She ran down from the 17th storey after she felt the hotel in Cebu city swaying.
Singaporean accounts manager Pauline Tan was in a meeting room at the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu , getting ready for a business conference with her Singaporean colleagues, when the earthquake struck just after 8am on Tuesday.
Realising that the shaking she felt was not a figment of her imagination but a tremor, Ms Tan and her Singaporean colleagues at the conference ran down the stairs to get out of the hotel.
Ms Tan, 40, said: "It was scary to see shoes being left at the side of the stairs as everyone tried to rush out of the hotel. "We were literally running for our lives."
Ms Tan was one of several people The New Paper spoke to at Changi Airport when they returned from Cebu yesterday.
Malaysian designer Aggy Lim, 28, said she was about to pour herself a cup of coffee at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel when she felt the floor shaking beneath her.
When she felt it again, she realised the situation was serious.