More Easter Activities…

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel hosts an ‘EGGstraordinary Easter Sunday Party’ on April 21


AFTER a week of fasting and Holy Week reflection, Easter Sunday is the culmination of the Lenten observance. It is the highlight, as it represents the resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the redemption of mankind. Which is why everyone, especially hotels, make sure that they have fun activities for both children and adults to engage in on Easter Sunday.

Here are some more…



Eastwood Richmonde Hotel celebrates Easter Sunday with an EGGstraordinary Easter Sunday Party on April 21, 2019. Taking place at the Grand Ballroom from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., the event promises a fun-filled afternoon full of fun activities, a sumptuous array of snack items, games, prizes and surprises. Highlights of the party are a thrilling Easter Egg Hunt for children 2 to 6 years old and 7 to 12 years old, live musical entertainment, a magic show, various game booths, a photo booth, glitter tattoos, loot bags, a delectably filling buffet spread, and dessert stations for butter cookies, pearl shakes and ice cream.

What’s more: Easter Bunny will make a personal appearance.

What’s even better: Attendees are encouraged to come in their most creative Easter Egg costume because Best in Costume awards will be given to one child and one adult. At stake are gift certificates for hotel accommodations.

Tickets are available at Php900 nett per head, whether adult or child. Children aged 2 and below will be accommodated for free if accompanied by a paying adult.

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s Superior Queen Room

For staycation, Eastwood Richmonde offers its Easter Eggs-perience Package, which is available from April 18 to 20, 2019. For as low as Php3,900 nett for two adults and two children aged 5 and below get to stay in a well-appointed room with hearty breakfast buffet the next morning. Amenities include free Wi-Fi access, complimentary use of the Fitness Center’s gym and swimming pool.

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s Swimming Pool

Food should not be a problem, since Eastwood Café+Bar remains open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 12 midnight, with those availing of the package getting a free merienda buffet (valued at Php495 nett per person. Guests availing of the package also get a 20% discount on food and beverage orders, including those placed by Room Service.

(Eastwood Richmonde Hotel is located at 17 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan, Quezon City; with telephone number (632) 570-7777.)



Located right in the heart of the metro, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas urges busybodies to take a break and have a blissful mini vacation this Holy Week with its Easter Break Escape promotion. For as low as Php3,100 nett per night for a two-night stay in a well-appointed room, two adults and two children aged 5 and below get to enjoy family time plus daily buffet breakfast at the Richmonde Café, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and use of the Health Club’s gym and heated indoor pool.

Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ Superior Room

In addition, all in-house guests on April 18, 19 and 20, 2019, shall enjoy complimentary Afternoon Snacks at The Exchange from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. as well as cooling Pool Refreshments at the poolside from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For guests staying over for just one night, rates start at Php3,700 nett with breakfast buffet for two and Php3,300 nett without breakfast.

Heated Indoor Pool of Richmonde Hotel Ortigas

Easter Break Escape

Easter Afternoon Tea at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas

To make the family staycation more exciting, the hotel shall host an Easter Sunday Kiddie Corner from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on April 21, 2019. It is open to children of in-house guests who are availing of the breakfast buffet. To be expected are arts and crafts activities and loot bags with snack tokens.

What’s best: Easter Sunday Mass will be celebrated at the SRS Room on the third floor of the hotel.

For inquiries and reservations, call (632) 638-7777.

(Richmonde Hotel Ortigas is located at 21 San Miguel Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City.)

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Celebrate Easter 2019 :
Christ Is Risen!

Easter surprises at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Cafe Pronto

THE Lenten season is when the world remembers and relives the passion and death of Our Messiah, Jesus Christ, to save mankind from eternal destruction. After fasting and staying off meat as well as making sacrifices and atonements for a whole week, everyone looks forward to Easter Sunday because it is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection. It is a celebration of life, of the triumph of good over evil, of God’s unconditional love for mankind.

So, mini celebrations are held everywhere on Easter Sunday.



Marco Polo Ortigas Manila offers a special Easter staycation in the hotel. A special package is available from April 14 to 28, 2019, with rates starting at Php6,400. A well-deserved break from the city’s hustle and bustle, it comes with complimentary services such as the use of the hotel’s indoor, temperature-controlled swimming pool on Level 22.

For Easter Sunday, diners will be in for a treat with special selections from Cucina and Café Pronto. More than just a filling family lunch, there will be sweet Easter-themed goodies to feast on.

An Easter journey at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Set sail on Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s “A Nautical Easter Adventure”

The highlight of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s celebration, however, is the Easter Sunday event on April 21, 2019, called A Nautical Adventure. Set sail and navigate the friendly seas with magic, arts and crafts, and games. For tickets, contact the Catering Department at or call (+632) 720-7777 local 6310.

(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.)



It will be an enchanting Easter for everyone with F1 Hotel Manila’s Enchanted Forest Easter Party on April 21, 2019, Easter Sunday. For only Php1,798 per person, From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Infinity Ballroom displays the grandeur of Easter celebration, with game stations, photo booth, balloon twisting, face painting, egg decorating, bubble show, Easter egg hunt, loot bag and more. A ticket entitles one to all these, plus buffet lunch for one person.

Kids who come in their best enchanted character costume also get a chance to win an amazing prize.

For those who wish to spend a relaxing night at the hotel this Lenten season, F1 Hotel Manila offers the Happy Easter Room Package, which is available from April 14 to 21, 2019. Choices include a family staycation in a City Suite for Php5,300 per night, and a luxurious stay in a Fort Suite for Php6,400 per night. Both are inclusive of buffet breakfast for two persons, complimentary use of the swimming pool, and a 30% discount on Enchanted Forest Easter Party ticket.

Guests who are looking for a good meal this Holy Week, indulge in a buffet a la minute at F All Day Dining. The chefs are ready to cook your special Lenten meal from a selection of leafy greens, freshly prepared vegetables, fun toppings and delicious dressings at Php600 per set meal. This offer is available only on April 18 to 20, 2018.

(F1 Hotel Manila is located at 32nd St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; with telephone number 908-7888.)



Diamond Hotel Philippines has its own Easter activity on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019. It is called Easter Spectacle: Kids’ Party on Parade, and it takes place at the Diamond Ballroom from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come in the character they wish to be, such as a superhero who saves the world, a beautiful princess who believes in happily ever after, and an astronaut with a space mission.

Diamond Hotel Philippines presents its Easter event

Tickets to the event are available at Php1,000 per person, inclusive of a take-home snack box, a load of fun activities, and a chance to win an Apple Watch Series 4 in the grand raffle draw. Diamond Indulgence Cardholders are entitled to Php100 off the price, with a maximum of four tickets for purchase at this discounted rate.

A day full of fun, games and surprises, the Easter event features face painting, kinds’ salon, and glitter tattoo. There is also a photo booth, where the little guests in costumes get to strike their best glamor shot for posterity. There will also be live musical performances and magic show.

Delightful bites will likewise be available for sale at the foyer during the event, where kids and adults can have a hearty fill of delicious snacks, such as freshly baked cookies, juicy hotdogs in a bun, and spaghetti and chicken combo.

Diamond Hotel Philippines’ Premier King Room

Another Easter offering from Diamond Hotel Philippines is the Easter Staycation Package available from April 14 to 21, 2019. With rates starting at Php6,500 nett for an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room inclusive of one free ticket to the Easter event, the package also includes buffet breakfast for two at Corniche, use of the Health Club and Spa, access to the swimming pool, 30% discount in all dining outlets except in-room service, minibar and alcoholic beverages, and 20% discount on massage and reflexology. There is also a weekend shuttle service that can bring guests to and from Robinsons Place Manila, Intramuros and Mall of Asia.

For room reservations, call 528-3000 extension 1141. For ticket inquiries on the Easter event, call 528-3000 extension 8461.


(Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Blvd. corner Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila.)

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Masarap Ba? Masarap Nga!:
Novotel Manila’s Unique Foodfest

Halfsaint’s Dark Chocolate Tart with Himalayan Salt

HOTEL food promotions often feature a certain international or local regional cuisine, or they put the spotlight on a featured celebrity chef. Novotel Manila Araneta Center’s just concluded Masarap Nga! Meet and Eat did not fit into any of the two usual molds, for the hotel’s kitchen did not collaborate with any chef and its cuisine ran the whole gamut from Pinoy favorites like kare-kare to Italian frutti di mare pizza, Indonesian fried rice, Chinese stir-fried noodles, Singaporean chili crabs, and Japanese tempura and maki.

The rare partnership has Masarap Ba?, an Instagram-based food blogger with over 200,000 followers, on one end, and Novotel Manila’s chefs on the other. Masarap Ba?, who goes incognito when she reviews dishes and food products, earned quite a following by posting photos of food she has tried and accompanying these with witty one-liners that, yes, answers the question “Masarap ba?” She goes by the pseudonym Kat Abaan Jr. and says it as it is: Masarap if the dish or product is delicious, and Hindi Masarap if it does not pass her standards.

For the week-long Novotel Manila Araneta Center food promotion, Masarap Ba? picked 17 local food products, mostly by Small and Medium entrepreneurs, and the chefs of the hotel used them as is or as an ingredient in carefully created dishes.

Benedicto Kitchen Roast Beef

Beth’s Chicken Galantina

The handpicked items are Benedicto Kitchen’s Roast Beef and Baked Salmon; Beth’s Chicken Galantina and Chicken Embutido, Buenlado’s Indie Sauce; Cheche’s Gourmet Tuyo with Salted Egg and Pes-tuyo (Pesto in Gourmet Tuyo); Daddy Mikk’s Chili Crunch and Garlic Crunch; Eddy’s Old Style Chicharrones; Gng. Bukid Peanut Butter; La Petite Fromagerie’s Truffle Cream Cheese; Mad Meats’ Homemade Bacon and Smoked Crispy Pancetta; Mishee’s Crispy Adobo Flakes, Chicken Adobo Flakes and Binagoongan Flakes; Papa Bear’s Chili Oil; Tamago Chips Salted Egg Potato Chips; Auro Dark Chocolate; Cake Shots’ Black Label Chocoholic, Tiramisu, and Baileys Red Velvet; Halfsaints 64% Dark Chocolate Tart; Le Sucre Lab’s Dreamcake; and Mango Grill Manila’s Big Cheese Cassava Cake.

Fettuccine con Gamberi e Cheche’s Gourmet Pes-tuyo

Sisig Paella with Eddy’s Old Style Chicharrones

Kare-Kare with Gng. Bukid Peanut Butter

Smoked Salmon Roulade Stuffed with La Petite Fromagerie’s Truffle Cream Cheese Spread

Mie Goreng with Mishee’s Crispy Adobo Flakes

Tamagochips Crusted Spicy Tuna Rolls

Singaporean Chili Crac in Papa Bear’s Chili Oil

Using these products, the chefs of Novotel Manila Araneta Center came up with such creative dishes as Beef Stir-fry, Pork Stir-fry, Szechuan Chicken, Stir-fry Sustainable Seafood, and Indonesian Fried Rice (all using Buenlago Kitchen’s Hot Indie Sauce); Romaine Lettuce Salad, Seared Sustainable Tuna Salad with French Dressing, Spaghetti Alle Acciughe Style, Fettuccine con Gamberi e Cheche’s Gourmet Pes-tuyo, Pizza Napolitana Style, and Pizza Frutti di Mare (all using Cheche’s Gourmet Tuyo or Pes-tuyo); Aglio e Olio (using Daddy Mikk’s Garlic and Chili Crunch) and Spicy Szechuan Noodles (with Daddy Mikk’s Chili Crunch); Sisig Paella (with Eddy’s Old Style Chicharrones); Kare-Kare (using Gng. Bukid Peanut Butter); Smoked Salmon Roulade (stuffed with La Petite Fromagerie’s Truffle Cream Cheese Spread); Linguine all’Amatriciana (with Mad Meats Smoked Bacon) and Pizza Bianco (con Mad Meats Smoked Crispy Pancetta); Mie Goreng (with Mishee’s Crispy Adobo Flakes), Pancit Guisado (with Mishee’s Chicken Adobo Flakes), and Pumpkin in Coconut Milk (with Mishee’s Binagoongan Flakes); Marinated Barramundi, Marinated Pork Loin, Marinated Chicken Breast, Singaporean Chili Crab, and Kimchi Fried Rice (using Papa Bear’s Chili Oil); Tamagochips Crusted Spicy Tuna Roll, Tamagochips Crusted Prawn Tempura, Tamagochips Crusted Uramaki Roll, and Mixed Salad in Yuzu and Citrus Dressing (with Tamagochips); and Auro Chocolate Mousse (using Auro Dark Chocolate).

Auro Chocolate Mousse

Cake Shots’ Tiramisu

Le Sucre Club’s Dreamcake

Mango Grill Manila’s Big Cheese Cassava Cake

The following products, however, were used as is—Cake Shots’ Black Label Chocoholic, Tiramisu, and Baileys Red Velvet; Halfsaints’ Dark Chocolate Cake with Himalayan Salt; Le Sucre Lab’s Dreamcake; and Mango Grill Manila’s Big Cheese Cassava Cake.

To have a Masarap Nga! Meet and Eat food promotion at Novotel Manila is a dream come true for Masarap Ba? Says she: “I don’t want Masarap Ba? to remain as just another witty account. I want to make this journey more meaningful by lifting others up. And it was through the community of supportive “ka-kultos” that I found the courage and support to go beyond food reviews and extend help by getting established brands like Novotel to engage SMEs and appreciate their concepts and products.”

To which Novotel Manila’s general manager, Mike Brown, answers: “Novotel Manila is not just a fun global brand that provides the best for its guests, but it’s also a cooperative member of the community. We are grateful that Masarap Ba? chose us for this creative collaboration which also includes some of our food products. This innovative move brings out the best of both local players and our hotel’s global culinary team.”

Masarap Nga! Meet and Eat had its run from March 29 to April 7, 2019.

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Graduation Celebrations 2019:
Where to Go, What to Do

Graduates celebrate via special treats from Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

IT’S graduation time again, folks! It’s payback time for graduating students who have labored hard throughout the school year and are now looking forward to enjoy the fruits of their hard work. After commencements exercises, where honors and medals are generously bestowed upon those who deserve them, come the grand celebration.

Dining out with the family, out-of-town trips, hotel staycations… Have you made plans?

Here are some suggestions…



MARCO Polo Ortigas Manila welcomes Class 2019 graduates and their loved ones to a feast of flavors at the hotel’s all-day restaurant, Cucina, and a special staycation package.

Cucina’s signature Paella Mixta

U.S. Prime Rib is available in the buffet spread of Cucina

Caps off and plates up with a wide array of freshly prepared dishes in any of Cucina’s nine live stations. The restaurant offers graduates an experience they can truly look forward to as they embark on the next stage of their life. Go buffet, present proof of graduation and a student ID, and the graduate gets to dine for free when accompanied by four paying companions. This graduation promo is available until June 19, 2019.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Superior Room

If a staycation is what graduates fancy, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila offers a special staycation package that starts at Php6,500. Besides truly relaxing room accommodations, the package is inclusive of buffet breakfast for two adults and two children aged 6 and below. Additional complimentary privileges include high-speed Internet connection, as well as access to the fitness center and the indoor swimming pool on Level 22.

For inquiries or reservations, call (632) 720-7777.

(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.)



Diamond Hotel Philippines is rewarding this year’s graduates with grand dining privileges, gratifying staycation packages, and freebies for a job well done.

Graduation revelry is real at Diamond Hotel Philippines

Dine at the hotel’s all-day Corniche restaurant from now until June, 2019, and graduates and their companions will be treated to top-notch gastronomy featuring different international buffet flavors. A fitting salute awaits graduates with an overnight stay and breakfast for two, free-flowing Four Seasons Juice, a personalized cake and a stuffed toy for those who book a table for 10 persons priced at Php20,190 nett.

The graduation celebration can be a Japanese affair at Diamond Hotel. At Yurakuen, reserve a table for four for Php7,980 nett or a table for six for Php10,880 nett, and graduates will get a complimentary 8-inch cake.

Complimentary cake for graduates who reserve tables for 4 and 6 persons at Yurakuen and for those with a minimum spend of Php5,000 at the Lobby Lounge

For an intimate yet meaningful celebration of a job well done, the Lobby Lounge provides a cozy atmosphere complemented by luscious delights and impeccable service. A minimum spend of Php5,000 entitles graduates to a free 8-inch cake.

For total rejuvenation and relaxation in the form of a staycation, Diamond Hotel offers the Dream Big Room Package for Php6,000 nett per night. The graduation room promo comes with an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room, one ensaymada and one iced tea for the graduate, buffet breakfast for two at Corniche, complimentary Wi-Fi access, 30% discount in all dining outlets (except in-room service, mini bar and alcoholic drinks), and 20% discount on massage and laundry services.

For restaurant reservations, call (632) 529-3000 extension 1121. For staycations, prior room reservation is required.

(Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Blvd. corner Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila; with telephone number (632) 528-3000.)



Eastwood Richmonde Hotel honors Class 2019 graduates with a complimentary lunch or dinner meal in its chic all-day dining restaurant, Eastwood Café+Bar. Choice grilled entrées are on the house for graduates celebrating at Eastwood Café+Bar with four or more family members or friends ordering at least a main course dish from the a la carte menu. Graduates can choose from Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Grilled Pork Chop, or Grilled Half Chicken. What’s more: The whole group gets complimentary chilled juices and a 10% discount on all food and beverage orders.

Eastwood Café+Bar

Grilled Beef Tenderloin

Grilled Pork Chop

Grilled Chicken

Available until May 31, 2019, this graduation promo for lunch or dinner shall be given to graduates who present any valid proof of graduation in 2019, such as diploma and graduation program.

For inquiries and reservations, call (632) 570-7777.

(Eastwood Richmonde Hotel is located at 17 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan, Quezon City.)

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M Bakery Serves Up
Loads of Cookies and Bars

M Bakery’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies

THERE’S more to M Bakery than just its extremely popular Banana Pudding. Known for its freshly baked American desserts, this awesome bakery offers over 250 different selections to go crazy over—or to turn to whenever you’re looking for a sweet treat to savor.

Muffins, scones, cheesecakes, icebox desserts… They are all truly delightful—just like the amazing cupcakes and desserts of M Bakery’s mother company, the U.S.-based Magnolia Bakery chain of bakeries.

Two other things you must try at M Bakery are its cookies and its bars.



Sea Salt Caramel Cookies

Nothing beats freshly baked cookies that are chunky and chewy but at the same time crispy. M Bakery’s cookies are all these—and more—in the form of its best-selling Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, as well as new favorites Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

Brown Sugar Whoopie Cookies

More adventurous cookie lovers would definitely enjoy Brown Sugar Whoopie Cookies. They are back-to-back Brown Sugar Cookies with maple cream cheese filling.

Coconut Macaroons

M Bakery’s take on Coconut Macaroons is also worth every peso you pay for it. There are two variants to choose from—Plain and Chocolate Dipped.



Magic Cookie Bars

Marble Cream Cheese Brownies

For cookie lovers who want their cookies even more chunky and more enjoyable to munch or nibble on, the place offers brownies and bars, including Chocolate Chunk Blondies, Double Fudge Brownies, Lemon Bars, Magic Cookie Bars, Marble Cream Cheese Brownies, and Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes.


(M Bakery is located at the Lower Ground Floor, Unit #23, 5th Ave. corner 28th St.; and One Bonifacio High Street Mall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; with telephone numbers (+632) 847-9829 or (+63) 917-6331718 to place orders.)

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