Friday, January 21, 2022

The Manila Hotel’s Café Ilang-Ilang and The Champagne Room Reopens


Cafe Ilang-Ilang photo from The Manila Hotel Website

The Manila Hotel’s dining outlets, the famed Café Ilang-Ilang and the iconic Champagne Room reopens soon after undergoing a few weeks of general maintenance. The hotel chose to suspend dining operations as the holiday festivities died down to ensure food quality and guest safety, as well as spot-checks on its facilities.

Café Ilang-Ilang is scheduled to reopen on January 28, 2022 (Friday). The dining outlet enjoys a loyal following among local and foreign guests as it offers authentic international fare as well as family-friendly dining experience. It continues to draw diners with its daily offering of gastronomic delights coupled with the culinary team’s passion to create an amazing spread of dishes that is in keeping with its acclaimed status as one of the best buffet restaurants in the country.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Where to Find Free Online Culinary-Related Games for Kids and Adults


If you've ever dreamed about working in the kitchen as a chef, online culinary based games are for you

I had always been interested in culinary after being inspired by the anime cartoon Cooking Master Boy (not sure if you guys are familiar with it, but fandom of anime would surely know Liu Mao Xing, the protagonist in the said cartoon) back during my high school years. Watching the anime somehow made me understand the “magic” brought about by chefs into each dish. Not only do they make the dish more palatable but also create art by means of creative plating which in turn makes the dish enticing. The said cartoon series also taught me the difference between a gourmet and a gourmand. And as they say, the rest is history.  I even took a short course in baking in La Salle a couple of years ago. And I guess, somehow it had also influenced me to delve into food blogging via

Liu Mao Xing from Cooking Master Boy animation

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Union Bank's Accomplishments for 2021 and future projects for the coming year


To celebrate its numerous achievements and attainment for the past year and to give us a bird's eye view of what to expect and what lies ahead for Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) for the year 2022, UnionBank held another virtual media roundtable series E-Talktales last December 15.

During the said virtual event, UnionBank Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, and Chief Transformation Officer Henry Aguda discussed the newly formed digital bank which will become a gamechanger for UnionBank's digital transformation journey.

Aguda started the discussion by recalling how UnionBank's digital transformation journey has enabled it to brave 2020 and the equally challenging 2021. "The pandemic created this shift to digital, which we now refer to as the “new digital normal”. We changed the way we live, the way we travel, the way we interact with one another, and basically we've changed forever in terms of how we transact in the financial sector." 

"But even before the pandemic, UnionBank already had this forward-looking view that digital is the way for us to move forward, and when the pandemic hit, not only did we survive, but I'm happy to say that the Bank actually thrived," according to Aguda.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Healthy, Hassle-Free Holiday Bundles from The Goodwill Market


Tis the season to show you care by sending healthy goodies from The Goodwill Market to family and friends. The gift baskets have been carefully curated to fit different lifestyles, filled with wholesome products that focus on health and wellbeing.

What’s more, they can be delivered safely and conveniently to your loved one's doorstep via orders on The Goodwill Market website. You don’t have to leave the comfort and safety of your home to send out healthy and high-quality gifts this Christmas.

The Goodwill Market is an online shop owned and operated by Dygen Pharma Distribution Corporation (DPDC), a subsidiary of Dyna Drug Corporation. Its mission is to make premium brands more accessible to Filipino consumers with online orders and fuss-free delivery. “This is a very valuable e-commerce service especially as everyone stays safe inside their homes,” says DPDC General Manager May Panganiban. “Our gift packages contain a wide selection of health and wellness products that are sure to add a spark of joy to the holidays.”

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Coca-Cola makes Japan's Lemon-Dou® available in the Philippines

Lemon-Dou®, a Japanese crafted chu-hi drink and one of Japan's Nikkei Top 5 trends in 2020 is now in the Philippines

Lemon-Dou®, one of Japan’s growing chu-hi drinks, is now available in the Philippines in three different variants. The entry of Lemon-Dou® in the country is seen as a response to the increasing demand for refreshing lemon alcoholic drinks and marks the first alcoholic beverage brand in the growing beverage portfolio of Coca-Cola in the Philippines.

"At Coca-Cola, we’ve always strived to deliver innovations that center around what our consumers want, while ensuring that we evolve our business responsibly and sustainably as well. We continue to be bullish on our business here in the Philippines amidst the ongoing challenges of the pandemic — and the launch of Lemon-Dou, our first alcoholic brand in the country, is a tangible proof of that commitment. We are confident that Lemon-Dou will help further accelerate the high-growth trajectory of flavored alcoholic drinks in the country," said Tony del Rosario, President of Coca-Cola Philippines.

Inspired from the southern province of Kyushu, Japan – the birthplace of shochū over 500 years ago – Lemon-Dou was first introduced by Coca-Cola in 2018. After two years, the lemon-flavored alcoholic drink became one of Japan’s Nikkei Trendy top 5 trends in 2020. 


Martyn Ferguson, Marketing Director for Emerging Brands of Coca-Cola ASEAN & South Pacific shared, “Lemon-Dou uses a closely-guarded traditional recipe from Coca-Cola. True to the Japanese philosophy of Kodawari, we’re very proud of how we have tapped into the strength of our global network to ensure that the quality of Lemon-Dou remains consistent when served to the Filipino legal age drinkers.” 


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