Team Building in Anya Resort Tagaytay

Summer is already here and I know some of the companies in the Metropolis are looking for a perfect venue for a team building. That can either be a beach, resort, or even city hotels with function rooms.

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Citadines Bay City Manila: The Newest Serviced Residence in Bay Area

Strategically located in the bay area and entertainment city of Metro Manila, Citadines Bay City Manila (CBCM) is one of the newest properties of The Ascott Limited in the Philippines, opened last November 2018.

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Q Citipark Hotel: Boutique Business Hotel in the Heart of Gensan

Hotels in the southern part of Mindanao are not as grandiose as with Metro Manila’s. As with my observation, they mostly function as event venues like weddings, meetings, conferences, and not for staycation per se.

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City Garden GRAND Hotel: A Hotel on the Rise at TripAdvisor

A newcomer to the range of accommodations in Makati, City Garden Grand Hotel has earned its place among TripAdvisor’s #1 hotel in Poblacion, Makati, racking up glowing ratings from business and leisure travellers both local and foreign, as it remains to showcase genuine Filipino hospitality, modern amenities, and competitive rates.

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Hotel San Marco: Italian Inspired Boutique Hotel in Gensan

Just last December 29, 2018, I was looking for an affordable hotel in Gensan because of a family gathering. Due to a peak season, there are only few hotels which have available rooms that day. And as I was searching Agoda, considering the price of the property, I found Hotel San Marco.

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A Tourist’s Guide to the Masbate Province’s Unspoilt Islands (and a BONUS!)

Masbate has to be the most underrated travel destination in the Philippines. It is nestled at the center of the Philippine Archipelago, surrounded by Burias and Ticao Pass in the North, San Bernardo Strait to the east, Sibuyan Sea to the West and Visayan Sea to the South. Perfect for those who want to be at one with nature! Here’s the rundown of what to do in the islands of Masbate:

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Budget-Friendly: Eighty Eight Hotel in Koronadal City, South Cotabato

Every time I go home in Koronadal City, South Cotabato, I always tend to stay in our house the whole day because that’s my comfort zone (and I’m a lazy person). I don’t have that much time roaming around the city because I prefer sleeping in my old room and hibernate. However, as years goes by, I observed that our small city is getting a number of investments and I can personally see it from the new buildings and business establishments.

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A Day Tour in Cebu City

Cebu city or also known as the Queen City of the South is one of my favorite places in the country because I have been in the city for many times.  The location is close to my heart because of its rich culture and history, delectable food that is available everywhere, and lots of wonderful places to visit.

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Beauty and Batanes (2/3)

SECOND DAY (SABTANG)

After a chill NORTH BATAN trip, now it’s time to explore the nearby island, SABTANG.

Sabtang, is one of the municipalities of Batanes that is comprised of 6 barangays namely Chavayan, Malakdang, Nakanmuan, Savidug, Sinakan, and Sumnanga.

Since the island is only accessible by a boat ride, we took a tricycle going to Ivana Port from the town of Basco in order for us to discover Sabtang island. It’s roughly 30-minute boat ride going to the town proper of Sabtang and it cost Php 100 per person for one way.

REMEMBER: Don’t forget to pay the environmental fee worth Php 200 per person at Sabtang Tourism Office

TIP: Take the earliest boat ride going to the island to avoid strong waves

SAVIDUG VILLAGE/BARRIO

This is one of the best parts when visiting Batanes– checking out all the traditional Ivatan stone houses. These shelters serve as shields against strong storms and typhoons hitting the island that is usually happening every year.

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Old Beaterio

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An Ivatan wearing a traditional Vakul

This place is most likely the first stop when you are in Sabtang.

MORONG BEACH/NAKABUANG BEACH

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Morong Beach

Morong beach is only one of the few beaches in Batanes where you are allowed to swim. The waves are also calm and meek during a good weather. The fine and white sand of Morong beach is perfectly made for your sensitive feet, thus you’ll really enjoy the place.

Unfortunately, the weather was not that good when we visited the beach. We instead enjoy the view, the mutual relationship of the wind and the wave, and the sprinkle of the rain brought by the monsoon wind. So it’s advisable to visit Sabtang during summer season.

CHAVAYAN VILLAGE

Chavayan is also a village for stone houses and it’s a place for the Sabtang Weavers Association where local women weave traditional headdresses made of dried palm leaves that are used to protect the Ivatans from sunlight or rain.

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An Ivatan Woman Wearing Traditional Vakul

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Ivatan’s Local Products

CHAMANTAD-TINYAN VIEWPOINT

Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint offers the best view spot in Sabtang where you can see wonderful cliffs and the vast Pacific Ocean. On the area, you can purchase some good local delicacies and products.

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Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint

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Ivatan Kids

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH (Sidetrip)

Since we already have finished a half-day tour in Sabtang, our tour guide took us for a sidetrip in Fountain of Youth or locally known as Rakuh-a-idi Spring in Mahatao. The design of the mini infinity pool is man-made, but the place will assure you that the water is coming from a natural spring.

You can bring your food and enjoy eating in the hut located near the pool. But don’t forget to bring a garbage bag in case you will have trashes after eating.

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Fountain of Yout Man-made Pool

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Infinity Pool Feels

When you want to visit this serene and peaceful place, you need to take a trek for about 30 minutes. So be ready with your trekking or comfortable shoes and extra strength for this activity.

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Southpole Central Hotel: A Cheap Stay in Cebu

Almost all goods and services in Cebu do have the same rate range as Metro Manila’s. Sometimes as travellers or tourists, we always have a budget plan when it comes to our food, fare, and a place to stay. And when you’re in Cebu, worry not about your budget because Southpole Central Hotel perfectly caters to tourists and travellers who prefer budget-friendly accommodations without compromising a good sleep.

Southpole Central Hotel is located at 29 Junquera Street, Cebu City. It’s just near the seaport and shopping malls in the city. The hotel is just beside the main campus of University of San Carlos and few blocks away from the famous street of Colon.

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THE ROOM

The hotel has 3 room categories; Superior (PhP 1,800/night), Deluxe (PhP 2,100/night), and the Business Suite Room (PhP 2,400/night). Room rates are affordable if you will base it to other hotels in the metro.

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I booked 2 superior rooms for 3 nights together with my parents. That already includes breakfast for 2 persons for each room. We mainly used the rooms as sleeping quarters and baggage area because we really intended to have tours in the city and meet some close friends who are already living in Cebu.

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All room types have either 2 singles beds or 1 single bed and 1 double bed. The room is fully air-conditioned and has basic room amenities like telephone, LCD television with cable channels, 2 bottled water, a work desk, and an open cabinet. Guests can also access and enjoy the free wifi of the hotel.

On the other hand, comfort room provides a cold and hot shower with comfort room essentials such as shampoo, soap, dental kit, and a bidet. And if it’s a hassle to bring your own bath towel, the budget hotel has a couple for you.

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DINING

For a cheap accommodation in Southpole Central Hotel, it offers a breakfast buffet to start your day full and right. If you stay for more than a day in Southpole, you may claim your meal stub daily at the front desk so you can avail of the breakfast. The buffet is open from 7:00 am – 10:00 am only.

While if you prefer having ala carte orders, the hotel has a mini restaurant located in the ground floor just beside the front desk. The outlet offers different cuisines from appetizers to desserts.

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INTERACTION QUALITY

Staying in a hotel is worthwhile if the service that you expect is above par. But sometimes you will really think that staying in cheap hotels or any lodging establishments might compromise the service. But Southpole proved me wrong, staff in the hotel were great and all smiling.

There’s one instance that I have a room service because I got hungry. The staff who is assigned for the food I ordered gave me a wrong amount of change from a purchase I’ve made. I didn’t even notice it until he called me on the phone. Then swiftly, he gave the remaining change.

Honesty is indeed the best policy. I’ll rate the service and honesty with 4/5.

FACILITIES QUALITY

Soutpole’s facilities are just average, well it’s a budget hotel. But I’ll just point out some factors that may affect the entire stay of a guest (1) The rust on shower and its hose is visible, (2) The bed doesn’t have a duvet. In my own view, I just felt like duvet is a basic amenity in any hotel businesses, and (3) I noticed that there mosquitoes in the lobby and in the hallway which might irritate the guests.

But the bed and pillows are really comfortable. I didn’t have hard time sleeping because normally, if the pillow is not that comfortable and not in line with my preference, I find it hard to sleep.

The hotel’s buffet breakfast is just okay. Nothing really special but I guess it’s fair enough for the money I spent on my stay at Southpole.  It’s 3/5.

OUTOME QUALITY

I can say that my whole stay and experience in Cebu was great. Maybe because there is Southpole Central Hotel that didn’t break my wallet for the accommodations. It served as my sleeping quarter and baggage area for my stuff everytime I leave and discover Cebu City. The place is also safe because only the guests who have keycards can exclusively use the elevator going to their respective floors.

The outcome of the accommodation in the hotel was overall satisfying in a way. I can recommend this budget hotel to those who are looking for a place to stay that will not greatly affect their budget when visiting Cebu.  I will give this a 3.5/5.

SOUTHPOLE CENTRAL HOTEL is located at 29 Junquera St., Cebu City, Philippines.

For reservations, you can email them at reservations@southpolecentralhotel.com or call them at +6332-234-7777.  You can visit their social media accounts facebook , instagram and website for updates.