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#TBT: Do you Remember the Old Park Square 1?

Old Park Square 1

Old Park Square 1 and Glorietta 1&2

Park Square 1

Old Park Square 1

Park Square 2

Old Park Square 1 still connected to SM Makati with a foot bridge.

Let me do a Throwback Thursday today. Do you remember the old Park Square 1?

The carkpark with establishments on the ground floor used to be my source of good and affordable tech stuff such as cameras, computers, laptops, mobile phones, and even sporting goods.

RJ Guitars were used to be sold there, too.

There was also an outlet of National Bureau of Investigation, where people can renew their NBI clearances.

There was Magoo pizza, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut.

Computer Shops such as Octagon, PC Corner. Camera shops like Canon. Sporting stores Toby’s and there are 2 others actually.

There was a Coleman shop and a frame shop.

There was also a Jesi Mendez salon and a Linea Italia shop that sells high-end branded clothing, shoes and bags in 50% year round.

My college barkadas also used to go to one of our favorite Chinese restos there. I can’t remember the name now. Ha ha!

There was also a pet shop, and a big Sony store. Then a branch of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI).

Much later, there a Sun shop there. Then just right before it was renovated, a Japanese store opened.

What are your memories of Park Square 1?

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8 Affordable Condos Within 30 Minutes of a Business District

City living doesn’t always mean expensive, and affordable doesn’t always mean low quality, as evidenced by the best affordable condos in Metro Manila

Condominium living is prevalent in highly urbanized places like Metro Manila, and just like the high cost of living associated with big cities, prices of condominium units also tend to be significantly high.

This should not deter home seekers from choosing to live in Metro Manila. There are many affordable options in the current market that do well to meet big city living needs. These condos are even within the area where major business centers are, so commuting to and from work won’t be a problem for future owners.

Let me share with you a list of options to choose from.

East Raya Gardens, DMCI

1. East Raya Gardens
Developer: DMCI Homes
Location: Pasig
Price: Php3–5 million
Distance from Ortigas Center: 19 minutes without traffic via Mercedes Ave. (based on Google Maps estimates)

Located along Mercedes Avenue in Pasig, this 2.9-hectare residential enclave is by DMCI Homes, and in keeping with the developer’s no-frills, distinctive style, it also features a Balinese-inspired design. It is composed of eight medium-rise buildings complemented with 500 square meters of lush Balinese gardens and water features for a relaxing environment. Prices for units range from Php3 to Php5 million, with Lamudi currently having 96-sqm, three-bedroom unit currently listed for Php4,255,800.

Verawood Residences, DMCI

2. Verawood Residences
Developer: DMCI Homes
Location: Acacia Estates, Taguig
Price: Php3.5–9 million
Distance from Bonifacio Global City: 26 minutes without traffic via Bayani Road or C5 Road

Another resort-style development by DMCI Homes, Acacia Estates is a massive residential community at 150 hectares. Unit prices at its Verawood Residences section—a two-tower, medium rise condo estate—range from as low as Php2.9 million for a two-bedroom inner unit to Php5.1 million for a newly turned over three-bedroom unit.

Amaia Skies Cubao, Amaia Land3. Amaia Skies Cubao
Developer: Amaia Land
Location: EDSA corner Tuazon Ave., Cubao, Quezon City
Price: Php1.4–2.9 million
Distance from Ortigas Center: 22 minutes without traffic via EDSA

Situated in Cubao and just a stone’s throw away from the Araneta Station of MRT-3 and Cubao Station of LRT-2, Amaia Skies can be considered one of Metro Manila’s transport-oriented condos. This three-tower development, aimed at young professionals, offers units ranging from 18 to 34 sqm, with prices from Php1.4 to Php2.9 million.

Cambridge Village Pasig, Empire East

4. Cambridge Village
Developer: Empire East
Location: Pasig-Cainta
Price: Php1.3 million for a 30-sqm unit
Distance from Ortigas Center: 23 minutes without traffic via East Bank Road and Ortigas Avenue

A project by Empire East, Cambridge Village in Cainta, Rizal, is quite close to Pasig and Ortigas Center and can be considered one of Metro Manila’s best-known affordable condos. It features a number of amenities to residents’ convenience, such as retail spaces, swimming pools, and a clubhouse with an 81-seater mini-theater, among others. A typical one-bedroom, 30-sqm unit here is currently listed in Lamudi for Php1.3 million.

The Columns, Alveo Land

5. The Columns at Legaspi Village
Developer: Alveo Land
Location: Legaspi Village, Makati
Price: Starts at Php3.8 million
Situated inside the Makati CBD

Situated in one of Makati’s most prominent sections, The Columns Legaspi Village is well worth a buyer’s investment based on the location alone. A project by Alveo Land and patterned off of their highly successful The Columns Ayala Avenue, the two-tower condominium provides residences close proximity to all the key the locations in the city, including Ayala Avenue, the city’s numerous commercial centers, and the Makati Medical Center, among others. Unit prices start from as little as Php3.8 million for a 36-sqm studio unit.

Bonifacio Heights, DMCI

6. Bonifacio Heights
Developer: DMCI Homes
Location: Taguig
Price: Php5.4 million for a two-bedroom unit
Distance from Bonifacio Global City: 7 minutes without traffic via Lawton Avenue

Judging from its location alone, buyers will get their money’s worth in Bonifacio Heights due to its proximity to McKinley Hill, McKinley West, and Bonifacio Global City. This medium-rise condo estate by DMCI Homes has 17 mid-rise buildings, and offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. A two-bedroom unit is listed in Lamudi for Php5.4 million.

Amaia Steps bicutan, Amaia Land

7. Amaia Steps Bicutan
Developer: Amaia Land
Location: West Service Road, Brgy. Sun Valley, Paranaque
Price: Php1.5–2.9 million
Distance from Makati CBD: 18 minutes without traffic via the Skyway

Its first tower to be completed early this year, Amaia Steps Bicutan, situated along the West Service Road (close to SM City Bicutan) offers units ranging from 22 to 44 sqm priced from Php1.5 to 2.9 million. This property is also quite accessible from the airport.

Tribeca Private Residences, Landco

8. TRIbeca Private Residences
Developer: Landco
Location: East Service Road, Sucat, Muntinlupa
Price: Php2.8–3.6 million
Distance from Makati CBD: 22 minutes without traffic via the Skyway
Distance from Filinvest Alabang: 13 minutes without traffic via the West Service Road

Landco’s resort-themed condo project in Muntinlupa, TRIbeca’s main appeal is its easy access from the Skyway and the South Luzon Expressway, which makes travel to either the Makati CBD and Filinvest Alabang a breeze. It is comprised of three towers, offering modestly sized one- and two-bedroom units, which are ideal for starting families and young professionals. Two TRIbeca properties are currently listed in Lamudi for Php2.8 million (27 sqm) and Php3.6 million (38 sqm).

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Plastic Ban, Finally!

Finally, Makati City is implementing the “no-plastic” policy through the EO No. 007, Series of 2012. It started last July 1st. And I know Parañaque City is following soon. I saw it on my Facebook stream.

SM Malls started with it, and practiced it every Wednesday. Then Mercury Drug would do it every Friday. Now, all shops in Makati are mandated to do away with plastic bags/cups/materials.

Adjustment Period

I, for one, is just making the adjustment as I was used to carrying things in a bag and not carrying them in my arms. I have to hold the paper bag well also lest I tore it and spill the contents. Thus, I have decided to always bring a bag, those canvass/cloth bags every time I go out. There are those that are folded. I suggest you get those so that you can pack it easily in your bag. It’s easier to commute with those bags, too.

Many ask about how to pack those perishables such as fish, meat, etc. Some say there are biodegradable “plastics.” I guess we’ll have to be bringing along containers for such goods.

At KFC De la Rosa, one time, we had to take out food and was told that they couldn’t give us the plastic spoon and fork. So another tip is to bring your own utensils.

At McDo Glorietta, they don’t serve free water because they don’t have extra cups for that. You buy first a drink, consume that drink, and use the paper cup for the water. So if you are a non-soda drinker, better bring your own water when you go to McDo Glorietta.


But I’m happy of this development. Paper is reusable, recyclable, biodegradable, and thus, environment-friendly.  I hope this is going to be a huge step toward addressing the garbage problem in the metro. Not to mention the flooding problem, that is caused also by the plastic materials clogging our canals and waterways.

Let’s hope the whole country will implement the policy, too.

Lights and Sound Show At the Ayala Triangle Gardens

Lights and Sound Show
Nov. 16 – Dec. 30 2012
Watch the lights come to life in Ayala Triangle Gardens every 30 minutes from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Finally, I got to watch this year’s Lights & Show at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.

This year, the Enchanting Lights & Sound Show is created by award-winning lighting designer Voltaire de Jesus and musical composers from Liquid Post, Mikey Amistoso and Jazz Nicholas.

Last night, OPM (Original Pilipino Music) songs were played as the lights come to life. It’s another spectacular show you shouldn’t miss this Christmas season.


This Lights and Sound Show got featured in CNN, “The Philippines shows the world how to celebrate Christmas.”

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Feel The Beat! Philippine All Stars & The Crew live in Glorietta!

If you are an A-Card member, then you can get free seats to this event.

Here’s how:

  1. The first twenty-five (25) Ayala Malls A Card holders to reserve seats by calling the Glorietta A Card Hotline at 752-7324 are entitled to two (2) seat stubs. Seat reservations will only be accepted beginning today November 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm.
  2. When reserving seats, Ayala Malls A Card Holders will be required to give his/her Ayala Malls A Card number for identification and mobile number where a text message will be sent regarding the confirmation and the details of the seat reservation.
  3. Present Ayala Malls A Card and confirmation text at the A Card Concierge located at the Glorietta 3 ground floor (near Tag Heuer), tomorrow November 9, 2012 at 10am to get your stubs. The presentation of Ayala Malls A Card and confirmation text will be strictly implemented.

Spain Forever at Tapella Restaurant


Spain Forever!

at Tapella Restaurant, G/F Greenbelt 5

November 6, 2012, Tuesday, from 6:30PM to 10:30PM


Join Chef Alexandra and her team as they showcase Spain’s culinary glory. Spain Forever! is a food travelogue featuring the four regions of Spain.

Enjoy the world famous paella from Valencia, the raved pintxos of Donistia, the sea food delicacies of El Sur and the delicious meat of Madrid, Badajoz and Castilla Leon, prepared as how they are made in Spain. To complete your dining experience, bottles of wine are carefully selected to suit your preference and satisfaction.

On this night, you will not only get enjoy the rich and unique flavors of Spain’s regional dishes, but you will also get the chance to win two (2) gift certificates to Camaya Resort, courtesy of Fuego Hotels.

Reserve now and call us at 757.2710 or call and text through 0917.891.7364. You may also confirm your reservations via email at

Check Out the New Menu at Tapella and Gaudi Restaurants

If you have not been to Tapella Restaurant in Greenbelt 5 or Gaudi Restaurant in Serendra for quite sometime, then it’s time you visit the restos again. Chef Xandra has prepared new delectable menu for you.

Last Wednesday, eve of Halloween, we got to sample the dishes of this new menu and went home with happy and full tummies. Our dining experience started by Chef Xandra challenging us to make our own Sangria. 

buckles007's StoryHere’s my own Sangria:

Put in a glass (1) brandy (2) liquor, Triple Sec (3) red wine (4) ice cubes (5) Sprite and (6) slices of lemon or apple – The result was not so okay because I poured in too much Triple Sec. LOL

Ingredients of Sangria

After the Sangria preparation and tasting, we went inside the resto and dug in to a delectable array of Spanish food.

Plato de Pintxos Calientes

A plate of sumptuous hot tapas of calamares, chorizo, croquetas béchamel, sobresada de quezo manchego, purusalda, tigres, champi, and pollo moruno

Plato de Pintxos Frios

A sumptuous treat of cold tapas composed of cucumber, sardines, pulpo, cojonudos, gazpacho, veruta, agustin, and baine

Pollo Moruno con Couscous

This dish reflects the Mediterranean and Moroccan influences in Spanish cooking. Couscous is popular in Southern Spain, a healthier alternative to rice. Chef Xandra’s Pollo Moruno con Couscous has almonds, raisins, onions, and Moorish chicken. Flavor is evoked by the combination of almonds and raisins against onions.

Mar y Montana

It is a plateful of grilled steaks and prawns served with French beans, carrots, zucchinis, potato gratin, and béarnaise sauce.

Rabo de Toro

I liked this slow-cooked imported ox tail, pour a good red wine, and add some saffron. The succulent meat served with fries and carrots

Tarte de Tomate

Probably my most favorite in this batch, this appetizer bursts in your mouth with a flavor of organic tomatoes.  The sweet and succulent tomatoes sitting on Malagos cheese and caramelized walnuts, perfectly crowned with lettuce, lollorossa, and shrimps, then drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and added with a little bit of balsamic vinegar is just perfect!

Huevos Estrellados con Jamon y Pimientos

We were told that this is famous dish in Spain. To eat it, use your spoon and fork to make a criss-cross cut of the eggs and potatoes. Watch the yolk spread out until it seeps through the bottom and coats the potatoes. The crispy Serrano ham and peppers complement it so well that it seems like a comfort food all-together.

Gambas Mikel

Shrimps are enveloped in blank ink batter then dipped in aioli

Fideua Negra

This dish is a variation of Paella Negra. This time, a black squid pasta. Fine wheat noodle pasta is cooked with lemon and added with bite-sized squids and shrimps. It is topped with aioli sprinkled with chives, along with cream dory coated with batter. Eating it is such a joy that you won’t mind having squid ink on your lips or teeth. It has that savory and tangy taste in every bite, which reminds you of gastronomic delights of Catalonia.

Chocolate X

This is a divine dessert. The chocolate is bitter, sweet and salty! Just the way I like it! 😉

If all these food is not making you drool, I don’t know with you. Enjoy these new dishes each time you visit Gaudi and Tapella. Trust a Spanish chef with years of kitchen experience to bring authentic Spanish dishes to feast with family, friends, and business partners.

For inquiries and reservations, call (02) 757-2710 or 856-0473.


Gaudi is located at the Ground Level of cosmopolitan Serendra in Taguig while Tapella at Ground Level of Greenbelt 5. Both restaurants offer a patio for those who want to be seen and the large booths inside good forpower talks and intimate chats. Surrounded by top business offices, theatres and high end shops, it makes an ideal spot for a quiet coffee, a fashionable lunch or a romantic dinner.

In Concert: Hotdog… isa pa nga!


“Manila, Manila, I keep coming back to Manila…”

Every Filipino, here and abroad, most likely know this song, which talks about our beloved country and the longing to be there.

Composed and sung by brothers Rene and Dennis Garcia of the HOTDOG band, this song has become the “national anthem” of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s), which makes them sing along to it, makes them stand up and dance to it, and makes them, our hardworking OFW’s, homesick and yearning to be with their loved ones.

And so Hotdog makes us feel nostalgic once again with their benefit concert entitled HOTDOG… Isa Pa Nga! On Sunday, October 28, 2012 8pm at Dusit Thani Hotel Grand Ballroom. Their two hour nonstop concert will celebrate Original Pinoy Music, including their very own classic hits PERS LAB, IKAW LANG ANG MISS UNIVERSE NG BUHAY KO, BONGGA KA ‘DAY, BITIN SA YO, and many more. Their memory-tripping concert will gather most of the original Hotdog members, who have since gone on to lead their own professional lives – aside from Rene and Dennis, there will be drummer Jess Garcia, vocalists Gina Montes, Maso Diez, Joy Rivera, Rita Trinidad, and another former Hotdog member, crooner Arthur Manuntag.

The concert is for the benefit of the cancer-stricken children under the care of the Undying Wishes of Pinoys, Inc, formerly United Way Philippines, Inc.

Let us continue to support Filipino music and artists as Hotdog promises to make us feel proud Pinoys as they pay tribute to OPM with this concert.

Tickets are available at the Dusit Thani Hotel or thru 5430678.


You, readers of this post, will get 10% Discount if you get four (4) tickets or more for the P2,000-worth tickets. Get your tickets now!

Mapapakanta at indak ka sa tunog ng dekada ’70 sa reunion concert ng bandang Hotdog. -on ABS-CBN TV Patrol

Makati Street Market: Thriving with Dynamism

How can an urban street market flourish and become a must-visit destination for city goers with varied tastes?

The generous dollop of hard work and the exceptionality of the dining and shopping finds do count, as evinced by the continuous success of the Legazpi Sunday Market in Makati. For seven consecutive years, the weekend street souk—a must-visit stop in a dynamic city spearheaded by propitious entrepreneurs and artisans—remains a place where international cuisines, organic finds, hand-made products, green items, and local products can be found. Complementing the array of lifestyle possibilities in Makati, the Legazpi Sunday Market in Makati evidently showcases more of what Makati has to offer.

Meanwhile, GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications Inc. (GMCI), a Makati-based transformative social marketing company, and the Legazpi Sunday Market organizers realized that what the street market currently presents to its customers can, in fact, further develop to nurture the promising businesses of the artisans and highlight the escalating stature of Makati.

“Being a Makati denizen and as a long-standing communications partner of the most distinguished industry players for years have given us a perspective on how staying relevant to the ever-changing lifestyle of your market matters,” notes Amor Maclang, Director for Communications of GMCI. “It’s one of the ideals that make us challenge ourselves to produce new, transformative, and game-changing ideas that serve as our inspirations to generate exceptional campaigns.”

Hence, GMCI, together with its partners and sponsors, are transforming the Legazpi Sunday Market into the Makati Street Market, the first and biggest artisanal market of its kind in the Philippines. Enthused by the verve of the renowned outdoor lifestyle markets in Barcelona, Berlin, Helsinki, and Paris, the Makati Street Market will retain the Legazpi Sunday Market’s open-air venue laid-out in a dazzling urban backdrop, which allows people to take pleasure in dining and shopping amid the vivacious Makati atmosphere. Furthermore, the enhanced street souk will be adapting the idea of artisanal market concepts, where purchasers will deal with the food artisans themselves.

To further foster the thrilling vibe of the district, where the street market is located, the market organizers will set up pocket events for four consecutive Sundays starting September 23 to October 14. The said activities include grilling competitions, adobo festival, dance and cocktail events, and even biking workshops highlighting Makati’s landscape as a city that boasts of accessibility.

A Destination that Marks the Spot

Geared to become the biggest of its kind in the country, the upcoming Makati Street Market is truly a grand scene, which will highlight not only the selection of good finds and good food in Makati, but also one of the reasons why the city is a dynamic address of endless lifestyle possibilities. Nonetheless, facades and environs aside, the main goal that the initiative truly aspires is to uphold and support more of the country’s local products and homegrown services, which will arguably lead to the growth of budding artisanal businesses like Mantequilla, Budbud Gourmet Suman, and Pinoy Ordurvz Foods for delicacies; Patika Beads and Wiresworks for fashion accessories; and Creative Definitions, Bicol Sweetgrass Handcrafts, and All in Red Clay Factory for crafts and home decor.

One of the known sponsors of the event is one of GMCI’s long-standing partners known for being at the helm of fostering the leisure and lifestyle options present in Makati.

Alveo Land—Ayala Land Inc.’s benchmark of lifestyle innovation—is joining the said market transformation since the location of the market itself is pivotal to the thriving dynamism in the district, where two of its landmark projects are located—The Lerato and Kroma Towers.

Apart from this, Makati Street Market also complements the Make It Happen! Make It Makati! campaign, an ongoing project initiated by Ayala Land Inc. (ALI), Makati Commercial Estate Association, Inc. (MACEA), and the local government of Makati, aiming to underscore the opportunities for the changing lifestyles of the city’s denizens. To date, the market’s location—Makati North—is being highlighted by the abovementioned groups as a lifestyle spot for young and creative denizens, since this district is landscaped with a range of bars, shopping spots, museums, and concept stores.

Evidently, the ongoing success of the Legazpi Sunday Market was no fluke, despite the fact that Makati already houses a wide-array of dining and shopping spots. And with the exceptional lifestyle concept that will be adapted and enhanced by the amplified Makati Street Market, the initiative will further strengthen Makati’s dynamism as an ideal address for today’s evolving urbanites, as well as the flourishing business of our fellow countrymen.


The Makati Street Market is located at the Legazpi Park in Makati City. The pocket events will run for four Sundays (September 23, September 30, October 7 and October 14), from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Interested sponsors may contact 0917-521-4624 or

Enjoy New and Classic Ma Maison Japanese Western Favorites at Half the Price!

Celebrate with us as The Bistro Group hits 50 Stores this 2012!
We’re giving you a new treat this week J
Try Ma Maison’s New Dishes and Classic Japanese Western Favorites on Monday, September 3, 2012…
And get 50% OFF YOUR TOTAL BILL! Don’t miss this ONE-DAY-ONLY OFFER!

Ma Maison
Ground floor, Greenbelt 2,Makati City
Tel. #: 729-9122

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