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10 Holiness Imperatives for Young Filipino Families (A Pope Francis Visit Reflection) @Pontifex

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(Text by Anton Diaz, Photos by Rich Estuesta of DV Tech

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Christ's message was clear and profound during Pope Francis' visit. This long Papal Visit weekend was like a retreat, to reflect on the important things in life, especially in the family. The timing was perfect, and I felt like he was speaking to us parents on how to raise our children in holiness and help them live a meaningful life. 

I would like to share with you my reflection on the 10 Holiness Imperatives for Young Filipino Families...

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QiWellness Living: Secret Tea & Bath House in Tagaytay! (A Review)

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We were pleasantly surprised to discover QiWellness Living--a Budji Royal-designed Chinese Tea & Bath House--with probably the best overlooking vantage point of Taal Volcano.

We tried their 3-hour Quick Escape Package for couples on our 12th year wedding anniversary.

Here's our QiWellness Experience...

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domicillo TAGAYTAY: 8-Room Boutique Hotel Designed by Budji Layug (First Look)

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DOMICILLO is the newest boutique hotel in Tagaytay designed by Budji Layug. It's the latest passion project of handicraft designer and exporter Rene Alcala of Manila Mirrors fame

Here's a first look at Domicillo for your next romantic escape in Tagaytay ...

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ANNOUNCING... BAKERY FAIR 2015: Showcase of the Booming Filipino Baking Industry in the Philippines! @bakeryfairph

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Bakery Fair Philippines
 is the most anticipated event among the people in the baking and food service industry. From the successful bakery entrepreneurs to small home based bakery owners, from international and local baking related professionals to traders, from students/faculties to bread enthusiasts in different regions of the country, all gathered together to experience this exquisite occasion and for the passion of baking. 

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The Next Big Food Entrepreneur: A Hotbed of Food Entrepreneur Startups in Manila! @MercatoCentrale

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(Text by Paul Wenceslao, Photos and Video by JR Velasquez)

One bright idea, as the old adage goes, leads to another, and in the case of the Filipino food enthusiast, a family favorite recipe or an odd combination of ingredients scrounged up in the cupboard can perhaps lead to the next local food craze. Mercato owners, RJ Ledesma and Anton Diaz, made this a possibility by holding an annual competition for every budding food entrepreneur: The Next Big Food Entrepreneur.  

Mercato Centrale, operating a popular chain of food markets all across Metro Manila, came as the battleground for the recently concluded competition, in which every aspirant was welcome to submit an application – in the hope of winning P100,000 as start-up capital along with a six-month free stay at Mercato.

For the past three years, The Next Big Food Entrepreneur has produced a slew of new food businesses coming from various places in the country, and this year’s batch of semifinalists is no different, if not more diverse. There were students who aspire to be full-fledged food entreps, an Indonesian food enthusiast, several individuals who luckily chanced up on the competition’s ads, and a Pinoy Masterchef winner. 

“This year’s edition of The Next Big Food Entrepreneur offers a lot of diversity. A large number of creative savory meals were featured,” explains Abbie Sinjian, Experience and Event Manager of the Mercato group. 

The food served by the participants ranged from flavorful Indonesian cuisine to the artfully stylized version of the local snack turon, much to the delight of Mercato’s owners as well as those who sampled the food from different booths during the competition’s awarding ceremony last Friday, December 19.

“We had a hard time selecting the winners, since everyone did a wonderful job and served really good food,” Sinjian added. True enough, each of the booths have the potential to make it big in the Philippines’ bustling food industry. 

 

The 2014 TNBFE Winners

Being selected as a semifinalist in The Next Big Food Entrepreneur, which subjects participants to actual selling at a couple of food markets, is already considered a win for the budding entrepreneur. After all, booths get to showcase their wares to the buying public, observing how their products perform after making adjustments to both the food and the booth display. It’s the proverbial first step to establishing a food business.

A total of 14 participants made it to the contest’s semifinal round, all of which having dainty booths and serving noteworthy cuisines. The competition was expectedly stiff, and four came out as the big winners: Bakmi Nyonya, Bigorots, Turonne de Manila Café and Hunger Buster.

The Next Big Food Entrepreneur Winner 2014 series:

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