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Playa Laiya Beach Club for a Quick Beach Getaway

Playa Laiya Beach Club

I love the beach, and the idea of enjoying the sun, sand and sea in just a matter of hours from Manila is a welcome idea. That’s why I immediately agreed to going to Playa Laiya Beach Club for a quick getaway. From Makati, it only took us 3 hours going to the resort. Located in San Juan, Batangas, Playa Laiya Beach Club is actually part of an exclusive residential community development by Landco Pacific Corporation. The resort actually serves as the “club house” of the residents, but is also open to the public for day tour. Of course, not everyone can just walk in and use the resort facilities. I’m guessing the management wants to control the flow of people. That’s actually a good thing, because otherwise it’ll get crowded. You can’t enjoy a beach if there’s too many people, can you? At Playa Laiya Beach Club, you enjoy ...

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Boracay Experience for the Very First Time

Cherishing the Boracay Experience

Yep, that trip via 2Go Travel was my Boracay experience for the very first time. I always wanted to visit one of the world’s most beautiful beach, but my attempts didn’t pan out. We arrived Boracay past 7am and from there headed to Casa Pilar Beach Resort, probably one of the best beach resorts in Boracay. The first few hours was like a dream as I only get to see this beautiful island in pictures, videos, and on TV. We arrived too early at Casa Pilar which will be our home for our stay at Boracay. We decided to roam around until we can check in at the resort. Good thing the place is just a few walks away to the beach. The moment I saw the clear waters, the white sand and the beautiful horizon, I was smitten by Boracay. As we walk along the shores, I saw a ...

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Going to Boracay via 2Go Travel is a Unique Experience

2Go Travel's M/V Saint Ignatius of Loyola

We all want unique experiences when traveling, and recently, I had just that. I went to Boracay via 2Go Travel with other media guests on the 1st day of October. Naturally, the trip took longer than when on a plane but it’s one of the best I ever had. It’s not my first time to travel on board a ship. As a matter of fact, I grew up riding a ship whenever I’d go on vacation to our province in Masbate. But the memories of those trips were not worthy of a recall. The boat is smelly, the food yucky and as a kid, I’m not allowed to roam around. Bummer, I know! From Manila, we took a 4-hour bus ride to Batangas Port. We boarded 2Go’s M/V Saint Ignatius of Loyola which took about 10 hours to get to Caticlan. Going to Boracay via 2Go Travel was never a ...

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JuanTeamPH wins Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2016

#JFFJuanTeamPH Wins the Cebu Pacific Juan For Fun Backpacker Challenge 2016

After 7 straight days of endless adventures in the Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2016, #JFFJuanTeamPH was declared the winner. The team hailing from Bacolod is this year’s Ultimate Backpackers receiving the most awesome prize – a Travel-All-You-Can pass. At the culminating event held at the Plaza of Newport Mall in Resorts World Manila on June 29th, teammates Glenn Layola, Audrey Ramos and John Ray Blance together with their adventure coach TV host and VJ Robi Domingo has the best reaction ever when the announcement was made. It’s a sweet victory that everyone would love to have. Each member is entitled to as many free flights to domestic and international short-haul destinations as they want within one year. They also win gift certificates from Cebu Pacific’s partner brands Tripologie travel store, Merrel shoes, and Boreas travel bags. #JFFJuanTeamPH competed against 4 other university students and traveled to exotic destinations ...

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Complimentary Star City Tickets for Hotel Jen Manila Guests

Hotel Jen Manila Super-STAR Promotion

Hotel Jen is all about being fun and adventurous. The hotel is giving two (2) complimentary ride-all-you-can tickets to Star City to hotel guests. That’s right, book at Hotel Jen Manila from now until July 31, 2016 and avail the Super-STAR promotion. What’s with Star City? If you’re not aware, it’s an amusement park with attractions and rides for all ages. Enter the Snow World to experience real snow and the biggest snow slide in the Philippines. You can also visit the Neverland in Star City’s Peter Pan attraction. Or if you’re into hair-raising adventure, explore “Gabi ng Lagim” where you enter haunted houses and encounter zombies, witches, goblins and other terrifying sights. If you’re looking for thrilling ride like me, you should ride the Star Frisbee. You’ll swung to dizzying heights while the outward facing seats spin around. Or maybe the Star Flyer,  an inverted roller coaster. You’ll know how it feels like ...

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Asia World Hospitality conducts first Certified Hospitality Educator course in the Philippines

Certified Hospitality Educator Attendees

Asia World Hospitality, the official partner of the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, had its first-ever Certified Hospitality Educator course in the Philippines. Over 50 faculty members representing De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, Lyceum of the Philippines University, University of Santo Tomas, Our Lady of Fatima University, Cagayan de Oro College – PHINMA Education, University of Iloilo – PHINMA Education and Woosung University of Korea attended the series of intensive workshops. American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) contributes to develop Hospitality Educators in line with Asian and International Standards. The Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) course was conducted by Fr. Robert Steele, a Catholic priest from the Diocese of Auckland. Fr. Steele is currently a program leader and a senior lecturer in AUT University, School of Hospitality and Tourism in Auckland, New Zealand. He has 30-year experience in the field of hospitality. The AHLEI developed the ...

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Cebu Pacific Sends Off Young Adventurers for Juan for Fun 2016

Juan for Fun Backpackers Challenge is on

As of this writing, the Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpackers Challenge 2016 is already ongoing. I attended the send-off on June 22nd for the five competing teams. Five teams with 3 members each are vying for this year’s Ultimate Backpacker title. The winners will take home a Travel-All-You-Can pass, the biggest prize yet since the challenge was launched by the airline. This is the 5th year of the Juan for Fun backpacking challenge. For seven days from June 23-29, the teams will have to take on as many exciting experiences in their adventures within their travel allowance worth Php35,000. The thoughts of visiting popular tourist destinations, historical sites and sampling local delicacies comes to mind. Discovering new spots would be even better. Juan for Fun Travel Trios The Juan for Fun travel trios were chosen among the hundreds of hopefuls who sent in their entries. The annual challenge is ...

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Discover Independence with The Discovery Leisure Company

Discover Independence with The Discovery Leisure Company

Having a vacation is liberating. It sets me free from stress and workload, even for a short period of time. Of course, new experiences give me the freedom to explore. If you want to continue the quest for freedom, be it in the city or in an island, you better check out The Discovery Leisure Company’s Discover Independence deals. This homegrown hospitality group helps you travel just the way you want to. Book online at http://www.discoveryhotels-resorts.com/discover-independence and use the promo code: FREEDOM from 12 to 19 June 2016 and get as much as 50% savings on room rates for stays until October. You can choose to break free at either Ortigas or Makati, perfect for foodie adventures and retail therapy for the cosmopolitan you. After a day of shopping at the nearby Megamall or The Podium, retreat to any of Discovery Suites’ rooms for half the price, starting at PHP ...

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