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SUNDAY IN BERLIN: My First Impressions of Germany @GermanyTourism

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I arrived in Berlin on a Sunday and this started my love affair with the Best Kept Secret City in Europe.  

I'm kicking off my Awesome Berlin Series with my experience:

  • Exploring Alexanderplatz Marketplace,
  • Getting lost in U-Bhan (underground train),
  • Attending a Catholic Filipino Sunday Mass in Bayernallee, and
  • Experiencing the Hipster Flea Market at Mauerpark every Sunday.

Here's a photo essay of my Sunday first impression of Germany...

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Matt Basile's Kitchen Revolution Pop-Up Dinner at Chef Jessie's in Manila! @FidelGastros

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Finally met Matt Basile--popularly known as Fidel Gastro--last Saturday night at Chef Jessie's, for the Asian Food Channel's Kitchen Revolution Tour in Manila. He was here to promote the second season of his "Rebel without a Kitchen" show, which premiered last Sept. 11 on AFC.

He is known as Toronto's Pop-Up King and is popular for his food truck, Priscilla, which serves Toronto Cuban-styled sandwiches called ‘Extremo Sandwiches’. 

It was a pleasure to meet him in person and get a taste of the flavors Fidel Gastro is known for.

Here's a photo essay of the Matt Basile's Kitchen Revolution Pop-Up Dinner at Chef Jessie's...

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ASEAN INTEGRATION: 5 Digital Influencer Power Tips to be Successful in the 2015 ASEAN Integration! @DigitalFilipino @EONTweets

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As Digital Influencers, are you ready for the ASEAN Integration that will happen by December 31, 2015? Are you prepared to compete or collaborate with other ASEAN Digital Influencers?

Thank you to Janette Toral for inviting me to give a Keynote speech--in tandem with Junie del Mundo, CEO of EON Inc.--on the impact of the ASEAN Integration, during the recently held Digital Influencers Marketing Summit.

Here are 5 Digital Influencer Power Tips to be successful in the ASEAN Integration in 2015...

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2015 Awesome Calendar: Breakout Year for Philippine Tourism! @TourismPHL

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2015 is declared by DOT as the "Visit the Philippines 2015" because of the big international events happening in the country next year.  I'm excited for the Papal Visit, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meetings and Leaders' Summit and the much anticipated Madrid Fusion :)
 
DOT targets 10 Million tourists in 2015 and launched a microsite: http://phl2015.itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/ to showcase the cultural, lifestyle and entertainment events happening next year. You can also register your own event in this official events directory to showcase it to the tourists.
 
I'm excited for 2015 not only because it would be a breakout year for tourism in the Philippines, but also because of the 10+ long weekends without the need to go on vacation leave! I'm publishing the Awesome Calender 2015 earlier so that you can plan your vacation and travel schedule now. 
 
Here's Our Definitive Guide to Philippine Holidays, Philippine Festivals, Philippine Fiestas, Liturgical Events, and Awesome Events!

JANUARY 2015

Long Weekend #1: January 1 to 4 (4 Days)
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1  NEW YEAR'S DAY | Thursday (Every 1st of January) | Philippine Regular Holiday. 
Solemnity of Mary Mother of God  HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

2 NEW YEAR LONG WEEKEND | Friday | Special Non-Working Holiday. 
Solemnity of Mary Mother of God  HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

9  FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE | Friday | Quiapo, Manila
An intense, day-long festival highlighted by a mammoth procession through the streets.

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15-19  PAPAL MANILA VISIT | Manila
His Holiness Pope Francis will make an apostolic visit to the Philippines from January 15 to 19, 2015, marking the 20th anniversary of the World Youth Day in the country.
Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony
For more information, visit the official website: http://papalvisit.ph/

18 ATI-ATIHAN 2015 | 3rd Sunday |Kalibo, Aklan
Commemorates the 13th century land deal between 10 migrating Bornean chieftains and the aboriginal Ati King Marikudo. It also honors the town patron, the infant Sto. Niño.

#3 in the 10 Most Awesome Fiestas of the Philippines

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Related post: KALIBO: What to Expect in the Sto. Niño ATI-ATIHAN Festival in Kalibo?

For more information, visit the official website: http://www.kaliboatiatihan.ph/

18 SINULOG 2015 | 3rd Sunday | Cebu City
Cebu’s biggest and most popular festival in honor of the Holy Image of Senyor Sto. Niño

#2 in the 10 Most Awesome Fiestas of the Philippines

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Related Blog Posts: Sinulog Fluvial Breakfast! and The Sinulog's Grand Parade

For more information, visit the official website: http://www.sinulog.ph/

25  DINAGYANG FESTIVAL 2015 | 4th Sunday | Iloilo City
Street dancing characterized by frenetic stomping of feet and hypnotic drumbeating. It is a colorful whirl of thousands of people dressed in unique costumes dancing & chanting all day and night.

#1 in the 10 Most Awesome Fiestas of the Philippines

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Related Blog Post: Iloilo's Dinagyang: Hala Bira! Viva Señor Santo Niño!

For more information, visit the official website: http://dinagyangsailoilo.com/ 

31  FEAST DAY OF ST. JOHN BOSCO |  Saturday (Every 31st of Jan) 
Celebration of the feast day of the Father and Teacher of Youth who founded the Salesian Society.

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TAAL VISTA: Best Negrense Buffet by Chef Fernando Aracama! @TaalVistaHotel

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People always ask me what our favorite cuisine is, and I would always answer, Filipino Food. We especially love the regional cuisine from Pampanga, Negros, Ilocos, and Bicol.

So it's great news that Taal Vista--in celebration of their 75th anniversary--is featuring the best Filipino chefs from Manila. As part of their weekend buffet at Cafe Veranda, each chef gets to feature their specialty Filipino dishes for two weekends.

The campaign, called "CULINARY GEMS: A Festival of Filipino Flavors", kicked off last weekend with Chef Fernando Aracama's Negrense food specialties. And we loved it!

Here's a photo essay of one of the Best Negrense Buffets, which also kicks off the series on What's New in Tagaytay 2014...

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