The Pinoy Traveler

Ultimate Guide for Budget Traveler and Adventure Seeker

After months of quarantine, I’m sure you’re itching to get out of your home. You want a place where you can chill and relax.  Well, the best...

After months of quarantine, I’m sure you’re itching to get out of your home. You want a place where you can chill and relax.  Well, the best place to visit near the Metro is Tagaytay. 



Recently, we visited Tagaytay to enjoy the cold weather and to visit some of the instagrammable cafes. Our first stop was to check-in at Berrie Suites Hotel. It’s a Zen Rooms budget-friendly accommodation near Picnic Grove and People's Park in the Sky. This property is located in Tagaytay - Calamba Road just a few steps from Olivares Rotonda and Fora Mall.   




Berrie Suites Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, a shared lounge, private parking, and a restaurant with a majestic view of Taal Volcano. 





Upon entering the property, the reception staff asked to fill out the health declaration form to make sure we're not sick. This will also serve as contact tracing. She also asked for our booking reference number from Zen Rooms and a valid id. No worries, there's no required swab test or health certificate to enter Tagaytay and the hotel. 



Our air-conditioned room comes with two queen-size beds, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a table, and chairs. It has also a private bathroom that comes with fresh white towels, a hot and cold shower, and complimentary soap and shampoo. The hotel strictly follows the health safety protocols. The room was cleaned and sanitized. Room rates start for as low as P1800 per night, good for two pax. 




If you are planning to bring your family and friends to Tagaytay, Berrie Suite Hotel has rooms for family and barkada. It has a private room that’s good for 4 people and a dormitory type room that’s good for 8 persons. I recommend booking this room as early as now because it is very in demand especially during weekends and holidays. So if you are looking for an affordable hotel in Tagaytay, ZenRooms Berrie Suites Hotel is the place to be. 


To book a room, you may visit this website at https://www.zenrooms.com/hotel/berrie-suites-hotel-9641 and use the code: PINOYTRAVELER to get big discounts.



During our stay in Tagaytay, we visited the new coffee shop named Ruined Project?, located along Crosswinds Drive, Tagaytay. It’s one of the Coffee Project's concept cafés featuring well-designed wooden furniture, rustic light fixtures, unique installations, and beautiful plants. From fresh brewed coffee, pastries, pastas, to refreshing beverages, Ruined Project? has something to offer for different types of customers.



Another café that you must visit is the Greenhouse Café. It’s a perfect hangout place for plantitos and plantitas of Manila. This café is surrounded by big leafy greens and photos of well-known animals. The food was taste good but a bit pricey. 



To complete your Tagaytay escapade, don't forget to eat hot bulalo. And if you are looking for the best bulalo in Tagaytay, you may visit the Mahogany Market Bulalo,  Leslie Bulalo, Jaytee’s Filipino Cuisine, and Balay Dako. 


How to Book Berrie Suites Hotel via ZEN Rooms (with discount code)


1. Visit zenrooms.com and search for Berrie Suites Hotel or visit this link to directly go to Berrie Suites Hotel booking page.

2. Select your preferred dates and number of guest.

3. Select your preferred room and hit BOOK NOW.

4. Put your name and other details and pay using your selected payment method.

5. On check out, click Add Voucher Code  to get your 15% discount, and use the voucher code: PINOYTRAVELER .

6. You will receive a ZEN Room’s confirmation  vial email for your booking. Make sure to save the booking number because the hotel required it before checking in. Always bring a valid ID. 



If you are planning to visit any destination in the Philippines, you can still use my code: PINOYTRAVELER to get big discounts. Download the Zen Rooms app via PlayStore or AppStore free of charge.




Cebu Pacific, the Philippines' leading carrier, expands its domestic footprint with the commencement of direct flights between Manila an...

Cebu Pacific, the Philippines' leading carrier, expands its domestic footprint with the commencement of direct flights between Manila and Surigao every Saturday, beginning January 16, 2021. The Manila-Surigao route will be operated by wholly owned subsidiary Cebgo using its fleet of ATR aircraft. 



To mark the launch of this new route, seats on CEB's Manila-Surigao flights will be sold for as low as PHP499 base fare until January 31, 2021. Travel period is from January 16 to April 30, 2021.


The Cebgo flight from Manila departs at 9:55AM, and arrives in Surigao at 12:15PM; while its return flight leaves the Surigao Airport at 12:35PM and arrives in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 2:55PM.  


“We are very pleased to launch this direct flight between Manila and Surigao as we believe this will contribute to the recovery of the travel and tourism industry. There is pent up demand for travel and this direct connection will allow both residents and tourists alike to fly to and from Surigao conveniently starting next year, be it for leisure or business purposes,” said Candice Iyog, CEB Vice President for Marketing and Customer Experience.


Apart from this new route, CEB also announces the resumption of its direct Cebu-Surigao route every Tuesday, beginning January 12, 2021. Seats on this flight are also on sale for as low as PHP 299 one-way base fare.


The Province of Surigao del Norte requires arriving tourists to present a negative RT-PCR (swab) test result taken at least 48 hours before departure, a confirmed hotel booking for at least 15 days in a DOT-accredited facility, a printed copy of Surigao del Norte's Provincial Health e-FORM, and a valid identification card.


To date, Cebu Pacific operates flights to and from 30 domestic and five (5) international destinations. CEB has been rated 7/7 stars by airlineratings.com for its COVID-19 compliance as it continues to implement a multi-layered approach to safety, in accordance with global aviation standards. These include contactless procedures, thorough cleaning and disinfection protocols for all aircraft and facilities, mandatory wearing of masks and face shields for both passengers and crew, as well as Antigen testing for CEB frontliners before duty.  On top of these, our aircraft are also equipped with hospital-grade HEPA filters with 99.99% efficacy, keeping viruses at bay.  


For a list of travel requirements, testing options, flexibility options and frequently asked questions, passengers are encouraged to visit https://bit.ly/CEBFlightReminders.

RedDoorz , Southeast Asia's largest and fastest-growing online hotel management and booking platform, today announced its HygienePass ce...

RedDoorz, Southeast Asia's largest and fastest-growing online hotel management and booking platform, today announced its HygienePass certified hotels are now accepting  domestic travelers.





In the recent webinar, RedDoorz Philippines gathered members of the press and bloggers to discuss the importance of Hygiene Pass Certification in the hospitality industry. They shared that HygienePass aims to boost travelers’ confidence in hotels. RedDoorz also said it has been able to get onboard over100 HygienePass certified hotels across the country.


RedDoorz’s HygienePass certified hotels are keeping a close monitoring of the health of all their hotel staff and guests, actively maintaining physical sanitation of the hotels’ premises. The rigorous hygiene and sanitation protocols are strictly implemented in their properties to keep every FIlipino worry-free and risk-free during the whole duration of their leisure travels. 


Dr. Renzo Guinto, MD., DrPh, HygienePass’ Consultant and one of the prominent public health physicians in the country has supported RedDoorz not only through the certification process but also in pushing HygienePass as a travel must-have in the Philippines.


“It’s very interesting to see how RedDoorz, a brand known in the affordable hotels category, is becoming the largest new-age hospitality company today. With the efforts they have put through with this programme for the past six months and how we’ve been keeping an eye on the Filipinos’ conscious health and safety requirements, HygienePass is the real deal as it brings out the new clean promise of the new normal era… I can assure you that we’ve seen how it shifted to being one of the top travel must-haves!” Dr. Guinto said.


Since local tourism has been opened in selected areas like Batangas, Baguio, and Palawan, RedDoorz also provides enjoyable stays in these areas because of the new clean promise that is assured by the HygienePass certification.


Other hotels in key cities and destinations that have been HygienePass certified are in Metro Manila, Laguna, Cebu, Davao, Gensan, and Pampanga. All these hotels that have passed the certification will have the HygienePass logo sealed in their profiles which can be easily seen in the RedDoorz application. 


Now that the government is now pushing for the revival of tourism in the country, by reopening selected areas, more and more travelers are looking for safe spaces amid the COVID-19. Miguel Capistrano III, Country Manager for RedDoorz Philippines, commented: “Being one of the budget hotel brands that has the most locations around the country, providing a safe haven for local travelers where they can leave their worries outside the hotel is our top priority. Through HygienePass, we can help in revitalizing the hotel and travel industry as we move forward together.”


So rest easy on your next travels in the country because RedDoorz has got you safely covered with HygienePass certified hotels! Hurry and book now with the promo code NEWCLEAN to get 20% off! 


You may find the HygienePass certified hotels on the RedDoorz app. Get it on Google Play and Apple Store. 

Great news to all travelers! I found a new domestic airline that will take you to your dream destinations around the Philippines with ease a...

Great news to all travelers! I found a new domestic airline that will take you to your dream destinations around the Philippines with ease and quality service. Let me introduce Sunlight Air. It’s the newest player in Philippine aviation that aims to strengthen domestic tourism with routes that seamlessly connect to Palawan, Siargao, Cebu, Bohol and Boracay.




In the recent online launch, Sunlight Air announced that they are now ready to #BringWarmthtotheSkies with stringent COVID-19 ensures in place and a better and newly improved air travel experience.  It aims to give comfort and warmth to every passenger’s trip. 


Besides flying with comfort and warm Filipino hospitality, Sunlight Air further changes the aviation game by giving all its passengers access to an in-flight entertainment system. With this, passengers can access high-quality premium content such as movies, music, news, magazine, games and more in full high-definition, 1080-pixel format.


The airline also shared its first-ever travel bubble package in partnership with Asia Pacific Travel and Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort (SETIR). Asia Pacific Travel is the official travel agency of Sunlight Air, while SETIR is one of the biggest privately-owned island resorts located in Culion, Palawan.


If you want to experience the beauty of Palawan, you can avail the "Fly, Stay & Dine", a private Island Gateaway.  The package includes roundtrip airfare from Manila to Busuanga, Palawan, and vice versa via Sunlight Air. A four-day and three-night accommodation for two in one of SETIR’s overwater villas inclusive of daily breakfast at Sun Cafe; roundtrip land and boat transfers from Busuanga Airport to the island and vice versa; one-time spa treatment at the Sanctuary Spa; one-time lunch or dinner by the beach; and P4,000 worth of food and beverage voucher.


Sunlight Air was established on 22 July 2019 with three ATR 72-500 aircraft in its fleet. The company was set to launch last March 2020 but the onslaught of the pandemic has delayed their plans. Now that the right time has finally come, this domestic airline is ready to #BringingWarmthtotheSkies safely.


To know more about Sunlight Air, please visit their website at www.sunlightair.ph

The “Hinahanap-Hanap Kita Manila” online concert held last December 13 was a resounding hit! Aiming to promote Manila’s cultural heritage si...

The “Hinahanap-Hanap Kita Manila” online concert held last December 13 was a resounding hit! Aiming to promote Manila’s cultural heritage sites, the highly anticipated virtual concert succeeded in taking both local and international audiences at the edge of their seats for a unique and totally breath-taking spectacle.



Hundreds of thousands of viewers of “Hinahanap-Hanap Kita Manila’s” live online broadcast were thrilled to watch and listen to great local artists perform the groundbreaking Manila sound of Hotdog, at different Manila heritage sites. Bras Pas Pas Pas Pas and Bing Austria performed the song “Annie Batungbakal” at the intimately charming Paco Park, Raymund Marasigan and Yeng Constantino gave an animated performance of the song “Beh, Buti Nga” at the Museo Pambata, Bea Lorenzo showed off the walled city of Intramuros as she sang “Langit Na Naman”, and Nicole Laurel Asensio provided an elegant rendition of Hotdog’s “Panaginip” at the gloriously restored Jones Bridge.  Equally magnificent were Ebe Dancel and Blaster Silonga who serenaded viewers with the Hotdog classic “Ikaw ang Miss Universe” at the National Planetarium. Gary V and Armi Millare regaled audiences with the Hotdog standard “Manila” at Rizal Park, Luneta and,Team Vibe dancers who performed to “Bongga Ka ‘Day” at Manila City Hall’s Kartilya ng Katipunan, Lagusnilad and Kapetolyo in the finale. The mastering of the music was made possible by Rubber Inc and the foundation of all the songs, instruments, and arrangements were played by Bras Pas Pas Pas Pas, who also performed their rendition of “Una Sa Lahat”, “Pandesal Sa Umaga” and their own original tribute to Manila sound, “Disko Na.”


The music videos presented at the concert’s satellite locations were creatively directed by Juno Oebanda, RA Rivera, Paolo Valenciano, Jason Tan, Alco Guerrero and Quark Henares. The concert was produced by Juno Oebanda, Dindin Araneta and Jezreel Apelar with Department of Tourism Culture and  Arts of Manila Chief Charlie Duñgo and National Parks Development Committee Executive Director Cecille Lorenzana Romero at the helm. 


Tourism and the creative industry has been one of the hardest hit sectors of the economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But with the support of the Department of Tourism, Tourism Promotions Board Philippines, City of Manila,  Juancare Foundation Inc., and Viva Music Publishing Inc. working together with the Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts of Manila (DTCAM), National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), Intramuros Administration (IA), National Museum of the Philippines (NMP), Nayong PIlipino Foundation (NPF), and Museo Pambata to mount concerts like “Hinahanap-Hanap Kita Manila”, revitalizing the Philippine tourism sector is well within grasp.


If you missed “Hinahanap-Hanap Kita Manila” or simply can’t get enough of it, check out the entire concert by visiting this link


Rebuilding passenger trust and confidence through three-step approach   Cebu Pacific (CEB) continues to inspire everyJuan to travel again as...

Rebuilding passenger trust and confidence through three-step approach 


Cebu Pacific (CEB) continues to inspire everyJuan to travel again as it launches its trademark piso sale from December 10 to 12, 2020. This 3-day #CEBSuperSeatFest offers flights to ALL domestic and international destinations on sale for as low as PHP 1 one-way base fare, for travel from August 1 to November 30, 2021.



“A lot of us are looking forward to experiencing the wonders of travel again, especially now that we are seeing more domestic destinations reopen its doors for tourists. We firmly believe the holiday season is the perfect time to share this gift with everyJuan,” said Candice Iyog, CEB vice-president for Marketing & Customer Experience.


We encourage guests to use their Travel Funds to book new flights. Online payments will be accepted on all three days, while payment center options will be made available starting the second day.


Three-step approach to boosting travel confidence: Sanitation & Safety, Track & Trace, Testing




In this environment where health is part of safety, the Philippines’ leading carrier has introduced new sanitation procedures to ensure that the needs of its customers are addressed so everyJuan will be able to confidently travel again. In order to kickstart travel and tourism, CEB strictly follows three key steps: sanitation, tracing, and testing. 


CEB’s 7-star COVID Safety Rating 


CEB strictly implements its multi-layered approach to safety, in accordance with global aviation standards, to ensure guests travel with peace of mind. This includes extensive daily disinfection of aircraft, frequent cleaning of passenger surfaces at the airport and inflight, coupled with the presence of hospital-grade High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters onboard that are proven to eliminate 99.99% of viruses. 


These are on top of CEB’s enhanced self-service online channels that enable guests to easily manage their flights online, as well as update pertinent information that may be required upon entry to a destination. Contactless Flight procedures are also in place, such as boarding pass scanning, mandatory online check-in and self-bag tagging capabilities. 


DOTr’s Traze App


The Department of Transportation has recently launched a unified contact tracing app for the aviation industry and all other transport sectors. This requires people transiting through all airports in the Philippines to register in the app called “Traze,” and scan QR codes at designated areas in the airports.  


CEB commends the DOTr for launching this single platform as the carrier believes this will result in a more efficient tracing initiative. CEB has been sending constant reminders to its employees and passengers to ensure everyJuan is informed of this requirement, which aims to make travel safe for all.


Affordable testing options 


A number of local destinations currently require negative RT-PCR test results prior to entry, that is why CEB has made sure the journey remains affordable and hassle-free for everyJuan. Passengers booked on Cebu Pacific and Cebgo can easily choose and book appointments with any of its three partner laboratories via https://bit.ly/CEBFlightReminders for only PHP 3,300.




CEB has also recently piloted its Test Before Boarding (TBB) process for passengers flying direct from Manila to General Santos City for a two-week trial period until December 14, 2020. This initiative is the first of its kind in the country, allowing passengers to conveniently have their antigen tests administered at the NAIA Terminal 3 just hours before their estimated time of departure. Results are released within 30 minutes, and only those holding negative test results will be allowed to board the flight. 


“All these collaborative efforts are testaments of how achievable goals are when we all work together – we are positive our industry will heal and rise as one in no time so #EveryJuanWillFlyAgain,” added Iyog. 


For a list of travel requirements, testing options, flexibility options and frequently asked questions, passengers are encouraged to visit cebupacificair.com  

If you are planning to hang out with your love ones or friends in the city of Makati, there's a new place in Poblacion that provides exc...

If you are planning to hang out with your love ones or friends in the city of Makati, there's a new place in Poblacion that provides exceptional accommodation experience and palette-enlivening food and drink. Let me introduce the Unwnd Lux Hostel.



Unwnd Lux Hostel is one of the newest hostels in Makati featuring with design-minded architecture, laid-back atmosphere, cozy rooms, instagrammable restaurant and a rooftop lounge with the view of Ayala’s high rise buildings.



On this blog, we will talk about their restaurant and rooftop lounge as well as their food and drink. 



The hostel is located in General Luna Street in Poblacion, just around 10 minutes ride from the Philippines' financial and business district. You will surely notice the building because of its big and bright mural. It’s an impressive artwork.




Due to the pandemic, Unwnd strictly follows the health and safety protocol to make sure their guests are protected from the virus.  The guard checked first our temperature and asked us to scan the QR code for contract tracing. You will see a lot of sign boards telling its guests about wearing their face mask and face shield at all times, proper handwashing and observe social distancing.





Upon the entering the property, we're wowed with its restaurant adorned with eye-catching decorations. It’s a vibrant and pleasing restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The hostel receptionists were very friendly and hospitable, making sure we’re assisted properly.



The restaurant offers a spacious dining area. It has lots of wooden tables paired with rattan chairs and a comfy floral couch on the side of the bar.  We ordered their best selling Chicken Oats Caldo. It’s made up of oatmeal, hard- boiled egg, tofu, pork meat, and many more. This unique dish excited me to eat.  I’m very vocal to my friends that one of my favorite food is congee ( lugaw). Yes, you read it right! I’m not very picky when it comes to food. 




At night, the best place to chill is in the rooftop lounge. It captures the ambiance of cozy bar and lounge.  The bar serves beer, wine, and cocktails. The place is surrounded with colorful beanbags and throw pillows. The jacuzzi with beach chairs is an enjoyable spot while drinking your favorite cocktails. Their music is not that loud so everyone can hear each other. The place also offers several board games.




Try their signature cocktails. We ordered the The Pob and Wyp delight. These drinks were fresh and refreshing. The alcohol content was just right to make us feel a little tipsy. 






If you feel hungry, fret not. The bar offers special dishes. We tried the Drunken Shrimp, and Beef Salpicao. We loved it! We will try other best-seller dishes when we return to this awesome hostel. The rootop lounge is truly a great place for people who are looking for fun and cool bar in the evening. 



Over all, Unwnd Lux Hostel is a great place to eat and drink in Poblacion. Whether you like to dine in or drink your favorite beer, Unwind will surely provide you an exceptional dining experience. I can't wait to go back here with my friends. 



Room types


Unwnd Lux Hostels offers  private shared room with a comfy queen bed and a double bed. Each rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, design-forward furniture, fine sheets, cloud-soft pillows, and luxury amenities. 


The hostel has also generously-sized and comfortable bunk beds equipped with integrated lockers to secure your belongings, USB outlets for your gadgets, reading, and ambient lighting, plus privacy screens. The bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with vanity counter space, dispensed amenities, and a changing vestibule in the shower area. 


Other services and facilities


24 hours reception, 24 hours security, Spa Room, housekeeping, toilet and bath, bathroom amenities such as shampoo, lotion and soap, bottled water and room service. 


For more information about Unwnd. Lux Hostel, you may visit their website at www.unwndluxhostel.com or you may follow them on their Facebook page

The Department of Tourism (DOT) partners with Mystery Manila for an online mystery tour of the Philippines titled, “Where in the Philippines...

The Department of Tourism (DOT) partners with Mystery Manila for an online mystery tour of the Philippines titled, “Where in the Philippines is Sam San Mateo?” The gamified virtual tour employs actual tour guides, stationed in select destinations across the country, to lead the game through video streaming.




Participants can play as virtual tourists as they visit famous landmarks and destinations in the Philippines to find helpful clues that will reveal the next destination and further their quest to track down Sam San Mateo, the game’s fictional travel vlogger.


This virtual tour offers a fun and safe way to discover the beauty and charm of the Philippines’ 7,641 islands: the historic cities, enchanting sunsets, picture-perfect beaches with crystal clear waters, or extraordinary mountain views all from the comfort of their computers. 


The highly interactive 60 to 90-minute tour will allow players to see and remember just why #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines by immersing themselves in the next best thing to physical travel. Players can interact with locals through the live tour guides, participate in local activities, and contribute to choices that will affect the tour’s outcome for a unique and entertaining experience.


The game will be free to the public and open to all players on all Sundays of December, beginning on the 6th. Players may join the following game schedules: 10:00 am, 12:00 nn, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. Interested participants may register through this link: https://forms.gle/ZEs6potqSLf47BJY9.


You may also book a private game, just for your family and friends. Interested participants can book via https://booknow.mysterymanila.com.

For more information about the Philippines, visit philippines.travel/safetrip or download the DOT’s official app at app.philippines.travel.


Are you planning on going on a beach holiday soon? If so, you’ll need to take the right luggage with you. In this post, we run through all t...

Are you planning on going on a beach holiday soon? If so, you’ll need to take the right luggage with you. In this post, we run through all the essentials that no beach-hungry tourist would be seen on a plane without. 

Let’s get stuck in, shall we? 



Windbreak


Have you ever noticed that it is a heck of a lot windier at the beach than it is anywhere else you usually go? That’s because there’s nothing to stop the wind from battering you as it comes off the ocean. 


Experienced beach holidaymakers always go to their favorite white sand locations prepared with a windbreak. These days, they’re no longer big, bulky things you have to hammer into the ground with a mallet. You can now get handy travel versions that pop up like makeshift tents and fold away neatly. 


Sunglasses


If you’re planning on spending a day on the beach, then good sunglasses are essential. You want shades that will not only make you look cool but also block out the sun. 


Eyeglasses.com says that round sunglasses are in fashion right now. Their orb-like shape creates a kind of mystique and gets you in the holiday spirit. But there are plenty of options available, even for the fussiest of travelers. Just make sure that the glasses you take have proper UV protection. Dark glass isn’t enough. 


Swim Suit


No beach vacay is complete without a swimsuit, says smartertravel.com. If you’re heading to a tropical destination, you’ll undoubtedly want to take a dip in the sea and test the waters for yourself. Be sure to pack one that makes you feel comfortable. 


Goggles

Speaking of swimming in the sea, you might also want to take a pair of goggles with you. Unlike lakes, the sea has high salt content, which can irritate your eyes if you’re sensitive. Goggles prevent any water from getting in, stopping them from becoming bloodshot. 


Sarong


Sometimes you want to cover up a bit, especially when you head inland to grab an ice cream. Don’t forget to pack a sarong - a lightweight piece of fabric you can pull over yourself when the need arises. 


Umbrella


Yes - it’s unlikely that it’s going to rain on your scorching hot beach holiday, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid taking your umbrella. 


This time around, your umbrella is for protecting you against the sun. Remember, even the thickest sunscreen can’t always protect your skin from damage during the middle of the day. Taking an umbrella keeps you safe and provides some shade when things get hot. 


Camera


Sunsets over the beach look fantastic. So do sunrises, for that matter. Don’t forget to take your camera with you so that you can capture these magical moments for posterity. Just be sure you bring a travel case if you use a DSLR to protect it. 


Water Bottle


If it is hot weather, you’ll need to keep yourself hydrated as much as possible. Taking a water bottle with you is helpful, particularly if you don’t want to walk all the way to the bar. 

Starting every day with coffee is more than a routine. Perhaps now more than ever, it opens a fresher day and is a link to the familiar. As ...

Starting every day with coffee is more than a routine. Perhaps now more than ever, it opens a fresher day and is a link to the familiar.


As Starbucks Philippines navigates through the new normal, the company announced the nationwide availability of Mobile Order and Pay on iOS and Android devices, a new feature of their popular mobile app that allows customers to place and pay for their order in advance and pick it up at any Starbucks store. Following the successful launch of the new Starbucks Rewards program, mobile ordering is the company’s latest digital innovation providing Starbucks Rewards members a contactless alternative for getting their favorite beverage. 


“The app is the easiest place to find a store, order ahead and make a payment using your Starbucks Rewards account. Bringing Mobile Order & Pay to customers is about meeting their needs for convenience and safety, while still providing an exceptional store experience,” said Keith Cole, head of Marketing, Starbucks Philippines.


To make the experience even more enjoyable, Starbucks Rewards members can redeem rewards and collect Stars through Mobile Order & Pay. 


Earn E-Stickers

Starbucks Rewards members who login to their account and join the Starbucks Christmas Traditions promotion will earn e-stickers on eligible mobile orders. E-stickers will be credited to their Starbucks Rewards account, which they can use to redeem the 2021 Starbucks Planners & Organizers.

 

Order ahead

After opening the app and logging in to their Starbucks Rewards account, customers must simply tap on “Order”, choose and customize their beverage, select the stores nearest them and pay using their Starbucks Rewards account. The app estimates wait time. When their order is ready, the customer can breeze in at the pickup area and ask a barista for their freshly made beverage.  


Enjoy the fastest, most fun and rewarding way to order at Starbucks with the new Starbucks Rewards Mobile Order & Pay. Download the Starbucks PH app (via App Store™ or Google Play) and sign up for Rewards to order on-the-go. 


Starbucks finally unveiled the much awaited 2021 Planners and Organizers on Monday, November 2. I'm very excited to show you the awesome...

Starbucks finally unveiled the much awaited 2021 Planners and Organizers on Monday, November 2. I'm very excited to show you the awesome design of these paper products and how you can avail them. Featuring four (4) Philippine-exclusive designs, the new Starbucks Planners and Organizers serve as a fresh canvas for people to chronicle dreams, hopes, and whims, as they Carry The Merry into a brighter year ahead.



Carry The Merry is an invitation of Starbucks for people to celebrate life’s gratefulness through things that joyfully transpire. Through the pages of this year’s planners and organizers, people who have evolved with the brand are given an ode, that they may find a deeper connection with the Starbucks Experience.



Starbucks Siren (Green) Planner

Marking a friendly and familiar face, Starbucks shares its tradition of coffee-making mastery through its iconic Siren. It paints a picture of its wonderful journey in delivering the best-tasting coffee, from the sourcing of the beans, to the serving in one’s cup. The 2021 Starbucks Philippines Planner in the brand’s signature green color comes in a hardbound recycled PU (synthetic) leather cover, with meticulous details of the mythical Siren debossed on its front cover.



Starbucks Teavana™ Youthberry (Yellow) Planner

The Starbucks Teavana™ sets the trail for a fun, modern spin on tea-drinking. It’s fun and fruity flavors are inspired by traditions from many cultures, as well as a fun, modern, Western spin on tea-drinking, with the aim of giving zest to people’s vibrant and joyful passions. Bringing more colors to people’s lives, the 2021 Starbucks Teavana™ Youthberry Planner arrives in a fresh yellow hue. It features intrinsic details of the Siren Tail in gold, embossed on its recycled PU leather cover.

As the brand introduces this year’s much-awaited planners, Starbucks stays true to its commitment to supporting sustainable movements. The pages of the Starbucks Siren and Starbucks Teavana™ Youthberry Planners are produced with eco-friendly paper in a facility certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) — an independent, non-profit organization to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.



Starbucks Frappuccino® Coral Pink Organizer (with multifunctional carrier)

If there’s any beverage that gets people creative in expressing their truest selves, it would have to be the Frappuccino. This delicious and creamy blend fuses multiple indulgent flavors that make the best sip of the season. The Starbucks Frappuccino® Organizer in coral pink pops in a posh and youthful color with a sleek multifunctional carrier laced by a premium rose gold Starbucks logo zipper pull.

It consists of several built-in pockets where people can conveniently place their IDs, credit cards, Starbucks Cards and even hand sanitizers, enabling them to house their essentials as they deliver on their state of play.



Starbucks Reserve® Black Organizer (with multifunctional carrier)

Exquisite coffees are the heart and soul of Starbucks Reserve®. Through rare coffees and a plethora of beverage platforms, Starbucks underscores its commitment to pursuing great craftsmanship and innovation when it comes to coffee-making.

The 2021 Starbucks Reserve® Black Organizer is grounded on the first-rate quality of its premium coffee lineup. It dawns on a classic black color that exudes a minimalistic yet elevated feel for Starbucks customers. Take it with you as your lifestyle companion that houses your essential items.




All of this year’s planners and organizers come with more blank pages to fill so people who love to journal, write, or draw, can satisfy the creative junkie in them. To complement all the unique features of the 2021 Starbucks Planners and Organizers, each choice provides a bookmark, a set of fun and colorful stickers, along with tear-off vouchers that people can use throughout the year as they spend it with Starbucks.

“To many, Starbucks is a reassurance that the holiday is here. It has always been part of festivities with its rich mix of familiar and new flavors. And while our celebrations sing a different tune this year, our goal is to ignite a spark of joy and hope in people. This time around, we bring an invitation to carry the merry, little by little, and inspire people to share moments of joy,” says Jo-Ann Ramos, Starbucks Philippines Marketing Manager.

Fill your year with heartwarming stories of hope and passion with the 2021 Starbucks Planner and Organizer. Get hold of the most-coveted items by collecting a total of 18 stickers using either the paper promo card or the e-promo card in Starbucks Philippines Mobile app, with one (1) sticker awarded for any purchase of a Tall, Grande, or Venti Starbucks® handcrafted beverage in-stores. The collection of stickers will start from November 3, 2020, to January 4, 2021 — in all Starbucks stores nationwide. Learn more about it here.

Starbucks Rewards members can also order their favorites via the Mobile Order & Pay feature of the app. Starting November 17, they can place their beverage orders using the Starbucks app or mobile device and claim them safely in-stores. To know more about how Starbucks ensures a safe ground for its customers, read their Safety Measures here.

We are still on the quarantine period and maybe some of you are wondering if Starbucks will continue to offer the Christmas Collection and ...

We are still on the quarantine period and maybe some of you are wondering if Starbucks will continue to offer the Christmas Collection and Starbucks Planners. The answer is YES! The much-awaited 2021 Starbucks planners and organizers will be available  soon in your favorite Starbucks store. 

While you are waiting for the launching of the 2021 Starbucks planners and journals, let me show first some of the featured merchandise, food and beverages to savor the flavors of Christmas. 



Let's start with the Starbucks Holiday Bling Cups. These must-have Iridescent Cold Cups will surely suit your dazzling look. With their textured surface and debossed logo, these new trendy colored cold cups are the perfect accessory to match the holiday vibe. Available in iridescent color of pink and rainbow hues for Php1,695



Another cool items to collect are the Starbucks Pearl Hot Cup, 16oz. Each cup has a glossy pearl effect to make drinking more festive & sparkling. Sanitized and ready to use. Available in Blue, Pink, Green and Silver for Php125 (each cup sold separately).



Starbucks also unveiled the Starbucks Copper Gem Collection. It’s a collection of glam minimalist look with unique shape and artwork in Matte black and glossy copper finish.



They will also offer Starbucks Home for the Holidays Collection. It features  a warm and cheerful home setting, celebrating the enchantment of holiday season with adorable furry dog & cat friends in a mix of classic red and green hues with a highlight of camel brown and white to bring holiday spirit to life. 



Let’s talk  now with their holiday beverages. Let's me begin with the Jolly Baked Apple Latte.  It’s creamy blend of Starbucks® signature espresso, steamed milk and spiced apples, the new Jolly Baked Apple Latte is a multi-sensory holiday delight. The Jolly Baked Apple Latte is topped with a whipped cream dome, a delicate drizzle of baked apple sauce and candied apple sprinkles for the perfect holiday touch.



There’s a returning favorite called TOFFEE NUT CRUNCH LATTE. It has comforting layers of buttery toffee nut balanced by subtle sweet notes of toasted nuts, Starbucks® signature espresso and velvety steamed milk. The beverage is finished with a whipped cream peak and a sprinkle of crunchy toffee nut topping. 



Another fan favorite is called the Peppermint Mocha. Inspired by the flavors of traditional holiday candies, the Peppermint Mocha is made with Starbucks® signature espresso and steamed milk, chocolatey mocha sauce and peppermint. Topped with whipped cream, mocha drizzle and candy cane pieces, this special holiday beverage is returning for the 18th year to celebrate the joys and flavors of the holiday season all over again.

These three featured beverages are available hot, iced or blended for P180/tall, P195/Grande and P210/Venti.

Aside from the holiday beverages Starbucks also unveiled its mouth-watering cakes and cookies that you will surely enjoy this holiday season.


Chocolate Crepe Cake


This holiday season, Starbucks will also offer the returning favorite, Chocolate Crepe Cake. It has Seventeen (17) layers of crêpe with smooth and creamy chocolate cream filling. It’s available for P200 per slice and P1600 for the whole cake. 


Apple Berry Crumble Cheesecake


One of their newest cakes is called Apple Berry Crumble Cheesecake. It’s smooth and creamy cheesecake loaded with apples, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and topped with butter crumbles. You can get this for P200 per slice and P2000 for the whole cake. 


Triple Chocolate Cake


Another one is the Triple Chocolate Cake. It’s made with Belgian chocolate. Layers of gooey brownie, rich chocolate cake, light vanilla cake, velvety dark and milk chocolate mousse then finished with dark, milks and white chocolate cream frosting. It’s available for P200 per slice and P1600 for the whole cake.


Holiday Coffee Cake


The last cake I’m going to introduce to you is called the Holiday Coffee Cake. It has layers of moist coffee cake, soft to chew meringue, smooth creamy coffee mousse finished with white chocolate cream icing. You can also get this P200 per slice and P1600 for the whole cake.




You will also enjoy these pastries like Chocolate Chip Overload Cookie, Chocolate Chip Doughnut, PBJ Doughnut, Prosciutto Cotto and Mozzarela Panzerotti, Mushroom Bun, Holiday Ham, Eggwhite, Cheese on Croissant Bun and Chicken Fajita Roll. 




This holiday season, Starbucks will also offer New Ready-to- Drink which is perfect for road trips, work from home and for gatherings. You can choose from  Starbucks Doubleshot Milky Espresso, Starbucks Doubleshot Dark Mocha, Starbucks Bottled Caramel Frappuccino and Starbucks Bottled Vanilla Frappucino.


Pricing and availability of 2021 Starbucks planners, organizers and Christmas cards will be unveiled on the 2nd of November.  Stay tuned on the blog for more updates


Catch the flavors of Christmas this season at Starbucks. To be updated about the 2021 Starbucks planners, organizers and other merchandisers, you may follow Starbucks Philippines Facebook page or visiting www.starbucks.ph.