Ultimate Food Adventure with The Bistro Group

A 2-day ultimate food adventure was organized by the Bistro Group , ZomatoPh had invited selected bloggers and social network writers to a 2 -day of food tasting event at the Uptown Mall , Bonifacio Global City , Greenbelt 2 and 5 within Ayala Center , Makati and SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City .

The event was dubbed as ” Ultimate Food Run ” by local organizers which aims to familiarized local food and lifestyle writers at the appetizers and food being offered by the Bistro group of restaurants.

The 12 Restaurants are the Following :

Moe’s , Buffalo Wild Wings, Watami , Texas , Village Tavern and Italianni’s , Krazy Garlic, Tonkatsu by Chef Terazawa , Fish and Company , Modern Shanghai , Bulgogi Brothers and TGIFriday’s

appetizers at Italianni’s

appetizers from Buffalo Wild Wings

 Moe’s with their special mango salsa or a choice of any of the 4 salsa flavors

Starting August 15 until September 15, 2016 Citibank Credit Card users can avail of 30% off on the appetizers of these restaurant chain in any parts of the country.

 

Food Tasting and Wedding Expo at Jardin de Miramar in Antipolo

267 San Jose Extension , Padilla , Antipolo City -Rizal province

When it comes to events and a place to relax in Antipolo, There is Jardin de Miramar – This is one of the largest venue and event place in this side of the province .

Our group is very delighted to have gone to the place and many changes were done over the past several years. One can best describe the place as “Theme Park ” and Educational center .

boat and beautiful sculpture will greet visitors to the place

Galeria had boat theme garden where life-size boat and a gallery of fishes were their common names are painted within the outdoor gallery .  The area had a capacity of between 80 to 120 PAX depending on the event. The area is about 375 square meters

Yellow fin Tuna- Tambakol

Old Manila the centerpiece is a replica of the old adobe walls of intramuros , minus the civil guards and nosy people strolling .

an old wooden draw bridge add an old world charm to the place.

The place had a nice ponds which is ideal for thematic photo-shoot , garden wedding or just a stroll within the adobe walls. Climbing vines and flowering water lilies are sure hit among nature lovers and adds eerie beauty to an old world charm ! One simply can be transported back into time with these looks.

The place had a capacity of between 70 to 80 pax with a floor area of 180 square- meter

Sevilla is an indoor air-conditioned hall which had a capacity of between 100 to 200 pax with of Floor Area: 254 sqm. and courtyard of 56 sqm.

Jenry Villamar Photography and Video

table set-up by Hizon Catering

desserts sample

Penne and Fettuccine

Mr. Paolo Castillo -Fuentes and Chef Castillo-Fuentes gave the group their home-made tasty banana and jack fruit ( langka )  cake and their version of chocolate cupcakes.  They are also part time interior decorator , artists and plant collectors .

It had been a while since we saw each other , for those interested with their pastries and customized cakes , Try to reach them at their FB page :

Contact : 6512592

Website: http://jardindemiramar.com/

HistoryCON Invades Manila !

 Tomas Morato corner Eugenio Lopez Sr. Street , Quezon City -Philippines

History buffs and fans from all over the country , Southeast Asia and followers of History Channel will be very happy to know that HistoryCON 2016 is coming to the country . There will be over 100 exhibit booths and special events .

A+E Networks and History Asia announced that Manila is chosen as the venue of the first History Con that will be from August 25 to 28, 2016 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

This convention promises not only to be educational, but also fun and exciting on an epic scale. Despite the name, History Con shall cover a wide range of genres or themes that are related to history which are inspired by the shows that appear on the History Channel – paranormal/science fiction, survival and adventure, motoring and a host of others.

According to Prem Kamath, Deputy Managing Director of A+E Networks Asia, “History Con reinvents the way we connect with our local audiences…whether they’re our loyal fans who just can’t get enough of History, or they’re curious onlookers who are new to our brand.” He further said the goal of History Con is to create a unique experience, engaging visitors, allowing them to feel, live and see history come to life in an entertaining way rather than the traditional academic lecture approach often associated with history.

The organizers have invited several organizations and companies to put up booths where they can strut their wares. Besides a series of lectures, there will be displays of limousines of past Philippine Presidents in cooperation with National Historical Commission of the Philippines ( NHCP ) , historical reenactors will recreate battles of World War II, there will be exhibitions and demonstrations of weaponry and martial arts. There will also be a Cosplay contest where visitors can dress up like their favorite characters from the shows in History Channel. There is going to be a History’s Digital Host Talent Search, aimed at looking for prospective hosts for upcoming shows.

There will be an inter-school History Bee, a quiz contest that pits teams from various schools and universities in Metro Manila. The History Con shall also have 3D Experiences, interactive booths that allow visitors to explore worlds in virtual space.

There will also be World Record Week where History will attempt to break world records such as the longest TV-watching marathon, most number of Quarter Pounder hamburgers that can be eaten in one minute, and the largest serving of Garlic Mushrooms.

There will also be a 1 day pass, 2 day pass, 3 day pass and 4 day pass with meet and greet with celebrities during the 4-day event .

The organizers are expecting at least 100,000 visitors to the event and there will be a fun -filled activities at the venue place.

In addition, there will be a Talent Line-Up with the personalities from History Channel’s shows gracing the event; personalities such as Giorgio Tsoukalos of Ancient Aliens, Brandi Passante Jarrod Schulz of Storage Wars, Damon Runyan and Ian Matthews of Gangland Undercover, and Celebrity Car Wars which will feature Bobby Tonelli, Joey Mead King, KC Montero, Marc Nelson and Gabby Dela Merced.

For information on how to get tickets, visit the website on : http://www.historyasia.com/shows/history-con-2016

Winners of Poster Making Contest at The Medical City

Augusto M. Barcelon Auditorium , The Medical City , Pasig City -Philippines

The Medical City Nutrition Management Services together with the Center of Developmental Pediatrics have heed of this concern by launching a poster making contest entitled “ TMC for Kids: Healthy Eating Plate– A poster making contest on good nutrition , ” The contest is open to middle school Grade 5 students) This contest is also in line with the Department of Health’s ” Pinggang Pinoy ” in celebration of the National Nutrition Month 2016 .

Augusto Barcelon auditorium

The Medical City ( TMC) is a world -class hospital healthcare organization with 48 years of existence in hospital operation and administration . With its main facility located along Ortigas Avenue, TMC boasts of experienced and esteemed medical experts of various fields with modern facilities that offer the highest standard of healthcare quality as accredited by the Joint Commission International – a prestigious accrediting body for international healthcare organizations.

L-R Saint Paul College-Pasig- Ms. Isabella R. Hilario ( first place ) Lourdes School- Mr. Patrice  Sebastien M. Olaguera ( 2nd place ) Lourdes School – Mr. Jason B. Bacar ( 3rd place)

The school that participated in the poster making contest show the students’ interpretation of a healthy plate based on Department of Health’s campaign or healthy plate campaign of the US. Participating schools include Saint Paul College-Pasig , Lourdes School of Mandaluyong , La Salle Greenhills and Immaculate Concepcion Academy .

A total of 25 posters was entered into the competition , The winners received plaques, gift certificates, gift packs and umbrella from sponsors.

The winners were awarded in a simple ceremony that was held at the auditorium of The Medical City in Pasig.

Aside from poster making contest, there were mini-lecture on topics such as proper nutrition , food options and picky eating . The entries will be displayed at the lobby of the Medical City for at least two weeks and will also be uploaded on the FB page and website.

Website: http://www.themedicalcity.com/

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/TheMedicalCity/

 

Belinda Davids: The Whitney Houston Show PH 2016 World Tour

Belinda Davids is a South African celebrity and impersonator the astounding tribute show dedicated to  Ms. Whitney Houston will be performing in the country.

This live concert, featuring the breathtaking vocal talent of Belinda Davids, is a fun, heartfelt and uplifting homage to Whitney Houston. Accompanied by a live band and dancers, Davids performs over two hours of Houston’s most loved pop hits live on stage.

Ms. Belinda Davids

In preparation for such an anticipated show and in respect for Houston’s legacy , Showtime Management dedicated over 12 months to perfecting this production and finding the right star . After conducting over 15,000 auditions in 12 countries , accomplished South African vocalist Ms. Belinda Davids was selected to pay reverence to Houston with her carefully crafted renditions.

The Whitney Houston Show celebrates the magnificent catalogue of hits that Houston made famous during her 30 year career, including ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’, ‘I’m Every Woman’, ‘I Will Always Love You’ and many more.

This fabulous production has toured South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada and the USA already hosting many sold-out performances in the first two years of touring.

The Whitney Houston 2016 show live in  Cebu on August 26 Friday at 7:00PM at the IEC Pavillon, Mabolo, Cebu City and Manila on August 27 Saturday at 8:00PM at the PICC Plenary Hall, Pasay City For more details go to link WhitneyHoustonPH2016.

Presented by DMC Philippines, in cooperation with the Gotesco Group of COmpanies , Gruppo Group of Companies . This event is also brought to you by Hotel Jen, the official residence and Novu hair.  Special thanks to Thrifty Car Rental and First Line Entertainment Club.

Tickets are now available at Ticket World outlets ( https://www.ticketworld.com.ph ) , SM Tickets ( https://smtickets.com/) .

For more information go to the link: FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/DMCPhilippinesEntertainment/?fref=ts

Star Studded Tunog Star Magic’s 24th Anniversary Blogcon

14th Floor Chronicle Room in ELJCC, Mother Iganacia Street, Quezon City

Tunog Star Magic celebrities

Star Magic is the country’s premiere producer of the best and brightest singers that many budding performers and singers aspire to emulate.  Apart from being the home of the finest actors in the industry , Star Magic also venture into Tunog Star Magic, the latest online channel where the music lovers can listen to the unexpected and much -awaited covers and collaborations between their favorite Star Magic performers.

Mr. Bugoy Drilon , Khalil Ramos and Bailey May

The performances would bring together celebrated and up-and-coming Star Magic singers to jam to the latest hits and their favorite songs every week.

Although there are a number of shows either on TV or online that showcases similar performances, Tunog Star Magic prides itself of being the accessible platform where the alternative pairings and performances can be seen.

Among the first few singers who gamely performed for Tunog Star Magic were Bugoy Drilon , Leizel Garcia , Khalil Ramos , Nash Aguas and Ms. Alexa Ilacad, rising performers like Ms. Kira Balinger , Heaven Peralejo ,Ysabel Ortega , CJ Novato and Ms. Kristel Fulgar .

Bloggers, online and print media were treated to an afternoon of selective performances and videoke -style contest with these budding artists. They are all passionate about singing and composing new songs .

Those who are raring to view their performances may do so every Thursdays at Star Magic’s official You Tube Page starting this July 28, 2016 at 6:00pm

Like the slum book of sorts , Star Magic newbies aims to introduce the fresh and new Star Magic artists that could be touted as those who are in line . It is essentially a platform for the fresh bloods to be known by the public through their personally accomplished profiles.

Mr. Jovit Baldivino

Both Tunog Star Magic and Star Magic Newbies kick off the star-studded celebration of Sta Magic’s 24th anniversary in the business.

Highlight of the festivities are the biggest and brightest Star Magic stars would gather and commemorate the year that was on the Grand Star Magic Day schedule this coming July 31, 2016 in ASAP.

 

 

Casa Santa within Jardin de Miramar Revisted

276 to 279  San Jose Ext, Padilla,  Jardin de Miramar compound , Antipolo City 1870 , Rizal province

It had been 7 years since we last visited Casa Santa and Jardin de Miramar . Our group conducted a tour on the place way back in 2008 and 2009 for the Philippine Orchid Society and Philippine Horticulture Society .  There have been a lot of improvements and additional venue at the place.

water lilies also add colors to the landscape

Cymbidium finlaysonianum

We decided to revisit the place and re-update our blog .  The place had beautiful landscape lawn , more venue places , lush garden , a great venue / event east of Metro Manila.  There are more interesting collection , lovely native orchids like Cymbidium finlaysonianum which is at least a decade -old and is blooming .

Dendrobium aphyllum , Dendrobium anosmum and Asplenium nidus naturalized on mango trees

Jardin de Miramar has extended its collection to other works of art such as the sculptures/creation of nationally recognized artists  Mr. Ed Castrillo, Michael Cacnio, Daniel dela Cruz, Tony Leano, Ral Arrogante, mural works by Alfred Galvez; mosaic works by Hannah Liongoren.

interior with santa clause theme collection

 ” Christmas Everyday ” is very appropriate theme for the museum/ collection . It reminds everyone of caring , sharing and the spirit of giving for the less fortunate .

collection of different santa from all over the world

The collection of santa seems to grew from about 3,500 to around 3,900 plus from the last time we have visited the place. Not all were exhibited at the house. No two santa collectible items are the same , thus out-most care is given to the collection .

Christmas eggs

plates, cookie jars, table mats , mugs, spoon , forks 

There are santa items from several countries from Russia, Finland, Portugal, Spain , China, Hong Kong , Taiwan , United States of America, Peru among others.

Christmas miniature villages

Some of the Christmas themed collection are also given by friends, relatives and even close acquaintances of the owner.

miniature  village complete with railroad track and amusement park

A newly renovated Santa’s village has been created by Christmas village miniature artist Bamboo Tonogbanua, a Cebuano Artist. The bluish lighting within the room of the famed Christmas miniature room was designed by  Japanese light designer Shoko Matsumoto.

 

viewed from second floor

For those who wish to visit the Casa Santa museum and Jardin de Miramar.

Contact: Telephone No.: 584-3199
Fax No.: 697-4077
Cellphone No.: 09178912208
Viber : 09178912208
Email: info@jardindemiramar.com

Website : http://jardindemiramar.com/casa-santa/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/casasantamuseum