Freshest Footprints

You are SAFE at The Manila Hotel

The historic hotel partially reopens in time for its 108th anniversary with upgraded hygiene protocols for guest safety; and launches special anniversary promo

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
Just a day before the historic hotel’s founding anniversary, The Manila Hotel plans to partially open its doors to its valued guests, with the famed Café Ilang Ilang, the Lobby Lounge, and the 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 DOH guidelines.

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.”

To its valued guests who are waiting for Café Ilang Ilang to open, The Manila Hotel offers its 108th 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.

Both Café Ilang Ilang and the Lobby Lounge will be open with limited seating capacity. Thorough sanitation procedures will be implemented, and 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 contactless ordering and payment system.

Adopting best practices, the hotel launches a comprehensive initiative to assure its patrons they are safe at The Manila Hotel. High-traffic public areas will have hygiene reminder signages and distance indicators, and guests will be asked to undergo mandatory temperature checks, and health declaration procedure. 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, and food handling. Staff will be required to wear PPEs as needed, and a 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.

Century Park's Deli Snack is Back!

Indulge in Century Park Hotel’s Sweet and Sumptuous Treats

Your favorite cakes, breads and pastries, together with our scrumptious cold cuts, perfect for making sandwiches and rice dishes, have returned after several weeks of hiatus!  Century Park Hotel Manila is thrilled to bring about delightful and sweeter days ahead with the reopening of Deli Snack, the hotel’s pastry and deli shop. 

Open daily for takeout or pick-up from 8:00AM to 6:00PM, a wide selection of sumptuous breads, pastries and cookies are available for the family’s breakfast or afternoon tea at home. The assortment includes French bread, raisin bread, cinnamon rolls, Danish pastries, and empanadas among others. Cold cuts such as ham, pork loin, liver paté and sausages that are guaranteed healthy and filling are also being offered.

Decadent cakes are truly one of the best buys from Deli Snack. Choose from a wide variety of black forest, blueberry cheese, super moist, choco cheese and apple tart among others.

Our sought-after 50% discount on selected items from 5:00PM to 6:00PM is something that should not be missed.

Century Park Hotel enforces the new normal and standard protocols such as wearing of masks and social distancing on the outlet premises. Furthermore, all Deli Snack products are prepared and handled well to ensure the safety of its customers.

For more information, call us at 8528-5855 or hit us up at 0917-633-2497, either via SMS or Viber.

Shopee partners with CJ ENM to bring KCON online, featuring Kpop icons GFRIEND, (G)I-DLE, ITZY, MONSTA X, Stray Kids, and more

Shopee Live Kpop Fest kicks off on June 10, with an exclusive free screening of KCON:TACT 2020 Summer from June 20-26

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, partners Asia’s leading entertainment and lifestyle company CJ ENM to bring KCON, the world’s largest Korean culture festival, online for the first time. KCON is a highly-anticipated annual event for Kpop fans across the globe, entering its ninth year of bringing the ultimate Korean culture fan experience worldwide including the US, Japan, and Thailand. It will go online for the first time in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, with Shopee as the official live stream partner for the KCON:TACT 2020 Summer concert. This partnership will see Shopee air live performances, concerts, and more from KCON:TACT 2020 Summer for free to users on Shopee Live.

KCON:TACT 2020 Summer will be the highlight of Shopee Live Kpop Fest, which will kick off on June 10. Launched in collaboration with CJ ENM, the festival aims to meet the growing demand for online entertainment amid social distancing measures in the region. Popular Kpop groups including GFRIEND, (G)I-DLE, ITZY, MONSTA X, and Stray Kids will also make special appearances on Shopee Live, while Shopee users can enjoy daily Kpop themed streams and challenges.

Agatha Soh, Head of Regional Marketing at Shopee said, “Shopee is proud to be the exclusive partner of CJ ENM to stream KCON:TACT 2020 Summer to fans in Southeast Asia and Taiwan for the first time, as part of Shopee Live Kpop Fest. This partnership builds on our efforts to connect people through entertainment and shared experiences, and comes after a series of successful collaborations with Kpop stars. Shopee Live Kpop Fest and KCON:TACT 2020 Summer reflect our commitment to meet evolving needs, as people around the world stay home and turn to online entertainment. We look forward to more exciting collaborations with CJ ENM in the future.”

Don Kim, General Manager of Global Festival at CJ ENM said, “KCON is the largest festival of Korean culture in the world. Bringing the festival online, we have lined up an amazing experience for KCON:TACT 2020 Summer including interactive events with state-of-the-art technology, a star-studded concert lineup, and more. We are excited to go above and beyond what fans have experienced so far, and we are excited to partner with Shopee for fans in Southeast Asia and Taiwan to join the festival.”

From June 10 to 26, avid Kpop fans can look forward to a wide range of live streams and challenges daily at Shopee Live Kpop Fest, including:

● Exclusive appearances by popular Kpop idols, WJSN and Weki Meki on Shopee Live at 8PM (GMT +8) on June 10 and 15 respectively. Users can enjoy first-hand access to the groups with exciting performances, interviews, games, and more in each stream.

● Daily Kpop themed challenges for fans to show off their knowledge, recreate iconic Kpop looks, and more. The best fans stand to win attractive prizes such as vouchers and signed merchandise from their favorite idols.



Shopee will mark the finale of Shopee Live Kpop Fest by screening KCON:TACT 2020 Summer on Shopee Live from 20 to 26 June. Shopee users and Kpop fans can look forward to seven consecutive days of non-stop entertainment, including live concerts and interviews by some of the biggest Kpop stars in the world, including GFRIEND, (G)I-DLE, ITZY, MONSTA X, and Stray Kids. 

Stay tuned for more updates on KCON:TACT 2020 Summer and Shopee Live Kpop Fest at http://shopee.ph/m/live-kpop-fest 

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Enjoy Century Park Hotel’s Gustatory Delights in the Comfort of Your Home

Two months have passed and we are still at home, keeping ourselves safe and seeking solace in the midst of this tough time. Everyone has become a chef in their own right, trying to nourish the family with food that would lift up their spirits and make things feel lighter.

As everyone misses the great outdoors, it cannot be helped that eating out is one of the pleasures we seek nowadays.  It takes the burden off preparing the food yourself and admit it or not, food in restaurants prepared by chefs can be really delicious and considered such a treat.  Century Park Hotel Manila, whose doors have been temporarily closed off for the past weeks, has opened its kitchens and been busy preparing to ensure that your culinary favorites are well on their wayin the comfort of your home to enjoy.

Gone are those days when all you can do is drool over those #foodporn posts on social media. Bring out your phone and choose from the lavish selection of gustatory delights only from Century Park Hotel. We offer everything you crave for such as our classic mouthwatering seafood recipes from our daily fresh catch.  Featured in this roster of luscious dishes are Grilled Prawns, Pan-fried Salmon Fillet and Blue Marlin Supreme which will surely remind your taste buds of the flavors you have missed.

 Also on the menu are the savory platters of meat such as Grilled Lamb Chops, Sirloin Steak Café de Paris, Country Crispy Chicken, among others. All these could boost your mood with its lush flavor that lingers on the palate. Be sure not to miss your all-time favorite Filipino cuisines and Asian-inspired delicacies giving you a variety of tastes best shared with the family at home.

Did you say pasta? We are back with your favorite pasta dishes for you to enjoy. You can also choose from our succulent salad selections and burgers that will leave you full and contented.

Century Park Hotel will also satisfy your love for breads and pastries! Our delectable lineup includes French bread, Raisin bread, Cinnamon rolls, Danish pastries, and empanadas. The kids will not say no to our delightful cookies and brownies, just right for their sweet tooth. 

Spark small celebrations at home and make it even brighter with our fancy cakes. Once more, we will bake your favorite Black Forest cake, Choco Cheese cake, Blueberry Cheese cake,  and Apple Tart among others. Ideal both for breakfast and lunch, healthy and sumptuous cold cuts, hams and sausages are also included in the wide selection. Make sure to check out and save the menu below to see all other options.

Ordering the food of your choice from Century Park Hotel is as easy as 1-2-3. First, give us a call at 8528-5855 or send us a message at 0917-633-2497, either via SMS or Viber.  Do not forget to mention your full name, contact number, complete address, order description and quantity. Secondly, proceed to payment. Your convenience is our priority so you can pay either with cash or credit card through PayPal at payments@centurypark.com.ph. Finally, send a proof of payment to the given Viber number and once done, your orders will already be taken for processing.

Because we always want it served fresh and crisp, give us ample lead time as we only prepare the food upon your arrival at the hotel. Orders will be accepted daily from 9:00AM to 5:00PM.

To claim, you can either opt for home delivery or personal pickup. To have it delivered to your doorstep, you can book through any shipping service provider such as Grab Express, Lalamove, Happy Move and the like. Note that the prices on our food menu are exclusive of delivery fees. If you wish to pick it up yourself you may claim your orders at the Deli Snack, the hotel’s bakeshop.   

Century Park Hotel Manila keenly practices proper sanitary and disinfecting measures recommended by the WHO to ensure that its facilities and premises are safe from the dreaded virus and other diseases. Furthermore, these classic dishes are prepared only by the hotel’s culinary professionals who are second to none when it comes to following proper food protocols. This is our commitment to secure your health and safety amidst this uncertain situation.

Brush off the quarantine blues with food that would comfort the mind and the heart. Spice up your days at home with the family with a new taste on the table.

Order your culinary favorites from Century Park Hotel now!



4 of the biggest e-commerce trends in 2020 by Shopee

Consumers shop more often on weekdays and show an increased preference for cashless payments, while brands and sellers expand their online presence.  

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, identifies four major e-commerce trends in 2020. The retail landscape in the Philippines has been transformed due to increased social distancing efforts, such as the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine as the nation combats the spread of Covid-19. As a result, brands and sellers are venturing online in search of growth, while consumers turn to e-commerce to meet their shopping needs. 

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines said:

“The year 2020 has changed the way we live, work, and shop. Brands and sellers across the region are stepping up their digitization efforts, with e-commerce becoming a key channel for them to sustain and grow their businesses. At the same time, consumers are increasingly going online to fulfill their everyday needs, in areas ranging from groceries to home appliances. As e-commerce takes on greater importance in people’s lives, Shopee will continue to make shopping even more social, engaging, and easy for everyone.” 

In the Philippines, Shopee has identified 4 key trends for e-commerce in recent months:

1. Brands and sellers are growing their e-commerce presence 

Brands and sellers are venturing online to boost their online presence while exploring new strategies to reach and engage consumers.

Robust growth for Filipino sellers: As people shop for their home and essential needs online, brands, and sellers in the Gaming and Pet Care categories are seeing strong growth. In addition, Brands and sellers offering pet essentials and home appliances & accessories saw 40 times and 15 times more orders respectively than the same period last year.

Reaching customers with live streaming: Brands and sellers are actively exploring new ways to reach consumers. Shopee has observed that the number of Shopee Live streams from brands and sellers increased by 40 times. Homegrown SMEs have successfully boosted online visibility with Shopee Live. For example, Sirods Stuffed Toys has recorded a robust number of views for its streams by showcasing popular toys and collectibles to users in real-time, enabling it to engage customers more effectively.

2. Shoppers turn to e-commerce for everyday needs 

At the same time, Filipinos are relying on e-commerce to meet their everyday needs as people live, work, and play from home.

Consumers search and shop online for a wider variety of needs: Shopee has observed an increase in search and shopping activity in the past 3 months, especially for health and fashion products. This reflects an increasing reliance on e-commerce, which provides Filipinos with one-stop access to essentials, health products, and more.

Top searched keywords: Face masks, Dresses, Power banks, Undergarments

Top products: Mosquito incense, Vitamins, and supplements, cell phone cases

3. Shopping preferences evolve as consumers seek convenience on e-commerce 

Shopping preferences are also changing in the Philippines as consumers look for convenience in e-commerce during this period.

Increased shopping activity on weekdays: Online shopping activity has peaked on Tuesdays in recent months, showcasing the preference among Filipinos to shop earlier in the week. Shopping activity is also the highest at 12PM and 1PM as Filipinos shop more often during lunchtime.

Preference for cashless payments: Adoption of cashless payments is growing as consumers value speed and reduce physical interactions. Shopee has observed that users are increasingly using cashless options such as ShopeePay to pay for purchases in recent months.

4. Increased social interaction and engagement among online shoppers

E-commerce has now evolved into something more than just a way to shop - it’s also become a place where people come together to interact, read content, and connect with others. Shopee has seen greater use of its in-app engagement features in the past three months as Filipinos seek to stay connected online:

Shopee Live Chat: Shopee has seen an increase in social interactions on its platform. Over 1 million messages were sent daily on average as brands, sellers, and consumers interact with each other across the shopping journey.

In-app games: Shopee recorded 200 million plays for its in-app games over the past three months. This is driven by users logging in daily to earn rewards and try out new in-app games such as Shopee Farm and Shopee Throw.

Tao closed:

“We want to make online shopping safe and convenient while staying true to our vision of delivering a social and engaging experience to our users. At the same time, we will continue to help both our sellers and buyers by providing them a seamless online shopping experience, especially during this COVID-19 crisis."

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