Apo View Hotel turns 65

Subscribe Now April 05, 2013 at 04:46pm

APO View Hotel, Davao City’s very first hotel and the country’s second longest running hotel, recently celebrated its 65th year anniversary last March 23, 2013 at the Apo View Hotel Grand Ballroom.

To mark this milestone, the hotel hosted a thanksgiving party for its industry partners, valued clients, and friends. The hotel’s Grand Ballroom was transformed into a chic lounge by renowned event stylist Ms. Annie Lim.

Guests also enjoyed the lavish spread of cocktails and tapas prepared by the hotel’s highly lauded F&B team, led by Chef Pablito Villanda.

The program, hosted by Bong Aportadera, began with welcome remarks by Apo View Hotel Corporate Secretary Mauricio Maceda. After sharing his experiences working for the hotel since the late 60’s, he introduced a video that showed the hotel’s history and heritage under the leadership of Mariano and Remedios Pamintuan, who founded the hotel in 1948, and their son, the late Sonny Pamintuan, who helped develop the hotel into the iconic landmark that it is today.

After the video, the hotel’s director of Sales and Marketing Corette Tan introduced Apo View Hotel President and CEO Chris Pamintuan, who took over last year and belongs to the 3rd generation of the Pamintuan family.

Speaking on behalf of the hotel and the Pamintuan family, he thanked their clients, friends and employees who stayed loyal to the hotel through the years.

“This is not just a family business,” said Chris Pamintuan, “Apo View Hotel is family.”

To recognize dedicated employees who have been with them for more than 20 years, plaques and certificates of recognition were awarded to around forty of the hotel’s staff. After the awarding, the host led a toast to the success of Apo View Hotel and for 65 more years to come.

Ending the celebration with a bang were performances by some of the country’s most talented musicians, who started their careers at Apo View Hotel. Famous jazz musician Angel Balbin, vocalist Jinky Vidal of the popular home-grown band, Freestyle, and sought-after songwriter and singer Jay Durias, together with his band, Southborder, performed to entertain guests and to show their appreciation to the hotel, which was home to them before making it big outside of Davao.

The celebration continued with an exclusive after party at Blue Room. One of the city’s rising talents, Jad Montenegro, serenaded the crowd with her original compositions. The night’s highlight was a rare performance by the country’s most highly acclaimed rock band, Wolfgang.

After that, a set by DJ Cheekie Albay kept the party going.

Since the hotel’s modest beginnings in 1948, Apo View Hotel has now 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.

After the successful celebration their 65th anniversary, surely more can be expected from Davao’s first and Davao’s own.

For more information, please contact (082) 221-6430 or visit www.apoview.com. (PR)

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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