We get asked all of the time what hotels should you consider when coming to the Philippines (ie. Manila, not to one of the islands, that is a different blog post). I recently made a list for an EO event that we are hosting in the coming weeks and thought I would share it here as well.
In Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
There are only a handful of hotels in the Fort (or BGC as some call it) but there are a few opening. Here are the ones currently open;
F1 Best Western – www.f1hotelmanila.com Not a bad hotel, pricing is usually around $110 – $140 a night an includes breakfast. But check with them for their latest deals.
Seda Hotel – www.sedahotels.com
A boutique hotel right off of High Street. It is usually priced similar to the F1 but has a great roof top bar that can be fun to check out.
Shangri-La – www.shangri-la.com
Not open yet and behind schedule, but when it opens it should be awesome. It is at the other end of High Street from the Seda and looks to be the tallest tower in the Fort.
Also not open, but will be an fantastic addition to the Fort when it does.
Singapore can be expensive, especially when it comes to alcohol. It is highly taxed. A question came up the other day as some of our team was coming into visit the Singapore office – how much alcohol can I bring into Singapore?
Here is a handy image from Singapore customs that lets you know just how much you can bring with you?
To give you an idea of costs from our three offices. A 750ML bottle of Absolute Vodka costs $19.99 in the Manila, C$24.75 in Whistler and S$49.50 in Singapore.
Rizal Day is a national holiday that celebrates the life of Philippine hero José Rizal. December 30th commemorates the day of his death 1896 after being executed by Spanish military personnel. After the US took control of the Philippines, José Rizal was named a Philippine National Hero a year later making December 30th the holiday to be remembered.
Ensure any employee that have to work on this national holiday are compensated accordingly based on DOLE standards. Feel free to talk to us at PayrollHero.ph and we would be happy to help.
This was going to be a blog post about restaurants that are open for business on Christmas Day, but after quite a bit of digging, it is hard to tell who is open and who is closed.
When I Google “What Restaurants are open Christmas Day in Fort Bonifacio?” the only post that comes up is from Black Sheep confirming that they are open on Christmas Day. But nothing else that talks about restaurants that are open. If you own a restaurant, why not advertise that you are open? Black Sheep made a simple Facebook post and it comes up #1 when I asked Google;
But where are the rest of them. I’m sure there are many that are open and many people looking for a place to be on Christmas night. Why not make it known that you are open.
We have covered this topic before. From my point of view, many restaurants in the Philippines don’t make the effort to market their businesses online. They leave that to 3rd party companies like MunchPunch, LooLoo and the like. For example, here is a Google search looking for “Todd English, Fort Bonifacio”. You would think their website would come up #1, but it is all 3rd party services. Here is what shows up; PayrollHero has a couple resources to help restaurant marketing departments up their game. Download these for your team. Let us know if you have questions.
Here are 10 things your Philippine restaurant needs to have on their website;
We visited the White Cross Children’s Home in San Juan, Philippines a couple months ago and I posted a blog post with some photos from the trip. Back in Vancouver, my Mom attended her friends Christmas luncheon where every year they raise some money for a different charity. This year, they decided the funds raised would be for the White Cross Children’s Home they saw in the blog post. They raised $610.00 (approx. P23,000) and sent it over the the Philippines and we turned into the following based on a list of items the orphanage said they were in need of:
20 KG Infant formula 12 KG laundry detergent 16 laundry bars 316 diapers 8kg quaker oatmeal 5kg Milo (chocolate milk with vitamins) 6 L of Canola oil
10.8 KG luncheon meat
6.24 kg corned beef
2 Gallon Vinegar
2 Gallon Soy sause
4 boxes of infant Tempra (Tylenol equivalent)
This is what that looks like: Some of the PayrollHero team went to deliver the items as well as spend some time with the babies. The following are photos from the day. The day actually started the night before with a trip to the SM Supermarket to purchase the goods. Luckily, some of Santa’s elves were there to help us pack it all up: A nice service from SM, they will bring your groceries home for you. By home, I mean, right to the front door. At White Cross, we were greeted by the smiling staff who graciously accepted the donations and gave us a quick tour of the facility. They have exactly 100 children in their care. And the age breakdowns are as follows In the nursery were 19 children, 13 boys and 6 girls. 6 of which were available for adoption. The rest in temporary care while their mothers get back on their feet. Some of the PayrollHero team (and Paul from Kalibrr) came along to cuddle with the babies. If you need something to do one day, or want to do help White Cross, they desperately need donations, but more importantly, the babies need to be held. It is that simple. So, check them out online, you need to let them know you want to come in advance but they are welcoming to people that want to play with the kids, hold the babies, drop off donations, etc.