16th Mega Brand Sale at SM Megamall , Mandaluyong from September 30 to October 2, 2016

Metro Creative Themes Inc (MCTI) will stage its last quarter Megabrands Sale at Megatrade Halls 1 & 2 of SM Megamall on September 30 to October 02, 2016 from 10am – 9pm.

Shoppers can take advantage of the big price roll downs on great selections of shoes, bags, men’s and ladies fashion, sporting goods and accessories, personal care, and other specialty items.  The event caters to the market looking for great deals before the onset of the holiday’s season.

Shoppers will enjoy up to 70% discounts from participating brands like Adidas, Reebok, Hush Puppies & Sebago, Levis & Dockers, RRJ, MR. Lee, Sperry, Skechers, Ducks Unltd, Caselogic and many more!

RCBC Bankard, the bank partner of MCTI for this event, shall treat its credit cardholders with 0% interest for up to 12 months.  Special giveaways and freebies will also be given for those who will sign up for the credit card during the event.

There is no entrance fee and one can avail of great discount up to 70% Off on selected merchandise and items.

Contact :Emer Dela Cruz -Marketing Manager
Mobile: 09175387507 / 09209537153 / 09228312601
Landline: (02) 3992935 / (02) 9788714

Opening of Yarda : Trailer Food Business

Katipunan Avenue, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches -Quezon City , Philippines

Yarda is a Tagalog word for yard , Hence the name was given a another food area within Kingspoint Subdivision within Barangay Bagbag in Novaliches ( We did a food crawl within  Kingspoint Subdivision last year together with some friends ) . Food Park which had sprung within the area for the past 10 months. There is another one in King Alexander within Kingspoint Subdivision  .

Yarda with large rain trees

The author was invited by a friend who lives within the area during the soft opening last September 8, 2016 .  The mood was very festive and upbeat.  The concept is getting popular because people within the area wanted something new to eat without going very far . Traffic is quite horrendous within the area even on weekends.

Yarda 

The place is near the Kingspoint Parish and Goodwill Subdivision.  The place is clean and well-lighted .  There are 11 food stalls and most of the stall holders are first timers in the business.

the bar

The area is about 380 square meters with a sitting capacity of between 100 to 150 at any given day  .

Rub My Ribs

Rub My Ribs specialties includes baby back ribs with rice at Php 150 ,  barbecue grilled pork belly at Php 150 , bbq puller pork Php 150 , cajuned blackened fish Php 150

R Lapid’s 

R. Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbecue added Pinoy Budget Meals, Crispy pata , barbecue and German sausage .

Cumin

Cumin blends Mexican and Persian style

DJ’s Grill

DJ’s Grill specialties includes isaw, pork barbecue among others

The only downside for this place is there is not enough parking space . Yarda is open from 5:00pm to 11:00pm monday to thursday , friday , saturday from 5:00pm to 12mn and sunday 5:00pm to 11:30pm

Update : King MC BeeMadre E’ Figlio Bakeshop,  Kat’s Fusion and ByPass Burger had cease their operations, since the last feature . These establishment were located within Katipunan Avenue just few meters from each other.

 

 

A Tour of Gapan with Mayor Emerson Pascual

Gapan City , Nueva Ecija province -Philippines

Lakbay Lakad Pamana together with the participants of the Gapan Culinary and Heritage Tour arrived past 8:30 am at the Divina Pastora Shrine . Gapan City is planning to open their old historical center to tourist .

group photo

The group was warmly received by Gapan Tourism officers , Mayor Emerson ” Emeng” Pascual of Gapan, AHP Gapan City -Chapter President Mr. Ramon Valmonte and even some residents joined the heritage tour.

Uy family ancestral house

Uy family ancestral house used to be known as Cayetano de Borja ancestral house.

group photo 

 Ms. Cristina De Vera  , Ena Galang and cousin 

Gapan City Hall

Gapan City hall  compound is sprawling with clean hall ways. The cityhall was inaugurated in 2006 by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo .

City Agriculture office 

Techno Pinoy and Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management office

Office of the City Mayor , New Gapan City Hall, Maharlika Highway , Barangay Bayanihan , Gapan City , Nueva Ecija 3105

+63( 44) 4860125

 

 

Basic Orchid Culture for Beginners

Philippine Orchid Society thru its Education Committee is inviting the general public for the  ‘Basic Orchid Culture’ to be held on September 24, October 1 and  October 8, 2016 at the Philippine Orchid Society’s  Botanical Garden office located in Quezon City Hall Lagoon area East Avenue corner Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City.

Registration Fee for members is waived ,  for the general public is Php1,000.00 and students is Php500.00 for three sessions. Please confirm your attendance for those interested to join. Thank you and see you there!

Kasuotang Pilipino Fashion Show

The city government of Makati through its Museum and Cultural Affairs Office (MCAO) will be staging this year’s Kasuotang Pilipino fashion show on September 23 at 6:00pm at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center.
Mayor Abby Binay expressed full support for the said event, which has become an annual event showcasing the creations of local designers to promote Filipino fashion representing the islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. “We fully support the event as it offers an opportunity for the people, especially the youth, to have a better appreciation of Filipino fashion that denotes our rich cultural heritage.
At the same time, it serves as a venue for Makati-based fashion designers to share their ingenuity and distinctive style and receive the recognition they deserve,” Binay said. Meanwhile, MCAO head May Santillana in a statement said that it has become a tradition in the city to stage the event in line with the nationwide celebration of “Linggo ng Kasuotang Pilipino”. “The staging of Kasuotang Pilipino has become a much-anticipated event in Makati every September.
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The fashion show will  features the beautiful creations of talented Makati-based designers worn and modeled by city officials, senior citizens, and friends from the international community and the private sector,” Santillana said. Kasuotang Pilipino 2016 will showcase the creations of 14 designers, all Makati-based. They are Therese Andaya, Albert Andrada, Niño Angeles, Ronaldo Arnaldo, Joel Bautista, Janet Castro, Noel Crisostomo, Frankie de Leon, Luis delos Santos, Albert Figueras, Jinggo Inoncillo, Kaye Morales, Raymund Saul, and Val Taguba.
For Luzon, the creations will be modelled by wives of diplomats, namely, Eloisa Klecheski, wife of the deputy chief of mission, United States Embassy; Anjana Hasper, wife of the charge d’affaires, German Embassy; Souddavone Khaykhampithoune, wife of the ambassador, Embassy of Laos; Monthip Upatising, wife of the ambassador, Royal Thai Embassy, Sylvia Tay-Van Remoortele, wife of the ambassador, Royal Belgian Embassy; Dr. Kieu Phung, wife of the ambassador, Royal Danish Embassy; and Wang Qi Jessen, wife of the ambassador, European Union Embassy.

Delightful Dining Experience at Rustica Restaurant in Gapan

AH26, Gapan City, Nueva Ecija province -Philippines 

Lakbay Lakad Pamana and the rest of the participants have tried one of Nueva Ecija ‘s  iconic restaurant , In fact the restaurant started in Cabanatuan and it had a branch in Gapan City.

Rustica Restaurant ( Gapan )

It is said to be frequented by celebrities , balikbayans and local residents . The restaurant is spacious and an events center.

interior

The restaurant had a sitting capacity of between 200 to 350 with a function area at the second floor.

Rustica -Gapan menu

There are also lauriat or value style meal for those who wanted a sampling of their dishes. Lauriat 1 Php 3,450  Lauriat 2 for Php 5,300 and Lauriat 3 for Php 5,550 ideal for group of 5 to 8 people .  The group ordered 2 lauriat meals .

Italian cheese stick 

fried liempo / lechon kawali with lechon sauce

chicken teriyaki with vegetables

sauteed beef  broccoli 

adobong sugpo sa aligi ng talangka

singang 

Note : The only downside for this restaurant is some of the waiters tend to mix some orders. We would like to ” Thank ” the office of Mayor Emerson ” Emeng ” Pascual and local tourism officer for the accommodation to the group .

Rustica also had branch in Concepcion , Tarlac

Contact:  (044) 958 0994

There is also a Rustica FB site

A Visit to the Ancestral House of Senator Juan R.Liwag of Gapan

Gapan City , Nueva Ecija province -Philippines

Senator Juan R. Liwag was born on June 12, 1906 to  Mr. Diego Liwag and Ms. Isabel Ramos, Juan Liwag finished his elementary schooling as valedictorian at the Gapan Intermediate School. Pin Gapan, Nueva, Ecija. He finished his high school and liberal arts at the University of the Philippines. He completed his law course in the same university as class valedictorian and copped second place in the 1932 bar examination.

family portrait and intricate lattice works on wood 

He started his government service in 1945 as prosecutor in the department of justice. Mr. Liwag was named Judge-at-Large of the Court of First Instance four years later. In 1950, He was appointed District Judge for Albay and Catanduanes part of Bicol provinces. He married Ms. Consuelo Joson with whom he had four children.

Senator Juan R. Liwag photos and memorabilias

In 1952, he was appointed Solicitor- General, a position he held until 1954. In 1961, he was appointed Undersecretary of Justice. He became Secretary of Justice on May 19 of the same year. He was elected Senator in 1963 and served up to 1969.

The interior of the house is furnish with hardwood furniture and fixtures 

There is also a mini-library located at the ground floor . The ceiling is made from pinukpuk , iron sheet ceiling which is among the prominent features of the house . The ceiling is painted white.

collection of spoons from different parts of the world

staircase going to the second floor

Prior to his election in the Senate, Liwag served in various capacities in the executive and judicial branches of the government. He was also one of the most outstanding senator during his time.

art deco -style architecture 

The house had a nice large garden , similar to those found in old houses with large sprawling trees , manicured lawn , orchids , plants , some dogs and gooses. There is also a grand staircase with initial DL – This was probably from initials of his father . The house was built around mid-1920’s.

Architect Amie Singcuenco-Balatbat admires the large specimen sized-Cymbidium finlaysonianum and Aerides quinquivulnera naturalized on a coconut palm

Lakbay Lakad Pamana together with Mr. Ramon Valmonte ( local historian , professor , heritage advocate ) and a couple of guests were able to tour inside the house of the senator .

The house is private, hence a prior permission must be secure for those who wanted to visit .

Note : photos are taken by the author with permission .

For those interested in joining the tour , Call Or Text 0923 346 7575
Email: lakad_pamana@yahoo.com.ph

Gapan Culinary and Heritage Tour FB

References:

(Valenzuela, Rodrigo: “Know Them – A Book of Biographies; p. 102-103, 1966.)

Profile :Office of the Solicitor General

Senate : Senator Juan R. Liwag

Mr. Ramon Valmonte : http://monvalmonte.com/liwag/

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