Utzurrum: Business investments, poolside treats

LUNCH. Present at Radisson Blu Cebu during a lunch hosted by German Consul in Cebu, Franz Siedenschwarz (standing, left) are hotel general manager Bjorn-Henning Buth, and columnists (seated, from left) Nelia Neri, CVU and Flor Ynclino.

TYCOONS. Tony Tan Caktiong and Edgar Sia.

RISING. Hotel 101, soon to rise at the Cebu Mactan Airport Terminal Road.

POOLSIDE.Try the Chicken Piccata at El Viento in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

EL VIENTO. The sumptuous Linguini Vongole.

Now, business jetsetters can avoid the hassle of rushing to the airport to catch a flight. Simply check in at the new, comfortable and convenient Hotel 101, soon to rise at the Cebu Mactan Airport Terminal road.

Owned and operated by DoubleDragon Properties Corp., it is one of the leading property companies listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of over US$1 billion.

Situated on a 5,493 square meter prime property, Hotel 101 will be the biggest airport hotel in the Visayas and Mindanao region with its 548 rooms.

Headed by Edgar “Injap” J. Sia (founder of Mang Inasal) and Tony Tan Caktiong (founder of Jollibee), the company hotel subsidiary, Hotel of Asia, has secured all necessary building permits, allowing it to start construction and pre-selling of hotel units.

Indeed, it is an opportune time to invest in a happy (hotel) room, which is crafted with efficiency and consistency in mind. The no-fuss, no-worry concept is introduced here, where the hotel will fit your unit out, operate it as a hotel, plus add repairs and maintenance.

The question is: How do you earn from your unit?

The gross room revenue of 30 percent is distributed to all Hotel 101 owners, regardless if your unit is occupied or not.

Here’s a welcome perk: Enjoy it too, with free nights at any Hotel 101 nationwide! So, what are you waiting for?


Speaking of hotels, the Feria Restaurant at Radisson Blu Cebu was the venue of the delightful lunch hosted by our very genial German Consul in Cebu, Franz Siedenschwarz. Franz is actually very Cebuano, having lived here for more than 35 years and luckily, marrying a charming Cebuana, Elizabeth.

Casual and animated conversation centered on: “What have you been doing for the past two years?” Some very interesting answers came from the three columnists present: Nelia Neri, Flor Ynclino and this writer, as we reminisced more incidents, who should drop by but the new hotel general manager, Bjorn-Henning Buth, who gave us a welcoming smile and warm hello!

It had been a long, terrific lunch and get-together, and we ended the treat with “Daghang Salamat,” Consul Franz!


After the depressing wrath of typhoon Odette, many restaurants had to go on hiatus including your (and my) favorite poolside Italian resto, El Viento, at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Well, food lovers, here’s the good news!

“It is my great pleasure to re-open the doors of El Viento, a testimony to the Marco Polo team’s dedication and unrelenting efforts to rebuild one of Cebu’s culinary landmarks,” announced Roel Constantino, general manager of the hotel.

As you bask in the cool ambience of the poolside, located at an altitude of 200 meters above sea level, amid the sounds of waterfalls, and the sight of tropical gardens, savor these well-loved Italian specialties: Chicken Piccata, Linguini Vongole, Veal Saltimbocca and mmm, Tiramisu!

El Viento is waiting for you. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. See you soon!

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