Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The GRANDEST New HOTEL in MANILA used to be a HOUSE

Cubism: A Shield of BLUE and GREEN

The eye-catching facade sets the stage
for the thematic element that runs
through the brand new hotel:

Squares and Rectangles.





The Incredible FLOATING Reception Desk

Better than David Blaine's recent stupid human trick,
the illusion created by this "levitation" is a visual treat.

Genius work from Architect Rafael Tecson.







A Lounge fit for TV's MAD MEN

The whiskey-guzzling 1960s Ad Execs from
2008's EMMY Winner for Best Drama Series
would feel right at home in this aptly named barfly's haven:
CIRCA.




Steelworks Stairs to the SHARK'S FIN Soup Source

The NEW PRESIDENT Restaurant is the Chinese Dining outlet,
spectacular Scallops and the oh-so-extravagant Shark's Fin
are the stars of the Hong Kong Chef's authentic menu.

Continental and Spanish cuisine at Circa is crafted
by the Chef recruited from the Casino EspaƱol de Cebu.




TIDE-y Bedroom

GM Lance Tan proudly shows off one of his rooms,
similar in look and feel to those of the
G Hotel on Roxas Boulevard and
The Tides at D'Mall in Boracay.

The introductory rate is an unbelievable P1,500/night.

I may never visit SOGO again!




This Bar is Not for SQUARES

Premium all they way;
any self-respecting Dry Martini drinker
will have no less than the aromatic GINS below,


and if your prefer VODKA in your "Shaken Not Stirred"s,
Grey Goose should be your first and only choice.







Operatic Vaudeville's 8" x 10" Wall of Fame

Now you know the inspiration for the cubic leitmotif:

the glossies of the stars that used to line the walls
of the theater which launched the careers of so many
of the Philippines' most popular Golden Age performers.






I'm mighty chuffed that my side of the city
is now experiencing a return to its old vibrancy,

and this beautiful new establishment,
almost anachronistic in its intriguing location

at the gateway to Avenida, Quiapo, Binondo, and Divisoria,
is a testament to the single-minded vision of its owners,

who all love the City of Man
as much as this Manila Boy!!!





A New Chapter in Manila's HISTORY Begins


on one of MANILA's Most Historic Sites.




MANILA GRAND OPERA HOTEL

Rizal Avenue corner Doroteo Jose
Sta. Cruz, Manila

314-0090 to 99

15 Comments:

Blogger Kiko said...

Pugo, Bentot, Chiquito and Dolphy! Four of my favorite comedians when i was a kid. I wonder if their old movies are still stored somewhere waiting to be released out on DVD or are they lost to us forever?
No cachupoy or chichay pics on the wall?

October 1, 2008 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger spanx said...

>>> kiko,


gosh, i hope those old prints
were saved somewhere. specially
my favorite: BABUY KORAL ",)


i don't recall if i saw chichay,
but i definitely saw the pics of
the late great...

PATSY,

DELY ATAY-ATAYAN

and

APENG DALDAL!!!

October 1, 2008 at 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baboy Kural!!! love it!

Of course, Kalabog and Bosyo and Dance O Rama should be included in the classic list. =)

Dave

October 1, 2008 at 8:07 PM  
Anonymous jove francisco said...

spanky, i can't believe the room rates are that low. totoo? (jove of www.jovefrancisco.com)

October 2, 2008 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger spanx said...

>>> jove,

totoo nga ",)

am just not sure
up to when they will
have that low low rate
for the standard rooms
(the one in the picture).

suites go for 3-4K
for now.

October 2, 2008 at 1:07 AM  
Blogger spanx said...

>>> dave,


what was that movie
where Chichay played
"Ma Barker"?

that was hilarious!!

Baboy Koral also?

October 2, 2008 at 1:09 AM  
Anonymous dyosa said...

Wow. Ating balikan ang kahapon.

I'll put this in my list and check it out. :-)

October 2, 2008 at 2:48 AM  
Blogger oliboy said...

pati ba naman dito may rivalry ng ateneo and dlsu?!? hahaha! nice interiors! hotel looks great! :)

October 2, 2008 at 3:20 PM  
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October 3, 2008 at 5:27 AM  
Blogger warfairy said...

Another great discory Spanx! Way to go!

Making something new of the place and making it better didn't loose it's value. Cool!

October 3, 2008 at 5:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baboy Koral, it was. lol Chichay.

And Dr. Kagaw played by..I forgot his name... in Kalabago and Bosyo.

And Mrs. PayMe played by Lilian Laing, landlady of the Ladies' Dorm in Dance O Rama. Lol.

Dave

October 3, 2008 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Cinematic Concepts said...

I am happy to see how nice the photos from your cam came out. I like it! ;) ... specially the grey goose hahah

October 9, 2008 at 12:03 AM  
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October 9, 2008 at 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Masama Ugali ng mga may ari dito, sila amba cabangon chua at mga anak nya like edgard.
pag may topak nag aalis at nag tatanggal lang basta basta ng tao. dapat maipa labor mga yan kaso lang nga mga maimpluensya mga taong ito, siguradong pera lang ang pagagalawin tapos ang kaso. injustice ang mangyayari!!!!! blog owner please approved this so people may know what's happening internally specially how they treat their staff.

January 2, 2009 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

The hotel has started a trend and has set the pace in the area. It is truly worthy of pride, and has revived that part of Manila so much so that others now are aiming to rebuild and follow.

In fairness to the hotel management, i have heard that they are going thru great lengths to improve not onoly their amenities but their service delivery as well and that they are seeing to it that each employee benefits from it. In fact, the hotel staff recently underwent training to further improve standards. I have met the owners and they are no different from the ownership of most corporations. They are, after all, human too.

February 14, 2009 at 8:23 AM  

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