Diamond Hotel Philippines Presents
Exciting Happenings This January

Grilled salmon, hotate teppan and assorted sushi at Yurakuen

DIAMOND Hotel Philippines welcomes the new year with exciting dining promos and room packages this January 2019.

Sumptuous smorgasbord at Corniche. Bond with family and/or friends over a sumptuous lunch or dinner buffet. Try the buffet restaurant’s new buffet theme night, which features Flavors of China, for Php2,880 nett per person.

Power lunch or dinner at Yurakuen. If Japanese is your cup of tea, then you should dine on Japanese food and satisfy your craving at Php1,500 nett per person.

The Lobby Lounge

Filipino delicacies and snacks at the Lobby Lounge. The snack bar offers a Merienda Buffet, priced at Php588 nett per person, and consisting of the hotel’s versions of local merienda favorites served with a cup of hot tea.

Enjoy great cocktails at Bar 27

Cocktails at Bar 27. Take advantage of the awesome view from the 27th floor and catch the beautiful Manila Bay sunset at Bar 27. Relax and leisurely enjoy a refreshing Manila Sunset cocktail or any other signature cocktail and get a second glass at 50% off.

Premier King Room

New Year staycation. Enjoy a relaxing staycation and book a luxurious Deluxe Room with the 2019 New Year Blast room promo for Php6,000 nett per night from January 13 to 31, 2019 using the promo code OLRNY. The room promo comes with Php2,019 worth of dining credits valid at any of the hotel’s restaurants, so you can have a filling dinner on the check-in date or a satisfying lunch on the check-out date. The room package also entitles guests to a buffet breakfast at Corniche, Wi-Fi acess, 20% discount on massage and laundry service, scheduled shuttle service to and from Intramuros, SM Mall of Asia and Robinsons Place Manila on weekends.

Now you can also purchase a Php2,000 dining voucher, via onlineshopping.diamondhotel.com, for only Php1,000 until January 18, 2019. The dining voucher can be used for any food and beverage items at Corniche, Lobby Lounge or Bar 27.

Whatever makes you happy so you can jumpstart the new year with a sound mind and in high spirits!


(Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Blvd. corner Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila. For inquiries and reservations, call (632) 528-3000 extension 1121.)


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It’s Viva Mexicana
at Marco Polo Ortigas

Platter of tacos and burritos from Marco Polo Ortigas

SAY “Hola!” and have a fiesta with your amigos as Marco Polo Ortigas Manila stages its first food promotion for the New Year. Viva Mexicana, a Mexican food festival featuring staple dishes from the land of carnitas and tortillas, is ongoing at Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge until January 26, 2019.

Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge takes guests on a gastronomic journey to Mexico, starting off with a bottle or two of cerveza. Better yet, have a platter of gourmet tacos and burritos and wash them down with San Miguel Beer for Php999.

Sumptuous soft beef tacos

Viva Mexicana is ongoing at Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge Wednesdays to Saturdays, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., until January 26, 2019.

For inquiries or reservations, call (02) 720-7720 or email restaurant.mnl@marcopolohotels.com.


(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City; with telephone number 720-7777.)

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Marks & Spencer Gourmet Bites
for the New Year

Mince Pie Selection

MARKS & Spencer calls them its Christmas line, but these cakes, pastries, puddings, mince pies, shortbread, biscuits, brandy snaps and chocolates are actually great bites to have the whole year. Taking on holiday shapes and designs simply makes them spread the Christmas cheer way after the festive season is over. These sweet and savory snacks are so delicious that you’d regret considering them only as edible presents to give during Christmastime. How about enjoying them yourself as you begin a brand new year?

Golden Snowflake Christmas Cake

Fruity Christmas Pudding

Classic Christmas Pudding

Sumptuous Marks & Spencer treats that carry the true Christmas vibe include the Golden Snowflake Christmas Cake (Php915), a six-month matured all-butter fruit cake; Fruity Christmas Pudding (Php995), a 12-month intensely matured pudding enriched with brandy, cognac, port and stout; Classic Christmas Pudding (Php495), a six-month matured pudding, delicately spiced and packed full of plump, juicy vine fruits with lashing of cider, rum and sherry; and Classic Recipe Puff Pastry Mince Pies (Php395), all-butter puff pastry mince pies filled with classic mincemeat bursting with juicy sultanas, vostizza currants and raisins.

All Butter Scottish Shortbread Petticoat Tails

Salted Caramel Shortbread

All Butter Scottish Shortbread

All Butter Scottish Shortbread Assortment

Iced Reindeer Biscuits

Cookies and biscuits in Marks & Spencer’s new line consists of All-Butter Petticoat Tails Shortbread in Robin Tin (Php595), Salted Caramel Shortbread Gift Box (Php475), All-Butter Shortbread Assortment in a Snowy Design Stag Tin (Php475), Merry Percymas Biscuit Tin (Php895), Butterscotch Crunch Biscuits in Round Woodland Tin (Php995), and Iced Reindeer Biscuits (Php495).

Salted Caramel Pinecones

Sparkling Caramels

Belgian Chocolate Collection

Brandy Snaps

Italian Luxury Assortment

Swiss Chocolate Truffle Assortment

For chocolate lovers, Marks & Spencer has got it covered with Salted Caramel Pinecones (Php1,450), Sparkling Caramels (Php995), Box of Belgian Chocolates (Php1,350), Brandy Snaps Collection (Php850), Italian Luxury Assortment (Php1,495), Luxury Swiss Truffle Assortment (Php1,495), Italian Dessert Chocolate Assortment (Php895), 1kg Belgian Collection Biscuit Tin (Php1,995), Belgian Milk Chocolate Tree (Php1,595), and Swiss Chocolate Selection (Php1,875).

Puff Pastry Mince Pies

Port & Stilton Red and White Hand Cooked Crisps

Goat’s Cheese and Rosemary Bites

Cheddar Cheese and Roasted Onion Bites

Marks & Spencer has also made sure that there is something for those who do not possess a sweet tooth. Aside from Classic Recipe Puff Pastry Mince Pies, its savory treats are Port & Long Clawson Stilton Hand Cooked Crisps (Php235), Fizz & Sparkle Winter Berries & Prosecco Hand Cooked Crisps (Php235), Goat’s Cheese and Rosemary Bites (Php225), and Cheddar Cheese & Roasted Onion Bites (Php225).

These sweet and savory—and something-in-betweens—are great eats to have. They particularly come in handy when you get hungry between meals. Just a couple of bites should be able to satisfy that hunger or craving. Whether for gift giving or for personal consumption, they are readily available in all Marks & Spencer stores.


(Marks & Spencer items are exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Rustan Marketing Specialists Inc.)


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Enjoy Cebu-style Lechon
at Rico’s Lechon Tiendesitas

Rico’s Lechon Tiendesitas

OPENING right in time to serve lechon-loving Filipinos (and foreigners, too!) this holiday season is Rico’s Lechon Tiendesitas.

Rico’s Lechon Tiendesitas at night

Cozy interiors of Rico’s Lechon Tiendesitas

The Roasting Pit…

… and more!

at the 1st Level, Food Village, Building B, of Tiendesitas in Ugong, Pasig City, Rico’s Lechon Tiendesitas is not just the newest branch of Rico’s Lechon in Metro Manila but also its biggest branch. It occupies a whopping 733 square meters that can easily accommodate 300 persons, with seven VIP rooms that can very well serve small private functions. More than the seating capacity of the restaurant, though, it is its Roasting Pit that’s turning out to be part of its main attraction. It is bigger than the Roasting Pit of Rico’s Lechon in Bonifacio Global City, which owns the distinction of being the first Rico’s Lechon store in Metro Manila. Since it can easily hold up to 20 full-sized lechons at any single time, so it is capable of meeting the demand for lechon during the holiday season. It is also quite a novelty for customers to watch as the lechons are roasting or as they are either wrapped whole or chopped into one kilo, half-kilo or quarter-kilo orders at the Chopping Area. Chopped lechon is usually served to dine-in customers in the restaurant or packed for takeout orders, and it is either Regular or Spicy lechon.

Chopped Original Lechon

Yes, Rico’s Lechon, which originates from Cebu, the Queen City of the South, has a Spicy lechon variant. It was the first to offer that in the country—and remains to be the only one.

There are also other lechon-based dishes that are gaining quite a following at Rico’s Lechon, such as Lechon Paksiw, Lechon Kare-Kare, Feetchon and Lechon Lumpiang Shanghai.

Other must-tries include Beef Tripe Kare-Kare, Tokwa at Lechon Baboy, Ginataang Laing, Gising Gising, Chicken Binakol, Seafood Kare-Kare, Sizzling Squid, Bam-I, Sisig Fried Rice and Chorizo Fried Rice. Rico’s Lechon is also known for its Adobong Kangkong, Baked Scallops, Bulalo and Kamote Balls.

Seafood Kare-Kare

Sizzling Squid


For thirst quenchers, it is a toss-up between Calamansi Soda and Green Mango Juice. And for dessert, do not forget to try Buchi with Caramel Sauce, Maja Kalabasa, Leche Flan, Oreo Mango Float and Pandan Tapioca.

Secret to tell: Rico’s Lechon is soon opening two more branches, located at Ayala Malls Cloverleaf and at U.P. Town Center.


(Rico’s Lechon has stores at BGC, with telephone number 0917-8447067; Tiendesitas at 0917-8950000, 234-9954 and234-9944; Mactan at 0917-1113000, 032-4020845 and 032-3831498; and Talamban at 0917-1027553. Its stores are open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., including takeout orders.)

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A Grand New Year Celebration
at Richmonde Hotels

Richmonde’s signature cheesy Ensaymada are available in Mini sizes this holiday season

ONE of the highlights of the Christmas season is ushering in the New Year with a blast, and so hotels make sure everyone gets a really special New Year celebration to remember. Richmonde Hotels’ three properties—Richmonde Hotel Ortigas, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel and Richmonde Hotel Iloilo—always come prepared with the finest New Year’s Eve countdown parties, overnight accommodations, New Year’s Day lunches and dinners, holiday cakes, breads and pastries.



Richmonde Hotel Iloilo offers freshly baked and mouth-watering holiday treats from The Granary. On top of the list is Richmonde’s signature soft, buttery and cheesy Ensaymada, available in plain and ube flavors; and the rich, velvety Richmonde Chocolate Cake, which comes in 4-, 6- and 8-inch sizes.

Other goodies include Christmas themed Cake Pops, which can be purchased in singles or collectively as bouquets; the Yule Log Roll; and yummy pastries such as Choco Banana Bread, Banana Walnut Bread, Carrot Cake and cookies.

Yule Log Cake

A spread of holiday goodies available at Richmonde Hotel Iloilo this festive season include Cake Pops and Choco Banana Bread

For those without a sweet tooth, Richmonde Hotel Iloilo recommends world-class Basilur Tea varieties, which are exquisitely packaged in sophisticated caddies exclusive to the hotel; gift certificates for All Day Treats with Pool Pass for Two available for purchase at a discounted price of Php950; and gift certificates with monetary values of Php100, Php500 and Php1,000, which are priced at 5% off face value.

Minimum of 48 hours lead time prior to pick up is required, so place your orders now. For inquiries and orders, call +63 33 328-7888 local 8408 or email rhireservations@richmondehotel.com.ph.

(Richmonde Hotel Iloilo is located at Megaworld Blvd. corner Enterprise Road, Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.)



Bid 2018 au revoir and welcome 2019 with a celebration packed with fun and excitement at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, starting with a lavish New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet at Eastwood Café+Bar. Enjoy a wide array of delectable dishes, including Richmonde Lechon Roll and Salmon Culibiac, as well as fantastic desserts for Php1,750 nett. The dinner buffet is served from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Part of Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Party buffet

The Carving Station during the New Year’s Eve buffet

Paella Valenciana and Cochinillo form part of the New Year’s Eve Countdown Party buffet

At 10:30 p.m., the New Year’s Eve Countdown Party starts rolling at the hotel lobby. Priced at Php1,250 nett per person, the party includes flowing drinks and an elaborate cocktail buffet setup that includes an exquisite grazing table-type of antipasti station, a paella station with all-time favorites Paella Valenciana and Paella Negra, and a cochinillo station with a Spanish-style suckling pig and bagnet roll. The Big Bash band provides live entertainment with their renditions of well-loved retro music from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. The countdown party culminates in everyone raising their glass of sparkling wine and toasting at exactly 12 midnight.

On January 1, 2019, comes the New Year’s Day Brunch Buffet served at the Grand Ballroom from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is priced at Php1,250 nett. Incidentally, children aged 5 and below, while children aged 6 to 12 get 50% discount.

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



Richmonde Hotel Ortigas has come up with several wonderful ways to celebrate the New Year with much hope and excitement.

One is a relaxing yet festive staycation at the hotel. Its New Year’s Eve Packages, which will take care of that, are inclusive of comfortable room accommodations and delicious breakfast buffet for two for Php5,000 nett, depending on what type of room is chosen. For even more exciting year-end celebrations, guests can opt for the hotel’s special value-for-money packages with exceptional inclusions, such as New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet for two on top of the room accommodation and New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet, for Php6,700 nett. Or reserve the New Year’s Eve Countdown Party Package for Php5,900 nett, inclusive of two tickets to the hotel’s bash to go with room accommodations and a filling recovery breakfast buffet for two. Better yet, opt for the full New Year’s Eve Package with dinner buffet, countdown party, room accommodations and breakfast buffet for two, available for Php7,800 nett.

Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ Superior Room

All room rates and packages include complimentary use of the Health Club’s gym and heated indoor pool, free parking and WiFi access.

Both the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and the New Year’s Eve Countdown Party included in the room packages are also available on their own.

The lavish New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, priced at Php1,680 nett, is a buffet dinner at Richmonde Café served from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and includes an assortment of flavorful dishes, a choice of bottomless iced tea or a glass of red or white wine, party favors, and entertainment.

The New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner takes place at Richmonde Cafe

The New Year’s Eve Countdown Party includes a delectable cocktail buffet

The New Year’s Eve Countdown Party, happening at the hotel lobby on December 31, 2018, starts at 9:00 p.m. A live band provides entertainment while guests partake of a delectable cocktail buffet and a choice of three drinks. The ticket to the event, which is priced at Php840 nett, is inclusive of a glass of sparkling wine perfect for the toast taking place when the clock strikes 12 midnight.

Guests can also take place in both events by availing of the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and Countdown Party Bundle for Php2,045 nett. Enjoy the full night out!

Oh, but guests can have just the New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet on January 1, 2019, even if they are not staying overnight on New Year’s Eve. Revel in a mouth-watering array of international breakfast favorites for Php930 nett. And if guests bring their kids to any of these yummy feasts put together by Richmonde Hotel Ortigas, kids aged 6 to 12 get 50% discount while those aged 5 and below get to eat for free.

Finally, if it is just the soothing staycation that certain guests want, there are two affordable options. One is room only accommodations for Php3,599 nett. The other option is room with breakfast buffet for two for Php3,999 nett.

These discounted rates as available until January 13, 2019. 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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