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Anton Diaz

Manila Life

Le Cordon Bleu Manila: Tuition and Location (I Want to Enroll!) @ateneodemanilau

Finally, the beloved culinary institution Le Cordon Bleu (the oldest culinary school founded in 1895) is now in Manila in partnership with Ateneo de Manila University (founded in 1859 by the Society of Jesus). The partnership synergizes the global expertise of Le Cordon Bleu in cuisine, gastronomy and hospitality with Ateneo’s core foundation in liberal arts, management and entrepreneurship education.

The 4-year undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Restaurant Management (B.S. RENT) program is now open for enrollment. When you graduate, you get an Ateneo B.S. RENT Diploma and, at the same time, a Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu. You have to budget ₱1.6M for the tuition fee for the 4-year course.

Here’s all you need to know about the Le Cordon Blue x Ateneo de Manila founding program.

 

Le Cordon Bleu Ateneo de Manila (LCBA)
G/F, George SK Ty Innovation Wing, Areté
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Bachelor of Science in Restaurant Entrepreneurship
Duration: 4 years with full intersessions
Language: English/Filipino
Intake: August
Units: 175 units, roughly 6-7 subjects per semester, with 2-3 subjects and practicum during the intersession
Admission Requirements: SHS STRAND: Accountancy and Business Management (recommended)

Contact the Office of Admission and Aid
Email: [email protected]
Website: ateneo.edu/admissions
Telephone: +632 426-6001 loc 5154-5155
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Performance Arts

“Angels in America” Manila (Review) @ATEGasia

I must be honest. There would be two types of theater goers after watching the award-winning Angels in America by American playwright Tony Kushner: the one who would rave about the theatrical perfection of this groundbreaking masterpiece, and the one who got bored to death.

For some, they need to know what it is all about before committing to watching with friends. For me, when I watch plays, I usually go clueless about what it is all about, so as to have no biases. I let the story unfold, appreciate the narrative and finish the show with an internal reflection of what it means to me.

I’ll let you know what I think at the end of this post.

 

ANGELS IN AMERICA
Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati
March 22 to April 7, 2019
For tickets, visit www.ticketworld.com.ph

Zone 1 – ₱3,500
Zone 2 – ₱2,500
Zone 3 – ₱1,500

ANGELS IN AMERICA contains strong language and mature content. Due to its subject matter, this show is strongly recommended to ages 17 years old and above.

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Manila Life

List of Volunteer Organizations (💯Legit) in the Philippines! #GOVolunteer

Performing Arts and Recreation Center (PARC) Volunteers

Volunteering is both a selfless give-and-take act because you work for free to contribute to the community but in return, you discover yourself while your love tank is filled by the people you helped.

But these days, you have to be careful about which volunteer groups to join because some exploits the community they work with by making them dependent on volunteers instead of making the community better.

iVolunteer Philippines is the leading organization that connects volunteers to the rightful NGOs and communities for the last 10 years. Every year, they hold a GO! Volunteer Expo to showcase and meet the different volunteer groups. This is a great opportunity also for volunteers to look for where they can offer their skills to the group that would benefit the most.

This year, the GO! Volunteer Expo will happen at Glorietta Activity Center on April 6 & 7, 2019.

This time, iVolunteer Philippines is making it an even bigger event that will celebrate everyday Filipino heroes and the timeless act of giving back. iVolunteer believes that when given the opportunity, Filipinos are always willing to answer the call for help.

Here’s the complete list of Volunteer Communities that you can join:

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#Restaurants

GILARMI Lounge: One of the Best Hotel Lounges in Manila @DiscoveryPrimea

Gilarmi Cocktail Lounge, the lobby lounge of Discovery Primea, is one of the best hotel lounges in Manila.

Usually, hotel lounges are just token spots for guests to hang out in and not really places to come looking for quality. But we were surprised by how good the quality of the comfort food was paired with gin and tonic or cocktails.

Here’s what we love at Gilarmi Lounge.

 

Gilarmi Lounge
Ground Floor, Discovery Primea Hotel
6749 Ayala Avenue, Urdaneta, Makati City
Operating Hours: 7 AM to 11 PM daily

Telephone: +63 2 955 8888 / +63 2 988 2988 /
Mobile: +63 917 679 4567
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Discovery Primea
Twitter: @DiscoveryPrimea
Instagram: @discoveryprimea
Websitehttps://www.discoveryprimea.com/the-gilarmi-lounge/

Discovery Primea Series

DISCOVERY PRIMEA Experience: Guide to Lovin’ Every Minute of it!
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TAPENADE: The Best of TAPENADE Restaurant
GILARMI: One of the Best Hotel Lounges in Manila

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Performance Arts

Eto na! Musical nAPO! (The Final Extension) Review

(Photo by GA Fallarme)

I almost missed watching this show—Eto na! Musical nAPO!—and I’m glad that we were still able to catch the final extension of the second run (until April 7 only).

It was one of the best original Filipino musicals we watched that really touched us with its inspiring message of pursuing your passion against all odds and fighting for the love of your life.

Here’s what we love about Eto na! Musical nAPO!

 

Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!
Maybank Performing Arts Theater, Bonifacio Global City
Last Shows: April 5 at 8:00pm, April 6 at 2:30pm & 8:00pm, April 7 at 2.30pm

Synopsis
: Set in a university in the 70s, Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! tells the coming-of-age of a ragtag of college friends as they gear up to win a songwriting competition. Through it all, they share triumphs, romantic bliss and heartbreak. All of this happens under the iron fist of Martial Law. What keeps them together is their sheer love for music and a friendship that stands the test of time and turmoil.

Official Hashtag: #MusikalnAPO
Facebook: 9WorksTheatrical
Twitter@9WTonline
Instagram: @9WTonline

For tickets, contact +632 586-7105, +63 917 554-5560 or Ticketworld at +632 891-9999.

RESERVED SEATING
Zone A (₱3,690)
Zone B (₱3,075)
Zone C (₱2,665)
Zone D (₱1,845)
Zone E (₱1,537.50)

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#Restaurants

LAMPARA Poblacion: What this Modern Filipino Bistro Really Tastes Like (Review)

Lampara Restaurant, in Brgy. Poblacion, Makati, is a Neo-Filipino Bistro by Chèf Rj Ramos (Samar), Chèf Alfonse Sotero (Iloilo) and Chèf Prince Tan (Nueva Ecija). These chef-owners are young graduates of Enderun and the deliciously hip Hey Handsome.

Its name was inspired by fire and the passion of these chefs to push the Filipino dining scene forward in Brgy. Poblacion.

We heard mixed reviews, and some say it’s all hype. We got to try it for ourselves and here’s what we think.

LAMPARA
5883 Enriquez Street, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati
Telephone: +63 917 173-588
Operating Hours:
Monday to Sunday: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm,  10:00pm – 2:00 am
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Lampara
Messenger: m.me/lampara.pob
Instagram@lampara.pob

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Good France (Goût de France): Guide to French Gastronomy Festival in Manila!

Good France (Goût de France) is a gastronomic festival celebrating the inclusion of the “Gastronomic Meal of the French” in the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010.

First launched by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and renowned chef Alain Ducasse in 2015, the festival is now on its 5th edition.

Twenty-six chefs in the Philippines join 5,000 other chefs from all over the globe to celebrate the Biggest French Dinner in the World happening simultaneously on March 21, 2019 (Thursday).

Here’s our guide to the national Goût de France festival in Manila to help you choose the right restaurant come March 21.

Goût de France Philippines
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FrenchEmbassyManila
Twitter: @FrenchEmbassyPH
Instagram: @FrenchEmbassyPH

For more info, visit http://restaurateurs.goodfrance.com/

Hashtags: #GoûtdeFrancePH #GoodFrancePH

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#Restaurants, Food

Bench Cafe 2.0: Halo Halo and the Best of Bench Cafe!

Bench Cafe is the “Love Local” Filipino Cafe of the Bench fashion house in partnership with Foodee Global Concepts. It specializes in Bench-to, a Filipino Bento version, and Halo-Halo plus merienda specialties.

Their flagship store is in Bonifacio High Street, and they recently opened their version 2.0 in Greenbelt 3. Here is the best of Bench Cafe in 2019.

Bench Cafe High Street

The Bench Cafe flagship store is hidden on the 2nd floor inside Bench High Street.

BENCH CAFE
2F BENCH/ Flagship Store, BGC
Telephone: +632 821-8415
Mobile: +63 917 702-1133
Facebook@BenchCafePH
Instagram: @benchcafeph

We love the homey feel, the spacious distance between tables and the tables with couches near the walls.

The best table in the house is the private one on the left side where you can have a mastermind meeting or intimate dining with friends.

 

Bench Cafe Greenbelt 3

The Bench Cafe 2.0 is relatively smaller and is located in the middle of the 2nd floor of Greenbelt 3.

BENCH CAFE
2nd floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati
Mobile: +63 917 634 2825

It has a private function area with white and wood interiors.

Bench Cafe 2.0 Menu: Bench To | Soup, Salad, Appetizers, Pamilya Style | Silog, All Day Merienda, Dessert | Beverages

They have a new optimized value-for-money menu, now with ala carte options.


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#Restaurants

La Collina: Brgy. Poblacion Makati’s Secret Spanish-Italian Bistro

A Spanish-Italian Bistro by Anita Celdran, La Collina is hidden in Brgy. Poblacion area near Makati City Hall. It’s a slow food restaurant committed to sourcing fresh ingredients from nearby sustainable farms to produce Spanish food from the heritage recipes of the Celdran family and Italian cuisine from Anita’s Italian partner.

“Collina,” which means small hill both in Spanish and Italian, is a reference to the restaurant’s original hill location in Tagaytay before it found its way to a nice house along Molina St. in Brgy. Poblacion.

It’s awesome to discover these food-forward places to reinvigorate the dining scene in the otherwise bar-dominated neighborhood of Brgy. Poblacion. It feels like the first time you discovered Sala in the Malate neighborhood years ago.

Here’s what you can expect at La Collina.

LA COLLINA RESTAURANT & BAR
4558 Molina St., Barangay Poblacion, Makati
Telephone: +63 917 325-2168
Email: [email protected]om
Facebook: Eat.LaCollina
Message Me: m.me/Eat.LaCollina

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#Philippines

Q&A Kitchen Makati Valentine’s: Is it Now Worth Going to? (A Review)

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We celebrated Valentine’s with our creative entrepreneur friends in the new restaurant of Chef Alain Raye of La Regalade Manila fame. There were mixed reviews when it opened towards the end of last year so we dined with optimistic caution.

Q&A stands for Question & Answers for the culinarily curious or Quality & Attention for the ones looking for Michelin-star taste and service in Manila. The 1 Michelin-starred Chef Alain Raye fell in love with a Filipina during his La Regalade days, and now he is permanently based here with the love of his life.

Is it now worth going to Q&A Kitchen in Makati? Here’s what we think…

 

Q&A kitchen & bar
Unit 2D, Second Floor, ACCM Building, 102 San Agustin Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Operating Hours:  Kitchen: Monday to Saturday
Lunch: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Bar: 5:00 pm til late
Closed Sunday
Mobile: +63 917 859-5678
Landline: +632 624-4388
Instagram@QandAKitchen
Websitehttp://qandakitchen.com/

Related Blog Post: Chef Alain Raye’s La Regalade in Manila!

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