Sunday, February 19, 2017

Grand Love Month Celebration at the Grand Dame



It was a once in a lifetime experience when Manila Hotel invited me to have a taste of  its LOVE MONTH celebration last February 7, 2017. I felt I was a teeny bobby teenager reliving a dream of the good life. First stop was the awesome Presidential Suite -- so huge with more than 1,000 sq meters space for you and your loved one/s.  Beautiful and romantic are two words that would readily pop out of your mind. It’s overlooking the perfect Manila Bay sunset.






Truly a grand dame that’s elegant, and having extensive experience in the hotel and hospitality business field, Manila Hotel tops in pulling off celebrations of this kind . The presidential suite would be the best place to express the wonderful feeling of falling in love and finding love anew or creatuing beautiful memories----from bespoke proposals to the one you love, engagement parties, tying the knot, honeymoons, babymoons and anything that celebrate love in all forms.


As you enter to the lobby of Manila Hotel you will feel the romantic season, a love tree will be in sight with all the symbols of love hanging in each branch. And if you’re a guest dining in the hotel’s restaurants will get a chance to pick a symbol and win special prizes from the hotel  and to their love month partners----Airtaxi.ph, Rolls-Royce, Jewelmer, Christian Dior, Victoria’s Secret, Calligraffi Novelties, Jo Rubio, Rachy Cuna and other luxury brands.




Now, here’s the thrill of a lifetime: riding the helicopter and the rolls-royce to complete the taste of the love month package.  Even though it was only 5 to 10 minutes experience I was extremely happy and thankful for that very rare experience. I was also lucky to be chosen as one of the winners during the raffle and I got a Victoria’s Secret product. Further,  I had a chance to experience their afternoon tea with tasting portions of the five-course menu paired with fresh fruit juices, champagne, white and red wine, coffee and tea.
With the President and Director of Manila Hotel, Atty. Joey Lina 

The hotel’s  expert team who are very nice were on hand explain everything what they have for the love month of 2017. Sharing to you some here in my blog.

Experience “THE GRAND DAME’S HEART” package inclusive of an overnight stay in one of our Superior Deluxe rooms, two tickets to crooner David Pomeranz’ concert with dinner for two at the Tent City, a buffet breakfast buffet for two at the Café Ilang-Ilang; and the following morning, a one-hour signature massage for one person at The Manila Hotel Spa. Additional amenities include: welcome fruits, unlimited internet access, and a complimentary use of the outdoor pool and Health Club Facilities for only PHP 20,000 nett.

Prestige members get an exclusive Valentine’s package with our “NOSTALGIA WITH LOVE” promotion by booking one of the following suites: the Sunset Suite, Sunrise Suite, Tower Suite, Veranda Suite, or 
Intramuros Suite. All packages comes with a sumptuous buffet breakfast for two at Café Ilang-Ilang, a one-hour signature massage for one person at The Manila Hotel Spa, complimentary pralines, a bouquet of flowers, welcome amenities, and late check-out (4:00 pm), all for PHP 14,500 nett.

Rekindle the flames of love with our “SAY I DO” room promotion inclusive of overnight accommodations, complete with a His and Hers butler attendant in the newly refurbished MacArthur Suite. The package comes with a three-course private in-room dinner with a flutist or violinist playing love songs to set the mood, a bottle of Champagne with His and Hers personalized wine glasses, and a chauffeur-driven luxury car at your service that will take the couple to the hotel and back to their homes. Relax yourself with a one-hour couple’s massage at The Manila Hotel Spa and also enjoy a Prestige Card membership that gives them access to the best offers and services in the hotel. To add more sweetness to the celebration, romantic turn-down amenities from our skilled chocolatiers and a bouquet of Ecuadorian roses will be given to the lady. Lastly, to remind them of their beautiful stay at the hotel, the couple will received a water color portrait souvenir portrait. All these inclusions for only PHP 500,000*nett. Stay period is from 1 to 28 February 2017 and terms and conditions apply.

If you are ready to give it all to your significant other, our “SKY’S THE LIMIT” room package is the perfect one for you. We can help you pop the question or spice up your relationship by renewing your vows. The package is inclusive of a luxurious overnight stay at the Grand Dame’s newly renovated Presidential Suite replete with a sunset helicopter proposal or a private in-room ceremony with a priest or pastor for the renewal of vows.

Your His and Hers 24-hour butler attendant will make sure that you will have everything attended to during the stay. Highlights include a 15-minute sunset helicopter flight around Manila Bay right before sunset to pop the question and made more even more perfect with a bottle of Champagne using His and Hers personalised wine glasses to celebrate that special moment. To make it even more special, there will be a five-course Chef’s table dinner for two at the Presidential Suite, capped with a harpist for the perfect musical entertainment and a special USB with their genre of music. Enjoy a one-hour couple’s massage at The Manila Hotel Spa or the comfort of your own spa room at the Presidential Suite as well as a Prestige Card membership that gives them access to the best offers and services in the hotel. They also receive His and Hers gifts such as cufflinks and stud earrings from Jewelmer, bespoke perfumes from Dior Parfums, made-to-measure His and Hers modern barong by a Filipino fashion designer Jo Rubio, romantic turn-down amenities from our skilled chocolatiers and a bouquet of Ecuadorian roses. To keep the love alive in photograph, and a photo opportunity with the Rolls-Royce car await guests. Furthermore, a chauffeur-driven luxury car will be at disposal and will take you to the hotel and back to your home after the memorable stay. All these for only PHP 1,000,000*nett per night. Stay period is from 1 to 28 February 2017 and terms and conditions apply.

As a treat, guests availing the LOVE MONTH room packages will receive limited edition The Manila Hotel memory sticks for your hearing pleasure with genre specific playlists---baby boomers, generation X and Y, and the millennials.

DINING OPTIONS
TMH_Letterhead.jpgFor a more intimate and indulgent atmosphere, dine under crystal palm trees of the famed Champagne Room of The Manila Hotel and delight in a French gastronomic voyage with your special someone. Indulge in foie gras, scallops, and lamb loin for only PHP 7,000 nett for two. When you avail a bottle of Roberto Mondavi Merlot or Chardonnay, you get to take other bottle home with our compliments. Do not forget to ask our team for other wine recommendations as well.

Have an enchanting evening at Cowrie Grill, Greenhills (San Juan) and lavish on a five-course dinner with your loved one. Offerings feature a green salad medley with soft shell crab; prepared table side, garden fresh tomato soup on cheese soufflé, a passion fruit sherbet, an Australian lamb main course, and a mouthwatering French crepe suzette for only PHP 4,800 nett for couple. The Cowrie Grill is located in Greenhills, San Juan and is open daily from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm for lunch; 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm for afternoon snacks, and from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm for dinner.

SONG WRITING AND LOVE STORY WRITING CONTEST
Reminisce and share your story of love with the rest of the world by joining our Love in Pen and Paper: A Collection of Manila Hotel Love Stories. Profess your feelings of love, appreciation, and gratitude for your loved one or significant other by writing about them to us. Furthermore, The Manila Hotel invites you to join Love and Rhythm: The Manila Hotel’s Song Writing Contest by declaring your utmost devotion to your loved ones or significant other by being inspired and composing a song! Great prizes await those whose entries will be chosen. To know more about the mechanics of these contests, please visit http://bit.ly/TMHLoveInPenandPaper or http://bit.ly/TMHLoveandRhythm.

For restaurant reservations, please call our Food and Beverage team at 527-0011 extension 1261-1262. For room reservations, please contact 5270011 extension1175 to 1179 or visit www.manila-hotel.com.ph.

*Terms and Conditions apply.
For the option of extending your stay at either the Presidential Suite or MacArthur Suite, a special rate will be given.
None of the promotional cards can apply to these promotional room packages.

Positioned as the true heart of the Philippines, The Manila Hotel is the country’s premier five-star and flagship hotel. It is located at One Rizal Park, Manila. For more information, call +632 527 0011 or visit www.manila-hotel.com.ph; follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheManilaHotel and on Instagram@themanilahotel.

Appendix A: Love Story Writing Competition

MECHANICS
Love in Pen and Paper: A Collection of Manila Hotel Love Stories

Reminisce and share your story of love with the rest of the world by sending them to us and win prizes. Profess your feelings of love, appreciation, and gratitude for your loved one or significant other.

Here’s how to do it:
  1. Write and submit your story of love, either in English or Tagalog, in not more than 2,000 words.
  2. Your story of love is not limited to the stories among couples. It may also be about the love of a mother to her daughter, a friend to a friend, a sibling, a grandmother but in relation to how it was celebrated at The Manila Hotel.
  3. Author must provide a recent photo with the person in his/her story of love as well as proof of the celebration happening at The Manila Hotel.
  4. Author must allow The Manila Hotel to publish their love story on the Hotel’s Facebook page and other Love Month collaterals. The hotel can protect your identity if you so wish.
  5. There are no submission fees.
  6. All submissions must be sent to the marketing@themanilahotel.com before Saturday, 28 February 2017 with the following format:

                        SUBJECT: My Manila Hotel Love Story _(Name)
                        FILE FORMAT: .DOC, .RTF, .PDF
            Or mail to:
                        Room 254, Marketing Department
                        The Manila Hotel
                        One Rizal Park, 0913, Manila

The winners will be selected based on the following criteria:
  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Depth of the Story
  • Relevance
  • Number of likes on Facebook.
  • Three winners will be chosen. The selected winners will receive cash prizes as well as gift certificates.
  • Non-winners will also receive a consolation prize for their participation.
  • Stories, photos, and videos submitted will become the property of The Manila Hotel


Appendix B:Love Song Writing Competition
Love and Rhythm: The Manila Hotel Song Writing Contest

To all music lovers and composers out there! This February, The Manila Hotel invites you to come and join Love and Rhythm: The Manila Hotel’s Song Writing Contest. Declare your utmost devotion to your loved ones or significant other by being inspired and composing a song! Great prizes await those whose song entry will be chosen.

Here’s how to join:
  1. The theme will be about love of any kind – be it love for your significant other, your parents, your whole family, your friends, love of country, and more.
  2. Write and submit your song either in English or Tagalog. It must not exceed 2.5 to 3.0 minutes (complete with the intro, coda, refrain, and etc).
  3. Only original compositions must be submitted.
  4. The song entries must not have been submitted or released in other prior competitions.
  5. The composers of the songs chosen will be duly notified and will be recognized as the original lyricists and composers respectively.
  6. All submissions must be sent to the marketing@themanilahotel.com before Tuesday, 28 February 2017 with the following format:

                                    Subject: Love and Rhythm: The Manila Hotel Songwriting Contest (Name)
                                    Music file format: WAV or MP3
                                    Lyrics file format: DOC or PDF
            Or using a CD for the song and a separate lyric sheet (to better understand the lyrics), mail to:
                                    Address: Room 254, Marketing Department
                                                      The Manila Hotel
                                                      One Rizal Park, 0913, Manila, Philippines
                                    Subject: Love and Rhythm: The Manila Hotel Song Writing Contest
                                    Music file format: WAV or MP3
The winners will be selected based on the following criteria:
  • Originality (20%)
  • Creativity (15%)
  • Meaning of the words (15%)
  • Relevance to the theme (20%)
  • Memorability (potential for LSS or last song syndrome) (15%)
  • Melodiousness (15%)
  • Three winners will be chosen. The selected winners will receive gift certificates worth PHP 20,000, PHP 15,000, and PHP 10,000.
  • Non-winners will also receive a consolation prize for their participation.
  • The ownership of the submitted song/music would be retained by the respective composers/lyricists but with the explicit permission to be for The Manila Hotel to use in its marketing promotions both locally, regionally, and internationally.

Appendix C: Sky’s the Limit Package Inclusions / Renewal of Vows*– PHP 1M per night
Overnight accommodations Presidential Suite accommodations (option for extension of stay at a special rate)
A private in-room ceremony with a priest / pastor and with immediate family for renewal of vows
A five-course Chef’s Table dinner (inclusive of exclusive paired wines)
A harpist (one-hour entertainment during dinner)
A round-trip (home-hotel-home) chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce
A 15-minute sunset helicopter flight by airtaxi.ph around the bay
A one-hour couple’s signature massage at the privacy of their own spa room at the Presidential Suite
A bottle of Champagne (popped during the vows)
His and Hers – cufflinks and stud earrings – by Jewelmer
His and Hers bespoke perfumes (Parfums Dior)
Bespoke Skin Pampering by Christian Dior (at their SM Makati boutique)
Her “Bombshell Perfume” by Victoria’s Secret
His and Hers personalised wine glasses by .calligraffi.
His and Hers embroidered initialed pillowcases / throw pillows
 Made-to-measure His and Hers modern barong by Jo Rubio
His and Hers 24-hour butler attendant
Romantic turn down amenities from the kitchen
A floral bouquet arrangement by renowned stylist, Rachy Cuna
A photo opportunity with the 1920 Rolls-Royce vintage car
A photo / video of “Popping the Question” proposal in the air
 Prestige Card Membership for access to best services and offers at the hotel
 A personalised USB with their genre of love songs
* Subject to Terms and Conditions

Appendix D: “Say I Do” Package Inclusions (Private Proposals)*– PHP 500K per night
1) Overnight MacArthur Suite accommodations (option for extension of stay at a special rate)
2) A three-course private in-room dinner (inclusive of exclusive paired wines)
3) A flutist or violinist (30-minute entertainment during dinner)
4) A round-trip (home-hotel-home) chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce
5) A bottle of Champagne
6) A water colour portrait souvenir by Valerie Chua
7) His and Hers personalised wine glassesby .calligraffi.
8) His and Hers 24-hour butler attendant
9) Romantic turn-down amenities from the kitchen
10) A floral bouquet arrangement by renowned stylist Rachy Cuna
* Subject to Terms and Conditions

Appendix E: The Love Tree Prizes
Victoria’s Secret
One three-piece Secret Escape set
Four three-piece Angel set
Five four-piece Perfume and Lip Gloss sets
One three-piece set of the Dream, Bombshell Vial and Angel Scent Card
Three VS Beach Blanket
Three Weekender Bag
One Bombshell scented candle

Dior Parfums
14 miniature sets of Dior Parfums

Calligraffi
Ten pieces of charms
Four PHP 200 worth of GCs for the online purchase

Rolls-Royce
20 Rolls-Royce USBs (with logo)
10 Rolls-Royce luggage tags (with logo)

Jewelmer
15 sets of Jewelmer notebook and Jewelmer pencils
5 pieces of Jewelmer Jewelry box

The Manila Hotel Gifts - * Terms and Conditions Apply
37 pairs of slippers
180 pieces of umbrellas
46 caps
10 Two-hour vouchers for learning to cook Italian cuisine
10 Two-hour vouchers for learning to cook Halal cuisine
10 Two-hour vouchers for learning to prepare Japanese cuisine
10 Two-hour vouchers for learning to cook Chinese cuisine
10 Two hours free use of the Gym
15 2017 Manila Hotel notebook
15 Manila Hotel pens
15 Manila Hotel luggage tags

Cooking classes are subject to prior scheduling and the Chefs’ availability.
Cooking class attendees may be grouped together.
These prizes cannot be exchanged for cash. 
These prizes are subject to a validity period with extensions granted on a case-to-case basis.
These cooking class vouchers may be transferrable with prior notice to the hotel.






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