Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bacolod City And Negros Occidental Welcomes Seda Capitol Central

A new hotel in town will have it's soft opening in time for the MassKara Festival!  A press release* from AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts has announced that it will open it's seventh property in the country, the homegrown brand Seda hotels, by October 2017.

 
This is Seda Capitol Central in Bacolod City which will have 154 rooms, catering largely to business travelers. By 2021, Bacolod will join the ranks of the top five cities in Visayas and Mindanao with the largest office gross floor areas catering mostly to Business Process Outsourcing firms (BPOs) seeking provincial sites, according to industry studies. Cebu City will take the lead with Davao, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro and Bacolod following in that order. “Anticipating this economic growth, Seda began establishing properties as early as 2013 in the two key Mindanao cities; in Iloilo, last year; and now, in Bacolod,” according to Al Legaspi, President and Chief Executive Officer of AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts. Seda’s Cebu property is already under development while more new properties are being planned, he adds. Other Seda hotels are located in Taguig, Nuvali and Quezon City. Seda’s Senior Group General Manager Andrea Mastellone states, “Our goal is to be the preferred hospitality brand in the country catering to both local and global travelers. By offering our guests superior accommodations, service in line with international standards and a strategic location, Seda has succeeded in attracting a loyal following and an exceptional guest return ratio.”

Seda Capitol Central is part of a nine-hectare Ayala Land mixed-use development in a park that was once part of the centrally-located provincial capital. The estate is being developed into a new urban growth center serving the whole of Negros Occidental and will highlight a regional mall with a wide array of retail and shopping options a few steps away from Seda. It will also include offices and residential buildings.

Seda Capitol Central is the brand’s second hotel in the Visayas. Other facilities include Seda’s signature dining outlets, Misto and Straight Up roof deck bar, banquet and meeting venues, a swimming pool, gym and e-lounge.  This is wonderful news for locals like me and my family who would like to enjoy excellent amenities without traveling too far from home.

The press release also states that the expanding Seda chain draws from its many homecourt advantages resulting from its strong web of relations within the communities it serves. This impacts particularly when the hotel is recruiting talent to open new properties in highly competitive locations like Bacolod. “Our recruits are excited about joining Seda because of its growing reputation as a local brand with world-class standards,” says Mastellone. With rigorous training, local talents, who make up close to 95 per cent of every Seda property, evolve to become seasoned hoteliers. While they are properly oriented towards the needs of international clients, they retain at the same time their innate Filipino desire to delight guests. According to a global real estate services firm, homegrown brands like Seda are crucial in the tourism industry because they cater to a value-oriented market and other segments that international chains do not serve. “Our growth has been highly organic and supported by the markets where we are located. We intend to continue that trend as we continue to expand,” says Legaspi. Also under development are its first resort hotel in Palawan and other city hotels and serviced apartments in Metro Manila, bringing the total room inventory of the brand to 3,500 by 2019.

Check out their opening promo up till November 30, 2017.





Disclaimer: *Article was derived and based on the press release given by AyalaLand Hotel and Resorts without any monetary benefit.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Welcoming The New Year At L'Fisher Hotel- Bacolod

Welcoming the New Year is a big tradition in this country, and people everywhere celebrate new year's eve literally with a bang! My family is a little different because we would usually spend it at home, with less fun fare compared to our neighbors, since our house help would all go off-duty to be with their respective families. But there were those special occasions where we did celebrate in the hotels or clubs. In fact, one of the most memorable and fun experiences I had growing up was spending new year's eve in a hotel with my parents and brothers. I remember with nostalgia, the music, the laughter and the warm camaraderie among family, friends and yes, even strangers. 

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Preemie Diaries: Becoming A Princess At SM Princess Academy

Last Sunday, December 4, 2016, through SM Kids and SM Accessories, the Princess Academy came to the Kingdom of SM City Bacolod. We got an invitation to attend as guest and this will be the first time that Preemie girl will be attending, so you can imagine our excitement!   But with the school intramural just finished, the  on-going practices for her First Holy Communion, and as a full-time working mom nursing a bad cough, I simply had very little time and energy left to prepare. In fact by the end of the working week, I was trying to convince Preemie girl not to attend anymore.  However, unlike in the past where my little girl was not that interested, this time she really wanted to go.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

The Broadband Holiday Sale


A press release from Globe revealed that Globe Broadband and Bayan Broadbands are giving the gift of connectivity this Christmas through a holiday sale, where Globe Broadband and Bayan Broadband plans will be available for 50% off in select areas!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Heritage Travel in the Philippines

I love history and learning about culture, and whenever I get the chance to travel in the country or abroad, heritage is the first thing I look for. One does not have to go far to see heritage sites, because there are plenty of these in my country, the Philippines. Just to name a few, we have in the island of Luzon, the Banawe Rice Terraces, The City of Vigan, the Municipality of Taal, Pila in Laguna and The Walled City of Intramuros; in the Visayas, we have Cebu City, the town of Carcar, Dumaguete City, Iloilo City and of course, my very own, the “Paris of Negros” Silay City where we gave blogger friends a mini heritage tour in 2012; and in Mindanao, there is the town of Dapitan and Zamboanga City. In fact, many of these are still on my bucket list of must see places before even embarking on another Asian trip. It’s almost the end of the year, and it is time to plan for summer travel. There are so lots of places to go to, but how do I decide where to go first? These are the first things I usually check when planning a heritage trip.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Return Of The DAISO!

Anyone who likes to shop (me) for bargains and other interesting but affordable stuff should be familiar with DAISO Japan store. When they opened in Robinson's Place Bacolod in December 2012, little did I know that it was a store that catered to my heart.  Obviously, I am a regular shopper and so when I saw that it closed, you can imagine my anxiety attack.  I was told however that they were undergoing some renovation and will reopen soon with a bigger and better store. What a relief!

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