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WOFEX @ 18

The World Food Expo (WOFEX) is Bigger at 18!

The ultimate food show in the country, World Food Expo (WOFEX), returns much bigger this year as it celebrates 18 years of serving the Food and Beverage (F&B) industry, and two years of holding the Hotel Summit and Expo.

If you miss it last year, you must catch it this time from August 1 to August 4, 2018 in two simultaneous venues, SMX Convention Center in Pasay City (MOA area) and in World Trade Center Manila.

WOFEX 2018 Sked

WOFEX 2018 Schedule of Activities

Hotel Summit at WOFEX

Hotel Summit and Expo Schedule of Activities

What you can expect at WOFEX and Hotel Summit & Expo

Exciting and out-of-the-ordinary culinary experience. Visitors can hop from one booth to another and sample both local and international cuisine and beverage. For the past years, I always look forward to the Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese food. But there are other exciting booths, and so be prepared to have a full stomach!

Advanced cooking learning platform. The WOFEX University is the advanced learning platform that guests can learn from practicing professionals.

The Philippine Culinary Cup (PCC) is the country’s most prestigious culinary competition and is the only food competition endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS).  On its 9th year, PCC now has more foreign teams battling it out with some of the best local hotels, schools, and restaurants. This is the time where Philippines can benchmark and learn that we can compete with the best of the best.

Innovative Kitchen Theater. Well-known chefs will share their culinary skills and techniques to eager visitors.

Exciting travel and hotel discoveries. The world’s leading hospitality brands and products will showcase their best offerings at the Foreign Pavilion, World Trade Center Manila. This year, there will be 14 participating countries from all over the world.

Newly launched Philippine Sustainable Gastronomy (PSG). From August 2 to 3, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center, expo visitors can witness and participate in a most relevant conversation on culinary and agricultural tourism and how to support the farm-to-table movement or sustainable farming. For this activity, WOFEX partners with Slow Food Philippines.

PH Sustainable Gastronomy

Philippine Sustainable Gastronomy Schedule

The Philippine Sustainable Gastronomy Congress focuses on food as a solution for climate change. It aims to play a major role in achieving sustainable development goals by promoting agricultural development, food security, nutrition, sustainable food production, and the conservation of biodiversity.

They recognize that food is a cause of climate change. From field to fork, our food system contributes one-fifth of greenhouse gas emissions. The production of food is a victim of climate change, too, due to desertification, floods, sea-level rise and ocean pollution. Thus, the need to advocate for Food for Change.

The congress will feature bite-sized conversations as follows:

August 2 – Voting with your Fork: Food Activism will explore actions and initiatives that support food justice, sustainable farming and biodiversity. Panel members are Jeannie Javelosa of Echostore, Karla Delgado of Kai Farms, Cherrie Atilano of Agrea Farms, and Jack Flaminiano of Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement. Moderator: Pacita “Chit” Juan of Slow Food Manila.

Slow Travel: A Journey of the Senses will discuss travel based on gastronomic traditions and culture of a place, mapping regions based on food biodiversity, telling the stories of farmers and artisans of a region. Panel members are Ige Ramos of Republic of Taste, Cathy Turvill of Nurture Wellness Village, and Dept of Tourism Cordillera Regional Director Venus Tan. Moderator: Clang Garcia of Food Holidays.

Sailing on the Ark of Taste: Expedition to Lola’s Kitchen and Heritage Cuisine will discover, savor and transform our local and heritage produce, varieties and cuisine towards preserving biodiversity and food culture. Panel members are Rica Buenaflor of Best of Bicol, Chef Tibong Jardeleza of Rafael’s, and Ken Alonso of Proudly Promdi. Moderator: Reena Francisco.

August 3 – The Conscious Carnivore. The discussion will dwell on life of mindful
and ethical animal eating. Panel members are Nicolo Aberasturi of Down To Earth, Olive Puentespina of Malagos Farms, Gael Papillon of Pamora Farms. Moderators: Jairus Ferrer join ABS-CBN’s Ces Drilon.

Waste Not, Want Not: Reducing the Food Waste Footprint. A very contentious issue on food waste, the discussion will try to understand nose-to-tail, preserving and canning food, composting, and tips to leftover cuisine. Panel members: Eric Atanacio of Terra Verde Ecofarms, Mac Florendo of Food Rescue, Melody Melo-Rijk of World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines join together with Chit Juan moderating.

Food for Change Action Plan. In this culminating discussion, Asia’s Best Female Chef Margarita Fores joins Vicky Wallace of Bohol Bee Farm, Josie Costales of Costales Farms, and Chef Anthony Raymond of Discovery Leisure, will talk about how to help change our food beliefs and habits so we become active co-producers and not passive consumers. Moderator: Jennifer Viloria of IISLA Investments, one of the partners of PSG.

The first Philippine Sustainable Gastronomy wishes to be a game changer when it comes to sustainability in the gastronomy sphere, and starts conversations and finds solutions to food being affected by climate change. PSG is organized by PEPTarsus, with its partners: Slow Food Manila, which is part of a worldwide organization advocating good, clean and fair food; IISLA (Inclusive Investment in Sustainable Livelihood & Aspirations); and WorldChefs’ Feed the Planet.

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World Disco Soup Day

Catch the World Disco Soup Day at Enderun

Fill bellies instead of bins!

World Disco Soup Day 2018

World Disco Soup Day at Enderun Colleges

Soup and disco in one event? Interesting? You bet! LOL

Just what is Disco Soup Day?

Well, it’s a pop-up disco party where you eat and dance to FIGHT FOOD WASTE!

Yes, that’s right. On Saturday, April 28, 2018, the links of the global Slow Food network from Uganda, Brazil to Netherlands, will join forces to collect food that would have otherwise been thrown into the bin; cutting and chopping with gusto, and cooking on a Protest Soup, as we fight food waste with a dance!

This year, Slow Food Manila, the Slow Food Youth, Enderun Colleges, Chefs, the Department of Agriculture, and volunteers (that includes you!) will collect, wash, clean, cut, and cook leftover food. We bring together students, teachers, children, seniors, chefs, the government and food activists in a gastronomic disco, to raise awareness and battle against food waste. We will also have DJs, singers, poets, artists, and an outdoor movie!

It’s going to be a big fun party for a cause actually!

But you can help prepare and hold the party as well. How? May we ask for your ugly vegetables, breads, or artisanal goods?

Aside from being there to chop to the beat, you can bring your food waste, any produce you might have otherwise thrown or sent to the dumpster. So, if you’d like to give us your food waste, please let us know where we can collect and who to get the bounty from on April 27, 2018. If you would rather send it to us on that day, please let us know. Kindly SMS to 0998-5999770 the following details:

Pick Up Where (or indicate if Dropping Off)
Contact Person
Mobile Number
Who Do We Thank?

The World Disco Soup Party will be at the Atrium of Enderun Colleges from 4:00PM to until you’re all fed up.

You are welcome to chop or even if you just want to know more about our current food system, and find ways to help change it.

And oh, bring cutlery (BYO plates, utensils, and cups). Should you wish to chop to the beat, don’t forget to bring knives, peelers, graters, and your dancing shoes!

Please save the date and join us!

For more info
SMS Paula +63 998 599 9770 or Jam +63 917 830 9516

Event pages:

Slow Food Manila
Slow Food Youth Network Philippines
Slow Food Youth Network


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The Red Room at Marriott Café

It’s A 50 Shades Valentines at Marriott Manila

Anastacia Steel and Christian Grey come alive again as we celebrate love this Valentine’s at Marriott Manila!

Your relationship may go through 50 shades of love, respect and trust, come V-Day, yours should uniquely standout like the most controversial romance of Christian Grey and Anastacia Steele.

Again this year, Marriott Manila brilliantly adapted the best-selling novel trilogy by E.L. James into their Valentine specials to give you that daring, intimate and memorable affair.

Dinner for two with a view at The Deck, rooftop pool bar of Marriott West Wing

Dinner for two with a view at The Deck, rooftop pool bar of Marriott West Wing

Dine with your Mr. Grey
Like a true Mr. Grey, be on top of your game in a date under the stars at the hotel’s rooftop pool bar, The Deck. For Php 3,500++, have the most romantic 5-course dinner with a breathtaking cityscape view as your backdrop. Be ready to hear your own Ana Steele gush all night on every dish from appetizer to main course – that has a meat or seafood option, and until the dessert. It’s an absolute picture-perfect moment seen in movies.

U.S. Certified Angus Prime Rib eye with side dish at Cru Steakhouse

U.S. Certified Angus Prime Rib eye with side dish at Cru Steakhouse

Shots and Spanks cocktails at Cru Steakhouse and Greatroom

Shots and Spanks cocktails at Cru Steakhouse and Greatroom

Shots and Spanks cocktails at Cru Steakhouse and Greatroom 2

More shots and spanks cocktails at Cru Steakhouse and Greatroom

If a rooftop dinner is not your style, then be an old romantic with an intimate dinner at the multi-awarded Cru Steakhouse. Plush interiors, dim lighting, open kitchen with flaming grill and live music entertainment are few reasons why Cru Steakhouse is a favorite choice of couples. Sealing the deal, of course, is their exquisite menu of premium choices. Their bestsellers will surely captivate you such as U.S. Certified Angus Beefs in different cuts or a huge board with three varieties of steaks. Cru is also a good choice for healthy couples because of their Vegan menu, salads with organic vegetables and locally sourced seafood.

However, if you want an intensely satisfying treat, the buffet spreads at Marriott Café aims nothing but to please. Beyond the overflowing selections of international cuisines, fancy over tempting desserts in the “Red Room” – a delectable take on Grey’s playroom. It is filled with luscious varieties of chocolates, moist cakes, cookies, eclairs and macaroons. Buffet prices are Php 2,100 nett on lunch and Php 2,800 on dinner.

Make Me Blush smoothie

Make Me Blush smoothie

Sweet and Tasteful Fantasies
Swoon over decadent and sultry treats available the whole month of February. To get you right in the mood is the morning pick-me-up smoothie, Make Me Blush, made of fresh strawberries, watermelon and yoghurt. This Ana Steele inspired refreshment is only Php 275, available all day at Marriott Café Bakery. More lip-biting choices are also seen both at their Greatroom lobby lounge and Cru Steakhouse. Begging for attention is the Shots and Spanks drink list. Sip like Mr. Grey with their seductive cocktails in playful names like “My More”, “Cuff Love”, “Restrained”, and “Beseech Me”. Electric soundtracks from the movie will surround the lobby.

Premium Room with balcony

Premium Room with balcony

Valentine Room Package
Go big and go home to Marriott this season of love. Their Valentine Room Package starts at a special rate of Php 15,888++ for an overnight stay in Premium Room with balcony that looks over a vast golf course. More thrilling inclusions are 3-course in-room-dining dinner for two, bottle of wine, a guaranteed late check out of 3pm, and a bouquet of roses. Not to mention, other hotel facilities and wide range of dining options you can revel into.

Skip the “laters, baby”, and just freely celebrate love in so many ways at Marriott Manila. They made seats limited for an intimate affair so better make early reservations.

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

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World Food Bazaar (WOFEX)

4 Days Till World Food Bazaar (WOFEX)

It’s four days to go till WOFEX 2017!

This year, you get to enjoy not only the food bazaar but also these exciting activities… and you get to give back to charity.

Christmas Caroling Competition at WOFEX 2017

Christmas Caroling Competition at WOFEX 2017

Singing Solo Competition at WOFEX 2017

Singing Solo Competition at WOFEX 2017

WOFEX 2017 Food Bazaar for JCIManila Golden Heart

WOFEX 2017 Food Bazaar for JCI Manila Golden Heart

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Locavore’s Executive Chef Mikel Francis Zaguirre and Raintree Restaurant’s Corporate Chef Kalel Chan

Doña Elena Olive Oil Kicks off the Chef Ambassador Series Campaign

Spanish-Style Balsamic Bangus Belly and Mojo Chicken

Raintree Restaurant Corporate Chef Kalel Chan’s Spanish-Style Balsamic Bangus Belly and Locavore’s Executive Chef Mikel Francis Zaguirre’s Mojo Chicken

Come Home to Home-cooked Meals

You know what makes home-cooked meals delicious? The way they are prepared and the ingredients used on them. You don’t scrimp on home-cooked meals, do you?

To share why a good meal is the heart of the home, the Philippines’ consistent no. 1 olive oil brand Doña Elena collaborated with two of the country’s culinary masters; Locavore’s Executive Chef Mikel Zaguirre and Raintree Restaurant’s Corporate Chef Kalel Chan in its debut of the Chef Ambassador Series campaign. The campaign aims to seek out those who are making waves in the culinary scene and are game changers in the industry.

As the primary user of this precious ingredient, chefs understand that a good quality olive oil is sacred. Highly versatile and suitable for a myriad of dishes, it’s also arguably one of the world’s healthiest oil, complete with full range of benefits. And for seasoned chefs Mikel and Kalel, it’s a small price to pay in perfecting the flavors of their recipes.

Locavore’s Executive Chef Mikel Francis Zaguirre and Raintree Restaurant’s Corporate Chef Kalel Chan

Locavore’s Executive Chef Mikel Francis Zaguirre and Raintree Restaurant’s Corporate Chef Kalel Chan


Cooking beyond borders with Chef Kalel.

In the kitchen from the age of seven and raised by a family of home cooks, he ensures his menu consists of ingredients that are sustainable and can be easily sourced out. His latest recipe for Doña Elena Olive Oil, for example, the the Spanish Style Balsamic Bangus Belly is not only something anyone can replicate at home, it’s also meant to encourage healthy home cooking on a regular basis. An infusion of Doña Elena Pure Olive Oil with a heaping serving of balsamic vinegar, the result is nothing short of delectable, punctuated with a slight kick of tang and a touch of sweetness that lingers in every bite.

Spanish-Style Balsamic Bangus Belly

Raintree Restaurant’s Corporate Chef Kalel Chan’s Spanish-Style Balsamic Bangus Belly

“Low fire cooking is the key to allow the ingredients to further concentrate its flavors, tenderize the meat, reduce shrinkage, and retain its form. Simple, satisfying and perfect for days or nights you need to serve something on the table in 30 minutes,” Chef Kalel explains.

Part of being a good cook starts with your ingredients, which Chef Kalel thinks is always the beginning. “The first Doña Elena product that I used was the olive oil because of its trusted quality. I like the fact that the brand took time to immerse itself in the Philippine market and understand the importance of blending it for the Filipino palate. It’s very accessible and the price is reasonable too!” Chef Kalel adds.

Chef Mikel’s recipes for success: Creativity and Excellence.

For instructor, restaurateur, and the main man behind the city’s latest obsession Locavore, Chef Mikel is a firm believer in keeping all elements of the dish intact. By this, he means his creations are gloriously imaginative but doesn’t whittle away the texture, balance of flavors, and presentation—which is very evident in his Mojo Chicken recipe. “I’d like to change the notion that roasting is intimidating, all it takes are few quality ingredients, the right amount of marination and cooking time to produce a chicken dish that’s crammed with flavors,” Chef Mikel attests.

Mojo Chicken

Locavore’s Executive Chef Mikel Francis Zaguirre’s Mojo Chicken

Not to be overlooked in the dish is its Mexican-inspired accompaniment, which evokes simple yet sophisticated flavors. “Chimichurri is a classic pair that’s bouncing with aromatic, garlicky taste with Doña Elena Extra Virgin Olive Oil as the main ingredient that binds. I recommend using mortar and pestle because there’s nothing like making your sauce by hand for a more flavorful result. It’s thick, chunky, and grainy that’s absolutely perfect for all things roasted and baked,” he adds.

Instead of using normal oil, Chef Mikel is partial with a healthier one, which is Doña Elena OIive Oil. “We use Doña Elena Olive oil in our restaurants. And I also encourage the ordinary consumers to use a healthy oil like Doña Elena Olive Oil for all of your cooking at home because it is your family that you are feeding. They deserve the best, all the time,” Mikel recommends.

Truly, the country has produced the finest chefs in the last decade, which could be the world’s greatest legends in no time. Doña Elena’s Chef Ambassador Series will feature techniques and personal recipes of the featured chefs that anyone can do at the comforts of their homes.

Johnles Paladio, Tina Redondo, Patricia Bolosan, Chef Mikel

GMA News TV’s Home Base cameraman Johnles Paladio; RX Plus segment producer Tina Redondo, Philippine Graphic account manager Patricia Bolosan and Locavore’s Executive Chef Mikel Francis Zaguirre

Julie Alegre, Angel Pascual, Chef Kalel, Edwin Pasamba

Philippine Star Writer Julie Alegre, GMA News TV’s Home Base segment producer Angel Pascual; Raintree Restaurant’s Corporate Chef Kalel Chan; GMA 7 Unang Hirit cameraman Edwin Pasamba

“We are much honored to have Chef Kalel and Chef Mikel for Doña Elena. We are proud of their accomplishments that marked the Philippines in the culinary map of the world. We are also confident that this initiative is a great way to connect with our consumers by introducing relatable dishes crafted by our very own local chefs, we hope that they’ll be inspired to create dishes with elevated flavors that the whole family will love,” says Fly Ace Group Category Manager for Oils Zen Prudentino.

Chef Mikel, Abbie Reyes, Ramon Daez

Locavore’s Executive Chef Mikel Francis Zaguirre; Fly Ace Assistant Vice President for Marketing, Abbie Ng-Reyes and General Manager Ramon Daez

Dona Elena Olive Oil offers a distinct set of characteristics and properties that is blended for the Filipino palate, making it the consistent No. 1 brand for more than a decade in the Philippine market. It is specifically grown and harvested in the Andalucía region of Spain to ensure outstanding quality of oil in every bottle.

“We are proud that Doña Elena continues to be the country’s most trusted brand for olive oil not just by our loyal consumers but even by today’s most renowned local chefs,” adds Abbie Ng-Reyes, Fly Ace Asst. Vice President for Marketing. “The overwhelming response from our consumers remain to inspire us to bring the best of the Mediterranean cuisine’s ingredients to the Filipino homes.”

Fly Ace Group with media

Fly Ace Group Category Manager Zen Prudentino; Fly Ace President Lucio Cochangco Jr.; Fly Ace General Manager Ramon Daez;’s Raffy and Dolly Zulueta

group photo

Fly Ace President Lucio Cochangco Jr. with wife Ellen Cochanco,’s Anton and Rachel Diaz; Anton and Rachel Diaz; Fly Ace General Manager Ramon Daez; Raintree Restaurant’s Corporate Chef Kalel Chan; Radio & TV Personality and Event’s Host Sam Oh; Fly Ace Corporation director Larry Cochanco and wife Ellen Cochanco; Fly Ace Assistant Vice President for Marketing Abbie Ng- Reyes; Fly Ace Group Category Manager Zen Prudentino; Locavore’s Executive Chef Mikel Francis Zaguirre

Doña Elena’s Chef Ambassador Series

At the launch of the Doña Elena’s Chef Ambassador Series

 Doña Elena’s Chef Ambassador Series

At the launch of the Doña Elena’s Chef Ambassador Series

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WOFEX 2017 Food Bazaar in Time for the Holidays

WOFEX 2017

World Food Expo at SMX from December 20 to 23, 2017

Christmas time always means parties with family and friends, and that always means delicious food and more delicious food!

PEPTarsus Corp, the organizer of WOFEX, the biggest F&B event in the country, is finally
doing the show people have always clamoured for!

WOFEX Food Bazaar: it’s a new show but the same dependable brand and is happening just in time for the holidays from December 20 to 23, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center.

The Christmas season will definitely never be this delicious with its showcase of culinary fares
from all over the world, with its line-up of celebrity chefs, and unique food finds that will
undoubtedly please everyone’s inner foodie.

And because Christmas is the season of giving, the WOFEX Food Bazaar will have the following beneficiaries: Kerygma’s Tahanan ng Pagmamahal Orphanages and JCI Manila’s Golden Heart – Kids with Cerebral Palsy.

WOFEX Food Bazaar will also be holding the first Christmas Carol Contest for non-professional groups, and the WOFEX Singing Idol for individuals. Cash prizes and gifts are in stake for these exciting competitions.

Celebrate the holidays and enjoy good food, entertainment, and many raffle prizes at the
WOFEX Food Bazaar and make it a fun food shopping trip for the entire family.

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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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Enjoy Festivals in the Philippines

Happy Filipinos always find a reason to celebrate. 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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How Much Do You Know About Philippine Independence?

Philippines is known around the world for its rich and diverse culture that has truly captivated the hearts of many tourists—foreign and local alike. But did you know that its rich and diverse culture roots down to one of the world’s most interesting history known to man. While many people are aware that June 12 holds a special place in many Filipino’s heart, there are still many that are unaware of its true essence.

Here’s an Infographic by M2.0, the leading PR company in the Philippines, on what went down on June 12, one of the pivotal moments in Philippine History, plus facts that many Filipinos would want to know.

118 Years After: How Well Do You Know About Philippine Independence?