Friday, June 10, 2016

Sunday Brunch at the Food Exchange Manila

Most foodies can relate to the sheer excitement that rows of sumptuous good eats lined up for the taking brings. Buffets allow us to savor food favorites we usually crave for and give the chance to go on a culinary adventure trying out new ones without paying extra charges.

We had a chance to indulge in Food Exchange Manila's Sunday buffet spread through a zomatoph invitation.

Food Exchange Manila is a fine-dining buffet restaurant located at the lobby area of Novotel Araneta in Cubao, Quezon City. Classy and elegant interiors plus comfortable seats add to a great dining experience.

Its buffet spread brings international dishes from other foreign countries. They have Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Filipino and Indian cuisine to choose from. There is a variety of bread, pastries, cheeses and salads to start with, located at the left wing. The full length aisle of cheesecakes, pannacota, waffles cones, ice cream, dried fruits, nuts, gummy bears plus the chocolate fountain was hard to resist. The fondue section is a huge hit with the kids! Their extensive desserts line up included halo-halo, palitaw, puto bumbong and churros!

The salad section had a good array of sauces, vegetables and condiments. On the same aisle lies pizza and pasta section, wherein diners can make their own. Each member of our family has unique preferences and so we were happy with our choice of good eats.

My daughter enjoyed making her own pizza during our visit. She topped her dough with pepperoni and cheese. She handed her pizza to the chef for cooking in the brick oven and went on to the Japanese station. She filled her plate with sushi, maki and sashimi, then proceeded to eat with abandon!

Alongside the Japanese cuisine are sliced fruits. Diners are spoilt for choice of fresh drink concoctions and so much more.

I started my meal with a choice of noodle soup. I like seafood a lot so I handed a plateful of prawns and crabs to be sauteed in butter and garlic. I find it gratifying when the buffet spread belongs to one of my favourite gourmet delights. I went on to their carving station and had my fill of morcon, boneless lechon and peking duck.

My husband likes spices and so the North Indian cuisine section at the Food Exchange was such a big hit for him. He had his fill of masala, biryani and other appetizing curries. He devoured his delectable Indian Dishes with roti prata!

If you love Indian dishes then the Food Exchange Manila is a good place for you to indulge in these treats.

Overall, our dining experience at the Food Exchange Manila is for the books. Holiday and Sunday Brunch is definitely a steal at P1588 nett! This includes unlimited sparkling wines and cocktails. Children 12 years old and below eat for free. Call them for reservations soon!

Food Exchange Manila
Lunch hours start 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Novotel Manila Araneta Center
General Aguinaldo Avenue, Araneta Center, Quezon City

(02) 9907888

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pilipinas HD airs on Philippine Independence Day

Studying the events of the past gives us an understanding of how the Filipino society came to be. Learning about Filipino history can provide valuable insight for our future generations and help provide solutions to our present problems.

Pilipinas HD provides a higher definition of the true Filipino. This is how Pilipinas HD founder and President Manolo “Chino” Trinidad describes the new cable channel, which officially airs on June 12, 2016.  This coincides with the 118th celebration of Philippine Independence Day.

Pilipinas HD will showcase the best and the brightest not only among the country’s revered and known heroes, but will also showcase the extraordinary deeds of ordinary Filipinos who have made a difference in the lives of others and their communities.

Just when television content is known to seek the negative, PilIpinas HD seeks to redefine and retool Filipino viewers with heart-warming and features and narratives of what makes the FIlipino a great race.

“We are at a crossroads in our history when we must seek to know and understand the past in order for us to move faster, higher and more effectively into the future. We need to tell our children the greatness and the nobility of being Filipino. We simply tell the truth as it deserves to be told, in the eyes of historians, experts and story-tellers who researched, studied or saw recent history unfold,” Trinidad said.

Pilipinas HD launch was graced by a stellar cast of political leaders, sports stars, and community movers who are one in the goal of seeing the best in the Filipino that included International bowling hall of famer Paeng Nepomuceno, Philippine Television pioneer and former Senator Eddie Ilarde, MTRCB Chairman Atty. Toto Villareal and Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos.

Nepomuceno lauded Trinidad’s pioneering effort to showcase the indomitable spirit of the Filipino not just in sports but in everyday life. Ilarde, on the other hand, said that he is proud to be part of a great moment in media history. Abalos, a historian by academic training, also pledged support and thanked Trinidad for giving him the opportunity to do what he has long wanted to do— that is, show the world that Filipinos are a great people.

Among the first features of Pilipinas HD is Duyan Ng Magiting, an attempt to celebrate the greatness of our nearly forgotten heroes of the Philippine Revolution of the late 1800s.

Get Pilipinas HD free from June 12 to 30, 2016.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

YouTube FanFest 2016

There is no doubt that YouTube has changed the world. It has given its users the full power to upload any videos imaginable from how-to-videos to political ads, and share them across the globe.

YouTube's biggest superstars from around the world in the likes of Tiffany Alvord, Alex Wassabi, Tyler Ward, AJ Rafael, Connor Franta, Lloyd Cadena and Tanner Patrick comes to Manila after last year's YouTube FanFest success. FanFest 2016 features 13 popular YouTube personalities co-presented by Globe Telecoms, Nescafe, Philippine Airlines, City of Dreams, and Mazda.

Ajay,  Asia Pacific Regional Director for YouTube at Google, discussed how FanFest Manila came to materialize.  Closely involved in working with a mix of some of the region’s biggest broadcasters and motion picture companies, and helping them partner with YouTube for meeting their digital video objectives, Ajay was instrumental in bringing in these personalities in the country for the second time at the World Trade Center this May 27th.

It is amazing how the viral videos from amateurs, made them famous from them within a matter of minutes after uploading. While uploading a video to YouTube doesn’t guarantee an instant ticket to fame, it increases the chances of a genuine talent and originality in getting discovered.

The YouTube FanFest shows how far reaching these personalities have on the youth today. Not only has YouTube opened new doors for talent discovery, it also revolutionalized entertainment and education.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June celebrations and festivities made special at Novotel Manila

Kick-off your June festivals and celebrate the 118th Independence Day weekend, Father's Day weekend and UEFA playoffs at at Novotel Manila Araneta Center. Novotel offers modern comfort in its 401 stylish rooms and suites. It has a diverse food offerings to guarantee a good dining experience from contemporary casual dining at Food Exchange Manila, cocktail and drink selection at the hip Gourmet Bar by Novotel, barchow at the hip Pool and Lounge Bar, and all-day tea at the Premier Lounge.

For its Independence Day promotion running from June 10 to 12, the Food Exchange Manila buffet highlights Filipino culinary classics like Lechon, Kare-Kare, Paella and Kaldereta for P1,588 net per person.

UEFA Euro 2016 fans will have sonething to look forward to as the European football playoffs live viewings start June 11 at the 6th Floor's Pool Bar and Lounge.  The chowbar's menu is guaranteed to bring on UEFA's vibe to the Quezon City entertainment scene.

We celebrate Father's Day every third Sunday of June to honor fathers. Make this Father's Day the best ever by giving your dad a day at Novotel that shows him just how important and loved he is. Celebrate fatherhood and paternal bonds with Dad's Day Out stay package.

For only P 5,750 per night, fathers and their families enjoy overnight accommodations and breakfast buffet at the Food Exchange Manila. As part of this package, dads can enjoy the buffet lunch or dinner for free during their stay, while companions get 15% off the regular price.

Food Exchange Manila features a beer selection as part of the Sunday Brunch buffet spread (P 1588) in celebration of Father's Day.

Special themed buffet offerings like these add additional spice to the their international cuisine. Visit Novotel this month and take advantage of their promos.

You may call (02) 9907888 for more information on Novotel Manila Araneta promotions or visit NovotelManilaAranetaCenterfor updates.

Monday, June 6, 2016

British School Manila partners with One Million Lights

The British School Manila’s Year 4 students went on a visit to a rural community in Tagaytay to distribute 75 solar powered lights to 75 families last May 23, 2016.

There are communities which have no access to electricty such as remote areas in Tagaytay and so the solar panel lights donated by BSM make a real difference to the lives of these people living without electricity.

One Million Lights advocacy is lighting the way for everyone to lead better lives and alleviate the living conditions of families using kerosene lamps and makeshift wood fire illumination to compensate for non-access to electricity. The solar-powered light bulbs without doubt are healthier substitutes to kerosene wick lamps, which are dangerous to their health. Moreover, extended illumination allows the beneficiaries to take on more opportunities for livelihood activities that are normally limited by daylight hours.

The amazing fundraising efforts of BSM Year 4 students, parents and staff throughout the year should be lauded. The students raised funds from a stall they ran during the BSM Fete in May, as well as designing, making and selling Mother's Day cards. It is wonderful to see all of the hard work result in such a life-changing contribution.

Year 4’s activity is part of the BSM Service Learning programme and happens in the same week that the International Baccalaureate students set out for Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) Week with the highlight on Bayanihan. The common aim of all of BSM Service Learning projects is to let BSM studentry engage in an issue of global importance,   plan and initiate a project to tackle this at a local level.

BSM students collaborated with a range of NGOs and charities, as well as community members; who were all committed and equal partners in the various endeavors. The range and diversity of the projects that these students were involved in last week was remarkable: building chicken coops, refurbishing computers, certificating adult education, modelling and developing interview techniques, engaging in art and drama workshops with elementary children and refurbishing a tired playroom for young children in hospital. The locations ranged from Alabang to Quezon City, from Tagaytay to La Union in the Ilocos Region, to BSM.

Results from the various projects underscore how the BSM student’s service learning goals are highly achievable and the truly life changing impact this can have on local communities. On top of the practical outcomes, partnerships and sense of community engendered by this BSM Service Learning initiative are also considered valuable by the academe. The smiles, hugs and handshakes at the farewell moments were powerful; this experience will remain in the minds of many, for a long time.

By reaching out to the local communities and working with external providers, BSM get to understand local needs and empower local stakeholders to develop their own solutions.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Philippine Marketing Association is holding its 47th National Marketing Conference dubbed as "Hello ASEAN"

The Southeast Asian nations forming the ASEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY (AEC) are eager to welcome investments and partnerships from neighboring countries; equitable collaborations that will spur greater wealth and a better life for its citizens. This growing and vibrant economic community considered to be the third largest in 2030 (after the US and China) vowed to enable the creation of A Highly Integrated and Cohesive Economy that is People-Oriented and People-Centred that will produce products and professionals of World Class calibre.

Adopting this vision, the Philippine Marketing Association chose the theme HELLO ASEAN for its 47th National Marketing Conference to be held on July 28-29, 2016 at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom in Newport City. Media giant Bloomberg Cignal TV Philippines has signed up as its major partner. The power packed program features top tier marketing gurus who will examine the intricacies of this diverse region and present possible scenarios for market penetration.
The 47th NMC will showcase various embassies and their trade attaches in the ASEAN pavilion. The ASEAN market is teeming with untapped opportunities for Chief Operating Officers and Chief Marketing Officers and their teams to make a distinctive entry into this emerging economic powerhouse within the Asian Region. And so, participants searching for business opportunities in the AEC can get valuable information on how to invest or market their brands in the different countries.

Speaker Chay Cruel of Asia Brewery will open hissession with the question in every CEOs and CMOs minds: How do you start your international Business? Following the example of Asia Brewery, he will presenta framework thatbegins with an assessmentof acompany’s organic capabilities; taking into consideration the commitment from managementand their organizational structure or setup as key factors for outward growth.

Under Armour’s Angelica Suiza will describe their expansion strategy; making this US brand one of today’smost favored sports apparel line in Asia. Citibank’s Bea Beh Tan will talk about how this multinational bank is leading the pack in breaking barriers in the ASEAN Financial landscape. This is a healthy indication that the ASEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY is keen on enabling a free flow of goods and services among its member countries.

The global communications company, Havas Group, willpresenta profile of the Millennial as decision makers of the future. Havas executives from the region will share media and communications strategies that integrate technology, media , creativity and strategy in marketing to today’s discerning and opinionated consumers who are mostly under 30 years of age.

PMA hopes to focus the spotlight on the ASEAN region, which is seen as the 3rd largest consumer market after China and North America, but still overlooked by companies within the region. MNCs have been aware of this potential for some time as even Euromonitor acknowledges this region as one the fastest growing markets in the 21st century. Through its theme “Hello ASEAN”, the 47th NMC aims to shed light on these opportunities especially for those who are motivated by success and growth for their businesses.

For inquiries and or registration, please contact the PMA Secretariat at (+632)638-7700; (+632)634-5722 or email

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