Home Sweet Legend
Just as 2007 turned 2008, we’re now tearing off the first month in our calendars and looking at February: to the romantic, the month of love.
Pardon me if this sounds like an advertisement, which it isn’t, but do look into the treats and packages of The Legend Villas in Mandaluyong as you consider your options for going out with family, friends, or special someone. How ironic to be escaping from the city by going to the heart of it, you say. I say ironic and worth your while. I’ve been to that hotel only once, briefly last year, but I single it out now if only because their extraordinary service is quite unlike the kind most people have gotten used to in this age of rude attendants and careless discourtesy. It’s my way of being patriotic, I guess.
At least drop by to try the breakfast buffet at Lola Maria’s Coffee Shop. It was designed to be a quaint cozy place with a variety of good local dishes, and the free Wi-Fi connection (Ha! As always!) is a luxury. There’s a nice little pool with a patio beside it for families and children looking to beat the heat. There are function rooms for business men, I think, but do you really want to spend Valentine’s cramming status reports and delivering presentations?
Best of all, everything about the hotel is distinctly Filipino. The architecture. The cuisine. The management direction. The employees’ uniforms even. And, of course, the hospitality. Manila ought to have more places like these.