Category: News

hop inn lobby makati

Hop Inn Hotel Opens Second Hotel in the Philippines in Makati

Just seven months after opening its pioneering hotel in the Philippines, Thailand-based Hop Inn Hotel continues its expansion in the country with the opening of its second hotel in Metro Manila, this time at the country’s financial and business capital, Makati City.

Hop Inn Hotel Makati Avenue, Manila is the best choice for budget-conscious business and leisure travelers seeking instant access to everything the electrifying city has to offer.

Hop Inn Hotel is located at the heart of the budding arts and gastronomic hub of Poblacion and right next door to the country’s premier central business district. Here, guests are just a few hops away from the best attractions in and around Makati – from exciting dining and shopping experiences to the city’s famous nightlife and entertainment escapes.

A guaranteed one-stop hop for budget travelers in the city, Hop Inn Hotel Makati Avenue perfectly captures the brand’s Four Pillars Promise: Cleanliness, Convenience, Comfort, and Security. Amid a convenient location, Hop Inn Hotel Makati Avenue’s 144 air-conditioned rooms come with free high-speed Wi-Fi, cable TV, hot and cold power shower, a workstation, a hair dryer, and other room extras.

hop inn makati

Hopping into the spacious and inviting lobby, guests are welcomed by Hop InnMakati Avenue’s cheerful and superb professional staff ready and available 24 hours to ensure an enjoyable and worry-free stay. Thanks to the hotel’s fast and hassle-free check in process, guests soon find themselves delighting in their spotless rooms with crisp white sheets that invite absolute relaxation. The minimalist white and light blue-colored rooms have more than enough space to accommodate two persons and their luggage plus additional bags from pasalubong shopping. The bright and clean bathrooms are equally spacious, too. Hop Inn guests are always greeted by tidy rooms with fresh linens at the end of each day with the hotel’s expert housekeeping team making sure all rooms are spick and span while guests explore the city.

The Hop Inn Hotel chain, now with 26 hotels in Thailand and two in the Philippines, prides itself on providing a high standard of security across all of its hotels. A secure key card access to rooms and elevators, an in-room safe, and round-the-clock security and CCTV operations make for a safe and serene stay guests rave about and always to come back to.

Guests’ convenience is at the top of Hop Inn’s commitment to quality service which is why Hop Inn Makati Avenue promises a spacious and secure parking available for guests, absolutely free! A sweet gift for Metro dwellers struggling with parking space and steep fees on the daily. By ensuring that all of its hotels open their doors to persons of all shapes and sizes and are equipped to cater to persons with disabilities and those that require special assistance throughout their stay, Hop Inn delivers in its advocacy of making the joys of travel free for all to experience.

With the wide array of accommodation options available for travelers visiting Makati City, what makes Hop Inn Hotel Makati Avenue truly stand out is the excellent value for money it offers to its guests, whether they are staying for a month- long business assignment in the metro or simply needing a secure and comfortable room for a night or two. At Hop Inn Makati Avenue, guests enjoy the very best of their money’s worth and more with rates as low as PHP1,720 net per room night. A very small cost for such big hospitality.

The Erawan Group Public Company Limited, the company behind the growing Hop Inn brand in Thailand and the Philippines’ first venture in the Philippines was courtesy of Hop Inn Hotel Ermita, which opened on December 1, 2016. Combining Thai expertise and world-renowned Filipino hospitality, travelers expect nothing but the best quality service whenever they stay at any of the Hop Inn hotels in the Philippines; thanks to the company’s 35 years of vast experience in developing international five-star hotels such as the Grand Hyatt and JW Marriott, among others.

Ms. Kamonwan Wipulakorn, the President and Director of The Erawan Group bared that the opening of Hop Inn Ermita and Makati Avenue is just the beginning of the company’s plans to open more hotels in the country. Next year, three more Hop Inn Hotels are slated to open in Metro Manila: one in Aseana, a site in Alabang, and one in Tomas Morato, Quezon City. The company is also looking at key cities in Visayas and Mindanao as next potential sites to open more hotels, providing a relevant boost to the country’s tourism and overall economic development as well as opening excellent employment opportunities for more Filipinos.

Hop Inn Hotel Makati Avenue is located at 7806 Makati Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City, 1210 Philippines. For reservations, call (+632) 816- 7866 or (+632) 816-7876 (fax), or email

For more information about Hop Inn Hotel, visit and follow their social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).

Vargas Museum

This Month’s Events at the Vargas Museum, UP Diliman (May 2017)

Here’s what’s in store for you at the Jorge B. Vargas Museum in the University of the Philippines, Diliman, this month.

Obra ni Val: Carlos Valino, Jr. Retrospective

Carlos P. Valino, Jr.
12 May to 13 June 2017
3F Galleries
UP Vargas Museum

Obra ni Val

UP Vargas Museum, in cooperation with the family of Carlos Valino, Jr., and The University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, opens Obra ni Val: Carlos Valino, Jr. Retrospective on May 12. The public reception is on May 24, Wednesday, 6 PM at the 1F Galleries. Obra ni Val: Carlos Valino, Jr. Retrospective runs until June 13.

About the Artist

Carlos P. Valino, Jr. (b. 1926 – d. 2008) is an artist, professor, and storyteller whose expertise in figure drawing has received acclaim from students, peers, and colleagues. He was a Ramon Roces Scholarship Grantee of UP School of Fine Arts and Architecture (eventually became the UP College of Fine Arts, separate from the College of Architecture). He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1951. He taught in his college for 33 years (retiring in 1991). Being one of the last students of Fernando Amorsolo, Irineo Miranda, and Dominador Castañeda, he had mastered realism – so much so that he could sketch proficiently any figure from memory and demonstrate it in class. His illustrations speak to folk culture and local history, and they have been featured in numerous publications including Liwayway magazine. His works are installed at the University of the Philippines, National Library, National Museum, Coconut Palace, and the Malacañang Palace.

The retrospective is a celebration of Valino: a boy from Nueva Ecija who survived the Japanese Occupation persevered in his studies and mastered his craft. The exhibit will feature Valino’s early and late works (historical paintings, genre paintings, and portraiture), illustrations and personal objects.


Ged Merino and Aze Ong
12 May to 13 June 2017
1F Lobby and West Wing Gallery

UP Vargas Museum, with support from The Drawing Room (Contemporary Art), opens Ged Merino’s and Aze Ong’s exhibition titled Existence on May 12. Public reception (which includes a performance by Aze Ong) is on May 24, Wednesday, 6 PM at the 1F Galleries.

Existence presents the collaboration between Merino’s and Ong’s works that harness the spider’s mythological origins as “creator”. The industrious and meticulous ways the spider crafts its web become the stimuli for tales of deities likened as the weavers of the universe (such as the Grandmother Spider, or Spider Woman), as well as the dispositions reflective of the creativity of Filipinos who thrive in different environments. At the same time, a spider emulates the cycle from birth (conception) to death (transcendence): the emergence of life on earth.

Supplementing the exhibit are two Artist Talks by Ged Merino and Aze Ong on May 26, Friday, at 10-11:30 AM and 1-2:30 PM at the 1F Galleries of the museum. Existence runs until June 13.

About the Artists

Ged Merino (b. 1962) studied Bachelor of Fine Arts from PWU School of Fine Arts and Art Students League (New York). He represents The Drawing Room (Contemporary Art), Multiple Impressions (New York), Miriam Perlman Gallery (Chicago), Galeria Expreso del Arte (Bogotá, Colombia) and Turning Art. He was the recipient of different awards such as Best in Show in the Spirit of New Jersey (1991), Jackson Pollock Memorial Scholarship in Arts Student League, New York (1988), and Top Five in the ASEAN Youth Painting Delegation, Singapore (1987). Aside from local and international exhibitions, he has also been part of art fairs and biennales such as Artstage Singapore (2015).

Aze Ong (b. 1977) received her Bachelor of Communication in Media Production at Assumption College. She has exhibited in local and international galleries and museums, and her works have been part of the collections of Museo Pambata and Jeonbuk Museum of Art (Korea). She is an Asian Cultural Council Grantee (2016) and was named Solar Daybreak Artist of the Week (2014). She was featured in numerous media platforms (newspapers, magazines, and TV shows), including BBC Brasil (2011) and the MAPEH on the Go 10, the K to 12 edition textbook (2015).

Contact UP Vargas Museum

For more information about any of the events, please contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 928-1927 (direct line), (+632) 981-8500 local 4024 (UP trunkline), (+632) 928-1925 (fax), or send an e-mail to You may also check our website or like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@UPVargasMuseum) for more updates. Celebrates Their Fourth Anniversary

(This press release contains an affiliate link; that is, I will likely receive a small amount when you make a hotel reservation via using my link, at no extra cost to you.), the leading local hotel booking website in the Philippines, is turning four! Explore and see the beauty of the Philippines in the coming months with these exciting promos: Win a free trip to Japan for two in the Konnichi-wow: Free Trip to Japan and avail of highly affordable deals on hotels and resorts with Super Summer Sale. promo

In just four years, has grown exponentially in the e-commerce industry. Its number of bookings increased up to 200% ever since they started offering affordable hotel reservations in March 2013. Today, over 3,200 local hotels and resorts are listed on their website, providing more opportunities for Filipino wanderers to travel around the country and support local tourism. dares to brave that extra mile and achieve even more by further establishing their brand as the only online travel agency (OTA) that promotes local tourism and highlighting the unique perks and services they offer to Filipino travelers, including attractive discounts, convenient payment options, exclusive reward points, and its mobile app. will also be releasing the TravelBook magazine, the company’s official free publication that aims to inspire Filipinos to visit local destinations, meet new people, and immerse themselves in the country’s rich culture.

The Philippines is full of wonders that are meant to be appreciated as well as explored. As they celebrate their fourth anniversary, encourages you to go and explore the amazing places in the Philippines and gain memorable travel experiences like no other. promo

About is one of biggest online travel e-commerce companies (online travel agent or OTA) in the Philippines dedicated to offering great value hotel bookings and with a varied selection of Philippine hotels and resorts in Baguio, Batangas, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Davao, Laguna, Metro Manila, Palawan, Pampanga, Tagaytay, Zambales, and more. A total of 3,000 of affordable hotels are currently listed in

Book accommodations on the go with’s convenient mobile app, which is available for Android and iPhone. They offer the best price guarantee with attractive discounts for hotels and resorts, and various types of payment options without a credit card:

– Pay at Hotel
– Over the Counter: banks, 7-Eleven, department stores, and payment centers

Customers automatically earn back 5% of the total amount they spend as reward points, which they can use to get discounts on their future bookings (1 point is equivalent to PHP 1.00). For more information, contact their 24/7 contact center through these numbers:

Landline: +63 2 662 1111
Sun: +63 925 887 2835
Globe: +63 917 850 9029
Smart: +63 998 961 3012

To learn more about convenient and affordable hotel bookings all over the Philippines, visit the website. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Experience Summer in Partakan Festival 2017!

It’s going to be another hot and exciting summer as motorcycle and car enthusiasts, together with their families, converge on the pristine Aguib Beach in Sta. Ana, Cagayan, for the annual Partakan Festival on April 14 – 15, 2017.


Now on its fourth year, the two-day ride and rock fest is a celebration of the brotherhood, passion, and freedom that everyone can enjoy. It is expected to bring together thousands of motorcycle and car enthusiasts as they compete in several exciting and thrilling activities, including a chance to win P20,000 in the Amazing Ride Moto-Tourism Challenge.

The Amazing Ride

This is similar to the TV series Amazing Race where a team of five members must complete challenges in different locations designated by the Department of Tourism. The contest is open to riders, commuters, clubs, family members, backpackers, or a group of friends. Participants can start their ride anytime any day from April 12 – 15, 2017. It is not a time-bound competition; the team with the highest number of points will be declared as the winner. The Amazing Ride is designed to promote tourism, camaraderie, and family bonding.

Partakan Festival

Aside from the Amazing Ride, participants can also compete in the Auto/Moto Speed Challenge and the Bailout Challenge. The former is a time-based motorcycle and automobile drag race competition in a controlled environment. The participant with the fastest time within a specific category and distance wins the challenge.

The Bailout Challenge

The Bailout Challenge, on the other hand, is patterned after the hit TV series Wipe Out and will test the strength, intelligence, and patience of participants.

Partakan Festival

Other highlights of the event are the Battle of the Bands concert, Summer ReVibe Hip Hop Dance Showdown, and the Partakan Summer Bod Swimsuit Competition. Aside from P20,000, other great prizes await the lucky winners and a motorcycle will be raffled off.

Partakan Festival

Partakan Festival

The Partakan Festival is sponsored by Ropali Motorcycles, one of the biggest motorcycle dealers in the country with more than 120 branches nationwide. For more information and to register, visit and like Partakan Festival on Facebook.


#2017TravelBucketlist: Things to Consider When Planning a Trip by TRAVELPROS

Travelling requires thorough planning and preparation: you have to coordinate and book your airfare and hotel accommodation, as well as prepare your itinerary, travel documentation, and insurances ahead of time. This can be hard to do, but without planning a trip, your vacation will be chaotic.

Continue reading “#2017TravelBucketlist: Things to Consider When Planning a Trip by TRAVELPROS”