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A Visit to Gantsilyo Guru in Pasig

Gantsilyo Guru started as a hobby by the owner Ms. Trey.  She picked up her first crochet  hook when she was still at 3rd year high school home economics class.

She eventually started online yarn and supplies shop around 2015 and eventually setting up her own shop after a year or so in business.

My mother , an aunt and sister know how to crochet , Unfortunately i never pick-up the hobby , which will require long hours of crocheting and pattern weaving . I first learned the art of crochet when i was in first year high school in which it was part of the T.H.E. ( Technology , Home Economics and Livelihood Education) some of my classmates made small dress and bonnets , but after about 3 weeks, I only managed to finished a small pouch bag.  ( Not really my cup of tea)

I was invited by a friend to accompany him to buy some yarn at the supply store. We decided to just walk from SM Megamall to Shaw boulevard in Pasig . It was raining heavy and we manage to arrive around past 4:00pm at the shop.

I was impress with the large amount of yarn, supplies and books , some of which are directly imported from Japan by the owner.

We were also met by the owner/ proprietor when we visited her craft store, glad to share some of her skills and i took time venting out some of my personal life struggles. The area is well-lighted and products are clearly labeled.

The store also offers some basic lesson about crochet , try to visit their fb page .

Photo credit: Mr. Philip Reyes

Address: Unit 306, Emerald Place, 604 Shaw Boulevard , Barangay Kapitolyo , Pasig City 

Operation : Wednesday to Sunday – 10:00 am to 6:00pm

Landline +63 (2) 935-9049 

Website:   http://www.gantsilyo.com/

 

 

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Going Loco Over El Guapo’s Restaurant

El Guapo’s is one of the newest addition to the long list of restaurants within the East Capitol drive area near San Ignacio street in Pasig City .  Any person who is “ loco ” about Mexican will surely love this restaurant.

The concept is a Texan-Mexican  inspired dishes and had a bright and colorful wall mural of daily scenes from Texas, United States and Mexico . One will not miss the restaurant , since there are employees dress in cowboy -style attire.

El Guapo’s at night

The tagline is ” Tex Mex on Testosterone ” and the restaurant had a sitting capacity of 60 to 80 persons at any given time, There is also an outdoor patio area , where one can enjoy the outdoor surrounding.

colorful mural painting on wall which reflects Texan and Mexican culture

One can also avail of their everyday ” Ribs all You Can ” offered from 11:00am till 2:00pm for just Php 499.00 another MUST Try !!!

Here are some of the Dishes :

appetizer meals 

Mexican Dynamite – deep fried with beef , cheese , jalapeño  infused with finger chilies with dipping sauce . One can smell the spiciness of the finger chilies the moment that they served them.

Mexican Wraps – This comes with 5 fillings and 4 kinds of wraps. Taquito is a fried rolled tortilla with fillings . One can adjust their taste by adding chili sauce .

Soft Taco – A toasted tortilla with fillings , commonly sold as street taco , come with nachos .

Monster Taco

Monster Tacos – A 10 inch meat ball taco loaded with refried beans , ground beef , chicharones , sour apples , tomato salsa, jalapeño , chopped  lettuce, chopped onions , dripping with garlic and sour cream sauce. Php 295 per order -Good for Sharing between 3 to 5 person .  This is a MUST TRY !!!! 

Alamo burger

Alamo Burger – This is a large sized burger aptly named Alamo in reference to a place in Texas  with  5 kinds of beef patties , chopped lettuce leaves, tomatoes , cheese sauce and a side dish of nacho chips .  Ideal for sharing between two to three person . Php 450 per order.  MUST TRY  !!!! We loved the oozing cheese.

Chimichanga 

Chimichanga is a deep fried burritos with generous topping of tomato sauce and sprinkled with cheese, there is also a side dish of nachos chips.

Burrito

Burrito is a roasted tortilla roll with rice and filling comes with two kinds of sauces .

Bareback ribs with corn

Bareback Ribs – This is one of the restaurant specialties , baby back ribs are spiced-up with their own version of marinate and with mash potatoes , topped with homemade gravy with grilled corn cob. MUST TRY

Big bird

Big Bird – is Deep fried chicken schnitzel steak with heap of mash potatoes in home style gravy with a side dish of sour cider apples on a lettuce leaf . The gravy is presented in an small cup inverted in order to create a movement of oozing gravy at the mash potatoes and chicken , thus infusing more flavors and appeal .

Cocktail Drinks

Plus there are a good selection of cocktail drinks which includes their own in-house blend of Frozen Blue Margarita, Macho Mojito , Michealada , Drunk Baby is a spiced crazy rum horchata served in baby bottle (  disposable nipples) , Limeade , Moustache Ride .

The cocktail blend are also neatly presented on a margarita glass cup with a citrus green- colored Saguaro cactus stem . This is reflective of the importance of cactus in Texan and Mexican culture. We saw some Spanish- speaking customers who enjoyed the rich cocktail blend during our short and memorable stay .

There is also an ample parking area beside the restaurant .

Note : Prices quoted are posted as of the review, Prices are subjected to change without prior notice and kindly visit the El Guapo’s  FB page for the complete listings and promos.

Address: 51-B  East Capitol Drive , Pasig City 

Operation – 11:00am to 2:00am everyday 

Contact : (02) 547 0824

 

New and Innovative Products from MTECH 2016

Meralco Lopez Building lobby , Pasig City -Philippines

Meralco Technology and Innovation Summit 2016 or MTECH 2016 is a must -see exhibits and experience zone , which showcases the latest products , services and technology from the company’s business , service and technology partners . The event started at around past 8:00 am with the registration and a short program at the lobby of the main building and this will be its second year.

invited guests and officers of Meralco

The exhibit and summit started from August 23 to 24, ( Tuesday to Thursday ) at the Lopez building lobby showcased the company’s leading technology partner brands such as Dell, Hitachi, SAP, Pazifik, Power, Lenovo , Symantec + Blue Coat , CALIBR8, Schneider Electric, Indra, Siemens, Huawei , Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Salesforce , Microsoft , Trends and Technologies Inc., Trend Micro , Geodata System Technologies, WSI , Smart , PLDT and Radius Telecoms showcased their latest innovations, Moreover Meralco Kuryente Load -the power utility’s prepaid electricity service is also demonstrated.

Hitachi 

The Experience Zone , which is situated inside the MERALCO Theater Lounge features SMART Home Solutions by Schneider Electric ( which includes appliance control and electric consumption monitoring ) , Indra ( smart sensors and appliance control through smart plugs) and CALIBR8 (electric consumption monitoring and analytics )

Stratasys

The Experience Zone also features exhibits by Lenovo ( tablets , PC’s and Laptops ) Dell ( tablets , office PC’s , gaming PC’s , laptops, servers for back end systems) WSI Philippines ( large format displays and office printer ) , Trends and Technologies ( sound system ) , Microsoft ( Xbox One and VR device) and Abenson ( home appliances)

Smart Home living room 

MERALCO Chief Technology advisor Mr. Gavin D. Barfield said the exhibits would demonstrate the huge amount of technology and innovation that is going on at MERALCO as we embrace the digital age. “ We are utilizing tha latest technology to improve our grid operations , provide more consumption information and convenience to our customers ad to roll out new products and services . At Meralco, we are engraining technology and innovation into our DNA”.

 

MTECH 2016

There will also a pocket sessions will also be held at the exhibit venue. The event will conclude on August 26 Friday with a day-long forum featuring MERALCO”s technology vision and presentations from international speakers.

August 23

Topics :

1.) Transforming Customer Engagement in the Digital Economy by Mr. Robert Williams of SAP.

2.) ArcFM, Your Solution for Advanced Assets and Network Management by Mr. Gerome San Pablo of Schneider Electric.

August 24

Topics

1.) Organizational Transformation through ICT Solutions by Mr. Ravi Singh of Hitachi

2.) Harnessing Intelligent Data with Azure and Power Business Intelligence by Mr. Angelo Miguel Arcilla of Microsoft

3.) Grid Resilience and Demand-side Management by Mr. K. Anand Gopal Menon of Siemens

August 25

Topics

1.) Intel Unite by Mr. Charles Ty of Intel and Lenovo

2.) The Smart Life by Smart Communications

For more information about this event , Please visit

http://www.mtech.com.ph/

Winners of Poster Making Contest at The Medical City

Augusto M. Barcelon Auditorium , The Medical City , Pasig City -Philippines

The Medical City Nutrition Management Services together with the Center of Developmental Pediatrics have heed of this concern by launching a poster making contest entitled “ TMC for Kids: Healthy Eating Plate– A poster making contest on good nutrition , ” The contest is open to middle school Grade 5 students) This contest is also in line with the Department of Health’s ” Pinggang Pinoy ” in celebration of the National Nutrition Month 2016 .

Augusto Barcelon auditorium

The Medical City ( TMC) is a world -class hospital healthcare organization with 48 years of existence in hospital operation and administration . With its main facility located along Ortigas Avenue, TMC boasts of experienced and esteemed medical experts of various fields with modern facilities that offer the highest standard of healthcare quality as accredited by the Joint Commission International – a prestigious accrediting body for international healthcare organizations.

L-R Saint Paul College-Pasig- Ms. Isabella R. Hilario ( first place ) Lourdes School- Mr. Patrice  Sebastien M. Olaguera ( 2nd place ) Lourdes School – Mr. Jason B. Bacar ( 3rd place)

The school that participated in the poster making contest show the students’ interpretation of a healthy plate based on Department of Health’s campaign or healthy plate campaign of the US. Participating schools include Saint Paul College-Pasig , Lourdes School of Mandaluyong , La Salle Greenhills and Immaculate Concepcion Academy .

A total of 25 posters was entered into the competition , The winners received plaques, gift certificates, gift packs and umbrella from sponsors.

The winners were awarded in a simple ceremony that was held at the auditorium of The Medical City in Pasig.

Aside from poster making contest, there were mini-lecture on topics such as proper nutrition , food options and picky eating . The entries will be displayed at the lobby of the Medical City for at least two weeks and will also be uploaded on the FB page and website.

Website: http://www.themedicalcity.com/

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

 

MCT Event Management Media Appreciation Day

41st floor Magellan Function Room,  Floor Discovery Suites , Ortigas Cener San Miguel Avenue Pasig City -Philippines

Discovery Suites

Metro Creative Themes Inc. (Former MCT Events Management) invited selected media partners like bloggers and print media during their  Media Appreciation Day .

participants representing different online sites , media entities , organizer and partners

buffet table

The company recently changed their name from MCT event management company to Metro Creative Themes. , According to one of the board of directors -Ms. Micah Templo – She started forming the company way back in 1995 and eventually expanded into customization of characters into larger than life and studio props that are used for theme parks, malls and event.

There was a short program and an attendance raffle for the participants.

Upcoming trade shows , discount promos ,  Mega sales are also presented .

For more information ,  Please visit their FB page  MCT Events Management

Meralco building declared an Architectural Legacy

Eugenio Lopez Building , Meralco Compound , Pasig City -Philippines

Meralco CEO -Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan together with Dona Pilar Zaragoza descendants of Architect Jose Maria V. Zaragosa, CCP President Raul Sunico, and Lopez family

Meralco Lopez building , Home to the country’s largest power utility company, the Manila Electric Company ( MERALCO) was declared an Architectural Legacy of a Philippine Artist by the Cultural Center of the Philippines ( CCP).

Mr. Raul Sunico together with PIA and UAAP members

The event also saw the members of the Philippine Institute of Architects , United Architect Association of the Philippines, Boysen Paint were invited to grace the occasion.

Mr. Manuel V. Pangilian

This is in recognition of the genius of the building ‘s architect , Jose Maria V. Zaragosa- Who was posthumously proclaimed National Artist for Architecture in 2015.

crowd

The massive building, his largest and one of his most iconic architectural masterpieces ,was the second building to be erected in the Ortigas area at that time and has stood as a prominent landmark in this commercial business district since its inauguration in 1968.

Meralco Building -photo from Ms. Elaine Cedillo ( Wikipedia )

The 47-year-old structure is also poised to become a historical landmark in its 50th year three years from now in 2018.  Architect Zaragosa is said to have used the 1960’s brise-soleil architectural medium for the building design, where a series of vertical concrete elements installed as a concave curtain were ordered by monolithic concrete towers.

The building construction began in 1964 and was inaugurated in 1964 and was inaugurated four years later with the late Don Eugenio Lopez as Meralco president . It featured the largest suspended canopy in the country at that time.

nativity scene in front of the building

These towers were designed like two people trying to support each other, with the bridge across the building as their extended arms and its concave facade providing it more stability .

architectural legacy plaque

This was affirmed by the late architect and architect historian – Benedictine Father Rodrigo Perez III, who noted that the 14-storey Lopez Building ” is slightly curved to give it more stability and to avoid the boxlike appearance of rectangular buildings and the ‘train effect’ of straight corridors. Tapering vertical sun-breakers enhance the gentle curve of the concave facade” .

The building has also served as a preferred events venue through the 1,010 -seater Meralco Theater , which had witnessed several cultural performances and milestone events.

Jose Maria V. Zaragosa earned his BS Architecture degree from the University of Santo Tomas in 1936 and a diploma in liturgical art and architecture from the International Institute of Liturgical Art in Rome, Italy.

group photo

Among his best known works were the reconstructed Casino Español de Manila (1951), the Santo Domingo Church (1954), Villa San Miguel aka  ( Archbishop Residence) in Mandaluyong (1954), SM Department Store, Carriedo, Manila (1960s), San Beda High School, Mendiola (1961), St. Joseph Adoration of the Pink Sisters, New Manila (1963), Pope Pius XII Catholic Center (1964), MERALCO Building, Ortigas (1965), Philbanking Building, Anda Circle, Manila (1969) PAL Building, Makati (1969)

Zaragoza family members

Union Church, Makati (1973), Virra Mall (1975), St. John Bosco Parish Church, Makati (1977), Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Shrine (1980), and the renovated Quiapo Church (1984). He died on 26 November 1994 at the age of 81.

Mr. Mark Lopez , Mr. Mike Lopez and Mr. Manuel ” Beaver ” Lopez Jr.

He was awarded National Artist for Architecture posthumously in 2014.

 References : Jose Ma. V. Zaragoza, Architecture for God, For Man by Ruben D. F. Defeo and Maria Lourdes Zaragoza Banson.

Press Release : Meralco Architectural Legacy Marker Conferment

Note : I would like to Thank ” Miss Millet ” with her DDB team and MERALCO for the gracious invitation to this historical milestone !

The Command Hanging Market with DMCI Homes at Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue Pasig

DMCI Homes – Riverfront Residences, Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Pasig City-Philippines

Riverfront Residence

3M Philippines in partnership with DMCI homes have its bi-monthly hanging market at the club house .

The event start past 2:00pm where hundreds of home owners and residents of Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue were treated into an afternoon of GREAT Discounts, Innovative Products and GREAT Prizes !

Command Brand

Homeowner got up to 30% discounts on selective products

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