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Ikebana 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Ikebana members had their 50th  exhibit at the Glorietta 2 in Makati . The 3 day exhibit will be until March  12, 2017 .

Embassy of Japan exhibit ( photo courtesy of Mr. Philip Reyes ) 

Mr. Jun Balderrama ikebana exhibit

Mrs. Fely Gupit -flower and fruits arrangement

members of the organization ( photo courtesy : Mr. Jun Balderrama)

There are several nice flower arrangement from simple to the more elaborate ones.


Manyaman Mangan Restaurant in Glorietta 2

Manyaman is delicious in Kapampangan language . This is not our first time to eat at this Kapampangan fine dining restaurant .

Mangan Glorietta 2, Makati

This is one of the regional food that is quite close to our hearts . Since 2001, Mangan Restaurant has been serving Filipino food that celebrates the uniqueness of Kapampangan cuisine. From the name of the brand which means “Let’s eat”, it has become the company tagline in enticing guests to try and enjoy home cooked meals despite their busy schedules.

Kapampangan Culinary Magic “Mangan” is the Pampango word for eat. This restaurant is quite accessible to the commuting public as this is near MRT Ayala -Makati station . The restaurant boast of larger sitting capacity of between 120 to 130 people at any given time .


There was some sort of contest for online group and we were grouped into 4 persons per group . We were given 10 minutes to review the menus. After the short 10 minutes , Our group was given 3 kinds of dishes which  we all guessed correctly .

tibok-tibok with latik ( Php 120) per serving

There was a tie between our group ( together with Astig writers and founder Mr. Dennison Uy  )  and group 3 , which is just adjacent table – the host made our eyes closed and one of our team member fed me a dessert . I was thinking that it could be maja blanca or tibok-tibok since this is a Kapampangan dessert and i have not tasted any corn bits. Giving a wild guess and whispering to the host . Our group got it right ! It was creme ala creme of the night !


 sisig , crispy pata , crispy pata- diablo , bulalo , bibingka 

Mangan had three kinds of pata – Prichon Pata , Patang Demonyo ( spicy ) and Original Crispy Pata

aligi rice


pancit pusit

This is another specialty dish which uses squid ink and squid as part of the ingredients. We liked the kamias and chicharon ( pork cracking ) as toppings. MUST TRY

pancit puti 

This is another MUST TRY for those who wanted a different taste and version of our pancit with shredded chicken .


puto bumbong

fruit shakes

online writers, media and guests take time for a souvenir shot

Address: Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Office Dr, Makati, 1224 Metro Manila
Phone:(02) 625 5288
Operation : Everyday -10:00 am to 9:00 pm 

Note : prices are subject to change without prior notification . 





Aroi Maak at Soi Thai Restaurant in Glorietta 2

Aroi Maak which means Very Delicious in ” Thai ” language. The warm “Sawasdee” greeting and ambiance is perfect treat your friends, relatives and a great hang-out place which deeply reflects the Thai culture.

Soi is a classy Thai restaurant which reflect the different culinary regions of Thailand. This is one of the concept restaurants established by the proprietors .

We went to Glorietta 2 Mall within the sprawling Ayala triangle area. At least 70% of their ingredients were sourced from Thailand, especially the spices, natural ingredients and even fixtures , While the remaining 30% like fresh vegetables , fish and meat products are sourced locally – This is to ensure quality ingredients.


love the crispy flakes and spicy peanuts

Thai halo-halo ( this version had 4 types of ingredients which includes water chestnuts , preserved mung-beans , jackfruit and syrup)

This do it yourself Thai version of halo-halo is not very sweet compared to the local halo-halo , This can serve between 2 to 3 persons ( Php 138.00)

Thai spring roll with 2 types of sauces -one from peanut and hoisin sauce (Php 168)

Sukothai soup combined with broth , noodles , meat balls , asado meat , tofu , mungbean sprouts , coriander leaves and other spices ( Php 298) per order -ideal for sharing between 2 to 4 people . One can add chopped chilies to add spice .

Pad Thai noodles- available in 3 kinds-Shrimp (Php 298) , Chicken ( Php 248) and Tofu ( Php 198) Ideal for sharing between 2 to 4 persons . MUST TRY

What makes this dish even more interesting is the intricate web-like topping made from egg and batter mixture.

Crispy Catfish Flakes with Mango Salad

This is one of the MUST TRY , when you visit the restaurant , The Crispy Catfish Flakes with Mangoes , chopped onions and coriander leaves with fresh slices of chilies (Php 258) sharing between 2 to 4 persons.

Pork Satay with Tom Yum soup 

Soi is also known for their Chicken Satay , (Php 238.) per order , Grilled Squid ( Php 290) per order , Chicken Leg Barbecue ( Php 290 ) per order and Pork Satay ( Php 238) per order Each order is also accompanied with its own dipping condiments . Tom Yum can also be adjusted for its spiciness.

Bagoong Fried Rice

Bagoong Fried Rice ( Php 198) for sharing between 2 to 4 people , This had all the usual ingredients like salted duck egg, sliced cucumber , pork , bagoong ( shrimp paste ) , sliced mangoes , chopped string beans ,sliced onion,  dried shrimp , scrambled egg and chopped chilies for topping and added spice.  A dash of lime will balance the taste.

Fried Rice with Seafood and Basil Leaves ( Php 278) for sharing between 2 to 4 people.

Its tagline ” Eat Thai , Love Thai ” will surely captivate everyone, One can also request to them on how much spices ( more chilies ) or no chilies. Adjusting them on your own taste preferences.

Glorietta 2 branch had between 45 to 48 sitting capacity and it can get full during lunch , dinner and on weekends.

Currently , Soi had 5 restaurant branches located in strategic parts of Metro Manila.

Lower Level Food Court Greenhills Theatre Mall , Greenhills Shopping Center,San Juan City ,Tel. Nos. 695-3919

Ground Floor , Sta. Monica Atrium Robinsons Place Manila , Tel. Nos. 523-1189

Ground Floor, North Arcade , SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City , Tel. Nos. 836-4177

Ground Floor, Entertainment Complex Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City
Tel. 551-0819

2/Floor Glorietta 2, Hotel Dr Ayala Center, Makati, Tel.  553-0001

Note and Full Disclosure ” Prices quoted and posted in this site was the prevailing rate during the visit and subject to change without prior notification” For current menu prices, Please visit the website and Soi Restaurant Fb page for the latest offer and menus.





Ikebana International Manila 50th Anniversary Show

The Officers and Members of Ikebana International Manila Chapter 108 in cooperation with Ayala Center invite you to its 50th Anniversary Exhibit at Activity Center Palm Drive, Ayala Center, Makati.

The event will be opened to the public on March 10 Friday starting at 6:00pm , There are no entrance fees.

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 . There are also local kakanins and food that Makati residents can boast off.

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

Address :2 Jereos St, Lopez Jaena Norte, La Paz, Iloilo City, 5000 Iloilo
Cellphone : 09499627174
Showroom Address: 154 Kaliraya Street , Barangay Tatalon , Quezon City , Metro Manila.
Telephone 02-740-8655
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

Main Office : V. Lopez Jr. Drive , Baragay Bagawines , Vallehermoso , Negros Oriental 

Manila Office : 455 P. Guevarra Avenue , San Juan City 1500 

Contact : (632) 7261297

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/