Voting for World Luxury Hotel Awards 2018 begins August 1

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Club Paradise Palawan

Club Paradise Palawan, a tropical paradise in beautiful Coron and a premier property owned by Discovery World Corporation and managed by The Discovery Leisure Company, is calling its loyal and satisfied guests, friends and partners to vote for them in the coming World Luxury Hotel Awards 2018.

Voting starts on August 1, 2018 and ends August 31, 2018.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards (WLHA) recognize service excellence and outstanding service delivery. They are considered the “pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry categories as voted by guests, travelers and industry players alike”.

Club Paradise Palawan proudly won two awards from WLHA in 2017 namely Continent Winner in the Luxury Private Island Resort category and Country Winner in the Luxury Family Beach Resort category.

This year, Club Paradise Palawan is vying for the following categories: Luxury Wedding Destination, Luxury Family Beach Resort, and Luxury Private Island Resort.  To show your support, please visit https://luxuryhotelawards.com starting August 1, 2018 to cast your vote.

Club Paradise Palawan is an exclusive island resort in Coron, Palawan along the Biosphere Reserve of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It boasts of pristine white sand beaches, charming accommodations, delightful international cuisine and colourful, rich marine life. Guests can engage in a variety of exciting outdoor activities or simply relax to take in the calming sights and sounds of paradise.

For more information, visit https://clubparadisepalawan.com.

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5 travel fails to avoid

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Traveling is such a wonderful thing! It helps you appreciate different cultures and teaches you so many lessons that aren’t taught in the classroom. But to make each trip truly meaningful, you have to prepare very well for it.

But even seasoned travelers may run into unforeseen setbacks. Here is a list of common travel fails and what to do in case you find yourself in one.

  1. Missed flight or other modes of transportation

Missing your flight or other transfers can be very stressful and costly as it can change your itinerary. But don’t panic! Find out your options, such as travel alternatives to your destination.

Be flexible, too! Know your schedule to give yourself ample time to prepare. While it’s good to have an itinerary, it’s also helpful to have a flexible schedule so you can immediately adjust to unforeseen circumstances.

  1. Lost luggage

Make your luggage easily identifiable by adding some personal touches, like a luggage cover protector or bag tags with your name and address. If the airline loses your luggage, report it immediately. Have the basic necessities and at least one set of clothes in your carry-on bag to tide you over as you wait for your luggage. If the airline is unable to recover your bag, your travel insurance can help.

Make travel insurance a part of your travel checklist. Get protection from Smart Traveller of Charter Ping An. Not only will it provide protection for your personal belongings, it also comes with a wide range of benefits, including 24-hour medical assistance, personal accident coverage, liability and personal safety coverage, and even refunds for unexpected expenses. Application is easy! Visit the AXA website (www.axa.com.ph/charterpingan/smart-traveller) and choose the ideal coverage for your trip. Eligible applicants must hold Philippine identification documents like birth certificate, long-term visa pass, dependent or student pass, and employment certificate for adults 18 to 70 years old.

  1. Luggage overload

Lugging  heavy suitcases as you chase after a bus or train or try to catch your flight makes travel more difficult, stressful, and even costly because it could mean paying extra for excess baggage. Pack light by choosing clothes that are suitable for any situation and occasion. Bring only the most essential. Have your toiletries in miniature containers and carry your jacket instead of putting it in your bag.

  1. Lost/missing travel documents

Travelers who are rushing may misplace things like passports or other important documents. When that happens, remember to keep calm and immediately ask for assistance from the nearest embassy or consulate. Keep electronic and paper copies of your passport and other necessary documents with you, and constantly check your valuables wherever you go.

  1. Cash shortage

Having cash is the easiest way to pay for things when traveling, but if you’re not careful, you can run low on cash before the end of your trip. To make your cash last long, bring a refillable water container so you don‘t have to buy bottled water, or shop at local stores for affordable and authentic local cuisines. Create a daily budget for your trip and stick to it. Have a credit card for emergencies.

Traveling is a good investment. Enjoy a hassle-free vacation and always be protected by availing of Smart Traveller now. For more information, visit http://www.axa.com.ph.

Filigree bags awards at the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2018

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Filigree, a luxury real estate brand in the country, adds two plum honors from the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2018 to its roster of industry recognitions: the Best Residential Development of the Philippines Award for The Enclave Alabang, its first horizontal project, and a five-star rating for Best Apartment Philippines Award for Botanika Nature Residences, one of its upscale condominium developments.

These awards are further testaments of Filigree’s unwavering vision to set the standard in luxury real estate in the country. “We’re very honored to be recognized by a prestigious award giving body such as Asia Pacific Property Awards. This further inspires us to take the Filigree brand to even greater heights,” says Kate Ilagan, Filigree head. “We want to continue to live up to Filigree’s promise of redefining luxurious, modern living by embracing distinction.”

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Filigree’s The Enclave Alabang is a 13-hectare masterplanned, exclusive, green-oriented village in the South. Its sought-after address, on top of its luxurious, tropical modern design that complements its verdant expanse, and the exacting craftmanship employed are but some of the attributes that led to its recognition.

Botanika Nature Residences, meanwhile, is a mid-rise, low-density condominium complex comprised of three towers with garden-inspired amenities in the most quiet portion of Filinvest City, Alabang. Its commitment to sustainable, green living—further cemented by its three-star BERDE rating for design from the Philippine Green Building Council—its iconic leaf-shaped structure, as well as its first-class amenities make it truly best in the market.

Known as the largest, most prestigious program throughout the region, the recently concluded Asia Pacific Property Awards 2018 was held in Bangkok, Thailand. Participating properties are judged by an independent panel of 80 industry experts, focusing on design, quality, service, innovation, originality, and commitment to sustainability.

The top winners in each region will automatically be entered into the overall international awards, culminating in a glittering awards ceremony to be held at the Savoy Hotel, London in December 2018.

Our Rich Filipino Cuisine and Culture at Islas Pinas

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Delicious regional Filipino cuisine and our rich culture and heritage was the main course during the launch of Islas Pinas, an indoor Filipino Food and Heritage Village and a new, distinct destination for both local and international guests, at the DoubleDragon Plaza, DD Meridian Park, Macapagal Avenue corner EDSA Extension, Bay Area, Pasay City, Metro Manila.

Conceptualized to showcase the abundance and vibrancy of the Filipino culture, this new establishment lets guests discover, explore and experience the Philippines’s heritage sites, natural resources, hospitality and most importantly, its cuisine—all under one roof.

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The launch was made more special by the impressive cultural dance performances by the Sindaw Philippines Performing Arts Guild who showcased the tinikling, Ifugao Banga dance, and La Jota Manila, against the beautiful backdrop of mini-replica of the Ifugao Rice Terraces.

It’s through the collaboration of DoubleDragon Group and Chef Margarita Forés that Islas Pinas came to life, with the aim to inspire love for the Philippines and to cultivate patriotism by showcasing the country’s beautiful sites and diverse regional cuisines. With a seating capacity of over 700 seats in an expansive 2,500 square meter space, Islas Pinas is the perfect place to give visitors a taste of the best that the Philippines has to offer through the following sections:

SINAG, the Tagalog word for ‘ray of light’ offers all-day Filipino breakfast favourites; ALAMAT or legend, tells the story of the different regions of the Philippines through its signature dishes; BILAO is coined after the woven winnowing basket where comfort snacks are usually served; PANADERYA offers neighborhood bakery favorites; TUSOK-TUSOK, on the other hand, offers urban street food; PANULAK or beverage is where the samalamig (cold drinks with different flavors) will be available. Lastly, PAMPANG or shore will allow guests to enjoy chosen fresh catch cooked to their preference.

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“DoubleDragon has always believed in embarking on projects with relevance. We believe Islas Pinas will be a landmark in the country, and will showcase the diversity not only of our cuisine and handicrafts but also our landscape and architecture brought about by the rich heritage and culture of the country,” says

DoubleDragon’s chief investment officer Hannah Yulo.

At the helm of this project is none other than Asia’s Best Female Chef of 2016, Margarita A. Forés whose mission is to bring Filipino cuisine to global prominence. Thus, Islas Pinas is a vision coming to life for her, where Filipino food is not just on the sidelines but at the centerstage.

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“This is an absolute dream project for me that has come at such a perfect time,” said Forés. “I give my thanks to then Undersecretary of Agriculture, now Secretary of Tourism Berna R. Puyat, for putting me together with the DoubleDragon group, who was looking for someone to operate this amazing Islas Pinas project about half a year ago. This fast-tracked such a blessed opportunity to continue pushing my biggest advocacy – that of helping to promote the best our country – our cuisine, ingredients, farers, artisan producers and home cooks from Batanes to Jolo – in the best way I can!”

It is her aim for guests to experience the Philippines with their five senses and beyond. Thus, aside from the culinary delights and a picturesque interior design by Lara Fernandez Barrios of architecture, interior, and design firm, Larawan Ink, the venue will also feature modern and traditional cultural performances and games to ensure a fun and truly Pinoy ambiance.

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Filinvest Mimosa+: Revitalizing leisure destinations up north

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With exceptional amenities set amidst an abundance of greens, Filinvest Mimosa+ Leisure City, the newest integrated township in the north, is fast-becoming the preferred destination for vacations in Clark, Pampanga.

Centerpiece attractions

The sophisticated Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark and the award-winning Mimosa Golf Course—all harmoniously co-existing with rich flora and mature trees in the estate—are considered the current centerpiece attractions on Filinvest Mimosa+’s well-maintained 201-hectare expanse. As they collectively preserve the impressive Filinvest Mimosa+ environment, these two tourism-oriented properties continuously attract visitors seeking fine accommodations or a challenging round of golf.

The premium Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark

In keeping with Filinvest Mimosa+’s commitment to be the top leisure destination in the north, the Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark is now undergoing extensive renovations to maintain its world-class status. But more than this, the hotel is a favorite for staycations with their well-appointed rooms, the signature Mequeni restaurant, where guests can indulge in some of the most famous Kapampangan dishes, the Charley’s Bar, where guests can choose from a wide selection of craft cocktails, wines, and champagnes, as well as the swimming pool which has become every kid’s favorite. Villa living is also taken to the next level at Filinvest Mimosa+ with its two new opulent Grand Villas, each offering three bedrooms, a living area, grand bathroom, and private swimming pool that overlooks the estate’s greeneries. For an even more luxurious and personalized experience, a personal butler is assigned to each villa.

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The Mimosa Golf Course and its attractive promo packages

The Mimosa Golf Course of two par-72, 18-hole courses cover a total over 150 hectares, more than half of the whole estate. This legendary golf course has played host to a number of prestigious tournaments and top golfers, including Tiger Woods. As a membership-free golf course, it continues to attract a strong base of returning guests of varying skill sets, as they enjoy every challenging hole. Every month, the club also offers irresistible golf promotions including a sumptuous weekend brunch by the greens.

 

One of these is the Mimosa Summer Swing package—available until July 31, 2018, with rates that start at Php 6,550.00. The Mimosa Summer Swing package offers an activity-filled summer vacay for the whole family. This includes a stay at the Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark, green fee for 18-holes golf play at the Mimosa Golf Course, consumable food and beverage at the Q by Mimosa, and access to the pool and other hotel amenities.

The verdant Acacia Park

Another point of pride of Filinvest Mimosa+ is the newly developed nature sanctuary called the Acacia Park. Located just across the Quest Hotel and Conference-Clark, it is a place for respite that features a verdant landscaping with a profusion of trees and gazebos where one can sit down and relish the relaxing environs. It is a perfect spot for having a picnic and even for stargazing. Families and friends can also enjoy more outdoor and recreational activities as Filinvest Mimosa+ purposely integrated foliage-canopied walking paths and bike lanes in its progressive masterplan. The Acacia Park—where fresh air and clear skies can be savored—marks the beginning of Filinvest’s vision to transform the Mimosa estate into a green township.

A masterplan like no other

Other exciting future attractions at Filinvest Mimosa+ is the $200-million world-class integrated gaming complex, a lifestyle mall and an al fresco retail strip that will offer specialty boutiques and unique dining concepts, and a sprawling Events Grounds and the Mimosa+ Events Pavilion that are set to host some of the country’s biggest music festivals, summits, and conferences.

As Filinvest Mimosa+ progressively works toward putting all four components—leisure, business, nature, and hospitality and residence—in place, no doubt, it will soon be the premier destination in the north.

To learn more about the many exciting things that Filinvest Mimosa+ has to offer along with all coming developments, visit its official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MimosaPlus/.

Coron: The Best Island in the World

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Coron is a municipality located in Palawan, Philippines. It comprise of the eastern half of Busuanga Island, all of Coron Island and about 50 other minor islets stretching as far as Tara Island in the north-east and Canipo Island in the south. All these islands are part of the Calamian Archipelago in Northern Palawan.

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We booked a tour to see for ourselves why is Coron so popular among tourists. We booked a 4 days 3 nights stay in the island courtesy of a travel agency so there’s no hassle in touring.

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We arrived in Coron at 8 in the morning and the first leg of our tour will start at 3 PM so we have a lot of time to rest. We stayed at Residencia Hotel, not the biggest hotel but definitely comfortable and accomodating.

At exactly 3PM our tourist van arrived and we will be having a town tour just for us to familiarize the town we will be in the next days.

We went around town, the souvenir shop, St. Augustine Church, we climbed Mt. Tapyas and relaxed in Maquinit Hot Spring.

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On the 2nd day is the Coron Island Tour, we went to the famous Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, Beach 91 and went snorkelling to places which I forgot the name but there are plenty of corals and there’s a shipwreck.

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And on the 3rd day we went Island Hopping. I must say this is the best day of our tour coz I love the beaches. We went to Malcapuya Island, Banana Island and Bulog Dos Island.

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Now I know why Coron is very famous not just in the Philippines but in the whole world. It has the best beaches I’ve ever been to, it has the clearest waters as in super pure, and the nature trip with its wide forests. I wanna go back here if ever I have a chance because this is one place that I surely love!

What I Love To Do In Pampanga

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Pampanga is a province in the central region of the Philippines. It is located north of Manila and its capital is San Fernando, in Pampanga is Angeles City and was considered as a highly urbanized and first class city.

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Deca Wakeboard Park in Lubao is where I always wanted to go in Pampanga.

Wakeboarding is a sport which involves riding a wakeboard over a surface of body of water.

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I also love going to Clark! It is a former air force base in the Philippines but now it is redeveloped as the Clark Freeport Zone. There are a lot of restaurants and hotel casino there, such a highly urbanized place.

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And lastly, I love going to Poracay a resort in Porac Pampanga where there is a lot of activities like the zipline, kayaking, and a lot more.

I also heard of Fontana Resort but I havent been there so next time I’ll update you if I will have a chance to go there.