Azalea Residences Baguio

Few days ago, had it's first ever out-of-town workshop, held at the posh Azalea Residences Baguio. Dubbed as DigitalFilipino Club's “E-Commerce / Digital Marketing Business Model Review,” the workshop aims to educate and update its members to the current trends and techniques when it comes to e-commerce & digital marketing.

We left Manila around 6PM en route to Baguio, had a quick stop over in Gerona for our dinner and tried to take a bloggers group pic at the famous Lion's Head when we got there.

our room

kitchen and dining area fit for 4 persons.

We finally arrived at Azalea Residences around 11PM.  The place is so beautiful! The area is quiet & well-maintained. Staffs and securities are on standby 24/7, in case we need them.  Our room has 3 flat-screen LCD TV, two on the rooms and one in the living area. Our room has two bedroom unit, balcony that let you smell the pine trees nearby, 2 bathroom with bathtub, fully equipped kitchen & dining area and 2 bedroom with queen-sized beds.

Azalea Residences Baguio is perfect place for family gatherings. A right venue for your corporate events!

elevator lobby

Azalea Residences is the freshest addition to the flourishing hospitality industry in the Philippines! They offer the brand of convenience and amenities of top hotels overseas yet maintaining the natural texture and traditional character of the Philippines. A holiday haven for sure!

view from the 4th floor.

Their on-site facilities and amenities include: Lobby Lounge, Playground, Coffee Shop, Business Center, Wi-fi Internet connection, Souvenir Shop, NDD, DDD, DID, Drivers' Lounge & Sleeping Dormitories, 24-Hour Doctor On Call, Safety Deposit Box, Handicapped Accessible. Soon, they will have a Spa, Gym & a Swimming Pool.

if the need arises, they also have a Business Center.

To make your stay worry-free and rejuvenating, Azalea Residences Baguio offers the following services: Spa & Massage Services, Tour Arrangement & Vacation Services, Laundry & Dry Cleaning Management, In-Room Dining, Transportation Arrangement to and from Manila, A 24-hour Front Desk, Daily housekeeping included in the room rate and Private bathroom for each unit.

After checking-in, we immediately hit the sack to get some energy for the full day ahead!

The DigitalFilipino Club's “E-Commerce / Digital Marketing Business Model Review workshop was held at the Function Room of Tradition Restaurant of Azalea Residences Baguio.

Each stay at Azalea Residences is inclusive of a buffet breakfast at Tradition Restaurant, located at the right side of Ground Level. From 6AM to 10AM you can enjoy a wide array of food ranging from Filipino breakfast to Intercontinental or American. There are freshly cooked pancakes & eggs with choices of fresh juice or coffee.

After our breakfast, we immediately started with our workshop at the Function Room. The E-Commerce / Digital Marketing Business Model Review was headed by Ms. Janette Toral, founder and owner of We started the workshop by introducing ourselves. Present in the workshop are the digital team from 7-11, KFC,, SysGen,, etc.

The first part of our workshop about E-Commerce / Digital Marketing Business Model review, is composed of Business Model Canvas building blocksPlotting of current business model and challenges and later on, Feedback session.

Each of us was given a task of doing our own business canvass based on our lesson. Mine was called "Blog Speak" a mock blog network like Blog4Reviews & Nuffnang.

The second part is the Review of emerging and popular business models, that includes Customer-centric business model designBlue-ocean strategy and Presentation of revised business model canvas.

I liked the part where we're given a task to do our own Business Model Canvass, we we're supposed to present it with a slideshow presentation in front of other workshop attendees, so everyone can learn from everyone. But due to time constraint, few of us didn't make it.

Anyway I chose to do a mock-up blog network that I called Blog Speak, a business that will run just like Blog4Reviews/Nuffnang. It will be a medium between brands & bloggers. Since I didn't have the chance to present this, I will just blog about it :D Below are the full details:
  • Consumer Segments: Bloggers wanting to have an extra income and added contents on their blogs / Brands who wants cost effective way of advertising.
  • Costumer Relationships: One-on-one, repeat, Cross-sell & Upsell.
  • Channels: Social Networks, Events, E-mails, PR's, Website & Mobile.
  • Revenue Streams: Commision fee per blog post done and Coordinator fee.
  • Cost Structures: Website domain & hosting, Site maintenance. Pay-out fee to bloggers.
  • Value Proposition: Carefully chosen bloggers, Honors non-disclosure, No minimum pay-out required.
  • Key Resources: SERP, Presence in social sites.
  • Key Activities: Blogger management, advertiser pitches, Join e-commerce conferences & expo or digital marketing activities and/or networking.
  • Key Partners: Bloggers/Micro-Bloggers as content publisher. Future partners as advertisers.
While others present their business canvass model, bloggers, toured the whole Azalea Residences with their marketing head.

8o Lounge (Eight Degrees Lounge) is located at the right side ground floor of Azalea.

view from the ground floor when you looked up :)

the area that leads to the playground and the picturesque front are of Azalea Residences Baguio.

The Playground filled with flowers and plants. Of course I tried the swing! ;)

They also have a huge tent for your event needs. This is located just beside the hotel, at the back of the playgrounds.

Impressive facade will greet travelers and guests of Azalea.

The Azalea Globe. Azalea is actually the name of a flower. Yep! those pink flowers you can see from this photo.

Our room in the fourth floor has the same balcony. But ours is near the pine trees!

Before our dinner we had a quick stop at 'The Mansion' for photo-op.

We had our super filling dinner at Kalapaw, a hole in the wall restaurant famous for its boodle fight. This one has a whole friend chicken, bangus sisig, sinanglao, deep fried hito, tinumok, inihaw na pusit & assorted pickles. They have a big serving of kalapaw fried rice, fit for a construction worker! :D

That night is the first time that I ride a Baguio cab with only P30 flag down rate. :) We head back to Azalea Residences. Got silly with other bloggers wearing our Azalea bathrobes, we called the night, Bathrobe Party! :D Had a long chit-chat with bloggers at the veranda of our room while we smell the pine trees! haha. We slept around 12AM as we ready ourselves for the Day 2 of our workshop.

Our Day 2 started with the workshop on Digital Influencers Framework, Profiling, Social Media, and SEO Influences and followed by the second batch of presentation of Business Canvass Model of members.

“Influenced” or “Be Influenced,” that's one of the things I learned during this workshop. In this digital times being an influence to other people is really important. If your a blogger or a business owner influencing their decision to follow you, or liking you or, being a fan of you is not an easy task. Also you have to know what is the need of the people.

At around 2PM, we check-out of our rooms at Azalea Residences and had a tour around Baguio City.

our first stop was the Pink Sisters Convent.

bought Ube Jam & Strawberry Jelly at Good Shepherd. The view from above is breathtaking! Did a quick stop at Mines View Park but since I already visited it for several times already, I didn't get off. Plus, its raining too, other companions get off to buy pasalubong like walis hehe ;)

merienda at Choco-Late de Batirol and for the first time I tried their tsokolate, suman & bibingka. Wow. YUMMY! Perfect for the wet weather there. Then, we visited the Eco Trails at Camp John Hay. Then we head on to Kennon Road and visited the market to buy strawberries & strawberry crinkles. Flowers there are so cheap. Well that's Baguio!

After a long ride, we arrived at Gerona, Tarlac around 8PM. We had dinner at the fun ISDAAN by Barrio Fiesta. I recommended the place , since I saw it when we went to Lingayen for Palarong Pambansa 2012, luckily they all agreed. The place is like a theme park + restaurant. The kid in me comes out! :D

We we're so busy touring the whole place, we didn't know dinner was served already :) Each serving of rice is P100?! WTF! :D But it's so sarap! Super worth it.

Every visit at Baguio City is super enjoyable and Azalea Residences makes it much more FUN! I will come back for sure! :))



  1. seems you had a really fun and educational time in Baguio

  2. Nice and cozy accommodation you have there in Baguio.

  3. this is nice! AZALEA Residences is beautiful!

  4. Wow, learned a lot from your post. I've been to Baguio a number of times but I haven't try Azalea. Will definitely book there on my next Baguio trip. Nice post! Keep it up!

  5. I mean haven't tried

  6. Every visit at Baguio is always adventuresome. Azalea seems to be nice, do you happen to know the accommodation rate, so that we could stay there the next time we hit the road to Baguio.
    And Isdaan! I really want to go there, sooooon!

  7. I'll keep the Azalea Residences when we travel to Baguio. I wonder how much their rates are.

  8. hi Joy & Renz!

    according to their website, this is their round-year rates:

    Deluxe Room 2-4 persons Php 6,000
    One Bedroom 2-4 persons Php 8,000
    Two Bedroom 4-6 persons Php 12,000
    Three Bedroom 5-8 persons Php 15,000

    currently, they have a promo now: get the 2 bedroom suites at 40% off!

  9. I've always wanted to visit Baguio, sadly, I never had the chance. But given the chance, I'll try Azalea Residences din. The place looks cozy and nice. It seems I wouldn't feel far from home.

  10. Great post! Pix were awesome. The food and Azalea was superbly presented. Haven't been to Baguio yet but hopefully soon, we'll be there with family.


  11. I keep seeing this Isdaan resto in my HS friends FB timeline. I'll be sure to drag my mom here when she gets her vacation.

  12. Never heard of this residence yet. I've been to Baguio for about 2x only I think... and I've been wanting to go back. I love the facade of the building and the interiors. There is somehow a European air to it :)

    Spanish Pinay

  13. I hope I to visit Baguio again in the future, btw, the place look great.

  14. What a lovely place! I really wish I could visit Baguio and stay there as well. Looks like you had a great time. Keep it up! :)

  15. It looks like an absolutely beautiful place to stay. And the food looks scrumptious. Hm, I may just be a wee bit hungry! Lol.

  16. Baguio is one of my favorite place in the Philippines. Believe it or not, I've been there ONCE. Hindi na naulit. I was planning to take my husband when he first visited Philippines. But I was pregnant, so the travel might be a hassle for me. We kept on delaying the plan. Up until now, we haven't been to Baguio. Fingers cross, in God's time Insha Allah makarating rin siya jan.

    Nice shots btw :)

  17. Seems really fun! :) not to mention that it's in Baguio!

  18. Hmm....I am afraid to go to Baguio but because of the pictures you posted and the Batirol (lol!) I am changing my mind now. :-)

  19. Why didn't I know about Batirol? Hmmmmmm. Anyways, you surely enjoy your stay in Baguio. Im sure a lot of money was spent for this.

  20. Azalea in Baguio still new right? Nywez, I don't know what I'm more envious of, your trip to Baguio or the workshop you've attended. I'm sure you're now upbeat with the latest trends and techniques in marketing or blogging. :-)

  21. great post!
    seems you had a very productive and relaxing week at Baguio!

    thanks for sharing Azalea, we are bound to Baguio next month, i'll put Azalea in my list of hotels :)

  22. Wow very beautiful! I check that out in case our family will have a vacation in Baguio. :) thanks for sharing

  23. Very informative blog . You obviously had a great time ! Thanks for sharing.

  24. Sulit na sulit ang stay sa Baguio. You had your seminar, stayed in a beautiful hotel and ate yummy dishes. A perfect business and leisure getaway.

  25. Grabe, everything looks so grand. PS. I shope at multiply :D

    (and congrats on being one of the emerging influential blogs of 2011)

  26. I am sure that you have brought with you a lot of learnings. Use them. Wish I can go to something like that too.

  27. This was a full package workshop - lectures, foodtrips, chitchats and beautiful place to stay/tour. :D Makapunta nga sa Azalea Residence... :D
    And sana magawa mo din yung Blog Speak project :) that'll be great and really helpful to bloggers.

  28. Baguio is in our travel list for the kids. We're putting off traveling with them though until they can fully enjoy the trips (which is hopefully just a couple of years away). You have sure given me plenty of ideas on where to take them when we do go to Baguio.

  29. Thank you for this comprehensive post! Whenever we pass through Isdaan it is always full so we have not had the chance to try their fare yet. Soon I hope.

    Azalea looks beautiful! i will definitely consider it the next time I get to go to Baguio. We'd love to visit again soon!

  30. Certainly, a nice place to stay while in Baguio.

  31. I've only been to Baguio once but it was memorable. Such a wonderful place to visit in the Philippines, I hope I could go visit again with my parents. Baguio is my mom's dream destination.

  32. indeed a beautiful and relaxing place. i hope i can join events like this. it was interesting and there are many things to learn.

  33. Fantastic photos! Nicely done!

  34. Just WOW! My favorite is the playground:D
    Late visit from BC Bloggers :)

  35. What a beautiful place! It is indeed a park and a resto.

  36. Is the playground open for public?