Party from Sunset to Sunrise with Dawin, OPM Stars and Popular DJs at Eastwood Quezon City New Year Countdown to 2016

Megaworld Lifestyle Malls and Eastwood City are welcoming the New Year with a spectacular and star-studded party that will have revelers partying from sunset up until the early hours of 2016.

One of the most highly-anticipated New Year events in the country, this year’s Eastwood Quezon City New Year Countdown to 2016 is taking the festivities to a whole new different level as it lines up dazzling spectacles, spectacular performances from the today’s brightest music stars and the best party music from the hottest Djs in town in what can easily be one of the grandest and longest New Year parties in the Metro.

No less than international singing sensation Dawin will be leading the star-studded musical performances at Eastwood Quezon City New Year Countdown to 2016 on December 31 at the Eastwood Mall Open Park.

Dawin, the American singer behind the smash hit “Dessert”, topbills an equally stellar lineup of performers, which include popular bands Techy Romantics and Imago, and award-wining OPM recording stars such as Kyla, Christian Bautista, singer-songwriter Rico Blanco and world-class Filipina talent, X-Factor Australia 2014 Grand Winner Marlisa Punzalan.

Hosting the revelry, which starts at 6PM are radio jock Joyce Pring and TV host and news anchor Andrei Felix.

At 12 midnight, guests can look forward to more glittering spectacles – the grand fireworks display that will follow the Dazzling Star Drop. Now on its fifth year, the Dazzling Star Drop is Eastwood City’s version of the world-famous Ball Drop in New York City’s Time Square and one of the most-awaited parts of its New Year Countdown.

Adding more color to these annual traditions is this year’s 10,000 balloon wishes that Eastwood City is giving away for free to revelers. The balloons, which contains a piece of paper where people can write their own wishes for the coming year, will be set free a minute before midnight, creating another must-see spectacle.

The revelry continues and picks up a notch at the Eastwood Quezon City New Year Countdown to 2016 After Party happening from 11PM to 6AM at the Fuente Circle in Eastwood Citywalk 2.

All set to rev up and electrify New Year revelers are some of the most recognized names in the party scene including DJs Ron Poe, Travis Monsod, Martin Pulgar, Cam Abecina, Cammy and Jess Miller. Joining them at the after party are hosts MC Victor Pring and MC Ace. 

“The New Year always brings renewed hope and excitement to everyone and this is the reason why we continue to make our annual countdown special and memorable. Through our world-class performances and spectacles that go up until the early hours of 2016, we want everyone to welcome the New Year with a smile on their faces and with renewed vigor, enthusiasm and optimism,” said Megaworld Corporation First Vice President and Commercial Division Head Kevin Tan.

Eastwood Quezon City New Year Countdown is co-presented by the Quezon City Government, Standard Chartered, Smirnoff Mule, RTL-CBS Asia and Ivory Music and Video. Official media partners: Myx and 97.9 Home Radio.

Party from sunset to sunrise and enjoy spectacular performances and spectacles at the Eastwood Quezon City New Year Countdown to 2016! For more information, please call the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls Concierge at 709-9888 or 709-0888, 0917-8380111 or visit www.megaworldlifestylemalls.com.


Handog Pasasalamat- a thanksgiving celebration from EMBOA

The Holiday season is a perfect time to celebrate and spread some cheers to everyone. The Ermita-Malate Business Owners Association or EMBOA took advantage of this festive season and hosted a special event called “Maligayang Pasko, Handog Pasasalamat ng EMBOA” (Merry Christmas: A Thanksgiving by EMBOA which I am very honored to witness.

Held last December 17 at Remedios Circle in Malate, the said event made some 500 children very happy. Invited guests included Manila Mayor Erap Estrada and Michelle Pe which is the current president of EMBOA.

EMBOA has prepared gift bags for the selected children from various Barangays which were later distributed during the event. But the highlights of the festivities are the performances of students from various schools in Manila which made this event truly memorable.

During the celebration EMBOA’s president Michelle Pe explained that EMBOA is very grateful for the support that they get from various sectors of the community including the local government and as a way of expressing gratitude they hosted the Handog Pasasalamat event wherein some 500 lucky children received gifts just in time for Christmas.

Right after the celebration at the Remedios Circle invited media bloggers including myself were invited to take a grand tour of the Ermita Malate area. An EMBOA representative accompanied us and acted as our guide during the entire Manila tour.

We visited several major hotels and iconic places in the Ermita Malate area. These are just a few of EMBOA’s members who are representing business establishments among the 130 businesses who are active members of the organization. Here are the Ermita Malate places that we visited:

City Garden Hotel Manila
City Garden Hotel has an amazing customer service team that is always ready to help. The rooms are much spacious with excellent floor plan layout great for guests that intend to stay longer. City Garden Ermita hotel suites provide spaces for dining, cooking and living area. Hallways are spacious with rooms fitted with LED large screen TV while some rooms have balconies.

Ibarra’s Garden events Place and Catering
Ibarra’s is quite known for the best venue place for lavish celebrations such as debuts and weddings. But what makes this place extra special is the efficient customer care that is very evident from the table setting to sophisticated menus that they offer. Being a pioneer in events place Ibarra’s Malate has perfected the art of classy celebrations. The exceptional attention to details is notable with every event held in Ibarra’s Garden.

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila
Lotus Garden Hotel is a nice spot when those planning to stay within the Ermita Malate area. Rooms are well appointed with amenities that provide home-style comfort. There is an instant air of coziness around this Ermita hotel since the staff are very accommodating. Generally, the entire Lotus Garden Hotel is clean and peaceful which can make guest feel at home and secure. Prices for this hotel are super affordable too.

Mabini Pension House
Mabini Pension House is situated within an old building that evokes rustic and nostalgia of the bygone era. Hotel room type has several options with some rooms fitted with electric fans while others have its own bathroom and air-conditioning unit. This is one of the most affordable hotels in Manila that is perfect for expats, budget travelers and transient tourists.

To wrap it up- it was one amazing evening in Manila. Thanks to EMBOA for inviting me and looking forward to see more of your members soon.

Learn more by clicking the EMBOAofficial website.


Celebrate the Season of Sharing with Gourmet Gifts and Delicacies at Tagaytay Twin Lakes

The Holiday rush is now in full swing and it could only mean one thing – tis’ the season for gift giving. And one way you can melt your loved ones’ heart is by warming their tummies. These gift ideas from Tagaytay Twin Lakes will surely guide you in sharing a merrier and more delectable Christmas to the people you love.

Greg’s Fruitcakery

Located along the main highway of Tagaytay-Nasugbo Road, Tagaytay Twin Lakes has become a popular destination among foodies and diners who love to pamper themselves with great food and a stunning view of the world-famous Taal Lake.

Greg’s Fruitcakery breads

But more than being an ideal family getaway and dining destination for the Holidays, Tagaytay Twin Lakes also has the goods that can feed your need this gift giving season.
First stop is Greg’s Fruitcakery where the fruit is always fresh and the cake is always sweet. 

La Creperie’s

It offers different mouth-watering goodies that would be best given to your family to enjoy this Christmas. From custom-made cakes and bread to their most unique cakes and pies, Greg’s Fruitcakery is a heavenly place for your Holiday sweet cravings. 

Topping of the list of recommended gifts at Greg’s Fruitcakery are its famed Cinnamon Buns and Chocolate Mango Caramel Praline Brittle. But if you’re feeling a little extra generous, get one of its Christmas baskets or vintage gift packs, which is filled with delightful surprises and is sure to put a smile on your loved ones’ faces.

Next stop is La Creperie’s, a French-inspired modern café. Give your friends and loved ones a slice of France by getting its excellently-crafted, chewy and tasty crepes including its deliciously sweet Nutella dripping crepe filled with fresh mango. Another must-buy is the La Christine made with balsamic glazed strawberry and filled with strawberry jam and topped with generous amount of whipped cream.

Santi’s Delicatessen

Also in Tagaytay Twin Lakes is Santi’s Delicatessen, a high-end shop that offers excellent quality gourmet products from all over the world, a perfect destination for extra special Christmas gifts. Santi’s houses a large selection of wines from different parts of the globe. From different kinds of Merlot to the classy Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay from Europe and places as far as Australia, wines are perfect Christmas gifts that never go out of style. 

Amira’s Buco Tart Haus

Last stop is one of Tagaytay’s most famous destinations for sweets and pasalubong buys, Amira’s Buco Tart Haus. Homemade tarts made with love and no preservatives are definitely a winner for the tart lovers and those who with a sweet tooth. The All-Year favorite Buco Tart is a great piece to add to one’s Noche Buena table and for afternoon tea and coffee breaks, thus it makes for a perfect present for your boss or your colleague.

Head on over and shop for delicious gourmet gifts at Tagaytay Twin Lakes this Holiday season. 


Bruce Willis in a new action-packed movie “EXTRACTION”

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, December 12, 2015—Two-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner, Bruce Willis, is set to star in the upcoming action-packed movie, EXTRACTION, directed by the award-winning Steven C. Miller. Coming to cinemas on January 8, 2016 and to be distributed in the Philippines by OctoArts International Films and released in the USA by Lionsgate Premiere.

EXTRACTION is an American action-thriller film written by Umair Aleem. The film also stars Kellan Lutz (best known for playing Emmett Cullen in the Twilight Saga film series), Gina Carano, D.B. Sweeney, Dan Bilzerian, and Steve Coulter.

The Extraction movie portrays Willis as Leonard Turner, a former CIA operative who was immensely devastated by his wife’s murder. 

Kellan Lutz takes on the role as Willis’s son, Harry Turner, who is also a deadly, young CIA operative. While the two are working on a super-weapon, Willis is kidnapped. The story revolves around Harry pushing his combat skills to the test to rescue his father from a group of terrorists. After learning that there is no aid coming their way, Harry sets to conduct a rescue operation on his own.  

Jammed with highly-skilled operatives, deadly assassins, and international terrorists, EXTRACTION will surely keep your eyes glued to the screen. Co-produced by Tim Sullivan, Brandon Grimes, and Gus Furla, EXTRACTION is scheduled to hit theaters on January 8, 2016.
(Press Release)

International Superstar Jessica Sanchez Releases First Ever Holiday EP, "Christmas With Jessica"

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Powerhouse singer Jessica Sanchez gets into the holiday spirit with the release of her first ever Christmas EP, Christmas with Jessica, available for download today! Millions have been anticipating new music from the pop darling so this is the perfect seasonal gift for her loving fans. 

The former American Idol had been hinting to her followers about the EP since last week tweeting "Christmas EP & merch coming soon my loves, I seriously cannot wait for y'all to see it "

The six song EP kicks off with, Santa Baby, one of Jessica's personal favorites followed by the festive sounds of tracks like Jingle Bells and Joy to the World, while showcasing Jessica's powerful vocals on beautiful songs like Silent Night, and Ave Maria. Produced by James Daniels and Executive Produced by LA Mic Studios & Wise owl Media Group, the EP brings together some of the most beloved holiday songs, all families can enjoy.

With a new merchandise store about to launch, performances in Hawaii and the Philippines this month, plus more new music coming in 2016, this is only a treat to Jessica's fans of what's to come in the New Year.

To download Christmas with Jessica go to http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jessicasanchez

And for more on Jessica like us on www.facebook.com/JessicaSanchezOfficial and follow @JessicaESanchez

About Jessica Sanchez
As one of the final two contestants on season 11 of American Idol, Jessica Sanchez rose to stardom by belting out soaring ballads by the likes of Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston.

In 2013 she released her debut album "Me, You, and the Music" and went #8 on the Billboard Pop Charts. Her international success has led her to countries all over Asia headlining in front of thousands fans. This year the California native, brought on a new management team, Mayhem Management Group, and released her latest single "This Love", which has more than 1 million views on YouTube. In December 2015 she released her first ever Christmas EP, "Christmas with Jessica".

Ready for her new journey, 20 year-old Jessica Sanchez has elevated her vocal artistry to a new level as she gears up to go back into the studio for her second studio album.
*press release



MCT Events Management will stage the last leg of the much-awaited 10th BINONDO WAREHOUSE SALE on December 14 to 20, 2015 at the ground floor of State Center Investment Building, along Juan Luna St. and across the St. Lorenzo Ruiz Church. The Binondo Warehouse Sale attracts thousands of shoppers in one of the most viable markets in Metro Manila.

The 10th BINONDO WAREHOUSE SALE is a seven-day event that showcases different brands with big discounts just in time for the holiday season. Shoppers will enjoy holiday price cuts by up to 70% discount, on shoes, bags, men’s and ladies’ fashion, sporting goods and accessories, personal care, and many more.

Participating brands like Adidas, Hush Puppies, Sebago, Jockey, Mr. Lee Jeans and RRJ will surely delight the shoppers with their offerings and promos.

As usual, admission is free and all major credit cards are accepted.

This event is organized by MCT Events Management in partnership with RCBC Bankard: Making Your Life Better!, World Vision, Sun Cellular: The Good Choice and our media partners WheninManila.com, Out of Town Blog and Ask by Flow Galindez.

For more information about the event, call MCT Events Management at 239-3807 or 399-2935. 

You may also follow us through Facebook Fanpage: www.facebook.com/MCT-Events-Management or in twitter: @mcteventsmngmnt for more updates on this event.


Nate Reuss live in Manila at the Kia Theater

Concert goers and music lovers mark your calendars, as Fun’s singer and songwriter will perform at the newest concert venue in Cubao, The Kia Theater, in a show dubbed as Nate Reuss live in Manila happening on January 19, 2016.

Nate Reuss is a Grammy Awards winner and popularly known as the singer/ songwriter of the pop indie group called FUN. Popular songs from Fun are “We Are Young”, “Some Nights” and “Carry On” which are all big hits.

Now going solo, Nate Reuss has his own album called “Grand Romantic” that features hit songs such as “Nothing Without Love” and other fantastic feel-good songs. It was just last summer that Nate started writing the tracks for his solo album and he successfully injected his hopelessly romantic side on each song that he created.

Watch Nate Reuss video personally inviting Filipinos to his 2016 concert: Nate Reuss Live in Manila

During the time he is in the process of making his solo album, Nate Reuss is just beginning a new romantic relationship which has been the inspiration for writing this new album filled with love-struck anxiety and at the same time excitement.

Catch the man behind the popular songs of the band FUN, as he sings huge hits from the group and songs from his new album. Nate Reuss live in Manila is on January 19, 2016 at the Kia Theater Cubao. 

This concert is presented by Wilbros Live. For ticket inquiry you may visit ticketnet.com.ph or call them at 911-5555.


Indulge your gastronomic cravings with Quezon Buffet

After the success of their first concept buffet-Guevarras, Gruppo Guevarras Inc. (GGI) has opened its doors in Quezon City aptly named Quezon buffet

Carrying GGI’s vision, Quezon Buffet undoubtedly exudes with high caliber dishes at very affordable rates. Quezon showcased variety of gastronomic fares that will surely suit everyone’s palates. It merges the comforts of home and gourmet delicacies by catering our country’s cuisines.

Nestled in the heart of Quezon Avenue, Quezon buffet carries an ambiance of an old-world charm and rustic appeal.  GGI upholds their commitment in reminding the general public especially the younger generations about our county’s greatest heroes; as well as preserving our culture through local cuisines.

Savour your appetite Quezon buffet dishes
Quezon is being developed as haven for delectable cuisines that every Filipino would crave for.

Highlighting Filipino-Spanish heritage which embodies classic food including roasting stations, various meat dishes, seafood, grains and noodles, fresh salads, flavorful soups and dessert selections, Quezon buffet is one unforgettable gastronomical experience. 

Much of the inspiration behind this effort came from their collective ideas to acknowledge the deep historical connection during President Quezon’s era, and this is through sustainable cooking of exquisite dishes. Here are some of their noteworthy specialties including the foodie favorite Quezon Lechon Baka that will satisfy your cravings.

 Quezon Lechon Baka

Celebrity Chef behind Quezon
Corporate chef Kalel Chan is the chef behind various fine-dining and high-end restaurants. 

Considered as one of the Top 10 good-looking chef, Kalel is surprisingly charming and down to earth. He goes for innovative fusion cooking that adds creativeness to his masterpieces.
Chef Kalel is always eager to discover new trends in culinary industry and adapts them in his food creations.

Quezon Buffet, a place like home
Exuding with elegant ambiance, Quezon buffet incorporates classic lines and Art Deco pieces into its interior, creating a classic touch. The backdrops are great for photo-taking which is a known Filipino past –time in every family gatherings, an intimate date with your special someone or the perfect bonding tick with your friends.

Quezon exudes a classy vibe, from its spacious façade, soft lightings, to minimalist interiors of black and white tones. The woodworks and sparkling chandeliers – blends the antiquated with cosmopolitan and classic, as well as the convenience of modern life. 

The walls are well-themed with photos of President Quezon through the years, giving customers a nostalgic ambiance.
Quezon gives a convenient and cozy vibe as the dishes are arranged per station and are neatly presented.

The whole place can accommodate close to 200 pax with spacious function rooms that can accommodate 30-35 persons, respectively.

Complementing the dishes, the place is satisfying as the service is generally noble. Their service staff are nice and friendly, accompanying customers from the front lobby up to their seats. They depict one of the good traits of every Filipino, which is being hospitable to guests. 

Resembling President Manuel Quezon whose name will always be in the hearts of every Filipino, Quezon Buffet is the epitome of this man by serving finest and mouthwatering dishes and yet very affordable price across the board. The extraordinary experience of tasting distinct local flavors will surely worth a visit. 

Just like in any traditional fiesta or festivity, Quezon truly offers a mixed dining experience for all ages!


2015 Best Ramen in Manila by a Japanese Reviewer

Gaku Nakamura is a self-styled Japanese Ramen Consultant living in Manila. Last year, he listed his top 10 ramen with Ramen Nagi topping the list. But with a number of new and authentic restaurants popping up, here is some of Gaku-san’s top ramen for 2015!

MUST TRY: Shoyu Tonkatsu
Gaku says: “Mendokoro has tonkotsu-based ramen with chashu. The restaurant looks just like a Japanese-style kitchen and it reminds me of a good ramen restaurant in Japan, Afuri. The taste of the broth and chasu is very nice.”

MUST TRY: Cheese Tsukemen
Gaku says: “Tsukemen soup is yuzu flavor and the noodles are thick. I have never thought that cheese can fit wih Tsukemen, but you will be satisfied once you taste it at Mitsuyado!

MUST TRY: Miso Ramen
Gaku says: “The best Miso ramen in Manila! It is located along Shaw Blvd. Although not located in a major mall, lots of people go there just to eat Daisho's delicious ramen. Not only ramen, but their gyoza are also delicious.”

MUST TRY: Butao Ramen
Gaku says: “Nagi’s tonkotsu-based broth tastes like real Japanese tonkotsu. If you’re a first-time visitor, try Butao. When you've eaten half of it, try to add their Fire sauce to change the taste. You can also change the firmness of the ramen and the toppings based on your preference.”

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#1 Find out Gaku-san’s #1 best ramen in Manila, check out the full list on www.foozap.ph

Talk about Good Food on Foozap!
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You can check out food reviews from the top food bloggers, post photos of restaurants you’ve recently tried, add restaurants on your “Wish” list and get notifications if any of your friends visited and reviewed your wished restaurant.

Check out Foozap to start your own food journey! Simply log-in www.foozap.ph or download the android app. You can also like their facebook page, www.fb.com/foozap to join giveaways to your favorite restaurants.