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BAKERY FAIR 2013: Your Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions About the Biggest Bakery Fair in Manila


There is no doubt that Food Businesses are booming in Manila specially the Baking and Food Service Industry. Knowing the new flavors and new trends is crucial in taking advantage of this boom.

I had the privilege of asking Mr. James Chua, Director of Filipino-Chinese Bakery Association (FCBAI), the group organizing the biennial Bakery Fair, about the Bakery Fair 2013 and why you should not miss it?

Question #1: What is the story behind the Bakery Fair and what makes it unique?

The Bakery Fair is a non-profit event organized by the Filipino-Chinese Bakery Association, Inc., with the participation of its members and allied industry players.

For Bakers

It is designed to provide a forum where suppliers, small- and large-scale bakers, and buyers of baked goods as well as baking implements and equipment can all meet on common ground and share information, ideas and products.

It seeks to improve in the quality of exhibitors and learning experiences for bakery operations, trade visitors and baking enthusiasts alike.

Its goals have always been to invigorate the baking and foodservice industry, and to provide professional competence and better service to it for global competitiveness.

It’s Fresh

The Bakery Fair is now on its 7th biennial year, having started in 2001. It is held during every two years to keep things fresh and to showcase new trends and advances in baking technology. It is held during the first quarter of the year, usually after Chinese New Year in coordination with and with respect to the international exhibit season, so our schedule does not clash with other exhibit events. Also, this is because businesses are always on the lookout for something new or to expand in the first quarter, when all the holiday rush is done with. 

Unique Event

Bakery Fair is unique because its primary focus is on baking. We are still the only large-scale Philippine exhibition that has focused and specialized on baking and bakery technology.

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Awesome Festivals

7 Reasons not to miss Manila’s Biggest Travel Fair Ever (2013)

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I’ve been to previous travel fairs and even participated to promote our local tours, and I can say that this year’s 20th PTAA Travel Fair is the BIGGEST and MOST VIBRANT event ever. You can really feel that the Tourism Business is Booming!

The travel fair has a total of 257 exhibitors and has now expanded to 5 function rooms in SMX. It is composed of 100 hotels and resorts, 67 tourism-related companies, 42 travel agencies and tour operators, 25 airlines, and 23 national tourism agencies. More than 600,000+ visitors are expected to attend the fair this weekend.

I know it can get overwhelming, but here are 7 Reasons you should not miss visiting Manila’s Biggest Travel Fair starting today Feb. 15 until this Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013:

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Awesome Festivals

The Valentine’s 2013 Romantic Gameplan in Manila

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Valentine’s is around the corner. And if you are like me and most guys, we usually plan the last minute. Since the actual V-day falls on a Thursday, that presents an interesting predicament for Romeos because we have to plan for the day itself, Friday night, and the weekend.

I’ve done some initial research for you in this blog post to help you decide. Most of the reservations will be filled up this weekend, so you have to figure out what to do quickly.

Here’s the gameplan for the 4-day Valentine’s weekend:

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Manila Life

CIRCUIT MAKATI: Ayala Land’s Answer to Megaworld’s Resorts World and SM’s Mall of Asia!


CIRCUIT MAKATI is Ayala’s 21-hectare Family Entertainment and Leisure Village located in the former Sta. Ana Racetrack in Makati.

It’s Ayala’s answer to Resorts World and Mall of Asia. It’s better than Resorts World in a way because it is a Family Entertainment hub minus the casino and the smoky mall. 

One of its anchor establishments is the Globe Circuit Events Ground with a World-Class Performance Art Venue and an Outdoor Concert Venue with a 2,000-square meter canopy area that can house up to 1,000 people and additional 20,000 in the two-hectare open grounds.  

Check out the new CIRCUIT MAKATI:

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#Travel, Food Tours

An Invitation to a 7-Day Culinary, Cultural & Pilgrimage Tour of Northern Italy: Pilgrimage to San Antonio de Padua, Romantic Tour of Venice and Verona, & Shopping in Milan and Outlet Villages!


I would like to personally invite you to join us for a 7-Day Culinary, Cultural & Pilgrimage Tour of Northern Italy!

I’m personally excited about this trip because we will be going on our first European Food Trip in 2013 from Milan, Padova, Venice, Bassano, Verona and Vicenza in the Northeastern Part of Italy.

Also, I’m excited to go finally to a Pilgrimage to my Patron Saint — Saint Anthony of Padova (Padua in English). Saint Anthony is popularly known as the patron saint of lost articles but little do people know that he also helped a lot of Filipino entrepreneur devotees with miracles in their businesses. We will have a Sunday English Mass at Saint Anthony Basilica🙂

Finally, we will go on a romantic tour of Venice, the city in the sea and Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet 🙂  Of course, there will be enough free time to do your own shopping!

Here is the detailed itinerary of our trip to Northeastern Veneto Region in Italy:

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Awesome Festivals

Manila’s Awesome Guide to Year End Christmas Celebrations and BEST New Year’s Eve Parties to Welcome 2013!

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

(Photo: Symphony of Lights @ Bonifacio Global City)

As the Mayan Calendar ends its 5,125 year-cycle, we continue to celebrate life and forever thankful for all the blessings we received in 2012.

It’s never been this great to be in Manila during this Christmas Season. Manila is bustling in every corner of the Metro with festive buffets, innovative festivals and celebratory parties.

We welcome back Spiral at Sofitel, and welcome the new Spectrum at Raffles and Fairmont Hotel. Foodies kept on raving about Impressions, recognized as the Best Hotel Fine Dining Restaurant in the 2012 MBKRS Awards, for its ala carte and Sunday Brunch buffet.

Don’t miss to experience the modern festivals in Manila — SM Mall of Asia’s The Grand Festival of Lights Parade, Cucina Andare’s Food Truck Festival every weekend in Glorieta 3 Park, and the first ever Nuvali’s Lantern Parade.

On New Year’s Eve, you can choose to party at Makati’s Official Countdown entitled, “One World. One Makati“; GMA 7’s Official Countdown at SM Mall of Asia, or Eastwood City Countdown featuring Iyaz, Ely Buendia and Up Dharma Down.

On January 1, 1 AM, the party continues at 31 to 1. 100% Rockwell New Year Party!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Our Awesome Planet Readers 🙂

Here’s the Manila’s Awesome Guide to:
Year end Christmas Celebrations & BEST New Year’s Eve Parties to Welcome 2013!

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@CucinaAndare: 10 Pioneering FOOD TRUCKS to Kickoff 2013 as the Year of Food Trucks in Manila!

Read First: CUCINA ANDARE: The First Food Truck Market Opens in Glorietta Park!

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2013 is the year of the food trucks in Manila!
It all starts here at Cucina Andare, the
first Food-Truck Market in Manila located at the Glorietta 3 Park fronting  Shangri -la Hotel Makati. 

Cucina Andare means “Kitchen On-the-Go” and Glorietta 3 Park  is where all the food
trucks in Manila converge every weekend – Friday, Saturday and Sunday,  4PM to 3AM.

Let’s welcome the 10 pioneering food trucks in Manila and check out the 5 reasons why you should go to Cucina Andare: 

Related News about Cucina Andare:

Food Truck Hunting Series:

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RAMA HARI Ballet Musical: Must-Watch Pop Ballet Show!


First, a disclosure: this is the first ballet show I’ve watched.

We were in grade school when the first Rama Sita was staged by Ballet Philippines in 1980 with Basil Valdez as Rama, Kuh Ledesma as Sita, and Leo Valdez as the evil demon Ravana.

I’ve watched the adaptations of the Hindu epic Ramayana twice in Indonesia: first in the Pramayana Ramayana Ballet in Yogyakarta, and the Kecak Dance version in Uluwatu in Bali. I wonder how different Rama Hari would be.

I thought that Rama Hari is another one of those hyped up star-studded musicals but I was wrong.

We were literally blown away by the beautiful ballet dance choreography and the powerful tagalog musical score.

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Welcome to Morning Mercato!

Yes, we are back every Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7am to 2pm at the original location of  30th street and 9th avenue  (beside Bonifacio High Street and across Serendra). 

The biggest difference between Morning Mercato and Midnight Mercato is the Organic and Natural products available in the morning. 

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