Monique Tendencia

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! 


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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Attractions, Manila Life

Paintings in Motion: Art in Island’s Newest Attraction @ArtinIsland


Art in Island, the biggest 3D Museum in Asia, is bringing their paintings to a whole new level with their latest installment.

Mostly known for 3D and interactive paintings, Art in Island is now moving into the realm of digital art.

Wouldn't it be cool to see their paintings move?


15th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines (At the back of Cubao Expo)
Telephone: +632 421-1356
FacebookArt in Island
Operating Hours: 9.30am to 9.30pm 
Entrance Fee: P500/head walk-in, P400/head for students

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PUTO NI PAPA: The Best Puto in Town! @GawadKalingaHQ

Puto ni Papa is not your ordinary puto. Those small ones in the local markets are incomparable.

Puto ni Papa is a brand founded and developed at the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm. The founder, Rem Salunoy (or Papa Rem), is a graduate of the SEED (School for Experiential and Entrepreneurial Development) program by GK.

Armed with a recipe passed on to him by his grandmother, Papa Rem has turned this native delicacy into something greater.


GK Enchanted Farm, Angat, Bulacan
Mobile: +63 915 687-7831 
Facebook:  GK Enchanted Farm

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BOLD RED: A Special Manila Marriott Thanksgiving Dinner for Philippine Red Cross @RWManila

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For over eight years, Marriott Manila has been a committed partner to Red Cross Philippines through its bi-annual donation drives, community outreach, and feeding programs.

Last August 2, Marriott Manila hosted a Thanksgiving Gala to celebrate their partnership milestone with Philippine Red Cross.

30 head chefs from Marriott hotels across Asia Pacific flew in and collaborated for a world-class 5-course dinner, and as the culmination of their 2017 Chefs Conference in Manila.


2 Resorts Drive, Pasay City, 1309 Metro Manila
Telephone: (02) 988 9999
Facebook: Manila Marriott Hotel

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A Journey into Taal Volcano’s Crater! (Photo Essay)

by Monique Tendencia


Taal Volcano is perhaps one of the most well-known and easily recognizable volcanoes in the Philippines – and rightly so. Taal Volcano's unique structure and location make it a constant backdrop and conversation starter.

Inside the crater is a tiny island called Vulcan Point. Its uniqueness remains solely on the fact that it is a third-order island.


What is a third order island?


Vulcan Point is the tiny dot inside the crater.

A third order island is any landmass within a lake that reaches the third degree. Vulcan Point is inside the Crater Lake (3rd), which is inside Taal Volcano surrounded by Taal Lake (2nd), which is then inside Luzon Island, a part of the Philippine archipelago, and within the Pacific Ocean (1st).


So how does one reach Vulcan Point?

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AMORITA BOHOL: Staycation at Panglao’s Little Darling Resort! @AmoritaResortBohol



Located atop a limestone cliff on the Southern edge of Panglao, Amorita Resort Bohol offers the best, unobstructed view of Alona Beach and the Cebu Strait. Its secluded location allows guests to enjoy the eco-friendly and luxurious resort in peace.

Amorita Bohol is one of the four properties handled by the One-of-Collection hotel management group. The group promises to deliver one-of-a-kind experiences to guests in all their properties. Our stay at Amorita was undeniably one-of-a-kind.

“Amorita” translates to little darling in Spanish–our sweet and intimate stay in the resort undoubtedly lived up to this namesake.

Here is our #AirAsiaxAmorita Experience in Bohol…


#1 Ester A. Lim Drive, Barangay Tawala, Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol
Manila Office: 
Unit 701 The Infinity Tower, 26th St. Bonifacio Global City
Telephone: +632 856-1443 / 553-9549
Mobile: +63 917 861-9441
Instagram: @amoritaresortbohol
Facebook: @AmoritaResort
Twitter: @AmoritaResort

Search for the lowest Amorita Resort rates at in partnership with Our Awesome Planet.

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THE MINOKAUA: Reviving the Malate Good Food and Music Vibe!

by Monique Tendencia


THE MINOKAUA by Billy Villareal and Chef Mike Tayag is a Spanish-Filipino comfort food resto bar and music venue for various genres that aims to revive the Malate vibe.

The name is a tribute to the giant dragon-like bird of Philippine folklore, which ate the sun and caused the solar eclipse. 

We were here recently to try their most recommended dishes and watch the musical duo of Bo BismarkNoli Aurillo. Here’s what we think…


1951 M. Adriatico St., Malate, Manila, Philipines
Operating Hours:  6:00 PM – 3:00 AM (Monday- Saturday)
Facebook: The Minokaua

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#Philippines, #Travel, Awesome Festivals

Lubao Int’l Balloon & Music Fest: 7 Reasons Why You Should Go? #LubaoIBMF2017

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Kickstart your summer with your friends and families at the Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2017 happening on April 6-9, 2017 at Pradera Verde, Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga.

Every year, families, friends, and photography enthusiasts look forward to one of Luzon's best summer attractions.

Here are 7 reasons why you should go to the Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival …


Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival
Date: April 6-9, 2017 
Venue: Pradera Verde, Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga.
Contact: Forthinker, Inc.
Office Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 6pm
Telephone: +632 942-0768
Mobile: +63 917 821-0728
Email: [email protected]

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Awesome Festivals

Wanderland Jungle 2017: Wildest Wanderland Ever & Post Concert Depression @WanderlandFest

Text and Photos by CK Santos

Here comes the post-concert depression after being in the wildest Wanderland last March 4, 2017. Known for being the biggest indie music arts festival, Wanderland stayed true to its theme: the jungle.


Wanderland 2017

For its 5th year, they brought in various international and local artists, such as Yuna, HONNE, LANY, UDD, Gab and John of Urbandub, Lola Amour and many more. The Temper Trap was the main headline, who gave us the feels and a throwback to the very first Wanderland in 2013.


Wanderland Festival 2017
March 4,2017
Filinvest City Event Grounds Alabang
Facebook: wanderlandfest
Instagram: @wanderlandfest
Twitter: wanderlandfest

Wanderland x OAP Series:
Wildest Wanderland Ever and Post Concert Depression 2017 (Photo Essay)
• Wanderland 2016: Out of This World Music Festival Experience (Photo Essay)
• Awesome Camping Experience at Wanderland Festival 2015! (Photo Essay)
• WANDERLAND 2014 Hangover! #TakeMeBackToWanderland @wanderlandfest

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