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There’s an upcoming event this December in the Philippines entitled “Wealth Creation Summit 2013″ which might fit your bill if you’re looking for a seminar that has topnotch international and local speakers who have created wealth in their respective fields of expertise. Not bad for 250 Pesos which lasts the entire day of December 15, 2013 at the SMX Convetion Center in SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.
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I’ve lived a stone’s throw away from Tuscany at McKinley Hill for the past three years but I never imagined it to be this good. I experienced the so-so of the Venice Piazza – I guess it was just over-marketed that my level of expectation was just too high. But the surprise of being asked to go through a walking tour of eight of the dozens of bistros and restaurants was a delightful experience. It is now a must to be roaming around that single stretch of road where creative culinary and gastronomic science both meet Juan, the average man.
Tuscany at McKinley Hill is Megaworld Lifestyle Malls’ newest addition to its style to dining nirvana in the heart of the metropolis. If in the early millennium started Eastwood City, that large parcel of land in Quezon City that used to house General Textile Mills then converted into what really looked very similar to the dining streets of Universal Studios in California, here’s its newest culinary sanctuary from the folks that also gave you Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill, Burgos Circle at Forbestown Center, Lucky Chinatown and Newport Mall at Resorts World Manila.
It’s been hours since the walking and dining tour or #TuscanyFoodTour organized by veteran food, travel and lifestyle blogger Anton Diaz, and TV and events host and best selling author RJ Ledesma, both additionally famed for their successful Mercato brand of street food fairs. Our tour guides from Megaworld Lifestyle Malls Rachel and Cam (or Kam) gathered us as one small group, starting off at Planet Grapes and moving on to seven more stops. At the end of it all, it’s #burp and letting all that food and drinks simmer down and out of my system before I could get a good night’s rest.
It’s a wine shop with the modern touch of prepaid cards and its wine stations (or wine serving machines) that gives a demure filling or a hearty half-a-glass for white wines. Its friendly servers offered us a plate of single-piece appetizers, including a choice of Penoy or Balut, the staple of Filipino street food and a foreigner’s exotic nightmare. The servers said red wine goes great with Balut. That I have to remember the next time around.
TRATTORIA POGGIO ANTICO
The owner of this Tuscan-inspired restaurant Roland Lorilla was there to greet and orient us with the menu selections of his Italian cafe. We were told the word “Poggio” means “hills” and the hillside Italian sources of fresh farm ingredients makes the speciality menu items that his chef of 15 years experience provides diners. We were served white wine together with delectable hors d’oeuvres. The Prosciutto con Melone (ham and melon on pizza crust) was a surprise – ham and melon? Who ever thought that tasted great? There was also Crespella del Poggio Antico or crepe stuffed with ham and cheese, and mushroom in truffle sauce where anything with truffles is a gastronomic wonder. The mozzerella crostini or Promodoro e Mozzarella Crostini and Oyster Sur Pate di Fegato (oyster on liver pate) was also great.
B&T MEXICAN KITCHEN
Who doesn’t care for Mexican food even if our country hero Manny Pacquiao keeps fighting the Mexicans here and there? Burrito, taco salad with corn (now, that’s new), Mexican pizza and mango glazed chicken were the entrees served to us at this Tex-Mex restaurant. One rare find some of my blogger-friends knew they had was the hotter than the hottest hot sauce. Was that called “Ghost Sauce?” Or it sounds ghost-something similar. The tongue isn’t where the zing is, according to one who tasted it. The after-effect makes you sweat like an oven.
Finally, the resurrection of an authentic New York style bagel shop. Lower East Side is where the American owner (cute, single guy according to the girls) says his freshly boiled-then-baked bagels is patterned from the real, authentic New York way. In the early 90s, the first bagel store in the Philippines by my experience opened at Greenbelt 1 called Bagel & Co. That didn’t last long seeing that the dough looking like donuts didn’t hit the simple food culture of the Filipinos then. The last bagel shop I know (that also closed down) was located in Filinvest Alabang. Thank goodness a revival is alive here at Tuscany in McKinley Hills. Of course, every cream cheese flavor served owes its basic ingredient to the Philadelphia style. This is a must-keep-going-back breakfast-till-midnight-snack hangout.
MARCIANO’S PIZZA PASTA STEAKS
By this fifth #TuscanyFoodTour place, I’ve been stuffing myself with a fiesta of wine, appetizers and small-portion entrees. Now comes the big boy – steak! And pizza, too! Not the most tender I’ve tasted but considering the shared environment of the food tour, it wasn’t meant to be. I’ve eaten at Marciano’s in Greenbelt and the steak I ordered there was tender. However, warm pizza still tastes good nonetheless. Their kitchen is managed by Giorgio Buciarelli, an Italian chef who creates these al dente pasta creations (I didn’t touch the linguine anymore) and freshly carved pizza delights. But I had to get their Panna Cotta dessert on a shot glass to wash away the rich tastes of all the appetizers and entrees through these five restaurants.
What’s food that’s Canadian? Umm… maple syrup and Canadian bacon? Would you believe French Fries from Quebec? They call it Poutine, french fries with a heavy serving of beef gravy and cheese curds. They cut a what-looked-like a pound of Wagyu burger into six slices but that Wagyu beef served any style will always hit that excited tongue receptor buds. Ahh… ice cream was served last. Now, here’s a gelatto that’s maple syrup flavored with bacon bits. Huzzah! The Canadian experience is complete. The restaurant’s Filipino-Canadian owner spent his little less than 10 years going around the restaurant market of Greater Vancouver in B.C. before going back to the Philippines to open Main Street in Tuscany at McKinley Hill.
It’s a pink store and my daughter would love eating here with her Canadian friends. And it’s a cupcake store. I think the story here is that the Mom kept baking cupcakes to her daughter Sophie and her high school friends, when cupcakes were all the craze and wars about it began on primetime television. My colleagues said they were good. I’ll leave the ladies and girls to their passion for cupcakes and trust them on their word that it’s a must visit.
Finally, the last of the eight restaurants we were being toured at. Our Megaworld Lifestyle Mall rep Rachel was still with us (minus Cam), ever so patiently guiding us to where to go next. And she saved the best for last. This is the second branch of Sauceria – the first was put up three years ago in San Juan. The owner whom I didn’t get the name says they cater to the artisanal way of preparing and cooking food – nothing artificial will ever get into their food. And the owner’s explanation makes food cooked in Sauceria sound like rocket science. Research on the number of taste buds we have, categorized flavors, fresh versus not-so-fresh, and the mix-and-match that goes into each delicacy item I think makes this newly opened restaurant a true winner. “The rich flavor of food begins with the right sauces,” as how the place gets its name and the literal reason why. Definitely, a two-thumbs-up, must-come-back place.
HOW CAN YOU EXPERIENCE ALL THESE AND MORE?
The Megamall Lifestyle Malls will be running this kind of tour with all the restaurants along the Tuscany mall street participating starting on Saturday, November 30, 2013, starting 2:00PM till 5:00PM. It will continue at the same time span on December 7, 14 and 21. Ticket price is 1,000 Philippine Pesos (roughly $22) per head. You may call fixed/landline numbers +63 (2) 709-0888, +63 (2) 709-9888 or +63 (917) 838-0111.
Trust me to say that you have to prepare yourself for an experience you’ll need to diet the previous days before engaging yourself in this kind of feast. I didn’t, I should have and the next time around, I will.
Image poster courtesy of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls | Photos by Raffy Pekson II for Miniphilippines.com
The Helen Keller World Conference is held every four years and is an event for discussing issues in development and implementation of human rights for deaf and blind. The World Federation of the DeafBlind (WFDB) is the umbrella organizatioin that aims to raise the quality of life for the deafblind by spreading information about deafblindness and its independent living requirements.
The conference will start with a one day pre-conference on November 6, 2013, at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. It will be followed with the conference proper on November 7–8, 2013 at the Tagaytay Vista Hotel and followed by the 4th Quadrennial General Assembly of the World Federation of the DeafBlind on November 10 to 11, 2013.
For more details, visit the Philippine Information Agency website.
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From the same organizers of the famed Mercato brand of night market of food, fashion and other products comes one right by your neighborhood in Makati. Heck! Even the patients at adjacent Makati Medical Center can opt to dine in its comfortable, well-ventilated environment if they’re sick and tired of hospital food. And free wi-fi, too!
They opened Friday last week or “Black Friday” as Americans call it.
Remember that open parking lot right beside the Makati Medical Center at the end of Amorsolo Street, or ending up at Ayala Avenue? Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night, starting at 9:00pm, they open Distrito Makati to offer some tasty meals as well as fashion, beauty, wellness and household products. The market ends at three o’clock in the morning.
If you are interested to become a concessionaire for Distrito Makati, please email the organizers at email@example.com or text 09178401152.
Source: Mercato Centrale
Image from Mercato Centrale
McDonald’s will be holding it’s annual McHappy Day Fun Run on Sunday, November 27, 2011, at the Piazza Mall, McKinley Hill in Fort Bonifacio City. The run is for the benefit of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), the charity of choice of McDonald’s, and its banner program Bright Minds Read (BMR).
You can register online through http://www.mchappyday.com.ph or in the following registration centers: McDonald’s outlet in Alabang Town Center, El Pueblo, Greenbelt 1, Greenhills, and Piazza Mall at McKinley Hill. Participating McDonald’s stores accept registrations between 3PM to 9PM on Fridays and 7AM to 9PM on Weekends. You may also register at Runnr on Bonifacio High Street. Registration is only until November 20, 2011.
Poster from mchappyday.com.ph
The Philippines’ very own Lea Salonga, globally acclaimed for her role in the musical Miss Saigon of which she a Tony and numerous other awards, has been asked by no other than Donald Trump to be one of the judges in the upcoming Miss Universe beauty pageant. The other judges include Connie Chung, Helios Castroneves, Vivica Fox, Isabeli Fontana, Amelia Vega, and Adrienne Maloof.
The 60th Miss Universe Pageant will be broadcast live from Credicard Hall in São Paulo on September 12, 2011 (the morning of September 13, 2011, in the Philippines). The Miss Universe Organization is a joint venture between tycoon Donald Trump and NBC Universal. Online voting began last August 19 and will end on September 11 at www.missuniverse.com.
The Philippines’ candidate in the pageant is Shamcey Supsup, a University of the Philippines (UP) magna cum laude architecture graduate, who hails from General Santos City in Mindanao. She topped the architecture licensure examinations in the Philippines last year and was recently given special recognition by the UP Alumni Association.
Filipino-American organizations are commemorating and remembering the 20 victims of the World Trade Center collapse on September 11, 2001, twenty people who had Filipino origins. Two of those were actually on board the planes that hit the twin towers. Their biographies will be read at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Vigil for Filipino American Families on Sept. 9, 2011, from 7pm to 9pm at the Asian American Writers Workshop, 110-112 West 27th Street, Sixth Floor, New York, NY. This event is open to the public.
The sponsors of the event are as follows:
- Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Metro New York Chapter;
- Filipino American Human Services, Inc. (FAHSI);
- Kalusugan Coalition, Inc.;
- Damayan Migrant Workers Association;
- Collaborative Opportunities for Raising Empowerment (CORE);
- Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE);
- UniPro, BaranGAY, NYU International Filipino Association (IFA);
- Outstanding Filipino Americans (TOFA) in New York Committee.
There was also one other Filipino-American who died in the plane crash in Pennsylvania.
The name-reading activity was suppose to be part of the upcoming memorial celebrations but Mayor Bloomberg decided to scrap this tradition. A lot of the family members were angered when this announcement was made, saying the reading should remain part of the ceremonies. Still, there are others who agree to discontinue it as a requirement.
Half-way around the world, Marie Rose Abad, a New York-born daughter from an Italian immigrant family and one of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, has her name emblazoned in a village in the Philippines called the Marie Rose Abad Village where her Philippine-born American husband, Rudy Abad, had a community of about 50 one-story houses built in 2004 in her memory. Marie Rose was a senior executive at the 89th-floor office of the investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods when the second plane slammed the building.
The 21 Filipinos and Filipino-Americans who died in the World Trade Center attacks and the Pennsylvania plane crash were the following:
- Grace Alegre Cua;
- Cesar A. Alviar;
- Marlyn C. Bautista;
- Cecile M. Caguicla;
- Jayceryll M. de Chavez;
- Benilda Pascua Domingo;
- Judy Hazel Fernandez;
- Ramon Grijalvo;
- Frederick Kuo Jr.;
- Arnold A. Lim;
- Manuel L. Lopez;
- Carl Allen Peralta;
- Maria Theresa Santillan;
- Rufino Conrado (Roy) F. Santos;
- David Marc Sullins;
- Hilario (Larry) S. Sumaya;
- Hector Tamayo;
- Cynthia Betita Motus Wilson;
- Ronald Gamboa (plane crash);
- Ruben Ornedo (plane crash);
- Manolito Kaur (plane crash).
Both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama are expected to attend the Ground Zero memorial services. The 9/11 attacks claimed the lives of 2,977 people, including 246 victims on the four planes and 411 emergency workers from the FDNY, NYPD, PAPD and EMT.
Photo by stevenbaker at Flickr.com
Photo by ralph-toyama at Flickr.com
The Smithsonian Institution chose Charlotte as a stop for a traveling exhibit that tells the story of Filipinos who struggled against American colonialism and ultimately became U.S. citizens. “Singgalot: The Ties That Bind,” is coming to Charlotte Museum of History from Saturday through Oct. 16, 2011.
The 11-city exhibition made its first stop in Los Angeles last month. It will land in Kansas City, Seattle, Chicago and Philadelphia before a final stop in November in Santa Rosa, California.
The exhibit is intended to help the nation’s 2.5 million Filipino citizens trace their history and contributions in the United States through about 30 photo panels and images.
Read more at Charlotte Observer
July 21, 22, 23 and 24, 2011. The World Trade Center along Roxas Boulevard in Manila. For details, go to www.affi.com.ph
Poster above from randelltiongson.com
There are no shortcuts to wealth. Learn the power to create, keep and grow your money by attending this Wealth Summit on January 29, 2010, Saturday from 10 am to 7pm at the Megatrade Hall of the SM Megamall. This valuable learning program will feature the country’s leading experts:
Cito Beltran on Strategic Thinking; Phil. Star Columnist & leading corporate consultant
Chinkee Tan on Money Mindsets; Money Coach & best-selling author
Paulo Tibig on Entrepreneurship; CEO of VCargo & Entrepreneurship Champion
Randell Tiongson on Personal Finance; Director of the Registered Financial Planner Institute, columnist & trainer
Ms. Miriam Quiambao on Wealth Strategies; Successful real estate practitioner
To learn more about this event, please get in touch with Ms. Jen Magalong at 0939-1177856 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greenbelt 5 in partnership with Ayala Museum will present “Beyond Designs,” a series of talks about interior design and architecture in the Philippines featuring Filipino interior designers and architects. Besides the talks, they will be asked to curate their own exhibits in coordination with shop merchants in Greenbelt 5.
Beyond Designs will be held in the Home Section of Greenbelt 5 located at the third floor on September 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm.
Source: Ben There Done That
Photo by junsjazz at Flickr.com
The Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI) is holding the 9th Filipino Franchise Show is happening on September 16-19, 2010 at the World Trade Center along Roxas Boulevard.
This year’s tradeshow will not be like any other staged before. The 9th Filipino Franchise Show will run for four days instead of just three days, which was the case in the previous tradeshows held. The show will also be occupying two exhibit halls this time to accommodate more proven successful franchisers, as well as new and promising brands belonging to the food, retail and service industries.
The 9th Filipino Franchise Show is indeed rich with opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs and seasoned businessmen in search of the right venture, and also for established companies wanting to grow their business through franchising.
For more information, contact:
Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc.
Tel. Nos. (02) 506-8883 (02) 506-8883 (02) 506-8883 (02) 506-8883 0917-518-AFFI, 347-0153, 534-1134
Click to: www.franchiseshowphilippines.com
Photo by richardjosephsiy at Flickr.com
Preliminary judges have already selected the Top 15 candidates for the 2010 Miss Universe beauty contest now being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The 83 contestants were ranked based on evening gown and swimsuit, during a two-hour presentation at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Early favorites who got the loudest cheers from the audience were the candidates from Philippines, Haiti, Canada, Australia, USA, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
Miss Philippines Maria Venus Raj tops the online votes.
Go to AllVoices to read more.
Photo from annalyn at Flickr
The conference and expo will be held on August 11-12, 2010, at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. 100+ exhibitors are expected to join the event.
National Retail Conference & Expo is the country’s biggest and most important retail industry event in the Philippines. Attended by top retailers, major players, mall developers and service providers to the industry. Back to back with Stores Asia Expo: the only focused and dedicated retail suppliers exhibition in the country.
2 days education conference featuring Tony Tan Cak Tiong, the country’s biggest fastfood operator and branding guru and strategist martin roll as keynote speakers. Plus more than 20 industry experts on various aspects of retailing.
Exhibitors’ profile include retail technology providers, IT solutions, shopfittings, display racks, retail security providers, licensors/franchisros, LED display, ad agencies, shopping bags suppliers, POS solutions, supply chain, printers, etc.
Source: Biz Trade Shows
Are you living in the Greater Vancouver Area of British Columbia?
Are you free tomorrow, Saturday, May 15, 2010, 9:30am?
Are you interested in learning more about “Glutathione?”
Are you looking for a better quality in life?
Are you looking for some opportunities in earning more?
If you fit one of these questions – read on!
My friend Randell Tiongson, a Registered Financial Planner (RFP) in the Philippines, together with other luminaries in the financial sector of the country, will be conducting a financial literacy seminar for the youth, ages 13 to 20 years old, this coming May.
BLUE CHIP: Financial Literacy Program for the Youth!
May 13 and 14, 2010
9:00am to 5:30pm
Victory Center, Upper Level
If you have kids in this age-range, I guarantee you they’ll come out better equipped to deal with money than the combined years you’ve been teaching them. Randell and team brings a light manner of learning yet intense in its wisdom and knowledge your only reaction is to ask for more. Don’t even wink and pause looking at the price – trust me, they’re worth more than you’re paying.
To register, please contact Jenny Igancio-Magalong at 0939-117-7856 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Philippine-Canada Trade Council Presentation and Networking Event on Immigration and Foreign Credentials
An informative presentation and networking on Canadian immigration integration and foreign credentials conducted by the Philippines-Canadian Trade Commission (PCTC) to be held in Vancouver, BC.
Source: E-mail from Mike Calingo.
Randell poked this message on his Facebook wall as a public post. I’ve been to two of Randell’s seminars and I think you ought to go to this one if you’re in town. Randell Tiongson is joined by prominent finance gurus Chinkee Tan and Cito Beltran in this unique half-day event. Randell talks about the financial roadmap to your future, Chinkee on getting out of debt, and Cito on guarding your financial future. Randell quips about this April 24 event:
What can P400.00 do for you nowadays? You can buy cell phone load, have Starbucks Coffee with your date, 2.5 meals at McDonalds, watch a movie with popcorn, buy a t-shirt on sale, buy a CD… or, attend a life-changing event that will finally put you in a path towards achieving Financial Peace.”
Call Jenny Ignacio in the Philippines at 0939-117-7856 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I attended one of Randell’s seminars. I suggest you or your friends and family in Bacolod do the same – it’s worth more than what you paid for.
Source: Randell Tiongson’s Website.
For details, please see the poster below.
Source: Mike Calingo
The combined choirs of the COMELEC Chorale, Coro de San Antonio, Coro Tomasino, De La Salle University Chorale and the St. Paul University Manila Chorale will stage a 150 voice ensemble on December 3, 2009 at 7:00 PM at the Manila Cathedral dubbed “The 4th Manila Cathedral Basilica Pipe Organ Festival Gala Concert.” The choirs will be singing Christmas song and will be accompanied by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Amelita Guevara will conduct.
This concert will feature a 6,000-pipe church organ, the biggest in Southeast Asia. Other performers include Ken Weber of the US, Armando Salarza from the Philippines, Austrian conductor Ernest Hoetzl, soprano Camile Lopez Molina, tenor Dominique Moralez from Fance and bass Nono Baang.
For ticket inquiries, call 527-1796, 527-3889, or 0917-514-2011.
Lea Salong, after a two month North American concert tour this September through November, will be back on Philippine stage at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) for a two-night special show singing the songs that, as Lea writes in her website LeaYourSongs.com, “your songs.” It’s not be too late to send her your requests that you’d like to hear her sing – the deadline is September 30.