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August 15, 2016

Announcing... Ultimate Taste Test 2016: Be a Food Critic for a Day on September 17, Saturday, SMX Aura!

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Finally, we are ready to announce the most exciting tasting event that most food lovers and connoisseurs in Manila are waiting for this 2016!

Our Awesome Planet and San Miguel Lifestyle Brews present the 2016 Ultimate Taste Test, the celebrated food tasting event, on September 17, 2016 Saturday at the SMX Convention Center - Aura from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This much-anticipated annual food trip enables food lovers to be food-critics-for-a-day by sampling mouth-watering new flavors from over 40+ home-based food businesses and new food discoveries in Manila.

Now staging the 14th in the UTT series - Ultimate Taste Test 2016, food blog pioneer Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet embarks on the first UTT event at SMX Convention Center - Aura.

Food Supplier applications are now open! You may  fill up the 2016 UTT Online Application Form

For more info, please email to admin@ultimatetastetest.com or call Rache +63 917 531-8949.

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Announcing... THE CHOICE 2016: People's Choice Restaurant Awards in Manila! Vote Now! (until August 31)


Every month, every week, and almost every day it seems, there's a new restaurant opening in Metro Manila. There are a lot of great new dining choices, side by side with the perennials, the classics that we grew up with. As food bloggers, writers, and members of the F&B industry, we're always very curious about the crowd favorites.

The popular vote, if you will. So, Our Awesome Planet and the Blogger Collective known as the KTG (Kain Tulog Gang), and World Food Expo have partnered to conduct the first ever People's Choice for their Favorite Food, Restaurants, Bars, and more~ or simply, "The Choice".

You can participate and answer the survey here --> The Choice 2016 Survey


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August 12, 2016

ATMOSPHERE RESORTS: Have you tried the Best Eco-Luxury Resort in Dumaguete?

Related Blog Post: BLUE Restaurant: One Yummy Reason to Stay at Atmosphere Resorts


ECO-LUXURY has shifted the focus of tourism by providing benefits for both the economy and the environment. By combining premium hospitality services with ecological and social responsibility, ATMOSPHERE RESORTS shows us how the two worlds can co-exist.

Owners Gabrielle & Matthew Holder designed Atmosphere as an immersive experience that forces us to evaluate our relationship with nature and value the communities around us--all while getting some good ol’ R&R.

The underlying goals of the resort are to support the local community and continually reduce the environmental impact of the business. By adopting simple, sustainable, and socially responsible practices all throughout their operations, Atmosphere promotes mindfulness in the midst of indulgence.

Here’s why Atmosphere is the best Eco-Luxury Resort in the Negros Island Region…

Atmosphere Resorts & Spa Maayong Tubig, Dauin, 6217 Negros Oriental, Philippines
Email: enquiries@atmosphereresorts.com
Telephone: +63 35 400 6940
Mobile: +63 917 700 2048 | +63 998 960 2289
Website: www.atmosphereresorts.com
Facebook: Atmosphere Resorts
Instagram: @atmosphereresorts
Twitter: @atmosphereresorts

Check out low rates and availability from Agoda: Atmosphere Resorts & Spa

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August 10, 2016

TAHANAN BISTRO: Antipolo Private Dining at Benji Reyes' Tahanan (First Look)

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Tahanan by artist Benji Reyes is the most beautiful Filipino home in Antipolo. I suggested to Benji 7 years ago that this would the perfect place for private dining in the city. Finally, after six years of studying in Melbourne, his daughter Keesha decided to go back home and open Tahanan Bistro.

Together with her partner Chef Kevin Tuason, who graduated from the culinary school of Academia International in Melbourne, the bistro offers a set menu that pays homage to Philippine produce. It's Filipino food presented Melbourne-style, enjoyed in a casual-fine home dining ambiance.

This will be the hottest place to book for intimate celebrations and for showcasing to the world what Filipino hospitality and home dining is all about. 

Here's a first look at what to expect at Tahanan Bistro...

22 Loresville Drive Lores Farm Subdivision Barangay San Roque Antipolo 1870
Opening Hours: Friday to Sunday Dinner 6:00PM - 10:00PM, Saturday and Sunday Lunch 11.00pm - 4.00pm
Mobile: +63 925 880-1487
Facebook: Tahanan Bistro
Website: http://tahananbistro.com/

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August 08, 2016

POKEMON GO: A Parent's Guide to PoGo Hunting with your Kids! (10 Tips) @PokemonGoApp

POKEMON GO is an enjoyable GPS mobile walking game based on Nintendo's hit Pokemon franchise that uses Niantic's Ingress game engine.

Some parents have had a negative reaction towards this game because it can get very addicting for kids (plus the older generation doesn't really understand it). But it's actually an innovative mobile gaming experience that puts a premium on exercise.

So instead of ignoring it, why not use this opportunity to have a fun bonding session with your kids?

Here are 10 tips and reasons why parents should try PoGo Hunting...

1. It's a Global (Never Ending) Game

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Pokestops and Pokegyms are based on Ingress' Portals, which are notable landmarks, artworks, religious centers, and water tanks on a global basis. 

When I played it in Stockholm and around Spain it gave me a good idea of where the notable points of interest were. It can be a great tourism tool if used with the proper images and descriptions of the different landmarks. 

In Manila, it's a great game to play when you're stuck in traffic because you can hunt Pokemon, spin Pokestops, or battle in the Pokegyms on the road.   


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August 03, 2016

RAGING BULL: Best Steakhouse & Bar in BGC? (Preview) @ShangrilaFort

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RAGING BULL is a modern American Steakhouse & Bar concept in the heart of BGC at Shangri-La Fort. They offer steaks using grain and grass-fed dry aged beef from Australia and serve classic American cocktails and wines from non-commercial boutique wineries.

It's operated not as a hotel dining outlet but as a standalone restaurant ready to compete with the best of BGC in terms of pricing, quality, and ambiance. A homegrown Shangri-La concept, it will soon have a spinoff outlet called Raging Bull Burgers.

Raging Bull is one of the best steakhouses in Manila and here's what to expect when dining here...

Level 3 Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig 
Facebook: Dining at Shangri-La at the Fort
Twitter: @ShangrilaFort
Instagram: @dineshangrilafort 
Telephone: +632 820-0888

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July 27, 2016

PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016)

(This article is sponsored by AZURE NORTH, an amazing, tropical-inspired residential project featuring a man-made beach in the heart of San Fernando, Pampanga! Developed by Century Properties who clearly know that Pampanga, with its delightful food and hospitable people, is a place really worth living in. Check it out: www.azurenorth.com.ph)


PAMPANGA is widely revered as The Culinary Capital of the Philippines. Highly acclaimed Kapampangan Chef, Claude Tayag of BALE DUTUNG and 1956 DOWNTOWN CAFÉ, believes the province’s reputation for good food is because of its history with Clark Air Base (a military facility for American and Filipino forces from 1903 to 1991).


Due to the base’s proximity from the capital city, Angeles, international goods and other ingredients became easily accessible. Thus, locals assimilated these ingredients to their cuisine and signature Kapampampangan dishes like Sisig were born.

In collaboration with the Angeles City Tourism, Team OAP traveled to Pampanga in search of the best restaurants.

Here are the top ten most awesome restaurants in Pampanga in 2016 ... (watch: Pampanga Food Trip - Top 10 | Hot Stop )

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DOWNTOWN CAFÉ: Comforting Kampampangan Flavors Enjoyed Retro-Style!

As featured in PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016)


Formerly called 1956 DOWNTOWN CAFÉ, this retro-style eatery does not only signify Chef Claude Tayag’s date of birth, but also the era he holds dearest to him. Peace times helped build a bigger middle class and establish businesses and entertainment centers, which Kapampangans would come to refer to as Downtown.

Going “downtown” meant spending quality time with family or friends at local shopping malls, restaurants, and cinemas after Sunday mass. Now in 2016, with life more hectic and too focused on moving forward, people have forgotten the value of slowing down to embrace the past and present. In light of this, Downtown Café is a perfect way to step back and appreciate the golden years of honest Kapampangan food.

The Quad at Nepo, Nepo mart, Plaridel St, 2009 Angeles City
Operation hours: 
Monday to Sunday--10AM to 10PM
Email: downtown1956cafe@yahoo.com.ph
Mobile: +63 917 535 9198
Website: www.baledutung.com
Facebook: 1956 Downtown Café

Related blog posts:

BALE DUTUNG: Claude Tayag's Legendary 5 Ways Lechon Degustacion in Pampanga!

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