It was bright sunny morning March 12, 2017 when we had some sort of eyeball and small salu-salo with small group of friends at Centris Sunday Market . It had been a while when i last visited the market.
Dendrobium Ceasar hybrids
I left past 8:00 am and arrived around 9:30 am at the market . There were a lot of buyers and some native orchids , ornamental plants , potted flowering plants still being sold . Bought a couple of Dendrobium Ceasar hybrids from a stall which sourced their orchids from Bulacan . This orchid hybrid used to be commonly cultivated in our neighborhood along with Dendrobium Sonia Bom and Dendrobium University of Hawaii way back in the late 1980’s up to early part of the 21st century . I have not seen them being grown except for a few houses within our neighborhood.
Dendrobium anosmum variety giganteum
There are a lot of new buyers , preferring orchids and blooming plants with flowers ( some of them prefer live potted plants) Bought 1 small clump of Dendrobium anosmum variety giganteum with flowers from Kuya James ( trader ).
Buyers must have a keen set of eyes to differentiate the varieties , for untrained eyes – those orchid species may all look the same. The said variety was collected somewhere in the mountains of Kalinga province . This variety had bigger flowers and larger lip compared to the ordinary Dendrobium anosmum and much longer canes ( pseudobulbs ) . Was lucky enough to buy the last one ! My friend bought Dendrobium sanderae variety major .
Our group also saw, Sir Norberto Bautista and Mr. Jayson Sahagun buying some colorful orchid hybrids and variegated vanilla orchid which will be exhibited at O.B. Montessori mini-orchid show .
Mangan SM North EDSA branch ( Annex building )
We then commuted MRT Quezon Avenue to Trinoma and eventually walked toward SM North EDSA via the elevated walkways . We saw two more friends Philip Reyes and Jose Juan Paraiso ( not seen him for over 1 year ). We have a short chit-chat before our small group decided to dine in at Mangan restaurant and have some kind of Filipino dish for some change.
We are also lucky that we arrived around past 11:30 am , when there are few customers and our group was seated at the couch area. The capacity of the restaurant is about 100 pax .
We ordered the following list of menus:
appetizer complimentary snack which is fried camote chips
Lechon Paksiw -which our group liked , Adobong Pusit , Ginataang Gabi with Dulong ,Fried Okoy , 4 cups of rice , 2 tibok-tibok and 1 halo-halo for our desserts.
We did not like the ginataaang gabi , since it had a different gabi leaves and not the aromatic ones and there is not much gata , however we liked the crispy dulong fried fish. While not too fond with the halo-halo serve.
Mangan version of halo-halo with syrup
Overall , we liked the ambiance of the restaurant – the waiters are very courteous and there is a mini library where one can read the books while waiting for their meal to be served. We paid about Php 1,500 bill which included the tax and service fees.
We left past 1:00pm on our way home and have a meaningful meal, happy with our Sunday Loot !
Address: SM North Edsa , Annex Building
Contact : 332-2320
Note: All opinions express are from the author and his group which ate at the Mangan restaurant SM North Edsa -Annex branch .