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2014 Awesome Calendar of the Philippines: Plan Your Next Awesome Destination!

Our Definitive Guide to Philippine Holidays, Philippine Festivals, Philippine Fiestas, Liturgical Events, and Awesome Events! by Our Awesome Planet

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JANUARY 2014

1 NEW YEAR’S DAY | Wednesday (Every 1st of January) | Philippine Regular Holiday. 
Solemnity of Mary Mother of God  HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

9 FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE | Thursday | Quiapo, Manila
An intense, day-long festival highlighted by a mammoth procession through the streets.

19 ATI-ATIHAN 2014 | 3rd Sunday |Kalibo, Aklan
Commemorates the 13th century land deal between 10 migrating Bornean chieftains and the aboriginal Ati King Marikudo. It also honors the town patron, the infant Sto. Niño.

#3 in 10 Most Awesome Fiestas of the Philippines

Related post: KALIBO: What to Expect in the Sto. Niño ATI-ATIHAN Festival in Kalibo?

19 SINULOG 2014 | 3rd Sunday | Cebu City
Cebu’s biggest and most popular festival in honor of the Holy Image of Senyor Sto. Niño

#2 in 10 Most Awesome Fiestas of the Philippines

Related Blog Posts: Sinulog Fluvial Breakfast! and The Sinulog’s Grand Parade

26 DINAGYANG FESTIVAL 2014 | 4th Sunday | Iloilo City
Street dancing characterized by frenetic stomping of feet and hypnotic drumbeating. It is a colorful whirl of thousands of people dressed in unique costumes dancing & chanting all day and night.

#1 in 10 Most Awesome Fiestas of the Philippines

Related Blog Post: Iloilo’s Dinagyang: Hala Bira! Viva Señor Santo Niño!

31 FEAST DAY OF ST. JOHN BOSCO |  Friday (Every 31st of Jan) 
Celebration of the feast day of the Father and Teacher of Youth who founded the Salesian Society.

31 CHINESE NEW YEAR – WOODEN HORSE | Friday | Special Non-Working Holiday | The Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year with pomp & color through a dragon dance.

Related Blog Posts: DISCOVER BINONDO: Chinese New Year + Ramada Hotel + 168 Shopping,
Binondo Chinese New Year and Kiong Hee Huat Tsai is Happy New Year in Binondo

Long Weekend #1: January 31 to Febuary 2 (3 Days) 

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TUSCANY at Mckinley Hill: An Awesome Secret Foodies Tour (A Photo Essay)

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Thank you to all our media and blogging friends for joining the kick-off of our food tour at Tuscany, Mckinley Hill! Special thanks to my Mercato Centrale partner, RJ for hosting the event. 🙂

The food tour is a 20-course degustation, going to 8 restaurants in 3 hours, for P1,000.

Here is a photo-essay of what we’ve dubbed An Awesome Secret Foodies Tour

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Awesome Filipinos

FROM HEAVEN TO HELL AND BACK: Surviving Supertyphoon Yolanda & the Struggle to Find our Way Home… by Edeline (Edz) J. Payawal

I'm republishing my friend Edz's first-hand survival account of Typhoon Yolanda with her permission.
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Download the PDF: Our Fight to Survive by Edeline (Edz) J. Payawal,CCG Managing Director

My best friend Nika and I are surf addicts. Our obsession began two years ago, after a spontaneous trip to Baler, Aurora. Since that day, we were absolutely hooked.

For two years, we never tried surfing anywhere else other than Baler. But if we wanted to get better at it, we had to go out of our comfort zone and push ourselves. This motivated us to seek new surf spots… that eventually led us to Borongan via Tacloban.

November 4, 2013, Monday.

Nika and I boarded the plane expecting a trip of lifetime. Our work gave us the privilege to marry our work with our surfing obsession. We had no worries, no hesitation. I felt like we deserve this break… a chance to recuperate from the endless all-nighters and coffee comma. Imaging the sound of the waves gave me a calm that will never be matched by anything.

We landed at the Tacloban Airport with high hopes and silly smiles plastered on our faces. Ate Charlotte, our friend in the city, met us with the same excitement. We told her about the first time we were in Tacloban and how we ended up in Biliran with no money back in 2011. We were innocently laughing about our antics while making plans to meet up again on Friday, so she can show us around the city.

Ate Charlotte dropped us off the van terminal that would take us to our primary destination: Borongan, Eastern Samar. It was a surfing haven. Beautiful waves and perfect weather welcomed us in Borongan. The beach stretch was quiet, untouched by the modern world. In a distance, there was an island that you can just walk to during low tide. They had a lagoon, and more than a dozen surf spots like Pasikat and 16-point. We couldn’t wait to explore them all.

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

YUAN’s Original Chicken Wings! (UTT Rating: 3.94)

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #1: (Main Dish) 
YUAN’S CHICKEN WINGS

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  206 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
   173 foodies rated 4- I love it!
   131 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
     42 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
       8 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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In most features for Ultimate Taste Test, Yuan’s Wings is consistently mentioned because of its Original Chicken Wings. Their version has the right balance of spicyness, sweetness, and tanginess, and we like it because it’s a bit different from your usual soy garlic flavor.

Congratulations to Jeremy Salvan, IT guy by profession but foodie at heart, for winning the Top Overall Spot (Main Dish category) in the Ultimate Taste Test XI!

Related Post: About Ultimate Taste Test 11: 3rd Rockwell UTT @PowerPlantMall (A Photo Essay)

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THE SULTRY CHEF’s Sultry Roast Beef with Saucy Gravy (UTT Rating: 3.81) @MissIvoryEats

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #2: (Main Dish) 
THE SULTRY CHEF

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  163 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  166 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  130 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
     53 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
       9 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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I remember Ivory going to one of the Ultimate Taste Test events before as a foodie because of her love for food and her dream of one day making her own mark in Manila’s culinary scene.

Fast forward to 2013, Ivory is the 3rd placer of Masterchef Pinoy Edition (known as “Kusinera Fashionista”) and has launched her food business, The Sultry Chef in Mezza Norte at Trinoma.

Everybody loves her roast beef, pasta, and anything else she creates. She has a very lovable personality and always tries to give her best service when manning her own stall.

Congratulations to the Sultry Chef for winning the #2 spot in Ultimate Taste Test XI!

Related Post: About Ultimate Taste Test 11: 3rd Rockwell UTT @PowerPlantMall (A Photo Essay)

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

GOLDEN DUCK’s Premium Duck Burger (A Product of Gawad Kalinga’s Enchanted Farm!) (UTT Rating: 3.81) @GawadKalingaHQ

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #3: (Main Dish) 
GOLDEN DUCK BURGER

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  117 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  119 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  160 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
     75 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
     17 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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GOLDEN DUCK BURGER is one of our best discoveries in the Ultimate Taste Test Series! 🙂

It continues the legacy of Gawad Kalinga’s Social Food Enterprises where they provide excellent gourmet quality food while partnering with Gawad Kalinga communities in Enchanted Farm in Bulacan.  The duck is locally sourced and proudly raised in the Gawad Kalinga community. 

It joins other UTT Winning Yummy Products from Gawad Kalinga’s Enchanted Farm!

Congratulations to Golden Duck Enterprises for winning the #3 spot in the UTT Series!

Related Post: About Ultimate Taste Test 11: 3rd Rockwell UTT @PowerPlantMall (A Photo Essay)

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