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Buffet Dining at Cabalen in SM Megamall

Cabalen literally translates to a fellow Capampangan, is a group of casual – fine dining restaurants known for authentic Capampangan dishes and different Filipino specialties, originating from Pampanga.

Pampanga is known as the “ Culinary Capital ” of the country with every town boast of at least one specialty food .

Bringhe 

Bringhe is a localized Capampangan version of the Spanish paella , Its closest local variation is the arroz de valenciana . One MUST Try this regional dish .

different regional dishes from the country

History :

Cabalen family started in 1974 in San Fernando, Pampanga as a small Bahay Pasalubong Restaurant selling specialty food dishes, then grew into a restaurant called “Ituro Mo, Iluto Ko”. In 1986, the first Cabalen Eat-all-you-Can, Eat-all-you-Want Restaurant was opened in West Avenue, Quezon City that ushered the expansion .to more outlets.

different kinds of popular Asian dishes

This is not my first time in this restaurant , We would normally dine at least once every quarter at Cabalen– West Avenue branch and Fairview branches . Whenever we have international delegates or participants , Our team would normally dine-in at those branches. We find the restaurant appealing and accessible combined with Filipino hospitality and ambiance to our guests.

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Recently the restaurant had added new Asian dishes at their 3 branches -SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia and Robinson’s Place-Ermita . It had Chinese, Japanese, Thai , Vietnamese themed cuisines.

catfish flakes with shredded mango

Yam Pha Duk Fu is called Crispy Catfish Flakes in Shredded Mangoes with Onions , This is sometimes called Catfish Flakes Salad or Catfish Mango Salad.  This salad had a moderate taste compared to its Thai counterparts  . The spiciness of the salad had been adjusted to cater the Filipino taste.

crispy pata 

Crispy Pata – This is one of the best sellers at the restaurant, The crispy pata is best accompanied with liver sauce or a combination of  vinegar and soy dip with chopped chilies.

salad station

Salad Station boast of corn bits, julienne carrots ,  sliced picama , sliced cucumber, chopped bitter melon,  julienne cabbage ,  tomatoes , onions , lettuce and different kind of salad dressings .

ginataang kuhol 

Ginataang Kuhol or ( Freshwater snails cooked in coconut milk ) . Freshness and proper way of cooking snails  with spices like garlic, ginger, turmeric, kangkong and topped with red chili pepper. Makes a visit to this restaurant worthwhile.   snails if not properly prepared and cooked would leave some undesirable taste ” lasang  gilik”  muddy after taste.

Tapang Kalabaw

Tapang Kalabaw ( Tapang Damulag or Pindang Damulag) A type of marinated salt cured beef jerky in sweet and sour taste. This one is different from the one we have tasted in other parts of Pampanga province. Since the origin of the tapa is from San Fernando , It had a sharper taste and more vinegar .

Dessert Table

We love the do-it- yourself (DIY ) halo-halo with over half a dozen kinds of ingredients available . One can also add some slices of fresh fruits like water melon or pineapple . Guinomis / Ginomis is also a simple but very authentic .

The shaved ice is not coarse , young and adults will surely like to make their own mix.

There are also several rice based desserts like biko , tibok mais ( maja blanca)  , suman bulagta , minatamis na saging , chocolate fondue with marshmallows and fresh fruits slices like watermelon, pineapples , bananas , dalandan and kiat-kiat .

Bulalo soup – This is not offered in the regular buffet , but one must also try the balalo in their menu. What i liked about the Bulalo soup is that vegetables are not overly cooked , they stay their crispiness and color.

For regular Filipino buffet – the cost of buffet is just Php 298.00 plus 12% VAT , While Filipino-Asian buffet cost Php 398.00 ( offered in 3 branches ) Just try to add Php 60.00 for bottomless drink. What a big way to eat and share the experience with the entire family or barkadas.

There is also an ongoing in-house promotion of the restaurant for  individuals, companies who would like to pre-booked their events at their branches for this season . There are some exciting prices and freebies in for those who will avail . For more information and bookings, Please try to visit the Cabalen FB page and website for announcement.

Cabalenhttp://www.cabalen.ph/

Facebook Page : Cabalen

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Interesting Booths and Highlights of the 2nd Environmental Summit

SM Megatrade Hall  1 and 2, 5th level SM Mega Mall , Mandaluyong City -Philippines

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2016 Environmental Summit

The 2016 Environmental Summit with the theme, “Fostering Shared Responsibility in Integrated Waste Management.”  This event was held in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Climate Change Commission (CCC), National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), League of Cities of the Philippines , National Youth Commision , City of Mandaluyong and the local government units (LGUs).

 group photo
 
There were a lot of interesting and educational  booths from government attached agencies like  environmental management and sustainable development to reduce waste, improve processes,  , business value, private businesses , corporate and even international funding agencies .
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Nestle-Philippines booth
Nestle-Philippines booth showcase the progress that the company is doing in recycling their plastic wraps and aluminum packs .  They have also donated the benches to public schools and other NGO groups.
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Nestle-Philippines also makes bricks  out from shredded  foils packs and plastic wrappers.
Website: https://www.nestle.com.ph/
Big name companies like Mc Donalds, Petron ,Harbour Center, Inna Water, Jollibee , Robinsons Residences, San Miguel Corporation, Maynilad , Bay View Park Hotel, Manila, MegaWorld, Uni Pack Mackerel , Unilever -Philippines , Philippine Airlines, Tupperware Brands are just some of the big corporate brands that made their presence.
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Mr. Russ Cuevas designed a gown from recycled plastic
The event started past 10:00am with a fashion show by the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines  or  FDAP members using local, native and recycled materials in the fashion show and a cultural presentation showcasing native dances and interpretative dances .

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Mr. Edwin Uy together with his creation of different Philippine costumes made from indigenous materials
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ribbon cutting ceremony
The highlight of the opening was the ribbon cutting ceremony by Senator Loren Legarda who authored almost all the environmental laws in the country.

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Senator Loren Legarda
” We must concretize our participation in climate action and make it part of our daily living bu adopting a low carbon lifestyle , which is the conscious effort by individuals and communities to change their daily routine and practices to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and to create carbon dioxide sinks. Learning how to manage our local resources will eventually lead to the sustainability of our country .
Among the important legislature that Senator Loren Legarda had authored included :
  • – Ecological Solid Waste Management Law
  • – Clean Air Act
  • – Clean Water Act
  • – Environmental Awareness and Education Law
  • – Renewable Energy Law Act
  • – Climate Change Act
  • – Dissaster Risk Reduction and Management Act
  • – People’s Survival Fund Law

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Cleanway
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Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc.
The vision of MBCFI is “the long-term conservation of Mindoro’s native and endemic wildlife and their natural habitats for the benefit and wonder of future generations of all peoples who may inhabit and share the natural resources of this island”. On the other hand, the mission of MBCFI is “to enhance and enable the conservation of Mindoro’s unique and threatened environment, biodiversity and natural resources into perpetuity through the establishment of integrated biodiversity conservation and development programs”.
The volunteers gave away interesting pamphlets , button pins and postcards to the visitors to appreciate and to create awareness.
Website: http://site.mbcfi.org.ph/

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Unicef-Philippines
One of the first UNICEF offices established in Asia, it works to uphold the rights of children in the Philippines, including their right to an education, healthcare and protection from abuse and exploitation. It also advocates for political change in support of children, and works with partner organizations from the public, charity and private sectors, to effect change. For those wanted to help the group, Please try to visit the site.
Website: http://www.unicef.org/philippines/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unicefphilippines/
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Mr. Ral Arrogante
Mr. Ral Arrogante exhibited his works which included sculpture and items made  recycled items .
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solar powered vehicle made by the students of Mapua Institue of Technology
There were also interesting trade fairs and community booths selling recycled products like mats, bags , wallets and fashion jewelries .
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floor mats , rugs , bags and wallet made from recycled cloths
There are also interesting lectures , talks and open forum were the public can actively participate .
2nd  Environmental Summit was managed by Artistespace, which is the event organizer from planning to executing events and digital marketing solutions.
For those who wish to come , The Entrance is FREE and the event will be until June 24, 2016 . Please mark this in your calendar .
Please try to visit the website  

 

15th MegaBrands Sale at SM MegaMall from June 17 to 19, 2016

Grab all your back-to-school fashion needs and up to 70% off on selected items happening on June 17-19, 2016 at the Megatrade Hall 2 & 3, 5th level, Mega B Building, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City  from 10am to 9pm.

The organizers are also giving away hundreds of gift packs to our lucky shoppers during our hourly draw!

Admission is  FREE and all major credit cards are accepted.

To know more about the in house promo and participating brands , Please visit the MCT Events Management FB page

Contact : Mr.Emer Dela Cruz
Marketing Manager
Metro Creative Themes Inc.
Mobile: 0922.831.2601 / 0917.538.7507 / 0920.953.7153
Mobile Landline: (02) 399.2935

 

Lot Summit 2016 at Sm Megamall

Iot Summit Philippines is back to back with Electronics and Gadgets Trade Fair starting March 4 up to 5, from 10am to 8pm at the Megatrade Hall 3, SM Megamall. Hope you can drop by check some latest technology and sale of some smart phones, smart toys, smart watch photogaraphy items, and all things cool and smart. THIS IS ALSO AN INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT, TRY SOME VR AND AUGMENTED REALITY GAMES.

 

Interesting Items at the Chrristmas Toy Fair 2015

SM Megamall , Megatrade Hall B, Mandaluyong City -Philippines

Chrristmas Toys & Collectibles Fair 2015 (X Mas Toy Fair) from Dec. 11-13,2015 .

There are almost 100 booth and there were a lot of shoppers and buyers . For those who wanted to shop toys and collectible items for upcoming Yuletide season, This is the best time to shop .

Here are some of the interesting items , toys and collectible items .

NBA cards

National Basketball Association trading cards are always a collector’s item . I still remember that we used to collect them and trade them. These NBA trading cards are the ultimate collection starter and collection addition to have in your possession. Available signed and unsigned, NBA trading cards are a valuable investment you should stop overlooking today.

During the height of the NBA trading card collecting ( late 1980’s to late- 1990’s)  some schools had imposed guidelines to their students not to bring NBA cards during class hours ( They are subject to confiscation )  . There are also some incidents before that trading NBA cards also involves money thus are branded by some as some form of gambling.

In the Philippines, the fad of collecting NBA cards had begun to fade , but there are still a big number of collectors around.

Postcards

Postcards is always part of communication and an important  collectible items ever since. It started the mid- 19th century and gradually became important in the tourist trade .

The most popular theme are the tourist , scenic , map , flag,flora , fauna, anime ,costumes, cartoon characters and gotochi ( shaped postcards)

Though Wagon Marketing-Mr. Carlos and China Cabanlig

The couple had started their own anime -related gift items and is gaining some online fans for their creative items for sale . They created cute characters like mokatokki , binky burrow and sachiko .

Among the collectible items for sale are the button pins , note pads, key-chain holder , stuffed toy and postcards ( 9 designs) . These items are locally patented and the design will surely catch your eyes.

I gave them a few handy tips on how to improve their products and especially their postcards .

Address#108 Road 3, Project 6, Quezon City , Philippines 1100

+63 998-975-8829, +63 22964227 Landline : (02) 926 4004

Website: carlos@twmgraphics.com

Website: http://www.thoughtwagon.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtWagon/?fref=nf

Vintage Toy Raygun

Pope Francis

At the toy fair , Buyers can buy Pope Francis stand-up for ONLY Php450

Retro Toy Collection

Die-cast toy cars -Super Mario Brothers

Before leaving the toy fair, i was able to purchase some hot wheel die cast toys

I would like to ” Thank” the organizers for the invitation

12th Mega Brand Sale at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong

MCT Events Management will hold its 12th staging of the sale event on October 2-4, 2015 at the Megatrade Hall 1, 2 & 3, 5th level, Mega B, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

The three-day event will showcase over 150 known brands, both local and international. Shoppers from around the metropolis will surely enjoy huge discounts on great selections from shoes, bags, men’s and ladies fashion, appliances, sporting goods and accessories, personal care, eye wear and time pieces, gadgets and gizmos and other specialty items. The event is the perfect time for pre-Christmas sale purchases.

Shoppers will enjoy up to 70% discounts from participating brands like Adidas, Nike Golf, Reebok, Hush Puppies & Sebago, Levis & Dockers, RRJ, Memo, XOXO, 101 New York, Sperry, Skechers, Hanabishi and many more!

RCBC Bankard, still the bank partner of MCT Events for this event shall treat its credit cardholders with 0% interest for up to 12 months. Special giveaways and freebies will also be given for those who will sign up for the credit card during the event.

Over the years, this sale event has established a loyal and growing market, and has always been one of the most anticipated events. For the past five years, this event has provided participating brands with great opportunities to showcase their products and services to the dynamic market.

This event is organized by MCT Events Management in partnership with RCBC Bankard: Making Your Life Better!

For more information about the event, call MCT Events Management at 239-3807 or 399-2935.

Facebook Fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/MCT-Events-Management or in twitter: @mcteventsmngmnt for more updates on this event.

14 Exciting Reasons to Visit the 2015 Philippine Toy Convention

SM Megamall -Megatrade Hall 1,2,3, Mandaluyong City , Philippines

Greetings to all avid readers and followers of pop culture, cosplay , anime , toy collectors from all corners of the country and even in the world. This is the exciting time of the year where people from all walks of life, genre , thematic collectors troop to the Philippine Toy Convention 2015 .

I went to the convention early to help  the members of the Coca Cola Collectors Club of the Philippines  affix the exhibit booth .Short exciting reasons to visit the convention.

14. Husband and Wife Entrepreneurship Tandem Ms. Lisa Lee is an artist, designer , entrepreneur and Mr. Luk Chee Chew were from Malaysia. They are selling interesting items from cute postcards, t-shirts and artisan ( one of a kind) toy. Liselle’s motto, “Dare to Dream, Dare to Shine” – All people are possible to build their dream if you believe and make it come true.  Postcards are being sold at Php 20 each item with 7 designs !

DWEEY

‘Liselle’, the feminine character of a fashion illustrator portrays an image and personality of confident, elegance and charismatic that fuels an intrinsic potency for feminine lovers that has dreams to build and being ambitious. DWEEY is an artisan toy , which people can customize and paint their own DWEEY set.

LISELLE : http://www.liselle.com.my/

DWEEY: http://www.dweey.com/

Mr. EJ Zara – GM and Head of Design ( Zara and Flowers )

13. Living Indoor Plants This is the first time that a local exhibitor had showcased several interesting indoor plants with toys as an added accent. This is the trend that is happening worldwide. An arrangement that is cute, fanciful and ideal giveaway during an event. 12. CUTE Pots with a Touch of Cartoon Characters This such a very creative move on the part of Zara and Flowers ,  pot designs which are painted to look batman and other comic characters with living indoor plants. 11. Dinosaurs and Live Succulents Mixing pre-historic creatures and living plants is another way to entice people into growing plants. They look more animated and fanciful. For thematic event, weddings and even children’s parties. They are sure  hit.  It is also an impromtu botany lesson 101.

For reservations and orders:

Office: (02) 957-7290 Mobile: (0915-721-9279)

Email: egzarajr@yahoo.com

Christmas theme miniature village with trains, houses , carrousel and miniature pine trees to complete the effect.

J Tree Miniature Tree Company

Ms. Joyce D. Garcia – Bani, Pangasinan

Contact : +63 -930-984-1252 / 0906-546-0330

10. Christmas themed village in June

Christmas season is still several months away, With almost everyone at the Coca-Cola Collectors’ Club of the Philippines is on their very festive atmosphere and mood.  This is a very good way to start an event.

officers and members of the club in a light mood

With red colored t-shirts and star studded induction of the officer led by Atty. Adel Tamano ( Vice President for Public Affairs and Communication Officer ) members of the organization together with Coca- Cola Philippines will be giving away FREE Coke, Coke Zero , Royal and Sprite in cans during the duration of the event. ( depending on the availability of the supplies) Coke is an international brand name and the Philippines is one of the first countries in Asia to have acquired its franchise to distribute and bottle the product. Popular items like die-cast cars, bottles, dolls, game cards, postcards, polar bear, miniature cartoon characters , t-shirts are some of the popular collectible items on display at the exhibit.

Toy Convention 2015 mugs and other official merchandise

9.One of a Kind Memorabilia Items for Sale Memorabilia collectors normally would buy these stuffs .  They are souvenir from their visit to the convention.

Mr. Vincent Trinidad and Ms. Zette Trinidad ( artists and proprietor )

8. Unique Business Names and Products

Poop Shop sound very catchy and unique , The husband and wife tandem are selling affordable clothes which they have designed . They also have interesting stickers and cards , Unfortunately no postcards were printed .

Their store is located at No.42 Anonas Road , Project 2 , Quezon City

Contact Numbers: 0916-5199790 /0917-306-3321 Landline : 531-7671 / 463-3948

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Popshopclothing2014

7. FREEBIES , Games and On the Spot Games This is one of the reason “why” some people troop to the convention. There are a lot of freebies and giveaways during the 3-day event. Coca-Cola Philippines give away  of coke products in cans , Oishi – ( Liwayway Marketing ) gave away free samples , Fullo, button pins and other stuffs.  There are also a lot of cool surprising games , pop culture trivia and quizzes.

Coca Cola Collectors’ Club of the Philippines officers and members

6. Meeting with Fellow Collectors I got a chance of meeting some collectors in different types of collecting fields , themes and their collection.  Attending any type of convention means reaching out to all those people with the same passion and building friendship.

Mr. Jose Antonio A. Jaime  ( Photographer and Graphic Artist)

Contact details: (632) 655-5865 / 0926-6291301

email: jose_jaime@yahoo.com

I also met some old time acquaintances from stall holder and fellow collector.  I met Mr. Jose Jaime a stamp, postcard, toy and a freelance photographer . This is his first time to participate in the annual toy convention.  He was with his friend who also designs quality t-shirt for sale at the convention.

5.Life-size Statues of favorite comic super heroes There are a whole lot of statues of your favorite comic heroes . A great way to have their photos taken.

Mr. Yexel Sebastian

4.Celebrity Power I have seen several celebrities that went to the toy convention. Some of them are avid supporters of the event and they even maintained toy collections.

Super Mario Brothers

vintage tin toys

bootleg

Pinoy Lug exhibit

Pinoy Lug exhibit is composed of a group of people who collects lego toys and assemble them .

3. Exhibits A visit to the annual toy convention is incomplete without a glimpse of their exhibits by toy collectors 2. Great Discounts Toy Collectors and bargain hunters will definitely hunt for great discounts and sale. This is also the best time to buy these items before the Christmas holidays comes. There were a lot of toys and other items on sale .

badges

These badges are being sold for 9 pieces at Php 300 or Php 33.33 pesos per item.

1. Experience the TOY Convention Mania !!! Just try to enjoy the bargain hunting, exhibits , chit chats with friends and hobbyists . Try to spend more time and get to know these people behind the toy convention and their passion over collectible items. I think based on what i have seen and the crowd response was truly remarkable and if all things are right, the organizers are planning to have a bigger venue next year! TOY CONVENTION 2016 !!!

* Note: Entrance fees is Php 150 for general public and Php 120 for senior citizens .