Apo View marks 65th year-A A +A
Friday, March 22, 2013
SOME may not know that Apo View Hotel is Davao City's very first hotel and is the second longest running hotel in the Philippines. It has been around since the late 40's, and on March 23, this iconic local landmark will celebrate its 65th anniversary.
To mark this milestone, Apo View Hotel will host a thanksgiving party for its industry partners, valued clients, and friends.
Guests will be treated to a lavish spread of cocktails and tapas by the hotel's highly lauded F&B team, led by Chef Pablito Villanda.
For the evening's entertainment, some of the country's most talented musicians who started their careers at Apo View Hotel will come home to join the celebration. Sought-after songwriter and singer Jay Durias of Southborder, vocalist Jinky Vidal of the popular home-grown band, Freestyle, and famous jazz musician Angel Balbin will take the stage to entertain guests and to show their appreciation to the hotel, which was home to them before making it big outside of Davao.
During the event, Apo View Hotel will also recognize loyal employees who have devoted their lives to serving the hotel and the hotel’s guests. The awards will be presented by Apo View Hotel president and CEO Chris Pamintuan, who took over last year and belongs to the 3rd generation of the Pamintuan family.
The Pamintuan family founded Apo View Hotel in 1948 when the world was still recovering from the World War II. The hotel, which started as a modest lodging house with only fifteen rooms and one restaurant, aimed to accommodate those who were exploring Davao and were looking to rebuild their lives in Davao. Today, the hotel has grown into a first-class facility with over 150 rooms, two dining establishments, a bar, a casino, and a wide range of convention and banquet facilities.
The hotel has been recognized by the Department of Tourism as a Pioneer Hotel in 1999 and was given International Recognition for Efficiency and International Gold Star for Quality in Switzerland on the same year.
Moreover, the hotel received the prestigious Datu Bago Award in 1992, the highest recognition given by the city of Davao to outstanding constituents.
"We are proud of these recognitions, but what is most valuable to us is the continuing support of Dabawenyos. We too want to make them proud of Apo View Hotel as Davao's own and Davao’s first hotel," Chris Pamintuan said.
With new leadership backed by an experienced staff, Apo View Hotel marks its 65th year with the assurance that the hotel will continue to grow alongside Davao City to provide locals and guests a distinctly Davao experience with each visit.
For more information, please contact (082) 221-6430 or visit www.apoview.com.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 22, 2013.