Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hotel Review: Birthday Vacay at Ferra Hotel Boracay

And I'm officially 34.

Last Monday was my birthday (as well as my husband's birthday which is a day earlier) and we celebrated it by going to Boracay. It was a last minute decision though and I didn't know my husband booked our flight until he told me about it last week. April was the toughest time of our lives because I had a (very unexpected) miscarriage, and I guess he wanted to make me happy and make sure that we'd spend our birthdays together in our happy place. Thankfully, he made it possible even if we weren't too prepared.


Since it's the peak season, we knew it would be more crowded so we decided to stay at a quieter, uncrowded, nice newly-opened hotel, Ferra Hotel.



The small, charming neighborhood wherein this hotel stands is called Laketown, aptly named for its man-made lake, where we enjoyed some quiet time away from the island's buzz.



I love the modern-minimalist architecture and design, and my eyes were drawn to the intricately designed walls and ceilings. Indeed, this boutique hotel presents superb style and functionality.


At the reception, we were welcomed with these refreshing welcome drinks and warm smiles from the staff, that instantly made us feel very special.


We stayed at Room 106,  a spacious one bedroom loft where we enjoyed access to a kitchenette, sofa sleeper, toaster, and microwave oven.


The suite has white walls and wood accent theme, and amply fitted with essentials, such as a cable TV, DVD player, and mini-refrigerator.


They have 37 guestrooms that are categorized to Superior Room, Standard Room, Suite Room, One Bedroom Loft and Two Bedroom Loft. Each room is complete with essential amenities, such as an individually controlled air-conditioning unit, hot and cold shower, coffee and tea maker, hair dryer, rubber slippers, umbrellas and in-room safe.




Our bed was topped with a fluffy duvet. Sleeping in a well air-conditioned room, on a comfortable bed, and under a fluffy duvet really made us feel comfortable. I felt like I just want to copy paste myself into this comfy bed forever. :) Plus, it has an alarm clock. A must-have for me or else, I'd sleep here all day!


The bathroom has hot and cold shower, complete with face towels, robes, bath towels and foot towels. Complimentary toiletries include hand soap, lotion, body soap, shampoo, and two sets of toothbrush and toothpaste.


The facilities and services are also something to look forward to. We enjoyed free Wi-Fi Internet access in rooms and at the lobby and restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel.


My daughter really enjoyed the lap pool. It was so inviting that we had to take a dip (lots of it actually) to escape the Boracay heat.



Our cravings were satisfied at their specialty restaurant, Modern Asia by Chef Miner. Breakfast choices for the hotel guest includes; Filipino Feast, La Americano and different kinds of Continental Breakfast.


This is by far the best garlic beef tapa I've tried, with a well balanced sweetness and the right garlicky flavor that we Filipinos love. The meat was perfectly cooked, served with your choice of egg dish, and garlic fried rice. The meal also comes with your choice of brewed coffee, fruit juice or tea, and their fruit of the day.




I also love the Bacon & Cheese Overload. Overloaded with cheesy goodness, with its three cheese omelette, bacon and French toast. It was simply heavenly. My hubby and daughter seated next to me were oohing and aahing between bites. :)


They have shuttle service with uniformed driver accredited by the hotel for the safety and convenience of their guests. They also have airport transfer, and tours assistance.



For my birthday, I wanted to catch the sunset and  chill out at the roof-deck bar called The Ruf. Every hour spent here is a happy hour.  It was a fun and relaxing afternoon with my fam bam,

And surprisingly, I like the Sunset Daiquiri with a great view of the sunset, away from the crowds. The view was all ours.


Perfect view of the sunset. Of course, there is no one who deserves it more than my husband.  He works tirelessly in a very intense job that enables me to be at home with our daughter. So, he truly deserves the best seat in the house.


Other convenient hotel features you can freely access include room service, a designated smoking area, and service elevator.

The only downside for some people who are too lazy to walk is that this hotel is not located on the beachfront. However, it only took a few minutes to walk to the beach (since Boracay is quite small) and it meant we were closer to places like the supermarket, spas, etc. so it worked well for us. Actually, whenever we're in Boracay, we rarely did anything but walk.

It has a perfect balance of quiet and accessibility. Everything we could need is very close and its location has convenient access to the supermarkets, spas, restaurants and bars that make up the heart of the picturesque island paradise of Boracay. You can reach D’Mall in 3 minutes, White Beach in 5 minutes, and Bulabog Beach in 6 minutes. Check out the map;



To reach Ferra Hotel’s location, follow these instructions:

Take a domestic flight from Manila to Kalibo or Caticlan.
If coming from Kalibo International Airport, the more affordable option, ride a bus or van to Caticlan. Travel time is around 2 hours.
If landing at Caticlan Aiport, head to Caticlan Jetty Port by riding a tricycle.
Take a 20-minute boat ride from Caticlan Jetty Port to Cagban Jetty Port.
Ride a tricycle to the hotel.take short walks and you will find Ferra Hotel.


I was awaken by this little surprise. I was a bit tipsy from the cocktails we had at the roof deck bar to remember everything in detail but it was one of the best birthday surprises ever.


I was given this delicious and super moist chocolate cake with a huge fruit platter, while the staff of Ferra Hotel sang happy birthday for me. Though a bit tipsy, I was happy and I was smiling. It was truly overwhelming, in the best kind of way really - and I'm grateful for everything.


I realized why my cheeks had been hurting for the past few days. I'd been smiling too much! This birthday has been full of surprises. Thankful is an understatement. smile emoticon. Thanks to my husband and the whole staff of Ferra Hotel, my  birthday weekend turned out to be a lovely one filled with sweet surprises and warm gestures. And, to be surrounded by amazing people in a place like Ferra Hotel where all things are new and beautiful, made me realize that I'm not so old after all.


The hospitality and warmth of the staff and their dedication to guests really came through, making our stay a truly memorable one.

All in all, Ferra Hotel is indeed our friendly host in Boracay. What makes it a great host? For them, it’s not simply about providing a comfy bed and spacious room to spend the night in. It’s more about being that place their guests would love to wake up in, come home to, and possibly visit again in the future. Check out more photos here.

I already miss the salt air and the feeling of the sand under my feet. Above all, I miss the warmth of the staff at Ferra Hotel, our comfy bed, the delicious food and our lovely room. So here's a heed of warning to those intending to visit - once you check in, you may never want to check out!

Now that I’ve reached 34, I know some things will change. But even so, age won’t make me forget the child in me. I will still continue to make beautiful things happen and hopefully this year, I can share wonders to other people’s lives by sharing some good news.

Good news #1! 

Ferra Hotel is offering 25% discount  for all reservations as its soft opening rates. Minimum of 2 nights stay and the promo is valid until May 31, 2015.

Good news #2!

You've made it to the end of the post and I've got another great news fro everyone! Did I mention that there’s a sweet little giveaway in it for ya? Yep, you have a chance to win two-night stay in one of their tastefully furnished Loft suite rooms with complimentary breakfast,  in-room massage, wine setup and fruit platter, island hopping tour, etc. So, that's three days and two nights of sheer indulgence with some serious pampering and luxury in the island paradise of Boracay. Other prizes of my birthday giveaway are GCs from Jollibee, and gift packs from Crystalderm Skincare, Toblerone and some of my favorite brands.

Winner's transportation costs/airfare, airport terminal fees, travel taxes (if applicable), travel insurance, pocket money, tour fees, meals expenses apart from breakfast that is included in the package, and other personal expenses will not be shouldered by Ferra Hotel and shall be for the sole account of the winner.
The prize is valid from July to October 2015 only.
Prior reservations are required. Subject to room availability.
Resort's standard re-booking and cancellation policies will apply.
Prize is not convertible to cash and is not transferrable.

Rock your way to a romantic getaway! To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below and leave a comment telling me which part of Ferra Hotel you love the most.  The lucky winner will be selected at random on Tuesday, June 30th. A video of the actual raffle will be posted as well. The winner will be notified via his/her email address. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Update: Congratulations to the winner! :)  Thanks for all those who joined and don't be sad if you didn't win because they have another giveaway!


Like! Comment! Share!  and  win  3 days 2 nights stay at  Ferra Hotel Boracay!

All you have to do is tag your friend on the comment section of this post 
(https://www.facebook.com/ferrahotel/posts/659616217508571) with whom you would want to share the prize with & tell why you both deserve to win this hotel voucher! Then like and share it with the hashtag ‪#‎AirAsiainBoracay‬ to inform your friends about this! Visit Ferra Hotel Boracay and AirAsia Philippines official Facebook pages for more details!

Ferra Hotel is located at Bulabog Balabag Boracay Island, Malay Aklan, Philippines 5908
Contact Numbers: (036) 288-1177 TO 79,  +639 176 809 137
Email: sales@ferrahotel.com
Website: http://www.ferrahotel.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ferrahotel/
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72 comments:

  1. I want to have a romantic getaway at Ferra Hotel Boracay because honestly I wanna experience going to Boracay and staying in a very nice, comfy hotel with my partner. I want to celebrate our 4th year anniversary there and it was our dream to have a staycation and dip in the beach. This would be the best gift that we could ever receive if ever I will win. I also wanna experience what you've experience during your stay in Ferra Hotel Boracay, I wanna be treated like a queen even if just for once :) Thanks for this giveaway.

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  2. Oh, wow! Happy Kaarawan, Ms. Rochelle!
    Never been to Bora, or travel anywhere. This will definitely will make me a person, sabi nga "Tao na ko!" Hahahhah! But surely, another experience with a handsome buddy with me will make a lot of difference.

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  3. Just wanna surprise him on his birthday on August! I want to make that day special for him. Really hoping to win ^_^

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    1. My favorite part is to see the perfect view of sunset with Him. How romantic was that! ^_^

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  4. I want to spend our anniversary there. :)

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  5. If i win the couple packages,Will my 2 kids included in the package?hihi BTW Thank you so much for the chance,and belated happy birthday po,I'm at 20's pa but you look younger than me, =( anong secret mo?

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  6. I really love to win this because I want to surprise my hubby on our 9th wedding anniversary on june 29 <3

    Lovely Joy Merced
    bundlesofjoy@rocketmail.com

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  7. I would love to win this because going to Boracay is one of my dream destination and it would be so great to celebrate this opportunity with my hubby.

    Melissa Naomi Legara
    misai.legara@yahoo.com

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  8. I want to spend quality time with family and have a 2nd honeymoon here.

    Allan Reyes
    allanoreyes@gmail.com

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  9. I'd love win because we've been planning to go to Boracay on our son's 7th birthday but due to limited budget, we're having second thoughts if we will pursue our plan. If ever I win, sure na sure matutuloy na po kami since libre na ang accommodation, we can save a lot. This will also be a great way to bond with my husband and son. Thanks for this awesome giveaway po. Happy Birthday :)

    Cy Valencia
    cyvalcy29@yahoo.com

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  10. I want to have a romantic getaway at Ferra Hotel Boracay so we could celebrate our 10th year wedding anniv. in a more special way.

    Maria Elizabeth P. Andres
    mariaelizabeth_pablo@yahoo.com

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  11. I would love to spend our anniversary there!

    Krystle Gayle Tolentino
    sandracutie_velez@yahoo.com

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  12. I would love to spend our 12th anniversary here with my hubby perfect for quality bonding, never been to boracay before truly magnificient and perfect place and view.. Oh how I truely wish!!

    Maricel Fajardo
    m_mendiola08@yahoo.com

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  13. I want to spend my birthday and our 34th anniversary there. if I win!

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  14. I want to have a romantic getaway at Ferra Hotel Boracay because it's my Birthday on july 19 and on August it's our 17 yrs Wedding Anniversary I was hoping me and my husband will celebrate my 42nd Birthday there in Ferra Hotel In Boracay plus our Wedding Anniversary too, I believe this is the best time and best days being with the one I love. <3 <3 <3 .

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  15. I want to have a romantic getaway at Ferra Hotel Boracay because I've never been to Boracay since birth. Now I have family of my own, we always love to experience new places and surely with the experienced that you've shared with us, will have fun that we can treasure a life time. If I won, this is the perfect gift I'll be giving to my husband as my 10th wedding anniversary treat.

    More power to your blog and God bless your lovely family Mommy Michelle.

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  16. I want to have a romantic getaway at Ferra Hotel Boracay with my mama because I want to take her on a vacation and we both have never been to Boracay. It will be the perfect gift after our stressfull peak season at our small business and a mothers day celebration as well since we were not able to celebrate last May. My mom has never been on vacation since she had her family because she needs to work double time as she is the only one working for the 3 of us her children.

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  17. i want to have a romantic getaway with my husband at Ferra Hotel Boracay to celebrate our 8 years anniversary..

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  19. I really love to win this romantic giveaway package because this would be a perfect place for me and my partner to bond and have a quality time together. We've never been to boracay, they say that boracay is a wonderful place for a couple. Ferra Hotel Boracay is a wonderful place to stay in because it has a good ambiance, very relaxing..

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  20. There's nothing perfect spending your precious time in a beautiful paradise. And only you and Ferral Hotel Boracay will make this happen! Hope to win so I can experience this romantic getaway! :)))



    Riyalyn Gatdula
    raingatdula@gmail.com

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  21. *There's nothing perfect spending your precious time in a beautiful paradise with your special someone.

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  22. We never had the chance to spend summer in any of the planned vacation because of some priorities that needed to be attended first. I love to spend a romantic getaway here :)

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  23. I want to have a romantic getaway at Ferra Hotel Boracay Because i want to treat my hard working husband, our very first honeymoon on a very special place!

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  24. I Want to Win this Awesome Romantic Getaway at Famous Ferra Hotel Boracay for my Hubby , I Will Pray for this because if i win/won i want to spend my Wedding Anniversary at Ferra Hotel Boracay with my Husband ... this is my chance .. i' m hoping to win ...

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  25. Because im a recent bride and weve been very busy so we didnt get the chance to spend that special kind of honeymoon , or a romantic getaway ever. boracay! its actually one of my dream place to be at. given the source and chance id love to go there and spend some romantic nights with my husband. i saw the pics of ferra hotel and i fell inlove and they say i should be well rested and happy for a blessing to come kicking on my womb, been prayerfor that!;)

    so i really am praying to win this chance of a lifetime bora offer!;)

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  27. Boracay holds a special place in my heart. This is where my fiance and I celebrated our first 100 days as a couple. We both love the atmosphere of Boracay -- chill and all good vibes. Now that we're about to tie the knot (we're getting married in December), going back to Boracay is in the plans and what better way to celebrate this new milestone in our lives than by spending it in Boracay's newest hub, Ferra Hotel Boracay. I'm so glad that we have this chance to experience it for free. God bless you!

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  28. i really want to experience this wonderful treat b'coz my husband and i haven't experienced such an expensive hotel accomodation and this will be perfect since it's been so long that we dated together.

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  29. I Wish and I Want to WIN this Amazing Giveaway of yours Ms. r0ckstarm0mma for my wife ... if i win this is the best gift for our Wedding Anniversary , this Giveaway of r0ckstarm0mma and Ferra Hotel Boracay is the best and suit for me and for my wife...

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  30. I Wish and I Want to WIN this Amazing Giveaway of yours Ms. r0ckstarm0mma for my wife ... if i win this is the best gift for our Wedding Anniversary , this Giveaway of r0ckstarm0mma and Ferra Hotel Boracay is the best and suit for me and for my wife...

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  31. simply because i haven't been to boracay.

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  32. I haven't been to Boracay & This would be perfect for our 2nd honeymoon!

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  33. I want to celebrate my hubby's 35 birthday on june 30 and a wedding anniversary at the same time. Since then he always surprises me. This time it's my turn naman to make him happy. And grant his wish to go at ferra. His dream destination ever. I saw the photos and I can resist the nature. It's says.......... Halika, namnamin mo ang ganda ng paligid dito. :) I love to go there since I am a cancer zodiac sign,who loves to travel. Please make it as me and hubby's bonding/ anniversary/ birthday/ unwinding /relaxing date.

    Crystal Cruz
    crystalcruz1986@yahoo.com

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  34. I want to have a romantic getaway at Ferra Hotel Boracay with my hubby because we have not yet visited Boracay and through this contest, we will be giving a chance to see the beauty of Boracay. This may be an avenue to have another honeymoon since our son is already 10 years old. Also, it will help us to relax from everyday stress at work.

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  35. My favorite part of Ferra hotel is The Ruf.. It is the best place for me to get rid of stress and be relaxed.. Also, a place where you can experience a great view of sunrise and sunset...

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  36. RUF! It is the perfect spot to relax and swim leisurely, day or night. With its cozy ambiance and modern style interiors plus surrounded by lush tropical plants, definitely, a two thumbs-up and a stress-free vacay! �� Can't wait!!!

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  37. My wife and I are really looking forward to go to Boracay. We never had a chance to have a romantic getaway since we had our daughter 2 years ago and based on the reviews, Ferra Hotel Boracay is a romantic place to be. I know that we both need a break from the stress of our jobs and for doing household chores since we do not have a househelp, and for raising a toddler. This getaway will be a big help for us to regain our strength, refuel our tired bodies, and reflect and contemplate for all the blessings we have received and to refocus on where and what do we want our life to go.

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  38. For our work's hustle and bustle and for the stress of raising a toddler, doing household chores, and facing everyday stress I know that it is a must that me and my hubby go to a getaway and Ferra Hotel Boracay is the best place to be. I want to go there with him and have a romantic getaway. The facilities of the place is the best spot for us to contemplate and the scenic views I believe will help us to be recharged and for sure, winning this one will be an avenue for us to be focused and determined again to face the reality of life in the city.

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  39. I would love to go to Boracay with my travel buddy because this is the best reWARD EVER!

    christopher amo
    christopher.amo85@yahoo.com

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  40. I want to have a romantic getaway at Ferra Hotel Boracay because I am newly married (Mya 2, 2015) and we haven't had the chance to spend our honeymoon yet. We would be forever grateful if we will be chosen to be rewarded with this gift.

    Michelle Anne S. Sy
    syanne717@yahoo.com

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  41. My hubby and I love out of town trips..its time again for a getaway this time to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary!

    Rachelle Therese F. Gonzales
    dimplesgon@yahoo.com

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  42. I want to have a romantic getaway at Ferra Hotel Boracay because I've never been to Boracay. I want to celebrate it with my first LOVE. We want to experience the sunset at the roof deck bar at Ferra Hotel. :))

    God Bless and More Power.

    joannachristinejose@yahoo.com

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  43. I would love to win because checking in @ Ferra Hotel and experience Boracay will definitely be a magical experience~ !!


    Yolanda Amo
    yolanda.amo1025@gmail.com

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  44. I would love to win to celebrate my daughter's 2nd birthday in that paradise! :)

    Maria Pascua
    mma.pascua@gmail.com

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  46. I NEVER had a boyfriend-girlfriend date with my husband (we're married for 3 years with 3 kids) and this getaway experience will surely be a memorable one!

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  47. Love the part where you can relax and chill at the roof deck bar. Perfect way to end a tiring yet definitely fun day with your loved ones :)

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  48. my family loves boracay. staying in ferra hotel with hospitable people will be a blast. i never heard of that kind of feedback before. its all about the room, bed, food etc. i think staffs like that will make you feel at home that you just want to stay there. super excited to go back there and hopefully stay at their hotel.

    aeschylene dela cruz
    daeschylene@gmail.com

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  49. dreaming to have a vacation at ferra hotel with my family ..hope i win

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  50. I want to experience the beautiful paradise of Boracay! :)

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  51. I want to have a romantic getaway with my husband at Ferra Hotel Boracay to celebrate our 9 years anniversary on July 16 2015.
    I really like to experience and watch the beautiful sunset at the roof deck which is my favorite part.
    I hope we win.Thanks for this giveaway.More power and God bless you more.

    Glena Pelagio
    yumicute16@gmail.com

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  52. I want to experience it with my MOM, she needs a vacation, especially its from Ferra!

    Kany Vic Perez
    alex246813@yahoo.com

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  53. I would love to win the romantic giveaway because I'd like to give it as a gift to my mom and tatay when he goes on vacation here in the Philippines from work in Dubai. My father is an ofw and I think he and my mother deserves a good treat

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  54. I would love to win the romantic getaway because I'd like my mom and dad to experience to have time for each other. To be happy and to spice up more there relationship . All I want is for them to enjoy and to be happy on in a while. They really deserves this 🌟

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  55. July 9 is my birthday, on that day I will be forty but I'm still single, anyway rain or shine, with or without date I still want to celebrate my birthday. If I win this awesome prize I will use it on my special day, At sana bago dumating ang aking kaarawan makilala kuna ang babaeng makakasama ko habang buhay or may be she's already in Boracay waiting for me.

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  56. I want a romantic getaway for two so I can spend some quality time with my honey ( :

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  57. just want to see and experience the beauty of boracay with my wife

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  58. I would love to experience the once in a lifetime staycation @ Loft Suite at Ferra Hotel with my husband as part of our 8th years anni.

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  59. I would like to have a romantic getaway with my husband in Boracay to celebrate our 3rd anniversary. :)

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  60. Hi, Mommy Michelle!

    I'm your winner on this giveaway. I'm sorry for replying very late on your email, I've not checked on my yahoo mailbox for a while. Anyway, reply sent and I'll patiently wait for your reply. I wish to book for October 23-25 on Ferra Hotel. This will be my suprise for Husband for his birthday. Ill book a ticket as soon as I receive your reply. More power to you wonderful blog. Rock on!

    Blessings!

    Richelle

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  61. where does the shuttle service go to ~ from~ ? thanks

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  62. Very informative! Thanks for posting this!!

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