[PHOTO AT LEFT - Cebu Parklane’s spacious lobby. MANILA, Philippines]

MANILA, AUGUST 26, 2009 (PHILIPPINE STAR) By Lester Gopela Hallig, Photos by Fernan Nebres

Visiting Cebu is always worth the trip. We know that there is something exciting and heart-warming waiting for us. It could be a new dish we haven’t tried, a new place we haven’t visited, or new faces we would be glad to make friends with. But if there is anything we actually look forward to, time and again, it is the Cebuano hospitality.

Our Cebuano friends, old and new, always make our stay memorable. Cebu Parklane International Hotel has made its name around these parts by doing exactly that. It endeavors to represent true Cebuano hospitality by ensuring that guests are treated as friends. And we know how friends go out of their way to make us feel good, and eventually make us remember.

For sure, Parklane’s guests will remember the hotel as the go-to for casual and business affairs. The launch of Parklane’s Bridal Suite ensures that the memory will linger on. The one-of-a-kind offering features a suite that has its own Jacuzzi and television set. Indeed, a complete couple’s bathtub with audio-video facilities.

Cebu Parklane general manager Cenelyn Manguilimotan tells us since the hotel holds numerous wedding parties a month, it was with good reason that they offered a Bridal Suite.

Manguilimotan says, “So we thought, why not enhance the package by presenting the couple with more than just a place to celebrate their wedded bliss? With the Bridal Suite, couples who are too tired to move elsewhere after the event can retreat to the room and stay in complete comfort and luxury.”

Guests of the non-wedding kind have also much to delight in at Parklane. The new Plus Rooms give them extra amenities and perks. Indeed, more than just the standard rooms here.

“It is our commitment to guests, that we would not stop innovating to maintain our edge,” she continues. “We will introduce new features and projects every year. All the time we are on our toes to make their stay more pleasurable.”

Along with its thrust of representing Cebuano hospitality, Cebu Parklane is also promoting Cebuano artistry within its establishment. Just recently, the hotel launched the Cebu & Nature photo contest, participated in by Cebuano arts students.

“The photos had to show Cebu and its cultural heritage. Those pictures will be used in our rooms. It is our way of making things differently, instead of the usual paintings. Through our contest, we wanted to stimulate the community and make them a part of our hotel. They are talents that we want to encourage,” she adds.

The contest generated over 100 entries, with the top three contenders ending up in the hotel’s premiere spots. Some of its walls also feature murals that feature Cebu.

The 240-room hotel is popular for its buffets, found at its very own Manuel’s Restaurant. No self-respecting foodie could afford to skip this spread. The buffet impresses, from breakfast to dinner. Its Cebu lechon at lunchtime is a crowd favorite.

Elsewhere in Parklane, there’s Basil’s where one can dine in a poolside setting; Muze where one can sit back and relax to music and cocktails; and Bean Date at the lobby where coffee lovers can also enjoy the merienda buffet.

Even its location is spot-on. It is right across Ayala Center Cebu, and is near the IT Park and other business establishments.

Manguilimotan is proud that these features come with the Parklane brand of pampering. “It is always your relationship with your clients that counts. We are confident because we take care of our clients and we do our best to exceed their expectations. Whenever they are here, they get to enjoy the promise of the Parklane experience. We are determined to give them more.”

And with that, we are given another reason to always look forward to being in Cebu.

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The Cebu Parklane International Hotel is located at Archbishop Reyes Avenue corner Escario St., Cebu City. For more information, call (032) 411-7000 in Cebu or 812-9984 in Makati City, or log on to

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