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September 2016


THE TABLE by Golden Circle: @ShangrilaHotels Food & Beverage Loyalty Program! (Photo Essay)

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What happens when the best Shangri-La Chefs get together to launch a Loyalty Program not only for in-house hotel stays but also for all their dining outlets?

Introducing…THE TABLE by Golden Circle, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ new food and beverage loyalty programme that earns non-staying guests points when dining at any Shangri-La, Hotel Jen, or Kerry and Traders restaurant.  

This is good news for all foodies who love to eat in Shangri-La restaurants in Manila. You’ll get more rewards, instant indulgences, elite bonus points, and sweeter deals as you dine more at “Shang”.

The Table launch was awesome, set in 5 acts featuring the different dining moodsElegant, Intimate, Upbeat, Chill, and Adventurous–with different food and wine pairing in a Bea Valdes masterfully-designed setting.

Here’s a photo essay of the moments we love most from the event… 

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@Nigella_Lawson: The Face of Contadina in Manila! (Photo Essay) @DelMontePH

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CONTADINA is a high-quality line of Mediterranean cuisine essentials by Del Monte Foods, which include olive oils made from the fine olives of Andalusia, Spaincanned tomatoes made from Roma Tomatoes in Californiapasta made from 100% Canadian Drum Wheat Semolina, and pasta sauces made in Italy. 

The name is Italian for “woman of the fields” and symbolizes the care Italian women have in cooking home-cooked meals using only the finest and freshest ingredients available.

Nigella Lawson, known as the Domestic Goddess, embodies these Contadina qualities that align with her philosophy of cooking with Simplicity and Instinct. According to Nigella, there are no secret ingredients to delicious food, only good quality ingredients and maximizing flavor with minimal effort.

The Manila Food Community was so happy to meet Nigella in person, the face of Contadina products in the Philippines. 

Here’s a photo essay of the awesome launch experience for Contadina x Nigella…

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ROMBLON: 8 Awesome Places You Should Visit in Romblon!

Welcome to ROMBLON! The Marble Capital of the Philippines,  home to the “Galapagos of Asia” (Sibuyan) and the cleanest river in the Country.

Romblon is composed of three major islands that one must visit–Romblon Town, Tablas Island, and Sibuyan Island.

The province’s marble is comparable to the world’s best. Trade plays a big role in Romblon’s economy by virtue of its location at the center of the archipelago.

The islands are blessed with natural playgrounds such as beaches, rivers, mountains, and diverse eco-systems, which offer tourists many opportunities for adventures like scuba, trekking, and snorkeling.

Here’s Team OAP’s Top 8 favorites in their Romblon adventure…

Awesome Romblon Series 2016


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SIBUYAN, ROMBLON: Backpacking “The Galapagos of Asia”! (Itinerary)

Romblon: Sibuyan IslandBackpacking to Sibuyan, Romblon is one of the most long, challenging but rewarding adventures we’ve been to.

Sibuyan is famed as the “Galapagos of Asia“. The island’s origin has never been connected to any part of the Philippines archipelago, blessing it with a unique rich biodiverse ecosystem teeming with endemic flora and fauna.

Let’s explore Sibuyan’s natural playground as we swim in the cleanest river Catingas, basked on the white sands and turquoise waters of Cresta de Gallo Islet, hike the many waterfalls of Dagubdub, examine the rare pitcher plant and witness one of the most technical climbs in the Philippines Mt. Guiting Guiting.

Here’s our complete guide to exploring Sibuyan…

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ANOTHER STORY by Ica Sebastian: Cafe Voila 2.0 (A Review) @VistaMalls

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

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ANOTHER STORY is a casual fine dining restaurant in Evia Mall, Alabang that can be considered as the next evolution of Ica Manalo Sebastian’s Cafe Voila in Crosswinds, Tagaytay. Here, Ica brings to life her passion for cooking high quality home-style comfort food, with each dish having their own story to tell.

The place has an eclectic and fun ambiance, serving the finest home-cooked meals you’ll find in a mall setting. I heard good things about their food, but we had mixed feelings about them during our visit because of the pricing and service. It’s still one of the happiest places to eat in and have a good time with the family.

Check out our Another Story experience…


ANOTHER STORY by Ica Manalo Sebastian
2nd Floor, Evia Mall, Alabang (near MCX exit)
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Another Story 2016
: +63 995 267-7163

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#Philippines, Attractions, Mystery Rooms

HUSH: Don’t Breathe Inspired Live Action Escape Room! @BreakoutPH

BreakoutPH: HushHUSH by Breakout PH is the new live action escape room game experience inspired by the new suspense thriller “Don’t Breathe“.

Just like the movie you and your friends break into the blind man’s house thinking you’ll get away with the perfect heist. But you are all wrong. So don’t make a sound. Don’t even breathe.

The escape room takes you to a whole new level of experience as the game flow is driven by a violent blind man and live actors. Players must carefully try to move around the rooms without getting caught.

Plus did we mention that this is the only escape room where players can die? Check out one of our favorite escape rooms HUSH….

HUSH by Breakout Philippines
Paragon Plaza Ground floor Reliance St., corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila 1550
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ROMBLON, ROMBLON: A Guide to Marbelous Romblon Town! (Itinerary)


When you speak about Romblon, one of the things that come to mind are the marbles! Join us on our trip to Romblon, Romblon–the Marble Capital of the Philippines–as we get to know its attractions beyond the solid rock formations.

The best way to tour around Romblon is by foot or tricycle because it is such a small town, the sights are only a few minutes away from each other.

Here's your complete guide on making the best out of your Romblon Town visit…

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Buy your Ultimate Taste Test 2016 Tickets Now!


Our Awesome Planet and San Miguel Lifestyle Brews present the 2016 Ultimate Taste Test, the celebrated food tasting event, on September 17, 2016 Saturday at the SMX Convention Center – Aura 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 from over 40+ home-based food businesses and new food discoveries in Manila.

Now staging the 14th in the UTT series – Ultimate Taste Test 2016, food blog pioneer Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet embarks on the first UTT event at SMX Convention Center – Aura.

Read More: Announcing… Ultimate Taste Test 2016: Be a Food Critic for a Day on September 17, Saturday, SMX Aura!


Where to Buy your Tickets?

1). Buy your tickets online via Event Brite !

UTT Ticket fee

What: Ultimate Taste Test 2016 — Be a Food Critic for a Day!
When: September 17, 2016, Saturday, 11.00 am – 9.00 pm.
Where: SMX Aura, Bonifacio Global City

Ultimate Taste Test Fee: P550/head. Inclusive of:

Food Taste Portions from a minimum of 40+ Home-Based Food Vendors & New Food Discoveries 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.

You can buy online via Event Brite here:

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AWESOME ROMBLON: Awesome Guide to Tablas Island! (Itinerary)

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Tablas: our first stop in our Awesome Romblon adventure! Romblon is composed of three major islands that one must visit–Romblon Town, Tablas Island, and Sibuyan Island.

Famed for being the Marble Capital of the Philippines, the province's marble is comparable to the world's best. Trade plays a big role in Romblon's economy by virtue of its location at the center of the archipelago.

The islands are blessed with natural beauty such as beaches, rivers, mountains, and diverse eco-systems, which offer tourists many opportunities for adventures like scuba, trekking, and snorkeling.

Here's Team OAP's guide to exploring Tablas Island…


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Romblon Food Trip: 8 Local Dishes You Should Try!

Romblon: Tablas Island

Discover the Marble Capital of the Philippines beyond its natural playgrounds–from its beautiful beaches and magnificent waterfalls, to its refreshing, clean rivers and challenging climbs. We'll make sure your itinerary is filled with memorable places and things you should try and eat!

Here are the top 8 dishes to complete your Romblon experience…


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