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20 posts from February 2016

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February 29, 2016

Murder Manila: A Role-Playing Mystery Game to Die For! @MurderManila

Read More: Here are... 10 Most Fun Activities in Manila (2016 Edition)! @TourismPHL 

Murder Manila

Murder Manila from the brains behind Mystery Manila presents their take on the classic “Whodunnit?”.

Murder Manila is a role-playing game, where you must use your deductive skills and reasoning, to figure out who the killer is before time runs out. There are different scenarios for people to play through. We got to go back to school with the theme Revenge at the Reunion.

Murder Manila
E-mail: info@murdermanila.com
Website: www.murdermanila.com
Facebook: murdermanila


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February 28, 2016

ATELIER VIVANDA MANILA by Chef Akrame: 50-day Dry-Aged Steaks! (Review)

As featured 10 Most Awesome NEW (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2016!


Atelier Vivanda Manila is an integrated steakhouse, bistro, and wine & cheese bar (BRVT) concept by two-Michelin-star Chef Akrame Benallal of Paris. They are best known for their 50-day dry-aged meats imported directly from Paris, as well as their artisanal French-style comfort food

Atelier means "workshop of an artisan" while Vivanda comes from La Viende, which means "meat life". The Manila branch is in partnership with Khristine Gabriel and Grace Lee, who loved their Chef Akrame experience in Paris so much that they decided to help bring it to the Philippines.

There was a lot of hype surrounding the opening of Atelier Vivanda in the metro. Here's our experience...


ATELIER VIVANDA  (at-l-yey • vee-vahn-dah)
U-A8 Forbes Town Center, Bonifacio Global City
Open 6.30pm to 10.00pm
Telephone: +632 VIVANDA (848 2632)
Mobile: +63 918 VIVANDA (848 2632)
FacebookAtelier Vivanda Manila 

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February 25, 2016

WOLFGANG'S STEAKHOUSE: Best Dry-Aged Porterhouse Steak now in Manila! @rwmanila

As featured 10 Most Awesome NEW (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2016!

Arguably one of the best steakhouses in New York, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener opened its first branch in the Philippines, in partnership with Raymund Magdaluyo and Marvin Agustin.

Mr. Zwiener, through his restaurant, aims to impart his knowledge of the dry-aging process and cooking preparations after decades of experience at the famed Peter Luger’s in New York. While the restaurant is celebrated for its USDA Prime New York Sirloin, Ribeye, and Fillet Mignon, the signature steak is the Porterhouse.

Here's what to expect at Wolfgang's Steakhouse in Manila...


2F Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City
Operating Hours:
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Email: wolfgangssteakhouseph@gmail.com
Website: www.wolfgangssteakhouse.ph
Facebook: WolfgangsSteakhousePH
Instagram: @WolfgangsSteakhousePH

Wolfgang Steakhouse Menu: Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dessert Menu

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Philippines Sustainable Seafood Week: Executive Chefs of Top Hotels and Restaurants Support for Ocean Conservation

Sustainable Seafood Week

February 15, 2016 marked the start of Sustainable Seafood Week. This week focused on helping people understand that the ocean life we partake of still need to be allowed to be abundant in their habitat. The hospitality industry celebrated this with encouraging the public to help save the oceans by being critical about the seafood they consume. This stand to serve sustainable seafood was reached after years of showing that our current way of fishing our oceans empty is not the proper way.

The Top Chefs from different renowned restaurants and hotels have prepared a special dinner using fresh sustainable seafood ingredients.


Sustainable Seafood Week Ph
February 15 - 21, 2016
Facebook: SustainableSeaoodWeekph

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February 24, 2016

Philippines' First 15-Hour Food Tour Frenzy Safari (Part 1) #WSFC16

It was such an honor to curate the first ever 15-Hour Food Tour in the Philippines--a culinary introduction to the best of Filipino food and culture.  This is also the official press launch of the World Street Food Congress happening in Manila on April 20-24, 2016!

Related Blog Post: Announcing... World Street Food Congress in Manila! (April 20-24, 2016)


From the foodie backstreets of Metro Manila to the culinary center of Pampanga, over 30+ culinary ambassadors, food journalists, and bloggers from Manila, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Spain came together to eat their way to the coveted title of “Commando Foodie”.


Here's a photo essay of Philippines' first 15-hour Food Frenzy Safari...  

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An Epic 15-Hour Food Tour in Manila (Part 2) #WSFC16

Read First: Philippines' First Epic 15-Hour Food Frenzy Safari (Part 1): Recovery Food, Everybody's, Aling Lucing, and Cafe Fleur!


4.30pm: WORLD STREET FOOD PRESSCON (Manila Diamond Hotel Culinary Studio

After 3 hours of grueling traffic, we finally made it back to Manila where we had to make a mad rush for Diamond Hotel to attend the official press conference for World Street Food Congress 2016.


KF Seetoh of Makansutra talked about the importance of preserving our country's Heritage Foods, bringing the street vendor community together, and what to expect at the upcoming WSFC on April 20-24, 2016. 


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Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival: What to expect @MalasimboFest 2016?

March 9, 2016 Update: MALASIMBOOO! Transformative Music, Art & Magic @MalasimboFest 2016

Malasimbo Lights and Dance Daloy Dance Company
(The Daloy Dance Company)

The Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival is an international act set within the mystical foothills of Mt. Malasimbo in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines.

For their 6th anniversary, the festival stretches the activities across two weekends: The Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival on March 4-6 and The Malasimbo Lights & Dance Festival on March 24-26.

Here are a few things you can look forward to at Malasimbo…


Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Festival Date: March 4-6 (Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival) and March 24-26 (Malasimbo Lights and Dance Festival)
Email: info@malasimbofestival.com / ltparpan@gmail.com
Website: www.malasimbofestival.com
Facebook: Malasimbofestival
Instagram: @malasimbofestival

Buy Tickets (click HERE)
Buy Camping Packages (click HERE) 

MALASIMBO 2016 Series:
Malasimbo: A Backstage Pass To The Beautiful Mindoro Island! @MalasimboFest 2016
MALASIMBOOO! Transformative Music, Art & Magic @MalasimboFest 2016
- Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival: What to expect @MalasimboFest 2016?  

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February 23, 2016

Masungi Georeserve: Secret Sanctuary in Baras Rizal

By Abigail Javellana

(Updated 12/5/2016: Updated the new conservation rates effective November 26, 2016.

Note: There's a new improvement at the end of the trail called the ‘Dahon’ village. Here, you will find hammocks of different shapes and sizes inspired by leaves and fruits. Guests can rest on these hammocks after a long and winding trek throughout the trail.)

Masungi Georeserve 

When the daily grind of the city begins to weigh down on you, it's always nice to take a step back and appreciate nature. Just a quick hour and a half from Quezon City is Baras, Rizal, home of the Masungi Georeserve. Masungi comes from the word “masungki”, which means “spiked”. This is fitting as one of the prime attractions of this reserve is a 10 kilometer spine of limestone formations.

The 1,500+ hectare reserve is a haven for a variety of flora and fauna and a fun adventure spot for hikers and ecotourists. Every Tuesday to Saturday, at either 7:30 am or 1:00 pm, thrill-seekers can take the 3-4 hour hike around the huge georeserve.

Some sights to be seen are: Tatay and Nanay, two limestone peaks, Yungib ni Ruben, a cave to seek shelter from the hot sun, and Sapot, a web where you can lie down and view Laguna de Bay.

However, keeping Masungi safe for all the wildlife in it has been an uphill battle. “The georeserve is an area we have been protecting for over fifteen years now. Having to deal with a myriad of illegal loggers, quarries, and others, it has been a challenge, but ultimately a meaningful and fulfilling one. Today, we are excited to share our love for the place with you. We hope that you see something special in it like we did.”


Masungi Georeserve
Kilometer 45, Marcos Highway, Rizal, Philippines
E-mail: trail@masungigeoreserve.com
Facebook: masungigeoreserve
Website: www.masungigeoreserve.com
Instagram: masungigeoreserve

Reservations (Book Here

Masungi Conservation fee
• Weekdays (Mondays to Fridays): Php 1,500 per person*
• Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays): Php 1,800 per person*
*Inclusive of a ranger dedicated to the group, rental of helmets & backpacks, water refills and complimentary light after-trail snacks

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