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The Mansion Iloilo Meatless Feast for Lenten 2020

The Mansion Lenten 2020

The tomb of Christ is famous because of what it DOES NOT CONTAIN. – Sam Morris. Lenten has been a universal celebration for the world. Different cultures, sects, and beliefs have their own way of celebration. One of which is abstinence from eating pork, beef or chicken meat. Hold on! This is why The Mansion Iloilo prepared a meatless feast at The Dining Room to commemorate what lenten season is all about. To be available on February 26 and end on April 2020.

 Fish and Chips

Grab the ol’ fish fillet sided with crispy potato fries and a specialty dip.

The Mansion Lenten 2020

Singaporean Noodles

Try the rice noodles, stir-fried in a wok with vegetables, seasoned with madras curry powder with a hint of calamansi.

The Mansion Lenten 2020

Fish Burger with Fries

Here’s a guiltless burger with fish patty, specialty sauce and crispy fries on the sides.

The Mansion Lenten 2020

Tuna Pasta

Enjoy pasta with a hint of fresh lemon zest perfectly blended with tuna flakes, healthy fish oil, and shredded cheese.

The Mansion Lenten 2020

So, don’t when Lenten 2020 starts to fill the air of Iloilo City. You can still enjoy eating only at The Mansion Iloilo.

The Mansion Iloilo is one of the most prominent landmarks in Iloilo City–one of the Philippines’ fast-emerging destinations for commerce and tourism. Featuring a unique blend of Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino heritage and architecture, this iconic hotel offers travelers a gracious experience in a landmark destination.

The Mansion Lenten 2020

This landmark destination is located along General Luna Street next to University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV). Come and have a gracious experience in a landmark destination of the City of Love. You may book online with seasonal promos through https://themansion.com.ph/.

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Oceans Edge Resort, NEXT Big Thing near Boracay!

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Summer 2020 is anticipated to have thousands of tourist arrival this year in Boracay Island. More than that, we are seeing a revival of the sister island of Boracay, the Carabao Island. The island is geared towards sustainable and cultural tourism with the opening of Oceans Edge Resort. 

Carabao Island is the southernmost island of Romblon, dubbed as the “twin sister” island of the world famous Boracay Island of Aklan. Popularly known as Hambil to the locals, this island is only an hour away from the busy party scenes in Boracay. Despite its closeness, Carabao Island entirely offers an opposite ambiance to tourists. The island is part of the town of San Jose in the province of Romblon with about five barangays and less than 10,000 inhabitants. 

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Carabao Island reams international standard as its newest destination, Oceans Edge Resort opens up for a redefined luxurious paradise with several facilities from villas, clubhouse and bar lounge, shuttle van, infinity swimming pool, all-natural farm and spa services. 

On top of the sun, sea, sand and serenity totally opposite of Boracay’s life, the island is magnified with simple pleasures of climbing a bent coconut tree, watching the sun rise and listening to the waves. Time passes unnoticed in this tropical paradise of serene beauty.

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

The country’s most famous coconut tree!

Oceans Edge Resort is the flagship development of Oceans 11 Property Development Inc., a real estate company registered in the Philippines specializing in resort development. The Company ventures in 5-star luxury properties in the country. 

Let me give you a virtual tour of the resort.

We arrived at Caticlan, Aklan in the morning. We crossed the water to get to Carabao Island. Then we took a shuttle van to the resort. We were welcomed with this view from the infinity pool and a cocktail drink.

After some chit chat, we were brought to our villas. Oh the beauty, our villa is facing the viewing deck. The resort has three types of villas – garden view, ocean view and cliff villa.

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Let us check out the view from our villa!

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Also, let us check out the clubhouse and the bar lounge.

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Here is the view from the bar lounge.

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Another view from the clubhouse.

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

One more plus point of this resort is because of its inclusive and holistic approach in tourism. The resort highlights and hires native to do minimal services. The owner fully support the welfare of the natives as she believes they too belong in this advocacy.

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Another amazing view is the sunset which can be viewed from our villa.

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

The sunset’s warm light striking the garden view villas.

Oceans Edge Resort Carabao Island

Of course, the resort won’t be as good without the sumptuous food. They have their own organic and all-natural farm and garden from where they get their ingredients, vegetables and fruits. Looks tasty, right?

There are more reason to visit Carabao Island, and definitely Oceans Edge Resort is the best one so book nowOceans Edge Resort, The Next Big Thing near Boracay Island. Discover a hotel that defines the new dimension of luxury, a tropical paradise waiting to be discovered this summer! The unspoilt natural beauty in Carabao Island, Romblon!

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50-Million Campaign for Iloilo MICE Tourism

MICE

ILOILO CITY – A 50-million MICE campaign – “Meet you in Iloilo” – was launched last October 10, 2019 at Iloilo Convention Center led by Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat together with the Iloilo MICE Alliance, Department of Tourism to market Iloilo as a premier MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences/Conventions and Exhibitions) destination in the country.

The launching of “Meet you in Iloilo” campaign is expected to pull in tourists, business investors and exhibitors to one of the progressive and livable cities in the Philippines, Iloilo City, and be recognized as a premier MICE destination in the country.

“The launching of Iloilo as a MICE hub will surely open more opportunities for Iloilo to further boost its tourism industry, drive investments and development, and create jobs,” Senator Drilon said.

Promoting Iloilo as a MICE center is projected to bring significant contributions to the province and the entire region’s development. This campaign includes a handful of promotions and related tourism packages in partnership with different tourism stakeholders in the city. 

The launching of the MICE campaign also highlighted some of the tourism facilities and projects that will surely attract every tourist, local and international.

  • Iloilo convention center
  • an 8-kilometer Esplanade, the longest linear park in the country
  • the 10-lane, 15-km Sen. Benigno Aquino Avenue
  • the 4-lane President Corazon Aquino circumferential road
  • rehabilitated Iloilo River
  •  four museums including the country’s first Museum of Philippine Economic History
  • restoration of heritage buildings along Calle Real
  • restoration of the Iloilo Customs House, or Aduana
  • building the Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge by 2023

For more information, you visit Iloilo MICE Alliance, Department of Tourism at Ground floor, Casa Real de Iloilo (Old Iloilo Provincial Capitol), Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City, Philippines or contact their office through these numbers: (+63 33) 337-5411 / 335-0245 (Telefax). You can also reach them online through an email, secretariat@meetyouiniloilo.com or visit the website, www.meetyouiniloilo.com. #MeetYouInIloilo

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9 Reasons for Iloilo as a MICE Destination

Iloilo

Iloilo – culinary haven, a vibrant festival destination, a cosmopolitan trading port since the turn of the last century, the heart of the Philippines, and so much more.

It’s a fairly easy task to fall in love with Iloilo – a locale steeped in history and rich indigenous culture, yet also an emergent city assuredly making strides toward a sustainable tomorrow, an eclectic marriage of the traditional and the modern. As multifaceted as it is colorful, Iloilo will leave you spellbound by its manifold charms.

Here are 9 reasons why you should consider the “City of Love” as your next MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences/Conventions, Exhibitions) destination.

1. The Heart of the Philippines

Smack dab in the middle of this vibrant archipelago, Iloilo’s strategic location lends its ease of accessibility to most major hubs in both Luzon and Mindanao, as well as being a gateway to multi-cultural Panay Island and the greater Visayas.

2.Steeped in History

Ours is a culture shaped by a rich genteel history and undeniable Spanish influence, as demonstrated by Iloilo’s architectural marvels: from the stately ancestral mansions of the moneyed sugar barons to age-old ornate churches that have stood the test of time. The country’s former textile capital and the Philippines’ most important seaport during the Spanish era – second only to Manila – one only needs to visit Iloilo’s immersive museums to fully fathom the city’s old glory.

3. Food-Lover’s Haven

Satisfy your cravings: From the quintessential Ilonggo batchoy, to seafood freshly plucked from the ocean, to saccharine delicacies that will satisfy any sweet tooth – Iloilo is a gastronomical destination like no other. Iloilo’s sprawling shorelines and serendipitous proximity to the uplands ensures abundant produce from both the land and the sea whole year-round, making it a bountiful playground for chefs and foodies alike.

4. Sunny Shores and Marvelous Mounts

Traced by the Panay Gulf in the east and bordered by the Central Panay Mountain Range in the west, Iloilo and its neighboring provinces has scenic excursions for beachcombers and mountain adventurers alike.

Iloilo

Photo credits: meetyouiniloilo.com

5. Heartfelt Ilonggo Hospitality

Ilonggos, Iloilo’s locals, are known to be a generous and hospitable bunch – it isn’t the “City of Love” for nothing. Hoteliers and restauranteurs in this cosmopolitan destination put a premium on exceptional service to delight guests, but Ilonggos have always been innately warm and outgoing.

6. Beacon of Sustainability

Lauded for numerous successful civic initiatives, sustainability has become the foundation for the mapping and planning of this developing metropolis. The Iloilo River Esplanade first comes to mind, an 8.1-kilometer linear park that traces the banks of its namesake waterway, running along major thoroughfares in the city.

7. Among Southeast Asia’s Safest Place

Iloilo is consistently recognized as one of the safest cities in Southeast Asia by the survey of international online database Numbeo. In 2019, the city landed 8th place, following the ranks of Singapore, Bangkok, and Bali, among others.

8. Seamless Incentives

The tight-knit collaboration of Iloilo’s MICE Alliance seeks to offer a seamless experience, with an across-the-board incentive plan that no other city is likely capable to match – encompassing from confab discounts on domestic airfare, to exclusive hotel perks, and even concessions from major malls and affiliated restaurants. Iloilo promises an unparalleled MICE experience. Giving meeting planners every reason to choose Iloilo as their next MICE venue.

9. International MICE Standards

Iloilo is committed to abide by the tight touchstones of global MICE standards. The city has revealed itself a trailblazer, being one of only a few hubs in the Philippines to have successfully hosted both APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) meetings and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) delegates in 2015 and 2017, respectively.

Iloilo

Photo credits: meetyouiniloilo.com

For more information, you visit Iloilo MICE Alliance, Department of Tourism at Ground floor, Casa Real de Iloilo (Old Iloilo Provincial Capitol), Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City, Philippines or contact their office through these numbers: (+63 33) 337-5411 / 335-0245 (Telefax). You can also reach them online through an email, secretariat@meetyouiniloilo.com or visit the website, www.meetyouiniloilo.com. #MeetYouInIloilo

Source: www.meetyouiniloilo.com

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Iloilo Business Park Transport Hub: Western Visayas’ First Premium P2P Bus Services

Transport Hub

ILOILO CITY, Philippines, July 10, 2019 – Property giant Megaworld is set to open its Transport Hubs this year to serve the requirements of the region’s first Premium P2P service in Iloilo Business Park.

The P350-million Iloilo Business Park Transport Hubs will have two terminals – one for departures and another for arrivals – that will be strategically located along the township’s Megaworld Boulevard, just in front of the Festive Walk Mall.

Transport Hub

Traveller’s Lounge

Each terminal, sitting on a 4,000-square meter lot each, will feature its own Traveler’s Lounge, an airconditioned facility where passengers can relax and wait for their trips at the Departure Terminal, and also wait for their transits or pick-up vehicles at the Arrival Terminal. Each lounge will have shower rooms and toilets, all for the convenience of departing and arriving passengers.

At the Traveler’s Lounge of the Departure Terminal, passengers will also have the convenience of booking and purchasing their tickets at its own Ticketing Booths. It will also have Breastfeeding Stations, and Free WiFi access.

Each terminal will also have its own Food Park where passengers can indulge in wide array for food choices while waiting.

At the second and third level of each terminal, 200 parking slots will be made available for free.

“We aim to provide world-class and convenient service in land transport for the local and international travelers in and out of Iloilo City. Hopefully, this will serve as a model for other transport hubs in the region,” says Jose Arnulfo Batac, head of estate management, Megaworld.

LTFRB Region 6 is rolling out the first Premium Point-to-Point Buses in Western Visayas tomorrow, July 11, with Iloilo Business Park as its main hub in Panay Island.

The project is part of the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), a flagship program spearheaded by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Transport Hub

Ticketing Office

Around 106 P2P buses, equipped with the auto-pay system, will be launched on July 11, serving the following routes: Iloilo Business Park to Iloilo Airport, Iloilo Business Park to Roxas Airport, Iloilo Business Park to Kalibo Airport, and Iloilo Business Park to Caticlan Airport (Boracay), and vice versa.

At the same time, the LTFRB Region 6 will also simultaneously launch other modernized PUVs composed of 365 taxis and 165 jeepneys, which are also equipped with the auto-pay system.

“We thank the LTFRB Region 6 for this partnership, and we hope that we are able to contribute to the success of this modernization campaign for the betterment of the country’s transport industry. All of our townships, especially those in urban centers, serve as convergence points of motorists and commuters. Thus, we integrate transport hubs in our developments to meet the transport needs of the local community,” explains Batac.

Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao District, Iloilo City is a 72-hectare integrated urban township that is home to rows of residential towers, state-of-the-art office towers, the Festive Walk Mall, the 1.1-kilometer Festive Walk Parade, two first-class hotels (Richmonde Hotel Iloilo and Courtyard by Marriott, the Iloilo Convention Center, the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA), and the rising Commercial and Boutique Hotel District.

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The Mansion Introduces The New Tastes at The Pool Club

The Mansion The Pool Club

The Mansion Iloilo stands true to its name featuring an Ilonggo “gracious experience” at a landmark destination in the city. The set of new menu is part of a series of launching after the introduction of The Mansion’s new executive chef, Arnie Pineda, earlier this year.

The Pool Club menu is a collection of flavorful dishes from sandwiches to seafood entrees and the timeless taste of crispy pata. Highlighting a healthy lifestyle, The Mansion is proud to introduce its grilled panini made for vegetarians. Aside from The Pool Club menu, guests can also lavish their cravings at The Lobby Cafe and its sumptuous dishes. Check out the rest of the new tastes below.

The Mansion The Pool Club

Chilled Vietnamese Spring Roll

The Mansion The Pool Club

Beef Shawarma

The Mansion The Pool Club

Crispy Calamari

The Mansion The Pool Club

Fish and Chips

The Mansion The Pool Club

Greek Salad

The Mansion The Pool Club

Grilled Panini Sandwich

The Mansion The Pool Club

Club Sandwich

The Mansion The Pool Club

Sisig Kapampangan

The Mansion The Pool Club

Seafood Platter

The Mansion The Pool Club

Nasi Goreng

The Mansion The Pool Club

Crispy Pata

Truffle Chocolate Cake and Coconut Jelly

About The Mansion: The Mansion Iloilo is one of the most prominent landmarks in Iloilo City–one of the Philippines’ fast-emerging destinations for commerce and tourism. Featuring a unique blend of Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino heritage and architecture, this iconic hotel offers travelers a gracious experience in a landmark destination.

The Mansion offers guests a sentimental charm and a calm respite from the city’s rapidly developing business & entertainment districts. The hotel provides a total of 187 spacious rooms & suites located in its two wings, 5 restaurants, a banquet & events convention center, a full service salon, and an outdoor swimming pool — all within the 1.5-hectare property nestled at the heart of Iloilo City Proper.

The Mansion Iloilo is also just a short drive away from historical sites like the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, Molo Mansion, and Calle Real; Atria Park District, Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park, SM City Iloilo, and the Smallville Complex. Also accessible are ferries to Guimaras, Palawan, Bacolod, CDO, and Cebu; and just 45 minutes away, the Iloilo International Airport offers domestic and direct international flights to Hong Kong and Singapore.

Contact them on the following details:

Web: https://themansion.ph
Address: 101 General Luna St., 5000 Iloilo City, Philippines
Phone Number/s: +63 (033) 335 1021 to 22; +63 (033) 335 1025; +63 (033) 335 1027; +63 (02) 584 4113
Email: reservations@themansion.ph

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Iloilo shines with Banaag Festival 2018’s amazing light show

Banaag Festival

Fresh from being hailed as the Philippines’ Best Municipal Festival at the recently held 2018 Pearl Awards, the highly anticipated 14th Banaag Festival in Anilao, Iloilo drew excited tourists from all over the country who came to witness the much talked about Festival of Lights and the spectacular culminating program that set the night ablaze with beautiful dancing flames last October 31.

Following the symbolic lighting of the torch, which was lead by Iloilo 4th District Congressman Ferjenel “Dok Ferj” Biron, along with Anilao Mayor Lee Ann Debuque and Anilao Vice Mayor Matet Debuque, this year’s Banaag Festival presented fierce and more enchanting cultural presentations of eight competing tribes vying for the coveted Banaag Festival Dance Drama Competition Championship.

Banaag Festival

Lighting of Torch with Senator Cynthia Villa and Iloilo 4th District Congressman Ferjenel “Dok Ferj” Biron, along with Anilao Mayor Lee Ann Debuque and Anilao Vice Mayor Matet Debuque

Banaag Festival is a cultural tradition in Anilao, Iloilo which was inspired by local sentinels during the Spanish era who guarded bamboo watchtowers and warned residents of incoming pirates by lighting the torch as a signal to flee. Thus, the torch became a precious symbol of unity for the Anilaonons, and this beautiful burning light has become the source of pride and inspiration for the people throughout the years.

In the recently concluded 19th Pearl Awards of the Association of Tourism Officers of the Phippines – Department of Tourism (ATOP-DOT) held in Cagayan De Oro earlier this month, Banaag Festival bagged the First Place as Best Tourism Festival (Festival Category, Municipal Level), earning for this Anilaonon tradition its much deserved title as the Philippines’ Best Municipal Festival.

Banaag Festival

A quick media press conference with Iloilo 4th District Congressman Ferjenel “Dok Ferj” Biron, along with Anilao Mayor Lee Ann Debuque and Anilao Vice Mayor Matet Debuque

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My 15 Summer Destination 2018

It is getting hotter each day. Beaches are calling my name from afar. The chills of rural areas are skipping through my bones. This summer, or even this year, even just for a dream, here are some places I want to spend a weekend. They might also be your dream summer destination.

Summer Destination 1: Perth Paradise Resort

-Sipalay, Negros Occidental

1-perth-paradise-sipalay

Photo credits to tuklaserangmatipid.com

Perth Paradise is found in a far town of Negros Occidental – SipalayThe town is an attraction of beautiful beaches stretching from one to the other. Perth Paradise is named after the capital of Western Australia. The beauty of the resort is highlighted by a relaxing infinity pool overlooking to wondrous spots of islands on a sea which creates a scenic beauty I long to behold.

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Hey Sugar Waxing Salon – Post Travel Care for Facial Hair

Well, after having some relaxing moments from a foot spa, let me take you to a totally new experience (at least for me) on a waxing salon. Most of the time, after traveling or fulfilling some duties here and there, I notice the effect of energy-draining errands on my face. My eyes are drooping and my skin feels like I went to war (really!). Realizing this, I will look closer and will see those stubborn facial hairs on my face especially on the lip area.

So I think, at the end of some tiring day, I will get a professional service to deal with my facial hairs. Finally, for the first time, I tried “lip threading” from an established waxing salon in the country – Hey Sugar Waxing Salon. Want to see how it went?

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