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Color Manila Race-cation Experience at City Garden Suites

Two weekends ago, Color Manila celebrated their 7th year of existence with a race at the Mall of Asia grounds. I have not been doing any early-morning runs lately, so I knew it was going to be hard to roll out of bed for the assembly and gunstart. Thankfully, City Garden Suites had just launched their “race-cation” packages and asked me to review them because they planned to offer them throughout the year for races in the Pasay and Manila areas.

It was the perfect opportunity to hit the figurative “two birds with one stone” because I really did want to race, cross the finish line, and reignite my competitive spark. Watch my race-cation experience in this vlog, then get more details below.

City Garden Suites is a full-service three-star hotel in the Ermita, Manila area, newly renovated with 142 hotel rooms and five function rooms.

If you have a mind to do some sightseeing, City Garden Suites also has tour partnerships with attractions in the area, such as Manila Ocean Park, the Dessert Museum, and Bambike Eco-Tours — so you can book right from the reception desk!

I really appreciated the convenience of staying so close to the race venue (five kilometers to the Mall of Asia grounds), with a guaranteed car transfer to the start on race morning. It allowed me to sleep a little longer and arrive at the starting line less stressed because I didn’t have to worry about driving through traffic or finding parking.

The buffet breakfast was also tasty and something to look forward to after my exertion, even though I think the three kilometers I ran didn’t justify how much I ate!

There are so many races held in Manila, but not all runners live in the city. With starting times getting earlier for the longer distances and traffic getting worse even in the early morning hours, if you really want to perform at your best for an “A” race, a race-cation makes sense.

City Garden Suites’ race-cation packages are:

Couple Package (PHP 3,998)

  • One Superior Room for 2 persons
  • Buffet Breakfast for 2 persons
  • 1-Hour Massage for 2 persons
  • Welcome Drinks
  • Free Drop-Off Service to Race Venue in Manila/Pasay

Barkada Package (PHP 4,998)

  • One Bedroom Suite for 4 persons
  • Buffet Breakfast for 4 persons
  • 4 Bottles of Beer
  • Hawaiian Pizza
  • Welcome Drinks
  • Free Drop Off Service to Race Venue in Manila/Pasay

Book these packages at least 3 days prior to race day. For more info and to book, visit

About Noelle De Guzman

Noelle De Guzman is a freelance writer and recreational athlete with over 12 years of experience in fitness and endurance sport. She believes sport and an active healthy lifestyle changes lives.

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