Connected means productive: Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria partners with Smart Communications

“We are excited to partner with Crowne Plaza to deliver another pioneering service in the Philippines. With Smart’s ultrafast and reliable mobile broadband coverage, guests can stay connected and productive whether they are inside or outside of hotel premises,” said Michelle Curran, Data and International Services Marketing Head at Smart.

“With Smart’s reliable Smart Bro Pocket WiFi service, we can give guests exactly what they need to make their stay with us successful, rewarding, and enjoyable,” said Ian Reid, General Manager of Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria.

Above: Smart and Crowne Plaza executives signing the agreement. 

Aside from the hotel’s wireless iInternet and broadband connection, Smart Bro’s Pocket WiFi device will be given to corporate clients as an additional amenity, which they can bring with them anywhere when they book at Crowne Plaza. That’s reliable high speed Internet plus the ability to serve as a WiFi hotspot and connect up to 10 devices. Right now, the mobile connectivity provided is 3G. The device is assigned one per room.

Left to right: James R Jorge (Smart Broadband Prepaid Acquisitions Manager), Richard Mathew M. Dimagiba (Smart Broadband Prepad Senior Manager), Michelle P. Curran (First VP Smart Data and International Services), Trixie De Chavez (Crowne Plaza Director of Sales and Marketing), and Janice Tiambeng (Crowne Plaza Director of Sales). 

Right now, Smart operates more than 10,000 4G-capable (HSPA+, LTE/LTE-A) sites around the country backed by four times more fiber power that delivers the fastest and most advanced broadband services from anywhere in the country.

Visit for mobile broadband offers and contact Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria for inquiries and reservations through telephone number 6337222 or email them

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for