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Filipino Pride in Art and Food at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila


 I am honored to celebrate Philippine Independence month in style with a 2-in-1 event at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila. There’s the Hiraya art exhibit organized by the hotel in partnership with art festival organizer Art in the South, back to back with Pistahan sa Cafe 8 buffet promo featuring our favorite Filipino dishes and beverages. Hiraya art exhibit runs from June 7 to July 2, 2017 with the following artists as participants: Below are what you can expect in this amazing showcase of Pinoy creativity: During the launch at Crimson Hotel’s The Gallery, two kinds of free cocktail drinks plus […]


Cinco de Mayo Promo at Crimson Hotel


 Celebrating my belated birthday this 2017 at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila became even more special with the opening of Buen Provecho, a Mexican buffet promo just in time for Cinco de Mayo. From May 5 until May 14, the hotel’s main restaurant Cafe 8 will serve tacos, burritos, tequila and more for lunch and dinner. I was lucky to have my lunch at Cafe 8 on the first day of the promo, hence I had the opportunity to hear the educational speech of Mexican Ambassador Julio Camarena Villasenor (educational as we learned so much from him about the origin […]


Shell kicked off ‘Recharge Your Summer Road Trip’ with a whole-day escapade in the Southern part of the metro


 It was our first time to be part of a Shell road trip event and as soon as we got the invitation, we immediately confirmed our participation for this year’s summer event. These past few days we’ve experienced a rise on the temperature and that signals the beginning of summer, and Pilipinas Shell knows how to make this season more enjoyable, fun, and worthwhile for their customers by launching summer offerings, services, and food delights. This summer 2017, Shell officially kicked off ‘Recharge Your Summer Road Trip’ summer themed-drive, with us, the media, to a whole-day escapade in the Southern part […]


How to get to Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2017


 The Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2017 (LubaoIBMF2017) is a yearly hot air balloon festival held in the province of Lubao, Pampanga. As of press time, there are about 30 international balloonist who will be joining to shower the skies with their amazing giant balloons. To top it all, there will be live performances from local band such as Sponge Cola, Parokya ni Edgar, and Bamboo every night (April 6-9) at the festival with the addition of famous international artists like Red Foo (LMFAO) on the last day. Gates will be open from 4 Am to 12 AM. General […]


Like in Vietnam, When in Alabang


 I wasn’t that familiar with Vietnamese cuisine (I’m more into Thai, Korean and Japanese), until I grabbed the opportunity to have “A Taste of Vietnam” at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila’s Cafe 8 restaurant. The hotel invited media personalities and bloggers last March 10, the very first day of this Vietnamese dining showcase led by three Vietnam-based guest chefs Nguyen Thi Khanh Ngan, Tran Kim Hoang Trong, and Vo Van Chien. Savour Vietnamese dishes as we bring you three chefs taking over Cafe 8 and serve you authentic dishes on March 10 -18. Call 863-2222 for reservations. #CrimsonFilinvestCity #TasteofVietnam #CrimsonHotel […]


Singapore comes closer to home with Makansutra at the SM Megamall


 If you love laksa, satay, bah kuh teh, or anything Singaporean cuisine, you don’t need to go very far – like book a flight with Cebu Pacific or Singapore Airlines, to savor the rich and flavorful popular food concept also known as ‘hawker food’ because now you can experience it here in Manila. SM comes with another first as it opened its doors to Filipino foodies and non-foodies alike with the newly introduced Makansutra street food-style stalls at the SM Megamall A. We just had our first dibs and we are convinced that Makansutra will take you to a food trip […]


A NorthPine Land Inc. Heritage Tour of Pampanga


 Yesterday, we had a great and wonderful time exploring and rediscovering one of the places in Central Luzon that helped in shaping the history and political state of our country. Pampanga is one of the eight rays that represent the Philippines provinces in our national flag. Pampanga is also considered as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines. And when you talk about food, certainly, Pampanga has a lot of them. Our tour in Pampanga was part of the Bloggers’ Appreciation Tour of Pampanga hosted by NorthPine Land Inc. to show the beauty of the province as well as to take a […]


Square Foot Gardening at Cervantes Farm


 Last May 23, we were invited to participate, for the third time, to an organic farm tour organized by Agricultural Training Institute in Manila to visit 5 farms practicing chemical-free farming in Mindanao, particularly in Bukidnon. We took a morning Philippine Airlines flight MNL-CGY to Cagayan de Oro and landed at Laguindingan Airport. Our first stop was at Cervantes Farm: New Square Foot Organic Urban Gardening, owned by Ret. Col. Honorio Cervantes in Pagatpat, Cagayan de Oro City. According to Mr. Cervantes, upon retiring, he put up his own backyard farming and started growing assorted vegetables to his Square Foot […]


Tuning in discipline at go-en Ramen Shoppe


 go-en The Japanese Ramen Shoppe has been around , interestingly, since 2012. A quaint and humble place that you wouldn’t know unless someone gets you invited or you, yourself have discovered in the search for great ramen soup. go-en from Japanese is the five yen coin which is considered as a good luck charm both in terms of money and relationships. This name given by owners Marilyn Pefianco and John Geron, two expats who brought their love for food and things Japanese to the country, aims to forge strong relationship through their commitment to good food and friendly atmosphere. As if […]


Highlights of Resorts World Manila’s ‘Let’s Talk About 6’ anniversary celebration


 Premier entertainment hub and choice of stay Resorts World Manila is celebrating a three-month marathon of thrilling festivities for its 6th anniversary in the industry. RWM‘s ‘Let’s Talk About 6‘ revelry highlights major and exciting offers as well as one-of-a-kind events for the whole family. The festivity kicked-off with the grand launch of NYPD (New York Pinoy Deli), a new concept restaurant specializing in Western-New York deli favorites and classic Filipino recipes. Let’s Talk About Grand Prizes via Cinema Roulette Promo (1) Audience will get the chance to win grand prizes via the Cinema Roulette Promo by simply watching their favorite […]


Slappy cakes added new treat The Elvis and more, alongside their pancake menus


 Slappy Cakes is one of the most popular breakfast spots which was originally from Portland, Oregon. Though it is already famous for its dishes, new offerings were introduced to the customers, either new to their taste or old favorite with a twist, to provide more delicious choices but are still based to the restaurant’s American roots. First in line, Slappy Cakes’ Pancake Sampler. The restaurant is known for their do-it-yourself pancake which lets the customers to cook the pancake on their own and having the freedom to do whatever design they want. They offers three different flavors– Chocolate, Red Velvet […]


10 Awesome reasons why you should visit Guam


 No. 1 Beautiful sunrise According to a Vimeo video, Guam is the first place in the United States to see the sun each calendar day. The East coast of the United States will see the same sunrise 14 hours after locals on the Pacific Island do. Good Morning America: Sunrise over Guam from Austin Groupp on Vimeo. No. 2 Closest U.S. destination from the Philippines Located West of the Pacific, in the Mariana Islands, Guam is the closest United States destination from the Philippines, only 3 1/2 hours away from Manila. Guam is also home to more than thousands of fellow […]


The Maginhawa Street Food Panda Food Crawl is a 10 hour-long food experience worth sharing


 Maginhawa Street Food Panda Food Crawl Food Panda, a mobile app food delivery service for easy, fast, and fun way of ordering food, organized the Maginhawa Street Food Panda Food Crawl last month which was participated by fellow bloggers who shared the same passion, food! KATZ DINER As early as 9 AM, the first stop was set-up at Katz Diner, a small kitchenette style located along Malingap Street corner Maginhawa Street in Sikatuna Village, Quezon City. Maginhawa Street earned the reputation of having the best and unique food places offering affordable prices stretching all the way its street with a […]

COFFEE CREATIONS AT NEWPORT MALL. Coffee overload during Coffee Creations.

Coffee Creations and Exhibit at Newport Mall in Resorts World Manila runs until Aug. 10


 It was an afternoon until evening delight of coffee overload when we got invited to attend Megaworld Lifestyle Malls and Newport Mall at Resorts World Manila presentation of Coffee Creations held last Saturday, August 2. We’ve tasted samples of different varieties of coffee available and our best bet is the Alamid or better known as Civet coffee. It has a rich taste that’s equally appealing to our smell and palate. It’s considered as a specialty coffee and 1 small pack of this coffee costs around Php 100-150. According to, Alamid coffee is “officially the world’s most expensive brew made from cat […]

EATS @ SM FAIRVIEW. A one-of-a-kind night food bazaar is coming your way.

EATS @ SM FAIRVIEW Night Food Market opens from August-October


 Fairview and its nearby town residents in Quezon City must have been enjoying now for they are finally experiencing a one-of-a-kind night food market, thanks to SM City Fairview for hosting the first ever weekend night food bazaar. According to Jay Arañas, Group Marketing Manager, Shopping Center Management Corp., SM Supermalls,  this is the first time that the mall is hosting EATS @ SM FAIRVIEW, its own night food market and the perfect place to kick-off this event is at SM City Fairview that has more than 600 sqm. Transport Terminal area to cater to more than 40 food concessionaires serving favorite local […]

A WEEKEND OF EVERYTHING THAT FLIES. Are you ready for the 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta?

Are you ready for the 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta?


 Come February 12-15, 2015, “A Weekend of Everything that Flies” will come back with a bigger and more fun flying in the Philippines as Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) returns for the 19th year spearheaded by no less than PIHABF President Capt. Joy Roa. The 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is set on a four-day festival at the Philippines Air Force (PAF) ADAC Hangar in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. Earlier today, April 15, a memorandum of agreement was signed by Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president Arnel Casanova, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Arthur Tugade, Clark […]

AMAZING FIREWORKS DISPLAY. Finland battled with Canada for the 5th week of Philippine International PyroMusical Competition at the Mall of Asia.

Finland battled with Canada for the 5th week of Philippine International PyroMusical Competition at the Mall of Asia


 Finland gave an outstanding fireworks display last night on the 5th week of the 5th Philippine International PyroMusical Competition held at SM By The Bay, Mall of Asia. Although Finland gave a wonderful performance, Canada dropped the bomb and took away with the most cheered and lauded by the audience with loud screams as their performance reached the final number. The competition started last February 15. See 5th Pyromusical competition begins with ensemble of fireworks from the Philippines’ best. Next week, March 22, USA and the Philippines will meet and showcase amazing fireworks display to conclude the 5th Philippine International PyroMusical Competition. To know more […]

DELTA AIR TICKET GIVEAWAY. Win round-trip ticket to the U.S. by Delta Air through 'America in 3D: A Roadshow in Diplomacy, Development and Defense' activity happening at SM Mall of Asia.

Win round-trip ticket to the U.S. by Delta Air through ‘America in 3D: A Roadshow in Diplomacy, Development and Defense’ activity happening at SM Mall of Asia


 The U.S. Embassy invites you to celebrate American culture and traditions at “America in 3D: A Roadshow in Diplomacy, Development and Defense.” Each year, we take the U.S. Embassy on the road to select cities across the Philippines and invite the public to free musical and dance performances, film screenings, food tastings, sports clinics, car shows, information sessions about U.S. services, and so much more. The U.S. Embassy’s major event called “America in 3D: A Roadshow in Diplomacy, Development and Defense” happens on March 1 & 2, 2014 at SM Mall of Asia. Everything is FREE! Theye also have several giveaways including […]

SPAIN PRODUCT UPDATE. Spain Product Update for the Travel trade in the Philippines by Spain Tourism Board and Supported by El Corte ingles and Across Spain.

Visiting Spain? Reason No. 10 is almost a give-away


 With 60.7 million tourists last year alone (2013), we were quite intrigued as to why it grew that much. But of course, since childhood, aside from the United States, Spain has been one of our dream destination probably because of the rich influence of cultural and heritage they brought in our country. After all, Philippines was named in honor of King Philip II of Spain in 1543 by Spanish explorer Ruy Lopez de Villalobos. So here are our top 10 reasons why Spain has remained to be on top three most visited destinations in the world and probably, why we […]

KIONG HEE HUAT TSAI. Philam Life celebrates the Year of the Wooden Horse with Dragon and Lion Dance in Binondo.

Philam Life celebrates the Year of the Wooden Horse with Dragon and Lion Dance in Binondo


 Philam Life celebrates the coming of the Year of the Wooden Horse with Dragon and Lion Dance in Binondo held last Jan. 30. The celebration coincides as Philam Life sets to empower and take the reins of financial security and prosperity. “We wanted to be known as the ‘real life’ company. Totoong gusto namin malaman ang needs, aspirations, dreams ng bawat Pilipino. We engaged with them. We have meaningful conversations with them, we have meaningful dialogue… Doon papasok ang tanong, very provocative question; “Marami kang dreams sa buhay, marami kang pinagdadaanan, marami kang challenges, marami kang struggles, ang tanong namin […]

2014 FORECASTS FOR THE YEAR OF THE WOODEN HORSE. Chinese Zodiac forecasts for the Year of the Wooden Horse according to Master Geomancer Joseph Chau.

Chinese Zodiac forecasts for the Year of the Wooden Horse according to Master Geomancer Joseph Chau


 Horse (1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014), Dog (1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018) and Tiger (1902,1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010) For this year, the Horse is compatible with the Dog and Tiger. They bear good luck according to Master Geomancer Joseph Chau. The three zodiacs are lucky in business and financial situations. Rabbit (1903,1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011), Pig (1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019) and Goat (1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015) Rabbit is also lucky this year in romance, while the Pig is more incline to attract wealth and has more power to convince people in terms of business. The Goat will be very lucky in money, love, finance, and career. Snake (1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013), Rooster (1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017) and Ox (1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009) This year, the luck of the Snake is pretty good this year, whether […]

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL HOT AIR BALLOON ORGANIZING COMMITTEE. PIHABF maintains its decision not to hold the 19th PIHABF this year, but instead, prepare for a bigger event scheduled for February 12-15, 2015.

It’s final. There will be no official 19th hot air balloon this year, says PIHABF organizing committee


 Amidst rumors and speculations, the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) organizing committee finally released a statement regarding the much-awaited festival for 2014 in Clark, Pampanga. With reports of a balloon event taking place in Clark, Pampanga in April 2014, spearheaded by Mr. Ronnie Tiotuico of the Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Office, the PIHABF Organizing Committee has issued the following statement: Preparation for the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is a major undertaking The decision not to hold a Fiesta this year was not undertaken lightly. From the perspective of the PIHABF organizers, our 2013 event (featuring more balloons […]

WELCOME 2014. List of countdowns and shindigs on 2014 New Year's Eve.

List of countdowns and shindigs on 2014 New Year’s Eve


 Here are the list of countdowns and shindigs on 2014 New Year’s Eve where you can celebrate with your families and loved ones. Marriott Hotel Manila – Get Ready for 2014 Celebrate the New Year with a shindig like no other where you can dance to beat of the countdown with live entertainment, delicious food, drinks and party til midnight and beyond. Party starts from 8 PM to 1 AM at the Greatroom on December 31, 2013 for Php 4,888 featuring live performance from Shayne and the Brown Union Band; Signature Buffet and Open Bar. Eastwood City – New Year Countdown […]

SOIREE BEAUJOLAIS 2013. French Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines opens the door to their annual festivity called Soiree Beaujolais 2013

FCCP invites everyone to a night of Soiree Beaujolais – Streets of Paris at The Tent City, Manila Hotel on November 21


 French Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines opens the door to their annual festivity called Soiree Beaujolais 2013 to be held on November 21, 2013 at The Tent City, Manila Hotel. Every third Thursday of November, the French region of Beaujolais and the whole of France celebrate the launch of Beaujolais Nouveau – the ‘new‘ wine from the rich, fertile grape fields and wineries of Beaujolais Region. “The Beaujolais has become over the (22) years the major event in the French culture. It has become exciting because many of you might not know it but Beaujolais Noveau is freshly harvested wine […]