5 Must Things to Do When in Palawan

One of the best ways to appreciate life is to travel different places that you have never been to. Agree? I bet you all do! Travelling is one of the things most people usually want to do, especially when it comes to going to the different resorts in Palawan. Who wouldn’t, right? Knowing that you will definitely love the place, there is nothing more exciting than discovering places to places.

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Who among you here have still not been to Palawan? I bet, there are still a lot of you here have still not been to Palawan. It is definitely a no-no for you to sit and stay still when you are in Palawan since there are a lot of places that you will love to visit. And I’m sure you will never regret visiting the place.

If you are one of those people who is planning in going to Palawan, then here are some of the things that you need to do for you to enjoy your trip and/or stay in the place.

1. Diving at Coron Bay

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If you are hyped for water adventure, why not try diving in Coron Bay? Well, Coron Bay is one of the top destinations in the Philippines when it comes to diving. You will definitely enjoy the dive site since having wrecks and pleasant rock formations for excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities. It is easy for you to find Coron Bay since it is situated in the northern part of Palawan where it lies between Busuanga and Culion Islands.

2. Exploring the underground River

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When we talk about caves, bats, undergrounds, rivers, exploring the underground river in Palawan would definitely be one of the best choices you will going to have. Of course, who would not be amazed by its natural beauty of the place? You will also have fun and enjoy paddling the boats when you got to tour the cave. Well, just be careful with the bats that might be flying over on your heads.

3. Island hopping at Honda Bay

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Isn’t it nice to experience when you got to explore Mother Nature? Exciting and fulfilling, isn’t it? Well, island hopping at Honda Bay is one of the things that you can do for you to experience the beauty of nature. Of course, you will definitely love to go from island to island where you can feel relax and enjoy its view.

4. Discovering El Nido

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Aside from doing island hopping at Honda Bay, you can also have fun in discovering the beauty of El Nido in Palawan. El Nido is a place where you can find a clear and beautiful sea water, mangroves, white sand beaches, coral reefs and limestone cliffs. From the looks of it, you can definitely say that El Nido is also the sanctuary of various forms of wildlife. Of course, the place is known to be the country’s largest wildlife preservation area.

If you want to go fishing, snorkeling, diving, El Nido should definitely be one of your top priority list of destinations to visit.

5. Diving the Tubbataha Reefs

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If you are one of those people who usually have fun and enjoy diving, especially diving with the school of fish, diving in the Tubbataha Reefs would definitely be the perfect spot for you to dive. There will be thousands of fish that you will love to see and swim with, and you will also find and discover different kinds of fish. You will be amazed and mesmerized by the beauty of the place.

These are just some of the many places in Palawan that you have to visit and enjoy its beauty. Well, these places above are the most common places where tourist love to visit. And I’m sure, you will too. And if you seek for more adventures in Palawan, there are still a lot of places that you still need to discover.

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5 Simple and Effective Tips on How to Deal with Stress

Who in the world has not experience stress? We all do, right? We usually feel stress from work, school or even we get to stress over our own problems. Stress is already part of our daily lives; even the most successful person in the world would encounter and experience stress. There are people who experience stress prefers to unwind in the best resorts in the Philippines. Well that if you can pay for your trip and other expenses.

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While other people who prefer unwinding at the different resorts, some would prefer dealing their stress on their own. Perhaps they just don’t have the luxury of time to go and spend unwinding in the resorts. If you are a kind of person who just wants to deal with stress yet you don’t know how and what to do to avoid or reduce stress at least, then these tips might help you in overcoming stressful situations.

1. Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine

We usually can’t avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine especially when we are tight in our deadlines and we need to make an extension of our working hours. Alcohol, for example, it is not advisable drinking it while you want to deal with stress. Even coffee, it has caffeine which will make you active and that, it will increase stress than reducing it.

Constant intake of these kinds of drinks when you feel stress, will also not be good for your health. It will affect your liver and/or other organs in your body. If you feel the urge to have these kinds of drinks, just be moderate in everything you do.

2. Indulge in Physical Activity

Being active in everything you do can also reduce stress. Exercising every day, for example, can help you reduce stress. It can make you feel energized and active when you exercise. Even just a simple walk can already reduce stress. It can also make you produce the whole since your mind is working productively. You will really feel the difference between exercising and not exercising at all.

3. Get More Sleep

There will always be an advantage when you have a good sleep. When you had enough sleep, you have a clear and productive mind. You can think creatively since your brain or mind is working properly. Your brain will also get enough oxygen when you sleep.

Sleeping is a form of resting where you can relax your mind and body from a long stressful and tiring day at work. Also, having enough sleep will also give you a younger looking skin. It will make you feel you since sleeping can reduce stress.

4. Manage your time

Time management is an important factor that contributes to relieving or dealing your stress. Through time management, you will not be stress from worrying about how late you are in going to your class or at work, how late you are in passing the tasks that were assigned to you and you will also not panic when there are minor changes that need to be done when unexpected circumstances occur.

As an individual, you have to know your time and take control of it. Even if there are times when we follow schedules for our time, you have to know how to manage it. Avoiding the things that can be the cause of your tardiness for you to avoid worries as well which can caused you stress.

5. Avoid stressors

If you are a person who is prone to stress or always experiencing stress, then you have to change your lifestyle which causes you to have stress. If you usually stress over your own problems, then you have to talk to somebody for you to minimize your stress. As much as possible, do not do the things that you know it can make and cause you stress.

These are just some of the tips on how you can avoid or deal with stress. It is really up to you on how discipline you are in handling the situations for you to avoid being stress.

5 Brilliant Ways on How to Spend Free Time Productively

All of us have free time, who doesn’t? Even the busiest person has free time. I know you have time to spare too!

There are actually a lot of ways on how you can spend your free time. You may spend your time shopping or even go to the best resorts in the Philippines. It is your time; it is up to you what you want to do with it. You may waste it or spend your free time productively.

When we say ‘productively’, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it is doing or achieving a lot that produces good results. And when we say ‘spending your free time productively’, it is doing the things that make you productive. Well, if you want to know what are the things that can help and make you productive, you might consider doing things brilliant ways.

Reading

What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘Read’?

When we hear the word ‘Read,’ a lot of people won’t do it since all they know, reading is boring, it can make you feel sleepy, it can make your eyes and head hurt and it is not fun to read. I know you had those feelings too. But what if these ‘boring’ textbooks can make you productive, are you going to change your mind and read?!

Reading books, magazines, newspapers and other references give you a lot of information that other people don’t have. You know what the ins and outs of today’s are; you know who these particular people who contributed big time in our community or in our country, and you will know what to do when circumstances occur.

It is always an advance when you read. Reading can bring you to places where you haven’t been there yet and it gives you better perspective and understanding of the world. You will also feel confident in whoever you meet since you know something that they don’t.

Writing

Unfortunately, there are few people who write. Writing is not that hard as what you think. You don’t have to write an entire article for you to start writing. Writing journals is a good start.

Writing can give you the benefit of telling or sharing what you feel where you cannot share it with others. You can write what you feel for the entire exhausting day, how annoyed and pissed you are, how your boss or friend sucks or how happy you are when your crush talks to you. You write it down.

You are the boss of your writing, you can write what you want and let your imaginations run wild. Just write it down, it is fun!

Listening to Good Music

Every day, we are bombarded with the noise around us. Noises from the vehicles, noises from the people, plus the noise of your boss who keeps reprimanding you, all these can make your day a living hell which can affect your entire day.

Listening to good music can put you in a good mood. Sometimes, even though you are stressed, it makes you feel relax and at ease. There are also times when you needed some inspirations; listening to good music can help. It can make you do better things when you are in the right mood.

When we say ‘good music’, it doesn’t mean rock or metallic rock. ‘Good Music’ is when we listen; it is pleasant to the ears.

Sports

Engaging your body in an active activity can build a better and healthier lifestyle. It gives you the energy to work for an entire day. Being lazy and not in a mood to do a certain work is the least you can do. When you are in a good and healthy condition, it affects the entire day.

Not only health benefits you can get through sports, you can also have fun and enjoy what you do. It is a matter of conditioning you for a better you.

Family Bonding

This is also one way to spend a quality time, not just for you, but also for the family. Having you around makes a family bonding complete and fun since it is when we tell or share our thoughts and experiences with our family. Cheesy as it may seem, but one way or another, we can have our moral support from them.

Eating together with our family is also a way to bond. Bonding with your families is not just for fun, it is also where we can have a heart to heart talk with them that can bring the family members closer to each other.

5 Types of Personality of Commuters

There are thousands of people living in our community, and every day, we meet hundreds of people in our way; be it at work, school or in shopping malls in the Philippines. It is inevitable! Different people with different personalities, that’s what we encounter every day.

If you are observant enough of the people around you, you can see how they behave. A little bit of an observation can give you an idea of what personality he or she has. Even just by riding a public vehicle, you can already see and observe people with their different personalities.

Talkative Commuters

Talkative commuters tend to talk a lot. Sometimes, they can’t notice that their voices are already loud. Some of the passengers might have fun listening to your talks, but the other passengers might be annoyed.

There are really times that we can talk loudly since the topics are interesting or funny enough for you not to mind or notice the other passengers, and that makes us talk or laugh out loud. The most embarrassing part is when one passenger might get annoyed and reprimand you to talk moderately and be considerate of the others.

Sleepy Commuters

We can’t blame them for sleeping inside the jeepney or in the public vehicles. They might be tired of doing the things that need to be done for work or for school and that leads them to sleep late. We all know it is not easy to stay up late since it drains our energy the next day.

We can understand that, but the most annoying part is that when they tend to sleep on your shoulders. Some of the people are hesitant enough to wake them up since they are sleeping soundly. Lucky enough if that sleepy commuter can notice that they are already sleeping on your shoulders.

Friendly Commuters

Unlike talkative commuters, these people tend to talk to you in a friendly way. You can say that they are kind since they talk to you even though you both don’t know each other. These people usually talk about what is happening in our community, or what caused the heavy traffic that leads the people to be late for their appointments, or even random questions like what school are you attending or what kind of profession are you working.

Some people that don’t want to talk might be annoyed by these people since they tend to ask random questions. Well, just don’t show it to them. They might be offended since they just want to talk and be friendly to you in good faith.

Commuters who always Complain

There are also commuters that are grumpy. They have a bad mood even though it still early in the morning. They tend to complain why the vehicle is so slow that he or she might be late at work or in school. They sometimes also complain why other passengers are a bother to them that leads them to be annoyed and irritated. Some of them will complain when other passengers ask them to lend their fare to the driver.

Sometimes, watching and observing these people can also affect our day. We also tend to be annoyed by his or her rudeness. Well, it is really up to us whether we let it affect our day.

Helpful and Considerate Commuters

These people are so rare nowadays. They help other commuters settle inside the jeepney or another public vehicle. They also help commuters who have difficulty in carrying their baggage. And whenever they see a senior citizen or a handy cap, these people will consider offering their seat and let them sit instead.

These kinds of people give us inspiration to also help others in times of difficulties even though they are strangers. “What goes around comes around.” Cliché as it may seem, but it is already proven.

7 Annoying Jeepney Facts

“You are not a Filipino if you don’t know how to ride a jeepney.”

People say.

There are millions of people commuting every day, and we are one of those people. We commute going to the malls in the Philippines, going to school and other places where we want to go. Commuting is already part of our daily living. Well that, if you don’t have a private car.

Have you ever experience being annoyed just by commuting? I bet we all do! We tend to get annoyed and pissed at the passengers in the jeepney. And mind you, it made our day! Most of the times, we can’t avoid these annoying, disturbing, irritating and nerve-wracking incidents inside the jeepney. It’s based on experience actually. So, hands up if you also had experienced these annoying jeepney facts.

Public Display of Affection (PDA)

Ok! I know this is a rare situation, but there are still people, or couples out there dared to display their feelings to each other in public. They giggle, kiss and hug. Literally! I just don’t understand, and I bet you do too, why are they doing that?! You are to the public, people! It’s unsightly! You can always do that at home or wherever place you want to, for as long as it is not in public.

Smelly Person beside You

This is disgusting! I know you want to puke smelling the person beside you. Especially when he or she moves, the odor will really spread enough for you to smell it. Perhaps, they are already immune to their odor which is why they don’t know that they are already smelly. Well, you really need to bring a handkerchief all the times for in a case like this. Guys and girls, please observe healthy and clean hygiene. You know what to do to make you smell and look good.

Girls with Long Hair

Most girls with long hair, if not all, don’t usually tie their hair. Perhaps, they have a new hair rebond or they just want to flaunt their curly or straight hair. And while riding on a jeepney, their hair is being blown away by the wind. It is itchy and painful whenever the hair touches your face.

And the most irritating part is that, even though that girl knows that her hair is all over in someone’s face, she just let it without minding the person beside her. Good luck when you sit beside girls with long hair who just let their hair be blown by the wind.

Laughing out loud/ talking loudly

Yes! Hands up! I know you, and I have done it, especially when we have friends that make us laugh out loud and exciting topics that make us talk out loud without minding other commuters. We may be having fun talking and laughing, but other passengers are already annoyed by the noise that we make.
Moderation is always the keyword. You may talk and laugh with your friends while inside the jeepney but make sure that nobody will get annoyed.

Slow Jeepney Ride

Have you ever notice and experience that whenever you are in a rush, there are just times that the jeepney that you ride is just too slow, plus you are caught in a heavy traffic?! You will not just be annoyed; you will really be pissed since you are already late in your work or in school. I salute when you can tell the driver to make it a little bit faster. I’ll tell you, it takes courage and thick face to do it.

Lesson learned, always be an early bird to avoid situations like this.

Paying for Fare

Ignoring you when you are about to pay your fare is just so annoying! There are times when you are about to pay the fare yet the person beside you pretend not to notice you. You still have to repeat “please pass the fare” over and over again so that the person next to you gets it. There are also times when they can’t hear you since they have headphones in their ears. Annoying, it is!

Sitting position

Some people are really stubborn while riding the jeepney. Even though, they know that they are commuters who have a hard time sitting, they still sit like they own the vehicle. There are even times when commuters have no choice but to sit in the air since they can’t sit properly. And mind you, it is really hard to sit in the air while riding a jeepney.

“You are not a Filipino if you don’t experience these annoying jeepney facts.” People also say.

Just don’t tell me that you are one of the people who do these annoying acts, if you do, please stop, be considerate and let’s change!

What about you? What is the most annoying and irritating jeepney acts for you?

Palawan: Reasons Why it is the best Place for Retirees

Paradise. Is a word that describes the resorts in Palawan. The country’s last ecological frontier as they may say. It is where we can find the beauty of nature’s wonders that surround it. The smell of the ocean breeze and the beautiful scenery are one of the things that you don’t want to miss.

 

Knowing that the Philippines is rich in natural resources, many Filipinos and Foreigners choose to make the Philippines as their second home. Away from the noise of the busy city and a place where pollution is not an option, are the things they usually consider in choosing a place to live.

Some of the retirees will make sure that the place where they want to stay is a place where they can call it a home. They usually check whether the place is worthy to live for retirement or not. Sometimes, they have this ‘qualifications’ in mind before they decide where to stay.

With qualifications in mind, Palawan has its own beauty where one can say it is a home away from home. It is a place where one can be satisfied with everything he does. Yet some of the retirees still can’t decide where and what place is suitable for their retirement. Giving you some reasons why Palawan is the best and suitable place for retirees might help you out.

  • Breathtaking scenery

This is one of the reasons why Palawan is a suitable place for retirees. The beautiful sunrise and sunset, the vast blue sea, and the fauna and flora can mesmerize you. Seeing these breathtaking sceneries, it can make you feel more relax and at ease. It is the best place especially people who are into nature.

  • Peaceful and clean environment

 

Not like other provinces, Palawan is not overcrowded. They respect and live their lives peacefully. Not only living a peaceful and simple life, they also maintain clean and green policy where everyone abides by it. The people living in there are discipline when it comes to cleanliness with their surroundings. They are a nature lover which is why they give value to it.

  • Friendly


Filipinos are known to be friendly and hospitable. A smile will welcome you whenever you run into them and greets you warmly. They also care for you and will give you a helping hand whenever you need one. They will also let you feel that you are always welcome in the neighborhood. These are the traits of the Filipinos that foreign people loved the most.

  • Cheap

Buying is not a problem when it comes to goods, rentals and house and lot in the Philippines since they are cheap. Especially buying it at wholesale prices, it can really let you save a lot. Discounts are also common when buying wholesale products. Though it may be cheap, the quality of the product is not compromised. Not just in buying something, services are also cheap. You can tip them with money or snacks, as long as it is heartily given.

These reasons may be simple but it can make an impact in your way of living. It helps you decide whether Palawan is worth the place or not. A place like Palawan gives you the security of a home, pleasure and the satisfactory where individual dreams to have. It is a simple life to live yet it is full of great opportunities and memories to make.

We all do know that being away from home is an adjustment to make. Especially deciding for a place to retire, it requires deep thought before you give in. The thought if it is worth the living, the adjustments, and the sacrifices before moving may be hard. But when there is a place where you can fall in love with, it is worth it all.

7 Basic Reminders in Traveling

When going on a business trip or on vacation, there are a lot of things that run to our mind. What to wear? What to pack? How will I get there? Is there a budget hotel in Manila where I can stay? Or am I really be ok to travel? These questions keep bugging us whenever we are about to go on a trip.

Sometimes having these questions in mind, or when we get too excited, we tend to forget important things that need to be done or bring. To not plan ahead means spoiling the fun, and of course, we don’t want that to happen. These are just a few basic and simple reminders to help travelers on their trip.

Have a checklist

Forgetting important things that need to bring is a no-no on a trip. You don’t want to freak out knowing that you didn’t bring the most important thing. And you totally don’t what to ruin the trip. To avoid, jotting down the things you need to bring is always helpful. This is very useful especially for those people who are usually forgetful.

You can also let someone remind you that you have to bring a certain thing. At least one way or another, you will never forget what you should bring.

Do not overload yourself

Going to a trip is no fun when you carry a lot of things. Bringing unnecessary things might bother you in enjoying the trip. You just have to bring what is important and useful for you. Don’t bring excess baggage and pack the things that are necessary.

When you pack, arrange your things neatly and orderly. It is one way to save up space on your traveling bag.

Place valuable things in a safe bag/pouch

Being in a fast-paced environment, it is advisable to place your valuables (Cellphones, wallets, passports, IDs) in a handy and safe bag or pouch where you can easily take it out in times when you need it. You don’t have to search your entire bag looking for the things that you need. Just make sure that it is placed safely away from the sight of the thieves. Doing so can make your trip more convenient.

Dress comfortably

When going on a trip, you have to wear clothes that make you comfortable. You can wear rugged or casual in going for vacation, and a semi-formal will do in going for business trips/meetings. You can wear anything you want for as long as it is easy and comfortable for you to move.

The type and style of your clothes also matter but what really counts is how comfortable you are in what you wear. Because wearing comfortable clothes gives you confidence in every move you make.

Full battery

Always have your cellphones, laptops and other gadgets on a full battery. In case you get lost or an emergency, you can easily find and get help. These gadgets can help you connect with the people around you and without it; it would take time for you to get to your destination and finding people might not be easy.

Just ask

The keyword in every trip, especially when going to a place for the first time is ‘ASK.’ Ask whether what direction is headed to that particular place? Ask what means of transportation you need to ride in going there? Just ask. There is no wrong in asking questions to the people who lived there. They will be much willing to help and guide you in your way.

There is a caveat though, be careful who you ask. Just make sure that you ask the person who is reliable enough to guide you on your trip.

Eat

This is a must. It is very important to eat especially when traveling. You cannot do things and think properly when you have an empty stomach. You might collapse in the middle of the trip due to hunger, God forbid. You must have at least a snack in your bag, anytime you can eat it whenever you are hungry.

These are simple and basic reminders yet it is the most important things that we need to do before going on a trip. Planning and organizing things ahead can make the trip more fun and exciting without any hindrances. Try it! It’s definitely useful.

Daycation or Staycation – You Choose!

A vacation in the city is next to impossible. Well, that was before. What we see today is a throng of urban dwellers who chose to stay in their respective homes instead to enjoy everything that the city has to offer. Makati City is not an exemption, with all the fine-looking façades and landscapes of shops, hotels, skyscrapers, high-rise condominiums, shopping centers, etc.

The city is a haven for both daycationers and staycationers.

A daycationer is a day-tripper wherein he or she visits a particular destination and returns home at the end of the day. Daycation is suitable for families with young children and individuals and families with pets. For daycationers, a night away from home may be cost-prohibitive that’s why they chose to explore the city during the day and spend the rest of the day at home instead of staying in one of the many Makati City hotels.

Anyhow, there are various tourist destinations in Makati City that daycationers may go to. Some examples are the Ayala Museum, Makati Museum, Philippine Army Museum, Yuchengco Museum, Filipinas Heritage Library, Sanctuario de San Antonio, Greenbelt Chapel, Guadalupe Church, Guadalupe Ruins, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Washington SyCip Park, Legazpi Active Park and Makati Park and Garden. PhilippineBoards.com also considers Makati Malls or Ayala Centers as must-visit tourist spots.

A staycationer, on the other hand, is an individual, family or group of individuals who choose to stay at home or in any of Makati City hotels for a night or two, making the most of their stays. At home, staycationers may set up a swimming pool or other pleasurable activities. On the other hand, there are hundreds of hotels in Makati City, some of which are classified as 5-star, classic luxury and boutique hotels as well as branded and lifestyle hotels. Don’t fret though because they offer reasonably priced rates, making them suitable for a staycation.

Numerous Makati City hotels such as Fairmont Makati, Raffles Hotel, and Holiday Inn & Suites Makati boast not just of their amenities and facilities, but also of the experience that only luxury hotels in Makati can provide. It is the incomparable view of the magnificent Makati skyline at night. Not to mention, these hotels are multi-awarded and 100% family friendly, so staying for the night is a welcome idea.

Either daycationing or staycationing, bottom-line is you will get to enjoy the best of Makati City daytime and nighttime. Sometimes, it is not about the budget, but rather about the enriching experience of exploring the very place that you spend your everyday life. Who knows what you will discover on your next daycation or staycation, right?

Philippine Tourism: Three (3) Things the Philippines is Known For Globally

The Philippines is an archipelago composed of 7, 107 islands. Located in the South-eastern border of Asia, it is surrounded by the Luzon Strait on the north, the South China Sea on the west, the Celebes Sea on the south and the Philippine Sea on the east.

Tourism contributes largely to the economy of the country. Considered as one of the megadiverse countries in the globe, PH is rich with tropical rainforests, mountains, beaches, and coral reefs to name a few. As the years progress, the number of foreign tourists arriving here gradually increases from a 2.8 million figure in 2006 to 4.2 million in 2012. Needless to say, the countless attractions from the white sand beach in Boracay to the renowned Makati City Hotels play a huge role in boosting the tourist arrivals.

Below are some of the reasons why foreigners love it here. See how the Philippines is emerging as a tourism magnet to the people from across the globe.

  • Beaches and Resorts. From the fine powdery sands to the clear and cool blue waters, the country provides numerous fantastic destinations to those who want to bask in the tropical sun. Some of the top locations include Boracay in Aklan which is touted as the “finest beach in the world”, Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte, Camiguin which is commonly referred to as the country’s “Garden of Eden” for its majestic waterfalls both in hot and cold springs, El Nido Palawan which has also been called the island of gods (heaven on earth) and Siargo in Surigao del Norte.

 

  • Diving Spots. Did you know that the country is Asia’s dive capital? It has the highest density of coral species in the world. Famous diving spots could be found at Anilao, Puerto Galera, and of course, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tubbataha Reef. Others worth noting include Coron in Palawan, Verde Island in Mindoro Oriental, Apo Reef National Park in Mindoro Occidental and Malapascua and Moalboal/Pescador Islands in Cebu.
  • World-class hotels. Cited as one of the Top 20 in Southeast Asia by Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice (USA) in 2010-2012, Top 25 under Business Category by SmartTravelAsia in 2008-2012 and having been given a certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor in 2013, Makati Shangri-La, Manila is just one of the hotels in Makati City that received multiple awards by several international award-giving bodies. InterContinental Manila in Makati is 2012 TTG Travel’s Best City Hotel. On the other hand, Pan Pacific in Manila in Malate won as PH’s leading business hotel in 2013 by World Travel Awards.