I would like to nominate Felipe Benita Horta for a Victoria Hospitality Award. I can’t think of anyone more deserving. On April 2, 2018, I was staying at the Magnolia Hotel and was having breakfast in the breakfast room. Suddenly I started choking and was in medical distress and could not breathe. My sister started the Heimlich maneuver while someone called 911. It was not working, and I was getting worse. Felipe came running in the room and took charge. He hit me twice on the back and proceeded with the Heimlich maneuver. I started to cough and was then able to breathe and talk. As quickly as Felipe swooped in to save the day, he was soon gone. In wanting to thank him I found he had resumed his job in another room.
This humble man is my hero and certainly deserves recognition. He showed the ultimate in hospitality!