Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I Remember the Days at Manila Hotel

Manila Hotel's Grand Lobby (picture was from them)

Her pristine beauty is back...With just that touch of the nostalgic hue...The Grand Dame...
The sights lure you as you walk along the corridors ... Fascinate you so that it becomes almost impossible to set your eyes back on your course...
You take a moment off ... or so you think... ‘I am sure, I can afford a couple of seconds...have been going so fast for a lifetime. I am already so light-years ahead, I can’t ever be late...

As I walked along the paths that led to the Sampaguita Hall....
Somewhere at the back of the mind a faint thought made me recall the stories foretold on the walls...
‘Oh! Da gud ol’ days of the Grand Dame..’ is all that I read, before the all encompassing program took over...
Then I bare witness as Manila Hotel  salutes its patrons and the good times of days gone by through the I Remember the Days program. The program is exclusive to guests who have once celebrated their anniversary, birthday, wedding, or any special event at Manila Hotel. To avail any of the exclusive privileges of this promotion, guests need to present a memento of their celebration at Manila Hotel. The keepsake can be a photo, a receipt, a menu card, or any memorabilia of your Manila Hotel experience.

"Remember? Do you remember, The times of your life? (Do you remember?)", as Atty. Joey Lina sang during the night as the program was launched.   It was an excerpt from Paul Anka's Times of Your Life song which he would sing to the guest everytime he comes near as he warmly welcomed everyone.   As the president of Manila Hotel, he addressed the crowd with these words, "There are so many beautiful stories that have happened at the Manila Hotel that are worth remembering.   We have created this special promotion to reminisce the wonderful moments you have here in our Hotel and at the same time pass on to the next generation your most treasured memories.”
All keepsakes from the guests will be posted on the I Remember the Days Wall and will be displayed at the Lobby Lounge for the entire duration of the promotion.

 A memento can be exchanged to a complimentary bottle of wine when dining in any of the Hotel’s restaurants.
So take the photographs and still frames in your mind 
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time 
Tattoos and memories and dead skin on trial 
For what it's worth it was worth all the while 
(words from Green Day's Time of Your Life song)

Maynila Ballroom

Sampaguita Hall Conference Room
Cafe Ilang-Ilang
Mabuhay Palace
Champagne Room
For those who chose to have their wedding, debut or parties, special room rates, and a special banquet package which allows return guests to take advantage of well-tailored packages to suit all types of social events awaits them.  This package offers a special rate of PhP 3,000 NET per person which includes complimentary rooms for two nights, gift certificates for lunch or dinner buffet at Café Ilang-Ilang, photo booth with standees of Manila Hotel icons, cake with fondant icing, sparkling wine for toasting, Russian Service and Service Parade during event, and a complimentary round trip transfer for the celebrant or guest of honor to and from any nearby areas.   For couples who want to avail of this package on their wedding day, the package also includes a two-hour use of bridal car with floral arrangement and a chance for your love story to be featured in the Manila Hotel newsletter or Manila Bulletin.

Get in touch with a Manila Hotel Banquet Sales representative at 527 0011 local 1275.

Apart from the proficient announcements from Manila Hotel's representatives, a capacious selection formed a gustatory experience that's worth coming here despite the heavy traffic.  Oh yes, I do eat with my eyes first, then with my camera's lens and of course...

This actually greeted me upon my arrival...
So I helped myself with these...

Manila Hotel is located by the picturesque Manila Bay at heart of Manila, Philippines.  With a legacy of service spanning over 98 years, it is the only hotel in the country that perfectly mirrors the best of Filipino culture, history, and hospitality. This makes Manila Hotel more than a hotel but a national landmark that is genuinely and truly Filipino. In addition, it has over 500 rooms and suites and has function rooms that can accommodate up to 2,500 guests. Its line-up of elegant restaurants offers Chinese, French, Continental, Western, Japanese, and native cuisines. The Manila Hotel also has a pool, a newly opened Spa and Health Club that are complete with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Manila Hotel
One Rizal Park, 0913 Manila
Tel. 632 5270011


  1. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Followed your blog. Nice food photos. Are those japanese maki on your photos?

    Your cebuano food aficionado

  2. hhmmm...Would love to come back here and reminisce, just can't find any Manila Hotel stuff in the house right now, tsk, tsk...

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  4. there is this hotel wedding package that really got my attention, I think I can say too in the future - "i remember the days' LOL


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