#Philippines, #Travel, Bicol, Food

8 Unique Pasalubongs to Bring Home from Your Next Trip to Bicol

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Bicol has always been a popular destination for both local and international travelers, as it is home to one of the most beautiful works of Mother Nature. Although shy to show its tip on most days, the Mayon Volcano’s perfect cone structure has continued to attract all forms of tourists.

This region is also popularly known for their cooking – especially when it comes to coconut or chili-based dishes. So much so that they have started to package the popular Bicol Express, Pinangat, and Inulukan in frozen bags for people to take home. While those alone already make for the perfect pasalubong, why not try other unique items?

Here are some pasalubong ideas I spotted on my last visit…

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Steaks fly Sky-High as PAL partners with Wolfgang’s Steakhouse for their nonstop flight to New York! @flypal

Foodies flying out to New York with PHILIPPINE AIRLINES who want to enjoy authentic American steak do not have to wait before landing to indulge their craving.

As business class passengers on the nonstop flights to New York will experience top global brand Wolfgang’s Steakhouse gourmet quality steak dinners on the 17-hour flights that will set a new record as the Philippines’ longest-ever commercial air route.

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WOLFGANG’S STEAKHOUSE lives up to its fame that its steak is a genuine New Yorker. Using prime USDA Black Angus beef flown in weekly from the United States. The beef comes fresh, not frozen, and is a dry-aged for 28 days in an aging room. This results in a more tender and flavourful steak.

Among my favorites in PAL’s prime New York route mouthwatering menu includes Wolfgang’s Fillet Mignon, Striploin Steak, Grilled Chilean Seabass, French onion soup and the glorious New York Cheesecake.

Here’s a closer look at all the menu offerings…

 

PAL NonStop NYC

Philippine Airlines will debut its historic new nonstop services between Manila and New York City starting October 29 on board the 4-Star carrier’s Airbus A350 aircraft.

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PHILIPPINE AIRLINES
Landline: (02) 855 8888
Facebook: flyPAL
Website: www.philippineairlines.com

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#Hotels, #Philippines, #Travel, Food

Siama Hotel: Beauty In Simplicity

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Siama Hotel is one of the most visually stunning and beautifully designed hotels that we’ve had the pleasure of visiting.  Inspired by the charming countryside of Sorsogon PHL, Siama seamlessly blends natural and modern architecture into a space that is calm and relaxed yet, at the same time, bold and welcoming.

Sustainability and nature, which are reflected throughout the entire hotel, were the main inspirations that went into the design.

Locally sourced materials were used in its construction, and great care was taken to ensure that the hotel has as small an impact on the surrounding environment as possible.

But looks alone isn’t what makes Siama one of our favorite hotels. The service and food are top-notch, and Siama is a great starting point if you plan to visit the many tourist attractions in Sorsogon.

 

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Quietly tucked away on the outskirts of Sorsogon City in the Province of Bicol, Philippines, Siama is a destination perfect for those who appreciate nature, great food and great company.

Siama Hotel
Sitio San Lorenzo, Bibincahan
Sorsogon, Sorsogon
Philippines
Hours: Daily
Phone: 0917 881 6497
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.siamahotel.com
Facebook: @SiamaHotel
Instagram: Siama Hotel

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Events

Pia Wurtzbach: Ginebra Girl 2019 on Iconic Gin Brand’s 185th Anniversary!

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What’s the common denominator between the most beautiful girl in the universe and the world’s oldest, most respectable and best-selling gin?

Both of them are world-class Filipino icons that value never-dying drive, true grit and the pursuit of excellence.  So proud to have witnessed the coming together of two celebrated icons to commemorate the 185th anniversary of Ginebra San Miguel this 2019.

Here are a few things you may want to know about the famous gin and Ginebra Girl 2019—Ms. Pia Wurtzbach…

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#Hotels, #Philippines

Vessel Hostel: Our Favorite Hostel in San Juan, La Union!

This hostel is so cool you’ll forget that it’s a shipping container!

VESSEL HOSTEL is a budget hostel composed of repurposed shipping containers stacked on top of each other. Designed by surfer architects Buji Libarnes and Nikki Dela Paz-Libarnes, by transforming vessels originally designed for transporting cargo into this small, efficient, mobile hostel that offers an interesting alternative to the traditional lodging.

With over 22 cozy capsules and 5 suites inspired by modern and minimalistic living for discerning travelers and surfers. It features some of those cool looking pod-style beds complete with neat pull-down privacy shades.  Free breakfast is one of the perks in addition to a pretty sweet location near the surfing shores of San Juan, La Union, you’ll have all the restaurants, cafes, and bars right around the corner.

Here’s a quick look inside our favorite hostel in San Juan, La Union…

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Vessel Hostel
Urbiztondo San Juan, La Union
E-mail: [email protected]
Facebook: VesselHostel
Website: www.vesselhostel.com

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Ultimate Taste Test

Announcing…. Ultimate Taste Test: The MASTERS Edition (Food Entrepreneurs Application Now Open)

To apply as a food vendor, fill up the UTT Masters Edition Online application form.

For the past decade, Our Awesome Planet’s “Ultimate Taste Test” has been the incubator and launching platform for many of today’s most popular and influential food entrepreneurs. All of them started out as home businesses, and thanks to the publicity and exposure from their participation in the UTT, they have become very successful brands. Among the Ultimate Taste Test babies are Pepita’s Kitchen, from the Lechon Diva, Dedet de la Fuente; the internationally renowned Risa Chocolates by Pamela Cinco; Think Wink by Winky Sagenes, one of the bestselling cookies in Metro Manila; and Bhest Lasagna, rated #1 Best Beef Lasagna by spot.ph.

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Family

Studying in Spain for College or Masters? (A Filipino Parent’s Dilemma)

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Aidan is at Grade 8 now and we are starting to consider options on where to send him to college. I like our sons to establish their roots in Manila, studying in the best university for Engineering, Computer Science and Multimedia Arts—De La Salle University.

Studying in the US was not really an option because I’m afraid of the values they’ll learn in school. We would have to go with them to reinforce the Filipino family values at home.

But I’m considering Spain for college or masters for our boys. Here’s why…

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Cove Manila: Sunday Brunch + Pool Party? @OkadaManila

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Cove Manila is throwing one seriously epic-sounding pool party. With the trifecta of fun, AKA all of our favorite things: brunch, booze, and pool party.

Cove Manila’s “What’s Good Sundays“, starts from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM with unlimited scrumptious food and cocktail drinks, and the fun doesn’t end there, come the gorgeous Manila Bay sunset rolls in, the club is transformed into a party scene from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM with good music and company!

It was an unforgettable experience to be in Southeast Asia’s biggest indoor beach and nightclub that took our Sunday brunch to a whole new level…

 

COVE MANILA
Address: Okada Manila, Entertainment City, Parañaque City, 1701, Metro Manila, Philippines
Operating Hours: Thursday – 10:00 pm to 4:00 am
Friday – 10:30 pm to 5:00 am
Saturday – 10:30 pm to 5:00 am
Sunday – 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Contact: +63 2 8555 5757
E-mail: [email protected]
Facebook: covemanila
Website: www.covemanila.com

OKADA Blog Series:
• OKADA MANILA: How to Experience the Best Staycation Ever?! @OkadaManila
• LA PIAZZA: Your Next Italian Romantic Date with an Awesome View of The Fountain @OkadaManila!
• COVE MANILA: Southeast Asia’s Biggest Beach Club & Nightclub! @OkadaManila
COVE MANILA: Sunday Brunch + Pool Party? @OkadaManila

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Food

THE FRUIT GARDEN: Advent Calendar and The Cheese Set for a Cause! (2018 Festive Collection)

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The FRUIT GARDEN is an artisanal jam brand that marries French Heritage with Filipino Flare. Where each fruit jam is cooked in the French tradition of small batches in copper cauldrons. It’s 100% natural, with a minimum of 60% fruit content, and only fruit, sugar, and fruit pectin are used.

Pierre Marmonier’s The Fruit Garden is considered as one of the best fruit jam suppliers in Manila. Every Christmas season, they release limited edition luxury fruit jams in elegant packagings. That makes it a great foodie gift this 2018 Christmas season!

This year, the Luxury Jam collection is inspired by the theme of peony flowers which are both native to Asia and Europe.

Watch the video below as Pierre Marmonier explain the story behind the 2018 collection.

THE FRUIT GARDEN
295 Haig Street, Mandaluyong City
Telephone: +632 621-4603
Mobile: +63 920 945-3565
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.thefruitgarden.net/

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JOSE CUERVO TEQUILERIA: Manila’s Official Jose Cuervo Bar!


When you think of tequila the first brand that comes into your mind is Jose Cuervo!

And you’re definitely in for a good time, especially when Jose Cuervo is in the name of the bar. JOSE CUERVO TEQUILERIA located in Poblacion is a festive establishment serving premium Jose Cuervo tequilas, classic Mexican snacks, and large margarita concoctions.

Here’s a photo essay of our experience…

JOSE CUERVO TEQUILERIA
5015 P. Burgos cor., Durban St., Poblacion Makati 1210
Landline: (02) 897 7046
Facebook: TequileriaPh
E-mail: [email protected]

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