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July 2015

#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Announcing… Ultimate Taste Test 2015 on Sept. 12, Glorietta Activity Center (Now Open for Applications)! @AyalaMalls @GloriettaTweets


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

Our Awesome Planet and San Miguel Lifestyle Brews present the 2015 Ultimate Taste Test, the celebrated food tasting event, on September 12, 2015 Saturday at the Glorietta Activity Center 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 in Manila from over 40+ home-based food businesses and new food discoveries from Ayala Mall’s merchants.

Now staging the 13th in the UTT series – Ultimate Taste Test 2015, food blog pioneer Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet embarks on this first awesome partnership with Ayala Malls.

Food Supplier applications are now open! You may  fill up the 2015 UTT Online Application Form

For more info, please email to [email protected] or call Rache +63 917 531-8949.

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DISCOVERY SHORES BORACAY: Vote @DiscoveryShores in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015!

DISCOVERY SHORE BORACAY, the Philippines’ multi-awarded luxury resort, is recently nominated to the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015 in the following categories:

  • Luxury Beach Resort
  • Luxury Island Resort
  • Luxury Wedding Destination

Please vote for the Philippines here: (until July 19, 2015).

Here’s why you should take time to cast your vote this long weekend for Discovery Shore Boracay:

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Awesome Festivals

FANDEMONIUM at the YOUTUBE FanFest Manila! #youtubefanfest #jaspoli #migmePH

Words by Liyora Santos for OAP x Mig.Me PH feature of the #YouTubeFanFest Manila

YouTube FanFest is a regular event the brings together YouTube's most popular personalities in a one-of-a-kind live show. The most recent FanFest was held in Manila last June 27, 2015 and featured acclaimed YouTubers from around the world–including the Philippines–in front of a sold-out crowd of 3,000 excited fans! 

Check out some scenes from YouTube FanFest Manila…

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Attractions, Manila Life

The Navigator: The Official Segway Tour is now in Manila! @TourismPHL

Segway Tours PhThe Original Segway Tour is now in Manila! Get ready to see Intramuros in style with these wicked wheels.

Simply Moving Philippines Inc., in partnership with the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) will be providing Metro Manila residents, visitors and tourists a fun and unique way to view the historical, scenic wonders of Manila through a guided Segway Tour experience branded as The Navigator .

Segway tours are popular around the world, locals and tourists alike have been enjoying it around Paris, San Francisco, Bahamas, Canada, Singapore and etc. One of the best use is to tour around a city as it's a faster way to get to more destinations in a shorter period of time.

Segway Tours already established different tours in the country specifically in Boracay and Enchanted Kingdom. This year, they will be starting The Navigator Tour. This includes Club Intramuros Golf Course, Intramuros and other tourist spots in Manila such as the Manila Bay and Rizal Park.

Here are some quick tips about our experience from #TeamOAP…

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OOMA-licious! Bold Japanese Comfort Food by Chef Bruce Ricketts @Ooma_PH @SMMegaMall (First Look)

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OOMA Japanese Rice Bar is a bold Japanese restaurant concept by Chef Bruce Ricketts of Mecha Uma with The Moment Group. It aims to be an affordable Japanese comfort food place (at less than P500/dish), featuring intense flavors that Pinoys will love and, of course, unlimited rice!

The name is a play on Uma, which means “good”. The use of the O’s is meant to represent their “orgasmically” good food.

There have been talks that this is just a commercialized fast food version of Sensei Sushi, or a Hi-Lo concept strategy for Mecha Uma. Read on to see what we think of Ooma…

OOMA by Chef Bruce Ricketts
Bold Japanese Comfort Food
3/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Mega Mall, Mandaluyong
Operating Hours: Mall Hours 10 am to 10 pm

Watch below for our candid conversation with Chef Bruce and the Moment Group founders…

Watch: OOMA Restaurant by Chef Bruce Ricketts

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Performance Arts

MANILA IMPROV International Festival 2015: “Finding the Game” (Photo Essay) @PetaTheater

Manila Improv Fest 2015Manila Improv Festival 2015 is happening now on July 2-12, 2015. Now on its third year it has earned the distinction to set improve comedy festival standards.

Silly People's Improv Theatre (SPIT) has partnered with Siliman University in Dumaguete and Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA), to bring you Improv Fest Manila 2015 with the theme "Finding the Game"- a nod to the games and exercises that improvisers use in performance, and an affirmation of the playful nature of improvisation.

We like how improvisational theatre is performed with scenes that are co-created by the audience and the actors in real time, without the benefit of a script or prior rehearsals. This same Improv discipline has produced many mainstream actors such as Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Steve Carrel, William Ferrel to name a few.

The art fair are also hosting improv comedy groups from around the world: PIP Show (Warsaw), Impro Mafia (Brisbane), Pirates of Tokyo Bay (Tokyo), Landry and Summers (Los Angeles), To be Continued, People's Liberation Improv, 3 Dudes Improv and Lamb Ink (Hong Kong), The Improv Company (Singapore), Taichung Improv (Taichung), The Beijing Collective (Beijing), People's Republic of Comedy (Shanghai), Bacolod Improv Group

If you're looking for something fun and spontaneous to do on a weekend, check out Manila Improv Festival for some funny, witty and relatable acts from local and international artists from around the world.


Here's photo essay when watched with the team, and don't forget to check out the video highlights of last night's event…

You can catch this weeks performances, which ends on July 12!

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Awesome Festivals

Announcing… BLOSOMEX: Blogging and Social Media Expo Manila! OAP x KTG x WOFEX


Our Awesome Planet, Philippines #1 Food and Travel Blog and
Kain Tulog Gang (KTG), a blogger collective of the top food and lifestyle bloggers in Manila,
in partnership with World Food Expo (WOFEX), the Ultimate Food Show Experience


the first BLOSOMEX (Blogging and Social Media Expo) on
August 8, 2015 Saturday, SMX Mall of Asia.

Blogging and Social Media Expo (BLOSOMEX), co-located event of the country’s biggest and most effective food show, WORLD FOOD EXPO (WOFEX), focuses on exploding the commercial activity in the blogging and social media scene in the Philippines in 2015 and beyond. Blosomex aims to be the catalyst in preparing both the businesses and the bloggers/ social media practitioners to take commercial advantage of the digital opportunities.

It is composed of three exciting events in one day:

  1. Food, Travel, and Lifestyle Blogging and Social Media Summit
  2. Business Matching of Lifestyle Businesses with the Top Food, Travel Lifestyle Bloggers
  3. Our Awesome Planet (OAP) x Kain Tulog Gang (KTG) Restaurant Favorites Awards!  

In the Blogging and Social Expo, you’ll:

  • Learn more in-depth knowledge about Lifestyle Bloggers & Online Industry in ASEAN,
  • Explode your existing business by getting more clients online,
  • Build Trust online specially to the Millenial Generation, and
  • Interact with 100+ of the Top Food, Travel, Lifestyle Bloggers in Manila!

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#Philippines, Baler

BALER, AURORA: 13th Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day! (Photo Essay) @TourismPHL

Philippine - Spanish Friendship DayThe 13th Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day, with the theme "Transitions, Trade and Transpacific Changes," celebrates the strong bilateral relations between the two countries as a result of the Philippines and Spain's deep historical and cultural ties.

"The bilateral trade between Philippines and Spain has been on the upswing over the years, and we are optimistic that this will continue to expand. Our deep-rooted ties with Spain gives us an enormous advantage over other countries in terms of potential trade and investment opportunities," Senator Sonny Angara said.

According to data, Spain ranks as the Philippines' 28th largest trading partner with total bilateral trade amounting to $329.6 million in 2011.


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