Manila Life


SODERNO SUNDAY NIGHTS starting Mother’s Day May 13!

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Treat your mom on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 13) at the opening of the Sunday Night Market (6pm to 12mn) at Soderno – the premiere weekend food market of the south!

Mothers will get free Toblerone chocolate bars and free unlimited photos from the “I Love Mom” photo booth. On top of that, moms will also get a free gift pack from Soderno (while supplies last).


All marketgoers who visit will also get free chocolates from Toblerone 🙂

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#Restaurants, Bonifacio Global City, Food

SARIWON’s Bulgogi and Galbi Korean Barbecue!

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The Korean craze in Manila just got even more interesting with the opening of the first branch outside Korea of the legendary Bulgogi of Mrs. Bun-Im Koo (from the Sariwon town in North Korea).

Most Filipinos are not familiar with the brand except for the Korean community that immediately patronized the restaurant. Filipinos tend to go for the Bulgogi and Galbi, while the Koreans enjoy the cold noodles.

Sariwon‘s Bulgogi and Galbi are better than those from Bulgogi Brothers, and I love that they use a smokeless roaster so you don’t smell like Bulgogi after eating.

Here are some notes, tips and recommendations if you plan to try it out…

Bonifacio High Street Central Restaurants:

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Ultimate Taste Test

Global Gastronomy: The Ultimate Taste Test Challenge

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Announcing the first Ultimate Taste Test for 2012 and 8th in the UTT series…

Our Awesome Planet, in cooperation with a KPO company, presents Ultimate Taste Test on May 24, 2012 (Thursday) at the NBC Tent from 7.00pm to 11.00pm.

About Global Gastronomy

Global Gastronomy: The Ultimate Taste Test is a gathering of different food and drink concessionaires who give a free taste of their goodies that are already in the markethave just been launched or will soon be launched. The atmosphere is festive and everybody will have a good time giving in to all kinds of gustatory delights. Foodies get to rate the food sampled on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest.

The top participants who get the highest ratings get to be featured in the food blog site, Our Awesome Planet, which will boost their popularity and sales even more.

Tickets to this event is exclusively distributed by the KPO Company.


What Food Suppliers Can Expect in the Global Gastronomy Event

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Awesome Journeys (Infographics), Bicol

BICOL: Awesome Journey to Bicolandia (Infographic)

Our Awesome Planet in partnership with Caltex presents Awesome Journey to Bicol Infographics:Your Awesome Journey to Bicol
(Download: Awesome Journey to Bicol PDF File for Printing)

Awesome Journey Infographics Series:

written by Anton Diaz for the Awesome Life Planner 2012 

Unique cuisine, fun adventure destinations and the ever-majestic Mayon Volcano await you in Bicol. The best time to go would be during the summer months when you can also travel all the way to Donsol to swim with the whale sharks. To get to Naga or Legazpi City, you can take a 12-hour road trip or a one-hour plane ride from Manila. 

8 Compelling Reasons to Visit Bicol

1. Climb Mayon Volcano!

When we were kids, we often drew volcanoes as perfect triangles with perfect cones. Beholding Mayon Volcano, as it towers over the Bicol region, is like seeing those childhood drawings come to life. You can hike the lava trail or go up to the halfway point of Mayon. The best viewpoints are in Daraga Church and the zipline in Lingon Hill.

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Events, Manila Life

Manila Music Festival 2012 on May 1!

by Peter de Jesus, marketing consultant for Manila Music Festival.

Manila Music Festival 2012
Date: May 1, 2012
Venue: Aseana Ave. Alphaland Bay City Grounds in Paranaque City

Manila Music Festival is an event organized by Volume Unit Entertainment, the same group that made the highly successful Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival. The two day celebration that was held last February 18-19, 2011.

The Philippine music scene is unique. With the energy, excitement, and passion that the artists brings on and off the stage just sets the house jumping over the ground. Filipino bands, performers, DJ’s, songwriters and dancers alike give their mind and soul whenever they perform, making them one of the greatest performers of the world.

Regardless of the massive number of talents, the number of musical events in the Philippines are very low. Yes, there are somewhat a number of annual music festivals like Pulp Summer Slam and the San Miguel Oktoberfest, which might I say remarkable, but with the talents that our local artists have there is basically no excuse not to come up with a bigger astounding that will leave the world so dumbstruck they won’t even know what hit them.
Now VUE is back for another round of fun and excitement through the art of music. Showcasing some of the greatest musicians both international and local.

So girls and boys Mark your calendars on May 1, 2012. In cooperation with Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Ticketworld, Department of Tourism, and Universal Zulu Nation. About 5,000 people will take part and experience yet another historic event in our country’s music scene. DJ’s, Bands, and solo performers around the world will be participating and witness one of the most booming and prosperous event this year. The Manila Music Festival is bound to be an outbreak of melodies, symphonies, notes, beats and lyrics from all music genres.

Volume Unit Entertainment has two main roles: First is change-making, which they already did and currently doing. Second is to put on an awesome show that will exceed beyond expectations and will defy all limits of imagination.

List of performers:

Afrika Bambaataa
Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Shinichi Osawa
June Marieezy
Similar Objects
Kristian Hernandez
Liquid A
Angelo Mendez
and many more (to be announce)

Ticket Price: P1,545.00

Tickets are now available at all Ticketworld outlets.
Call 891-9999 or visit for more details about the show


Author Bio: Peter de Jesus is a marketing consultant for Manila Music Festival and White Knight Hotel in Intramuros, a budget hotel in the Philippines.



Mercato Centrale’s FOOD Backyard BBQ Cook-Off Challenge!

Mercato Centrale's FOOD Backyard BBQ Cook-off

Do you have a secret barbecue recipe that is just waiting to be discovered?

Are you an aspiring amateur griller looking for a big break in the food industry?

Have you tasted one of the best barbecue recipes in Manila and wanted to share it with us?

Join us for the first ever Mercato Centrale’s FOOD Backyard BBQ Cook-Off Challenge!

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DISTRITO Market in Makati is Back!

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Announcing…. Distrito Night Food Market in Makati is back for a 2-month run starting June 1, 2012 Friday until July 27, 2012, Friday. 

I’m personally excited about the return of Distrito Market because we got a lot of requests from foodies and petitions from vendors to bring back this market in Makati after its successful run last December.

We are happy to be back to provide late night food and entertainment to the premier city of Makati!

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Cirque Mother Africa Review (Read this First)

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Cirque Mother Africa opened last night in Newport Performing Arts Theater and will only run for 5 days (April 19-22, 2012) in Manila. It is a two-hour show with a 20-minute intermission.

Take note, it’s not a Cirque du Soleil show. I had the impression that it was because of the term Cirque.

It’s more like an African Variety Show featuring African culture through its music, costumes, dances, and circus acts. It integrates world-class circus acts you can see in Cirque du Soleil and music ala Stomp.

The highlights of the show for me are the following:

(1) The best performance is from the Master of Balance from Tanzania as he balances on a board on top of 4 wobbling, rolling cans.

(2) The most amazing act is from the Contortionist from Kenya, dubbed as the most flexible man in the world, who can stretch his body at impossible angles and smoke cigarette using his feet.

(3) The authentic African music by the eight-member band named InAfrica. They even play a 21-string bridge-harp called Kora, which is used in West Africa.

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#Restaurants, Bonifacio Global City

HARVEST Gastro Pub in BGC

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Junjie Abella is best known for Chili Peppers, which is credited with starting the boom of the famed Magsaysay Strip in Naga City. Last year, he opened The Plantation Bar and Bistro along Carlos Palanca in Makati.

Harvest Gastro Pub is the resto sequel (after you plant, you harvest), with more emphasis on good food. Take note, the place turns into a bar at night.

I was surprised that he was the one who took over the controversial Alexandre spot beside Rose.

Related Blog Posts:

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Jekyll and Hyde Manila’s Standing Ovation!


I don’t get to see a lot of standing ovations in most of the shows in Manila. Usually, the Manila audience would give a standing ovation if Lea Salonga was in the cast, or if it’s an international production like Mamma Mia.

Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo’s new theatrical adaption of Jekyll and Hyde in Manila gets a standing ovation almost every performance because of the awesome solid cast.  I’ve watched most of the musicals this year, and this is so far the best production I’ve seen in terms of overall performance.

I almost missed watching this play. If you have not watched it, don’t miss the final shows of Jekyll and Hyde in Manila this weekend!

Here’s a glimpse of Jekyll and Hyde in Manila…

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