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Monique Tendencia

#Hotels, #Philippines, Iloilo

HUNI SICOGON: What to Expect @hunisicogon ? (First Look)

Huni Sicogon is Ayala Land’s latest venture in Western Visayas. Just opened this July 2018, it is a 52-key, 2-storey boutique resort located at Sicogon Tourism Estate.

Sicogon Island is located on the northernmost part of Iloilo, under the municipality of Carles. This island has remained under the radar for the past few years, especially after Yolanda hit and brought casualty to the locals and their livelihood. Ayala is set to turn the island into a tourism estate, much like Lio El Nido.

I had the privilege to be one of the first few to visit the resort in its first week. Here’s what you can expect at Huni:

Huni Sicogon
Brgy. San Fernando, Sicogon Island, Carles, Iloilo, Philippines 5019
Tel: +63 917 827 0445
Facebook: Huni Sicogon Resort
Instagram: @hunisicogon
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.huniresorts.com/

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#Restaurants

The Grid: A First Look at Rockwell’s Food Market!

Update 12/21/2018: As featured in 10 Best New Restaurants in Manila (2019 Homegrown Edition)!

The Grid

The Grid is the latest venture of Charles Paw, founder and CEO of the Tasteless Group, the same brains behind Century City Mall’s Hole in the Wall. Food halls and food parks have burgeoned over the last few years, all with their aggressive branding and marketing. But for the majority, their over-the-top ideas took the front seat; and quality, the back seat.

The Grid focuses less on trendy and experimental food concepts, but more on familiar cuisine done with expertise. That being said, this food hall brings together some of Manila’s culinary industry’s most prominent names.

Here’s a rundown of our first experience at The Grid:

The Grid
R2 Level Expansion, Power Plant Mall, Makati
Operating Hours: Monday-Friday 11:00am – 10:00pm, Saturday-Sunday 11:00am – 11:00pm
Facebook: The Grid Food Market
Instagram: @thegridfoodmarketph

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#Travel, China

36 Hours in Shanghai (Photo Essay)

Shanghai is one of those places that have always been on my radar, but I’ve never made plans purely for the language barrier. I was able to spend a few hours in the city on my last trip to China, and it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be.

Armed with just a translation app, and with only two definite things on the itinerary (The Bund and Yu Garden), I set out to explore Shanghai with Archie (a Fil-Chi who unfortunately, doesn’t speak much Mandarin).Read more

#Restaurants

Run Rabbit Run: Curated Cocktail Wonderland @ Brgy Poblacion

Over the past year, Poblacion has quickly become a hot spot for hole-in-the-wall restaurants and watering holes with new happenings popping up almost every month. Recently opened Run Rabbit Run is the latest addition to Poblacion and they call themselves “your new local neighborhood cocktail bar.”

Run Rabbit Run will lead you down the rabbit hole towards its Wonderland – a place to escape from the day’s worries, stumble upon a friend or two, and delight over their curated cocktails. 

Step into their Poblacion hideout and see what they have in store:

Run Rabbit Run
4991 P. Guanzon st, Makati, 1012 Metro Manila
Operating Hours: Monday to Tuesday 6PM-1AM, Wednesday to Saturday 6PM-3AM, Closed on Sundays
Mobile: +63 908 897 0668
E-mail: [email protected]
Facebook: RunRabbitRun.ph
Instagram: @runrabbitrun.ph
Website: www.runrabbit.run

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#Philippines, Catanduanes

Catanduanes: Incredible Vistas of the East

Catanduanes is an island off the eastern coast of mainland Bicol. Considered the 12th largest island in the Philippines, its size is comparable to the province of La Union.

Catanduanes has the unfortunate fate of being labeled as the “Land of the Howling Winds” for its geographical location makes it susceptible to being the first to take the hit when storms ravage. With this, Catanduanes has continued to remain under the radar for most local and foreign tourists. On my recent visit, I came with zero expectations and left with a newfound appreciation for the island.

Here are the beautiful sights to see in Catanduanes:Read more

Events

Repoblacion ng Pilipinas: A Rainy Toast to our 120th Independence Day!

Repoblacion ng Pilipinas, the first Independence Day Salubong Street Food Fiesta hosted by Agimat x Alamat and Z hostel has come to a successful close!

Despite the torrential downpour that lasted almost the whole night, crowds of people still went and raised a toast to celebrate our country’s independence.

Related Blog Post: Hunyo 12: Repoblacion ng Pilipinas! (Insider Guide)

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Events, Manila Life

Monkey Eagle x Privatus Private Dining: Craft Beer & Food Pairing 101

Privatus Private Dining, a Manila-based premium catering business, and Monkey Eagle Brewery, a microbrewery that makes world-class beers, team up for an afternoon of beer appreciation and superb fare. The well-curated 5-course menu features Privatus Private Dining’s culinary creations paired with Monkey Eagle Brewery’s flagship craft beers.

Privatus Private Dining
Address: #8 F. Legaspi St., Brgy. Maybunga, Pasig
Telephone: +63 917 629 7453, +63 2 907 5457
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Privatus Private Dining
Instagram: @privatusmanila

Monkey Eagle Brewery
Address: Tagaytay City, Philippines
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Monkey Eagle Brewery
Instagram: @monkeyeagleph

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#Philippines

Are you a Sustainable Diner? 9 Ways to Practice Sustainability When Dining Out

Savour Planet, a wordplay on Save Our Planet is a sustainable dining advocacy led at the forefront by World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines.

The Sustainable Diner is a series of talks among people in the food industry in an effort to promote sustainable dining among restaurants and diners alike.

The use of this word has risen in the restaurant scene, along with “organic” and “farm-to-table”. But what does it mean to be truly sustainable?Read more

#Philippines, #Restaurants

Must-try Camiguin Food (and Where to Find Them!)

Camiguin is a small island off the coast on the northern side of Misamis Oriental. Second only to Batanes as the smallest island in the Philippines, Camiguin spans just 238 sq. km. At its longest, it is just 23 kilometers or basically the whole stretch of EDSA.

Despite its size, Camiguin is a trove for foodies. Most of the food is still hugely Filipino, but International influences are slowly creeping in. Thanks in part to the expats who settled in the island, and the growing tourist community with varying palates.

Here’s a roundup of our food finds at Camiguin:Read more

#Travel, Indonesia

Indonesia: Emerging Hub of Quality Food Ingredients #FiAsia2018

When people speak of Indonesia, the first things that come to mind are the beautiful islands of Bali and Sulawesi, or the bustling city and historic culture of Jakarta. While these do make a good representation of Indonesia, there’s something more than just vibes and economics that come into play that make it such a great country.

Indonesia has at least 6,000 more islands than the Philippines – and both countries are blessed with lush greens and the abundance of nature’s gifts. The difference is in the fact that Indonesia has realized how these gifts – and I’m not just talking about sights – can play a role in economics and food culture of the world.Read more

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