Utzurrum: Hail 38 magical years, Costabella!

The Scene

WE WERE told, “Come in Arabian Nights-themed wear.” But a thoughtful footnote said: “It is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts. Come in your most comfortable wear.” And we did!

However, the entire Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel (CTBH) family, from corporate VIPs to staff, waiters etc., were garbed glamorously in glitter, from their colorful, flashy tops—off-shoulder or full-sleeves—to sexy Arabian-style pants! Each guest was handed an attractive scarf to wear to ensure an Arabian mood throughout the night.

Welcome then, to Costabella’s 38 magical years with an anniversary theme party, “Arabian Nights!” What a gastronomical and festive event!

Annually, the hotel elevates to celebrity status, its top producers and special guests as a gesture of pure appreciation! We met with top CTBH executives: president Luis Martin Alvarez, hotel general manager Marita A. Arambulo; and secretary Marisse A. Sy. Following was the much-awaited presentation of the Sandiego Dance Group, with its original, innovative dance moves. We were thrilled with the sensuous solo number which looked like “Seven Veils.” Very intricately performed!

Toasts to the hotel for marking three decades plus, and adding a positive and promising note to our local hospitality industry!


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