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Iconic Apo View Hotel, a game changer in Davao City

Iconic Apo View Hotel, a game changer in Davao City

Apo View Hotel, a premier landmark in Davao City, continues to be a game changer as it ushers a new management team to keep up with the soaring travel and tourism industry in the country.

Data from the Department of Tourism registered consistent growth in inbound traffic with a total of 2,882,737 visitors for the first five months of 2017. This volume of travellers provides a great opportunity for the local tourism industry in the country.

The city of Davao remains one of the favorite travel destinations of local and international travelers. Tourists flock to Davao City to explore nature and various attractions, meet the people and immerse in its culture.

This second half of 2017, the Apo View Hotel is embarking on significant developments to seize the opportunity opened up by the influx of tourists in Davao province. “We anticipate the onset of more and more tourists, thus we are committed in further improving our facilities and services as part of our efforts in providing comfortable accommodations, world-class facilities and amenities, and sustaining the tourism growth in the region,” said Laurence ‘Louie’ Peña, the new Chief Operating Officer who now leads the Apo View Hotel team at an intimate event held during he Kadayawan Festival in Davao.

Peña is an experienced hotelier with over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry in prominent hotels in the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and London. He has held significant positions in various hotels including Dubai’s crown jewel, Burj Al Arab Hotel among others. With his experience along with the hotel’s rich history, Peña and his team is devoted in providing unparalleled service and enjoyable stay at the Apo View Hotel.






“Quality, privacy, convenience and comfort are things that we promise to our customers and that’s exactly what we aim to deliver,” adds Peña.

Established in 1948, Apo View is the first hotel that was built in Davao City and also the second oldest hotel in the Philippines. It is strategically situated at the heart of the bustling Central Business District (CBD) of Davao City. Its rich history transcended to decades of quality service and unmatched hospitality for travellers.

Apo View Hotel features 156 smartly designed rooms that cater to every price point. Each room is equipped with airconditioning unit, dual-temperature shower, LED TV with access to cable channels, hypo-allergenic pillows, chiropractic beds, free wifi, in-room safety deposit boxes and standby power generator for an uninterrupted power supply.

The Hotel also offers a wide selection of local and international cuisine available at the hotel’s all-day dining buffet restaurant located at the lobby, at Café Josefina, at the Blue Room, and at Davao’s oldest Casino, the Casino Filipino Players Club. Aside from our three restaurants and a casino, the hotel also offers a full-service 24-hour in room dining. Each of the restaurants features international comfort food classics served in a modern way alongside the best local dishes that Davao City has to offer.

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Partakan Festival 2017

Happening tomorrow April 14-15 Partakan Festival 2017 at Anguib Beach in Sta. Ana, Cagayan. Co Presented by Honda Philippine Inc.
It is the first and only ride and rock festival in the country which aims to unite all the riders, promote Moto-tourism and provide a venue for their family bonding. The event is headed by Ropali Motorcyles one of the biggest motorcycle dealership in the country with 128 branches nationwide.

Since 2014, the white sand beaches of Puzo Rubilo in Sta. Ana, Cagayan was open to the public where they can camp for free with no entrance fee. Riders also enjoyed back to back EXCITING, THRILLING and CHALLENGING activities such as inter-club survivor games, auto/moto race, motorcycle raffles, fireworks display and band concert.

As we celebrate Partakan 2017, Ropali Motorcycles is bringing a whole new experience and bonding Activities for Motorcycle enthusiasts and their families. And for the first time, Partakan Festival Year 4 will be held in one of world’s best beaches in the world, the Aguib Beach in Sta. Ana Cagayan, the so called Boracay of the North.

This year, our goal is to dedicate our heartfelt gratitude to our community by honoring their solid BROTHERHOOD, great PASSION, and the FREEDOM in riding motorcycles.







Amazing Ride

Is a Moto-Tourism challenge that aims to create an amazing and enjoyable ride promoting brotherhood, camaraderie and family bonding.

It is similar to the popular game show Amazing Race TV series which features challenges in different locations. But unlike the pop TV Series, the Amazing Ride is not a time-based Competition. It is designed to promote tourism, camaraderie and family bonding, making the enjoyable, amazing and
extraordinary. It Is where friendship, BROTHERHOOD and leadership will be tested.

In partnership with Department of Tourism (DOT), stations in Amazing Ride are Tourist destinations of the Northern Region where different challenges awaits for each team. Teams can be any group with (5) minimum members. They can be riders, commuters, clubs, family members, backpackers or circle of friends.


Automoto Speed Challenge

It aims to provide a proper and legal venue to elevate the standard of drag racing as sport. It is a time-based motorcycle and automobile drag race competition in a controlled environment wherein the winner is determined by the fastest time within a specific distance.
This is our way of emblazing the fire of Rider’s PASSiON in motorcycles, where enthusiasts not only for two-wheel but also for four-wheeled vehicle, can gather and show-off.

Bail Out Challenge

Partakan’s ultimate goal is spread a carefree and boundless FREEDOM to our riders and young at heart.

Aside from the long view of bountiful landscape to Cagayan Valley, Ropali Corporation wants our guests to to do more by marveling the unscathed beaches with exciting adventures in Partakan Festival all for free . One of the newest adventures that will surely dare our spectators is the BAIL OUT CHALLENGE. It is like the hit TV series “Wipe-Out” that will test the participant’s strength, intelligence and patience.

Ride and Rock Festival
Is the culmination of Partakan Festival’s celebration of Brotherhood, Passion and Freedom. The event will be highlighted with BATTLE OF THE BANDS, SUMMER ReVibe HIPHOP DANCE SHOWDOWN, PARTAKAN SUMMER BOD and PARTAKAN MOTORCYCLE RAFFLE. Winners of Auto/Moto Challenge,
Amazing Ride and Bailout Challenge will be awarded. Special Prizes also await to those who joined the minor activities such as: 4×4 Feat, Beach Games and Club recognition.

Which Road Leads to Madison 101 Hotel + Tower?




Sharing with you my staycation experience here at Madison 101 Hotel+Tower

Which Road Leads to Madison 101 Hotel and Towers?

With all the busy schedule and traffic i encounter everyday, it was a relief when i checked in at Madison 101 hotel and tower. it was not what I  really expected since the location is at the busy street of Aurora Boulevard, Gilmore and LRT line 2. So i was thinking it would be just the same hotels along streets.

The place was so cozy upon entering and the staff was so warm while welcoming us at the Lobby Reception Area, To think we where Batch 4 Bloggers. I love the interior of the lobby, Madison 101 is not only a hotel but also a Transient and Events Place,
It can accommodate students from nearby schools. There they have an affordable rates and students can choose how many roomates they want. There is also a cafeteria which cater to students who are checked in and wants to study outside their dorm. But outsiders are also welcome to dine in and study as well. But guest are allowed up to 11pm only.

Welcome.note from the Hotel

During our overnight stay, We stayed in a Double Superior which has all the ammenities that 5 star hotels offer. Free wifi (which was really fast), 24/7 Housekeeping & Maintenance Service, 24:7 Security & Cctv Cameras, nearby malls attractions, laundry services, cafeteria, parking spaces, a spa services and coffee shop.

We get to tour all the different hotel rooms which was really spacious, but the 2 rooms that attract me was the premiere and the presidential suite. The premiere was a room at the corner or the hotel that capture all the view of the places around the area even the train. It has a cozy couch at the living room that is so enticing. You can catch the sunset and the sunrise view.
The presidential suite is the biggest room since it has a wide living, room, dining room , kitchen, jacuzzi, rock garden and a bar and has 2 bedroom compete with toilet and bath. They have elegant interior design.


I assure you on my next check in i will stay at the presidential suite or premiere. They also gave us a full body massage service while I let my daughter do her homeschooling at the cafeteria which I really appreciate much. Looking for a quiet place to study is hard for homeschooling mom. They also served our dinner inside the room which is nice.

We also get to taste the coffee they served at the Coffee shop before we went to bed.

Honestly speaking i slept well during the night and i never heard any noise from thr street. It was so amazing and they told me that all the room are sound proof. And a breakfast in bed was also good.

To sum up our experience at Madison 101 Hotel + Tower i will say it was great and thumbs up!. The place was clean and well maintained.I am already recommending it to my friends so they can really experience what I am saying.
Thank you to all the staff of Madison 101 Hotel+Tower.
For inquiries and reservation contact 723-1111 & 09369119039 or email at

Feel The Thrill at Tree Top Adventure this Summer



Feel The Thrill at Tree Top Adventure…literally.

Last 2014 we where able to experience the Tree Top Adventure, it was so unforgettable because the activities are not the common one. My daughter tried the  Tree Drop which was one of the scarriesr acrivity for me. But she was brave enough to do it. We tried th3 canopy, siover surfer and i personally tried the superman. We will surely go back at Tree Top Adventure.

Tree Top Adventure is the only “Team Building” facility in the Philippines with motorized activities plus different kinds of Zip line adventure and more activities in the heart of nature; Superman, Canopy, Tree Drop, Silver Surfer, Free Fall, Funicular, Trekking, Skywalk and many more to be added.

The vision came from the expertise of the owner of Tree TopAdventure who are Engineers
and advocates of conservation of environment and healthy living thus Tree Top Adventure in Subic inside SBMA and Baguio inside Camp John Hay are making sure not only for the customers to enjoy but also making sure the safety and health benefits of the activities they are offering for the customers.

There is no entrance fee at Tree Top Adventure, you will only pay the activities you like to enjoy unlike other theme parks and very affordable. Zip lines fee per ride cost from Php 100.00 to Php 350.00 and can have a huge discount if will take a package instead with a combination of activities.

For the “Team Building” activities, there are facilitators to lead the program and events. Unlike other facility, at Tree Top Adventure, everything can be measured and the output and success will be coming from the effort of the whole group who are working simultaneously to achieve the goal. Cost per head for the Team Building has two choices; Php 800.00 and Php 1000.00 but can be tailored depending on the needs of the company.

“We invite you to experience nature tripping from a breathtaking view – from 100 feet above the ground! With jungle trails comprised of platforms nestled on branches, suspension bridges, and the world’s first motorized canopy tour, what we offer is more than just the peak of excitement.

Learn new things; with fresh eyes, we encourage you to explore. Find inner peace as you go through a natural sanctuary hidden by foliage. Or at the very least, conquer your fear of heights.

Tree Top Adventure offers each one a personal journey, with unforgettable memories as dense as the forest that you won’t help but feel closer to the ones you take this most marvelous trip with.”

For more information about bookings and entrance, please contact Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas at 09166299381 or send email to

Here’s Your Chance to Win A Trip To Maldives

Here’s Your Chance to Win A Trip To Maldives


Walk into any Nailaholics branch and you are immediately ushered into a different world. The world quiets down, even for just a few hours, as you settle into the canopied seats. The gentle buzz behind its doors are reminiscent of the placid flurry typicaly found in beachside destinations. The colors evoke the calm of being beside the ocean.

Now, stepping inside a Nailaholics branch doesn’t just welcome you into a world of pampering, you’re actually taking your first step towards the Maldives; a destination recognized as this year’s best spa destination by industry, known for its clear, cobalt waters, hugged by a stretches of fine, delicate sand.

“Perhaps no other coastal destination has been so closely associated with the concept of relaxation,” says Glaiza Agbayani, Digital Manager “This is why we chose Maldives as the perfect holiday treat for our loyal customers.”


From November 10 to January 27, availing of any of the Nailaholics package services will entitile customers to one raffle entry for the chance to win a trip for two to the Maldives.

Entitled Holiday Flyaway, the lucky winner will enjoy a four-day, three-night stay at the Maldives and indulge in the very elements that inspired the experience and aesthetic behind Nailaholics.

Visit Nailaholics as often as you can during the promo period to get more chances of winning. There’s no better reason to keep heading back to your nearest branch for me-time.

The Other Things You Can Do in Bohol

The Other Things You Can Do in Bohol



Bohol Island in the Visayas region is quite well in the tourist trail. Thousands of local and foreign tourists alike flock to the island for its beaches, dolphins and whales, adventure activities, and of course, natural attractions like the Chocolate Hills. This is why you will never have a problem looking for hotels in Bohol. From simple inns and guesthouses to 5-star hotels and resorts, Bohol has it all. They have affordable and family-friendly accommodations in Bohol, too, offering amenities and facilities that are welcoming to children.

If you’ve been to Bohol, you might think you’ve seen everything Bohol has to offer. Not true! This list of other activities you can do there might make you think again.

Last 2009 we went to Bohol with family and friends, since we had a Japanese visitor. It was a day tour since we stayed in Tambuli Resort Cebu City. It was amazing because from the Resort you can take a boat ride going to Bohol. It only took us 30 mins to reach the destination.

There was a tour guide who brought us to the different tourist places. Like the Tarsier Park, Loboc River, Chocolate Hills and a Zoo where there are a lot or endagered animals.The next day we went snorkeling to see the coral reef and the fish sanctuary. The Bohol adventure was fun and memorable.

Since we where able to hold and carry a tarsier, see the chocolate hills upclose, experience snorkeling and see the fish sanctuary and feed the fishes. The Loboc Choir was also wonderful to hear while having our lunch. Hoping to visit Bohol again.


Go on a SUP Tour

The Loboc River used to be most popular for its river cruises where tourists can enjoy a buffet lunch with traditional music and dancing. These days, the SUP or Stand Up Paddle Tour is drawing a new set of visitors, the ones who love adventure and want to see the river from a different vantage point.

Enjoy nature by gliding on 8 kilometers of tranquil waters on one of the biggest rivers in Bohol. You can even go firefly watching at night atop a SUP board to get a more up close and personal interaction with the enchanting lightning bugs. While younger kids would not appreciate the SUP, the firefly watching would definitely fascinate them.

Discover Anda

Anda, for the most part, is still undiscovered by mass tourism. In fact, its public beach area is still undeveloped. This is good news for visitors who want to have the best white beaches in Bohol all to themselves. Despite its relative seclusion, Anda is home to several exclusive cliff resorts with gorgeous hidden coves.

Experience the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park


The Chocolate Hills is synonymous with Bohol but one of the attractions you should check out while in the area is the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park. Perfect for all the members of the family, the adventure park lets you explore eco-trails, conquer tree-top rope courses, and go ziplining.

The 550-meter Bike Zip is an exhilarating and unique way of seeing the Chocolate Hills, which is a great backdrop for any photograph. It will be something your kids would remember for a long time!

Get a closer look at the Chocolate Hills on an ATV

To fully appreciate the beauty of Chocolate Hills as a whole, you need to see them from a viewing deck on top of another hill. But, ever wonder what they look like up close?

Satisfy your curiosity by riding an ATV on the rough terrain and unpaved roads. These inconveniences would’ve given any car driver a headache but they only serve to make the ATV ride more exciting. The 1-hour ATV tour includes a guide and will give you unrestricted views of the three sisters, the eight sisters, and the mini terraces.

Watch dolphins

Waking up at the ungodly hour of 5:30 AM may not be your and your family’s idea of spending your vacation but seeing the dolphins as they swim and feed at 6 AM will make you forget whatever it is you’re complaining about. These majestic marine creatures always provide fun and excitement to the guests, especially the children so if you’re vacationing with your kids you might want to add dolphin watching to your itinerary.

Snorkel at the Balicasag Island Sanctuary

A small island off the coast of Panglao, Balicasag Island Sanctuary boasts a coral reef full of underwater life and turtles, a sign of a healthy ecosystem, are often spotted in the area. The clear waters of the reef make it ideal for snorkeling and diving. Make sure though that kids don’t touch or bother the animals. Raise them to be responsible travelers!

Visit the Hinagdanan Cave

Although not included in most standard tours, Hinagdanan Cave is one of the more interesting areas to visit in Panglao because of its underground lake. The green limestone at the bottom of the lagoon give the surface of the water an appealing blue green color. The water is a chilly 25°C, which is welcome during summer or on very hot days.

Hinagdanan Cave features beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations, which you can easily see because different openings allow natural light in. During your visit, you’ll also probably be greeted by the resident nesting swallows.

Seeing the Chocolate Hills, cruising on the Loboc River by boat, and visiting the tarsiers are activities that you’ve probably done if you’ve been to visit Bohol at least once. But this beautiful province in the Visayas always manage to have something new to offer first-time and returning tourists.


Thanks for the photo Ms. Aleah Taboclaon since i can’t access our photis during the trip. And i usually buy souvenir shirt whenever I visit a place or country but the only thing i see is my tarsier coin purse. So i always remember Bohol.
Photo by Aleah Taboclaon
Photos courtesy by Solitary Wanderer


Be a Queen for a Day at Villa Jhoana Resorts Hotel Mansion in Angono



This summer i had a chance to take a rest and relax in one of the captivating Resort here at the heart of Angono.There are times most  of us look for Resort outside the metro which takes us more than an hour or more just to relax and feel the nature. That is fine but if you want accessibility and more bonding time try going East. Here at Binangonan and Angono there are lots of Resort you can enjoy.





“Be a Queen”,  “Live Like Your Own Mansion”…was the experience I got when we had an overnight at Villa Jhoana Resort.

Villa Jhoana Resort is a recently eatablished mansion resort nestled in the municipality of Angono, Rizal. It offers perfect alternative for travellers who wants to get away from the busy crowd and unwind, bond with family and friends. Making every experience here at Villa Jhoana Resort memorable to every family that stays here.

The resort aims to provide high quality services at competitive prices both leisure and corporate clients. We have seven air conditioned rooms and other function areas wherein our guest can make the most out of it. In assuring that guest will have a pleasant stay at the resort, our ammenities are well manager by our professional and friendly staff to ensure the cleanliness and safety of everyone.

There are places that you can visit during yout stay here that can add to your itinerary like the Balaw balaw and atelier reataurant with painting, blanco family museum and wawa lake.

It is an ideal venue for weddings, debut, birthdays and other special gatherings. Pamper yourselves and enjoy celebrating your special event here at Villa Jhoana Resort “Live Like Your Own Mansion”


Thank you  Ms.Liezel Goco for the warm welcome and accommodation.

Balaw balaw and atelier reataurant with painting, blanco family museum and wawa lake.

Splendid Tugawe Island Cove Resort

First time to travel by land going to the Southern Province is an experience I will never forget. It took us 12 hours by land and had a lot of stop over to have a break and stretch our bones and muscle. We went there as part of our “Family Bonding” so we can see the beautiful scenery which we have never seen before. After the land travel there is a port where we parked our cars and a speed boat took us from there to the island. It was a 1 hour boat ride which we didn’t noticed because of the beautiful island we saw along the way.



Touch down at Tugawe Cove Island Resort , as we enter the place we where welcome by the captivating mountainous view and beach front which was amazing because we are in the middle of one of the Cam Sur Island.



Welcome drinks where served upon arrival and they have friendly staff that assist us. We ended the day just enjoying the place and the facilities they offer like the pool and beach front which they have kayaking and snorkeling. Indoor games are also included.

These is what the Resort looks like during daytime.



Pool Area



Dining with nature


Lake and Sea view of the Resort



Night view of the Resort


Resort Restaurant


Info desk


Pool side by night


I was amazed with this lighting


It was the start of the rainy season when we went here , but still enjoyed the place. This is just the first part of my review on my next article  i’ll be showing you the activities we did like Island Hopping and other interesting stories.



mother's day
Your mother is walking miracles to you. This Mother’s day show your appreciation and love for her by treating her to a lavish Sunday brunch, the Manila Pavilion Hotel crowns the queen of our hearts with awe-inspiring offerings that is sure to make her feel truly special. Reward your mom with genuine affection by allowing her to celebrate the joy of being a mother.

Indulge her appetite with a sumptuous Mother’s Day Special Buffet lunch on May 08 at our very own interactive lifestyle restaurant – Seasons. With a group of three or more and get special treats from our sponsors (Dermcare, Tony and Jackey, and Metro Dental.)

Start the gastronomic experience with (best seller dish that will be served on lunch). Make sure to order The Manhattan Whiskey Shower – a mixture of Bourbon whiskey, sweet Vermouth and Angostura Bitter.

To cap off the experience, give in to the heavenly goodness of Patisserie’s Mango Cheesecake.

Pamper moms with a relaxing and luxurious getaway by availing our room packages for as low as Php 3,600 nett.
For inquiries and reservations visit the Manila Pavilion Hotel at United Nations Avenue corner Maria Orosa Street in Manila. Log on to or call 5261212, for inquiries and reservations; Like or Follow @WaterfrontMNL for regular updates.




beat the summer heat

Summer is here! Everyone is excited to have a quick dip in the pool and have a wonderful retreat out of town. Look no further because Manila Pavilion Hotel, located in the heart of Manila is offering a great hot deals and promos for the whole family to enjoy.

Bring them and experience a fun-filled and fascinating getaway within the city with the hotel’s room cheap packages, which starts from Php 3,600 nett for a deluxe room for two persons with inclusive of breakfast.

Start your day at the interactive restaurant of Seasons and have a leisurely breakfast and indulge yourself with the hotel’s cake of the month, Mango Marshmallow Treat Cake, layered with a White Veinese sponge, crusted graham, Mango mouselline, chunks and whip cream. And cap off the night with the featured house wines, Zonin Veneto Merlot and Chardonnay from Italy at the hotel’s sports and music bar, the Boulvar Area.

Feed that sweet tooth with a hearty finish and hop on to the hotel’s French style bakery, Patisserie, for a delectable choice of sweets. Have a slice or two of the dreamy cakes that will surely entice your senses and give in to such heavenly goodness hangover.

For inquiries and reservations visit the Manila Pavilion Hotel at United Nations Avenue corner Maria Orosa Street in Manila. Log on to or call 5261212, for inquiries and reservations; Like or Follow @WaterfrontMNL for regular updates.

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