Category Archives: Place

Lunch & Tour at the Manila Yatch 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 Yatch Club.  His husband family is a member of the Yatch 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. There are some protocols that one must bear in mind , when visiting the club. like proper dress code .

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 

I liked the sinigang soup which had a mild spicy flavor

pinakbet 

 

Opening Highlights of the Flores De Mayo Exhibit at the Orchidarium

Flores de Mayo 2017 exhibit was in partnership between Department of Tourism , National Parks Development Committee in cooperation with League of Conservationists of the Philippines ( LOCPHIL) opened to the general public the  plant exhibition and trade bazaar at the Orchidarium ( Beside the National Museum of Anthropology ) within Rizal Park , Manila.

Since it was ” Mother’s Day ” all the parks entrance fees like Orchidarium , Chinese Garden , Children Garden , Japanese Garden and Paco Park were waived .

Among the prominent guests of honor includes Ms. Penelope D. Belmonte ( Executive Director-National Parks Development Committee ) Honorable Fema Duterte,Dr. Joan Lagunda of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, Presidential Legislative Liaison Office ASec. Astravel Pimentel-Naik, PCUP, Dr. Elba S. Cruz ( Development Academy of the Philippines ) ,  Mr. Rolando T. Mamaradlo ( NPDC -Chief Administration officer) , Mr. Niel Maceda ( LOCPHIL- President )

League of Orchid Conservationists of the Philippines officers and members

The Orchidarium used to be a parking lot about 8,000 square meters allotted to the employees of the Department of Finance and was later converted into a garden and sanctuary around 1994 . This is also a repository for rare and native orchid species found in the country.

Unfortunately, We only saw a handful of native orchids growing on trees, a lot of the native orchids such are sanggumay ( Dendrobium anosmum ) , dainty sanggumay ( Dendrobium aphyllum ) are not found.

Judging also commenced before the ribbon cutting ceremonies by the special guests of honor which includes Ms. Fema Duterte and officials from National Parks Development Committee.

Cymbidium finalysonianum specimen orchid spotted near the man-made waterfall blooming .

plant stalls 

There are also stall holders from different parts of the country like Mabuhay Orchids and Ornamental Plants from Cavite, Laguna , Quezon , Negros , Davao and Metro Manila .

Horti Negrense 

#14 exhibit booth , showcased some native orchids , Platycerium coronarium ferns

#7 landscape exhibit booth

#3 Landscape exhibit

#5 Landscape entry

#9 Landscape entry

Landscape Winners

Biona’s Garden won the first place ” Best in Landscape ” award which comes with blue ribbon and Php 75,000 cash reward courtesy of the National Parks Development Committee.

Mhin’s Garden won second place which also come with a cash prize of Php 50,000 plus red ribbon . Mhins Garden is from Calauan , Laguna province ( Contact : 0927-5660350/0921-2835214 )

Davao Susana Garden won third place with Php 35,000 cash and white ribbon. All the winners are members of the Los Baños Horticultural Society Inc.

After all the fanfare , participants, exhibitors were treated to an early lunch hosted by NPDC.

The exhibit will run until May 22, 2017. Photos are all from the author

 

Grand Opening of Blue Post Boiling Crab and Shrimps at Greenhills , San Juan

Blue Posts Boiling Crab and Shrimps opened their 3rd Metro Manila after SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia .

crab chowder, spicy beef soup, garlic lemon butter shrimps with corn cobs, crab with fried garlic , fried chicken are some of the in-house specialties of the restaurant.

The rustic fisherman’s wharf inspired restaurant first have their successful restaurant chain in Davao in 2013 , where the some of the freshest ingredients like crabs, shrimps , pomelo , native chickens are sourced from nearby provinces like Davao, Zamboanga and Surigao.

The restaurant theme and foods were inspired by the flavors and cuisines of Louisiana and the popularity of boiled seafood restaurants in the United States.

Aside from good food, there is also an unlimited supply of DIY Nestle powdered juice station and bottomless pineapple drink courtesy of  Dole Philippines. One can also mix juices and form their own flavor ( mixology ) from about half a dozen flavors.

The sitting capacity of the branch is between 140 to 150 persons at any given time.  There is a small private room with a capacity of between 30 to 50 people, ideal for small company .

Dining Experience

visitors enjoy eating with their bare hands and foods are laid out in the table (boodle style )

The restaurant management encourages diners to enjoy their dishes with their bare hands. Food-grade wax paper is used as a plate, along with a plastic bib. Which is one of their tag line is “It’s fun to be messy” since diners will definitely get their fill of seafood while eating with their hands.

Appetizers 

Deep fried squid with light batter mixture with sauce.

Calamares– Php 237 per order

Deep fried crab meat with shrimp and pork meat in light batter mixture with sauce.

Crab and Shrimp Roll– Php 259

Boiling Crabs and Shrimps with Corn cobs in three kinds of sauces: Garlic Fried Sauce, Sweet and Spicy Asian Sambal Sauce, and the Savory Boiling Cajun Sauce.

Games

There was an in-house game of mixing powdered juices, The winners were Mr. Bryan Depano ( Blue Post Slim ) and Mr. Apolo Cuenco ( Rocket Apolo ) , While Always Hungry PH won the ” Best in Instagram ” contest . Each of the participant won gift certificate and loot bags courtesy of Blue Post Boiling Crabs and Shrimps , Dole Philippines and Nestle Philippines.

Overall , we liked the menus and the rustic ambiance of the newly opened restaurant. We also had a chance to meet the CEO Mr. Anthony Ang or Mr. AA

Operational Hours: Everyday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Address: 2nd Floor , O-Square Building , Greenhills Shopping Complex, San Juan City ( The building is just in front of Unimart )

Website: http://www.bluepostsboiling.com/

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

Flores de Mayo Exhibit at Orchidarium

National Parks Development Committee, Department of Tourism in partnership with League of Orchid Conservationists of the Philippines (LOPHIL) will be having an exhibit and bazaar at the Orchidarium within Rizal Park.

It used to house the collection of Madam Amelita “Ming” Ramos but has been neglected for quite sometime. There will be a landscape exhibition and contest, as well as sellers of plants. Participants come from different parts of the country. Judging of landscapes, opening of exhibits will be on May 14 ,2017morning, followed by 9-days of plant selling (14-22).

The event is called ” Flores de Mayo ” which will showcase blooming flowers this May. There will also be a ceremonial presentation of Dendrobium orchid hybrids named after the president.

Winners at the Cactus Fiesta Fair 2017

Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines held their Cactus Fiesta Fair at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden) from May 5 to 7 and the winners of the best in booth was announced during the last day of the show.

Mr. Noel ” Botchie ” Canicula and Mr. Jayvee Agustin of Concrete Jungle
(Contact Mr. Jayvee Agustin : 0995-8878357 GLOBE )
Pia’s Garden specializes on pots and drip irrigation potteries .
Contact Person: Pia W. Santos -Mobile (0998-5542017 ) (0905-4451263)
There are at least 40 stalls selling different kind of cacti , succulents, pitcher plants, flowering plants, pots, fertilizers, indoor plants, tillandsia, roses among others.
organic bath soaps by Eros & Beamth
Cactus Fiesta Fair Winners
Winner of Best Cactus- Parodia schumanniana
Owner of Best Cactus : Ms. Ressie Paz Navarro
Winner of Best Succulent – Crested Graptoveria “Fred Ives”
Owner of Best Cactus : Ms. Ressie Paz Navarro
Winner of Best Booth (Fiesta Theme)
The Cactus Experiment by Mr. Ronald PaneloRonald Panelo
Lectures

10:30 am – “Initiation to the Asclepiad Cult” Tips on Cultivation and Propagation of Stapeliads Resource Speaker: Mr. Nonoy Sionosa: 2:00 pm – “SOS – Save our Succulents” A Lecture on Basic Care and Nutrition of Succulents including Common Pests and Diseases Resource Speaker: Mr. Ron Apostol.

May 6, 2017, 10:30am Lecture: Tips on Cultivation and Propagation of Stapeliads Resource Speaker: Mr. Nonoy Sionosa.

Cactus Fiesta Fair 2017

Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines in partnership with Quezon City government  and Quezon Memorial Circle administration will host a trade fair and exhibit called ” Cactus Fiesta Fair 2017” at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak or Flower Garden within Quezon Memorial Circle facing East Avenue side.

This will be held on May 5, 6, and 7, 2017 . Aside from lectures/ talks on various cacti and succulents topics, there will also be a trade fair and exhibit.

There are no entrance fees and the public is invited to join the fair. The fair opens from 8:00am until 6:00 pm .

For those interested with the activities , there is an active FB page :

Contact Person: Ms. Amy Lastimosa (Secretary) – Cactus & Succulent Society of the Philippines

Mobile 0905 356 5353

Kawaling Pinoy 5th Anniversary Eyeball

Kawaling Pinoy held the 5th anniversary celebration and eyeball at the historic Aristocrat Restaurant  beside Malate church.

members started to arrived at around past 11:30 am until past 12:30pm 

Photo opportunities, and chit chat between members and camaraderie is evident.

This was made possible thru Chef Ariel Rios who was one of the administrator of the FB group Kawaling Pinoy . With over 16,000 active members not only in the Philippines, but on a worldwide scale.

Aristocrat Restaurant

There were about 25 members who came and enjoyed the sumptuous lunch .  The lunch ended at around past 2:00pm. ( more of the dishes -featured in my next post)

Congratulations to all the members who went to the 5th anniversary eyeball and celebration .