Go Hotels Opens New Branches in Metro Manila

Go Hotels, the first Filipino home-grown value essential service hotel chain in the country, has opened four more branches to cater to smart travelers in search for affordable yet comfortable accommodations.

The four new branches are located in Cubao-Quezon City, Ermita-Manila, Manila Airport Road in Paranaque, and North Edsa-Quezon City which are all strategically-located near prime destinations and with easy access for guests.

“Metro Manila has an energetic spirit; it’s home to some of the country’s business districts and important landmarks,” said Go Hotels general manager Elizabeth D. Gregorio. “We plan to open more branches in the metro with the emergence and increasing number of smart travellers—local and international.”

Cubao: The Precinct of Manila’s Underground Scene

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Cubao is an urbanite’s delight. Who is not familiar with the famed Araneta Center? Its streets are packed with entertainment of different sorts—shopping, nightlife, flea markets, food hubs—all catering to various tastes and demands of urbanites. At the heart of Cubao sits Araneta Coliseum or the Big Dome, the countries and one of Asia’s most historic indoor arenas  where people witness once-in-a-lifetime events from top local and international acts.

Experience the vibrant spirit of Manila’s underground scene in Cubao Expo, where the city’s well-kept secrets like cool bars, unique vinyl stores, quality thrift shops and cheap eats thrive. If you want to buy items for your vintage collection or maybe just browse through the treasures of the past, head to Vinyl Dump Thrift Store where racks upon racks of records await Vinyl enthusiasts.

After a long day of exploring this vibrant place, stay at the newly-opened Go Hotels along Aurora Boulevard.  Whether you’re here for business or leisure, Go Hotels’ Windsor beds are comfortable enough to relax you.  Maximize your staycation while watching your favorite show at their 32-inch LCD TV.

The Energetic City of Manila

Go Hotels Ermita branch

More than just a bustling city, Manila is the country’s beating heart for a reason. Every street you will pass by has an interesting and important backstory—most of them you can discover beyond reading in history books. At the heart of the city stands Rizal Park, a monumental tribute to our national hero, and it’s just a few walks away from the historic walled city of Intramuros, the centerpiece of Manila’s Spanish heritage.

Manila is also an arts and culture paradise: you’ll find museums that houses precious gems of the past and art galleries with reflective masterpieces that will fill your soul. Get cultured at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, where you can witness Manila’s top performing arts or visit modern art galleries that feature the works of some of the country’s finest artists. Don’t forget to include some of the best art hubs in your itinerary like the National Museum of the Philippines, The Metropolitan Museum of Manila (the MET), and 1335 Mabini.

Perhaps one of the best takeaways in this city is its flourishing nightlife. Catch an awesome roster of live bands and music in the streets of Malate, where neon signs sparkle at night. And if you plan to have an overnight stay, fret not! Have a good rest at the new Go Hotels branch located at 1412 A. Mabini Street, a stones-throw away from Robinson’s Place Manila and a few minutes away from the city’s most important landmarks. For those who like to come and go, Go Hotels Ermita-Manila is safe and secure.  The guest rooms have an in-room safe and luggage storage for your belongings, plus, the entire premises are equipped with 24-hour CCTV security.

The Intersection That Is Manila Airport Road

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Ninoy Aquino International Airport is Manila’s prime gateway to the World. The busiest airport in the country services an average of about 30 million local and international passengers a year.

Keep yourself entertained before, in between Or after your flight.  Go Hotels Manila Airport Road is just near Manila’s growing lifestyle entertainment and gaming hub.

Entertainment City, also known as E-City (formerly PAGCOR City and Manila Bay Tourism City), is now the prime a gaming and entertainment complex under development by PAGCOR is teeming with casinos that will challenge your luck.  You can spend a few hours at the Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum inside the Villamor Air Base and marvel at the aerospace science exhibits and learn more about the military aviation history. Play a good round of Golf at the Villamor Golf Club.

On-the-go travellers can find their temporary haven in Go Hotels Manila Airport Road. It features quality amenities like the Super Shower to wash off your fatigue and a shuttle service to and from the airports for your additional needs. It’s located at 608 Quirino Ave, Parañaque City.

North EDSA: Shopper’s Paradise

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If there’s one thing to say about North Avenue in Quezon City, it’s this: you won’t leave empty-handed. Prime malls like SM North EDSA, Trinoma and Ayala Malls Vertis North stand tall inside this commercial area, and they’re gleaming with items that meet people’s different shopping needs. Sale items are everywhere, so be sure to keep your wallet full or try hard to control yourself.

The district is also an institutional destination. Government offices, hospitals and schools are within its vicinity like the Quezon City Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman and Quezon City General Hospital. If you’re in need of a city break, look no further than the Quezon City Memorial Circle, a lush of greenery where you can de-stress in the middle of the hustles. A number of attractions sits inside, including amusement park called Pedal and Paddle is a perfect escape for families and friends—you should try their exciting amenities such as 4D ride, Skybike, Boat Station… there’s even a fish spa!

A day’s worth of activities is definitely tiring, so why not check-in at an affordable hotel at the end of the day? One footbridge away from SM City North Edsa is the newly-opened Go Hotels, ideally situated along EDSA. Go Hotels North EDSA also near LRT Roosevelt station and bus terminals, so it’s easily accessible. The hotel’s vibe is also fun and energetic, you’ll want to extend your stay.

Apart from these new branches, Go Hotels has three other branches in Metro Manila Mandaluyong, Ortigas Center and Otis-Manila. Rising soon is Go Hotels Timog-Quezon City. With Go Hotels, there is no excuse to delay or put off your travel plans. Book directly at www.gohotels.ph to get the best available rate for your next adventure!

Best Christmas Holiday Destinations in 2017

Well, it’s that time of the year approaching again and well, you need to get ready with some new destinations this time around rather than laze around your home sitting by the fireplace. So how about going to the best Carribean island this winter or indulging yourself to the liveliest town on New Year’s Eve? Whatever your preferences may be, we have compiled a list of the best destinations to go enjoy your Christmas at:

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Luxury Hotels to Check at the End of Summer

Summer has not yet waved its goodbye on us. There is still time for one last trip and what better way to end the summer, then cruising yourself into a luxury hotel? The world is full of some luxurious experiences and new hotels are popping up to give us the opportunity to live like queens and kings – if only for a few days.

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So, take out the credit card and get ready for the ultimate end of summer party. Here are the luxury hotels you need to stay in during the final days of the seasons – suddenly the closing autumn doesn’t feel that bad.

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The best destinations to visit this wet season

People who love traveling want to do so all year round. The wet season in the Philippines shouldn’t scare you at all, you will just have to adjust your travel plans accordingly. With the following travel tips from our friends at www.philippinestravelpackage.com, this tag-ulan will be as fun as it gets.

The best destinations to visit this wet season

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Traveloka Tips for an Enjoyable Baguio Vacation

The scorching heat of the sun outside, mixed with the dust from the on-going road construction everywhere, makes you wish you were someplace cool and relaxing. But since Alaska or Switzerland is too far (and requires visa, passport, and lots of money!), you can just settle for the next best thing – Baguio. Well of course, aside from time, another issue would be money. A vacation won’t be enjoyable if you’re worrying too much about your budget. Good thing, there are now lots of affordable accommodations in Baguio. But how will you know which ones are the best value for your minimal budget? I find the Traveloka App handy to guide us in our search for the best budget hotels in Baguio.

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Experience the best of Boracay at Sun Villa Beachfront

Bask in the beauty of Boracay shoreline and get a full view of the island life when you stay at Sun Villa Beachfront, located along the middle of White Beach, between Stations 1 and 2.

The Sun Villa Beachfront is just a few meters away from D’Mall, Boracay’s main shopping center, and right in the midst of Boracay’s jumpiest clubs, bars and restaurants. It has 18 airconditioned rooms with private toilet and bath, hot and cold shower, free wifi and cable TV.

Check out our awesome stay last November here: Sun Villa Beachfront Review

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Asiatravel.com’s 1st International Travel Expo on March 31 to April 2, 2017

In time for the beginning of summer season in the Philippines, Asiatravel.com Expo 2017 is bringing over sale packages for up to 75% off on international and domestic travel bookings.

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The 3-day travel expo, which will be held at the Century City Mall, Makati from March 31-April 2, aims to draw almost 10,000 travel buffs from various market profiles to avail the best deals that Asiatravel.com can offer.

With its commitment to continuously boost tourism promotion among key source market in the Philippines, the expo will be participated by Citibank as its official bank partner. Among the top properties who have already pledged their participation in the said event are The Manor, Hennan Boracay, Tugawe Cove Resort, Costa Pacifica, Azalea Group, Siargao Bleu, Bayview Park Hotel, Aziza Paradise Hotel Palawan, Siglo Suites, Island Cove, Thunderbird Resorts, Manila Hotel and Manila Ocean Park.

To showcase destinations both in the Philippines and abroad, guests will also be given the widest choice of over 200,000 hotels, 500 airlines and 8 million travel packages worldwide which they can book and pay instantly during the expo.

Boost Tourism

The National Tourism Development Plan 2011-2016 aims to enhance the competitiveness of the Philippine tourism sector by focusing on the diversity of its target market and improving the quality of Tourism destinations, products, access and connectivity.

With more Filipino tourists aggressively exploring new destinations both in the Philippines and abroad, tourism industry has been considered as one of the fastest emerging economic sectors in the world.

According to a study conducted by Visa, Inc., “Mapping the Future of Global Travel and Tourism in Asia Pacific,” Filipinos joined an emerging “global traveling class” having visited more than five countries in a year.

World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) data showed that the Philippine Tourism industry has continuously contributed to the rise of domestic economy for the past five years. In 2015, a total of P1.43 trillion or 10.6 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) came from Philippine travel and tourism.

The industry’s direct contribution to the Philippine economy generated by travel agencies, hotels, airlines and other passenger transportation services produced Php 569 billion or 4.2 percent of total GDP in 2015. Direct contribution is expected to grow by 5.3 percent yearly to Php 1 trillion by 2026.

As one of the leading online travel agencies in the Philippines, Asiatravel.com has continuously establish its competitive brand by participating in activities that upkeep the stream of Philippine Tourism. It was awarded as the Philippine Travel Mart’s Top Grosser for 2015 and 2016. Moreover, it was recognized for the 4th time as the Best Online Travel Agency by the TTG Travel Awards Asia Pacific for its contribution in the Tourism industry.

It is Asia’s leading online travel company that offers a global inventory of over 8 million travel products worldwide. Its online booking feature for all-inclusive packages strongly appeals to travelers seeking convenience, instant confirmation and extra savings. Serving customers worldwide through 13 major language sites, its 17 offices in Asia, Middle East and Europe operate and provide 24 X 7 customer services.

Where to stay in Boracay: Sun Villa Beachfront Resort & Spa Review

Earlier this month, I celebrated my 35th birthday in my favorite island, Boracay. My family keeps coming back every year for new and exciting discoveries on food, activities, and hotels. There are a lot of nice hotels in Boracay but some of them can be pricey especially during super peak season. I’m happy to discover Sun Villa Beachfront Resort and Spa which is an affordable place to stay in Station 2.

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Boracay 2016: An updated guide on rates, eats, hotels, and activities

We just came back from our Boracay trip a week ago to celebrate my birthday. My birthday is November 1 and it’s also time for their Halloween costume parties which are a lot of fun. Whenever friends would ask me the best time to go to Boracay, I’d always suggest to experience their Halloween weekend to see the various scary costumes by the locals. If you’re not into festivities, ideally, BER months are the perfect time to go because the water is clear and the crowd is lesser than the summer season.

It’s been a while since I wrote about a guide of a destination. My Boracay guide post I wrote was last 2008 and the rates and hotels there badly needs an update. So here’s an updated guide on transportation, where to eat, where to stay, and what activities to do in Boracay.

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How to get to Boracay

There are various airlines flying to and from Kalibo or Caticlan airport: these are Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia. The easiest way to check the cheapest fare is via Traveloka.com, with just a few clicks, I can see which airlines offer the lowest fare to any destination not just Boracay.

From Kalibo airport to Boracay

We always prefer to land in Kalibo airport because the planes are bigger and there are more flights. One disadvantage is the additional 2 hours travel time from the airport to Caticlan Jetty Port. Check out the updated transportation rates from Kalibo airport to Boracay (as of November 2016):

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If you’re going to DIY your transfers, here’s a sample computation:

Kalibo airport to Caticlan Jetty Port (bus only) via Island Star: Php 200
Terminal Fee at Caticlan Jetty Port: Php 100
Environmental Fee: Php 75
Boat Fee: Php 25 (day) / Php 30 (night)
Tricycle from Cagban Port to your Boracay resort/hotel: Php 20

Total transportation expenses will be Php 420 only versus the Php 600 Airport to Boracay (Door to Door) offered by Southwest and other transpo services. You can save as much as Php 180 should you go on your own. If you’re not in a rush to get to the island, do it yourself.

Tips

  • If you’re traveling with kids especially if they are 5 years old and below, Terminal Fee, Environmental Fee and Boat Fee is FREE, so that’s less Php 200. If you availed the door to door transfers, children have the same rates as adults.
  • If you are a group of 4 or 5, the best and convenient way to reach Caticlan Jetty Port is to take the Southwest Taxi, they charge Php 1,000. That will be Php 250 per head and you have your own car. 

Where to stay

Every visit, there’s always a new hotel in Boracay. Some newly opened hotels we saw are Coast Boracay, Azalea, Hue Hotel, and The Muse. For hotel bookings, I always rely on Traveloka because it gives me the results I need sorted out based on price, popularity, or reviews.

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Where to eat

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Our itinerary in Boracay is eat, swim, sleep, repeat. So finding good food and restos is a must. When in Boracay, you should not miss these places:

  • Jonah’s Fruit Shakes – For their fruit shakes in every flavor combination imagineable
  • Paradise Garden Resort – For their ensaymada and cheesecakes
  • Sunny Side Cafe – All day breakfast place
  • Spice Bird – For their piri-piri chicken
  • Boracay Toilet – Food is so-so in my honest opinion but go here because it’s fun and quirky.
  • Gasthof – For the ribs.
  • Two Seasons Boracay Resort’s barLO restaurant – For the four-cheese pizza and oyster sisig.

What to do

Aside from island hopping and the usual water activities like banana boat, parasailing, etc, there are new activities to try while you’re in Boracay.

  • Stand Up Paddle Surfing – Rent a paddle board for Php 300 per hour.
  • Ariel’s Point – Jump off a cliff for the adventurous.
  • Mermaid Swimming – Learn how to swim like a mermaid and have your photos taken too.
  • Sunset watching at Spider House – One of the best places to watch the sunset is at Spider House in Diniwid Beach.

I hope you have an awesome time in Boracay. Feel free to share this for friends and families traveling soon.

Jupiter Suites: A Budget Hotel in the Heart of Makati

When you’re in a tight budget and you’re searching for hotels in Makati, I bet you’ll have a hard time looking for one that will give you value for your money. Most hotels in Makati would set you back from Php 8,000+ a night if you really want a comfortable stay. The hotel’s location is one factor that can also add up to its rates.

I’ve discovered a budget hotel in Makati that has a perfect location for work and leisure, has large rooms, comfortable beds, and impeccable service similar to 5-star hotels.

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