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Oj Jottings: Urban Resort Living at EDSA Shangri-la, Manila

Edsa Shangri-La, Manila continuous to be the city’s premiere city resort destination with its revamped key guest areas to new levels of luxury. Being physically linked to the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, where the posh East Wing now boasts iconic brands such as Herve Leger, Jimmy Choo and Givenchy, reinforces the hotel’s strength as the preferred leisure, shopping and dining destination.

Tower Wing Deluxe Suite Foyer

Tower Wing Deluxe Suite Foyer

Renovations of the Tower Wing began in the 2nd quarter of 2012. Leese Robertson Freeman (LRF) Designers Limited, Hong Kong, the same firm responsible for the interior design of other Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts properties all around the world, infused contemporary Filipino touches in the hotel’s overall design.

For the Tower Wing guest rooms and suites, a mixture of distinct local textures such as woven fibers and smooth wooden panels are evident in its furnishings and fixtures. This includes the anahaw leaf pattern by the flat screen television panels and mother of pearl appliqué on desks, cabinets and hardware. Lighter, yet vivid hues were used to achieve a soothing and elegant Oriental ambience.

Tower Wing Premier Room

Tower Wing Premier Room

Edsa Shangri-La, Manila’s Lobby Lounge design, as with the hotel’s guest rooms and suites, was inspired by nature. The color scheme of the grand hall includes golden yellows, reds and blues, complimenting the lush greenery of the garden area, visible through the lounge’s massive floor-to-ceiling glass windows. A major design highlight of the Lobby Lounge is the stunning trio of opulent Sampaguita crystal chandeliers. The Sampaguita is known as the Philippines’ national flower and is a symbol for purity, devotion and strength. Each chandelier is composed of 400 strands that hold 3,600 Sampaguita crystals. The custom-made carpeting reflects the Sampaguita pattern, as well as other Filipino design elements.

EDSA Shangri-la Manila's Lobby Lounge

EDSA Shangri-la Manila’s Lobby Lounge

Ricky Isidro, a famous Filipino painter, was commissioned to create a special artwork that hangs above the Lobby Lounge’s bar area. Entitled “Malakas at Maganda,” the painting is inspired by the famous local folklore that narrates the origin of the Filipino race.

The hotel’s pool and surrounding areas were also refreshed to achieve a stronger tropical feel. An aqua play facility, complete with rubberized flooring, water cannons, fountains and slides, was also constructed specially for children of all ages to enjoy.

EDSA Shangri-la Manila's pool at night

Swimming Pool and Aqua Play Garden Area Top View

According to the hotel’s  general Manager, Patrick Schaub,“We at Edsa Shangri-La, Manila are strongly committed to providing our guests with not only the brand of genuine and heartfelt hospitality that we’ve successfully been known for the last 20 years, but also to provide the best in guest rooms, amenities and facilities.”Thus, Edsa Shangri-La, Manila continues in its commitment to upgrade and revitalize its services, with renovations and innovations for the new Health Club and Bakeshop now ongoing.

For bookings and inquiries, please call (632) 633 8888 or email at reservations.esl@shangri-la.com. Guests may follow Edsa Shangri-La, Manila on Facebook.com/EdsaShangriLa, Twitter and Instagram through @edsashangrila. 

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THROWBACK THURSDAY. Our Stylish Voyage on a Boat with Loida and Richard

FOR SAIL

With hosts Loida Montesclaros and Richard Forteau, we take entertaining to the high seas.

by Shari Quimbo photography Steffen Billhardt

The sky was decidedly gloomy on the Sunday afternoon Loida Montesclaros and Richard Forteau invited a small group of us for a sail, the clouds getting darker as I make my way to Porter’s Marina, where the Blue Planet was docked.

“Richard built the boat himself in Cebu,” Loida explains, going on to share that he was the former honorary French consul in Cebu. “It was built here, and I designed the interiors.”

All that work certainly paid off—Loida and Richard would often sail the boat out to different Philippine destinations such as El Nido, Siargao, Boracay and the Gigantes Islands in Iloilo. These could mean days-long journeys that sometimes meant dealing with some rough seas. Quick day trips, much like the one we were about to embark on, were also a regular past time.

Loida gives me a quick tour of the boat then shows off her tropical spread. With its bright blue and white floral seating, the cabin’s dining area is already a pretty festive site. “I wanted to keep it simple,” she tells me, arranging her fresh fruits around on the banana leaf-covered wooden slabs she was using as serving trays. “And I wanted it to look more local, more tropical. We are on the water, after all.”

The bamboo slats of the dining table were the perfect backdrop to Loida’s spread, which featured tropical fruits alongside an entire roll of lechon belly, fresh lumpia, empanada and steamed shrimp.

The highlight of the table, though, was the chicken liver pate, a dish that Richard makes himself. “Luckily, the French love to cook,” Loida jokes conspiratorially.

Finally, it was time to take the vessel out onto the high seas, and the group makes its way above deck to enjoy the view. The cool sea breeze was a bit stronger than usual, something that had to do with the dark rain clouds looming above us—something that would have deterred any other group, but not this adventurous bunch. Armed with a glass of champagne in one hand and a biscuit smeared with pate on the other, many stand against the railing, admiring the sight of the sky turning orange above the Mactan Channel.

And then it starts to pour. No matter, though—as the rain pounds against the deck, the party finds its way down below. A bottle of wine is opened, and then another, while a second pot of pate is transferred on a plate. Our captain waits until the waves calm before he brings us back ashore.

(This story has already been published in the printed edition of Zee Lifestyle Magazine’s November 2016 issue as one of the Entertaining Features on pages 82-85.)

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Experience authentic Korean Barbeque at Da-In Restaurant

Filipinos are crazy for Korean barbecue. As such, there are a lot of places that are offering Korean barbecue. But Da-In restaurant isn’t just one of those restaurants.

Located in Salinas Drive in Lahug, Cebu, Da-in restaurant is a joint project between the Creative Cuisine Group and Da-Won restaurant. With state-of-the-art grilling stations in each table and various Korean cuisines ready to be served, Da-In would surely sate your Korean barbecue cravings without any hassle.

Visit Da-In restaurant today!

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Head Up North, Where A Relaxing Escapade is in Store at Maayo San Remigio

On your next trip out of the city, head up North to Maayo San Remigio, where a relaxing escapade awaits.

Oftentimes, when it comes to deciding the next travel destination, the Northern part
of Cebu is overlooked in favour of its Southern end. The South boasts of sunny beaches,
cascading waterfalls and the popular whale sharks who have made its waters their home.
While these are beautiful aspects that the South has to offer, the North is just as—if not
more—abundant in offerings. The North’s natural scenery is relatively untouched, and on top
of that, it’s less likely to be flocked by tourists.

This means more opportunities for a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the
city. The roads heading North are long and winding, yet the beauty that lies at the end of the
journey proves that the trip is worth it. Knowing that, where does one go in the North?

Hidden away in the northern part of Cebu, Maayo San Remigio is a haven for those
who seek peace and serenity, making it an alluring abode for a sojourn on the island.

The resort’s guest rooms are vibrant and reminiscent of the Carribean.

Approximately a 3-hour drive from the city, the resort grants access to a tropical
retreat with a captivating beachfront setting—a charming destination away from the daily
hustle. Whether on its fine white sands and blue waters or inside the cozy rooms, Maayo
San Remigio is a delight to local and foreign tourists alike.

A newly-opened resort under Maayo Hotels flagship, Maayo San Remigio is a
destination that guarantees a refreshing, laidback experience, sure to wash away the worries
you brought with you from the city.

A clean white aesthetic is made tropical with bamboo accents and greenery.

It’s equipped with a mix of luxurious relaxation and wellness, fun and entertainment,
and enticing wining and dining options. This Caribbean-inspired resort is a serene hideaway
on a lush slice of tropical paradise with emphasis on ultimate comfort and exclusivity.

The resort’s location makes it doubly precious; scattered throughout the resort
grounds are viewing areas that grant you access to the sunset. Watch the sun sink down the
horizon by the infinity pool, on the beach’s shoreline, or atop the cliffside with the waves
crashing below. When night falls, the stars come out to dance across the clear skies, making
for an unparalleled stargazing experience.

Sunsets at Maayo San Remigio are a sight to behold.

Maayo San Remigio blends authentic Cebuano hospitality with its tranquil
atmosphere and exceptional design. Its well-appointed rooms and villas ensure a relaxing staycation, while its thoughtful amenities and facilities evoke a feeling of belonging in
paradise. The resorts brings the culinary excellence that is found in the Maayo Hotels brand,
creating palate-pleasing Filipino dishes with a modern twist. Complemented by the resort’s
wide menu of drinks—from juices to cocktails to shakes—one will truly enjoy a stay here.

So on your next trip out of the city, head up North to Maayo San Remigio, where a
relaxing escapade awaits.

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