Halal Certified Dishes from Cafe Ilang-Ilang of The Manila Hotel for take away and delivery

Eid al-Fitr is called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast” or Lesser Eid. In neighboring southeast Asian countries, this celebration is known as Hari Raya or Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Bahasa Melyu / Bahasa Indonesia.

While Muslims around the world will celebrate the feast of breaking the feast this coming evening May 12 to May 13, 2021. The big event is celebrated through prayer, gifts , lavish feast and giving of alms to the needy people.

I remembered that during the 11th Pan Asian Farmers Exchange Program held few years ago held at the iconic hotel, They serve halal certified dishes and vegetarian meals which suits almost half of the farmers delegates.

Halal Certified Dishes from Cafe Ilang-Ilang, The Manila Hotel

The Manila Hotel is the first Halal certified hotel in the country by the Muslim Mindanao Halal Certification Board. We have a special kitchen dedicated to Halal food preparation. Our Indian and Middle Eastern inspired halal dishes will whet your appetite with authentic dishes that pay homage to its traditional roots. Indulge in our Ramadan Special Halal Home Buffet with dried dates, chick peas hummus, Fatoush mixed salad, roti and naan bread, vegetable biryani, tandoori chicken, lamb rogan josh, vegetable samosa and baklava.

halal certified dishes

“Our Lamb Rogan Josh is a must-try. It’s imported from Australia and it has the spices and sharpness that will surely be enjoyed by everyone. We can also customize the food according to our customer’s request. Say you don’t like chili, we can make it milder. We can tweak a dish to please your palate while still being true to its authentic taste,” says Chef Kiran Singh, our Halal trained chef. 

Celebrate Eid Al Fitr by ordering any of our Halal Home Buffet sets or dishes. The halal selection of dishes available for Takeout and delivery.

Do not forget to call them at their landline 8527-0011 or 0998-9501912. One can also visit their website or social media page to pre-order.

One can pick them us or they can delivery right on your doorstep !

Mother’s Day Tote Bag Special Promo

A limited edition promo which runs from April 27 to May 16,2021 for every single purchase worth Php 2,750 . DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB 117921 Series of 2021.

Mother’s Day Treat from Dolora’s Hauz of Pancit Malabon, Bagbag Branch, Novaliches

Dolora’s Pancit Malabon had opened a couple of months ago along Quirino Highway, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches in Quezon City.

What we can remember is that Dolora’s Pancit also sells other types of pancit and home-cooked dishes. The last time we ate there was at their Marikina branch a couple of years ago.

Dolora’s Pancit Malabon

Dolora’s Hauz of Pancit Malabon specializes on pancit Malabon had been in business since 1990 or 31 years ago. Their Barangay Bagbag stall is also referred as Sauyo branch because it is near Sauyo road.

We ordered the Php 200 small bilao and normally takes between 15 minutes to 20 minutes before they can prepare the bilao ( made of plastic). Their Pancit Malabon is neatly arranged with boiled eggs, shrimps, crush chicharon/ tsitsaron bits (deep fried pork cracking) and chopped spring onions as toppings. Hope that they should have in tandem Inay Goyena’s Chicharon from San Miguel, Bulacan province.

The Php 200 bilao style is well packed and can be shared between 2 to 3 people. However, the sauce base was a little bit salty compared to the other Pancit Malabon stalls competitors. They should have added Baguio pechay like Dolor’s Kakanin.

Price list : Php200 good for 2 to 3 persons, Php 250 good for 3 to 4 persons, Php 400 good for 5 to 6 persons, Php 650 good for 10 to 12persons, Php 850 good for 15 to 18 persons, Php 950 good for 22 to 24 persons and Php 1,150 good for 32 to 34 persons.

Mommy Dolora’s Pancit sinage and social media site posted in front of their Barangay Bagbag / Sauyo branch

They have 19 stalls within Metro Manila and nearby provinces. They have one branch located along General Luis Street, Novaliches, Quezon City.

One can reach and pre-order in advance for gatherings and special occasion.

Note: (Operational hours may vary due to Enhanced Modifed Community Quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila and nearby surrounding provinces. Last order is at least 20 to 30 minutes before closing time.) For more updates, Please try to visit their website or social media site.

Dolora’s Hauz of Pancit Malabon

Address; 575 Quirino Highway, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City

Operations: Everyday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Landline : 8293-5767 / (0919-0981577)

Rise of Goodwill Homes 1Community Pantry

It was a hot afternoon on May 4, 2021 when a group of friends and residents of Goodwill Homes 1 subdivision are sitting on a waiting shed. It was their own small way of contributing to the growing causes and advocacy of the community pantry.

Goodwill Homes 1 community pantry organizers

Goodwill Homes 1 Community Pantry

Goodwill Homes 1 community pantry is one of the almost 1,000 known community pantries nationwide and about 150 within Novaliches in Quezon City.

Goodwill Homes 1 residents and friends

According to the organizers, they wanted to share some food items, fresh eggs, string beans, egg plants and biscuits to their community. They wanted to open the pantry daily since there are hungry people who does not have any work.

This is just about 12 days after the highly successful Kingspoint Community Pantry which goes full blast last April 23, 2021.

Those interested to donate at their community pantry, Please try to visit them at the waiting shed area of Goodwill Homes 1 -Goodwill Avenue corner Katipunan Avenue in Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City.

Details to follow, since the organizers was not able to provide their contact information or where does the people drop off their donation to the community pantry.

Schedule of Kingspoint (KHAI) San Pedro IX, Goodwill Homes 1 Community Pantry

Good news to all residents of Kingspoint Subdivision, Goodwill Homes 1, San Pedro IX, California Subdivision and adjacent area. The community pantry had laid out new schedule for those living within the community.

volunteers and organizers of the community pantry – last April 24 Saurday ( photo from the author)

CKUP / Kingspoint ( KHAI) / San Pedro IX , Goodwill Homes 1 Community Pantry (Iskedyul ng mga Kawan)

The community pantry was temporary close yesterday (April 28). Then a small bond paper size announcement was posted in front of Yarda Food Hub today -(April 29).

The Kingspoint community pantry opened last April 23, Friday was met with hundreds of people queue in line to get some items from the pantry. The organizers thought to have the community pantry rove around the place in order to lessen the queue.

Likewise, observation of simple health protocols such as social distancing, wearing of face mask, face shield will be implemented. Person with disabilities, pregnant women, senior citizens, below 18 years-old ( minors) are strictly prohibited from queuing in the community pantry. Base on the guidelines set by the local government unit (LGU) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Residents of Kingspoint subdivision may coordinate with dropping their donations in cash or in kind at the KHAI Community Office within Kingspoint Park entrance in King George street.

Schedule of Community Pantry

April 29 Thursday -Kingspoint -Katipunan Avenue / Unang Tangke from 8:00 am until past 10:00 am

May 1 Saturday -Babina – 8:00 am / Francisco- 8:30am / Kasiyahan -9:00am / Pangilian – 9:15am / Pinera -9:30am

May 4 Tuesday Covar -May 4 – 8:00am / Bicol compound -9:30am

May 6 (Thursday ) Daniac looban -8:00am, Daniac/ King Constantine street -8:30am / Daniac Malapit – 9:00 am

May 8 ( Saturday ) Alipio Compound -8:00am, Dela Cruz Compound -8:30am , Maloles Compound -9:00am

May 11 ( Tuesday ) Oro Compound -8:00am

May 13 ( Thursday )Las Palmas – 8:00 am, Castelo – 8:30am , Villa Consuelo -9:00am , Bistekville -9:30am

May 15 ( Saturday ) Goodwill Homes 1 / Manukan – 8:00am and California Village – Sambahayan/ SAKRE -9:00am

The Kingspoint community is also known for her vibrant street stalls and restaurant area which stretches up to Sierra Vista residences within Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon in Novaliches, Quezon City.

The community pantry will start their distribution from 8:00am to past 10:00 or until supplies last. Please try to visit this blog/ website for the latest updates.

75th Philippine Orchid Society’s Bazaar at Quezon City Memorial Circle

Philippine Orchid Society‘s 75th annual orchid bazaar kicked off last February 11 at the elevated garden / runnex garden within the iconic Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

Ms. Delia Pionela of Del’s Orchid and Garden Supplies

75th Philippine Orchid Society Bazaar

Quezon memorial shrine

The bazaar is in partnership with Quezon City government, Quezon Memorial Circle administration and Manila Bulletin.

Mr. Andres Golamco Jr.

There were 40 stalls selling different kinds of plants, cacti, bonsai, ornamental plants, orchids, aroids, flowering plants, gardening supplies among others.

entrance to the orchid bazaar

Unlike the previous shows- there was only one commercial exhibit which promotes hybrid papayas, celosia, vinca, marigold and seedlings for sale near the center of the bazaar.

Other Plant Shows in Metro Manila

We saw some familiar faces and new people in the industry, This is the fourth garden show within Metro Manila – Horti Filipina 2021 held at the Bonifacio High Street from February 4 to 14, 2021– which drew few people due to pandemic and restrictions in Bonifacio Global City ( BGC),Taguig. Arid and Aroid Colors Garden show held from February 6 to 16, 2021 at Robinson’s Magnolia drew a lot of plantitos, plantitas, batang maghahalaman and even new collectors because of the “BIG Scam Sale” last February 13, 2021.

King Louis Flower

Another plant show dubbed ” “Plant Fest” at SM Megamall, Mandaluyong from February 15 to February 26, 2021.

The orchid and garden bazaar of the Philippine Orchid Society is almost 20 days or three weeks!This will offset the lack of landscape exhibit, orchid and plant competition. While a live talk held last weekend about basic orchid culture was shown on the offical FB page of the Philippine Orchid Society.

We think it was quite long for an orchid and garden bazaar,at least customers will have a luxury to canvass plant prices from other bazaars and plant centers in other parts of Metro Manila.

Out of the four plant shows, The Arid and Aroids Colors Garden Show really stand-out and a blockbuster hit! We still have to wait for the last few days of the “Plant Fest” in SM and 1 week of the 75th Annual Orchid Bazaar show and see the results.

It was good that in all of the show that i have attended, there were no entrance fees. The most comfortable ones were at Robinson’s Magnolia and SM Megamall. The air-condition was just right with nice people around.

With the relaxation of the quarantine protocols in the coming few months, visitors and plant enthusiasts wanted to view better and quality exhibits in mid-year shows.

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