What’s UP – Manila : The Great Outdoor Festival !

A- Venue, Makati City-Philippines

A- Venue Mall

 What’s Up FESTIVAL  or dubbed as WU Fest 2013 is an  outdoor festival that featured many of the favorite activities you would enjoy at a Fair. This is the first annual event brought to us by What’s Up Manila magazine showcasing over 60 booths providing food, drinks, a wide variety of entertainment and activities.

a lady in a magnificent Egyptian style costume

There was a VIP section located upstairs in Hooters and an after Party event hosted at Live Vibe started past  10pm.

live band and music

Sprinto Shades was among the many exhibitors and sponsors of the WU Fest 2013 and had several cool shades on display at the event. Rain or shine, wearing shades still makes you look and feel good all the time, whenever and wherever. Sprinto is being used by a lot of Filipino celebrities like the AZKALS team .

Fashion forward or not, summer is another great way for people to change up the wardrobe. While entire wardrobe changes can be costly per season, accessories provide a great way to add a little bit of summer to your attire, and sunglasses are one of the best ways to do that.

Website: http://www.sprintoworld.com/

different colors and styles

Their Facebook page tells  that Sprinto started as a watch brand in Hong Kong .  Since 2002  , The company  now also prides itself with creating top of the line quality eye wears since launching their collection in Manila . They also had a loyal clientele tucked to their record !
Sprinto World : https://www.facebook.com/sprintoworld

Sprinto offers not only top of the line quality, but beauty and practical functionality as well.  Sprinto believes in bringing utmost comfort and safety to all its customers, sparing nothing less than the best colors, design and quality, while still making it unbelievably affordable.

Presently, Sprinto eye wears are available in major fashion centers such as Manila, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong. Watch out for more SPRINTO international hubs nearest you.

Mojo Energy Drink with models

Mojo Energy drink gave away some FREE samples to all those who attended the event.

Website: http://www.mojoasia.com/

Hooters collectibles items

HOOTERS was appropriately incorporated on April Fool’s Day, 1983, when six businessmen (The now famous ”HOOTERS Six”), with no previous restaurant experience, got together and decided to open a place they couldn’t get kicked out of.

  Hooters exhibit booth

The restaurant would combine their favorite manly finger foods with the 50s and 60s music they felt best exemplified a happy, nostalgic time in most Americans’ memories. It combined nicely with the most important element, the beautiful and vivacious HOOTERS Girls.

HOOTERS Philippines was established in 2008, and will be opening a second location in Makati before the end of this year.  In the Philippines is an eclectic and always interesting mix of expats from many countries as well as a loyal component of locals.

Website: http://hooters.com.ph/

Bayani Brew

Bayani Brew traces its origins from the native brews introduced by the nanays (mothers) of the Gawad Kalinga community in the GK Enchanted Farm. It advocates the use of indigenous ingredients such as lemon grass ( tanglad ) , pandan, and sweet potato tops ( camote)  which are the main ingredients of “Bayani Brew Classic” and “Bayani Brew Purple Leaf.”

Bayani Brew was inspired by the nation-building movement that is Gawad Kalinga (GK), which set up the GK Enchanted Farm (GK-EF) pilot site in Bulacan as a village university, social tourism destination, and incubator of social enterprises.

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

foreigners enjoyed the foods and beverages


The event is also like a food festival with several stalls selling different kinds of foods and beverages.

Harley- Davidson Motorcycle

The motorcycle company is currently celebrating their 110th anniversary. Aside from their limited collectible motorcycles. The company had an array of apparels  like  jackets, helmets, boots, rain suits and other riding apparel, you feel that experience in every mile.

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

a female model

Website: http://www.harley-davidson.com/en_AP/Content/Pages/home.html

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/harley-davidson


There were on- the spot painting by over 20 local artists . Their painting sessions were also an added treat to the visitors . There is also a stilt walker was walking around all over the place, Henna Tattoos available, a Golf putting challenge from Golf.PH, plus a lot of prizes during the raffle and contests.

Wu magazine

FREE Wu Magazine issues were given away to all the visitor of the event. The  lifestyle and tourism magazine  celebrated their 3rd magazine issue.

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

Due to the highly successful staging of the WU event 2013 , the organizers wanted to make this a yearly event.  I would like to ” Thank” all the people whom i met during the festival.

Binalot Fiesta- Harrison Plaza, Manila opening

Harrison Plaza , Manila-Philippines

When it rains , It is a sign of many beautiful things to come.  Starting from it’s humble beginnings in the mid 1990’s , this is  Binalot’s 46th outlet in the country .Binalot had become a model for corporate social responsibility and its traditional home- cooked Filipino foods and packed the traditional way .

L-R Mang Binalot mascot, Pastor Reuben Abante, Mr. Rommel Juan( President ) , Captain  George and Mrs. Nerissa de Leon -Clarabal and son. ( franchise owners- Harrison Plaza branch)

management, staffs and crews

fiesta -like setting showing colorful buntings and animated caricature

The fiesta -like atmosphere , complete with buntings , foods in native bilao , balloons added colors and much  fun fare to the event.

corporate social responsibility poster

Corporate Social Responsibility and Preservation of Traditional  Filipino Food Wrapping :

DAHON (Dangal At Hanapbuhay para sa Nayon) Program, The company  proud to say that – an example of how both the community and the company can benefit from the same program.

Initiated at the start of 2007, DAHON helps farmers from Nagcarlan, Laguna, a quaint town nestled at the foothills of mystic Mt. Banahaw, about 100 kms. South of Manila, earn more from selling banana leaves. And as the farmers plant and sell more banana leaves, Binalot benefits because the restaurant  are ensured a steady supply of quality banana leaves at a low price. Binalot is heavily dependent on banana leaves because their meals are served wrapped in a banana leaf, which locks in the food’s flavor (Binalot is a Filipino word which means wrapped). Having that dedicated community that not only supplies the leaves, but also cuts and sanitizes them to Binalot’s specifications, eliminates added costs.

signature barbecue dish with banana leaves

Environmental Advocacy:

Most fast food restaurants and even small eateries around the country would rely on styrofoams , plastics in their packaging . If not properly disposed -off , it can  cause environmental problems such as clogged drainage and adding to the waste problem.

The environment has also benefited from the program as leaf trimmings, which used to be thrown away by Binalot’s commissary (and therefore find their way to the city’s mounting trash heaps), are now used as compost material at the community level. Even the community chapel cum day care center has also benefited from the DAHON ( Leaf)  program, acquiring a much needed renovation and re-painting, with labor and materials provided by Binalot.

L-R Mr. Rommel Juan ( President of Binalot ) Mrs.Nerissa Clarabal , Mr John Rustia ( first customer of the branch) , Mr. George Calaraval and son

Mr. John Rustia from Caloocan City was the first customer of Binalot’s Harrison Plaza branch. As a token of appreciation from the management  , He received a goodie bag and a free leche flan meal .  Mr. Rustia was elated upon learning that he was the first customer at the branch.

husband and wife tandem being interviewed by NET 25 television crew

The grand opening of the branch was well covered by the quadri-media from print, radio, television and even bloggers.

Contact : 881-12-31 for delivery and catering services

Note: I would like to ” Thank” Mr. Ross Del Rosario , Mr. Rommel Juan, Mr. Nerissa and Captain George Claraval and the rest of the wonderful crews of Binalot for extending their invitation.

Binalot Food Corporation: http://www.binalot.com/

Binalot Food Fiesta Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/binalotfiesta

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