Wanderlust | Summit opens first hotel in Eastern Visayas

SUMMIT Hotel officially opened its first hotel in Eastern Visayas last June 21, Wednesday, along Tabuan National Highway in Barangay Marasbaras, Tacloban City.

“We are truly proud to set a new milestone for Tacloban as we open a new leisure and MICE destination in Eastern Visayas,” said Robinsons Hotels and Resorts Business Unit General Manager Elizabeth D. Gregorio.

Ribbon cutting ceremony led Robinson's Hotel team and special guests

Ribbon cutting ceremony led Robinson’s Hotel team and special guests

Summit Hotel Tacloban is the fifth hotel from the Summit group after opening in Tagaytay, Manila and two branches in Cebu.

The 138-room hotel features a unique design concept close to the culture and lifestyle of the region replete with a tropical Filipino look and a luxurious and contemporary, welcoming vibe.

“The hotel’s design is inspired by the island’s colorful history, a celebration of its abundance in natural resources as well as the resilience and warmth of the Taclobanons,” said Robinsons Properties general sales manager Monica de Ocampo-Casperino.

The Summit Hotel Tacloban is equipped with six guest suites in three different designs each mirroring the rich culture of the region. These are the Sangyaw (a regional festival), Lubi-Lubi (a traditional coconut dance), and Pintados (celebrating the first inhabitants of Visayas known for their tattooed bodies) suites.

“Our Tacloban hotel also boasts of a ballroom good that can accommodate up to 600 people with smaller, breakout function rooms for meetings.  Patron Casual Dining will soon serve as the hotel’s main food and beverage outlet,” added senior marketing manager Lisette A. Arena.

Since it is located within the Robinsons Place Tacloban, the hotel is accessible to shopping, recreation, and dining destinations in Tacloban’s uptown area. It is also just less than 15 minutes away from the airport.

BMW BREAKS GROUND FOR ITS FIRST MOTORRAD IN MINDANAO. Davao City will soon be the home of the first stand-alone dealership for BMW Motorrad in the Philippines six to eight months from now. A groundbreaking ceremony, led by Motorrad Director Gil Balderas and his BMW Motorrad Philippines team, was held at the future BMW Davao motorrad (German for “motorcycle”) site last June 23, Saturday, in Buhangin (right beside McDonalds).

When completed, it will be the 4th BMW motorrad in the county, after Quezon City, Pampanga and Bacolod, and the first in Mindanao.

The Davao motorrad, a business venture of Davao businessman and big bike aficionado Wilson Lu and Alexander Roleda of Bacolod, will occupy the ground level of the soon to be constructed 12-story building owned by Lu. It will soon offer BMW’S full range of motorcycles, including popular entry level models, G 310 R and 310 GS, both equipped with a 313cc single-cylinder mill with liquid cooling, DOHC configuration and fuel injection, and their HP4, a 215 horsepower superbike, which is also the first motorcycle in the world to offer a fully carbon frame and fully carbon wheels.

Joining the groundbreaking ceremony were guests of honor, motorcycle enthusiast Atty Manases R Carpio and Land Transportation Office Xl assistant regional director Neil M. Canedo.

BMW further strengthened its position in the Philippine motorcycle industry with its partnership with San Miguel Corporation. The convergence of the two powerful brands spawned the SMC Asia Car Dstributors Corporation.


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