Why Marikina is the Perfect City for Some Weekend Chilling

by Julia Escano

It’s far, and it floods. This is usually the extent of most Manileños’ knowledge of Marikina City. In spite of its proximity to Quezon City and Pasig, Marikina never quite enjoyed (or suffered from, depending on who you ask) an influx of people going in and out of its borders every day. Thanks to staying undisrupted by the mad corporate and commercial rush, this city at the eastern edge of NCR was able to develop into something quite unlike the rest of the busy metro.

The next time you need a break from the endless malls, or if you just want to get away from it all without actually having to leave, you may just find the answer in Marikina City. If you’re not quite sure what there is to see, here are 8 things that show how progressive the small city is and why it deserves a spot on your list of must-see places in Manila.

It has a river park

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Enjoy the Best of Japan’s Sakura in these Scenic Alternative Spots

by Julia Escano

From late March to early May, spring undeniably takes hold of Japan and creates a magic that has captivated people the world over. The season ushers in the blooming of the legendary sakura, or cherry blossoms, which breathes life back into the stark winter landscape. It draws crowds near and far, and all over the country locals and tourists alike enjoy hanami, or the ancient Japanese custom of viewing transient blooms.

Because the sakura only blossoms for a short amount of time – an estimated average of 2 weeks for 2016 – the rush to see them becomes more urgent. Thus, thousands upon thousands of people flock Japan to see the flowers for themselves. As the biggest international hubs, Tokyo and Osaka enjoy the largest number of tourists every year who come for hanami. While their vast parks can afford visitors excellent views, they also tend to get overcrowded thanks to loud and occasionally rowdy hanami parties.

Viewing the Sakura does not necessarily mean getting thrust into that atmosphere, however. If you are looking for more quiet spots for your hanami, there are plenty all over the country to choose from. This is also a great excuse to experience the country beyond its big cities. Thanks to Japan’s efficient railway system, getting to Continue reading Enjoy the Best of Japan’s Sakura in these Scenic Alternative Spots

6 Works of Art at the National Museum You Have to See for Yourself

When was the last time you set foot inside the National Art Gallery of the National Museum of the Philippines? Probably way back when you were required to go there on a field trip or when you were bored in Manila and just needed something to do to pass the time. It’s a common assumption that museums, particularly art museums, are places where snooty artsy types congregate to discuss the tiny nuances of each painting and sculpture. Don’t buy into that because our own National Museum showcases works of art that even the squarest, most uncreative visitor can still marvel at.

Need proof? Just check out these 6 works of art that will dazzle your mind at take your breath away. And we’re not just talking about popular works like the ubiquitous Spoliarium that you’ve seen all over the media time and again. No, we’re here to talk about the other works that no form of other media can do justice. You simply have to see them with your own eyes.

Parisian Life by Juan Luna

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To all of you who have seen Heneral Luna, yes this painting was depicted in the flashback scene of the general’s life. An avid observer and painter of beautiful women, Luna chose to represent in this piece a Parisian courtesan about to rise from a couch. It’s a far cry from his more tumultuous paintings with darker colors, as this is one of the pieces that showcased his talent for painting scenes with a lighter mood.

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7 Unlimited Wine Promos for Your Vino Obsession

Whether you’ve got a strong liver or a strong need to indulge in all the wine the Metro can offer, unlimited wine deals are your no-frills go-to event for the evening. Yes, there are unlimited wine deals scattered all around Metro Manila, and we’re here to give you a rundown of the best spots where you can freely satisfy that craving for free-flowing sauvignon, merlot, rose or what have you!

Is your liver ready? Good! Here’s Ellry’s list of top unlimited wine deals in Manila for the sincere drinker.

1. Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant

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Exclusive, secluded and perfect for a private dinner, Lemuria offers a host of French Mediterranean dishes paired with a wide selection of fine wines. The place is as classy as it is picturesque with its cozy, rustic interior and its assortment of gourmet fare – truly as gustatory experience every wine and food lover should partake in!

The Promo: The Grape Escape

Coming to your thirsty bellies this March 17, 2016, The Grape Escape offers unlimited wine for just Php1000 per person. It also comes with a cheese buffet, but for just Php200 a plate, you can add some hors-d’oeuvres. And since Lemuria has its very own wine cellar filled with the finest vintage from Romania, Chile, Continue reading 7 Unlimited Wine Promos for Your Vino Obsession

Skip the Usual Romantic Dinner for these Unique V-Day Date Ideas


Getting dinner table reservations and finding a date place that’s not crammed full seem to be part and parcel of celebrating Valentine’s Day.

If you want to avoid the usual hassles of this holiday, and give your special someone a unique experience this year, try these date ideas that are absolutely out of the (chocolate) box.

1. Go back in time at Las Casas, Bataan

Go old school and travel centuries back in time at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. The open-air museum and park showcases the Spanish-era of the Philippines with heritage houses that were carefully restored and transported from different parts of Luzon. If you think you’ll be spending an entire day touring dingy houses, you’re mistaken, as there is much to do inside Las Casas!

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