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March 2016


TOYO EATERY: Sosyal Pinoy Eatery by Chef Jordy Navarra (A Review)

(As featured in 10 Most Awesome New Homegrown Restaurants That Matter in Manila 2016!)

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TOYO EATERY is a Filipino restaurant by Chef Jordy Navarra (formerly of Black Sheep) that pays homage to Filipino flavors, eatery traditions, and modern Filipino design.

It’s a sosyal eatery where you can just come as you are (no dress code) but dine on Acacia Tables by Diretso, sit on Rattan chairs by Emurio, and admire the Capiz Lights by Milo Naval.

Here’s what we think about Toyo Eatery…

Toyo Eatery is a Filipino Eatery that takes the essence of Philippine flavors, traditions and
techniques and puts it in tune with quality products and a desire to make things nice.
The Alley at Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City, Philippines 
Opening Hours: Dinner 6pm-11.30pm Tuesdays to Saturdays
Facebook: Toyo Eatery
Mobile: +63 917 720 8630
Note: cash basis only

Related Blog Post: BLACK SHEEP Degustacion: The Culinary Brilliance of Chef Jordy Navarra! #BlackSheepBGC

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#Hotels, Staycation

City Garden Grand Hotel: Brgy. Poblacion Staycation Experience! (Photo Essay)

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CITY GARDEN GRAND HOTEL is a 4-star business hotel in the heart of Brgy. Poblacion with spacious rooms and a rooftop pool and bar resto.  

We recently visited for a staycation experience last Holy Week and here’s what to expect…

8008 Makati Ave. cor. Kalayaan Ave., Makati City
Telephone: +632 888-8181
Facebook: City Garden Grand Hotel
Twitter: @CityGardenGrand
Instagram: @citygardengrand

Check out low rates and availability at City Garden Grand Hotel.

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Awesome Festivals

WORLD CULTURE FESTIVAL: Cultural Art Olympics in Delhi! (A Photo Essay) @ArtofLiving

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World Culture Festival, also known as the Olympics of Cultural Art, is a showcase of the rich traditions of dance, music, and art of over 37,000 artists from more than 100 countries, to promote global peace and harmony. 

The event is a celebration of the 35 years of the Art of Living’s service to humanity, which was founded by Guru Ji Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.


Watch: World Culture Festival: 5 Key Learnings about Life & Business from the World Culture Festival

We were amazed at the magnitude of the event and the participation of different dancers from all around the world.

The Buyogan Festival Dancers from Abuyog, Leyte represented the Philippines to show the community’s collective hope and determination to recover from the devastation of typhoon Haiyan and in honor of Señor Santo Niño.


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Here are… 10 Most Fun Activities in Manila (2016 Edition)! @TourismPHL


While beaches and resorts are typical summer staples, there are a lot of awesome things to do around the city—best part is you don’t have to go too far!

You can bounce around trampoline parks, solve complex puzzles and roleplay, try your hand at archery, or discover your inner speed demon on the racetrack.

Here’s a handy list to help you make the best of your summer in Manila…

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#Hotels, #Philippines

Mystery Manila Hotel Easter Egg Hunt #ExtraordinaryEaster (Video)

Read More: Here are… 10 Most Fun Activities in Manila (2016 Edition)! @TourismPHL

Manila Hotel in collaboration with Mystery Manila presents an Extraordinary Easter egg hunt by completing different kinds of puzzles and mysteries under 1 hour.

Watch the  video of our Mystery Manila Hotel Easter Egg Hunt #ExtraordinaryEaster. Check out the photo essay wrap-up of our experience…


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Attractions, Manila Life

SKY RANGE: State of the Art Indoor Shooting Range @SolaireResort

By Abigail Javellana

Read More: Here are… 10 Most Fun Activities in Manila (2016 Edition)! @TourismPHL

Sky Range
The Sky Range is just one of the many attractions that Solaire Resort and Casino has to offer. Located at the higher floors of the casino, this shooting gallery oozes class. From the modern interior

From the modern interior design, to the fancy bar, and of course, the sophisticated firearms, guests are sure to feel like they're in a James Bond movie.


Watch Sky Range: State-of-the-Art Indoor Shooting Range


Solaire Resort and Casino, 1 Asean Avenue, Parañaque
Facebook: SolaireSkyRange
Operating Hours: Tue-Sun: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
(Monday is open for walk-ins)
Mobile: +63 906 454 7116
Telephone: +632 548 4870, +632 548 4871
E-mail: [email protected] 

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Awesome Festivals

1 WALKER Reborn: Witness the first ever Worship Concert by OPM Stars!



Who is 1 Walker?

About 5 years ago, newly weds Ogie and Regine Alcasid decided to go on a journey. They embarked on a quest to get to know God through a weekly small group led by Bernard Marquez.

Some of their friends — including Liza Martinez, Jaya, Sushi Reyes and Archie Castillo — joined them on their faith walk. Through weekly get-togethers, they read the Word of God and grew in their walk with Christ.

Realizing that these friends love music just as they love God, Regine broached the idea of putting together a band dedicated to playing praise and worship music. Everyone was on board.

Eventually, more singers and musicians hopped on with the same mission — Marnie Jereza, Manolo Tanquilut, Eugene Cailao, Zebedee Zuniga, Criss Beunviaje, Jem Florendo, Soc Mina, Michael Alba, JunJun Regalado and Nikko Rivera. Thus, “1 Walker” was born.

Why 1 Walker? It is the address of where this journey began. The Bible verse “For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV)” also plays an important role in the band’s existence.

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Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and the Best Nobu-fied Breakfast in Manila! @CityofDreamsPH

Related Post: The NOBU Manila Restaurant Experience (A Review) @CityofDreamsPH

Across the globe, Nobu Matsuhisa, or Nobu, is celebrated for his fusion cuisine characterized by his Japanese-Peruvian inspired creations. With his unique gastronomy gaining the attention of epicures in more than 30 cities worldwide, Mr. Matsuhisa’s culinary range has evolved to merge local cultures and the “Nobu Style” through food.

At City of Dreams Manila, we see how Nobu coalesces his signature style with local and international dishes.

Here’s a photo essay of our Nobu Breakfast Experience…


Level 1 Tower 3 Nobu Hotel
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +632 691-2882, 691-2885

Breakfast Buffet Menu: Page 1 | Page 2 | Breakfast Minis

Adult: P1,232
Child (6yo – 12yo): P616
Child (5yo and below): Free

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#Restaurants, #Travel

VITALIS VILLAS: Guide to the Santorini-Inspired Villas in Ilocos Sur!

By Abigail Javellana

Vitalis Villas
Vitalis Villas is a beautiful Santorini-inspired resort managed by Artstream Hospitality Management Group Inc. It's Greek-style villas are perched on a mountain cliff, overlooking the beautiful sea and Santiago cove.

We love the resort because of it's romantic vibe, fine sand, cobalt blue waters, beautiful warm sunset, yummy food, and beachfront location.

Vitalis Villas
Sabangan, Santiago, Ilocos Sur
Facebook: VitalisVillas
Telephone: +63 2 3733333


Here's a photo essay series of our 3-day/2-night experience at Vitalis Villas…

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