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November 17, 2016

AGOS by Chef Tatung: Best New Filipino Restaurant in 2016?! @TheMallofAsia

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AGOS is a Filipino-Spanish restaurant by Chef Myke Tatung Sarthou inspired by Madrid Fusion and the 250 years of Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade.  The name means "flow" or "current" (of water).

The restaurant is designed like a cruise ship boat and will be beside the new galleon museum in SM Mall of Asia near IMAX.

We dined with Chef Tatung who shared with us the story behind his new resto and his Agos' specialties ... 


AGOS by Chef Myke Tatung Sarthou
G/F North Wing, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay (near IMAX)
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday 10.00am to 10.00pm
Email: myke.sarthou@gmail.com
Mobile: +63 916-239-3273
Telephone:  +632 889-1462
Facebook: Lutong Tatung
Website: http://lutongtatung.com/ 

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November 16, 2016

CALABOO: Awesome Carabao Milk Butter & Premium Carabao Cheese! @GawadKalingaHQ

by Abigail Javellana


CalaBoo Creamery is a Social Enterprise by GK Enchanted Farm in partnership with the Philippine Carabao Center, who aims to fulfill the Filipino dream of ending poverty for smallholder farmers, by producing proudly Filipino farm fresh milk from grass-fed carabao products that are naturally healthy and yummy!

They produce some of the best dairy products the Philippines has to offer, ranging from their fresh and aged cheese, high-quality butter and pro-biotic rich yogurts, which uses healthy sweeteners like coco sugar and pure honey.

Finally, we have world-class carabao milk dairy brand proudly made in the Philippines at Gawad Kalinga's Enchanted Farm!  These are the perfect foodie gift this Christmas :)

Here's a photo essay of Calaboo's launch and Carabao dairy products ...  

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November 15, 2016

SAGADA CELLAR DOOR: Agadulay's Kitchen Igorot Dinner and Sagada Craft Beer Experience! (A Review)

by Abigail Javellana

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CELLAR DOOR by Andrew Chinaplan Jr. and Binggirl Clements is Sagada's first and only private dining, wine cellar, and craft brewery place.

Bing prepares her signature Igorot and Ilonggo Buffet (at least 3 hours prior reservation required) at Agadulay's Kitchen. They can also serve a French Buffet by Sagada-based French Chef Aklay, but you have to reserve 3 days in advance.

Andrew curates their wine cellar and brews the Sagada craft beers, proudly made from local products like Sagada Arabica Coffee, Heirloom Rice, Sunflower Honey, and Sagada Oranges. 

We visited Cellar Door for two straight nights while we were in Sagada, and here are our recommendations...


(Strictly by Reservation)
Lallalai, Poblacion, Sagada, Mountain Province, Sagada
Mobile: +63918 942 8506, +63917 554 1354
Facebook: Sagada Cellar Door

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SAGADA DEATH RITUALS: On Hanging Coffins, Panag-Apoy and Echoes of Old Igorot Traditions


Sagada’s mysterious Hanging Coffins at Echo Valley attest to the 2,000-year-old Igorot burial traditions that have fascinated the world. Pinewood coffins suspended with primitive wires and ropes along limestone cliffs act as vessels to heaven. The departed assume a fetal position, as it is believed that souls should leave the earth the same way they entered it. Little written records exist to document this bizarre practice; rather, knowledge is passed down through word of mouth by Applai elders.

Aside from their animist beliefs, the Applai hung coffins on cliffs for pragmatic reasons—high places meant the coffins were protected from wild animals and humans. Similar rituals are found in parts of Indonesia, but historians believe they may have their roots in China. Chinese tribes, such as the Bo and Guyue, also had a practice of burying their dead along cliffs. It is possible the tribes made contact along the way. 

The rise of Christianity has prompted Igorots to opt for western-style cemeteries where they honor the dead on Panag-Apoy, a Sagadian All Saints Day celebrated every November 1st.  

Join us as we explore the incredible funeral culture of the Igorots … 

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November 10, 2016

Sagada's Marlboro: Basking in a Sea of Clouds at Kamanbaneng Sunrise Peak! (Photo Essay)

by Sheila Gomez


Whenever I think of Sagada, visions of cloud-filled vistas and verdant landscapes with a mystical allure come to mind. There is something just so transcendental about Mountain Provinces—it’s probably because they’re so close to the sky!  

On our visit to the chilly Mountain Province, the team embarked on adventures that tested us in every sense of the word. From the frigid weather, perilous roads, slippery trekking paths, and the eerie cave passages, visitors will leave Sagada having conquered at least one thing.

Kamanbaneng Peak, often referred to as Marlboro Country by locals, was one of our first conquests. Its unique 360 views of Sagada, Bontoc, and Sabangan at Mt. Lamagan makes it a better alternative to the sunrise viewpoint at Kiltepan.

Here’s our experience …

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November 09, 2016

Ultimate Taste Test 14th Edition @SMAuraPremier Convention Center! (Photo Essay)


The 14th Annual Ultimate Taste Test brought some of 2016's best Food Purveyors together at the SMX Convention Center in SM Aura, Taguig.  

Food critics were able to sample the creations from 34 food entrepreneurs who showcased their yummy and unique products.

Here's a photo essay of Ultimate Taste Test 2016 at SMX Aura...

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