Safety Protocols Set at the Re-Opening of Manila Hotel

Manila Hotel which is our national patronage will partially reopens in time for the 108th anniversary with upgraded hygiene measure, safety protocols, for guest safety and other mandated guidelines set by IATF.

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TMH Lobby: The Grand Lobby of the historic Manila Hotel will light up again soon as the hotel partially reopens to accept guests beginning July 3, 2020

Manila Hotel’s 108th Special Promo

Manila hotel launches special anniversary promo that gives the first 108 customers for the first 108 days of its reopening (including Saturdays and Sundays) a special dining rate of only Php1,250 for lunch, and only Php1,550 for dinner. Café Ilang Ilang likewise returns with a new system for dining where guests can “order and eat all you can,” meaning they can order as much food as they want from the selection of dishes at a fixed price meals.

Delicatessen resuming operations on July 3, 2020. A rebirth of sorts after months of following the government’s quarantine protocols, the hotel has adjusted along with the rest of the world in navigating the “new normal,” and puts a high premium on the well-being of guests.

With the lobby shining bright anew signifying eternal hope, The Manila Hotel commemorates its 108th founding anniversary on July 4 by welcoming guests with an enduring brand of service that is now focused on enhanced health, hygiene, and sanitation protocols in line with Department of Health (DOH) guidelines.

Safety Measures

As the hotel prepares for the reopening, Atty Joey Lina, the president of The Manila Hotel assures the public, “You are safe here. We have taken every precaution to heart so you and your loved ones can have peace of mind when you visit or stay with us.”

Café Ilang Ilang and the Lobby Lounge will be open with limited seating capacity. Thorough sanitation procedures will be implemented, guests can order using disposable menu, eat using cutlery in sealed containers, and even use tables with acrylic dividers.

Front-facing personnel communicating with guests like Guest Services Officers (GSOs) and waiters will don masks, gloves, and face shields. To limit contact with guests, Café Ilang -Ilang is also fine-tuning its contact-less ordering and payment system.

High-traffic public areas will have hygiene reminder signages, distance indicators, and guests will be asked to undergo mandatory temperature checks, health declaration procedure and protocols will be in place. Limited capacity will also be implemented in elevators, while several hotel facilities will remain closed including the spa, swimming pool, gym, and other areas.

High-touch points like door handles, elevator buttons, public area furniture, and others will be sanitized multiple times per day using UV technology. Tests reveal that UV sanitation greatly reduces the bacteria count on surfaces, as demonstrated by lower RLU readings—whose value is used as a measure of surface cleanliness—after the procedure.

Barring announcements from the government to the contrary, the hotel also plans to start accepting room bookings by August 2020. The public will be assured of rooms thoroughly cleaned first with UV-C light technology to eliminate germs, bacteria, and viruses; followed by medical-grade sterilizing and disinfecting solution. A change of fresh and sanitized linens; sanitation of touch points in the room including remote controls, lamps, etc.; and thorough bathroom disinfection are also art of the procedure. Guests will also receive personal wellness kits, issued a UV-sanitized keycard, and arrive to guestrooms with a seal of assurance that they are the first to enter the sanitized environment.

Because taking care of its own people means they can take better care of guests, The Manila Hotel has invested on testing its staff upon return to work to ensure they are healthy. The culinary team strictly adheres to stringent protocols on proper hygiene, hand washing, food handling and preparation of foods. Staff will be required to wear PPEs as needed. While strict implementation of distancing measures will be done in the offices, front desk, and other areas frequent by guests.

The Manila Hotel looks forward to welcoming both loyal and new guests with the kind of service it is known for, with the assurance that “YOU ARE SAFE HERE” is not just a tagline but a commitment it truly means to uphold.

The “Grand Old Dame ” of Philippine hotels is back serving everyone with safety measures set.

Special Father’s Day Treats from Manila Hotel

Father’s Day is a special tribute to all father’s in the world.  During this trying times show your him appreciation with an exceptional family lunch or dinner with his favorite dishes at the historic and national heritage site.

Father’s Day Special Treats

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During Enhanced Community Quarantine or General Community Quarantine any family celebration is incomplete without special treat coming from Manila Hotel.

Manila Hotel is an iconic five star hotel which is world re-known. Because the best dad deserves only the best, let him indulge with an enticing main course of any of the new Sous Vide Steaks offerings.

Eating steak is a sensorial gustatory experience: from the visual delight of seeing the marbling on your steak to the sizzle you hear as it cooks to the sensational smell of grilled meat.

Dads will surely delight the special imported meats. It’s value-for-money, too. The cuts are enormous, good enough to share for the entire family and even friends!

Easy to Cook

* U.S. Beef Rib Steak, 500 grams – Php 2,300 nett
* U.S. Beef Tenderloin with Black Peppercorn Sauce, 180 grams – Php 1,500 nett
* Prime U.S. Beef Striploin, 280 grams – Php 2,100 nett
* Black Angus Beef Rib Eye, 340 grams – P1,900 nett

Please try to call 8527-0011 or SMS/Viber 0998-950-1912 for your pre-orders.

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How to Order and Payment Options: 

With a minimum pre-order of only Php2,500 of SOUS VIDE STEAKS (vacuum-sealed, pre-cooked steaks), a set from our HOME BUFFET selections, or your favorite items from A LA CARTE MENU, you can enjoy a 20% discount on your food bill. You can also get a 10% discount on any of the CAKE CREATIONS if you order one with this promo.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheManilaHotel/

Pre-orders are from now until June 19, 2020 (Friday). Orders for pick-up or delivery (separate fee) on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Payment options: Online bank transfer; online credit card; cash or credit card upon pickup.

Mother’s Day Treats from Manila Hotel

The Manila Hotel which is known for its five star ambiance and historical nostalgia pulls all the stops to still be able to give her a memorable celebration of  Mother’s Day this sunday May 10, 2020.
In this new normal, one way to celebrate the special day is by placing an order to commemorate such momentous occasion.
Aside from the special day, Manila Hotel also plays a role in the annual Flores de Mayo celebration in Manila.

Mother’s Day Special Treats from Manila Hotel

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different kinds of cakes to order

The Manila Hotel’s Mother’s Day Surprise gives you discounts when you choose to
order the food-and-cake bundle and pay online on or before May 8, 2020 (Friday).
You
may choose items from the A La Carte Menu or Home Buffet sets (Filipino, Italian,
Korean, Japanese, and Chinese favorites , as well as Certified Halal items) and get a
20% discount on your food bill, and a 10% discount on the cake of your choice.
Because mothers deserve the only the best, you can choose from our awesome
selection: our decadent Opera Cake; Ohaina Chocolate Gateau, a Lifestyle Inquirer
Best Dessert Winner; the mouthwatering Trio of Chocolate Mousse, and their amazing
Mango Cheesecake.
To order or for more information, please call 8527 0011 or message 0998-9501912.

American Regime Manila Thru Postcards (Part 3)

Manila and her immediate towns and landmarks were always the main feature during the American regime.

ESCOLTA

Escolta street earn the moniker “Queen of Manila’s street” since this one of the oldest street and a major street of the city.

One of the oldest streets in Manila, Escolta was created in 1594. Its name was derived from the Spanish word escoltar, meaning “to escort”. This was further developed during the late Spanish and American colonial regime when tall buildings were built.

Another important note is this street would host ticker tape parade when visiting dignitaries, crowned beauty queens and heads of states even until the mid-1970’s.

There was an obscure ordinance in Manila that requiring men to wear formal dress when within Escolta. This was finally repealed in the early this millennium.

American Regime Postcards

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Avenida Rizal

Avenida Rizal is one of the important commercial centers of pre-war Manila. This comprises of Quiapo, Santa Cruz district. The business activity from Avenida Rizal is an extension from nearby Escolta. Some businessmen preferred this district since rentals is a little bit lower compared to Escolta, Chinatown or Binondo.

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Bridge of Spain with trolley tracks and industrial area

Bridge of Spain – Is one of the most featured bridge of Manila during the late Spanish and American regime.  This postcard was probably printed before 1914 flood which had almost destroyed the bridge.

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Government Printing Plant– postcards was issued around 1909. This building was one of the casualties of the last war.

philippine general hospital

Philippine General Hospital– This hospital is one of the facilities built by the Americans.

manila hotel

Manila Hotelis the grand dame of hotels in the city, opened in 1912, it was once the residence of General Douglas Macarthur. Ernest Hemingway, to say, ‘It’s a good story if it’s like the Manila Hotel,”. This hotel is one of the most featured hotel in the country.

Most of the landmarks featured were infrastructure built by Spanish and American colonial government. Please try to visit my previous post on postcards issued during the American regime .

Link to “American regime Manila thru Postcards” Part 2 and Part 1

Sources and References:

Collins English Dictionary : Postal Card

Littrell, Robert, Ed; Postal Cards of Spanish Colonial Cuba, Philippines, Puerto Rico, UPSS, 2010.

Personal interview from postcard collectors

Philippine Postcards page 130 to 137 Consuming Passions

Conclusion of the 11th Pan-Asia Farmers Exchange Program

The Pan-Asia Farmers Exchange Program of the FX Program is a platform of knowledge sharing and exchange on agricultural plant biotechnology .

The exchange program brings together farmers and other stakeholders from Asia to learn about plant biotechnology through first-hand experience by visiting plant biotech commercial farms and R&D biotech facilities; and interacting with farmers, scientists, media and policymakers.

Pan Asia Farmers

The culmination part of the activity was held at the iconic Manila Hotel where certificate of attendance were given to the participants.

The culmination activities includes visits to farms, technology transfer , helping farmers earn a better living , creating more nutritious, accessible foods, controlling yield-robbing pests , delivering more effective plant breeding methods, awarding of the certificate to the participants .

Heritage Tours around Manila

Cultural heritage tour within San Agustin Church , Plaza San Luis complex and Casa Manila. After the exciting tour , the group headed for Sm Mall of Asia in Pasay City to spend the late afternoon shopping and strolling around for their final tour of the city.

participants at the San Agustin Church and Museum

The event was hosted by the Philippines from March 20 to 24, 2017 .

Website : https://croplife.org/

Monsanto Philippines :http://www.monsanto.com/whoweare/pages/philippines.aspx