A Quick Food Trip at Lola Seseng : Lutong Kapampangan

A quick food trip was organized by the team , while we are covering the Missionaries of Charity event.

Out team arrived a little early at the site and we decided to eat a morning breakfast at the restaurant a few meters away.

The restaurant was formerly called Kainan Kay Tita Tess but was renamed Lola Seseng. The restaurant specialties includes kakanins and dishes from Pampanga province. The family hails from Minalin town.

The restaurant is about 20 years -old and that people within Tayuman , Tondo, Santa Cruz and nearby areas would come and eat .

It had a quaint rustic ambiance with some semi-vintage decor items . The restaurant also offers buro and other famous Kapampangan dishes.

ukelele hung on the wall of the restaurant serves as a decor and those items are also for sale.

Mr. Ramon Avorque -Vice President of Manila Times

menu and prices : palabok Php 35, fresh lumpia Php 35 and fried ubod Php 15

The quaint restaurant had about 40 to 50 sitting capacity, offering home cooked meals, party foods , packed meals and catering services.

menu board

lumpiang sariwa

different kinds of viands

fried rice and longganisa

I  bought 1 order fried rice and 1 longganisa worth Php 45 .00 

Lola Seseng

The group also got an opportunity to talk with Lola Seseng. She is the culinary icon and manages the restaurant.

There is also an active Lola Seseng Fb Page

Address: 842 Tayuman Street, Tondo , Manila 

Operation Hours: 7:00 am to 9:00 pm 

Contact Person : Ms. Maricel Maniego

Contact : 252-8850 or 255-0817

Advocacy Behind the Missionaries of Charity : Home of Joy for the Sick Children

Missionaries of Charity Home of Joy for the Sick Children is located along 1030 Tayuman street , Tondo , Manila.

Missionaries of Charity Home of Joy for the Sick Children

This was established as a special place which caters to special children, those with down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy , hydrocephalus, children with special needs and even establishing a feeding program to indigent community and homeless that are living within Tondo and surrounding areas.

This is just in front of Manila Cathedral Parochial School or Immaculate Concepcion School and just one ride away from Tayuman LRT station – One can walk or take a jeepney ride from Tayuman with Pritil / Tondo signage for just Php 8.00 minimum fare. There is another compound nearby at the back of the Immaculate Conception Church .

Manila Cathedral Parochial School and Immaculate Concepcion Church

They have a daily feeding schedule for the less fortunate, unfortunately – Due to photography restriction, we were not allowed to take photos except a few snap shots . ( This is to protect the identities of the children and those in the feeding program )

They told us that the children are lucky during Christmas season (charity season) because there are many visitors and donations.  They said that they have less stocks during the lean charity season.

This is not my first time coming to this institution, But what we experience is worth writing, I am also encouraging people who wanted to have a more meaningful birthdays or kind hearted people to donate . In our own personal capacity, we would collect clothes and buy the daily essentials from diapers, biscuits, baby’s dress , toys  and organize some donation drive during the lean season .

Visiting Hours 

Lean season normally falls after Christmas season from February to mid-August, in which there are few individuals , corporate or institutions would give donations to their causes.

One can visit daily from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM except Thursdays

We were met by some sister , volunteers and members of the congregation.  They gave us  prayer leaflets , estampitas of Saint Teresa and gave us a short information and guidelines.

When you visit them,  (Sisters of Charity) will personally allow the people to be with the sick children.  It was really an eye opener for all of us to personally experienced how it is to be with them.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

There were about 75 children with several volunteers or helpers . There are also some homeless people living within the compound. There is also another compound located nearby .

We also saw Brother Peter Francis who is doing his volunteer works, Brother Peter Francis is a French brother from the order of Saint John.

photos of Saint Teresa of Calcutta

When then Mother Teresa of Calcutta was still alive, She visited this place several times – One nun recounted that she personally saw her in 1977, 1978, 1984  and in 1995.

There is also a small chapel, where one can take time praying. Just leave your shoes at the entrance.

Mr. Kaizer Chua is a Filipino-Chinese businessman , philanthropist together with his wife and some friends co-celebrated with some of the children . He wanted to have a more meaningful birthday celebration. His group also donated some medicines and  daily essentials like vitamins and baby diapers.

His group is planning to have at least a weekly donation drive to different parts of the country like Isabela and Cagayan region , where their family resides.

The project have donated more than 10,000 pairs of slippers and school supplies to indigent and needy children in the provinces.

Since, most of the nuns and helpers does not use cellphones and telephone line, it would be wise to personally visit them.

A well-known Fil-Chinese bakery also donates pan de sal and pastries to the institution everyday .

We also learned that some schools like Xavier High School, San Juan would conduct regular outreach projects with the institution.

Here are some of the guidelines posted

  • Taking photos is only allowed at the grounds. Strictly no taking of photos and videos at the ward particularly on the sick children.
  • The institution follow an early schedule starting with an early breakfast, lunch at 10:00 AM, snack at 2:00 PM, dinner before 5:00 PM and lights off at 7:00 PM. This schedule gives ample time for the children to rest early and to save electricity. One must also talk very softly as to avoid disturbing the sick children.
  •  The institution takes care of around 75 sick children and helpers attending to the sick children ( During our visit)
  • The institution also take care of sick but not abandoned children from very poor families who bring their sick children to the nuns. The nuns and helpers take care of them and provide them food and medicines. Parents can have weekly visits and take their kids back home once cured.
  • Coordination is a must to those who wanted to donate items to the institution and the institution observe a strict visitation policy.

Address: 1030 Tayuman street , Tondo , Manila 

Contact :0930 123 6398

There is an informal FB group

 

Adobomall-New online shopping website

There’s a new game changer in the land of online shopping
(Manila, Philippines) A brainchild of Walt Steven Young, CEO of 14-year-old technology company.

ADOBOMALL: Aiming to put Filipinos on the e-commerce map

Innerworks — headquartered in the Philippines and with clients all over North America, Asia Pacific,Middle East, Europe, Australia, and Canada — Adobomall seeks to bring Filipino pride to the world.

Branded as the country’s first ‘real’ online shopping mall, Adobomall sets itself apart as the platform that partners directly with your favorite brands — when you shop at adobomall.com (app coming really soon!), you’re only dealing with the licensed distributors and merchants in the country.


Adobomall also lives up to its name by housing not only Fashion and Active Lifestyle brands, but also partners ranging from different categories — Babies and Toddlers, Toys (an entire section dedicated in
Kids World), Tech and Gadgets, Music, Books, Health and Beauty (yes, even facial services!), Cars (car accessories to even a segway), Bags and Luggages, Pets, and Food and Beverages (soon on the list is restaurant reservations)!

Since its launch on October of last year, there are over 71 number of brands signed up on Adobomall — and it doesn’t look like they’re slowing down anytime soon!– Check Adobomall out at http://www.adobomall.com, and on their Facebook (www.facebook.com/adobomall) and Instagram (@adobomall) to see the list of all their partner merchants!

ABOUT ADOBOMALL
Adobomall is the Philippines’ first online shopping mall aiming to revolutionize Filipino e-commerce.Unlike other e-commerce platforms, Adobomall partners directly with licensed retailers and distributors of the most in demand brands.
Adobomall offers a variety of international and local brands from different categories such as Fashion & Apparel, Active Lifestyle, Tech & Gadgets, to Bath & Body, Toys & Novelties, Books, Music & Videos, etc.


ABOUT INNERWORKS INTERNATIONAL
Innerworks is an IT services company that delivers IT staff augmentation, software outsourcing, and infrastructure services to a global network of clients.
Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Manila, Innerworks started as a systems integrator and IT infrastructure provider. In 2004, Innerworks expanded its services to include software development. By 2010, Innerworks International LLC was established in New York City, USA. Today, Innerworks is a trusted partner of global businesses seeking to leverage top-notch software development and outsourcing services from the Philippines.

Lunch & Tour at the Manila Yacht Club

We were invited by Ms. Mitch Pellicer board member of the League of Orchid Conservationists of the Philippines for a lunch and a brief tour within the historic Manila Yacht Club, this was after the successful opening of the Flores de Mayo last May 14. His husband family is a member of the yacht club.

Photo courtesy of Ms. Mitch Pellicer, group photo

This is not my first time to visit this place, Since there are collecting clubs which held their monthly meetings and auction at this historic place.

Manila Yacht Club 

There are some protocols that one must bear in mind , when visiting the club. like proper dress code .

Manila Yacht Club historical marker

dining and meeting area

We arrived shortly before 12:00 noon, just in time for the lunch . There are few members dining the restaurant and we got the place almost to ourselves . There is an enclosed area with air-condition were the group ate the lunch.

Lunch Meal

fried calamares, garlic bread and buttered shrimps

sinigang with raddish and eggplant

I liked the sinigang soup which had a mild spicy flavor

pinakbet 

fried chicken

pancit canton

crispy pata

dessert

Then after the sumptuous lunch , we were given a grand tour of the docking area of the yacht and boats.

boats and yachts

former governor singson boat

The group end the sight seeing tour after about an hour or so

HortiKultura Filipina 2018

Philippine Horticultural Society Incorporated in partnership with Quezon City government , Quezon City Memorial Circle administration will be hosting HortiKultura 2018 from February 3 to 11, 2018

 

For exhibitors, sponsors , event partners will be announce soon. There is an active Phsi FB for those who wanted to get information about the show and exhibition.

There will be an organized tour which will be composed of bloggers, media and students on February 3, 2018 saturday from 8:00 am until past 12noon.