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Madrid Fusion

MADRID FUSION: Behind-the-Scenes of the Proud Filipino Moments @MadridFusión! (Video)

I’m so proud that Filipino Cuisine and Filipino Chefs are getting the spotlight in Madrid Fusion.

In this 10-minute video, you’ll learn:

1). The 10 Proud Filipino Moments at Madrid Fusión 2015!

2). The Design and Concept behind the First Philippine Booth at Madrid Fusion.

3). Behind the scenes with Chef Claude Tayag, Chef Nina Daza Puyat, Chef Myrna Segismundo, Chef Margarita Fores, and Chef Bruce Ricketts.

4). Sights and Sounds of Madrid Fusión 2015.

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The Big Banquet

The Big Banquet 2: And the BEST Caterers and Winning Dishes are… @TheBlueLeaf Filipinas

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THE BIG BANQUET 2: Battle of the Best Caterers in Manila held at The Blue Leaf Filipinas last Oct. 2014. The competition was tougher than the first Big Banquet with most caterers elevating their food, table setup, and presentation.

Finally, we are ready to announce the best caterers and the winning dishes in The Big Banquet 2!

About The Big Banquet

THE BIG BANQUET is an ultimate taste test event to showcase the Best Caterers in Manila, as certified by The Blue Leaf group  to answer the question: “Who is the Best Caterer in Manila?

Watch the video highlights of The Big Banquet 2 above!

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Events, Manila Life

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit BAKERY FAIR 2015 This Weekend!

Bakery Fair 2015

Bakery Fair is Philippine’s biggest trade show in the baking and food service industry celebrated biennially. It also holds as a platform for pioneers and newbies in the industry to develop their brand by upgrading equipment, investing in new technology and learning more about what’s new in the baking and food service industry.

Check out our video, on why people go to Bakery Fair!

Don’t miss the chance to visit the fair this weekend!

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should visit Bakery Fair 2015…

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Performance Arts

Comedy Cartel: Laugh & Stack Open Mic Showdown Grand Final Winners!

IMG_4249The Comedy Cartel are the pioneers of observational point-of-view stand-up comedy in the Philippines. This year they brought the Laugh & Stack Open Mic Showdown, a one of a kind yearlong comedy competition that will discover the best of the best local comedians in the Philippines!

If you're tired of the usual gay comedy or just not a huge fan of being made fun of in a comedy act, then Comedy Cartel might just be right for you! We all know how Filipinos love to laugh and we like Comedy Cartel's mix of intelligent humor, Filipino do's and taboos and the green jokes. 

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Awesome Festivals

ANNOUNCING… BAKERY FAIR 2015: Showcase of the Booming Filipino Baking Industry in the Philippines! @bakeryfairph

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Bakery Fair Philippines
 is the most anticipated event among the people in the baking and food service industry. From the successful bakery entrepreneurs to small home based bakery owners, from international and local baking related professionals to traders, from students/faculties to bread enthusiasts in different regions of the country, all gathered together to experience this exquisite occasion and for the passion of baking. 

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The Next Big Food Entrepreneur: A Hotbed of Food Entrepreneur Startups in Manila! @MercatoCentrale

(Text by Paul Wenceslao, Photos and Video by JR Velasquez)

One bright idea, as the old adage goes, leads to another, and in the case of the Filipino food enthusiast, a family favorite recipe or an odd combination of ingredients scrounged up in the cupboard can perhaps lead to the next local food craze. Mercato owners, RJ Ledesma and Anton Diaz, made this a possibility by holding an annual competition for every budding food entrepreneur: The Next Big Food Entrepreneur.  

Mercato Centrale, operating a popular chain of food markets all across Metro Manila, came as the battleground for the recently concluded competition, in which every aspirant was welcome to submit an application – in the hope of winning P100,000 as start-up capital along with a six-month free stay at Mercato.

For the past three years, The Next Big Food Entrepreneur has produced a slew of new food businesses coming from various places in the country, and this year’s batch of semifinalists is no different, if not more diverse. There were students who aspire to be full-fledged food entreps, an Indonesian food enthusiast, several individuals who luckily chanced up on the competition’s ads, and a Pinoy Masterchef winner. 

“This year’s edition of The Next Big Food Entrepreneur offers a lot of diversity. A large number of creative savory meals were featured,” explains Abbie Sinjian, Experience and Event Manager of the Mercato group. 

The food served by the participants ranged from flavorful Indonesian cuisine to the artfully stylized version of the local snack turon, much to the delight of Mercato’s owners as well as those who sampled the food from different booths during the competition’s awarding ceremony last Friday, December 19.

“We had a hard time selecting the winners, since everyone did a wonderful job and served really good food,” Sinjian added. True enough, each of the booths have the potential to make it big in the Philippines’ bustling food industry. 


The 2014 TNBFE Winners

Being selected as a semifinalist in The Next Big Food Entrepreneur, which subjects participants to actual selling at a couple of food markets, is already considered a win for the budding entrepreneur. After all, booths get to showcase their wares to the buying public, observing how their products perform after making adjustments to both the food and the booth display. It’s the proverbial first step to establishing a food business.

A total of 14 participants made it to the contest’s semifinal round, all of which having dainty booths and serving noteworthy cuisines. The competition was expectedly stiff, and four came out as the big winners: Bakmi Nyonya, Bigorots, Turonne de Manila Café and Hunger Buster.

The Next Big Food Entrepreneur Winner 2014 series:

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Mystery Rooms

10 Most Awesome Live Escape Game / Mystery Room Experience in Manila in 2014!

I love Live Escape Game / Mystery Rooms ever since we tried Mystery Manila’s Justice for Manila. It’s very addicting and a great challenging bonding session with your friends and family. Have you tried it?

It’s great to have two competing pioneers BreakOut Philippines by OutBreak Manila vs. Mystery Manila that continuous to elevate this live game genre in Manila. We tried all the Mystery Rooms and we solved most of it except for BreakOut Philippine’s Adarna’s Lair.  My personal favorite is Rebecca’s Room by Mystery Manila.

Here’s our top 10 Most Awesome Live Escape Game / Mystery Room Experience in Manila in 2014:



Breakout Manila - Adarna's Lair-12.jpgADARNA’S LAIR is the hardest Breakout Philippine’s real life escape room game experience. You play as detectives and find a cure for the initial spreading of the Zombie Outbreak in Manila. You only have 45mins until Dr. Adarna arrives or become a zombie bait.

I must admit this was the most challenging room we encountered, but also the most elaborate in terms of production setup and fun in terms of solving the puzzles.

We “almost” solved Adarna’s Lair, and here’s why we failed…

Read More: ADARNA’S LAIR – The Hardest Mystery Room to Solve in Manila @BreakoutPH

You are a detective trying to discover more about the virus during the initial spreading of the Zombie Outbreak in Manila. Succeeding rumors of Dr. Adarna being involved with the Outbreak, you investigate his house to look for solid evidence and perhaps a way to stop the infection before it becomes too late.

Upon entering the premises, you get a feeling you are not alone. You start hearing sounds you only hear in nightmares. Can you find the information you need and breakout before you become zombie bait?

Breakout Philippines
Paragon Plaza Ground floor Reliance St., corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila 1550
Email[email protected]
FacebookBreakout Philippines

Operating Hours
Friday to Sunday: open to the general public from 10.00am to 11.30pm
Monday to Thursday: only available for private bookings and corporate team buildings.


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Mystery Rooms

WORLD OF WIZARDRY: Harry Potter-Inspired Mystery Room @MysteryManila

As featured in 10 Most Awesome Live Escape Game / Mystery Room Experience in Manila in 2014! 

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WORLD OF WIZARDRY is a Harry Potter-inspired mystery room by Mystery Manila where you can play out your wizard fantasies of mixing potions, conjuring spells, and unlocking the secrets of the room.

It’s so much fun, even if you aren’t a Potterhead… 

Mystery Manila Series:

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Mystery Rooms

BURIED BODIES: Escape from the Graveyard @MysteryManila

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

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BURIED BODIES is the 4th in the Mystery Manila room series of deranged serial killer, Enigma, where he places his victims in locked caskets and trapping them inside sealed tombs

Chained Chamber was first in the series, then replaced by Buried Bodies in the Libis branch. Ticking Time Bomb was the second (also in Libis), and the third was Sinister Sensorium in Makati.

Here’s what to expect from Buried Bodies…

Mystery Manila Series:

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Events, Manila Life

New Year’s Eve Manila 2015: Awesome Guide to New Year’s Eve Party in Manila!

12/30/15 Update: New Year’s Eve Manila 2016: Awesome Guide to a Dazzling New Year! 

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(Copyright by Marksim Pasko)

New Year’s Eve (NYE) Parties in Manila is getting exciting in 2015.  You can decide to celebrate in a hotel – Sofitel, Solaire, Manila Peninsula or Best Western, or in the malls – Mall of Asia GMA 7 Countdown and Eastwood Quezon City Countdown.  This year, TV5 is joining the NYE celebration with a Happy sa 2015 QC Countdown and the City of Manila with Sulong Manila 2015 Countdown.

Bonifacio Global City will be the center of the club party scene and after parties for New Year’s Eve. Check out VASK’s Glamorous Black and Gold Affair and the after party at VALKYRIE. Hop on to RAVEN, HYVE, VYNE and SKYE or catch the sunrise at the new club PANGAEA at City of Dreams.

Like us, we would escape the party scene in Manila either go to the Philippine Arena’s 2015 Philippine Countdown in the North or to Taal Vista’s New Year’s Eve Bash in the South. 

Here’s the Awesome Guide to New Year’s Eve Party in Manila to welcome 2015:

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