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Manila Life Café

Manila Life Opens at NAIA Terminal 3

Marriott Hotel Manila Opens Manila Life Café at NAIA Terminal 3

Manila Life entrance from Runway Manila ramp

Manila Life entrance from Runway Manila ramp. Pardon for acting as receptionist, LOL. I realized, I haven’t snapped a photo of the café facade.

Manila Life reception area

Manila Life reception area

17 October 2017. Manila Life Café of Marriott Hotel Manila opens at the 4/F of NAIA Terminal 3. You may access the café from Marriott Manila through the Runway Manila, the elevated walkway or pedestrian crosswalk that connects Newport City to NAIA Terminal 3. If you are a passenger, you can talk the escalators/elevators to the 4/F Food Hall. If not a passenger, you can still go up entering Gate 6.

Manila Life Café, by its name, showcases the good food and good sights of Manila. I just have to say that the food was more sumptuous than the usual Filipino fare with a twist.

Manila Life Café menu

Manila Life Café menu

I especially love their soft tacos, which you can choose from pork sisig, crisp fish, and chicken inasal. With the spices and seasonings, they have just the right tanginess, saltiness, sweetness that played havoc to my palette.

Manila Life Café tacos

Manila Life Café tacos: pork sisig, crisp fish, chicken inasal

I also enjoyed the Manila Street Food Platter, Grilled Chicken Inasal Salad, Pancit Luglug, and Pork Adobo with its tenderest meat!

Manila Life Café street food platter

Manila Life Café street food platter: homemade fishballs, chicken fritters, fried quail eggs or ‘kwekkwek’ with sweet soy dip, spiced vinegar, sweet and sour sauce

Manila Life Grilled Chicken Inasal Salad

Manila Life Grilled Chicken Inasal Salad with ice berg lettuce, tomato, red onions, salted egg, garlic dressing

Manila Life pancit luglug

Manila Life pancit luglug: rice noodles, homemade shrimp sauce, chicharon bits, boiled egg

Manila Life pork adobo

Manila Life pork adobo: braised pork belly in soy sauce and vinegar, steamed rice, atchara

They also offer burgers, beers and other popular Filipino dishes.

Manila Life burgers and fries

Manila Life burgers and fries.

Manila Life Café burgers

Manila Life burgers and fries. You can choose from Manila Life Bacon & Mushroom burger, Manila Life Cheeseburger, or Crispy Chicken Burger

They also offer an interesting breakfast fare, the TAPDELOG, tapa and egg pandesal sandwich.

Manila Life 'tapdelog'

Manila Life ‘tapdelog’ ~ beef tapa, fried egg, freshly baked pandesal

Another highlight is the It Takes Gutz Bam-i inspired by the recipe of beauty queen and actress Ruffa Gutierrez from her hometown in Cebu. It is a noodle dish packed with chicken strips, sliced pork, shrimp, Chinese chorizo, wood ear mushroom and vegetables. It is a mouthful indeed!

It Takes Gutz Homemade Bam-i

It Takes Gutz Homemade Bam-i: a noodle dish packed with chicken strips, sliced pork, shrimp, Chinese chorizo, wood ear mushroom and vegetables

Their desserts are perfectly unique and to die for—not too sweet yet delish! Take note: the purple yam roll is Good Shephered ube with cream cheese filling and macapuno strings; the mango sago is Guimaras mango cubes with milky mango puree, tapioca pearls and pomelo bits.

Manila Life desserts

Manila Life desserts, choice of Purple Yam Roll or Mango Sago

Manila Life Café also serves local beer and craft beer. Interesting craft beer are those from Crazy Carabao Brewing Co. The men in our company had these three flavors, and they swear to their goodness!

Manila Life local craft beer

Manila Life local craft beer, Crazy Carabao Brewing Co: Exit Wounds IPA, Tarsier Wheat, Tuff Tuko Pale Ale

Manila Life Café fare

Manila Life Café fare

Manila Life Café 'kubyertos

Manila Life Café ‘kubyertos

Manila Life Café table setting

Manila Life Café table setting

The interiors of Manila Life Café is very cozy, perfect for both weary and excited travelers. Take a look.

Manila Life Café reception area

Manila Life Café reception area where guests of Marriott Hotel Manila can already check in or check out.

Manila Life Café has beautiful murals that depict Manila sights and sounds. Just a little trivia, that mural background of the reception desk is by an Iliganon kababayan, Rommel Bundalian. You may check out his portfolio here.

Location map

Location map

Manila Life Café interiors

Entering Manila Life Café

Manila Life Café mural

Manila Life Café mural depicting street food vendors

Manila Life Café inner room

Manila Life Café guest lounge

Manila Life Café guest lounge

Manila Life Café inner room or private guest lounge, if you want some more privacy. Take note of the backdrop, the famous Manila jeepney.

Manila Life Café lighting fixture

Manila Life Café lighting fixture

Manila Life Café bar table

Manila Life Café bar table, you can actually do work here as in the middle of the long table is an electric outlet. ;)

Manila Life Café tables

Manila Life Café tables

Manila Life Café interiors

Manila Life Café

Manila Life Café

Manila Life Café local bread counter

Manila Life Café local bread counter

Manila Life Café counter area

Manila Life Café counter area

Manila Life Café beverage counter

Manila Life Café beverage counter

Manila Life Café bar counter

Manila Life Café bar

Travelers can also shop for souvenirs!

Manila Life souvenir items 1 Manila Life souvenir items 2 Manila Life souvenir items 3 Manila Life souvenir items 4 Manila Life souvenir items 5

Manila Life Café capturing an endemic Filipino feature

Coming from NAIA Terminal 3, this is another entrance to Manila Life Café ~ capturing an endemic Filipino feature

Manila Life Café  al fresco tables

Manila Life Café al fresco tables

Manila Life Café entrance

Manila Life Café entrance

Guest entering Manila Life Café from NAIA T3

Guest entering Manila Life Café from NAIA Terminal 3

Manila Life Café is open from 7:00am to 8:00pm.

I would definitely come by here when I fly somewhere soon!

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at Mong Kok Night Market, HK

On the Streets of Hong Kong

June 30, 2017. MNL-HK via Philippine Airlines | I flew to Hong Kong with my husband and two teenage sons.

We had a lot of fun exploring the streets of Hong Kong for two reasons.

Taking the MTR is very convenient to go around Hong Kong.

It’s very efficient. You only wait two minutes at most once you are at the platform. Then you get to your destination in no less than an hour for shorter trips or about an hour or so for longer trips. Fro example, our travel time from Hong Kong International Airport to Central Station is only about 40 minutes, and the distance is about 39 kilometers. The maximum speed of the Airport Express Line is 135km/hr. One time, my card was not working and I had to tap it several times. All of a sudden, an MTR worker came rushing to my aide. Although the advice was that we get an Octopus card, we didn’t. Instead, we would get a card each time we took the MTR. Getting the Octopus card may be more convenient, but we enjoyed keying in our destination every time. There were no lines to the machines, anyway. LOL.

Taking a cab is easy.

When our feet get too tired from walking to different exits at the MTR, we would hail a cab. The driver, even if he was hard on English, would listen intently to us, and would sped away, taking us to where we were going… no questions asked. One time, we noticed that the taxi meter was going too fast, the driver deducted some amount when we reached our stop. The gesture was very commendable!

Taking the MTR or the cab, either way, it was easy and fast to go from one place to the other. Just be ready with your walking shoes and your conditioned feet for walking. Ha ha!

Here are a few sites on the streets.

Causeway Bay

A street on Causeway Bay.

Causeway Bay is Hong Kong’s energetic retail heart. Luxury malls, department stores and boutiques pack its western end, while bargain hunters roam the Jardine’s Crescent street market. Numerous dining options, from upscale restaurants to street-food stalls, dot the area. Local meeting points include Hong Kong Central Library, with its historic collections, and tranquil Victoria Park, popular for Tai chai sessions. Here are top 10 things to see and do in Causeway Bay. As for us, we went there for one reason: to get Onitsuka shoes.

Hong Kong Central

Hong Kong Central.

Central is Hong Kong’s frenetic business and retail heart, crammed with skyscrapers, swanky malls and luxury hotels. Iconic Victoria Harbor is filled with ferries and traditional boats. The neighborhood is known for nightlife, with raucous pubs and nightclubs in Lan Kwai Fong, and wine bars and trendy restaurants in nearby SoHo. Away from the bustle, are Hong Kong Park and the Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Explore the top 10 attractions at Central.

Still at Hong Kong Central

Still at Hong Kong Central

Central Station, Hong Kong

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Entrance to Kowloon Park

Entrance to Kowloon Park at Tsim Tsa Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Kowloon Park is a large public park in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It has an area of 13.3 hectares and is managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. {Wikipedia}

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Sai Ying Pun is an area in Western District, in the northwestern part of Hong Kong Island, in Hong Kong. It is administratively part of the Central and Western District. Sai Ying Pun is built on the steeply sloping lower slopes of Victoria Peak and also on the western reclamation. The areas of Shek Tong Tsui and Kennedy Town are located to the west, Sheung Wan and Tai Ping Shan are to the east, and the Mid-Levels is higher up the hill to the south. Victoria Harbour is to the north.

Our hotel, the Grand City Hotel, is on Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun. We would walk the road for 5 days, passing by a McDonald’s, restaurants, wet markets, and fruit stands. But little did we know that there are more to explore in this place.

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

At Mong Kok, Hong Kong

At Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Mong Kok is a buzzing maze of narrow streets, known for shopping. Stalls with clothes and knick-knacks cram the vast Ladies’ Market, plants and colorful blooms fill the Flower Market, while Fa Yuen Street is full of sneaker and sports stores. Nearby, the Temple Street Night Market is a mix of curios, fortune tellers and food stands. Foodies explore the area’s street food stalls, tea houses and casual eateries. Here are top 10 things to see and do in Mong Kok.

Mong Kok at Night

On the streets of Mong Kok, Hong Kong at night. We were looking for the night markets at this time. We were disappointed at the night markets though. We didn’t find good thing to buy.

Mong Kok at Night

On the streets of Mong Kok, Hong Kong

On the streets of Mong Kok, Hong Kong

On the streets of Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Mong Kok Night Market

Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Nathan Road, Tsim Tsa Tsui, Hong Kong

On Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Tsim Sha Tsui is a shopping and nightlife district in Kowloon. Casual eateries and eclectic local shops are packed along neon-lit Nathan Road, while luxury malls line nearby Canton Road. The Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, on Victoria Harbour, is a popular spot to appreciate Hong Kong’s skyline views, while mainstream concerts and musicals are performed at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Top 10 things to see and do in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Tsim Tsa Tsui MTR Station

Coming out of the MTR at the Tsim Sha Tsui

An ice cream vendor at Harbour View, Hong Kong

An ice cream vendor at Harbour View, Hong Kong

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Crown of Confidence and Decadence at Marriott Manila

Dine, Drink, and Be Pampered Like Miss Universe at Marriott Hotel Manila

Marriott Café Bakery’s Crown of Confidence and Decadence
Don’t wear it. Eat it! It’s a slice of what it feels to reign as the most beautiful for only P205 nett. The crown of confidence and decadence is a tiara made of moist chocolate cake, salted caramel chocolate ganache, rolled fondant, silver dragée, isomalt blue stone, and handmade pastillage. It is yum!

Marriott Cafe

A Taste of the Universe at Marriott Café

Are you confidently beautiful with a heart? If you are, mark your calendars because as early as January 16, you can dine, drink, and be pampered like a beauty queen at Marriott Hotel Manila!

Have a taste of the best cuisines the universe has to offer at Marriott Café.  To celebrate with the country’s hosting of Miss Universe 2016, it will be offering a taste of the countries that brought home the coveted crown: Mexico’s grilled skirt steaks with tortilla and guacamole, Angola’s arroz de coco e papaia with piri-piri marinated shrimps (rice with papaya and coconut milk), USA’s Texas style BBQ ribs with Mac and Cheese, Venezuela’s Chivo en Coco (goat in coconut stew with rice and fried plantains), Colombia’s Tamales with Hogao (marinated pork wrapped in corn meal with Colombian tomato salsa), and Philippines’ Binacol (chicken soup cooked in tamarind and coconut juice). Great conversations with your family, friends, or business partners will surely revolve around these dishes for dinner at P2,100 per person.

Cru Steakhouse

Queen Bee Set Menu at Cru Steakhouse

Wear your elegant evening dress or gown and dine at Cru Steakhouse with its Queen Bee Set Menu: Salmon Carpaccio (salmon gravlax, beetroot salad, and horseradish cream) for appetizer, a hearty soup of Sweet Corn Velouté (organic vegetable fajitas and chive oil), Fillet Mignon (seared foie gras, rosti potatoes, mushroom ragoût, and blueberry sauce) for main course, and Ube Maclair (purple yam macaron, chantilly jellied dalandan coulis, Good Shepherd ube cream, and pili nut crumble) for dessert. This special menu for P3,000 nett is definitely fabulous in every bite!

Marriott Hotel Manila Greatroom

Marriott Hotel Manila Greatroom

Miss Universe Cocktails

Ms. Universe Cocktails at the Greatroom

Fancy a mix fit for a queen? Find the “sash of cocktails” that fit you best, strike a pose, and toast it with friends. The Greatroom serves Miss Congeniality for P375, Miss Photogenic for P345, The Runner Ups for P375, The Queen for P360, and Beauty and Brains for P280.

Miss Universe Viewing Party at the Hotel Lobby at 8:30 a.m. on January 30
The party continues with a live telecast of the most beautiful day in the universe. With wit and grace, gather your girlfriends and indulge with every bite and sip as you watch every winning moment of the competition on January 30. If your choice for Pia Wurzbach’s successor is right, you and your friends will win an overnight stay at a Premium Room of the newly opened West Wing where you can pamper yourselves in its luxurious amenities complete with fresh cocktails and sumptuous bar chows.

All these are a confidently beautiful experience you shouldn’t miss. At Marriott Hotel Manila, you will dine, drink, and be treated like a beauty queen.

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Save Money Traveling with iMoney PH

Tips on How You Can Save Money Every Time You Travel

It’s possible to travel and have fun without having to spend a fortune and max out your best travel credit cards, only to pay it all off in the coming months. Spending a lot of money on holiday does not guarantee you’ll have more fun, anyway. Traveling need not be all about lavish and unnecessary spending. Below are some ideas that you can try to save money while traveling without sacrificing fun and relaxation.

Look for Affordable Accommodations

It’s nice to stay in a beautiful hotel. But if you will be spending all day outside visiting must-see tourist attractions, you will only be using your hotel room for shower and sleep. Instead of fancy hotels, you can opt to stay at more affordable boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, or backpacker’s hostels. If you’re not fussy, you can also check if your destination has couch-surfing options.

Cook Your Own Meals

Food costs can add up rapidly if you’re not careful. Instead of eating lunch and dinner at restaurants, you can buy groceries and cook your own meals. You can just make your own breakfast or have a light dinner at your hotel room.

Most hotel breakfasts are also expensive, and they don’t taste that spectacular as well. If you don’t want to feel deprived of the local cuisine, you can allot one meal to eat outside. Check online for restaurants near your area. Read reviews and compare prices. This way, you’ll know which dishes are worth trying, and how much you have to spend on your meal.

Avoiding Eating in Touristy Places

Sometimes you just have to give in because they are so conveniently near the tourist attractions. But remember to not eat within six blocks of a huge tourist attraction. Prices at these food establishments are way more expensive because locals like to think that all tourists have big money to spend while on vacation.

What you can do instead is to explore side streets and hole in the wall establishments. You will have to be adventurous, but the food is a lot more exciting, costs a lot cheaper, and tastes a whole lot better.

Use Public Transportation

You can Uber your way around town, but what’s the use of going to a place you’ve never been if you have a driver taking you around town? Explore and discover places by walking, cycling, rowing, or taking buses and trains. Take midnight buses or overnight trains when you’re going home late. They’re cheaper and way more fun than sitting at the backseat of a taxi or rented car.

Make the Most out of Free Tourist attractions

Beaches, mountains, museums, and parks are your best bets when it comes to enjoying and exploring without spending anything. Most museums are free in any country you visit. Some may have special exhibits or events that will require a fee or donation. Parks and beaches are usually open to the public. If you want to hike, you can get a local guide or join a group to save on costs.

Already on your toes and ready to go? If you’re traveling on a budget, be sure to check out these best budget places to visit in the Philippines, pure enjoyment guaranteed without breaking the bank!

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Author Bio

Rouselle Isla is an avid book lover who enjoys both printed and digital formats. She also contributes to various reputable online websites and is currently a content creator for iMoney Philippines.

Explore Siquijor Island

Siquijor Island Tourist Map (Explore Siquijor FB Page)

Photo grabbed from Explore Siquijor Facebook Page

Siquijor is small but an  island full of mysteries, so they say.

Because of stories of witchcraft, the uninitiated stepping on the island for the first time will feel a bit scared and cautious. But the island really is very welcoming to all guests. I should know, it’s my hometown! :)

When you arrive on the island, you will be welcomed by fresh air and serene sights of ocean and mountains. Except in Larena, the municipality that doesn’t sleep, the quiet atmosphere of the other municipalities is broken only by sporadic spurts of motorcyles and motorcabs.

It’s an island worth exploring for its beach and mountain resorts, fresh produce and warm people.

When in Siquijor

1. Drink fresh buko juice.
2. Eat boiled or fried bananas.
3. Eat native bread made with “tuba” (coconut wine) and stuffed with “bukayo” (sweetened grated coconut meat).
4. Visit old churches.
5. Visit beaches/sanctuaries.
6. Watch the sunset and sunrise.
7. Attend fiestas where anyone can just go in and out of houses and partake of the feast.
8. Check out boulevards.
9. Go cliff-jumping in Salagdoong Beach.
10. Tour the island in one day.

How to get to Siquijor

1. From Manila, take a flight or boat ride to Dumaguete. From Dumaguete, take a ferry or boat ride to Larena or Siquijor. Shipping lines such as Montenegro Shipping Lines. Check schedule here. Or you may take Delta Fast Ferries. Check schedule here.

2. From Cebu, take a flight via Cebu Pacific to Dumaguete or take a bus (Ceres) ride to Liloan Cebu and take the ferry to Sibulan, Dumaguete. Check schedule here. Then from Dumaguete, refer to #1.

Where to stay in Siquijor

There are plenty of inns and resorts to choose from. Check out Local Philippines.

For the rest about the island, I leave it to you to explore and enjoy your trip!

St. Isidore Labrador Church, Lazi, Siquijor

St. Isidore Labrador Church, Lazi, SiquijorSt. Isidore Labrador Convent, Lazi, Siquijor

St. Isidore Labrador Convent, Lazi, Siquijor

Salagdoong Beach

Salagdoong Beach, Maria, SiquijorBoating at Salagdoong Beach Resort,  Maria, Siquijor

Boating at Salagdoong Beach, Maria, SiquijorAccommodation at Coco Grove Beach and Dive Resort

Accommodation at Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, SiquijorAn intimate dining area, Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, Siquijor

Intimate Dining at Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, Siquijor

Resto along the beach of Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, Siquijor

Resto along the beach of Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, Siquijor

Sunset in Dumalaay

Sunset at Dumalaay Boulevard Cangmalalag, Larena, SiquijorSunrise in LarenaSunrise, Larena Bay, Siquijor

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My Destination Wish List

I haven’t traveled on business for about seven months now, and the family for about 10 months. Well several reasons, one of which is that we are investing in a big project this year, which we hope will culminate by year end. After that, we are going to be living on a tight budget. LOL

Needless to say, living on a tight budget doesn’t mean not being to travel still. Who knows, I might still go on a trip—free trip at that—courtesy of Air Asia Zest and Nuffnang.

My destinations wish list for this year and into the next year are:

  1. Tagbilaran, Bohol
  2. Puerto Princesa, Palawan
  3. Shanghai, China

My husband went to Shanghai on business a couple of years ago, and he mentioned an interesting place, Pudong, where the old and the new Shanghai sort of faces off each other. I’d like to see that.

It would be interesting to fly with the new Air Asia Zest, after a successful merger of Air Asia and Zest Air. The airline is now offering Filipinos the right way to fly, which means taking you to your dream destinations at affordable prices.

Air Asia Zest flies from Manila to local Philippine destinations. Not only that Filipinos can now travel in Asia with Air Asia.
If you want to be in the loop of latest deals from Air Asia Zest, Like AirAsiaPhilippines on Facebook and Follow @AirAsiaPH on Twitter and tweet using the hash tag #AirAsiaInManila.

Book now! 😀

Spain Forever at Tapella Restaurant

ESPAÑA PARA SIEMPRE

Spain Forever!

at Tapella Restaurant, G/F Greenbelt 5

November 6, 2012, Tuesday, from 6:30PM to 10:30PM

 

Join Chef Alexandra and her team as they showcase Spain’s culinary glory. Spain Forever! is a food travelogue featuring the four regions of Spain.

Enjoy the world famous paella from Valencia, the raved pintxos of Donistia, the sea food delicacies of El Sur and the delicious meat of Madrid, Badajoz and Castilla Leon, prepared as how they are made in Spain. To complete your dining experience, bottles of wine are carefully selected to suit your preference and satisfaction.

On this night, you will not only get enjoy the rich and unique flavors of Spain’s regional dishes, but you will also get the chance to win two (2) gift certificates to Camaya Resort, courtesy of Fuego Hotels.

Reserve now and call us at 757.2710 or call and text through 0917.891.7364. You may also confirm your reservations via email at donmanuel@ymail.com.

A Magical 17 with Enchanted Kingdom: Cast Members share their Spinning and Rocking Years at EK

“You do your best work if you do a job that makes you happy.” -Bob Ross

Theme zones bustling with smiling faces at the park. Quiet corners and laughter lounges at the Makati Sales Office. Everyday, Everyday ring tones. Phone calls, computer taps and mouse clicks. Project proposals, GP analysis and BSC reports. Meetings, meetings, and more meetings. Just your typical setting at Enchanted Kingdom’s workplace.

But away from the hustle and bustle of everyday work, what makes a job well worth it?

Meet some of the Cast Members who have been with the Enchanted Kingdom for 16 years as they share their long memorable years with the corporation.

Henry Henares, Asset Mgt. Specialist, WAM-COMPTROLLERSHIP says that he did not make a mistake when he chose to work and build his life around Enchanted Kingdom 16 summers ago. Enchanted Kingdom lives up to its purpose of creating magical moments and making people happy.

“I love EK and I love the environment. I know God gave this job just for me”, shares Henry.

As for Linus Jose Lopez from Office of the Head, going on his 17th year with Enchanted Kingdom, “I never thought of quitting my job.”

“I was touched and teary eyed when I watched the first fireworks display and heard the theme song of EK playing in the background. I am so proud to be a part of this first and only world-class theme park”, says Agueda “Dang” Guerra of Sales Department.

Glady Z. Angeles of Cash Control and Management Services will never forget the care and quick response of Enchanted Kingdom’s safety personnel when her water bag broke two weeks before her expected delivery. She could not have felt safer that day.

“Enchanted Kingdom was very supportive when the management allowed me to continue my studies while working here. I am very thankful, happy and blessed”, Carlos C. Lunas, EEP Business Development.

Cheers to Club 17!

With Enchanted Kingdom, it is not just a regular eight-to-five job with papers and deadlines to conquer. The recipe in staying long and happy with a company is learning to love the people and the workplace, embrace the challenges and grow with the vision together.

“It’s fun working at EK. It is the healthy work environment and team work of co-cast members, the support of management in helping us achieve personal and career growth, the good treatment of management, and the changes being made for the improvement of the quality of work and personality of everyone that makes me feel young whenever I am at the vicinity of Enchanted Kingdom,” says Esperanza M. Escape, SH – Billing & Payable.

Wilma Claros-Manuel of Internal Audit Services, in her first year with Enchanted Kingdom did not know what to expect from working at a theme park, but later on, enjoyed everything about the company especially the familial culture. On her 17th year, she considers Enchanted Kingdom her second home.

“I always feel like a kid when working here. There are ups and downs just like a roller coaster ride, but God is very present here. I love how the Cast Members support the company as well,” says Amor Tan Castillejo of Rides and Attractions.

Danilo R. Daygon of Group Sales Service shares his motivation, “I choose EK because I wanted to be part of the only world class theme park in our country.”

“All I wanted was a regular job that would sustain my family and studies, but I found something more – a family,” says Roderick Hara, Section Head of Rides and Attractions Division.

Enchanted Kingdom creates significant friendship amongst its Cast Members as attested by the interviewees. It is a place where you would want to be.

The Stunning Breakthrough

Assistant Manager to Officer-in-Charge for Rides and Attractions, Ronan Prudencio, and HRDM Section Head, Lilia Prudencio’s most magical moment with Enchanted Kingdom as husband and wife was when they both got promoted. To the lovely couple, Enchanted Kingdom is indeed a second family.

For Lorena Jacob of In-Park Food & Beverage, the most memorable experience she had with Enchanted Kingdom was when typhoon Ondoy badly damaged the company and the homes of most of the employees. It was then that all the departments formed a BALIKATAN to aid and help one another.

One magical breakthrough for Alfredo Bungubung from Rides and Attractions was when Enchanted Kingdom became the bridge for him and his wife to meet. Just like other Cast Members, he did not know what to expect from working at a theme park, but Alfredo loves Enchanted Kingdom and he is here to stay for more years.

After a tiring day, Veronica Almenar, Executive Secretary of HRMAS Division never forgets to smile. To her, working at Enchanted Kingdom is simply magical. Stress and exhaustion is no match to the “bayanihan” and familial culture that the company and employees give. “There is a certain incomparable happiness here. 17 years of being with Enchanted Kingdom is without a doubt, the most memorable experience I ever had. And now, I’m looking forward to counting more years of magical happiness,” she sentimentally shares.

Enchanted Kingdom became home to many Cast Members, both in good and hard times. This magical place is not just a theme park that paints smiles on the faces of its park guests but is a refuge to its employees. For most Cast Members, it is more than just having a workplace; it is having a home and a family.

Check out the website: http://www.enchantedkingdom.ph/

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Boosting the Gaming Industry in the Philippines

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The 120-hectare integrated casino and tourism hub that is being contructed in Manila Bay is envisioned to boost the gaming industry in the country. Dubbed as the Entertainment City, it will make the Philippines the next market to watch that will overtake those in Las Vegas and Singapore, as indicated in a research report by Citi.

Already there are about 40 casinos in the Philippines and if you are looking for a party casino, then these are highly exclusive slot machine VIP clubs, sure to meet your needs and then some . The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), a government owned and controlled corporation, operates most of these casinos. In 2011, PAGCOR reported a revenue of P36 billion. It hopes to increase this revenue in the years to come.

While many oppose such projects, casinos and other gaming hubs can boost the economy, being a big revenue resource. Being an entertainment hub, it can attract tourists just like in Las Vegas. It’s what’s happening now at Resorts World Manila. People go there not to gamble but to shop and dine, watch plays and see movies. Gamblers gamble, others enjoy the entertainment. It can provide jobs as well. And jobs mean provision which gives people a decent life.

Some Practical Tips 

  1. Bring a watch – Most, if not all casinos don’t have clocks in the gaming area. I guess so that gamblers won’t know the time, and would just play on.
  2. Know the essential areas – These are the restrooms, the restaurant, the area where you can cash out your chips. Often these areas are located in the innermost parts of the building where going to and fro would make you pass by other gaming areas or gaming machines. If you know the reason for this, then you’d know how to avoid the temptation of playing again, if you feel you’ve had enough.
  3. Be a wise player/casino-goer – In gambling, there is such a thing as adrenaline pumping techniques, where you get those near-wins. So you tend to play on some more and win a little. But you want more, so you play again. Know the signs and know when to quit. There also those freebies who would make you stay longer in the area and keep you there.
  4. Avoid alcohol – Obviously, you wouldn’t want to be drunk while playing.
  5. Play with a budget in mind – Let’s hope you stay sober and sane to stick with your budget.