Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Araneta Center celebrates the 40th anniversary of the iconic Ali Mall

The first-ever fully enclosed shopping mall in the country.Named after the late legendary world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, Ali Mall was inaugurated on June 30, 1976 with Ali himself in attendance. Ali fulfilled his promise to return to the Philippines after winning against Joe Frazier in the “Thrilla in Manila” the year before and was the guest of honor at the event attended by VIPs, government officials, Araneta Center executives, and members of the Araneta family.

Though the concept of a mall has since evolved, Ali Mall was the first to house a Cineplex and to introduce the concept of a food court, located at the top most level beside the cinemas. Ali Mall also pioneered the integration of entertainment to the shopping experience with Skatetown, the largest indoor skating rink in its time. Another unique feature was a five-level car park connected to each floor of the shopping area. With its offerings and design features, Ali Mall changed the shopping experience by putting a premium on customer comfort and convenience and in the process melding itself to the lifestyle of its patrons with its choices of shopping, services, dining, and entertainment.

Four decades later, the mall still operates with the same guiding principle – to be a part of its guest’s lifestyle. As the mall evolved, it introduced, among others, the first digital cinemas in the country. Today, aside from offering a comfortable destination of value-for-money shopping options, Ali Mall also offers a wide array of dining choices fit for families and friends. The mall also features the convenience of the Government and Banking Center, a one-stop, full service venue that holds 10 government satellite outlets – including a Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) branch that handles passport and document processing and soon, a Land Transportation Office (LTO) branch and four full-service bank branches.

To celebrate four decades of being part of the Filipino lifestyle, Ali Mall will hold a special sale and offer promos on the weekend of its anniversary, from June 30 to July 3.

The shopping concept that Ali Mall pioneered has since become a blueprint for many other malls to emulate and build upon. Like its namesake, it carries a legacy that has touched the lives of many, and will continue to do so for years to come. 

As Araneta Center continues its redevelopment as a retail, office, entertainment, hospitality, and residential district, many new concepts are expected. Although Ali Mall will retain its standing as the country’s first mall, its claim will not solely be just being the first, it will continue to evolve, as it has done in the past to meet the needs of the lifestyle of its community.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Marriott Introduces High Fiber Loaf Bread


Marriott Manila introduces their Multigrain Bread Loaf that is good for both your health and picky taste buds. Packed with all-organic grains such as, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds, linseeds and oats, this loaf of goodness is a great source of fiber that can help improve cholesterol levels and digestive health, lower the risk of diabetes by slowing down sugar absorption, and can aid in flushing out toxins of your body which can give you a better looking skin. Perfect for those who are on the trail to losing or maintaining a healthy weight, this diabetic-free and vegan bread is indeed a must for the health conscious. Freshly baked by the hotels outstanding pastry team, headed by Chef Fil Afable, the Multigrain bread is a marvel on the palate too with its moist, dense but soft bread with grains and seeds that gives a nice nutty texture and aroma with every bite. This 805g loaf is only Php 480 and is available at the hotels Marriott Café Bakery.

Marriott Café Bakery is located at Marriott Hotel Manilas G/F and is open from 6am to 10pm on Sundays to Thursdays and 6am to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. For inquiries, call (02) 9889999 or visit To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat and, @manilamarirott on Instagram.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Robredo, Pangilinan & Dominguez to lead 1st BusinessWorld Economic Forum


The country’s biggest names in business will speak at the first BusinessWorld Economic Forum happening on July 12, 2016 at Shangri-La at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Themed “Charting Progress to 2020”, the highly anticipated event will tackle the country’s present and projected economic situation in light of the forthcoming changes in public governance.

MVP Group of Companies Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan will be delivering the keynote speech while Vice President-elect Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo will open the morning sessions with the topic on “How To Attain Inclusive Economic Growth”. On the other hand, incoming Department of Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez will start the afternoon sessions with the discussion on “The Philippine Economy Under the New Presidency.”

Also speaking at the event are Philippine Competition Commission Chairperson Arsenio M. Balisacan and Securities & Exchange Commission Chairperson Teresita J. Herbosa. 

Other prominent business figures who will serve as session speakers include Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. President & Chief Executive Officer Erramon I. Aboitiz,  Insular Life Assurance Company CEO Nina D. Aguas, Globe Telecommunications President Ernest Cu, Phinma Corporation President Ramon R. del Rosario, Ayala Corporation Energy Holdings, Inc. President & CEO John Eric T. Francia, Solar Philippines President Leandro Leviste, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation Chief Digital Officer Donald Patrick Lim, Sun Life Financial President and CEO Rizalina G. Mantaring, McKinsey & Company Managing Partner Suraj Moraje, Megaworld Corporation First VP Commercial Division Kevin L. Tan, Rustan Supercenters, Inc. President  Bienvenido V. Tantoco III, McDonalds Philippines EVP & Deputy Managing Director Margot Torres,  Alaska Corporation President and CEO Wilfredo Steven Uytengsu Jr., as well as Facebook Canada Global Marketing Solutions Group Director Alfredo C. Tan.
            The speakers will provide their expert viewpoints on the forum’s five discussion sessions: succession, sustainability, integration, disruption, and capacity. The session on succession is expected to encourage discourse and provide answers on how the country can prepare its next generation leaders. Sustainability will discuss how the corporate sector ensures the sustainability of financial gains. The session on Integration will focus on the business imperatives of regional integration and is expected to address questions on how the country can leverage on free trade agreements (FTAs) to broaden its market and product or service offerings as well as how economic integration be made more inclusive.  Disruption will explore how technology has blurred the distinctions between industries and will explore the questions on which industries are due for a shakeup and how companies wage competition across multiple fronts. The last session is on capacity which aims to highlight the way companies address the challenge of infrastructure and supply bottlenecks in a growing economy.
The session topics are crucial to understanding, predicting and influencing the Philippines’ business and economic growth today and in the coming years.

Organized by BusinessWorld, the country’s leading business daily, this event is in line with its 29th anniversary and is open to the public. The first BusinessWorld Economic Forum is brought to you by Metrobank, Turkish Airlines in partnership with Ayala Land, Inc., PLDT Inc., Smart Communications, and Meralco. For more information, please visit, e-mail to or call 896-0639 / 896-0637.

International coffee expert Scott Rao conducts workshop for Henry & Sons Raises the bar for the coffee industry in PH

Did you smell the coffee? World-renowned writer, consultant, trainer and author of coffee books Scott Rao was in town recently to conduct a brewing class and workshop with Henry & Sons, a total coffee solutions company.

In late May, Rao — the author of coffee books The Professional Barista’s Handbook, Everything But Espresso, The Coffee Roaster’s Companion, and Espresso Extraction: Measurement and Mastery — trained the Henry & Sons team in the art and science of coffee. Henry & Sons is a company that offers three kinds of goods to the local coffee market: premium roasted coffee beans, top-of-the-line expresso machines and training for coffee shops and companies.

 The coffee expert shared a variety of topics ranging from improving roasting skills, manual brewing, espresso extraction and the finer points of coffee science. He mentored the staff, shared coffee secrets, taught them about coffee shop planning, layout and design, and shared trends, new standards and techniques, among others.

Michael Harris Conlin, Henry & Sons president, said he invited Rao to work with his staff to raise the bar of the coffee business in the Philippines. “We pioneered coffee technology in the Philippines in the early 1990’s, and we want to continue to be the leader in this business. We brought Scott Rao here as a longtime partner of our company. He is the best person to help bring us to greater heights as he’s the best in the industry. Nobody comes close to him,” Conlin said.

Conlin described the relationship with Rao as something that will go beyond the workshops, “It is not just a short-term consultation. We will be working with him for years.”

For his part Rao said he was happy that everybody in the company was open and eager to learn more about coffee science, art and technology. “This company has been around for a long time, but the people are just so excited about the idea of learning some more. I like that about them,” Rao said.

“After all the learning and the science stuff, I think what I want people to remember is that coffee is here to be enjoyed and it makes people happy. At the end of the day, people are the most important thing,” Rao added.

Henry & Sons is the coming together of three legacy coffee brands : Boyds Coffee, Conlins Coffee and RICMAS Philippines. The Henry & Sons president said Rao’s workshop will help them develop products in the industry that have not yet been introduced to the market.

“We are going to launch new innovative products soon. It will be exciting,” Conlin said.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Smarten up your gadgets with Citi PayLite.

Citi Credit Cards present its loyal PayLite users with more perks. Now, you can shop for the latest gadgets and accessories at Fone Style and instantly get a free SanDisk Ultra 32GB Micro SD HC-1 worth P1,399. Simply avail of 0% Citi PayLite up to 24 months on a minimum purchase of P25,000 from now until June 30, 2016 at Fone Style branches in Robinsons Pioneer, Glorietta 2, Alabang Town Center, Fairview Terraces, Greenhills Shopping Center, Antipolo, and select SM Supermalls across Luzon. To redeem your Micro SD card, present your valid charge slip at the participating Fone Style outlet where the purchase was made until August 31, 2016. Be sure to keep your charge slip, so you can also get a delectable 18-inch pizza of your choice from Yellow Cab delivered at your doorstep for free! To learn more about this and other fun rewards from Citi, log on to

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

MODÈLE PHILIPPINES’ next go-see at F1 Hotel

As the reality search for the “New Models of Influence!” dubbed MODÈLE PHILIPPINES nears its final stretch, Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP) announces its next go-see on June 25, 2016 at F1 Hotel Manila, 32nd Street Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Capping its 29th anniversary, Professional  Models Association of the Philippines  (PMAP), the country’s most esteemed models’ guild, recently launched MODÈLE PHILIPPINES. It is aimed at discovering and mentoring aspiring or experienced models with excellent potentials to become masters of their game, and reset the course of professional modeling in the Philippines. It is unique in the sense that famous personalities of modeling, all PMAP luminaries, will play mentor to the contestants. Twenty mentors from the ranks of PMAP will be matched to each of the 10 female and 10 male candidates. These mentors will groom the contestants, preparing them for the tough world that is modeling, present them to the general public (through television) and the judges to pick the first-ever MODÈLE PHILIPPINES winner.

The prestigious model reality search is presented MODÈLE PHILIPPINES is presented by The Zen Institute, in partnership with Marco Polo Ortigas, DVO and Cebu, F1 Hotel Manila, Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila, Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, Experience Travel and Living magazine, Retro 105.9 DCG-FM Jetsetter Asia and Village Connect and Sonshine Media

For more information and updates, email, or like them on Facebook  /modelePH; Instagram @modelePH.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Celebrate Father’s Day with Pizza Hut

Treat your family’s main man with the love and indulgence he deserves as Pizza Hut, the country’s well-loved pizza brand, offers special Father’s Day meals that the whole family can enjoy at big savings!

Simply dine in at the nearest Pizza Hut restaurant and treat him to the Father’s Day Hut Feast, featuring  two Family Pizzas (Bacon Cheesburger and Hawaiian), a family platter of Spaghetti Bolognese and a pitcher of drink for only P699. This offer is available until June 19, 2016.
Or have a big Father’s Day blowout at home with Pizza Hut’s Big Daddy’s Blowout Pizza, available for delivery and take-out up until June 30, 2016.  Available in a combination of two great flavors – Hawaiian Supreme and Sausage, Bacon with Pepperoni – arranged on an 18” Hand-Stretched Pizza for just P499 a la carte, with no delivery charge! Complete the blowout celebration with popular Pizza Hut add-ons for just P99. You can choose from two single pastas, a 4-piece Wing Street, a family sized Slinger, a 2-piece fried chicken with rice, or a 50% discount on your favorite Pepsi or Mountain Dew drinks.

It’s your chance to treat your special man on Father’s Day with these special Pizza Hut offerings. Learn more about the Father’s Day offers of Pizza Hut by visiting the official website at or the official Facebook page at You can also follow Pizza Hut on Twitter and Instagram at @PizzaHutPhils, or simply call 911-1111 (Metro Manila) today!

Dad’s Day at Marriott Manila

Marriott Manila is bringing the meat to the fete as they celebrate Father’s day with culinary marvels fit for the man of the house. From the steaks to the spirits, anyone will swoon over the sumptuous treats they have prepared for their guests. Expect more as the hotel gives you tons of reason to revel with your peers and dears with a whole lot of cheers this month of June.
Go big with your treat and give dad a big dig on a buffet made for the boss of our homes. Marriott Manila’s Marriott Café is dishing out only the best for the best by their award-winning chefs. Be greeted by cold cuts, cheese and a variety of bread to get you started on an eating spree. Now you’re ready to partake on the real rumble with a spread of International food stations and options to gobble. The Gambas station serves fresh prawns with 5 homemade sauces you can choose from that seeps through the sweet meat, guaranteed to explode in your mouth with every bite. Don’t miss out on the highlight of the buffet, have your US Prime Rib Eye cooked to your likeness and sink-in your teeth in the tender meaty treat. The sustainable Fresh Catch of the day features a selection of seafood that makes the whole buffet a perfect catch itself. Diverse food choices are available like sushi and sashimi freshly prepared right before your eyes, noodles and dim-sums you can use to create your own soup, a selection of pastas you can pair with your choice of sauce, and some meaty options perfect for the grill. The Filipino station features local favorites such as bulalo and kare-kare, that’s guaranteed to be a nostalgic experience in every bite. The teppanyaki station is a sure hit too as you watch the lively chefs prepare your order. Sweet endings is not a problem with various desserts, chocolate fountain station, halo-halo cart roaming around, the infamous gelatos and the crepe station, are all surefire to sate your sweet tooth. The hotel spikes up the brunch for dads with free-flowing sparkling wine and martini bar perfect to toast to the super dad dining. Marriott Café’s bountiful dinner buffet is at Php 2,650 nett and hefty Sunday brunch is at Php 2,800 nett on June 19, 2016.

There’s nothing more rewarding for our super dads than a meaty dinner propped with a glass or bottle of wine to go with it in a perfectly dimmed and cozy steak-out place. Marriott Hotel Manila’s Cru Steakhouse features a wide range of steaks that will score a hundred or more to a man’s palate. Complete with an extensive red and white spirit options, the steakhouse is a perfect hit to express your gratitude and love for the man of the house. Take the best dad on a steak break at the multi-awarded Cru Steakhouse and taste the reason why it’s simply the best of its kind in town. The 3-course meal starts at Php 2,800 while the 4-course meal starts at Php 3,800.

Celebrate Father’s Day at Marriott Hotel Manila. For inquiries and reservations, call (02) 9889999 or visit To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat and, @manilamarirott on Instagram.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

IGNACIO DE LOYOLA , A· Soldier, Sinner, Saint

  Discover how one man's failure led to his greatest achievement.  This film shows us that there is a time for everything and that there is always a second chance for every mistakes we have done wrong in life.
Synopsis 1:
IGNACIO DE LOYOLA tells the story of a brash, hot-headed soldier in a time of political upheaval in Spain. The young Iñigo went from living a life of brutal violence and debauchery, to becoming one of the greatest saints in the history of the Church. This film chronicles Iñigo's torturous struggle to turn from darkness to light—a struggle that nearly destroyed him, but also gave him the key to a spiritual weapon that continues to save lives to this very day.

Synopsis 2:
A modern and very human take on the story of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, often called 'The Saint of Second Chances.'

As a brash, hot-headed soldier in a time of political upheaval in Spain, the young Iñigo went from living a life of brutal violence and debauchery, to becoming one of the greatest saints in the history of the Church. This film chronicles Iñigo's torturous struggle to turn from darkness to light—a struggle that nearly destroyed him, but also gave him the key to a spiritual weapon that continues to save lives to this very day.

Produced by Jesuit Communications Philippines (JesCom), IGNACIO DE LOYOLA was shot on location over two months in Spain.

Synopsis 3:
‘IGNACIO’ is a full-length feature film about St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.  It is an incisive and thrilling look at the life of the real man behind the legend, following his transformation from a brash, impulsive youth obsessed with women and sword-fighting; to the masterful, charismatic leader of an order that would change the face of Christendom.

In his lifelong quest to become the heroic Knight of his fantasies, Ignacio stares death in the face again and again, having his leg shattered by a cannonball in battle; driven to near suicide by his inner demons; finding himself imprisoned, accused of being an illuminati;  and finally finding his life in the hands of the Inquisition. Through it all, he would come to see the hand of God working in his life, shaping the self-obsessed sinner into the loyal and passionate soldier-saint.

The film also shows how Ignacio wove the trials, errors, and lessons of his eventful life into the fabric of his masterpiece, the Spiritual Exercises. Combining clarity of thought with Ignacio’s own love of fantasy and imagination, the Exercises form a rigorous method of making one’s life decisions, and have guided and influenced countless seekers throughout history.

MTRCB Rating and Running Time: (to follow)

Released by: Jesuit Communications Foundation Philippines thru Solar Pictures

Official Hashtags: #IgnacioMovie #Ignaciodeloyola #WhatWouldYouGiveUp

Director: Paolo Dy
Screenplay: Paolo Dy
Director of Photography: Lee Briones
Music By: Ryan Cayabyab
Stars: Andreas Muñoz, Javier Godino, Julio Perillan and Pepe Ocio
Genre: Drama, History

Link to view TEASER in YouTube:
Link to view TRAILER in YouTube:

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Thank Dad this Father’s Day with Villa Del Conte

Remember when dad helped you with your homework? Or when he kissed your forehead when he thought you were sleeping? This Father’s Day, give your dad love and appreciation for being your best friend, cheerleader, superhero and the best father in the world with Villa del Conte Thank You dark chocolates. These little pleasures from Padova, Italy contain 50% cacao and will make this day your father’s best yet. Visit Villa del Conte stores at Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Mall, SM Megamall, Resorts World, Alabang Town Center, and Robinsons Magnolia. For bulk orders, please contact 893-2575 or 621-6101. 

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Prestigous Cannes Film Festival Winner MA’ ROSA to be shown this July 2016


·         Earning the Philippines’ first acting award from the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, directed by Brillante Mendoza with the award winning actress Ms. Jaclyn Jose plays the titular role of Ma’ Rosa. This was one film that tackles and expose the real kind of situation we had in our country specially this concurrent time. This may give us the reason why majority of our people in desperation  let Davao's mayor  Rodrigo Duterte a known brutal and more stricter personality won the recent election.
 Genre: Drama, Action
Synopsis 1:
ROSA owns a small community convenience store connected to their home in the slums of Metropolitan Manila. Together with her husband, NESTOR, they use their convenient store as cover-up for selling illegal narcotic, Methamphetamines. Their fate changes when their neighbor sets them up for a police raid leading to the couple’s arrest; a ploy for extortion. Backed against the wall, Rosa seeks help from her children, JACKSON, RAQUEL and KERWIN as they do the daunting task to buy their parent’s freedom.

Synopsis 2:
ROSA owns a small community convenient store connected to their home in the slums of Metropolitan Manila. Together with her husband, NESTOR, they use their convenient store as cover-up for selling illegal narcotic, Methamphetamines. their fate changes one Saturday night when their neighbor BONG-BONG, who works as a fly-by-night parking attendant, begs her to sell him a small pack of Methamphetamine without knowing that it’s a ploy for a pending buy-bust operation leading to Rosa and Nestor’s warrantless arrest by a police team led by Sergeant CASTOR.

The policemen command Rosa to rat-out their source of illegal narcotics as trade-off to their freedom. Hesitant, she has no choice but to call JOMAR, and cooperate with the policemen. But despite latter’s arrest, the policemen inform Rosa and Nestor that they still need to pay 50,000 pesos for their freedom. Backed against the wall, Rosa seeks help from her children, JACKSON, RAQUEL and KERWIN as they do the unthinkable. Jackson sells all their appliances while Raquel painstakingly borrows money from their poor relatives. On the other hand, Kerwin sells his body to his gay benefactor – all of these just to buy the freedom of their parents.

 Released by: Centerstage Productions thru Solar Pictures
 Director: Brillante Ma. Mendoza
 Creative Consultant: Armando Lao
 Screenwriter: Troy Espiritu
 Director of Photography: Odyssey Flores
 Musical Director: Maria Teresa Barrozo
 Stars: Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Andi Eigenmann, Felix Roco, Jomari Angeles, Inna Tuason, Mark    Anthony Fernandez, Baron Geisler, Mon Confiado, Neil Ryan Sese, Mark Dionisio, John Paul Duray , Vince Rillon, Mercedes Cabral, Allan Paule, Maria Isabel Lopez, Aaron Rivera, Ruby Ruiz, Kristoffer King, Timothy Mabalot, Luis Ruiz

Official Hashtags: #MaRosa

Link to view TRAILER on YouTube:

Monday, June 6, 2016

Datu Puti Adobo Movement Vendors vie for top adobo dish honors

The mouthwatering Adobo and an appetite for friendly fun. The Datu Puti Adobo Movement is cooking up an exciting lineup of challenges and events to support its thrust to get Adobo its due accolade. Part of this gastronomic lineup of events is the Adobo Challenge, Datu Puti’s search for the best version of the Adobo among a lineup of budding food entrepreneurs.   

The Datu Puti Adobo Movement was initially created to push for Adobo to be our pambansang ulam. It is a movement that celebrates the cultural heritage of the Adobo dish. According to the Datu Puti Adobo Movement, all Filipinos across the regions have their own take on the dish, inspired by how the traditional comfort food is prepared by their families based on the their flavor preferences and their access to local ingredients. 
Friendly Competition The Datu Puti Adobo Challenge represents the next phase in the Datu Puti Adobo Movement. After the warm response to the advocacy in 2015, 2016’s Datu Puti Adobo Challenge is poised to drive more enthusiasm and sustain support for the cult fave dish. More specifically, the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge dares Mercato Centrale’s food vendors to stake their claim for the best Adobo dish in town.  

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  To qualify, the vendor’s adobo dish must use any type of meat or vegetable, and marinated in or cooked with at least two of the three main Datu Puti products: vinegar, soy sauce, and patis (fish sauce). Accepted entries will be evaluated based on the various criteria, including: creativity of concept, which looks at the story behind the dish as well as originality, branding, and cooking technique; innovation, noting the use of unique special ingredients and Datu Puti products; and Philippine culinary heritage, including how it adopts and represents regional cooking styles. 
Celebrating Adobo’s Best Mercato Centrale’s finest vendors will showcase their Adobo recipes at a gastronomic showdown at the Mercato Central Saturday market in Bonifacio Global City on June 11, the culmination of the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge.
Join the Movement on June 11 and enjoy the taste fest during the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge. Rate sheets will be tallied based on the sampling served to a select pool of judges. Then, at the end of the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge, three winners will be declared, taking into the account the flavor, story, and heart behind their Adobo masterpieces. In addition, a People’s Choice Award will also be given to the crowd favorite, based on the preferences of the foodies on site. 

All Adobo winners will be awarded start-up funds in cash, so they can include their winning dishes in their regular Mercato menu for at least 12 nights. The People’s Choice awardee, on the other hand, will receive over P3,000 worth of Datu Puti goods. 

Adobo Party Aside from the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge, the celebrations at Mercato Centrale on June 11 will also feature a celebration of homegrown talent, all in full support of the advocacy behind the Adobo Movement. The party will be hosted by familiar foodie Tonipet Gaba, and the feast will be made even more festive with musical performances by musical idols UpDharma Down and Ebe Dancel. 

Drop by Mercato Centrale (along 7th
avenue and 25th street, across The Forum and in front of the “Between the Lines” art mural) in BGC Taguig on June 11, Saturday, to witness a showdown and showcase of the best of the best of our homegrown talents onstage and behind kitchen doors.  

Marriott Manila Joins Brigada Eskwela: A Weeklong Cleanup and Beautification Project for The School for the Deaf in Pasay

Marriott Hotel Manila visits the Philippine School for the Deaf, an educational institution for the hearing impaired in Pasay City, Philippines, with a mission to serve and give back to the community. Carrying paint buckets and brushes in their hands as tools and holding the Spirit-to-Serve value in their hearts as their drive, Marriott Manila’s associate offered to join the school cleanup project. The activity, also called “Brigada Eskwela”, aims to gather volunteers from different organizations to clean up and beautify the school before its door open for students this coming academic year. The hotel, having a strong background in charitable efforts and demonstrating their core value of giving back, is the first to do the cleanup among hundreds of volunteers.   

Headed by General Manager, Bruce Winton, there were 50 brilliant hosts from Marriott Hotel Manila who signed up to participate and represent the whole hotel for the project. Aside from the community service, the hotel shouldered the materials needed for the cleanup, such as buckets of paint, thinner, brushes and rollers which will help in adding more life to the school visually to inspire the kids. Restoring the beauty of the building will push students with hearing impairments to be motivated in their studies with their beautiful environment. Volunteers were divided into 3 groups, the first group is in charge for painting the pavement gutters, another group for fences and the last group paints the classrooms and corridors.  

Marriott Hotel Manila is known for their socio-civic services for the community. The Spirit-to-Serve value was instilled to Marriott International’s employees by Mr. Bill Marriott, founder and CEO of the renowned International hotel chain. He believed that supporting the communities makes the company stronger. It is his ideals that Marriott associates should take care of the guests, each other and the communities. These humbling values strengthen each brilliant host’s passion and dedication for their work at the same time benefiting more individuals than one’s self.

This charitable act of service is part of Marriott Manila’s annual activity, Marriott Associate Appreciation Week (May 16 to 20, 2016), celebrated worldwide by all Marriott International properties to commemorate its founding. The week-long festivities include programs for associates such as Zumba classes, darts competition and lip sync battle. The week will end with the crowning of Mr. and Ms. Marriott, a pageant to hail the worthy hosts that embodies the Marriott cultures and ways.

Marriott Hotel Manila is located at Resorts World Manila. For inquiries, advance orders and reservations, call (02) 9889999 or visit To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook and Twitter and, @manilamarirott on Instagram.