Migs and Alaine

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The gateway to Philippine’s historial, social and cultural life

We had the opportunity to experience Zooper Cruise last December 13. It was extra special because it was the birthday of Zoomanity Group’s CEO, Mr. Robert Laurel-Yupangco. He invited some business partners, close friends and indigent kids from nearby areas for a Thanksgiving cruise and gift giving.

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The cruise was short but very educational because we were able to pass by some historical places in Manila. The Captain, Mr. Bondad did a great job in sharing his knowledge with the kids about how Manila was built. Both Migs and I studied in Manila but it was the very first time we saw it’s glory from the river. Surprisingly, the river doesn’t smell awful despite its color.

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The Malacanang Palace is such a beauty. You should see it for yourself too because tourists are not allowed to take photos around or even near the Malacanang vicinity. We were even accompanied by a Presidential Security Guard to make sure that everyone will comply with the policy.

We had a stop over at Polland Hopia – the home of the most delicious moon cakes in Manila! Well, I am being bias because Polland Hopia is one of my favorite comfort foods. Their store have a dining are where you can have tea or coffee while waiting for your friends to finish their hopia shopping.

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When we boarded the boat, the gift giving started as we head back to Valenzuela port. We were treated with a sumptuous dinner at Misono while the kids had their dinner at Dampa by the Ruins. It was truly a night to a memorable day to remember. I always have a soft spot for big companies and successful people who always take time to give back after receiving so many blessings.

Manila is such a beautiful place and we hope that every Filipino especially those who live or work in Manila will take part in caring for the City. We also hope that one day, we can make use of the Pasig river to travel so we help lessen Metro Manila’s issue with our traffic situation. By using a boat, there will be less cars in Manila and it’s also a good way of reminding our selves and the next generation of our history,

If you want to know more about Zooper Cruise, please visit their website, www.zoomanitygroup.com.ph or you may contact them at 899-9819/ 899-9824/0917-9521371. They accept bookings for educational tours, Company tours and events, anniversaries and other special occasions.

 

Zoomanity launches Zooper Cruise

Who says you need to leave the Metro to relax? We both studied Tertiary in Manila but didn’t really had the chance to explore the area. Now is the perfect time for us to rediscover the busiest City in the Philippines.

The Philippines is well-endowed with many beautiful tourist attractions, yet many Filipinos as well as foreign tourists have not yet discovered the beauty of Metro Manila. Zoomanity Group with an aim to promote education and environmental conservation of Pasig River launches Zooper Cruise, a zooper unique cruise experience under Zoomanity Foundation.

Started last August 25, 2016, Zooper Cruise will be a specially arranged tour in Pasig River every first Saturday of the month. For as slow as P699 to P1, 999, you will get a chance to rediscover the beauty of historical places in Manila like Intramuros and Fort Santiago, highlighting also the World’s 1st and biggest China Town. The tour is complete with good ambiance and music, snacks and drinks, photo souvenir and a lot more.

Zooper Cruise is the newest project under Zoomanity Foundation which is part of our company social responsibility. It caters the 4 pillars of our mission and vision which are Education, Entertainment, Environmental Conservation and Exhibit.

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Briefly, Zoomanity Group is one of the leading companies in the theme park industry in the Philippines under the Yupangco Group of Companies. We have more than 30 years of experience in the field and at present, we have eight operating local and international parks namely Zoobic Safari in Subic, Zoocobia Fun Zoo in Clark, Clarkzilla in Clark, Residence Inn in Tagaytay, Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite, Zoocolate Thrills in Bohol, Zootopia in Nagano, Japan and Animal Research and Development Park in Victoria Australia.

Rediscover the splendor of Manila historical landmarks. To know more about this Zooper Cruise experience, contact us at 899-9819/ 899-9824/0917-9521371 or visit www.zoomanity.com.ph.

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Armada Hotel Manila

We checked in at Armada Hotel Manila last December 13 as an extended wedding anniversary celebration. We have read good feedback about the hotel and decided that we should try it for ourselves. Armada hotel is a 3 year old hotel located at the heart of Manila. Room rates were just about right and the fact that we got it for a lower price just added excitement.

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We checked in at 2pm and we were welcomed by this receptionist who is a little too stiff for her job. Well, we just let it slide because she was the only person who lacks customer service skills. The rest of their staff are courteous.
Everything seemed okay. The room is spacious, the hotel is near commercial establishments and they have a decent restaurant at the ground floor.
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The bed is soft at the right places and the compliments are at par with higher end hotels
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Their standard room is much being that those of other hotels in the Metro and because the hotel is fairly new, there were no unnecessary smell or dirt. Their lounge area will kind of give you the feeling that maybe the rooms are not as big as how it looks like in the photos. Although our hotel room was not as posh as other hotel rooms, I still like the cozy feel. You still get the R&R feels.
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We were upgraded to a bigger room when we had some minor issues with our bed and it was done really fast even if it was already 2:00 in the morning.
We were able to relax despite the room transfer. I think it was one of their suites because it almost doubled the size of our previous room and there was a mini kitchen too. Pretty cool. I can probably stay there for a week.
At 6:30AM, we went down to eat breakfast which was included on our hotel accommodation. I must say that their breakfast buffet is pretty impressive. They do not have too many choices but I think that is okay for a breakfast buffet plus Armada is not a five star hotel. Their service at the resto needs improvement tho. We were asked for our room number three times by three different people. Maybe, they lack coordination.
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After breakfast, we went to their roof deck to check out the pool. Pool was pretty okay too even if the views are blocked by taller buildings around the area.
I would rate this hotel as 8/10 and I have recommended them to our friends as well. The hotel itself is okay. They just need to improve their customer service. We will definitely come back.

Here’s a 360 virtual tour of Armada Hotel.

The use of this 360° virtual tour of Armada Hotel Manila is authorized by Traveloka.
Alaine