Friday, November 14, 2014

Patio Vera: A Hidden Culinary Gem in the Heart of Marikina City

Marikina City is the food capital of Metro Manila, there's no doubt about that. Even Quezon City is not up to par with the culinary treasure chest that is Marikina City.

Most might say that Marikina City is way too far, or too out-of-way, but if you are really up for a spin and on a hunt for great food, head over to the Shoe Capital and you're not going to regret it.

In the middle of a residential area of Calumpang stands Patio Vera. An old house converted into the Restaurant and Bar that it is now. It is a bit hard to find, especially if you aren't all too familiar with the streets of Marikina. But once you get there, you'll forget all the troubles you had to go through because what unfolds before you is a fabulous and grand restaurant with food that will take you back to a time when home cooking is not a rare thing.

Mr. Dennis Caballes, owner of Patio Vera, did the interior decoration and the landscaping of the restaurant himself. There was also an array of costumed shoes, that served as receipt trays, which he also designed. He mentioned that the look of the restaurant is ever-changing because he always redesigns whenever he feels like doing so.

Turning old houses into restaurants nowadays seem like a thing, maybe because it brings nostalgia to diners who miss the old days where one can look forward to home cooked meals on Sunday family lunch at Lola's house. This one, especially the house, brings me back to the 80s and to the studio/boutique of my mom's uncle who used to design gowns for celebrities back then.


At the center of the lawn is a tent, where you can dine al fresco. I loved the chandelier and the ornaments that reminded me of my childhood. The huge vase gives the illusion that you are in Phuket or Bali.

A very long and old wooden boat is recycled and turned into something like a table for plants and other antiquated displays.

Mr. Dennis Caballes, owner of Patio Vera Restobar

You might ask about the food... It was superb! It really made the whole nostalgia thing come to life with the food they serve. The food will really make you think of the times you visit your Grandma on Sundays (but you just play all  day with your cousins).

Visit their Facebook Page at Patio VERA (Restobar) for updates and details.
Patio Vera is located at 70 Gen. F. Santos Street, Calumpang, Marikina City. 
Telephone: 239-06-15
Open hours: 5:00PM to 12:00AM on weekdays
11:00AM to 12:00AM on weekends

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Christian Bautista launches new album this Saturday

After about two years, Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista is back with a new album “Soundtrack.” Produced by Universal Records, Christian’s new album includes memorable theme songs from the most romantic movies of all time.

The album’s first single Up Where We Belong, the theme from the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

Christian also bared his heart in his rendition of “A Thousand Years,” theme of the phenomenal hit movie series “Twilight.”

He also showed his edgier side in “Kiss From A Rose,” theme from “Batman Forever.”

Christian also tapped some of the best female singers to collaborate with him. Former sweetheart Rachelle Ann Go joins him in their rendition of “The Way We Were.”

Perennial stage leading lady Karylle performs the romantic “After All” with Christian. This is the first time the two performed a studio duet together, while Nikki Gil lent her beautiful voice in the duet “Come What May.”

The launch of the album “Soundtrack” will be launched this Saturday, Nov. 15, 7:00 p.m., Eastwood Mall Open Park.

Christian Bautista: SoundTrack

1.     Come What May (duet with Nikki Gil)
2.     Up Where We Belong
3.     How Deep Is Your Love
4.     When You Say Nothing At All
5.     After All (duet with Karylle)
6.     A Thousand Years
7.     Cruisin’ (duet with Julie Ann San Jose)
8.     Way Back Into Love
9.     Love Is All Around
10.  The Way We Were
11.  Kiss From A Rose
12.  Unchained Melody

Bonus Track

13. Seasons of Love (Theme from the series of the same title)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Richard Poon sings hits of Burt Bacharach in new album

The country’s premiere crooner Richard Poon interprets some of Burt Bacharach’s biggest hits in her new album aptly titled “The Crooner Sings Bacharach.” This is Richard’s second album with Universal Records, after the album “Legends,” which was awarded Gold.

The album consists of 12 Bacharach classics including “What The World Needs Now,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “Don’t Make Me Over,” “Close To You,” “Raindrops Keeps Falling On My Head,” among others.

“I think this is the best album I’ve ever done ever kasi even my record label executives are raving about it,” shares Richard. “It’s a nice album taas kamay ko sa mga arrangers ko.”

“The Crooner Sings Bacharach” will have an album launch this October 3, Friday, Shangrila Plaza East Wing. Advanced copies of the album will be sold at the venue.

1. Always Something There To Remind Me
2. The Look Of Love
3. A House Is Not Home
4. What The World Needs Now Is Love
5. Alfie
6. Walk On By
7. Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)
8. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
9. I Say A Little Prayer
10. Don't Make Me Over
11. You'll Never Get To Heaven
12. (They Long To Be) Close To You

Mariah Carey Live in Manila on October 28

LG unveils newest additions to its budget-friendly L series to Philippines – the L Fino and the L60 smartphones

MANILA, October 7, 2014 – LG Electronics (LG) has just introduced in the Philippines the L Fino and the L60 smartphones, the latest additions to its budget-friendly mid-range L series mobile devices.

A compelling alternative to higher-priced smartphones, the L ‘Fino’, the Spanish word for ‘fine,’ is made more powerful and now boasts of a more premium look and feel that are sure to attract teenagers and first-time smartphone users.

According to Jay Won, vice president for LG Mobile Philippines, “L Fino represents LG’s commitment to strengthen its smartphones portfolio by focusing on creating a more premium user experience at the entry and mid-priced segments.”

The L Fino features the blazing fast 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor and a 4.5-inch display, while its 1,900mAh battery allows users to enjoy long-lasting multimedia from the device.

With its “Designed for Funtography” philosophy, the L Fino combines fun with smartphone photography as it gives users quality, blur-free images with premium features that can once be seen only in the high-tier LG G series. These include Touch & Shoot, the selfie Gesture Shot and a front camera light which allows users to take a clear snap of themselves even in the dark.

It is also the first L series model to sport LG’s trademark rear key button, as well as the brand’s signature Knock Code and adjustable Smart Keyboard, and an 8 MP camera and true IPS display.

Available in white and black, the L Fino allows buyers to choose between these two classic colors with LG’s signature sleek body.

Key Specifications of L Fino (SRP Php7,990)*
•           Display: 4.5-inch WVGA IPS (800 x 480 / 207ppi)
•           Memory: 1GB RAM / 4GB   eMMC ROM / MicroSD slot (up to 32 GB)
•           Camera: Rear 8MP / Front VGA
•           Battery: 1,900mAh
•           Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
•           Size: 127.5 x 67.9 x 11.9mm
•           Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G)
•           Other: Knock Code™ / QuickCircle™ Case

Newest family member

Another addition to the mid-range L series is the L60 smartphone, a member of the well-loved L Series III family.

The LG L60 smartphone employs a modern “slimmed” design and has a woven back texture that gives users a comfortable grip while giving the handset a modern look.

Although with a sleek body, one can still enjoy a 4.3” display, while its 1,540mAh battery will allow you to maximize the phones’ functionalities and its 1.3GHz dual core CPU will ensure a heightened user experience.

It also has a dual SIM to provide utmost convenience to users. Set different ringtones, vibrations, or alert sounds for each SIM for further customization.

Key Specifications of L 60 (SRP Php5,990)*
•           Display: 4.3-inch WVGA (480X800)
•           Memory: 512 MB RAM / 4GB eMMC ROM / MicroSD slot (up to 32 GB)
•           Camera: Rear 5MP FF / Front VGA
•           Battery: 1,540 mAh Li-ion
•           Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
•           Size: 124.1 x 66.3 x 12.0mm
•           Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G)
•           Other Features: Knock Code™ / Guest mode ™, Panorama shot

“With smartphone users becoming savvier, we believe that the L Fino and the L 60 models will enjoy a strong following among customers who are seeking performance and feature-rich smart phones at affordable prices,” Won said.

Extended promo

What’s more, LG is giving more Filipinos the chance to own the earlier released L Series III smartphones and other LG Mobile handsets with as much as Php5,000 off on their respective selling prices.

“We are giving our consumers an early merry surprise this ber-month with our extended early Christmas promo, where they can get their favorite LG smartphones at lower prices,” Won said.

Consumers can get the other L Series III models like LG L80 for only Php9,990; the LG L70 for Php7,490; and the LG L40 for P4,490 until October 31, 2014 only.

The early Christmas sale will also give customers Php5,000 off on the LG G Pro 2, now for Php27,990; the LG G2 for Php25,990 (32 GB) and Php21,990 (16GB); the LG G2 mini for Php12,490; and the LG G Pro for Php11,990.

For more information about the new L series models, visit,, or; like LG Mobile’s official Facebook page “LG Mobile Philippines”; or follow @LGPhilippines on Twitter and Instagram.

PHOTOS: San Marino Tuna Flakes #WhatsNewWhatsNext Fair

Daniel Matsunaga San Marino Tuna Flakes #WhatsNewWhatsNext 

 Dani Barretto and Bubbles Paraiso

 Tuna Turnover and Tuna Canape

<- and="" arnold="" jeric="" opstal="" p="" teng="" van="">

 Jeron Teng ->

 Marc Nelson

Daniel Matsunaga reveals secret to having the strength to do what’s next after his PBB big win

As a believer in living life to the fullest, ‘Brapanese’ model Daniel Matsunaga regularly does cardio exercises, lifts weights, and participates in a lot of sports like professional football and the Spartan Race, the most difficult obstacle race franchise, whose US competition he wishes to join someday. He also loves to wakeboard and get into the groove of Brazil’s traditional dance Capoeira.

But sports and workout is only a small portion of what makes the Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) grand winner fit and strong. The strength to do all his activities, especially after his recent big win at the reality show, comes from a daily diet that consists of a lot of protein that he gets from his favorite tuna.

“Food diet is very important for me. It gives me the strength to seize whatever opportunity comes my way after winning the top prize in PBB. And for me, the perfect diet mostly consists of high protein tuna from San Marino Tuna Flakes,” Matsunaga said.

Protein, after all, is an essential building block of muscles. The more protein people eat, the more they build and strengthen their muscles, which in turn will allow them to enjoy more activities and live life to the fullest.

“I just love San Marino Tuna Flakes. It’s all natural tuna goodness gives me just that – the strength to do what’s next in my showbiz career and sports engagements,” Matsunaga said.

After introducing a few years back its fresh twist to canned tuna, the “corned tuna,” San Marino has just joined the conventional  canned tuna market with the newly launched tuna flakes line that comes in oil and hot & spicy variants, and in easy-open cans.

Made from freshly-caught tuna with no preservatives, San Marino Tuna Flakes contains the highest level of protein to help build strong muscles so one can make the most out of life and take on #WhatsNewWhatsNext. This makes San Marino Tuna Flakes the perfect choice for health and fitness buffs. On its own or prepared in a variety of dishes like sandwiches and pasta, one can truly enjoy the natural goodness of tuna and the strength that comes with it.

During the launch of Matsunaga as the face of the new San Marino Tuna Flakes, Foodsphere President Jerome Ong said, “We are glad to welcome Daniel as one of our brand endorsers. After all, we created our newest tuna flakes product with millennials like him in mind. San Marino Tuna Flakes will fuel them so that they can do one exciting adventure after another.”

Ong further shared that their newest product is “a dream come true for everyone behind Foodsphere. It captures the essence of how the company has grown stronger and risen higher than ever to achieve its vision of providing total satisfaction to Filipinos through food that nourishes life.”

Present as well in the San Marino Tuna Flakes’ launch are fit & fab celebrities like young basketball superstars Jeric and Jeron Teng, Dela Salle Archers’ Big Man Arnold van Opstal and lady spiker Mika Reyes, hunks Marc Nelson and Victor Basa, actress-models Phoemela Baranda and Bubbles Paraiso, showbiz reporters Ginger Conejero and Divine Lee, showbiz daughter Dani Barretto, and hosts Nikko Ramos and Katz Salao.

Held at the Mercato-Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, the San Marino Tuna Flakes launch event also treated guests and participants to try out exciting activities for free like wall climbing, trapezing, rappelling and win exciting prizes like GoPro cameras and Garmin watches.