Venezia Hotel in Subic

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Thursday, November 29, 2012


I RECEIVED a call inviting me to judge masks made by employees of a hotel in Subic and because the caller was a good friend, who I just couldn't turn down, I willingly accepted since there was no urgency on the date except what was convenient for me.

Seeing an open window of a few free days, I made arrangements after being satisfied with answers to some inquiries.

The hotel is Subic Bay Venezia Hotel, a 51-room premier hotel in Subic Bay Freeport Zone. I was impressed with the Italian-themed setup of the rooms which was so Venetian. Indeed, I can echo the President's message when he said that the hotel boasts of unparalleled customer service and its commitment to give only the best value for your money whether you are traveling for business or leisure, alone or with your family and friends.

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I love the location of Subic Bay Venezia Hotel. It is in the heart of the Central Business District Area of the Freeport and is near numerous shopping malls, duty free shops, entertainment zones, recreational areas, popular tourist destinations, restaurants and beach resorts.

I have said goodbye to my slot machines days but for the information of enthusiasts, the Pagcor Venezia Casino is located at the left side of the hotel. It houses more than a hundred slot machines and showcases live performances from numerous top acts from Manila-based and local bands, professional singers, stand-up comedians, and top-performing artists every month.

Adjacent to the casino is the New Feng Huang Restaurant where I can attest the best oriental and Chinese food is served. The lobby has a coffee shop where imported coffee is served as well as different types of fresh made pastries and other treats. And there are function rooms for business conferences and training seminars, trade events, meeting venues, alumnae gatherings, weddings and birthday parties and for all events.

Let me mention my room because I felt like was billeted in a hotel in Venice. Although the room did not have the view of Piazza de San Marco, nonetheless, I felt it spelled Venetian all over. I was in the executive suite with a receiving room. It had all the amenities afforded by 5-star hotels-safety deposit box (a large one compared to other hotels), 2 big LED television sets, one for bedroom and another for the receiving room, a fridge, etc.

As to the invitation, it was extended by Venezia's President and CEO Louie Reil Moloa originally from Molo and now resident of Subic. Louie is one of the most pleasant and warmest personalities I have ever met. He is a hardworking man who has reached the top through his own personal industry, energy and diligence.

Louie encouraged the employees of Subic Bay Venezia to create masks from their own imagination. Securing a few from Las Vegas as samples, the employees came up with really interesting and quite innovative designs.

The task of judging wasn't easy from the close to a hundred and fifty entrees. It took me more than a whole day looking at the materials used, the artistry of design, the innovativeness, the general impact as well as the wearability of the masks. I felt they had to be functional as well and not just mere décor for walls. But I enjoyed doing the job as it displayed the versatility of the human mind and the expertise of the Filipino.

I was amazed with the skill and the creativity since these were hotel employees and not artists, but it just goes to show that there are hidden and dormant talents within each one of us that just needs to be unearthed, explored and given the chance.

The winners of the masks will be announced during their Christmas party celebration and will be sold thereafter. Proceeds will go to the Red Cross Foundation. The endeavor proves that beyond motivating employees to harness hidden skills is likewise a philanthropic goal.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on November 29, 2012.

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