Vigan City – Ilocos Sur : Candidate for the New Seven Wonder Cities in the World the World


Vigan City – Ilocos Sur

After winning one of the New Seven Wonders of the World title via the Underground River in Palawan, we have a new candidate for the Seven Wonder Cities in the World and this is Vigan city in Ilocos Sur. Vigan city is declared by UNESCO World Heritage Centre as historic because since it was established during the 16th century Spanish Era, it was able to preserved all the architectural elements from the time it was built up to the present.

Vigan city

Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia.

As of this writing, Vigan City is now included in the 21 city finalists out of the 1,200 nominees. And will be shortlist to 14 , the voting will run for three months from July to October then the seven official winners will be declared. You can cast your vote here

I always love old places, as it gives me insights on people’s way of living during those years, their homes, their lifestyles and how they celebrate special occasions like birthdays and weddings (if they also have Bridesmaid Tank Tops), the food they served during those events and the traditions they followed. When you visit Vigan, it feels like you are transported to another world in another time, far from the frenzy and fast lane life we have today. Truly a wonderful place to visit.

Disclosure: Photos not mine




Solaire Resort and Casino, the Philippines’ premier integrated resort, in partnership with Air Asia unveils a breakthrough branding project in the Philippines.


Solaire owner Enrique Razon Jr. and Air Asia Global CEO Tony Fernandes

Solaire again raises the bar as it wraps its brightly colored livery on Air Asia’s popular Airbus A320, which is scheduled to embark on its maiden flight this July. Solaire is the first-ever consumer brand in the country to fully wrap and brand a commercial airline, with an underlying thrust of further promoting tourism in the Philippines and in greater Asia.

This dynamic collaboration between Solaire and Air Asia represents another step forward in an on-going journey towards providing modern travel and leisure experiences for its customers, with a fresh new approach to their target market. This partnership will facilitate more passenger and cargo traffic in both regional and domestic flights, and foster stronger trade, cultural and tourism ties within Asia.

This milestone is a key undertaking between two passionate brands with entrepreneurial and dynamic mindsets. This unprecedented branding project in the Philippines may be taken as a “leadership statement,” which attests to Solaire’s strong growth momentum in the industry. Yes we are again raising the bar; this time we’re taking it to the skies.” says Donato Almeda, Board Director of Solaire Resort and Casino.

Currently, Solaire’s brand colors are donned by just one airplane, but nothing is stopping them from further rolling out this innovative wrap on additional aircrafts in the future with broader partnership arrangements. The campaign will continue until 2016 and it is envisioned that this high-impact ad in the sky will generate more hype and publicity as the partnership progresses.

Jasper Evangelista, Vice President of Brand & Marketing, Solaire Resort and Casino said, “This aircraft-branding campaign is a strategic branding initiative which would allow us to literally take our brand to greater heights. We have created amazing moments for our customers since Solaire launched last year, and now we’re aiming to further connect with our local & foreign guests and travellers by reinforcing our brand presence in the country’s airports. Sky Solaire will enable us to get immediate traction on this effort and even take it to a level all its own.”

In-line with Solaire’s “Create Your Moments” campaign, which highlights Solaire as the perfect place to create unforgettable memories, this fitting partnership with AirAsia, one of Asia’s leading and multi-awarded airlines in their category, harmoniously evokes the key thrusts of customer service, hospitality, and excitement for both their industries. This marketing initiative is also primed to open up new revenue streams for both the integrated resort and the airline carrier.

AirAsia Philippines Chairman Maan Hontiveros said, “AirAsia Philippines is a sociable and innovative brand. We also take pride on our collaborative nature. This new livery demonstrates our creative approach to partnerships and marketing opportunities especially with companies that support our vision to grow tourism. We are thrilled to carry Solaire’s brand in the sky and on the grounds at the airports here and abroad extending to as far as our destinations in Malaysia, China and Korea.”

The Solaire experience is stamped with an unparalleled brand of service style, world-renowned Philippine hospitality, top-of-class luxurious accommodations, diverse dining options and impressive gaming facilities, which have all contributed to the way people people view resort casinos in Manila. Many have opted to extend their stay at the resort, to have simply grown to embrace the aspirational and stress-free lifestyle offered to them at Solaire. Solaire Resort and Casino clearly offers the utmost experience of comfort, elegance and luxury in the Philippines right now.


About Solaire Resort and Casino:

Solaire Resort & Casino, the primary property of Bloomberry Resorts Corporation, is a USD $1.2 Billion integrated destination resort on an 8.3-hectare site in Manila, Philippines opened March 2013. Solaire, a luxury destination casino resort, is the first property to open in the Entertainment City, a government sponsored (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) economic development zone.

Solaire’s Phase 1 features 500 luxurious rooms, suites and bayside villas, 18,500 square meters of gaming space, a wide range of award-winning dining experience and signature restaurants, sophisticated bars and lounges, and an ample multi-level car park. The property has additional 258,721 square meter expansion project under development which is expected to open 3rd quarter of 2014. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at

Solaire Resort – a place to stay when visiting Manila


I was given a complimentary passport for an overnight stay in Solaire Resort and Casino. Last June 18 was our wedding anniversary, so we decided to celebrate it here in one of the newest world-class hotel in Manila, and we were not disappointed and actually had a great experience staying there and an overnight stay is not enough to enjoy all the amenities Solaire has to offer. The place is overlooking Manila Bay with big open space, not crowded yet with big buildings unlike in other nearby cities and you can still smell the sweet scent of the sea.


The room is spacious and air-conditioned, equipped with high speed internet connection (WiFi), TV with cable channels, a small bar and a safe box where you can keep your personal belongings for safe-keeping. Bathroom has a hot and cold shower and a bathtub.

After settling our stuff in our room,  hubby and I were given welcome drinks in the Red Dragon bar with a drink of our choice. We went to the swimming pool for a swim but spent more time in the jacuzzi near the cabana given to us. We had our dinner at their food court where you can choose dishes from different countries which is very budget-friendly but not lacking in taste, hubby loved the Thai dish – prawns cooked in coconut milk and rice cooked in coconut juice… yummy, I should have ordered that same dish, my bad.. anyways I also enjoyed the pizza from Americano resto, with huge servings at a cheap price.

There is also the spa, which we weren’t able to try since we already felt relax after an hour and a half at the jacuzzi, but it’s available 24 hours if you want to loosen-up those weary muscles and also a gym for work-outs.


The package includes a free buffet breakfast at Fresh Restaurant where you can find a wide selections of foods again from different countries. Served local, Asian, European, American and other countries of delectable dishes to satisfy our tummies. Fresh fruits and juices are over-flowing and coffees and teas of your choice (freshly-brewed, cappuccino, green tea, etc). And most importantly is the service, all the staff from managers, to server, to maintenance crew are very accommodating, with a readied smile on their face and greetings and asking if there are things we need.

All in all – our stay was an unforgettable experience and definitely we love to come back there again :) . I highly recommend it to my visiting “balikbayan” and tourist friends and relatives.
Thank you Solaire for this wonderful moment.

There is also a big ballroom for big celebrations like weddings, birthdays and other formal occasions where you might need to rent or buy tuxedos at this website in case you’ll be attending.

For reservations you can call them at 888-8888 or email or visit their website

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