An Open Letter From The Management

 

To Our Valued Readers,

Manilatouch.com was founded to fulfill the following purposes:

  1. To provide a comprehensive directory that will aid spa-loving netizens in choosing where to spend their hard-earned money.
  2. To provide spa owners with an opportunity to promote their business online.

In 2011, we introduced the comments feature to provide an open forum for customer-to-customer and customer-to-business owner discussion.

We believe that this sort of interaction is mutually beneficial to customers and spa owners for the following reasons:

  1. The personal experience of others makes for a better-informed customer.
  2. Customer feedback is critical towards the success of ANY business.

Positive feedback should encourage business owners to maintain their quality of service.

Negative feedback is equally important, if not MORE important, as it allows business owners to improve their quality of service.

It has been our practice to allow comments to be posted with very little moderation or censorship because we value free-flowing discussion and open participation in the comments section.

However, a recent review of the comments section has caused us to reconsider.

Effective immediately, we are implementing a zero-tolerance policy with regards to the following:

  1. Comments containing sexual innuendo and activities including, but not limited to, “extra service”.
    Manilatouch.com does not and never will condone nor endorse the solicitation of payment for sexual favors
    .
  2. Comments containing personal and/or hateful attacks against fellow posters, massage therapists, spa establishments, and spa owners.

While we at manilatouch.com wholeheartedly believe in every person’s right to self-expression, we take this opportunity to gently remind our readers that these rights are not absolute.

We must recognize that as we exercise “self-expression” and “freedom of speech”, this does not give us license to trample upon the rights of others.

Please be mindful of the following when using the comments feature:

  1. Always be civil and respectful when posting comments to or about fellow posters, massage therapists, and spa establishments/owners.
    It is alright to be funny or sarcastic when posting
    .  Being insulting or condescending is another matter and should be avoided at all times.
  2. Comments about a massage therapist’s performance or physical appearance are allowed as long as they are non-sexual in nature.
  3. Comments about a spa establishment, whether positive or negative are allowed.  However, negative comments must always be kept civil and respectful.

We have received requests from spa owners/management to remove negative comments about their establishments.  Unfortunately, we cannot grant these requests because it goes against the principles of transparency and fairness.

We urge spa owners/management to address these negative comments personally in a civil and respectful manner.  This is an opportunity to improve your services and attract more customers to your establishment.

Should this be unacceptable, please inform the webmaster and we will delete ALL comments about your establishment.  Manilatouch.com will only air ALL sides of the story or NONE at all.

It saddens us to take these extreme measures but we are left with no recourse.

Previous postings that have violated the abovementioned will be deleted.

Making sure that manilatouch.com is an informative, fun, friendly, and wholesome environment for spa-goers and spa owners to interact will always be our number one priority.

Thank you.

Philippine Spa Directory, Now On V2.0

As you may have observed the past few days, Manila Touch is experiencing several downtimes. Ranging from PHP errors, layout errors, to total site downtime.

This was due to a major upgrade being done on the site. And as of now we are very proud to say that…

Your number 1 Philippine Spa Directory, Manila Touch, is now on V2.0!

Here’s the complete list of enhancements and repairs done with our site to make it look better!

Facebook Comments
Now you don’t have to fill in the Name and E-Mail fields using our traditional comment box. Comment up using our newly-integrated Facebook comment box and let your friends know about the spa you’re commenting about!

Rate This Spa!
Before, only the administration team of Manila Touch were the only ones able to rate a spa. But we want to be as transparent as possible. So from this year on, we’re letting you, our readers to rate the featured spas yourself! Simply click on stars for each category and click “Submit” button once you’re done! This will compile all the user ratings and will help new visitors/readers to get a glimpse of the spa they’re planning to go to.

Facebook Like Button
Now not only “Recommend” button is available down below, we’re putting the official Like button of Facebook on top of each article! Spread the word just by liking!

Doodle Background
While we were only “doodling” our logo the past few months, now we can finally customize the head background too. This will also be available for advertisements soon. So watch out spa owners!

Enhanced Spa Submission Form
The new form is already updated, and proud to say this is more user-friendly. A lot of spa owners tend to misuse the previous form because they have to edit the text field. Unlike this, which is more spoon-fed. Check the updated Spa Submission Form now.

Comment Rating
You can now rate commenters! Simply like or dislike their remark.. (and see how they react lol)

Better Comment Thread
Unlike the previous misformatted comment thread, the new version is simple: If the comment is on white background, it’s a standalone comment, while gray background means it is a reply from the comment on top of it. Pretty much simple right?

You feedback is important to us especially in terms of site navigation and interaction. If you have any suggestions or comments, do not hesitate to comment.

And oh, there’s nothing we can do if you’ll say it’s “Panget, Madumi”. Details please.

Enjoy the new Manila Touch!

Directory Update: Better Spa Browsing

Hello Manila Touch readers! We are currently upgrading our directory page!

Recently, we’ve noticed that there’s a lot of people searching for the complete list of spa in their city. So we’ve come up with something to make searching better for you! Here’s what you can expect in this update:

  • The “Directory” page will now have a submenu. This will contain at menu of all the cities in NCR. Meaning we have separated the directory list based on cities in the metro, and not the usual consolidated list.
  • Each directory entry will not only contain the spa’s phone numbers, but also their full address! Navigation made easy huh? If you want to read the reviews, you will only need to click the spa name’s link to navigate to the spa’s entry listing page.

We will have more updates to come (Google Map integration, Definitive Spa Search, and more). But for now, we hope you find this upgrade beneficial to your spa cruising activities. Keep on reading Manila Touch, your number one directory for the hottest spas in the metro!

Happy New Year 2011 Spa Lovers!

Manila Touch reaches its 15th day and about to bid goodbye to the year our site was launched!

Spa lovers in Metro Manila and outside NCR, thank you for the initial support that you gave us! To all the commenters, Like-ers, and readers, have a pleasant, relaxing new year 2011!

And with that, Manila Touch promises, we’ve got more things to come for you both customers and spa companies! Enlist your spa now or recommend your favorite spa!

Stay tuned and enjoy your stay ‘coz we’ve got more surprises and spa features (we’ve recently collected information from 3 about-to-open spas!) only at your number 1 gateway to spa directory in the metro, MANILA TOUCH!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Merry Christmas From Manila Touch

Even if the site was launched just a few days ago, we are very thankful to everyone who visited and utilized the site for their spa and wellness needs. Also, thank you to all the spa who made their effort supporting us by listing their info on this site.

With just less than 30 articles written, and less than 20 spas features, we have already reached a total of 3,925 visits in just 8 days! Unbelievable!

Thank you very much for the support. Rest assured that we will continue researching on the newest spa in the metro, and keep you updated with the latest reviews. And with that…

Merry Christmas From Manila Touch