Stepping up romance for Valentine's Day at The Manila Hotel

Valentine's Day is synonymous to a time for wining and dining. It's also the perfect time to show your favorite people or significant other your love and appreciation for them. The Manila Hotel is giving a chance to do just that with their sweet offerings this coming hearts day. 

A dinner to remember

For that ultimate date night, take your special someone at The Champagne Room, touted to be the most romantic room in the country - the exquisite backdrop to many proposals and declarations of love. The destination of choice for top-tier dining, The Manila Hotel reopens its signature French restaurant exclusively for heart's day weekend.

Travel abroad may not be ideal right now but who says your palate can't have a taste of France? With The Manila Hotel's curated Valentine's set dinner, you can! Start off with Pan-Seared Foie Gras and Lobster on melon gazpacho, followed by decadent entrees like Aged Sherry-Scented Roasted Pigeon Consomme with stuffed morsel and sous vide poached quail egg; and Sweetpea Mascarpone Agnoloti (butter-parmesan emulsion with prosciutto). For mains, you have a choice of generous Chilean Sea Bass in creamy balsamic-pomegranate sauce, Oriental risotto, and fresh market vegetables or our signature Beef Tenderloin on wild mushroom puree, with Anna potato and market vegetables. End your night by lingering over dessert—a must for any romantic occasion—with Raspberry Delight on pistachio shortbread, and a Valentine Praline. 

As an added treat, lady diners will be given one long-stemmed Ecuadorian rose. Combine all of this with the chic French ambiance and intimate seating, and your Valentine’s Day will be complete.

The gourmet dinner will be available from February 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2021 at Php4,500 nett per head. Don’t wait though—a table for two at our Champagne Room is always a hot commodity. Call us now for reservation and book a table at 85270011.

Sweet surprises

Need the perfect Valentine's Day gift? The Manila Hotel has a range of premium and delicious handcrafted chocolates, a gift that's been a staple for Valentine's Day for decades! Two new items from the Deli will surely make your Valentine’s night all the sweeter. Surprise your loved one with either the Valentine Praline Bouquet or the Chocolate Strawberry Bouquet.

For only P980 nett, the Valentine Praline Bouquet is exactly that—a round bouquet of hazelnut gianduja-based pralines, with highlights of rolled pistachio nuts. Timeless and popular, round bouquets are popular in weddings, but this artisanal chocolate bouquet is one that will surely add a sweet touch to Valentine’s Day.

The Manila Hotel Valentine Praline Bouquet

The Chocolate Strawberry Bouquet, which sells for only P1,380 nett, combines the taste of juicy strawberries and the comforting sweetness of chocolates loved by many. 

The Manila Hotel Chocolate Strawberry Bouquet

Dipped in artisanal Belgian chocolate and interspersed with pink variant, the Chocolate Strawberry bouquet is a perfect gift that says a lot.

These sweet surprise variants can be pre-ordered starting February 8, 2021 from The Manila Hotel’s Delicatessen, or by calling 85270011 or 09989501912.

And just in time for this Sunday, the Valentine-inspired Raspberry Delight heart-shaped cake combines three ingredients that make the perfect combo: Chocolate Mousse brings sweetness and mellowness; raspberries an acidity note; and pistachio biscuit just the right crunch. For only, Php1,300 nett, this indulgent dessert is just what you need to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard. One-day pre-order is recommended.

The Manila Hotel Raspberry Delight Cake

The Delicatessen also has a host of other chocolate gift items in regular boxes and collectible boxes like heart-shaped sinamay containers. From Belgian chocolate bars to assorted pralines to heart-shaped concoctions, you have numerous options to choose from.


Snapcart: Snap your receipt and earn cash rewards

Ever since I made it a point to keep track of my spending, my wallet had always had a receipt or two in it so I could note down my expenses at the end of the day. Now, those receipts have another purpose before getting thrown out in the trash - I snap a photo of them for cash rewards. 

Allow me to introduce you to Snapcart! 

What Is It? 

It's a mobile app where you can snap receipts - any kind of receipt - and be rewarded with coins. The coins can in turn be used to earn cashbacks and vouchers. 

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How Does It Work?

It's simple really. When you have a receipt, just open the app and take a photo from there to upload it. You'll get your coins reward instantly which as mentioned can be turned into vouchers or cash. 

When you reach Php220.00, you can withdraw the money to your bank account. 

Snapcart has had some updates over the past years. Some good. Some enough to turn you off and uninstall the app altogether. You see, it used to be that once you snap a receipt, you're instantly rewarded cashback and the higher your level is, the bigger the amount you'll get. There used to be a bronze, silver, gold, platinum level. The more you snapped, the higher your level will be. Now, any receipt you snap, you'll get coins reward. 

This part is where you'll see your coin rewards. To get cash rewards, press Play Now to try your luck at Spin the Wheel. I say luck because it's not guaranteed that when you spin, you'll get cashback. You might earn coins at time.

Cashbacks are not really big. Just centavos! However, if you're lucky, you might win Php20. Sometimes you may be able to earn additional coin rewards if there are activities available like shoot, video or survey. Coins can be used to also avail coupons though I have not experienced this ever.   

Is it Worth It?

If you're after easy money, Snapcart is not for you. If you feel like the app is getting data from you and cents for return is too small, then this is not worth downloading. I personally know some friends whom I was able to convince to try out Snapcart before when it was still instantly rewarding users with cash and quit using the app when that changed. 

I'm still using the app though because honestly, I don't feel like I'm losing anything providing them my purchase behavior. I'm getting the receipts anyway. I'm just not too crazy about how hard it is these days to achieve Php220 specially since I'm not as out and about as I used to be considering there's a pandemic. 

So if you guys share the same mindset as I, then go on and download Snapcart on your smartphones and start snapping those receipts for rewards!  

Update as of March 2021

So unfortunately Snapcart raised the minimum cashout amount again! It's harder to cash out now. The minimum amount went from Php220 to Php2, 220! I think it's gonna take years to reach that amount now. Still, if you always have receipts lying around and you're not in a hurry, I suggest you just snap away anyway. I know I am. 

DOST-PCIEERD brings Science and Technology Education Campaign on Tiktok


dost tiktok partnership

Filipino TikTok users will now learn more Filipino scientific achievements and developments as the Department of Science and Technology Research and Development – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) partnered with TikTok to boost promotion of Filipino-made technologies. 

DOST-PCIEERD had signed a memorandum of understanding with Tiktok to promote Filipino technologies through its science communication Tiktok account @pinoyscience. The collaboration is a big boost for the scientific community as it continues to reach out to Filipino netizens and garner support to innovations developed by Filipino researchers. 

"Communicating science to the public has always been a challenge for our researchers. As a leader and partner in enabling innovations, we are excited with this collaboration with TikTok as a new avenue for us to share distinctly pinoy innovations through this social media platform," he said. 

 DOST-PCIEERD's account on TikTok

This partnership with TikTok is a six-month collaboration where TikTok will be providing training for researchers on how to use the platform for science communication, promotion of Filipino technologies, and conduct contests for the Filipino TikTok community.  

The first contest is through the #PinoyInnovator hashtag challenge which intends to show how creative and resourceful Filipinos are. Through this challenge, common household items will be creatively used to develop a nifty innovation. The winners of the challenge will be hailed as the "Pinoy Science Innovator 2021." They will be announced in April 2021.

Another contest that will be launched is the #PinoyScience hashtag challenge which challenges TikTok users to explain the science behind DOST PCIEERD's supported scientific projects. 

The #PinoyScience hashtag challenge will run from April to July 2021. Three winners will be announced every month starting May 2021. 

"We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the DOST PCIEERD to help promote awareness and understanding for science and innovation, as well as inspire the Filipino youth to discover their creativity and talents. Inspiring creativity and bringing joy is at the heart of what we do at TikTok," said Kristoffer Rada, TikTok Head for Public Policy. 

"TikTok is committed to helping facilitate education and learning in the Philippines. Through our #LearnOnTikTok series, we will be working with creators to produce more educational content on the platform," he added. 

Follow DOST-PCIEERD at For inquiries on this partnership or request for collaborations, send an email to