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SECURED BOOKINGS - TERMS OF USE

Last updated: August 2016

Use of Site

By accessing and/or using SecuredBookings.com (“Site”), User (users whether registered or not, visitors) expressly acknowledges, warrants and declares that User has read and understood, and fully, completely and unconditionally agrees to, and accepts, all the terms and conditions set forth below, as well as all the other terms, conditions, policies and guidelines found throughout the Site which form integral parts and parcels of, and are included by reference to, the Terms of Use. Access and/or use of the Site shall include, but not limited to, making a booking, customer service inquiries, accessing, using or availing of any service contained therein, directly or indirectly, and through whatever means, and accessing, using, opening or retrieving any application, product, byproduct or derivate of the Site by or through computer, phone, tablet or any other device.

By accessing and/or using the Site, User furthermore expressly acknowledges, warrants and declares that User is at least 18 years of age, or has attained the age of majority in countries and territories where the age of majority is higher than 18; and that User possesses the full legal capacity, or is not otherwise disqualified by any circumstance, to avail of the services of, and transact in, the Site.

If User does not agree to the Terms of Use or any portion thereof, or is not qualified to access or use the Site, User must leave and cease use of the Site immediately.

The Terms of Use constitutes a legally-binding and fully enforceable contract between Secured Bookings and User. It contains the entire agreement between Secured Bookings and User with respect to all the subject matters thereof, and supersedes any and all other agreements or understandings, verbal or written, which User may have entered into with Secured Bookings or with any of its agents or representatives. Notwithstanding, Secured Bookings reserves the right to change, revise or amend any time the Terms of Use, or any portion thereof, at its sole and exclusive discretion and prerogative. Any change, revision or amendment to the Terms of Use shall take effective immediately upon posting of the variation of the Terms of Use on the Site. The latest version so posted shall supersede all previous versions of the Terms of Use.

The Terms of Use, and all the transactions made, and/or services available or availed, in the Site shall be governed by, interpreted and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Republic of the Philippines. Any and all disputes arising therefrom shall solely and exclusively be submitted to, and cognizable by, the competent courts of the City of Cebu, Philippines only, to the exclusion of all other jurisdictions and venues.

The provisions of the Terms of Use are severable from each other. In the event any provision of the Terms of Use is declared, through a final and executory judgment, by a Cebu City, Philippines court of competent jurisdiction, or by a Philippine appellate court, to be infirmed or invalid and unenforceable, all the other provisions of the Terms of Use not affected thereby shall remain in full force and legal effect and enforceable to the maximum or fullest extent as worded or provided. On the other hand, the affected provision, though so declared infirmed, shall nonetheless be enforced to the maximum or fullest extent as may be permitted by the applicable Philippine law by replacing the same with a provision that approximates, as much as possible, its original wording and the intent or intention of its formulation.

The failure of Secured Bookings to exercise or enforce a right or remedy, whether available to it by express provisions of the Terms of Use or by law or equity, shall not result in any way, or in whatsoever manner, to or in the waiver of such right or remedy. Regardless of the period of time that has elapsed, the defense of waiver or estoppel shall not be applicable and/or available against Secured Bookings’ exercise or enforcement of any such right or remedy. Secured Bookings may, at its sole and exclusive discretion and prerogative, choose to waive or not exercise a right or remedy available to it. However, to be valid, the waiver must be in writing, signed by the President of Secured Bookings, and specify the particular right or remedy being waived. The express waiver shall only pertain to, and valid against, the right or remedy specifically identified and stated in the written waiver and shall not include any other rights or remedies.

It shall be the sole and exclusive responsibility of User to ensure full and complete compliance with all the applicable laws and regulations local to the country or territory of User. Any obligation or liability arising from any violation of, or non-compliance with, the local laws and regulations of User’s country or territory shall be the sole and exclusive obligation and liability of User. Secured Bookings shall not in any way, or in whatsoever manner, be held responsible and liable for any such violation or non-compliance. Any restriction or prohibition on the accommodation booked or reserved, or which will be booked or reserved, by User in the Site imposed by, or pursuant to, the laws and regulations of User’s country or territory shall also be the sole and exclusive responsibility of User. Secured Bookings shall not in any way, or in whatsoever manner, be held liable in the event the provider of User’s accommodation refuses to check in User, or asks User to leave, for legal or regulatory restrictions or prohibitions, or due to similar or analogous reasons or causes.

It shall likewise be the sole and exclusive responsibility of User to ensure that all information and materials provided by User in connection with the use of the Site, on User’s own behalf or for or on behalf of a third party, is accurate and free of error, that any act, action or conduct of User in connection with such use, on User’s own behalf or for or on behalf of a third party, is within the bounds of Philippine laws, of the local laws and regulations of User’s country or territory and/or the country of territory of the third party for whose behalf User uses the Site, and of the applicable international laws, and that User, and/or the third party for whose behalf User uses the Site, will not be violating or breaching any contractual undertaking or agreement with another person, or will not be violating, or infringing on, the rights of others, with respect to such use. And in connection with the use of the Site by User for or on behalf of a third party, it shall further be the sole and exclusive responsibility of User to inform such third party of all the applicable terms, conditions and provisions of the Terms of Use.

Subject to User’s possession of the requisite qualifications to access and/or use the Site as mentioned above, Secured Bookings grants User the right or license to access and use the Site. This right or license shall be personal and non-transferrable. User is expressly prohibited from assigning or transferring the right or license granted by Secured Bookings to User.
User’s right or license to access and use the Site shall also be limited, restricted and revocable. User granted the right or license shall access and use the Site only and exclusively as expressly allowed and permitted under the Terms of Use. No other right or license is granted to User other than those expressly provided in the Terms of Use. In the exercise of the right or license granted and/or in the access and use of the Site, including, but not limited to, all the contents and information contained therein, as well as all the software and infrastructures used to provide them, which are all hereby declared proprietary, User expressly represents, warrants and undertakes to only use the Site to make bona fide and legitimate enquiries and bookings; not to make any speculative, false or fraudulent booking, or any reservation in anticipation of demand; to provide fully correct and accurate payment details, e-mail, postal or other contact details, and other required information in making a booking or availing of the other services in the Site, which details and information User acknowledges, agrees and accepts that Secured Bookings may use to contact User as may be necessary; not to use the Site for any commercial or non-personal purpose, direct or indirect, unless and except with the prior written authorization from Secured Bookings; not to use the Site for any purpose that is illegal or unlawful, or that is prohibited by the Terms of Use; not to modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license or sub-license, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell or re-sell, any information, software, product or service obtained from the Site, unless and except with the prior written authorization from Secured Bookings; not to access, monitor or copy any content or information in the Site using any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means, or with the use of any manual process, for any purpose unless and except with the prior written authorization and permission from Secured Bookings; not to violate the restrictions in any robot exclusion header on the Site, or bypass or circumvent other measures employed to prevent or limit access to the Site; not to take or make any action that imposes, or will impose, in Secured Bookings’ sole and exclusive determination, an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on Secured Bookings’ infrastructure; not to deep-link to any portion of the Site, including, but not limited to, purchase paths, for any purpose without the prior written authorization from Secured Bookings; not to re-sell, use, copy, monitor, spider, scrape, display, download or reproduce any content or information, software, product or service available on the Site for any commercial or competitive activity or purpose; not to frame, mirror or otherwise incorporate any portion of the Site into any other website, unless and except with the prior written authorization and permission from Secured Bookings; not to deliver any unlawful posting to or through the Site, or any posting that advocates illegal activity; not to deliver or provide any link to any posting containing material that could be considered harmful, obscene, pornographic, indecent, lewd, violent, abusive, profane, racist, discriminating, insulting, threatening, tortuous, harassing, hateful or otherwise objectionable; not to deliver or provide any link to any posting containing defamatory, slanderous, false or libelous material; not to deliver any posting that infringes or violates any intellectual property or other right of any entity or person, including, but without limitation to, copyrights, patents, trademarks, laws governing trade secrets, rights to privacy, or publicity; not to deliver any posting that User does not have any legal or business/proprietary right to make available or post; not to impersonate another person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent an affiliation with a person or entity, or adopt a false identity, regardless of whether or not the same is with the intent, or for the purpose, of misleading, deceiving, or defrauding another; not to manipulate identifiers, including by forging headers, in order to disguise the origin of any posting that User delivers; not to use the Site in any manner which could damage, disable, overburden, impair, or otherwise interfere with the use of the Site, or with the equipment of other users, or cause damage, disruption or limit the functioning of any software, hardware, or telecommunications equipment; not to gain, or attempt to gain, unauthorized access to the Site, any related websites, other accounts, computer system, or networks connected to the Site, through hacking, password mining, or any other means; not to obtain, or attempt to obtain, any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available through the Site, including harvesting or otherwise collecting information on other persons or entities, such as, but not limited to, their e-mail addresses; not to engage in any deceptive practice intended to manipulate the organic Search Engine Results Page (SERP), or employ search engine optimization techniques considered to be against common search engine guidelines, or engage in other unethical practices, such as, but not limited to, black hat, spamdexing, cloaking, meta data and title tags, content scraping, link schemes, Google bombs, keyword stuffing, hidden text and links, doorway and cloaked pages, link farming or schemes, blog comment spam, etc.; not hyperlink User’s website or any other website to any page beyond the homepage of the Site, or frame the Site or any web page or material therein, nor hyperlink any aspect of the Site in an e-mail for commercial purposes without the prior written permission and authority from Secured Bookings; not to do, or cause to be done, any other act which could cause damage to the Site, to Secured Bookings, its officers, directors, stockholders, employees, agents and representatives, and/or to their reputation, and/or which would have any negative impact to any of them; and not to assist or aid, abet, or conspire with another, in any of the foregoing. In the event User is found, by the sole and exclusive determination of Secured Bookings, to have committed any of the foregoing prohibited acts, or violates or fails to comply with the Terms of Use, the right or license granted to User to access and use the Site shall be considered automatically revoked without need of any written instrument, notice or proceeding, judicial or otherwise. Consequently, User’s access to the Site shall be suspended or terminated. The revocation of User’s right or license shall be without prejudice, at the sole and exclusive determination of Secured Bookings, to institute, as may be applicable, any appropriate criminal, civil and/or administrative proceedings against User. Any such proceedings shall be cognizable solely and exclusively by the competent courts of the City of Cebu, Philippines only, to the exclusion of all other jurisdictions and venues.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, Secured Bookings shall have the right, in its sole and exclusive discretion, to suspend, terminate or modify the Site or any portion thereof or any service available therein, or to suspend or terminate User’s access and use, at any time and for whatsoever reason without being required to explain and sans the requirement of any prior notice. In such event, however, User shall continue to be bound by User’s obligations under the Terms of Use, including the warranties made by the User, and the disclaimers and limitations of liability provided hereafter.

Services

The Site is an online platform provided by Secured Bookings where, or through which, User may browse varied types of accommodations and books a reservation for the chosen accommodation. When User books an accommodation in and through the Site, User offers to reserve the chosen accommodation based on the price indicated for the particular accommodation, and based on such other terms and conditions stated in the Site. Upon confirmation from the provider of the chosen accommodation, Secured Bookings will notify User through an e-mail confirmation of the acceptance of his offered reservation, together with the corresponding accommodation voucher. The acceptance via e-mail confirmation of the User’s offered reservation shall become a binding contract between User and Secured Bookings without necessity of any other instrument or further action.

The accommodation information disclosed in the Site is based on the information provided to Secured Bookings by the accommodation providers, their employees, agents and/or representatives, who are given access to an extranet or other connectivity solution through which they are fully responsible for updating all rates, availability, description, pictures, booking conditions, accommodation policies, and any other information displayed on the Site. Although reasonable effort, skill and care will be used in performing the services, Secured Bookings will, however, not verify if, and hence cannot guarantee that, all the information provided by the accommodation providers are accurate, complete, correct and up to date. Each accommodation provider remains solely and exclusively responsible, at all times, for the accuracy, completeness and correctness of the accommodation information displayed on the Site. Secured Bookings is not, and cannot be held, in any way responsible for any errors in the accommodation information provided, whether manifest or merely typographical, and/or for any inaccurate, misleading or untrue information, and/or for any non-delivery of information.

There may be instances where the information displayed on the Site is already outdated or not anymore accurate due to changes in market conditions or other circumstances or factors that affect the accommodation listed, and which may occur on short notice. When problems occur due to these instances, Secured Bookings will use reasonable efforts to assist User and serve as a point of contact with the accommodation provider. However, Secured Bookings is not, and cannot be held, in any way responsible for the outdated or inaccurate information due to the foregoing circumstances and factors, and for the problems that may occur as a result thereof.

In the listing of accommodation providers, the Site may provide rankings for them according to different criteria, such as, but not limited to, star ratings, reviews, etc. The default ranking is based on an automated algorithm which may be updated or amended from time to time. Under certain circumstances, Secured Bookings may also offer accommodation providers the option to get a sponsored listing, which will be properly marked, or contain appropriate wording, for clarity. In particular, star ratings are normally indicative of the level of comfort you can expect to find in and with a particular accommodation provider. A higher star rating is generally indicative of a higher level of comfort and amenities. However, please be aware that star ratings can vary greatly on the basis of location, available alternatives, local market conditions, practices and/or other circumstances. It is, thus, possible that a star rating in one particular country or locality is not comparable to the same star rating in another country or locality due to said circumstances. Moreover, star ratings do not necessarily reflect all the amenities or services that might be available at the accommodation provider, and some amenities and features may not be available in every room or at every property with a particular star rating. These star ratings are provided for User’s information only. They are based on information received from third parties, including accommodation providers. Secured Bookings does not independently verify these star ratings. The fact that Secured Bookings displays or lists on the Site the accommodation information of accommodation providers is not, and should not be regarded, in any way as an endorsement or recommendation of the accommodation and/or its provider and/or their star rating, service level, adequacy, quality, status, etc. Any representation, warranty or undertaking in relation thereto is hereby expressly disclaimed. Nor shall such listing constitute in any way as a guarantee of User’s satisfactory stay with the accommodation and provider chosen. Secured Bookings does not in any way, directly or indirectly, independently or in conjunction with any party, own, manage, operate or control the accommodation providers, or any room in such accommodation providers. The accommodation providers are solely and exclusively liable and responsible for providing accommodation service and welcoming people who have booked through Secured Bookings. These Terms of Use, however, do not apply to the contractual relationship between Secured Bookings and the accommodation providers, marketing partners and other suppliers.

For complaints, User may contact Customer Service. Secured Bookings will do its best to help User. However, any complaint on the policies, standards, services, facilities, decorations, food, etc. of the accommodation provider is ultimately a matter for the accommodation provider itself. Secured Bookings will coordinate directly with the accommodation provider to try and find a mutually agreeable solution, but cannot guarantee a satisfactory outcome.

There may be instances when the services of Secured Bookings is interrupted due to temporary and/or partial breakdown or otherwise, or due to repair, upgrade or maintenance of the Site, or due to similar or analogous instances. Although reasonable effort, skill and care will be used in the smooth running of the Site, Secured Bookings, however, is not, and cannot be held, in any way responsible for any such interruption of services.

Bookings

The requisite qualifications that User shall possess to access and/or use the Site as mentioned above shall be applicable when User books an accommodation in and through the Site. Hence, to validly book an accommodation, User must be at least 18 years of age, or have attained the age of majority in countries and territories where the age of majority is higher than 18, and must have the full legal capacity to make the booking transaction. By making an accommodation in the Site, User thus expressly acknowledges, warrants and declares that User is at least 18 years of age, or has attained the age of majority in countries and territories where the age of majority is higher than 18, and that User possesses the full legal capacity, or is not otherwise disqualified by any circumstance, to make the booking transaction in the Site.

By making an accommodation reservation in the Site, User expressly declares, represents and warrants that User fully agrees to, and accepts, all the booking conditions contained in the Terms of Use and those found throughout the Site, including the applicable cancellation and no-show policies and all the other terms and conditions that may apply to accommodation reservation or during User’s stay, and including for services rendered and/or products offered by the accommodation provider. User further expressly represents and warrants that User will satisfy all obligations, including taxes, fees and other imposts that may be required or payable pursuant to User’s country and/or locality of residence. When User makes a booking in the Site for and on behalf of another person, User expressly represents and warrants that User has been duly authorized to enter into the booking transaction, that such other person has been made aware of, and is fully bound by, all the terms and conditions of the Terms of Use, and that the booking transaction entered into shall be the solidary, or joint and several, responsibility, liability and obligation of the User and such other person.

Room reservation rates are displayed per room and per night. Secured Bookings will typically display the rate, exclusive of the additional charges which will be displayed or indicated during the booking path or, at the latest, on the final booking page which will display, show and indicate the total inclusive price, or total price inclusive of the additional charges. After User confirms the booking and the total inclusive price, a final confirmation screen will be displayed.  User must verify every step of the reservation on the booking form. User may discontinue the booking at any time prior to the final confirmation screen.

The accommodation information section displays the items included in the room rate. Breakfast is typically not included, unless shown otherwise. Standard room reservations are for single or double occupancy. Extra beds will usually incur extra charges. The accommodation provider may also refuse to accept additional persons if it is not duly informed in advance. Insurance of any kind is also never included in the rates. Mandatory fees or similar fees of hotels or resorts are typically not included in the rates, unless otherwise shown. These so-called mandatory hotel or resort fees collected directly from guests are for the use of certain of their services. Accommodation providers may also charge directly User for energy surcharges, baggage handling fees, newspaper delivery fees, in-room safe fees, tourism fees, housekeeping fees, or other similar additional fees. Furthermore, optional incidental fees and charges for personal consumptions such as, but not limited to, parking charges, minibar charges, phone calls, room service, food & beverage, gala dinners, movie rentals, internet, etc. may also be charged directly to User. During certain high season periods, such as during New Year, Christmas, Chinese New Year, some accommodation providers will add on a compulsory gala dinner. A transportation or transfer fee may also be commonly charged on top of the room rate by accommodation providers in island destinations where the guest needs transportation to reach the accommodation provider. In some jurisdictions, the accommodation providers are also required to directly collect local, national, tourist and occupancy taxes from the guests. Governments have, on occasion, imposed these taxes and will require the accommodation provider to collect them directly from the guests. These foregoing charges are not included in the room rate or price, but will be mentioned or displayed in the accommodation information in the Site depending on the information provided by the accommodation providers. The practice to add these charges is outside the control of Secured Bookings and occurs in certain markets. These charges will be payable by the guest to the accommodation provider directly upon check-out. Carefully reading the accommodation details of the accommodation provider, especially the charges included or not included in the room rate, prior to making a reservation shall be the sole and exclusive responsibility of the User. It shall likewise be the sole and exclusive responsibility of User to verify or check with the accommodation provider which charges or fees are included or not in the rate, when in doubt especially when not so expressly provided in the accommodation details displayed in the Site. Secured Bookings is not, and cannot be held, in any way responsible for these charges, or for any inconvenience as a result thereof, due to User’s failure to thoroughly check the accommodation details, or make verifications with the accommodation providers, prior to making a reservation.

During the booking path, a charge for taxes and fees will be shown. These taxes and fees include, but shall not be limited to, sales and use tax, occupancy tax, room tax, excise tax, value added tax, and all other similar taxes and fees imposed, or which may be imposed, by governments or taxing authorities on or in connection with the booking transaction and/or the accommodation provision. The same also includes the corresponding taxes and fees on the amounts retained by Secured Bookings for its services. This charge for taxes and fees varies based on a number of factors including, but without limitation to, the amount paid to the accommodation provider and the location of the accommodation provider where User will be staying. Although taxability, the appropriate tax rate and the type of applicable taxes vary greatly by location, Secured Bookings is not the vendor collecting and remitting the taxes and fees on or in connection with the booking transaction and/or the accommodation provision to the applicable governments or taxing authorities, nor is Secured Bookings a co-vendor associated with the vendor with whom it books or reserves User's travel arrangements. The accommodation providers, as vendors, include all applicable taxes in the amount billed to Secured Bookings and the latter pay over such amounts directly to the accommodation providers which in turn are solely and exclusively responsible in remitting these taxes and fees to the appropriate governments and taxing authorities.

The general cancellation and no-show policy of each accommodation provider is made available on the Site at the information pages or under booking conditions, cancellation policies, or the like, and in the confirmation e-mail. User may be charged for cancellation in accordance with the accommodation provider’s cancellation and no-show policy, in some cases for the entire stay or the first night. If User fails to check in to accommodation provider on time on the day of the reservation and does not alert the accommodation provider, the remaining portion of the reservation may be canceled and User may not be entitled to a refund, depending on the terms and conditions of the concerned accommodation provider. User may also be charged extra for early or late check-outs depending on the policies of the concerned accommodation provider. Carefully reading the accommodation details of the accommodation provider, especially the cancellation and no-show policies, prior to making a reservation shall be the sole and exclusive responsibility of the User. Secured Bookings is not, and cannot be held, in any way responsible for any cancellations, charges, inconveniences, etc. due to User’s failure to thoroughly check the accommodation details prior to making a reservation. Regardless of the accommodation provider’s cancellation policy, Secured Bookings reserves the right to charge a cancellation fee which will be indicated in the Site.

Many accommodation providers have specific policies with respect to children, accompanying travelers and/or traveling with pets. Also, a particular accommodation provider may or may not have the resources to meet and satisfy the special requests, needs and requirements of User. It shall be the sole and exclusive responsibility of User to verify or check with the accommodation provider its specific policies with respect to children, accompanying travelers and/or traveling with pets, and/or whether the accommodation provider can meet and satisfy the special requests, needs and requirements of User, when in doubt especially when not so expressly provided in the accommodation details displayed in the Site. Secured Bookings is not, and cannot be held, in any way responsible for these matters, or for any inconvenience as a result thereof, due to User’s failure to thoroughly check the accommodation details, or make verifications with the accommodation providers, prior to making a reservation.

Although most travels are completed without incident, travels to certain destinations may involve greater risk than others. By displaying accommodations in particular destinations, Secured Bookings does not in any way represent or warrant that travel to such points is advisable or risk-free. Reviewing relevant travel prohibitions, warnings, announcements and advisories issued by governments prior to booking travel, particularly when travelling to international destinations, and taking the necessary travel precautions such as taking a personal travel insurance, shall be the sole and exclusive responsibility of User. Secured Bookings is not, and can never be held, liable for damages or losses that may result from User’s travel to the place or location of the accommodation provider, nor to any incident that may occur during User’s stay at the accommodation provider.

Most, if not all, countries also require the necessary passports, visas and travel documentations. Some countries may also have strict rules and regulations on the import of restricted or prohibited goods, items or substances, including, but not limited to, alcohol, tobacco, perfumes, drugs, medication, books, movies, DVDs, adult entertainment materials, food stuffs, plants, animal parts, etc., the non-compliance therewith may lead to penalties. It shall be the sole and exclusive responsibility of User to verify or check with the relevant embassy, consulate and/or visa department of the country of User’s destination as regards travel restrictions and prohibitions, and to comply with the applicable regulations thereon. It shall also be the sole and exclusive responsibility of User to obtain and secure all the required travel documentations. Secured Bookings is not, and can never be held, liable for damages or losses that may be incurred by User, including penalties, criminal or otherwise, in the event of User’s failure to obtain and secure all the required travel documentations, and in the event User is found to have violated travel restrictions and prohibitions.

Secured Bookings reserves the right to reject, or not to accept, a customer or booking or, in exceptional cases, to cancel a confirmed one, at its sole and exclusive discretion, and for whatsoever reason, cause or ground, without the need to justify such refusal, rejection or cancellation. Typical reasons for rejecting, or non-acceptance of, a customer, or rejecting, non-acceptance or cancellation of a booking, include, but are not limited to, breach of these Terms of Use, force majeure, trade or economic sanctions, embargoes, legal restrictions, fraud, theft or other criminal activity or suspicions thereof, suspicious bookings, submission by customer of misleading or erroneous information, credit card problems, threats, insults, violence or other inappropriate behavior and/or conduct, refusal to supply information, practical obstacles, communication problems, obvious errors, history, blacklisting by governments or international organizations, etc. Secured Bookings also reserves the right to bar or blacklist a user from the Site on a permanent or temporary basis, on or for whatsoever reason, cause or ground without the need to justify them, and at the sole and exclusive discretion of Secured Bookings. Any such blacklisted user must not attempt to use the Site under any other name, or through any other user, or by any other means or methods. In rare cases, a booking may be canceled or rejected due to an obvious error, independent or regardless of the origin of such error. An obvious error is a mistake on the Site, such as, but not limited to, those pertaining to accommodation rate or price, which a reasonable person would not consider to be normal. It shall be the sole and exclusive discretion of Secured Bookings to determine whether or not to cancel or reject a booking due to an obvious error.

Payments

Payments of bookings are done through credit card. In paying through credit card, User expressly warrants and undertakes that the credit or debit card User is using is the own credit card of User or that User has been duly authorized to complete the booking using the credit card of another person, and that there are sufficient funds/credit to cover the cost of the transaction. In using User’s own credit card, User expressly warrants and undertakes, and agrees, to accept full financial responsibility for all the transactions made under the credit card used, and further expressly warrants, undertakes and represents that the details User provides in making a booking are fully correct. In using the credit card of another person, User and such other person expressly warrant and undertake, and agree, to accept full financial responsibility for all the transactions made under the credit card of such other person, that User and such other person are solidarily, or jointly and severally, responsible and accountable for all the transactions made through the credit, and that the details provided in making a booking are fully correct. Notwithstanding, Secured Bookings reserves the right not to accept certain credit cards at its sole and exclusive discretion. Also, in certain cases, Secured Bookings may require additional information or verifications to validate and confirm User’s booking. A small verification fee may be charged to the credit card after the verification process. Reservations are not confirmed until User receives a confirmation e-mail. It is possible that an accommodation provider could become fully booked during the validation check. In which case, the reservation will no longer be available. Secured Bookings can never be held liable in such cases. Additional information submitted will be treated in line with strict industry standards to protect privacy. If User chooses not to submit the additional information, or if Secured Bookings is not satisfied with the information received, the booking will not be completed.

Accommodation rates listed on the Site are normally provided in a uniform currency. When available, User may opt to pay in a currency other than the one displayed on the Site. In such instance, the amount based on the currency of User’s preference will be displayed during the booking path. The conversion shall be at the rate determined by Secured Bookings which may include a conversion and/or processing fee for certain currencies. The currency and amount displayed on the final booking page is the amount that will be charged to User’s credit card. After confirming the booking, User’s credit card will be charged the total inclusive price displayed in the final confirmation screen.

User Content

By completing a booking, User agrees to receive confirmation messages, e-mail and/or SMS, as well as an invitation e-mail to complete the guest review form which will be sent after User’s stay at the accommodation provider. Completion is, however, optional. For clarity, the confirmation and guest review emails are transactional and are not part of the newsletters or marketing mails from which User can unsubscribe. The completed guest review may be uploaded onto the relevant information page on the Site for the sole purpose of informing customers of User’s opinion of the service level and quality of the accommodation provider. By posting such review, User grants Secured Bookings the full, perpetual, free, transferable and irrevocable rights to all submitted user content, including User’s name. Secured Bookings reserves the right to translate, edit, adjust, refuse or remove reviews at its sole and exclusive discretion. User confirms that User will comply with the guidelines for the guest review. Moreover, User expressly represents and warrants that User owns and controls all of the rights to the user content that User posts or distributes, that User possesses the lawful and legal right to post and distribute such user content to or through the Site, that such content is accurate and not misleading, and that the use, posting or transmission of such content does not violate the Terms of Use or any applicable law or regulations and will not violate any right of, or cause injury to, any person or entity. User further grants Secured Bookings the right to pursue at law any person or entity that violates User’s rights and those of Secured Bookings in the content by a breach of the Terms of Use. User likewise agrees to be solely and exclusively responsible for any user content User provides or submits.

The content submitted by User shall be deemed and considered non-confidential. In no event shall Secured Bookings be under any obligation to treat such content as proprietary information. Secured Bookings reserves the right to use the content as it deems appropriate, including, but without limitation to, deleting, editing, modifying, rejecting, or refusing to post the same. Secured Bookings is further under no obligation to offer User any compensation, or recompense User, for content that User submits. Once submitted, Secured Bookings shall be under no obligation to provide User the opportunity to edit, delete or otherwise modify the content. Secured Bookings shall further have no duty to attribute authorship of content to User, and shall not be obligated to enforce any form of attribution by third parties. If it is determined that User retains moral rights, including rights of attribution or integrity in the content, User expressly declares that User does not require that any personally identifying information be used in connection with the content, or any derivative works, upgrades or updates thereto, that User has no objection to the publication, use, modification, deletion and exploitation of the content by Secured Bookings, that User forever waives, and agrees not to claim or assert any entitlement to, any and all moral rights of an author in any of the content, and that User forever releases Secured Bookings from any claims whatsoever that User could otherwise assert against it by virtue of any such moral rights.

Intellectual Property

Secured Bookings, as well as any local language transliterations thereof, is a duly registered trade name. Other product names identified on the Site may be the name, trademark, trade name, service mark, logo, symbol or other proprietary designation of Secured Bookings or a third party. The use on the Site of any name, trade name, trademark, service mark, logo, symbol or other proprietary designation or marking of or belonging to any third party, and the availability of specific goods or services from such third-party through the Site, should not, however, be construed as an endorsement or sponsorship of the Site by any such third party, or the participation by such third party in the offering of goods, services or information through the Site. Secured Bookings owns the copyright to the Site and, hence, may not be used by User without the former’s consent.

The Site contains copyright materials and other proprietary information, including, but not limited to, text, software, photos, graphics, video, music and sound, etc. The entire contents of the Site are protected by copyright law. Secured Bookings owns copyright and/or database right in the selection, coordination, arrangement and enhancement of such content, as well as in the content original to it. User may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, create derivative works, or in any way exploit, any of the content, in whole or in part. Unless shown otherwise, the software required for the services in, or available at or used by, the Site and the intellectual property rights, including trademarks, service marks, logos, designs, copyrights, etc., in the contents, information and materials on the Site are owned by Secured Bookings or by its suppliers, including the accommodation providers. Secured Bookings, however, does not assume any liability for copyrighted materials provided by third parties or any intellectual property right infringements by such third parties. User may use information from the Site for User’s own personal use only. Except as otherwise expressly permitted under copyright law, no copying, redistribution, retransmission, publication or commercial exploitation of downloaded material will be permitted without the express permission of the copyright owner. In the event of any permitted copying, redistribution or publication of copyright material, no changes in or deletion of author attribution, trademark legend or copyright notice shall be made. User expressly acknowledges that User does not acquire any ownership rights by downloading copyright material.

The Site may also provide hypertext links to other websites which are operated by other people. By using such link, User expressly acknowledges leaving the Site and proceeding at User’s own risk and responsibility.

Infringement Claims

If User believes in good faith that materials hosted in the Site infringe User’s copyright, User may send a written notice that must include, when applicable, the name and address of the complainant, the complainant’s address for service in the Philippines if the complainant is not a resident of the Philippines, a telephone number, a facsimile number, and an electronic mail address at which the complainant can be contacted, sufficient particulars to enable the clear identification of the copyrighted work allegedly infringed, sufficient particulars to identify the exact online location of the allegedly infringing electronic copy, a statement that the complainant requires the removal or disabling of the access to the electronic copy, a statement that the complainant believes in good faith that the electronic copy infringes the copyright in the work identified, a statement that the information in the notice is accurate, a statement that the complainant is the owner or exclusive licensee of the copyright in the work identified, and a statement that the complainant has expressly agreed to submit to the jurisdiction of the competent courts of the City of Cebu, Philippines only, to the exclusion of all other jurisdictions and venues, for purposes of the proceedings under relevant provisions of the applicable Philippine intellectual property laws. The notice must be signed by the complainant and sent by registered mail to the address mentioned below. Secured Bookings will review and address all notices that comply with the requirements above in accordance with the applicable Philippine laws. It is recommended that User consults a legal advisor before filing a notice. User may be guilty of an offense and/or liable for damages if User makes a false claim of copyright infringement.

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Legal Disclaimer of Warranties

ALL CONTENT, INCLUDING SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, TEXTS AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED WITHIN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE ARE PROVIDED TO USER ON AN "AS IS", “WHERE IS”, AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. SECURED BOOKINGS MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE OPERATION OF THE SITE OR THE INFORMATION, CONTENTS OR MATERIALS INCLUDED ON THE SITE AND, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, SECURED BOOKINGS DISCLAIMS ALL REPRESENTATIONS, CONDITIONS AND WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED CONDITIONS OR WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR SATISFACTORY WORKMANLIKE EFFORT, INFORMATIONAL CONTENT, TITLE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THE RIGHTS OF THIRD PARTIES. SECURED BOOKINGS DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS THAT THE SITE WILL OPERATE ERROR-FREE OR UNINTERRUPTED, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THE SITE AND/OR ITS SERVERS WILL BE FREE OF VIRUSES AND/OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. SECURED BOOKINGS DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING SUITABILITY, AVAILABILITY, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, COMPLETENESS, OR TIMELINESS OF ANY MATERIAL OF ANY KIND CONTAINED WITHIN THE SITE FOR ANY PURPOSE, INCLUDING SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, TEXTS AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTENT. SECURED BOOKINGS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE, IN ANY WAY AND FOR WHATSOEVER MANNER, FOR ANY FAILURES CAUSED BY SERVER ERRORS, MISDIRECTED OR REDIRECTED TRANSMISSIONS, FAILED INTERNET CONNECTIONS, INTERRUPTIONS IN THE TRANSMISSION OR RECEIPT OF RESERVATIONS OR, ANY COMPUTER VIRUS OR OTHER TECHNICAL DEFECT, WHETHER HUMAN OR TECHNICAL IN NATURE.

Limitations of Liability

TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL SECURED BOOKINGS, INCLUDING ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, STOCKHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, DISTRIBUTORS, SUPPLIERS, LICENSORS, OR OTHER PERSONS OR ENTITIES INVOLVED IN CREATING, SPONSORING, PROMOTING, OR OTHERWISE MAKING AVAILABLE THE SITE AND ITS CONTENTS, COLLECTIVELY REFERRED TO AS “COVERED PARTY”, BE LIABLE TO ANY PERSON OR ENTITY WHATSOEVER FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, COMPENSATORY, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES OR LOSSES WHATSOEVER, CAUSED BY, OR INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF PRODUCTION, LOSS OF PROFIT, LOSS OF REVENUE, LOSS OF CONTRACT, LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO GOODWILL OR REPUTATION, LOSS OF CLAIM, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES; USER’S INABILITY TO USE, UNAUTHORIZED USE, DELAY, PERFORMANCE OR NON-PERFORMANCE OF, THE SITE; UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR TAMPERING WITH USER’S PERSONAL INFORMATION OR TRANSMISSIONS; THE PROVISION OR FAILURE TO PROVIDE ANY SERVICE, INCLUDING SERVICES RENDERED OR PRODUCTS OFFERED BY THE ACCOMMODATION PROVIDERS, CANCELLATIONS OR OVERBOOKINGS; ERRORS OR INACCURACIES CONTAINED ON THE SITE, OR ANY INFORMATION, DESCRIPTIVE OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, RATES, AVAILABILITY AND RATINGS, OF THE ACCOMMODATION AND/OR ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER AS MADE AVAILABLE ON THE SITE, AS WELL AS SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, AND RELATED GRAPHICS OBTAINED THROUGH THE SITE; ANY TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO THROUGH THE SITE; ANY PROPERTY DAMAGE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGE TO USER’S COMPUTER OR COMPUTER SYSTEM CAUSED BY VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, DURING OR ON ACCOUNT OF ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE SITE OR ANY SITE TO WHICH IT PROVIDES HYPERLINKS; DAMAGES OTHERWISE ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THE SITE, ANY USE, DELAY OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE, OR ANY INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, OR SERVICES OBTAINED THROUGH THE SITE; ANY PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR OTHER DAMAGES ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE ACCOMMODATION PROVIDERS, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES OR AFFILIATED COMPANIES; AND ANY DAMAGES CAUSED BY FORCE MAJEURE. THE LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF A COVERED PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES.

A force majeure event is any event beyond the Covered Party’s control and may include, but is not limited to, natural disasters, weather conditions, fire, nuclear incident, electro-magnetic pulse, terrorist act, riots, war, arson attacks, insurgency, rebellion, armed hostilities of any kind, labor disputes, lockouts, strikes, shortages, government actions or restraints, pilferage, bankruptcy, machinery breakdown, network or system interruptions or breakdown, internet or communications breakdown, quarantine, epidemic, pandemic etc. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omissions, delays, re-routing or acts of any governmental authority. No Covered Party shall be responsible for any accommodation provider’s breach of any condition or warranty including, but not limited to, implied conditions or warranties of fitness for a particular purpose or of merchantability, nor shall any Covered Party be responsible for any other wrongdoing of an accommodation provider, including any liability in tort, as to any products and/or services available through the Site. Secured Bookings does not guarantee continuous access without interruption to the Site.

Secured Bookings does not organize any accommodation transportation. This is always organized and offered by, or on behalf of, the accommodation provider who is solely and exclusive responsible for such transportation services. Secured Bookings does not assume any liability for the quality, safety, frequency or service levels of such transportation services.

Any liability of Secured Bookings is excluded or limited to the maximum extent permitted by law. Without prejudice to the limitations set out in the Terms of Use, the liability of Secured Bookings shall, in any event, not exceed the lesser of the aggregate cost of User’s reservation as set out in the confirmation e-mail, whether for one event or series of connected events, or Ten Thousand Philippine Pesos or its equivalent in User’s local currency. Claims should be submitted not later than twenty four hours after occurrence of the event giving rise to the claim. Claims with undue delay may be considered void. Only bona fide claims will be considered.

User agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Secured Bookings from and against any liability, damage or loss, including legal fees and expenses, that Secured Bookings incurs or suffers as a result of any action, inaction or omission by User. User further agrees to indemnify and hold Secured Bookings harmless from and against any and all liabilities, losses, damages, suits and claims, including the costs of defense, relating to a third party's or the user's failure to fulfill any of its obligations as described above.

About Us

SecuredBookings.com is owned and operated by Secured Bookings Online, Inc., a private corporation duly organized and existing under and by virtue of the laws of the Republic of the Philippines, with principal office located at 11/F Apple One Equicom Tower, Cebu Business Park, Cebu, Philippines. For legal documents, correspondences and notices, please snail mail them to us at this address.

For questions, inquiries and concerns, or for additional information, or to learn more about us, please refer to the FAQs on the Site or email us at [email protected]

We wish to thank you for visiting SecuredBookings.com for your accommodation reservation and information needs. We hope you find the Terms of Use informative.

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