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Courtyard by Marriott’s savvy grand launch

Page Maker: Zedrick Señeres THE otherwise tranquil evening of Iloilo City turned into a fashion party scene as the upscale Courtyard by Marriott-Iloilo, the region’s first international hotel, hosted a scintillating summer event at its sprawling pool area. Top Courtyard by Marriot executives led by GM Cleofe Albiso, executive chef Chachpol Suaisom, Assistant Director of […] The post Courtyard by Marriott’s savvy grand launch appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianMay 16th, 2018

Holidays this August calls for a trip to Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo

It’s time to think of that weekend in Iloilo! This month of August, enjoy an overnight stay at the Courtyard for only PHP 3,888+++ with breakfast buffet for two. Yes you heard it right, so why not plan for that long weekend trip with the family! Book your stay at The Courtyard by Marriott to […] The post Holidays this August calls for a trip to Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Red Charity Gala finds new home in ‘most coveted address’

I love all things about weddings---the preparations, the gowns, the flowers, the set design, the speeches, everything!   So, at the recently held "Marry Me at Marriott" bridal show, I was delighted to experience the bridal styling of different trade suppliers.   Created by Marriott Hotel Manila, "Marry Me at Marriott" has evolved in the last six years into the annual assemblage of prime movers in the wedding industry, most stylish influencers, media personalities and soon-to-wed couples.   Staged at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, the event has earned its well-deserved trademark as the country's top bridal show.   The venue's foyer was turned into...Keep on reading: Red Charity Gala finds new home in ‘most coveted address’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

Yokohama, Iloilo City exchange disaster resiliency strategies

THE cities of Yokohama in Japan and Iloilo both learned from each other’s strategies when it comes to disaster preparedness and resiliency. This, as Iloilo City hosted the three-day 11th CITYNET Disaster Cluster Seminar on Aug 2-4 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. CITYNET, which has a project office in Yokohama, Japan, […] The post Yokohama, Iloilo City exchange disaster resiliency strategies appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

Various exhibits showcased in Kalinaw Kultura

Photoessays crafted by kulTOURismo are showcased promoting cultural awareness.(James Umaran/PIA ICCC) ILIGAN CITY, August 1 (PIA TFBM ICCC) -- As part of the grand launch of Kalinaw Kultura in Iligan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018
Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

ONE: At 51 years old, martial arts legend Renzo Gracie believes he s at his best

Martial arts legend Renzo Gracie is set to make his return to MMA on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena when he takes on fellow veteran Yuki Kondo at ONE Championship: Reign of Kings. At 51 years old, many would argue that Gracie is way past his prime, but the sixth-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt believes that age is really just what you make of it. “The funny thing is, if you believe you are old at 30, or if you believe that you are very young at 30, both ways, you are right. So you are what you believe.” Gracie said during the Reign of Kings Press Launch, Tuesday afternoon at the City of Dreams Grand Ballroom. Eight years removed from his last professional MMA bout, Gracie believes that he’s even in better shape now than he was during his supposed peak years. “I believe that I’m better now than I was when I was 25.” Gracie then shared an interesting outlook on being considered as ‘over the hill’ so to say. “Most people say, ‘You know, you’re getting over the hill,’ What they don’t understand is that climbing the hill is the tough part. You have no view, you’re just pushing yourself up. When you get to what they call ‘over the hill’, that’s where you pick up the speed, and the view, it’s wonderful.” Truth be told, Gracie didn’t need to come back. It’s not as if he needed to fight. For the MMA legend, it’s about loving the fight, and wanting to be part of something as big as ONE Championship. “I’m at the best time of my life, I have everything, I didn’t need to be here, but how could I miss the opportunity to be part of something as great as this amazing sport? I had to embrace this, I had to push myself, I had to be in shape. “ “I honestly believe that I’m in my best right now. Mentally, the way that I prepared was very smart, I was completely injury-free, I’m feeling like a check for a million dollars that didn’t bounce.” Gracie added.   Renzo Gracie takes on Yuki Kondo in a legend-versus-legend fight at ONE Championship: Reign of Kings on Friday, July 27th at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

Music, comedy at Pagcor events

Casino Filipino Cebu will feature music and comedy artists for the grand launch of its new tagline, 'Your one great experience.' Rufa Mae Quinto and Bryan Termulo will take center stage o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Anne Curtis says she got punched in the face by a man in ‘Buy Bust’ shoot

                One of the many things award-winning actress Anne Curtis is proud of in her newest full-length action film "Buy Bust" would be the hardships she endured while filming the movie. Her stunts that she did all by herself were not for the weak and faint-hearted.   "Ang pinaka mahirap po is we did a 5-day rehearsal for one scene, it was a 3-minute scene na one long shot lang. It was one long shot na pinagpapasa-pasahan lang yung camera," she said at the grand media launch of "Buy Bust" on Tuesday.   "Galing ako sa baba, aakyat ako ng bubong bababa ako ng bubong makikipag-away ako sa bubong...Keep on reading: Anne Curtis says she got punched in the face by a man in ‘Buy Bust’ shoot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

4th of July at the Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo

GOING all out American and enjoying a star-spangled dinner buffet at the Courtyard by Marriott. In commemoration of the declaration of independence in the land of the free, Iloilo’s first American hotel under the Marriott International Brand did its share by dishing out premium western favorites even Uncle Sam would be proud of.  Executive Chef […] The post 4th of July at the Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Tacloban ramps up MICE hosting prospects for Eastern Visayas

The Eastern Visayas Region, particularly the regional center of Tacloban City, is looking forward to hosting more large scale conventions and conferences with the recent grand launch of Summit Hotel Tacloban. Summit Hotel Tacloban is the fifth property of Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC) under the Summit brand in the last nine years. The 138-room hotel is now the largest in the city, just across Robinsons Place Tacloban in the RLC complex in Marasbaras district......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

The Arangkada Philippines Fora 2018

Philippines Forum will be held on September 12, 2018 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom. It will focus on the infrastructure sector, specifically on Rail and Roads; Seaports and Shipping; and Water. Po.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

World War II Philippines – A Tale of Two Cities in the War in the Pacific

Last June 19-22, I was finally able to visit one of the few regions in the Philippines I had previously not set foot in. Thanks to an invite from Summit Hotels and Resorts to cover the grand launch of Summit Hotel Tacloban last June 21st, I was finally able to visit the Eastern Visayas Region, more specifically the regional capital of Tacloban......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Suzuki reveals new Swift and Dzire

Ending months of speculation, Suzuki finally unveiled the covers off the new Swift and Dzire in a huge ceremony held at the Marriott Grand Hotel in Pasay City on June 27. “We are grateful for the strong support we continue to receive from the Filipino market, particularly during the first months of the year. As […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

Summit Hotels inaugurates ‘Happy Place’ in Tacloban

Robinsons Land Corporation recently inaugurated its biggest investment in the Eastern Visayas Region with the grand launch of Summit Hotel Tacloban last June 21st......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

LeBron s free agency decision could swing NBA s balance of power

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com CLEVELAND -- These combo coronation-funerals can be tricky. Imagine the crowning of a new monarch where the royal subjects couldn’t stop chattering about the freshly deposed or deceased predecessor. Where the traditional cry of continuity and succession, “The king is dead! Long live the king!” got flipped, with what was overshadowing what is. That’s pretty much how it went Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) at Quicken Loans Arena, with the Golden State Warriors’ latest NBA championship having to share the stage with speculation, instantly revved up, about LeBron James and the choice he’ll soon make about his next employer. The Warriors are the kings, claiming pro basketball’s throne yet again by completing a sweep of James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 Finals. But of course, James is the King, and as so many of us learned in sophomore English – thanks, CliffsNotes! – “Uneasy lies the head (of those who fret and obsess about the future whereabouts of the NBA superstar) that wears a crown.” Long live the kings! The King is ... gone? There was so much energy before, during and after Game 4 Friday (Saturday, PHL time) poured into the last game/next game conjecture about James, the Cavaliers and seismic shifts in the league’s 2018-19 landscape that even the player’s surprise reveal near the end of the night – a bruised and bandaged right hand – couldn’t derail it. Turns out, as James ‘fessed up, the sore shooting paw was an injury he had been playing with ever since Game 1 in Oakland eight days earlier. He had “self-inflicted” it in a fit of pique when he smacked a whiteboard in the visitors’ dressing room at Oracle Arena after Cleveland’s overtime loss in the series-setter, an outcome driven at least in part by some teammates’ mistakes and an arcane wrinkle in the NBA’s replay rules regarding block/charge fouls. Despite the hordes of media people chronicling every waking detail of the Finals, James had kept the injury on the down-low (along with the possibility that J.R. Smith’s nickname amongst his Cavs teammates might be “whiteboard”). The cameras zoomed in and clicked in a paparazzi frenzy of motor drives every time James raised the hand, wrapped in black tape, above the table during his postgame podium remarks. Whether a legit Page-2-the-rest-of-the-story factor in the championship series or a too-late alibi, the contused hand wound up as a sidebar to where James plans to be using it when training camps open in a few months. As of Friday (Saturday, PHL time), it had been 95 months since “The Decision,” the 2010 announcement that James made in a tone-deaf vanity TV production that he was taking his talents from Cleveland to South Beach. Nearly 47 months had passed since he broke the news of his return in a Sports Illustrated ghost-written essay, envisioning much of what actually has unfolded in the four years since. Now savvy insiders and casual observers alike presume James will be on the move again, pushed to leave the franchise he has defined in an urgent search for more and better talent with which he can compete. As in, y’know, some horses, some horses, his kingdom for some horses. James’ free-agency process next month (he can opt out of a $35.6 million deal in the final season of his current contract) is expected to dictate the market of player movement this summer like an oversized domino. It easily could swing the balance of power, if not quite at Golden State’s lofty level then immediately below it. The monster he helped create Dr. Frankenstein eventually was done in by his macabre creation, and it can similarly be argued that James has no one but himself to blame for the predicament in which he again finds himself. He set in motion the machinery of the super team, after all, when he chose to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami eight years ago. Oh sure, the Boston Celtics in 2007-08 got there first by luring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce, but that was about knitting together three stars, all age 30 or older, for what would be their last best chance to win in an extremely limited run. That group won one title, went to two Finals in three seasons and was done, Allen leaving to join James & Co. with the Heat while Garnett and Pierce morphed into trade chips for Boston POBO Danny Ainge. When James, Wade and Bosh teamed up, they were in their basketball primes and their initial giddy boasts of “not four, not five, not six” championships turned off fans league-wide as much for its portent as its pretension. That crew went 4-for-4 in Finals, winning two rings before James, nudged by staleness and chafing as well as his grand plan for northeast Ohio, went home. From there, a line can be drawn through the ill-conceived 2012-13 L.A. Lakers of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol all the way to this season’s Houston Rockets of James Harden and Chris Paul and the talent-gorged Golden State roster. James was the centerpiece as Cleveland replicated the Big Three concept around him with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, two younger, playoff-stymied All-Stars. The new-look Cavaliers went to the Finals in their first season together and clambered atop the basketball world to win the franchise’s first NBA title by the end of the second, becoming the first team in league history to do so after digging a 1-3 hole in the best-of-seven series. In that moment, regardless of the two Finals trips that followed, James’ bill was stamped: Paid In Full. Misguided fans might burn his jersey if he leaves again, but James burned the mortgage after that Game 7 in Oakland in 2016 as far as any remaining obligation to fulfill. “I came back because I felt like I had some unfinished business,” he said after elimination Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “To be able to be a part of a championship team two years ago with the team that we had and in the fashion that we had is something I will always remember. Honestly, I think we'll all remember that. It ended a drought for Cleveland of 50-plus years, so I think we'll all remember that in sports history.” James added: “When you have a goal and you're able to accomplish that goal, it actually – for me personally – made me even more hungry to continue to try to win championships. And I still want to be in championship mode. I think I've shown this year why I will still continue to be in championship mode.” In other words, James intends to sustain his high level of performance. He expects to win. And he presumably will do whatever – and go wherever – is necessary to achieve that. There’s no perfect fit So what does that mean for the NBA’s best player (never mind what the annual MVP balloting says in any given season)? It means this: compromise. There is no ideal situation, certainly no easy answer to the guesswork surrounding James’ looming free agency. He could transform any of the 30 teams, but not without some trade-offs for him, for them or for both. Most of them won’t be in play. Teams in markets such as Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Portland, Sacramento, the Twin Cities and so on can’t scratch James’ itches for either championship-worthy depth chart or spotlight. New York and Chicago, among the biggies, are out of synch with his timeline. Toronto? No way James is resettling his brand north of the border, and given his stated desire for teammates who have not just sufficient basketball skills but also mental toughness, well, the Raptors teams he and the Cavs have dominated do not qualify. The Boston club that stretched Cleveland to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals is built for the long haul and would have to surrender much of that to adjust to James’ career calendar. There’s a little Kyrie problem lurking there and, truth be told, the Celtics look to be on their way and are doing just fine without the 33-year-old heading, one of these years, toward decline. At some point in each of the 2018 Finals’ final three days, James spoke admiringly of the Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs title teams that blocked his path whether in Miami or Cleveland. He was at it again even as the Warriors were dousing the opponent’s locker room at The Q with Moet champagne. “I made the move in 2010 to be able to play with talented players, cerebral players that you could see things that happen before they happened on the floor,” James said. “When you feel like you're really good at your craft, I think it's always great to be able to be around other great minds as well and other great ballplayers. “That's never changed. Even when I came here in '14, I wanted to try to surround myself and surround this franchise with great minds and guys that actually think outside the box of the game and not just go out and play it.” Where might James find that now or recruit that swiftly? Hard to say. There are asterisks and “buts” everywhere: * If he were to sign with the Houston Rockets, James would be hitching his star to Chris Paul, a buddy with an injury history that’s about the mirror opposite of his own. He would be teaming up with an elite coach in Mike D’Antoni, something he’s never had (though Miami’s Erik Spoelstra was just young and unproven, on his way to big things). But it also would require another big ask of James Harden, who had to adapt last summer to Paul’s arrival and need for the ball. * If James chooses the Lakers, he has the chance to hit reset with the league’s glitziest franchise, in a market that can meet his every off-court wish and where he and his family already own one or more ultra-comfortable homes. The Lakers have young talent to help James transition into a lower-usage veteran’s role, favored status as a destination team for other top free agents and the salary-cap space to get it done this summer with the likes of Paul George or his pal Paul. But that roster might not be capable of insta-contending, which could burn a season or two when James’ clock most definitely is clicking. * If it’s San Antonio, James could link up with the elite coach in Gregg Popovich, where the winning culture is in the DNA rather than some acquired taste. The Spurs have talent, particularly if Kawhi Leonard finds happiness again there. But they might not have enough to rattle the Warriors’ cage. And for all their professed admiration, James and Popovich might both fare better by keeping their relationship long-distance vs. the 82-game grind. * If it’s Golden State? Perish the thought. The NBA might have to board up itself if competitive balance were capsized to that extent. And as Draymond Green shrewdly noted on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), if James climbed aboard, it likely would require him and several other Golden State teammates to be dispatched to parts unknown. * If James prefers to stay East, where the winning comes easier, he could pick Philadelphia. The Sixers have two foundational young stars at positions that matter most, center Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons. But Simmons is a non-shooter at the moment, the antithesis of what makes a great complementary LeBron teammate. As for Embiid, James never has had to play off of and service a top center. And Philly might feel like a basketball-only move, with the hungriest and most demanding of any new fan base he would embrace. * If it’s Miami – wait, could it be Miami? Could he go second-home again? The Heat always strive to be competitive and offer a talent base deep enough for the East and lots of familiarity. But they also have players such as Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters whose mental approaches don’t seem to fit the model James was cooing about in Golden State and with the Tim Duncan-era Spurs. * That brings us to Cleveland, where it’s possible James might choose to remain. Staying with the Cavaliers, after leading them to four Finals and that heady 2016 title, would be the easiest choice as far as pressure to win. He owes these fans nothing anymore – in fact, had the bargain been offered to them in 2010 (“LeBron will leave and win elsewhere for four years, but will come back and deliver a championship and four Finals trips”), most would have grabbed it. Here, James and the fans who have watched him even through the interruption develop from ridiculously touted high schooler to one of the world’s most famous athletes could grow older together. Then he could partner up and buy the team from owner Dan Gilbert for a long-term future. Certainly, staying has a certain place in his and the rest of the James clan’s hearts. “The one thing that I've always done is considered, obviously, my family,” he said at series end Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “Understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago. I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around as well. So sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I'll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that.” It’s worth noting that as James contemplates his options as a modern pursuer of championship excellence, the prospect of him moving again qualifies at some level as a failure. Not just by the support system in Cleveland, where he and Gilbert have their friction and James gets snidely mentioned as the team’s unofficial GM and head coach, but by him too. He’s the one who went off to seek his “college education” in south Florida in what it takes to win, whether on the court, in the front office or in and around the seams 365 days a year, straight out of the Pat Riley handbook. The teams about which James talks so glowingly in Oakland now and in San Antonio then have cultures he covets, stability up and down the flowchart he craves. In Cleveland, for a variety of reasons, his team has been incapable of establishing and maintaining that to a lasting degree. He is part of that missed opportunity and he has to own it, no matter if he goes or stays. James is inseparable from the dynamic of the Cavaliers’ ever-changing and often melodramatic roster maneuvers. Spending big, swapping out draft picks to import current stars and supporting players, and overvaluing secondary guys like Smith and Tristan Thompson are risks the Warriors and the Spurs largely avoided thanks to shrew drafting and laudable continuity. The Cavs’ scrap heap, by contrast, is high with traded picks, scuttled plans, panic deals, short-term patches and folks such as former coach David Blatt and former GM David Griffin. And maybe James could have nurtured a little better relationship with All-Star point guard and 2016 title sidekick Kyrie Irving, enough to have kept Irving from bailing on them all with his trade demand last summer. Now he’s on the verge of casting about again, prioritizing what matters most for however long he continues to play. James is more at peace with it than he was before, particularly in 2010, and surely can enjoy the leverage he wields and the riches it delivers. But there is a burden there as well, one that could be seen as completing a circle. So many of the NBA’s greatest stars have been stuck playing and living in the Age of LeBron, right? Their paths to the Finals blocked, on one whole side of the league, by him and his? Well, LeBron James is stuck now in the Era of the Warriors, freshly swept and anxious to close the gap. What goes around comes around, though the key more pressing of the big W’s now is, where? Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

COURTYARD BY MARRIOT UPS ILOILO CITY’S HOTEL SCENE: Innovative design and flexible space tailors to the needs of today’s travelers

COURTYARD by Marriott Iloilo has officially opened its doors in Iloilo City, Philippines. Featuring an innovative lobby space as well as Courtyard’s latest contemporary room design, the new hotel provides flexibility and choices that allow guests to optimize and elevate their travel experience. Located at Megaworld Boulevard, Mandurriao Iloilo City, the 326-room hotel is owned […] The post COURTYARD BY MARRIOT UPS ILOILO CITY’S HOTEL SCENE: Innovative design and flexible space tailors to the needs of today’s travelers appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

PH diplomats launch Spark*Connect*Empower movement in SF

  SAN FRANCISCO -- Philippine Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez and Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr. led the recent formal grand launching of the consulate's Spark*Connect*Empower (SCE) movement, at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center Building.   More than 100 guests attended from various Filipino community organizations, who also took the opportunity to meet the Ambassador who has traveled to San Francisco for the first time in his official capacity.   The SCE movement aims to bring together various Filipino American organizations and individuals among the second, third, and fourth generation Filipino Americans to promote "love of country," c...Keep on reading: PH diplomats launch Spark*Connect*Empower movement in SF.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Iloilo thrills, treats at the Courtyard

The Courtyard by Marriott is a perfect jump off point to other equally stunning islands in the region. Never mind that summer's about to end. No matter what time of the year, you can always sa.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Appreciation Goes a Long Way

BRINGING in a lot of firsts in Western Visayas, Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo joins in Marriott International’s celebration of the Associate Appreciation Week, observed simultaneously by more than 6,500 hotels across 127 countries worldwide. This is the time dedicated to thank associates for their contributions and provide opportunities to experience the brand’s enduring values: put […] The post Appreciation Goes a Long Way appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018

Malipayon nga pag-abot sa Iloilo

The recent opening of Courtyard by Marriott in Iloilo all but signaled the transition of the bustling provincial city of Iloilo into a metropolitan city rivaling Cebu and Davao. The post Malipayon nga pag-abot sa Iloilo appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018