Friday, September 28, 2012

A Quest for Excellence and an Idyllic stay at Crimson Mactan

When a team is spearheaded by young and dynamic Francis Gotianun, Assistant VP of Filinvest Development Corp,  Hotels Division, expect excellence as its utmost goal.  The launch of Quest Hotel Cebu was attended by no less than Cebu's brilliant and charming Mayor Mike Rama, and Cebu's A- listers.  During the cocktail party at the hotel's Puso Bistro, Mayor Mike thanked the Gotianun clan for their developments in Cebu and Mactan Island.  Mr. Andrew Gotianun and his wife Mrs. Mercedes Gotianun graciously attended the milestone event.  Their daughter,  Mrs. Josephine Gotianun-Yap is the President and CEO of the Filinvest Group.

During the formalities, the movers and the shakers of the the team who worked on every detail of this two day launch were acknowledged. Aside from Francis de Leon, Corporate Brand Marketing and Communications Director of FilArchipelago Hospitality Inc., who conceptualized and organized the event, the rest of the team was composed of Area General Manager- James Montenegro VP For Sales and Marketing of FIlArchipelago Hospitality, Inc., Pearl Peralta-MaclangTristan Las Marias - 1st Vice President of Filinvest Land, Inc.; and the Quest Hotel group who helped execute the details of the launch:  Ms. Karen Mendoza, Executive Assistant Manager and Sarah Mascarinas, Director of Sales- Quest Hotel and Mia Sy, PRO. 

The guests were treated to an evening of short speeches, an array of tempting dishes and good wines, music by international DJ Kristian Hernandez, a quick-show of artistic talent by internationally acclaimed Cebuano painter Anthony Fermin who did a quick sketch of the Sto. Nino, aided by a number of guests who helped him with their agile brush strokes.
Andrew, Francis and Mercedes Gotianun, Cebu Mayor Mike Rama, AGM James Montenegro, Pearl Maclang, Tristan Las Marias and Robert Bormes

Antony Fermin (above) James Montenegro, Andrew Gotianun Sr. Francis Gotianun, Mercedes Gotianun, Mayor Mike Rama, Tristan Las Marias, Pearl Maclang & Robert Bormes

With the irresistible Mayor Mike Rama

The next evening was another party, this time for the Condominium owners of Quest. The highlight of the evening was the band who played four hours of 80s dance music to the delight of the guests and hotel personnel who danced their hearts out. International dance competitor Ryan Jago broke the ice and did a reggae number with Pearl Maclang while I tripped the light fantastic with Francis de Leon. Everyone else followed suit and soon the whole place was rocking and rolling! 

What made my trip memorable was my weekend stay at the idyllic Crimson Resort and Spa. My Villa with its own plunge pool can only be described as World Class. The whole Crimson Resort and Spa is world class.   Malca Villanueva, Crimson's Marketing Communications Manager is a bundle of energy and joy who together with Janine Taylor de Padua, Director of Food and Beverage Manager, took us out to rock and roll at Cebu's swinging place, Gilt.  Sublime tranquility during the day and rock and roll at night! What a divine combination! Surely, Francis de Leon, Kristian Hernandez, Ryan Jago and I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend Saturday evening. 

Mr. Robert Barmes Country GM of Filarchipelago Hospitality Inc., Francis Gotianum VP of  Filinvest Development Corp. ,Pearl Peralta-Maclang Director of Communications, James Montenegro GM of Quest Cebu& Crimson Mactan
Tristan Las Marias, Myself & Francis de Leon

the chefs of Quest
It’s their excellent service that make a difference!

Power DJ Kristian@heavyhernadez, Francis de Leon, Francis Gotianum, Pearl Peralta-Maclang
It was rocking & a rolling with Cebu's top band! 

Sunday was fashion pictorial day. Francis and Malca helped me with an all afternoon fashion shoot for Traversing the Orient Magazine featuring Cebu's talented couturier Hans Coquilla and his formal wear.  Crimson is not only the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate, de-stress, chill out, but it is also a prime location for magazine pictorials and fashion shoots.  Tempo, the resort's formal dining place has a pianist and a singer on certain nights and star Chef Keith Christie and Chef Nino to whip up gourmet dishes for your special occasions.  

Crimson Aum Spa- Ryan J. , Malca Villanueva, Kristian Hernandez, Janine Taylor de Padua & Francis de Leon

In monochromatic colors! Francis de Leon with Aum’s excellent therapists

Han Coquilla’s fabulous model & creation made our pictorial worthwhile 
 His goddess look!

Coquilla's bird-cage inspired cocktail dress 

Zen- like moments achieved in this Pavillion

The table arrangement at Tempo-Crimson's fine dining restaurant  

Antonio Jore, Chef Keith Christie cooked up a storm for us!  

chocolate egg surprise by Maiabelle P. Rasonabe Service Associate food attendant, Chef Nino from Pastry Art Attack
Death by chocolate!

Towel artistry at my Villa

All told, it was a sad farewell on Monday morning when we had to bid farewell to Crimson Resort. One can really get addicted.  GM James Montenegro, the epitome of graciousness, dropped by during breakfast to say hello and goodbye. Parting is such sweet sorrow!