Pasay City, Philippines

Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex: A sterling landmark of disaster resilience

We all know that the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) is a popular destination for unforgettable gastronomic and recreational experiences, but did you know that the 67-hectare Mall of Asia Complex where MOA stands is engineered to withstand disasters caused by natural hazards?

The foundation of the Mall of Asia Complex was built to be safe and secure because SM Prime Holdings, Inc., one of Southeast Asia’s largest integrated property developers incorporates disaster resiliency measures in every project, with the MOA Complex as one of its biggest investments.

SM Prime collaborated with a team of local and international experts to ensure the feasibility of both water and land before the MOA complex was built and once finalized, Belgium’s renowned coastal development construction company, Jan de Nul, developed it from the ground up.

The reputable Jan de Nul made sure the terrain was stable and the complex’s roads were made resistant to earthquakes and erosion, in accordance with the National Structural Code of the Philippines and approved by both the Philippine Reclamation Authority and the National Government.

Three important disaster resiliency features were used in protecting the Complex and the coastal community of Pasay from tides and waves: One, a three-kilometer seawall built to stand against liquefaction; two, a meter-high inverted wave return to serve as defense against high waves; and three, a drainage channel to prevent floods during storm surges. This was put to test when Typhoon Pedring hit in 2011, and the Mall of Asia Complex was spared from destructive waves and flooding that submerged many other surrounding establishments.

As an added feature, both the Complex’s main road and all its structures are elevated 4 meters above the parameters set by the National Building Code. Pilings strengthened its foundation and greatly improved its soil bearing capacity.

Family fun, leisure and entertainment are the objectives behind the awe-inspiring grandeur of SM Mall of Asia, but this vision is founded on a commitment to safety and a secure foundation throughout the Complex. This is a firm philosophy of SM Prime Chairman of the Executive Committee Mr. Hans T. Sy, a champion for disaster resilience, who continuously invests in DRR and in allocating 10% of the company’s expenditure for DRR in all of SM’s infrastructures throughout the country.

“Today, disasters have become more frequent and severe. The government and the private sector must work together to find solutions for greater resiliency. SM prime as a responsible property developer places Disaster Risk Reduction as one of its core strategies. It simply makes good business sense.” emphasizes Mr Hans Sy. He believes that not only is DRR an effective way to grow the business but it protects the communities where SM is located amid the increasing risks of climate change.

Today, the MOA Complex is a bustling realization of Mr. Henry Sy Sr.’s grand vision for it to become both a premiere integrated leisure destination with a complimentary business and lifestyle district – one of the country’s truly revolutionary mixed-use developments, and a thriving example of disaster risk reduction at work.

The next time you visit the MOA Complex – whether it is to visit the world’s largest IKEA, or to view the sunset from the top of the MOA Eye, or to simply shop and dine with your loved ones – it will be good to know that SM Prime has ensured your safety and security from the time the development was conceptualized and opened in 2006.. to today and tomorrow.

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Philippines

SM Supermalls Celebrates the 124th Anniversary of Philippine Independence

In anticipation of the 124th anniversary of Philippine Independence, SM Supermalls shares why Independence Day is a pivotal turning point in our history.

It is a celebration of our identity as Filipinos. Independence Day represents the core of our beliefs and our identity as Filipinos – a strong and courageous race willing to fight for freedom’s sake. After almost 400 years of colonization, the raising of our flag and the singing of our anthem serves as more than an obligation; it commemorates the heroism embodied by every Filipino who fought for our freedom. This June 12, 2022 at 8:30 am, come in colors of the Philippine flag and head to the SM Supermalls’ Flag Raising Ceremony as we show love of our country and pay our respects to those who fought to protect it.

It is a celebration of our rich and diverse culture. Each year, the month of June encourages us to exhibit our country’s rich culture in many different ways. Whether it be through food, fashion, or art, all 18 regions across the Philippines have so much to offer! At an SM mall near you, enjoy a taste of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao’s diverse cultures through Pinoy Eats and Pinoy Buys until June 12, 2022.

It is a celebration of our love for the country. Putting the country above one’s self is a great honor and responsibility. As Filipinos, it is our duty to keep the flame of patriotism alive by learning Philippine culture and history, to cultivate in us a sense of community and accountability towards our Filipino brothers and sisters. Visit SM City Cebu’s HeroiSM phygital exhibit until June 15, 2022 to explore Philippine history in an #AweSM way!

Celebrate #PinoyFreedom at SM Supermalls!

While we each exude patriotism in our own way, one cannot ignore the pride and enjoyment that comes with Philippine Independence Day celebrations! Commemorate Independence Day in a truly Pinoy way— sumptuous food, the company of loved ones, and great deals on all things local!

At SM Supermalls, activities are lined up to keep #PinoyFreedom alive nationwide! So come and celebrate the #AweSM and historic Philippine Independence Day at an SM mall near you.

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Palawan, Philippines

The Royal Treatment at Puerto Princesa: Paradise Regained

With safety protocols firmly enforced, Puerto Princesa is poised to again welcome tourists with open arms. In recent years, the highly urbanized city and tourist haven has been paralyzed by the Covid-19 pandemic, then pummeled by Typhoon Odette. But it is now on the road to recovery—as spectacularly as its scenic, romantic and gastronomic attractions

“The tourism industry is the lifeblood of Puerto Princesa, along with agriculture. Almost 15,000 people directly or indirectly benefit from tourism. In varying degrees, most of the recent construction and development projects are related to tourism: hotel-building, parks, cruise-ship ports, street lights, roads and many more. Unfortunately, some of these have been on hold since the onset of the pandemic,” discloses Demetrio “Toto” Alvior Jr., the city tourism officer.

The Royal Connection

Puerto Princesa, the capital of postcard-perfect Palawan, sprawls across 253,982 hectares of captivating coastlines stretched over 106 kilometers. Due to its strategic geographical location, it has sufficient depth to allow ships of all sizes to anchor, earning a reputation as a “Princess of Ports,” or in Spanish, “Puerto Princesa.”

There’s no contention that Puerto Princesa is one of the country’s greatest pleasures. A holiday destination universally beloved by travelers, beach-combers and trekkers; a bustling business center with a rural allure; a provincial vibe with modern amenities; and a clean and green city recognized for its lush forests, fresh air and frontier character.


Rising Above Covid-19

The city of Puerto Princesa has been struggling to get to its feet since the outbreak of Covid-19 in early 2020. The lack of tourists, which is the main industry, has forced hundreds of tourism-related businesses to close, leaving thousands of tourism workers unemployed.

“The public-health crisis forced them to find alternative sources of income, which was made more difficult because of the restrictions of movement due to several lockdowns,” Mr. Alvior reveals. “One factor of low tourist arrivals is the fluctuating number of Covid cases, which in turn affects the determination of quarantine requirements and national government intervention policies.”

Today, Puerto Princesa is experiencing record lows in terms of economic losses, losing around P5 billion a year for the past two years from potential tourist receipts.

“The City Tourism Department has been strengthening its social media campaigns to encourage local tourists to visit local attractions, in a bid to boost much-needed revenues to the ailing tourism sector,” a cautiously optimistic Mr. Alvior says. “We have one important wish in the City Tourism Department, and that is to prioritize the aids for the Typhoon Odette-affected tourism industry here.”

The goal is to regain the city’s glory as an eco-tourism capital. “Our 2022 goals are full restoration of all the tourist attractions affected by Typhoon Odette such as the completion of the construction of the cruise-ship port and other man-made tourist attractions. There will be wide, extensive and aggressive promotions of Puerto Princesa to the local and international market.”

The Last Frontier

Puerto Princesa has a plethora of tourist spots. But many tourists who visit the city put the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, one of the New7Wonders of Nature, on top of their list. As the jump-off point for exploring the world-famous Tubbataha Reef, the city also hosts a fair share of adventurers.

“Since the Covid-19 outbreak, we have never ceased to hope that the future will be better. This year 2022 is no different. And while what we want is a full recovery, we cannot afford to be careless when taking big steps. As we begin to truly understand the gravity of the situation, we also come to realize that our moves must be consistent with the bigger picture such as the national situation,” Mr. Alvior says.

Since February 10, the city has been happily welcoming more visitors once again, hoping that the arrival numbers will soon be back to pre-pandemic levels. In this initiative, the tourism department shares the privilege on with the private sector.

“While the government is the administrator of the State, the private sector is the bloodline. The government and the private sector are two inseparable factors for Puerto Princesa to prosper, and more importantly, to recover,” Mr. Alvior says. “The key to recovery is to enable and support the private sector to keep or resume their business operations. When it comes to the city’s biggest partners, apart from government agencies, it is the collective impact of small-business operations.”

Puerto Princesa may be “The Last Frontier,” but the City Tourism Department is confident that it will always be the first choice of every traveler.

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Pacific Ocean, Philippines, Spain, Travel

Isabel de Barreto “The Queen of Sheba”: The first female admiral in History

Do you know who was the first woman in history who commanded a ship? Do you know who was the first woman in history who crossed the Pacific Ocean? She was none other than a Spanish woman named Isabel Barreto, whose life story well deserves a movie.

Instituto Cervantes de Manila is organizing a cycle of two webinars on this extraordinary woman in celebration of women’s month this March. The first leg will be held this Thursday, March 31, at 6:00 PM, and will consist of a lecture by the famous Spanish historian Elvira Roca (as famous in Spain as Ambeth Ocampo in the Philippines). This lecture will have English subtitles and can be accessed at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82399004400.

The second leg will be held the following Thursday, April 7 at 6:00 PM, wherein the expert Francisco Mellén will talk about the latest findings in the archives on Isabel Barreto. He will be accompanied in a round table discussion by the prestigious historian from Vermont University Juan Maura. The event will have a simultaneous translation in English and will also be held via Zoom. The link will be available on the Facebook page of Instituto Cervantes de Manila.

Isabel Barreto was the first female Admiral in the world, and Philippine history enthusiasts would find it interesting to note that after traversing the Pacific Ocean from the Viceroyalty of Peru, she ended her trip in the Philippines where she and her crew sailed for their lives. Her husband, Alvaro de Mendaña, who discovered the Solomon and Marquesas Islands in the 16th century, had died in the Santa Cruz Islands in the Pacific Ocean. It was upon his death that Isabel assumed the leadership of the expedition en route to the Philippines. In Manila, she was welcomed with great honors as the “Queen of Sheba”.

This noteworthy woman was born in Galicia (Spain) in 1567. During her childhood, the family moved to Peru where she grew up, and married her first husband Mendaña, who was more than twenty-five years older than her. During her stay in Manila, she married a Spanish military man, Fernando de Castro, with whom she returned to the Americas.

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Philippines

Big fuel discounts to all motorists during weekends with Caltex Biyaheng Pamasko promo

Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI) is giving Filipino motorists the gift of savings this Christmas season with their latest promo, Biyaheng Pamasko.

Beginning December 10, 2021 until January 2, 2022, motorists who fuel up at participating Caltex stations every Friday to Sunday will automatically get Php3/liter off on Caltex Platinum with Techron and Caltex Silver Techron and P2/liter off on Caltex Diesel with Techron D.

“Christmas is a time when people everywhere are busy making plans to celebrate with their loved ones and friends with gatherings and gift giving. These happy festivities can get challenging cost-wise though. With Biyaheng Pamasko promo, we hope to give back to our loyal customers not only by ensuring they will have an uninterrupted journey with our quality fuels but also have some extra savings to really make it a very merry Christmas,” said CPI Country Chairman Billy Liu.

The promo is available on the following dates:

Dec 10 – 12, 2021

Dec 17 – 19, 2021

Dec 24 – 26, 2021

Dec 31 – Jan 2, 2022

The fuel discount will be applied on the same gas up or purchase and is non-transferrable and non-convertible to cash. This promo is valid with cash, e-wallet, credit card or debit card purchase and cannot be combined with any other discount offers at Caltex.

Caltex has remained dedicated to finding ways to make motorists’ drive an enjoyable journey, providing quality fuels and lubricants as well as rolling out various rewards and promos throughout the year. DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-132807, Series of 2021.

About Chevron

Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. We believe affordable, reliable and ever-cleaner energy is essential to achieving a more prosperous and sustainable world. Chevron produces crude oil and natural gas; manufactures transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and additives; and develops technologies that enhance our business and the industry. We are focused on lowering the carbon intensity in our operations and seeking to grow lower carbon businesses along with our traditional business lines

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Palawan, Philippines

Banwa Private Island’s preferred aviation partner, Ascent features more private air options

PRIVATE FLIGHTS TO BANWA PRIVATE ISLAND

Take off and breeze through the skies in a private jet, helicopter or single-engine aircraft by Ascent Flights Global (“Ascent”) to the exclusive and all-villa Banwa Private Island.


Banwa Private Island’s preferred aviation partner, Ascent features more private air options for a truly luxurious and seamless experience, whether flying directly to the island or through any of Palawan domestic airports. Every charter flight is tailored to the guest’s needs, meticulously organized from enquiry until well after arrival.


The most favored and convenient charter flight from Manila to Banwa Private Island is through an 8-seater Cessna Grand Caravan EX seaplane, landing directly on the doorstep of the exclusive sanctuary.


Complementing the seaplane and multiple helicopter options, newly available Ascent aircraft include the Cessna Turbo 206H suitable for small groups of up to 5 passengers and perfect for adventure travels with its versatility and cargo space. While the Cessna 172SP Skyhawk for 3 passengers is considered as the most successful aircraft for its reliability and comfort.


For groups of up to 8 passengers, the Swiss crafted Pilatus PC-12NG offers the ultra-modern cabin experience, equipped with all you need to relax, work or share in-flight moments. For guests wishing to share a private island experience with larger parties of up to 14, the Gulfstream jet is the aircraft of choice.


Roundtrip private flight rates start from US$5,700 from Manila to San Vicente, closest airport to the island, with onward journey in a premium sports utility vehicle followed by a short and scenic speedboat transfer to the island.

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New York, Philippines, USA

Livingsprings Communities Realty bags Best Luxury Real Estate Developer in the Philippines at Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2021

Livingsprings Communities Realty and Development Corporation (LCRDC), an award-winning premium boutique real estate developer, was recently named Best Luxury Real Estate Developer in the Philippines at the prestigious Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2021 based in New York, USA.

Livingsprings’ persistence in continuing quality construction and development of its properties amid the pandemic reflects LLA’s representation of pioneering excellence and innovation as an organization. LCRDC factors in the pandemic in enhancing its properties’ build and design, offering amenities and providing safe common areas such as spacious natural ventilated hallways and open-air sky decks for residents.

Livingsprings’ exceptional performance and established reputation as a developer of communities delivering greater living spaces, privacy, accessibility, security and convenience enabled the company to stand out in the Luxury Real Estate Developer category. Twelve companies from the Philippines were carefully selected and reviewed, six were shortlisted, and one ultimate winner was chosen.

“Winning the Best Luxury Real Estate Developer in this years’ Luxury Lifestyle Awards means so much to us because it shows that if we just focus on working with passion in the spirit of wanting to do our best and giving more our efforts will eventually get noticed.

We believe that providing homes where people and families can thrive and feel the love is what God designed us to do, and we just need to do it as best we can,” – Managing Director Archt. Monique C. Albert-Lopez

Livingsprings received LLA’s certificate, plaque, and the trophy, which is the official symbol of victory, designed with Golden Crown covered in 24-karat gold by a well-known Italian jewelry designer, Faraone Mennella.

“It’s very rewarding to be recognized all the way from across the world. As a company, we are truly grateful and feel appreciated for what we have been doing,” Archt. Albert-Lopez added.

Besides excellence and reputation, the selection criteria for the category included personalization, uniqueness, craftsmanship, location, security, amenities, credibility, sustainability and recommendations from other associated luxury professionals.

Despite being a young company in the Philippine real estate industry, Livingsprings is proving to be an up-and-coming player by winning its third international award in just three years’ time.

“Livingsprings proudly dedicates this award to our hardworking employees and partners who have been giving their best, to our customers for always choosing us in delivering their homes and investment, and most especially to our Chairman and CEO, Ms. Lily Chan. We couldn’t have done this without her continuous trust and believing in our quality of service,” Archt. Albert-Lopez said.

Livingsprings Managing Director Archt. Monique Albert-Lopez holding the award trophy and plaque for Best Luxury Real Estate Developer in the Philippines from Luxury Lifestyle Award 2021 – another testament and milestone of LCRDC making a name in the international luxury real estate scene

A Testament to Excellence

Livingsprings’ award-winning property, the 10 Acacia Place Quezon City reflects the company’s commitment to excellence in developing luxurious projects complemented by outstanding services and customer care, and credibility in keeping customer trust. Another is Tres Palmas residential cluster in Taguig that offers living spaces that promote peace, privacy and sensibility. Both properties enable residents to nourish families and build healthy communities for an overflowing life experience.

In the photo: 10 Acacia Place’s three-bedroom living room with a Pacific-Modern inspired design.

It has floor-to-ceiling glass windows giving you a splendid view of the city’s skyline.

The company’s 10 Acacia Place boasts a Pacific-modern and cosmopolitan design with a sense of exclusivity that meets the craftsmanship, uniqueness, and quality benchmarks of LLA. A low-density residential development in Quezon City, the property has only 182 units, preserving residents’ utmost privacy, comfort, and peace and quiet. Tres Palmas, on the other, hand passes these standards as an eight-story residential building with Mediterranean-modern inspired architecture. It provides tranquility with sound of streaming water from fountains, palm trees and lush verdant garden for a calming landscape for residents.

10 Acacia Place is designed to enable homeowners and residents to personalize their space to truly make them their own. The flexible units and convertible spaces are meticulously planned to maximize floor area. Residents can customize units to their desired layout for a more comfortable and rewarding living space.

In addition to excellent build and personalization, Livingsprings puts a premium on location, amenities and security, which the company believes are world-class standards of modern living. 10 Acacia Place is strategically located at the gateway of Cubao for proximity to major landmarks, top schools, offices and shopping centers. Its concierge services provide assistance in transportation, home maintenance and housekeeping for a hotel-like lifestyle. RFID exclusive access at the lobby and 24-hour security service ensure the residents’ safety and security.

Sharing the spotlight in prime locations, Tres Palmas also preserves personal space of home owners with its low-density towers. It has 60 percent of restful space where the gates are open into a refreshing environment. Tres Palmas gives a taste of the vibrant city living being seven minutes away from Bonifacio Global City and 15 minutes away from the Makati and Ortigas business districts.

Like LLA, Livingsprings advocates sustainability in all its properties. The 10 Acacia Place units are designed for business owners, millennial professionals, families , newlyweds, retirees and the property’s investors who wish to live in a place with convenient location but also yearn for a peaceful residential community. Moreover, Tres Palmas promotes the balance of functionality, built quality and nature aesthetics that creates a true customer-centric experience and value for living. Both properties follow sustainable, green and conscientious design and practices.

The Luxury Lifestyle Awards recognizes excellence across different industries and maintains the highest standards in the property industry worldwide. LLA is an authoritative and respected global award-giving body that connects people with the most trusted and successful premium brands worldwide. For this year’s awards, LLA analyzed and conducted research on more than 10,000 nominees in 400 categories from 60 countries.

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Negros, Philippines

Cinco de Noviembre: Homes of the Generals

This was the time, and this was the scene. Philippine independence had earlier been declared on June 12, 1898. It hoped to send ripples down the archipelago.

And it did. On the 5th of November that year, Negrenses took to the streets to claim their inalienable right to self-determination. No other story in the archives of Negros wields greater sway in the evolution of Negrense heritage than this historic fight for independence from Spanish rule, and the consequent establishment of the Cantonal Republic of Negros.

A hundred twenty three years later, Cinco de Noviembre is an annual, province-wide holiday commemorating the brave spirit of Negrenses. And?

Sadly, much of this may be lost in today’s generation. But then again, the young is not entirely to blame for not knowing about events in 1898, when their knowledge of history doesn’t even stretch back to as recently as Martial Law in the 1970s and 1980s. It is up to the older generation to continue the noble mission of educating the young about this single most defining event in the narrative of Negros, Cinco de Noviembre.

For this reason, Negros Season of Culture marks the occasion each time it rolls around. NSC was launched on this day in 2020, and this year 2021, NSC returns to deliver a fresh view of the memoirs. Doing so confirms, Cinco de Noviembre is not just a day in history, but a constant wellspring of good vibes for all freedom-loving Filipinos, now and for all time.

Negros Season of Culture’s journey back in time begins with the two main characters of the saga, Gen. Aniceto Lacson of Talisay who led katipuneros from the north, and Gen. Juan Araneta of Bago who organized farm workers in the south. The two converged in Bacolod to secure the surrender of the Spanish governor. The production team of Negros Season of Culture sat down at length with descendants of the two generals to derive insight about them at the time that they lived, straight from inside their homes.

For Gen. Aniceto Lacson, the NSC team visited the actual set of the planning of the revolt. Casa Grande, as it has been called, is a bahay-na-bato structure that sits in the middle of Gen. Lacson’s sugarcane plantation in Talisay City. In this hacienda, katipuneros, or members of the Kataastaasan, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (KKK), were disguised as farm laborers awaiting the appointed day to start the revolution.

When the smoke settled, the Spanish forces in Negros surrendered and Gen. Lacson was elected President of the Cantonal Republic of Negros. Casa Grande served as the country’s first presidential palace. At that time, Malacañang was being passed on from Spanish rulers to the Americans who, by virtue of the Treaty of Paris at the end of the Spanish-American War, subjugated the Spanish territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.

The General Aniceto Lacson Ancestral Home was declared a National Historic Landmark by the National Historic Institute in 2002.

For Gen. Araneta, the NSC crew was welcomed into General Juan Araneta Residence and Landmark Museum in Bago City. The house was given to the general by a relative shortly after the revolution. It is fondly called by locals as Balay ni Tan Juan, since the general was previously a Capitan Municipal, hence the nickname Tan Juan.

The museum celebrates the role of Gen. Araneta as commander of the southern forces. Here one discovers the ingenuity of the general through stories of makeshift cannons, made out of rolled bamboo mats and painted black, and improvised rifles fashioned from nipa fronds. The silhouette of farm workers marching with artillery was enough to convince Spanish authorities to surrender.

The museum also includes testaments about illustrious children of Bago City, including a Senator and a Chief Justice, who offered sterling service in all branches of the national government through the years.

In 1978 the descendants of Gen. Juan Araneta donated the property to Bago City. It was promptly declared a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission.

On eve of another election year, Negros Season of Culture inspires you to reflect on what enables the Filipino to hope and move forward from crises, year after year. Negrenses have been spared by moments of integrity, industry, and innovation punctuating the lives of their courageous forefathers. Their stories, archaic if not forgotten, have the unenviable job of pleading with today’s young minds to pause, listen, and learn.

Negros Season of Culture offers to bridge the generational divide. Like us on Facebook and Instagram, and visit negrosseasonofculture.com.

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Hotels, Pasay City, Philippines

This Boutique Hotel Remains the Top Choice of Essential Bookers in Pasay

Now that Metro Manila is in GCQ, the flow of OFW, returning Philippine residents or balikbayans, foreign nationals, and essential stay bookers continues. One of the challenges for these essential bookers is finding a hotel that fits their needs, especially for the completion of their quarantine period. One boutique hotel in Pasay offers a wealth of reasons why they remain to be the preferred choice of guests undergoing the required confinement.

Find out how these following key points make luxury boutique Midas Hotel and Casino stay on top of essential bookers’ preferred hotels:

  1. DOT Safety Seal certification. The hotel follows the minimum safety protocols set by the Department of Tourism (DOT). With this comes the various measures that the hotel implements to keep guests and staff safe. One of these measures is the use of the StaySafe.ph application. In addition to this, the hotel provides sanitizers in key areas as well as signages that work as reminders to guests to keep safety at bay. The Safety Seal also provides peace of mind on the part of its guests.
  2. Proximity to the airport. The hotel’s proximity to the airport is another factor why guests continue to choose Midas Hotel and Casino. The hotel, which is just 11 minutes away from the airport, also offers a shuttle service to arriving bookers. Its chauffeurs are equipped with the necessary PPE and arrive in a vehicle with partitions and sanitizer for its passengers.
  3. Flavorful dishes. Guests mesmerized by the hotel’s flavorful dishes ensure they share their experience via a Google review. M. Geva, who recently ordered a Midas Burger said “A must try, Midas Burger! Been eating burgers around the globe but this one is phenomenal.” The burger, which comes with potato chips and coleslaw on the side, is one of the hotel’s delicious treats.
  4. Spacious rooms and comfortable linens. A must-have on every essential booker’s checklist, expansive rooms, and soft linens help guests have a relaxing hotel stay. The hotel’s rooms are also cleaned and sanitized for the guests’ peace of mind and safety.
  5. Accommodating staff. Warm and friendly staff awaits guests who need help from airport transfers to the check-out period. Although this may sound like a staple to bookers in the country, a guest-first attitude and tech-savvy approach are just some of the key traits that set this hotel’s staff apart. They’re also trained and equipped in handling sanitation all over the hotel, from the lobby up to the guest rooms. In his Google Review, A. Sardito claimed “Clean, accommodating staff and I did enjoy my whole 10-day stay. Highly recommended.”

Book a room today though this link for essential stays or call the hotel’s reservations team at +63 7902-0100 or email at info@midashotelandcasino.com for more details. For takeaway orders for pick-up or delivery, call 09175217853 (Globe) or 09985626474 (Smart) or contact Ms. Je-Ann Dela Cruz at 09175654712 or jessica.delacruz@midashotelandcasino.com for more info.

About Midas Hotel and Casino

Nestled in a bustling city, Midas Hotel and Casino stands tall in its grandeur as it welcomes upbeat travelers and families looking for a safe and delightful place to stay. The hotel’s 226 spacious rooms, four food and beverage outlets serving sumptuous local and international cuisines, a quaint little spa, a contemporary gym, expansive event venues, impressive casinos, and modern lifestyle shops coupled with heightened safety and security protocols present a comfortable and satisfying experience that lingers in the memories of its guests the world over. The hotel’s dedicated team known for its warm hospitality also ensures a pleasant stay for each guest, making this hotel a preferred brand for people with discerning tastes. For those who desire the only finest things that life has to offer, Midas Hotel and Casino is the perfect hotel choice.

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Announcement, Philippines

Gen Z and Millennial Airbnb Hosts in the Philippines leading the way for inclusive tourism recovery

As the Philippines begins to relax domestic travel restrictions, Airbnb continues to steadily navigate the Covid-19 pandemic with hundreds of new local Hosts joining the platform in the first six months of 2021.

The company announced today that Filipino Gen Zs and millennials are the driving force behind Airbnb’s growing community of Hosts in the Philippines, with over 68% of new Airbnb Hosts in H1 2021 comprising Gen Zs and millennials aged between 18 and 40*.

Despite hosting during small windows of opportunities due to the start-stop order of travel restrictions between January to June, new Filipino Hosts have collectively earned over PHP 21 million welcoming guests on Airbnb. Metro Manila, Tagaytay, and Metro Cebu also emerged as the top cities where new Airbnb Hosts are hosting*.

Tourism is a significant contributor to the Philippine economy and employment. In 2019, research from Oxford Economics revealed that Filipino Airbnb Hosts contributed USD 1 billion to the country’s GDP and supported over 160,000 jobs. Guests on Airbnb spent over USD 930 million, representing 1.2% of the country’s total tourism spending in the same year**.

Through the pandemic, hosting has emerged as an important economic lifeline for many Filipinos to make ends meet and support their families. A Q1 2021 survey by Airbnb reveals that 57% of Filipino Hosts polled said the income they’ve earned through hosting has helped them to stay in their homes, and over half said they want to find more ways to host with Airbnb. Over a third of Filipino Hosts also said they share recommendations with guests on their favourite local restaurants and businesses within their community***.

“This year’s World Tourism Day calls for more inclusive growth that advances prosperity for more communities and drives more sustainable development. It’s a call for our tourism industry to reset and rebuild tourism in a way that benefits more people and communities than ever before. As more Filipinos turn to hosting with Airbnb to support themselves and their families during this time of need, we remain fully committed to empowering our Hosts to provide unique, family-friendly, and clean, responsible travel,” shares Amanpreet Bajaj, General Manager for Southeast Asia, India, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Earlier this year, Airbnb introduced more than 100 upgrades across its platform, including a new simplified 10-step process for anyone to become a Host. It also launched seven Host clubs this year across the Philippines to empower Hosts to connect, collaborate and support each other as well as their local communities, by sharing advice and best practices on hosting. During the pandemic, Airbnb launched its Airbnb Enhanced Clean protocol, an industry-first set of cleaning and sanitisation standards designed with guidance from the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure peace of mind for the community.

The company continues to support and strengthen the communities its Hosts call home, amidst the unprecedented changes brought about by the pandemic. In June, Mercy in Action, Childhope Philippines Foundation, Inc., Haligi ng Bata, Inc. and Reach Out and Feed Philippines were amongst the first 150 grant recipients of the inaugural Airbnb Community Fund, which will distribute US$100 million over 10 years to organizations around the world.

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