As someone obsessed with great hotels, I’ve got a hotel bucket list that includes the legendary Raffles in Singapore.
I have been there but I have not stayed in.
Don’t know when that’s going to happen, so a free stay at Raffles Makati sounded good enough for me.
I’ve stayed at some of Manila’s “finest” hotels, but tell you the truth, I don’t find them world class.
A lot of the better hotels here in the Philippines have unrenovated rooms and bathrooms, which is enough to make me want to go home.
The Raffles Makati is a different story.
I have been there for many events—usually at the Long Bar, and the hotel seems small when you enter the lobby. But you’ll be surprised when you hit the guest room floors.
When my friends and I checked in for a sleepover, I was surprised when they told us they were giving us the Presidential Suite. I swear my mouth was hanging open.
They brought us to the 10th floor, where a fine clean scent hit us immediately.
The carpeted hallway looked and smelled ridiculously clean, like fresh laundry.
Here’s something you won’t find at a deluxe room—elegant French doors
We had the Presidential Suite and a connecting Junior Suite. That’s 150 + 60 square meters of space for three girls!! Here’s the Master Bedroom with the king-size bed
Writing desk and flat-screen TV (note: I couldn’t find an outlet to plug my laptop)
The sitting area is where I found an outlet, so that’s where I parked my computer
The sitting room leads to a nostalgic dressing room with dark wood floors
Obviously I don’t travel light. That’s my luggage for an overnight stay
So much closet space!
and dressing table
This room leads to probably the best hotel bathroom in the country
with modern bathtub
separate shower and toilet stalls
and so many amenities I forgot to photograph
Outside the bedroom is the living room, where we listened to akashic readings
There’s a bar that’s not mini
A dining room
and a nice note from the Managing Director—thank you Mr. Meyer!
Francesca Balaguer-Mercado presents Curious Comfort, a collection of new works at the Avellana Art Gallery this September 28 to November 16, 2013.
Balaguer-Mercado will show a series of photographs inspired by personal life-altering events since returning to Manila in 2011.
Her images represent experiences with loved ones, and her physical and emotional states during those trying times.
Balaguer-Mercado’s series comprises ten images, all created with the underlying belief that something beautiful can come from an otherwise arduous situation.
The images vary in size, representing the scale of emotions felt by the artist, from large and assaulting to small and intimate.
Balaguer-Mercado graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines, Diliman with a degree in Film and Audio Visual Communications. She later moved to the US and pursued further studies, earning an MFA degree in Photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Her experiences and apprenticeships abroad have shaped her extremely hands-on process, resulting in a unique style of visual storytelling.
If you’ve ever wondered how Manila-grown streetwear label Proudrace has found itself in racks all over the world, don’t miss Ayala Museum’s DesignTalks lecture series on September 21, 2013, 3 PM at the Ayala Museum Ground Floor Lobby.
Composed of Pat Bondoc and Rik Rasos, Proudrace’s brand of casual clothing is synonymous to sleek but rebellious streetwear.
Since 2010, stockists in California, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and more have carried their products.
And wherever their name takes them, the designers proudly share their Manila roots and tag their clothing as “handmade in the Philippines.”
Proudrace in Malaysia
If you’ve ever dreamed of selling your brand globally, don’t miss this talk.
Admission is Php 300, or a discounted rate of Php 150 available to students, teachers, senior citizens and Ayala Museum members with corresponding IDs.
Ayala Museum is located at Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City.
For inquiries call 759-8288 local 35 or 29, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.