Cultural potpourri | Park Inn by Radisson Davao @ 5

IT WAS, indeed, a starry, starry night on Mar. 22, 2013, when business tycoons and businessmen, politicians, showbiz entertainers, and movers and shakers from the Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao regions attended the formal opening of Park Inn by Radisson Davao, “the first Park Inn by Radisson Hotel in the Philippines.” Welcoming the guests to Davao City’s glorious event were business tycoon and SM founder Henry Sy, Sr.’s devoted wife Felicidad Sy, SM Prime President Hans Sy, and SM Hotels and Conventions President Elizabeth Sy.

PARK Inn by Radisson Davao's 5th Year Awardees

PARK Inn by Radisson Davao’s 5th Year Awardees

I still remember that towering above the rest of the VIP guests was the gorgeous Park Inn by Radisson brand endorser, model Georgina Diaz Wilson, who told the guests, “The opening of Park Inn by Radisson Davao marks a new era for the Park Inn by Radisson brand in the Asia Pacific… Designed for international and domestic travelers, Park Inn by Radisson is a friendly, fresh, vibrant and uncomplicated brand that focuses on delivering the modern essentials of a great hotel experience and the spirit of service which resonates with today’s business and leisure travelers. Park Inn by Radisson is a segment-leading brand with a 26-year track record of delivering a quality experience…”

GM Emelyn Rosales with the top Corporate Awardees for 2017

GM Emelyn Rosales with the top Corporate Awardees for 2017

In her clearly delivered welcome message, madam Elizabeth Sy professed, “The establishment of this world-class hotel stems from our solid recognition of the strategic importance of Davao City in the region; and our firm expectation of its continued economic growth and strong tourism outlook… Park Inn Davao is the first in the Philippines and is, in fact, the first in the whole of Asia. We therefore invite each and every one of you to be our guest. You will find that the Park Inn Davao reflects the vibrancy and beauty of this wonderful City of Davao.”

Elizabeth Sy ended her well-applauded welcome speech with a request, “As we officially open the doors of the hotel tonight, please let the people of Davao City know of SM’s continuing commitment and pride in being a part of the life of this vibrant and progressive city.”

VICE Mayor Bernard Al-ag

VICE Mayor Bernard Al-ag

Henry Sy, Sr.’s SM has been internationally recognized for its successful involvement in the fields of banking, retail, mall operations, and property development all over the Philippines. It was only in early 2009 that it incorporated the SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation, with Elizabeth Sy as President. The tycoon Henry Sy, Sr. has always believed in the growth potential of the Philippine tourism and hospitality industry. It is SM’s vision to lead in providing hotels and convention facilities nationwide, all of world-class standards and at the best value for service which is the norm of SM.

Last Mar. 22, 2018, Ma. Luisa E. Angeles, the Exec. Vice President of SM Hotels and Conventions Corp., VP for Marketing of SM Hotels and Conventions Neil Rumbaoa, Park Inn by Radisson-Davao GM Emelyn M. Rosales, Commercial Operations Dir. for SEAP Aylin Aydin, and Radisson Blu Cebu GM Stephan Sieberg welcomed excited guests led by Davao Vice Mayor and Mrs. Bernard Al-ag. Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre and Davao Tourism Officer Generose Tecson to the happy celebration of Park Inn by Radisson-Davao’s fifth anniversary. Naturally, the ceremonial wine toasting was filled with wild cheers.

ARCH. Michael E. Dakudao and Marilyn Roque in a flash dance

ARCH. Michael E. Dakudao and Marilyn Roque in a flash dance

“Davao City, the culinary, cultural, economic and commercial capital of the South, is a paradox… For the uninitiated, this massively sprawling city can be intimidating… Daunting. Yet its genteel and refined people make it very familiar…Welcoming. It’s like coming home. Here, guests enjoy some of our country’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders as well as unique cultural gem. There is no shortage of attractions and food is as varied as its people. It is a tourism mecca…It is precisely these reasons why SM Hotels and Conventions Corp. chose Davao City to be the home of the very first Park Inn by Radisson in the Asia Pacific Region when it opened in 2013,” revealed Exec. VP Ma. Luisa Angeles.

After the brief and meaningful messages from the VIPs, an audio-visual presentation of Park Inn through the years was shown. Next came the tribute to the hotel’s Five Year Service Awardees who gave their dedicated service which helped the hotel in upholding its brand values and achieve excellence in many areas. That evening, Sales Manager Mia Echevarria also gave recognition to the hotel’s top accounts.

AYLIN Aydin, Peggy Angeles, Neil Rumbaoa, Emelyn Rosales, Ramvic Rosales, Stephan Sieberg and Stephanie Sieberg

AYLIN Aydin, Peggy Angeles, Neil Rumbaoa, Emelyn Rosales, Ramvic Rosales, Stephan Sieberg and Stephanie Sieberg

“Five years since, Park Inn by Radisson Davao has become synonymous with fresh, vibrant and friendly environment. ‘Adding Color to Life’ is the key part of the signature Park Inn guest experience. This spirit of service is reflected in the positive attitude and attentive approach the Park Inn staff display to make a genuine and memorable engagement with each guest…In a short period of time, the hotel trailblazed its way in the industry even outranking other well-established players at times,” said Exec. VP Ma. Luisa Angeles in closing.

Congratulations, Park Inn by Radisson-Davao. More power to you. Thank you Patty Basa-Tan for the pictures no matter how delayed it was.

PIDV Employees with the VIPs

PIDV Employees with the VIPs

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