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Unite with Filipinos all over the world for International Adobo Day--let us all cook, share, and upload now! Send your photos to :) SUBO, MGA KAPATID!



Don't deprive the world of our unique culture, especially of Filipino food! Let us all unite with an Adobo Compact! How? ON JUNE 12, LET'S COOK, SHARE, and UPLOAD! - COOK your own version of adobo - SHARE it with fellow Pinoys and other nationalities, and then take a picture - UPLOAD and email it to We will feature your pics here on our FB page as a testament to the Adobo Compact! Join us, and join the whole world on International Adobo Day!

Cuisinero (Pilot Episode)

Cuisinero (Pilot Episode)

Let Chef J Domingo show you how to celebrate the blessings come harvest time by whipping up the tastiest dishes from farm to plate. Nothing is wasted or taken for granted here, as all ingredients are given equal importance. What this cooking show will make you realize is that farmers are unsung heroes, toiling day and night to feed not just their family, but the great human family that inhabits the earth.

Tales From The Food Zone (Pilot Episode)

Tales From The Food Zone (Pilot Episode)

From the creators of Tales From The Friend Zone comes the cooking show of the ages--Tales From the Food Zone! This is dedicated to all who have been friend-zoned, and the millions of Abangers out there. Remember, there is hope. You may not have Ramon Bautista's dashing good looks, but you can learn how to cook. And the way to a woman's heart is sometimes the road less traveled--through her innards. So enough talk, and let Ramon lead the way!

In the Mood for Food with Ara (Pilot Episode)

In the Mood for Food with Ara (Pilot Episode)

Life is filled with different stories all pointing to the human drama--whether it be about love, family, or friendship. In The Mood For Food with Ara Mina gives you the best of these stories tied together with simple-to-follow cooking demos. Watch how Ara's life unfolds and how she cooks her way through the hearts of the people in her life.

Sawsawan (Pilot Episode)

Sawsawan (Pilot Episode)

What is the one thing that HAS to be on the table of every Filipino household during mealtime? You guessed it--sawsawan! See, what's nilaga without patis, what's chicharon without vinegar? And there are so many different types of sawsawan that if you want to learn them all, you've got to watch the cooking show that's all about that ubiquitous Filipino dip--Sawsawan.

What is Filipino Food

What is Filipino Food

Teaser video featuring Chef Gino Gonzalez, Chef China Cojuangco, Chef J Domingo, Ara Mina, Sam Oh, Ramon Bautista, RA Rivera, and food blogger Spanky Enriquez.

What Is The Future of Filipino Food?

What Is The Future of Filipino Food?

Filipino Food chefs and hosts give their answers to this burning question.

Lutong Bahay with Chef Mitchie Sison

Lutong Bahay with Chef Mitchie Sison

Let Chef Mitchie Sison share time-honored dishes from family cooks. Learn the basics of Filipino home cooking only here on Lutong Bahay.

PINOY HOME COOK VIDEOS! Video #1: My Lola's Arroz Valenciana

PINOY HOME COOK VIDEOS! Video #1: My Lola's Arroz Valenciana

Love to cook at home for family and friends? Love to watch cooking shows? Then we'd like to see YOU cook here on Pinoy Home Cook Videos! Simply record yourself with a camera making a special dish that you'd like to share with the world. You can appear in it as the host, or not. You can record a voice over for it, or not. Whatever works for you works for us, as long as you cook a Filipino dish. If it's a classic, give it your own twist. Or invent your own. Then, upload your video on YouTube and send us the link. If you already have an existing cooking video on YouTube, go ahead and send us the link. We will screen the entries and pick the ones that will go on the show. Not everyone will get in, so make it good!  There will be two cooking videos for every episode. At the end of the show's season, we will pick one winner who will get a special prize and the chance to be featured on Filipino Food    


Did you know that we now have a bibingka that’s New York-made?


      There are countless “specialty” western confectionery products. These cutely presented eats usually satisfy the sweet tooth of any Filipino, but they also contain copious amounts of sugar, artificial sweeteners, synthetic flavors, and unhealthy shortenings. If only there was a pastry that was delicious, aesthetically pleasing, and, most importantly, devoid of those artificial ingredients.

The “B” in Bibingka-esk is for “Better”

Eileen Formanes, founder/head baker of New York City’s Bibingka-esk, brings her healthy treat to her home country with one thought in mind, “ I want to share my creation to the folks in the Philippines. Some of my customers in the US have commented that there were too many cupcakes all over the place and my desserts are just the kind of unique delicacies they needed to taste—the variety I also want my home folk to taste.“Having worked in Human Resources for two decades in corporate America (achieving vice President positions in several firms), Eileen decided to follow her passion for baking and the change would allow her to spend more time with her family in early 2013.

Filipino food in New York City seemed to always take a back seat in Asian cuisine.  Filipino desserts were practically unknown.  She wanted to raise the profile for Filipino food by creating her own rendition of the bibingka. “Growing up, I remember enjoying bibingka during Christmas and I knew I wanted to share that experience with the folks here in NY,” she said.

Eileen’s bibingka were first served to customers in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The uniquely-flavored, bibingkas Eileen created immediately took New York City’s food fairs by storm, eventually gaining the trust of even the pickiest eaters with her assurance that her bibingkas are gluten-free and are baked with the freshest ingredients.”

The talented Filipina had a pop-up shop at Shangri-La Plaza Mall in April and Eileen will come back regularly so Metro-Manilans will have a taste of Bibingka-esk. By early next year, the Formanes family hopes to establish a permanent shop in the metro.


CCA Manila’s Young Chefs Boot Camp 2016 ignites kitchen learning discoveries.

The Young Chefs Boot Camp 2016 (YCBC) of the Center for culinary Arts is now open for kids and tweens. The culinary workshop series are designed for cooking enthusiasts from 7 to 16 years old. There are basic and semi-advanced hands-on cooking classes of five sessions held from Mondays to Fridays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. either at the CCA Katipunan campus or CCA The Podium.

For 2nd-time learners, there’s Little Chef II from May 2 to 6 at CCA Katipunan. Those who love comfort food, take the My Ultimate Comfort Food Course, May 16 to 20 at CCA Katipunan and The Podium. Tweens will love the bakery treats through Baking 101, May 23 to 27, CCA Katipunan.


It’s Summer Grilling & BBQ, May 2 to 6, CCA Katipunan; May 23 to 27, CCA The Podium; Pizza & Pasta Course is on May 18 to 22 at CCA The Podium. Cooking My Way Through Asia is set on May 2 to 6 at CCA The Podium with regional fares from Thai, K-pop to our very own Pinoy cuisine. For those who want a grasp of an advanced mastery of Filipino cuisine, try the Junior Pinoy Master Chef Course, May 3 to 7, CCA Katipunan.

For details, please call CCA Podium: 696-9083 CCA Katipunan: 218-8566 or email:



Tokyo Bubble Tea is the restaurant to go to if you are looking for a new take on Japanese cuisine.

There are numerous Japanese restaurants now in Metro Manila, but if you are looking for a resto with  ts own twist to Japanese cuisine, then it’s time to hie off to Tokyo Bubble Tea (TBT). Now celebrating its 10th year anniversary, TBT is not letting up on its recipe for success as emphasized by Reagan Tan, its owner. He said, “We serve great food, drinks and we’ve got excellent service and a unique dining experience.”

Timeless favorites include Gyoza and Takoyaki, however, don’t miss the Japanese Caesar Salad, Spicy Tuna Salad and Crispy Salmon Belly. One of its bestsellers is Chicken Teriyaki Doria—savory, sweet chicken cutlets served in a bed of Japanese rice baked with mozzarella cheese on top. If you are dining with family or friends, then opt for the Tokyo Tower—sushi and fried sushi stacked together on a bed of garden salad (lettuce, cherry tomatoes, candied walnuts with balsamic vinaigrette) plus a crunch roll of salmon sushi on top.


If you can’t go without the burgers, you’ve got two choices at TBT—Tokyo Aloha Burger –100 percent pure beef served with pineapple and a special teriyaki sauce and Samurai apple Burger served with crispy fries and a special Japanese apple sauce.

For drinks, Tokyo Bubble Tea has in-house delicious Milk Teas and vitamin C-infused drinks. For desserts, TBT offers a unique take on the Pinoy mango and ube with its Classic Ube Cake and Mango Cheesecake.

TBT has branches in BGC, T. Morato, Katipunan and SM Megamall.   For details, follow them on FB (tokyobubbletea).


Hotel Jen Manila marks milestone together with other Hotel Jen properties around the globe.

Hotel Jen Manila’s executives grace the cake cutting ceremony.

 hj2 Dir. of Human Resources Don Bazar, Dir. of Sales & Marketing, Meegee Yap, General Manager Ed Kollmer, Dir. of Operations, Frencie Duadua & Social Media Specialist, June Ng shared a toast with everyone for Hotel Jen’s first year anniversary.

      Hotel Jen Manila marked its first year anniversary recently. With the theme, “We Are One”, the celebration became a simultaneous event as other Hotel Jen properties across South East Asia also celebrated the brand’s immense success in just one year.

Guests were invited at Windows By The Bay, the newly opened outlet of Hotel Jen Manila, providing an inspiring, magical, breathtaking and calming view of Manila Bay. Here, a three layered-caked designed with a Philippine flag on top, a symbol representing Filipino culture, was cut and shared with the public by General Manager, Ed Kollmer with other hotel executives as shown in photo.


Hotel Jen To Open in Kuala Lumpur

           Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. and Concorde Arch (M) Sdn. Bhd. announced the development of the first Hotel Jen in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Opening in 2019, Hotel Jen Kuala Lumpur is the second Hotel Jen project under development in Malaysia, following the signing of Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu in Borneo in September 2015.

The announcement was made at a signing ceremony held in Hong Kong to finalize a management agreement between Concorde Arch (M) Sdn.Bhd. and Hotel Jen.


Concorde Arch (M) Sdn initially acquired the land for building the corporate office; however, the opportunity of venturing towards hospitality became apparent with the advent of millennial travellers seeking more curated lifestyle and leisure accommodation inspired by this growing target market.The proximity of the location to numerous landmarks in Kuala Lumpur enhances the feasibility of this proposition. Judy Ng, director of Concorde Arch (M) Sdn. Bhd., said, “We are excited to be in partnership with Shangri-La International Hotel Management. This will add a new direction to our hospitality business for the group.”

Hotel Jen Kuala Lumpur is strategically located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur at the intersection of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan P Ramlee, just 800 meters from the city’s landmark Petronas Twin Towers and 300 meters from the KL Tower.

The hotel will cater to both business and leisure travellers, being in close proximity to the central business district and Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC).

Greg Dogan, president and CEO of Shangri-La, said, “The announcement of Hotel Jen Kuala Lumpur reinforces our interest and expansion in Malaysia, in the country’s capital city, where we will now increase the group’s presence with our third hotel and newest brand Hotel Jen”.

Fresh, friendly and fuss-free. That’s the genre of Hotel Jen, the new brand launched a year ago to cater to a new “Jeneration” of independently-minded business and leisure travellers. The brand launched quickly with the first 10 Hotel Jen properties opening in major cities in Asia Pacific in under one year, followed by two new developments soon after hotel’s first anniversary.

Key Facts

        150m and 36 stories tall

  • Hotel comprises 200 rooms
  • Jen’s Kitchen, all-day-dining restaurant and lounge
  • Rooftop Sky Bar with an infinity-edge lap pool
  • Meeting rooms customised for all occasions
  • Club Lounge with privileges, including express check-in and check-out, complimentary breakfast, complimentary evening beverages and tasty local snacks and late check-out

.       For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the Hotel Jen website at


Do it in style at Marriott Hotel Manila

Hunting for fun this Easter? The wilderness awaits you at Marriott Hotel Manila as they give an extra tad of glee to the Easter celebrations.. Be it an adventurous retreat for the family or a filling celebration, the hotel has prepared exciting treats and enormous spread that are perfect for both kids and kids-at-heart.

easter-marriott      Hop your way to Marriott Café and be ready to partake of the Easter spread and adventure. Go wild and explore  the café’s vast buffet offerings of international cuisines. Unleash the beast in you with the hefty spread of filling choices and prey on fresh tiger prawns, prime rib, teppanyaki and foie gras with agile chefs on standby to cook it the way you crave it.

Never thirst out in the wilderness as the hotel makes sure you’re hydrated with unlimited milkshakes, iced teas and martini selections.  For only Php 2550 nett, enjoy the Safari Sunday Brunch on March 27 and the kids can join the hoard in hunting the golden egg on the Safari field for a chance to catch a Dinner or Lunch Buffet for 4 at the Marriott Café and 1,000 worth of credits for Marriott Café Bakery.

More activities are in store for the young adventurers like glitter tattoos and magic show. Take a peek through your binoculars and be on the lookout for stilt walkers and the happy hopping bunny going around the café to bring extra ordinary joy to all the diners. More than the festivities and activities, Marriott Café is giving out loot bags filled with freebies for the early explorers to bring home.


Searching for more delectable fixes? Behind the bushes lie Easter goodies to satiate your cravings for sweet treats. Drop by the Marriott Café Bakery and Crema to discover a selection of delightful finds and decadent surprises available from March 13 to 27. Fill your sacks with snacks of the wilderness and choose from exceptional cakes, cupcakes, chocolates and cookies with prices starting from Php 120 and up.


It’s Year 3 for Jolly University!

The Boot Camp featured a Food Congress and Cook-Off challenge


Chefs Mitchie Sison (right) and Justin Sison at the food styling workshop

         For aspiring chefs and budding entrepreneurs, it was another year of learning from the masters at the Jolly University (JU). Held at Le Pavillon, the highly successful event, now on its third consecutive year, was sponsored by Fly Ace Corp., exclusive marketer and distributor of the Jolly Food line.

Says Jun Cochanco, Fly Ace president, “I am delighted with the turnout of Boot Camp participants; it showed that Jolly University has gained momentum. Ultimately, we aim to inspire students and may they appy what they have learned here when they have their business in the future.”

This year’s resource persons include:  JU’s Head Master Chef Mitchie Sison for food styling; Frances Amper Sales, Jolly’s brand ambassador/blogger and Chef Ben Bernardo who talked on , “How To Become A Successful Chef.”

Some comments from the student participants: John Prestin, La Consolacion College Manila, “I’m inspired by the workshops on cooking and food styling; on photography—I learned a lot about capturing the best shots by showing the right angle and image of the subject.” Lorenzo Juaquin, Univ. of St. Tomas: “I learned to use blogs and make viral videos to promote myself and my passion.”

jolly-bootcampFuture chefs and entrepreneurs attended the Jolly University’s 2016 Boot Camp and Food Congress


Celebrate Easter at Casa Roces

Have good beginnings for the heart and soul with special meals in one of the finest dining destinations in Manila.

Check out the Easter Sunday specials at Casa Roces that offers one of the best in Filipino and Spanish-inspired menus. The specials include a Lunch Buffet with the resto’s signature dishes .

For only Php 695+/person , enjoy Paella Valenciana, Paella with Vegetables, Fillet Munierre, Cochinillo with Liver Sauce and Mango Salsa, Beef Pot Roast, Molo Soup, Salad Bar and Assorted Cakes.

Have a bonding session as well with face paintings and sessions at the photo booth.

Casa Roces is located at 1153 J.P.Laurel corner Aguado streets, San Miguel, Manila. Call 735-5896/708-4020 for reservations.

CochinilloA  Casa Roces bestseller—Cochinillo served with Liver Sauce and Mango Salsa


Cravings Group Offers Month-Long Specials

Enjoy a meat-free indulgence, visit any Cravings Group resto for the Chef’s Specials.

For those who prefer  lighter meals this season, the chefs of Craving Group prepared heavenly seafood options and vegetable entrees at all the Group’s restaurants—Cravings (Katipunan), Lucia (inside Hotel Celeste, Makati), C2 Classic Cuisine (Shangri-La Mall; Missouri, Greenhills)  B&P (Shaw Blvd.; Il Terrazzo, T. Morato) , The Blackboard (The Podium), Epicurious  and Wicked (both at the East Wing, Shangri=La Mall).  Here’s a peek:

       *Cravings Restaurant—love the mouthwatering serving of Prawn Thermidor with Artichoke and Mushroom and Truffle Tagliatelle. At Craving Fraser Place, you won’t go wrong with Spicy Tuyo spaghetti and sun-dried tomato or Grilled St. Peter’s fish with Rice Pilaf in Garlic Confit.

        *Lombardi’s and Lucia Ristorante—these two restos are the best destinations when you are craving for Italian specialties. At Lombardi’s, try the Salmon con Salsa di Limon (baked salmon in garlic and lemon sauce served with pumpkin risotto) and at Lucia, there’s Angel Hair vongole (clam pasta) and Dentice Alle Olive (grilled lapu-lapu in lemon and olives served with baked potatoes).

      *B&P—here are light yet filling choices like Stir-Fried Fish and Tofu and Grilled Oyster Mushroom Burger or Wicked’s Vegetarian Lasagna and Tuna & Capers Sandwich.

 *Epicurious—have a snack of Tuna and Capers Sandwich with Grilled Zucchini and Tomatoes served with Camote Chips and Moringga Lemonada; for the main dish, Sesame Custard Prawns with Pesto is tops.

      *The Blackboard—it offers wholesome decadence with Prawns Aligue Risotto, Almond Cobbler, Mushroom and Truffle Tagliatelle.

      *C2 Classic Cuisine—there’s plenty to choose from at C2’s, home of Pinoy classics but try the mouthwatering Crispy Pancit Palabok and Tilapia with Mango Salsa.

mango-salsaCrispy Pancit Palabok and Tilapia with Mango Salsa available at C2 Classic Cuisine


Wicked’s Vegetarian Lasagna and Tuna/ Caper’s Sandwich


Enjoy special encounters and memories at Cravings and The Blackboard.

strawberry-shortcakeLuscious Strawberry Shortcake

      If you want a pre-Valentine (February 12 and 13) or post-Valentine (February 15) celebration, check out C ravings and The Blackboard. Both have “romantically-prepared meals” such as Chef Special—Pan Roasted Salmon, Jasmine and Scented Orange and Rosemary Beurre Blanc, Sauteed Haricot Vert and Squash and Truffled Potato Mash.

On February 14, top Chef Sau del Rosario presents a signature soup and salad buffet filled with buds and flowers like Beetroot, Orange and Arugula, Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil.Special love soup is Tuscan-style Tomato with Focaccia Croutons.

Both Cravings and The Blackboard are also offering limited edition cakes. They have partnered with GrabExpress, an on-demand, pick-up delivery service for Makati, Ortigas and Taguig.

For details, please call Cravings Katipunan at 426-6881 to 88 and The Blackboard (The Podium) at 696-9083.


Casa Roces will dazzle you and your loved one with a very special Strawberry and Chocolate menus.

casa-rocesThe Casa Roces Valentine Room

      From February 12 to 14, Casa Roces offers you and your beloved a feast like no other, choose between “Strawberry Infusion” and Chocolate Infusions” menus. Each is a five-course dinner.

“Strawberry Infusion”  includes Strawberry, Cheese and Sugar-beets Art Soup, Herbed Salmon with Strawberry and Dill Cream Beurre Blanc and Organic Micro-greens Salad with Strawberry-hibiscus V inaigrette. Be love-struck with “Chocolate Infusions” complete with a unique salad of Smoked Apple and Pear, local White Cheese, Grilled Chicken served with micro-greens and Citrus-Chocolate Vinaigrette. Main dish includes Cochinillo topped with Tablea and Farmers’ Cheese, Caramelized Onion, Smoked Grapes, Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Puree’.

Make the dinner more memorable by availing of the art-filled and elegant function rooms, available on a first-come-first served basis. Call tel. nos. 735-5896 or 486-1929 for reservations.


Let Epicurious guide you to a romantic outing this February with a lavish feast.

dinner-tw0Lusciously decadent cakes and sweets at Epicurious for the love of your life (from top left): Naked Chocolate Caramel Cake, Heart-shaped S’mores and Strawberry Cake.

      On February 12, 13 and 15—indulge in a special ala carte dinner complete with lots of flowers only at Epicurious (Basement, East Wing,  Shangri-La Plaza Mall).

You may choose from Cream of Mushroom with Mixed Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette or a generous Chacuterie Board with two glasses of Beringer White Zinfandel or Salmon with Capers and Dill Cream or Honey-Mustard and spiced chicken with Yogurt Cream and Heart-shaped S’mores.

The Chacuterie Board is served for the whole month of February. It is best served dine-in or dine-in-bed. It has tasty morsels of salami, pate’, sweet meats, cheeses, dips and bread paired with your favorite table wine.

Epicurious is also featuring decadent sweets and cakes for February like the Naked Chocolate Caramel Cake that has layers upon layers of moist chocolate cake oozing with caramel sauce.


It’s a month-long “Love Abloom” celebrations at C2 Classic Cuisine, the Pinoy way.

love-monthSpecial V-Day menu (from left, foreground): Beef Mechado, Seared Tilapia, Pako Salad with Kesong Puti and Pork Ribs Sinigang sa Bayabas.

     Whether you are treating your significant other or your family this Love Month, hie off to C2 Classic Cuisine for its “Love Abloom” set menus. These are designed to enhance love and romance in the most Pinoy way.

Here’s Set A (Php 572): It includes Pako Salad with Kesong Puti, Salted Egg and Watermelon, Pork Ribs Sinigang sa Bayabas, Seared Tilapia with Coconut Emulsion and Pandan Rice. Set B (Php 1,579) is ideal if you are treating a big group; it has bigger servings of Set A plus B eef Mechado.

Apart from the special menus, the place is lovelier with the scent and beauty of Spring. Dainty florals and romantic elements abound to delight the senses. C2 Classic Cuisine branches are at: The Ledge, Shangri-La Plaza Mall; The Lake Front, Sucat, Parañaque; Missouri St., Greenhills, San Juan and Summit Circle, Cebu.


Let Hotel Jen be your Valentine’s Day Cupid!

      Roses, chocolates, heart-shaped balloons and wines will all be symbols of love and perhaps an indication that you are indeed special to someone’s eyes and heart.

      These tokens may express that genuine feeling that you have for each other but a more extraordinary Valentine’s Day celebration may just seal the deal if you will allow Hotel Jen Manila to be your cupid this love month.

Weekend Love – Allow Jen to be your cupid and reminisce all those fairytale stories you have created so far while you stay in a deluxe room for only Php 6,000 nett per night. Couples are welcomed with a buffet of sweet treats to set a delighting mood and a complimentary bottle of house wine to accompany romantic stories. This package also includes a buffet dinner at Kitsho or Latitude for two.

roomHotel Jen’s Deluxe Room

From Latitude with Love – Grilled seafood and barbecued dishes are set to ignite more sparks to make your heart and appetite fall in love with mouth-watering menu. Have a taste of these lovable and sumptuous selections from February 12-14, 2016 for only Php 1,288 nett per head. Food is not the only one unlimited as a wine buffet is also present during this special occasion so that couples can toast the moments when love conquers everything. Roses and pralines for the ladies are Jen’s special gifts.     

mealSumptuous grilled menu prepared with great love at Latitude (left) and authentic Japanese delights at Kitsho Restaurant (right)


From Kitsho with Love – Fall in love the Japanese way and have a unique Valentine’s dining experience at Kitsho Restaurant. Give in to the Ala Carte Buffet this authentic Japanese restaurant has to offer for only Php 1,288 nett per person from February 12-14, 2016. A bottle of sake awaits the couple and roses and pralines are especially prepared for the ladies.

Date Nights at Windows By The Bay – The breathtaking view at Windows By The Bay will make you believe that forever exists. Be inspired with the bright lights of the city and imagine you and your special someone spending a lifetime together. This one of a kind date night is available for only Php 1,288 nett for 2 persons and valid from February 12-14, 2016 inclusive of one bottle of wine, Valentine’s platter, roses and pralines for the ladies.


The elegant Club Lounge of Hotel Jen with a fantastic view of Manila Bay.

     For inquiries and advance reservations, please call (632) 795 8888 or email food& Prices are inclusive of 10% service charge and applicable government taxes. Visit Hotel Jen Manila’s website at


Do it in style at Marriott Hotel Manila

tikoyTikoy, shaped like koi fish, a symbol of double  prosperity

     To celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, Marriott Hotel Manila ushers in the year of the Red Fire Monkey with an auspicious and distinctive take on “tikoy”. Impart tranquility and harmony to your loved ones with their double prosperity Ti-koi fish at 270 grams each, elegantly enclosed in luxurious red oriental boxes, sealed with a goldstamp symbolizing good fortune.

Niangao, locally called “tikoy”, is believed to bring good luck to both the receiver and the giver making it part of the customs during the Chinese New Year. The koi fish is also a symbol of longevity, success and prosperity. Spread good luck tastefully with this gift box at a reasonable price of Php1,188 available at the hotel’s Marriott Café Bakery and Crema.

To add a fashionable twist to the traditions of the Lunar New Year, the hotel partners with the award-winning jewelry artisan, Ann Ong, to showcase her latest and luckiest designs for this year. Considering the auspicious colors and trends, they are displaying and selling handcrafted bags and intricate jewelries that are believed to bring good energy and prosperity to the bearer, at Marriott’s salient lobby.

dragon    As a norm, the ceremonial dragon and lion dance is set to entertain guests and chase away the negative energies on February 9, 5 p.m. at Marriott Hotel Manila and Marriott Grand Ballroom lobbies.

Marriott Manila’s Auspicious Ti-Koi gift set is available until February13, 2016. For inquiries and advance orders, call (02) 9889999 or visit


To mark the year of the Red Fire Monkey, Good Life food products present events that bond family and friends.

flyaceFavorite food products from Good Life, distributed by Fly Ace Corporation

    To welcome the Year of the Red Fire Monkey, symbolic delicacies are shared by families and friends. Among the auspicious items are: noodles for longevity, rice cakes for prosperity, dumplings for good luck, chicken and duck for unity and family togetherness and fish for abundance.

As a salute to the celebration of the Chinese New Year also widely known as the Chinese Spring Festival, Good Life, a leading food and beverage brand, brings the distinct Asian culinary flavors into more Filipino kitchens and occasions.

“A lot of people associate the good life with good relationships and delightful experience of having good times with family and friends,” says Abraham P. Cipriano Jr., Fly Ace Corporation’s vice president for marketing.

Among Fly Ace and Good Life’s popular Asian food products are vermicelli, egg noodles, bihon, sesame oil, oyster sauce and Japanese-style breadcrumbs.

Good Life has lined up a series of events at the Trinoma Activity Center that include cooking demos, feng shui consultations, art exhibits and booth activities like Chinese lantern-making and calligraphy.

Learn more at



Hotel Jen Manila recognizes that Sunday is always about families, recreation and relaxation, hence, the Sunday Family Brunch Buffet. Priced at Php 888 nett per person, families can enjoy a mouthwatering spread of breakfast and lunch favorites every Sunday. This offer comes with free access to Hotel Jen Manila’s swimming pool, Paseo del Sol, for the entire family to enjoy and free access to Kids’ Zone for those with children.

This buffet deal is inclusive of unlimited Jen’s Signature Iced Tea, coffee or hot tea, free WiFi access and free valet parking service.

Hotel Jen Manila (formerly Traders Hotel) is located on Roxas Boulevard. The international and domestic airports are only 20 minutes away, and 30 minutes to the Makati business district. The hotel is adjacent to the country’s premier conference and exhibition facilities – the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Philippine International Convention Center, World Trade Center and SMX Convention Center and 10 minutes away from the SM Mall of Asia. Malate, the entertainment district of Manila City, is within walking distance of the hotel.

For inquiries and advance reservations, please call (632) 795 8888 or email food& Prices are inclusive of 10% service charge and applicable government taxes.


About Hotel Jen

It is a diverse collection of hotels in the best locations across Asia Pacific, with a unique brand of style and service delivery designed to appeal to a ‘New Jeneration’ of travellers. The brand is the brainchild of virtual persona Jen, a professional hotelier and all-time lover of life, travel and discovery. To guests, Hotel Jen delivers quality, comfort, convenience and value with a twist. Jen cares about what really matters to guests – the important things done well; comfortable rooms and honest authentic service; respect, privacy and efficiency served without fuss or intrusion; cultural insights; interesting experiences; and fast, free WiFi everywhere, always.

For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the Hotel Jen website at


The gathering of coffee and chocolate experts plus enthusiasts by the Cravings Group was certainly a “sweet success.” The event coincided with the 27th anniversary of The Cravings Group founded by culinary authority Annie Guerrero of the Center for Culinary Arts and now headed by her daughter, Marinela Guerrero-Trinidad.

Dubbed “Crave the Bean,” the event brought together the world’s top chocolatier and coffee experts led by Alyss  “Lyss” McDonald-Bartl of BLYSS Chocolate and Phillip Di Bella of Di Bella Coffee. They were joined by local and other chocolatier and single-bean retailers like Magdalene’s, Theo & Philo, Cacao Monster and Malagos.

Chocolate Queen Lyss is confident that with the combined efforts of the government and local cacao farmers, Philippine cacao may become one of the country’s main agricultural commodities.


Di Bella Coffee set a Coffee Station at Edsa Shangri-La Hotel, venue of the “Crave the Bean” event of the Cravings Group

lysRecognized as  “Chocolate Queen Lyss” of the world-famous BLYSS Chocolate, Alyss “Lyss” McDonald-Bartl, one of the international speakers at the event, is confident that Philippine cacao has a future in the international market.



gerolsteinerAt the launch of Gerolsteiner Sprakling Mineral Water: Dietmar Spille (left), executive vice president international, Gerolsteiner and Jun Cochanco, president of Fly Ace, distributor of Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water in the Philippines.

From a pioneering global brand that preserves nature’s “miracle” wonder, comes Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water. It’s Germany’s most trusted and the world’s No. 1 sparkling mineral water.

Since 1888, Gerolsteiner has offered the pure pleasure and absolute health rejuvenating benefits of natural hydration. Its sparkling mineral water is bottled at source—from the Volcanic Eifel located at the subterranean aquifer at Gerolsteiner, Garmany.

From inside out, make it your daily habit –#mineralize now with Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water. It is distributed in the Philippines by Fly Ace and is available in leading supermarkets and convenience stores.