Sunday, September 25, 2016

#SocialMedia - ApartelxVictoriaCourt - Is It Hip? Music Video Launch!

Victoria Court is always on the lookout for out-of-the-box events and the launching of Apartel's music video is definitely one of them. Apartel, a new super-group formed by legendary Eraserheads front man and songwriter Ely Buendia, alongside co-conspirator and founder, Gnash/DRT front-man, and songwriter Jay Ortega has just launched their first ever single entitled “Is It Hip?”. When we heard the single and the entire album of the band, we knew both brands fit like a glove. Apartel's sexy sound launched in Manila's sexiest drive-in hotel? Mix in alcohol, oh boy, we're in for a treat!


This one-of-a-kind event infuses sight, sound and taste, which is distinctly the Victoria Court way. The Victoria Court Malate Party Wing was transformed into an intimate concert area for Apartel's guests where they can eat, drink and dance the night away.

Arrived earlier than the call time but surprised that a lot of people were already waiting.

Party with Jose C. :')



Why Victoria Court and Apartel? It’s a marriage made in LOVERS HEAVEN!! Apartel’s music in layman’s terms is all about love, love making, and late night calls. Something Victoria Court has always owned and been known for. Apartel’s music is classy and a definite cut above the rest… what with a full horn section, percussions, back up singers, the core band, and the 2 commanding front men, Ely and Jay performing in full on suits… It’s something the local music scene has not experienced before. 

Inside the BatCave.

Apartel x Victoria Court

Watched the full presscon below:


Victoria Court has always been regarded as a pioneering place where people with a sense of class gravitate to and frequent and could very well be Apartel’s home.

with the witty Simone

with Aki Rosales, Victoria Court's Assistant Marketing Manager

with the Ely Buendia.

Key words that lock in Apartel and Victoria Court - check in, trip out. Both brands are alluring, sensual, funky, and groovy... once you check in; you're sure to trip out.

SSSSHHHH!


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Friday, September 23, 2016

#FoodPH - Single Origin Experience!

Glad to visit the newest branch of Single Origin located at the Ground Floor of Edades Garden, Amorsolo Corner Rockwell Drive, Rockwell, Makati City after opening its very promising and successful branch in BGC, Taguig.



Single Origin boasts its wide range of delectable dishes, Lamill coffee and tea selections as well as their alcoholic beverages that soothes everyone's personalities.

This place is not intimidating at all as pieces of bricks, woods and industrial lights make the ambiance more welcoming. It's like a haven for a comfortable hang out place with friends, colleagues or even an intimate dining experience with family. The music playing on the background compliments the modern rustic interior design which I really like. 

The service is really highly commendable as servers are proactive, clean, well versed and pleasant. Apart from good food and ambiance, having a great service means a lot for someone who's looking for a 360 experience. Having said that, Single Origin didn't disappoint.

In terms of the food, everything that has been served really strike a balance between sinful, sinfully good and really really good! 

Personal Favorite and a-MUST-try: 

1. Single Origin Burger


What's special about this burger is the pattie which is made out of wagyu beef. You have the liberty to request how you want it to be (rare. medium rare, well done). Served with greens, tomato, pickles and truffle fries. Sinfully good!

2. White Truffle Pasta


The aroma coming from the truffle oil compliments the freshness of the mushroom that has been put into this dish. The poached egg added more texture. Really awesome!

3. Short Ribs Benedict


This slow cooked braised beef has this melts-in-your-mouth experience. It has been slow cooked for about 4 to 5 hours which explains how tender it was. Served with poached egg, hoilandaise sauce and garlic potato hash, this one is definitely a must not miss! 

4. Bacon on Mud

This is their version of Churros. No one can go wrong with BACON! Having the dark chocolate dip compliments the slightly sweet and saltiness of the mapplewood-bacon. Cool innovation.

5. Single Origin French Toast


Single Origin creates their own Brioche which is very tasty on it's own. Imagine how more delicious it is when used as a base for a french toast! This dish is topped with blueberries, whipped cream and Vermont maple syrup.

Tips:

1. Order pancake/waffle plates during your visit every Mondays and Tuesdays and enjoy a free pour-over coffee from 7am to 6pm.

2. Take advantage of the Happy Hour from 4pm to 8pm and enjoy 25% off from a wide selection of imported beers, mixes, and wines.

Here are the other dishes I've tried:

Mixed Berry PancakesTopped with Raspberry, Blackberry, and Blueberry with whipped cream and Vermont maple syrup.

Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast
Three cubes of in house baked Brioche topped with fresh strawberry slices, whipped cream cheese and Vermont maple syrup.

Shrimp Po Boy Deep fried shrimp tossed in honey mayo dressing on bread with truffle potato chips and greens on the side.

Classic Corned Beef and Eggs
Homemade corned beef with creamy scrambled eggs served with toasted white bread.

Crab Fat Pasta
Crabfat pasta and sauteed seafoods served with toasted bread.

Bacon Basket
BBQ glazed crispy pork with garlic aioli.


Mr. Woods this drink is made out of freshly squeezed lemonade layered with organic passion berry black iced tea.

Cafe Latte made from espresso shots of Bliss Coffee with textured milk and topped with some foamy art. 

Over all, the Single Origin experience is awesome as it is! I will definitely go back to try their other dishes as well as other coffee and spirits. I hope to visit also the branch located in BGC to check the if the ambiance is great as well as the service.


Verdict

Food - 4.5
Ambiance - 4
Service - 4
Value for Money - 4


Have you tried Single Origin? I am looking forward to hear from you. :)



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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

#TheaterPH - Lagablab Retrospective

Sharing you points I like about Artist Playground's newest offering Lagablab.



1. Stage Design



Lagablab is set in Bulacan during the Japanese occupation. The story revolves around the desolation of a Filipino family who was forced by the cruel realities of war to make difficult choices of either painfully surrendering their dignity in exchange of security or bravely fighting for their name and worthiness to a detrimental end. Artist Playground took the challenge to staged it in a small place in a condo unit, Landsdale Tower in Quezon City which they called Little Room Upstairs, and pulled off a bahay kubo. Having a small space can really be a challenge but the artistic team execute it very well. The room can host up to more or less 7 characters on stage and 30 seats for the audience. This will surely give theater goers an intimate experience.

2. The Cast



Artist Playground makes sure that each character will be portrayed at its best. During the press preview, Chayong was played by Jhaeka Madronio and Hirohito by Manu Gallardo San Pedro. Sheryll Villamor Ceasico steals the spotlight at times as she portrayed the character of Pilang, Chayong's mother, who's desperately wants to have a better life outside the poor life she has grown up to. 

With the guidance from Paul Jake Paule, as the director of Lagablab, he lets the artists take their own attack on the character based on how they internalize everything which gives them the liberty to create their own identity. I commend this strategy as they are giving artists more opportunity to explore, recreate and discover their individuality on and off stage.

3. The Story



Artist Playground remains to give theater goers interesting material that will surely reconnects them may it be to past or present creating an intelligent discourse during and after the play. They always make it a point to stage an hour at most for every material they are choosing. The reason is for the audience to have more time to appreciate, discuss and even digest what has been presented to them. Lagablab as an inspired material from a short story written by British writer W. Somerset Maugham entitled “The Unconquered” encourages you to be curious on what life has to offer having a battle between oneself and what society dictates. Watch out for the ending!



Lagablab will run every 7pm of Fridays, 3pm and 7pm of Saturdays and Sundays, from September 23 to October 30. You may get your tickets via Artist Playground's Facebook Page or contact 0926-932-3179.



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Monday, September 19, 2016

#TheaterPH - Ateneo Blue Repertory's Real Life Fairytales

Ateneo Blue Repertory presents “Real Life Fairytales”, a blueREP original play,  for it’s 25th Season Premiere.  Real-Life Fairytales is a series of six unique vignettes about how fantastical real life can be, or alternately, how fantasy isn’t so different from real life. Contemporary issues such as mental health, body image, and drug use are examined through the lens of the magical and unusual. 




This musical scene-cycle is written and musically directed by a homegrown blueREP talent, Ejay Yatco; who is a composer, musical director and pianist. In 2013, he represented the Philippines in the World Championship of the Performing Arts where he made it to the top 3 and took home a gold and three silver medals. He was also nominated twice for Best Musical Direction and once for Best Music at the BroadwayWorld.com Awards. Lastly, he composed and arranged music for well-known companies such as City of Dreams, PNB, Resort's World, Bonanza Foods, Pepsodent, Pepsi, SM, Arlington and IBPAP.

Alongside Ejay Yatco, Real-Life Fairytales is directed by Missy Maramara who is a renowned instructor in the Theater Arts Program of the Ateneo's Department of Fine Arts. She holds an MFA in Drama (Performance) from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), through the International Fulbright Scholarship program. Since her return to the Ateneo in 2014, she has directed several plays: blueREP's "Urinetown", Upstart Productions' "Gruesome Playground Injuries", Ateneo Fine Arts' "Iphigenia and Other Daughters", "Authorial Intent" and "The Sound of a Voice". Aside from drecting, she has also served the theater community through performing in several productions. The most recent are Ateneo Fine Arts' "Purgatorio", Dulaang UP's "The Dressing Room", Ikarus' "It's April What Are We Doing Here", and New York United Solo Festival's "Clytemnestra".


Real-Life Fairytales is choreographed by Franco Ramos who recently graduated on full academic scholarship (ENTRACA) from De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde under the school’s AB - Technical Theater Program. He is entering one of his first solo ventures into musical theater choreography with Real Life Fairytales. He previously choreographed for Here & Thereafter, a Party Worth Crashing production featuring the songs of Kerrigan and Lowdermilk. He also previously co-choreographed for Ateneo Blue Repertory's Shared Spaces alongside Mica Fajardo.

Experience the extraordinary world that these talented individuals have envisioned. Join them and the Ateneo Blue Repertory this September for their Silver Anniversary’s Season premiere, which seeks to bring urgency, honesty, and even just a little bit of magic to our own reality.



Real-Life Fairytales will run from September 20, 2016 to October 1, 2016 at the Fine Arts theater, Gonzaga Hall, Ateneo de Manila University  and tickets will cost Php 250 each. You may also contact Mine Sandoval at 09358768970 for inquiries and reservation.

For more inquiries, you may check our facebook page Ateneo Blue Repertory, and our twitter and Instagram at @_blueREPERTORY.


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

#FitnessPH - Hot Yoga Experience at Yoga+ Makati via FitAccess.ph

Fun, Intense and Sweaty Experience!
  
I tried a lot of different fitness classes before but when I heard about HOT YOGA from a friend, it excites me in an instant. Based on Wikipedia, Hot yoga refers to yoga exercises performed under hot and humid conditions. Often associated with the style devised by Bikram Choudhury, hot yoga is now used to describe any number of yoga styles that use heat to increase an individual's flexibility in the poses. Since this subject interests me, I googled studios which offers hot yoga sessions and as I am doing my research, I come across with a portal named FitAccess.PH which enables me to book a class at Yoga+ in Makati for Hot Yoga A class.



FitAccess.PH is a lifestyle membership portal where fitness enthusiasts can book classes from different partner studios located in the metro which offers different classes base on one’s needs and wants. We all know that working out should never feel like a chore that’s why Fit Access is making it more accessible by giving everyone more interesting workouts.  





You can use my code to avail 10% off for your bookings via www. fitaccess.ph
"OHOHLEOxFA"

It was a sunny Sunday morning as I walk my way to Yoga+ Makati which is located at Cambridge Centre 3F, Tordesillas cor. Gallardo Streets Salcedo Vilage, Makati. The studio is easy to find since it’s within my vicinity and the building is well named.

Lobby

Sheila welcomed me with a smile. She asked me if it’s my first time to attend a class in the studio and I said “Yes”. I filled up a list which contains personal information necessary for first timers. After doing so, she toured me around. 

Chill Area/ Holding Area.


Lockers with Yoga Poses painted on its doors. Bring your own padlocks! 

Changing Rooms!

Yoga merchandise!

Coincidentally, yoga instructor’s name is Sheila as well. She shared a brief information on what Hot Yoga A class is and what to expect before, during and after class. Here are some of the points she shared us:

•Body should be hydrated at least a day before the scheduled class.

•It is advisable to wear less clothing. As for me, I attended the class with just the shorts on as other male yogis are.

•If felt a little bit dizzy or felt tired during the practice, you may resort to Shavasana (corpse pose) or Balasana (child’s pose) to regulate the breathing and blood flow. Get back to practice once stable.

•The room will gets hotter as the session progresses.

•Try the poses and challenge yourself.

•Have fun and enjoy.

She also instructed first timers to meet her outside after the practice just to have some feedback.

Hot Room!

Overall, my first Hot Yoga class is fun, intense and sweaty as it should be. Thank you FitAccess.ph for the hassle free booking and to Hot Yoga+ Makati for an awesome studio and class. I am looking forward to attend more classes via fitaccess.ph.

Inhale. Exhale.

See you around and hope you’ll book your classes soon too.

Namaste! 

Yoga+ Makati is located at
3/F Cambridge Bldg., Tordesillas cor. Gallardo Streets, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Phone: (02) 847 0697
Operating Hours: 6am - 10pm
Website: www.yogaplus.ph




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#TheaterPH - Are you ready for Artist Playground's LAGABLAB?



Artist Playground’s Season Two proudly presents LAGABLAB written by Dan Hollanda, a play inspired by a short story penned by British writer W. Somerset Maugham entitled “The Unconquered.” 

LAGABLAB is set to open on Sept. 23 at The Little Room Upstairs, 1701 Landsdale Tower, Mother Ignacia Ave. corner Timog, QC and will run until October 30 – Fridays at 7 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm and 7 pm. 

Directed by Paul Jake Paule, the play is set in Bulacan during the Japanese occupation. The story revolves around the desolation of a Filipino family who was forced by the cruel realities of war to make difficult choices of either painfully surrendering their dignity in exchange of security or bravely fighting for their name and worthiness to a detrimental end. 





The talented Artist Playground Players and guest actors in the play are as follows: CHAYONG - Mariella Munji Laurel, Jhaeka Madronio, Ira Ruzz, Farlin Flores, and Jacelle Escanan; HIROHITO - Anjo Resurreccion and Manu Gallardo San Pedro; UNYO - Coco Mark and Christian James Tiongson; CARDING - Aaron Dioquino, Sheneill Solis and John Racho; PILANG - Sheryll Villamor Ceasico and Lodie Atis; ANDONG - Greg Abelardo De Leon and Gilbert Bacolod; MAKAPILI -Joseph Navarro; SUNDALO - Sheniell Solis and Miguell Arnaldo.

The Story:

The main character of the story is a strong-willed woman named Chayong who is betrothed to a guerilla named Unyo. On the night of Unyo’s departure to join the fight against the Japanese, Chayong was raped by Hirohito, a Japanese Officer and her brother Carding was emasculated for defending her. The unspeakable act bore Chayong a child. Hirohito upon learning this was filled with remorse and tried to rectify his transgression by providing for Chayong’s family and offering marriage. But the news of Unyo and Carding’s death from the hands of the Japanese invaders ignited a great fire in Chayong’s heart, a fire that rages for justice, a fire the blazes for vengeance, a fire that will burn through her soul to commit an unspeakable act herself.

The artistic team of LAGABLAB is led by Roeder Camanag - Artistic Director; Paul Jake Paule – Director; Dan Hollanda – Playwright; Jeffrey Camanag - Production Consultant; Coleen Lanit - Lights Designer; Glenn Macalong Caspe – Production Designer; Ira Ruzz – Costume Designer; Princess April Tuason – Dramaturg.

The production team are as follows: Kimberly Claire Somoza – Production Manager; Toots Tolentino – Publicist; Rowena Jarito - Stage Manager; Emil Tiangco - Assistant Stage Manager; Glenn Macalong Caspe -  Spinner; Coleen Lanit - Lights Boardman; Dan Sheneill Solis - Props Head; Sharmaine Sarmiento and Noela Marie Dela Cruz - Stage Hands.

For tickets and inquiries, visit Artist Playground's Facebook Page or contact 0926 932 3179.

See you there!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

#TravelPH - I’M Hotel Redefines the Concept of Luxury



I’M Hotel is a property of many firsts—It is the first 5 star hotel along Makati Avenue and houses the first Onsen Spa in the Philippines, which is incidentally the largest urban spa property in the country as well.

It is exceptionally located with close proximity to malls, entertainment centres, and a mere 800m away from the Makati CBD.

Slated for soft-launch this November 2016, I’M Hotel aims to redefine the concept of luxury, by removing dated and irrelevant excesses to focus on elements that deliver the highest levels of utility. Every customer touchpoint is carefully curated and tailored to the guests’ preferences. The name itself is a homage to the guest, an invitation for them to project their personalities and preferences onto the hotel so that they can truly call the experience their own.

Signature Elements and Facilities

These signature elements work together to exemplify the property and provide an unprecedented hospitality experience.

The Largest Urban Spa in Manila with an Onsen Concept 

Spanning an expansive 3800 sqm over 6 storeys, I’M Onsen Spa is the largest state-of-the-art spa facility in the Philippines featuring a unique carbonated bath with technology imported from Japan. The spa houses 69 beds. Guests can choose to avail their treatments in a wide variety of rooms, from communal beds to couple rooms with ensuite jacuzzis or steam rooms, or executive and VIP rooms fit for small exclusive gatherings. It also features relaxation lounges, and a buffet restaurant featuring the most exquisite seasonal ingredients handpicked by renowned Chef King Fonacier. Prices are all inclusive and come with access to all the above facilities. All stays come with free access to the spa’s facilities.

Architecture, Room Design and Commissioned Art


Designed by renowned Singapore-based interior designer Suying Metropolitan Studio, the property is a picture of sophistication and elegance. The hotel features 434 spacious guestrooms, including 91 suites equipped with a Bosch-fitted kitchenette, living room, and dining area. Soak in unparalleled views of the skyline while enjoying canap├ęs and an ateliers oil bath, carefully curated by bath ateliers. Artwork has been supplied by the resident artist – Ms Bai Tian Yuan, and has been exclusively created to suit the theme of the hotel. Ms Bai is trained in Fine Arts and Interior Design, and is a recipient of the highly prestigious UOB Painting of the Year Award. 

Glass-Bottomed Infinity Pool


Swimming is an elevated and sensorial experience at I’M Hotel. The 50m infinity pool is both suitable for laps and lounging, and is an iconic element of the property. The pool can be seen upon entering the lobby as one looks up because it is glass-bottomed, hence serving as an interactive medium between guests who are swimming and guests who are just about to enter the complex. Lounging Beds are positioned at an elevated platform above the pool serving as a fantastic vantage point for sunbathing and people-watching.

Thoughtful and Modern Dining Options



I’M Hotel has an array of dining options to cater to every taste, utilizing fresh local produce and organic herbs grown on the poolside garden. Empress Jade features modern Chinese cuisine and a contemporary take on traditional dimsum. Bloom restaurant serves up international fare with dishes that will satisfy the most discerning of taste buds. On the 40th floor rooftop, Antidote bar features bespoke cocktails and tapas. The highlight of the bar is a luminescent jellyfish tank, where diners can enjoy the ambient glow of these elegant creatures in the backdrop of the stunning cityscape.

I’M Hotel Club Lounge

The club lounge is a privilege reserved for a select few. Guests who book direct on the website or book the suite rooms will be accorded immediate access to the Club Lounge. Fashioned as a gentleman’s library, the Club lounge is an enchanting and inspiring space to conduct meetings, or simply indulge in a round of complimentary tapas and beverages.

Other Amenities Exclusively Customized for I’M Hotel
  • Bathtub Menu: Guests who book premium rooms have access to a dedicated bathtub atelier who will prepare a bath with scents of your choice, accompanied with a variety of light bites and beverages.
  • Free Shuttle Service: I’M Hotel offers all staying guests a free shuttle service to important landmarks within the Makati city centre, making its exceptional location even more convenient.
  • Complimentary Refreshments: To make all stays at I’M Hotel unforgettable, all guests will be treated to a welcome drink, cookies, turndown chocolates, and complimentary mini bar at varying points of their stay.
  • Free Breakfast when Booking Direct: Guests who book direct on the website will get to enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast for 2 throughout their stay, immaculately prepared by Chef King Fonacier.
  • Designer Bathroom Amenities: I’M Hotel is proud to use CrabTree & Evelyn bath amenities in all rooms and suites.
I am truly excited to experience I'm Hotel. 



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