Food. Wine. Passion. Rediscover these while staying at the Marriott Hotel Manila.
Marriot Hotel Manila brings you authentic Spanish cuisine whipped up by the young and handsome guest Chef from Valladolid, Victor Burgos.
Spanish cuisine is not really new to us, Filipinos, whose cuisine is laced with Spanish dishes. After all, we have danced the flamenco, did the soulful singing while playing the guitar, and the Spaniards built majestic churches, which made our country a bastion of the Catholic faith? And I loved and even wanted to read Don Quijote in its Spanish version.
So, you know what I’m talking about. Head for Marriott Hotel and get a chance to taste the famous Ibérico ham, relish the season’s first olive oils in Andalusia, and sample what is served in the bustling food markets of Catalonia. Enjoy also the tapas like the locals do, sip and savor the wines at Rioja and learn about the gastronomic society in the Basque.
Food: Dinner Buffet at Marriott Café
For a wide array of choices, every corner of Marriott Café’s dinner buffets flaunts muy delicioso! Various cold cuts like chorizo, salchichon, lomo, Iberico ham, and Serrano ham are served with fresh tomato bread, while different cheeses such as manchego, cabrales, tetilla, and mahon are best paired walnut bread and membrillo. What more to enjoy are spoonful of hot and cold soups like the gazpacho, salmorejo, purrusalda, lentils with chorizo, and lamb stew. Salad lovers are also in for a treat as the salad bar boasts of different flavors and textures for the discerning palate. Escalivada and Chicken (roasted vegetables with chicken and walnuts), Mejillones en Escabeche (marinated mussels with onion, Spanish paprika, and white wine), Ensaladilla Rusa (Russian Salad comprised of potato salad with mayonnaise and garden vegetables), or Melon con Jamon Serrano (melon and Serrano ham). Choose the Champiñones al Ajillo (sautéed champinion with garlic, white wine, and parsley), Ensalada de Remolacha y Esparragos (beetroot salad with green asparagus, lettuce & orange), or Atun encebollado (tuna with onion pickle). There’s also Codorniz Escabechada (marinated quail in vinegar & vegetables) Ensalada de Alubias (white beans salad with vegetables and Serrano ham), Ensalada de Mango y Gambas (prawn and mango salad with yogurt dressing), Queso Manchego con Miel y Guayaba (manchego, guava, and honey), and Salpicon de Marisco (mixed seafood salad, northern-style).
Mini paellas are of course available, along with hot items like the Bacalao Ajoarriero, Mussels Marinara, Pisto Manchego, and Pollo al Ajillo. The carving station on the other hand is filled with more Serrano ham, Iberico ham, lamb shoulder, suckling pig, and turkey.
Before the next day’s siesta, make sure to try the Crema Catalana (caramelized custard cream) and the Arroz con Leche (creamy rice pudding with a touch of canela and lemon). Better yet, feel like a child once more by pouring chocolate on the deep-fried Churros coated with sugar.
More sweets? Have fun with Flan de Huevo (Spanish version of creme caramel) or the Tarta de Santiago (Northern Spain’s almond tart with milk foam).
To mesmerize the special diners, Marriott Café also offers live cooking of the churros, paella, and tapas.
Wine: Wine Dinner at Cru Steakhouse
Cru Steakhouse continues the celebration of Spanish delights on June 13 by pairing succulent meats with impeccable wines. Bodegas Hidalgo de Filipinas brings the finest wines from Spain. Featuring Emina 2005 Ribera del Duero, this wine has dark, fruity flavor that brings cheese and leather into play. The palate is hard and snappy, with acid-based cherry and plum flavors.
Salut definitely goes to the hams and cheeses, especially its selection of tapas: Salmorejo con Berenjenas Fritas (Southern Spain’s cold soup with deep-fried eggplant), Gambas al Ajillo (garlic prawns, olive oil, and parsley), Croquetas de Setas (creamy croquettes with a mix of mushroom), and Pintxos Moruno (marinated lamb skewer with manchego cream sauce).
For the main course, Cru Steakhouse serves Arroz Caldoso de Marisco (moist rice with seafood), Entrecot con Pisto y Crema de Queso Manchego (rib-eye steak with manchego cream sauce and pisto), and Muslo de Pollo con Graten de Patatas y Bacon (chicken leg with potato and bacon gratin).
The Flan de Huevo and Tarta de Santiago are also available for dessert, along with Crema de Yogur y Chocolate Blanco, Fruta de la Passion, y Gengibre (white chocolate, yogurt with passion fruit, and ginger crumble).
Experience Spain’s food, wine, and passion this June at Marriott Hotel Manila’s Gastronomia de Espaňa. Dinner buffet is available daily at Marriott Café (Sun-Thurs P1950 and Fri-Sat P2300).
ABOUT MARRIOTT HOTEL MANILA:
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 wedding to gala dinner celebrations.Cru Steakhouse, food, Gastronomia de Espana, M Cafe, Marriott Hotel Manila, Spanish cuisine | Comments
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.
ABOUT MARRIOTT HOTEL MANILA:
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.
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!
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.
Marriott Cafe’s seafood lasagna is another must-try. I just love the mixture of seafood and its sauce. Rich and cheesy!
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.
If that isn’t one awesome dining experience, I don’t know what is.
For inquiries and reservations, call (02) 988-9999.
ABOUT MARRIOTT HOTEL MANILA
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.Asian Cuisine, Events, food, Hotels, M Cafe, Ocean's Harvest | Comments
What is it about love that it’s always associated with chocolates?
Head for Marriott Hotel Manila now and celebrate this love month with a lovely interplay of food and chocolate.
Loving and romantic couples can enjoy that perfect meal: attractive yet real, wholesome yet sometimes a little naughty, surprising but not startling. All elements can be found at Cru Steakhouse. While steak is the main draw at Cru, the dessert revelation is a marvelous night cap. Try the dessert revelation (P600 net): a triple treat of vanilla, chocolate and raspberry ice cream flavors. This limited Valentine offer starts when the rich, hot sauce of dark Swiss chocolate is lavishly poured onto the dome. It is meant for sharing, which will surely seal the date night.
Another option for a romantic evening can happen at the Marriott Café. Tasty buffet, for only P2,300 net from February 13th to 16th, the spread is made unlimited and extra endearing for Valentine’s Day.
To notch up the Valentine evening, get a Suite Surrender room package from February 9 to 16 and get billeted for a night or more in our executive suite with your honey to send sparks of romance for only P16, 000++, inclusive of a heartily-prepared in-room breakfast for two and with a flower set up. What’s more? Get into the luxe life with an exclusive pick up and drop off experience within Manila courtesy of Jaguar!
As if this is not enough, step into the The Great Room located at the lobby and get artsy with our chocolate carving showcase the whole month of February. Sweetened with passion and hand carved with love, find inspiration from our chocolate carving exhibit featuring Valentine staples from hearts, cupids, couples, signature bag and a Ducati motorcycle. Made of purely imported chocolate, these masterpieces are for selling too.
While at the Great Room, better try the Valentine drinks. Bartenders proudly present the Chocolate Concoctions, also available the whole month of February for only P350 net. Made of lip smacking and thick chocolate transformed into a drink with a hint of alcohol, rev up your quiet time with our chocolate-inspired drinks: blended tiramisu, chocolate cherry bomb, and chocolate martini.
Really, there’s no other place to make your Valentine’s Day the best day, but at Marriott Manila.
For inquiries or reservations, call 988-9999.
ABOUT MARRIOTT HOTEL MANILA:
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.Cru Steakhouse, Events, Hotels, M Cafe, Marriott Hotel Manila, Valentine's Day | Comments
Marriott Hotel Manila is kicking up the new year with a party and eating experience like a true-blue Aussie!
Experience the land down under without actually flying there on January 26 from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM through the Australia Day in the hotel. Enjoy a lavish pool side barbeque and wine party for only P2500 net, and get a good value all-you-eat-and-drink and fun night.
Regal, refined, and right tasty Australian, the lengthy al fresco buffet features shrimps, petit grilled steaks, lamb, fish, meat pies, cured meats, and desserts with butter, cream and jellies. Match this delicious spread with a wide array of beverage selections from sparkling water to wine courtesy of the Wine Warehouse located in a seductive corner of the poolside area. The cocktails and drinks are either fierce or ingenious, a symbol of Australia’s stylish boozers everywhere.
To complete the Aussie experience, the live band plays starkly cool classic rock songs of famous Aussie musicians such as Silver Chair, Kylie Minogue, and Olivia Newton-John to name a few.
Head for Marriott Manila now and enjoy this awesome Australia night life party escape with your family or friends.
For inquiries or reservations, call 988-9999.
ABOUT MARRIOTT HOTEL MANILA:
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.Australia, Australia Day, Hotels, Marriott Hotel Manila | Comments
Many will agree that one of the best ways to experience Asia is through its food—historic, flavorful, and vast. Especially for the Southeast Asian region that boasts a multi-cultural and hard-hitting influence with the way we enjoy cooking and eating, it’s no wonder why dishes that hail from these regions are considered a feast for the senses.
To pay tribute to this revered cuisine of the world; Marriott Manila brings home four of the Asia’s most famous cuisines. From Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, Marriott Cafe tantalizes everyone with a masterpiece through a month-long celebration of Oriental flavors that’s uniquely Marriott.
What else could be more exciting other than a larger than life encounter with Renaissance Kuala Lumpur’s Ruhizad Muri, JW Marriott Jakarta’s Dadang Wahyudi, Renaissance Riverside Saigon Phan Tien Hoa, and JW Marriott Bangkok Thanatorn Krobsuay. Boasting with culinary career track that is dynamically diverse, expect only authentic and a palate tickling adventure anyone could get.
For only P2, 300 net from Sunday to Thursday and P2, 500 net for Friday and Saturday, enjoy a charming Asian dinner that assures an enjoyable age-old tradition of bonding through a delicious mix of aromatic, spicy, rich, sweet, and hot Flavors of Asia.
Back by popular demand, Thai food definitely deserves all the hype for its four fundamental tastes that we Filipinos love: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. Chef Thanatorn Krobsuay who trail blazed the first two consecutive most-talked about Thai Food Fest at Marriott Café, there’s no denying that it’s one of the cuisines we regularly crave for. This year, chef Thanathorn makes the selections more lavish and worth discovering with his new menu line up such as: deep fried sea bass with chili sauce, sautéed squid with pineapple and cucumber, beef balls cooked with typical Malay sauce, and braised beef spiced with turmeric and coconut.
More than its legendary nasi lemak, chef Ruhizad Muri gives foodies a taste of Malaysia’s noteworthy nyonya cuisine. A signature Penang type of cooking that blends spices from roots (galangal, turmeric, and ginger); leaves (pandan, lime, and laksa); fruit (lemon, tamarind, and green mangoes); together with other ingredients like shrimp paste and chilies. Imbibed from Thai cooking style, chef Ruhizad puts an interesting twist with the time-honored wok dishes of Malaysia. This section invites everyone as well to get creative with blue crab, shrimps, dilis fish, beef tenderloin, chicken, clams, barbeque chicken, steamed fish, assorted vegetables peppered with Malaysian spices.
Another Southeast Asian cuisine that deserves to be in the limelight is Indonesian. Popular for their satay which shows Asians’ love affair for grilled meats, chef Dadang Wahyudi makes skewers tastier and more appetizing with these selections: chicken, shrimps, calamari, beef, goat, pork and fish in assorted marinations! Another must-try is the bebek betutu klung klung, an all-spiced up Balinese dish enhanced by a host of pungent roots, herbs, and seasoning. Both locals and visitors are just so psyched about this heavenly roasted duck recipe that it’s considered a dish specially reserved for big banquets and ceremonies.
A native of Ho Chi Minh, chef Phan Thien Hoa presents well-rounded Vietnamese dishes notable for its minimal use of oil, bountiful use of herbs and vegetables– which shouldn’t make one wonder why it ranks as one of the healthiest foods in the world! Most travelers would agree that a Vietnam trip is never complete without tasting a steamy and flavorful bowl of pho. Considered the heart and soul of Vietnamese cuisine, it features a delicious play on broth, rice noodles, meat, herbs and spices. Another delicacy that Vietnam is famous for is the Vietnamese spring rolls—soft rice wrappers filled with choicest meats and vegetables such as shrimps, tofu, chicken, and beef. Enjoy it fresh and slow at this special section which will make you feel the charming street-food style eating in Vietnam.
And with the Philippines long coast line, it’s a crime to miss out our very owns seafood choices. Your meal will never be complete without the tiger prawns, steamed lobster on ice, marinated marina clam and curacha crab which are all highly regarded for its freshness, standout taste and quality. So make sure this cold section is part of your eating plan.
While the West is abundant with milk for most of their dessert recipes, Southeast Asians on the other hand capitalize on the creamy goodness of coconut milk, whether it’s for glutinous rice or fruits. A mix of sweet, savory, hot and cold, these should be a flavorful last hurrah for a really good meal: pandan crepes rolled with caramelize coconut, stewed green bean with palm sugar, banana in sweet coconut, pandan leave jelly plus other famous delicacies that will surely strike anyone’s fancy.
Much more, we believe that food and travel are a perfect way to go if someone wants to have an in-depth experience of a local destination. With this in mind, our Marriott properties in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, are giving away three days and two nights gift certificates to four lucky diners of Flavors of Asia—all you need to fully enjoy a one hundred percent Asian experience!
Bringing an authentic taste of local life and hospitality, our four chefs will also conduct a special cooking class for only P1, 500 net inclusive of a hearty lunch: July 9, Thai; July 16, Malaysian, July 23 Vietnamese; and July 30, Indonesian. If you wish to experience this treat that’s injected with fun and information, consider enjoying Asian cuisine by learning to cook it yourself!
Instead of hitting the usual haunt, invite the group over and explore a night of culinary adventure at Marriott Café, guaranteed to give anyone a quick passport to Asia.
For inquiries or reservations, call Marriott Café at 988-9999.
ABOUT MARRIOTT HOTEL MANILA:
Thai Kingdom Come at Marriott Manila!
Yes, this whole month of July, go on a foodie adventure and satisfy your gastronomic craving for authentic Thai dishes at Marriott Hotel Manila. The event is co-sponsored by Thai Airways and The Royal Thai Embassy.
Marriott Café, the hotel’s modern restaurant with open-theater kitchens, brings back a second round of exhilarating food festival. The first one was a Thai dinner party, which was Marriott International Hotels’ bid to break the Guiness World Record as the The World’s Largest Thai Dinner Party.
Your month-long dining experience will an explosion of flavors: sweet, sour, salty, spicy, and sometimes bitter. Thai dishes will be whipped up by no less than JW Marriott Thanatorn Krobsuay, a certified Thai cuisine expert who will head the kitchen team. Sou Chef Thanatorn will be with Sutthipong Sirikanchittawon, one of the certified Thai food ambassadors of JW Marriott Bangkok’s Marriott Café.
The Thai dishes:
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There is still time to have dinner at Marriott Hotel Manila and enjoy the unique gustatory experience of Thai cuisine.
Join the Thai Dinner Party tonight, which starts at 6pm onwards.
The Thai Dinner Party is part of Marriott International Hotels’ bid to break the Guiness World Record as the The World’s Largest Thai Dinner Party.
The “Worldwide Dinner Event” takes place during Marriott International’s customer appreciation week. The event is also Marriott’s way of saying thank you to its best customers by treating them to a dinner bursting with flavors and a gift box filled with favorite Thai recipes.
The event is happening simultaneously in all chains of Marriott International Hotels to compete for the world record.
Representatives from the Thai Tourism Authority and Thai embassies around the world as well as media are expected to join in the festivities.Hotels, Marriott Hotel Manila, Thai food, The World's Largest Thai Dinner Party | Comments
by guestblogger, Nono Delid who blogs at Steel Connect
It’s not too often that you get to see in the flesh the NBA stars. Kobe Bryant came for a Nike event at Bonifacio High Street and went without us even seeing his shadow. When All Star Agent Zero, a.k.a. Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards came to Adidas in Powerplant Mall in Rockwell two summers ago, we had to carry our kids in our arms for a good one hour just for them to get a glimpse of him; all we saw were all heads of the other fans wanting and pushing in front.
So, Saturday, April 17 was a great day for us when we got our invitation to be among the select few who will meet and greet BJ Armstrong at Marriott Hotel Manila‘s Velocity Bar. Thanks to Michelle Garcia, Marketing Communications Manager of Marriott Hotel Manila for the invite!
BJ Armstrong (BJ stands for Benjamin Jr.), was a one time All Star guard (1994) who played along with the great Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of the great Chicago Bulls during their first magnificent 3-peat run as NBA champions from 1991-94. Playing out of University of Iowa, BJ Armstrong was Chicago’s 1st round draft pick and 18th overall during the 1989 NBA draft. Standing at 6’2″ and playing point guard, he was directing the plays of the Bulls frontline, at the same time, dishing out treys in clutch plays. In fact, during the 1992-93 season, he was the three point king. After Chicago, he played for Golden State, Toronto, Orlando and finally went back to Chicago. His last NBA game was a memorable one, as he revealed in an earlier interview with sports analyst/columnist Quinito Henson. As a Bull once again, they played a road game in Detroit (Michigan), his home city. At present, BJ, as an agent, handles several players, including Derrick Rose, Chicago’s superstar and 2009 NBA rookie of the year. Interestingly, some of his Chicago’s lesser known teammates played in our PBA. His contribution to basketball, especially in teaching the young kids the foundation and fundamentals of basketball brought him here in here in Manila as a special guest of NBA Asia, to promote their Jr, NBA program where kids 12-14 years old are trained under the watchful and expert handlinng of their coach, Frank Lopez.
Frank Lopez was with BJ’s party last Saturday, and as the crowd zoomed on BJ, I approached him as he was sipping his drink alone. Dressed like an NBA referre, Frank says, he has worked with the NBA for many years now. He started with the Orlando Magic organization way way back, when Shaq O’Neal and Penny Hardaway were still there. They hold playing sessions at the Jose Rizal University gym and he’s ably assisted by past PBA stars, like Benjie Paras, Ronnie Magsanoc, and Elmer Cabahug.This week, they must have already chosen their top 8 players from among the pool of 40 players.
Another NBA man we met at Marriott’s Velocity Bar was a pleasant guy, whom despite his impeccable English accent and all, while conversing with the foreigner guests, we knew all along was a Filipino. His business card says Carlo Singson, the Senior Manager, Business Development and Marketing Partnerships, NBA Asia, Limited with office listed in Hong kong. Carlo was born and grew up here, studied high school in La Salle Greenhilss but finished his college degree in the US. When asked who so far is their greatest product in this Jr. NBA program, he mentioned Keifer Ravena, star of the champion Ateneo Blue Eaglets team and son of a PBA great, Bong Ravena of the Purefoods team. And oh yes, how could we miss Jama Mahlalela, the good-looking Director of Basketball Operations of NBA Asia, Limited who wooed the crowd with his dashing looks.
Back to BJ, he says he’s going back to the US in time for Game 3 of the Celtics-Bulls 1st round play-off match. When I asked his opinion on the chances of the East’s 8th seeded Bulls against the league leading top seed Cavs of King (Lebron James), he just raised a thumbs up sign. Well maybe, it as just for good luck for his beloved Bulls squad (who is a definite underdog), to prevent a 4-0 sweep by a team tipped to go all the way to the finals. But there’s one thing we both agree: it’s still going to be a Laker and Kobe’s year.
Here are photos for posterity’s sake.
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PASAY, MANILA – This Lenten Season, Marriott Hotel Manila adds an egg-stra special touch to the holidays. Celebrate with us and step into a blissful retreat with your family with lots of fun and surprises!
From March 29 to April 4, stay for a minimum of 2 nights for only $105++ per day and enjoy a daily buffet breakfast for 2 at Marriott Café. Avail of this offer and we’ll throw in 2 tickets to the Easter egg hunt activity for free!
Easter Brunch and Eggciting Hunt
Come Easter Sunday, April 4, the hotel will be jam-packed with eggstravagant offers. From 11am to 3pm, feast on a wide selection of local and international delights in a buffet at Marriott Café for only Php1850nett. In line with the season, the cuisine features sumptuous Easter specialties and a special dessert counter to give your meal a sweet finale. What’s more, you’ll also get a free entrance to the Easter egg hunt activity when you grab a bite of this buffet.
Kids will surely jump for joy for a fun filled and action packed activities from 2pm to 4pm at the Grand Ballroom. For only Php500nett, kids can enter a world of barnyard-inspired Easter Egg hunt and play with bouncy inflatable’s, participate in egg hunting, egg painting, magic tricks, face painting and other activities in store for them. Treats from Monterey and Magnolia Chicken plus goodie bags filled with Hershey’s, Orion Chocopie, Sipahh straw, Total Girl Magazine and Star Paper Stationary are sure to be a sweet surprise too.
As Easter is a time for the family, Marriott Hotel Manila is the best place to spend it in.
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 merely a 15-minute drive from Bonifacio Global City and Makati Business District. Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest rooms that offers luxurious bedding, high-speed 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. For inquiries and reservations, call 988-9999 or visit www.marriott.com/mnlap