Monday, July 6, 2020

Score a One Peso City Blends Coffee on 7 Eleven Day and 50% Off on over 150 items!

Yes, you can grab a cup of your favorite City Blends Coffee for only Php1.00 on #711Day (July 11)!

Attention Coffee Aficionados! Care to score 7 Eleven's City Blends Coffee for Php1.00? 7-Eleven Philippines is gearing up for another #711Day on July 11 with a lineup of exclusive deals and discounts just for YOU—their loyal customers!

Since everyone's on quarantine, 7 Eleven from finding ways to bring more convenience during these tough times. In fact, this year’s birthday is all about giving back.

“Because of the pandemic, people are more conscious of how they spend their money,” says Jose Victor Paterno, President, and CEO of Philippine Seven Corporation. “We hope to make it easier for them by offering 50% off on over 150 essential items and more.”

Save the date friends, let's all mark July 11, 2020! Why? That's because it is the day when 7-Eleven will give a 50% discount on grocery items and select snacks, like Big Bite Hotdog and 7-Fresh Budget Siopao. Better to start off your quick convenience store run with a small cup of City Blends Coffee for only P1! Yes, a coffee for One Peso only!

Friday, July 3, 2020

No more game downtime with vivo V19 Neo’s large-capacity 4500mAh Li-Po battery

Nowadays, with people spending most of their time online, some have become dependent on electronic devices, especially smartphones, to keep them connected with friends and loved ones, and to conveniently pursue and enjoy their lifestyles.

And with different activities—messaging on various platforms, posting on social media, surfing the internet, buying from online stores, listening to music, watching movies and videos, and playing online games—keeping people busy on their smartphones wherever they may be, it would truly be disappointing to get a low battery warning, or the handset going “dead”.

Thankfully, the latest V19 Neo is powered by a 4500mAh lithium-polymer (Li-Po) battery, one of the largest capacities in its price range, to keep vivo’s flagship midrange smartphone running in optimum performance, longer. with its long-lasting Li-Po power source, the V19 Neo can accommodate Google, Gmail, Facebook, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok, and other heavily used applications that can typically drain a standard battery.

The 4500mAh battery can also smoothly run the V19 Neo’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 AIE octa-core processor with 8GB RAM and 128GB ROM, making for fast app launches, better navigation and multi-tasking; and enabling users to play their favorite graphics-heavy mobile games for hours.

The handset is also equipped with AI Turbo, Center Turbo, Game Turbo, Net Turbo, Cooling Turbo, and ART++ Turbo. These multi-turbo functions offer an elevated and exciting gaming experience especially when playing PUBG Mobile, NBA 2K, Mobile Legends, Fortnite, or other favorite RPGs, shooters, SIMS, puzzle, strategy, racing, sports, and augmented reality games that will keep gamers up all night.

With a battery that powers up hours of game time, the V19 Neo also features an Ultra Game Mode which makes for totally undisturbed playing, blocking messages and alerts, so one can be fully immersed and engaged with the game. 

And when the battery is about to be depleted, users can rely on the V19 Neo’s 18W dual-engine fast charging technology to juice up the 4500mAh power source in a flash, so they can quickly get back to winning their game.

Aside from its high-capacity battery and fast-charging technology, quadcore processor, and game modes, vivo’s flagship midrange smartphone also boasts of an Ultra O AMOLED capacitive touchscreen which makes the gaming experience even more thrilling.

The 6.44-inch FHD+ screen brings out the games’ vibrant and authentic colors without causing unnecessary eyestrain. Its low brightness anti-flicker technology also provides added protection for the eyes, especially when playing in low-light and dark conditions.

The V19 Neo is available in Crystal White and Admiral Blue colorways, for only P17,999 at authorized Vivo stores nationwide. To know more about the vivo V19 Neo, visit or

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Manila Hotel partially reopens: You are Safe Here

The Grand Lobby of The Manila Hotel will light up again as the hotel partially reopens on July 3, 2020 

The historic hotel partially reopens in time for its 108th anniversary with upgraded hygiene protocols for guest safety, and launches special anniversary promo.

Just a day before the historic hotel’s founding anniversary, The Manila Hotel plans to partially open its doors to its valued guests, with the famed Café Ilang Ilang, the Lobby Lounge, and the Delicatessen resuming operations on July 3, 2020.

 A rebirth of sorts after months of following the government’s quarantine protocols, the hotel has adjusted along with the rest of the world in navigating the “new normal,” and puts a high premium on the well-being of guests.

With the lobby shining bright anew signifying eternal hope, The Manila Hotel commemorates its 108 founding anniversary on July 4 by welcoming guests with an enduring brand of service that is now focused on enhanced health, hygiene, and sanitation protocols in line with DOH guidelines.

As the hotel prepares for the reopening, Atty Joey Lina, the president of The Manila Hotel, assures the public, “You are safe here. We have taken every precaution to heart so you and your loved ones can have peace of mind when you visit or stay with us.”

To its valued guests who are waiting for Café Ilang Ilang to open, The Manila Hotel offers its 108th Anniversary Promo that gives the first 108 customers for the first 108 days of its reopening (including Saturdays and Sundays) a special dining rate of only Php1,250 for lunch, and only Php1,550 for dinner. Café Ilang Ilang likewise returns with a new system for dining where guests can “order and eat all you can,” meaning they can order as much food as they want from the selection of dishes at a fixed price.

Both Café Ilang Ilang and the Lobby Lounge will be open with limited seating capacity. Thorough sanitation procedures will be implemented, and guests can order using a disposable menu, eat using cutlery in sealed containers, and even use tables with acrylic dividers. Front-facing personnel communicating with guests like Guest Services Officers (GSOs) and waiters will don masks, gloves, and face shields. To limit contact with guests, Café Ilang Ilang is also fine-tuning its contactless ordering and payment system.

Adopting best practices, the hotel launches a comprehensive initiative to assure its patrons they are safe at The Manila Hotel. High-traffic public areas will have hygiene reminder signages and distance indicators, and guests will be asked to undergo mandatory temperature checks, and health declaration procedure. Limited capacity will also be implemented in elevators, while several hotel facilities will remain closed including the spa, swimming pool, gym, and other areas.

High-touch points like door handles, elevator buttons, public area furniture, and others will be sanitized multiple times per day using UV technology. Tests reveal that UV sanitation greatly reduces the bacteria count on surfaces, as demonstrated by lower RLU readings—whose value is used as a measure of surface cleanliness--after the procedure.

Barring announcements from the government to the contrary, the hotel also plans to start accepting room bookings by August 2020. The public will be assured of rooms thoroughly cleaned first with UV-C light technology to eliminate germs, bacteria, and viruses; followed by medical-grade sterilizing and disinfecting solutions. A change of fresh and sanitized linens; sanitation of touchpoints in the room including remote controls, lamps, etc.; and thorough bathroom disinfection are also part of the procedure. 

Guests will also receive personal wellness kits, issued a UV-sanitized keycard, and arrive to guestrooms with a seal of assurance that they are the first to enter the sanitized environment. Because taking care of its own people means they can take better care of guests, The Manila Hotel has invested on testing its staff upon return to work to ensure they are healthy. The culinary team strictly adheres to stringent protocols on proper hygiene, hand washing, and food handling. Staff will be required to wear PPEs as needed, and strict implementation of distancing measures will be done in the offices, front desk, and other areas frequently by guests.

The Manila Hotel looks forward to welcoming both loyal and new guests with the kind of service it is known for, with the assurance that “YOU ARE SAFE HERE” is not just a tagline but a commitment it truly means to uphold.

Score up to 50% off on your favorite grocery items and essentials during 7-Eleven’s birthday week!

Another 7-Eleven Day is fast approaching, get ready and shop to score awesome discounts!

Another #711Day is coming up, and this time it’s all about YOU—their loyal customers!

Living in unprecedented times is tough, but 7-Eleven hopes to celebrate by giving back to the community and offering exclusive promos and discounts up to 50% off on over 150 grocery items.

“We prepared our big 7-Eleven birthday week with our customers in mind,” says Jose Victor Paterno, President and CEO of Philippine Seven Corporation. “It’s their celebration as much as it is ours. Giving promos and discounts on basic essentials — it’s our own little way to help them save during this time.”

From July 1 to July 14, soaps, deodorant, detergents, batteries, and other select essentials will be 30% off! While you’re at it, make sure to grab your favorite chocolates, biscuits, cookies, juices, and other snacks—they’ll be at 30% off too. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, enjoy an even bigger discount at 50% off from July 7 to July 11. 

7-Eleven gives up to 50% off as a way of giving back to its community and offers exclusive promos on over 150 grocery items.

Complete your meal with a FREE 12oz. Gulp for every purchase of 1pc. Crunch Time Fried Chicken from July 9 to 11—or better yet, celebrate with the whole family at home and get a FREE 1 pc. Fried Chicken for every purchase of 1 Crunch Time Crunch Carrier of 6pcs chicken from July 6 to 11 via CLiQQ app!

Complete your meal with a FREE 12oz GULP for every purchase of 1 PC. Crunch Time fried chicken from July 6 to July 11 via Cliqq app.. 

For the complete list of sale items click here - 7-Eleven values your health and safety above anything else. They would like to remind everyone to follow the safety protocols implemented in-store, such as the proper wearing of masks and physical distancing, at all times. For a safer experience, hand sanitizers are placed around the store for customers to use.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Quarantine Baking Recipes for Stress Relief with The Maya Kitchen

What’s more comforting than stirring together a bowl of brown, beige and white ingredients, sliding it into the oven and watching as it transforms into something golden and spectacular? I totally love the smell of freshly baked cookies, muffins, cakes, or even a simple bread wafting through my kitchen. Regardless if you're a newbie in baking or an experienced one, you're sure to find different ideas to help pass the time during quarantine with delicious results.

And when it comes to baking goodies, I only trust one brand to accompany me in my baking journey-a brand my family has long trusted for years--Maya. Most of us have been staying home for the past months since the lockdown and quarantine and either we have picked up a new skill or two as we try to make ourselves more productive at home. As for me, since working from home, I have started to go back to my first love--baking. 

Baking has proven to be a therapeutic way of managing our fears and anxieties. And it isn't just about enjoying something warm and delicious. Baking involves our full attention, forcing us to focus on a particular recipe and quiet down our own inner dialogues. Unlike with cooking where you can easily adjust the recipe if you feel the taste is a little bit salty or bland, baking requires more calculated portions in order to create that perfectly baked goodie. 

Baking gives us a little semblance of control during these times of uncertainties. The Maya Kitchen encourages everyone to keep our newfound baking habit alive even as we gradually emerge from quarantine. Baking is not only meditative, it also allows us to be more creative, an expression of one's self as well as troubleshooting when baking problems arise which may also be useful in our daily lives. 

Baking can be a good therapy

One thing about baking, it teaches us that patience is indeed a virtue. We patiently wait for the dough to rise or the cake to bake perfectly in the oven. We can also use baking time to bond with our family members over some delicious treats. 

Allow me to share with you some exciting baking recipes you can easily do at the comfort of your home regardless if it's your first time to bake or you're like me who knew how to bake find hardly had the time to do so prior to quarantine. 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Citi launches credit card points donation program to help frontliners

The points donated by Citi credit cardholders will go to frontliners and communities affected by the quarantine, who are receiving much needed assistance from the Philippine Disaster Foundation (PDRF) and World Vision.

Qualified Citi credit cardholders can now use their rewards points to assist those at the forefront in the fight against Covid-19. Citi Philippines is working with World Vision and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation to aid the country’s medical frontliners and the families who have been affected by the lockdown.

Credit cardholders with Citi Prestige, Citi PremierMiles, Citi Rewards and Citi Cash Back cards can donate their points, miles and rebates to help provide personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators for health workers and disinfectant kits/tents for health facilities, sanitation kits and temporary income to the most vulnerable families. Citi Philippines will share the equivalent value in cash to the cardholder’s organization of choice. 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

The Plus Size Girl’s Guide to Finding the Best Waist Trainer and Body Shaper to Flatten Your Tummy

Plus-sized chubby women oftentimes had difficulty finding the right waist trainer and body shaper to achieve a sexier look

Everywhere you turn, there are rules for dressing. And when you’re a plus size girl like me, finding the right clothes particularly dresses that will make you look good may be difficult.  To be honest, it’s quite a struggle. Why is that so? Simply because chubby plus-sized girls like me usually have big tummies. The best thing to do is to hide them while wearing a good quality waist trainer for women. The downside is that one needs to find a perfectly comfortable waist trainer and doing so can be a bit difficult if you don’t know where to find the best ones.

When it comes to waist trainers, structure and support is very important for me. I’m very picky about the kind of clothes I wear so it’s either I’d buy from a really expensive branded store or I’d buy maternity trainers and I’m not even pregnant nor do I have any kids! That’s a bit embarrassing for me. Structure wise, I like stretchy material that doesn’t hug my back and sides and thus not making any “lumps” especially when I wear fitted clothes. has comfortable waist trainers even for plus-sized women: Shapellx 2in1 Ultra Sweat Waist & Thigh Trimmer booty sculptor

Everyone wants to look sexy (obviously) but also to feel comfortable and confident, and that can seem totally at odds with the fact that we’re talking about tiny pieces of fabric. There’s a question of practicality too for plus-sized women who need more support than a flimsy waist trainer can give. 

Good thing, an online website, understood the problem by creating a line of sexy underpinnings offered exclusively with plus-sized women in mind in various cup sizes. When you look closely into their website, they’re kind of expert on how plus-sized women should be shopping for lingerie. Sometimes it seems like the only people comfortable in lingerie are the models. But shapellx have pieces or silhouettes that are typically made for plus-sized women.

Shapellx have pieces particularly for plus-sized women in mind

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Win Exciting Prizes with a 20-Day FREE Live Workout Session with Celebrity Coaches Jim and Toni Saret

Real-Life Couple Celebrity Coaches Toni and Jim Saret will conduct a 20-day free live workout session on FB


The Fit Filipino Movement (FitFil) led by Health & Fitness VIP Coaches Jim & Toni Saret and co-presented by NOVUHAIR®, nature’s answer to hair loss, wish to invite you, your family and loved ones to join a 20-day Facebook Live FREE workout session designed for all beginners and active fitness buffs starting June 22, 2020 (Monday) at 4pm.

Everyone is invited to join for FREE & win exciting prizes! 
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NOVUHAIR has a promo for everyone

Friday, June 19, 2020

Father’s day photo contest: What pasta shape best describes your dad?

San Remo Father's Day Promo

Press Release: 

Father’s day is right around the corner but how do we make this day extra special for all the dependable and downright awesome fathers and father-figures out there who have helped shape our lives? With the magic of pasta!

For San Remo Philippines, pastas are more than just wonderfully shaped noodle varieties. Pasta is the secret ingredient that shapes great family bonding experiences and memorable moments.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Cool gift ideas to give Dads this Father's Day at the Shangri-la Plaza Mall

Our Dads are heroes in their own right

Father’s Day may look a little different this year because of the general community quarantine, but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate and show our appreciation towards our dads. Our dads deserve nothing less than the best for all that they’ve done. Whether that’s being the designated grocery runner during the quarantine, or always going to great lengths to provide for and protect the family. Giving him something he likes is a good start, but can also be quite tricky. Thankfully, Shangri-La Plaza is open and filled to the brim with excellent options proven to be popular with dads!

Shangri-la Plaza remains open

Now’s a good time to equip dads with things to help them ride out the quarantine. If dad is a fitness buff (or even not!), get him a FitBit Watch from Digital Walker to help monitor his heart rate and sleep quality. Or boost his immune system and provide more energy by getting him all-natural vitamins and food supplements from Healthy Options.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Bang Bang Special Crispy Bangus Food Review

Bang Bang Bangus Original (photo taken from their Instagram account)

The Philippines is home to a thousand species of fish; but of all these, no other fish has captured the attention of Filipinos quite like the bangus. In fact, it's so popular that it was even named as the country's national fish. Bangus, or milkfish, is abundant in many provinces making it a quintessential player in regional cuisines. Bangus is a good source of protein, Vitamin B6, Phosphorus, Selenium and Omega-3, as well as Niacin, Protein and Vitamin B12. It is prized for it’s firm, milky-white flesh and can be cooked in a number of ways.

Bang Bang Special Crispy Bangus outlet is located in Project 7 , Quezon City

I recently discovered Bang Bang Special Crispy Bangus which sells amazingly crispy boneless bangus in three awesome flavors: original, cheese, and salted egg. What makes them different from other establishments that sell bangus? For one, their bangus is indeed crispy from the fish head down to its tail. And it's huge in size too--so that alone gives one value for their money. And because it's huge in size, it is good for sharing too. 

I had my own salted egg bangus from Bang Bang Special Crispy Bangus delivered last Sunday

Father's Day Promo from The Manila Hotel

Our Dads deserve all the love on Father's Day

Father’s Day may look a little different this year because of the general community quarantine, but that doesn't mean you can't still devote the day to Dad. Got a special dad who deserves a special meal? Show him your appreciation with an exceptional family lunch or dinner with his favorite dishes. Whether you’re planning to fire up the grill or set up a sit-down meal indoors this Father’s Day, The Manila Hotel’s Café Ilang Ilang Takeout service is here to help you create the perfect menu. 
Express your gratitude and admiration to the greatest man in your life with an exceptional Father’s Day meal which you can easily make at home. Delight your dad with any of our Home Buffet options or A La Carte menu. Because the best dad deserves only the best, let him indulge with an enticing main course of any of our new Sous Vide Steaks offerings. 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Foreo Inspired Forever Luna Mini 2 Product Review

The first time I heard about the brand Foreo, I checked it out online right away. And OMG, I was surprised how expensive it was! I wouldn't spend that much money on my skin, considering I guess I was blessed and lucky to have been born with good genes. I seldom had problems with breakouts or any acne-related problems. I guess what hasn't spared me was the whiteheads and blackheads which I think everyone can relate to. On top of that, I also happen to have large pores due to monthly facials. 

Going back to my topic, since I couldn't afford to buy an original Foreo facial cleanser, I researched online about buying a good alternative and I stumbled upon Forever Luna Mini 2. At first, I was a bit hesitant to make a purchase because I had to buy them online--and it's not the safest place, to begin with. I'm afraid that after some time, the item might not work anymore. To make the long story short, I gave it a try. And so far, I've no regrets about it. 

Forever Lina Mini 2

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Manila Hotel gives out FREE ROOMS as a way to welcome loyal clients

The Manila Hotel gives free rooms as a way of thanking its supporters

The iconic Manila Hotel is excited to welcome you back. Some of us have gone back to work and business establishments have reopened, soon, the so-called "true heart of the Philippines," will also be opening their doors to the public once again. 

The Manila Hotel family wants you to know that your peace of mind is their top priority as they adjust to what is known as the "new normal." As a welcome treat, they are also having a special promo where they are giving our FREE ROOMS from now until December 2020. This is for when their dining outlets open again, and also for their numerous take-out customers of The Manila Hotel's Cafe Ilang-Ilang that continued to support them throughout the lockdown period.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

My One Bakeshop’s Biscocho: A must-try pasalubong from San Miguel Bulacan

Golden yellow biscocho from My Bakeshop in San Miguel Bulacan is such a great food discovery

Filipinos are natural foodies. Whenever there’s a group gathering—be it with family or friends, chances are, food will always be a part of it. And when we travel, we have this pasalubong custom where we make sure that we bring something home from the places we visit—most often than not, that pasalubong will be food. Perhaps all of these things strengthen our bond with the people we love and value the most.

Different regions in the country have various delicacies and specialties of their own. We were fortunate enough to taste them and witnessed how they were made. But of course, there will always be products that naturally standout and are good enough for world-class export quality. I have been fortunate to visit some of the different places in the Philippines and each town always have something new to offer. The last town I've visited was San Miguel Bulacan where some of the sweet treats and delicacies originated from. 

Mamon Tostado from My One Bakeshop in San Miguel Bulacan
And I was surprised to find out that although the bread Biscocho is more popular in the Western Visayas island, you can find world-class export quality Biscocho in this small quaint town of San Miguel. My good friend, Ervin who hails from San Miguel and also owns Arki's Grill recently told me about how proud of him of this particular Biscocho brand made in his hometown. "Hindi ako mapapahiya," he said in full confidence. He was referring to the Biscocho made by My Bakeshop, a bakery that began its operation in 2013. 

Biscocho in various flavors are available at My One Bakeshop and perfect pair for choco or coffee drink

"We're basically a relatively small scale family-run bakery in San Miguel. My wife is a culinary graduate of Center for Culinary Arts [CCA] so we decided to open a bakeshop to put her knowledge into good use," explains Paul Cruz, the owner of My Bakeshop.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Fashionable Clothes for Women on

Women can now conveniently shop for stylish clothes via mobile shopping sites

Money, as the age-old adage goes, can't buy happiness. It can, however, buy your next favorite pair of dainty dresses or that must-have classic little black dress. And when you wear something really nice that flatters you—it adds magic to your overall look. And when you look good, you’ll also feel good about yourself and in essence, makes you happy as well.

And during this time of crisis, everyone had no choice but to stay home. During quarantine, loungewear is a necessity. A matching bottom and top set is a cute way to be comfy and stylish at the same time—the perfect option for going from Zoom work meetings to your group FaceTime with your friends.

You've probably been stuck inside wearing pajamas and loungewear for *way* too long—since most of us are in quarantine due to the pandemic Coronavirus or COVID-19. Even if you’re not venturing out much farther than your own backyard, it’s time to bring on all the sweet, sunshiney positive vibes. How will you do it? It’s easy. Stock your closet with stylish clothes that fit “every” mood—and your budget. 

We are very fortunate that we live in the era of the internet, and in this digital age, one can do almost everything online—from paying one’s bills to online shopping. Luckily, there have never been more options when it comes to shopping conveniently. No need for us to leave our homes, we just need to have an internet connection and we can make our purchases online with just a few clicks of the mouse.

In an effort to score the latest deals, or find new uses for the items we already own, we recently stumbled upon this fabulous clothing site called Whether you want to upgrade your closet like I do, or would want to hire a personal stylist for an upcoming event, or simply want to elevate your style, Kis has got you covered whatever floats your fashion needs. 

Polka Dots Midi Dress from Kis

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Sun Life Asset Management Marketing Outlook Forum 2020: How the Coronavirus has affected the Economy?

How the economy is doing during the Covid pandemic?

The outbreak of pandemic Covid-19 all over the world have disturbed the political, social, economic, religious, and financial structures of the whole world. It has greatly affected even the world’s topmost economies such as the US, China, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Korea and Japan as well as many others are on the verge of collapse. The Philippines isn’t spared because we have also been badly hit by the virus that has plagued the globe. 

Stock markets around the world have been pounded and oil prices have fallen off a cliff. There were establishments that have declared bankruptcy such as The Century Seafood restaurant in Manila and there are those that needed to close down like The Marco Polo Hotel in Davao. People have filed for unemployment and have started searching for jobs online. Also, many experts on economic and financial matters have warned about the worsening condition of global economic and financial structure. 

Sun Life Asset management Company Inc. Market Outlook Forum 2020

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, people are all going digital. Meetings are done using Zoom and Skype, while the remaining classes were done online. Even press conferences are now being held online. I recently attended a webinar on Sun Life Asset Management Company Inc. [SLAMCI] about their Market Outlook Forum in 2020. Sun Life Philippines’ President Ms. Valerie N. Pama said that the company had always been digitally active. 

Sun Life PH Sun Rise Portal

Discovering the Amazing Health Benefits of Sekaya Natural Botanic Infusion

Sekaya Botanic Infusion from Unilab 

Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.” This famous quote is often attributed to Hippocrates (400BC), known as the father of Medicine. This quote, though thousands of years old, acknowledges the importance of healthy eating and how the nutrients in various foods have natural healing properties. It emphasizes the importance of nutrition to prevent or cure disease. 

The most obvious role of nutrition is to support the physical body itself. Although social media’s food messages typically demonize a type of food in its entirety, the truth is that all foods (fuels)— carbohydrates of all types, a protein of all types, and fats of all types—play unique supporting roles in healing and sustaining our physical bodies. This different food (fuel) groups work synergistically together in beautiful balance. Understanding what each fuel group provides and how the fuel groups work together reinforces trust in the body’s ability to balance the food it receives. This balance does not depend on perfection in either exact measurements or micro-managing macronutrients and/or calories to be effective—a concept that is hard to believe now but becomes easier as you practice balanced eating from all fuel groups consistently.   

Today, the term "clean eating" has become very popular in the health community. It’s a diet pattern that focuses on fresh, whole foods. This lifestyle can be easy and enjoyable. Going natural is having a renaissance as many consumers are becoming more conscious about the products they use. This growing interest in everything natural has led to the influx of products that claim to be so. But is it safe to assume that everything labeled natural is safe and effective for consumption?

Clean eating involves choosing foods that are minimally processed, ethically raised, and rich in naturally occurring nutrients. Nature has given mankind everything it needs to survive, it’s the exacting measures of science that has validated and harnessed its full potential. It’s through science that the medical industry learned how to process plants for efficacy and safety. Not all-natural solutions in the market, however, are backed by science, producing sub-standard products that are ineffective and may be harmful to consumers.

Two of my most favorite Sekaya Botanic Infusion variants: Cozy Calm and Easy Nightcap

I recently discovered this plant-based brand called Sekaya, a term taken from Sentro ng Pangkatutubong Yaman, produced by a well-loved and trusted pharmaceutical company, Unilab's natural products company Synnovate Pharma Corporation. Its vision is to partner with the best food providers in town and bring wellness to the table.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Celebrate Eid-al-fitr with The Manila Hotel’s Café Ilang Ilang Ramadan Special Home Buffet Meal

Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan with a lavish feast
Muslims bid farewell to the sunup to sundown period of fasting known as Ramadan this weekend. On Eid, Muslims across the world offer their prayers to the almighty, and then prepare for a lavish Eid feast featuring scrumptious delicacies and drinks. With Eid less than a fortnight away, the occasion will be affected this year as nations around the world take measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns remain in place for many countries as the risk of new waves of the Covid-19 virus remains high.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought normal life to a standstill, including religious practice, with communal prayers and nightly Ramadan prayers impacted by the restrictions brought in to stifle the spread of the pandemic. Eid-al-fitr is a celebration to show thankfulness to Allah for allowing them to finish and be able to fulfill their obligation by fasting, completing good deeds and gives them hope of having past sins forgiven and a chance to wipe the slate clean. 

What’s a celebration without a feast? It just isn’t the same without a little indulgence. Food is a staple of the Eid celebration, as families and friends come together to enjoy an elaborate and exquisitely prepared feast in each other’s company. Make staying at home a little more special for your family with our Ramadan special family meal set C from the famed Café Ilang Ilang. Feast and indulge in our Ramadan home buffet set which includes dried dates, mango juice, hummus, fatoush salad, freshly baked nan and roti bread, vegetable samosa, tandoori chicken, lamb rogan josh, and baklava for dessert. We also have A La Carte options (solo servings, some may be shared by 2) and Home Buffet sets good for at least 4 persons. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

What nutritional benefit can you get from a can of sardines?

What's in a can of sardines? 

What’s in a can of sardines?

You must’ve been tired eating the same good ól sardines by this time—being the most popular relief good being given and distributed by most local government units in support of its people. After all, it’s been 2 months since the government has declared the lockdown and we were all on quarantine for the longest time. But before you complain yet again, please don’t underestimate the nutritional benefits of a can of sardines. It’s one of the most nutritious foods (just don’t overdo eating them), in case you didn't know. It's hard to believe that it can be nutritious, right? I've discovered proofs.

Bring home your favorite dishes from The Manila Hotel Cafe Ilang-Ilang

Yes you can now afford to eat hotel food at your own home.

In the midst of these strange and dark times, people are looking for a ray of sunshine. With the Luzon-wide “enhanced community quarantine” (ECQ) in place, everyone’s staying at home and finding new shows to watch, or rediscovering new talents. Minimizing contact with other people is a must, but on days when you’d like some semblance of normalcy—or want to treat yourself to something other than what you can scrape together in your kitchen—The Manila Hotel’s Café Ilang-Ilang is open for takeout and pick up transactions. Special delivery can also be arranged subject to terms and conditions. 

The Manila Hotel’s Café Ilang-Ilang takes you on a gustatory adventure as you taste some of the world’s flavors with our diverse home buffet-style options at the comfort of your home. Excite your palate from Asian delights to classic Italian and modern global meals including Halal food options. Our home buffet selections are ideal for 4 to 5 persons. They also have our a la carte menu which you can check out on our official Facebook page

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