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Consultation Meeting by the Makati Poblacion Heritage Conservation Society

  Makati Poblacion Heritage Conservation Project (MPHCP)  together with Makati City Hall officials and the Museum and Cultural Affairs Office ( MICAO) held a consultation meeting at the historic Museo ng Makati – a city museum opened sometime in 1993 .

Atty. Violeta Somera -Seva holding the microphone

Despite that the museum was opened about 24 years ago. Few people outside Makati knew that this was a museum.

Museo ng Makati -bas relief made from carved wood-showcasing the history of the city 

The museum had some bas relief wood carving at the ground floor showcasing the historical facet of the city .  The museum still looks new despite the age .


For aspiring architect and students of fine arts , a visit to this local museum is a MUST for those who wanted to know the early history of Makati.

Museo ng Makati

The second floor had been converted into a function area for the meeting .  If the plans goes well, there will be at least 2 more old ancestral houses , local handicraft , old church will be part of the historical walking tour .

group photo 

The author only took part on the last part of the consultation process , giving some output and some ideas. In reality, this project will take some more time before this project will come to be realized.

kitchen city catering

Around past 5:00 pm  , the meeting was adorned and a ceremonial group photo was held as part of the documentation process.  A simple late afternoon snacks  which consists of egg sandwich , baked macaroni  and ice tea was served to all the participants of the consultation meeting.





38th Likhang Kamay Exhibit at Glorietta

Makati City government through its Museum and Cultural Affairs Office ( MCAO ) opens today , the 38th Makati Likhang Kamay Exhibit and Sale that will run until Decmeber 4, 2016 from 11:00am to 12 midnight at the Glorietta 3 Activity Center .

Makati Mayor Abby Binay

Makati Mayor Abby Binay said the 38th Likhang Kamay Exhibit -Sale aims to highlight and put on sale various arts and crafts made by artisans and craftmen from different parts of the country . It is also being held to help Filipinos market their world -class products and services .

CM Bamboo Craft Center -Sr. Mary Lynn G. Alfeche , CM and Sr. Rya Jenelle Bueno , CM

CM Bamboo Craft Center specializes on bamboo craft is a socio-economic project committed to the integral development of its workers and the poor.

nativity scene made from bamboo

Among popular decor includes tabernacle, bamboo lampshade, candle holder, crucifix, desk stand, nativity scenes and frames

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Yssa’s Crafts specializes on wall decors , wind chimes and bottles . Their products are bought by some well-known individuals, restaurants, hotels and exported in some countries.
Yssa’s Crafts

” Through Likhang Kamay Exhibit- Sale , we will be able to help our small and medium scale entrepreneurs promote their products . We invite everyone to come to the exhibit and support our local entrepreneurs , ” Binay said.

Chievs Stones and Crystal

Chievs Stones and Crystal specializes on fashion accessories and jewelries sets. Some of the jewelry sets are handmade one of the kind items.

Vallehermoso Helping Hands Foundation

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Villar Sipag Foundation

Villar Sipag Foundation gave away some organic compost to the visitors of the trade fair.

Likhang Kamay , a project of MCAO since 1978 , is being presented in cooperation with Ayala Center, Ayala Malls and Glorietta.

2nd Makati Food and Heritage Festival Features World Best Cuisines

Greenbelt 3, Ayala Park , Makati City -Philippines 

The 2nd Makati Food and Heritage Festival is hosted by the city of Makati through  Museum and Cultural Affairs (MCAO), Greenbelt Management , Ayala Center, Filipino Heritage Festival , Embassy of Germany, Embassy of Indonesia, Royal Thai Embassy, Consulate of Portugal, Alba Restaurante Español, Brankinho, Italfood, Kaya Korean Restaurant, MGourmet Deliteca, German Club, Chua’s, Bailon’s, Casa Armas and Citrus Zone. among others .

Mayor Abigail Binay together with Ayala Center and Greenbelt Management , Filipino Heritage Festival and Ambassador from Thailand , Indonesia 

Other participants also incldes Masflex, Solane, La Germania, Ajinomoto and Fresh Options Meatshop.

Mayor Abigail Binay said the three-day food festival will be open on the said dates from 11:00am to 2:00pm, and then reopen from 4:30pm to 9:00pm. She said cooking demonstrations led by renowned chefs will also be held at the venue, along with free food tasting.

At 3pm, 10 admired celebrity chefs will be featured in “Fiesta de Paellas”, a tribute to Don Alba who introduced Paella to the country and endeared himself to the community by sharing his culinary expertise.

There were over 2 dozens booths selling different local , regional cuisines.

Celebrity chefs who will be featured include Chefs BJ Bidar, Day Salonga, Mon Urbano, Dedet dela Fuente, Erling Rune, Him Uy de Baron, Isaiah Ortega, Jaja Andal, Menoy Gimenez, Miguel de Alba and Timothy Decker Gokioco.

Among the cuisines that will be served during the three-day food festival are Nuernberger with sanerkrant in a bun and Frikadellen with potato salad of German Club (German); Chickpea salad with octopus and codfish, Pasteis de Nata and Pasteis de Queijo of Belinyas Pasteis de Nata (Portugal); Paella, Lengua with rice and Callos with rice of Alba (Spain).

Dak Bulgogi, Kalbi Jim, Bulgogi and Dweaji Bulgogi of Kaya Korean Restaurant Rice Toppings (Korea); Montaditos (Butifarra, Butifarra Choricera, Pork Belly, Chicken Brochette and Bacalao a la Vizcaina) of MGourmet Deliteca (Spain); Pad Thai of Royal Thai Embassy; and Beef Rendang, Nasi Goreng and Soto Betawi of Indonesian Embassy.

There will also be performances like Pendet Dance, a traditional Indonesian dance that will be performed by Ms. Viga Putri Harmulasari from the Indonesian Embassy, and Flamenco Dance which will be performed by staff from Alba Restaurante Español.

Chef Nancy Reyes Lumen

There will be an “Adobo Cooking Contest” at Makati City Hall Quadrangle to be conducted by the “Adobo Queen of the Philippines”, Chef Nancy Reyes Lumen.

It is an Inter-barangay Adobo Cooking Contest in cooperation with the Makati Education & Cultural Kagawads Association (MECKA) headed by Chairman of Barangay Pinagkaisahan Fernando Bolo, and Liga ng mga Barangay headed by Councilor Armand Padilla. Eighteen barangays of Makati will participate in the contest, including Forbes Park, Magallanes, Bangkal, San Isidro, Pio del Pilar, Sta. Cruz, Poblacion, Tejeros, and Carmona.

Other participants include Pinagkaisahan, Pitogo, Guadalupe Nuevo, Pembo, Rizal, East Rembo, Cembo, Guadalupe Viejo, and West Rembo.

Prizes for the contest are as follows: First Prize-P30,000; Second Prize-P20,000; and Third Prize-P10,000. Chefs Erling Rune, Z Leila Kusinera and Chris Urbano will serve as the judges for the said cooking contest. Give-aways will also be given to early birds, courtesy of sponsors. It will be hosted by Rendon Araneta.

Australian Chef Chris Urbano will be demonstrating his version of Australian adobo during the tabulation of scores of the participants.

At 5pm on the same day, there will be a cooking demonstration of a Spanish cuisine at Greenbelt 3 Park to be led by Chef Juan Manuel Montel.

Unlike other food festivals, It is open to the public and a visit at the event will surely satisfy everyone’s culinary appetite .

Website: http://www.makati.gov.ph/

Kasuotang Pilipino Fashion Show

The city government of Makati through its Museum and Cultural Affairs Office (MCAO) will be staging this year’s Kasuotang Pilipino fashion show on September 23 at 6:00pm at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center.
Mayor Abby Binay expressed full support for the said event, which has become an annual event showcasing the creations of local designers to promote Filipino fashion representing the islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. “We fully support the event as it offers an opportunity for the people, especially the youth, to have a better appreciation of Filipino fashion that denotes our rich cultural heritage.
At the same time, it serves as a venue for Makati-based fashion designers to share their ingenuity and distinctive style and receive the recognition they deserve,” Binay said. Meanwhile, MCAO head May Santillana in a statement said that it has become a tradition in the city to stage the event in line with the nationwide celebration of “Linggo ng Kasuotang Pilipino”. “The staging of Kasuotang Pilipino has become a much-anticipated event in Makati every September.
The fashion show will  features the beautiful creations of talented Makati-based designers worn and modeled by city officials, senior citizens, and friends from the international community and the private sector,” Santillana said. Kasuotang Pilipino 2016 will showcase the creations of 14 designers, all Makati-based. They are Therese Andaya, Albert Andrada, Niño Angeles, Ronaldo Arnaldo, Joel Bautista, Janet Castro, Noel Crisostomo, Frankie de Leon, Luis delos Santos, Albert Figueras, Jinggo Inoncillo, Kaye Morales, Raymund Saul, and Val Taguba.
For Luzon, the creations will be modelled by wives of diplomats, namely, Eloisa Klecheski, wife of the deputy chief of mission, United States Embassy; Anjana Hasper, wife of the charge d’affaires, German Embassy; Souddavone Khaykhampithoune, wife of the ambassador, Embassy of Laos; Monthip Upatising, wife of the ambassador, Royal Thai Embassy, Sylvia Tay-Van Remoortele, wife of the ambassador, Royal Belgian Embassy; Dr. Kieu Phung, wife of the ambassador, Royal Danish Embassy; and Wang Qi Jessen, wife of the ambassador, European Union Embassy.

BlogCon : Life Changing Lucida DS

Chino Roces Street , Makati City

Life is about to Change : sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s beautiful . For thousands of users of Lucida DS Glutathione capsules , life  indeed became more beautiful. Lucida capsule had been in the Philippine market for at least 10 years !  The Blogcon held last saturday in Makati aims to provide awareness over the importance of Glutathione to one’s health .

group photo L-R Ms. Belle , Mr . Nonoy Zuniga and Ms. Sylvia Cancio

A right dosage of Glutathione doubly strengthen by the right amount of Vitamin C , rosehips and ALA or Alpha Liponic Acid . According  to the Journal of Immunology ” Immune depressed individuals have lower Glutathione levels when fighting diseases .

Lymphocytes, cells vital for your immune response depends on GSH for their proper function and replication . Glutathione is crucial to the function and multiplication of these disease -fighting cells,  in order to ward off invading viruses , bacteria and parasites . restoring glutahione levels to those found in healthy people is likely to help immune deficient person “.

Lucida DS

Rosehips ingredient is one big difference of Lucida DS from the rest of glutathione capsules being sold in the market . Rosehips relives the symptom of kidney disorder , it has anti-inflamatory and anti-cancer properties , it lowers cholesterol , reduces risk of cardio vasular diseases and most especially keeps skin healthy and wrinkle free .

Our body naturally produces Glutathione in the liver but as we age from 30 years and above , its level decreases . Hence, as we live towards our golden year , we are more prone to illness , sickness or diseases and we start to feel the toll on our health especially if we have been drinking too much and smoking heavily during our younger years . Taking in unbalanced diet throughout our exploratory years also exert an alarming disarray in our health . This means that we accumulate free radicals that make us prone to infections.

Lucida DS soap

Lucida soap with Alpha Lipoic Acid , Vitamin C and Rosehip . The soap had natural scent , Men and Women .

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Mr. Nonoy Zuniga

 The group also met a celebrity and product endorser Mr. Nonoy Zuniga and He will having a concert sometime July 2016 .

At the end of the blogcon, We learn something new and the importance of taking care on one’s health.

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Gastronomic Feast at Live Life Vegetarian Restaurant

2240 Chino Roces street, Makati City -Philippines

Gastronomic treats for all those who are fond of vegetarian and good foods living within Makati and nearby cities. This is not my first time to visit this place, I was invited by a friend and we ate lunch at this restaurant 2 years ago , Unfortunately – all of my photos were lost .

signage and parking area

If you want to live life fresh and anew, it may be time for you to try out this  Vegetarian restaurant in Makati that can help you Live Life Vegetarian. It is not hard to find the place. This is just a few meters away from MRT Magallanes station ( south side) .

patio area

The restaurant had opened its doors 4 years ago and the place is quite secluded with the hustle and bustle of Makati tucked in one corner of the building . There is a small patio area ideal for small group of people. The indoor restaurant can sit between 18 to 24 at any given time.

buffet meal table

Here are some of the MUST Recommended menus of the place:

lumpiang gulay or fresh lumpia

I have tasted a lot of lumpiang gulay , so far this is one of the best – The ingredients are fresh and the vegetables were sliced thinly . This is best accompanied by sauce and crushed peanuts.

house salad

I also liked their version of house salad.  it was the use of fresh ingredients and good choice of dressing which made this salad stand-out from the others.

eggplant with saikyo miso

One MUST also try their eggplant stuffed with saikyo miso , This is like teriyaki style with special sauce.

organic rice

Organic rice lovers would be very happy to know that they also serve them . It is quite hard for local restaurant to serve them , since organic rice is expensive and have limited supply.

vegetarian spaghetti pomodoro

For pasta lovers , the restaurant also offers vegetarian spaghetii pamodoro without the usual hotdog, ground beef or meat .

cheese wanton

The cheese wanton is good as appetizer to start any meals .

summer rolls

The summer rolls is very similar to Thai or Vietnamese spring rolls , minus some ingredients . There were 2 kinds of dipping sauces which best accompany this treat.

vegetarian paella

Vegetarian paella – asparagus , cauliflower , mushrooms, carrots , string beans and Baguio beans are some of the vegetables included in this dish.

tofu patties

buko shake with kefer biotic

The buko shake or smoothies is one of the in-house specialties .  The buko shake is not your typical buko shake , it had kefer pro-biotic which is good for digestion and health.

Ms. Sylvia Cancio together with media and online writers

Our group had also a chance to meet the proprietor Ms. Sylvia Cancio . A friend from New York that told her to open a healthy vegetarian restaurant in the country 4 years ago .  She also had a quaint bakeshop which specializes on ensaymada.


banana turon

lunch and dinner buffet

The restaurant offers a lunch and dinner buffet meal every saturday

Note : Since the place had limited sitting capacity , one must pre-booked the restaurant . The restaurant also accepts delivery within Makati area.

Contact Information : 478-6310 / 0917-8117435 

Location : 2240 Chino Roces Street , Makati City

Operation : 11:00am to 9:00pm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/livelifevegetarianfood/

Cenaculo at Barangay Pio del Pilar in Makati

Captain M Reyes Street corner Valderama Street, Barangay Pio Del Pilar , Makati City

Makati is known to be a progressive city and is also known for its Lenten tradition . I have seen a Cenaculo play / Senakulo play in different parts of Metro Manila and according to long time residents of the place . The Cenaculo is an age -old tradition spanning about 90 years.

band members

The play had been moving within Barangay Pio Del Pilar  along Captain M Reyes street  corner Valderama street , Evangelista and nearby places alternating them almost every Holy Week.

The entire street is usually closed to vehicular traffic and even tricycle .  Usually pedicabs and strictly pedestrian only on the narrow streets. There is a makeshift stage which remind people that there is something going on .  On the eve of Palm Sunday, the passion play begins starting with the Creation story. For the entire week until midnight of Easter Sunday, the Senakulo is played out nightly to local audiences accompanied by a brass band with key scenes of Christ’s life, passion and resurrection.

Jesus Christ together with his apostle walking toward the center of the stage

The local cenaculo might have been influenced by neighboring Malibay, Pasay which started in the mid -19th century and gradually spread by some residents who lived in Makati area .   They are spelled using the old Spanish way .

Jesus Christ with halo together with his apostle

The performers are local community volunteers,  Cast members range from a few veterans who have been doing specific roles for quite a number of years while majority are newbies . This year’s cenaculo had some sort of local twist,  the office of the mayor had sponsored the makeshift stage, hiring of brass band ,  food and catering services for the actors of the play .  There is also several signage which shows the mayor had sponsored the play. I must also commend the props director, the audio and lighting effect . However there are some instances that audio is not clear .

Here is a short video by my blogger friend Mr. Philip Reyes

The play is unlike the typical senakulo that i have seen in some parts of Metro Manila or provinces . Senakulo usually starts on Palm Sunday and ends by Maundy Thursday or Good Friday . Their cenaculo usually start on Palm Sunday and ends until Easter Sunday .  The phasing of the cenaculo is slow and unlike in other parts of the city of provinces .  According to Mr. Philip Reyes a long time resident of Makati , It used to last until around 11:00pm to 12midnight  several years ago and most of the people from other barangays and visitors  ( dayo ) are the ones watching  the play .

last supper

A local barangay folk told me that this year’s cenaculo would end earlier and faster compared to the previous years.  The play started around 8:35pm about 35minutes after the supposed 8:00pm call time, We spend a little over 1 hour before deciding to leave the place. Business is brisk especially among the ambulant food and drink vendors

The props use at the cenaculo were made from local materials and cheap textiles that the actors dress-up portraying the era of Jesus Christ  . There is some touch of modernity among some of the actors ( like short hair style by Judas Iscariot ) maybe their local interpretation .  I also like the stage where they change the setting . The lines are spoken in Filipino / Tagalog and are sung by the actors in a slow manner .

There were some foreign nationals which took videos and photos of the play .  I would like to return back next year and excited on what will be the next play.