The very best man for the job is a lady! Within the business of taking good care of people, Filipinos will all the time, if not majority, associate the word care to all the ladies, specifically mothers who’ve tirelessly given all that they might to mold leaders and contributing individuals starting on the confines of what all of us call home. Truly, times have modified and at last we rejoice more empowered women embracing roles as decision makers of their chosen industries.
Megaworld Hotels and Resorts, the Philippines’ largest hospitality management chain within the country with 6 brands, 12 properties, and 4,500 room keys nationwide, celebrates three smart-working ladies of their organization who’ve managed to rise above copious challenges through different mindsets and rightfully taking a seat within the table as they tackle recent leadership positions within the organization.
Keep going and learn to face tall – Rowena Samonte, General Manager of Twin Lakes Hotel
In your next visit to Twin Lakes Hotel, some of the visited hilltop resorts within the south of Luzon near Tagaytay, be certain that to say hello to GM Samonte. Owen, as she is dearly called by many, stepped up from being the property’s Director of Sales and Marketing to now being the primary lady General Manager of a 122-room hotel at the middle of a 1,200 hectare Twin Lakes estate of Megaworld. Contrary to the title, she shares that because the world continues to evolve, “I’m positive that change will come naturally. In the longer term, she adds, “I would love to be defined and seen as a frontrunner alone, and never a lady leader”. As society comes to raised terms with inclusivity, she sees it as a privilege and a responsibility to part-take in the trouble of eliminating prejudiced biases with gender and preference as a primary basis.
The primary-time general manager has surely done much with almost three many years of humble service within the industry under her belt. She has expanded her craft from operations to sales until reaching an executive leadership rank. During her early days, she remembers starting her profession as an outlet cashier moving her way as much as Assistant Director of Events and Management in Edsa Shangri-La in Manila. She also dabbled with other international brands like Mandarin Oriental, Intercontinental Hotel and other local brands like B Hotel in Quezon City and Robinsons Hotels and Resorts before joining the biggest homegrown hotel chain within the Philippines, Megaworld Hotels and Resorts starting the 12 months 2020 until the current.
When asked about the most effective advice she will give to the younger generation about becoming a greater version of themselves, she said “Keep going despite the times when the world fails to be kind. We must learn to face tall and handle ourselves”. She also emphasized that “there isn’t any point in beating yourself up over things that you just cannot change. Ultimately, fall in love with the method, not the goal. Don’t be afraid to be an excessive amount of and luxuriate in as you watch the whole lot fall into place.”
For the month of March, in honor of Women’s Month, imagine quiet moments with the cold gentle breeze over “Afternoon High Tea”. Enjoy this best within the property’s high ceiling European Style lobby or al fresco, overseeing the hotel’s vineyard and mesmerizing view of Taal lake. Make the month of March memorable for you and the family, for dining and room bookings visit www.twinlakeshotel.com.ph or email [email protected]
Consider in the great in everyone – Maia Israel, General Manager of Belmont Hotel Boracay
Sweet and loving. Promoted from resort manager to now the overall manager of Belmont Hotel Boracay in only a span of a 12 months, Maia Israel, has all the time been well loved for her nurturing approach to leadership. She believes that “mentorship is a tool I personally have benefited from essentially the most and is my privilege and responsibility to pass it forward.”
Remembering the times when she began her profession within the hospitality industry way back as a part of the reservations team in Shangri-la Mactan within the 90’s as much as her stint in Maldives, Indonesia, Fiji, and Cambodia with brands like Marriott International and Banyan Tree and the whole lot else in between, she admits having been blessed with leaders who took the ways of the center to motivate final result and positives results.
Were there tough days? She quips, “you bet, and quite loads! But when there’s one observed universal fact across cultures that ties us all in, is that you’ll never go fallacious once you imagine in the great in everyone”. With most of her experience growing within the revenue, rooms operations and F&B of various beach resorts all around the world, she said “you may never tell how your day goes to finish”. As an authorized Island girl, she said “you’re taking things like how the shores welcome the waves of the ocean. You’ll be able to never control it, but you may all the time make essentially the most out of it”.
As certainly one of the 2 MHR properties in Boracay Newcoast, one being Savoy Hotel Boracay, she appreciates how unique one is from the opposite. She said Belmont takes a simple and tranquil approach versus the standard parties the island is usually known for. The hotel is most fitting for small to large family reunions, people vacationing with a touch of business, and senescent guests preferring peace and quiet while having fun with the sun, sand, and sea of Boracay. With 442 rooms, 2 F&B outlets, a pool, spa, and a dedicated beach front perfect to greet the golden sunrise, she dares to ask, “What more from life are you able to ask for?”
Get treated to an evening or two and plan those private dinners by the beach with Belmont Hotel Boracay. Email [email protected] or visit
www.belmonthotelboracay.com for room reservations and other arrangements for a snug stay.
Bring the great forward! – Claire del Rosario Bernabe, Director of Customer Experience and Latest Ventures of Megaworld Hotels and Resorts
It’s all concerning the experience. “Greater than the destination, picturesque scenery, and complete facilities is absolutely the gathering of memorable moments that builds connections and spark joy” shares Claire Bernabe, Megaworld Hotels and Resorts’ newest addition to the brand management team.
Exactly 30 years within the hospitality industry with local and international experience, Bernabe admits that “a memorable authentic Filipino customer experience is always evolving and adequately adapts to the needs of the client”. Waving the flagship of the biggest homegrown hospitality management brand, she confidently attests that “We Filipinos are known to be hospitable and are a comfortable people. We’re enablers, and we achieve this with warmth and a smile that doesn’t should be taught or practiced.”
Nothing is ever perfect. No brand will ever have all of it but there’s all the time opportunity for its enablers to learn and discover. Along with her recent role as Megaworld Hotels and Resorts’ (MHR) Director of Customer Experience and Latest Ventures, she is happy concerning the projects within the pipeline. The one rule of thumb she sees is “It will be significant to aim to always improve the general experience of every investor or customer has with the brand.”
Luckily with MHR, Bernabe celebrates that the organization is anchored on faith, its investors, and its people. She delights that “MHR has a transformational leader within the person of its very own Managing Director, Ms. Cleofe Albiso, who empowers key executives”. As someone who hails from celebrated brands, Bernabe affirms that “MHR’s structural pillars are in place and steps are being taken to further improve and strengthen the organization to support further growth.” In her line of experience, Bernabe has served leadership roles with brands like Pearl Farm Beach Resort, Century International Hotels, Marco Polo Davao, Novotel Garden Plaza Saigon, Movenpick Saigon, Discovery Shores and so rather more.
When asked if there’s one thing all women should stay up for every day, she said “Have the possibility to greet one other day with a smile, have the ability to make a difference within the lives of others as much as you encourage them to bring the great forward.”
Looking into the longer term, Cleofe Albiso, top executive of Megaworld hotels and Resorts declares that “opportunities are infinite with the organization”. With gladness she jubilates “we welcome and recognize our recent leaders with a lot pride and joy knowing that there’s a lot instore for everybody who believes in what a homegrown brand like us can do”. Albiso believes in equal opportunities for everybody so long as we stay humble and work hard for it. This 12 months alone, MHR is poised to open the biggest hotel within the Philippines which is the Grand Westside Hotel with greater than 1,500 rooms strategically positioned on the Entertainment City in Paranaque. With this, Albiso and her team goals find the appropriate fit for the job for the roles they’ve available.
To all the ladies and allies joining within the cause to raise other women and campaign for inclusivity, trust that you just are all welcome across all properties of Megaworld Hotels and Resorts. Get a 20% discount in your next stay every time you go to Boracay, Cebu, Iloilo, Metro Manila, or near Tagaytay.
Stay in Belmont Hotel Manila or Savoy Hotel Manila inside Newport City in Pasay across NAIA terminal 3, Kingsford Hotel Manila positioned within the Entertainment City of Paranaque, Hotel Lucky Chinatown in Binondo, Twin Lakes Hotel near Tagaytay, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel in Quezon City, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas in Pasig, Richmonde Hotel Iloilo in Iloilo Business Park of Iloilo City, Belmont Hotel Boracay or Savoy Hotel Boracay positioned on the Newcoast Boracay and even in Savoy Hotel Mactan Newtown in Cebu or within the newly opened Belmont Hotel Mactan Newtown. Learn more about it and visit www.megaworldhotels.com to plan your next hotel getaway. Travel more! For further information, visit the web site, email [email protected] or visit Megaworld Hotels & Resorts’ official facebook page.
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