Madrid Fusion Manila 2015 – One of the world’s biggest culinary affair to be held at SM (pr)

The Philippines and Spain share a deep and colorful history and what better way to celebrate these two cultures than through their vibrant and intertwined culinary traditions. This April, the world’s most anticipated epicurean event will celebrate the two countries ’300 years’ worth of shared connection through food in one global event where the world’s top chefs showcase culinary innovations and cutting-edge techniques, ingredients and recipes taking food and dining to the next level. If one wants to see the “future of food,” this is the place to be in.

(L-R): Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers, Inc. (PACEOS) Chairperson Marisa Nallana; Mielle Esteban of Arum Estratigias Internacionalización; DOT director of market development and Madrid Fusion Manila project director Verna Covar-Buensuceso; SMX general manager Dexter Deyto and SM Supermalls SVP marketing Jonjon San Agustin.

SM as the official partner of Madrid Fusion Manila 2015

SM plays host to this historic affair and welcomes Madrid Fusion as it comes to Asia for the first time and puts Manila at the heart of culinary interest worldwide. Madrid Fusion Manila 2015 happening on April 24 to 26 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City highlights the Philippines as an haute cuisine destination in Asia. And a Welcome Night at the scenic SM By the Bay for the official delegates are sure to put everyone in a good mood during the first day of the congress on April 24 where this time, it’s all about the best of Philippine food, art, and culture.

“SM is proud to be the venue of the historic Madrid Fusion Manila. We believe that one of the Philippines’ best-kept secrets is our rich culinary heritage,” expressed Steven Tan, SM Supermalls senior vice-president. “We also want to bring the excitement of Madrid Fusion, particularly Spain’s strong influence in our food and culture, to our mall-goers by taking these culinary festivities to our malls.” To help create national awareness for this cultural milestone, the official Madrid Fusion Manila 2015 TV commercial is being aired in all SM Cinemas nationwide.

(L-R): SMX general manager Dexter Deyto; SM Mall of Asia AVP operations Perkin So; SM Mart Inc. SVP marketing communications group Millie Dizon; SM Supermalls president Annie Garcia; Chef Margarita Fores; DOT director of market development and Madrid Fusion Manila project director Verna Covar-Buensuceso; Mielle Esteban of Arum Estratigias Internacionalización and SM Supermalls SVP marketing Jonjon San Agustin.

Michelin-starred chefs to gather at SMX

Set to captivate Manila with their culinary virtuoso are Spain and Asia’s legendary chefs Andoni Luis Aduriz, Elena Arzak, Quique Dacosta, Ramón Freixa, Francis Paniego, Paco Roncero, Mario Sandoval, Paco Torreblanca, André Chiang, and Alvin Leung. Presenting the Philippines’ own diverse and imaginative epicurean traditions are chefs Fernando Aracama, Margarita Forés, J Gamboa, José Luis “Chele” Gonzalez, Pepe Lopez, Rob Pengson, Bruce Ricketts, Myrna Dizon, Claude Tayag, and Juan Carlos de Terry. Taking centerstage at the congress will be this exciting encounter between Spain’s legendary Michelin-starred chefs and the Philippines’ very own culinary stars. A trade exhibition will focus on the finest Spanish and Filipino products from Spanish wines and cheeses, to the Philippines’ world-class exports such as rice, cacao, coffee, mango, coconut, and liquors.

Gourmet weekend market

A feast of everything delectably Filipino-Spanish shall delight foodies at the Gourmet Weekend Market from April 24 to 26 at SM Mall of Asia. A premium selection of cheese, tapas, wine, ingredients, local finds and special bundles shall be made available in partnership with SM Markets (SM Supermarket and Hypermarket).

Spanish food specials

New food concepts that reflect culinary innovation and technique will be available only this April at select SM Mall of Asia restaurants where special dishes with Spanish influence or cooked with the finest local produce, ingredients and flavors are sure to bring out your inner foodie. Savory goodness awaits mall-goers of SM Aura Premier which shall host its own Spanish-themed fiesta with music, dancing, food and drinks on April 26 at the Sky Park lawn. While on April 24 to 26, irresistible dining deals await all food lovers at SM Megamall’s flagship and first-in-the-country dining destinations and the newly-opened Mega Food Hall.

For the complete schedule of events at SM malls, visit SM Supermalls on Facebook or @smsupermalls on Instagram. For more information on how to register for Madrid Fusion Manila 2015, visit www.madridfusionmanila.com.

Run the race for Mother Earth! Join the Pro Earth Run 2015

Pro Earth Run 2015 is an advocacy run that aims to encourage people to protect, respect and oversee the sustainable care for Mother Earth.

This running event will be held on April 25, 2015, 4:30 am at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds.

Proceeds for the Pro Earth Run 2015 will be given to the environmental projects and programs of the Earth Day Network Philippines, incorporated.

Projects and programs: 

  • Zero Basura Olympics (ZBO) A friendly competition among local government units, companies, and communities to recognize the best practices in implementing RA 9003 on proper solid waste disposal.
  • Trees4life: Tubong Pinoy Movement – A reforestation project with a twist as it goes for the promotion of native and indigenous species of trees.
  • Agos Ram Pump Philippines – A program to install one hundred (100) ram pumps by 2013 that will provide upland communities with accessible and reliable community water system using hydraulic ram pumps.
  • Earth Day Village Program – Started as a Tarp bag Project that eventually gained recognition and earned EDNPI its prestigious Body Shop UK grant. The program aims to turn tarpaulins into reusable products such as bags.
  • Mini-carbon Olympics (MCO) – It aims to create awareness on climate change in identified academic institutions by recognizing outstanding performances in reducing greenhouse gas emission in their campuses.
  • Watershed Restoration and Forest Conservation – A watershed and forest conservation project in Tagkawayan, Quezon.
  • Re-charge Tacloban – A program that intends to bring to Typhoon Yolanda-hit tacloban a fleet of solar-powered electric jeepneys (eJeepneys).
Race inclusions

Registration fees:

  • 10k – Php 750
  • 5k – Php 750
  • 3k – Php 750

Fee inclusions: Sling bag, jersey, bib, finisher’s medal and freebies from sponsors

Online registration:

Partners and sponsors

For more details, visit their website http://www.earthdayphilippines.org/submitted-events/82-pro-earth-run or their fan page www.facebook.com/ProEarthRunPH

Batman Overload at the DC Super Heroes Cosplay Competition

It’s been a while since the last time that I attended the a convention. While I’m accustomed to the Otakus wearing their costumes and reenact their beloved characters back to life while loitering all over the convention area, it’s gonna be a different thing if want to join a cosplay competition. (believe me, it’s nerve-wracking, ‘coz I’ve been there)

Last saturday (Apr. 11) marks the DC Super Heroes Cosplay Competition that is held in SM Manila. 11 amazing cosplayers joined in and are dressed in their favorite DC comics characters.

Hosted by Vinni Misa and JM Borja, we are all entertained by their whimsical information about the DC Comics and their knowledge about the different DC Characters! It was so much fun!

Cosplayer and blogger Judielyn Chang, Model Patrick Yu and Advertising student Almira Teng are the judges for the said event. They will judge the cosplayers based on their creativity, accuracy, stage performance and audience impact.

The cosplayers
Batman Cosplayers

It’s amazing how these DC superhero cosplayers make their moves while on stage! Their amazing costumes and makeup are at par, and most of them are Batman cosplayers in different forms lol! I love baby Battman and cutesy Batgirl the most!

Characters that are also present in the competition is Batman’s trusted sidekick Robin, The Raven of Teen Titans and Justice League’s Green Lantern.

While at the interview, most of the contestants chose Batman as their favorite DC super hero because of his sense of justice. I for one, also liked Batman’s persona because of his mysterious demeanor and he looks sexy when he dons in his bat-themed costume. Bruce Wayne also doesn’t have any superpowers yet he defy the odds and used his strength and wit to serve justice to the evildoers who also killed his parents.

The winners! 😀

The judges came to the decision and here are the winners!

First runner up: Ashley Misaki Hernandez as Batgirl
Second runner up: Mark Celtic Buenaventura as Batman
Third Runner up: Francis Kael Valenzuela as Baby Batman (soooo kawaii!)

Winners will receive cash prizes from the event.

I’d say I have fun throughout the event! And I’ll be looking forward to the upcoming DC Comics all-star fun run and the DC Comics Super Hero world record event on April 18th, SM North EDSA! See you there! 😀

 

Moving on…

Totally unrelated photo, just putting this Usagi and Luna pic for the lulz 😛

It is the process of moving on and growing up that makes one look forward to the more brighter future and not to look back to that horrid past.

Glad that there are people supporting me, understands me and loving me for being there always, and for being my rock during the darkest times.

Now I’m ready. It may be one of the hardest decisions in life, but I need to do this. For it is the most important thing to do.

MAPFRE Insular Insurance Corporation launches KaKAMPI microinsurance for financial preparedness and literacy

MAPFRE Insular insurance corporation and the Quezon City’s inclusive development initiatives launches Kabuhayan at Kinabukasan Alay ng MAPFRE sa Pinoy (KaKAMPI) microinsurance, a program that aims to help the low-income sector to be financially prepared and literate.

Inauguration of the community office in Villa Erlinda Town Homes Sarmiento St., Brgy. Novaliches Proper, Q.C

Last March 29, 2015, KaKAMPI Microinsurance Community inaugurates their offices in Villa Erlinda Town Homes Sarmiento St., Brgy. Novaliches Proper, Q.C. and at the 367 Litex Road, Brgy. Commonwealth, Q.C. The respective locations are strategically located to ensure that MAPFRE Insular’s Microinsurance products and financial services are to be given to the low-income households who are in dire need.

Inauguration of the community office in Litex Road, Brgy. Commonwealth, Q.C.

Policy holders from KaKAMPI Microinsurance will be given an opportunity to be financially prepared during tough times, especially during unexpected demise of one’s household member. This program will ensure that every policy member will have a peace of mind when it comes to these uncertain times, especially in matters pertaining to finances.

KaKAMPI Microinsurance is a joint effort of different stakeholders, inclusing the Quezon City local government through its Sikap Buhay Entrepreneur and Cooperative Office, and German Development Cooperation (GIZ), and The Insular Life Assurance Company Ltd., Inc.

For more information about KaKampi Microinsurance and MAPFRE Insular’s services, visit www.mapfre.com.ph.

LG unveils Super Ultra HDTV TV in the Philippines

LG Electronics launches its new line of televisions in the market – the LG Super ULTRA HDTV.

The new line of HDTV comes with the razor-this UF950T and the curved UG8700. This new line of television models comes in different sizes and promises to give a unique viewing experience to every user because of its vibrant color accuracy, sharpness and many other unique features that only LG can have.

The Ultra-Slim LG UF950T Super UHD TV

the Ultra-slim UF950T is the flagship model from LG HDTV series. It comes with the e ColorPrime Display by Nano Spectrum that is set to change the Super UHD playing field with its remarkably accurate color expression, treating viewers to more vivid colors with an increased color reproduction range. Top of its class from the TV design technology, the UF950T stand only 8.5mm at its slimmest design. The svelte UF950T also comes packed with the ground-breaking Premium Sound feature that was designed in collaboration with Harman Kardon, one of the most globally respected names in the audio industry.

The Beautifully Curved LG UG8700 Super UHD TV

The curved UG8700 is indeed sexy in it own way, with its exceptional features that makes one in awe in delight. The UG8700 is beautifully curved with IPS panel built, allowing exceptional viewing from any angle without distortion of color. Available in 65- and 55-inch units, the UG8700’s provides cutting-edge auditorium stand houses the TV’s unique downward speakers that cast premium quality sound directly toward the viewers.

UG8700 series are customized built for Philippine Digital broadcasting that guaranteed to deliver HD streaming and secure your device in preparation for Analog switch off.

To learn more about the LG’s new line-up of Super ULTRA HD TVs, visit www.lg.com/ph, or www.LGnewsroom.com, like LG’s official Facebook page “LG Philippines” and follow @LG Philippines on Twitter and Instagram.

BullChef makes me curse a lot in a good way

The original title of this blog post should be: BullChef: mapapamura ka sa sarap! But I had to change it in an instant. True enough, it was one of the best ones that I ever had that I had high praises for. We cursed the food for it’s really damn good. And now I’m craving again. Goodbye diet. Well what the hell is that so-called diet anyway???

SportyGuy, SailorStarCatcher, NekoMimi and SlickMaster (mga itsura ng mga kabataang gutom hohoho!)

I went along with blogger dabarkads Nekomimi Guia, Slickmaster Nestor and Sportyguy Ivan after we had our weekly podcast session (details about it soon!) as we are looking for a place to have our late-night dinner. It was a love at first sight as we saw the witty food names in their menu, and and made a unanimous vote to dine here and give it a try.

Bullalo dishes on the menu
Napakanta ako sa #53, because Ariana Grande :))

Note that we dined in at around 12 midnight. I know it was too late for dinner but we were accommodated by their friendly staff. (thank you thank you guys!)

Counter
Testimonials from known TV/online/radio personalities
Graffitti

The place is small but inviting. We noticed the testimonials from celebrities who dined here and loved their Bulalo. Since it’s our first time here, Sir Jeremy (the manager) suggest that we try their bestselling bulalo and tapa dishes. 🙂

Nananawagan po kami na kami po ay pakainin ng tapa ko, mahal ko 😛

Ivan ordered Tapa ko Mahal ko, sweet beef tapa served with fried egg, ensalada, garlic rice and bulalo soup. The single order is huge I think it’s all worth the price. I had a bite on the tapa strip and it was chewy and delicious! The tapa is indeed sweet and flavorful, and makes me want to swap orders with Ivan. But i’m glad I didn’t, hahahah! XD

Bulalo soup is love <3

Another thing that I like in Ivan’s order is the bulalo soup. It was rich, creamy, filling and dreamy. Dreamy because it gives me comfort after every sip. I think the soup itself can be a great meal, just add an extra order of rice then. 😛 (parang ginawa ko lang gravy sa kfc, masarap iulam, well ganun siya kasarap!)

That Ultimate AssemBULL that gave us an ultimatum!

Nes, Guia and I ordered the Ultimate AssemBULL that is said that it’s good for 2-3 persons. It was actually good for 4-5 people! We were then given a separate cup of bulalo sinigang soup as we were waiting for the main event, and as we take the sip, we were like SYET! SARAP! GRABE! $*$&^*&(*)!!!!!

Sorry na I’m/we’re exaggerating. It was a mindblowing sour soup that has a same, think consistency from the Ivan has, and it has a kick of the spiciness that leaves me speechless and made crave for more.

The generous serving of the Ultimate Assembull has portions of beef meat, cartilage, marrow, fat that falls off the bone, except on parts that needs to be used by a knife. It also has generous servings of veggies inside. This is perfect if you wanna get stranded because of the heavy rain and you wanna be warmed up by the delicious goodness coming from the Ultimate AssemBULL.

Boom Busog! XD
here’s what we have to say about their bulalooooo!
Thank you BullChef team for giving us the space to create our own testi :)))

We were all extremely full, sated and satisfied. Good food is best shared with crazy friends, and by that we enjoyed our experience a lot. And also, nakaka-LSS ang song nila. 😛

In fact, we’re planning our our next visit soon, can’t wait to try their Ultimate BullChef Special! 😀

Tara, foodtrip tayo! 😀

BullChef: The Bulalo Chef
#4 East Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City
0916-3383898
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https://twitter.com/weareBULLCHEF
https://instagram.com/wearebullchef/

Huwag kang mangamba

Huwag kang mangamba, ‘di ka nag-iisa
Sasamahan kita, saan man magpunta
Ika’y mahalaga sa ‘King mga mata
Minamahal kita, minamahal kita

This holy week, let us take a break and reflect. Let’s all reflect on the Lord and his eternal and unconditional love for us. For he dies for us, to save us and to assure us that he is always there through all the storms in life.

Let me share this video – this is an excerpt from the “Sa iyong mga yapak”, a lenten concert from the Philippine Madrigal Singers last 2010. this part of the concert made me teary eyed (a lot), for Fr. Manoling Francisco’s talk reminds us that the Lord is always there, that He will never let us down and he will be, and will always be, my source of strength.

The MADZ’s rendition of the song from Bukas Palad is the most perfect choice for this homily.

A blessed holy week to all. 🙂