Marriott Hotel Manila Welcomes New Executives

From back-to-back expansion projects, Marriott Hotel Manila starts off 2018 giving a preview to another exciting year to look forward as two high-caliber professionals join its executive roster – Marian Villar-Barnes as Cluster Director of Human Resources and Erwin King-eo as Loss Prevention Manager. With an integrated hotel complex, they are both expected to keep the hotel on top of its game and prepare for more developments in the future.

Marian is a well-known HR professional with a long credible experience in the industry. She is an active member and held the Vice-president position in the Association of HR Managers in the Hospitality Industry (AHRM). Before joining Marriott, she was the Area Manager of Talent and Culture of Sofitel Manila and concurrently provided support for the pre-opening and post-opening requirements of the Accor Group in the country – significantly the recently acquired Raffles and Fairmont hotels. Her competitive career record can be traced back to her being a sports enthusiast, specifically a volleyball varsity player from grade school all the way to college.

Marriott Hotel Manila Welcomes New Executives

Then, she has been keen in pursuing the hospitality industry right off college starting at Westin Philippine Plaza, where she worked her way up from HR Assistant to HR Manager over a 5-year period, and later became the Director for Human Resources in Oakwood Premier for several years. Her multi-property experiences, including the Cluster Director for HR and Training of the Ascott Philippines Group wherein she handled 5 properties in the Philippines, makes her recommendable for the exciting growth of Marriott in the country. Now she plays a significant role to be the HR Leader for Marriott Hotel Manila and soon-to-open properties Courtyard Iloilo and Sheraton Manila.

Meanwhile, Erwin is a Philippine Military Academy graduate with more than 20 years of experience in security operations. He was assigned in different units of the Philippine Navy and Armed Forces of the Philippines wherein he retired with a Commander rank in the Navy. He played key roles implementing nationwide security programs serving as Military Aide-de-Camp to then former Senate President Manny Villar, Intelligence Officer in AFP and Presidential Security Group, and Chief Officer in the International Affairs of Philippine Navy Headquarters.

His most recent job was an Executive Officer in the Office for Defense Reform in the Department of National Defense. Even in his personal time, Erwin enjoys sports a lot and reading or watching combat documentaries. Since Marriott Manila is now a top destination for both local and international events, hosting high-profile events like ASEAN recently, Erwin’s expertise is definitely a valuable addition to the team.

As we continue to raise the bar of Philippine tourism higher, we also commit to acquiring brilliant talents to deliver nothing but the world-class service,

says Bruce Winton, Cluster General Manager for Marriott Manila and Courtyard Iloilo. GM Winton also guarantees more exciting movements and news to expect from the hotel especially on career opportunities.

To know more about Marriott Hotel Manila, visit www.manilamarriott.com, or follow facebook.com/manilamarriott, and @manilamarriott on Instagram and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

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A Long list of Ideas to Celebrate Christmas at Marriott Manila

The festive season at Marriott Manila this year is nothing like you have ever seen or tasted before. Expect bizarre indulgences to be out of the ordinary. ‘Tis the time to tickle your imaginations and appetites as Marriott takes the Yuletide cheers to a world of fantasy.

Let it Snow Sweets & Treats

Are you dreaming of a chocolatey, sweet and nutty Christmas? Marriott Café Bakery glistens with a bunch of decadent chocolates, cakes and more. Much loved holiday goodies get a retro-futuristic twist, inspired by the steampunk culture, that are available starting November 6.

 

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Freshly baked pastries come in an assortment to go with the cold BER months: Marriott’s signature Banana Loaf with walnuts (Php200), Cinnamon Raisin Bread (Php200), and traditional Fruit Cake infused with Harvey Bristol Cream Sherry wine (Php550). Travel through taste with delicacies from other countries such as the Scottish Dundee Fruit Cake (Php300), the German Stollen Bread (Php500), and French Madeleines (Php 300/6 pcs). Every sweet tooth will be in for a treat over the luscious bundles of Macarons (Php1,200/24pcs, Php700/12 pcs, Php370/6pcs) and Chocolate-coated Marshmallows in vanilla, strawberry and pistachio flavors (Php 350/6pcs). Gingerbreads get funkier with red velvet flavoring; enjoy either a stylish 60-gram Gingerbread man (Php65) or 715-gram Gingerbread Chalet (Php 780).

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Best news of the season is how Marriott makes chocolates for everyone. From Vegan Bars (Php350) to healthy bars like Coconut and Mango Bars (Php 320) and nut-load Mendiants (Php 350/6pcs), there’s definitely an excuse to devour chocolates. Using the finest Swiss chocolates, these holiday characters are hard to resist: Santa on Sleigh (Php350), Big Belly Santa (Php330) and Snowman (Php430).

 

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Adding more sparkle to their collection are their round and log cakes with unique flavors. Included in their decadent list are Earl Grey Charlotte (Php 1,200), a cake made for royalty with earl grey tea and orange twist; Red Orange Hazelnut (Php 1,200), inspired by Santa Claus bursting with orange hazelnut and salted caramel; Quella Chocolate Mousse (Php 800), a layer of hazelnut meringue covered with luscious chocolate; and Mango Passion Vanilla Roll (Php 800), is white Christmas dream made of vanilla inside and out.

 

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Be Your Own Santa

Marriott Manila makes gift-giving this season easier and fancier. Prepare that nice list, and think twice, because these Marriott hampers are creatively designed to covet this season. It comes in two sizes. Premium Hamper for Php 3,988 is overflowing with spiced walnuts, mango chocolate bars, chocolate santa, gingerbread man, banana load walnuts, assorted cookies, parmesan cheese, Dilmah tea bags, signature spice from Cru Steakhouse, and a bottle of Canyon Road red wine.

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Deluxe Hamper for Php 2,500 is packed with cookies, red velvet gingerbread man, chocolate santa, madeleines, cinnamon raisin bread, coconut chocolate bar, pickled lady chili finger dip, and Dilmah tea box.

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Feast to Impress

It’s the season of endless festivities and parties, at home and at work. Skip the preparation hassle and bring magic easily to your tables with gourmet foods to-go that are complete with appetizers and desserts. All you have to do is pick from either Smoked Bone-in Ham or Whole Roasted Turkey.

The 7-kg Smoked Bone-in Ham worth Php 5,500 comes with a kilo of thyme roasted baby potatoes, medley of organic vegetables (young corn, green beans, carrots and cauliflower), baked potato provencal, duo of creamy potato salad, and sauce options of mushroom gravy or pineapple. Plus, two delectable apple and pumpkin pies.

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Meanwhile, the 6-kg Whole Roasted Turkey for Php 6,500 includes a kilo of buttery whipped potatoes, medley of organic vegetables, Brussel sprouts with bacon, wild mushroom and pine nut rice pilaf, duo of penne and sundried tomato salad.  It comes with pecan and pumpkin pies, and cranberry and mushroom gravy sauces. This is how you host a stylish feast the Marriott way.

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On Christmas Day

Holidays are meant to be spent with loved ones.  The merriment begins with a sumptuous dinner buffet on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, for Php 2,950. Indulge on a hearty brunch on all Sundays of December for Php 2,600 (11:30am to 3pm). Wake up to a worry-free Christmas Day by bringing your celebrations at Marriott Manila as well. Have an exceptional Christmas Eve dinner buffet for Php 2,950 (6pm to 10:30pm) and Noche Buena Buffet for Php 1,650 (11:30pm to 1:00am).

Your Home for the Holidays

Embrace the spirit of Christmas by spending priceless time with family and friends while basking on Marriott’s 5-star facilities. Starting December 9 to 30, you may already avail of their Holiday Room Package for Php 12,888++ inclusive of overnight accommodation in a deluxe room, breakfast buffet for 2 persons and Php 3,000 dining credits that can be used in any of their outlet or purchase goodies from their Christmas Train. Upgrade your room to their new Premium Room at the West Wing for only Php 1,000 or Premium with balcony for Php 2,000.

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For more information on Marriott’s Christmas offers please call 988 9999 or visit www.manilamarriott.com. To join ongoing conversations, like Facebook.com/MarriottHotelManila, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.

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Vegan Take on Filipino Dishes by Marriott Hotel Manila

Filipino cuisine has gained its rightful global position to be “the next big thing”. How it has evolved while keeping its authentic roots is the secret ingredient. But this is just the beginning. Marriott Hotel Manila takes the Filipino cuisine to a new level – Vegan level on that note. The hotel took inspiration from the growing vegan or plant-based eating community in the country. It’s a culinary treat catering to various, if not all, cravings such as foodies, vegans, healthy seekers and any appetite who’s up for something new.

“We thoroughly studied and searched for quality plant alternatives that provide the same aroma, texture and flavor to replace the meat.”

adds their Executive Chef Meik Brammer.

They challenged the popular “meaty” dishes such as Bicol Express, Sisig and Bacolod Inasal to an all-vegetable makeover. Substituting the pork in Bicol Express is a variety of mushrooms such as portabello, shitake and Tagaytay’s oyster mushroom. Mushrooms already are rich and meaty textured perfect to combine with their homemade spicy coconut cream.

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Bicol Express (using mushroom) Vegan Take on Filipino Dishes by Marriott Hotel Manila

Sisig turned into a hearty fare by using banana hearts (puso ng saging) and breadfruit (kamansi) instead. These are tasteful ingredients and can easily be mistaken as pork with eyes closed.

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Sisig (using banana hearts and breadfruit) Vegan Take on Filipino Dishes by Marriott Hotel Manila

For Bacolod Inasal, they chargrilled high-protein alternative tofu to be dipped in traditional Iloilo vinegar, sinamak.

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Bacolod Inasal (using tofu) Vegan Take on Filipino Dishes by Marriott Hotel Manila

Marriott’s fresh take on the local cuisine makes it more available and fascinating. Vegan or not, indulge in a buffet-style for only Php 1,950 on lunch every Saturdays to Fridays and Php 2,100 on dinner every Sundays to Thursdays. Enough reason to take pride in local and healthy eating.

Cru Steakhouse is located at Marriott Hotel Manila’s G/F and is open from 6pm to 10:30 pm on Sundays to Thursdays and 6pm to 11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. While, Marriott Café Bakery is located at the G/F and is open from 6am to 10:30pm. For inquiries, call (02) 9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com. To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat and, @manilamarirott on Instagram.

Marriott Manila Joins Earth Hour with Dinner in the Dark

Marriott Manila Joins Earth Hour with Dinner in the Dark

As the whole world turns off lights on March 25 for Earth Hour, Marriott Hotel Manila brings back their illustrious Dinner in the Dark at Cru Steakhouse. Due to popular demand, this unique dining experience returns in the most perfect and darkest night.

Marriott Manila Joins Earth Hour with Dinner in the Dark

Dinner in the Dark first came to the Philippines at Cru Steakhouse last October 2016. It returns this year with a 4-course exceptional fete for only Php 2,500 per person. How does it work? Blindfolds are provided to be worn as you take a seat and finish the last dish. Dishes are kept hidden for you to unfold by your tasteful judgements.  A guide stands by for basic instructions and desciptions of what’s on your plate. Without the sense of sight, all your other senses will awaken to appreciate every flavor of the food and your ability to see.

Marriott Manila Joins Earth Hour with Dinner in the Dark

Don’t just hide yourself in the dark on Earth Hour. As nature takes rest, jump up your appetites for this rare dining experience. Hit the dial button and see you in the dark!

Marriott Manila Joins Earth Hour with Dinner in the Dark

For more information, please call 988 9999 or visit www.manilamarriott.com. To join ongoing conversations, like Facebook.com/MarriottHotelManila, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.

Christmas Magic and Merriment at Marriott Hotel Manila

Smiles, Christmas carols, gift giving and a spread of feasts and treats were the highlights at the recently-held Christmas tree lighting at Marriott Hotel Manila.

Magical Christmas Tree with Fairies

Not to be missed is the 26-foot Christmas tree at the hotel lobby. Its gold ornaments are enhanced by beautiful fairy dolls that seem to spread pixie dust to those who wish for great success or luck. As more and more people came to admire the tree and hold the fairy dolls, a lady clad in glistening attire surprised the guests. Tessa Prieto-Valdez, the ever-gracious host, continued the Christmas cheer and introduced General Manager Bruce Winton who welcomed the guests and briefly discussed Marriott’s holiday offerings.

 Magical Feast and Treats

While everyone indulged on savories and sweets created by Executive Chef Meik Brammer and his kitchen team, guests admired the graceful performance of little ballerina, Sage Espiritu. After a few twists and turns, she handed the magic wand to Marian Rivera-Dantes. And with one swing from of the wand, it’s as if magic was spread at the hotel’s lobby—the splendid Christmas tree was lit and left everyone in awe, Himig Roseña choral serenaded the guests with delightful Christmas carols, Santa Claus and his fairy friends came down the elegant staircase and shared presents from his red sack, and the gingerbread man and the snowman mascots hugged kids and adults alike!

Magic of Giving

Christmas is a time for giving. Also present during the celebration were the students and administrators of the Philippine School for the Deaf, Marriott Hotel Manila’s beneficiary. This year, the hotel will help raise funds to jumpstart a construction of additional dormitories to accommodate more indigent students. Every purchase of Rio, the Unicorn, will aid in this advocacy. The limited edition stuffed toy is available at the life-size gingerbread train at the hotel lobby for only P500.

It was just the beginning of magical cheers for the holidays at Marriott Hotel Manila. For more information on Marriott’s Christmas offers please call 988 9999 or visit http://www.manilamarriott.com.

To join ongoing conversations, like Facebook.com/MarriottHotelManila, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.