1 Bank in the Philippines in its 2023 World’s Best Banks ranking.  CIMB Bank Philippines has garnered 96 prestigious international awards and is a leader in digital banking product and services in the Philippines. Currently serving 8 million Filipinos and 3.5 million lending customers, CIMB Bank Philippines is also part of the CIMB Group, the 5th largest bank in ASEAN.

Read more about the bank’s products and promos on, as well as on its Facebook and Instagram pages.


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Taal Vista Hotel: Delighting you in every possible way

Experience pure joy and satisfaction when you stay at Taal Vista Hotel.


Going on a weekend staycation with family is a chance to experience new things, create memories, and strengthen bonds. Our recent staycation at Taal Vista Hotel was exceptional. It was a perfect escape from the stress of everyday life to relax and recharge.

The hotel is known for its breathtaking views, cool mountain air, great food, and impressive amenities. Then and now, Taal Vista remains a national landmark deeply ingrained in the history and heritage of the popular tourist destination, Tagaytay City.

The premier room where we stayed was spacious and squeaky clean. It offers the most spectacular panoramic view of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake amid a verdant landscape.

Welcome cake.


Great food, happy mood

Food makes us feel good while feasting on the mouth-watering dishes for lunch and breakfast at Verdana. It offers a Filipino-Continental buffet and a live cultural show by the Bughaw Folkloric Dance Group during the lunch buffet every Saturday and Sunday. It was satisfying for our tummies and eyes!

My favorites from the lunch buffet were maki rolls, ginataang alimasag at gulay, laing rice, rellenong bangus, pancit, fresh salad and fruits, Filipino delicacies, and halo-halo. For breakfast meals, I enjoyed coffee, fresh fruits, fried rice and danggit, chicken tocino, and champorado.

Maki rolls

We also cherished our time at the lobby lounge for snacks. We tried their hot chocolate and Americano coffee paired with delicious cakes and pastries. It helped us unwind and feel relaxed while we listened to piano music in the background. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the chance to experience a glam picnic that day due to the rain.

For our dinner, we relished the sumptuous pasta dishes at Taza restaurant. Taza is the Arabic word for fresh. We ordered pasta dishes such as Duck and Mushroom Lasagna, Fettucine Alfredo, and Pappardelle Primavera, which were rich, flavorful, and gratifying! We were also given a delectable chocolate cake for dessert.

Mouthwatering and gratifying pasta dishes from Taza!


Taza Fresh Table. Courtesy: Taal Vista Hotel FB page


Hospitable staff, going the extra mile

We appreciate the warmth and friendliness of its staff, especially for my hubby with a diet restriction. The chefs made an effort to prepare vegetarian dishes just for him! Special mention to Chef Ralph of Taza and Chef Kim of Veranda!

To digest what we ate, we toured the hotel’s other facilities – the swimming pool, the gym, the spa, Kultura Butik, and The Ridge, and made a side trip to Skyranch. For staying hotel guests would need only to pay 100 per person to pass through the gate from the lake wing to enter the amusement park.

It was a delightful stay for me and my small family – from the accommodation, food, service, and overall experience.

Enjoying our meals together as a family.

For Father’s Day, the hotel has a special promotion, “Feast for the King.” You can choose from BBQ Grill Night at Alta Ridge Bar or lunch buffet at Veranda. For details, call +63 2 7917 8225 or e-mail


 Magnificent views, history, and nostalgia

The charm of Taal Vista Hotel lies in its stunning views that continue to capture guests after several decades.

The Ridge is a viewing deck that offers one of the most spectacular views of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake. It also provides a panoramic scenery of Volcano Island, its surrounding Taal Lake, and the Tagaytay Ridge. Also visible are lakeside communities of Batangas Province including Cuenca, Lipa, Mataas na Kahoy, and Tanauan. On a clear day, Balayan Bay is visible on the far right.


Posing at The Ridge.

In the 1960s, Taal Vista Lodge became a popular destination among foreign dignitaries. Some of the past distinguished guests were Crown Prince Akihito and his wife Princess Michiko of Japan, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, and five First Ladies of heads of state who attended the Manila Summit Conference, among others. In 2003, Taal Vista Lodge became Taal Vista Hotel.

The property has surmounted unprecedented challenges in the past decades. While reading its history timeline wall indicates that “In the process, it has affirmed its status as an icon in Philippine tourism – a timeless property known not only for offering a majestic view of Taal Volcano but more importantly, for leaving its guests nostalgic with treasured memories of the past.”

The grand dame of the Philippine hospitality industry is #HereForAlways.

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Amazing Delights for Father’s Day

Let the man of the house experience an enjoyable Father’s Day celebration with the family as Richmonde Hotels in Ortigas, Eastwood, and Iloilo present a curated blend of relaxation, gourmet dining, and exclusive adventures tailored to create cherished memories. From massage treatments and welcome treats to tasty buffets and fun explorations, pay tribute to the fathers and father figures in our lives with these amazing delights from Richmonde.

Richmonde Hotel Ortigas

June is All About Dad so Richmonde Hotel Ortigas celebrates him with a month-long value-packed promotion that allows him to spend a much-deserved break and precious quality time with the wife and kids for as low as PhP 3,999nett (room only) and PhP 4,999nett (with breakfast buffet for two). Let dad unwind in the cozy, comfy rooms of Richmonde as he savors his choice of special welcome amenity—either an oversized Father’s Day chocolate chip cookie or two bottles of beer with peanuts.

Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ Richmonde Café throws a Flavor Fest for Dad on June 16, 2024 from 11:30am to 2:00pm. This Father’s Day Lunch Buffet priced at only PhP 1,595 nett per person promises to be a memorable feast filled with the mouthwatering tastes and delectable dishes the whole family will love.

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel

Catch whatever’s left of the summer season as you celebrate dad with Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s Father’s Day Summer Lovin’ Deal. Book the perfect family staycation in Eastwood City and take advantage of the special perks of the package and the hotel’s amazing location where kid-friendly activities, recreational and wellness facilities, shopping establishments, and other conveniences are right next door. Rates start at PhP 5,800nett and is available for stays from June 14 to 17, 2024.

Eastwood Cafe+Bar Father’s Day Set Dinner.

On June 16, 2024, show your appreciation to your personal hero by taking him to Eastwood Café+Bar for a Dad’s Day Out with the fam. Revel in the spread at the Father’s Day Lunch Buffet from 11:30am to 2:30pm for only PhP 1,799nett.

If a dinner date is what dad wants, Eastwood Café+Bar is serving a Father’s Day Set Dinner from 6pm to 10pm where he can take blissful bites of first-rate entrée choices in a 3-course meal. The US Rib Eye Set is priced at PhP 1,950nett, the Sea Bass Set at PhP 1,650nett, and the Salmon Wellington Set at PhP 1,650nett.

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo

Make it Dad’s Day any day when you book Richmonde Hotel Iloilo’s Father’s Day Room Packages available from June 14 to 30, 2024. Pop’s Pampering Package for as low as PhP 6,300nett.

Take dad to explore the Iloilo Strait and discover a different side of the city with Richmonde Iloilo’s Father’s Day Room & Cruise Packages which include exclusive boat tours and hotel accommodations. The Sunset Cruise with Dad (PhP 30,000nett) lets you marvel at the splendid sunset along Guimaras Strait from 4pm to 7pm, while the Ride the River with Dad (PhP 27,400nett) showcases the city lights along Iloilo River from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.

Dad will “MEAT His Match” on June 16, at Richmonde Hotel Iloilo’s The Granary as the talented kitchen team headed by Executive Chef Ariel Castaneda prepares a heavyweight Father’s Day Dinner Buffet for only PhP 1,650nett.

The Richmonde Hotel group is the first homegrown hotel brand established by the country’s premier real estate developer, Megarowld Corporation, under its hospitality division, Megaworld Hotels & Resorts. Currently, there are three Richmonde properties located in key commercial and business districts in Metro Manila and Iloilo City. 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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Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod’s Art Cove Mounts an Inspiring Art Exhibit on Mental Health

The importance of mental health regardless of age cannot be undermined. With summer kicking-in, students who are on vacation from school have less to do. As such, they should have productive activities to keep them busy and constantly hone their minds to prevent them from getting bored. Licensed psychologist Heather Lyons, Ph.D. points out that “prolonged stretches of boredom can lead to higher stress levels. Chronic boredom can increase your risk factors for mental health issues, leading to negative thinking patterns, impulsivity, and self-destructive behaviors.”

The Tales of the Psyche: Navigating Our Mental Odyssey is the newest exhibit at the Art Cove, Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod’s built-in art space. This is the eighth installation of the gallery, featuring the works of Ms. Sheila Marie Basio, marking her third solo exhibition. Ms. Basio hails from the city of Escalante, Negros Occidental. She is a retired teacher, meditator, yogini, and an active mindfulness advocate. Her works represent her battles with mental illness, self-empowerment, and choosing life over defeat. “Art has always been a medium for expression, and through these works, I have attempted to capture the complexities, struggles, and triumphs associated with mental health. Each piece tells a story—sometimes of despair, sometimes of hope, but always of resilience,” said Ms. Basio.

Her artworks address mental health as a topic that touches everyone, whether directly or indirectly, and she hopes this exhibition sparks conversations, evokes empathy, and offers solace to those who might be struggling in silence.

“Here at Art Cove, we consider ourselves privileged to host such a profound and timely exhibit. In an age where the importance of mental health cannot be overstated, through Ms. Sheila’s art, we are encouraged to appreciate beauty and embrace the full range of our shared human experience,” said Archie Javellana, Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod’s Rooms Division Manager.

From Left to Right: Tales of the Psyche exhibit ribbon cutting led and facilitated by Art Association of Bacolod–Negros Treasurer Patty Jane Ku Ong; Tales of the Psyche Artist Sheila Marie Basio; City Councilor of Victorias Hon. Joji Larraga; and Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod Rooms Division Manager Archie Javellana.

The ribbon-cutting last June 5 was led by the Tales of the Psyche artist, Ms. Sheila Marie Basio, with honorable guests Art Association of Bacolod–Negros Treasurer Patty Jane Ku Ong, City Councilor of Victorias Hon. Joji Larraga, and was assisted by Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod’s Rooms Division Manager, Mr. Archie Javellana. The exhibit was also graced by the presence of Mr. Charlie Co, co-owner of Orange Project and a Filipino contemporary visual artist known for works with a strong socio-realist theme.

Tales of the Psyche will run until September 7, 2024. For inquiries and artwork purchases, guests may visit the hotel’s front desk or call +63 34 706 888.

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Bespoke Weddings at Lanson Place

Every couple has envisioned their perfect wedding, meticulously planning every detail from the outfits to the rings. The venue is such a vital element, and we’re thrilled to offer an option that might be just what you’re looking for. The newly opened Lanson Place Mall of Asia offers a charming blend of modern sophistication and timeless elegance, perfect for bringing dream weddings to life, from the grand entrance to the intimate moments, we ensure that every wedding is a distinct and unforgettable experience.

A Bespoke Wedding Experience

Lanson Place Mall of Asia’s attraction is the Saffron Grand Ballroom, a beautiful space perfect for a dreamy wedding celebration. It has a classic elegance and offers a versatile setting that fits any style, making it a great venue for all sorts of events.

The Saffron Grand Ballroom is a spacious, pillarless, high-ceiling ballroom that spans 676 sqm. It features a dedicated lobby, with a grand staircase that leads seamlessly into the ballroom where the magic unfolds. Couples and their wedding entourage can use private dressing rooms, equipped with vanity mirrors and a sizable lounge area, as they prepare for the special day. Couples can also customise the Saffron Grand Ballroom, tailoring the venue to their heart’s desires.

In addition to the ballroom, the Courtyard, a tranquil oasis on the third floor, provides a harmonious backdrop for intimate wedding ceremonies, seamlessly blending the sophistication of contemporary architectural design with the warmth of nature’s embrace.

“Every wedding should reflect the couple’s unique story,” said Rheinna Laberinto, Assistant Director of Events. “We want to make sure that each wedding is as distinctive and memorable as the couples themselves.”

 Exceptional Management and Service

At Lanson Place Mall of Asia, personalised service begins the moment couples start planning their wedding. Lanson Place’s team of event specialists collaborates closely with each couple to curate a tailored wedding experience that caters to their particular needs and desires.

From hand-picking the perfect menu and overseeing table layouts to managing guests on the big day, the Lanson Place dedicated event specialists meticulously consider every element of the wedding. They make sure the big day is flawlessly executed, allowing couples to focus on celebrating their love. Whether couples envision a lavish ceremony or an intimate gathering, the team of devoted hosts is committed to making every wedding day stress-free and memorable.

“We understand that weddings are one of the most important days in a couple’s life, and we are honoured to be part of that journey,” said Laurent Boisdron, Vice President & General Manager. “Our commitment on your special day is all about you and we pay much attention to detail to ensure that every wedding at Lanson Place Mall of Asia is not only beautiful but truly unforgettable.”

Design a wedding as unique as your love story with Lanson Place Mall of Asia Manila. Discover how Lanson Place Mall of Asia Manila can craft the wedding of your dreams by visiting Lanson Place Mall of Asia Manila’s booth at the Themes and Motifs Bridal Fair this 22-23 June 2024. Avail of the best bespoke wedding packages and make your special day truly unforgettable.

For more information about Lanson Place Mall of Asia, Manila’s wedding packages or to schedule a consultation, visit the official website at or contact their events team at +63 2 7777 0000. Follow its official social media pages (Facebook | Instagram) to find out more.

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