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Monique Tendencia

Art, Manila Life

ArtBGC 2017: Awesome Murals by Champions of Passions! (and Where to Find Them?)

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Bonifacio Global City has always been a huge advocate of public art. The beauty of public art is in its accessibility. It’s not confined to a gallery or enclosed in a museum. People from all walks are given the chance to witness and appreciate art as part of their daily lives.

This year, through the help of Pinto Art Museum, BGC worked with individual artists and artist groups such as Solana Perez, BISKEG Art Collective, and John Paul Antido to paint their passion on various locations.

Here’s a quick tour of the new murals around BGC…

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#Philippines, Boracay Island

The SPIDER HOUSE Boracay Sunset Session! (A REVIEW)

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Spider House Boracay used to be one of the island's best-kept secrets, but through word-of-mouth, the place has become very popular. It used to be just a family residence, but tourists kept stumbling upon the place, so the owners decided to open it to the public.

The resort is located at Diniwid Beach, a 30-minute walk from White Beach. It is a far cry from the busy Station 1 of Boracay; this place is meant for relaxation. Most vacationers come here to enjoy a different view of the Boracay sunset.

Here’s what we loved at Spider House…

 

SPIDER HOUSE BORACAY
Sitio Diniwid, Boracay
Operating Hours: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Telephone: +63 (36) 288 2350
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Spider House
Website: http://www.spiderhouseresort.com

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#Philippines, Boracay Island

HOBBIT TAVERN: Dining with the Happiest Hobbits in Boracay!

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Hobbit Tavern is a specialty restaurant serving a wide array of international dishes at D'Mall in Boracay. Formerly known as The Hobbit House, it is now under the management of Freddie and Karen Elizalde, and Virgilio and Jeanette Sacdalan of Boracay Kelana Food Corp.

The Hobbit Tavern is most popular for their "Hobbit" waiters, based on the popular characters from J.R.R. Tolkien’s "Lord of the Rings." Most of these hobbits have been working at the tavern for years already and have a good grasp of attending to customers' requests, and are always ready to pose for a picture or two with the guests.

We tried their bestsellers and here's what we loved…

 

HOBBIT TAVERN
D'Mall Boracay
Facebook: Hobbit Tavern Boracay
Mobile: +63 917 714-6863

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#Philippines, Boracay Island

SUBO BORACAY: Have you tried Reconstructed Filipino Food by Chef Jian Sacdalan?!

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SUBO is a Filipino restaurant serving reconstructed Filipino food by Chef-Owner Jian Sacdalan, located along Calle Remedios in Station 3, Boracay. Former chef Sunny de Ocampo may have moved on to other projects, but the Subo concept lives on in the island.

The design and interiors are unlike any of the restaurants I’ve seen in Boracay. It’s not your typical kanin sa kaldero-sabaw sa palayok kind of Filipino restaurant. Subo takes inspiration from well-known Filipino dishes and serves them in not-so-familiar ways.

Here’s what to expect at Subo Boracay…

 

SUBO BORACAY
Calle Remedios, Station 3 Boracay Island
Phone: +36 36 288 2849/+63 917 883 0966
Facebook: Subo Boracay
Instagram: @suboboracay
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.suboboracay.com

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#Hotels, #Philippines

Why Stay at Waterfront on your Next Trip to Davao? @WaterfrontDavao

by Monique Tendencia

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Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao is one of Davao’s most well-known landmarks. It has served locals and tourists alike since 1961.

A beachfront hotel located just 15 minutes from the airport, it is perfect for travelers who are staying for either business or pleasure or both.

Here’s what I loved about Waterfront Davao…

 

WATERFRONT INSULAR HOTEL DAVAO
Lanang, Davao City 8000, Philippines
Phone: +63 82 233-2881
Fax: +63 82 235-0900
E-mail: [email protected]
Facebook: Waterfront Insular Hotel
Instagram: @waterfrontdvo
Website: www.waterfronthotels.com.ph

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#Restaurants

SAGANA Epicerie & Bistro: Sustainable French Food by Chef Marc Aubry in Manila (REVIEW)

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Sagana Epicerie and Bistro is the latest Farm-to-Family French restaurant concept by Chef Marc Aubry. Located in the same spot as his old bistro, Champetre, Chef Marc still offers French food but now highlights farm-fresh, organic, and locally-sourced ingredients.

Make no mistake though, despite its Filipino-sounding name, Sagana is a full-fledged French restaurant. It doesn’t try to make anything Filipino.

“Sagana” refers to abundance and is a fitting tribute to the rich produce and diverse ingredients of the Philippines.

Here’s what we loved about Sagana…

 

SAGANA EPICERIE & BISTRO
G/F Net One Center, 3rd Avenue corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Open Daily – Mondays to Saturdays, 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Telephone: +632 815 8801
Mobile: +63 917-6327946
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Sagana Epicerie and Bistro
Instagram: @saganabgc

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#Restaurants, Food

OGETSU HIME: Elevating the Authentic Japanese Experience @SMMegaMall

by Monique Tendencia

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Ogetsu Hime aims to offer only the best authentic Japanese dishes in the Metro. They import the freshest catch regularly from Tsukiji Market, and the world’s rarest Matsusaka beef is given the treatment and attention it deserves.

For the longest time, Ogetsu Hime has had its lone branch in SM Aura. Now, they have finally opened their doors in SM Megamall to serve the Ortigas crowd.

Here’s what to expect and what we think about Ogetsu Hime…

OGETSU HIME
3F, Mega Fashion Hall
Telephone: +632 470-8241, 637-7510 
Mobile: +63 917 576 2377 
Instagram: @ogetsuhime
Facebook: OgetsuHime
Operating Hours:
Mon – Fri Lunch is 11 am- 3pm
Mon-Fri Dinner is 5 pm – 9:45 pm
Sat & Sun - 11 am up to 9:45 pm

Related Blog Post: OGETSU HIME: "Goddess of Food": Japanese A la Carte Dining by the Villavicencio's 

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#Hotels, #Philippines

RICHMONDE ILOILO: Luxurious Ilonggo Hospitality at the Best Hotel in Iloilo?! @richmonde.rhi

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Richmonde Hotel Iloilo is a 149-room, 4-star hotel, at Iloilo Business Park that highlights exclusivity and privacy for its guests.

Its location makes it the perfect jump-off point for all your Iloilo activities. Ortiz Wharf, the port of entry for Guimaras is just 20 minutes away, while Jaro Cathedral is just five minutes away.

Here is a photo essay of our awesome Richmonde Hotel Iloilo experience and why you should stay here on your next Iloilo trip…

 

RICHMONDE HOTEL ILOILO
Megaworld Boulevard corner Enterprise Road, Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
Telephone: +63 33 328 7888
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: RichmondeHotelIloilo
Instagram: @richmonde.rhi
Website: http://www.richmondehoteliloilo.com.ph/

Check out low Richmonde Iloilo rates and availability from Booking and Agoda.

 

Awesome Iloilo Series:

RICHMONDE ILOILO: Luxurious Ilonggo Hospitality at the Best Hotel in Iloilo?!
 ILOILO HERITAGE: Must Visit Churches and Heritage Houses in Iloilo!
MSO Sweet Symphonies: Manila Symphony Orchestra in Iloilo City! (Photo Essay)

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#Philippines

ILOILO HERITAGE: Must Visit Churches and Heritage Houses in Iloilo!

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When one hears the name Iloilo, it’s usually food that comes to mind–La Paz Batchoy, Pansit Molo, and Butterscotch. Secondary to that is the annual Dinagyang Festival. But there’s more to Iloilo than just its food and festivities.

Iloilo is a province that’s rich in culture and history, and its centuries-old churches and heritage houses are a testament to this. Each structure has their own rich story to tell.

Here are Iloilo’s must-visit heritage churches and houses…

 

Awesome Iloilo Series:

RICHMONDE ILOILO: Luxurious Ilonggo Hospitality at the Best Hotel in Iloilo?!
 ILOILO HERITAGE: Must Visit Churches and Heritage Houses in Iloilo!
MSO Sweet Symphonies: Manila Symphony Orchestra in Iloilo City! (Photo E

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Ultimate Taste Test

And the Winners of the Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition 2017 are…

You can now apply for the Ultimate Taste Test Masters Edition to be held on November 15 2018! 

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We have finally successfully completed the first Pro Edition of the longest running Taste Test Event in the Philippines, now on its 15th cycle in 9 years. I’m so happy that we were able to discover deserving start-up food entrepreneurs whose Food Business Dreams we will help make a reality!

Thank you to Foodee Global Concepts, our long-time sponsor and partner San Miguel Lifestyle Brews, our partner venue Glorietta & Ayala MallsGlobe Studios, and our lovely host Patti Grandidge-Herrera for taking this historic food taste event to the next level.

This was literally the Best UTT Ever, with a well-curated list of start-up food entrepreneurs and an awesome line-up of new food discoveries.

And the Winners of the Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition 2017 are…

 

Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition Series:
And the Winners of the Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition are…
A Foodie’s Guide to the Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition 2017!
Announcing…Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition: “Making Your Food Business Dreams a Reality!”

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