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March 2016

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World Street Food Dialogue: “Can Deliciousness Cure Poverty and Create Opportunities?”

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World Street Food Dialogue is a 2-day conference where you can network and learn from the movers and shakers of the street food and heritage cuisine movement including Stephen Werther the creator of the Bourdain Market in New York and Brett Burmeister, Consultant, Commentator, Portland Food Carts and Trucks in the US.

Don’t miss to register for the dialogue here: (use 10% discount code: “OAP#WSFC16” + bonus) 

Related Blog Post: CNN PhilippinesLeave your fear at the door and try everything at the World Street Food Congress


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Awesome Festivals

What Moves Me? Manila is on a Tipping Point in 2016! #KeepOnMoving

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After blogging for more than a decade, I’m so excited that Manila is entering a new era of awesomeness. 2016 is a tipping point that will transform the food, travel, and lifestyle landscape of Manila. 

I believe that the Philippines will be a First World Country in our lifetime! And there’s never been a better time to be in Manila to witness history unfold and be a part of the story.

Here are the 8 things that move me and will keep my fire burning in 2016 and beyond … 

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Awesome Festivals

MADRID FUSION 2016: The Post Avant-Garde Culinary Movement! @MadridFusionMNL #MF16

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Madrid Fusion is one of the most influential culinary events where world-class chefs showcase their philosophy, techniques, and latest innovations. Madrid Fusion 2016 focused on the Post Avant-Garde culinary movement and was aimed at answering the question: “What’s next on the culinary scene and what can we expect in 2016 and beyond?”

Here are my learnings from the evnt, the story of the Philippine delegation, and what to expect in Madrid Fusion in Manila this April… 

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Festival de la Paella Gigante: A Taste of Spanish Culture for a Cause! @MadridFusionMNL

The Festival of the “Paella Gigante” is a collaborative fundraising event for the Sociedad Española de Beneficencia. Every year, this 10-foot-wide Paella Valencia is cooked on the spot by the country’s top chefs from the LTB (Le Toque Blanche).

With the support of the Tourism Promotions Board, Spanish Tourism Board, and Ayala Malls, the Department of Tourism jumpstarted its second month-long “Flavors of the Philippines” campaign with the partnership of Madrid Fusion Manila at Greenbelt Park on March 12, 2016.

Here’s a photo essay of the event…

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Awesome Festivals

Wanderland 2016: Out of This World Music Festival Experience (Photo Essay)

By Abigail Javellana

Wanderland 2016

Wanderland Music Festival now on its fourth installment is back with a new theme fresh from space and it's their biggest and most attended event yet. Experience the same hippie and chill vibe with amazing music (local and international artists), friendly crowd and out of this world art installations and attractions.

Wanderland 2016 is headlined by Death Cab for Cutie and Bon Iver. Joining them are The Naked and Famous, San Cisco, Panama, Blackbird Blackbird, Chad Valley and Commandeur with the best local artists jamming along is CRWN + Jess Connelly, Curtismith, Cheats, Jensen and The Flips, and Oh, Flamingo! 

Here's what happened in this year's Wanderland Music Festival…


Wanderland Festival 2016
March 5, 2016
Globe Circuit Events Ground, Makati
Facebook: wanderlandfest
Instagram: @wanderlandfest
Twitter: wanderlandfest

Wanderland Series:
Awesome Camping Experience at Wanderland Festival 2015! (Photo Essay)
Wanderland 2016: Out of This World Music Festival Experience (Photo Essay)
WANDERLAND 2014 Hangover! #TakeMeBackToWanderland @wanderlandfest

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VASK GALLERY: 15-Course Alamat Menu (2016) of Asia’s 39th Best Restaurant!

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GALLERY VASK is a showcase of Chef Chele Gonzales’ best dishes and his passion to promote Filipino ingredients, using Spanish techniques and others inspired by his culinary travels. The restaurant recently received recognition as the Best Restaurant in the Philippines and the 39th Best Restaurant in Asia’s 50 Best for 2016.

Chef Chele’s signature 15-course Alamat Menu (2016 edition) embodies his greatest culinary creations to date. I think it’s the best degustacion menu in Manila today that highlights our Filipino heritage. Check out Gallery Vask’s 15-Course Alamat experience…


5th Floor, Clipp Center 11th Avenue corner 39th Street Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Open Monday to Saturday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Telephone: +63 917 546-1673 
Email[email protected]
Facebook: Gallery Vask
Instagram: @galleryvask

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#Travel, Awesome Festivals

MALASIMBOOO! Transformative Music, Art & Magic @MalasimboFest 2016

The first weekend of the Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival took place last March 4 to 6 on Mount Malasimbo, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro.

A diverse selection of musicians from various corners of the world showcased their talents at the famous grass-terraced amphitheater, while visual artists used the rest of the mountain as their canvas.

Here’s the wrap-up of our experience at the first Malasimbo weekend…

Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Festival Date: March 4-6 (Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival) and March 24-26 (Malasimbo Lights and Dance Festival)
Email: [email protected][email protected]
Facebook: Malasimbofestival
Instagram: @malasimbofestival

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MALASIMBO 2016 Series:
– Malasimbo: A Backstage Pass To The Beautiful Mindoro Island! @MalasimboFest 2016
– MALASIMBOOO! Transformative Music, Art & Magic @MalasimboFest 2016
Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival: What to expect @MalasimboFest 2016?  

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New Black Sheep Manila: Filipino-Chinese Modern Degustacion (A Review)

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The new BLACK SHEEP MANILA is now a progressive Filipino-Chinese restaurant by Chef Patrick Go, featuring a “Filipino-driven menu with influences of Chinese flavor.”

Just to manage your expectations, note that this is totally different from the old Black Sheep in the W building. The owners decided to keep the name and just bring over Chef Patrick from the original Black Sheep crew.

Their selling proposition is the ability to construct your own degustacion menu from the available dishes, which are priced individually, a la carte. Since the menu is quite limited, we decided to just order all the items. Here’s what we think of the new Black Sheep…


2230 UPRC 1 building, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 6 pm to 10:30 pm
Telephone:  +632 744 1569
Mobile: +63 927 783-7038
Email[email protected][email protected]
Facebook: Black Sheep Manila

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Mt. Pulag Climb: 11-Hour Mt. Pulag Summit Hike! (Part 2) #NaPulagsaGanda

Read first: Mt. Pulag Climb: The Day before the Climb (Part 1)

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From the top of Mt. Pulag, seeing the sun rise above a sea of clouds is truly an awesome sight to behold. But perhaps people have over-romanticized climbing the Philippines’ third highest mountain and have downplayed how hard it really is to get all the way up to the summit.

It took us 11 hours, starting from our 1 am jump-off from the Ranger station, to reach the summit and back. Here’s our story…

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Events, Manila Life

YALUMBA WINE DINNER: Wine and Gourmet Pairing @NewWorldManila

 Yalumba Wine Dinner

Yalumba Wine Dinner is a 6-course dinner that paired Yalumba wines from Australia's oldest family-owned winery to Executive Chef James Williams' delectable dishes.

The special guest of the evening was Tim Hermann, a wine connoisseur. Having experience in sales and marketing, and vineyard work, he was knowledgeable in many stages of wine production. His talks really made us appreciate the pairings of each dish to each bottle of wine.


New World Manila Bay Hotel, 1588 Pedro Gil cor. M.H. Del Pilar Manila
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: + 63 2 252 6888
Facebook: New-World-Hotels-Resorts
Twitter: @NewWorldManila

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