Special Father’s Day Treats from Manila Hotel

Father’s Day is a special tribute to all father’s in the world.  During this trying times show your him appreciation with an exceptional family lunch or dinner with his favorite dishes at the historic and national heritage site.

Father’s Day Special Treats

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During Enhanced Community Quarantine or General Community Quarantine any family celebration is incomplete without special treat coming from Manila Hotel.

Manila Hotel is an iconic five star hotel which is world re-known. Because the best dad deserves only the best, let him indulge with an enticing main course of any of the new Sous Vide Steaks offerings.

Eating steak is a sensorial gustatory experience: from the visual delight of seeing the marbling on your steak to the sizzle you hear as it cooks to the sensational smell of grilled meat.

Dads will surely delight the special imported meats. It’s value-for-money, too. The cuts are enormous, good enough to share for the entire family and even friends!

Easy to Cook

* U.S. Beef Rib Steak, 500 grams – Php 2,300 nett
* U.S. Beef Tenderloin with Black Peppercorn Sauce, 180 grams – Php 1,500 nett
* Prime U.S. Beef Striploin, 280 grams – Php 2,100 nett
* Black Angus Beef Rib Eye, 340 grams – P1,900 nett

Please try to call 8527-0011 or SMS/Viber 0998-950-1912 for your pre-orders.

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How to Order and Payment Options: 

With a minimum pre-order of only Php2,500 of SOUS VIDE STEAKS (vacuum-sealed, pre-cooked steaks), a set from our HOME BUFFET selections, or your favorite items from A LA CARTE MENU, you can enjoy a 20% discount on your food bill. You can also get a 10% discount on any of the CAKE CREATIONS if you order one with this promo.

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

Pre-orders are from now until June 19, 2020 (Friday). Orders for pick-up or delivery (separate fee) on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Payment options: Online bank transfer; online credit card; cash or credit card upon pickup.

All Plant Show at Evia Lifestyle Center

Philippine Nurserymen Association in collaboration with Arid and Aroids Event Management, Philippine Bonsai Society Inc., Succulent Club of the Philippines, Plant Hatter,Succulent and Spikes and Plantaholic Garden among others will be part of the ” All Plant Show” at the Atrium area, Evia Lifestyle CenterDaang Hari, Almanza Dos, Las Piñas, Metro Manila from February 28 to March 1, 2020.

There are no entrance fees during the 3-day event and the general public is invited to attend the series of talks, lectures, workshops, plant sale ! The show opens from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm during mall hours.

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All Plant Show

Special plants on display were Aloes, Cacti, Bonsai, Aroids, Flowering Plants, Orchids, Bromeliads, Tillandsias and others.

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Schedule of Daily Talks and Demonstration

February 29, 2020

SATURDAY 1:00 pm – #TeamCrush headed by Dran Dreb Macam and Mark Eleazar, 2:00pm – Terrarium Making by Mr. Christian Dela Cruz of House of Thorns 4:00pm – Aloe Culture and Breeding by Mr. Boyet Ganigan of Arid and Aroids, 5:00 pm-7:00pm – Succulent Forms and Update – by Succulent Club of the PH and Masitera 7:00pm – Plantscape Lecture and Exhibit by Mr. Marion Dela Cruz of Plantaholic

March 1, 2020

SUNDAY 2:00pm – Bonsai 101 4:00pm – Bonsai for Kids by Cavite Bonsai Club, Southern Manila Bonsai Club and Cavite Bonsai and Suiseki Society  6:00pm – ArteKultura by Ms.Jan Veran dela Cruz of My Piece of Earth

Contact Person : Ms. Savanna Lamsen ( 0915-775-5755)

Note: Schedule of daily talks and demonstration were subject to change without prior notification from the organizers of the event. It will also depend on the availability of the resource speaker.

74th Philippine Orchid Society’s Garden Show

Philippine Orchid Society in cooperation with Quezon City government, Quezon Memorial Circle administration will be having the 74th annual orchid and garden show to be held from February 20 to March 1, 2020 at the Garden of Joy or Flower Garden within Quezon City Memorial Circle.

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74th Annual Orchid and Garden Show

There will be trade fairs, landscape exhibits, orchid, ornamental plant competition, daily lecture and demonstration.

Entrance fee is Php 50.00 for the general public, Php 30.00 senior citizens, students and person with disabilities with valid identification card this was based on the last orchid show entrance fee.

Contact Information: Ms. Jenny Rivera or Mr. Jiffy Alegre ( Secretariat)

0917-848-5468 / Landline (+632) 795-735-24

Office Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Chinese New Year Celebration in Quezon City’s Chinatown

Big celebration were held at the intersection of Banawe street corner Calamba street which highlighted the countdown to the Chinese New Year 2020 celebrations in Quezon City.

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Mayor Maria Josefina “Joy” Belmonte-Alumurong together with PROC Ambassador Huang Xi Lian, councilors and federation officers.

This was held last January 26 Sunday from 3:00 pm till past 8:00 pm where fireworks display and a concert was held.

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Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc (FFCCCII) members, Quezon City Association of Filipino Chinese Businessmen Inc. ( QCAFCBI), Quezon City Chinatown Development Foundation (QCCDF)

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Mr. Joseph Lim Bon Huan waves his hand ( President , QC Association of Filipino-Chinese Businessmen Inc.) before the parade started

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Special guests includes Chinese ambassador Huang Xi Lian of People’s Republic of China, Quezon City councilors, barangay officials from different districts, Filipino Chinese

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Quezon City’s councilors

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Quezon City Association of Filipino Chinese Businessmen Inc. ( QCAFCBI) officers and PROC Ambassador His Excellency Huang Xi Lian

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group photo

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Mayor Maria Josefina “Joy” Belmonte-Alimurong along with Quezon City’s Barangay officials and well wishers

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program emcees Ms. Candice Tan and  Mr. Giru Mercado

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 Quezon City Association of Filipino Chinese Businessmen Inc. members

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Before the program started, Mr. Vince Gordovez of Quezon City Tourism office had a short trivia contest were lucky participant won tikoy and charms.

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Mr. Wilson Lee -Flores of Kamuning Bakery

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lion dance performed by jing Shen Wushu Dragon and Lion Dance Group

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Shou La Mien and Fruitas stall

The event had about 20 stalls selling different kinds of street foods, noodles, hopia, tikoy, cookies, moon cakes, milk teas, pork barbecue, rice, snacks, hand pulled noodles among others.

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Doña Maria Rice Puff being sold for Php 35 per pack

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cultural dance

Cultural dances were performed by students and alumni of Philippine Cultural College Dance group, Philippine Cultural College Alumni Association and Philippine Institute of Quezon City.

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Among the cultural dances came from Uyghurs and Tibetan group performed by the two Filipino-Chinese school based in the city.

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Rev. Father Wong Seng Tian gave a general predictions for the metal rat

The evening also capped a presentation of musical rendition performed by Ms. Maria Teresa Tirona and a representative from Filipino-Chinese association “Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin” or ” The Moon Represents My Heart ” which is a popular love song by Filipino-Chinese and Chinese all over the world. First sang by Teresa Tang.

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live concert

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fireworks display

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jam packed place

The crowd seems very happy and elated with all the freebies and happening within Chinatown Quezon City.

Special Chinese New Year Tour 2020 (Part 1)

Royal Postal Heritage Tour in partnership with WalkwithChan, heritage advocate group bloggers and social media influencers conducted a guided tour within the heart of the Chinatown’s Manila district.

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photo collage courtesy of Ms. Lin Deres

Unlike other guided tours, The tour focus on the vast Chinatown district which encompasses part of Santa Cruz, Tondo, San Nicolas and Binondo.

Special Chinese New Year 2020 Tour

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early bird participants

 We met at the Carriedo fountain within Plaza Santa Cruz around past 6:00 am. Ms. Melody Abuan was the early bird and won 2 gift certificate from Yakikai restaurant worth Php 1,000. followed by Mr. Ray Ong, Philip Reyes and Ms. Lin Deres among the early participants who brace the overcast saturday morning. Slowly followed by two  participants who came all the way from San Pedro, Laguna province to join the fan fare.

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Kim Sha Temple

After the short tour of the Santa Cruz church, We went to have a blessing at Kim Sha Temple located at 1021 Ongpin street which is part of Santa Cruz district.

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breakfast buffet selection

buffet dishes consisted of fish with tausi, noodles, fried rice, pechay, hotdog, raddish, scrambled egg, tasty bread, two kinds of soup and bottomless ice tea and brewed coffee.

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group photo

Chinatown LaiLai Hotel Buffet

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group photo

We arrived past 7:00 am at the Chinatown Lailai buffet area, Compared to the previous year, there were fewer dishes offered at the buffet area. While Ms. Rebecca Bucad and her companion followed.

Address: 801 Ongpin Street corner Sabino Padilla Street (aka Gandara), Santa Cruz, Manila

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different kinds of ornamental and flowering plants for sale

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Chinatown Arch

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Manila Chinatown -Welcome Arch

The mood was festive, but fewer crowd on weekend. The threat of the novel corona virus may have affected the crowd participation.

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Chinese New Year revelers in costume

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parade

We spotted group of mendicants asking for cash or donations. Some are dress in ati-atihan costume and darna giving the Chinese New Year celebrations new type of entertainment.

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mendicants giving some envelope

Salazar Bakery

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zesto cola flavored tikoy (nian kao)

The group then decided to visit the famed Salazar bakery and bought some popular pastries like hopia, lao po pia ( sweetheart pastry), mamon and tikoy at the bakery before walking along Ongpin street.

Address: 783 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila

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children imitating a dragon dance

Santo Cristo de Longos ( Popular Shrine)

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 Santo Cristo de Longos shrine along Nueva Street ( aka Yuchengco Street) corner Ongpin street is the most popular shrine of the holy cross. This shows how Catholicisim, Taosim, Buddhism syncretize and create a unique harmony between these major religion.

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Mr. Ray Ong together with some of the participants

Carvajal Street

We went to Carvajal street also nicknamed the umbrella street alley of Chinatown and bought some hopia and pastries from Holland bakery.

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home cooked meals sold in one of the stall within Carvajal street

Mr. Ray Ong gave a short talk on the interesting fruits, vegetables and food found within the street alley.

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Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila

We spend about 20 minutes inside the minor basilica and pointed out the important religious images and the real Santo Cristo de Longos which was located in the baptistry of the church.

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Lucky Chinatown Mall

Lucky Chinatown Mall is one of the posh mall located within the district. it is site for various event in the Chinatown Manila. It is like a one stop shop for everyone.

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dragon dancers in front of Lucky Chinatown Mall

The group arrived about 10:00 am. There was a lion and dragon dancers outside the mall.

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bright lantern

Chinatown Museum

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Ms. Beverly Ann Tan ( curator)

Chinatown Museum is located 4th level of the mall which showcases 18 galleries.  A visit to the museum is a MUST for those keen to learn history, heritage, heroism and anything about Chinatown’s -Manila.

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well-loved Chinese foods in the Philippines

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The group was greeted by Ms. Beverly Ann Tan (museum administrator) who gave an interesting history behind some of the practices of the Filipino-Chinese community.

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panaderia ( bakery)

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local produce

For those planning to visit the museum, Do not forget to pre-reserve in advance especially in big group.

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candid shot with some of the participants

A minimal entrance fee of Php 150 for the general public, Php 100 students with valid Id’s,Php 80 for senior citizens, people with disabilities.

Address: 4th Floor Lucky Chinatown Building- A, Reina Regente Street, Binondo, Manila

Operations: Everyday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Contact: (632)8293-2584/ (0917-1164047)

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Ilang-Ilang Restaurant

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appetizer meal which consists of kikiam ( ngo hiong), sliced century eggs, pork asado, radish cake and pickled raddish.

We ate at the famed Ilang-Ilang restaurant. Some of the famed dishes includes the appetizer meal, pata tim, shanghai fried rice, nido soup, fried buttered chicken, birthday noodles, buchi/ botchi, braise steamed fish, almond fruit cocktail.

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pata tim

Ilang-Ilang Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurant in the district, established in 1910. The restaurant is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and closes only during Holy Week.

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steamed fish fillet

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buttered fried chicken

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birthday noodles

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For dine-in services, the restaurant can accommodate up to 180 persons on ground floor and 400 persons on 2nd floor function hall.

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Address: 551 Ilang-Ilang Street, Binondo, Manila

Operations: Everyday

8:00am to 11:00 pm

(02) 241- 9297, 241-9298, 242-3266

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Chinese New Year 2020

The group got a hearty Chinese lauriat style lunch and spend almost two hours at the restaurant.