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Distrito Makati is a New Weekday Lifestyle Market

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From the organizers of Mercato Centrale comes Distrito Makati

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 or text 09178401152.

Source: Mercato Centrale

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Filipina Solo Piano Performance at Kathmandu Jazz Festival

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Piano Recital at Russian Centre for Science and Culture and workshop at KJC on November 18 and 19 by a famous Pianist, Adolovni Acosta from USA

Adolovni Acosta, originally from the Philippines, performed at the Russian Culture Centre on November 18, mesmerizing the audience with her two-and-a-half hour long program. The piano concert was organized by the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory (KJC) to mark the 200th birth anniversary of Franz Liszt, German composer and pianist.

“Her musical performance was like storytelling, and the high and low notes gave an impression that the story had reached its climax. The different notes produced made her performance even more interesting and vibrant. The last piece Un Sospiro narrated the story of pianist Liszt’s beloved — it narrated what she was like and her immense love for Liszt,” the article from The Himalayan read.

Read more at The Himalayan

Photo from Kathmandu Jazz Festival


Written by Raffy Pekson II

November 21, 2011 at 6:25 am

McDonald’s Philippines McHappy Day on Nov 27

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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 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.


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Written by Raffy Pekson II

November 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Fil-Am Cuisine at Metro Orlando

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Fil-Am Cuisine along W. Vine Street in Kissimmee, FL

The message reads: “Drop into Fil-Am Cuisine for good times and great food. The restaurant is a neighborhood favorite, and offers a casual, friendly dining atmosphere that you and your friends are sure to enjoy. Fil-Am Cuisine also features a friendly, professional staff of great people, who will make sure your visit is memorable and that Fil-Am Cuisine lives up to its reputation for pleasant dining and superb cuisine. The menu offers an inspired array of selections that is sure to satisfy everyone in your group, every time. Be sure to ask your server about new selections, daily specials, and special chef’s creations. Whether you’re in the mood for casual dining or a special occasion, Fil-Am Cuisine is sure to please.”

Fil-Am Cuisine
3197 W. Vine St.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: (407) 847-7121
Cuisine: Asian
Price: $

Hours: Mondays through Saturdays, 11:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday: Closed
Amenities: TV
Atmosphere: Family / Children
Attire: Casual
Service: Sit Down, Carry Out

Meals: Dinner, Lunch
Parking: Parking on Site
Reservations: Suggested
Special Features: Booster/High Chairs, Non Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access
Payment Methods: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Cash


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Written by Raffy Pekson II

November 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm

28 Percent of US Immigrants Come from Asia

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In operation until 1954, the immigration station processed over 12 million immigrant steamship passengers.

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) reports that 28 percent of all immigrants in the United States – about 11 million – hail from Asia. Asians are the second largest immigrant group after Latinos, with nearly half coming from the Philippines, India and China and residing in California, New York and Texas.

Asian immigrants are perceived as “model minorities” who work hard, do well, and don’t complain. In the American imagination, they do not seem to share the challenges faced by other immigrant groups.

Nearly half of Asian immigrant adults have a college degree or higher. Among all immigrants, Asians are more concentrated in management, information technology, and science and engineering. A majority of immigrant doctors and nurses are from Asia.

MPI estimates that Asian immigrants accounted for 11 percent of all unauthorized immigrants in 2010. The Department of Homeland Security counts among the undocumented 280,000 Filipinos, 200,000 Indians, 170,000 Koreans and 130,000 Chinese.

Read more at WNYX New York Public Radio

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Live Pacquiao-Marquez Fight at Italiannis

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Pacquiao-Marquez fight will be shown live at three Italiannis restaurants


Showing only at Trinoma, Bonifacio High Street, and Greenbelt branches!


Written by Raffy Pekson II

November 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Philippine Catholic Online Site for the Dead

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Banner image at Undas Online

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has created a website designed to service Filipinos away from the country who would like to seek prayers and requests for masses for their departed loved ones. This is in line with the annual All Saints Day and All Souls Day ritual where Filipinos congregate at cemeteries and columbariums to honor their dead, the tradition known as “Undas.”

The site lists news and resources, prayers, requests for masses (the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the repose of souls) and a FAQ page. When one sends a mass request for their departed loved one, the name of the person will be included in the masses that will be celebrated at the CBCP Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, from November 1 to 8, 2011, at 11:30 in the morning.

Sources: Undas Online | Manila Bulletin | Vancouver Sun

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

November 1, 2011 at 6:07 am