Hotel Jen Manila gives Moms a memorable experience


 Hotel Jen Manila is all set to make your Mother’s Day celebration special!

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of May 2016, you may book your mom in a Deluxe Room for only Php 4,320 ++per night. This exclusive offer comes with a buffet breakfast good for two at Latitude, one complimentary lunch at Kitsho or Latitude, a voucher which entitles mom a free cocktail or mocktail plus a Mother’s Day Platter at Windows By The Bay and Jen’s special gift for mom.

On May 8, 2016, expect our Latitude buffet spread to be extraordinary as we highlight Filipino heirloom dishes. These specialties are local recipes from different families in the country and believed to have been perfected and passed on through different generations. For those moms who crave some Japanese delights, Kitsho’s Ala Carte Buffet is just one chopstick away. Whatever Mom has chosen, we can definitely guarantee you a pleased tummy for only Php 988 nett per head.

For inquiries and advance reservations, please call (632) 795 8888 or email food&beverage.hjm@hoteljen.com.


Bring Mom not just to any restaurant, make it Sisterfields at Summit Hotel Ridge Tagaytay.

An out-of-town celebration? Why Not? If it’s for Mom, it should be extra special. That’s why Sisterfields at Summit Hotel Ridge in Tagaytay prepared an unforgettable lunch buffet for Mom on May 8.

It’s only Php 699 net/person and you and Mom will surely love the fresh greens at the Salad Bar with choice toppings of Candied Cashew Nuts or Tawilis Flakes. Dressings include Pineapple Vinaigrette, Caesar and Goddess. Delight Mom at the Canape’ Station—Tawilis Canape, Dinakdakan Pate Canape’ and Longganisa Pizza Canape.

Sumptuous main entrees include Chicken Galantina, Pesto Pasta, Laing Stuffed Lechon Roll, Beef Caldereta Espesyal with Black Olives and Kesong Puti among others. Paella and plain steamed rice are also available.


A sumptuous treat for all Moms (l-r): Laing Stuffed Lechon Roll, Longganisa Pizza Canape and Pugon Rosemary Chicken at Sisterfields, Summit Ridge Hotel, Tagaytay

Charm Mom’s sweet tooth with Grilled Pineapple Tart or Mango Panacotta.

Make the celebration better by joining #MomKnowsBest social media contest. Check out details at Sisterfields FB (Sisterfields). Summit Hotel Ridge is at Km 58 Maharlika West, Gen. Aguinaldo Hi-way, Tagaytay City. For reservations, please call (02) 240-6888.


Cravings Group of Restaurants honors all mothers with timeless dining experiences



Cravings at Katipunan and Molito, Cravings Fraser Place in Makati, The Blackboard and The Podium are serving up Mother’s Day Chef’s Special from May 6 to May 9.

For only Php 650, Mom is sure to be pleased with Chicken Marsala or Seafood Potpie, Soup, choices at the Salad Bar, Dessert Buffet and a round of Sangria. Another indulgent deal is the 4+1 Buffet, that is, come in a group of five and one diner eats for free.

chicken-marsalaChef’s Special—Chicken Marsala especially prepared for Mother’s Day at Cravings

       At Fraser Place, the chef’s special is set at Php 399 plus soup and salad. Add Php 99 and Mom gets unlimited cups of premium Di Bella coffee along with a fresh floral surprise from Island Rose and pretty gift from Benefit Cosmetics.

The Blackboard offers the Paella overload, that’s freeflow then choose from a superb selection of appetizers like Chicken Liver Parfait. For a sweet finish, take on Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla and Cardamom French Ice Cream and a round of Sangria. For a group of five, the 4+1 Buffet applies, where one for free for every group of five.


Because Moms deserve more than a one-day celebration, B&P, C2 and Wicked are offering month-long delights.

At C2—let Mom delight in Beef Ribs Kaldereta sa Gata prepared by Chef Sarah Gutierrez (Jr. Corporate Chef of C2) which she learned from her Mommy Grace.

B&P serves a simple yet yummy Crispy Kare-Kare sa Gata at Kalabasa, an heirloom recipe from Chef Angela Villaroman (Jr. Corporate Chef of B&P) which she got from her Mommy Edith.

It’s a set meal (good for 3 to 4 persons) at Epicurious ideal for brunch and dinner that includes mixed greens with choice of dressing, pumpkin soup, chorizo olives pasta and a savory board.

For all of the above, Moms get a floral token from Island Rose and a treat from Benefit Cosmetics.

Sweeten up Mom’s Day with de cadent desserts from Cravings, B&P, The Blackboard and Epicurious: Tablea Cheesecake, Cacao Nib Brownies, Cacao Nib Pan and Toffee Brioche Pudding.

The pudding 9×6 pan/slice) and cheesecake (whole or junior size) are also on the shelf of Wicked.

Show how proud you are of your mom by joining the TCG’s Mother’s Day Social Media Contest; for full contest mechanics, visit whatsnew.my-cravings.com.

sweet-optionsSweet options at Cravings, Wicked and The Bakeshop (l-r): Toffee Brioche Pudding, Tablea Cheesecake and Cacao Nib Brownie Pan




Yes, what more can we say but “I love you” to our beloved moms. They deserve a gastronomic feast at Casa Roces.

 Give Mom the best she deserves like a feast at Casa Roces, the fine dining resto in the heart of Manila. And it’s only Php 799+ per head!

Soup and Salad: Start with a hearty Pumpkin Soup followed with healthy greens at the Salad Bar with a choice of three sauces—Caesar, Honey Mustard and Balsamic Vinaigrette or have a Russian Salad.

Entrees: The choices will surely wom any Mom such as Baked Fish with Garlic and Cherry tomatoes in Oliv e Oil, Cochinillo with Liver Sauce and Pineapple Mango Salsa, Chicken Mushroom Salpicao, Tagliatelle with Zucchini and Paella Valenciana.

Sweets: Top the hearty meal with Pastilla de Lerche Turon, Brazo de Mercedes con Maiz and assorted mini cakes. Diners a get a free round of Sangria.

Casa Roces is at 1153 J.P. Laurel corner Aguado streets, San Miguel, Manila. For reservations, please call 735-5896 or 488-1929.


A hearty buffet awaits Mom and her family at Casa Roces that includes the resto’s popular Paella.


Did you know that we now have a bibingka that’s New York-made?


      There are countless “specialty” western confectionery products. These cutely presented eats usually satisfy the sweet tooth of any Filipino, but they also contain copious amounts of sugar, artificial sweeteners, synthetic flavors, and unhealthy shortenings. If only there was a pastry that was delicious, aesthetically pleasing, and, most importantly, devoid of those artificial ingredients.

The “B” in Bibingka-esk is for “Better”

Eileen Formanes, founder/head baker of New York City’s Bibingka-esk, brings her healthy treat to her home country with one thought in mind, “ I want to share my creation to the folks in the Philippines. Some of my customers in the US have commented that there were too many cupcakes all over the place and my desserts are just the kind of unique delicacies they needed to taste—the variety I also want my home folk to taste.“Having worked in Human Resources for two decades in corporate America (achieving vice President positions in several firms), Eileen decided to follow her passion for baking and the change would allow her to spend more time with her family in early 2013.

Filipino food in New York City seemed to always take a back seat in Asian cuisine.  Filipino desserts were practically unknown.  She wanted to raise the profile for Filipino food by creating her own rendition of the bibingka. “Growing up, I remember enjoying bibingka during Christmas and I knew I wanted to share that experience with the folks here in NY,” she said.

Eileen’s bibingka were first served to customers in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The uniquely-flavored, bibingkas Eileen created immediately took New York City’s food fairs by storm, eventually gaining the trust of even the pickiest eaters with her assurance that her bibingkas are gluten-free and are baked with the freshest ingredients.”

The talented Filipina had a pop-up shop at Shangri-La Plaza Mall in April and Eileen will come back regularly so Metro-Manilans will have a taste of Bibingka-esk. By early next year, the Formanes family hopes to establish a permanent shop in the metro.


CCA Manila’s Young Chefs Boot Camp 2016 ignites kitchen learning discoveries.

The Young Chefs Boot Camp 2016 (YCBC) of the Center for culinary Arts is now open for kids and tweens. The culinary workshop series are designed for cooking enthusiasts from 7 to 16 years old. There are basic and semi-advanced hands-on cooking classes of five sessions held from Mondays to Fridays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. either at the CCA Katipunan campus or CCA The Podium.

For 2nd-time learners, there’s Little Chef II from May 2 to 6 at CCA Katipunan. Those who love comfort food, take the My Ultimate Comfort Food Course, May 16 to 20 at CCA Katipunan and The Podium. Tweens will love the bakery treats through Baking 101, May 23 to 27, CCA Katipunan.


It’s Summer Grilling & BBQ, May 2 to 6, CCA Katipunan; May 23 to 27, CCA The Podium; Pizza & Pasta Course is on May 18 to 22 at CCA The Podium. Cooking My Way Through Asia is set on May 2 to 6 at CCA The Podium with regional fares from Thai, K-pop to our very own Pinoy cuisine. For those who want a grasp of an advanced mastery of Filipino cuisine, try the Junior Pinoy Master Chef Course, May 3 to 7, CCA Katipunan.

For details, please call CCA Podium: 696-9083 CCA Katipunan: 218-8566 or email: talktoccamanila@gmail.com.



Tokyo Bubble Tea is the restaurant to go to if you are looking for a new take on Japanese cuisine.

There are numerous Japanese restaurants now in Metro Manila, but if you are looking for a resto with  ts own twist to Japanese cuisine, then it’s time to hie off to Tokyo Bubble Tea (TBT). Now celebrating its 10th year anniversary, TBT is not letting up on its recipe for success as emphasized by Reagan Tan, its owner. He said, “We serve great food, drinks and we’ve got excellent service and a unique dining experience.”

Timeless favorites include Gyoza and Takoyaki, however, don’t miss the Japanese Caesar Salad, Spicy Tuna Salad and Crispy Salmon Belly. One of its bestsellers is Chicken Teriyaki Doria—savory, sweet chicken cutlets served in a bed of Japanese rice baked with mozzarella cheese on top. If you are dining with family or friends, then opt for the Tokyo Tower—sushi and fried sushi stacked together on a bed of garden salad (lettuce, cherry tomatoes, candied walnuts with balsamic vinaigrette) plus a crunch roll of salmon sushi on top.


If you can’t go without the burgers, you’ve got two choices at TBT—Tokyo Aloha Burger –100 percent pure beef served with pineapple and a special teriyaki sauce and Samurai apple Burger served with crispy fries and a special Japanese apple sauce.

For drinks, Tokyo Bubble Tea has in-house delicious Milk Teas and vitamin C-infused drinks. For desserts, TBT offers a unique take on the Pinoy mango and ube with its Classic Ube Cake and Mango Cheesecake.

TBT has branches in BGC, T. Morato, Katipunan and SM Megamall.   For details, follow them on FB (tokyobubbletea).


Hotel Jen Manila marks milestone together with other Hotel Jen properties around the globe.

Hotel Jen Manila’s executives grace the cake cutting ceremony.

 hj2 Dir. of Human Resources Don Bazar, Dir. of Sales & Marketing, Meegee Yap, General Manager Ed Kollmer, Dir. of Operations, Frencie Duadua & Social Media Specialist, June Ng shared a toast with everyone for Hotel Jen’s first year anniversary.

      Hotel Jen Manila marked its first year anniversary recently. With the theme, “We Are One”, the celebration became a simultaneous event as other Hotel Jen properties across South East Asia also celebrated the brand’s immense success in just one year.

Guests were invited at Windows By The Bay, the newly opened outlet of Hotel Jen Manila, providing an inspiring, magical, breathtaking and calming view of Manila Bay. Here, a three layered-caked designed with a Philippine flag on top, a symbol representing Filipino culture, was cut and shared with the public by General Manager, Ed Kollmer with other hotel executives as shown in photo.


Hotel Jen To Open in Kuala Lumpur

           Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. and Concorde Arch (M) Sdn. Bhd. announced the development of the first Hotel Jen in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Opening in 2019, Hotel Jen Kuala Lumpur is the second Hotel Jen project under development in Malaysia, following the signing of Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu in Borneo in September 2015.

The announcement was made at a signing ceremony held in Hong Kong to finalize a management agreement between Concorde Arch (M) Sdn.Bhd. and Hotel Jen.


Concorde Arch (M) Sdn initially acquired the land for building the corporate office; however, the opportunity of venturing towards hospitality became apparent with the advent of millennial travellers seeking more curated lifestyle and leisure accommodation inspired by this growing target market.The proximity of the location to numerous landmarks in Kuala Lumpur enhances the feasibility of this proposition. Judy Ng, director of Concorde Arch (M) Sdn. Bhd., said, “We are excited to be in partnership with Shangri-La International Hotel Management. This will add a new direction to our hospitality business for the group.”

Hotel Jen Kuala Lumpur is strategically located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur at the intersection of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan P Ramlee, just 800 meters from the city’s landmark Petronas Twin Towers and 300 meters from the KL Tower.

The hotel will cater to both business and leisure travellers, being in close proximity to the central business district and Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC).

Greg Dogan, president and CEO of Shangri-La, said, “The announcement of Hotel Jen Kuala Lumpur reinforces our interest and expansion in Malaysia, in the country’s capital city, where we will now increase the group’s presence with our third hotel and newest brand Hotel Jen”.

Fresh, friendly and fuss-free. That’s the genre of Hotel Jen, the new brand launched a year ago to cater to a new “Jeneration” of independently-minded business and leisure travellers. The brand launched quickly with the first 10 Hotel Jen properties opening in major cities in Asia Pacific in under one year, followed by two new developments soon after hotel’s first anniversary.

Key Facts

        150m and 36 stories tall

  • Hotel comprises 200 rooms
  • Jen’s Kitchen, all-day-dining restaurant and lounge
  • Rooftop Sky Bar with an infinity-edge lap pool
  • Meeting rooms customised for all occasions
  • Club Lounge with privileges, including express check-in and check-out, complimentary breakfast, complimentary evening beverages and tasty local snacks and late check-out

.       For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the Hotel Jen website at www.hoteljen.com.


Do it in style at Marriott Hotel Manila

Hunting for fun this Easter? The wilderness awaits you at Marriott Hotel Manila as they give an extra tad of glee to the Easter celebrations.. Be it an adventurous retreat for the family or a filling celebration, the hotel has prepared exciting treats and enormous spread that are perfect for both kids and kids-at-heart.

easter-marriott      Hop your way to Marriott Café and be ready to partake of the Easter spread and adventure. Go wild and explore  the café’s vast buffet offerings of international cuisines. Unleash the beast in you with the hefty spread of filling choices and prey on fresh tiger prawns, prime rib, teppanyaki and foie gras with agile chefs on standby to cook it the way you crave it.

Never thirst out in the wilderness as the hotel makes sure you’re hydrated with unlimited milkshakes, iced teas and martini selections.  For only Php 2550 nett, enjoy the Safari Sunday Brunch on March 27 and the kids can join the hoard in hunting the golden egg on the Safari field for a chance to catch a Dinner or Lunch Buffet for 4 at the Marriott Café and 1,000 worth of credits for Marriott Café Bakery.

More activities are in store for the young adventurers like glitter tattoos and magic show. Take a peek through your binoculars and be on the lookout for stilt walkers and the happy hopping bunny going around the café to bring extra ordinary joy to all the diners. More than the festivities and activities, Marriott Café is giving out loot bags filled with freebies for the early explorers to bring home.


Searching for more delectable fixes? Behind the bushes lie Easter goodies to satiate your cravings for sweet treats. Drop by the Marriott Café Bakery and Crema to discover a selection of delightful finds and decadent surprises available from March 13 to 27. Fill your sacks with snacks of the wilderness and choose from exceptional cakes, cupcakes, chocolates and cookies with prices starting from Php 120 and up.


It’s Year 3 for Jolly University!

The Boot Camp featured a Food Congress and Cook-Off challenge


Chefs Mitchie Sison (right) and Justin Sison at the food styling workshop

         For aspiring chefs and budding entrepreneurs, it was another year of learning from the masters at the Jolly University (JU). Held at Le Pavillon, the highly successful event, now on its third consecutive year, was sponsored by Fly Ace Corp., exclusive marketer and distributor of the Jolly Food line.

Says Jun Cochanco, Fly Ace president, “I am delighted with the turnout of Boot Camp participants; it showed that Jolly University has gained momentum. Ultimately, we aim to inspire students and may they appy what they have learned here when they have their business in the future.”

This year’s resource persons include:  JU’s Head Master Chef Mitchie Sison for food styling; Frances Amper Sales, Jolly’s brand ambassador/blogger and Chef Ben Bernardo who talked on , “How To Become A Successful Chef.”

Some comments from the student participants: John Prestin, La Consolacion College Manila, “I’m inspired by the workshops on cooking and food styling; on photography—I learned a lot about capturing the best shots by showing the right angle and image of the subject.” Lorenzo Juaquin, Univ. of St. Tomas: “I learned to use blogs and make viral videos to promote myself and my passion.”

jolly-bootcampFuture chefs and entrepreneurs attended the Jolly University’s 2016 Boot Camp and Food Congress


Celebrate Easter at Casa Roces

Have good beginnings for the heart and soul with special meals in one of the finest dining destinations in Manila.

Check out the Easter Sunday specials at Casa Roces that offers one of the best in Filipino and Spanish-inspired menus. The specials include a Lunch Buffet with the resto’s signature dishes .

For only Php 695+/person , enjoy Paella Valenciana, Paella with Vegetables, Fillet Munierre, Cochinillo with Liver Sauce and Mango Salsa, Beef Pot Roast, Molo Soup, Salad Bar and Assorted Cakes.

Have a bonding session as well with face paintings and sessions at the photo booth.

Casa Roces is located at 1153 J.P.Laurel corner Aguado streets, San Miguel, Manila. Call 735-5896/708-4020 for reservations.

CochinilloA  Casa Roces bestseller—Cochinillo served with Liver Sauce and Mango Salsa


Cravings Group Offers Month-Long Specials

Enjoy a meat-free indulgence, visit any Cravings Group resto for the Chef’s Specials.

For those who prefer  lighter meals this season, the chefs of Craving Group prepared heavenly seafood options and vegetable entrees at all the Group’s restaurants—Cravings (Katipunan), Lucia (inside Hotel Celeste, Makati), C2 Classic Cuisine (Shangri-La Mall; Missouri, Greenhills)  B&P (Shaw Blvd.; Il Terrazzo, T. Morato) , The Blackboard (The Podium), Epicurious  and Wicked (both at the East Wing, Shangri=La Mall).  Here’s a peek:

       *Cravings Restaurant—love the mouthwatering serving of Prawn Thermidor with Artichoke and Mushroom and Truffle Tagliatelle. At Craving Fraser Place, you won’t go wrong with Spicy Tuyo spaghetti and sun-dried tomato or Grilled St. Peter’s fish with Rice Pilaf in Garlic Confit.

        *Lombardi’s and Lucia Ristorante—these two restos are the best destinations when you are craving for Italian specialties. At Lombardi’s, try the Salmon con Salsa di Limon (baked salmon in garlic and lemon sauce served with pumpkin risotto) and at Lucia, there’s Angel Hair vongole (clam pasta) and Dentice Alle Olive (grilled lapu-lapu in lemon and olives served with baked potatoes).

      *B&P—here are light yet filling choices like Stir-Fried Fish and Tofu and Grilled Oyster Mushroom Burger or Wicked’s Vegetarian Lasagna and Tuna & Capers Sandwich.

 *Epicurious—have a snack of Tuna and Capers Sandwich with Grilled Zucchini and Tomatoes served with Camote Chips and Moringga Lemonada; for the main dish, Sesame Custard Prawns with Pesto is tops.

      *The Blackboard—it offers wholesome decadence with Prawns Aligue Risotto, Almond Cobbler, Mushroom and Truffle Tagliatelle.

      *C2 Classic Cuisine—there’s plenty to choose from at C2’s, home of Pinoy classics but try the mouthwatering Crispy Pancit Palabok and Tilapia with Mango Salsa.

mango-salsaCrispy Pancit Palabok and Tilapia with Mango Salsa available at C2 Classic Cuisine


Wicked’s Vegetarian Lasagna and Tuna/ Caper’s Sandwich


Enjoy special encounters and memories at Cravings and The Blackboard.

strawberry-shortcakeLuscious Strawberry Shortcake

      If you want a pre-Valentine (February 12 and 13) or post-Valentine (February 15) celebration, check out C ravings and The Blackboard. Both have “romantically-prepared meals” such as Chef Special—Pan Roasted Salmon, Jasmine and Scented Orange and Rosemary Beurre Blanc, Sauteed Haricot Vert and Squash and Truffled Potato Mash.

On February 14, top Chef Sau del Rosario presents a signature soup and salad buffet filled with buds and flowers like Beetroot, Orange and Arugula, Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil.Special love soup is Tuscan-style Tomato with Focaccia Croutons.

Both Cravings and The Blackboard are also offering limited edition cakes. They have partnered with GrabExpress, an on-demand, pick-up delivery service for Makati, Ortigas and Taguig.

For details, please call Cravings Katipunan at 426-6881 to 88 and The Blackboard (The Podium) at 696-9083.


Casa Roces will dazzle you and your loved one with a very special Strawberry and Chocolate menus.

casa-rocesThe Casa Roces Valentine Room

      From February 12 to 14, Casa Roces offers you and your beloved a feast like no other, choose between “Strawberry Infusion” and Chocolate Infusions” menus. Each is a five-course dinner.

“Strawberry Infusion”  includes Strawberry, Cheese and Sugar-beets Art Soup, Herbed Salmon with Strawberry and Dill Cream Beurre Blanc and Organic Micro-greens Salad with Strawberry-hibiscus V inaigrette. Be love-struck with “Chocolate Infusions” complete with a unique salad of Smoked Apple and Pear, local White Cheese, Grilled Chicken served with micro-greens and Citrus-Chocolate Vinaigrette. Main dish includes Cochinillo topped with Tablea and Farmers’ Cheese, Caramelized Onion, Smoked Grapes, Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Puree’.

Make the dinner more memorable by availing of the art-filled and elegant function rooms, available on a first-come-first served basis. Call tel. nos. 735-5896 or 486-1929 for reservations.


Let Epicurious guide you to a romantic outing this February with a lavish feast.

dinner-tw0Lusciously decadent cakes and sweets at Epicurious for the love of your life (from top left): Naked Chocolate Caramel Cake, Heart-shaped S’mores and Strawberry Cake.

      On February 12, 13 and 15—indulge in a special ala carte dinner complete with lots of flowers only at Epicurious (Basement, East Wing,  Shangri-La Plaza Mall).

You may choose from Cream of Mushroom with Mixed Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette or a generous Chacuterie Board with two glasses of Beringer White Zinfandel or Salmon with Capers and Dill Cream or Honey-Mustard and spiced chicken with Yogurt Cream and Heart-shaped S’mores.

The Chacuterie Board is served for the whole month of February. It is best served dine-in or dine-in-bed. It has tasty morsels of salami, pate’, sweet meats, cheeses, dips and bread paired with your favorite table wine.

Epicurious is also featuring decadent sweets and cakes for February like the Naked Chocolate Caramel Cake that has layers upon layers of moist chocolate cake oozing with caramel sauce.


It’s a month-long “Love Abloom” celebrations at C2 Classic Cuisine, the Pinoy way.

love-monthSpecial V-Day menu (from left, foreground): Beef Mechado, Seared Tilapia, Pako Salad with Kesong Puti and Pork Ribs Sinigang sa Bayabas.

     Whether you are treating your significant other or your family this Love Month, hie off to C2 Classic Cuisine for its “Love Abloom” set menus. These are designed to enhance love and romance in the most Pinoy way.

Here’s Set A (Php 572): It includes Pako Salad with Kesong Puti, Salted Egg and Watermelon, Pork Ribs Sinigang sa Bayabas, Seared Tilapia with Coconut Emulsion and Pandan Rice. Set B (Php 1,579) is ideal if you are treating a big group; it has bigger servings of Set A plus B eef Mechado.

Apart from the special menus, the place is lovelier with the scent and beauty of Spring. Dainty florals and romantic elements abound to delight the senses. C2 Classic Cuisine branches are at: The Ledge, Shangri-La Plaza Mall; The Lake Front, Sucat, Parañaque; Missouri St., Greenhills, San Juan and Summit Circle, Cebu.


Let Hotel Jen be your Valentine’s Day Cupid!

      Roses, chocolates, heart-shaped balloons and wines will all be symbols of love and perhaps an indication that you are indeed special to someone’s eyes and heart.

      These tokens may express that genuine feeling that you have for each other but a more extraordinary Valentine’s Day celebration may just seal the deal if you will allow Hotel Jen Manila to be your cupid this love month.

Weekend Love – Allow Jen to be your cupid and reminisce all those fairytale stories you have created so far while you stay in a deluxe room for only Php 6,000 nett per night. Couples are welcomed with a buffet of sweet treats to set a delighting mood and a complimentary bottle of house wine to accompany romantic stories. This package also includes a buffet dinner at Kitsho or Latitude for two.

roomHotel Jen’s Deluxe Room

From Latitude with Love – Grilled seafood and barbecued dishes are set to ignite more sparks to make your heart and appetite fall in love with mouth-watering menu. Have a taste of these lovable and sumptuous selections from February 12-14, 2016 for only Php 1,288 nett per head. Food is not the only one unlimited as a wine buffet is also present during this special occasion so that couples can toast the moments when love conquers everything. Roses and pralines for the ladies are Jen’s special gifts.     

mealSumptuous grilled menu prepared with great love at Latitude (left) and authentic Japanese delights at Kitsho Restaurant (right)


From Kitsho with Love – Fall in love the Japanese way and have a unique Valentine’s dining experience at Kitsho Restaurant. Give in to the Ala Carte Buffet this authentic Japanese restaurant has to offer for only Php 1,288 nett per person from February 12-14, 2016. A bottle of sake awaits the couple and roses and pralines are especially prepared for the ladies.

Date Nights at Windows By The Bay – The breathtaking view at Windows By The Bay will make you believe that forever exists. Be inspired with the bright lights of the city and imagine you and your special someone spending a lifetime together. This one of a kind date night is available for only Php 1,288 nett for 2 persons and valid from February 12-14, 2016 inclusive of one bottle of wine, Valentine’s platter, roses and pralines for the ladies.


The elegant Club Lounge of Hotel Jen with a fantastic view of Manila Bay.

     For inquiries and advance reservations, please call (632) 795 8888 or email food&beverage.hjm@hoteljen.com. Prices are inclusive of 10% service charge and applicable government taxes. Visit Hotel Jen Manila’s website at www.hoteljen.com/manila.


Do it in style at Marriott Hotel Manila

tikoyTikoy, shaped like koi fish, a symbol of double  prosperity

     To celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, Marriott Hotel Manila ushers in the year of the Red Fire Monkey with an auspicious and distinctive take on “tikoy”. Impart tranquility and harmony to your loved ones with their double prosperity Ti-koi fish at 270 grams each, elegantly enclosed in luxurious red oriental boxes, sealed with a goldstamp symbolizing good fortune.

Niangao, locally called “tikoy”, is believed to bring good luck to both the receiver and the giver making it part of the customs during the Chinese New Year. The koi fish is also a symbol of longevity, success and prosperity. Spread good luck tastefully with this gift box at a reasonable price of Php1,188 available at the hotel’s Marriott Café Bakery and Crema.

To add a fashionable twist to the traditions of the Lunar New Year, the hotel partners with the award-winning jewelry artisan, Ann Ong, to showcase her latest and luckiest designs for this year. Considering the auspicious colors and trends, they are displaying and selling handcrafted bags and intricate jewelries that are believed to bring good energy and prosperity to the bearer, at Marriott’s salient lobby.

dragon    As a norm, the ceremonial dragon and lion dance is set to entertain guests and chase away the negative energies on February 9, 5 p.m. at Marriott Hotel Manila and Marriott Grand Ballroom lobbies.

Marriott Manila’s Auspicious Ti-Koi gift set is available until February13, 2016. For inquiries and advance orders, call (02) 9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com.


To mark the year of the Red Fire Monkey, Good Life food products present events that bond family and friends.

flyaceFavorite food products from Good Life, distributed by Fly Ace Corporation

    To welcome the Year of the Red Fire Monkey, symbolic delicacies are shared by families and friends. Among the auspicious items are: noodles for longevity, rice cakes for prosperity, dumplings for good luck, chicken and duck for unity and family togetherness and fish for abundance.

As a salute to the celebration of the Chinese New Year also widely known as the Chinese Spring Festival, Good Life, a leading food and beverage brand, brings the distinct Asian culinary flavors into more Filipino kitchens and occasions.

“A lot of people associate the good life with good relationships and delightful experience of having good times with family and friends,” says Abraham P. Cipriano Jr., Fly Ace Corporation’s vice president for marketing.

Among Fly Ace and Good Life’s popular Asian food products are vermicelli, egg noodles, bihon, sesame oil, oyster sauce and Japanese-style breadcrumbs.

Good Life has lined up a series of events at the Trinoma Activity Center that include cooking demos, feng shui consultations, art exhibits and booth activities like Chinese lantern-making and calligraphy.

Learn more at www.flyacecorp.com.