Monthly Archives: February 2009

Food Festival Spotlight: Flavors of Macau

The three metro cities of the country hold a food festival from the last week of this month till the second week of April. The featured cuisine is that of Macau.

Flavors of Macau is delectably Portuguese, Chinese, and more!

Food Festival  Schedules:

Metro Manila February 23 – March 21, 2009

Cebu March 1 – 15, 2009

Davao March 11 – April 12, 2009

Dine in any of the participating restaurants below and get a chance to win a travel package for two to Macau.

Cafe Bola, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City
Cafe Bola, Coliseum Circle, Araneta Center, Quezon City

Chateau 1771, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City

Le Souffle, Amorsolo Square, Rockwell Center, Makati City
Le Souffle, Citibank Square, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
Le Souffle, The Fort, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Pepato, Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center, Makati City

Sala Bistro, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City

Portico 1771, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Restaurant 9501, 14/F ELJ Center, Eugenio Lopez Drive, Quezon City

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, Cebu Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills, Apas, Cebu City
Marco Polo Plaza Davao, CM Recto St., Davao City

Airline Partner: Air Macau

Media Partners: Food, foodie, LifeStyle Network, Crossover 105.1

For more information, contact Macau Government Tourist Office – Philippines
Tel: (632) 812-2959; 813-0947
Fax: (632) 892-5232

Related stories:
‘Flavors of Macau’ food fest to start Feb. 23
The Philippines experience “Flavors of Macau”

Photo credit

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer, Sunday Edition, March 1, 2009

Bulacan Pilgrimage – 4th Stop: St. John the Baptist Parish, Calumpit, Bulacan

Our last stop in the morning was in the Parish of St. John the Baptist in Calumpit, Bulacan. We also had our lunch there.

About the church:

Built in 1572, the St. John the Baptist Church is the oldest church in Bulacan. Constructed under the supervision of Augustinian priest Fr. Diego Vivar-Ordoñez, the church had been witness to the Filipino’s struggle against Spanish, American and Japanese rule. Inside the church is a tunnel that, according to history, was used by priests during the Spanish regime to keep gold, religious statues, and ornate jewelry hidden from the sight of treasure hunters. Likewise, it is in this tunnel where revolutionaries and Spaniards were buried during the war. This was also Gen. Tanaka’s (Japanese Imperial Army) last battlefield. [Source]

The facade of the church told us that it was an old church, but when we were inside, we were welcomed by a well-maintained and polished altar set in gold. We didn’t see any sign of wear and tear in the walls and ceilings, and even in the chandeliers.

See it for yourself.

Click here for the previous churches.

Automatic Centre Sparkles at 60

(this is not the exact ring that winners will get)*

The Automatic Appliance Centre celebrates its 60th anniversary by giving away six diamond rings, specially created by Miladay Jewels. The diamong rings come from Miladay’s marquiza collection. Each ring features one princess-cut and four marquis-cut diamonds, surrounded by 19 other brilliant diamonds, set in 18K white gold.

How to get a chance to win the diamond ring?

You head now to the nearest Automatic Centre and with a minimum purchase of Php3,000, you will get a mega-million card that will make you eligible to win a diamond ring in the raffle to be drawn on March 20.

Celebrate with Automatic Centre now and win a diamond ring!

The Philippine Star, Wednesday, February 25, 2009 edition

*Photo credit

EDSA People Power, 23 Years Ago

I was 16 when EDSA 1 happened. Being one not from Metro Manila, I was scared. I was not that militant then. You can say, I lived a shelter life. I was in UP Diliman, a wide-eyed freshman. There were talks of military junta, of desaparecidos, of SOCDEM, etc., but I couldn’t grasp the idea. I was not politicized at all, though I used to cover for a good friend who would go to SOCDEM meetings. Despite my four years in UP Diliman, I did not join any militant group.

I didn’t say I didn’t try. One time I was invited to join one militant group. I went. Every day as a neophyte, I had to attend their meetings, which were all discussions of government mismanagement, government ills. I had headaches every time I went. Then one day, we were briefed for a July 4th rally. It was supposed to be our graduation activity, after which, we’d be official members of the group then. I couldn’t take it. I was so scared. On the day of the rally, I didn’t go. That was the dead end of my supposedly militant path.

To this day, as our country continues to battle against graft and corruption, I’m sad to say that I have become the silent majority or silent minority, depending on which side are you.

Many times, the opposition cajoled everybody to go into the streets again to oust PGMA. They fail each time. For some reason, PGMA has some kind of amulet that ward off any evil spirits her way.

For how can opposition convince people to oust PGMA when it was evident as a clear day that they are not working together for a common cause. Each one of the opposition leaders think so highly of himself, and living the delusion that he could lead the Philippines to grandeur. Tough luck. We just don’t see it coming. So many Filipinos stayed away from the streets, and held on to a president who worked her a** off at the very least to run this country.

I pray for the day that we Filipinos acquire the maturity of the Americans when it comes to politics and governance. Their losing candidates actually concede defeat and the next day rally behind the winning candidates for the good of America.

In this country, I have yet to see that. In a year’s time, another election will be happening. Whom I am voting for? Your guess is as good as mine.

As we celebrate the 23rd anniversary of EDSA 1, sadly, we have failed to sustain the people power. We have lost the hopes kindled in EDSA, 23 years ago.

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Happy 40th Meralco Theater!

The first time I set foot in Meralco Theater was when I was in college. It was my first real experience of a ballet show and my first real theater experience. Being a provincial lass, I was mesmerized.

Soon after, I’ve had several wonderful theater experiences at the Meralco. The last show I watched there was The Little Mermaid. This was the show where KC Conception was alternating with Carol Banawa. We saw the one with Carol Banawa. I became a fan of hers after that.

Every theater experience at Meralco Theater was always memorable. Little did  I know that the theater is only a few months older than me.

Today, Meralco Theater turns 40. Yes, 40 years later, Meralco Theater is still an important edifice, a famous landmark in Metro Manila.

If I may quote Paulo Alcazaren in his column at Philippine Star:

The Meralco Theater by Jose Maria Zaragosa was inaugurated on March 22, 1969. The theater forms part of the larger Meralco Building, which was completed a little earlier. The 14-story building, theater and adjoining buildings form a landmark in the Ortigas district. Its elegant silhouette remains uncompromised mainly due to the fact that the posh Corinthian Gardens’ low suburban spread surrounds it.

The Meralco Theater was and still is one of the most modern and fully equipped theaters in the country. It seats a thousand, half the capacity of the CCP, but arguably with better acoustics. My old professor and former dean of the UP College of Architecture, Aurelio Jugillon, was the acoustic designer and he used the theater as an example of good acoustics.

Continue reading…

Meralco Theater is on:

Ortigas Ave. cor. Meralco Ave.
Ortigas Center
Pasig City
Tel. 631-2222, 721-9777

The GCash and Friendster Partnership

Yes, you heard it right. Globe GCash and Friendster are partnering to provide online money transfer. I read about it in the newspapers a couple of days ago, I think.

According to the news:

GXI and Friendster introduces the online money transfer feature to provide a more convenient and reliable way of transferring GCASH within Friendster. For a minimal amount of Php2.50 per transaction, a Friendster member can already send GCASH to anyone in his friends list by simply viewing the profile of the intended recipient and clicking the GCASH button after specifying the amount involved.

To ensure the security and authenticity of the funds transfer, a confirmation request is forwarded to the sender’s Globe or TM SIM then GCASH is transferred as simple as a text message.

For the GCCASH service, you can go to any GLOBE business center and apply for one.

More about the story:
Friendster Users Can Now Send Money Via GCASH

The New Ayala A-Card

After a long wait, the Ayala Malls have finally come up with a new Ayala A-Card. So, last Sunday, Wizheart and I went to Glorietta to get our new A-Cards.

Each of us brought a Php10,000 worth of receipts/purchases in Ayala Center from January 2008 onwards. It was not hard to gather the 10k receipts because they honor practically all stores in Ayala Malls (including Trinoma, High Street, Market Market, Glorietta, Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, or and Ayala Center Cebu), except receipts for bills.

In a nutshell, the Ayala A-Card offer the holder the following:

  1. discounts in all participating outlets
  2. freebies (to parking and Timezone, especially)
  3. free entrance to Customer Lounges
  4. free seats to events (in Ayala Malls, of course)
  5. exclusive invitations to sales, promos, workshops, concerts, and movie screenings

Isn’t it cool?

So why don’t you head to any Ayala Malls now, and get your A-Card as well. 😉

It was kinda sad to part with the old trusty Ayala Discount Plus card. After all it has served me well through these years.

Here are my husband’s cards:

Why do we prefer  going to Ayala Malls? Find out why. 😉

The Audrey Hepburn Film Festival at Cinema 4, Power Plant Mall

This Valentine’s Week, relive again the timeless beauty of Audrey Hepburn, and see her sizzle in romance on the big screen.

From February 11 to 15,  Power Plant Cinema 4 brings you The Audrey Hepburn Film Festival. Screenings at 7PM and 9PM.

Film features:

Roman Holiday (1953)
Sabrina (1954)
Funny Face (1957)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Charade (1963)
Paris When It Sizzles (1964)
Robin and Marian (1976)

For more details, call 898-1440 to 41.

How to get to Power Plant Mall, Rockwell
If you’re coming from the north and taking EDSA, turn right at Estrella, first corner on your right after Guadalupe.

If you’re coming from the south and taking EDSA, turn left and take the flyover to Rockwell. Flyover entrance is a few meters away from Buendia (now Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue) corner EDSA.

If you’re coming from Makati, take Makati Avenue to Kalayaan then turn right to Rockwell Avenue.

If you’re coming from Manila, take Taft Avenue then Buendia (now Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue). Turn left to Makati Avenue, go straight to Kalayaan Avenue, then turn right to Rockwell Avenue.

If you’re commuting, you can take the jeepneys plying JP Rizal Makati. On EDSA, you can drop off at Estrella, then at the corner to Rockwell, you can take the multicabs. Or you can take a cab.