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10 Best Dishes and Things to Do at Zula-Makati

Zula- Makati just recently open its doors to the general public. For those unfamiliar with the hotel, It used to be the site of Fersal Hotel.
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Zula -Makati facade with nice vertical garden and open space

The hostel features a nice Mediterranean style cuisine, party place, cocktail area,  nice ambiance and friendly staff for those who wanted to place to stay near the poblacion area or old Makati.

10 Best Dishes and Things to Do at Zula -Makati Restaurant

Colorful Machuca or Baldoza tiles

10.) Nice OOTD and Instagrammer paradise – One can enjoy the outdoor ambiance and place to take photos. I enjoyed their vertical garden, machuca tiles on walls, decor, industrial tables and their rustic ambiance.

Labaneh

9.) Labaneh – It soft, cream cheese made from strained yogurt, that is popular in Middle East and Mediterranean cuisine. It is quite healthy and goes well with any pita or baget bread.

Sabich salad ( Php 200) per serving

fried cauliflower with tahina and special zula sauce

7.)Appetizer – There are nice appetizer salad available, These are healthy and colorful. Another one is their fried cauliflower serve with Tahina and special zula sauce mixture ( Php 190 per serving ) ideal between 1 to 2 person sharing.

deep fried pita bread with spices

7.) Deep Fried Pita bread is highly recommended for those who wanted a light meal. It is specially made pita bread deep fried and topped with spices and Tahina. ( Php 75 per serving ) ideal between 1 to 2 person sharing. Highly Recommended.

6.) Lavash and Baget bread is soft, thin unleavened flatbread made in a tandoor and is eaten in many parts of the world.  This is best paired with their pickled lemon.

5.) Fool Proof Shakshouka – Fool Proof Shakshouka is a dish serve with eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, garlic, commonly spiced with cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper,nutmeg and topped with green parsley in a hot sizzling plate. This cuisine varies from one town to another and found in many parts of  Middle east and Mediterranean regions.  If you are craving for this dish- One can order them at zula. This is best serve hot with their pickled lemon. ( Php 300) per serving.

4.) Arayesdelicious grilled pita bread sandwiches stuffed with meat (beef and lamb). This middle eastern dish is crispy in the outside and juicy in the inside. One can also add their dipping sauces depending on your taste buds. ( Php 350 ) per serving.

3.) Good Selection of coffee – Zula takes pride of sourcing their coffee beans from the farmers of Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao.

Halva Parfait

2.) Good Desserts – If you are looking for dessert,Halva Parfait which had a mixture of cream, vanilla halva topped with roasted pistachios, dizzled with date syrup.  ( ( Php 200 per serving ) Highly recommended.

 Malabi is like a pudding with rose water syrup, desiccated coconut infused into this dessert topped with roasted pistachios ( Php 200 per serving ) Highly recommended.
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Zula -Makati staff ( photo courtesy of Zula Makati)

1.) Friendly Staff– Their attentive staff and good in-house service make your stay worthwhile. You will feel the warm hospitality of the restaurant. There is also a booking area for traveler within the restaurant. They have local and international destination available for those interested to travel.

Note : Prices quoted may be subject to change by the restaurant management

Zula Restaurant- Operations: Everyday

Operational Hours: Sunday to Thursday 6:00 am to 11:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 6:00am to 1:00 am

Zula -Hostel for Wanderers

Address: 7840 Makati Avenue corner Guanzon street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City

Contact : (02) 573-1461

 

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UAP Makati Chapter Visits Jotun Paint Plant

United Architects of the Philippines ( Makati chapter) members and officers had visited the Jotun Paint Plant located 27 Millennium Drive, Light Industry and Science Park III Barangay Santa Anastacia, Santo Tomas, Batangas province.

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Jotun Paint Factory premises ( photo courtesy of Jotun FB page)

The group met in Makati- Greenbelt 1 between 6:30 am to 7:20 am. Traffic was surprisingly light in Makati and the van took the Skyway flyover which made our trip smooth and fast. The group manage to arrive shortly past 8:45 am.

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Jotun (Philippines ) Paint Plant

Jotun Paint Factory

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safety guidelines and security manual

Security protocol and details were tight. Everyone knows that there were chemical and combustible items within the premises. Our group had a short photo opportunity and briefing was held at the administration building.

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briefing area- administration/ canteen area

UAP- Makati Chapter Presidents

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The plant tour were attended by former presidents Architect Nanette Segovia, Architect Ludy Gonzales, Architect Victor Limdico, Architect Architect Miko Carandang and the current president Architect Klari Limdico.

Jotun Company Profile

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administration building and water tower

Jotun is a Norwegian multinational privately owned paint company incorporated in 1926. Today it has established 40 production facilities, 63 companies and represented in over 100 countries across all continents. Jotun is ranked number 9 among the leading paint companies in the world. The company also hires 9,800 employees from all over the world.

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Mr. Roberto Alonzo ( marketing )

Jotun (Philippines) employees, marketing and administration manager were on hand to personally welcome the group. The canteen/ briefing area had been decorated with festive buntings reflecting the fiesta culture of the province.

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list of some local companies which Jotun had projects/ customers

In the Philippines, it started through an agent in 1987 then became a branch office of Singapore operation in 2004. Jotun Philippines Inc. became fully operational in 2011 with offices in Sucat, Parañaque and in Mandaue, Cebu.

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certificate of recognition, appreciation and awards

In 2013, it made a bold decision to invest in a local production. In 2017 , the company opened its paint plant / factory in Batangas. Currently they also have 11 dealers of their paint nationwide.

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Corporate Responsibility and Logo

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 Penguin is a unique symbol for Jotun

The company ‘s logo had the same look used all over the world. The Penguin expresses the Jotun values: Loyalty, Care, Respect and Boldness.  It also expresses typical Jotun employees must embodied as: Cheer, Working, Inviting and Happy.

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location map ( Jotun Philippines) 

The factory sits on a 7 hectares property, but only 2 hectares are fully utilized.

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product familiarization and demonstration

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Jotun -Jota Shield Anti fade paint which can reduces surface temperature up to 5 degrees Celsius

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surface temperature testing device

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safety signage

Safety and security were up to international levels. The company products had several international certification.

lunch

seafood sinigang, fried bangus

We got seafood sinigang, fried bangus, chicken inasal, fresh tomato, eggplant ensalada with bagoong, dinuguan and lechon with sauce ( Batangas style) with pineapple juice for lunch.

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lechon, dinuguan and lechon sauce

Local Games / Palaro

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pabitin

participants enjoyed the pabitin with lots of goodies are tied on a suspended bamboo frame  with lots of chocolates, candies and portable car usb charger as prizes.

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hampas palayok

Architect Chris Aquino is blindfolded and was able to hit the traditional earthen clay pot called palayok which is  filled with goodies ( gummy candies,chocolates and kitkat ) the game is popular across the archipelago and is similar to Mexico’s piñata.

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UAP-Makati chapter

UAP -Makati chapter officers and members pose for a souvenir shot, Mount Makiling serves as a backdrop for the group.

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painting

Some of the participants were able to test their paints and learned some interesting tips on how to paint a wall surface.

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UAP Makati chapter -group photo

The group enjoyed the plant tour, trivia games, food, product selection and traditional games prepared by Jotun Philippines.

Note: I would to “Thank” Architect Miko Carandang, Architect Klari Limdico members of UAP Makati Chapter and Jotun Philippines for the warm hospitality and accommodation.

 

Makati Street Meet at Paseo de Roxas

Paseo de Roxas street market is a project of Ayala, Make it Happened Makati among others is a street bazaar, food haven and attracts thousands of people from all walks of life.

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The theme is ” Sari-Sari a Christmas Bazaar” which features different kinds of products, social advocates, food, transportation app, insurance company and proudly Philippine made items.

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Isaac’s Sausages ( photo courtesy of the organizers FB page)

One of the highlight of the one day street bazaar are the different array of foods, locally made produce and local artists which are part of the bazaar.

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bags, baskets made from paper

Last December 9, Paseo de Roxas street was transformed into a lively street bazaar. There are band performer amidst beautiful nighttime lights at nearby Ayala triangle.

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Kakushin Skin Corporation, chili and garlic oil and siomai

Met some bloggers and vloggers like Ms. Maria Rona Beltran, AXL Guinto, media and representatives from Manila Bulletin.

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Mando’s Wingshack

Our group arrived past 2:00 pm and took some time exploring this street market bazaar. There is also several band performances which delighted the crowd.

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Oh So Healthy Snack

Oh So Healthy food snack had some sample of their famous mango sweet patao banana chip, guava purple yam banana, purple yam banana coconut chips, kimchi flavored chip is also a wonderful treat. These are locally sourced from Mindanao and are available in leading groceries and stores nationwide.

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Oh So Healthy chips

About 54 merchants and entrepreneurs participating showcase handmade items innovated from indigenous materials. Unique brands such as Mango Float Supreme Manila, Wagyu by Monica, Vegan Republic, Lemon Squeez and Surf, Pacaro Leather, Oh So Healthy chips are part of the merchant list.

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The fun and excitement did not stop shoppers, visitors attendees to gaze and marvel at the lighting of the Reimagine the Magic: A Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle and the enchanting light installations along the streets of Ayala Avenue. The street market started from 10:00 am and until 10:00 pm.

Photo credit: Some photos are from the organizers and Ms. Maria Rona Beltran

Street Dancing Winners of Caracol 2017

Street Dancers from different elementary , high school and barangay levels capped this year’s Caracol festival 2017 which was held at the Circuit Mall within Makati City . This year’s marked the 31st year that the festival is celebrated .

Circuit Mall

There are 12 competing groups this year, three in the elementary category, three in high school, and six from the barangay clusters, three for each district.

Each dance group will have 30 to 40 members excluding musicians and props-men. Elementary schools which competed includes General Pio del Pilar -Main and Pembo Elementary . High School are from San Isidro High School , Makati and Bangkal High Schools.

The festival used to be held on the feast day of Saint Ildefonsus around late January but eventually moved to late February and the usual street dancing is held in the morning but the festivities moved to Circuit Mall few years ago. The participants paraded on Hippodromo street and culminated with dance competition held at the activity area of Circuit Mall.

This year’s board of judges includes Engineer Vizmina Osorio , Mrs. Sylvia Lichauco de Leon , Ms.  Ms. Misha Quimpo , Mr. Gener Caringal , Ms. Ellen Fullido and Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta ( serving as board )

Pembo Elementary School

Winners

The winners in each category received a trophy and cash prizes of Php 120,000 for the first prize, Php 100,000 second prize and Php 80,000 for third prize.

Cash Prizes was given to the winners of special awards : Best In Costume , Php 40,000 and Best in Choreography ,Php 40,000

Elementary Category : 3rd Place – Pio Del Pilar Elementary , 2nd Place – Makati Elementary School , 1st Place – Pembo Elementary School

High School Category : 3rd Place – Bangkal High School , 2nd Place- Makati High School , 1st Place- San Isidro High Sschool

Barangay Category : 3rd Place- Cluster 1 , 2nd Place -Cluster 2 , 1st Place- Cluster 4

 

Caracol Parade 2017 set on Circuit Mall

Caracol 2017 through its Museum and Cultural Affairs Office, will stage the 31st Caracol Festival on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Globe Circuit Events Grounds in Barangay Olympia, Makati City.

The grand street parade will be held this coming SUNDAY February 26 and a grand parade and street dancing will be held at around past 4:00pm and will start at the Circuit Mall ( formerly known as Santa Ana Racing Circuit ) .

Origins

The unique festival was conceptualized around 1986 and  was supposed to combine three of the Philippines’ major ethnic festivals, but eventually evolved into a unique cultural event in its own right.

The origin of the name was derived from the  Spanish word, caracol means “snail.” It’s hard to say whether the Caracol Festival was named because of its associations with nature, or because it cycles every year like the ridges on a snail’s shell.

Now , it is known to present the beauty of environment , mother nature and awareness.  There will over 5,000 participants at the annual festival from elementary, high school and youth category.

There will be 12 competing groups this year, three in the elementary category, three in high school, and six from the barangay clusters, three for each district. Each dance group will have 30 to 40 members excluding musicians and props-men.

Makati Mayor Abby Binay Message

Makati Mayor Abby Binay said everyone is invited to join the Caracol Festival, Makati’s version of Mardi Gras, which showcases the city’s advocacy for environmental protection and preservation.

“We are inviting residents, tourists and the general public to come and join us in one of the most colorful and exciting events in the city, dedicated to promoting a deeper sense of appreciation and caring for the gifts of Mother Nature, especially among the youth,” Binay said.

Advisory

MCAO officer in charge May Santillan said the festival will start at 4:00 p.m. with a parade of around 5,000 performers along A.P. Reyes Avenue going to the Globe Circuit Grounds. The assembly area will be at Hippodromo Street in Barangay Olympia, Makati City .

There are some streets that might be closed to vehicular traffic , once the parade had started .

Santillan also said the highlight of the festivity is a dance competition where participants are dressed up in colorful, nature-inspired costumes like flowers, insects, and rare animals.

The will be judged based on costume originality, beauty and creativity, and performance level of their dance. Special awards will be given for the best costume and best choreography.