MOTHERHOOD is said to be both a gift and a sacrifice. It is the most meaningful experience a woman can have, and yet it is also the most difficult too.
It is mommy, mama, nanay or inay who brought you to school every day, prepared your meals, and made sure you are safe and healthy at all times. She was the one beside you when you were sick or when you experienced failure and disappointment. Through all these, she nurtured you, propped you up, and loved you unconditionally.
It is for all of these and more that Mother’s Day is celebrated in every corner of the world, and come May 11, make sure you celebrate the most loving and caring woman in your life in a very special way.
The Manila Times gathers the following suggestions a week before the big day on how best to show, “I love you, Mom.”
Give the finest chocolates
Let your mom know that she is simply the greatest with a box of premium chocolates from the famous Italian artisanal chocolate, Villa del Conte. It’s time to say thank you in a sweeter way. The limited edition Villa del Conte gift box for Mother’s Day has 300g of chocolates. Visit Villa del Conte at Greenbelt 5, Shangri-la Mall, Resorts World, Alabang Town Center, and Robinson’s Magnolia. For special orders, call 893-2575.
Make a special healthy basket
We want our moms to live long and full lives, so why not start by gifting her with a basket of healthy goodies? Keep her fueled and ready for a day of tasks with the drink of champions, Summit Natural Drinking Water. Give her an alternative snack with Creamy Delight Yogurt to satisfy not just her hunger but also her taste buds. Fill it with power drinks like Cobra Energy Drink and Nestea in a Bottle for those days when she needs an extra jolt or Absolute Pure Distilled Drinking Water to refresh her on a hot day. And for those days where she just want to indulge, make sure to also fill her basket with Blue Bell Ice Cream’s signature flavors like Red Velvet and Chocolate Chip.
A different kind of dinner
Your parents must be tired of staying in all the time. Give them an exciting dinner with a twist by letting them try Krazy Garlik’s latest menu with 14 new dishes that would surely give them an aphrodisiac like no other.
Comfort and style for her feet
Without a doubt, mothers spend a good part of their days standing up. Reward her feet by gifting her with the latest from Crocs and Butterfly Twists. The latest Crocs technology, Fit2U, is introduced in their latest Stretch Sole Line. It is designed to fit her active lifestyle without the pain. For lunch meetings, or even dinners with her friends, gift your mother with the latest Sienna line from Butterfly Twists. Its elegant design is sure to add that little oomph that her daily style needs.
@Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
THIS Mother’s Day, Filipina women will celebrate motherhood through enduring customs, heirloom cuisine and traditional crafts. From May 9 to May 11, the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila will honor Pinay moms with a showcase and journey through time. This begins with live demonstrations from women artisans of Luzon. Truly inspirational, these Filipina masters include an Abel IIocos weaver from Paoay, Ilocos Norte, a barong embroiderer from Taal, Batangas, and basket weaver from Manila. Guests will be invited to participate in these mini workshops during lunch and dinner, further cultivating the Philippines tradition of weaving and embroidery.
@Acacia Hotel Manila
Mother’s day is just along the corner. Acacia Hotel Manila’s Mom’s Day Out room and dining promotions will surely whip up the perfect mother’s day treat. Let the special woman in your life indulge in a weekend of wellness and pure relaxation. But what makes this Mom’s Day Out package extra special is that it includes a special turndown amenity plus a one-hour whole body massage for one at the hotel’s newly opened Lurra wellness spa or in-room massage upon request. For inquiries, call 720-2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
@Resorts World Manila
A grand blowout is in store for families spending Mother’s Day at Resorts World Manila (RWM). The whole day affair starts with an 11 a.m. High Mass at the Newport Performing Arts Theater. For lunch, guests may sample the mouthwatering Cantonese cuisine of Passion’s all-you-can-eat buffet. French-themed Impressions also offers its Sunday Gourmet Brunch. Lastly, at 4 p.m., Fox International Channel holds its annual Mother’s Day “FIC Loves Moms” treat including relaxing activities and exciting entertainment. For more inquiries, call 908-8833 or visit www.rwmanila.com.
Spend Mother’s Day with a toast of free bottle of red wine at Casa Armas restaurant. The fusion of Conchinella and Paella Valenciana dishes will undoubtedly impress mom as she gets to share this with the rest of the family. For more information, visit www.casaarmas.com.ph.
A RELAXING and exceptional getaway for moms in the heart of Alabang. On Mother’s Day, enjoy a buffet lunch or dinner with the women in your life. Surprises for moms are never-ending too because when you dine in a minimum group of five, you will get a complimentary gift certificate for an overnight stay in a deluxe room for two, valid for three months after receipt. For inquiries and reservations, call 863-2222.
@Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria
For the special woman in your life, surprise her to a relaxing Mother’s Day retreat at Crowne Plaza. An overnight stay for two in a deluxe room with complimentary Internet access awaits her on her special day. Also on May 11, moms are treated to a complimentary health and wellness activities such as yoga, zumba, and workshop on healing juices at the function room that starts at 8:30 a.m. Surprise mom with a nutritious buffet spread at the Seven Corners featuring nourishing, organic foods. For inquiries, call 633-7222.
Celebrate the day of the most wonderful woman on the planet, our mothers, at Diamond Hotel. Give mom a gesture of gratitude by treating her to a Mother’s Day Room Package from May 9 to 11, automatically upgrading her to a Deluxe Palisade Room upon check-in, inclusive of buffet breakfast for two, three hours of free internet and a pampering facial treatment together with charming gifts. Highlight the special day at the Corniche restaurant that boasts of culinary assortment. For inquiries, call 528-3000 or e-mail email@example.com.
@Dusit Thani Manila
Mothers devote their time and attention to their families, always putting their needs last. At Dusit Thani Manila, pamper mom with a luxurious overnight stay in a deluxe room where a bottle of wine awaits her. On May 11, moms dine in for free for lunch if she is with a group of three at Basix restaurant. All moms availing of the Mother’s Day set menu at Benjarong, Tosca, UMU and lunch buffet at Basix will receive a beautiful pot of floral spring arrangement. There will also be a strolling caricaturist to sketch moms during lunchtime. For inquiries, call 238-8888 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a relaxing stay and spa for moms at Edsa Shangri-La, Manila, the hotel’s all-day dining, Heat, fires up the taste buds with an array of cuisines specially created by seasoned chefs for Mother’s Day. As a special treat, mom will receive a gift voucher for a Chi, The Spa foot reflexology treatment. At the exquisitely refurbished lobby lounge, moms and their loved ones may savor a selection of premium wines from around the world, paired with delectable cheeses. For inquiries, call 633 8888 or email email@example.com.
CELEBRATE moments with moms with a host of custom treats at Mandarin Oriental Hotel like dining offers, floral arrangements, and an urban getaway. The hotel’s chic all-day dining restaurant, Paseo Uno, celebrates motherhood with a hearty international buffet lunch, while gourmet delicacies will be prepared fresh at the restaurant’s four live kitchens. The hotel also rewards mothers with a dreamy weekend stay-cation where they can relax in the hotel’s pool, and or at the spa. For inquiries, call 750 8888 or email momnl-
Fete all moms with gustatory offerings and room packages replete with pampering and giveaways, to make their day extra special at Manila Pavillion. A bountiful Mother’s Day special lunch or dinner buffet will be prepared at the Seasons Café. Complimentary cake, chocolate roses and an F&B loyalty card awaits mom who will come in four or more. At the Patisserie, delight moms with an afternoon blowout, enjoying 30 percent discount on all cakes and pastries. For inquiries, call 526-1212 local 2408.
The whole family is invited to spend their Mother’s Day weekend at Makati Shangri-La with a special room rate for a superior room for two adults two children for all weekends of May. Guests may also relish quiet afternoons with mom and relax with a view of verdant greens at the lobby lounge while enjoying the specially crafted Mother’s Day High Tea until May 11. For sweet treats, moms will enjoy a unique Mother’s Day emoti-cakes, as well as do-it-yourself cake kits for take home. For inquiries, call 813-8888.
@Marco Polo Ortigas
Honor the queen of the household to a plush sleep experience and book the Fresh Encounters room offer of Marco Polo Ortigas. Take her out for an exquisite dining treat at the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant—the Cucina. Celebrate Mother’s Day on May 10 and 11 with dishes that will surely make mothers feel that they are in for a royal treat. Buffet gift certificates are up for grabs along with a chance to take home a much-coveted and exquisitely hand-made Ann Ong jewelry piece. For inquiries, call 720-7777 local 6622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.