Taking fitness to the next level
OH YES, IT'S JOHNNY! - Johnny Litton (The Philippine Star) - January 27, 2016 - 9:00am

Fitness enthusiasts have a new home at the new Options Studio, a Pilates and Movement studio at The Bellevue Manila, a five-star hotel in the southern metro.

The fitness center, located at The Bellevue’s Azurea Spa, offers a wide variety of exercise and rehabilitation methods depending on the needs of each client.

Gracing the event were Options Studio founder Ole Eugenio and The Bellevue Hotels and Resorts (BH&R) team led by chairman Johnny Chan, The Bellevue Manila managing director Patrick Chan, B Hotels managing director Ryan Chan and The Bellevue Resort managing director Dustin Chan.

Congratulations and more power to The Bellevue Manila and Options Studio!

(For inquiries, call 771-8181 and 553-3314 or visit www.thebellevue.com and www.options-studio.ph.)

(Seated, front row) Tessie Tan, birthday celebrators Abeth Yu and Ayna Ong, Elsa Ang and Arlene Chan; (standing from left) Linda Nocom, Linda Yu, Josie Go and Alexis Go.


A double ‘A’ celebration

Exclusivity, terrific ambiance and excellent cuisine are just some of the prerequisites for a fitting venue that can accommodate a high-end event. Such was the case for a group of friends who went on a search to surprise lovely ladies Abeth Yu and Ayna Ong for their joint birthday celebration; and the unanimous choice was EDSA Shangri-La Manila’s Italian restaurant Paparazzi.

The restaurant’s sophisticated interiors, the very best of Italian fare and a solicitous staff were perfect for the special party led by LetLet Taleon Go and her husband Henry Cocabo. It was one of the more enjoyable evenings your columnist has experienced.

The select group of people who love the celebrators and enjoy close relationships with the other guests created such an enjoyable evening for the two wonderful ladies and their peers.

Looking forward to many more birthdays!

(From left) Vicky Kim, Annie Lam, The Peninsula Manila resident manager Yves Thoma, Rustan Commercial Corp. and SSI Group chairman and CEO Nedy Tantoco, The Peninsula Manila director of style and special projects Stephanie Chong, David Kim and Italian Embassy Chargé d’Affairs Fabio Schina.


Music & hope

Beautiful classical music by some of the world’s greatest composers like Handel, Verdi and Tchaikovsky, as well as our very own filled The Peninsula Manila one evening.

It was a landmark fund-raising concert as the hotel assembled a stellar cast and put together a memorable musical repertoire performed by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Ruggero Barbieri, Rachelle Gerodias and Brigitte van Hagen (sopranos), Byeong-In Park (baritone) and a 50-voice choir composed of the internationally-renowned University of Santo Tomas Singers with Freddie Santos as concert director. Part of the proceeds raised benefited the continuing efforts of The Peninsula Hotels’ “Hope for the Philippines” fund.

A benchmark for luxury and sophistication, The Peninsula Manila — with its famous lobby — has continued to be the preferred meeting place of the country’s movers and shakers for decades now.  Cheers!

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