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Awesome Festivals, Food

8 Authentic Vietnamese Dishes to Savor at @NewWorldManila’s Vietnamese Food Festival!

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New World Manila Bay Hotel in cooperation with New World Saigon Hotel, Vietnamese Airlines and the Embassy of Vietnam in the Philippines to showcase the authentic flavors of Vietnamese Cuisine in Manila. 

The special Vietnamese dishes and beverages are featured in the lunch and dinner buffet at the Market Café and the Vietnamese coffee experience at the Lobby Lounge  from Sept. 1 to 13, 2015.

For Vietnamese Food Lovers, don’t miss to savor these 8 authentic Vietnamese dishes at the Vietnamese Food Festival at New World Manila Bay Hotel: 

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

UTT2015: Presenting… 45+ Food Purveyors Tasting Menu: Be a Food Critic for a Day! @AyalaMalls @GloriettaTweets

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Finally, we are ready to present the mouth-watering new flavors in Manila from over 40+ home-based food businesses and new food discoveries participating in the Ultimate Taste Test 2015.

Ultimate Taste Test Event 2015 (Buy your Tickets Now!) 

What: Ultimate Taste Test 2015 — Be a Food Critic for a Day!
When: September 12, 2015, Saturday, 11.00 am – 9.00 pm.
Where: Glorietta Activity Center, Ayala Center Makati 

Ultimate Taste Test  Fee: P500/head . Inclusive of:

  • Food Taste Portions from a minimum of 40+ Home-Based Food Vendors & New Food Discoveries for the entire Saturday
  • A bottle of San Miguel Super Dry, Premium All-Malt or Cerveza Negra
    (For foodies 18 years old and above only)
  • Food Critic Ballot for voting your favorite food discoveries. 
Ultimate Taste Test Tickets
1 – Regular ticket P500.00 PHP
2 – Regular tickets P1,000.00 PHP
3 – Regular tickets P1,500.00 PHP
4 – Regular tickets P2,000.00 PHP
5 – Regular tickets P2,500.00 PHP
6 – Regular tickets P3,000.00 PHP
7 – Regular tickets P3,500.00 PHP
8 – Regular tickets P4,000.00 PHP
1 – Senior Citizen ticket P400.00 PHP
2 – Senior Citizen tickets P800.00 PHP

Barkada Promo: Buy 10 tickets + 1 free ticket!

Check out the ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 2015 TICKETING MECHANICS.

Here is the tasting menu for Ultimate Taste Test 2015 on Sept. 12, Saturday at Glorietta Activity Center:

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Manila Life

3 Pinoys to Compete for the Title @MasterChefAsia

Master Chef AsiaThree Filipinos will be competing for the title of Master Chef in the first season of Master Chef Asia.

Jake Aycardo, Lica Ibarra, and Rico Amancio will compete with fellow home cooks from China, India, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. The winner of the competition will receive their own cookbook and USD$50,000 cash prize

 

Master Chef AsiaThey will be mentored and judged by culinary wunderkinds in the region: Hong Kong-born and multi-awarded genius Chef Susur Lee, known as the “Father of Fusion”; 3 Michelin-starred Chef Bruno Ménard, and Singapore-born former MasterChef Australia finalist , Audra Morrice.

 

Checkout out what the judges have to say on the Impact of Filipino Cuisine in the Culinary World:

 Jake, Lica and Rico are ordinary Filipinos with no culinary school background, but what they do have, is a passion for cooking and the love for food. Get to know them better and let’s support #MCApinoypride

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Announcing… The Molina Market (Now Open for Applications!)

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We are finally ready to announce our latest collaboration project — The Molina Market at Brgy Poblacion, Makati!

The Molina Market is the first Filipino Hawker Market establishment in Manila promoting the Filipino Local Soul, with authentic Manila ambiance in the heart of Brgy Poblacion in Makati.

Here’s my Behind-the-Scenes discussion with Czarina Ledesma behind the concept of Molina Market:


Video: Watch Announcing… The Molina Market! (Now Open for Applications)

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Awesome Festivals

How to Market your Hotel & Restaurant in the Digital Age? (8 Practical Tips + A Case Study)

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It’s an exciting and historic time to be in Manila, where the entire food, travel, and lifestyle industry is booming in the Social Media Capital of the World.

While the internet penetration has reached 50% in Manila, there is still a big gap with only 10% penetration of hotels and restaurants engaging in digital marketing.

Digital is not a fad, not a strategy, or not just a tool. We are in the Digital Age, which is a shift from the traditional ways of the Industrial Age. Digital is a mindset and a paradigm shift on the way we engage brand consumers and clients.

Thank you to the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines for inviting me to share my knowledge on “How to Market your Hotel and Restaurant in the Digital Age.

I received such an overwhelming appreciation of my talk that I decided to share the presentation with you.

Here are 8 practical tips and a case study to empower your business to compete in the digital age…

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Ultimate Taste Test 2015 Tickets Now Available! (Buy your Tickets Now!) @AyalaMalls @GloriettaTweets

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Our Awesome Planet and San Miguel Lifestyle Brews present the 2015 Ultimate Taste Test, the celebrated food tasting event, on September 12, 2015 Saturday at the Glorietta Activity Center from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This much-anticipated annual food trip enables food lovers to be food-critics-for-a-day by sampling mouth-watering new flavors in Manila from over 40+ home-based food businesses and new food discoveries from Ayala Mall’s merchants.

Now staging the 13th in the UTT series – Ultimate Taste Test 2015, food blog pioneer Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet embarks on this first awesome partnership with Ayala Malls.

Related Post: Announcing… Ultimate Taste Test 2015 on Sept. 12, Glorietta Activity Center (Now Open for Applications)!

Ultimate Taste Test Event 2015

What: Ultimate Taste Test 2015 — Be a Food Critic for a Day!
When: September 12, 2015, Saturday, 11.00 am – 9.00 pm.
Where: Glorietta Activity Center, Ayala Center Makati 

Ultimate Taste Test  Fee: P500/head . Inclusive of:

  • Food Taste Portions from a minimum of 40+ Home-Based Food Vendors & New Food Discoveries for the entire Saturday
  • A bottle of San Miguel Super Dry, Premium All-Malt or Cerveza Negra
    (For foodies 18 years old and above only)
  • Food Critic Ballot for voting your favorite food discoveries.

Here is the complete list of Food Purveyors for UTT 2015:
UTT2015: Presenting… 40+ Food Purveyors Tasting Menu: Be a Food Critic for a Day! 

Ultimate Taste Test ticket
1 – Regular ticket P500.00 PHP
2 – Regular tickets P1,000.00 PHP
3 – Regular tickets P1,500.00 PHP
4 – Regular tickets P2,000.00 PHP
5 – Regular tickets P2,500.00 PHP
6 – Regular tickets P3,000.00 PHP
7 – Regular tickets P3,500.00 PHP
8 – Regular tickets P4,000.00 PHP
1 – Senior Citizen ticket P400.00 PHP
2 – Senior Citizen tickets P800.00 PHP

Barkada Promo: Buy 10 tickets + 1 free ticket!

 

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 2015 TICKETING MECHANICS:

1). Tickets for UTT 2015 will only be sold online.

2). Payments may be made through bank deposit or online via PayPal, or payments may also be made at the Creative Juice office at the 2F of Fun Ranch in Pasig. (Monday to Friday 9-5pm).

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Events, Manila Life

#GoogleMoLang: Search for the Epic Food Trip! @TheMallofAsia

by #TeamOAP

We are proud of Team Our Awesome Planet for winning #GoogleMoLang: Search for the Epic Food Trip private event. They had grand time searching for the yummiest Pinoy Food Spots, and you can too! Send in your entries before August 15, and stand a chance to be part of google's commercial plus win amazing prizes! 

Check out #TeamOAP's experience, and don't forget to read contest guideline below…

(#GoogleMoLang: Search for the Epic Food Trip! Winning Entry)

Google’s search for the most Epic Food Trip, #GoogleMoLang, is a campaign that highlights the usefulness of Google’s intuitive search functions. Five of the Philippines’ top food and travel blogs as well as media outlets were invited to participate to create the most epic food trip! The winner of the event would have the opportunity to be featured in a Google commercial endorsed by famous Filipino YouTubers like Mikey Bustos, Bogart the Explorer, Erwan Heussaff, Ramon Bautista and even Lourd de Veyra.

Check out Mikey Bustos message on how you can be part of Google's Epic Food Trip commercial…

(Message from Mikey) Attention: We’re working with Google to create their next commercial, and we want you to be a part of it! Just send to [email protected] a 2-min video of your barkada going on your most epic Filipino food trip, with a little help from Google Search. Make sure you show us on a piece of paper the question that you asked Google while on your food trip. Send in your video by August 15, and if I like it, it’ll be in the next Google commercial. If I really, really, really like it, I will give you a GoPro!

Other important guidelines:
No nudity, profanity, violence, defamation of character
Shoot horizontally
They must meet the criteria of 40% Usage and relevance of Search, 30% Friends benefiting as a result of Google, and 30% Creativity and Fun
Minimum resolution of 720 pixels and in one of the following formats: MPEG, AVI, QUICKTIME, FLV or WMF format.
Full Terms & Conditions will be emailed to you as soon as you submit your entry, so please make sure to indicate your email address when you submit your video.

 

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Awesome Festivals

BLOSOMEX: “2015 is the Year of Online Video!” – Mark Wiens (Don’t miss on Aug. 8)

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Mark Wiens is one of the top food travel bloggers based in Bangkok. He is the Chief Chowzter in Bangkok as part of the Foodie Hub TV Network.

He shares his latest travel meals on migrationology.com, everything about Thai food on eatingthaifood.com, and publishes food and travel videos on YouTube with over 200,000+ subscribers www.youtube.com/user/migrationology

He is set to keynote the first Blogging and Social Media Summit (BLOSOMEX) this Saturday August 8 at WOFEX, Function Room 3, 2nd Floor, SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

I interviewed him to give a preview on why you should not miss his keynote this weekend:

1). What works now on the internet in 2015 and beyond?  

There are many things that work and there has never been so much opportunity to reach and connect with such a huge worldwide audience, or a highly focused audience. 

2015 is the year of online video. While online video has been popular for many years, due to the development of social media and the wider prevalence of mobile devices and better internet speeds, this is the year when video is really expanding, both with viewers and creators. In my opinion, as an online business or blogger, video must be a part of your social strategy

I also think blogging is still just as important as it has been in the last 10 years and will continue to be in the future. However, gone are the days when you can type a few words and add a photo and click publish. In order to succeed as a blogger in 2015 and beyond, you need to publish high-quality content that provides real value to readers.  

Related Blog Posts:

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#Restaurants, Awesome Festivals, Food

MAISEN: Finest Tonkatsu Restaurant in Tokyo now in Manila! @BenchTM

Related post: 10 Most Awesome New (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2015! 

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MAISEN is one of the finest Tonkatsu restaurants in Tokyo founded by a Japanese housewife, Mrs. Koide, in 1965 and later on bought by Suntory Holdings Limited of Yamazaki and Hibiki whisky fame. Its name is a coined word, which means “go for it”.

Check out our feature of the Maisen Aoyoma flagship store in Omotesando, Tokyo early this year:
The MAISEN Tonkatsu Difference: Different Shades of Pork (Soon in Manila!) @BenchTM

Ben Chan’s Group (Suyen Corporation) will finally open the beloved Maisen franchise in Manila!

Here’s what to expect and what to order at Maisen Philippines… 

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Awesome Festivals

A KidZanian Guide to the Play City of @KidzaniaManila!

Read More: Here are… 10 Most Fun Activities in Manila (2016 Edition)! @TourismPHL

#TeamOAP has come up with a quick guide for activities and fun things to do inside KidZania before it opens.

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1. About KidZania

KidZania Manila is an education- and entertainment-themed city for cool kids aged 4-14, where you can role-play your dream profession, learn how to earn money, and assert your independence.

You might get overwhelmed inside with 55 activity centers to choose from. With just a minimum of 4-hours inside KidZania, you will only have enough time to do 8-9 jobs.

A friendly message from the Governor of KidZania.

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