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Abigail Javellana

#Philippines, Awesome Festivals

MASSKARA: Our Awesome Guide to Bacolod’s MassKara Festival! @TourismPHL

By Abigail Javellana

MassKara Festival 2015

Experience 20 days of merry making with street parties, endless food, and wonderful masquerade costumes that make up Bacolod City's MassKara Festival.

It is considered by the likes of CNN and National Geographic as a must do experience when visiting the Philippines. The celebration starts between Oct 1 to 19, with the biggest event starting on the weekend nearest to the 19th.

Our #BoomingBacolod adventure starts as we'll show how you can make the most of the MasKara Festival from festival line-ups & parades, must-go parties, delicious local fares, yummy desserts, pasalubong, tourist spots and tips!

By the way, this is the hometown of Abi of Team Our Awesomeplanet. So expect a guided tour from a local's perspective. Come and join us as we rediscover Bacolod City. 🙂

 

Bacolod Series in Our Awesome Planet

• BACOLOD FOOD TRIP: Eat Like a Local in Bacolod!
• MASSKARA: Our Awesome Guide to Bacolod's MassKara Festival!
• SILAY FOOD GUIDE: What to Eat in Silay & KAON TA! Food Festival?
• LAKAWON: Negros' Secret Paradise Retreat & TawHai Floating Bar!
• 10 Awesome Places to Visit Around Bacolod!
• White Hotel vs. Hometown: The Old and New Backpacker Hotels in Bacolod City!
• BACOLOD PASALUBONG: What to Bring Back Home from Bacolod?

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#Philippines

TOURIST SPOTS: Essential Heritage Sites to Visit in Bacolod! @TourismPHL

By Abigail Javellana

THE RUINS

Bacolod City: The Ruins

Visiting Bacolod City won't be complete without having a trip to The Ruins of Talisay City. Built by the Sugar Baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson in 1911 as a testament to his ill-fated love Maria Braga. The Mansion's history is comparably similar to the Taj Mahal of India. 

Our Awesome Guide to Bacolod City and the Masskara Festival

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#Philippines, Bacolod

PASALUBONG: What to Bring Back Home from Bacolod? @TourismPHL

By Abigail Javellana

Bacolod City

Your Bacolod trip wouldn’t be complete without bringing a piece of Bacolod. From freshly baked pies and desserts, local delicacies and famous colorful MassKara Mask.

Our Awesome Guide to Bacolod City and the Masskara Festival

Here’s our top picks to bring back home…

 

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

AUNTIE MAY’S: The Best Home-Made Salpicao in Manila! #UTT2015Winner

About UTT 2015: Most Remarkable Ultimate Taste Test Ever @AyalaMalls! (Photo Essay) 

Auntie May’s bestseller is their Angus Beef Salpicao cooked with minced garlic aplenty and special seasoning. 

An original recipe by Auntie May's family made from Certified Angus Beef. They serve it with rice and also sell it in frozen packs with 3 individual sachets with a "how to cook guide". It an easy prepare meal you can cook straight from the freezer.

Foodies loved its savory and tender meat that compliments their specialty garlic fried rice. 

 

AUNTIE MAY'S
Mercato Centrale and 30-A Juan Gutierrez St corner M.A. Reyes St. Little Baguio, San Juan City, 1500
Mobile: +6326248172 +639178850508
Email: auntiemay'[email protected]
Facebook: Auntie May's

AUNTIE MAY'S: UTT Winner #7 Rating 4.03
231 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
206 foodies rated 4- I love it!
134 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
33  foodies rated 2- It is OK.
4 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.  

 

Related Blog Post: AUNTIE MAY's: U.S Beef Tapa, Angus Beef Salpicao and Home Cooked Meals

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

SU CASA MEXICAN GRILL: Mexican Barbacoa Tacos #UTT2015Winner

About UTT 2015: Most Remarkable Ultimate Taste Test Ever @AyalaMalls! (Photo Essay) 

Foodies loved Su Casa Mexican Grill's authentic Mexican tacos. They served the popular Mexican classic Barbacoa Tacos. Crispy bits of slow-cooked beef wrapped in a soft taco shell. 

Congratulations for winning the Ultimate Taste Test 2015!

 

SU CASA MEXICAN GRILL
La Huerta Village Center, Multinational Ave, Parañaque, Philippines, 1708 Parañaque
Mobile: +639 16523-6822
Facebook: Su-Casa-Mexican-Grill

SU CASA MEXICAN GRILL: UTT Winner #8 Rating 3.99
144  foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
143 foodies rated 4- I love it!
84  foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
22 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
6 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.  

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

RITA’S ITALIAN ICE: Smooth, Fluffy, Shard-free Ice Dessert! #UTT2015Winner

About UTT 2015: Most Remarkable Ultimate Taste Test Ever @AyalaMalls! (Photo Essay) 

Rita's Italian Ice is one of the largest Italian Ice concepts in the world with more than 600 stores in the US.

Rita's originally advertised their product as "water ice" which is also sometimes called "Italian Ice". Founded in 1984 by former Philadelphia firefighter Bob Tumolo. He bought the recipe from an elderly neighbor, did some enhances and made the recipe his own and the rest is history.

I personally like the Italian ice concept which is like creamy ice texture, very smooth and made fresh daily in the store.

 

RITA'S ITALIAN ICE
G/F VMall Greenhills Shopping Center || 2/F UP Town Center
Mobile: +632 6505859, +632 9552452
Twitter: @RitasItalianIce
Facebook: RitasItalianIceCompany
E-mail: [email protected]

RITA'S ITALIAN ICE UTT Winner #9 Rating 3.97
299 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
157 foodies rated 4- I love it!
193 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
31 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
7 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.  

 

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

CHOCO LIQUOR CAKES: Best Chocolate Cake Gift this Christmas! @MaricarReyesPoon #UTT2015Winner

About UTT 2015: Most Remarkable Ultimate Taste Test Ever @AyalaMalls! (Photo Essay) 

Choco Liquor Cake is the product child of celebrity couple Richard Poon and Maricar Reyes. Their cakes are made from high-quality chocolate bonbons with a small kick of red wine for flavor.

This heavenly decadent chocolate cake won the hearts of our foodies, with its very rich and moist chocolatey goodness. We like that the quantity of wine had just the right amount bittersweet aftertaste, without it overpowering the cake. 

 

CHOCO LIQUOR CAKES
Pick-up areas: Ortigas and Quezon City
Mobile: +63 917-8648282.
Instagram:  @chocoliquorcakes/
Facebook: chocoliquorcakes

CHOCO LIQUOR CAKES UTT Winner #10 Rating 3.96
173 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
150 foodies rated 4- I love it!
94 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
41 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
5 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.  

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Events, Manila Life

NIGHT OF THRONES: Modern Westerosi Halloween Party @ThePalaceManila

Night of Thrones

The "Night of Thrones" is a gigantic modern Westerosi Halloween party in partnership with Viber and The Palace Manila last October 31. Citizens dressed up in their favorite costumes as they partied all night like a true modern Warrior.

#ViberNightOfThrones had four themed stages happening inside The Palace with Valkyrie being Kings Landing, The Pool Club as The Wall, Cafe Naya as Highgarden and Revel as the Purple Wedding.

 

Night of Thrones

We Listen to the sick beats of Quintino and were surprised by the white walkers who will tag you for best in costume.

Here is our top pick for best and creative costumes…

 

 Related Blog Post: THE PALACE POOL CLUB BGC EXPERIENCE (DRESS CODE, ENTRANCE FEE, AND TIPS)!

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Mystery Rooms

Reversed Reality: Inside the head of Enigma the Psychopathic Killer @MysteryManila

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

https://youtu.be/3CFMWxFUMTU

Reversed Reality takes place within the head of criminal mastermind, Enigma. Inside his head are his plans to destroy the world and you are tasked to find them in 60 minutes. Each plan is represented by a puzzle piece, which the team has to put together before the hour is over.

We liked the concept of this room, as everything inside it was…reversed! The game uses anamorphic illusions, which requires players to really look at their surroundings to carefully gather clues.

Mystery Manila Series:

Keep reading to get the scoop on OAP’s experience with Reversed Reality…

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

PAPA DIDDI’S: Forbidden Rice and Mango Ginger Handcrafted Ice Cream! #UTT2015Winner

About UTT 2015: Most Remarkable Ultimate Taste Test Ever @AyalaMalls! (Photo Essay)

Papa Diddi's all-natural premium ice cream uses produce sourced directly from farms, markets and gardens all over the Philippines. 

Papa Diddi's is a tribute by Paul Perez to his father who was a lawyer that represented farmers from Northern Luzon, including the Mountain Provinces. Inspired by the unique produce from that area, Paul prioritized those flavors as a way to continue his father's legacy of supporting farmers.

Foodies love their creative flavor — Forbidden Rice and Mango Ginger Ice Cream. Papa Diddi’s ice creams are not too sweet and flavorful to enjoy. 🙂

Papa Diddi's Handcrafted Ice Cream
168 Maginhawa, Quezon City, Philippines
Email[email protected]
FacebookPapaDiddis
Mobile: +63 4343-784

Papa Diddi's Handcrafted Ice Cream: UTT Winner #11 Rating 3.95
134  foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
113 foodies rated 4- I love it!
80 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
25 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
7 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.   

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