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Commuting to Manila

UBER no longer available

Since Uber is suspended and when I checked Grab, the fee was über high I decided to take the shuttle, those UV Express Service.

I had to go to my son’s dorm in UST area. So, I was told to take the shuttle from Bicutan to Lawton and get off at Park n Ride in Lawton. From there, I would take the jeep to UST-Dapitan. Alright.

My husband took me to the shuttle terminal in Egypt, Doña Soledad but there was a long line, so he took me to the terminal at the back of SM Bicutan. There was no line there! Yey!

We took off right away and OMG! My driver was the king of the road! We took the Skyway and even if it was packed our driver managed to snake his way through by changing lanes and honking his horn. He was driving this way until we reached Buendia turned to Dian-Durango-Bautista-P.Ocampo-Taft until we reached Lawton.

Since, I would be stopping off at his last stop, I seated myself at the back of the van. It was cramped but that is commuting for you. I didn’t mind. Besides the AC of the van was working well. What I didn’t like was the way the driver went about his business. I felt I had to also stretch my foot as if putting on the breaks and would close my eyes several times waiting for the crash to happen. I couldn’t remember the many times we almost crash into a vehicle ahead of us or beside us. He wanted to be ahead of every vehicle! I looked around my co-passengers and they seemed to didn’t mind. Some were staring into space, some were napping. But all of them were hooked on their smartphones listening to music or watching a video.

Would you believe? I was praying that a traffic enforcer would flag us down and arrest the driver. I didn’t care if I would be late for my appointment or something. I just wanted the driver to be apprehended.

I was the last one to get off at Lawton, and I said, “Grabe ka Kuya magdrive parang ambulansya.” (trans: you’re driving was crazy man!) And he just responded with a naughty smile. Grrrr!

I felt really unsafe!

Was it because I was no longer used to taking public transport or was that driver an exception and was really reckless?

So, here’s an appeal to LTFRB or whichever agency is it that handles erring drivers–may it be vans or cabs–to passionately pursue disciplining them like LTFRB is doing with Uber and other ride-sharing services.

Safe transport does not only involve having all the documents, complying with all the licenses or what-have-you. It also involves having conditioned public utility vehicles and responsible drivers.

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Envision Your Wedding Day at Marry Me at Marriott

Marriott Manila Executives with the featured designers

Marriott Manila Executives with the featured designers on the show’s curtain call. From left: Director of Revenue Catherine Ona, Hannah Kong, Avel Bacudio, Director of Marketing Cristina Carreon, Happy Andrada, Director of Marketing Communications Michelle Garcia, Michael Leyva, General Manager Bruce Winton

On its 5th year, Marry Me at Marriott is still the most coveted bridal show. It has gone up a few notches higher with its opulence and grandiose designs and ideas.

Marriott Manila Hotel is indeed the best wedding venue in town. The show presents how it is to marry the girl of your dreams in all its splendor.

chic Mercedes Benz SLC bridal car

A show-stopping opening to the bridal show is a chic Mercedes Benz SLC bridal car

Marry Me At Marriott bridal show opens with a harmonious clanging of wedding bells, which ushers down the aisle the chic Mercedes Benz SLC bridal car. On the stage flashed the words, “Get me to church on time.”

At that point, I felt the goosebumps and thought to myself, this show has a story to tell—that your wedding could start out grand yet romantic that way.

Your Wedding Must-Haves

You can start with a chic Mercedes Benz SLC bridal car driving you down the driveway of Marriott Manila Grand Ballroom or your choice of church, and leave in a sleek Mercedes Benz SLC convertible driven by the dapper Alden Richards. This can happen only in Marriott as these stylish cars have access to the Grand Ballroom through the two car lifts in a seamless choreography.

Silk Aerialists

Two silk aerialists in an electrifying acrobatics while an 8-tier wedding cake descended from the ceiling, for that symbolic slicing of the cake

Not only that you will have a plethora of bridal collections, stellar performances. First of which is an electrifying aerial dance, an acrobatics from a fabric hung on the Grand Ballroom’s 12-meter high ceiling. While the two dancers the work the fabrics, an 8-tier (height) wedding cake descended from the ceiling, leading to a symbolic slicing of the cake scene.

Invite the string ensemble by in-demand wedding instrumentalist, Bernie Pasamba, to be cued in the dreamy fall of rose petals while endearing little girls walk through it. For your first dance, rock the entire runway with a romantic-to-upbeat flash mob performance with Manila’s top dance group, G-force. Then be serenaded by the trio group Groomsmen. Now, those are incredible elements you can include in your Marriott wedding.

A Reception to Impress

Executive Chef Meik Brammer

Executive Chef Meik Brammer whips up another astounding feast that left the guests satisfied and filled.

Imagine having Executive Chef Meik Brammer attend to every detail of your sumptuous reception feast. There will be a long-stretch of appetizers, savories and desserts overflowed for the 1,000 invited guests. Entrees will include a handful variations of California roll on an ice-carving, delicious canapés, bourbon smoked pork leg, and organic vegetables. An extra cheese can be added to the romantic event on a huge table of locally-sourced cheese paired with German bread, a recipe only Chef Meik can pull off.  Your plush dessert table will have cakes, cupcakes, homemade marshmallows, macaroons, fresh fruits, chocolates, and vegan bars. You can have the biggest iron pan filled to the rim with beef stew. All these sumptuous food downed by endless servings of sparkling, red and white wine.

One of the towering wedding cakes by Marriott

One of the towering wedding cakes by Marriott displayed at the Skybridge. It welcomed the guests to the Grand Ballroom. This 7-tier, 40-inch high cake with that signature miniature of a couple for that dramatic touch embodies classic extravagance.

One of the intricately designed wedding cakes

One of the intricately designed wedding cakes by Marriott called “Luck and Love” — 7-tiered fondant cake showcasing a balance between artistry and innovation.

An Eye for Details

The foyer of the Grand Ballroom

Classic and romantic set up at the long stretch foyer of the Grand Ballroom

The fragrance of fresh flowers welcomed the guests at the Marriott Grand Ballroom. Today’s top event stylists, Gideon Hermosa, Michael Ruiz and Teddy Manuel – or best known as the GMT, collaborated for the first time in Marry Me at Marriott. The incredible trio designed the opulent floral installations, chandeliers and drapes that accentuated the venue.

Opulent ceiling drapes and floral installations

Opulent ceiling drapes and floral installations by today’s top event stylists: Gideon Hermosa, Michael Ruiz and Teddy Manuel – their first ever collaboration project

The ballroom’s professional high steel platforms and catwalks made the heavy-duty design and lights of the show. All seats are prime with the 3ft by 8ft rise panels to create 8-row bleachers, to provide all 1,500 guests with an unobstructed view of the show.

Most Talked-About Bridal Parade

Get ready to be awed by these.

Michael Leyva and his muses and escort

Michael Leyva with his stunning bridal collection. His muse brides, Patty Ang and Anne Curtis Smith in a red bridal gown!

Michael Leyva bride and her bridesmaids

Michael Leyva’s muse, Patty Ang, with two bridesmaids, opened the show in a Mercedes Benz bridal car.

Michael Leyva bride - Anne Curtis

Michael Leyva’s main muse, Anne Curtis, in all her resplendent red bridal gown.

Hannah Kong and her muses

Hannah Kong’s Bridal Collection

Hannah Kong bride - Olympian Hidilyn Diaz

Hannah Kong bride, Olympian Hidilyn Diaz

Hannah Kong's muse - Maricar Reyes Poon

Hannah Kong bride, Maricar Reyes Poon

Hannah Kong flower girl collection

Hannah Kong’s flower girl collection:
Mitch Tan accompanied her daughter Kathleena Tan, Racquel Garcia, Aria Gutierrez and Nicole Mangila.

Happy Andrada and her muses

Happy Andrada’s muses: Lorin and Venice Gutierrez, Janeena Chan

Avel Bacudio and his muses and escorts

Avel Bacudio and his stunning bridal collection with grooms Sam Wilson and Alden Richards

Avel Bacudio bride

Avel Bacudio bride: I love the sleekness and elegance of this gown.

Avel Bacudio groom - Alden Richards

Avel Bacudio’s male muse, Alden Richards, closed the show in a sleek Mercedes Benz convertible.

Marriott Manila Executives with the featured designers

Marriott Manila Executives with featured designers and their muses on a final tableau

If you want a grand and elegant wedding like this, do it at Marriott Hotel Manila. That will be one wedding for the books!

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Make Your Fiestas Exciting with May Sparkling Grape Juice!

May Sparkling Juice

Fiesta fun with May Sparkling Juice

The fiesta month of May may have gone past, but here in the Philippines, fiestas and merrymaking is year round. We, Filipinos, just love getting together and finding reasons to celebrate.

Let me share with you fiestas in this month of June.

Parada Ng Lechon (Parade of Suckling Pig)
Expect the province of Balayan, Batangas to come alive annually on the 24th of June to celebrate the feast day of Saint John the Baptist. Lechon or suckling pig is a Batangas delicacy and is the main dish for most Philippine celebrations. These lechons are dressed and are paraded in the streets after being blessed at the church. The parade and merry-making are filled with water drenching and feasting on the lechon. Festival- goers are advised to come with an empty stomach as well as a change of clothes to fully enjoy and partake in the festivities.

Pintados Festival
Held every 29th of June, the Pintados festival highlights the rich cultural heritage of the people of Leyte and Samar to celebrate the Feast of the Señor Santo Niño de Leyte. This religious festival is marked with much merriment showcasing the unique and colorful history of the province. The most notable feature of this festival is derived from the look of the festive dancers. These dancers are adorned from head to toe in paint that looks like armors in order to resemble the tattooed warriors of olden times. The province comes alive through a dazzling array of colors, native music and folk dances.

And just to make sure you won’t miss these May fiestas, I’m sharing them with you below so that you can bookmark them for next year.

Pahiyas Festival
Celebrated in thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest, the Pahiyas Festival is held on the 15th of May in Lucban, Quezon. Houses lining the streets of Lucban are finely decorated with agricultural produce, plants and colorful rice wafers called kiping. A friendly spirit of competition fills the air as neighbors try to outdo each other’s decorative creativity, although doors are open and neighbors are all welcome to partake of the feasts laid out inside.

Malakawan Pinya Festival
Calauan, Laguna is best known for it’s main agricultural produce, the pinya (pineapples). Held on the month of May, the festival’s colorful reverie is replete with Mardi Gras street parties, pineapple float parades and cultural presentations.

Pulilan Carabao Festival
To honor San Isidro Laborador, the patron saint of Pulilan, Bulacan, hundreds of working animals, most especially carabaos, are led to the streets of the town during May. The carabaos are groomed and decorated in garlands and are made to genuflect in front of the church. This act is a symbolism of thanksgiving for the plentiful harvest for the year.

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Enjoy Festivals in the Philippines

Happy Filipinos always find a reason to celebrate. MyProperty.ph lists down upcoming festivities around the country that can help you plan your next vacation destination

Pahiyas Festival, Quezon - Photo Courtesy of Kuhreizy - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 WikiMedia Commons

Pahiyas Festival, Quezon – Photo Courtesy of Kuhreizy – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 WikiMedia Commons

To truly experience the Philippines, you should see and partake in traditional festivities that almost every province in the country is proud of. Philippine festivals are perhaps the most effective way to be familiar with the country’s rich and colorful history.

Summer is the best time to make your travel itineraries and experience the Philippines. To help you add an authentic and unique cultural feel to your next getaway, MyProperty comes up with a list of entertaining festivals you can explore. Witness streets come alive with exciting dance and vibrant activities filled with locals and tourists all hyped up to participate in the fun.

Fruit Festivals in March

The tropical country of the Philippines boasts fresh and mouth-watering fruit that are abundantly offered in various provinces; thus, each town celebrates the harvest through fiestas dedicated for the corresponding fruit that a place is known for. For instance, the festivities for the Strawberry Festival of La Trinidad, Benguet, started last March of 2017 and will run until April. Likewise, the world-renowned sweet mangoes of Zambales also have a festival under its name. Held every April in time for the bumper mango harvest, the Mango Festival is surely an exciting feast that attracts mango-lovers as well as tourists who enjoy the exciting tourist spots in Zambales.

Both the Strawberry and Mango Festivals feature street parades, float competition, and trade events where you can sample the best products made from these succulent fruit.

Bangus Festival in April

Celebrated yearly every April in Dagupan City, Pangasinan, is the Bangus (milkfish) Festival meant to honor the bountiful harvest of the province. Pangasinan, the milkfish capital of the Philippines, started a tradition of lighting hundreds of barbeque grills for locals and tourists to sample and savor the delicious bangus. The grills stretch more than a kilometer long, highlighting the importance of the festival to the natives of the province. The grill parade also features a cooking contest, eating competition, dance performances, and street parties. The longest barbeque of culinary experts even earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Sarangani Bay Festival in May

The Sarangani Bay Festival, also known as Sarbay Festival, is an annual event that unites both locals and tourists alike in a two-day fun fair. Scheduled every third week of May, this festival celebrated in Sarangani Province is one of the most popular beach events in the Philippines’ southern island of Mindanao. The event caters to all party-goers as it offers a mixture of activities for all. They have extreme outdoor sports for adrenaline junkies or bay parties for fun-seekers. A Filipino festival will never be complete without a gastronomic feast and Sarangani Bay Festival offers one of the best. The fresh produce of Sarangani is surely an exciting reason to visit and taste the best flavors.

More than being a lively fiesta, you can also contribute to the community through conservation efforts that happen alongside the festivities, such as mangroves planting. Enjoying pristine beaches while taking care of nature is beyond doubt an excellent way to spend your free time.

Pasalamat Festival in May

As a way of thanksgiving to a generous harvest, the Pasalamat Festival is held every First of May or the closest Sunday to the date in La Carlota City in Negros Occidental. The festival highlights a gathering of participants at the base of Mount Kanlaon where cultural traditions to thank the gods of fertility of the mountain are celebrated. Colorful costumes and masks, as well as street music and dances plus delicious local fares, can also be enjoyed in this fiesta.

Pahiyas Festival in May

The Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon, is one of the most popular festivals in the Philippines, thanks to the very colorful and elaborate decorations that adorn the houses of this quiet town every May 15. The decorations, which are known as kiping, are leaf-shaped rice wafers and are arranged in elaborate patterns forming large flowers or colorful chandeliers.

Celebrated to honor the patron saint of farmers, San Isidro Labrador, the feast is also the town’s way to thank a great harvest. Pahiyas Festival is also must-attend event especially by food lovers as authentic and delectable dishes are prepared by every household. Hundreds of stalls and merchants of locally produced items, such as the town’s famous longganisang lukban and pansit habhab, are also available for all attendees who are looking for unique souvenirs. Known as one of the most colorful events in the Philippines, Pahiyas Festival is certainly an amazing blend of culture, food, and lifestyle in one exciting affair.

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Crown of Confidence and Decadence at Marriott Manila

Dine, Drink, and Be Pampered Like Miss Universe at Marriott Hotel Manila

Marriott Café Bakery’s Crown of Confidence and Decadence
Don’t wear it. Eat it! It’s a slice of what it feels to reign as the most beautiful for only P205 nett. The crown of confidence and decadence is a tiara made of moist chocolate cake, salted caramel chocolate ganache, rolled fondant, silver dragée, isomalt blue stone, and handmade pastillage. It is yum!

Marriott Cafe

A Taste of the Universe at Marriott Café

Are you confidently beautiful with a heart? If you are, mark your calendars because as early as January 16, you can dine, drink, and be pampered like a beauty queen at Marriott Hotel Manila!

Have a taste of the best cuisines the universe has to offer at Marriott Café.  To celebrate with the country’s hosting of Miss Universe 2016, it will be offering a taste of the countries that brought home the coveted crown: Mexico’s grilled skirt steaks with tortilla and guacamole, Angola’s arroz de coco e papaia with piri-piri marinated shrimps (rice with papaya and coconut milk), USA’s Texas style BBQ ribs with Mac and Cheese, Venezuela’s Chivo en Coco (goat in coconut stew with rice and fried plantains), Colombia’s Tamales with Hogao (marinated pork wrapped in corn meal with Colombian tomato salsa), and Philippines’ Binacol (chicken soup cooked in tamarind and coconut juice). Great conversations with your family, friends, or business partners will surely revolve around these dishes for dinner at P2,100 per person.

Cru Steakhouse

Queen Bee Set Menu at Cru Steakhouse

Wear your elegant evening dress or gown and dine at Cru Steakhouse with its Queen Bee Set Menu: Salmon Carpaccio (salmon gravlax, beetroot salad, and horseradish cream) for appetizer, a hearty soup of Sweet Corn Velouté (organic vegetable fajitas and chive oil), Fillet Mignon (seared foie gras, rosti potatoes, mushroom ragoût, and blueberry sauce) for main course, and Ube Maclair (purple yam macaron, chantilly jellied dalandan coulis, Good Shepherd ube cream, and pili nut crumble) for dessert. This special menu for P3,000 nett is definitely fabulous in every bite!

Marriott Hotel Manila Greatroom

Marriott Hotel Manila Greatroom

Miss Universe Cocktails

Ms. Universe Cocktails at the Greatroom

Fancy a mix fit for a queen? Find the “sash of cocktails” that fit you best, strike a pose, and toast it with friends. The Greatroom serves Miss Congeniality for P375, Miss Photogenic for P345, The Runner Ups for P375, The Queen for P360, and Beauty and Brains for P280.

Miss Universe Viewing Party at the Hotel Lobby at 8:30 a.m. on January 30
The party continues with a live telecast of the most beautiful day in the universe. With wit and grace, gather your girlfriends and indulge with every bite and sip as you watch every winning moment of the competition on January 30. If your choice for Pia Wurzbach’s successor is right, you and your friends will win an overnight stay at a Premium Room of the newly opened West Wing where you can pamper yourselves in its luxurious amenities complete with fresh cocktails and sumptuous bar chows.

All these are a confidently beautiful experience you shouldn’t miss. At Marriott Hotel Manila, you will dine, drink, and be treated like a beauty queen.

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For more information, please call 988 9999 or visit www.manilamarriott.com. To join ongoing conversations, like Facebook.com/MarriottHotelManila, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.

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Langnese Honey

#SunshineInEveryServing: Langnese Honey

Langnese Honey launch at Marriott Manila Hotel

Langnese Honey launch at Marriott Manila Hotel

Germany’s No. 1 Langnese Honey is now in the Philippines

I think most people know that real honey has a lot of health benefits. I remember when my kids got a year older, their pediatrician recommended that I put honey in their water to boost their immunity as well as encourage them to drink more water.

Dr. Cleofas Cervancia, Ph.D.

Dr. Cleofas Cervancia, Ph.D. sharing how unfiltered honey should be

Looking back, I wonder if what I gave my children were pure unfiltered honey. Because when Dr. Cleofas Cervancia, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at UP Los Baños, shared the results of UPLB’s Bee Program’s physicochemical analysis of commercial honey from selected supermarkets in Metro Manila, out of 39 samples (ie. 14 local brands and 25 imported brands) only two (2) samples passed the European Union Directive (EU Directive 110/2001). Whoa!

The samples were tested for moisture content, pH, electrical conductivity, reducing sugars, apparent sucrose, and HMF or Hydroxymethylfurfural.  HMF determines if the honey is subjected to overheating and stored poorly. Therefore, adulterated or low quality honey is high in moisture content, high HMF, and high apparent sucrose.

So when Fly Ace Corporation launched Langnese Honey last week, we really learned a lot about how our honey should be. Langnese is an old brand in Germany, which many households had been using.

Honey is considered one of nature’s sweetest gifts from nectar that’s collected by bees and naturally broken into simple sugar. With the constant fanning of the bees’ wings, evaporation takes place in the unique design of the honeycomb that produces the thick, syrupy liquid we now know as honey. Interestingly, the color and flavor of honey is an indicator of its type of flower nectar collected by bees, thus leaves consumers with more flavor options.

Here are five facts that make Langnese Honey a game changer, rebooting your appreciation for high-quality honey:

1. Highest quality and purity since 1927. Langnese Honey is a family-owned brand for nine decades; it is also a reputable market leader with a seal of approval from Germany’s Honey Ordinance and European Standard Basic Principles that strictly requires the safest and unadulterated quality. Meaning, it should be raw, unfiltered, and residue-free, with a limit of between 16% – 21% water content only. With Langnese Honey, it doesn’t only surpass these requirements, its name is a seal of guarantee that nothing is added nor removed from it!

2. No short cuts and no compromise. Ever wondered what makes Langnese Honey truly satisfying? Its serious commitment to quality and purity puts a premium importance on selection and processing, market analysis, coupled with direct and long-standing relationship with the beekeepers in the countries of origin. Much more, it also boasts a plethora of certifications from International Featured Standards (IFS) Kosher, and Halal that are true marks of its reliable source.

Langnese Honey Fürsten - Reform’s Export Manager Mark Baumgärtner

Langnese Honey Fürsten – Reform’s Export Manager Mark Baumgärtner sharing more about Langnese Honey and the importance of unfiltered honey to our health

3. Pollen-packed and certified safe. Did you know that when a honey comes back negative for pollen test, it’s a sure sign of ultra-processing? That shouldn’t be the case, according to the makers of Langnese Honey Fürsten – Reform’s Export Manager Mark Baumgärtner, “Absence of pollens in the honey means there’s no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources, as verified as well by the German Honey Directive and World Health Organization. Langnese Honey mindfully takes into account the latest scientific findings using modern technology and unfiltered process that effectively determines the origin and type of honey.”

Langnese Bee Easy packaging

Langnese Bee Easy packaging

4. Chic and convenient. Featuring a honey dispenser technology famously known as “Bee Easy”, this chic and convenient packaging is also guaranteed no drip and no stickiness in every serving. Available in 250 g and 500 g PET dispensers, it’s also well loved by kids who find fun and enjoyment with their food. What’s more, you can take delight as you please, as its five yummy flavors might be the best you’ve ever tasted.

5. Five decadent flavors for all types of fete and feasts. Aside from Langnese Honey’s credible process and source, there’s none quite like its well-balanced, rich, and golden flavors that’s arguably highly nutritious! Considered a staple for its subtle and mildly sweet taste, Acacia is the ultimate breakfast companion that lends character to teas, cereals, and desserts. Golden Clear on the other hand, offers a sweet antidote to dips, salads, cocktails, and hot drinks, or to just about anything. Meanwhile, cooks and foodies can never go wrong with Black Forest that’s surely a luscious ingredient from the straightforward to the flashy recipes. While Wild Flower is pretty much suited for sweetening all types of food and beverage, it makes breads and pastries tastier and way healthier instead of refined sugar. Last but not the least, Lavender is also lovely for sweetening all types of beverages like tea and is a luscious spread on breads.

Langnese Acacia Honey

Langnese Acacia Honey, the ultimate breakfast companion that lends character to teas, cereals, and desserts

Langnese Black Forest Honey

Langnese Black Forest Honey, a luscious ingredient from the straightforward to the flashy recipes

Langnese Pure Honey Bee for salads

Langnese Pure Honey Bee for salads

Langnese Wild Flower Honey

Langnese Wild Flower Honey, suited for sweetening all types of food and beverage, it makes breads and pastries tastier and way healthier instead of refined sugar

Langnese Wild Lavender Blossom Honey

Langnese Wild Lavender Blossom Honey, for sweetening all types of beverages like tea and is a luscious spread on breads

“Fly Ace Corporation is proud to welcome Langnese Honey in the Philippines, as we reinforce our commitment to bring the best of the world’s food and beverages to the Filipinos.” concludes Fly Ace Corporation President Jun Cochanco.  “When it comes to honey, there’s a reason why Langnese has been around for decades and a consistent market leader all these years–its name is the ultimate representation of what a real and reliable honey should be.”

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Fly Ace Corporation is one of the leading food and beverage consumer goods companies in the country today. Propelling limitless multiple-category growth by bringing the best of the world closer to Filipino homes, Fly Ace Corporation’s portfolio of food and beverage products includes house brands and exclusively distributed brands. Learn more at www.flyacecorp.com.

Langnese Honey is exclusively distributed by Fly Ace Corporation and is available in supermarkets nationwide.

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Kohler’s New Product Lineup Imbues Modernity

Kohler Exquisite Collection - Avid Composed Beitou

Kohler Exquisite Collection – Avid Composed Beitou

Kohler Exquisite Collection and Kohler Veil enhance the bathroom experience with exquisite design and maximum comfort

If you’re looking for a functional and beautiful bathroom fixtures, then look no farther than Kohler.

Nice bathrooms no longer cut it anymore: today’s discerning homeowners deserve only the most exquisite and sublime bathrooms. Kohler, one of the world’s leading luxury kitchen and bath product manufacturers, redefines contemporary bathroom elegance with the launch of its second boutique showroom inside the Designo Atelier 2 located at Wilcon IT Hub Pasong Tamo.

Designo Atelier 2, a first-of-its-kind design center housing globally renowned luxurious products, allows design enthusiasts and industry professionals to experience product offerings of top brands. It showcases Kohler’s latest design innovations from its Wisconsin headquarters. The showroom allows customers with a discriminating eye to witness firsthand Kohler’s Exquisite Collection of faucets and the cutting-edge Kohler Veil, which bring sophistication, cutting-edge design, and technology into the comfort of one’s bathroom.

Kohler Exquisite Collection - Artifacts

Kohler Exquisite Collection – Artifacts

Kohler Exquisite Collection - Composed

Kohler Exquisite Collection – Composed

Kohler Exquisite Collection: Exquisite elegance for the modern bathroom
Drawing inspiration from timeless art and a desire to enrich customers’ lives with elegance and refinement, Kohler developed the Exquisite Collection, a breathtaking collection of faucets that embody grace, impeccable quality, durability, safety, and unobtrusive function: Avid, Composed, Beitou, and Artifacts.

Avid explores the sensuous side of simplicity with slender arcs, smooth planes, and arresting angles that bring clarity and grace into the bathroom. The Avid faucet lineup includes compact deck-mount, single-handle, and widespread models perfect for modern minimalists.

Composed faucets feature timeless and deliberate design—sans unnecessary flourishes—to furnish bathrooms with stark, contemporary beauty while delivering impressive functionality and a distinctive visual statement.

Kohler Exquisite Collection - Artifacts

Kohler Exquisite Collection – Artifacts

Beitou brings together architectural precision and stunning nature display in a unique faucet shape that mimics the flow of a serene river. The lineup includes a wall-mount showerhead that delivers an excellent shower experience: Kohler has actually derived the optimal number and arrangement of its water nozzles from human comfort research data analysis. Experience the wonder of nature with Rain, Cascade, or Laminar flow complemented by eco-friendly, hydroelectric light modes.

Bring a touch of Old World charm into the bathroom with the Artifacts collection, which crystallizes the Edwardian era’s timeless elegance. Perfect for any home décor scheme—whether casual or formal—the Artifacts product lineup blends in well with accessories, bathing, and showering components across the collection, to help homeowners create a cohesive look in their bathrooms.

Kohler Veil: A delicate balance of art and technology
Kohler deviates from the usual toilet design with Kohler Veil, which combines sleekness, contemporariness, and refinement. Featuring cutting-edge automated innovations and sophisticated curves, the Veil delivers ultimate comfort, unparalleled hygiene, smart toilet functionality, and space-saving features, to enhance the bathroom experience.

Drawing inspiration from minimalist architecture, the Kohler team developed a sophisticated design with ergonomic features and state-of-the-art technological improvements that enhance cleanliness and provide seamless convenience.

The Veil features Kohler’s popular French Curve toilet seat, which packs in comfort and ergonomics: the toilet seat minimizes pressure points to ensure users’ maximum comfort with every use. It also has a beautifully designed one-touch remote control for adjusting water temperature, nozzle positions, seat temperature, deodorization options, and lighting. The best part? The Veil is designed with an eco-flush option to help conserve water!

Don’t settle for “nice enough” when you deserve only the best. With Kohler Veil and the Exquisite Collection, start transforming your bathroom experience with precision, quality, thoughtful technology, innovative design, and artistic elegance.

Kohler Showroom Opening Executives

From left to right: Careen Belo, Exec. Financial Audit Manager & Product Director, Wilcon Depot, Ms. Rosemarie Ong, EVP – Chief Operating Officer, Wilcon Depot, Ms. Angel Yang, President- Kitchen & Bath Space Asia Pacific, Kohler Co., Mr. William Belo, President and CEO, Wilcon Depot, Mr. Daniel Smith, Associate Director for Global Faucets Marketing of Kohler Kitchen and Bath Asia Pacific, Kohler Co., Mr. Adam Quek, General Manager & Commercial Director Kitchen and Bath Group, South East Asia, Kohler Co.

About Kohler Co.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of more than 30,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; premier furniture, cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two of the world’s finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, and St Andrews, Scotland.

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Man Ho Manila Opens at Marriot Hotel Manila

Marriott Manila Spreads Bounteous Luck this Year of the Fire Rooster

Man Ho Manila at Marriott Hotel Manila

Treasure and Tradition at Man Ho Manila
Marriott Manila celebrates the biggest festival in the Chinese Lunar calendar,  the Year of the Fire Rooster, with treasure and tradition in a box: three traditional delicacies: Tikoy (Nian Gao), Radish Cake (Lo Bak Go), and Taro Cake (Wu Tao Gao).

Tikoy (Nian Gao), Radish Cake (Lo Bak Go), and Taro Cake (Wu Tao Gao)

Executive Chinese Law Wui Wing prepare them in the most flavorful and authentic way. The round-shaped 750-gram Tikoy, with a classic sweet taste symbolizes the Chinese culture to mean “higher year.” It will attract wealth and luck throughout the year. Likewise, the 500-gram radish and taro cake slices, made using prime ingredients from Hong Kong, signify good fortune and prosperity. The elegant red oriental box—whether shared or enjoyed by the family alone at the center of your New Year celebration—symbolizes an abundance of luck and prosperity. This box is only Php 1,388 at Marriott Café Bakery, Crema, and the newly-opened Man Ho Chinese restaurant.

Man Ho’s Feast of Good Fortune and Infinite Happiness
Marriott Manila this year offers more than the elegant red oriental box as it opens its Chinese restaurant, Man Ho.  You and your family can celebrate more meaningfully at the Chinese Lunar New Year with a lavish 11-course feast. Choose from two set menus:

The Good Fortune for Php 36,888++ includes marinated radish and black fungus as starters, assorted barbecued meat combination with a covetous suckling pig, braised dried oyster with garlic and vegetables, braised fish lip soup with sea cucumber and black mushroom, sautéed clam meat and sliced chicken with celery chili sauce, steamed live tiger Garoupa fish, deep fried crispy chicken, stir-fried kai lan with ginger sauce, fried rice cooked in Fujian style, and desserts like sweetened red bean cream with dumplings, custard bun with egg yolk, and coconut pudding with red bean.

This is the Good Fortune spread that we enjoyed in full!

Sweet memories tea

Sweet memories tea

Marinated black fungus

Appetizer: marinated black fungus

Marinated radish

Appetizer: marinated radish

seasoning on the side

seasoning on the side

assorted barbecued meat combination with suckling pig

assorted barbecued meat combination with suckling pig

braised dried oyster with garlic and vegetables

braised dried oyster with garlic and vegetables

braised fish lip soup with cucumber and black mushroom

braised fish lip soup with cucumber and black mushroom

sauteed clam meat and sliced chicken with celery chili sauce

sauteed clam meat and sliced chicken with celery chili sauce

steamed live Tiger Garoupa fish

steamed live tiger garoupa fish

deep fried crispy chicken

deep fried crispy chicken

stir fried kai lam with ginger sauce

stir fried kai lam with ginger sauce

fried rice "Fujian" style

fried rice “Fujian” style

Desserts (L-R) Coconut pudding, Sweeted Red Bean with dumpling, and Custard Bun with Egg Yolk

Desserts (L-R) Coconut pudding, Sweeted Red Bean with dumpling, and Custard Bun with Egg Yolk

The Infinite Happiness Set for Php 42, 888++ includes appetizers like smoked fish and Japanese cucumber, roasted goose in Hong Kong style (a rare and first in Manila), roasted suckling pig, braised conpoy with dried oyster and vegetables, braised fish maw soup and shredded duck, sautéed scallops with asparagus in X.O. sauce, steamed live pink Garoupa fish, poached seasonal vegetables with salty egg and preserved egg, fried rice with diced chicken and salty fish, sweetened red bean cream with dumplings, steamed custard bun with egg yolk, and coconut pudding with red bean.

Make your reservations to catch these set menus from January 28 to February 11, 2017.

Ceremonial Lion and Dragon dance

The Year of the Fire Rooster is looking very auspicious at Marriott Manila and the best way to start it is through a ceremonial dragon and lion dance on January 29 at 5pm. Join the celebration to attract good spirits and push negative energies away!

Ceremonial Lion and Dragon dance 2

Ceremonial Lion and Dragon dance

Tip: Head to I Am On The Streets Facebook Page and watch how to debone a steamed tiger garoupa.

For inquiries, call (02) 9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com. To keep up on the hotel’s latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat; and @manilamarirott on Instagram.

Save Money Traveling with iMoney PH

Tips on How You Can Save Money Every Time You Travel

It’s possible to travel and have fun without having to spend a fortune and max out your best travel credit cards, only to pay it all off in the coming months. Spending a lot of money on holiday does not guarantee you’ll have more fun, anyway. Traveling need not be all about lavish and unnecessary spending. Below are some ideas that you can try to save money while traveling without sacrificing fun and relaxation.

Look for Affordable Accommodations

It’s nice to stay in a beautiful hotel. But if you will be spending all day outside visiting must-see tourist attractions, you will only be using your hotel room for shower and sleep. Instead of fancy hotels, you can opt to stay at more affordable boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, or backpacker’s hostels. If you’re not fussy, you can also check if your destination has couch-surfing options.

Cook Your Own Meals

Food costs can add up rapidly if you’re not careful. Instead of eating lunch and dinner at restaurants, you can buy groceries and cook your own meals. You can just make your own breakfast or have a light dinner at your hotel room.

Most hotel breakfasts are also expensive, and they don’t taste that spectacular as well. If you don’t want to feel deprived of the local cuisine, you can allot one meal to eat outside. Check online for restaurants near your area. Read reviews and compare prices. This way, you’ll know which dishes are worth trying, and how much you have to spend on your meal.

Avoiding Eating in Touristy Places

Sometimes you just have to give in because they are so conveniently near the tourist attractions. But remember to not eat within six blocks of a huge tourist attraction. Prices at these food establishments are way more expensive because locals like to think that all tourists have big money to spend while on vacation.

What you can do instead is to explore side streets and hole in the wall establishments. You will have to be adventurous, but the food is a lot more exciting, costs a lot cheaper, and tastes a whole lot better.

Use Public Transportation

You can Uber your way around town, but what’s the use of going to a place you’ve never been if you have a driver taking you around town? Explore and discover places by walking, cycling, rowing, or taking buses and trains. Take midnight buses or overnight trains when you’re going home late. They’re cheaper and way more fun than sitting at the backseat of a taxi or rented car.

Make the Most out of Free Tourist attractions

Beaches, mountains, museums, and parks are your best bets when it comes to enjoying and exploring without spending anything. Most museums are free in any country you visit. Some may have special exhibits or events that will require a fee or donation. Parks and beaches are usually open to the public. If you want to hike, you can get a local guide or join a group to save on costs.

Already on your toes and ready to go? If you’re traveling on a budget, be sure to check out these best budget places to visit in the Philippines, pure enjoyment guaranteed without breaking the bank!

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Slow Food Onboard the Ark of Taste 2016

Farmers are Part of Slow Food

By Pacita ‘Chit’ Juan

Yes, it’s not just consumers and diners and chefs. It all starts with the farmer.

Slow Food is about enjoining farmers to keep planting our old heirloom varieties of food. And we have just the event cooked up (pardon the pun) for it on August 6 as our volunteer chef Margarita Fores (Asia’s Best female chef) shares her famous Grace Park restaurant menu with our farmers, yes real farmers that you the reader will help feed on this special day, this special lunch. We will finally break bread with the people who really feed us—the farmers.

As we were planning our third WOFEX event, we know that the public is really interested in helping preserve traditional cooking, heirloom varieties of rice and cacao and souring agents. What better way to cement the relationship between farmer and consumer but to have them come face-to-face. Just like people who have never touched soil, nor planted anything, many consumers have never met a farmer.

So we thought a special meal with a farmer may be a life-changing experience for both consumer and farm guy. The consumer knows about organic and slow food, but the farmers simply plants and reaps. We need to be on the same page. Plant old varieties. Use heirloom seeds. Practice natural farming. Nothing artificial. Use soil instead of other media. (That’s what Earthbeat Farms did. They shifted from hydro to soil).

Earthbeat Farms joins Slow Food

Earthbeat Farms joins Slow Food

And on August  6, we will be able to also talk to the farmers and ask why they do or do not yet grow our traditional varieties—like Siling Labuyo, Batwan, Sua, Tabon Tabon, and why they stopped growing heirloom rice varieties. It will be a fun lunch talking about the same ingredients our grandmothers used but maybe some farmers do not know anymore. It may be that they think there is no market for these “old varieties”. Not everything is about newer choices, higher yields, and seeds that are nowhere to be found (check out the prominence of seedless fruits now). It used to be that our mothers planted the very seeds in our fruits at the table in our backyards. Today, mothers are proud to find fruits that are happily seedless without thinking of its effects on farming and sustainability.

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