Category: Review

Enchanted Kingdom in Laguna

Enchanted Kingdom

Thousands of people head south of Manila to spend a day of fun-filled relaxation and adventurous excitement within the American-style walls of Enchanted Kingdom, a 17-hectare world class theme park conveniently located in the outskirts of Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Club Noah Resort

Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) has acquired the former Club Noah Isabelle, a luxury resort in Palawan province. Company chief finance officer Jaime Ysmael said Ayala Land is now refurbishing the 50-room resort.

The company also announced that it will launch by the first quarter of 2011 the Pangalusian island resort in El Nido through its 60 percent-owned venture with beach resort operator, Asian Conservation Co.

Shinagawa Lasik and Aesthetics Center

Japanese medical firm Shinagawa Lasik and Aesthetics Center (Philippines) has opened a facility in the Philippines to take advantage of the fast-growing market for medical tourism.

Belle Grande Manila Bay

Belle Grande Manila Bay, an integrated resort and casino complex being constructed on a reclaimed portion of Manila Bay, is expected to have its soft opening by the fourth quarter of 2011.

Belle Corp., the developer of the project, said it also plans to launch other new projects, including the Lakeside Fairways, a condotel on top of the podium of Belle Grande Manila Bay, and the second phase of Nob Hill in Tanauan, Batangas.

Club Punta Fuego

Roxaco Land Corp. has acquired a majority stake in Fuego Hotels Property & Management Corp. (FHPMC), the developer of Club Punta Fuego, an 88-hectare premiere luxury seaside resort community in Batangas.

The company aims to become a major player in the tourism industry.  Aside from Punta Fuego, FHPMC also manages Terazzas de Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Batangas, 7 Stones Boracay Suites and Boracay Gems in Boracay, Aklan and recently, Camaya Coast in Bataan.  Roxaco is currently developing Anya Resort and Residences in Tagaytay, a six-hectare boutique community that integrates a luxury resort facility and an exclusive residential estate.

Philippines Weirdest Restaurant

Hobbit House, a restaurant in Ermita, Manila, has been named the weirdest in the world for its dwarf waiters and cooks.  The restaurant, which has a “Lord of the Rings” theme, topped the list of the “world’s weirdest themed restaurants” compiled by CNNGo.

The restaurant-bar was opened by former Peace Corps volunteer and college professor Jim Turner in Mabini Street in 1973, and was moved to M. H. del Pilar street in 2007.

Remington Hotel Manila


Remington Hotel Manila Resorts World Manila has opened budget-friendly Remington Hotel, to complement its 6-star hotel Maxims Hotel and Marriott Hotel. Located at Newport City Pasay, Remington Hotel offers top quality, value-for-money accommodations within the round-the-clock entertainment.

Remington Hotel has 623 standard rooms and 89 units of serviced apartments. With an average room size of 21 square metres, the standard rooms have two queen-sized beds, air-conditioning, in-room WiFi, in-room safety box, shower and bathroom, hot and cold water, power sockets on the wall, electronic keylock, telephone, luggage storage and daily housekeeping services.


GO Hotel

JG Summit Holdings (JGS) will invest PhP6 billion for the construction of 30 budget hotels over the next four years to complement its budget airline business as the company anticipates robust tourism trade in the country.

JG Summit president and COO Lance Gokongwei described tourism as a natural third leg of the Philippine economy next to overseas Filipino workers and BPO.

Pearl Farm now attracts corporate clients

Pearl Farm Beach Resort, a world-class tourism destination in the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao, has put up new investments to accommodate corporate gatherings and other large events.

Oakwood Ortigas

Oakwood Premier Joy NostalgServiced apartment provider Oakwood is back in the Philippines, with the formal opening on September 9, 2009 of its 223-unit Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center Manila in Ortigas Center built by the leisure and resort property unit of the family of biscuit magnate Jacinto Ng.

Undeterred by the global economic crisis, Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center Manila, occupying 28 floors of the P3-billion 41-storey Joy~Nostalg Center Manila, actually had a soft launching on August 1, but the formal opening of the hotel is on September 9, 2009.
"We are back in the Philippines," said Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center Manila general manager Brian Connelly. "Ortigas is the best location for corporate business. It is located just across the Asian Development Bank and is near large shopping malls, business process outsourcing establishments and call centers."

Connelly said Oakwood Premier is looking at business travellers, tourists, and Filipinos as its market. "We are drawing people from as far as Makati and Quezon City," he said.