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March 2013

Boracay Island

THE DISTRICT BORACAY: A Great Boracay Location for Families with Kids

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The District was the perfect backdrop for our family escapade in Boracay. We love it because it is centrally located along the white beach, walking distance to yummy restaurants, and provides a happy family-friendly service.

Here are some tips on how to maximize your stay in The District, Boracay…

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RAFFLES & FAIRMONT’s SPECTRUM Luxe Sunday Champagne Brunch

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Raffles & Fairmont’s SPECTRUM recently launched The Luxe Sunday Brunch to heat up The Battle for the BEST Sunday Brunch in Manila.

It’s a carefully curated buffet with an interesting mix of Breakfast offerings, a Sunday BBQ Grill, Live Foie Gras station and unlimited Champagne, Singapore Sling and wine. The usual Spectrum buffet with an assorted Honey Buffet is expanded with more salad and starter options, more meat options, and more homemade desserts. 🙂

Here is our Spectrum Luxe Sunday Brunch experience:

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Mercato

CUISINIERS: Have you tried the Best BBQ Pork Skewers in Manila? @MercatoCentrale

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Kurl Marx Mendoza

Cuisiniers @ Mercato Centrale

In Filipino food language, barbecue or BBQ refers to grilled meat on a stick—usually pork or chicken. It is a popular fare in the streets, in malls, in parties and other occasions. It’s convenient, tasty, and has become a favorite of many. With all the different kinds of barbecue out there, the one brand that you must try is Cuisiniers. 

Chef RAYMUND C. FABRE of Cuisiniers has perfected his family’s barbecue recipe and developed his grilling technique to create the best barbecue in town. No bull. His recipe has actually garnered an award in Food Magazine’s Food Backyard Barbecue Cook-Off where he won “Best BBQ Pork Skewers Category” in 2012. 

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QUEZON: Your Awesome Journey to San Pablo, Laguna & Quezon (Infographics)

Our Awesome Planet in partnership with Caltex Philippines presents Awesome Journeys Infographics:

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Mercato

CARLO’S KITCHEN: It’s Crunchy Belly Time! @MercatoCentrale

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Kurl Marx Mendoza

Carlo's Kitchen @ Mercato Centrale

Singapore has its Hainanese chicken, Thailand has its Pad Thai, Vietnam has its Pho, and the Philippines has its… Well, how about some Crunchy Belly? 

Carnivores would crave for this unique creation by Carlo’s Kitchen. It’s a pork concoction that’s a cross between chicharon and lechon kawali, except it’s not made out of pork rind but the belly part of the pig. The only thing that it has in common with chicharon is the way it looks, and maybe the way it sounds once you get a bite of it. The crunchy belly is actually more of a bagnet—a finger food version of it.

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FINESTRA: The Finest Taste of Italy in Manila! @SolaireResort

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FINESTRA is the authentic Italian restaurant of Solaire Resort. One of four signature restaurants there, it boasts beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows that look out into the Manila Bay and the Solaire pool. Finestra is well-named, given that it means ‘windows’ in Italian.

We just came from a recent food trip of the Veneto region in Italy, so I was happy to discover that the quality of cheeses, antipasto spread, handmade pasta and wood fire oven-cooked pizza is the same quality you would get in Italy. We were pleased to hear that most of the ingredients are directly imported from Italy and that the Executive Chef is Italian.

So far, this is the closest you can get to the romantic flavors of Italy in Manila.

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    SOLAIRE RESORT: Is the Game Really About to Change in Manila?

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    SOLAIRE, a French word meaning “the breeze from the sun” inspired by the Manila Bay Sunset, is the 1 Billion Integrated Resort & Casino project of Enrique Razon in partnership with Global Gaming Asset Management. The GGAM  group is behind some of the world’s best Casinos: Venetian Las Vegas, The Sands Macao, the Venetian Macao and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

    It promises to change the game in Manila by bringing in a world-class Casino better than the ones in Macao or Atlantic City and at par with the World’s Best in Las Vegas. World-class entertainment is not complete without the finest restaurant experience that Manila has ever known.

    This is a historic opening in Manila that every Filipino is excited to see –  that would indeed change the World-Class Lifestyle and Gaming scene in Manila.

    We got to interview the Management team behind Solaire, got a preview of what’s in store in the signature restaurants of the resort, and get a taste of how world-class the facilities are.

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    Tagaytay

    ASILO TAGAYTAY: Insider’s Tips on Avida’s First Residential Retreat

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    ASILO comes from the word Silong, which means to take shelter. It’s a place where you can have a retreat and take shelter, away from the stormy, fast-paced life in Manila. Avida, the developer behind Asilo, is known for affordable housing and not compromising on what matters in life.

    I like the name because it reminds me of a cute little town in the Veneto region in Italy called Asolo near Bassano. It’s also located on a higher elevation around a hill, enjoys a colder climate and fresher air, and has a small gourmet community.

    I like it because it is located on holy ground, beside the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Tagaytay.

    It’s in the early selling stages (35% sold), so you can still choose the units you prefer.

    Here’s an executive summary on everything you need to know about Asilo:

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    WILSON’S Tagaytay: A Secret Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Place in Tagaytay

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    WILSON’S is the latest Bed & Breakfast from the owners of Balai Indang and Yoki’s Farm. It’s a 3,000-sqm summer house in Tagaytay converted into a private 13-room B&B with a pool. Featuring some of the collections of Yoki and the home-cooked food of Balai Indang, this B&B with a serene ambiance is a home away from home.

    It is the perfect venue for a family gathering, a mini-celebration with your friends and officemates or just going on a writer’s retreat. For couples wanting to get married in Tagaytay, you can rent the entire place to be the accommodations for the groom and your friends attending the wedding.

    Here’s what you can expect if you stay at WILSON’S…

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    PUZZLE MANSION: Gina Lacuna’s 1,028+ Puzzles and the Biggest Puzzle of All!

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    The PUZZLE MANSION is home to the museum where you can find the record-breaking puzzle collection of Gina Gil Lacuna. It is located in the Lacuna family’s one hectare summer house in Tagaytay. She beat the reigning Brazilian Luiza Figueiredo in the Guinness World Records for having the Largest Collection of Jigsaw Puzzles in the World.

    The best time to visit is when Gina herself is in the museum to personally give the tour. She loves having kids as her audience because she wants to inspire them to believe that more and more Filipinos can be Guinness World Record Holders.

    Here’s our Puzzle Mansion Tour experience with Gina Gil Lacuna:

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