Seda Centrio Officially Welcomes Christmas

Last November 18, Seda Centrio Hotel officially welcomed the Christmas season through a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The event gathered some of the hotel’s most loyal patrons, supporters, and friends, along with the staff led by Seda’s manager, Armand Angeles.

In a short program hosted by ABS-CBN TV host Nicole Abas Datayan, HM Armand thanked the guests and the hotel’s regular patrons. After which, Chef Malek El Safadi, Seda’s newest family member, then went onstage to introduce his team, as well as to share with guests all the special dishes he was cooking up for Kagay-anons for the holiday season.

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Chef Malek and his team.

Before the Christmas tree was officially lit, guests enjoyed the special buffet spread prepared by Chef Malek. The kind chef prepared Lebanese, French, Egyptian, and Italian dishes. The lineup included four different types of salad, Bacon Wrap, Shrimp Curry, Saj Rolls, Potato Croquette, and Roast Pork Liempo, which was an instant hit among guests. Cocktail drinks were also served throughout the night. The buffet spread is a sampling of what Seda will be serving its guests for the duration of the Christmas season.

After enjoying Chef Malek’s feast, the guests were ushered to Misto, where a grand Christmas tree stood in the middle of the lounge. Together with Department of Tourism Regional Director Catalino E. Chan III and Miss Cagayan de Oro 2016 Sherlyn Legaspi, hotel manager Armand officially lit Seda Centrio’s Christmas tree.

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To add to the merry Christmas spirit, Corpus Christi Grade School’s The Falsettos serenaded the guests with some Christmas carols. Their sweet voices soared through the hotel lounge, brightening up the already festive atmosphere.

Before the event ended, HM Armand, and Ms. Carol Valdez of the hotel’s marketing and sales team, picked out several winners for the raffle draw. Some guests took home Misto gift certificates, while one lucky lady received the grand prize of an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s premiere rooms.

Aside from officially welcoming the Christmas season, the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony served as a peek into Seda Centrio Hotel’s special treats for December. The hotel’s Seasons Specials include the Banquet Blowout and the Festive Buffets. The Banquet Blowout is for events with a minimum of 25 persons from December 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.  Seda’s Festive Buffets will be from Mondays to Saturdays, 6pm to 10pm, from December 5 to 23, 2016. For more information about the hotel’s December specials, please contact 088-323 8888 or 0917-577 5910. You may also send an email to reservations.cdo@sedahotels.com.

Happy holidays, everyone!

Chef Malek El Safadi: Bringing the Flavors of the World to CDO

(Press Release by MFPoblete)

The newest addition to the Seda Centrio family is an accomplished chef who brings with him world class experiences.

Chef Malek El Safadi is well-versed in the culinary world. In fact, he shares his knowledge and expertise through the many culinary art mentorships he has done (and continues to do). Apart from his stint as the Corporate Executive Chef for renowned hotels here and abroad, Chef Malek also spent nine years (1989 to 1998) with The King of Saudi Arabia, serving as General Head Chef and Nutrition Consultant for His Royal Highness.

Passion for Culinary Arts

Born on January 24 in Alieh, Beirut, Chef Malek completed his BS in Agriculture Engineering at the University of Santo Tomas in 1985. A year later, he found himself at the Lebanon School of Culinary Arts, where he eventually finished his HRM degree, with a major in Massive Food Caterings. Not one to easily rest on his laurels, Chef Malek went to the Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation in Lucena for his Hotels & Restaurant Management studies.

After completing the course in 1997, he continued his quest for knowledge and excellence. From 1997 to 1998, Chef Malek was at The Culinary Institute of America, where he eventually completed his training for Fine Dining.

While in training, Chef Malek was also working. He had stints at MGM in Las Vegas and even shared his culinary skills while training at the Taj Mahal in India. Training as an International Corporate Executive Chef, he said, means allowing yourself to be “involved in all the flavors of the world”. Thus, Chef Malek took every opportunity to learn and grow in his chosen field.

One of the reasons for Chef Malek’s successful culinary journey is his passion and love for culinary arts. This is evident in his quest for continuous knowledge even when he is already considered one of the best. This determination and willgness to learn and do better is what helped Chef Malek carve a respectable image in the international culinary field.

Training People to Provide Excellent Service

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Chef Malek. (Photo by Vincent Tom Udasco)

Aside from his stints as Corporate Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage of world class hotels and resorts, Chef Malek was also consultant and trainer for different hotels in the Makati CBD.

Chef Malek believes that providing excellent service does not only mean serving the best dishes. Excellent service means offering the most comfortable rooms, first class amenities, good public relations, and everything else that a hotel or restaurant can offer. This is why the training and consultancy work he does is essential in helping achieve an establishment’s goals.

Bringing Interesting International Flavors to CDO

Chef Malek comes from a culinary family that owns a chain of restaurants. So his passion for creating unique dishes is understandable. As his training and specialty is whipping up international culinary masterpieces, this is what he brings to Cagayan de Oro as he starts his journey as the newest chef for Seda Centrio’s Misto.

Misto is known for its exceptional buffets and culinary specials. It is one of the few hotels in the city that offers fresh treats using the most natural (organic) ingredients. This makes Misto the perfect venue for Chef Malek to flex his culinary muscles.

“My specialties are dishes from all the Arab countries, and Italian cuisine. We’ll be having authentic Shawarma here at Misto. This will be on the new menu.” And yes, there will be pizza; but it will be different  from the usual,” he teases. “I produce everything from scratch. Our pizza does not use ready-made sauce. We also have hamburgers, but I do not use extenders on them. There is no artificial flavor (MSG) in my dishes.”

Chef Malek follows a strict procedure when cooking, one that keeps the dishes fresh and tasty. His entrees are always oozing with colors and flavors. A colorful meal is important because, according to the chef, “The eyes always eat first before the mouth.”

This is what diners at Misto will experience every time they indulge in a culinary treat at the hotel. Chef Malek and his team will prepare an array of local and international fusion dishes for Seda Centrio’s themed buffets. Some of these treats include the Chicken Salad with three different lettuce types, all organic, and with freshly made dressing; and a unique salmon dish. Each is designed to cater to the varying choices of diners, so you’re sure to have an unforgettable culinary experience at Seda!

Experience the colorful, inviting, and mouthwatering culinary masterpieces of Chef Malek, including Arabic, Italian and local with a twist. Visit Misto at Seda Centrio now. For inquiries and reservations, you can call (088) 3238888 or 0917-577 5910. Who knows? If you get there early, you might even meet the good chef!

Seda Centrio Celebrates Oktoberfest

(Press Release)

Beer lovers all over the world rejoice every time October sets in because it means one whole month of beer festivals. These festivals are known as Oktoberfest celebrations.

Oktoberfest originated in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, where an annual beer festival and traveling funfair takes place from middle or late September to early October. Considered an integral part of Bavarian culture, the festival is celebrated in different ways around the world. The central figure in all these celebrations is beer; large amounts of it, plus food and some music.

In the Philippines, Oktoberfest is celebrated with music and food. Throughout October, various concerts featuring the country’s top bands are held in different venues around the country. Restaurants and hotels also come up with special events to commemorate these Oktoberfest celebrations. Some of these events feature popular German food like sausages.

Here in Cagayan de Oro, Seda Centrio Hotel’s Misto is one of the establishments offering special treats for the Oktoberfest celebrations.

Beer Time

Oktoberfest actually started early at Seda as it introduced Beer Time at Misto last August. This is perfect for beer lovers who want to unwind after a challenging day at the office.

From Monday to Friday, guests at Misto you can order all your favorite local beers at a discounted price of Php80. For a more satisfying Beer Time experience, you can pair off your beer with any of the restaurant’s Snack Platters. If you want something sweet and spicy, go for the Sweet Beef Tapa with Spicy Coconut Dip. If you prefer to take your beer with something fried, try Misto’s Crispy Squid Heads.

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Other Snack Platter choices are Tokwa’t Baboy, Sisig Sipa, Sinuglaw, and one of their bestsellers, Cheeseboard. Prices for these platters are reasonable, ranging from Php180 to Php350.

In case you prefer other alcoholic drinks, you can have them at 30% off per glass.

Beer Time at Misto is from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Oktoberfest at Misto

Oktoberfest celebration at Seda Centrio is special this year.

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From today until October 22, you and your friends can celebrate world’s largest beer festival at Misto. For only Php699, savor all the mouthwatering grilled sausages that you can. Pair this with one free round of iced tea, or you can order your favorite beer or alcoholic beverage at a special discounted price.

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Oktoberfest at Misto is from 6pm to 10pm.

Misto is located at the 4th floor of Seda Centrio Hotel. For more information and for your reservations, please contact 088-323 8888 or 0917-577 5910. You may also send an email to reservations.cdo@sedahotels.com.

Cheers! Prost! See you at Seda Centrio!

Armand Angeles: Seda Centrio’s New Hotel Manager

“I’d like to think that I was born for the hospitality industry.” These are the words of Armand Angeles, the new hotel manager of Seda Centrio.

Ever since he can remember, he has always wanted to be involved in something connected with the hospitality industry. Growing up, he wanted to be a chef and open his own restaurant. Then he realized that he was not cut out for a job in the kitchen; that cooking, for him, was more for entertaining.

Luckily for Armand, his true destiny was waiting for him. After working in Edinburgh, Scotland’s The Bonham Hotel in various positions (duty manager, receptionist, and F&B associate), he found Seda. Or rather, Seda found him.

From October 2012 to July 2013, Armand was the Night Manager for Seda BGC (Bonifacio Global City), a pioneer who started with the pre-opening team. In July 2013, he was offered the position of Front Office Manager, which he held on to until January of 2014.

Armand’s dedication and commitment to his job, coupled with his excellent people skills, led him to Seda Nuvali. He served as the hotel’s Front Office Manager from January 2014 to February 2016. In March this year, he was named OIC-Hotel Manager for the said hotel.

In between his busy schedule managing the hotel, Armand also helps out in setting up the facilities and in training people wherever a new Seda hotel is opening. He did it for Seda Nuvali and likewise assisted in the Seda Centrio opening. Little did he know that he was coming back a few years later as its Hotel Manager. It was a new challenge for him, but he readily accepted.

The hotelier, who has a BA in Business Management from Scotland’s Napier University, is excited about his change of environment. “Everything right now is different for me. Having lived in busy cities for most of my life, moving outside is a change for me,” Armand confessed. “Also, I know I now have a bigger responsibility resting on my shoulders,” he added.

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Armand finds all these exciting. And he likes the fact that Kagay-anons are making it easier for him to adapt to his new environment. “Everyone, even the people welcoming me into the hotel, is just so friendly.” He admits, though, that he has yet to master the dialect.

Aside from his people skills (he likes to go around talking to people) and his dedication to efficient customer service, Armand’s strength lies in the fact that he has built a career with Seda. “I’ve grown up with the company. Its culture is ingrained in me.” He vows to pass on whatever he has learned to the Seda Centrio family. At the same time, he knows he will learn a lot from Kagay-anons.

Young as he is, Armand knows what he needs and wants to do to continue the relationship that Seda has started with Kagay-anons and their guests. He knows the advantage the hotel has over the others. “In terms of service, we are up there,” he said.

At Seda, everyone is treated like a member of the family. Guests who frequent the hotel are often surprised by how much the servers remember their preferences. It’s easy to extend personal service to guests. Hotel employees also communicate with each other freely, so that when a regular guest comes in, they immediately know what to do.  One can say, “Mr. John Doe is here with us again. Don’t forget, he likes his room this way,” and the others will easily pick up from there.

These are small acts that create a big impact, and this is what Armand hopes to continue. “I really don’t want to do anything drastically different than what my predecesor has already done here,” he said. His intention is to stay consistent to the brand’s international standards and for Seda to continue growing.

With his dedication and commitment, coupled with years of experience in the hotel industry, Armand is sure to achieve the goals he set for the hotel – and for himself – in no time at all. But, he’s not in a hurry. In fact, he intends to stay here for a long time.