Have this Unique Manila Daytrip by Taking the Pasig River Ferry

Think you’ve seen and done it all around the Metro? Think again! The Pasig River Ferry service may have been opened in 2007 (and reopened in 2014), but it remains to be a secondary and oft-forgotten means to get around the city. With this Manila day trip itinerary, however, not only will you evade traffic, but you’ll also get to discover another side to the city itself.

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Operating from Mondays to Saturdays from 6:00AM to 4:15PM, the Pasig River Ferry includes the stations of Plaza Mexico, Escolta, PUP, and Sta. Ana in Manila; Guadalupe in Makati; and San Joaquin and Pinagbuhatan in Pasig. For rates and Continue reading Have this Unique Manila Daytrip by Taking the Pasig River Ferry

13 Valentine’s Promos in Manila for an Unforgettable Celebration

It’s that time of the year once again. Roses seem redder, chocolate seems sweeter, and the sky looks bluer. Whether you’re under the spell of Cupid or not, Valentine’s is always a great excuse to head out and have some fun. And with these Valentines promos in Manila, it’s pretty hard not to.

Take your sweetheart, your BFF, your barkada, or even your whole family and enjoy these awesome treats that are sure to make your Valentine’s more memorable.

The Henry Hotel Manila

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Pull out all the stops with The Henry’s extra special romantic package. If you stay between February 10 to 19, not only do you get an intimate dinner at the hotel’s old-world courtyard, you also get breakfast for 2, couples massage, a bouquet of flowers, and a complimentary bottle of wine. This comes with an overnight accommodation for 2 in their stylish suites, where old-world charm and modern comforts are sure to give your stay an extra special ambiance. Reservations start Continue reading 13 Valentine’s Promos in Manila for an Unforgettable Celebration

5 Rooftop Bars in the Metro That Won’t Break Your Budget

by Geninna Ariton

When you hear rooftop bars, you immediately think, ka-ching ka-ching, you need to bring a lot of moolah because it ain’t going to be cheap.  And why shouldn’t it be expensive? Most rooftop bars in the city will leave you breathless. Especially with sunset and city views that you can only see if you own a top floor condo in a highrise tower. And these rooftop bars are usually found in hotels, or fancy office towers meant to target the people working there whose salaries go higher than a thousand bucks a month.

But don’t fret, we’ve found these rooftop bars that will let you enjoy local beers (from P50- P85) and cocktails (less than P230 per glass) on a budget. Imagine that! Without further ado, here are rooftop bars all around the metro where you can enjoy affordable drinks and scenic views of the city.

BunkBar

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This place has the cheapest drinks, ever! Local beers are just P50 and cocktails range from P80-P120. You cannot get a better deal than this. Plus there is this artsy vibe, complemented by the astonishing murals and the decor. They have bean bags and banigs if you feel like lying down and watching the stars. Not to mention they have events like poetry reading and live entertainment, just check out their FB page.

The location isn’t hard to find either. Although there will be no signs up front, look for Jovan Bldg. along Shaw Blvd., in front of PCSO. Do not be misled by the guards and do not ask them about opening hours and such. Bunk is open from 5pm, and the last call is 12mn, though you are welcome to stay until 3am, Tuesdays to Continue reading 5 Rooftop Bars in the Metro That Won’t Break Your Budget

13 More Unlimited Wine Promos for your Vino Obsession

Just can’t get enough of those oaky reds and buttery whites? Fret not because we heard your plea. Since you loved this list of all-out wine promos in Metro Manila, we’re giving you even more! Choose from this updated roster to satisfy your tongue and satiate your soul (yes, your soul). Whether it’s for your brunch cravings, post-dinner drinks, and weekend unwinding, these unassuming wine meccas are waiting for you with open arms.

Motorino

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Motorino is a Neapolitan-style pizza place with beautiful interiors, freshly made pasta, and a pizza menu to die for! For starters, you might think that pairing pizza with wine is sacrilegious as pizza’s most common alcoholic buddy is an ice-cold bottle of beer, but prepare to get your mind blown when you wash down a slice of their Quattro Formaggi with a chilled glass of Montepulciano, among others. It’s a partnership made by the Neapolitan gods.

The Promo: Wine All You Want

Possibly the most affordable unlimited wine option on this list, Motorino’s wine buffet costs only Php395. The only catch is that this is only good for the first 90 minutes, and then you’ll have to buy your wine by the glass or by the bottle. But hey, an hour and a half of their wine aren’t bad for such a low price! You can avail of this promo in Motorino’s BGC, Greenbelt 3, and SM Mall of Asia branches. Their last call for the promo varies per branch so make sure to call ahead of time to check!

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No Reservations

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The once-secluded and borderline abandoned United Street of Kapitolyo has now become a bustling hub for foodies and drinkers alike. No Reservations is one of Continue reading 13 More Unlimited Wine Promos for your Vino Obsession

The Revival: Fresh Spots and Old Staples Reinvigorating Malate

In its glory days, Malate was the rendezvous of society’s most beautiful faces: artists, socialites, and celebrities, even influencers, ambassadors, and politicians from around the globe. Its streets were teeming with glitz and glamor, and its many bars and restaurants overflowed with the perfect mix of flair and decadence. It was definitive Manila, and in it was the city’s heart.

Fast forward to the Malate most of us grew up to know, and barely any of its glorious past was retained. Artists’ lounges closed its doors for lounges of a different kind, and Malate’s crowd became seedier and seedier. Until finally, it became mostly known as “that part of town” you just do not visit.

Thanks to the efforts of the city government and the nostalgia of private companies, these days Malate is experiencing a kind of resurgence. New bars and restaurants, as well as updated oldie-but-goodies, are making waves, creating a Malate revival many have been longing for. The way things are going, it seems only a matter of time before Malate reclaims its spot as one of the hippest, most happening, places in the city.

So do yourself a favor one Friday night. Visit these spots and partake in the unique atmosphere of one of Manila’s most legendary districts, and witness the Malate revival all for yourself.

The Bar @1951

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Just like its first iteration as Penguin Cafe, a Malate legend from the 80’s until it closed its doors in 2009, The Bar @1951 is a mecca of free spirits and creative souls. Serving up la vie bohéme, The Bar @1951 has a dedicated gallery space, a live performance space, a loft conducive to deep conversations, and an overall vibe of creativity and free-thinking. It is most often frequented by artists of all brands for the art shows, live music, and good company. With such a distinct and unique vibe, it’s a welcome alternative to the glossy clubs and disco lights Continue reading The Revival: Fresh Spots and Old Staples Reinvigorating Malate

Farm-to-Table Culinary Adventures in the Philippines

by Anj Santos

You’ve probably noticed the growth of farm-to-table restaurants in the food scene lately. If you’re wondering what it means, it is quite literal – these restaurants get their produce directly from the farm where it was grown. Not from the market, the grocery, or from any third-party supplier. Sometimes, the restaurants grow their own produce too, to ensure the best quality!

While the concept has been around since the 80’s (as a dissent to the then-rising fast food industry), interest in farm-to-table dining has grown in the recent years as people become more health and eco-conscious. Fans go to these restaurants for the assurance that there are no canned or processed ingredients in their foods. The meats, vegetables, and fruits are also healthier since they were harvested at the peak of their ripeness, and go straight from the farm to the restaurant, giving less time for nutrients to dissipate.

But, if you want to get close to the source, here are some 8 of the Philippines’ top farm-to-table tours to try, as well. You’ll see for yourself how the produce was grown, harvested and produced and get to enjoy the end-products right at the farm!

Try these tours for a trip that’s both sensory and educational:

1. Organic Vegetables and Meat
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Will Travel for Food: The Delectable Filipino Longganisa Trail

If you are a foodie, and tasting the local cuisine is at the top of your to-do list when you travel, then here’s something you can consider for your next adventure. We all know how Filipinos love longganisa, our native sausage. It’s often part of our breakfast menu. As you make your way through the archipelago from north to south, the taste of Filipino longganisa also changes along with the scenery.

There are different types of longganisa in the country and each can claim to be the best there is in the land. There’s the salty kind and then there’s the sweet type. Some are shaped like balls while others are prepared long and thick or long and thin. There are longganisas that are wrapped while some are not. Whatever your preference is, embark on your own exploration of the Filipino longganisa by visiting the places where a different version is being made. Go authentic on the local flavor amidst the setting of the local ambiance.

Vigan Longganisa – Hidden Garden

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Eatinerary: Taste Maginhawa’s Secrets Through This DIY Food Crawl

By Mich Escultura

If there’s one fulfilling activity you want to center your day around, it’s food. And since there are few things in life as pleasurable as going on a gustatory adventure, we’ve created this complete itinerary around one of the metro’s most well-known foodie hangout: the Maginhawa area.  If a Maginhawa brunch, afternoon snack or dinner is what you’re looking for, this is definitely your go-to eatinerary.

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  • Ally’s All-Day Breakfast

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Let’s kick start this eatinerary with the most important meal of the day. Ally’s All Day Breakfast is a sunny little spot in Malingap Street that will instantly brighten your day with a variety of feel-good breakfast food. Whether you want eggs, tapsi, pancakes, waffles, or a comforting cup of Joe any time of the day, this is where you’ll find it!

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24-Hour Drinking Spots to Hit Before Duterte’s Curfew Starts

by Mich Escultura

It’s all over the news – our newly inaugurated president, in his bid to rid the streets of crime, wants to enforce a 1am liquor ban. Yes, that’s bad news for drinkers out there, but the good news is it still hasn’t been enforced. So for those of you looking to find watering holes that will serve you liquor at all hours of the day, here’s our list of 24-hour drinking spots all around the metro.

We suggest making the best of this list before the liquor ban is in full effect.  Think: Metro Manila-wide pub crawl!

1. 121, Eastwood and BGC

Metro Manila's 24-hour drinking spots: 121, Eastwood and BGC
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With Eastwood teeming with BPOs, it only makes sense to have a 24-hour drinking spot where employees can drink after their shift. That’s why 121 is a popular spot for those who work in the BGC, Mckinley, and Libis area. Aside from beer and all sorts of liquor, 121 also specializes in Filipino cuisine at a very affordable price!

Address: Third Floor, BGC Stopover Pavilion, Rizal Drive Corner 31st St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

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Organic Farm Tours near Bacolod You Should Visit

By Claire Marie Algarme

When you think of Bacolod, you instantly think of the sweet delights that are known in this part of the Philippines. But did you know that there are things to do near Bacolod that can offer you healthy pleasures? The province of Negros Occidental is a beautiful area in the country where vegetarians and natural food lovers can experience the ease of finding organic goods and take pleasure in knowing the various facets of growing these foodstuffs.

Bacolod City and its nearby towns and cities of Victorias and Silay in the north, Bago in the south, and Salvador Benedicto in the east are eyed as organic havens where healthy attractions abound.  ‘Farm Tourism’ is becoming a familiar concept and it provides unique activities near Bacolod for travelers who want to experience the fun side of agriculture. Guests and visitors are not just taken through the process of farming and brought around the various areas within the farm, but they are also given the opportunity to get their hands dirty, literally, and have a taste of the earth’s harvests.

The vegetables, fruits, and flowers grown in these farms are nutritive delights and picture-worthy produces. As you partake of the food they serve in their farms, you relish not only on the flavor but also the fresh, nutritious taste that this food Continue reading Organic Farm Tours near Bacolod You Should Visit