Travel shorts: Cebu Pacific flights, rainy day 'staycation,' discounts


Posted at Jul 26 2017 12:29 PM | Updated as of Jul 26 2017 12:50 PM

Any plans during the rainy season? Here are some travel promos and "staycation" deals you might be interested in. 

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1. Cebu Pacific increases MNL-HK flights 

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Cebu Pacific Air is boosting the frequency of its Manila-Hong Kong route by 50%. This means more and more Filipinos can visit Hong Kong's famous heritage spots and entertainment centers. 

The airline is flying three times a day, or 21 flights weekly, between Manila and Hong Kong. Travelers can also enjoy more spacious seating and modern ambience as the airline trades up its A320 Hong Kong-bound fleet for the Airbus A330s.

Aside from Manila, CEB offers direct flights from its Clark hub to the destination and flies 10 times weekly using the 180-seater Airbus A320 aircraft. Iloilo flights to Hong Kong are scheduled three times weekly, while Cebu flights to the destination are scheduled

2. Rain or Shine at Crimson Hotel 

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This rainy season, make your "staycations" more memorable with Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila’s Rain or Shine room packages. 

For as low as P3,300++, "keep warm and comfy" in a hotel room for an overnight stay. You can also extend it to two nights starting at P5,600++. A Doze Off package is also available for as low as P4,399++ for an overnight stay with buffet breakfast for
two, inclusive of one-hour massage.

The "Brighten Your Mood" room package goes for as low as P4,800++ and includes an overnight stay with buffet breakfast for two, buffet lunch or dinner for two and free mini-bar upon arrival.

The "Ultimate Staycation" package, meanwhile, starts at P6,799++ for three days and two nights in a Deluxe or Premier Room which includes buffet breakfast for two, free mini-bar upon arrival and P1,000 spending credit at any food and beverage outlets at Crimson Hotel.

By availing of these packages, you can get a chance to be one of the winners of the Crimson Posh Membership Card, which allows you to enjoy as much as P20,000++ worth of freebies on accommodation, food and beverage.

For more information or reservations, please visit the official website at

3. Malaysia Airlines opens new ticket office in Makati

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Last July 17, Malaysia Airlines opened a new ticket office in Makati.

Malaysia’s flag carrier has appointed Global Air Service as its exclusive Passenger Sales Agent (PSA) partner. Malaysia Airlines flies three times daily from Manila to Kuala Lumpur with connecting flights to over 50 cities covering South East Asia, North Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Australasia and Europe.

The new Reservation and Ticketing office is located at GF SGVII, 6758 Ayala Avenue, Makati City. It will be open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

4. African hospitality and cuisine at Ethiopian Airlines

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Ethiopian Airlines, Africa's biggest airline, aims to preserve the region's tribal customs and welcoming disposition stems from the traditions of its ancient people.

Featuring a friendly and accommodating crew, who are dressed in traditional Ethiopian costume, you'll surely have a smooth ride with Ethiopian Airlines. 

Apart from a selection of Ethiopian dishes, they also serve a wide array of wines and special beverages. The airline also offers international choices including Chinese, Indian, Italian, and Halal meals, among others.

At present, Ethiopian Airlines flies four times weekly from Manila to Addis Ababa with access to over 92 international destinations all over the world.

5. Meet the general manager of Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay

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Crimson Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Laurent Bourgeois as general manager of the soon-to-open Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay.

Laurent will be responsible for all hotel and resort operations
comprising 192 rooms, which include 22 villas with private pools, the Saffron all-day dining restaurant, Mosaic Latin American Steakhouse, pool bar, grand ballroom, events pavillion, meeting room, Crimzone Kids Entertainment, three swimming pools, a fitness center and the Azure Beach Club and Aum Spa.

Prior to joining Crimson Hotels & Resorts, Laurent served as resident manager for Shangri-La Qatar, Shangri-La UAE and Shangri-La Manila. He was F&B director in Shangri-La Hong Kong, where fine dining restaurant Petrus garnered a Michelin star
on its first year, and two Michelin stars on the second year. 

For more information about Chroma Hospitality, visit

6. Rainy days at F1 Hotel Manila

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This July to August, F1 Hotel Manila is offering an array of rainy day promotions. 

The “Make It Rain” room package comes with buffet breakfast and complimentary in-room massage for two persons, for the special rate of P6,388 nett per night.

You can also check out the hotel's American feast, which is available every Friday and Saturday. A buffet spread awaits you for lunch or dinner at only P1,699 nett per person. Alongside the American feast, F1 Hotel also offers Sausage Festival at the Canary Lounge, which serves a variety of a la carte sausage dishes. It also offers a 2+1 Beer Plunge, where you can get a third bottle of beer for free. 

To place reservation or inquiries, visit their website at

7. Hong Kong Summer Fun

This July to August, experience awesome adventures in Hong Kong as it holds e-sports, live music, and foodie events. 

E-sports takes the stage as The League of Legends, the most played e-Sports game around the globe, has invited 20 former pro-players who won major tournaments to return to Hong Kong’s arena to compete for the glory.

The SM Town Live Tour, meanwhile, will feature some of the most popular K-pop groups and artists such as D&E (Super Junior), EXO, Luna from f(x), NCT 127, NCT Dream, Red Velvet, SHINee, and Yesung (Super Junior).

For more information, visit

8. Staycation at Seda Vertis North

Spend your long weekend holiday at Seda Vertis North, the largest and newest hotel in Quezon City. 

Enjoy the introductory rate of P3,888++ with buffet breakfast for two at Misto, complimentary Wi-fi, use of e-lounge, gym and pool. 

Booking period is until June 30. Stay date is until December 15,2017. For reservations, email [email protected]

9. “Seascapes” at Hotel Jen Manila

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“Seascapes,” the first in a series of exhibitions featuring young local artists at Windows by the Bay, is currently ongoing at Hotel Jen Manila, as part of the hotel's new “Jen-Why Art” campaign. 

“Seascapes” offers a mesmerizing journey of the seas portrayed by visual artists Reen Barrera and Zorrick Enriquez. The exhibit is set to run for another month until July 31. 

10. holds Blogger Affiliate Program

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Manila in Ortigas Center in Pasig City last June 24. 

The event was’s way of expressing gratitude to its website affiliates and online influencers.

Since the launch of the Blogger Affiliate Program in June 2016, the company was able to successfully forge partnerships with Filipino lifestyle and travel bloggers. In just one year, about 2,700 bloggers and page owners were able to widen their network and turn their online presence into extra income after joining the said program.

In the previous months, organized various trainings for their blogger affiliates to help them improve their content and equip them with knowledge on digital marketing and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

The affiliates also had all-expenses paid trips and joined exclusive get-togethers where they were able to build their network, meet co-bloggers, and learn from each other. They also have exclusive access to’s special deals on top of the current promos offered by the OTA.

If you also want to get these amazing perks from, visit and register as a blogger affiliate now for free. 

11. July "staycations" at Manila Pavilion

Get away with your rainy day blues by treating yourself to a staycation at Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino. 

For the month of July, the hotel is offering different promos. The "True Blue Experience" room promo comes with tickets for two
persons at the country's world-class marine theme park, the Manila Ocean Park. 

Guests also have a privilege to choose between two of the featured hotel treats, Manila Pavilion signature tumbler or in-room delivery of Patisserie’s best-selling ensaymada and brewed coffee, with
the "Pavilion Treats" room promo. 

Take home another signature souvenir, the Waterfront Signature Quillow, a combination of soft pillow and quilt, when you avail the "Keep Calm and Relax" room promo. 

Delight yourself with the "Pamper All-out" room promo and enjoy a de-stressing body massage right at your own room. Chill out with your friends while having mini bar treats of your choice with Room with "Mini Bar Treats" room promo. 

For inquiries and reservations, visit 

12. Rainy Urban Escape at Diamond Hotel 

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Diamond Hotel Philippines is making the rainy season exciting by offering promos for the month of July and August. 

The "Rainy Day Escape" package comes with a two-night staycation in a Deluxe room, with rates starting at P5,300 nett per day. This includes a buffet breakfast for two at Corniche, and unlimited WiFi access in the room and public areas. Room-only rate is also available starting at P4,800 nett for an overnight stay.

The "Warm Under the Sheets" room package. Rate starts at P7,700 nett for an overnight stay inclusive of buffet breakfast and lunch for two at Corniche, unlimited WiFi access, and 20% discount on massage services, reflexology, laundry, food and beverages. You may also book online at and use the promo code RAINYDAY.

The "Family Lifestyle" room package come with a P2,000 credit in room service per stay, buffet breakfast for two at Corniche, unlimited WiFi access, and 20% off on massage services and reflexology, laundry, food and beverage. Rate starts at P7,000. Use promo code FAMESCAPE to book online.

Meanwhile, the "Suite Life" package allows you to stay overnight in an executive suite for only P16,000 nett inclusive of P2,000 credit in room service per stay, one hour in-room massage for two persons per stay, buffet breakfast for two at Corniche, unlimited WiFi access, and 20% off on laundry, food and beverages. Book online and use the promo code SUITELIFE.

Room packages are valid for local residents only. Promotions may not be combined with any other discount or offer.

13. 35% discount at select luxury hotels with Citi Credit Card

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Planning to visit Boracay, Puerto Galera, or Subic? 

Reserve a room at Shangri-La Resort & Spa in Boracay to avail of up to 35% discount. Stay for three days and two nights in a deluxe room at a special rate of P80,198. Or try the premiere seaview room that are natural hideaways close enough to the beach at a rate of P89,061 with 33% discount. 

Another choice is the seaview suite, a spacious hideaway, including an outdoor whirlpool, with a generous rate of P101,130 or a 34%
discount. For the treehouse villa, two-level accommodations perched on a hillside offering a secluded sanctuary with butler service, the rate is an exclusive P111,597 at 34% discount. Lastly, the exclusive one-bedroom pool villa is yours for the taking at P127,037 at 33% discount.

You can enjoy cool service at a hot location in Le Soleil de Boracay, with up to 33% promotional discount for a 3-days and 2-nights- stay with Citi Credit Cards. 

From June 1 to July 31, enjoy the Premier Suite at 30% discount during high season and during low season at 33% discount. Meanwhile, at the Buri Resort & Spa in Puerto Galera, enjoy an overnight Pool Villa stay for two for as low as P24,052.

Enjoy a seaside respite in Subic’s The Lighthouse Marina Resort with almost 50% discount rate. Stay at the Aqua Veranda Room for three days and two nights for two for P20,340. You may also choose to stay at the Aqua Spa Suite room for the same period and enjoy up to 47% slashed off the room rates!