Monday, July 12, 2010


Lapu - lapu Kuwayaki

For most of us, Japan is best known for its passion for beauty and elegance, the creative oriental artistry and love for immaculate designs evident everywhere, a loyal attachment to rich traditions mixed healthily with the ever-evolving ingenious ideas and inventions, and the vibrant energy from Japanese individuals. All this and more draw us closer to Japan.

This whole month of July, prepare for an exclusive Japanese experience as Chef Fukata works up some magic in the Umu kitchen to translate these Japanese traits we all love into his all-original creations! Order any of the Chef’s specialties and take part in this delectable Japanese enlightenment! Pay close attention to the meticulously prepared and artistically presented dishes. Your palate would not be left unsatisfied as the dishes surpass any discerning taste bud’s standards for a truly delectable meal.

Special dishes include: Saba bousushi (marinated mackerel with sushi, rice and sesame seed using special seaweed) priced at Php 1,500 net, Lapu-lapu kuwayaki (lapu-lapu kuwayaki with butter soy sauce lemon flavor) priced at Php 1,000 net and Soya milk shabu-shabu (thinly sliced rib eye, bean curd, vegetables and vermicelli cooked in traditional Japanese pot with shabu-shabu and soya milk as the base) priced at Php 2,500 net.

Umu is open daily for lunch and dinner. For inquiries and reservations, please call Restaurant Reservations at 867-3333 ext. 3888.


LAUNCHING OF NEW COLLEGE DEPARTMENTDe La Salle University (DLSU) recently launched their College of Business and School of Economics last June 11,2010 at the Ballroom of Dusit Thani Manila in Makati CIty. DLSU opens the new department as a big step in making themselves and their students to be more competitive not only locally but globally in the field of business.Shown in the photo are: Associate Vice Chancellor for Lasallian Mission Br. Michael Broughton FSC, Vice Chancellor for Lasallian Mission and External Relations Br. Bernard Oca FSC, School of Economics Dean Dr. Winfred Villamil, Vice Chancellor for Academics and Research Dr. Myrna Austria, College of Business Dean Dr. Brian Gozun, JG Summit Holdings, Inc. Founder and Chairman Emeritus Mr. John Gokongwei Jr., Philippine Savings Bank Chairman Mr. Jose Pardo, Equicom Savings Bank Vice President Mr. Serafin


Manila, Philippines – Founded on its vision to create a unique experience to all its guests by drawing on its culture for inspiration and giving it a contemporary expression, Dusit Thani Manila has recently unveiled its newly repainted state-of-the-art monochromatic beige-colored façade to complete the final leg of the hotel’s massive US$20 million renovation.

“It is overwhelming to note that Dusit Thani Manila notably plays as the city’s milepost, having been in the stretch of EDSA for 33 years. Located just 15 minutes away from the country’s major convention centers and 25 minutes from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, It has become a landmark to first-time tourists as they enter the gateway to the country’s central financial district. I guess, now more than ever, it has become a glorious historical sight with its innovative look”, shares Prateek Kumar, Dusit Thani Manila general manager.

Recently, Dusit Thani Manila was launched as a Thai landmark after it embarked on a US$20 million hotel-wide renovation in 2007 which was fully-completed in 2009. The renovation includes all 538 guestrooms and suites especially designed to create an experience of timeless and unique Thai traditions, ultimate solace and guest satisfaction; grand lobby made of black granite floors and colossal gold posts using real gold leaf and the grand ballroom along with 11 other meeting and board rooms that boast of state of the art facilities. A few new-fangled food and beverage concepts were also introduced including the Japanese restaurant UMU, which was among the four top finalists of the Hotel World Global Hospitality and Design Award given by Hotel Design magazine in Las Vegas, Nevada. Other restaurants include the world-renowned Benjarong Royal Thai restaurant, the European-Italian TOSCA restaurant with an award-winning wine lists praised by the Wine Spectator Magazine 3 years in a row, the fully-renovated all-day dining restaurant Basix, Lobby Lounge, Dusit Gourmet and Fiesta San Miguel.

“We could have easily repainted the façade with its usual neutral color. That could have been easier, less complicated. But then again, this property breathes bespoke product and service, in and out. The color scheme that we chose is indeed a statement of the property’s commitment to delivering quality that redefines industry standards”, ended Kumar.

Aside from the sophisticated and systematically implemented color design of the façade that embodies the property’s culture and brand credo, Dusit Thani Manila also boasts of its 538 guests rooms and suites, seven food and beverage outlets, 11 meeting and banqueting rooms ideal for up to 1,300 persons, comprehensive state-of-the art facilities, award winning spa, fully equipped fitness center and two swimming pools.

Dusit Thani Manila is located in the heart of Ayala Center, Makati City Philippines. For inquiries, call 867333, e-mail or visit

Monday, June 21, 2010


Manila, Philippines – Dusit Thani Manila is launching its 2nd ‘My Grandest Dusit Thani Manila Experience’ Blog Writing Contest this year. With the successful response from last year’s launching which was won by Ms. Frances Haw, Dusit Thani Manila now makes the said contest an annual competition to all their valued customers.

Awarded as the Best City Hotel in Manila by TTG Asia Travel Awards, Dusit Thani Manila has yet to offer more reinvented facilities, restaurants and service to its valued customers. In its 2nd year, ‘My Grandest Dusit Thani Manila Experience’ Blog Writing Contest will serve as the medium for all the patrons of Dusit Thani Manila to voice out their most amazing hotel experience.

“When people say it’s a Dusit Thani brand, it is basically the promise to deliver a unique experience for its guests by using the gifts of heaven to create heaven on earth That is why, we would like to invite all our beloved costumers to join Dusit Thani Manila’s ‘My Grandest Dusit Thani Experience’ Blog Writing Contest Year 2. By coming up with this competition, our guests are given an exciting venue to share their personal insights and first-hand experience with us. This is for me one of the boldest steps an organization can take to continually challenge its level of excellence”, shares general manager Prateek Kumar.

Want to share your grandest experience at Dusit Thani Mania? Guests who availed of an overnight stay in any of the hotel’s room category from June 1, 2010 – June 1, 2011 are entitled to join the contest and create as many blog entries as they can using their own personal blogsites. Blog entries must have a minimum of 200 words and must include the guest’s enlivening journey at Dusit Thani Manila, supporting photos taken during the stay and other details such as date of stay, room number and name of registered guest.

Entries will be judged based on style, content and uniqueness of the blog. Only three entries will be chosen and will get a chance to win luxurious prizes.

“After last year’s overwhelming response from our very happy guests who witnessed firsthand the difference Dusit Thani Manila does make in bringing truly memorable experiences, we decided it’s worth another run. We take all the insights from our guests by heart and derive inspiration from our efforts that made a truly lasting impression to them. After all, our only aim is to make our guests happy.” said Kumar.

For more information and to send official blog entries, email Dusit Thani Manila at or call 867-3333.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


He is known to have a lot of different names and identities like chaser of the bogeyman, a doctor, the exterminator (of insects and bugs), the chauffeur, toy finder, the teacher, nanny, chef, the bodyguard, playmate, clown, storyteller and sometimes….sshh… santa claus.

But whatever hat he wears, he will always first and foremost be a Dad. And so, this Father’s Day, be the ‘giver’ by treating him to a hearty spread of international dishes at the Special Sunday Family Crossover Brunch at Dusit Thani Manila. Relish moments beyond compare with the family and enjoy buffet hopping from one restaurant to another to savor the authentic Thai, Japanese, European-Italian and International cuisines prepared by the four specialty restaurants.

Plus! Dads dining for the Sunday Family Crossover Brunch on June 20 will receive give-aways courtesy of the hotel’s partners: Pagcor, Procter & Gamble, San Miguel Coffee, Schick, Summit Media.

Dads will also have a chance to win exciting prizes like golf caps from Bravo Golf, Davidoff Adventure perfumes from Luxasia, white wines from Marks & Spencer, premium items from Toby’s Sports House and Pagcor in the pick-a-prize corner.

The Sunday Family Crossover Brunch starts from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and priced at Php1,450 nett per person. 50% off for kids age 6-12 years old and is free for 5 years old and below. Kids will also enjoy the ‘Kids Zone’ where different activities await them every Sunday.

‘Father’s Day Essay Writing Contest Exhibit’
View the entries of the ‘Why is your Dad the Best Dad in the World’ essay writing contest on display at the hotel lobby from June 13 to June 30, sent by kids age 15 years old & below and find out which essay won the hearts of the judges.

‘Weekends with Dad’ Room Package’
Time spent with Dad is never the same. Make it extra special by availing Dusit Thani Manila’s ‘Weekends with Dad’ room package. Cuddle up and enjoy an overnight stay in a comfy Deluxe room and start the morning with a power breakfast for two at Basix. Visit Devarana Spa and get a 20% discount when you avail the spa’s a la carte treatments. All these for only Php6,000 nett per room per night.

A surprise gift from Powerbooks awaits Dads availing of the room package which is valid on June 12 to 14, June 19 to 21 and June 26 to 28.

For inquiries and reservations, please call 867-3333.