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Sunnies Café

A Quick Check on Sunnies Café

My college barkada, D, and I set our regular dinner meetup the other day. She suggested Sunnies Café at Bonifacio High Street.

I got excited because I have again a new place to check out. And boy, Sunnies Café didn’t disappoint me! As soon as I enter, I am greeted by a cool yellow mixed with nude colors, quite like sunshine actually, lol!

Of course, the clincher is the food. Well, the ones we ordered were superbly yummy, except for the matcha drink I got which I find lacking the matcha or green tea tangy flavor. I prefer a more umami-rich matcha.

SunniesCafe Matcha Milkshake

Sunnies Café Matcha Milkshake (P190) – green tea ice cream, matcha powder, rice krispies, whipped cream, malted milk

SunniesCafe Poke Quinoa

Salmon Poke Quinoa (P280) – spicy raw salmon, avocado, mixed greens, quinoa, pickled red onions, seaweed, citrus ponzu dressing

SunniesCafe Spicy Seafood Bowl

Rice Bowls – Spicy garlic butter seafood bowl (P270) – spicy garlic shrimp and calamari, cilantro lime rice, homemade pickles

SunniesCafe Crispy Tacos

Sunnies Café Crispy Tacos (P290) – asada steak, fried quail eggs, homemade crispy parmesan taco shells, cilantro cream sauce

My take: Highly recommended!  

OTS Highly Recommended

Sunnies Café
B3 Unit 748 Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Taguig City
(02) 949 2251

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Manila Life Café

Manila Life Opens at NAIA Terminal 3

Marriott Hotel Manila Opens Manila Life Café at NAIA Terminal 3

Manila Life entrance from Runway Manila ramp

Manila Life entrance from Runway Manila ramp. Pardon for acting as receptionist, LOL. I realized, I haven’t snapped a photo of the café facade.

Manila Life reception area

Manila Life reception area

17 October 2017. Manila Life Café of Marriott Hotel Manila opens at the 4/F of NAIA Terminal 3. You may access the café from Marriott Manila through the Runway Manila, the elevated walkway or pedestrian crosswalk that connects Newport City to NAIA Terminal 3. If you are a passenger, you can talk the escalators/elevators to the 4/F Food Hall. If not a passenger, you can still go up entering Gate 6.

Manila Life Café, by its name, showcases the good food and good sights of Manila. I just have to say that the food was more sumptuous than the usual Filipino fare with a twist.

Manila Life Café menu

Manila Life Café menu

I especially love their soft tacos, which you can choose from pork sisig, crisp fish, and chicken inasal. With the spices and seasonings, they have just the right tanginess, saltiness, sweetness that played havoc to my palette.

Manila Life Café tacos

Manila Life Café tacos: pork sisig, crisp fish, chicken inasal

I also enjoyed the Manila Street Food Platter, Grilled Chicken Inasal Salad, Pancit Luglug, and Pork Adobo with its tenderest meat!

Manila Life Café street food platter

Manila Life Café street food platter: homemade fishballs, chicken fritters, fried quail eggs or ‘kwekkwek’ with sweet soy dip, spiced vinegar, sweet and sour sauce

Manila Life Grilled Chicken Inasal Salad

Manila Life Grilled Chicken Inasal Salad with ice berg lettuce, tomato, red onions, salted egg, garlic dressing

Manila Life pancit luglug

Manila Life pancit luglug: rice noodles, homemade shrimp sauce, chicharon bits, boiled egg

Manila Life pork adobo

Manila Life pork adobo: braised pork belly in soy sauce and vinegar, steamed rice, atchara

They also offer burgers, beers and other popular Filipino dishes.

Manila Life burgers and fries

Manila Life burgers and fries.

Manila Life Café burgers

Manila Life burgers and fries. You can choose from Manila Life Bacon & Mushroom burger, Manila Life Cheeseburger, or Crispy Chicken Burger

They also offer an interesting breakfast fare, the TAPDELOG, tapa and egg pandesal sandwich.

Manila Life 'tapdelog'

Manila Life ‘tapdelog’ ~ beef tapa, fried egg, freshly baked pandesal

Another highlight is the It Takes Gutz Bam-i inspired by the recipe of beauty queen and actress Ruffa Gutierrez from her hometown in Cebu. It is a noodle dish packed with chicken strips, sliced pork, shrimp, Chinese chorizo, wood ear mushroom and vegetables. It is a mouthful indeed!

It Takes Gutz Homemade Bam-i

It Takes Gutz Homemade Bam-i: a noodle dish packed with chicken strips, sliced pork, shrimp, Chinese chorizo, wood ear mushroom and vegetables

Their desserts are perfectly unique and to die for—not too sweet yet delish! Take note: the purple yam roll is Good Shephered ube with cream cheese filling and macapuno strings; the mango sago is Guimaras mango cubes with milky mango puree, tapioca pearls and pomelo bits.

Manila Life desserts

Manila Life desserts, choice of Purple Yam Roll or Mango Sago

Manila Life Café also serves local beer and craft beer. Interesting craft beer are those from Crazy Carabao Brewing Co. The men in our company had these three flavors, and they swear to their goodness!

Manila Life local craft beer

Manila Life local craft beer, Crazy Carabao Brewing Co: Exit Wounds IPA, Tarsier Wheat, Tuff Tuko Pale Ale

Manila Life Café fare

Manila Life Café fare

Manila Life Café 'kubyertos

Manila Life Café ‘kubyertos

Manila Life Café table setting

Manila Life Café table setting

The interiors of Manila Life Café is very cozy, perfect for both weary and excited travelers. Take a look.

Manila Life Café reception area

Manila Life Café reception area where guests of Marriott Hotel Manila can already check in or check out.

Manila Life Café has beautiful murals that depict Manila sights and sounds. Just a little trivia, that mural background of the reception desk is by an Iliganon kababayan, Rommel Bundalian. You may check out his portfolio here.

Location map

Location map

Manila Life Café interiors

Entering Manila Life Café

Manila Life Café mural

Manila Life Café mural depicting street food vendors

Manila Life Café inner room

Manila Life Café guest lounge

Manila Life Café guest lounge

Manila Life Café inner room or private guest lounge, if you want some more privacy. Take note of the backdrop, the famous Manila jeepney.

Manila Life Café lighting fixture

Manila Life Café lighting fixture

Manila Life Café bar table

Manila Life Café bar table, you can actually do work here as in the middle of the long table is an electric outlet. ;)

Manila Life Café tables

Manila Life Café tables

Manila Life Café interiors

Manila Life Café

Manila Life Café

Manila Life Café local bread counter

Manila Life Café local bread counter

Manila Life Café counter area

Manila Life Café counter area

Manila Life Café beverage counter

Manila Life Café beverage counter

Manila Life Café bar counter

Manila Life Café bar

Travelers can also shop for souvenirs!

Manila Life souvenir items 1 Manila Life souvenir items 2 Manila Life souvenir items 3 Manila Life souvenir items 4 Manila Life souvenir items 5

Manila Life Café capturing an endemic Filipino feature

Coming from NAIA Terminal 3, this is another entrance to Manila Life Café ~ capturing an endemic Filipino feature

Manila Life Café  al fresco tables

Manila Life Café al fresco tables

Manila Life Café entrance

Manila Life Café entrance

Guest entering Manila Life Café from NAIA T3

Guest entering Manila Life Café from NAIA Terminal 3

Manila Life Café is open from 7:00am to 8:00pm.

I would definitely come by here when I fly somewhere soon!

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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.

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.

ABOUT LAMUDI

Lamudi is a leading global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. It offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online. Lamudi was established in 2013 in Berlin, Germany, and it is currently available in Asia (the Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka), Latin America (Mexico, Colombia, and Peru), and the Middle East (Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates). Within fewer than three years, Lamudi has established its presence as a key online real estate marketplace in the countries where it is operating. For more information, visit Lamudi Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

ABOUT MYPROPERTY

Established in September 2010, MyProperty.ph is one of the leading Philippine real estate online and print brand that brings property buyers and sellers together. The website’s main offerings are listings of pre-selling properties and properties for sale and for rent. Both website and magazine also provide relevant and updated industry news and information for its clients and consumers. And with the release of its mobile version, finding or selling a home is made even easier. For more information, visit MyProperty on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram.

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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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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Author Bio

Rouselle Isla is an avid book lover who enjoys both printed and digital formats. She also contributes to various reputable online websites and is currently a content creator for iMoney Philippines.

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?

Looking for Foreclosed Properties to Purchase?

Lamudi Data Shows Where Buyers Can Find Foreclosed Properties

Global real estate portal Lamudi Philippines studied its data on foreclosed houses

In case homebuyers are wondering where they can get affordable houses, cities in Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal right on the fringes of Metro Manila offer them the most viable options, as these areas are teeming with foreclosed properties, according to data from global real estate website Lamudi Philippines.

In its latest data analysis, Lamudi found that the cities of San Jose Del Monte (Bulacan), Dasmariñas (Cavite), San Mateo (Rizal), Bacoor (Cavite), and Santa Rosa (Laguna) have the most number of listed foreclosed houses in the website. These are followed by Antipolo (Rizal), Imus (Cavite), Caloocan (Metro Manila), San Pedro (Laguna), and Quezon City (Metro Manila). Caloocan and Quezon City are the lone Metro Manila cities that made it the top 10. Together, these cities comprise 51 percent of all foreclosed houses listed in the Lamudi website.

In terms of prices, San Jose Del Monte offers the most affordable foreclosed houses among the top 10 cities. Foreclosed houses in this Bulacan city average Php336,000. Quezon City, meanwhile, offer much pricier foreclosed houses, averaging Php5.33 million.

CITY AVE. PRICE NO. OF LISTINGS
San Jose del Monte P336,000 1,046
Dasmariñas P686,000 635
San Mateo P503,000 487
Bacoor P1.67 million 320
Santa Rosa P1.08 million 253
Antipolo P2.45 million 225
Imus P1.40 million 221
Caloocan P1.54 million 171
San Pedro P1.49 million 147
Quezon City P5.33 million 145

Average prices of foreclosed houses listed on Lamudi Philippines. Data as of March 31, 2016.

Onsite Search

In terms of onsite search volume, Quezon City is the most-searched city for foreclosed properties in the Lamudi website from January 1 to March 31, 2016.

More than 6 percent of all searches for foreclosed properties conducted during the period involved Metro Manila’s largest city. Quezon City is followed by the cities of Las Piñas, Parañaque, and San Jose del Monte, the provinces of Benguet and Laguna, and then by Caloocan. Together, these areas captured almost 20 percent of total search volume for foreclosed properties in the Lamudi website.

Filipinos’ interest for foreclosed properties has also been increasing every quarter, at least according to Lamudi data.

The property website showed that search volume for foreclosed properties increased 5 percent from Q2 2015 to Q3 2015; 9 percent from Q3 2015 to Q4 2015; and a remarkable 75 percent from Q4 2015 to Q1 2016.

On the other hand, the proportion of searches attributed to foreclosed properties in relation to total searches made has also been increasing every quarter: 1.42 percent in Q2 2015; 1.68 percent in Q3 2015; 2.15 percent in Q4 2015; and 2.34 percent in Q1 2016.

Filipinos Still Uneducated About Foreclosures

However, foreclosed properties may not be on most people’s game plan when buying their first property. Perhaps because of pity or because they feel they are taking advantage of others’ misfortune, Filipino homebuyers may hesitate to buy foreclosed houses.

But this should not be the case. According to Ramil Arquileta, CEO of My Saving Grace Realty and Development Corp., a firm that specializes in foreclosed properties, foreclosed properties offer homebuyers that best affordable option in order for them to finally afford a home.

There are several advantages of buying foreclosed homes, according to Arquileta. “For one, the buyer can use regular housing loan or mortgage financing to acquire the property.”

In addition, the property will also be sold for the outstanding mortgage balance owed by the previous owner to the foreclosing mortgage holder. This means the property will be sold at a much lower price. Most importantly, as properties that became foreclosed are under the name of the foreclosing bank or mortgage holder, the titles will be clear, eliminating the risk for homebuyers to get scammed.

However, Arquileta advises would-be buyers of foreclosed properties to buy only from banks and their accredited brokers/brokerages to minimize the risk of ending up with a problematic property.

But Filipinos’ attitude toward foreclosures looks to be changing gradually, as shown by Lamudi’s data. As more and more banks and financial institutions are exploring online tools to market these non-performing assets, Filipinos will find it easier to discover and inquire about foreclosed properties. At least three major banks are now working with Lamudi to effectively market their acquired assets. As of this writing, there are almost 19,500 foreclosed properties listed on Lamudi, ranging from houses and condos to parking spaces and residential lots.

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ABOUT LAMUDI

Launched in 2013, Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 34 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with more than 800,000 real estate listings across its global network. The leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online. For more information, please visit http://www.lamudi.com.ph

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Derek Ramsay, My Candidate

My Candidate

My Candidate, the Movie

My Candidate, the Movie

Derek, Iza & Shaina give the election season a romantic twist in “My Candidate”

Now, that the election fever has died down. The Filipinos have voted, and lucky candidates have emerged the winners. I think it’s time to get that much needed break and watch a movie. If you have unfriended your favorite movie buddy during the campaign period, well, pick from your loyal friends. *wink*

Showbiz hunk Derek Ramsay, Iza Calzado and Shaina Magdayao give us a different tale of love and romance this election season via “My Candidate” from Quantum Films, MJM Productions, Tuko Film Productions at Butchi Boy Films, producers of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed romantic-comedy films, “English Only, Please” and “#Walang Forever.”

The film is set against a political background and so, it is timely as today’s headlines.

Derek plays Congressman Sonny Suarez, now seeking a Senate seat. He may be a perfect candidate but is painfully shy and a bit withdrawn.

Iza, meanwhile, is Vera Sanchez, Sonny’s erstwhile girlfriend and archrival in his senatorial bid.

She possesses strengths lacking in Sonny.  She's charming as well as engaging but is not able to relate to people from the grassroots.

Shaina is Billie Pono, a life coach and communications trainer.  Sonny’s campaign team hires her services to help polish their candidate’s public speaking skill and innate charisma.

Billie succeeds at turning Sonny into the dream candidate and the two become close while at work.

In turn, Sonny is able to unleash some unresolved issues  in Billie’s life, including her insecurities thereby making her a better version of herself.

The movie’s teaser immediately earned almost a million views, shares and likes the minute it was posted on the “MC” Facebook page.

Netizens swore by Derek, Iza and Shaina’s outstanding performances.

Shaina held her own against Iza in the film, and this may be considered as her biggest break as a lead actress.

Shaina definitely gave the role her all, especially in scenes where her character finds herself slowly falling in love with Sonny.

Take note, Derek and Shaina also register very strong positive vibes on screen. Their romantic scenes together are neither hard sell nor put on, so, their pairing is indeed one of today’s freshest, newest romantic-comedy tandem.

No wonder, Direk Quark Henares is satisfied with his three main stars plus the support cast composed of Al Tantay, Nico Antonio, Ketchup Eusebio, Ricci Chan, Jun Sabayton and Tirso Cruz III in a special role.

The movie imparts all these funny situations during election time coupled with the resounding message that it must indeed be: “Bayan Muna Bago Puso.”

Also part of the movie is box-office director Dan Villegas, who serves as Creative Producer.

Direk Dan is the genius behind such award-winning and blockbuster films as “English Only, Please” and “#Walang Forever.”

His latest hit project is “Always Be My ‘Maybe.'”

Fresh concept. Hilarious story telling. New screen combination.

“My Candidate” gives the election season a romantic twist starting May 11 in theaters nationwide.

FILM              :           “MY CANDIDATE”
CAST              :           DEREK RAMSAY, IZA CALZADO, SHAINA MAGDAYAO, NICO ANTONIO, AL TANTAY, KETCHUP EUSEBIO, RICCI CHAN, JUN SABAYTON ,CHRISTINE BABAO and TIRSO CRUZ III in a special role
DIRECTOR    :           QUARK HENARES
PRODUCERS :          QUANTUM FILMS,  MJM PRODUCTIONS, TUKO FILM
PRODUCTION and BUTCHI BOY FILMS
PLAYDATE   :            MAY 11, 2016

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