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He sends roses even after death

Posted in Celebrations by Erineus on February 15, 2009

RED roses were her favorites, her name was also Rose. And every year her husband sent them, tied with pretty bows.

The year he died, the roses were delivered to her door. The card said, “Be my Valentine,”
like all the years before.”

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Each year he sent her roses, and the note would always say, “I love you even more this year, than last year on this day. My love for you will always grow, with every passing year.”

She knew this was the last time that the roses would appear.

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He ordered roses in advance before Valentine’s Day. Her loving husband did not know, that he would pass away. She trimmed the stems, and placed them in a very special vase.

Then, sat the vase beside the portrait of his smiling face.

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A year went by, and it was hard to live without her mate. Then, the very hour, as on Valentine’s before, the doorbell rang, and there were roses, sitting by her door. She brought the roses in, and then just looked at them in shock.

She went to get the telephone, to call the florist shop.

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The owner answered, and she asked him if he would explain, Why would someone do this to her, causing her such pain? “I know your husband passed away, more than a year ago.”

The owner said, “I knew you’d call, and you would want to know.”

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“The flowers you received today, were paid for in advance. Your husband always planned ahead. There is a standing order, and he has paid well in advance; you’ll get them every year.

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“There also is another thing that I think you should know. He wrote a special little
card. Should I find out that he’s no longer here, that card should be sent to you the following year.”

She thanked him and hung up the phone, her tears now flowing hard. Her fingers shaking, as she slowly reached to get the card.

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Inside the card, she saw a note he had written to her, which said: “Hello my love, I know it’s been a year since I’ve been gone, I hope it hasn’t been too hard for you to overcome.

“I know it must be lonely, and the pain is very real.

“I want you to be happy, even when you shed your tears. That is why the roses will
be sent to you for years.”

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“The roses will come every year, and they will only stop when your door is not answered, when the florist stops to knock. He will come five times that day, in case you have gone out.

“But after his last visit, he will know without a doubt, to take the roses to the place, where I’ve instructed him. And place the roses where we are… together once again.”

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The above story written by an unknown author conveys how beautiful a marriage is that’s nurtured by love, thoughtfulness, and fidelity… which goes even beyond the grave.

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For me, the story’s parallel and inspiring message is to see couples growing old together gracefully and faithfully, possibly seeing the blessed day they’ll celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary and perhaps even farther. That would be a marriage made in heaven.

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THE LIGHTER SIDE. A girl wrote a Valentine’s card to her boyfriend? She said: “If you marry me, I will be faithful to you till eternity.”

At the bottom was a postcript (PS): “I want your answer on Saturday otherwise I’ll look for another guy.” (Faithful till eternity?).

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IRRESISTIBLE. Johnny has been a charitable, God-fearing man so one day the Lord told him, “As a fitting reward, ask three wishes and I’ll grant you.”

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“First, I want billion.” Poof! There’s a flash, and a paper with a Swiss bank account number appears in Johnny’s hand.

“Next, I want a Ferrari.” Poof! Another blinding flash, and shiny Ferrari is parked next to him.

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“Finally,” Johnny says, “I want to be irresistible to women.” Poof! There’s another flash, and Johnny turns into a box of chocolates.

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For inquiries, e-mail: belsvd@yahoo.com.

By Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD

9 songs

Posted in Celebrations, Music, Rest and Liesure by Erineus on February 14, 2009

I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day, to be honest. And when it comes to music, the typical Pinoy tendency towards saccharine sentimentality somehow manages to get kicked up a notch (in Spinal Tap terms, it goes up to 11) during this season of pink candy hearts and overpriced flowers.

Luckily, an article by Edwin Sallan —entitled “Can’t Stand Losing You”—reminded me that there should be more to this day, music-wise, than the usual sappy crap. “With so much great music out there, do you really want to be humming along to the greatest hits of Michael Bolton and Celine Dion at this time every year?” he asks, before listing fourteen songs as “alternative soundtracks for Valentine’s Day.”

Here’s my alternative soundtrack for Valentine’s Day—nine songs, instead of fourteen. I’d like to claim it’s a play on the Michael Winterbottom movie of the same name, or a play on the year we’re in (nine songs for 2009), but really, it’s just because I’m frakkin’ lazy. Besides, I hated that movie.

1. Paper Moon. “What Are You Going To Do With Me?”

Not being a teenager any more, I should be immune to this song’s charms: the ostensibly shy but actually forward female persona, the giddy guitar lines and perky bloops and beeps, the sha-la-la’s, that does-he-or-doesn’t-he vibe of maybe-love that pop-rock can capture so well. Needless to say, it charms me anyway. And I love the line “I can give you a clue if you give me a try.”

2. Dinosaur Jr. “I Live For That Look.”

J Mascis sings like a wounded weasel and his lyrics kind of stumble all over themselves like drunks, but his awesome guitar growl and pop chops cannot be denied. He has never sounded more happy-hopeful than on this song, which I kind of assume is a love song (“Hey, I live for that look”), but as with any Dinosaur Jr. track, it’s a little hard to tell.

3. Bagetsafonik. “Clarity (Remix by N:ua).”

“I’ll be your guiding star.” A beautiful electronic reimagining of an already-strong song. Dreamlike yet sharp, touching but not cloying, I listened to this over and over last year and I’m still loving it. (You can get the whole Travel Agents remix album at http://qed.acid42.bluechronicles.net).

4. Colin Blunstone. “Say You Don’t Mind.”

A simple, sweet, strings-driven thing, from the solo career of a member of The Zombies. Sounds remarkably fresh, especially considering that it came out before I was even born. And that, you know, it was sung by a Zombie.

5. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. “(I’ll Love You) Till The End Of The World.”

“It was a miracle I even got outta Longwood alive,/ This town fulla men with big mouths and no guts,/ I mean, if you can just picture it,/ The whole third floor of the hotel gutted by the blast,/ And the street below showered in shards of broken glass,/ And all the drunks pourin’ outta the dance halls,/ Starin’ up at the smoke and the flames,/ And the blind pencil seller wavin’ his stick,/ Shoutin’ for his dog that lay dead on the side of the road.” It doesn’t sound like a love song, does it? It sounds like an apocalyptic freakout, is what it sounds like. But believe me, this is one of the most romantic numbers on this list, especially when Nick Cave hits the chorus with his deep dark gravedigger voice. Thank you, girl.

6. Aztec Camera. “The Gentle Kind.”

My love for Aztec Camera marks me forever as a child of the 80s. “Somewhere In My Heart,” horn-blasts and all, is the usual favorite, but I prefer this one, from the Stray album —a little quieter but no less catchy, with simple, sincere sentiments that have not diminished over the years. “Took my hand, said nothing much/ No lesson learned, just a gentle touch/ And I am coming round,/ I am coming round again.”

7. Pet Shop Boys. “Liberation.”

The Pet Shop Boys are sometimes depicted as clever smirking songsmiths dripping with irony —this is largely because unlike most pop stars, they are genuinely intelligent (and yes, they do sometimes slip into that scathingy satirical mode once in a while). But they’ve also crafted some of the most straightforward, quietly joyous, heart-melting songs ever —like this one.

8. Ciudad. “Until It’s Cool.”

Sad words, soaring tune. Ciudad may have “abandoned their happy-happy-joy-joy way of writing songs” (according to their MySpace), but they have become the masters of sugarcoating the bitterness of failed love. You’ll be singing along to the heartbreak.

9. Blue Sky Black Death + Jean Grae. “Away With Me.”

“We could be forever, see whatever we make bloom/ Just afraid I could be playing out a replay tune.” Sweetly hypnotic, sexy yet sincere: this song’s a real killer. And for anyone out there who might still retain any doubts about hip-hop being able to strike you straight in the heart, just get a load of this. Jean Grae gives it to you straight — hopes and fears, love and tears. And it doesn’t get more direct than “What’s best for me never seems to ever be what’s next to me/ Exception: you.”

Drop by Mag:Net Katipunan tonight, February 14, at 8:30 if you want to catch singing, piano-playing sensation Isha perform songs for “14 Lovers.” Send questions and comments to Luis atthekingofnothingtodo@yahoo.com.

Author: Luis katigbak

A lot to love on month of love at Island Cove

Posted in Celebrations, Dating, Hotels/Restaurants/Bars, Resort and Park, Rest and Liesure, Tourism by Erineus on February 13, 2009

February is not just the month of hearts at Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park. It also happens to be the 11th anniversary of the resort.

Because of these two special occasions, Island Cove is determined to give its patrons a month of unforgettable events, special packages and irresistible promotions.

Experience a romantic escape at the hotel in Island Cove. From Feb. 13 to 15, take advantage of the Experience Romance package for only P6,143.

Island Cove is committed to making its guests’ stay an incredible experience. The package includes a Mediterranean-inspired superior room, scented candle set-up in the bathtub, a box of pralines, a bottle of wine, romantic dinner for two at the Sangley Point restaurant patio, a romantic carriage ride while being serenaded by the Los Trios, and breakfast in bed for two.

On top of that, guests will also get body massage for two, free entrance to the Oceania Water Park, use of the hotel pool and Jacuzzi, complimentary bottled water, and unlimited Wi-Fi access in any of Island Cove’s Wi-Fi zones.

Want to forget your worries, especially on the eve and day of hearts? Avail yourself of the Laughter and Hits Hotel Concert package for only P9,000.

This package, to be offered only on Feb. 13, includes a superior room accommodation, a Valentine’s dinner concert for two, breakfast in bed for two, scented candle set-up in the bathtub, a box of pralines, a bottle of wine, body massage for two, free entrance to the Oceania Water Park, use of the hotel pool and Jacuzzi, complimentary bottled water and unlimited Wi-Fi access. Guest can also avail themselves of this package without the dinner for two during the concert for only P7,600.

Island Cove is celebrating its 11th year in the hotel and resort industry on Feb. 20. On this day, it is offering a special anniversary package for only P 2,011, inclusive of room accommodation for two adults and two children, entrance to the Oceania Water Park, use of the hotel pool and Jacuzzi, complimentary bottled water, unlimited Wi-Fi access, discounted Animal Island entrance fee, use of the electric tram, and a gift.

Interested in a day trip or a night-out down south?

On Feb. 13, watch the “Laughter and Hits” Valentine’s concert at the Tejeros Grand Ballroom for P2,500 with dinner and P1,500 without dinner. The concert will feature Rico J. Puno, Richard Merck, Marco Sison, and Jenine Desiderio.

Partake of the buffet dinner on Valentine’s Day at the Fishing Village for only P450 for adults and P380 for kids.

Also, don’t miss the regional food festival and cultural show at the Fishing Village every Sunday of February.

Island Cove has been known to be the pioneer in the tourism industry with respect to the introduction of a multitude of attractions that lure both local and foreign visitors.

Facilities available to its guests are the Oceania Water Park, Animal Island, Island Songs KTV, Adventure Activity Zone, Fishing Village, and the Island Spa.

Island Cove’s other well-loved trademarks include the outdoor giant chess set, the playground, and the Concert Park.

Island Cove is an ISO 9001:2000-certified and a triple “A” accredited resort by the Department of Tourism. Located in the historic town of Kawit in Cavite, this 36-hectare Mediterranean-inspired island is only 45 minutes away from Metro Manila.

For more information, log on to www.islandcovephil.com or call (02) 810-7878.

Column: Tourism
Source: Philippine StarDate:Updated January 30, 2009 12:00 AM

More Valentine treats

Posted in Celebrations, Dating, Hotels/Restaurants/Bars, Rest and Liesure, Tourism by Erineus on February 13, 2009

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Experience a romantic world of affordable luxury and limitless indulgence in this season of hearts. Check out Genesis Hotels & Resorts Corp.’s managed properties that are strategically located in various lifestyle zones to suit your needs.

Have a fabulous Hearts Day at the brand new A.Venue Hotel Suites on Makati Avenue in Makati City. Be a world-class lover as you treat your special someone to an unforgettable, intimate Valentine get-together in a cozy one-bedroom suite for only P6,555 net per night and enjoy the following perks: complimentary buffet breakfast for two, special fresh rose for your partner, complimentary bottle of sparkling wine, special set dinner menu of your choice, and bottled mineral water replenished daily.

Also enjoy other perks such as newspaper in the room, use of the infinity pool and fitness center, allotted parking space overnight and late checkout the following day up to 2 p.m. with no extra charge.

The room package is available on Feb. 12-15.

Feast on the Day of Hearts and sample specially prepared Valentine dinner set menus at Granvia Café. The set menus start at P1,350++ per person and above, inclusive of a complimentary glass of red or white wine or champagne.

When in the Ortigas Business District, try out the Astoria Plaza on J. Escriva Drive. Enjoy a sweet break with your loved one as you nestle in the comfort of a one-bedroom suite for only P6,650 net, inclusive of buffet breakfast for two, a bottle of wine and a relaxing massage for the couple.

If you wish, dine on Feb. 13 and 14 at the hotel’s 35th floor and indulge in a five-course meal paired with wine and liquor for P1,299++.

Want to get away from city life and try something different? Hie off to cool Tagaytay City for that intimate Valentine weekend. Check in at One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites and avail yourself of cozy deluxe room accommodations, breakfast and dinner for two with a glass of wine — all for only P5,600 net. Couples who check in get surprise gifts with freshly baked goodies from Rowena’s Delicacies and a chance to win on-the-spot raffle prizes courtesy of the A.Venue Hotel Suites in Makati and Outback Steakhouse. The room package is available on Feb. 13-14.

Mount Malarayat Hotel and Suites welcomes its guests to its exclusive grounds in Lipa City, Batangas. Its renowned golf course and mountain range views provide the perfect backdrop to superb Valentine accommodations.

Have a private and intimate Valentine holiday in a deluxe room with set breakfast and Valentine dinner for two for only P4,800++ per room per night.

Bellarocca in Marinduque is in the pipeline among Genesis’ distinctly managed properties as it offers locals as well as foreigners the ultimate island getaway.

Bellarocca is located off the southern coast of Marinduque. Its luxury villas (most with its own infinity pools and Jacuzzis), spas, wellness center, and other resort-hotel amenities complete the luxury package that await the “rich and famous” in this island paradise.

The buildings are painted in immaculate white, perched on Bellarocca Island’s 300-foot cliffs and hilly terrain. This makes Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa a mirror image of the famous island of Santorini in Greece — with a big difference. Because it is a tropical island, Bellarocca, unlike Santorini, is luxuriantly green. Its arriving guests will approach the island in a dramatic way, on board a luxury yacht, beholding the island’s promise of luxury, relaxation, beach activities, and unadulterated “this-is-my-island” feel and excitement.

For more information, call (+632) 635-5588 or 634-3784 or check out all Genesis-managed properties at www.genesishotels.com.


Spend a romantic evening with your loved ones at the Executive Plaza Hotel. Avail yourself of the affordable rate of P2,800 net for double or twin occupancy with breakfast for two.

Ka Chika Coffee Bar and Restaurant at the lobby level of the hotel offers a romantic lunch or dinner date with the Drink of the Month — Love Passion Drink (P175), mesmerizing cherry strawberry with vodka.

Valentine temptations are tenderloin steak cooked in Forestiere sauce, sautéed and buttered mixed garden vegetables in season with steamed pandan rice, and grilled tuna steak with lemon butter sauce and buttered garden vegetables in season served with steamed pandan rice.

A special memorabilia exclusive only from the Executive Plaza Hotel awaits couples once they avail themselves of any of these Valentine specials.

The promo is valid for the whole month of February. For reservations or inquiries, call 523-1000.

The Executive Plaza Hotel is located at 1630 A. Mabini st., Malate, Manila.

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Valentine’s Day is big in Manila! Heart-shaped chocolates, petit fours and cakes with “I Love You” written in icing fill the shelves of the Peninsula Boutique at the Peninsula Manila. It is a day for sparkling glasses of champagne and candlelit dinners.

Whether it’s an elegant meal in Old Manila or your favorite pizza or pasta in Mi Piace, celebrate it with candles, wine or champagne at the Peninsula Manila and fall in love all over again.

Valentine gift ideas at the Peninsula Boutique are: miniature truffle box, P260++; small red box with truffles, P710++; medium red box with truffles, P820++; big red box with truffles, P910++; big chocolate heart with truffles, P1,050++; medium chocolate heart with truffles, P750++; and six-piece chocolate box with truffles, P350++.

For inquiries or orders, call the Peninsula Manila at 887-2888 local 6769 or 6771 (Peninsula Boutique).

What’s Valentine without flowers? Place your orders for the most beautiful blooms at the Peninsula Flower Shop (extension 3551).

Say “I Love You” with a romantic Valentine getaway until Feb. 15. Room rates are: superior room, P7,500++; deluxe room, P8,500++; grand deluxe room, P9,500++; and premier suite, P18,500++.

The package includes choice of buffet breakfast in Nielsen’s Restaurant or in-room American, Continental, Filipino or Spa breakfast for two adults and two children below five (poolside set breakfast for two adults and two children below five is available on Feb. 14-15, subject to availability);      aromatherapy massage at the Peninsula Spa for two adults (once per stay); three-course in-room champagne dinner for two adults;  medium box of Peninsula chocolates; special Valentine turn-down amenity; use of gym facilities and outdoor swimming pool at the Peninsula Spa; welcome fruit basket; complimentary local calls; and complimentary high-speed wired Internet access.

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Love is in the air. It’s the perfect time for couples to escape and rendezvous, and Hyatt Hotel and Casino, Manila is the ideal romantic urban hideaway, right in the heart of the city.

Renew the passion by spending a night in one of the hotel’s guestrooms. Book an overnight stay between Feb. 13 and 15 and enjoy a selection of value-added amenities.

Stay in a standard guestroom and enjoy such treats as welcome drinks at the Music Bar, daily buffet breakfast for two at Market Café, unlimited access to the Club Oasis fitness center, free use of the outdoor pool and choice of the Mind and Body Harmony or the Vital Point Balancing massage at the Spa at Club Oasis.

Book a Club Room and get all these added frills, plus exclusive access to the Regency Club Lounge, offering complimentary pre-dinner cocktails and all-day coffee and tea.

Guests who book a two-night stay will automatically be upgraded to the next highest room category.

On Valentine’s Day, make your way to a cozy table for two and enjoy the charming ambience and sumptuous cuisine of Hyatt’s Li Li on the fifth level.

A special eight-course dining experience awaits couples for only P2,288 net per person. Enjoy exotic Cantonese specialties, such as stir-fried diced beef tenderloin with sweet walnuts in XO chili sauce, steamed scallops filled with shrimp mousse, fried rice with assorted meat wrapped in lotus leaf, and braised cod fillet with minced bean paste.

Couples who avail themselves of this special set menu will enjoy free-flowing red and white or sparkling wines.

For bookings or more information, call Reservations at 245-1234.

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Diamond Hotel Philippines begins the year on a note of love by offering the perfect pre-Valentine date event.

“Sentiments,” a Valentine show featuring the King of Acoustic Pop Nyoy Volante, will delight lovers on Feb. 13 starting at 9 p.m. with an opening performance by Firm Session.

At P2,500 net per person, it is more than just a Valentine show. It’s a night spent in luxury at Galaxias at the 27th floor with soothing music, a glass of sparkling wine, cocktails and a fantastic view of the Manila nightscape.

Ticket holders may also avail themselves of 15 percent discount at Restaurant Le Bellevue on the same night.

Continue the romantic interlude into the evening and stay overnight in one of Diamond Hotel’s plush rooms. Rate starts at P5,500 per night in a superior room with buffet breakfast for two on Feb. 13 and 14.

For ticket inquiries, call 305-3000 local 1167, 1121, 1912 or 1905.

Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Boulevard Boulevard corner Dr. J Quintos st., Manila. For inquiries or reservations, call 528-3000 or 305-3000, e-mail at bizcenter@diamondhotel.com or log on to www.diamondhotel.com.

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Lovers, friends and families will find a range of options to suit their mood and fancy at InterContinental Manila this Valentine season. Cupid’s Valentine Nest, a made-for-love overnight room package for local residents, is available on Feb. 13 to 15.

For just P12,800++, stay in a Club InterContinental deluxe room, where a bottle of chilled sparkling wine and chocolate-covered cherries will be served in the room upon arrival.

The package also includes a three-course dinner for two at the poolside garden, rose petal turndown with a pamper pack of aromatherapy candles, massage oil and bath salts, breakfast for two in bed, a teddy bear and surprise gift and late checkout at 4 p.m.

At the Prince Albert Rotisserie, a four-course dinner inspired by famous lovers will be offered on Feb. 13 and 14 for P3,750 net per person.

Pay P4,189 net per person and in addition to the dinner, gain entry, plus a free drink, to the L.O.V.E. (Love on the Verge of Euphoria) disco party at One Ayala, formerly Where Else, on Feb. 13, from 8 p.m. onwards. The disco party will rock to the music of the 80s and 90s.

Couples availing themselves of the four-course Valentine dinner will be gifted with a pair of Valentine slippers each, a rose for the lady, a gift certificate valid for lunch at the restaurant, and products from Shiseido and Suriya Spa.

A sumptuous buffet of international and local culinary delights will be served at Café Jeepney on Feb. 13 and 14 for only P1,842 net per person.

Pay P2,281 net per person and also gain access, plus a free drink, to the L.O.V.E. disco party. Buffet diners will receive surprise gifts from Suriya Spa and Shiseido.

Love songs, wine and fondue for two set the stage for a most memorable rendezvous at Gambrinus Bar from 3 p.m. onwards. Live music entertainment perfect for romancing and reminiscing is on from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Another equally charming option is the three-course candlelit dinner at the poolside garden on Feb. 13 and 14. It is priced at P3,070 net per person. For P3,509 net per person, guests will be allowed entry, plus a free drink, to the L.O.V.E. disco party.

The L.O.V.E. disco party at One Ayala on Feb. 13 is priced at P750 net per person, inclusive of two rounds of drinks, nuts and chips. Groups of 10 can stay in a private lounge on a first-come, first-served basis.

Valentine sweets, cakes and chocolates will be on sale at the Jeepney Deli Shop.

For more details or reservations, call 793-7000 or drop by the Valentine Desk at the InterContinental Manila lobby.

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Make your heart melt with so much love at the Sulo Hotel’s Sweet Valentine offering on Feb. 13 and 14.

On Feb. 13, have a candlelit pre-Valentine eat-all-you-can sit-down dinner at Café Paraiso or avail yourself of the Sushi Bar’s “Japanese for My Sweet Promo,” a complete bento meal with appetizer buffet for only P1,200 net per head.

On Feb. 14, share your love with your special someone or with the family at the Café Paraiso’s buffet lunch and dinner with more than 50 dishes offering a fusion of Filipino, Western and Chinese cuisines.

All meals come with complimentary fresh red roses from Sunflower Flower and Gifts and special heart-shaped chocolates from Delicatesse Food Corp., plus a chance to win a romantic vacation for two in one of the finest hotels in Baguio City.

For inquiries or reservations, call (02) 924-5051 to 71 or log on to www.sulohotel.com.ph.

Column: Tourism
Source: Philippine Star
Updated February 06, 2009 12:00 AM

Bountiful Valentine’s Day at Pavilion

Posted in Celebrations, Dating, Hotels/Restaurants/Bars, Rest and Liesure, Tourism by Erineus on February 13, 2009

Sprinkle some more excitement into your appetite as the Waterfront Pavilion Hotel & Casino lays out its gastronomic goods to give you the most memorable Valentine’s Day ever.

Get smitten with a spread of food choices — Bacon-wrapped Pork Loin with Strawberry Red Capsicum Sauce, Ricotta and Spinach-stuffed Chicken Breast with Sun-dried Tomato Sauce, Pan-fried Fish Fillet with Tropical Fruit Relish, Oven-roasted US Sirloin with Chocolate Gravy, and Braised Beef in Chocolate Peppermint Sauce — for only P1,300 net per person.

Satisfy your Oriental cravings with these appetizing creations at the Peony Garden: Duo Combination of Fried Prawn and Fish Nugget with Thousand Island Sauce, Braised Crystal Shark’s Fin with Crab Roe, and Pan-Fried Cod Fish with Black Pepper and Vegetables.

Also indulge in these gustatory delights: Shredded Roast Chicken with Plum Sauce, Sweet Corn with Crab Stick in Dragon Fruit, and Chinese Beefsteak with Bean Curd, Eggplant and Egg Roll. Price starts at P1,188 net per person.

For inquiries or reservations, call (632) 526-1212 extension 2318 or 2303 or log on to www.waterfronthotels.net.

Column: Tourism
Source: Philippine Star
Updated February 08, 2009 12:00 AM

Hyatt Hotel to hold duets’ contest for couples at Music Bar

Posted in Celebrations, Dating, Hotels/Restaurants/Bars, Rest and Liesure, Tourism by Erineus on February 13, 2009

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Sing your heart out with your Valentine and earn the chance to win an overnight stay in one of the five presidential suites of Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila.

The duets will take place in the Music Bar located on the sixth level of Hyatt.

The Music Bar offers ballads from Frank Sinatra to Mariah Carey from its extensive music selection.

Amuse the audience and entertain the panel of judges to get that mark of approval and win a prize.

This contest is valid for couples with confirmed dining reservations in any of the hotel’s restaurants from Feb. 13 to 15.

Make reservations now as there are limited slots for the special competition.

For more information, call 245-1234; ask for Tess of the F&B service.

Link: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=435725&publicationSubCategoryId=454

All things romantic at Century Park Hotel

Posted in Celebrations, Dating, Hotels/Restaurants/Bars, Rest and Liesure, Tourism by Erineus on February 13, 2009

Toast the most romantic day of the year at the Century Park Hotel, where you can find all Valentine’s Day essentials that will surely make your celebration spectacular.

Start off the evening with a memorable dinner that will set the mood. Feeling indulgent? Take your date or even the whole family to Café in the Park and be treated to a sumptuous buffet dinner for only P1,500 net.

Century Tsukiji, the hotel’s banner Japanese restaurant, offers a seven-course Valentine menu for two persons from Feb. 13 to 15. Feast on this authentic and flavorful treat for only P850 each, for a minimum of two persons.

Must-try are the fresh picks from the sushi bar — California maki, tuna, salmon, and lapu-lapu. The main course is also heavenly with beef tenderloin and mushroom sauce, paired with mixed fried rice.

Since this day also means a perfect moment to serenade your special someone, the Century Strings will surely captivate every couple through their romantic music. That’s why the Atrium Lounge is another thrilling venue, as it offers a hearty Valentine set menu for only P2,500 per couple.

Not to be missed is the oven-baked seabass fillet with hollandaise and pesto sauce or the char-grilled Black Angus beef sirloin. Add only P1,000 each and enjoy a bottle of fine wine to go with the meal.

Harry’s Bar at the Top of the Century remains a romantic venue for lovers who wish to celebrate the night in a dreamy, charming setting. Enjoy the exclusive Valentine set menu while chanteuse Irene Soriano sings love songs. Minimum food and beverage consumption of P530 is required per person.

Ladies will experience royal treatment, as they will receive praline chocolates courtesy of Century Park Hotel when dining in any of the food and beverage outlets.

Surprise your date with Century Park’s special Valentine drink — the Flashing Hearts, a luscious mix of vodka, cranberry, and strawberry — and you and your date get to take home two “flashing glasses” (P430++ per person) or “twin hearts” (P530++ per person) with one stuffed toy as a souvenir.

Experience a memorable Valentine escape at the Century Park Hotel with a room package of only P5,500++, inclusive of buffet breakfast for two, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a 30-minute in-room massage courtesy of Amanda’s Spa.

As an added perk, those who will avail themselves of the package will receive a special Valentine gift pack from the hotel’s partners with seven refills of tea in the only authentic teahouse in Manila — the Royal Tea House. The promo runs starting tomorrow until Feb. 15.

For more information, call Food & Beverage at 528-5837 or Room Reservations at 528-5816, or log on to www.centurypark.com.

Link: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=438318&publicationSubCategoryId=454