Other Grandeur Travelers.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Rizal Park Hotel: Restoring Manila's Grandeur




















A few years ago (during my residency training), we went to this old and derelict Army and Navy Club where a period movie shoot was taking place.  I had no idea that this building even existed in Manila. We were tasked to invite actor Cesar Montano to open our fun run for the hospital. While walking in the hallways of the Army and Navy Club, I wondered how it would have looked like during the American occupation. I kept telling myself that if I had the means to save this beautiful property, I probably would. All I saw was the potential of this building to help restore Manila's grandeur. We cannot afford to lose another heritage building.

For those who do not know, the Army and Navy Club is actually steeped in history. Founded in 1898, the Club's original location was in our beloved Intramuros district. When urban planner Daniel Burnham came into the picture, the club was transferred to the present site where it would serve as a venue for the military and social set upon its completion in 1911. This iconic property was designed by William Parson, an American architect who trained at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in France. Unfortunately, the glory days of this elegant building would soon be over after the war. Without proper maintenance and support from the government, the future of the club seemed bleak.  Hope, however, was not lost. In 1991, the building was finally declared a National Historic Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.  With the intent of restoring and preserving the old forgotten building, Oceanville Hotel and Spa Corporation decided that they would turn this into a world-class hotel. Thanks to the vision of Simon Lee Paz, we can finally see the beauty of this property with the opening of Rizal Park Hotel.


The Grand Lobby is the pièce de résistance of Rizal Park Hotel. I am certain that most guests who  visit the hotel for the first time will be snapping photos for their social media feed.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

5 Instagrammers to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Having been swallowed by my work lately as a practicing dermatologist, I haven't had time to properly satisfy my wanderlust.  I have then decided to compile a list of few of my favorite Instagrammers to inspire (and sometimes torture) myself when I am stuck. Here they are:

1) Carolyn from UK a.ka. @theslowtraveler. As someone who teaches Instagram photography, Carolyn certainly knows how to play with light and a proper filter. All her photos almost seem magical and straight out of a fairytale. You will know what I am talking about when you see her feed.


2. Marc Forne. I started following Marc, a model from UNO, when he posted photos from his Formentera Trip. I was instantly drawn to his hip and nonchalant attitude. He makes tanning look like it's the best thing in the world! Well, it actually is, Please wear sunblock though. And Reapply.
A post shared by MARC FORNE (@marcforne) on