What’s so great about a heat wave? It’s the perfect excuse to come up with a summer pool party! On April 28, dress up in your best summer fashion and have a fantastic time at Manila Ocean Park. We are bringing out all the elements to make AQUA – the coolest event by the bay area. Swim and groove the night away as the sun sets at 5pm onwards. See pumped-up performance from top local bands Silent Sanctuary, Tanya Markova, Moonstar 88 and more. Have some refreshing drinks at Liquid Pool Bar and Lounge and listen to the pulsating beats of house music and club DJ. Be part of the grand launch of Brand magazine – the newest hip publication in town. Continue reading


Hotel H2O


            Hotel H2O, the country’s only marine-themed urban resort hotel, celebrates its second anniversary in style today by launching an array of projects, promotions and initiatives that mark it out as one of the most dynamic properties in the metro.

       From a nondescript boutique hotel when it opened on April 10, 2010, Hotel H2O has come a long way in just two years, blossoming into one of the most popular properties in the Manila Bay area, due mainly to its strategic location within the Manila Ocean Park complex.

That partnership will be cemented today with the formal designation of Hotel H2O as the “official residence” of Manila Ocean Park.  This means that Manila Ocean Park will accord Hotel H2O preferred status for the hotel needs of its guests and patrons, particularly its main clientele of families and leisure travelers.

New campaign theme

Reflecting the close link between the two properties, Hotel H2O has launched a new marketing campaign that highlights the marine angle as a unique experience for its guests – best captured in the hotel’s new campaign theme, “Marine dreams do come true at Hotel H2O.”

“We want to convey the point that while other hotels may also include Manila Ocean Park as part of their holiday packages, it’s only at Hotel H2O where guests can continue interacting with fishes and other marine wonders well beyond their visit to the park,” said the hotel’s sales and marketing director Antonette E. Mitschiener.  “This elevates Hotel H2O above the rest of the industry in this regard.”

Indeed, with its one-of-a-kind rooms and suites, which feature either an aquarium wall or stunning, “on the water” views of Manila Bay or the Manila Ocean Park, Hotel H2O has become a destination in itself – as famous for its distinctive room designs as for its personalized service.

In support of the new brand identity, the hotel has introduced a flurry of activities, products and promotional offers aimed at bolstering its presence in key segments of the market.


But Hotel H2O has saved its best rewards for the one group that matters – the market.  Since the beginning of 2012, the hotel has rolled out a series of attractive promotions and packages to entice its growing legion of guests.

It started with the launch in early January of its own privilege card, the VIP Gold All-Access Card, which offers a host of exclusive benefits, perks and discounts to the holder, not just at Hotel H2O but at all attractions at Manila Ocean Park, as well as partner establishments such as Makan Makan Asian Food Village and Zenyu Eco Spa.  The card continues to be one of the hotel’s most popular products.

After the highly successful promos on the occasion of the Chinese New Year in January and Valentine’s Day in February, a new set of offers is being unveiled this month as part of the second anniversary rites.  The major draw is the “Two Plus One” promo, where guests staying two nights get a third night free.  This offer is valid until April 30, 2012.

The hotel has also initiated a blog-writing contest, dubbed “sleep.eat&have.fun!,” where guests are encouraged to share their Hotel H2O experience online by writing about it on their blog sites or Facebook walls.  The most unique or memorable account wins a prize.  The contest runs until September 10, 2012.

For foodies, the hotel has a delightful treat for the sweltering summer – a huge bowl of the native iced dessert, halo-halo, brimming with all the flavorful ingredients and topped with ice cream.  It is offered at the promotional price of just P150 net at Makan Makan for the month of April


Calirana Resort

CaliRana is a 1.5-hectare private resort on the eastern fringes of man-made Lake Caliraya in Cavinti, Laguna some 95 kilometers south of Makati City or approximately two hours normal driving time from the country’s financial center. Lake Caliraya which sits on a mountain cradle over 365 meters above sea level is blessed with cool weather all-year round making the place a perfect mountain getaway. Continue reading


The Islands

Crown Asia recently had a Photo Contest which they called Discover Your Passion at The Islands Photo contest last March 31. They called out to Amateur and Professional Photographers who were required to have DSLRs to capture the great sights and landscapes of the the islands. The whole day event allowed them to go around the properties and the facilities in teams .

We were not part of the contest but they graciously allowed us to see the properties. We appreciated the the beauty and fun within the Islands.

With hectares of land with great landscapes and homes with amazing ammenities there was were a lot of reasons for the photographers to capture moments and breathtaking backgrounds.

The Islands is the only development located in Dasmarinas, Cavite master-planned in a large-scale and showcases a panorama of lush greens and vast open spaces accentuated by colorful blooms and quaint homes. It is a colorful Caribbean-inspired haven in an area spanning over 50 hectares. You need not go far to enjoy the benefits of wide open space. With its relaxing atmosphere, The Islands is a Caribbean-paradise found not-far-away from the hustle and bustle of city living.

The custom home sites at The Islands allow for the luxury of space, with wide frontages which serves as provisions for a front and backyard. With the custom home sites, you have an expanse of your own, a lot cut to choose from, ranging from 240sqm to 520 sqm and a home you can custom design to your liking.

The beautifully-crafted real estate development has three magnificent communities: Caribe at The Islands by Crown Asia, Amalfi at The Islands by Crown Asia and Camella Dasma at The Islands. Crown Asia is a subsidiary of Vista Land & Lifescapes, which is the country’s largest home builder that has established itself as the forerunner in building quality theme-inspired homes and communities that cater to a society upper middle class income segment. The company has continued to fulfill dreams of successful Filipino families as well as uplift their standard of living for the last 16 years.

 Amalfi at The Islands by Crown Asia

Situated inside Island Park, Amalfi is accessible via Governor’s Drive and Molino Boulevard thus making this exclusive community just a few minutes away from different grand shopping malls, exclusive schools such as De La Salle University and St. Paul’s College and other institutional establishments and recreational spots that will guarantee a life of elegant convenience and sophisticated comfort.

Apart from that, Amalfi also boasts of prioritizing your security, providing well-trained security personnel, a round-the-clock roaming security, a minimum of 2 guards on each gate and an additional security outpost along the perimeter line. The swimming pool was amazing it was well maintained and ready for the visitors who want to beat the summer heat. What you will  like about Amalfi is that they think about their residents and what they want before the residents even think that they want it. They anticipate that their residents deserve nothing but the very best.

They give you back reminders of your childhood. They remind you that once upon a time you were allowed to go out and play in the park and ride the swing to your hearts content. This is what Amalfi will give back the sense of security that your kids can play in the park and be home by meal time.

Caribe At The Islands by Crown Asia

Live a Life of Leisure at Caribe Cavite. Come home to the warmth and charm of beautiful Carribean-inspired communities at Caribe at The Islands. Spanning over 50 hectares, Caribe creates both an exotic and serene atmosphere perfect for vacationing with your family and close friends.

Not too far from the busy streets of the metro, you will find a relaxing and tranquil environment, allowing kids to play, neighbors to mingle with each other, and finally make the dream of living in paradise a little within reach.

Caribe provides the luxury of space for homeowners who are starting to feel the congestion of the city life, and gives them their much-needed rest without asking a lot.

Homes at Caribe provide the peace of mind and the long breath of comfort for those who want to relax and live a tranquil life. Live the good life here at Caribe.

There are a number of factors which make Caribe a good investment opportunity among them are its prime location, its distinctive theme, concept, and architectural design, its world class facilities and amenities that include all-purpose courts, parks, picnic areas, and an open-air pavilion with a lush tropical greenery not to mention an underground utilities for cable, power and communication, deep wells and water reservoir for round the clock water supply, a professional property management team, perimeter fence and buffer trees for boundary lots and an alternate-day garbage collection , reliable security personnel and procedures, and a high return of investment (ROI) at 10% per annum. Caribe at The Islands offers a most pleasant benefit: luxury that is surprisingly within your means.

Camella Dasma is a 20-hectare estate developed by Camella Homes Philippines, which is located in the expansive project found Dasmariñas, Cavite peppered with exotic blooms and golden coconut trees all around that contributed to its appeal. This Mediterranean-inspired community offers more affordable units while also enjoying the same ease, convenience and benefits from Manila and Makati, which are less-than-an-hour-drive away. It also boasts of the same features found on Amalfi and Caribe at The Islands, including a 24-hour roaming security, deep wells and water reservoir for round-the-clock water supply, as well as a well-trained security personnel and a professional property management team.