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February 23, 2017

Bambanti Festival 2017: The Pride Of Isabela (Photo Essay)

Bambanti Festival is the official festival of the Province of Isabela.  Held annually in the month of January, the award-winning festival has become a key factor in helping to build a cultural identity for the residences of Isabela.   

People flock from all corners of Isabela to celebrate their rich agricultural heritage in song-and-dance, and a little friendly competition.     


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The festival derives its name from the Ilocano word for "scarecrow", and the Bambanti have become the iconic symbol for the farming communities of Isabela.  Its meaning is emblematic of the historic ties farmers have with scarecrows and their crops, and represent the diligence and resoluteness of the people of Isabel.   

Festivities start on the 23rd of January, culminating in a show-stopping extravaganza on the 28th.

Bambanti Festival
Bambanti Village 
Provincial Capitol Grounds
Ilagan City, Isabela Philippines

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Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse: Romantic Charm of Hakodate's Bay Area!

by Abigail Javellana

Red Brick

Hakodate was Japan's first international trading port in 1859.

Several red brick buildings formerly used as warehouses survived the test of time, and have been converted into one of Hakodate's famous sightseeing spot housing different beer halls, restaurants, sweet shops and unique souvenir shops.

Today, it still continues to transport visitors to a feeling of nostalgia and unforgettable time. Here's a quick guide on where to eat, what to do and shop at Kanemori's Red Brick Warehouses...

KANEMORI RED BRICK WAREHOUSE
14 - 12, Suehiro-cho , Hakodate City
Telephone: 0138-27-5530
Website: www.hakodate-kanemori.com

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February 20, 2017

ART FAIR PHILIPPINES 2017: A Leap Towards Philippine Art Appreciation!

by CK Santos

 Art Fair

Car park turned into the premium destination for modern and contemporary Philippine art, that's where Art Fair Philippines gets its unique charm. From initially being a marketplace, it has now evolved into a space where inspiration and individuality is embraced, more so encouraged.

Art Fair Philippines 2017
16-19 FEB 2017
5F / 6F / 7F / Roof Deck, The Link Car Park
Ayala Center, Makati City
website: http://artfairphilippines.com/

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MOUNT HAKODATE: "Glimmering Jewelry Box" Night View from Mt. Hakodate!

by Abigail Javellana

Night View

During the night, the city of Hakodate glows from the surface of the world with bright lights and incredible beauty.

Awarded with three stars in the Michelin Guide, the night view of the fan-shaped town of Tsugaru Strait and Hakodate Bay is a must-see when visiting Hokkaido.

Hop on a ropeway to the summit of Mt. Hakodate and be satisfied with this fantastic view.

 

Mt. Hakodate Ropeway
19-7, Motomachi, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido, 040-0054 Japan
Telephone: +81 (0138) 23-3105
Website: http://www.334.co.jp

 

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February 18, 2017

MISSIONARIES OF THE POOR: Encounter with Sabrina's Kitchen and Easy Cures! (and how you can also help)

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Missionaries of the Poor Manila is an international mission that started was in October 2011 by the Religious Institute of Brothers of Pontifical Right. 

It was founded by Fr. Richard Ho Lung, a former Jesuit priest, in the slums of Kingston, Jamaica in 1931. In the Philippines, they have three mission areas--Manila, Naga City (September 1994), and Cebu City (February 2004).

The Manila Mission is composed of the Divine Mercy Monastery where the Brothers live, and the Divine Mercy Apostolate Center in Manila, which is home to homeless elderly men and special-needs children.

They do corporal works of mercy: feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, caring for street children and the sick, including HIV/AIDS and leprosy patients, and visiting prisoners. 

Every Sunday, Sabrina Artadi of Sabrina's Kitchen hosts a healthy feeding program for the poor in the area with her Super Caldo and fruits. 

Our friend Tina Vitas of Easy Cures invited us to join one Sunday, which was also very timely for our son Raphael's 7th Birthday celebration.

Here's our experience visiting the Missionaries of the Poor and how you can also help...

 

MISSIONARIES OF THE POOR
DIVINE MERCY MONASTERY & APOSTOLATE CENTER
1766 Estrada St., San Andres, Bukid, 1017 Manila
P.O. Box 1822, 1000 Manila
Telephone: +632 354-3449, 994-4521
Mobile: +63 921-637-4900, +63 908 626-1356
Email: mopmanila@gmail.com

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February 17, 2017

KIDZANIA MANILA: Planning a Legendary Birthday Party for your 7-Year Old! @KidZaniaManila

 

After his KidZania Party, we asked our son Raphael--who just turned 7 years old--what he thought about it and he just said, "Legendary!" 

It was indeed an awesome party, and KidZania was the perfect venue for this milestone. Here, kids can assert their independence and build up their confidence for the next phase of their childhood. 

 

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Here are the lessons we learned from organizing a party at KidZania and some tips on how you can organize your own Legendary Zaz Party... 

KidZania Manila
Park Triangle, 3245 North 11th Avenue BGC, Taguig City, 1634
For kids age four to seventeen years old.
Telephone: +632 711-KIDZ (5439)
Email: celebrations@kidzania.com.ph
Facebook: www.facebook.com/KidZaniaManila
Instagram: @KidZaniaManila
Twitter: @KidZaniaManila
Website: manila.kidzania.com

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February 16, 2017

LA CHINESCA BF: A Taste of Chef Bruce Ricketts' First Love--Mexican Food! (Review)

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LA CHINESCA is the hole-in-the-wall, solo venture of Chef Bruce Ricketts in BF Homes, dedicated to his first love--Mexican cuisine. The name is inspired by Mexico's Chinatown. 

The resto is reminiscent of when he first opened Sensei--also along Aguirre--which is more of a passion project to share his enthusiasm for the cuisine. 

We actually had to wait in line to get a seat at Chef Bruce's new restaurant. But we did get to order all the items on (and off) the menu.

Here's what we think of La Chinesca...

 

LA CHINESCA
Bruce Ricketts does Mexican 
248 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes
Operating Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 11am to 2pm; 5pm till we're out
Telephone: +632 738-0724
Email: lachinescamanila@gmail.com
Facebook: La Chinesca
Instagram: @lachinesca
Note: Cash Only

Related Blog Posts:
SENSEI SUSHI by Chef Bruce "Broosy" Ricketts
MECHA UMA: "Absurdly Delicious" Food by Chef Bruce Ricketts!
OOMA-licious! Bold Japanese Comfort Food by Chef Bruce Ricketts @Ooma_PH @SMMegaMall (First Look)

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