Friday, November 10, 2017

A few days ago, I attended a gathering organized by Marco Polo Hong Kong at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. It was attended by fellow bloggers and traditional media from Davao and Cebu. During the event, Samantha Poon, Marco Polo Hotel Hong Kong Hotels' Director of Communications announced several new happenings at Marco Polo Hotel Hong Kong, Gateway and Prince Hotel. Book your room at the iconic Marco Polo Hotel Hong Kong!

Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Reveals Fresh New Exterior

Situated in the heart of Kowloon along the legendary Canton Road, Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel, an iconic favorite for many Hong Kong based families and a preferred accommodation for business and leisure travelers around the globe, recently completed an extensive upgrade to its building facade as part of continued quality improvements. (Read: Top Tourist Attractions in Hong Kong)

Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel is renowned for providing warm and welcoming quality service and is a popular choice known for its harbor views of one of the world's most recognized skylines.

The new look will definitely add a more refreshing vibe while you stay at Marco Polo Hotel Hong Kong. Waking up to the stunning view of the Victoria Harbor will surely add a memorable experience in the city of lights.

Gateway Hotel is Poised to Unveil an Additional New Club Floor 

Gateway Hotel is about to unveil an entirely new Continental Club floor on the hotel’s uppermost level soon. This will further build on it’s award-winning design transformation that initially commenced in 2011. Book a room at Gateway Hotel.

Located on the 17th Floor, twenty-one newly appointed guestrooms and suites offer stunning city views over bustling Canton Road, showcasing Hong Kong’s dramatic skyline. Business professionals and luxury leisure travelers can enjoy the sophisticated home-away-fromhome and sleek design ethic with the added benefits of an exclusive Continental Club Lounge

Marco Polo Hotels – Hong Kong Wins Two Prestigious Awards Winners of the Merit Award at the 2017 HKMA Quality Award and Gold Award for ‘Best Outdoor Events: Arts, Leisure and Entertainment’ at The Marketing Events Award 2017

Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Gateway Hotel and Prince Hotel won the Merit Award at the 2017 HKMA Quality Award ceremony held on 21 July 2017. On the same day, the iconic Marco Polo German Bierfest also garnered the Gold Award for ‘Best Outdoor Events: Arts, Leisure and Entertainment’ at The Marketing Events Award 2017 organised by Marketing Magazine.

Hong Kong Appoints Ms Vanessa Kong as Director of Sales & Marketing

Marco Polo Hotels – Hong Kong is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Vanessa Kong as Director of Sales & Marketing for Marco Polo Hotels – Hong Kong.

Bringing more than 20 years of hospitality industry experience across the Middle East and Asia, Ms Kong has held senior management positions at several reputable hotel companies, including Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, Dusit International and Montigo Resorts. She was most recently Director of Sales & Marketing at Banyan Tree and Angsana Bintan before joining Marco Polo Hotels – Hong Kong.

It was such a memorable night as the VisMin media and bloggers were reunited. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Samantha and Angel of Marco Polo Hong Kong for the invitation to join them at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. See you soon in Hong Kong, Sam and Angel! 

***All photos were provided by Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel's Communications Team.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Aside from its sweet lanzones, Camiguin has other interesting food finds that will surely satisfy your gastronomic cravings. Read our list of must-try food in the Island Born of Fire.

Must-Try Food in Camiguin and Where to Find Them

Surol is a chicken soup dish made of free range (native) chicken cooked in coconut milk. It's basically like tinolang manok only with gata (coconut milk). It's pretty much available everywhere - in restaurants and carinderias (roadside eateries). I recommend you try it at Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin Restaurant.

While bulalo is available everywhere in the Philippines, I still highly recommend you try it at La Isla Cocina in Agoho, Mambajao. It really captured my taste buds. I loved it. La Isla Cocina is also situated in a local heritage house so you'll get a good ambiance while dining.

Lanzones Ice Cream
Camiguin is popular for its sweet lanzones, thus the island celebrates Lanzones Festival every third week of October. Lanzones trees only bear fruit once a year so you may not find the fruit on some months. If you can't find the fresh fruit, you can try their local version of Lanzones Ice Cream. 

Pastel is a proudly Camiguin delicacy. It's a sweet bun filled usually with yema. Other fillings include ube, macapuno, among others. It used to be available only in Camiguin in the 90's but as of today it is widely available in other parts of the country. The most popular brand is Vjandep.

Asian dishes at Guerrera Restaurant
Guerrera is a notable restaurant situated in the middle of rice paddies of Camiguin. It serves Thai,Vietnamese, and other Asian cuisines. I recommend you try their pad thai.

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Looking for a place to stay in Camiguin? Look no more, we have listed some of the accommodations, Inns, Hotels and Resorts in Camiguin - the Island Born of Fire. (Read: Top Tourist Attractions in Camiguin)

Places to Stay in Camiguin

Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin
We stayed here during our recent trip to Camiguin. Nothing fancy about the resort but it is clean and is a wonderful place for relaxation. There's a pool where you can swim and play around and there's an in-house restaurant to fill your tummy. Check rates and availability.

Balai sa Baibai
We were able to visit Balai sa Baibai during our trip and I love its ambiance. They have a well-maintained garden, a pool, and a swimming beach. Check rates and availability.

Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat and Dive Resort
Located at Nasaag, Baring, Mambajao, Camiguin, Philippines, Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat and Dive Resort is a quiet and peaceful accommodation close to the town center. Check rates and availability

Marianita's Cottages
Marianita's Cottages is located at Purok 2 - Yumbing - National Highway, Mambajao, Camiguin, Philippines. Check rates and availability

Kurma Yoga Dive and Beach Resort
Situated at Camiguin Circumferential Road, Mambajao, Camiguin, Philippines, Kurma Yoga Dive and Beach Resort offer freediving courses and other water activities. Check rates and availability

GV Hotel Camiguin
Situated in Burgos Street, Mambajao, Mambajao, Camiguin, Philippines, GV Hotel Camiguin is an ideal place for backbackers. The room rate is pretty cheap. Check rates and availability

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

An island province about 714 kilometers south of Manila and 120 kilometers southeast of Cebu, Camiguin is a pear-shaped volcanic Island filled with natural wonders from white sand beaches, majestic waterfalls, and relaxing hot and cold springs. Here are the top tourist attractions in Camiguin:

1. White Island
White Island is an uninhabited white sandbar located about 1.4 kilometers off the northern shore of the capital town of Mambajao. There is no vegetation of any kind in the area so it is best time to go there early in the morning or late in the afternoon as it gets too hot when the sun is up.

2. Mantigue Island Nature Park
Mantigue Island is a 6-hectare marine protected area with white sandy beaches and lush vegetation ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

3. Katibawasan Falls
Katibawasan Falls is an enchaniting waterfall in Camiguin situated at the foot of Mt. Timpoong, Barangay Upper Pandan, about five kilometers southeast of the Municipality of Mambajao.

Photo by Yojrel under creative commons

4. Tuasan Falls
Tuasan Falls is another majectic waterfall in Camiguin located in Barangay Mainit, in the town of Catarman. It's about an hour away from Mambajao. The road leading to Tuasan Falls is paved so it is pretty much accessible.

5. Balai sa Baybay / Komunidad sa Baybay / Camiguin Sea Glass Jewelry
This is where the Sea Glass jewelry of Camiguin is made. Sea glasses washed, shaped and polished by the sea are recycled and transformed into beautiful necklace pendants and rings.

6. Mt. Hibok Hibok
Camiguin is composed of 11 volcanoes mostly dormant, except Mt. Hibok-Hibok. It's the only active volcano in Camiguin. A trek to the volcano is one of the most popular activities in the province.

7. Gui-ob Church Ruins
Located in the town of Catarman, Gui-ob Church Ruins is a century-old heritage site in Camiguin. It was submerged in the late 1871 during the eruption of Mt. Vulcan.

8. Sunken Cemetery
Just a few hundred meters away from Gui-ob Church Ruins, the Sunken Cemetery is marked with a huge cross and is one of the top tourist attractions in Camiguin. 

9. Sto. Niño Cold Spring / Ardent Hibok Hibok Spring / Soda Water Park
Camiguin has three interesting natural springs that you can enjoy.  Sto. Niño Cold Spring is a cold spring which has a temperature of around 20 degrees Celsius. Ardent Hibok Hibok Spring on the contrary has a water temperature of around 40 degrees Celsius. Soda Water Park on the other hand is a pool filled with natural streaming soda water.

Ardent Hot Spring | Photo by 3dom under creative commons

10. Walkway to the Old Volcano / Camiguin’s Stations of the Cross.
Walkway to the Old Volcano and Stations of the Cross is another attractions in Camiguin usually filled with devotees during the Lenten season. It is located in Barangay Bonbon in the town of Catarman.

View from the Old Volcano Walkway | Photo by: Yidian Cheow under creative commons

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Getting to Camiguin
Going to Camiguin is relatively easy. The most convenient way to go to Camiguin is via Cebu as there is a direct daily flights from Mactan International Airport to Camiguin via Cebu Pacific. The flight schedule is early in the morning so you will not be wasting time and can start exploring the island late in the morning. Starting December, Philippine Airlines will also commence a daily flight from Cebu to Camiguin. Travel time is less than 30 minutes. 

The most common way of getting to Camiguin is via Cagayan de Oro City. From CdO, travelers can take a Surigao-bound bus from CdO’s Agora Bus Terminal. Travel time from Agora Bus Terminal to Balingoan Port is around 2.5 to 3 hours. 

From Balingoan Port, you will need to take a ferry to Camiguin’s Benoni port. Travel time is only an hour. (Read : Balingoan Port to Benoni Port and VV Ferry Schedule)

Alternatively, you can also take a boat from Jagna, Bohol to Camiguin. The boat schedule is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Fare is P425 and travel time is around 3-4 hours. 

Getting around Camiguin is easy, too. There are jeepneys, tricycles and vans that can take you around the province.

When is the best time to Visit Camiguin?
Camiguin is an all-year round destination but the best time to visit is around October to witness the Lanzones Festival and during Holy Week for the Panaad Festival. 

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