Comida Chefs’ Gallery Cafe in Kamias, Quezon City

While on the way at the Comida Chefs!

My gastronomic experience at the Comida Chefs Gallery Cafe is different from any other foodtrips that I ever had, that even if I’m my fellow foodie/blogger/boylito Jabee (short for Jollibee/Jayvee), if there is something memorable about their foodie offerings + the ambience, then it is indeed one for the books.

Danny Dela Cuesta – Fashion designer, Food Writer, Chef and owner of Comida Chefs.

Comida Chefs Gallery Cafe offers a multi-ethnic dining experience, thanks to the symphony of flavors that can be found in every dish. Chef Danny Dela Cuesta‘s sinfully delicious creations came from his love and his extensive experience in food and in fashion. Everything is delicious and aesthetically presented well. Yes everything is too good to eat!

Much has been said to the owner of the Comida Chefs. He’s been in the fashion industry for 45 years before venturing into the culinary scene. He even went abroad to expand more of his knowledge and expertise for food and international cuisines.

As of this date, Chef Danny concoct’s his own signature dishes with a twist and creating writeups on different cooking magazines and on several publications.

While on the tour at the Caballete Artist’s Gallery, little did we know that we were offered dishes from Comida Chefs! Too bad I don’t have any pictures, for everything that we had is deliciously filling! Well anyway, allow me to post my experience while we’re at the Comida Chefs that is located at the second floor of the artist’s gallery. 🙂

Space is limited and can only accommodate up to 18 people. It maybe small in number, but it offers an ambience that is perfect for dates, small meetings and intimate gatherings. The place can also be used as a venue for art and food workshops being offered by the Caballete Artist’s Gallery.

The menu!

I think I had 2-3 (or maybe 4) servings of their signature drink, the Pandan Lemongrass Cooler. The sweetened herb-y taste of the lemongrass and the aroma of the pandan offers a refreshing feel in it, and it’s a good (and healthy) alternative for the usual soda drinks and iced tea.

Choriburger BBQ – burger balls stuck in the lemongrass. The dish is chewy, flavorful, delicious. It’s green sauce adds more flavor that makes me want to crave for more.

Spalog is a fusion of Spaghetti and Pancit luglog. It’s like a pesto pasta dish, but used the ingredients for pancit luglog. It’s a smart choice and it complements well.

The Tangy Rice Stick Soup is my personal favorite! It has egg noodles, meatballs, salted egg, herbs and spices and it suits really well. The explosion of flavors is absolutely divine that I fell in love even more in every bite (and sip). It reminds me a lot of tom yum, but on the milder/less spicy side, best served when it’s hot and on the rainy season. It’s now my favorite comfort food. This dish alone makes me want to come back here, no kidding.

Latija Comida is one delicious dessert. Only made with bananas, milk, truffle and cinnamon, it’s a hearty dessert – not too overwhelming, not too sweet, tastes just right and it’s healthy too! This is best served when chilled. Another great dish for me.

They also had homemade Vigan Longganisa that is cooked well, with no traces of fat included! This is best served well with their signature sauce.

Chef Danny’s commitment is to bring delicious healthy dishes to everyone, only using the freshest ingredients in all of his cullinary delight. He is also open for workshops and catering services, all at the fraction of a cost.

I will definitely be back again soon for their sticky rice soup and their other dishes soon! 🙂

To check out Comida Chefs and his offerings, check out the details below:

Comida Chefs’ Gallery Cafe
2nd floor 111-A
Kamias Rd. Quezon City.
Contact Nos.: (02) 945 25 73 | 0927 2600470

Caballete Artist’s Gallery – The new home for Artist’s Creations

 

All my life, I’ve been a fan of art. It inspires me to be more creative in my own little way. The strokes, the lively aura, the smooth lines and sketches and the splash of colors in every canvas makes me think of so many things – ideas, passion, expressions and love.

And for this I got inspired to draw and to paint. I would’ve been an artist myself if not for my parent’s objection (much to my dismay). But I’m still doing art, and I’m using pastels and watercolor as my medium of choice while the boyfie is using oil paint. We’ve been in different malls and exhibitions where we can take a sneak peek on the offerings from known and promising artists who can deliver such beauty in every painting that they finished.

I was invited to be part of the media group to experience art at its finest at the Caballete Artist’s Gallery. Situated in Kamias, Quezon City, the location itself seems to be unlikely for an art gallery. But as I stepped inside the premises, it holds an intimate collection from known artists as well as the promising ones that offers a lot to everyone.

Caballete is a spanish term for easel. As the name suggests, it is to hold the artist’s canvas where they create and to hold their masterpieces in display to everyone.

Mr. Ramon Araullo, Art connosieur, collector, stockbroker, branch manager and owner of Caballete Artist’s Gallery.

The gallery itself is born out of his love for art. Mr. Ramon Araullo, the owner of the gallery, tells us that he was an aspiring artist himself, before decided that it is not meant for him. Instead, he collects paintings during the 80’s when he was still working in Makati as a stockholder and a branch manager of a certain company.

The center top photo is one stunning piece – it is an oil painting of a table top with crochet mantel, tea set and flowers. Everything is detailed, even the style of the crochet itself.
The center bottom painting is from H.R. Ocampo, the one who designed the backdrop of the Cultural Center of the Philippines main theater.

His collection expanded until he holds a lot of paintings on his collection, and most of them are from the national artists and now-recognized artists. He also has a collection of paintings from newbie artists that holds such promise to the industry. I’m amazed by such artistry and talent, i’m beyond amazed!

Nude charcoal sketch by the National Artist, Vicente Manansala. Notice the inticate yet delicate strokes that forms in this muse’s sketch, with its details being seen that forms this simplistic beauty of this piece. Note that this piece itself costs more than my life (I’m exaggerating, or maybe not!)
Stunning painting by Angel Cacnio, a well-known artist from Malabon who is who did designs for the Philippine Peso. This is my favorite painting so far in Mr. Araullo’s collection because of its striking colors and lively movements portrayed in this very painting.

I was told that most of his paintings are for sale. While I was really that close to buy one, the ones that I really liked are really pricey, taken the fact that they came from the national artists itself (with authentication and all) and they are noted for its striking beauty.

Art by Tony Mahilum

Mr. Araullo is open to have his gallery open for exhibitions for newbie artists, for the venue itself offers a tranquil and comfortable space for art enthusiasts. They also offers workshops for aspiring artists who wants to explore their creative side of them.

This bahay na bato from Batanes replica is for sale at the Caballete Artist’s Gallery,
Another replica of a house from spanish times can also be seen here and it’s also for sale.

The Caballete Artist’s Gallery is open for everyone. I’m planning to visit again soon, so tara let’s go!

*** While at the gallery, don’t forget to dine in at the Comida Chefs’s Gallery Cafe, located at the second floor! So don’t miss it!

Caballete Artist Gallery
111-A Kamias Road, Kamias, Brgy. Malaya 4, Quezon City. (across Shell Gasoline Station)
Opens Monday- Saturday at 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m
Contact Nos.: (02) 945 25 73 | 0927 2600470
Email: caballete.artgallery@gmail.com
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caballete-Artists-Gallery/493132450816762?ref=br_tf

The World of DC Comics All Star Fun Run

Before my addiction to Anime has begun, I was in awe by the powers of these amazing superheroes. Superman has been my (forever) crush, and being the most powerful hero of the world, he can do anything to save mankind from evil. Batman is a real mystery, his wit, aura and his mysterious demeanor makes him a perfect fit to be one of the most loved superheroes. Wonder Woman is one tough woman, indeed a warrior and princess to the Amazon. Green Lantern on the other hand, makes use of his power ring to serve equality and justice for all. And lastly, The Flash, being the fastest man alive, uses his agility and speed to to good and to serve well to all.

As the threats keeps on coming from all places, the Justice League is here to serve justice for all and to fight evil by moonlight. (wait that’s from the Sailormoon english theme, lols!)

To showcase the DC super heroes in movies, animation, video games and comic books, the world of DC Comics will be having an all-star fun run that will be happening at the SM mall of Asia on April 18, 2015.

Race Categories:

  • 3k – Php 700
  • 5k – Php 800
  • 10k – Php 900

inclusions:

  • singlet of choice:
    • superman
    • batman
    • wonder woman
    • Green Lantern
    • The Flash
  • costume additions for the singlet of choice (cap for superman, Masks for the rest of the superheroes)
  • drawstring bag
  • race bib
  • race manual
  • finisher’s medal

Registration:

  • Online (march 12-april 11) – register here- !
  • in-store registration- Chris Sports branches:
    • SM North EDSA
    • SM Megamall
    • SM Mall of Asia
    • Festival Mall
    • Glorietta 3

For more details, check out the link here: http://funrun.worldofdcph.com/

See you on April 18! 😀

“Asia’s Got Talent” Premiere Tops Philippine Ratings (pr)

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AXN’s highly anticipated “Asia’s Got Talent” premiere collectively topped ratings among English Pay TV channels in Southeast Asia.

During the show’s two hour debut on Thursday, March 12 at 8:05pm, AXN delivered more than 10 times the ratings of the next English general entertainment channel across Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines.

“Asia’s Got Talent” was the top AXN program year to date in the country. During its telecast, AXN ranked #1 with more than 80 per cent share amongst all English general entertainment channels, and ranked #2 amongst all Pay TV channels.

In Singapore, “Asia’s Got Talent” led the ratings chart in its timeslot for English Pay TV channels and AXN was also the top English channel for the night on StarHub.

In Malaysia, “Asia’s Got Talent” was the #1 rated show in its timeslot across all English channels on Astro. AXN dominated the timeslot with over 80 per cent share across all English general entertainment channels.

Billed as the biggest talent competition in the world, “Asia’s Got Talent” features some of the region’s most breathtaking, jaw-dropping and mind-blowing performing artists competing for the coveted winning title. The premiere episode was a kaleidoscope of quirky characters and stunning talent, with many acts winning the hearts of viewers across the region.

Hui Keng Ang, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia said,“Asia’s Got Talent is off to a thrilling start on AXN as we bring together millions of viewers to celebrate the diversity of talent and dreams of contestants from over 15 territories in Asia. The response to the premiere istruly incredible and after the success of both The Amazing Race Asia and The Apprentice Asia, AXN continues its mission to create high quality and engaging content.”

Driven by the strong performance of programs such as “Asia’s Got Talent”, AXN has maintained its top English general entertainment channel position in 2015 year-to-date. Collectively across the three Southeast Asian countries, AXN enjoyed a 30 per cent share amongst 19 English general entertainment channels during prime time.

“Asia’s Got Talent” is the 63rd adaptation of the Guinness World Record-breaking hit “Got Talent” format, which was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced by FremantleMedia. The “Got Talent” format is officially the most successful reality TV format in history and currently airs in 186 countries.

Each act competing in “Asia’s Got Talent” will have to receive at least three “Yeses” from the esteemed celebrity judging panel comprising 16 time Grammy-winning Canadian musician David Foster, UK pop sensation and former Spice Girl Melanie C., Indonesian rock icon Anggun, and Taiwanese-American pop idol and actor Van Ness Wu.

The four judges must select the most dazzling performances from thousands of hopefuls from 15 territories across Asia. Those who make it to the semi-finals will contend with an even tougher judge, AXN viewers at home who will ultimately decide the winner of “Asia’s Got Talent”.

A grand prize worth USD$100,000 is up for grabs, along with the opportunity to return and perform at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Asia’s leading entertainment destination – where the semi-final shows and finale will be held.

“Asia’s Got Talent” spans 10 weekly episodes, including five audition episodes, three semi-finals, a finale episode and aresults gala. In addition to enjoying the performances, audiences can get to know more about their favorite acts as “Asia’s Got Talent” tells the life stories behind some of the most colorful individuals and groups in the competition.

“Asia’s Got Talent” is proudly presented by Marina Bay Sands, Big Cola, Pantene, Caltex, Jetstar and GrabTaxi and brought to you by KFC, Globe and Cherifer in the Philippines.

AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notabe ratings successes including four seasons of the International  Emmy-nominated “The Amazing Race Asia”; the Asian Television Award-winning “Cash Cab Asia”; “The Apprentice Asia”; “Cyril: Rio Magic”; “Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition”; and the Asian Television Award-nominated “Cyril: Simply Magic”.

“Asia’s Got Talent” airs Thursdays at 8.30pm (SG, MY, PH, HK) / 7.30pm (JKT, BKK) – First on AXN

Connect with the judges, hosts, and your favorite contestants through videos and photos, exclusively on the Asia’s Got Talent official Facebook page. Catch behind-the-scenes footage of the auditions only on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/asiasgottalent/

The Voice Kids Season 2 goes to Starmall (pr)

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After the stunning success of The Voice Kids (TVK) Season 1 and The Voice franchise as a whole, it isn’t surprising that ABS-CBN is already laying the groundwork for the next batch of talented young singers in the country.

The reality singing competition is open to children between ages 7 to 13. Each kid shall prepare two to four songs in the audition. No need to bring tapes – the songs will be sung in a capella to better gauge the singing talent of the participants.

Auditions will be done in different Starmall branches, as per schedule:

  • March 15 – Starmall Alabang, 9 to 5 PM
  • March 15 – Starmall San Jose Del Monte, 9 to 5 PM
  • March 21 – Starmall EDSA-SHAW, 9 to 5 PM
  • March 25 – Starmall Las Piñas, 9 to 5 PM
  • March 29 – Starmall Prima Taguig, 9 to 5 PM
  • April 9 – Starmall Talisay

The above dates are preliminary auditions, inviting talented young kids to put their best foot forward and get noticed. From there, the ABS-CBN reality show judges will be weeding out contestants and picking the best of the best for their team. No doubt, the audition is just part one of the long, gruelling – yet highly rewarding process of being the next grand champion of the The Voice Kids.

The Voice Kids Season 1’s winner, Lyca Gairanod, won a recording contract with one of the best in the industry today, her career currently enjoying a fast rise with MCA Universal.

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Along with that, she and her family are now enjoying their new home in Camella Tierra Nevada. Camella, the biggest homebuilder in the country, was one of the major sponsors of the show.

Additional prizes of Lyca include 1 million cash prize, a trust fund, home appliance and music showcases, and many more.

Even months after the airing of the TVK season 1, Lyca, and the other top contestants, namely, Darren Espanto, Juan Karlos Labajo and Darlene Vibares, continues to make waves and creates their own mark in the local entertainment industry, a testament to the high publicity the show has garnered.

According to Kantar Media, TVK Season 1 was the most-watched show nationwide in 2014, garnering an average rating of 34.5%.

Last season’s show was hosted by Luiz Manzano and Alex Gonzaga, and the second season promises the same setup. The team of judges in Season 1: Sarah Geronimo, Lea Salonga, and Bamboo Mañalac may also be part of this successful show’s second season.

During its three-month run (May to July 2014), The Voice Kids dominated social media with the top contestants trending in social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. More of the same are expected for Season 2 as judges embark on blind auditions and coach their picks to become better singers and performers in general.

The Voice Kids is based on a Dutch reality TV Show running under the same name. The Philippine reboot of the show will start airing soon after auditions. Stay updated for further TVK audition schedules.

Nanofixit – The Invisible Screen Protector

 

My mobile phone of almost two years has a lot of dents and scratches, and even though my phone is said to be scratch-proof, I still need to use a screen protector to protect it from dents and scratches.

I’ve been using different kinds of screen protectors for my phone and it’s been a hassle for me to have one. screen protectors are pricey (depends on what the type of protector that I bought, and I had to customize it for my phone) and it tends to peel off in the long run.

I gave up my search for the screen protector that can protect my phone from scratches, until I found out about Nanofixit.

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Nanofixit is the first invisible screen protector that is to replace the plastic screen protectors in the form of Nano Liquid Coating. it can be used on all types of mobile phones and gadgets, making it scratch-resistant and solid than any other products that is available in the market today.

here’s what Nanofixit can do for you:

  • makes mobile phones and gadgets 10 times more scratch resistant
  • more crystal-clear screen color
  • it makes the mobile phones and gadgets water resistant
  • it has antibacterial features
  • it makes phone cameras more clearer by up to 50%
  • it gives smoother finger slides on the screen
  • it can be used to all mobile phones and gadgets

Here’s a live demo of Nanofixit:

For more information about Nanofixit, visit their website here: http://www.nanofixit.com

Endless fun under the Philippine Sun (pr)

Who doesn’t love a little fun in the sun? The beach can be a perfect way to spend the day and get some summer moments with your loved ones. Summer means sun, shorts, sandals, bathing suits, and bronzed skin. But with beach hair and shorter hemlines comes the dangers that not only instigate the probability of skin cancer, but the aging process as well. Sun exposure is, essentially, subjecting yourself to sun damage – but in the same note, avoiding the outdoors altogether is both impractical and nearly impossible.

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Dermplus Moisturizing Sunblock is the answer to your skin problems this summer. It is formulated with unbeatable UVA and UVB filters to protect your skin in the harsh ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Dermplus sunblock physically blocks and reflects light and it also helps heal skin damage caused by over-exposure to the sun. Dermplus Sunblock is available in different SPFs like SPF 24 that is recommended for morena skin and for indoor use, SPF 35 for fair skin and SPF 80 and 130 for extreme outdoor activities. Use Dermplus Moisturizing Sunblock and worry no more about the harmful Ultra Violet A (UVA) and Ultra Violet B (UVB) rays. Whether you will spend your summer in Boracay, Cebu, Palawan or in Bohol, never forget your number one sun defense partner. Dermplus Moisturizing Sunblock is also trusted by Emilio “Chieffy” Caligdong, a professional football player and the former team captain of the National Football Team.

Dermplus Moisturizing Sunblock is available in all leading drugstores, supermarkets and department stores nationwide. For more information call 817 33 03 or like us on Facebook.

Asia’s Got Talent – Tonight at AXN!

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Today is the day! Asia’s Got Talent will be premiered on AXN Tonight at 8:05pm!

“Asia’s Got Talent” is the world’s first ever pan-regional edition of the global hit “Got Talent” format. The biggest competition of the world will feature the most talented of all performing artist to compete in the prestigious competition.

Judges include Indonesia Rock Star Anggun, Melanie C of the Spice Girls, musician David Foster and Taiwanese-American pop idol Van Ness Wu. The judges will select the most breathtaking and standout performances fom the line of contestants.

Asia’s Got Talent will be hosted by Rovilson Fernandez and Marc Nelson, 3rd runner-up for Amazing Race Asia season 2.

Asia’s Got Talent will be aired regularly every thursday at 8_30 pm, only on AXN.

Organize events and #JustBeepMe using the BEEP app!

I’ve been juggling my time between my day job, blogging events, choir rehearsals, running and special events with friends (i.e. reunions, birthdays, etc.) I may have my handy organizer with me, and there are times that my organizer wasn’t as handy and helpful as it looks for I keep on forgetting on the things that I need to do and the places that I needed to go.

Though #Leboyf is there to remind me on the scheduled blog events, I don’t wanna give him the burden of reminding me ALWAYS. That is why Beep here to help me with my organizing needs.

Beep is an organizing app that lets one organize events, spreading invites and reminds you on your scheduled events ahead of time. The Beep app can be used for personal and business events, I’ve been using this app for weeks now and I find it really handy.

Beep has this (Nokia) Lumia-like interface that looks sleek and modern. Events are located at the left side of the app, where the present and past events, discover section and preferences can be seen.

Create new events through Beep

Making a new event is easy by clicking the ”new events” section, where one can input details on the event, including the venue and the people invited to the event. detailed description on the location is a big help using Foursquare access. For invites, Beep can send an invite through the beep app or through SMS for free.

App interface – chat section

There is also a chat section where Beep users can communicate with each other. Group chats can also be created for exclusive chat with friends and barkadas.

App interface – Discover section, where you can find awesome promos and deals from partner establishments

The Discover section is a great feature for all BEEP users, one can see these exclusive deals from partner merchants that can be used exclusively by BEEP users.

Used the Beep App for organizing events and meetups with friends, here’s a sample of one of the events that I created. (Found this IHOP promo through Beep’s Discover section btw!)

This is where I saw this promo from IHOP. I’ve no idea about the national pancakes day from IHOP until I saw it at Beep’s Discover section. 🙂 (yay for unli pancakes! But I have very low tolerance for sweets of any kind T_T will post our double date experience soon!)

Perhaps the only downside for the Beep app is that there are some features that requires WIFI access, but despite that, it’s been a helpful app for organizing events, share invites, discover awesome promos and chat with friends. For sure there will be improvements and additions in the Beep app, and I’m looking forward to those changes soon. 🙂

If you want to learn more and try the Beep app itself, check out the links below!

Beep – Your personal event organizer

https://justbeep.me/
Beep on Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=media.aardvark.beep
Beep on IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/beep-personal-event-organizer/id920791916?mt=8
Beep Philippines on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justbeepme.ph
https://www.facebook.com/justbeepme
Beep on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Just_Beep_Me

My “kakakilig” na valentines with the MADZ!

There’s this thing about love that makes me feel giddy, melancholic, hopeful, happy, sad, inspired and many more. Too much emotions I should say, but no words can express fully on how love can makes us feel, that all I know is that love is the most beautiful that ever happened to all of us.

Last valentines day, I had a chance to watch the world-renowned choral group serenading us on this very day at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Spending the day with the Philippine Madrigal Singers (also known as the MADZ) makes us feel Kakakilig all over, their lineup of songs really makes us feel in love in different ways.

They had sung contemporary songs like Comme d’ habetude and the song about the boy giving his loved one roses in the rain (idk the title). Both songs were given so much heart that is so beautiful and heartfelt.

There are also known songs from the Madz that is included in their lineup, like Timmy Cruz’s Boy (originally sung MADZ Alumni Enrico Lagasca) and the all-girl rendition of It Might Be You. Both songs are known for its whimsical intake and harmonious blending of the Sopranos and Altos. #Leboyf enjoyed the new MADZ bass’ solo rendition the the famed song (learned that he’s straight lols! Galing lang!) while the girl’s take on one of the known love songs is a sure hit for all.

The valentines concert is not complete with whimsical medleys that made us laugh, cry and amazed. Their first medley song “Dahil sa isang bulaklak” is a musically entertaining tale of courtship, marriage, betrayal and heartbreak. The whole choir’s performance is a great sight to see. Leboyf and I both liked the “Paano kung wala ka na/ako ang nagwagi” because of their powerhouse singers Bianca (soprano) and Ate Peart (alto). We all had a lot of laughs and we all liked them. 🙂

MADZ’s Kakakilig concert is not complete without their new lineup of songs, including their soulful rendition of John Legend’s All of me and Martin Nievera’s I’ll be there for you. The latter song is given justice by their male ensemble, and MADZ tenor JC (who sang the solo part for the song) sang it beautifully. It was pure love.

I had to say, we enjoyed the concert a lot! Definitely one for the books!

“You were just a dream when I found you…” <3 taken after the concert!

Of course, no MADZ Concert is complete without having pictures with them!

Idol Soprano 1 April Glory! <3
Idol Soprano 1 Bianca!
Bianca with My crazy (evil) partner in crime na nag-enjoy sa concert! 🙂
With MADZ’s powerhouse Alto Mama Pearl!
Me and MADZ Alumnus, Ms. Liaa of Music Mommies! Thank you po sa tickets! 🙂 Follow their new blog Music Mommies! www.MusicMommies.com!
Itsura ng isang gutom 😛 (pagbigyan nyo na kami sa pichoor na ito, rawr!)

Looking forward to watch their future concerts soon!

Be sure to watch out for their future concerts and performances, follow Madz on Facebook for announcements! 🙂