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Best World-Class Whisk(e)y: Which Bottle Is Right For You?

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Whiskey or whisky, depending on where you're from, is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from various fermented grains. The word literally means "Water of Life" and is considered to be one of the best spirits in the world. Distilleries typically age it in casks or wooden barrels, which give the drink its distinct flavors. 

Filipinos have slowly begun to appreciate the darker spirits such as Whiskey, which has caused the beverage to gain a better reputation in the Philippine market. The drink is no longer a foreign concept but has instead become a staple in Filipinos' celebrations such as intimate events, gatherings, and festivals. 

World-class whiskey recently made its way to Manila via Whiskey Live 2017, one of the biggest whiskey tasting celebrations in the world. It was held on October 20 and 21 at Shangri-La, The Fort, and showcased a wide array of what whiskey has to offer. For a newbie, this can be intimidating, but what better way to learn about the awesome drink than to taste it? 

Here's a photo essay of our recommendations for best Whisky by Region/Country…

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Events, Manila Life

OKTOBERFEST MANILA: German Club Oktoberfest @SofitelManila vs October Beer Festival @CityofDreamsPH

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If there’s one thing you should get pumped up for in October, it’s Oktoberfest! 

Oktoberfest is a traditional German festival that celebrates everyone’s favorite things–food, beer, singing, and dancing! It isn’t just a traditional beer fair, it’s actually one of the best celebrations of them all. 

The official celebration takes place in Munich, Bavaria, but so many other places try to copy this awesome festival, including Manila, Philippines! However, no matter where you celebrate, there are always a few things you can expect: mouthwatering food, lively people and music, and huge amounts of beer. 

This year, Oktoberfest came to two of the best hotels in the city. Sofitel held its 79th German Club Oktoberfest on Oct 7 and City of Dreams, Manila hosted their own version of the festival on Oct 12. Both were grand, fun, and with lots of merrymaking! 

Here’s a photo essay of Oktoberfest in Manila… 

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CULINAIRE: Around the World with Flavors from SMX’s Top Caterers! (Photo Essay)

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Culinaire is one of SMX's biggest events of the year–a celebration of all their top accredited caterers and partners!

This year's theme–A Flight of Flavors–was different and a bit more fun. SMX designated one country each for their 14 caterers to showcase their respective food. For one night, guests had a chance to travel to different nations and gain access to some good food. These countries include Japan, Spain, Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Italy, Brazil, Germany, Turkey, India, France, USA, China, and Mexico. 

The event was held last October 3 at the SMX Convention Center, Manila and was also a joint celebration of SMX Manila's 10th Anniversary, Megatrade Halls's 25th Anniversary, SMX Davao's 5th Anniversary, and the Sky Hall's 1st Anniversary. 

Here's a photo essay of what happened at Culinaire…

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FIGARO: Reinventing the Coffee Shop to a Filipino Café Concept?

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Figaro Coffee is a proudly Filipino coffee chain and is one of the most successful to grow on a global scale. Their vision has always been to support our farmers and promote high-quality, local coffee beans.  

The coffee shop has been around since 1993 and is the brainchild of a group of coffee enthusiasts who dreamt of a café where they could entertain people while enjoying a great cup of coffee and delicious pastries. Its name comes from the male lead in the opera "The Barber of Seville" and encompasses the whole Italian and European concept they were going for. 

Recently, Figaro decided to launch its new menu and Figaro Café store to cater to the evolving market while still staying passionately committed to boosting the local coffee industry. 

Here's what to expect from the new and improved Figaro Coffee… 

 

FIGARO COFFEE
Ground Floor, 102-B Liberty Center Building, H. V. Dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Operating Hours:
Monday – Sunday,  7:00 AM to 11: 00 PM
Telephone: +632 637-5969
Email:  [email protected]m
Instagram: @figarocoffee
Facebook: Figaro Coffee Company
Website: http://figarocoffee.com/

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SMX Aura: Your One-Stop Shop For All Your Event Needs @SMAuraPremier

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SMX Convention Center at SM Aura Premier is not just any events place. It is a multi-purpose event center inside one of the most recognizable malls in Taguig. It is the humble offspring of the huge and grand SMX Convention Center in Pasay, Manila. This one might not be as big as the original, but what it lacks in space, it makes up for in versatility and adaptability. 

Recently, they opened their function hall to people who wanted a taste of the amazing food by M Catering and to display just how diverse the place can be. 

 

SMX AURA CONVENTION CENTER
3F, SM Aura Premier, Taguig City
Telephone: +632 779 8635
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @smxconventioncenter
Facebook: SMX Aura
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm 

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MSO Sweet Symphonies: Manila Symphony Orchestra in Iloilo City! (Photo Essay)

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The Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is a 55-piece world-class ensemble founded in 1926. It is regarded as Asia’s first symphony orchestra.

Ilonggos were in for a treat when MSO played their hearts out in two of the most iconic places in Iloilo as part of the 80th Iloilo City Charter Day celebration.

 

The two-night spectacle was under the baton of master conductor Professor Arturo Molina. On August 25 and 26, the Manila Symphony Orchestra wooed music lovers with “Sweet Symphonies: Bach vs. Beatles” and “Soundtracks and Symphonies” at the iconic Molo Church and the Iloilo Convention Center, respectively.

Here's what happened during the grand two-day celebration… 

 

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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HELLO KITTY CAFE Opens in Manila! (What to Expect?) @hellokittycafe

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Hello Kitty Café is a newly opened Sanrio-inspired restaurant by the Sanrio Group Philippines with its flagship store located in Uptown Mall.

The Sanrio team created an all-around kawaii concept, with Hello Kitty established in every one of their items- from interiors down to the food. The restaurant’s motif is French-Mediterranean inspired, with a touch of extravagance fit for a princess. 

The menu is carefully curated, selected, and approved by the Sanrio group, along with the help of newcomer Chef Khamir Doble of Enderun.

Here's what to expect at Hello Kitty Café in Manila …

HELLO KITTY CAFE
Third Floor, Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Uptown Bonifacio
Telephone: +632 2469069 ext: 489
Operating Hours:  Monday – Sunday 11 AM to 10 PM
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