Manila Weekend Market Goes Full Blast

Ermita, Malate, Paco, Pandacan, Manila, Makati residents and bazaaristas would be happy to know that there is an upcoming weekend bazaar. The weekend bazaar will be held at the parking area of UN Square Mall which is divided into several sections like food, fashion accessories, ready to wear shirts, regional products, plants, small mammals, pet supplies, art works, orchids, home decors, t-shirts, cacti and succulents, pots among others.

Venue: UN Square Parking, United Nations Ave. Cor. San Marcelino Street, Ermita, Manila
Booth Size: 2m x 2m
Market Schedule: Every Saturdays and Sundays, Opens(4:00am-6:00pm)

Products to Sell: Plants, Planting materials , accessories, foods, fruits drinks, dry goods like ready to wear dress, furniture and more. Wet market sellers are welcome too.

The weekend market will be at the parking area and will start on May 18 and 19 Saturday and Sunday from 4:00 am until 6:00 pm and for inquiries please call:  09391290444 / 09267488898

UN Square Mall

This is in cooperation with UN Square Mall , Manila Bulletin and Agriculture Magazine.

How to Commute

UN Square Mall is located just less than 50 meters away from LRT line 1 United Nations Avenue. Accessible in all modes of transportation like jeep, auv express, passenger bus.


Cactus and Succulent Convention Philippines 2019

Cactus and Succulent Convention in partnership with Manila Bulletin, Agriculture Magazine, UN Square Mall and Manila Prince Hotel.

The 1 day Cactus and Succulent Convention had moved from Sequioa Hotel in Quezon City to a more commuter friendly Manila Prince Hotel in Manila. This was due to the clamor of by the participants to have bigger venue and more convenient in commuting. The convention places is near LRT line 1 UN avenue, passenger jeepneys , buses and auv express which ply the Taft avenue route. Special participation is Mr. Zong Li a breeder of Haworthia from Taiwan.

When Art Emulates Life“. A whole day seminar featuring the renowned plant staging and pottery artist, Keith Kitoi Taylor from the USA.

Participation fees is Php 1,500 per day for those attending convention, This also comes with free snacks and each ticket gets you a chance to win a Keith Kitoi Taylor pot and cactus and succulents from the sponsors.

Conference will be held at the Manila Prince Hotel on May 19, 2019, the whole day conference will have local guest speakers included Mr. Lino Rom, Mr. Butchi Romero,Mr. Nonoy Sionosa, Mr. Chong Pasion, Mr. Dan Saclangan,Mr. Ron Apostol, Mr. Joey de Castro and Mr. Wilson Simuangco Angel.

Limited slots are available at the convention. There will be bazaars , talks and exciting raffles items at stake at the 3 day bazaar from May 17, 18 and 19 from 8:00am to 5:00pm which will be held at UN Square Mall in United Nations avenue corner San Marcelino street, Ermita, Manila.

See you there at the convention and trade bazaar!

Great Dishes at Srinidhi’s Cafe

Srinidhi’s Cafe serves south Indian dishes. We took time to eat at this Indian restaurant after attending a short talk at the recently concluded Cactus Fiesta Fair 4 held at UN Square Mall.

Srinidhi’s Cafe

The restaurant had already established a following among local Indian , Sri Lankan and even Pakistani residents. They also offer unlimited rice promo for their dishes.

It can accommodate between 30 to 50 people at any given time, with modern ambiance. One can adjust the amount of spiciness by telling the waitress your preference.


Chicken Biryani – a highly aromatic and well-seasoned one-pot dish we would highly recommend this dish- Ideal for sharing between 2 to 3 people.

We ordered 1 chicken biryani rice, 1 south indian dish combo meal which comes with soup and unlimited white rice. 1 fish fry and 1 grilled fish.

soup had some spices, slices of tomatoes and vegetables.

grilled fish with some chopped cabbage, onions and slice of lemon.

fish pry with with sauteed cabbage, onions – We prefer this dish over the grilled fish which seems to be over cooked.

l-r Ms. Surya Nasmaskar, Mr. Frandel Recto along with Ms. Anita Are, Mrs. Luz Santa Ana

Overall, We would recommend this place for all those craving for Indian dishes.

Address: ground floor UN Square Mall, United Nations Avenue corner San Marcelino Street, Ermita, Manila

Operations: 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM Everyday

Contact : 0949- 118 1502

Duo Halo-halo and other Dishes at Kuya J, UN Square Mall

Duo halo-halo which combines milk and ube, roasted chicken, kaldereta, pinakbet are just some of the well known Filipino desserts and dishes served at Kuya J restaurant UN Square Mall branch.

Kuya J’s UN Square Mall branch is fitted with well-lighted and sophisticated interiors, while serving well-designed and well-executed native dishes that cut across regional palates.


Pinakbet had okra, bitter melon, squash, string beans, meat and shrimp paste. (Php 198 ) for sharing between 2 to 4 people.

roasted chicken

Roasted chicken also tried their version of their roasted chicken, It serve with slice tomatoes and cucumber and can be shared with 2 to 4 persons. The meat is tender and mildly spice. One can add hot sauce or liver sauce to add taste.

Beef Kaldereta we like the tender beef meat and the sauce, the slices of potatoes and carrot . Php 415 for sharing between 2 to 4 persons.

Duo Halo-halo

Duo Halo-halo which combines milk and ube flavors, The shave ice had infuse flavors, similar to the more popular halo-halo brands in the market. The halo-halo is not too sweet and just right. It is topped with corn flakes and leche flan with the usual mixed like saba banana , gelatin and strips of coconut. Php 109 is quite irresistible especially with the hot weather.

Note: Prices posted in this blog is subject to change without prior notice. The author is not connected with the management of the restaurant.

Kuya J Restaurant

Address: ground floor of UN Square Mall, San Marcelino street corner United Nations Avenue in Ermita, Manila.

Operations: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm Everyday

Holy Week operations might differ from Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday

Big Winners at Cactus Fiesta Fair 4

Cactus Fiesta Fair 4 was organized by National Cactus and Succulent Organization of the Philippines Inc. (NCSOPi) in partnership with UN Square Mall, Manila Bulletin and Agriculture Magazine held a successful 3 -day cacti and succulent bazaar. There are a lot of entries made by members of the organization.

 Big Winners 

Best Pot-in-a-pot
Owner: Jim Ong

Photo courtesy of Mr. Mark Buizon

second place : Mr.  Jerome Daclison

third place: Mr. MJ Cruz

Best Frailea: Frailea mammifera forma cristata

Plant Owner:  Ms.Savanah Lamsen
Photo courtesy of: Plantaholic

Best Discocactus: Discocactus cristallophylus variegata
Plant Owner: Mr.  Joelious Montecalvo
Photo courtesy of : Mr. Joelious Montecalvo

Best Mammillaria: Mammillaria elongata
Plant Owner: Sintiqui Tenias
Photo courtesy of :Mr. Karl Calica

Best Echeveria: Echaveria imbricata
Plant Owner: Mr. Michael Co / Photo: Mr. Micheal Co
Best Sansevieria: Sansevieria rorida
Plant Owner: Ms. Jen Veran-dela Cruz / Photo : Ms. Jen Veran dela Cruz
Best Euphorbia: Euphorbia cylindrifolia var. tubifera
Plant Owner: Mr. Jim Ong / Photo : Mr. Jim Ong
Best Tillandsia Rosette Species and Best Tillandsia Species: Tillandsia xerographica
Plant Owner: Mr. Joshua Banzuela / Photo : Mr. Tan Wee Zee
Best Bulbous Tillandsia Hybrid and Best Tillandsia Hybrid: Tillandsia Joy
Plant Owner: Mr. Soysoy Palma / Photo : Mr. Tan Wee Zee
Best Bulbous  Species Tillandsia: Tillandsia seleriana
Plant Owner: Ms. Lanie Quianzon / Photo : Mr. Tan Wee Zee
Best Small Tillandsia Species: Tillandsia loliacea
Plant Owner:  Ms. Aireen Bernal / Photo:  Mr. Tan Wee Zee
Best Small Tillandsia Hybrid : Tillandsia Rio Hondo x Tillandsia ionantha Guatemala
Plant Owner: Ms. Sandy Inigo- Dos Remedios / Photo : Mr. Tan Wee Zee
Best Tillandsia Rosette Hybrid : Tillandsia Eric Knobloch x Tillandsia Capitata Maroon
Plant Owner: Mr.  Marco Llagas
Photo by: Mr. Tan Wee Zee
The winners were given a special trophy made from cacti and the winners were chosen by panel of local and international judges who were experts in the field of cacti, succulents and tillandsia.
Note: all the winners list were given and posted by (NCSOPi) at their official FB page and secretariat.
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