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August 2013


KADAYAWAN FLOAT PARADE: A Grand Spectacle of Davao’s Fruits, Flowers, and Stars? (A Photo Essay)

Read this First: KADAYAWAN DAVAO: Indak Indak sa Kadalanan (A Photo Essay)

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After Saturday’s street dancing competition, you should watch the next day’s float parade showcasing Davao’s fruits, flowers, and other produce. The parade starts as early as 7am on Sunday and is the culmination of the Kadayawan festival. It’s a highly-anticipated event, not only because of the floats, but also because of the showbiz personalities who join in the procession.

Here’s part two of my photo essay on my first Kadayawan experience:

The BEST of DAVAO Series:

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KADAYAWAN DAVAO: Indak Indak sa Kadalanan (A Photo Essay)

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KADAYAWAN SA DABAW is an annual thanksgiving harvest festival in Davao.  It is held every 3rd Weekend of August to celebrate the harvest of Davao’s fruits, flowers, and farm produce.

Its name comes from the Mandaya word “madayaw“, a warm and friendly greeting used to describe something good, beautiful, valuable, superior, or profitable.

If you are planning to go, you must see the street dancing festival showcasing the colorful costumes, traditions, and stories of the different tribes in Davao. This is known as the “Indak Indak sa Kadalanan” and is held on the Saturday of that weekend and lasts from the morning until the afternoon

Here is a photo essay of my first Kadayawan experience:

The BEST of DAVAO Series:

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      OAP SURVEY 2013: Can you answer this Very Important Annual OAP Survey on my Birthday?

      Diaz Family

      First of all, THANK YOU so much for the warm birthday greetings today!

      The BEST Gifts I received on my birthday is the GIFT of FEEDBACK from OAP Readers who care enough to share their feedback on their recent experience with Our Awesome Planet blog.

      On this annual reader’s survey on my birthday, I’m sharing with you:

      • Why 2014 is very important for me and for the blog,
      • My age and the age of the blog,
      • My Top 5 projects to celebrate an important milestone, and
      • The reveal of the new OAP logo!

      Please take your time to answer Our Awesome Planet Blog Survey (August 2013).

      There are 5-survey questions about the blog and 10 quick questions about OAP readers demographics. You should be able to finish the survey in less than 10 minutes.

      This annual survey has been a critical component to the success of OAP over the last 5 years. Maraming Salamat for taking the time to answer this survey –> OAPSurvey2013

      In case you want to do it at a later time, here’s the direct link:

      A Big THANK YOU for all the love and support for OAP for all these years!


      Live an Awesome Life,

      Follow @antondiaz and Like our Official Facebook Page: Our Awesome Planet 🙂 
      If you have tips on awesome food and travel destinations, please email me at [email protected].

      P.S. I read all the survey feedbacks (both positive and negative) and it directly influences my plans and directions for OAP. Thank you for taking the time to answer it!

      Please click the link to answer the survey: Our Awesome Planet Blog Survey 2013

      #Restaurants, Food

      MODERN SICHUAN: A Taste of Sichuan Cuisine in BGC!

       Read: 10 Most Awesome Chinese Restaurants in Manila!

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      Manila is crazy about spicy food these days, and it’s just the right time to introduce MODERN SICHUAN, the first modern Sichuan-themed restaurant in Manila.  Sichuan is my favorite among all the Chinese cuisines because of its unique hotness and distinctive flavors.

      Sichuan usually refers to the cuisines from Chengdu, Chongqing, Leshan, Neijang, and Zigong in China. Sichuan uses three peppers: red chili peppers, black peppercorns, and hua jian (Sichuan Peppers) vs. Hunan cuisine which just uses chili. Hua jian peppers provide the malasensation-anaesthetic effect experienced when the peppercorn flavor makes contact with the saliva feeling your tongue numb to the chili.

      Modern Sichuan also carries the Modern China menu for those who don’t like spicy food. The menu is overwhelming and offers unique dishes that you can’t find in any Chinese restaurant. 

      Here are the dishes that we love and recommend in Modern Sichuan:

      What’s New in BGC Restaurants in 2013?


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      CARNIVALE is coming to @VenicePiazza, Mckinley Hill, Taguig on December 12!

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      Great foodie news to everyone who works and lives in Mckinely Hill, Taguig! The Venice Piazza Mall at McKinley Hill is home to CARNIVALE – the newest night food market by the Mercato Centrale group! CARNIVALE will be open every Thursday and Friday starting December 12 (Thursday) 6pm to 3am starting December 12 (Thursday)!
      The newest Mercato Centrale market will be celebrating its grand opening with live circus acts and acoustic bands. On top of that, CARNIVALE will be giving away 25 FREE Mochiko ice cream balls to first set of customers who come at 7pm and another set of 25 FREE Mochiko balls to those who come at 8pm.

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      #Restaurants, Food

      EL CHUPACABRA: Yummy Street Tacos and the “Goat Sucker” Reinvention of @Mexicali!

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      EL CHUPACABRA is the hottest street tacos hang-out place in Makati conceptualized by Dixie Mabanta of Mexicali, Cafe Mediterranean, Fishbar Boracay fame. It is located in the current commisary of Mexicali which turned into a street tacos resto with a Mission St. Sanfo vibe.

      It is named after the legendary crypid El Chupacabra which literally means Sucker (Chupa) + Goat (cabra) that sucks blood out of livestock, especially goats.

      We love the tacos and the whole streetfood with an expat hangout vibe. Check out El Chupacabra:

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      #Restaurants, Food

      PROJECT PIE Philippines: The Customize-Your-Own-Pizza-Pie Project by James Markham now in Manila!

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      PROJECT PIE Philippines is an artisan-inspired create-your-own-pizza place conceptualized by James Markham who pioneered the Chipotle-style assembly- line custom pizza niche. This is James’ custom-made pizza version 2.0 concept after his earlier pizza resto concept — Knockout Pizzeria, New York Style Pizza, MOD (Made On Demand) Pizza, and Pieology. 

      It is the first international franchise outside the US, and the 4th branch after MGM, Las Vegas; Hill Crest, San Diego; and Boulder, Colorado. This is the first time you see an international franchise opened first in Manila, ahead of Singapore, Hong Kong and other cosmopolitan cities.

      We are already exposed with the Chipotle-style burritos which were introduced by Ristras in Manila. (I’m still wondering when Chipotle will open here in Manila). 

      The “Artisan” term is carefully used to refer to hand-crafted pizza prepared on-the-spot based on your preference. There’s nothing Artisanal about the ingredients and how the dough is prepared.

      Here’s our Project Pie Experience in Manila and why we like the concept:

      Related Blog Posts:

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      PORTO CENA: The @MercatoCentrale Experience in SUBIC @HarborPointMall!

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      Subic has always been a haven for adventure-seekers: From the jungle adventures at Zoobic Safari to the water adventures at Ocean Adventure to the shopping adventures at the Royal Duty Free Shops. Now, we’ve got another great reason for you to visit Subic: A Foodie Adventure!
      The Mercato Centrale group, organizers of the popular night food markets:
      • Midnight Mercato in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 
      • Cucina Andare in Glorietta Park, Makati, 
      • Mezza Norte in Trinoma Mall, Quezon City and 
      • Cocina Centrale in MarQuee Mall, Angeles, 
      opens the NEWEST Mercato Centrale market in the North – PORTO CENA in Ayala’s Harbor Point Mall, Subic every Fridayand Saturday starting October 5 (Saturday) from 4pm to 3am. 

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      #Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

      ULTIMATE TASTE TEST Tickets 2013 Now Available @PowerPlantMall :)

      Update Sept. 6, 2013: Countdown to Ultimate Taste Test 2013 @ Rockwell… 8 Days to go! 

      Read First: Announcing… Rockwell’s 3rd Ultimate Taste Test 2013 on September 14, Saturday!

      UTT Tickets

      Finally, we are now selling tickets to Ultimate Taste Test 2013! 

      What: Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test — Be a Food Critic for a Day!
      When: September 14, 2013, Saturday, 11.00 am – 9.00 pm.
      Where: Rockwell Tent 

      Ultimate Taste Test  Fee: P585/head. Inclusive of:

      • Food Taste Portions from a minimum of 40+ Home-Based Food Vendors
        Power Plant Mall Restaurants for the entire Saturday
      • A bottle of San Miguel Super Dry, Premium All-Malt or Cerveza Negra
        (For foodies 18 years old and above only)
      • Food Critic Ballot for voting your favorite food discoveries.
      • Donation to designated beneficiary.

      Here are the specific UTT ’13 Ticket Selling Guidelines:

      1. Payments are to be settled through cash, bank deposit or online via paypal.

      2. Ticket Reservations can be made through Our Awesome Planet, Creative Juice and Rockwell.

      However, ticket reservations that will be settled through bank deposit payment should be directed to Creative Juice at 470-9925, 570-7827 or 584-8962. 

      3. Clients should settle the payment within a week upon reservation date. If payment is not settled before the designated deadline, reservation will be considered void or cancelled. 

      4. For cash payments, it can be made through:

      • Power Plant Mall Admin Office located at the P1 level of the Mall, or
      • Creative Juice Office located at 2nd Floor, Fun Ranch, Frontera Verde, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City

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      #Restaurants, Food

      RAMEN NAGI BUTAO 豚王: Black King, Red King & Green King Ramen in Manila!

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      RAMEN NAGI’S BUTAO 豚王 Ramen is hailed as the BEST Ramen in Hong Kong by most foodies. It was established by Ramen Master Chef Ikuta Satoshi in Shibuya, Tokyo in 2006. It’s a young, authentic and very creative ramen house which is easy to find by just following the long queues.

      They have RAMEN NAGI branches in Shibuya, Nishi Shinjuku1F, and Kogame in Tokyo. In Hong Kong, they are popularly known as BUTAO with branches in Central, Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui. They opened international franchises in Taipei, Jakarta, Indonesia and soon in Manila. (There’s no branch in Singapore.)

      Recently, BUTAO held its first Pop-up Store to test and introduce the first ever bowls of Butao King (traditional pork-bone soup), Black King (Butao broth with squid ink), Red King (spicy miso-based soup) and Green King (Japanese-Italian fusion: olive oil, basil and cheese) in Manila 🙂

      The BEST RAMEN in Manila Series 2013:


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