Kangay Restaurant : Bagnet and Cofee Restaurant

Norzagaray , Bulacan province-Philippines

Kangay restaurant is a new restaurant chain in Norzagaray , Bulacan. According to the proprietor , They opened a small restaurant about 4 years ago and had been doing well. This prompted them to open a new coffee shop and restaurant a few months ago.

Kangay’s restaurant facade

The new restaurant is quaint and had a sitting capacity ( air-condition ) of between 35 to 40 people at any given time. There is also a small patio area good for 4 to 5 people sitting outside.

interior of the restaurant and coffee shop

According to Mr. Roy Vincent Santiago – Kangay is a term ” To Eat ”  used by local people of Norzagaray whenever there are occasions such as town fiesta or special events.

menu board

The restaurant’s menu offers coffee , ice cream, beverages, snack items like nachos, spaghetti , carbonara, fish fries, french fries , pansit canton, rice topping like Beef Pares and Chilli Thai Beef only at Php 79.00 per meal

cream frappes with double chocolate chips at Php 69.00

sundae ice cream -strawberry

We must say that it was the in-house specialties like Bagnet Rice , Kare-Kare Rice and Bicol Express ( Kangay’s Bagnet ) which the group had eaten .

bagnet rice with bagoong and fresh slices of tomatoes and onion ( condiment )

kare-kare with bagnet and bagoong ( shrimp paste )

bicol express with bagnet

 sweet and sour fish fillet with rice

sinigang soup

participants
The participants enjoyed the food, coffee , desserts and creme frappes . One must try this coffee and restaurant when one is visiting the place.
Address: 786 General Alejo G. Santos Highway, Partida, Norzagaray, 3013 Bulacan
Operation Hours : 10:00am to 9:30pm weekdays Monday to Friday
9:30 am to 9:30pm weekend Saturday and Sunday
Phone:(044) 342 0510
(Cellphone )0917-6943634

Flores de Ermita at Manila Hotel

Manila Hotel, Manila-Philippines

The Ermita Malate Business Owners Association ( EMBOA) Flores de Ermita Parada ng mga Sagala and the Kasuotang Pilipino Fashion Show is taking a giant leap forward showcasing the annual Flores de Ermita event with young fashion designers of the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines . This is the second year that the group is staging their event.

officers and members  of EMBOA and Manila Hotel manager

This year’s parade of carriage and mini-fashion show begun at the historic Manila Hotel and ends at Robinson’s Place-Manila .

Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines

The event started past 2:00pm at the main lobby of hotel, starting with beautiful ladies wearing Filipinana designed by members of the fashion designer association of the Philippines .

Philippine National Police

 models going down the stairs

“To celebrate the city of Manila’s special version of the well-loved flower festival in May, the Flores de Ermita does not only celebrate the beauty in fashion but also revisit the charm of the Philippine capital and once known as the ” Pearl of the Orient” says Ms. Michelle Pe ( EMBOA – President)

model with escort

model and escort in front of Manila Hotel

horse-drawn carriages

After the presentation , The models rode horse drawn carriages ( kalesas and karetelas) to Remedios Circle for another photo opportunity at the Remedios Circle.Park. The park is neatly manicured with newly planted palms and ornamental plants.

Remedios Circle fountain

The Remedios Circle fountain serves as a focal point for the urban renewal and beautification program of the organization and the city of Manila.  The mood is very festive with upbeat Caribbean street band and cheerful children .

group photo

The mission of EMBOA of positive image , pride of the place remains strong and they are proud of renewal agenda for the residents, arts , cultural promotion , good neighborhood and business partnership in making stronger alliances with city government and various stakeholders for the revival of Ermita-Malate as a tourism destination . The author had a chance to get invited in one of their community outreach project last year.

Junior New System

Junior New System group was founded in 2009 which gives a new twist to the hip-hop dance in Sampaloc ( District 4 ) of Manila . They are best known as one of the finalists at the recent Asia’s Got Talent feat held last year in Singapore .

Website: http://www.juniornewsystem.com/

Miss Earth 2015 Ms. Angelia Ong and Mayor Joseph ” ERAP” Estrada

Ms. Earth 2015 Miss Angelia Ong lead the Santacruzan at the Robinson’s Place and was highlighted the night fashion show .

Ms. Angelia Ong – Miss Earth 2015

After the mini-fashion show , the designers were given recognition for their tireless efforts.  A short message was delivered by Ms. Digna Rosales ( President ) Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines – The organization is celebrating their 35th anniversary this year.

Here are the Winners of the Sagala ( Design ) Contest

Flores de Ermita – Model #12 Designer Miss Nica Castro

The Filipinana dress was inspired by the 1930’s Manila carnival era with modern twist and a high slit

Flores de Malate -Model #14 Mr. Don Cristobal

 The Filipiniana dress was a mix of Indian , Middle Eastern design and native Philippine tribal pattern.

Flores de Turismo -Model #17 Mr. Renelson Espaldon
 The light bluish Filipiniana dress was designed by Mr. Renelson Espaldon with classic bead works. The event  was hosted by Mr. Tetsuhiro “Show”  Suzuki  ( far right ).
Those interested in getting involved with the group projects, please try to contact EMBOA administration office at 526-1866, 0908-542-2952
Note : Photos are taken by the author

Meralco Advisory at Pandesal Forum : Consumers Enjoy Lower Power Rates in May

Kamuning Bakery , Quezon City -Philippines

Meralco announced earlier this month that the rate for its residential customers in May would go down by 41 -centavos per kWk, thereby bringing it down to Php 8.44 per kWh.  There was a press conference earlier today held at the iconic Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City .

For a typical household consuming 200kWh , this translate to a reduction of around Php 82.00 in their electricity bill.

L-R    Mr. Wilson Lee -Flores ,Mr. Joe Zaldarriaga ( Meralco spokesperson)  ,  Mr. Jose Antonio -Valdez ( Vice President and Head -Marketing Consumer Solutions and Product Development ) MERALCO, Little Joe and Little Miss Maita

monthly changes in April and May

This month ‘s overall rate is lower by Php 1.54 per kWh compared to May 2015’s Php 9.98 per kWh. It is also the lowest since January 2010, or over a period of six years.

The decrease in the overall rates was primarily due to the generation charge , which decreased by Php 0.21 per kWh from last month . May’s generation charge is the lowest since October 2004.

The current repricing covers months when crude oil spot prices in the world market fell to as low as US$31 per barrel.  The three natural gas plants supplied more than half, or 54%, of Meralco’s requirements.

egg pie  chart – based on 2015 overall average cost of power

We were grouped into 5 members per team ( 3 teams ) . The one who finish the first with correct answers wins.

54% goes to generation companies , 18% Meralco , 11% transmission , 12%taxes aand 5% others.

Based on 2015 overall average rates – taxes=value added tax +universal charg +local franchise tax

others=system loss charge +subsidies +feed-in Tariff Allowance ( FiT-All)

winning team

Transmission charge likewise registered a decrease of PhP0.10 per kWh due to the reduction in NGCP’s ancillary charges and slight decrease in Power Delivery Service (PDS) charge.

Taxes and Other Charges also decreased by PhP0.10 per kWh following the reduction in generation and transmission charges.
Meralco’s distribution, supply, and metering charges, meanwhile, have remained unchanged for 10 months, after they registered a reduction in July 2015.

customer engagement 

The company is expanding the coverage areas for pre-paid electricity system to about 140,000 homes across different areas of Metro Manila and nearby municipalities like Cainta, Angono , Taytay and Rizal.

Mr. Jose Antonio T. Valdez -head Marketing , Customer Solutions and Product Development ( Meralco)

The Meralco Orange Tags are easy-to-understand labels that indicate estimated energy consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh) and estimated cost per hour to inform consumers on how much electricity a household product consumes.

Meralco has started putting Orange Tags on different models of refrigerators, air-conditioning units and washing machines found in leading appliance stores in Metro Manila. The appliance units have undergone testing at the Meralco Power Lab to determine their electric consumption and equivalent power cost.

Orange Tags also indicate the appliances’ brand, type, model, power rating, Meralco average rate used and testing date. Information found in the Meralco Orange Tags and other Power Lab test results can also be viewed at the Meralco Power Lab website at http://www.meralco.com.ph/powerlab.

 

bloggers and media enjoyed the hearty lunch

 The bloggers had a great time at the Pandesal Forum and we learned a lot about energy saving tips, the advocacies and project of MERALCO .

Website: http://www.meralco.com.ph/

Note: The group won Philip’s -induction cooker as winners of the game ( group 1) 

Meeting Business and Bloggers at Blogapalooza 2016

Eton Elements, Barangay Pinyahan, Diliman , Quezon City -Philippines

Elements at Centris

It was around past 10:00am when i arrived at Eaton Elements . There was a short line of visitors and bloggers at the Blogapalooza 2016 . This event was held a little bit earlier than the usual September -October season. It had been barely 7 months since the last Blogapalooza 2015 held at the One Esplanade , Pasay City .

pocket garden

Elements is a venue place for parties, trade fairs and debuts.  This is also the venue place for this year’s Blogapalooza 2016 . For bloggers and online writers, There was a laptop at the entrance where we signed-up . The event is also a venue to meet potential new business for bloggers.

registration area

rappler.com

World Vision booth

World Vision Philippines , Blogapalooza 2016  at Elements, Centris Walk, Quezon City. Aptly titled, “Horizons: Charting the Unchartered”, the event featured talks by renowned bloggers, social media experts and celebrities on various topics about blogging.

As blogger-volunteers, we are inviting them to share about World Vision on their respective blog sites in order for more people to learn more about World Vision’s work in the communities,” explains World Vision Media Officer Mikhaela De Leon.

At the end of the Blogapalooza event, over 70 bloggers signed up as volunteers, while 19 became new child sponsors.

cocio

Cocio is a chocolate milk   produced in Esbjerg, Denmark .  They have an active FB Cicio PH

Arla booth

Arla booth specializes in dairy products such as butter, yogurt , milk , cheese from Europe. They company is now in the Philippines. I must say that a lot of their products are at par with major brands . The company also had a tagline ” Let in the goodness” .

Website: http://www.arla.ph/

vita coco

 Vita Coco, the best-selling coconut water brand in the US, is bringing its refreshing drink to the Philippines.

Hottoek King – is a Korean snacks and rice topping restaurant . They also gave away free rice topping during the event.

Location: Ground Flr, SM Center Pasig, E Rodriguez JR Ave Cor Dona Julia Vargas Ave Frontera Verda Ortigas Center, Pasig, 1604 Metro Manila

 business cards printed by Speedy Cards Ph

I think this is the most important booth at the event , They offered free printing of business cards to almost all the visitors.

Contact : 0917-623-3457

etobee app

Etobee is new mobile application which enable the courier company to deliver packages and good fast and efficient within Metro Manila.

Note : The venue is quaint and fairly accessible , i have seen a lot of familiar faces , blogger friends and “suki’ business establishment , some of which are featured in my blog and other online sites.

Website: http://eton.com.ph/projects/eton-elements/

Blogapalooza : https://blogapalooza.ph/

Experience Nature and Team Building at Tree Top Adventure Baguio

 

 Camp John Hay , Loakan Road -Baguio City

Experience nature, fun and team building at Tree Top Adventure in Baguio , The location is fairy accessible.  The place is a special tourism and economic zone within  Club John Hay/ Camp John Hay  adjacent to the Bell Mansion.

Tree Top Adventure -Baguio

Tree Top Adventure- Baguio AVP

The Tree Top Adventure -Baguio was established in 2010 . The park uses an original tree trunk clamping mechanism to make sure that trees are not harmed in their spectacular natural setting. One can experience close to nature , pine trees and wilderness area .

staircase 

This is one of the main entrance to the Tree Top Adventure- the one at the main entrance had a steeper terrain while another entrance is located beside the information office.

pine trees
There are several mature pine trees within the adventure park , you can see pine cones and some epiphytes like Davalia ferns .

bulletin board
The bulletin board shows there are 4 packages which the visitors could avail -Package 1 which includes Canopy and Funicular Ride / Silver Surfer -Php 500 , Package 2 Canopy and Funicular Ride , Superman Ride Php 600 , Package 3 Canopy and Funicular Ride , Superman Rode and Silver Surfer Php 800 , Package 4 All Activities Php 1,000

briefing and orientation

bridge way
The the a bridge way connecting the trail and entrance going to the tree walk

  employees
The employees are there to guide the visitors and put safety gears like hard hat and harness . There is also a 5 minutes briefing for those who wanted to experience the adventures.  Here is the link for the Park Rules

hard hats and hardness
Tree Top Adventure traverses horizontally and soars up to 100 feet above the forest floor and features adventure rides ranging from slow ones to fast paced ones.

 students

bloggers and online writers

tree top platform
The platform is made of steel and poses no harm to the visitors.  hard hat and hardness is provided by the company . Safety guidelines and regulations are strictly enforced.

canopy ride
This is one of the most popular ride , one can experience to travel through trees 100 feet above the ground using a network of five motorized cable rides, and see nature from an entirely new perspective.

team building ( see saw ) 
Tree Top Adventure also offers team building for companies, call centers, schools and family apart from zip lines, obstacle courses, trekking , nature watching , sections comprised of ladders, wires, logs, discs,  dance revo , airplane balancing see saw and other team building related activities.
Note: Due to the sudden change of weather , We were only able to tour around the place and joined the trekking, I must recommend this place for all those who wanted to experience nature and adventure.
I would like to ” Thank” Ms. Grace Nicolas Bondad , Mr. Melo Villareal  and Azalea management for the tour .
Loakan Road, Camp John Hay ·
8:00am  until 4:30 pm
Mobile +63932 404-1112
Landline+6374 442-0800
Website: http://www.treetopadventureph.com/
E: baguio@treetopadventureph.com
Tree Top Adventure Subic
JEST Area, Upper Mau Cubi Point Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Contact No..: (074) 442-0800 or 0932 404 1112
Facebook page: Tree Top Adventure Camp
Instagram: @tree_top_adventure

 

A Busy Morning Bell Temple Visit in Baguio

Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City-Philippines

A must place to visit Baguio is the famed Bell Temple or Bell Church , This was a last minute adjustment in our Baguio itinerary since everyone opted to visit this temple , forgo the strawberry and flower farm visit. This is near the La Trinidad arch border .

La Trinidad arch

entrance to the temple

This was the first itinerary before we visited the Ben Cab Museum last May 18, 2016 .  The tour was arranged by Azalea Hotel and Mr. Melo Villareal , What i did was to go inside the temple and lighted an incense and pay homage to the deities of the place.

undulating walls with Chinese names

The undulating walls have Chinese characters written in red paint. I think they were the names of Filipino-Chinese and Chinese families who have donated money for the building of the temple and its upkeep.  It also doubles as cement plant boxes .

Bell Church manicured lawn

Paifang or Pailou entrance to the temple compound

Bell Church is a Taoist church, and is open to public at 6am to 5pm. There were 2  lions that are guarding the entrance to the center garden .  The architecture of the temple compound is a mix of traditional Chinese and modern ones.

main temple

Unlike my previous visit, photography is not allowed inside the main altar and the Kau Cim or Kau Chim is a fortune telling practice that originated in China in which the querent (person asking the question) requests answers from a sacred oracle lot.

children

Beside the temple is another hall in which we saw some children practicing Chinese martial arts. They also teach these children the art of lion dancing and other routines. These children sometime participate in Manila during Chinese New Year and some auspicious occasions.

day time blooming water lily

Unfortunately the person was not present in the temple , otherwise We  have to try to Manila branch.

 

dragon fountain

There is a water lily pond  at the middle of the courtyard  in which people throw coins to make their wish come true . There is another pond with a dragon fountain spouting water with dozens of kois and tropical fishes . There are a lot of bell design at within the garden and its garden.

The bell temple ground had beautiful landscaped gardens and gates leading to several sections . What makes the temple grounds beautiful are the flowering plants, bromeliads, roses, water lilies , ferns , orchids and annuals flowers .

Kok Fan bust

Kok Fan is also known as Ng Pee who is said to have founded the Bell’s Temple .

roses in bloom

Bell Church | Baguio Taoist Temple
Address: Magsaysay Ave., Baguio City
Telephone: (0917) 355-4788
Open Hours: 6:00AM – 5:00PM
Entrance Fee: Free
( voluntary donations are accepted inside the main temple for its upkeep and charity works)

Shopping at Baguio Night Market

Harrison Road , Baguio City-Philippines

It was past 9:00pm when we left Azalea Hotel premises on our way to the famed Baguio Night Market or Baguio Ukay-Ukay Market .  The entire Harrison Street near Burnham ParkMelvin Jones grandstand is converted into a large street market .

fashion and travel bloggers

The word ” Ukay-Ukay ” came from Filipino phrase ‘halukay’ or hukay-hukay  which literally means “digging” or “make a mess.”

There were over 1,000 street hawkers and street food sellers along a kilometer or so of the street .  The busiest night will be during  weekends and during the summer months , when there were a lot of tourists from Metro Manila and surrounding provinces. The street hawkers would start to sell their good by 9:00pm and end sometime early morning , But if it is raining or if there are few customers , most of them will pack-up by 12:00 midnight .

stuffed toys

For first timers in Baguio , Not all the items being sold at the night market are pre-loved / second hand or ukay-ukay items. Some are brand new or imitation from popular brands. There are also native products like key chains, wood crafts and knitted bonnets made by the locals .

key chains , refrigerator magnets  

For old clothes , price range from as low as Php 10.00 to a few hundred of pesos. The fashion , lifestyle and travel bloggers participated in a contest where they were given Php 500 per group for a challenge to buy a complete outfit for about 1 to 1/2 hour .

food hawkers

I am looking for some matchbox toys but was quite disappointed not to see them .  I have seen that there are a lot of people walking within the street market .

fish balls, squid balls, tokneneng , calamares , kikiam on stick and fried chicken

I have met some foreign students and tourists, They are up for a different challenge , sampling local street foods  , local delicacies.

We left the street market at about 10:40pm on our way back to the hotel.