Matam-Ih: Authentic Exotic Kapampanggan Gastonomic Adventure

fried frogs and crickets

I just hate it that when it comes to exotic food from the Philippines, the top food suggestion on everyone’s list would be Balut. I believe there are far more better exotic food we can have our visitors to try like frogs, crickets, adidas and isaw.  Right?

fried frogs and crickets

These are just some of the delectable exotic and authentic Kapangpangan dishes you can try at Matam-Ih Restaurant in Angeles City, Pampangga. In Aeta dialect. Matam-ih simply means delicious. For bona fide foodies in Pampanga, however, the word also refers to one of the province’s most delectable restaurants—a place where Kapampangan cuisine converges with cultures of both the old and new world.

Matam-Ih Restaurant

“Matam-ih offers authentic Kapampangan cuisine behind a fascinating ambiance of an elegant and classy rendition of our indigenous people’s culture infused with Hispanic traditions and modem gadgetries,” described Cheryl Ann C. Rodriguez owner of the restaurant along Manuel Roxas Highway in Angeles City. 


Matam-Ih Restaurant

Matam-ih opened its doors to restaurant goers last August 19, 2014 and has quickly established itself as a dining destination for locals and day-trippers in the Culinary Capital of the Philippines. 


Cheryl Ann C. Rodriguez added, “Matam-ih promises an exciting and unique gastronomic adventure you can’t find elsewhere.” 

Moreover, the restaurant is not only home to great cuisine. Genuine members of the Aeta and Abelling indigenous people of Capas (also known as Kulots) have found opportunities in Matam-ih as food attendants. 

with the Aetas and Abelling indigenous people of Capas Pampangga

with the Aetas and Abelling indigenous people of Capas Pampangga

“Creating opportunities for indigenous people is actually one of the reasons behind the restaurant’s establishment. We wanted to offer them jobs after their accreditation to empower the local community,” claimed Cheryl Ann C. Rodriguez. 

A marriage between old and new

During the daytime, Matam-ih showcases indigenous arts and crafts and Hispanic heritage in the form of antique-style wood and steel furniture and decor. At night, the contrast between old and new is emphasized with frenetic light displays—achieving a breath-taking effect for diners.


“The interiors of the restaurant provide a meaningful glimpse at the past, with the comforts and conveniences of the new world,” explained Cheryl Ann C. Rodriguez.

“Here, the stories of the old and new simply, magically co-exist.”

The main hall is named after Apu Namalyari, a deity who—according to local legend—dwelled in Mount Pinatubo. The section features a one-of-a-kind birdcage chandelier, as well as a giant fish trap called Balisasa, an olden cmde fisherman’s implement. At the hall’s sides there are six safari-style tents named after the major Aeta Sitios of Capas. 


Restaurant goers can also indulge themselves in a number of recreational activities, like Adiu-Adiu — where they can try out a primitive bow and arrow to hit a target.


Mouth-watering dishes

The menu of Matam-ih features a smorgasbord of dishes that appeal for cautious eaters and more adventurous diners, from all-time favorites like Begukan Babi (pork sauteed in shrimp paste) to exotic delicacies like Betute Tugak (stuffed frog) and Adobong Salagubang (beetle cooked in soy sauce).

Begukan Babi is their version of Binagoongang Baboy

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Betute Tugak is the fried feog that definitely tadte like fried chicken!
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Adobong Salagubang is so flavorful!
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Bule Baluga is like Pork Sinigang in Red Sauce with patani or giant white beans.
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Sale Manok is like Tinola with lemon leaves.
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Pritong Hito made special with that sauce/paste!
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Tamarind Shake sweet,sour, salty abd refreshing! I love it!
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The food taste good as it looks and I am not surprised. Kapangpangans are known to be of the best cooks in the country!

How about you, have you tried any exotic Filipino food before? What is it? I Would like to know!

Stay gorgeoua everyone!


Apl de Ap Mission and Vision for Clark Field Pampangga

Once upon a time, decades ago, when people were downright backward and racist as I put it. I was often teased and experienced “bullying” (when I don’t know the word yet) because I experienced name-calling to its meanest sense, when they call me Negra, Baluga and what nots because I was dark-skinned (morena) and being tan when colonial mentality was in, is out and ugly.  So, excuse me, and this very personal note I will say about a photograph of me and some indigenous people of Capas in  Pampangga the Aetas and Ambelling.  “Ngayon lang ako naging pinakamaputi sa pichur!”

Aple de Ap and Earthlingorgeous with the Aetas and Abelling indigenous people of Capas Pampangga

Aple de Ap and Earthlingorgeous with the Aetas and Abelling indigenous people of Capas Pampangga

Some of you may give a remark that I am so mean and racist to say that about this picture. You may say that because you are not me and you have not experienced the humiliation I felt when I was being teased as ugly coz I’m dark.  This is just the same as veing teased as fat or short or whatever label you got as a child. Take a look at this pic, I am free from all your biases and personal preferences because we are all gorgeous.

Apl de Ap and Earthlingorgeous

Yes, that is Apl de Ap and the photo was taken at Matam-Ih Restaurant in Clark.  Apl was there to forge an agreement with the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) Clark with his Apl Tree Foundation and investors from Singapore.

Apl Tree Foubdation and BCDA agreement

Apl wants to help develop and promote his visionary project with Clark to become the Queen City of the North.  Together with BCDA and his business investors they will make Claek  the tech hub of Southeast Asia as well as the center of education, technology, and entertainment.

It is great to know that someone who is already as successful and popular as Apl de Ap would want to come back to his roots and help.  I wish him the best and I support his advocacy because part if developing Clark he promises to take care of the indigenous folks and give them an equal opportunity. Kudos to you!

Apl said he also plans to bring a Lalapalooza like event gere in the Philippines and it will happen in Clark!  So watch out!  I can imagine with his influence the type of talents and entertainment people he can bring!




A New Workout Routine to try out at Flying Trapeze Philippines

Flying Trapeze Philippines

Each kid had this crazy dream of being in a circus.  I think at one point in our lives we wish we can cross a tight rope or do that somersault up in the air while swinging your way from one person to another like those who do the Flying Trapeze.

Well, it is time again to live a childhood dream, even once. It is time to try out the flying trapeze and cross it out on your bucket list for good or if you enjoyed the experience that much take lessons and be a pro circus star!

Today is the official launch of Flying Trapeze Philippines (FTP) at the Bonifacio Global City!

Flying Trapeze Philippines

But more than just circus fun, plus, having long been exclusively relegated to professionals, FTP is excited to offer the general public the chance to fly! In addition to the thrill of soaring weightless through the air, the sport of flying on the trapeze has long been proven to be a great fitness routine that tones all of the body’s muscles from head to your toe.

Flying Trapeze Philippines (FTP) is the first and only flying trapeze school open to the public in Metro Manila. Located in Bonifacio Global City, just behind the soccer turf on the corner of 34th Street and 9th Avenue, FTP is one of the crown jewels of Ayala’s new Active Zone and will be offering an experience not found anywhere else in the country.

More than that, flying trapeze teaches students how to control their bodies and improves their reflexes, especially when making a catch in mid-air. These two aspects of the trapeze combine to provide students with a challenging workout in a fun and exciting environment.

Since flying trapeze schools have opened around the world, their popularity has only been on the rise. Celebrities like Hugh Jackman and the musician Pink have joined the act, each citing it as an alternative to lifting weights. Pink even went so far as to incorporate her trapeze training in her 2009 MTV Video Music Awards performance and then again at the 2010 Grammy Awards show. Even Al Roker, the NBC News personality, broadcast his experience flying on the trapeze in New York City.

There is something for everyone at FTP. We provide classes for those who want the full experience of learning to fly and learning new tricks after they have mastered the basics as well as the opportunity to take just one swing during our daily Open Swing Sessions. There is nothing else quite like flying through the air, and we hope to see you soon at Flying Trapeze Philippines!

FTP will hold numerous classes six days per week with each class capped at 10 students so that everyone who comes will be able to fully participate. Sign-up on your own and meet new friends or come bond 25ft in the air with your closest barkada. ☺

For additional information, class schedules and to book a class / corporate event, please visit: or email:

Watch this short clip!


About Trapeze Inc.

Incorporated in 2014, Trapeze Inc. operates Flying Trapeze Philippines, the FIRST and ONLY full size Flying Trapeze rig in the Philippines and one of only a few in all of Asia. Measuring 32ft high by 12ft wide, FTP is located in the heart of Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and offers students of all ages, skill levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced), shapes and sizes, the chance to fly through the air with the greatest of ease. Trapeze Inc. was founded by William Hsu, who has been flying since the age of 8.

P.S. I wanna try it out but with the way the weather is today I may skip.  Might try some other time when the weather is fine.  Good luck to those who will go today!  I am so excited for you!

Stay gorgeous everyone!

18 Holidays with 8 Long Weekends on 2015 Philippines

8 long weekends of 2015

Plan your travels now and save money and time. Here is the Palace official release of the list of holidays for 2015.

President Benigno S. Aquino III has issued a proclamation declaring all national holidays to be observed for the year 2015.

Malacañang released the copy of Proclamation No. 831, which was signed by the President on July 17.

The proclamation listed 18 holidays, with 8 long weekends on 2015.

Regular Holidays:
New Year’s Day – January 1 (Thursday) Maundy Thursday – April 2
Good Friday – April 3
Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Thursday) Labor Day – May 1 (Friday)
Independence Day – June 12 (Friday) National Heroes Day – August 31 (last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day –November 30 (Monday) Christmas Day – December 25 (Friday) Rizal Day – December 30 (Wednesday)

Special (Non-Working) Days:
Chinese New Year – February 19 (Thursday)
Black Saturday – April 4
Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Friday) All Saints Day – November 1 (Sunday)

Additional Special Non-Working Days:
January 2 (Friday)
December 24 (Thursday)
December 31 (Thursday)

Special Holiday (for all schools):
EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 25 (Wednesday)

8 long weekends of 2015

List of Long Weekends of 2015

  1. April 2 (Thursday) – April 5,2015 (Sunday)
  2. April 9 (Thursday) – April 12, 2015 (Sunday) altho April 10 is a Friday and not declared Holiday you can get a leave or something haha!
  3. May 1 (Friday) to June 2,2015 (Sunday)
  4. June 12 (Friday) to June 14,2015 (Sunday)
  5. August 29 (Saturday) – August 31,2015 (Monday)
  6. August 21 (Friday) – August 23,2015 (Sunday)
  7. November 28 (Saturday) – Novemver 30, 2015 (Monday)
  8. December 24 (Thursday) – December 27, 2015 (Sunday)
  9. December 30 (Wednesday) – January 4, 2016 (Sunday)

The list does not include other specially declared Holidays yet such as Ramadan, End of Ramadan and even Iglesia ni Kristo anniversary of sorts.

So! Happy planning your getaways!

Sneakers Clash #Clashwall – Converse Street Art Installations Philippines

Sneaker Clash #ClashWall

Have you been stuck in a massive traffic and saw a giant blank gray wall beside you?   Don’t you imagine yourself playing vandal on that wall and create something more pleasing to the eyes?

Converse, Inc. announces Sneakers Clash – a series of artistic installations that brings together top street artists to transform blank walls into massive art pieces; designed to disrupt and clash against a gray world. Sneakers Clash is directly inspired by the bold and colorful spirit of the Chuck Taylor All Star, with the series now coming to Manila.

Sneaker Clash #Clash Wall Converse Street Art Installation

Sneakers Clash is inspired by the Spring 2014 Converse All Star sneaker collection, featuring dynamic color pops and elevated silhouettes to provoke youthful self-expression. The undoubted hero of the collection is the Converse All Star Chuck ’70 – a new take on an American icon.

Timed against the launch of the Spring 2014 Converse All Star sneaker collection, the Sneakers Clash series will be brought to life on Philippine soil through #clashwall. Converse teamed up with 3 local artists to contribute to the creative initiative, uniting these local street artists with clashing styles at unexpected locations – challenging them to unleash their most visceral work against a static wall.

Kicking off the Sneakers Clash Philippines series was artist and designer Chad Manzo. The #clashwall project will be followed by the next two artists in the three-man roster, artist Archie Geotina a.k.a. Chichimonster, and designer Nicolo Nimor.

Sneaker Clash #ClashWall

 Archie Geotina, a.k.a. Chichimonster, works on the 200-foot mural called #CLASHWALL, the local artistic initiative for Converse’s “Sneakers Clash.” Inspired by the colors of Spring 2014 Converse All Star sneaker collection, this project is meant to offer a visually arresting statement amid the gray of the urban environment. 

Archie Geotina a.k.a. Chichimonster 

Since his Graffiti days, Archie or ‘Chi’ has now torpedoed his interests and efforts into changing the perception of Manila’s society into what street art’s identity, ideologies and aesthetics could be. Chi’s mixed media paintings are a play on the abstract and references from pop to baroque history deconstructed by his signature “static” style of paint application.

Chi will be bringing his art to the streets of Cebu this March, and through an online photo contest via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, will give fans the chance to submit images of their best memories wherein the winning entry will be used as inspiration for Chi’s #clashwall piece. 

Following Chi’s #clashwall is Cebuano designer, illustrator and creative director of local shirt brand, Nick Automatic, Nicolo Nimor.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the next installation of the Converse “Sneakers Clash” #clashwall.

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of “Bend and Snap”

Kodanda Archery Range

If you are familiar with the movie Legally Blonde, you know this part where Resse Witherspoon taught the ladies in a salon about attracting men using the bend and snap method. While her style involves showing off your physical assets to the boys you wanna attract, my kind of bend and snap involves a bow and an arrow! I am the huntress. Acquire target and shoot! Hahahaha!

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap
Last week, I went to try out Archery at Kodanda Archery Range in Makati Square with my clingers male blogger friends. Kodanda is the only archery range in Metro Manila that is fully-airconditioned and is open to the public (unlike the other’s who has open range and by membership only).

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap
They also have the most affordable rate compared to others, at Php550.00 per hour you get free coaching, free use of archery equipment and protective gear that adheres to international standards. You can pay an additional Php30.00 for the target paper which you can take home as a souvenir. If you have your own gear you can rent the place for Php200.00 per hour.

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap

Photo grabbed from John Michael Bueno or

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Distance of the archery range target is 5 meters short range, 8 meters middle range and 10 meters longest range.

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap

For beginners you can aim for the 5 meters but if you feel comfortable on a longer range you can have your target move to mid to the longer range, like what we did.

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap
Now here are the rules: The Archers Etiquette Guide

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap
Now I’m ready to bend and snap!

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap

Bend the wick, snap the arrow in place, aim and shoot!
Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap

Let the games begin! Clockwise: Rodel Flordeliz of and John Michael Bueno of

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap
3 Benefits of trying out Archery:

  1. Albeit there’s not walking running and too many movements, this sport is physically and mentally demanding as well. You have to keep your upper body aligned, and there’s a proper form you have to keep up to so you can take shoot the bulls-eye you are aiming for.  Drawing the bowstring places stress on the arms, chest, shoulders, and back, developing upper body and arm strength with repetition.  Constant practice also helps improve posture, balance and hand-and-eye coordination!
  2. The exercise of targeting helps develop focus, patience and allows you to center and calm yourself, which can, in the long run have a positive impact on one’s mental health and well-being.
  3. Despite the apparent individualistic nature of archery, it can be a fun social activity with your family, friends, and co-workers where you all can bond like what I did with my clinger friends haha!

Why choose Kodanda Archery Range?

  1. They holds monthly Fun Shoot Competition to regular clients and interested archers.
  2. They offer lessons for those who want to take it seriously.  For Php6,000.00 for 10 sessions at 1 hour sessions a student will be issued a Certificate of Completion.  Schedule will be adjusted to the students availability.  Equipment and coaches will be provided.
  3. There’s a possibility that you will be coached by Syd Nerickzon Fraginal (former player and Philippine SEA games record holder),  Ronnalyn Alvarez (former NCR Team member and Palarong Pambansa Winner) or  Rona May Alvarez (former member of developmental team Philippines).
  4. Group packages is available maybe for office tournaments or school activity or bonding party with your large group of friends

For reservations you may call (02)621.9109 or 0932-8436614 or you may email them at

Stay gorgeous everyone!


Reminiscing Childhood Filipino Street Games at Palarong Nuffies

Palarong Nuffies

I feel sad for the kids of this generation. They are turning themselves or are forced to be autistic when they are not.

I say this because I have a daughter who has autism so she has difficulty with social interaction. Even if she wants to play with other kids, kids are afraid of her because she is different. And as sad as it sounds some parents of regular kids wouldn’t want their kids near mine because she might hurt them or might “infect” them? It is an ignorant notion that brought them fear of things they don’t understand which is understandable. I just got tired explaining so I rather have my daughter go to places where she is accepted as she is.

Anyway, as I was saying kids these days, they choose to be autistic or maybe forced to be autistic because their parents are scared-to-death to have their kids play outside with other kids because it is dangerous. They would rather chug their kids with their gadgets (tablets, iPad, androids, PC, Xbox etc) and have them play games online or offline on their own all day because they will be safe.

I had a great childhood, I climb trees, rode bikes, bathe in the rain, get bruised playing chase or hide-and-seek or whatever kids game we have in my time. I enjoyed all sort of games that made me social and made me interact a lot with kids in our neighborhood.

Pinoy Street Games

When Nuffnang Philippines invited me to join the Palarong Nuffies I did not hesitate. I want to get myself involved at something physically challenging and interact with my fellow bloggers more than just sit and dine with them during events.

This was the first Palarong Nuffies held at Treston International College at the Global City in Taguig where I was able to reminisce childhood Pinoy street games with my fellow nuffies.

What are Childhood Pinoy Street Games?
They are children’s play involving creativity, physical contact, challenge, resourcefulness, innovation, strategy , team work, exercise and fun!

Some of the Filipino Street Games I used to enjoy were Patintero, Luksong tinik, Bending Body, Tumbang Preso, Shiato, Taguan Pong, Piko, Chinese Garter, 10-20 and the like.

Although the only Pinoy street game we played at Palarong Nuffies was Patintero, some of the games we played there were Parlor Games at birthday parties like Limbo Rock, that went to the Market Thing, Find the coin in the bin of flour, Pass the egg, and all sorts of relay games.

My team was Team Blue, we won 3rd place for the cheering competition! What a shock! Haha!

Palarong Nuffies
Intense game of Patintero with Abe Olandres and Chuckie Dreyfus! 

Have you ever imagine Rowena Wendy Lei like this!

Picture-21-600x398Go Jackie Go!  Most flexible Nuffie of the day! Grabe!



Free face powder for everyone!



Camille the Batang Bibo awardeee!



Jackie the Batang Hakot awardee!



Victor Basa won the Most Valuable Nuffie at the games!


Group shot!



It was such a fun experience.  I was talking with the other Nuffie that day and we all wish this was not the first and last .  We want more and hopefully more players!     And maybe next time include Siato , Agawang Base, Agawang Panyo, Tumbang Preso in the games eh?

Thanks to the sponsors Krispy Kreme, Nestle Nestea, O+, and Gardenia.

Read more about the Palarong Nuffies at the Nuffnang Philippines blog!

How about you do you remember any childhood street games you did when you were a child?



WIWTD #24: A Hair Raising Experience at Mind Museum

Hair Raising Experience at Mind Museum

There she was just a-walkin’ down the street
Singin’ do-wah diddy-diddy down diddy-do

Mind Museum

Snappin’ her fingers and shufflin’ her feet
Singin’ do-wah diddy-diddy down diddy-do

Mind Museum

She looked good, LOOKED GOOD
She looked fine, LOOKED FINE
She looked good, she looked fine
and I nearly lost my mind.

Mind Museum
Don’t you just love Global City on a weekend it turns into a ghost town!
Mind Museum
What I wore:
Sleeveless Stripes Top: Paperdolls Kate Toralba collection (my favorite)
Trifted Jeans
Sandals from: VNC Kuala Lumpur
Sling Bucket Bag: Belissimo Firenze
Eyewear: Fly Shades
I was actually on my way to Mind Museum at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig where my sister and daughter awaits!


That’s my daughter making a friend out of Aedi the robot who welcomes guests at the museum.

It was actually our second visit but the first visit was to check out the Da Vinci Exhibit.   This time we got inside the main exhibit.    The Mind Museum is a project of the non-profit Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc. and is dedicated to providing an extraordinary educational experience that inspires the public understanding of science.

As an adult I enjoyed the tour myself. The entrance fee includes free entry to any of the exhibits inside which revolved around the theme of The Evolution of Life . There’s just so many things in there that we didn’t even notice time and the whole day was seriously not enough. Kids and kids at heart will definitely enjoy.

Some of my favorite parts of the museum was

Eating a enormous brain like a zombie!

Mind Museum
Getting swallowed by a blue whale/ butanding!

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And my close encounter with a skeleton dinosaur!

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It was such a hair-raising experience I tell you! A fun kind way!

Mind Museum
Now,look into my eyes. Your eyes are getting heavy, you are getting sleepy!

At the snap of my fingers you will find time to visit the Mind Museum and support science, inspire curiosity for the natural world, foster critical thinking and self-discovery, and hopefully develop the next generation of scientist and innovators!

If you want more information about the Mind Museum visit and follow @themindmuseum on Facebook,Instagram and Twitter.

Stay curious and stay gorgeous everyone!

Minty Fresh

Minty Fresh

There are many parties in New York, destination weddings, Florida style and different events that are all about specific colors and styles. Now let’s talk about the beautiful green mint color. Starting with the frosting for cupcakes and ending up with the bridesmaids dresses, this color looks just fresh, current and in one word: amazing.

From sportswear to business jackets, everything looks good in green mint. This shade can be approached in monochrome outfits, with small accents of other colors or through some strong contrasts, adding to the whole look a dose of boldness.


The street fashion, starting with Susie Bubble, who is famous for integrating natural mix-ups inspires us to pair a sport floral printed jacket with a green mint dress. Maria Kolosov displays a romantic rock star look combining a leather jacket with a skirt for extra minty fresh femininity, while Hanne Gaby Odie uses blue accents and a gray base to highlight key parts in the same green shade.

You can find green mint outfits in the collections of different famous brands like Marc Jacobs, YSL, Rodarte, A.L.C and Versus. It was definitely the color of 2012 but it may be a true hit in the summer of 2014. Also, you have to check the absolutely adorable Ray Ban minty sunglasses. The color is basically screaming freshness and happiness. Only imagine how good the green mint looks on your tanned body.

Minty coolness can be found anywhere, in clothes, accessories, cakes, wedding invitations and even on bedroom walls. But it can look really bad if worn wrong. So to avoid the disastrous imagine you better pick the mint shade that fits your eyes, skin tone and attitude. Also, it rarely works from head to toe, and if you’re not some experienced Vogue editor who knows fashion well, you should not try to do the all mint look, just don’t.

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