Sunday, January 9, 2011

Pacman's Boracay Resort

Among Manny's many business ventures is a resort on the world-famous island of Boracay in Aklan. Manny partnered with his friend, businessman Crisostomo "Cris" Aquino to purchase, in 2006, a cove in the seaside mountain terrain from a former developer.

The cove, located in the island's Diniwid beach area, is partly hidden from the view of tourists at Boracay's Station 1. The lushly vegetated cove is now a resort that Manny and Cris have named the Boracay West Cove.

At present, the Boracay West Cove is not yet fully operational. Manny and Cris are still adding new structures, such as upcoming resto-bars Café Crisostomo and Station Zero.
"Testing-testing pa lang sa mga kaibigan," says Manny's business partner Cris, in an interview with YES! during the Pinoy Records' Christmas party.
Cris is also the Philippine flag-bearer in all Manny's fights.

The Boracay West Cove hugs the seaside mountain terrain of Boracay's Diniwid beach area and is accessible only either through a tricycle ride from Boracay's Stations 1, 2, and 3, or by boat. Clients are given free round-trip speedboat transfers to and from Caticlan Jetty Port.

Cabanas, made from nipa and molave planks, surround the whole resort. Each is equipped with comfortable lounges where guests can take a nap, read, have a massage, or simply chat while enjoying the cool sea breeze.

At the resort, Manny maintains his personal quarters, which opens to a private balcony, where one can have an unobstructed view of both sunrise and sunset on Boracay.

Manny has personally named this coral rock formation Pacman's Rock.
"Balak naming maglagay diyan ng statue ni Manny," says West Cove co-owner Cris Aquino.

"May pinapaayos pa nga ngayon, sa bandang ibaba. Papalagyan daw niya ng bilyaran niya." Billiards is Manny's other passion.

These shots were taken inside Manny and Jinkee's private quarters. At present, the Boracay West Cove has 12 private villas. But Cris Aquino says he and Manny are adding 18 more villas.

Manny's window frames the Boracay sunrise and sunset perfectly. He also has a direct view of his Pacman Rock.

Each room in the resort has its own balcony. Manny's balcony, however, is bigger and more elaborate.

The owners are targeting foreign honeymooners as main clientele.
"Mas may privacy kasi dito." And privacy doesn't come cheap. During peak seasons (November to May), the price of a room per night ranges from P7,000-plus to 12,000-plus. 

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