Experience balanced city-living with Citadines Millenium Ortigas

Are you planning on finally getting and moving into your own home? Are you a business or leisure traveller who wants an ideal temporary home base?  Well, look no further as CDC Holdings, Inc.’s newest project is set to give you both and more!

Formally opening next month, April 2017, the Citadines Millenium Ortigas Manila is a towering cityscape that is a mixed-used development that provides both private residences and serviced residences. Located in the bustling business and commercial district of Ortigas Center, the Citadines Millenium Ortigas has 21 floors (floors 4-24) delegated as serviced residences to be managed by Ascott Limited, and 6 floors (floors 25-30) of private residence condo units. Combining the vibrancy of Citadines, the green living of Ascott and the local touch of CDC, the development

Combining the vibrancy of Citadines, the green living of Ascott and the local touch of CDC, the property is expected to provide a sense of home partnered with balanced-city living as it is conveniently located within a stone’s throw distance from the corporate row and various lifestyle options including malls, dining and entertainment enclaves as well as fitness and wellness establishments.

For those also on the lookout to invest, the property has 90 units which can be bought as an investor unit and be managed for the owner by Ascott as a serviced apartment. Truly a nice way to establish the generation of passive income!

We had first dibs as CDC Holdings formally unveiled to us the property during its formal turn-over ceremony. Worth noting is the conscious effort of recreating nature all throughout the design without losing the perfect homey feel. Kenneth Cobonpue furniture creations also abound in various areas of the property including the lobby lounge.

If you are a couple or a family looking for a short holiday escape, a business executive who want an ideal home base still being at the center of it all or one on the lookout for a place to call home, the Citadines might be the “it” choice for you.


CDC Holdings and Ascott mark another milestone with Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila
Brings the comfort of home with the excellent service of a hotel to North of Manila

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CDC Holdings and The Ascott Limited (Ascott) recently reached another milestone as CDC Holdings handed over its second residence project to Ascott.

The Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila is the newest international serviced residence located in the bustling Ortigas Center in Pasig City. The 32-storey mixed-use property combines 290 serviced residences managed by Ascott and 96 residential condominiums in the thriving North of Manila. Ortigas Center is one of the metro’s major commercial and business districts, which is home to multinationals, BPOs, and pharmaceutical companies. Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila is expected to answer the discerning needs of expats, young business executives and long-term leisure travellers looking for a luxurious accommodation that provides the comfort and warmth of home, as well as an efficient, and professional service of a hotel.

“With Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila, CDC Holdings has gone above and beyond to deliver an outstanding property in a most-sought after location in Ortigas,” shares Elsie Chua, president and chief executive of CDC Holdings, Inc., the development company behind the newest serviced residence property in Ortigas.

Chua adds, “With this latest project, CDC has captured the vibrancy of the Citadines brand and combined it with the beauty and colors of nature, creating a perfect palette uniquely its own.”

Celebrating Nature, Vibrant Global Living
Residents and guests will truly feel at home with this newest serviced residence with its well-thought-of interiors and tasteful and vibrant design that magnify the property’s distinctive artsy vibe mixed with elements of nature. CDC Holdings has tapped RMDA Architects, spearheaded by Architect Rolly Mercado and Almario & Associates under Cynthia and Ivy Almario, for the design aesthetics.

All throughout the building, greenery is incorporated as part of the building features. For a cohesive look design pieces are likewise inspired by nature, including the hallway carpets and couches in vibrant green color that are found in the lobby. This also features unique and innovative designs like Kenneth Cobonpue’s “The Bloom Chair,” an award-winning lounge piece reminiscent of the delicate soft petals of the Hibiscus-flower. And to add Filipino touch, the apartments’ interiors have various displays of framed photos of indigenous Filipino materials like the vibrant banig and the intricate barong, which are likewise works of art.

Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila features pockets of green with its garden deck found at the building’s 4th floor, providing the serenity and beauty of nature amidst the bustling city.

A mixed-use property and Service Excellence
The successful partnership between CDC Holdings and The Ascott Limited began 17 years ago with Somerset Millennium in Makati.

Arthur Gindap, The Ascott Limited’s Regional General Manager for the Philippines and Thailand said, “We have been working closely with CDC Holdings for almost two decades already. Our first collaboration, the Somerset Millennium Makati, has created a solid foundation of our partnership and we look forward to this second venture with them with the opening of Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila, which is Ascott’s first managed property North of Manila.

With a portfolio of over 290 properties spread out across 100 cities worldwide, The Ascott Limited is the world’s biggest international serviced residence owner-operator. The Ascott brand is a reputable name in property management.

Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila offers corporate guests and leisure travelers 290 premier units located from the 4th to the 24th floor, ranging from studio to one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. Each unit is spacious and reminiscent of home, with separate living and dining areas, fully equipped kitchen and wireless internet. Art comes to life in the property with its vibrant design, artworks and other pieces, making it a unique home in the city. Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila also has a guest lounge, garden deck, swimming pool and a fitness center for residents’ and guests’ exclusive use.

Meanwhile, CDC Millennium Ortigas, the residential apartments located from the 25th to the 30th floor, have a private entrance along Sapphire Road. There are also separate amenities (pool and Sky Lounge) at the 31st and 32nd floors. The residential apartments cater primarily to independent professionals who love city living. CDC Millennium Ortigas’ location provides easy access to other key areas such as Pasig, Greenhills, Mandaluyong, and Makati.

Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila is set to formally open in April 2017.

The Truth about the Healthiest Oil on Earth – the Coconut Oil

The coconut oil is gold! It is said to be the healthiest oil on earth and it fixes everything! Rub it on your hair and/or skin to make these healthy, use it to cook the food you and your family eat and take comfort that it can help address problems related to dietary diseases, maintain cholesterol level and even provides relief from kidney problems!

I learned most of that because San Pablo Manufacturing – the makers of Minola Premium Cooking Oil, the cooking oil I grew up to see as a staple in our kitchen, held a very relevant to the times “Coconut Oil Forum” last week.

Dr. Fabian Dayrit, forum speaker

Dr. Fabian Dayrit, forum speaker

The forum had as its speaker, Dr. Fabian Dayrit, chemist, Ateneo de Manila College Chemistry professor, acting president of the National Academy of Science and Technology and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Health, Asia and Pacific Coconut Community. Dr. Dayrit’s main interest revolves around coconut research and development, that is why it is pretty interesting having to sit among the bloggers in the forum and listen to him expertly talk about the coconut oil’s history, it’s special properties and lauric oil as it’s special component, the truth about saturated  fat and heart disease and even the scientific evidence with regards to the benefits of coconut oil.

There have been misconceptions about coconut oil but a look in the past shows that coconut oil is consumed all over the world and has a long history of healthy use. One advantage that is worth noting is its ability to fight viruses and bacteria. This can be attributed to coconut oil’s special component known as the Lauric Acid.

Lauric Acid or oil is a medium-chain fatty acid which can be found in mother’s milk. Pure coconut oil contains about 50% lauric acid. When lauric acid is present in the body, it is converted into monolaurin, a monoglyceride compound which exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal properties. It acts by disrupting the lipid membranes in organisms like fungus, bacteria and viruses, thus destroying them.

Pretty technical huh? In simple terms, really, the benefits of coconut oil with lauric is good and safe enough for anyone who will use it to cook food.  It is said to be the most readily digested of all the fats of general use in the world.

In the Philippines, it is great that we have the brand MINOLA, a premium coconut cooking oil that has lauric and thus packs the benefits that the best oil in the world has. I am just too happy to note that our family have not been mistaken for being loyal to the brand ever since. Not only is it healthy to use, it is affordable too! 


It was truly an afternoon well-spent at the Coconut Oil Forum By MINOLA. Thank you San Pablo Manufacturing/Minola for initiating this forum and for setting the truth regarding coconut oil “free”! The path to health need not be too complicated and expensive after all! Have coconut oil in your household and cook using the country’s premier coconut cooking oil brand, Minola.

Star Cruises opens new homeport in Manila!

I have only been to a cruise once and it was just a short night-time cruise along Manila Bay courtesy of the Corregidor International Marathon family some years back. It was a fun and exciting experience, one that I will gladly repeat again given the opportunity. 🙂

Such opportunity may even be more possible now when I was invited last Wednesday to be at the Captain’s Night, an event launching the new and available cruise offerings and promotions of the leading cruise line in the Asia-Pacific, Star Cruises. The event held at the Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk, also launched the opening of the cruise line’s new homeport in Manila.

Aside from the launch, Star Cruises travel agency partners have designated booths by the mall’s entrances to accommodate interested tourists and travelers. I totally made sure I get check out the schedules and offers and bring home a copy of their catalogue with table of promos and rates so that I can show and discuss it with the husband. Who knows, we might just find ourselves booking a cruise for the summer!

If you think taking on a cruise is an interesting summer activity for you and your family/friends, see what available offers Star Cruises have for the summer and book that special promo, the travel agency partners will be there until tomorrow, March 5.

Meanwhile, you can check out the presser below and some photos.


Leading Asia Pacific cruise line Star Cruises brings surprises to Filipino globetrotters in Captain’s Night

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Travel is the new black now that it has become a huge sensation among the youth and adults alike. Whether it’s a local tour or trip abroad, by road, air or sea, people go out to see and enjoy the world that’s beyond their four walls as the tourism industries develop, growing more efficient and becoming more accessible to the public.

From March 1 to 5, 2017, the leading cruise line in the Asia-Pacific, Star Cruises, makes its way to the Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk to showcase its new and available cruise offers and promos, especially for the summer. Star Cruises travel agency partners will be at their designated booths by the mall’s entrances to accommodate interested tourists and travellers.

As the company starts off its 5-day promotional event with the launch of Captain’s Night on March 1, guests from the media and other celebrities and personalities gathered there for a short soiree, along with the new faces of Star Cruises ‘It Boy’ LA Aguinaldo and Miss International 2016 titleholder Kylie Verzosa. Along with them are also Star Cruises Assistant Vice President for Sales Andrea Manzano, and Star Cruises Senior Vice President for Sales Michael Goh who gave a short speech during the program.

The event was also set to celebrate the opening of Star Cruises new homeport in Manila, an achievement that marks the cruise line as the first major one to mainly dock and deploy from the Philippines’ capital region, giving Filipinos the opportunity to reach further destinations in the Asia Pacific much closer from home, while being hassle-free and visa-free.

With the new Manila homeport, Star Cruises has now made new luxury cruise trips available, coming straight from Manila to Laoag, then to Taiwan and Hong Kong starting March 19 to May 23, 2017!

As the season shifts to summer, there is no way to explore and discover what awaits you beyond the shores than onboard the leading cruise line in the Asia-Pacific, Star Cruises.

To know more about Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and its available cruise offers and promos, visit the Star Cruises booth at Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk from March 1 to 5 during mall hours, or visit Star Cruises official website at http://www.starcruises.com.