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Seda Hotels Relaunches Guest Loyalty Program

May 7, 2018

SEDA Edge banner.   Seda Hotels has relaunched its Guest Loyalty Program with expanded benefits and privileges following the enthusiastic response to its first iteration. Rebranded as SEDA EDGE, the new program was officially launched by Seda Centrio at its Sinamay Function Room Friday, 04 April 2018 with invited guests from corporate and individual clients. According to Jeric Fuentes, Seda Centrio Front Office Manager, Seda’s Guest Loyalty Program was launched November 2015 and has grown to almost 23,000 members from here and abroad. “The increase in occupancy rates throughout the group, which exceeded industry standards and norms, prompted the need to give back to our guests who have shown their appreciation for our high quality of service by staying with us whenever they can during their travels,” said Armand Angeles, Seda Centrio Hotel Manager. “Big things are happening for our members and from now on, we’re saying thanks whenever we can. Tonight, it gives me great pleasure to relaunch and introduce to your our guest loyalty program.”   Seda EDGE Guest Loyalty Program invite     Ms Cagayan de Oro 2017 1st Runner Up Meg Cui Bacareza hosted the event.   “We’ve made a few changes and improved our engagement with our most valued guests. We’ve made it even easier to earn points and enhanced our membership benefits,” he added. “Besides the rewards, it’s the seamless stays from one Seda Hotel to another that’s attracted guests to enroll in the program. Members have shared with us how convenient it is to deal with only one hotel and have the rest of the Seda hotels know their preference and history.” Mr. Fuentes explained. “Guests can redeem their rewards points by choosing from Club Lounge access, upgrades, overnight stays, and dining vouchers. Moreover, they also get exclusive offers like special promotional rates,” he added. “Enrollment in the program is free and members only need to stay in a Seda hotel at least once a year to keep their status active.” The guests were entertained by an opening hip-hop dance number from the Click Point Dance Group with Ms. Cagayan de Oro 2017 1st Runner Up Meg Cui Bacareza hosting the evening launch. The F&B Staff under Manager Randy Dreisbeck prepared a delicious buffet of canapés and finger food that were a delight to both eye and palate including Tomato Gazpascho, Cajun Shrimp Tostadas, Beef Wellington Bites, Chicken Mexicana, Stuffed Mushroom Wrapped in Bacon, Melon Balls Wrapped in Parma Ham, and Coated Cheese Balls washed down with assorted rum-based cocktails, mocktails and a fine selection of Italian wines.   Seda Centrio Hotel Manager Armand Angeles officially relaunches the Seda EDGE Guest Loyalty Program.     Seda Centrio Hotel Manager Armand Angeles officially relaunches the Seda EDGE Guest Loyalty Program.   The Sales and Marketing Team entertained the guests under the able direction of Sales Director Carol V.Valdez, who also presented the latest brand developments of the Seda Hotels and current promotions for Seda Centrio. “With seven properties scattered across the Philippines and three more targeted to open this year, we have made it easier for our members and guests to seamlessly travel with ease and make Seda Hotel their home away from home,” Ms. Valdez said. “Moreover, our location within an Ayala Land mixed-use complex means easy access for our guests to restaurants, retail, high-impact events, as well as premier office locators.” For more information on how to enroll in the Seda Edge Guest Loyalty Program, visit https://sedaedge.erewards.net. For more details on bookings, pricing and current promos, visit https://www.facebook.com/sedacentriohotel/.   The Seda Centrio Marketing, Sales & HR officers and staff in a groufie for the Seda EDGE Relaunch.     The Misto Boys with F&B Manager Randy Dreisbach.     Seda Centrio Sinamay Function Room all dolled up for the Big Reveal

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President Manuel Roxas’ 70th Death Anniversary Marked Today

April 3, 2018

He finished law in 1913 from the University of the Philippines College of Law, and passed the bar the same year. His entire political career spans 31 years beginning with his appointment as member of his hometown’s municipal council in 1917, and highlighted by his holding the highest office of the land from May 28, 1946 to April 15, 1948. Roxas is distinctly known in Philippine history for his exemplary leadership and dedication to public service. Inheriting a country in ruins when he took over the reins of government at the end of World War II, this “nation builder” spurred our country’s return to normalcy and growth with his master economic plan, the very first known in developing Asia. The great leader Claro M. Recto claimed that with “the extreme brevity of time fate was to allot to him”, which was barely 23 months into office, no other ruler with such talent and industry could have achieved as much as President Roxas did. In one year of office, President Roxas has provided a leadership which restored national vitality and safely bridged the critical transition period from Commonwealth status to Republic. The late President’s legal mentor and first dean of the UP College of Law George Malcolm believed that few of Roxas’ generation approached him in brilliancy of mind, in breadth of information, and in gift of charm. The late President’s talent was notably evident in pioneer planning in the financial and economic fields. Malcolm wrote “Withal, Roxas was passionately devoted to his country. So honest was he in administering the important positions entrusted to him that, on occasions, he was in financial distress. Roxas died a poor man.” The most profound tribute ever paid Roxas would come from the late President Manuel L. Quezon when he wrote to General MacArthur: “The news that Roxas has fallen in the hands of the enemy has almost broken me completely for I suspect that after his insistent refusal to be the President of the Philippines the Japanese have murdered him. But oh, how proud I am of him! I almost envy him for he had occasion to do what I wanted to do for myself — to tell the Japanese that we want nothing from them. If Roxas has been murdered he is the greatest loss that the Filipino people have suffered on this war. He can’t be replaced. And I don’t know how long this race will produce another Manuel Roxas.” President Manuel A. Roxas succumbed to a heart attack on April 15, 1948 at Clark Field, Pampanga.

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Palm Grass Hotel to Release Community-created Videos on the Battle of Tres de Abril

March 19, 2018

The workshops on March 3 and 4, 2018 at Palm Grass Hotel produced two videos on the Tres de Abril Uprising. A product of a half-day workshop, the first video, “Padayon, Sizts! (#KilatLove4Cebu)”, is written, directed, and acted by UP and USC students, and is a modern retelling of what happened in the uprising 120 years ago. Shot in interesting places in Cebu City, the second video, “Suroy-Saysay (A Tres de Abril heritage walk)”, is a light but probing conversation with Leon Kilat book author Emil Justimbaste regarding the heroes and events of the 1898 Cebu Revolution. Palm Grass facilitates the remembrance of the historic Tres de Abril Uprising by hosting and leading the community, especially the youth, in creative ways to relive this nearly forgotten period in Cebu history. The participating students immersed in activities like location shooting at areas where the battle happened and at streets named after Cebu Katipunan leaders such as Leon Kilat, C. Padilla and Luis Flores Streets. “We are trying to bring and relate bits of history to things that are very Cebuano like street walks, tartanilya rides, puso-making, and arnis,” Laput explained. UP Mass Communications student Decelle Marie Suarez thanks Palm Grass The Cebu Heritage Hotel “for the opportunity to be a part of the Tres De Abril shoot celebrating the historic battle of the Cebuano Katipuneros under General Leon Kilat! With the recent issues and the headlines, it's essential to look back on our Cebuano heritage now more than ever.” On the other hand, USC Fine Arts student, Francis Duane Branzuela said, “We have lots of things to learn from this activity. From being an actor for yesterday's film shooting at Palm Grass Hotel, to being a production crew member for today's documentary video shooting at Tres de Abril St. to Colon Bridge, it's just an awesome opportunity for me.” The videos will be released on April 3, 2018, during Palm Grass Hotel’s Grand Opening Anniversary “SAYAW, SINGGIT, SAULOG SA UNANG TUIG SA PALM GRASS”, which is also the 120th year of the Battle of Tres de Abril. Palm Grass Hotel named its floors, suite rooms, signature dishes and drinks to honor the sacrifices of the 1898 Cebu freedom-fighters and to inspire today’s generation of their legacy.

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Biggest audience turnout makes Binibining Pilipinas history

March 6, 2018

 The excitement surrounding this batch of candidates was at its highest, and this led to the biggest number of ticket sales for the coronation night to date. With a bigger stage comprised of multiple stairs and landings, and dressed with LED monitors and lighted acrylic trimmings, it was one of the most striking presentations of the prestigious pageant, befitting the most beautiful women in the country. The Big Dome was filled with hordes of fans with lighted signs and letters spelling out their chosen candidates’ names; some even came with whistles and other paraphernalia to cheer their favorites on. It was a night of frontrunner triumphs and interesting revelations when the judges finally announced the new Queens. The appreciative audience cheered for 2nd Runner-up Samantha Bernardo and 1st Runner-up Vickie Rushton; they made a lot of noise when the new queens were called: Karen Gallman was named this year’s Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental; Michele Gumabao, Binibining Pilipinas Globe; Eva Patalinjug, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International; Jehza Mae Huelar, Binibining Pilipinas Supranational; and Ahtisa Manalo, Binibining Pilipinas International. But the loudest cheers erupted when favorite Catriona Gray was named this year’s Miss Philippines Universe. The Fil-Australian beauty who represents Albay had described joining this year’s competition as nerve-wracking. Her vocal and very passionate fans, collectively known as Catrionians, feel she is ripe to bring home a fourth Miss Universe title after Pia Wurtzbach. “The Binibini fans are wonderful,” say Mrs. Stella Marquez Araneta, Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. chair. “They give so much love to the ladies; their support really boosts the candidates’ confidence, and sees them thru the trying periods in this competition. We will not be able to keep doing this without them.” The new Queens are now busy doing media interviews and other Binibini-related appearances. Catch more of them on the official Binibining Pilipinas Facebook page (@realbbpilipinas) and the official website. For pageant fanatics, the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 souvenir magazine is also being sold at the Snaxx counter of Gateway Cineplex, 4th level, Gateway Mall.

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DEFINE YOUR SPACE AT SAVOY HOTEL MANILA… OPENING SOON THIS 2018!

February 23, 2018

al space… our property is conducive to building relationships and encourages collaboration. We create spaces for creativity and recreation, areas to be on your own and enjoy that much-needed personal “space” to be you.Savoy Hotel Manila, prides itself in giving guests unique and share-worthy experiences. Lounge around at the Squares, these are co-working spaces located on several guest floors for anytime access. Whether it’s a space for sharing or relaxation, a space to express, or a space to co-exist and collaborate, these shared areas are perfect for casual group hangouts, intimate chats as well as for individuals to simply relax. Designed for themed leisure – art enthusiasts, bookworms, music lovers, or even tech-savvy individuals can definitely find their own space here to unleash their passion and indulge in their preferred lifestyle experience. Guests can also experience a taste of sumptuous Asian and Western fusion – at our Savoy Café, or chill and enjoy the moment at The Poolside bar, finally, cap the night with a drink or two at our Harvey’s Bar.Experience the space for remarkable encounters at our Club Lounge, exclusively for guests to unwind and connect. Amenities and facilities within the hotel – a pristine pool, fully-equipped fitness center, function rooms – highlight different moments and stories for guests to create and share. Savoy Hotel Manila boasts of 684 rooms, all of which are fully equipped with necessities that will enable guests to have a convenient and comfortable stay. The rooms are adequately sized from 21 to 50 square meters. From the most basic standard rooms, Essentials, to our comfortable executive suites, The Runway, The Deck, and The Space, all rooms are welcoming for travelers looking for a much-deserved respite in the middle of the bustling city. Livening views of the airport runway and metropolitan skyline can likewise be seen, adding a sense of warmth to every guest’s stay. From the businessman set for a meeting, the couple waiting for tomorrow’s flight to their dream vacation, the writer looking for a break – anyone can enjoy a different hotel experience soon this 2018! ### Savoy Hotel Manila is located at Andrews Avenue, Newport City, in Pasay. For inquiries, connect with us via www.thesavoyhotels.com/savoymanila, facebook.com/savoyhotelmanila, or @savoyhotelmanila via Instagram, or email samantha.manuel@thesavoyhotels.com.

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