Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Filipino Entrepreneurs are confident based on 1st PH startup survey results

Filipino startups are confident and optimistic, with plans ranging from conducting initial public offering (IPO) to tapping new markets within and outside the Philippines. To achieve their goals, they want to make their businesses sustainable through improved tax incentives, greater ease in doing business, and better access to capital. 

These sum up the findings of the 2017 Philippine Startup Survey, which will be unveiled during Slingshot ASEAN:Startup and Innovation Summit on 20 October 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila. The survey was conducted by Isla Lipana & Co./PwC Philippines (PwC), the Knowledge Partner for the summit, in partnership with QBO Philippines, the country’s first public-private initiative for startups formed in 2016.

PwC Philippines’ Deals and Corporate Finance Managing Partner Jade Roxas-Divinagracia, explains: “Respondents were asked about their experiences, insights, motivations, plans, and needs. The report also gives a snapshot of the beginnings and the current status of the Philippine startup ecosystem.”

“Through insights gleaned from this report, we hope that the government and private sector can continue to collaborate to support entrepreneurs in turning their ideas into reality,” says Rene “Butch” Meily, President of QBO Philippines and of IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc.

IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc. is one of the founders of QBO Philippines. Its Executive Director, Diane Eustaquio, notes: “The journey though is not going to get any easier as the landscape is VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous). Let us continue to work on paving the way for Philippine-based technopreneurs and their innovations so that they can prove their impact on creating greater business value and a brighter future.”

Atty. Alexander Cabrera, PwC Philippines’ Chairman and Senior Partner, has nothing but respect for the 106 CEOs and founders who participated in the survey. “I hope that the stories will inspire other startups, investors, corporates, and the government to work together, and build great companies. There is a huge multiplier effect to empowering aspiring entrepreneurs.”

Survey highlights:
• 35% of the respondents launched their startups in 2016, and 19% launched in 2017.
• 43% are in the pre-revenue phase, while 37% have annual revenues below PHP2m.
• When they were starting their businesses, the top challenges they faced were capital requirements (88%), regulatory requirements (54%), and general economic/business conditions (50%).
• 63% are planning to raise equity financing to finance their growth.
• 47% are planning to raise less than US$1m in the next three to five years, while 27% are planning to raise between US$1m and US$3m. • 94% are planning to welcome an investor in the next three years.
• Primary uses of funds in the next three to five years are product development (39%) and marketing initiatives (29%).
• Strategies for growth in the next three to five years are to improve existing products or services (84%), introduce new products or services (79%), and enter new territories outside the Philippines (61%).
• 63% are planning to conduct an IPO in the next five to seven years.
• 95% are planning to enter new territories in the next five years.
• New markets to tap are other areas in the Philippines (56%), Indonesia (59%), Thailand (57%), Malaysia (55%), and Vietnam (52%).
• To help startups build sustainable businesses, the top focus areas for improvement are tax incentives for startups (59%), ease of doing business (59%), and access to capital (55%).

QBO Philippines co-founder, the Department of Science and Technology, expresses its desire for the startup community to thrive. DOST Secretary Fortunato De La Peña says, “May everyone realize and appreciate the entrepreneurial environment that has been set up especially for those whose agenda includes not only having a robust source of livelihood but also contributing to the country’s development on the overall.”

For his part, Secretary Ramon Lopez of the Department of Trade and Industry, another QBO Philippines co-founder, shares the same sentiment: “We are confident that with the demonstrated capacity of the Filipino in terms of creativity, talent, and hard work to be innovative and entrepreneurial, plus the continued partnership among stakeholders, we can build an inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem that can help in the development of MSMEs.”

Monday, October 16, 2017

Bancrea Homes launches its website

Looking for a home should be exciting and fun.  And Bancrea Homes will be able to get you the best deal  to own a great space minus the hassles.

Bancrea Homes has a lot of properties in their listing for you to choose from. Backed with years of experience in helping people make the right decision, they can help you get the perfect space.

The real estate digital services provider Bancrea Homes launched  their new website as prelude to its optimism in  generating P1 billion sales before the end of the year.  The website launch was  part of their initiative to address gaps in real property sales.6

“We have created because some sellers, when they’re done with selling the property, they no longer assist their buyers. With this application, we assist our clients from reservation to documentation, from the payments to moving in,” he said.

The website features a 24/7 live chat hosted by a real-person customer service staff, an “E-Refer Kita” app where an individual can refer a sales lead, check the status of their referral and earn a commission on the lead.

Roy Buen, founder and chief executive officer of Bancrea Homes, said that will expand their reach and boost sales.

“I am very optimistic because there’s a lot of mass-housing backlog in the country, around five million homes. So with our program, such as Pabahay Program, where we collaborate with the employees without cash-outs, only documents, then they are ready to move in,” he said following website launch in Manila.

With property developer 8990 Holdings Inc. as its partner, Bancrea Homes has collaborated with various employers to allow their employees to acquire their own homes.

Bancrea Homes works closely with government financial institutions such as Pag-Ibig Fund and the National Home Mortgage Financing Corporation to ensure that their clients' hard-earned money invested in real estate property will indeed pay off.

Moreover, Bancrea Homes also looking at partnering with other industries, such as furniture and home improvement contractors, architects, interior designers, and non-life insurance agencies to get the best deal for their clientelle.

It is for all these reasons why there is a need for property buyers to deal only with licensed real estate brokers such as Bancrea Homes.  The reality of how a deal can dry up in an instant, and not always for the best of reasons can be kept at bay.  You don't want  a sizeable investment to go kaput because of a broker's unethical activities.  

Buyers have to be smart and not be swayed by sales talk. Buyers should be aware that their brokers are operating legally or else, they will just end up with nothing. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bless Las Paellas opens at Vista Mall Nuvali

Bless Las Paella is one of the best places in the metro where you can get your good share of paella variants and other Spanish favorites.

After upscalling  their flagship store at BF Homes Paranaque, the owners of  decided to put up another at Vista Mall Sta Rosa. The latest branch was officially launched today, October 15, 2017.

A mass was held to kick off the occassion.  The ribbon cutting ceremony came in next, followed by the blessing of the restaurant.


Mr Gwa-Pulis, Neil Reyes, serenaded the guests and Vista Mall patrons in therogram that commenced after the site blessing.

Children representing the Quezon City Dance Sports Association were lauded for their dance floor agility showcasing famed Spanish dances.

There was also a flamenco dance at the grand event, which was followed by a fashion show that  featured Mario Javier's classic and trendy take on colorful Spanish attires.

The dresses depict traje de flamenca (flamenco outfit) or traje de gitana (Gitana outfit) traditionally worn by women in Spain and widely known for its elegance.

We feasted on lechon, Pealla Negra and Valencia afterwards.

Whether you're looking for the classic Paella Valenciana, Paella Negra, or something new and unique, Bless Las Paellas offers such and more.

Friday, October 13, 2017

It's BR Time for fun, free ice cream

Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, treated guests to a free scoop of their favorite ice cream flavor this Friday, October 13th at their Glorietta 2 branch. As part of its “It's BR Time”, Baskin-Robbins served regular-sized ice cream scoops to those who lined up for free ice cream coupons earlier.

This October promotion is Baskin Robbins way to kick off the ice cream season. Participating stores treat their guests and treat them to a great free deal so that they can enjoy delicious ice cream flavors.

Visit the Baskin-Robbins store at 2/F Central Square on October 27 (Friday) 3PM and get a junior scoop of your favorite ice cream for FREE!
Take your pick from 31 original Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavors.

And since Spooky Halloween event is upcoming, take this chance to savor the spooky Orange You Scared, a witty combo of chocolate ice cream and orange-colored flakes and bon bon ice cream with marshmallow cups in milk chocolate, all swirled with an orange-colored whipped ribbon.

So hop on over   Baskin-Robbins  and score some FREE Ice Cream! Remind those who  miss may have missed it to  get your Baskin-Robbins freebie!

Visit Baskin-Robbins shops at the Central Square and SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City; Greenbelt 5 and Glorietta 5 in Makati; Fairview Terraces; and Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. Baskin-Robbins has also opened new stores in SM Southmall, Las Pinas and Solenad, Sta Rosa Laguna.

For more information, log on to or check out their accounts:, Twitter, and Instagram @baskinrobbinsph.

Kid’s First to hold “One Fun Day: A Family Day of Festivities for All Abilities”


Kid’s First Early Childhood Intervention (KFECI) ​​is celebrating its 10th anniversary milestone with a day of fun and sport for kids called ​“​​One Fun Day: A Family Day of Festivities for All Abilities”.

​Expect a day of genuine fun and laughter as Alabang-based learning center, Kid’s First Discovery Space, holds special lessons on hip hop dancing, taekwondo, futsal, yoga, and circuit training. An area will also be dedicated for sand play, giant board games, kite flying, and many more!

Kid’s First’s “One Fun Day: A Family Day of Festivities for All Abilities” will take place at the Cuenca Covered Court in Ayala, Alabang on Oct 21, Saturday from 8am to 12 noon.
“It’s going to be a day that’s dedicated for all kids and their families. This non-competitive, fully inclusive event is for everyone - people of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. It could be an opportunity for the kids to enjoy activities without fears and worries. No winners and no losers. Just simply a day of fun,“ says Kid’s First educational administrator, Vanessa Morales-Balquiedra.

“And since we’re celebrating ten strong years of the center’s Kid’s First Early Childhood Intervention Foundation, all eyes are on all our students who will show us that differences in abilities are not a hindrance to creating strong bonds of friendship and that everyone can join in the activities. Watch them participate actively in non-competitive games and sports, and you’ll realize how talented, outstanding, and adorable they are. It’s testament to their ability to become fully participating and contributing members of our community,” according to Jennifer Teves-Manalo, Early Childhood Intervention Coordinator of Kid’s First.

Kid’s First hopes to send out a clear message that ALL kids with various talents and capabilities can develop positively and interact harmoniously with one another. Come and bring your kids at this fun-filled event. Ticket price is at: P500 for a single entry inclusive of entrance fee, snacks, and a loot bag; or avail of a discounted price of P1,000 for a family of three.

One Fun Day is organized to help raise awareness and advocate for inclusion of all children with different abilities in various communities. Proceeds of this event will go to the community-based rehabilitation program of the University of the Philippines-Manila College of Allied Medical Professions (UPM CAMP) and the Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation, Inc (ANAK-TnK).

You may contact Ces of Kid’s First Discovery Space at (02) 556-3887; 0917-8338983 or email for more information.

Robinsons Selections kicks off the Holiday Season with beer, wine, sprits and beer festival this October

Yesterday, Robinsons Selections treated guests and its loyal patrons to an incredible celebration of wines, liquors, craft beers, and craft cocktails at the amazing Venice Grand Canal Mall in McKinley Hill, Taguig City.

Dubbed as "Wine and Liquor Royale", the second leg of the month-long festival includes games, and access to a select number of local and imported brands featuring wines, beers and spirits. The event had guests playing fun versions of card table games as they enjoyed booze and cocktail samplings.

Don Papa resident mixologist, Kathryn Eckstein Cornista, talked about the art and science behind making cocktail mixes.

Make better choices with Robinsons Selections guide on some of the most passionate beer, wine and cocktail mavens on what to serve or bring into the holiday parties.

Treat your pallate and have blast with your friends this coming holiday season with the best wine, spirits and beer! Whether you are looking for wine, beer or bubbles, there are excellent offers on tasty beers, reds, whites, and sparkling wines at Robinsons Selections.

This festival is presented by Robinsons Selections in partnership with Philippine Wine Merchants and Absolute Sales Corporation, with Emperador, San Miguel Brewery, Ginebra San Miguel and Convoy as sponsors.

Do check out for more information.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Microsoft introduces its productivity app called Kaizala

For many Philippine businesses, managing staff in the field presents several unique challenges. From having to capture operational data from remote staff to ensuring that things are running as they should, current management and communication tools can be slow and cumbersome to use. More importantly, not everyone in the field has access to a PC and even those who do could only respond when they were logged into the system. For these organizations, a convenient, secure, and mobile tool for a remote work management environment is required.

The challenges for task-based workers

There are hundreds of thousands of front-line workers in the Philippines working in banks, services, manufacturing plants, department stores, and other industries. Their insights in their first-hand dealings with the customers are important to the company but they typically don’t have a dedicated work space or computer. Department store staff, bank tellers and promodisers generally use pen and paper or their personal phones for work-related communications.

This makes it more difficult to communicate with their managers or report to the headquarters regarding task-related concerns. Consumer messaging apps offer a band-aid solution but often lack security and control while creating a custom app can get expensive. For management, assigning and tracking tasks is cumbersome, and aggregating data analytics can be time consuming.

But Microsoft Kaizala makes this all easier.

Introducing Microsoft Kaizala — a mobile app and service for communicating and coordinating work in large, distributed groups. Now available in the Philippines, Kaizala makes it easy to connect with large groups of people inside and outside your organization. These can include employees, customers, and suppliers. It enables organizations to manage work with their extended teams through a single, unified platform — all on their mobile phone.

Security Organizations can trust

Security remains a top priority for most organizations, and Microsoft Kaizala provides the controlled access and data security that they need. Azure Active Directory services authentication ensures secure access to the Kaizala Management Portal, where IT administrators can control membership of all groups, remove users in one instance, and control user access to sensitive data. Microsoft Kaizala maintains user privacy and stores data in Azure datacenters that adhere to industry standards for security and compliance.

Connect with your entire value chain

Many front-line workers don’t have their own company email address or access to internal tools, which makes it hard for managers to share and collect important information. Microsoft Kaizala enables managers to easily reach very large numbers of users within and outside their organization, using a simple and intuitive chat interface. Organizations can broadcast information – such as announcements, photos, videos, or documents, collect data from the field through polls or surveys, and see real-time analytics as results come in. Users can be quickly onboarded by using just their phone number as a unique ID.

“Most businesses work with several partners, distributors, and stakeholders who are not on the company’s email address list, so communication can be slow and unsecure. With Microsoft Kaizala, they can better connect and coordinate with the entire team. As internet usage increases, we believe it will be easier for organizations to communicate with all their stakeholders, wherever they are in the Philippines,” said Bertrand Launay, Microsoft Philippines Managing Director.

Collaborate and manage work efficiently

Microsoft Kaizala makes it easy to coordinate work with a company’s entire value chain – field employees, vendors, partners – with a simple work assignment workflow and real-time status tracking—right within the app. Companies can assign and track frequently-used tasks with built-in actions for common work scenarios, such as assigning jobs and tracking completion status, sharing and requesting location, submitting bills, and tracking expenses.

Microsoft Kaizala makes it simple for organizations to seamlessly communicate, collaborate and complete tasks, bringing together desktop users and mobile-only users who may be within or outside their organizations.

“Using Microsoft Kaizala, organizations can connect with their employees and the extended value chain. The product offers a simple and familiar chat interface and goes beyond to make everyone more productive using Surveys, Polls, Jobs, Meetings and other actions, right in your chats. As we launch Microsoft Kaizala in the Philippines, we hope to help connect the unconnected parts of organizations – whether they are in large and small enterprises or in the Government. Microsoft Kaizala’s vision is to empower every organization and community to achieve more through purposeful chat”, Rajiv Kumar, Corporate Vice President, Office Product Group, Microsoft

Get more with Kaizala Pro

Microsoft Philippines also announced the launch of its enterprise version, Microsoft Kaizala Pro that allows organizations to have full administrative control of their groups.

Microsoft Kaizala Pro has additional features that include user and group management, system integration and automation using Microsoft Kaizala APIs, advanced reporting and analytics, ability to publish custom actions, ability to create public groups, and organizational profile and directory. “For management, the reviewing process becomes a lot easier online. What used to take 7-10 days to compile is now happening on a real-time basis. They are able to get information in real-time, and can also give feedback to the team in the field an in turn, can increase productivity or allow them to give better solutions to their customers,” added Launay.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Blue Water Day Spa launches New Treatments

Kim Chiu endorsing Lymphatic Massage
We must take the time to take care of our bodies and espouse relaxing activities that fosters wellbeing no matter  how busy life gets.

BlueWater Day Spa continues to advocate rhe benefits of self love by being at the forefront of providing massage services, wellness and beauty treatments directed at recharging our batteries.

BlueWater Day Spa held its grand launch earlier at the Novotel for its current line up of treatments. It also put together a special group of ambassadors who embodies its growing group of clientelle.

Present on this event is  host and actor Fabio Ide with some of their brand ambassadors; actor and model Ervic Vijandre, Ben Alves, David Licaoco, Man of the World 2017 Mustafa Galal Elezali and Manila Times COO Blanca Mercado.

All these ambassadors have different responsibilities to juggle and BlueWater Day Spa's wide array of services help them get a breather from their active lifestyles.

Kim Chiu promotes Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage, which is a perfect detoxifying and slimming theraphy that works to help recirculate body fluids, stimulate functioning and balancing of the immune system.

David Licaoco shared how the Combo Herbal Massage keeps him energized. The combined Swedish and Shiatsu massage techniques help the young actor and model David Licauco relax and take a breath from the city life.

Manila Times COO Blanca Mercado related how the Anti-Aging Facial benefits her.She gave tips on how she maintains her youthful glow in spite of her busy schedule.

Blue Water Day Spa introduced also their very popular Baby Massage with their youngest brand ambassadors Yasmine Chloe Simisim, Jaden Emmanuel Trinidad and Kurt Wyatt T. Yap.

Fellow actors and athletes Benjamin Alves and Ervic Vijandre endorsed the.Athlete’s Massage.

Alves, who graduated Summa Cum Laude at the University of Guam, is a writer and , athlete before he was part of show business. On the other hand, John Ervic Manalo-Vijandre also known by his screen name Ervic Vijandre is a basketball player before becoming actor.

October is Blue Water Day Spa’s anniversary month and they’re offering 40% discount on wellness and beauty services until end of the month.

To know more about Blue Water Day Spa and their services and other promos; please visit their social media accounts:



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Monday, October 9, 2017

Get ready for the National Pampering Day 2017!

Being a mom is not an easy task.   Most homemakers  are functioning in permanent overdrive to keep homes safe and clean, but continued stress  has a detrimental effects on our health.  It is important to take "alone time" and  pamper oneself to balance life with a  hard week.

And Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa is one of the most popular brands which recognizes this need to relax and de-stress.  It successfully expanded the pampering campaign into a national level last year and is now on gearing towards its second leg!

With the success of last year's National Pampering Day celebration, everyone is now looking forward to the upcoming sequel this October 17th!

It is 8 days to go before  the much-awaited #NationalPamperingDay and  there is no stopping us from getting  a FREE SERVICE OF CHOICE: a soothing manicure, calming foot spa or a relaxing foot massage. 

With this promotion, you get to enjoy the little things in life between 10AM to 12NN at all Nailaholics branches nationwide.   You'll be amazed at what  a soothing massage and  nails grooming service can do.  Relax and recharge as trained hands shape and buff your nails, trim your cuticles and pamper your tired hands and feet!

“We Filipinos are very hardworking in any given aspect of our lives and a nation of energetic and industrious people best deserves real pampering once in a while. This year, as Nailaholics celebrates the 2nd National Pampering Day, we go deeper and dedicate this to everyone and remind them to take it slow, take it easy, zone out and relax for a while.” said Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head of Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa.

This year's  National Pampering Day is expected to  accommodate more people as the free pampering session will be extended up to  1:00PM!  And the best thing about  National Pampering Day 2017 is that the campaign is in support of World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Save Philippine Seas---making it a win-win cause for everybody!

So mark your calendar, and avail of complimentary stress relieving hand massage  or nail care from  Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa branch near you.  You deserve it! 

Do visit to check out more on their services and to find the branch nearest you. Follow their Facebook Page Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa, Twitter @_nailaholics and Instagram @_nailaholics for get updates and other promotions.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Recovery Food celebrates its 5th Anniversary

The iconic 24/7 Recovery Food restaurant celebrates  5 years  this month with another branch opening soon.

The iconic 24/7 Recovery Food restaurant celebrates  5 years  this month with another branch opening soon.

Recovery Food is operated by the same family who owns the home kitchen steakhouse Mamou and Mamou Too,  known for its impeccable food and great service.

Recovery Food opened its BGC doors in   2012,  serving simple but very filling food to those in need of comfort food to get over their hangovers and to inebriated people  hungry for late night quick, hearty meal.

They offer a varied selection of Filipino homegrown meals ranging from salad, sandwiches, and rice bowls. Their hot kitchen even have champorado, mami and arrozcaldo.

Now you get to celebrate their milestone with their special promotion. From now until November 8, 2017,  you can order their top 5 best hits (Tapa De Morning, Doc Sisig, Pinatunay, Amadobo  SST) with Dalandan Juice and get your next bowl (Porkqua, Porkqua Curry, Happy Beef Arroz Caldo, Hala Ka and Happy Chicken) at P5 only!

Don't miss out on this anniversary treat!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Festival Mall stages 5th leg of its Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

Pink October  officially opens today at Festival Mall's Expansion Wing, gathering various advocate groups that proudly wave the pink flag high.  No less than Dr. Magdalena Miana, Councilor Stephanie Teves and Ms. Trina Biazon of the LGU's Gender and Development Office graced the occasion with their presence.

Festival Mall steps up its 5th annual breast cancer campaign this October to help promote early diagnosis and aid in the treatment of breast cancer with "Stronger in Pink" for this year's theme. It believes that with unity, women are stronger in life, in health, in heart and in mind.

In cooperation with partner organizations, the month-long campaign includes a poster-making contest following the Stronger in Pink theme and depicting the artists interpretation of "Strength in Adversity".
The Pink Exhibit at Festival Mall also runs today   until end of the month.

Zonta Club of Alabang will conduct the Pink Talk seminar on October 11, 2017 that fosters goodness even in trying times.  Guests can look good, can look, feel good, and can think good with take away tips from breast cancer awareness resource speakers.

And for all Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays of October, Pink Moves encourages all to move and groove during Zumba in Pink 2PM sessions at the Carourel Court.

Do join in The Pink Run: D Feeting Breast Cancer slated on October 15, 2017 at the River Park.  Initiated by the Manila Chapter of Philippine Society of General Surgeons, this  fun run activity has been adopted by the PSGS National Chapter to benefit  breast cancer patients and conquerors.

The iCanServe Foundation partners with the Gender and Development Office of Muntinlupa on October 18, 2017 for a comprehensive discussion on Breast Cancer Awareness.

Do watch out for the exclusive discounts, free consultations and many more activities this month for the benefit of Pink October partners such as iCanServe Foundation, Asian Hospital Charities Foundation, and Project Pink.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

South Pub Alabang

If you are itching to wind up the week and destress in a  bar in the South, then go check out this place in CommerCenter. South Pub Alabang is a hip, new bar for a relaxing night out with friends and family. Commerce Center, Alabang!

The owners of South Pub Alabang decided to put up a bar in the Metro South with the pub people in mind. This trendy hangout place takes on British, Spanish and Filipino food fusion which were curated to  perfectly complement  liquors, cocktails, local and draft beers. Each dish were carefully crafted for alcohol pairings.

For appetizers, we had Nachos and deep-fried, Crunchy Mushrooms.  Both has that crunch and texture to really perk up one's appetite.

Corned Crispy Pata is South Pub Alabang's take on this favorite pork dish of mine. They cure the meat in brine for at least 3 days and the result is  a cross between Chicharon and Corned Beef when deep fried.  The pork skin are all crispy while its meat remains fork-tender under its crunchy skin. I love it for its crunchy goodness.

I like this paired with their hefty serving of Sisig Rice. 

The Chipirones (P 220) is another Spanish dish that you should try.  It is made of well-seasoned baby squid spread on  top of a sunny side egg with two pieces of toasted bread. This is really a simple but comforting dish. 

South Pub Burger is one that you shouldn't miss out on.  Their two-patty beef burger is heavy and loaded with cheese. It is served with french fries.

Picky eaters would love to sink in their teeth into the Salmon Dish, It is served straight up on a bed of sticky rice.

South Pub Alabang  is designed to impress. They have soft, cushioned chairs for  intimate dining.

They mix up some recreational beverages at the indoor bar to help you unwind from a long day at the office and enjoy the company with friends.  So head on over and enjoy a cold glass of beer.

South Pub Alabang
2nd Floor, Commercenter
1780 Commerce Corner Filinvest Avenue
Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City

Monday, October 2, 2017

A taste of modern Japanese food at Mr. Roboto

Mr. Roboto is a retro-themed restaurant that opened last June 2017 at Alabang  Town Center. Corporate Center.   Owner Dani Ramos studied  abroad at the famous Le Cordon Bleu, and is related to the folks behind Neil’s Kitchen.  She   and her partner, David Mendoza manage  Mr. Roboto, which serves  Japanese dishes with a modern twist.

The place is a haven for the 80's kids as robot-themed restaurant had its walls decorated with anime graphics like Voltes V, Voltron, Daimos, Mazinger Z and much more that do make entertaining diversions! Even some of the nigiri, maki and sushi dishes were named after the robots!

Their Nori Nachos is a big serving of  nori chips, crispy-fried kani, fresh tuna bits, spicy salmon and sprinkled with cream cheese and wasabi mayo--a perfect appetizer for the delightful lunch that would follow shortly.   It is a clever starter full of modern flavors and textures! 

They served us Ultimate Prawn Tempura and Chicken Kastu with Gravy for donburi.  The  Ultimate Prawn Tempura was love!  I liked its light and feathery batter!  The prawn meat was moist inside the
crispy, golden brown batter.

Chicken Katsu /Kaarage is crunchy breaded chicken with subltle curry sauce that is quite peppery on rice. It has  vegetables tempura on the side.

The huge servings can actually be shared by two people.

The Voltes V maki, Shake Nigiri, Maguro Nigiri, Mr. Roboto Maki, and the Daimos were so flavorful! The Voltes V maki has deep fried,golden brown prawn on top and with crunchy bits of tenkasu. Don't miss out on the Shake Nigiri, my personal favorite!   

The pink rice of the Shake Nigiri (P 225) immediately caught my eye!  It gets its pink color from the  beets sauce, and is infused with soy truffle and topped with fresh, negi salmon.  The flavors were a balanced mixture of sweetness, and saltiness.

The  Chocolate Bread Pudding (P 295) was served to end our meal. It's  a plateful  of cubed, soft bread pudding with milo powder and Nutella cream plus a topping of  vanilla ice cream. The bread pudding is so rich, moist, and addicting. The candied bacon bits on top of the ice cream gives it that wow-factor. This chocolatey pudding is definitely recommended for sharing.

Visit Mr. Roboto and get to meet the millennials behind it. Mr. Roboto definitely gives you value for your money.   And do take advantage of its current promotion--
They are offering  our VOLTES V maki at 40% off  up to October 15 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of  VOLTES V! 

Mr. Roboto
ATC Corporate Center
Alabang, Muntinlupa City
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