Saturday, January 25, 2014

Korean buffet at Matgalne

Looking for a special dining experience?

Head off to Matgalne. Situated at the corner of Makati Avenue and Kalayaan Avenue, Matgalne is a Korean buffet restaurant that offers unlimited samgyupsal (pork belly), unlimited chadolbaegi (beef) plus over 20 side dishes to complement your grilled food for only 399 pesos per head.



Don’t be fooled by its simple interiors, the authentic Korean food it serves is beyond simplicity. Matgalnestaff are friendly, prompt, and attentive to the customers’ needs. Its owner, Mrs. Wendy Park, also serves a wide variety of authentic Korean dishes cooked to perfection using only fresh ingredients.

While the pork and beef cutlets were cooking on the grill, I went for some Chap Chae noodles. Made from sweet potato flour, the noodles’ light sweet flavor is what gives it a distinct flavor. It is the best Chap Chae I’ve tasted! I prefer it over the traditional Chinese “pancit’ that we Filipinos got accustomed to. The freshly sliced mixed vegetables further makes the savory noodles delectable.

Other than Kimchi and Chap Chae, the side dish selection includes fresh greens plus other food options dipped in a light egg batter and deep fried.




I had my fill of unlimited samgyupsal and chadolbaegi eaten in the Korean style. The grilled meat wrapped in lettuce leaves with kimchi and gireumjang (salt and black pepper in sesame oil). I prefer this condiment overssamjang (soybean-chili paste).


I like Matgalne’s simple food style. I prefer using a mixture of salt, pepper, and sesame oil on the meat to enhance its natural flavour.

The Mattang or caramelized sweet potato, similar to our “camote cue”, is something I love as well.

I consider my Matgalne dining experience as satisfactory! Go indulge in this food adventure.

You may avail of their 999-peso lunch promo for 3 heads between 11am and 4PM. Patrons may also avail of 10% discount on their bill onsite by uploading a picture of their Matgalne food adventure on facebook.

Matgalne Korean Restaurant
4768 Kalayaan Avenue Corner Mariano Street, Poblacion
Makati City, Metro Manila
(02) 890 – 2949

Friday, January 24, 2014

WeChat Version 5.1 skyrockets Mobile excitement

Do you want to know why WeChat has been a strong service in their home country, China?

This social networking app has added features and games to share with friends and to grow service beyond being a mobile messenger. Everyone had a fun time at the WeChat Bloggers Event last night as we were the first to try out the updates on WeChat version 5.1
Spanky Enriquez hosted the WeChatter Event at Makati Shangri-La Hotel
Steve Zheng explains play-by-play updates to bloggers

Download WeChat’s latest 5.1 update and find out why it is the most-searched and most downloaded social messaging app in the world. It has  over than 100 million registered accounts in international markets.

Fun and addictive WeChat Games
WeChat takes the puzzle gaming further with Craz3 Match. This game makes players match tiles in groups of three and eliminate some seriously cute animals. Users can also boost their scores with magical items like Quick Hint, Shark, Time Reverse, Unlock, and Level Up to boost their points against other players.
2 Day’s Match is a brand new casual puzzle game in which the player matches two tiles of same kind. Challenge yourself by clearing all pairs and work your way to win the crown. 2Day’s Match users can switch from playing in solo stage mode to multiplayer mode which allows you to spark matches with your friends or people nearby.
Gunz Dash is one of the pioneering titles of WeChat Games that allows players to choose their favorite heroeswho will embark on exciting adventures in a fantasy universe. Whether in solo or multiplayer mode, users can speed through worlds and collect coins for a high score in this exciting 2D animated, side-scrolling race game. Gunz Dash’s setting can be customized to activate music and sound effect to enhance the gaming experience.

Take your Social Life one notch higher
On top of the games, WeChat allows sized-up group messaging up to 100 users each. WeChat users can add friends via a wide range of innovative actions and methods, including scanning QR codes, connecting users’ phone books and activating location-based functions such as “People Nearby” and “Shake”. The platform enhances social interaction by supporting exchanging of text, voice and video, stickers, and photos with their friends over data networks or under Wi-Fi environments. Users can choose to communicate one-on-one, or within their closed social network through “Moments”.

WeChat also comes with comprehensive privacy setting functions, which enables user to customize their security level as needed.

Visit www.wechat.com for more details and application downloads. Please note that some features are limited to certain operating systems due to its product development cycle.

Webpage: http://www.wechat.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/WeChatPH
Twitter: @WeChatPH

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Private Sector supports DepEd’s Adopt-a-School Program

The Department of Education (DepEd)’s Adopt-a-School Program has been well-supported by the private sector. It provides a venue for private firms and organizations to participate in nation-building through the public education of Filipino children. Businesses and private organizations’ generosity was commended in a ceremonial signing last January 22, 2014 at the DepEd Pasig Office.

Undersecretary Mario Deriquito related that foreign principals were astounded when he said that school classes will resume in Typhoon Yolanda-affected areas in less than one month. And true enough, the Philippine Flag flew proudly in debris-filled areas of Tacloban as the classes resume and people returned back to life. DepEd’s focus on rebuilding schools and classrooms in Typhoon Yolanda affected areas is in line with its call for support “towards a disaster-resilient and sustainable education”.

Veterans of Typhoon Katrina said that that it would take 2 years for the Philippines to rise from Yolanda and start life again. We may have been stricken down and hard but the Filipino spirit is not broken and would “not allow Yolanda to be the punctuation for 2013”, said Usec. Deriquito.


Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro said that, “The resilience of Filipinos is real, true and worth believing”. “We would like to thank all our donors for showing us that there is something moreis a something more powerful than Yolanda. Your hearts are larger than the destruction caused by this super typhoon”, he added. To date, 747 new classrooms out of 3,825 needed ones have been built in the affected areas. 2720 out of 10,301 classroom have been rehabilitated.

It is President Noynoy Aquino’s dream for the communities to see better built schools and buildings that are typhoon-proof and one that meet Category A for earthquake. DepEd aims to finish rebuilding one-storey classrooms by March 31. Identifying and validating schools that need to be relocated is included in the Phase 5 of this endeavour.

DepEd accepts donations in cash and in kind. Classrooms, educational equipment, facilities, furniture, school supplies, water and sanitation facilities are some of the student needs that businesses can support. Volunteer storytellers, builders and those who can conduct psycho-social debriefing are also welcome.

Businesses interested in supporting this advocacy may get in touch with DepEd’s ASP team via email aspprogram.center@gmail.com or through the Office of the Undersecretary for Partnerships and External Linkages at telephone numbers 633-7207, 638-8637 and 638-8637.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Boarding Pass premieres on January 25

Boarding Pass is an upcoming weekly magazine program on GMA News TV Channel 11 that tackles immigration concerns of the Filipino workers abroad.
Produced by Esquire Productions, this show airs locally every Saturday afternoon in GMA News TV Channel 11 at 5:10-5:45 PM and internationally, through GMA International channels.
Boarding Pass is hosted by immigration specialist and former ANC and News5 news anchor Atty. Mike Templo. He will be joined in by US-based lawyer, Atty. Rio Guerrero and Atty. Tsui Yee, who will give expert advise on case studies presented.

With the help of agencies, companies and authorities in immigration, Boarding Pass is expected to provide trusted legal opinions and free legal counselling that will cover issues on visa requirements, immigration, litigation process, studying abroad, family petitions, deportation, employer petitions, and more.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Fez Restaurant and Bar introduces modern Tagine Dishes

Fez Restaurant and Bar in Serendra offer diners a cozy ambience and friendly service. The comfy cushions, together with over 30 moroccan lights installed at the ceiling help create an overall rustic feel atmosphere where one can simply chill out and enjoy conversation with friends. The decor makes it seem more upscale than what you would think from the outside. Fez Serendra is fairly crowded with the number of tables they have pushed together, but they do a good job with service nonetheless!

Fez is the third largest city in Morocco. Hence, it was a concept choice for a restaurant that offers Mediterranean, Arabic and Northern African cuisine.


Modern Moroccan-fusion cuisine takes center stage this 2014 at Fez Serendra, as they launched their latest offerings - Modern Moroccan Tagines. A conventional tajine is a rich aromatic stew made of beef, chicken, fish, or lamb. The flavors are drawn from lemon preserves, figs, apricots and other fruits of the dessert. The tagine stew derives its title from the vessel is simmered in.

“We had to scour the corners of Dubai to find this Modern Tajine cookware” Ms. RM Aguilar, Operations Manager of Fez Serendra tells. “The old tajines found in the markets and souks were rough, porous and quite frankly outdated. We rejected all of them. After a year, we found a Tagine good enough for a 20th century kitchen. Now, Fez Serenda tagine are sleek, hygienic and iconic.”

"Our modern tagine doesn’t stop at the cooking vessel. Fez Serendra artistically deconstructed the tagine stew by segregating the ingredients instead of a mash of ingredients. We got this idea from Cendrillon in Soho, New York – an upscale Filipino restaurant in the 1990’s," added Ms Aguilar. "Foreigners wouldn’t eat our traditional Kare Kare because it looked unattractive so they deconstructed the kare kare and it later became a hit. Here at Fez Serendra we deconstructed the Tagine even the broth used in the couscous is in a separate vessel".

On its 9th year, Fez continues to offer a great selection of dishes and other appetizer choices. Do try out what they have to offer. Not only is the presentation fantastic, the food itself is excellent!
Fez Restaurant and Bar
1C07A Serendra Commercial Strip
Bonifacio Global City, Makati City
fezrestobar@gmail.com

Sunday, January 19, 2014

2GO Travel relaunches its lounge "The Hub"

In its continous effort to promote local tourism, the largest land and sea Philippine travel provider, 2GO Travel, relaunched “The Hub“ last January 17th.

Strategically located at Kilometer Zero, the heart of Rizal Park, The Hub was conceptualized with the passengers of 2GO Travel ships in mind. It is a hangout place for everyone. The Hub is a 5in-1 place—lounge, cafĂ©, bar, restaurant and ticketing office. Passengers can stay and chill at The Hub while waiting for a free shuttle that will transport them to the Negros Navigation, Superferry, Cebu Ferries, and Supercat ship ports. The said facility is a haven for passengers and walk-in tourists. The Hub makes ship passengers’ trip to major tourist destinations easy and comfortable as they relax in an upscale and modern, wine and coffee lounge.

According to vice president and Passage Business Commercial officer of 2GO Travel Stephen Tagud, The Hub plans to include cocktail or beverage packages in its weekend offerings plus a band to entertain customers.

The Hub aims to help promote domestic tourism via sea travel by raising awareness on what food each region offers. It serves regional Filipino cuisine with twists such as the Bacolod Chicken Inasal sandwich.

Stephen Tagud believes a lot of tourist attractions here in the Philippines are “under-promoted” among locals, so 2GO features various destination on the ship, at The Hub or via their magazine. “Though the domestic tourism is growing, it still needs a little bit more push,” Tagud added. “Tourism in itself helps our economy very much. So if Filipinos opt to travel within the Philippines, it would help our whole country in general by creating more jobs…”

The Hub is indeed a lively gathering place where your palate will be challenged with surprisingly food and phenomenal wine. Go visit it soon!

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