Start spreading the Holiday Cheer! It’s the Starbucks Merry Coffee season!

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It is that time of the year for Starbucks planners, travel organizers, Toffee Nut Crunch Latte, Peppermint Mocha, Starbucks Christmas Cards, and a partridge in a pear tree. And while other brands have the same products out, collecting Starbucks goodies during the holiday season has become a tradition among Filipinos. So without further adieu, let’s begin with our annual list of things to haul from our neighborhood Starbucks branches.

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Check out the new Starbucks beverages and Nautical-themed merchandise

Starting June 4, Starbucks PH will release nautical-themed merchandise that are perfect not just for your collection but to carry around and use for those frappuccino orders to further eradicate our dependence on single-use plastic. The collection comes with a quirky card that features a whale diving into the ocean with its tail sticking out against the sailor stripe design, available for only a minimum P1,000 activation.

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Starbucks unveils ‘A Day in The Island’ collection, new frappuccinos for Summer 2019

This year, summer was welcomed by Starbucks PH via an island carnival event dubbed as the Siren’s Island. New drinks, food items, merchandise, and card designs were unveiled along with the announcement of the rollout of reusable cups and straws (yey).

Starting April 9th, Starbucks is serving a new set of beverages that every dessert lover would love – the Triple Mocha Frappuccino, Dark Caramel Coffee Frappuccino, and the Red Velvet Cake Cream Frappuccino. And for those who want to feel the tropical vibes, Starbucks also offers a limited-time beverage that is perfect for the scorching PH summer – the Mixed Berry Frappuccino with Pomegranate Pearls. The smooth and fruity beverage is made with mixed berry sauce blended with velvety milk topped with cream.

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Swosh – the new laundry service app that you have got to have

Living in the Metro isn’t always easy. Moreso for urban professionals who live independently. You have your work and life balance to juggle along with responsibilities, bills, chores, and the undying traffic that always gets in the way, eating up our precious time.

Good thing, we live at a time when app-based services actually help make our lives easier. Heck, they have become integral for us to even have a life where we can still enjoy and not worry about our endless to-do lists.

When in Manila, I have to have the following apps: GRAB/Angkas for transport, Honestbee/foodpanda for food and grocery deliveries, Eatigo/Zomato for discounts, GMovies to avoid the pesky movie queue, Grindr for entertainment (I kid, I kid), and recently, Swosh for laundry/dry clean services!

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The Marison Hotel – Luxury Redefined

If you ever wish to catch glimpse of the famous Mayon Volcano in its original home before it gets moved to Naga (I swear this was funny in 2018) or simply experience the history-rich Legazpi City, consider staying at The Marison Hotel.

Strategically located in the heart of Legazpi, The Marison Hotel is built to be the premium gateway for tourists and business travelers in the Bicol region. Situated just a quick five-minute drive from the Legazpi Airport, it’s easily one of the most centrally-located hotels in the city.

“We aim to give our guests the best hotel experience,” says Ms. Daisy So, the President and CEO of The Marison Hotel. “Apart from being the perfect base for anyone who wants to see the beauty and splendor of Legazpi, we offer maximum comfort and convenience for the whole family. The hotel is here to provide a luxurious experience for everybody, making it the best place to truly feel the warm Bicolano hospitality.

(From L-R) Albay Provincial Media Bureau Chief Danny Garcia, The Marison Hotel Chairperson Lolita Uy, Department of Tourism Region 5 Director Benjamin Santiago, The Marison Hotel President & CEO Daisy Uy – So, and Legazpi City Vice Mayor Bobby Cristobal lead the ceremonial ribbon cutting for the launch of The Marison Hotel, in Legazpi City, Albay last February 5, 2019.

The Marison Hotel is a four-storey complex boasting 118 huge and elegantly-furnished rooms that showcase beautiful and contemporary design, arguably among the best in the region. It is one of the biggest hotels in Bicol — and the biggest in Legazpi.

All guest rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a desk, free WiFi, and a private bathroom. Some rooms are also fitted with a terrace for guests to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Legazpi skyline.

Attractions like the famed Mt. Mayon, magnificent Cagsawa Ruins and pristine Sumlang Lake are only less than an hour away from the hotel, as well as Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave and the Vanishing Island. In addition, the Redemptorist Church is just right across the hotel.

The scenic Legazpi Boulevard, the city’s business district and port area, is a popular spot for tourists as it offers a beautiful view of Mt. Mayon, Albay Gulf, and the Kapuntukan Hill — is also within the hotel’s vicinity.

Other must-see tourist destinations are the Quintinday Green Hills, the Kawa-Kawa Hill and Nature Park, both less than an hour drive away, Vera Falls, and Joroan Church, which are about an hour drive.

The idea behind The Marison Hotel, according to So, is to create a top-notch hospitality experience for its guests. Some of its impressive amenities that will surely make their stay in Legazpi extra memorable include their two outdoor swimming pools (one adult pool and one kiddie pool), a fitness center, a fully-equipped Executive Board Room that accommodates as many as 24 people, and a Functional Hall for formal meetings, seminars, and parties that caters up to 120 people. They also offer complimentary transfers to and from the Legazpi City Airport. And on top of that, to accommodate guests arriving in the city on early morning flights, the hotel offers free early check-in, subject to room availability.

Adding to these amenities are three dining options inside The Marison Hotel. Its main restaurant, the IL Morso Italian Restaurant, is the perfect place for guests to enjoy some of the best Western dishes in the area, from pizzas and pastas to steaks and mouth-watering desserts. The Sans Cafe & Bar, on the other hand, offers a quiet respite for travelers who simply want to relax over a cup of coffee. Those looking for a nightcap after a busy day of exploring the city can visit the hotel’s Chilo Bar to enjoy its impressive array of mocktails, cocktails, wines, beers, and non-alcoholic beverages — with a view of the majestic Mt. Mayon in the background as a bonus.

“The opening of The Marison Hotel is a testament that the Bicol region has come into its own as a prime tourist and business destination in the country,” So adds. “Last year, tourist arrivals in Bicol hit over one million — an unsurprising feat considering the unique beauty the region has to offer, yet an impressive achievement nonetheless. We enter the hotel industry with the firm belief that Bicol — especially Legazpi, has a lot to offer to both its local and international visitors. We are not only very eager to provide a premium hotel experience to our guests, but The Marison Hotel also looks forward to helping the Bicol Region welcome a much bigger tourist base in the years to come.”

The Marison Hotel is located at Corner Imelda Roces Ave, Legazpi City, Albay. For reservations, call (052) 732 7777 or email reservations@themarisonhotel.com. Visit facebook.com/TheMarisonHotel for more information.

Other must-see tourist destinations are the Quintinday Green Hills, the Kawa-Kawa Hill and Nature Park, both less than an hour drive away, Vera Falls, and Joroan Church, which are about an hour drive.

A complete list of Starbucks Holiday offerings and 2019 planners

Filipinos always say that we celebrate Christmas for four long months. As soon as September hits, you start hearing Christmas songs in malls and the Jose Mari Chan classic ‘Christmas in Our Hearts’ starts playing in the airwaves. Christmas decorations follow not long after. And then starting November 2nd, the Starbucks Sticker Collection Season begins, ingraining itself as a contemporary Filipino Holiday tradition!

Starbucks has tons of offerings during the holidays but what both young and old always watch out for are the annual planners. Good news, there are four choices this year: two (2) regular planners in Espresso and Milk colors that feature a canvas finish with metallic gold and copper stamping and a canvas pouch; two (2) travel organizers in Dark Teal and Sienna that have pockets for your valuables. All four come with their own unique Special Edition Starbucks Card that get you a chance to win in the Starbucks for a Year promo when activated with at least P500.

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Starbucks unveils PH exclusive Island Series Collection for Independence Day

In time for the 120th Independence Day of the Philippines, Starbucks unveils its Island Series collection featuring the colors and symbols of the three island groups of the country.

Luzon shows off the night scenes of the urban business districts. Visayas features a debossed artwork of Sampaguita flowers and palm trees representing the world-famous beaches in the area. Mindanao has the iconic Vintas with multi-colored sails representing the colorful history of the region.

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