Bayview Hotel GM Eugene T. Yap: Leading with compassion

A good leader possesses not one but a combination of many good qualities. For Bayview Park Hotel Manila’s General Manager Eugene T. Yap, his best assets stem from his innate compassion for people and the desire to always provide service that only gets better over time.

Mr. Yap took his seat as the hotel’s General Manager in 2002, but he has been with Bayview Hotel Development Corp., the company that owns and operates the hotel, since it acquired the property in the late 1980s. At that time, he was serving from the company’s head office in Makati as part of the legal team that handled the property acquisition. Later, he was tasked to look over the structure’s renovations and repairs.

Bayview Park Hotel

It may seem like a stretch for a corporate lawyer to work in the operations and management side of a hotel. After getting a business degree at the University of Santo Tomas in 1985, Atty. Yap pursued a legal career and went straight to law school at Manuel L. Quezon University, before passing the bar exams in 1990. But as he recalls, “You know how children usually dream what they always see? When we were younger, whenever we go to restaurants or hotels and service is given to us superbly and we feel happy about it, you tend to feel like you want to work in those types of service. At that time there wasn’t really much of a ‘hospitality industry’ to be spoken of so I wouldn’t call this my childhood dream. But when our company acquired Bayview, I simply began to love the property.”

The passion to serve people became Yap’s main drivers at work. “In the hospitality industry, we serve our guests and we take care of our employees. In the legal practice, we also take care of our clients and our staff. So, in this aspect, they are really not much different,” he says. He believes that good service can only be provided to hotel guests when the people working behind the scenes are also being valued by their leader, so he strives to give them a good working environment and has even adopted a program called the Managers’ Initiative. Through this program, employees are encouraged to pitch in their suggestions on how they can improve the hotel’s services, amenities, and even marketing efforts, and gives them the platform to explore their ideas. He also puts value in having a work-life balance among his employees and even with himself. “I always set a time limit for work because when you are enjoying the work, you tend to lose track of time and you should never lose time for your family. It is also important for me and my staff to recharge once in a while so we can provide better service to our guests when we return to work.”

Bayview Park Hotel

When asked to describe his leadership style, “You can say relaxed but still professional. I believe in accountability where each one is responsible for their own actions, but I also believe in learning from others. I am forever a student of the hospitality industry so I try my best to learn from all people.” He constantly keeps a listening ear open for comments and suggestions from every person who walks into the hotel because he believes that “Guests are your best teachers.” He says, “How do I know when I’m doing a good job? When I see guests smiling. When they are satisfied with your service, that guest will keep coming back and keep asking for you. When the guest starts needing you, that means you’re doing something right.”

Not only at Bayview Park Hotel does Mr. Yap apply his mantras of good leadership. He also takes pride in being the president of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP). As leader to the organization, he aims to leave a mark in the industry through his “leadership by accommodation,” which is founded on understanding, being approachable, and being reasonable. “Just keep on giving the best available service to your guests and don’t forget to give your employees the pat on the back that they deserve. When you start receiving compliments from your guests and loyalty from staff, that’s where success comes in.”

Details and images provided in a recent press release,

HBO drama series WESTWORLD returns for its third season on 16 March on HBO GO and HBO

The Emmy® winning drama series Westworld returns for its eight-episode third season same time as the U.S. on Monday, 16 March at 9am, exclusively on HBO GO and HBO. A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth, the show was created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, who are also executive producers.

Returning cast members include Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores, Emmy® winner Thandie Newton as Maeve, Ed Harris as Man in Black, Jeffrey Wright as Bernard, Tessa Thompson as Charlotte, Luke Hemsworth as Stubbs, Simon Quarterman as Lee Sizemore and Rodrigo Santoro as Hector Escaton.

Joining the cast this season are Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad,” “Bojack Horseman”), Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”), Lena Waithe (HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” “Master of None”), Scott Mescudi (HBO’s upcoming “We Are Who We Are”), Marshawn Lynch (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), John Gallagher Jr. (HBO’s “The Newsroom” and “Olive Kitteridge”), Michael Ealy (“Stumptown”) and Tommy Flanagan (“Sons of Anarchy”).

The first two seasons of Westworld received a combined 42 Emmy® nominations. The second season’s 20 Emmy® nominations resulted in three wins, including: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Thandie Newton), Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) and Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series.

Westworld was created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, who are executive producers with J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Richard J. Lewis, Ben Stephenson, and Denise Thé. Production companies: Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television; based on the film written by Michael Crichton.

HBO is available on SKYcable Ch. 54 SD/Ch. 168 HD (for Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Lipa-Batangas) or on Ch. 402 SD/710 HD (for Bacolod, Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo). SKYdirect subscribers can watch it on Ch. 22 HD. HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming on HBO GO. To subscribe, call your local SKY office or fill up this form.

Show details and image provided by HBO in a recent press release.

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Start rockin’ the new year at Hard Rock Cafe Manila

Let Hard Rock Café Manila start the year on a high note with bands that will surely rock the start of a new decade!

Let your swag out on January 2, 7, 9, and 20 from 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm with the 80s and 90s tunes of Verse Two while sizzling retro tunes will entertain you courtesy of the Spirit of 67, on January 15, 12, 22, 23, 29 and 30. Blue Grass band, meanwhile, will grace the stage all Sundays of the month and on January 27 and regale you with the best of The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, with hints of bluegrass, rock, and jazz. Jam to the tunes of The Beatles as Love Me Dudes rocks out to their greatest hits on January 17.

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe

Groove via the fast lane with Highway 54’s 60s, 70s, and 80s retro music—with a mix of other genres—all of which are definitely going to be a blast from the past. They will take you on a trip down memory lane on January 14, 18, 21, 25, and 28.

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe

Then rock even harder with Ice Bucket onstage. Catch this all-male band belt out your favorite Queen, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and other rock music icons all Fridays of the month and on January 4, 6, 11, and 13.

So, whether you’re in Hard Rock Café Manila for the merchandise or the food, one thing is sure during this first month of the year: the music has only just begun!

(Hard Rock Café Manila is at the 2nd Level of S Maison at Conrad Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. Contact us at +639162524119 or (02) 89909809 and follow us on our social media accounts and be up-to-date with the latest: (Facebook – Hard Rock Café Manila; Instagram – @hardrockcafemanila ).

Details and images provided in a recent press release.

MOS Burger Pop-Up on Jan. 15 and 16 to Give Taste of Things to Come Before First Branch Opens

Leading Japanese burger chain MOS Burger will have a two-day pop-up store at the second level of Robinsons Galleria (ADB Avenue entrance) prior to the opening of its restaurant in the same area on the first quarter of the year.

Doors will open at 12 noon on January 15 and 16, but customers can line up as early as 10:00 AM to have first dibs on two of its classic burgers—the Signature MOS Cheese Burger (Php149) and Yakiniku Rice Burger (Php169).

Mos Burger, Robinsons Galleria

Mos Burger, Robinsons Galleria

These are MOS Burgers’ international menu mainstays that will be part of the Philippine menu. The first branch is scheduled to open this February at Robinsons Galleria. Three hundred burgers will be made available during the pop-up event, and each customer can purchase a maximum of two burgers per order.

Last year, MOS Burger Philippines was established to operate the local branch of MOS Burger and MOS Café following a joint venture agreement between MOS Food Services Inc. of Japan and Tokyo Coffee Holdings.

Event details and images provided in a recent press release.

Check out these Christmas Party Packages from The Bistro Group

Planning a last-minute clan get-together, or an end-of-year office party?

Worry no more because The Bistro Group’s got your back with these holiday party packages among its most popular chains available until January 1.

TEXAS ROADHOUSE

Kids and adults will say “Yeehaw!” when they celebrate their party the Texas Roadhouse way. A Wild West celebration awaits adults with packages different packages: Rodeo Drive (P500/person; Rib Feast (P600/person); Howdy Get Rowdy (P1,000/person) and Roadhouse Hall of Fame (P1,500/person).

The Bistro Group Christmas Packages

The Bistro Group Christmas Packages

The Bistro Group Christmas Packages

The Bistro Group Christmas Packages

Also, give your kids to a hoedown with Texas Roadhouse’s kiddie party packages, all prepared for 30 kids.

For inquiries, call 09177740418

HARD ROCK CAFÉ MANILA

Have your party at Hard Rock Café Manila and you will surely have a Jingle Bell Rockin’ Holiday! Choose from Classic Rock Menu (P895/person); Alternative Rock menu (P995/person ); Rock and Roll menu (P1095 per person); Heavy Metal menu (P1195 per person).

The Bistro Group Christmas Party Packages

The Bistro Group Christmas Packages

The Bistro Group Christmas Packages

The Bistro Group Christmas Packages

The Bistro Group Christmas Packages

If you prefer the Heavy Metal menu and want to be seated at the Michael Jackson area, pay P1305 per head. All packages come with two kinds of sides, and refillable ice Tea or Dalandan Juice.

The Bistro Group Christmas Packages

Drink Packages, meanwhile, are: Package 1 at P935/person (one cocktail, a choice of select local beer, and one Alternative Rock beverage); Package 2 at P995/person (one cocktail, a choice of pre-selected local beer, and one Jam Session)

Kids Party Packages 1 and 2 are both at P565/head and include starters, pasta, dessert, and refillable Ice Tea or Dalandan Juice.

For reservations, visit or call Hard Rock Café Manila at the 2/L of S Maison at Conrad Manila or call (02) 8990 9809 / +639563646142

BUFFALO WILD WINGS

No better way to celebrate the holidays than at B-Dubs! Throw your Christmas party at Buffalo Wild Wings for as low as P550 per head inclusive of a hefty menu selection, venue setup, use of 30+ widescreen TVs, and a beerpong table! Bring in the kids to enjoy our Little Buffalo party packages for P355 per head! Photographers, magicians, birthday cakes, and other add ons are available for additional costs.

The Bistro Group Christmas Packages

For inquiries, call Buffalo Wild Wings branches in Conrad S Maison – 777-2905; Glorietta 1 – 8235726; Vista Mall Sta Rosa – 5447995; Uptown Mall, BGC – 8015993; and Estancia Mall – 6327489

So go ahead and plan your merry and worry-free gatherings. Just bring the good ole’ holiday cheer!

Promo details and images provided by The Bistro Group in a recent press release.

SB19 inks deal with Sony Music, releases first official single “Alab”

After selling out their first major concert in a record-breaking three minutes, SB19 is ready to dominate the local and international music market with the release of their latest single, “Alab.”

If you think the previous releases were straight up fire, wait until you hear “Alab”—a dance-pop banger built on sophisticated production, digital beats, and pulsating grooves.

Produced by Han Tae Soo, the upbeat track is “basically about finding your true love and doing whatever it takes to win that certain someone.”

“Here, we thought of fire as our burning desire, emphasizing that there’s no other way to confess your love but to tell the person directly, and that you shouldn’t waste time,” lead vocalist and rapper Sejun opens up.

Partnership with Sony Music Philippines

“Alab” is SB19’s first official single under Sony Music Philippines.

The P-pop boyband has recently expressed their gratitude to the international record label for making the partnership work. “With Sony Music Philippines, they’re a well-known major label worldwide. We feel like we can do so much more and expand to a wider audience,” Sejun says.

Sony Music, on the other hand, is thrilled to have SB19 on board. “We’re looking forward to fueling and supporting many more breakthroughs for Sejun, Josh, Stell, Ken, and Justin,” says Roslyn Pineda, Sony Music’s GM Philippines & VP Business Development Asia.

After receiving a copy of SB19’s dance practice video for “Go Up” from Sony Music Philippines A&R and Digital Director Maan Atienza, Roslyn can’t help but feel thoroughly impressed. “I am beyond excited! Filipinos are natural performers and when it comes to training and discipline, nothing beats the Korean way. When you merge the two, you come up with something special — SB19. They’ve taken K-Pop and made it their own. Actually, our own, if you consider SB19’s official fanbase name A’TIN.”

Brief Background

SB19 is composed of Sejun (leader, rapper and lead vocalist), Josh (lead rapper and dancer), Stell (vocalist and lead dancer), Ken (main dancer and vocalist), and Justin– (vocalist and visuals).

The fast-rising boyband debuted in 2018 with “Tilaluha,” and soon gained traction with the video release of choreography-heavy “Go Up” in July 2019.

They nabbed the first spot as this year’s most Googled Male Personalities
in the Philippines, beating personalities such as Vico Sotto, Isko Moreno
and more.

They recently landed on Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart—which
according to its website, tracks the fastest accelerating artists during the
past week.

“Alab” is now available on all music streaming and download platforms
worldwide.

Band details and information provided in a recent press release.

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Korea’s NO BRAND opens its second store in Robinsons Galleria South

Korea’s NO BRAND store will open is second branch on December 27 at Robinsons Galleria South in San Pedro, Laguna. Its maiden store in the Philippines is located at Robinson Galleria.

No Brand Opening

No Brand Opening

No Brand Opening

No Brand Opening

No Brand Opening

Launched in 2015 by Korea’s leading retailer, E-mart, No Brand is very popular in Korea with 258 locations. It is known for its “No-Frills Marketing. No Fancy Packaging. Just Value and Quality.”

No Brand Opening

“It’s not the brand. It’s the customer.”

This is the slogan of NO BRAND. The value-driven store features private label products that do away with marketing frills and fancy packaging, yet deliver the same quality that are at par with respected and much-patronized brands in the market.

No Brand Opening

No Brand Opening

No Brand Opening

No Brand Opening

No Brand Opening

The smart consumer takes centerstage as it highlights utility over vanity, value over appearances. By adopting a simple approach to merchandising and eliminating costs of fancy branding, customers can expect to get exactly what they need or more. No drama, no selling ploys, no brand – only the guarantee of a wide variety of high-quality products at affordable prices. Choices range from chocolates, potato chips, cereals, Korean ice-cream to non-food products like tissue, laundry detergent, diapers and more. Price points are from Php50 to Php1,000.

To know more about No Brand Philippines, follow it on Facebook and Instagram. To know more about RRHI, visit the company’s official website.

Store information and details provided in a recent press release.