Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts to unveil the first Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, 7 April 2017 – Set to open on 28 April along the shoreline of Hung Hom Bay on Victoria Harbour is Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong.  The new build 16-storey hotel is the first to open on the Kowloon waterfront since 1995 and will inspire lifestyle pursuits with its outdoor living spaces, distinctive dining options, business and meeting services, as well as family activities.  The fourth Hong Kong property of the luxury hotel group Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is centrally located with 546 rooms and will be the city’s first urban resort.

The hotel was conceived by architect and interior designer Andre Fu, who is internationally renowned for his innovative approach to hospitality projects.  Providing plenty of natural daylight, the hotel’s interior features multi-level podium space with extensive outdoor landscaped gardens that connect seamlessly to many public areas.  In addition, a curated collection of over 1,000 art pieces are showcased throughout the property – many of which were specially commissioned from leading Asian contemporary artists to complement the fluid design of the property.

Arrival Experience
Upon arrival in the lobby, guests will be welcomed by remarkable views of the waterfront through a curved glass window that soars eight metres high and spans a width of 80 metres.  The lobby opens onto a vast outdoor garden with topiary hedges.  Adding to the stylish decor is a 50-metre Turkish onyx marble wall leading to the Grand Staircase and Grand Ballroom.

Guestrooms and Suites

Over 60 percent of the hotel’s guestrooms feature panoramic views of the Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island skyline.  Starting from 42 square metres for a Deluxe Sea View Room to 294 square metres in the Presidential Suite, each guestroom is configured with contemporary comforts in mind and includes a custom-built open closet, complimentary mini-bar choices upon arrival, Internet Protocol Television with free videos on demand and bespoke lighting pendants infused with subtle Asian references.

The Club, a 300-square-metre lounge, provides guests staying on dedicated floors with personalised services and amenities.  An e-concierge attends to guests’ needs both inside and outside of the hotel.

Restaurants and Bar
Unique to Hong Kong, all five of the hotel’s restaurants as well as its bar offer outdoor landscaped terraces overlooking Victoria Harbour – the perfect backdrop for the city’s newest dining destination.

Hung Tong, the hotel’s signature restaurant, honours Hong Kong’s past while creating a modern experience of Chinese cuisine.  Inspired by the 19th century shipyards that once dominated the Hung Hom Bay neighbourhood, red brick walls evoke the feeling of “old Hong Kong” and are complemented by traditional metal gates, wooden vents, vintage-inspired chairs and tinted glass pendants.  

The all-day dining restaurant, Big Bay Café, takes guests on a global culinary experience with seven individual pavilions dedicated to specific cooking methods and local and international cuisines.  Aside from the buffet, diners can opt for lighter fare at the Grab n’ Go Cart at the restaurant’s entrance, where fresh pastries, deluxe sandwiches and premium coffee will be made daily for takeaway.  The restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating.

While enjoying the Lobby Lounge’s menu that features Asian-inspired cocktails, homemade soft drinks and reinterpretations of some of Hong Kong’s favourite and nostalgic dishes, guests can relax in surroundings furnished in soft hues of mauve, bronze and mineral grey accented bybeige and boticino classico marble.

From the 270-degree wraparound terrace at Red Sugar, the hotel’s bar, sweeping views of Hong Kong’s skyline adds to the vibrancy of the place when it transforms in the early evening with live music.

Dockyard brings international culinary talents together under one roof.  Open from mid-morning to late night, it caters to every palate and craving at affordable pricing.  With its own app for iOS and Android, Dockyard brings a modern convenience to diners enabling users to browse purveyors, menus, order food and drinks, and pay.

Meetings and Events

Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong is home to the city’s largest pillar-less hotel ballroom and 17 beautifully appointed event spaces.  At an impressive 1,756 square metres, the Grand Ballroom can accommodate over 1,000 guests for a banquet and is ornately decorated with nearly 20,000 overhanging rock crystals.  The venue is equipped with Hong Kong’s largest LED wall measuring 15.4-metres wide by 4.3-metres high.  Another adaptable function space – the Hung Hom Ballroom, at 1,125 square metres, is dressed in hand-painted wall-coverings embellished in an artisanal gold patina.

Both ballrooms are capable of hosting conferences, weddings and special occasions and cleverly integrate indoor and outdoor space, with terraces offering uninterrupted views of Hong Kong’s skyline.


Overlooking Victoria Harbour, Base Camp Kerry Sports goes beyond the typical hotel fitness facility and extends an active lifestyle beyond the hotel’s doors with outdoor activities including running clubs.  Operating 24 hours a day, Base Camp includes a wide selection of fitness equipment, a 25-metre outdoor infinity swimming pool which is heated in winter, Jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna and spa facilities.

In keeping with the hotel’s myriad leisure pursuits The Bay Area Guide, created by Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, will allow guests to rediscover the city’s history and food culture trails along the shore of Hung Hom Bay. 

Centrally located on Kowloon peninsula, guests of Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong can venture around the city by ferry, train, subway, bus, taxi, limousine, or on foot.  The hotel is a short walk from the Hung Hom Ferry Pier, Whampoa MTR Station and Hung Hom Train Station.  The Hong Kong International Airport and Airport Express Line (Kowloon station) are 40 minutes and 10 minutes car ride from the hotel, respectively.  Tsim Sha Tsui East, the famed shopping district, is within a short walking distance.

Introductory Offer
From now until 31 July 2017, guests booking the exclusive opening offer will enjoy the following benefits:
  • A choice of complimentary upgrade to the next room category or complimentary breakfast buffet for two persons per day or 20 % off the Best Available Rate
  • Two complimentary drinks at Red Sugar per stay
  • Complimentary minibar upon arrival

Terms and Conditions:
  • The offer is only applicable to rooms (excluding suites) booked at the Best Available Rate and is subject to availability
  • Stays must be completed by 31 July 2017
  • Bookings must be made directly with the hotel via telephone (852) 3069 9988, email or the hotel’s website

About Kerry Hotels
Launched in February 2011 in Pudong, Shanghai with a sister property in Beijing, Kerry hotels are seamlessly integrated with their surrounding environment and cater to both visitors and local residents.  Extensive sports and wellness facilities and trend-setting food and beverage concepts appeal to the youthful and spirited business and leisure traveller looking for a quality five-star hotel that focuses on their individual lifestyle needs.  Kerry hotels represent passionate hospitality wrapped up in a stylish package.  For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at

Monday, March 27, 2017


One interesting trend that has been seen about major televised Philippine singing contests or talent competitions in general, is that one doesn’t need to be the winner or champion to have a chance for success. It has been observed in ABS-CBN’s many such shows. Sheryn Regis still launched a successful singing career despite being second to Erik Santos in 2003’s “Star in a Million”. Sandara Park had a longer showbiz career compared to 2004’s “Star Circle Quest” champion Hero Angeles (and she later joined K-pop group 2NE1). Charice was the third place finalist in 2005’s “Little Big Star” (after being eliminated early and returning as a wildcard) but went on to global fame. Now the latest to make a try at going big in a musical career despite not being champion is Sassa Dagdag, fourth place in the second season of “The Voice Kids” in 2015, and soon releasing a new full album.

Sassa Dagdag was but 12-13 years old during her shot for glory at ABS-CBN’s “The Voice Kids” season 2, singing as one of coach Bamboo Mañalac’s two bets in the competition’s final phase. Now the hype is real for the coming of “SASSY SASSA”, her album from PolyEast Records. Already an official lyric video was released online for one of the album’s singles, “Kumakaba” by songwriter Arnie Mendaros. Just listening to the now-aged 14 Sassa belting out the song with her intensely soulful voice without knowing anything else about her, one would hardly believe that she finished last in a final-four night of a singing competition, but once her single has been heard in full, it’s a good bet that any listeners wouldn’t even care for that at all.

A somewhat latecomer to her season of “The Voice Kids”, Sassa would appear for the first time during the 12th Episode of the Blind Audition phase. But her singing experience even before then was already extensive. With her brother accompanying on instruments, Sassa has been uploading videos of her song covers on YouTube as early as 2012. Even so, she remained a relative unknown until trying out at the ABS-CBN program, with her blind audition piece, Sia’s “Chandelier”, managing to turn all judges towards her (she chose Bamboo) and earning up to 3 million YouTube views. And another birthday year has done her voice more good, with comments on “Kumakaba” at PolyEast Records’ Facebook page describes her as a blend of Ariana Grande and Beyoncé.

If you “Sassanatics” out there can’t wait for the entire “SASSY SASSA” album, then you can get a head-start at enjoying more of Sassa Dagdag by downloading her “Kumakaba” single on iTunes.

Sunday, March 26, 2017


General Santos City is a growing city to this very day. New establishments, new businesses are starting at a healthy rate each year, along with the infrastructure to support them. In turn, more and more people are coming to General Santos; tourists looking to explore the surrounding areas, prospective job hunters looking for employment, managers and executives stopping by to meet and conduct business transactions, students rooming in while attending higher educational institutions, these various people come to Gensan with the prospect of staying for a while. And since there’s reliably so many of them, the city has built up a thriving economy of providing a wide spectrum of accommodations, from brief visitors to transient travelers and more regular habitants.

Now, while the extent of expansion in General Santos City is ideally welcome for business and the economy under idealized circumstances, reality hits with a jarring halt. An increase in city development, an increase in population (resident and temporary) inevitably leads to a massive up-jump in energy consumption. This dilemma struck Gensan several years ago due to some harsh heat waves and dry spells messing with the country’s hydroelectric power generation, a most unfortunate and uncomfortable time for all in the city due to regularized and hours-spanning electrical interruptions that caused havoc in business hours and made already hot heads even hotter.

Somehow the power supply problems were significantly addressed with the opening of new power plants, and more recent years have been a tad more merciful whenever the energy reserves got lean. But if there was one good thing about that brief nightmare were the resulting greater awareness in alternate renewable energy sources and an increase in their use throughout the local community. Solar panels came into the city’s public consciousness. Some houses and businesses began trying them out, especially in the more sun-baked areas of Gensan. A trend for smarter and more eco-friendly building construction also took root. The most prominent example of this had been the Veranza “green mall”, which allowed plenty of sunlight into its structure during the day so that only tenant spaces had their lights on until sundown.
You’re probably wondering where this train of thought is going to lead. Well wonder no more. Just this month of March, General Santos City was graced with the opening of a new trend in accommodation, a hostel that offers quality accommodations while simultaneously employing genuine green aesthetics and renewable energy power generation. This is the advent of Tri-Seven Ecostel, the newest eco-friendly hostel in Gensan.

Located just a short path off of Mateo Road, Tri-Seven Ecostel is now open and ready to show guests and visitors a totally new wave that other hostel accommodations could follow. Nestled in a near-1000-square meter plot of nicely developed land, they boast a total of 64 individual accommodations on a two-story L-shaped building complex. It’s not just all that however; the developers know the value of mixing in green with the expected urban gray, and they have provided their prospective guests and tenants with grass, potted hanging plants, tall bamboo and a tree with a garden, to bring a varied taste of nature deep in the heart of the city.

Tri-Seven Ecostel has 15 air-conditioned rooms located at the ground floor facing the courtyard. Each of them has a comfortable double bed, work table, and a small sink with mirror. The non-air-conditioned rooms – preferable for monthly renting guests – come with a bunk bed, a small kitchen area with sink and shelves. Both types of rooms however boast a tiled toilet/bathroom with hot and cold showers (plus handheld shower-heads).

Perhaps the biggest draw about Tri-Seven Ecostel is how they take their name seriously with the employment of eco-friendly alternative energy sources. On one side of the courtyard area are several posts holding up solar panels to catch the sunlight. This solar energy is stored to help with powering the Ecostel’s electricity needs. The mere fact that Tri-Seven is capable of generating part of its own power supply is a tremendous boon to saving energy costs for guests.

All rooms at Tri-Seven Ecostel are negotiable for variable terms of stay, with guests able to choose between a daily, weekly, or monthly payment rates. In this way, their quality accommodations are available at reasonably affordable prices depending on how long guests may plan to stay. And let’s not forget that Tri-Seven Ecostel’s address off Mateo Road means it is literally a short walk or a brief ride away from General Santos City’s major malls – Gaisano, KCC/Veranza and SM City.

With all these features, advantages and perks, one can safely say that Tri-Seven Ecostel is going to be one of the hottest hostels to stay in here at Gensan. Interested parties may get in touch with them for further questions and rate inquiries at 0917-7249370, or send email to: