Category Archives: Events

Grand, Glittery, and Gold at Marriott Manila

Marriott Manila Hotel was transformed into a glitzy space last February 10. It was a night of all things shining, shimmering, splendid as Marriott Hotel Manila’s associates – aptly called Brilliant Hosts – celebrated their Annual Party at the Manila Ballroom. With the theme “Grand, Glittery, and Gold,” the hosts were in their best regalia as the men were dapper in their suits and tuxedos, while the ladies strutted their stuff in their beautiful flowing gowns.

All of the hotel’s departments were divided into groups and were tasked to create a video presentation based on an era assigned to them, from the roaring 50’s to the modern 2000’s, whilst still staying true to the night’s theme. The Sales & Marketing and Engineering team defended their title and emerged as the champion for the 2nd straight year with their rock-and-roll inspired 80’s music video, while the F&B Kitchen team won 2nd place with their throwback 90’s entry and the Housekeeping and Laundry team bagged 3rd place with their flashback 50’s short film.

Fritz Andal of the Engineering Department and Joanna Tiglao of the F&B Kitchen Department emerged as the Best Male and Female Performers respectively, while Cholo Martillo and Jane Manzanero, both from the Sales and Marketing Department, won as Male and Female Stars of the Night.

The video presentations as well as the individual winners were chosen by Mr. Ronan Capinding, Mr. Roly Halagao, and Mr. Paul Daza.

Marriott’s philosophy of “putting people first” resonates in the manner that the Brilliant Hosts provide utmost service to their guests by exemplifying the adage of their brand founder Mr. J. W. Marriott, “If you take care of your associates, they will take care of the customer, and the customer will keep coming back.” And for one day each year, the company celebrates in thanksgiving for all the hard work and commitment that its hosts provide to make Marriott Hotel Manila as successful as it is today.

Event Management Certification Course

Event Management Certification Course

November 25-29, 2013
Diamond Hotel, Roxas Boulevard
Manila, Philippines

Course Topics:

The Event Management Certification Course will cover the following topics:

Event Administration and Coordination
Event Marketing and Risk Management
Event Design, Decor, and Protocol
Event Catering, Hospitality Management, and Entertainment
Panel Discussion/Presentation, Quizzes, Awards, and Graduation
This Course will have lectures, case studies, role playing, site experience, and audio-visual presentations in the learning modules, and will touch on fund raising and corporate sponsorships all throughout the course.

The Course will cover corporate and social events – including fund raising and political events.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course, the participants will be able to:

Define event management and the role of the event manager.
Develop concepts and themes in events.
Understand the five (5) phases of event management.
Manage and nurture the creative process in events.
Understand the financial plan for events.
Identify protocol best practices in events.
Predict consequences of logistics management including staging and technical production.
Understand the role of technical production in events.

Who Should Attend:

Event Professionals/Managers, Corporate Communication Managers, Brand Managers, PR Professionals, Trade Show/Exhibition Organizers/Managers, MICE Planners, Event Project Managers, Marketing/Advertising Managers/Professionals, HR Managers, Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, Students and those involved in event planning, organizing, managing; or, those shifting careers to event management.

Registration Fees:
To cover 5 days attendance, lunch, 2 snacks daily, hand-outs, site experience, certificate and taxes.

Local Participants Rate
P27,000 Early Bird on or before October 15, 2013.
P30,000 Regular
P34,000 Walk-In/On-site

Foreign Participants Rate
US$ 900 Early Bird on or before October 15, 2013.
US$ 1,000 Regular
US$ 1,200 Walk-In/On-site

Discount Scheme Package of 5 Delegates + 1 Free

The Subject Matter Expert

Alice Conway, CSEP, is the Director of Event Management Program of Stratford University in Falls Church, Virginia, where she produces all the major university events. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, and a Masters in Business Administration from Stratford University. She completed all academic requirements for a Doctorate in Higher Education at Stratford University.

Alice is one of the elites in international events management industry to hold the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation from the International Special Events Society (ISES), and one of a handful event professionals to reach Emeritus status. She is the Founder and past President of the Greater Washington Chapter of ISES and served for years on the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board. She taught and lectured at universities in Spain, Canada, De La Salle University in the Philippines, University of San Diego, University of Southern Oregon, Temple University, James Madison University and University of Arizona.

Alice mentored students all over the world, many of whom attained successful careers and achieved CSEP status. She is demand as an industry Speaker. In 2010, she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Washington Chapter of ISES.

In 2000, Alice Conway and Dr. Mina T. Gabor, President and Chairman of ISST (International School for Sustainable Tourism), worked closely with the DLSU-College of St. Benilde to start and implement the Certification Course on Events Management in the Philippines.

For Sponsorship/Registration:

Call: +632-8960639, 8960637
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Modern-Day Heroes

Today is National Heroes Day here in the country. It is also the day of protest against PDAF (Priority Development Assistant Fund), also known as pork barrel. Dubbed as a Million People March, people trooped to Luneta park to cry to abolish pork barrel. The protest is fueled by the pork barrel scam, where it was found out that some senators and congressmen have allegedly been squandering their PDAF.

These lawmakers made us believe that  they are using the PDAF in legitimate ways only to find out that they are actually donating it to NGOs they themselves own or to fake NGOs. You know of course what this means.

If you were one of those who support this march, I salute you. It is high time that we paid attention to how our public funds were being used.

PDAF in principle is good. After all, the funds were intended to support development projects in the provinces. We should have started being wary about it when we knew that these funds are not subject to audit. Or better yet, when PDAF was started to be called pork barrel, which in technical terms refers to legislative control of local appropriations.

How did PDAF or pork barrel came about? I thought it started with the Marcos regime. But little research told me that it started during Cory Aguino’s leadership. It started out as country development fund (CDF). Read more about its evolution HERE.

Call it apropos that today, National Heroes is also the day of protest. It has become even more relevant because who are considered victims of this Pork Barrel Scam are the modern-day heroes.

Who are the modern-day heroes?

  • Folks who work hard to earn a living and apportion a huge part of their earnings to the government through taxation.
  • Folks who are helping run the economy by spending.
  • Folks who leave homes and families to earn a living overseas and invest/spend their earnings here in the country.
  • Folks who work for a real cause, or supporting a legit advocacy.
  • Folks who work for the improvement of the lives of the majority without the photo opps and publicity.
  • Folks who inspire others to do good.
Who are your modern-day heroes?

The Much Awaited World Food Expo 2013 is Back!

World Food Expo (WOFEX) is back! The ultimate food show experience, WOFEX 2013, the country’s most effective Food & Beverage trade show, will be held from July 31-August 3 at the SMX Convention Center and the World Trade Center.

WOFEX 2013, celebrating its 13th year international expo on worldwide food & beverages, technologies & machineries, is the best way for industry buyers to meet up with industry sellers, with about 400 exhibitors in attendance. It will cover both trade and retail exhibits in two huge venues.

Included in WOFEX 2013 is the Philippine Culinary Cup (PCC), now on its 4th year. Endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), this is the most prestigious culinary competition where the best meet to compete. For this year, winners for some categories will get the chance to win trips to the US and Asia.

And to add to this already exciting event is Wofex University, now on its 2nd year, which takes education to the next level, and where advanced learning opportunities from industry experts are being offered. The highlight of Wofex U this year is the participation of Chef Rick Moonen, founding member of the Seafood Choices Alliances, owner of RM Seafood in Las Vegas, and finalist of Top Chef Masters.

Organized by Premier Events Plus Group, Inc. (, WOFEX 2013 will also have an extensive line up of seminars, product demonstrations and workshops for the four-day exposition.

For more information, please call (632) 9297993, 9297963, log on to,,, or Like us (WOFEX) on Facebook!

Win Harley Davidson jackets and t-shirts on Father’s Day at Marriott!

There is one day in a year where we pay tribute to the toughest, strongest, and most handsome men in our lives: our Dads! Let our fathers be the on spotlight and spoil them with a feast. Marriott Café’s Sunday Brunch on June 16 makes for a grand entrance to his heart! At Php2700nett per person, everyone will enjoy a sumptuous spread of CRU steaks, foie gras, fresh oysters, chilled seafood and sushi and decadent pastries plus an interactive martini bar that serves smooth martinis and cocktails.

From Milwaukee to Rome and in dozens of other cities all across the globe, Harley-Davidson® brings classic motorcycles to the lobby of Marriott Hotel Manila. Celebrate with dad this year at Marriott Cafe where you can appreciate and enjoy iconic motorcycles before or after feasting on extravagant Brunch Buffet.

Almost every man dreams of owning a motorcycle, let alone a Harley-Davidson®. On June 10-16, get up-close with Harley and be inspired with a gallery of jaw-dropping motorcycles at the Marriott Manila lobby. The latest models of Harley-Davidson® highlight the authentic motor engine and genuine accessories. Relive Dad’s glory days and let him ride the motorcycles for a souvenir photo! Better yet, let Mom ride at the back and make them reminisce their road trips together.

The memory of being this close with a classic does not have to stay in Marriott. At Java+, handmade and handcarved Harley-Davidson® motorcycle in pure Belgian chocolate are available for sale. Designed to please the most fanatical of Harley fans, this treats are available from June 13-16 at a special rate of Php950nett. So why not bring home this limited and distinctive collectibles for Dad?

Marriott definitely amps up the ante in making Father’s Day a celebration to remember! Dine and Ride in Style with free Harley-Davidson® jackets, shirts, rain suits and other riding apparel so you feel that experience in every mile!

Come celebrate Father’s Day at Marriott Manila. For inquiries or reservations, call 988-9999.



Marriott Hotel Manila is set in the world class tourism complex of Resorts World Manila. Ideally located in Newport City across
NAIA Terminal 3 the hotel is a mere 15-minute drive from Bonifacio Global City and Makati Business District. Blessed with a
splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest rooms that offers luxurious bedding, highspeed internet, 40″ full high definition LCDs with IPTV and the new remote jack pack plug-and-play system. Hotel facilities include
Quan Spa, 6 meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom, 5 superb restaurants, outdoor pool and a health club.

Ocean’s Harvest at Marriott Hotel Manila

Cooked seafood on ice

Fresh catch of the day

Marriott Hotel Manila is giving its guests a new dining experience: a seafood buffet every Friday and Saturday from 6:0o p.m. to 10:30 p.m. all year-round.

Called Ocean’s Harvest, this seafood buffet offers diners numerous fresh seafood and can even request the chef to have their choice seafood cooked their way. For only P2,300, guests can indulge in a sea of mouthwatering seafood dishes.

Sweet and sour crabs

We ordered first the sweet and sour crabs. The sauce of this dish is divine! It has the right amount of sweetness and sourness that coats well the crab meat and tickle the palate.

 Wizheart orderd this pampano with just the simple soy sauce.

This pampano dish is like a home-made dish made to taste gourmet-like. The fish is so tender and it tastes so good when eaten with the slightly caramelized garlic.

An assorted of seafood

We had a plate of grilled assorted seafood. The squid, the shells were so fresh that when grilled are to die for!

Lobster in garlic and butter sauce

This lobster in garlic and butter sauce is a must-try. The lobster is so tender and juicy and compliments really well with the garlic and butter.

 Seafood lasagna

Marriott Cafe’s seafood lasagna is another must-try. I just love the mixture of seafood and its sauce. Rich and cheesy!

M Cafe’s gelato

What a perfect way to cap the seafood dinner with a gelato. I had a mix of gianauja amara and Palawan walnut. It was just so delicious!

If I were you, I’d go and have your own Ocean’s Harvest experience at Marriott. You can start your dinner with a piping hot soup of shrimp gumbo in lemon grass cooked Tinola-style. Or you can have the steaming hot pot of sinigang in local miso or tamarind alongside talakitok, maya-maya, head prawn local clams. Whatever suits you.

The Ocean Surf Market Style Buffet Menu includes fresh salmon, tuna loin, local tanigue, pompano, talakitok, lapu-lapu, maya-maya, shellfish, jumbo prawns, half shell local scallop, local clams, jumbo squid, suahe shrimps, blue marlin, and local gindara. You can also have your fill of slippers lobsters, local blue sea crab, curacha crab, prawns, mussels, and white shells. All of these you can have cooked your way. Not to mention the friendly and very accommodating chefs at Marriott.

Here we are, happy about our simple grilled fish! :-D

If that isn’t one awesome dining experience, I don’t know what is.

For inquiries and reservations, call (02) 988-9999.


An inviting beacon set in the world-class casino entertainment complex of Resorts World Manila, Marriott Hotel Manila is the place to work and play. Ideally located in Newport City across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, it is a convenient 15 minute drive from Makati Business District and Bonifacio Global City. Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest accommodations that offers luxurious bedding, in-room safe, mini-bar, high-speed Internet, air conditioning, 40″ full high definition LCDs with IPTV, videos on demand and jack pack plug-and-play system. The hotel features excellent dining options such as Marriott Cafe, Cru Steakhouse, Java+ and Lobby Lounge. Leisure facilities include Quan Spa, Health Club, Salon and Newport Mall. With a Grand Ballroom and several meeting rooms, Marriott Hotel Manila is also the ultimate destination for meetings and events, from weddings to gala dinner celebrations.

Caribbean Footwear Launches the Urban Safari Collection

Last April 3rd, Caribbean Footwear launched its Urban Safari Collection at Red Mango, Greenbelt 3. Print and summer always go together well, you know.

Everyone was excited to see the new collection and we were not disappointed. The color, the design is again unique to Caribbean Footwear.

For the uninitiated, Caribbean Footwear is a local brand but with world-class quality. The brand invested in good research and technology to come up with a footwear that blends art and science. Three things that the brand is proud of are: comfort, durability and creativity.  Importantly, it has a no-slip technology.

Check out the Urban Safari collection here.

Decadent Graduation Cakes at Café 1771

It’s graduation time and with it comes plenty of celebrations. And what are celebrations without decadent desserts like those of  Café 1771.

 Café 1771 offers graduates and families its home-spun cake creations by Pastry Chef Arnold Bautista. These petite cakes are 6-inch round sizes good for 8 to 10 persons. They are perfect for gifts.

Upon seeing the Evasion cake (P270 net) (pictured above), you would want to dive into an evasive combo of white and dark chocolates with cream cheese  and fresh  strawberry  in a lightly crispy  feullentine at the center. It’s not too sweet  yet amazingly creamy.

For certified chocolate lovers, this Rose Noire (P250 net) is a delightful surprise. Lavish layers of Valrhona dark chocolate with hazel nut praline that sits on a crunchy crust, this chocolate-loaded creation also comes with a surprise at the center: a croquantine for some crunch and dark chocolate flavor with a distinct praline taste.

This Gianduja Truffle Mousse (P250 net) is light, pillowy, and comes with a nutty center combined with the dark and white chocolate praline flavors.  Structured with elements that will surprise the palate, its sweetness comes from the base made of chocolate sponge then followed by marshmallows with cashew nuts and topped off with chocolate mousse as a velvety finish.

Of course, you don’t want to miss the signature dessert sugar-free coffee pie (P220 net) of 1771 Group of Restaurants. This coffee pie is an epic recipe from the family of Executive Chef Vicky Rose-Pacheco for over twenty years. This addicting secret is in the crisp texture of the combined flavors of Dutch cocoa and coffee with cashew nuts. And with no bells and whistles or outré ingredients, this version is sweetened with coconut sugar and lightly dusted with cocoa for an awfully memorable dessert minus the guilt.

For advance orders, call 631-7340.


Café 1771 is located at 1771 El Pueblo, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Operating hours from Monday to Saturday is 7am to 10pm while Sunday is 7am to 3pm. For inquiries, call 631-7340/470-6559/0917-8660442. Café 1771 is a member of the 1771 Group of Restaurants that include Chateau 1771 in Greenbelt 5, Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3, Sentro 1771 in Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, WB 1771 & Sidebar in El Pueblo Real de Manila, ADB Avenue cor. Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

On the The 4th Philippine International PyroMusical Competition 2013

We caught the second to the last weekend of the 4th Philippine International PyroMusical Competition this year. It was more of a last-minute decision coming from the WorldBex in The World Trade Center.  I only had my trusty iPhone with  me, so pardon the grainy photo above. For much better photos, check out their SM MOA’s Facebook Page.

Anyhow, we went to SM  Mall of Asia with our P100-tickets purchased online by the husband’s colleague. I had a mixture of pleasant and unpleasant experiences during that Saturday.

Let me start with the pleasant ones:

  • The entrance to the P100-ticket area was well-manned. It was not congested and crowded, as I was expecting. I thought since it was the general admission ticket, there would be pushing. But there was none.
  • When we got inside, it was also not crowded. It was not humid. It was pleasant.

Now the unpleasant ones:

  • The show didn’t start at 7PM as indicated in the ticket and in their banners. It started at 8PM.
  • The sound system should also be heard (loud and clear) in all ticket areas, in fact better if the whole open area of SM MOA. It is an international show after all. We couldn’t figure out what the emcee was saying. The music was not clear in our area. Even if we got only the general admission ticket, we still went to see and paid for the show after all.
  • The presentation interval was about 30, or was it 45 minutes. After the presentation of China, we had no choice but to wait for Australia’s presentation. The momentum and excitement would be better sustained if the presentations were done one after another. But, those I know who have gone to see the show before us,  had a different experience. They were saying that the presentations had only a 10- to 15-minute interval. I am just not sure what happened that weekend.

For those who are planning to catch the last group, Canada and Philippines, this weekend, here’s what I recommend.

  • Choose a restaurant where you can get a good vantage point to see the show. It is still a better option for me than going to those viewing areas and had to wait long. At least in the resto, you’ll have food and good seating.
  • Prepare for the deluge and crowd of people at SM MOA. From parking areas to the mall and back, you had to queue. We had to take the stairs from ground to the rooftop parking.
  • This is an international show, let’s make it that—from sound system to venue arrangements.