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    Grateful for a Year Full of Great Stories

    Okada Manila Celebrates its 5th Year with Thanksgiving

Grateful for a Year Full of Great Stories
Grateful for a Year Full of Great Stories

The year seems to have zoomed by so fast, and before we knew it, 2021 is coming to a close, and Okada Manila is celebrating its fifth year! And what five years they were! “How do you measure a year?” as the song goes. For Okada Manila, each year is measured by stories of real people — our guests, team members, and collaborators. Countless stories, big and small, that began and continue in our rooms and halls, our gaming floor, our gardens, Cove Manila, and beyond.

We are grateful for each one of them. 

Thank you for your trust and for making Okada Manila a Safe Place 

The year 2021 is when the world began its transition from the disruption of the pandemic to the new normal. Okada Manila is proud of its team members who worked hard to ensure everyone’s health and safety so guests can book and stay in the resort with complete confidence. 

Our world-class 3T or the “True safe. True clean. True Heart.” campaign assured our guests and visitors of their safety during their stay at Okada Manila. For this, our team members underwent intensive health and safety training, plus fortified sanitation and disinfecting protocols throughout the property. 

Through their efforts, Okada Manila achieved its official status as a Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED® destination, awarded by Forbes Travel Guide and digital health leader Sharecare. This attests that Okada Manila is equipped with proper and comprehensive safety protocols that prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

After undergoing stringent inspections and assessments for our in-property hygiene and safety measures, we received the globally-recognized World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, in collaboration with the Department of Tourism that has also granted us the DOT Safety Seal.

Thank you for including us in your milestones

We at Okada Manila love celebrations and collaborations — from the deeply personal milestones like birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings, or just staycations for special days, to highly publicized and stylized photo shoots that we are a part of. 

Last Valentine’s Day, Okada Manila was part of one of the biggest romantic gestures to be shared on social media. Dr. Hayden Kho surprised his wife, Dr. Vicki Belo, with a romantic stay in Okada Manila’s 1,400-sqm Villa Coron. The couple was able to create new, great stories together with their daughter, Scarlet Snow.

Local and international publications also set, curated, and created their stories within our facilities. 

Metro.Style brought Atasha Muhlach to Okada Manila for her first-ever cover story and fashion shoot. Liza Soberano marked her 10th year in show business with an exclusive story with Metro and an edgy fashion shoot here. When veteran actor John Arcilla won Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival, Esquire also did his photoshoot here in Okada Manila to celebrate this amazing accomplishment. 

International fashion magazines turned to Okada Manila as well for their photoshoots. Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam’s cover shot in the Grand Ballroom featuring the Philippine beauty queens Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, Miss World 2013 Megan Young, and Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong was the talk of the town when it came out. Pia came back to Okada Manila just a few weeks later, this time for Vogue Italia’s avant-garde fashion spread, featuring the creations of the Kandama Collective. Okada Manila is the only Philippine integrated resort to have participated in a Vogue Italia shoot.

Okada Manila proved to be the favorite of beauty queens as we also hosted Miss World Philippines 2021’s beach beauty competition at the Cove Manila. 

Thank you for taking care of everything behind the scenes and beyond

In over a year of starts and stops because of the pandemic, Okada Manila stayed in top shape, thanks to the hardworking team members that ensured that everything was working and ready for our guests. Keeping the halls and rooms sparkling just as they have always been being a feat in itself. Receiving the Forbes 5-star rating for the second year in a row is a validation of our hotel team members’ excellent work.

Cheers to the meticulous maintenance staff that ensures Asia's only indoor pool and high-tech nightclub remains in top condition and is now the venue of BBQ by the Bay.

Okada Manila and its people proved their world-class quality once more. In a time when the hospitality industry drastically changed because of the pandemic, Okada Manila achieved its second 5-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide. All the hard work of the team members paid off and we are so grateful for their perseverance and unflagging excellence through the years. 

Thank you from our team members

Receiving recognition is great icing on the cake for the people who worked hard to achieve them. As part of our five-year history, our pastry chefs are grateful for being part of the team that has been winning a national pastry competition since 2019. This validation only drives them to always give the finest to our guests.

Our Corporate Marketing and Communications team is grateful that the 3T campaign won a prestigious Quill Award. 3T communicated the property’s health and safety protocols clearly and comprehensively to everyone, giving the public and Okada Manila’s team members a more cohesive sense of how Okada Manila ensures guests’ safety.

This year, Okada Manila also won the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association’s 7th Virtus Awards for the Most Resilient Business – Property Category. Okada Manila was also one of the finalists of the Marketing Campaign of the Year category for its 3T safety campaign. 

Most of all, our team members are grateful for the opportunity to help many people during the pandemic as part of Okada Manila’s CSR drives. Being part of Okada has increased their reach and amplified what they can do for the community. For PGH, Okada Manila, through The Okada Foundation, was able to purchase advanced medical equipment for cancer operations at UP-PGH and to send Philippine Doctors to the International University of Health and Welfare in Japan. For the Lung Center of the Philippines and the Philippine Heart Center, the Okada Foundation helped with improving their work for COVID-related care. Many communities in Region IVB, Region V, CAR, BARMM, Benguet, and Quezon Province also received food and medical supplies.

Above all, thank you for being with us

On our 5th anniversary, we are grateful for all our guests who have stayed, dined, and played with us. It continues to be our honor and pleasure to show Okada Manila’s unique blend of Filipino warmth and Japanese hospitality in a world-class destination. It’s our guests and patrons for the past five years that have kept our men and women motivated through all the ups and downs, especially in the past couple of years. 

Okada Manila looks forward to many more great stories as we all look forward to brighter days ahead.

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