Pedring checks into 5-star Sofitel
In a tweet using his Twitter account @doblezeta, MMDA communications group head Yves Gonzales said the affected hotel is Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, located along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City.
Other tweeps reacted by recalling the Sofitel's lavish buffet in its famed Spiral restaurant.
Sofitel employee Jerick Bautista told GMA News Online via Twitter that hotel guests were being evacuated and transferred to other hotels.
Guests who were still in the flood-stricken hotel were just waiting for the shuttle service that would take them to hotels in Makati City, he added.
Like Sofitel, the United States Embassy and other establishments along Roxas Boulevard were submerged in floodwaters. In an interview on GMA News TV’s “Balitanghali" newscast, Science and Technology Undersecretary Graciano Yumul attributed this to a storm surge in Manila Bay.
"Stay away from the Roxas Boulevard area," tweeted Gonzales, adding that the MMDA is deploying rubber boats and equipment in the area. — with Candice Montenegro/VS/HS, GMA News