Monday, July 31, 2023

Café Ilang-Ilang Celebrates the Flavors of Western Visayas

Western Visayas, known for its rich cultural heritage and gorgeous landscapes, is set to entice foodies in August when The Manila Hotel celebrates the region's numerous gastronomic pleasures at Café Ilang-Ilang.

For its latest dining offer, Café Ilang-Ilang has teamed up with Chef Rafael “Tibong” Jardeleza, Jr. — a culinary virtuoso and a passionate advocate of Western Visayas heritage cuisine.

 A Tapestry of Flavors

Café Ilang-Ilang's innovative collaboration brings the flavor of Western Visayas directly to its dining tables. Western Visayas, known as the Philippines' Food Haven, has a vibrant food culture that reflects its history, geography, and cultural influences. The collaboration features a diverse array of dishes, highlighting the region's local recipes, distinct ingredients, and time-honored cooking techniques.

A Champion of Heritage Cuisine

Chef Tibong, who is originally from Western Visayas, has devoted his culinary career to conserving and promoting the region's culinary heritage. His recipes offer a contemporary touch on classic meals, delivering an elevated experience that resonates with both locals and global food fans, drawing inspiration from his upbringing and family traditions.

Embark on a Gastronomic Adventure

Guests can embark on a gastronomic trip at Café Ilang-Ilang, which showcases the tastes, ingredients, and cooking techniques unique to Western Visayas. Throughout the month of August, Café Ilang-Ilang patrons can enjoy selected meals for lunch and dinner buffet. Guimaras Mango with GinamossaTulapo, Laswa, Pancit Molo, PancitEfuven, Beef Morcon, Chicken Binakol, Lengua Estofado, Bitchuelas, Sopa de Ajo, Fabada, Kinilaw na Tanguigue, Paella Negra with Chiperones, Canonigo, and LapazBatchoy Ice Cream are among the weekly featured dishes.

Experience the “Flavors of Western VIsayas” at Café Ilang-Ilang until August 31. For inquiries and reservations, call +632 8527 0011 or +632 5301 5500, or email


Sunday, July 30, 2023

Taco Bell introduces Taco Bowl


You’ll never look at rice bowls the same way again with the new Taco Rice Bowl from Taco Bell

Have you ever been so hungry that you could eat an entire dish of rice? You can now, since Taco Bell has designed a new rice dish that allows you to do just that! With Taco Bell's latest innovation, the new Taco Rice Bowl, you'll never look at rice bowls the same way again! Discover new ways to enjoy your favorite Tex-Mex flavors, with two delicious selections!

The new Taco Beef Rice Bowl is made with perfectly cooked and seasoned Mexican rice, topped with several dollops of equally flavorful ground beef, and then garnished with shredded fresh lettuce, diced tomatoes, and a special sauce, all contained in a bowl-shaped taco wrap that you can also eat!

There's also the new Taco BBQ Chicken Rice Bowl, which is constructed with properly cooked and seasoned Mexican rice and is enhanced by a generous amount of chicken chunks, garnished with shredded fresh lettuce and diced tomatoes, and finished with a drizzle of barbeque sauce. Everything is enclosed within an appetizing taco wrap dish!

The Taco Beef Rice Bowl and Taco BBQ Chicken Rice Bowl are both P209 a la carte, but you can have a whole meal with a 12-oz portion of ice-cold and fizzy cola for an extra P20. Beginning July 19, 2023, the Taco Beef Rice Bowl and Taco BBQ Chicken Rice Bowl will be available exclusively for dine-in in all Taco Bell locations nationwide.

Visit a Taco Bell near you to enjoy this new invention alongside your other Taco Bell favorites! A list of operational branches can be found at
Follow and like Taco Bell on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok to stay up to know on the newest information, offers, and discounts.

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Esguerra Farm's Berkshire Kurobuta: The Epitome of Exceptional Pork


Delving into the World of Esguerra Farm's Berkshire Kurobuta: The Epitome of Exceptional Pork

Esguerra Farms

Setting foot onto Esguerra Farms & Stud in Lipa City is like entering a different realm, a place where nature's rhythm takes center stage. I've had a lot of farm tours and visits before but I'd have to say that this is probably the most impressive so far. When the gates opened we felt like we were transported to a European countryside or to New Zealand. It was a picturesque, almost postcard-perfect farm with Sir Hermie Esguerra's thoroughbred horses welcoming you into his farm. I will share with you my captivating experience visiting Esguerra Farms and learning how Esguerra Kurobuta is free from chemicals and safe for human consumption. It was indeed an adventure that enlightened me about the beauty of agriculture, the wonders of farm life, and the connection we share with the earth. 

Esguerra Farms & Stud

You'll feel like you've been transported to a European farm

Sir Hermie's experience as a hands-on horse breeder led him to decide to extend his farm to accommodate and rear purebred Berkshire pigs imported from UK. He personally makes sure that the pigs are raised properly and fed naturally and that they are well taken cared of sans any stress. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

The Ultimate Checklist: Essential Factors to Consider for Back-to-School Laptops Home Credit is the key when shopping for sulit devices to gear up for the next school year


In today's technology-driven world, gadgets like laptops have become

essential tools in empowering students in their education. From college

to grade school, students now rely on these devices to research

information, access digital learning materials, complete assignments

and activities, and even communicate with teachers and classmates.

This reality calls for a reliable and efficient partner that every student can use in their day-to-day needs, such as a versatile laptop that can multitask and handle demanding applications for school tasks. However, this back-to-school season, parents and students have various options to choose from.

The good thing is that Home Credit, a leading consumer finance company, is here to guide you on your quest to find the perfect device for the upcoming school year. From features for usability to budget, here are the ‘wais’ things you should look for before purchasing a laptop.

Monday, July 24, 2023

Artistry Skin Nutrition delivers the ultimate skin protection with the new Multi-Defense UV Protect SPF50+

Skincare routines include a variety of components, but one that should not be forgotten is sunscreen. Sunscreen protects your skin whether you're at the beach or at your desk in front of your computer. It protects the skin from damaging UV radiation, slows skin aging, maintains an even skin tone, and reduces the risk of skin cancer.

With their newest Artistry Skin NutritionTM Multi-Defense UV Protect SPF50+ sunscreen, Amway, the global leader in health and wellbeing, presents the ultimate way to protect your skin. The adaptable Sunscreen goes above and beyond the ordinary by providing comprehensive light protection as well as antioxidant and barrier-strengthening properties against free radicals to keep your skin healthy in a variety of situations.

Artistry Skin Nutrition's sunscreen has a silky-light texture. The sunscreen from Artistry Skin Nutrition has a silky-light texture that glides over skin and absorbs fast and invisibly to protect your natural skin tone. It feels moisturizing and is never greasy, so it can be utilized. It can be used as a makeup primer and can help skin look and feel healthy.

The brand's highest level Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection with SPF50+/PA++++ is provided by its Multi-Filter Blend of five active sunscreen components. The Multi-Defense UV Protect SPF50+ sunscreen contains extra Carnosine Peptide, which has been clinically proved to protect against the harmful infrared and blue light emitted by all of the displays and electronics you use.

The new Multi-Defense UV Protect SPF50+ sunscreen has plant-derived and antioxidant-rich compounds sourced from Amway's own NutriliteTM farms to ensure purity, safety, and efficacy. The product's effectiveness from seed to skin. It contains Prevent Complex, a combination of Acerola Cherry, Australian Daisy, and Blackberry that can increase your skin's defense system by 350% to prevent and treat acne Blackberry that can boost your skin’s defense system by 350% to prevent and delay early signs of aging. It also contains Pomegranate to provide continuous protection from air pollution’s irritating effects and the Patented Brightening Complex with White Chia Seed and Pomegranate to strengthen the skin’s microbiome and brightens the complexion.

Other natural ingredients in the sunscreen are time-released Cica Extract that ensures 8-hour gradual release for all-day efficacy and antioxidant protection, and Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract that safeguards against free radicals and environmental damage, preventing dullness, wrinkles, and dark spots.

Friday, July 21, 2023

5 Benefits of Visiting an Upper Cervical Chiropractor


We often look at alternative approaches to complement traditional medical care in our search for optimal health. One such approach that has become extremely popular over the past few years is upper cervical chiropractic.

This specialised form of chiropractic care aims to gently align the uppermost vertebrae in the spine. It offers numerous health benefits for people suffering from certain conditions. Here are just some of the benefits of visiting an upper cervical chiropractor:

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Performance run proved that shifting to Petron Turbo Diesel improved fuel efficiency by an average of 16%

A field test done by Petron R&D revealed that test cars improved their fuel efficiency by an average of 16.4% after switching to Petron Turbo Diesel. Representatives from the Department of Energy's Energy Utilization Management Bureau, the Automobile Association of the Philippines, and the Society of Philippine Motoring Journalists inspected and verified the five-day performance run.

Twelve test vehicles were subjected to real-world driving conditions in a 258km course that traversed the steep and winding provincial roads of Bataan as well as the rolling topography of the Clark to Subic leg of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway. (SCTEX). The following diesel engine vehicles were fielded: (a) SUV -2022 Nissan Terra 4.4 2.5L AT, 2022 Toyota Fortuner 2.4L AT, 2016 Toyota Fortuner 2.4L AT, 2016 Mitsubishi Montero 2.4L AT; (b) Pickup -2022 Isuzu DMAX 2.0L AT, 2022 Mitsubishi Strada (c) Van - 2022 Maxus G10 1.9L AT, 2022 Isuzu Traviz 2.5L MT; (d) MPV - 2019 Toyota Innova 2.8L AT; and (e) Luxury - 2022 BMW X1 1.8L AT.

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Be A Wais Mom this Upcoming Back-to-School Season


Back-to-school season is a time when we mothers ensure that our children are well-prepared for the upcoming school year. We are the ones who are responsible for the crucial chores and are expected to make 'wais' decisions—from selecting schools to purchasing for supplies—in order to provide our children with the best education possible.   

While the next academic year is still a few months away, it is advantageous to begin planning early. This allows you to properly organize your budget, ensure that no vital needs are overlooked, and minimize the stress of the back-to-school rush. Home Credit, a prominent consumer credit firm, presents some 'wais' recommendations for your kids this school year to help you get started. 

Start considering the school 

School is one of the most crucial things to think about at the start of the school year, especially if your children are transferring from their previous schools. You can begin by outlining your possibilities so that you have more time to evaluate the quality of education and environment to determine whether it will allow your children to grow and develop to their full potential.   

Aside from that, this gives you the time to acquire all of the necessary documentation for your children's registration and think about its location, accessibility, safety, and even the fees you will have to pay, if any.  

Make a list of the needed school supplies, other essentials 

You can make a list of important school supplies for your children based on their school and year level. A list of notes, textbooks, pens, or pencils, as well as backpacks, lunchboxes, and even computers, will ensure that you do not forget anything crucial. It will also assist you in creating and managing your back-to-school budget, since a detailed list allows you to estimate the expenses of each item.  

Wednesday, July 12, 2023




THE Cultural Center of the Philippines, in collaboration with the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), will celebrate National Children's Book Day (NCBD) on July 18, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (CCP Black Box Theater).

The event, now in its 40th year, commemorates the anniversary of the publication of Jose Rizal's "The Monkey and the Turtle" in the July 1889 issue of Trubner's Oriental Record in London.

The theme for this year's event is "Basa, Bayan, Bukas" The program includes a showcase of new children's books, a keynote speech by Mighty Magulang/Mona Veluz, a musical performance by Kabataang Gitarista, the awarding of the 2023 PBBY-Salanga, and other activities.

PBBY-Alcala Prizes, art exhibit opening, screening of Himig Himbing movies from the CCP Arts Education Department, discussions, art exhibit tour with artist Jomar Galutera, and storytelling with games, among other activities.

The CCP and PBBY focus on recognizing the best work of children's book writers, illustrators, and publishers, in addition to advocating the value of cultivating young readers' curiosity and inventiveness.
The event is made possible by CCP's vision (Art matters in the lives of every Filipino) and mission to be the leading arts and culture institution in the Philippines by promoting artistic excellence and encouraging the broadest public to participate in art.

Interested people are encouraged to bring any type of children's book for donation. It will be used as one person's admission ticket to the venue. The gathered books will be handed to the Philippine Girl Scouts.

Visit the CCP, CCP Intertextual, and PBBY Facebook sites for additional information about NCBD. Follow the CCP official accounts on Twitter @The CCPofficial and Instagram @culturalcenterph for updates, or send inquiries to CCP's e-mail (

Top 6 Improvements Para Sa Iyong Sari-Sari Store


Kadalasan naang first step sa pagsisimula ng small business ideas ay ang pagtatayo ng sariling sari-sari store. Bukod sa pagiging affordable na business venture, hindi rin maikakaila na patok sa kahit saang bahagi ng Pilipinas ang bawat sari-sari store.

Pero paano nga ba maaaring mag-improve ang sari-sari store business? Para hindi mapagiwanan ng competition at lumago pa ang iyong business, kailangan maghanap ng ways to innovate and improve your current negosyo.

Here are some of the top tips kung paano pagbutihin ang inyong sari-sari store!

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

2023 National Food Fair: A Fusion of Tradition and Innovation

The 2023 National Food Fair, bannering its theme of “Go Discover, Taste, Enjoy!” opened on Wednesday, July 12, in simple ceremonies headlined by Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Alfredo E. Pascual as the keynote speaker.

Organized by the DTI-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (BDTP) in coordination with the DTI Regional Operations Group, the 2023 National Food Fair runs from July 12 to 16, at the Megatrade Halls of SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

Over 250 MSMEs from the country’s 17 regions are exhibiting their products onsite at the event venue. Simultaneously, an online national food fair on the Lazada e- commerce platform is also offering the products of participating MSMEs, for a wider market reach nationwide.

Showcasing the fusion of tradition and innovation, special settings, pavilions, and MSME clusters draw attention to developments that elevate traditional Filipino products to meet stringent food industry standards and be competitive in the global market.

These are:
 Philippine Coconut Industry Pavilion and Coconut-Based MSME Cluster
 Philippine Food Industry Innovations Lounge
 Philippine Fruits and Nuts Pavilion
 Innovative and Biotech Products Cluster
 Rural Agro-Industrial Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth (RAPID
Growth) Project Pavilion
 Farm Fresh Produce Pavilion
 KAPEtirya or Philippine Coffee Pavilion
 Philippine Island Wine, Beer, and Juice Bar

For culinary enthusiasts, renowned Filipino chefs are part of the daily program of activities, with live cooking and food preparation demonstrations, among others. The lineup includes:
The Ultimate Filipino Adobo: Stories Through the Ages book launching and cooking demonstrations (Chef Claude Tayag)
 Isang Dekada ng Guevarra’s: An Inspiring Story (Chef Laudico Guevarra)
 Fiesta Recipes (Chef Boy Logro)
 Halal Recipes and lavish feast during social occasions (Chef Yed Dimaporo &
Mustapha Ala, Jr.)
 SIMPOL Recipes Using Coconut (Chef Tatung Sarthou)
 Culinary Kurobuta Masterpieces (Chef Donatello Montrone)
 Changing the Food Mindset: Slow Food (Chef Jam Melchor)
 Plant-based Desserts (Chef Aileen of Studio Plantmaed)
 Benefits of a Plant-based Diet (Chef Mylene Dolonius of Studio Plantmaed)
 Healthy Daily Recipes (Chef YLYT Frixiah Manaig)
 Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (Chef Eric Gruba)
 The Farm at San Benito (Rose Pagcaliwagan)
 Philippine Wine Mixology (Bartender Nino Cruz)

The culminating highlight of this celebration of the diversity and rich heritage of Filipino food is an interactive cultural presentation of the BARMM Pagana Maguindanao, led by Mustafa Ala and Chef Yed Dimaporo. Pagana is a traditional Maguindanaon celebration that holds great cultural significance in the Maguindanao province of the Philippines. 

It is a festive event that brings the community together to honor and celebrate important occasions such as weddings, religious holidays, or community milestones. The Pagana celebration is characterized by lively music, colorful costumes, and traditional dances that showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Maguindanaon people. The rhythmic beats of the kulintang ensemble, a musical ensemble composed of gongs, set the tone for the festivities, while traditional dances like the Singkil and Pangalay mesmerize the audience with their graceful movements.

The event also offers a feast of traditional Maguindanaon cuisine, featuring flavorful dishes like LININGGIL A MANOK (chicken cooked in turmeric and coconut milk) and palapa (a spicy condiment made from chili and scallions). Pagana is not only a time of celebration but also an opportunity to strengthen community bonds, pass down cultural traditions to younger generations, and showcase the rich artistic talents of the Maguindanaon people.

Also part of the daily program are entrepreneurship talks and learning sessions that can offer food entrepreneurs with resources and ideas about how to strengthen and position their businesses for continued growth. The topics covered by various government agencies and partner institutions participating in the daily program are:

 Coconut-based Coffee and/or Cacao Enterprise Development Project
(Department of Agriculture)
 Geographical Indications and the Benefits of Registering One’s Trademark or
Brand in IPOPHIL (Intellectual Property Office)
 Sustainable Planting and Replanting of Local Cultivars; Natural and Healthy
Coconut Vinegar; Health Benefits of Coconut (Philippine Coconut Authority)
 Halal Culinary Tourism (Department of Tourism)
 Bioplastic Derived from Pineapple Waste Packaging Technology; Coco-Based
Food Technologies (Department of Science and Technology)
 Kitchen Lab and Food Connect Plus (Philippine Trade Training Center)
 Dairy and Coconut Farming, A Viable Integrated Farming Enterprise (National
Dairy Authority)
 Boosting Nutrition to Different MSMEs as Suppliers of Healthy Food Products
(National Nutrition Council)
 Healthy Food Consumption Trends and Research on Health Benefits of
Philippine Herbs (Department of Health)
 Franchising – A Way to Make Every Filipino Taste Your Lola’s Recipe
(Philippine Franchising Association)
 Accelerating Growth Through One Research and Extension in Action (UP Los
 How MSMEs Can Thrive Online (Lazada)
 Unilever’s Healthy and Sustainable Food Program (Unilever Philippines)
 Maximizing Your Digital Marketing Potential with Analytics and Business
Intelligence (Pamela Padilla)

The daily program of activities is open to the public and free of charge. For the benefit of remote viewers, these are also being livestreamed on BDTP social media channels.

To stay updated about the 2023 National Food Fair and other programs of the DTI- Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion, please follow their social media accounts on Facebook (DTI.BDTP), Instagram (dti.bdtp), and Twitter (@DTI_BDTP). You may also email BDTP Director Marievic M. Bononan at


Honoring Everyday Heroes for National Blood Donors Month


Cardinal Santos Medical Center joins the worldwide healthcare community this National Blood Donors Month under the banner of the World Health Organization's "Give blood, give plasma, share life, share often" campaign. The hospital focused on teaching citizens and patients about the need for healthcare institutions to have a constant and sustainable supply of blood donors and blood products in 2023.

The hospital also observed World Blood Donor Day by holding a blood drive on June 14, 2023. Donors from all walks of life came out in force for the appeal. Over 100 members of the local community, hospital employees, and energetic volunteers immediately gave their assistance.

According to Fidel H. Tejada, who heads Cardinal Santos’ Blood Bank, even major Metro Manila hospitals are facing a challenge with the growing demand for blood and blood products. “Most of the big hospitals and Medical Centers in the country, private and government, including specialized hospitals are saturated. Our blood centers like Philippine Red Cross and Philippine Blood Center have a hard time keeping up with the blood needs of all these hospitals. This is the reason why we are doing our part on helping in blood collection in our institution.”

Sunday, July 9, 2023

Mang Inasal celebrates 20th anniversary with Unli-Sarap, Unli-Saya Caravan

This July, Mang Inasal, the Philippines' Grill Expert, spreads unlimited joy with its continuous Unli- Sarap, Unli-Saya Cavaran, which delights clients with free Extra Creamy Halo-Halo and Palabok in the Philippines different sections of the country.

"We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary by giving out our customers’ favorite Mang Inasal products," said Mang Inasal business. We get to see how our customers have expressed their affection for our meals and the joyful times they spend with their family and friends."

The Mang Inasal Unli-Sarap, Unli-Saya Caravan, which began in April, will continue this July with free Extra Creamy Halo-Halo and Crema de Leche Halo-Halo to be served at Waltermart Gapan, Nueva Ecija on July 14. On July 7, Waltermart Gen. Trias in Cavite will open, followed by SM Lemery in Batangas on July 8. The month will come to an end on July 14 and 15 with Metro Manila runs.

Meanwhile, on July 7, the free Palabok caravan will stop in Robinsons Malolos, Bulacan. The following schedules will be made available on Mang Inasal's official social media outlets.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Drive world class with Petron Blaze Racing engine oil, fortified with TS3 Formula


Petron Corporation, the industry leader, continues to provide world-class products to Filipino motorists with its Petron Blaze Racing engine oil with Thermal Stress Stabilizing System (TS3) formulation. To give the best engine stress prevention, TS3 technology maintains the oil stable even at high temperatures. Petron Blaze Racing engine oil has been designed and tested to boost the performance of gasoline engines. This premium automobile lubricant improves engine protection and ensures exceptional engine protection for exceptional power and efficiency.

Petron Blaze Racing gasoline engine oil is offered in various grades for different types of vehicles and to suit motorists’ diverse requirements.

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

AniLag at Café Ilang-Ilang: A Celebration of Flavors and Culture


The Manila Hotel is excited to announce a new culinary collaboration that brings together two prestigious businesses for a dining experience that embraces the lively flavors of Laguna province and its heritage cuisine.'

Binagoongang Crispy Pata

Monday, July 3, 2023

The Manila Hotel is commemorating its 111th year of history and heritage.


The 111th anniversary of the Manila Hotel, a hallmark of elegance, grandeur, and Filipino hospitality, is being celebrated with pride. Since its inception in 1912, the Grand Dame has served as an iconic symbol of the Philippines' rich history and heritage. The Manila Hotel is thrilled to deliver enticing deals to its devoted guests to honor this major milestone.  

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