Pancake House Lipa Batangas via The Black Fleet

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A very hister day transpired during our roadtrip to Pancake House Lipa Batangas yesterday.

If you’ve seen the movie ‘Almost Famous’ you know what my hipster reference is all about. If not, the movie was about the adventures of a Rolling Stone writer following a rock band on a roadshow for a ‘life in a day of a rockstar kind of article’ for the magazine. It will show you what literally happens while the band is on the road inside their party bus, the only means of traveling used by rockstars back then to do a state to state concert. Having lots of time on the road in their ‘party bus’ all sorts of fun and drama happens.

Black Fleet Ride
Fast forward to today, party buses are now only used for luxury one-of-a-kind partying experience. Used at wedding showers or pub-crawling in the city.

The Black Fleet Party Bus
While I am not a rockstar or having a bridal shower at that, I was able to experience a hipster ride in the Black Fleet with a few fellow bloggers. It was our ride for a trip to Lipa, Batangas from Metro Manila and back to visit the first Pancake House store in Lipa carrying the new look and feels under the Max’s Group of Company!

Pancake House Lipa Batangas
So what’s so special about this Pancake House beanch that we have to travel by The Black Fleet?

 

The Pancake House Lipa Batangas

The branch in Lipa Is the first to feature  the famed restaurant’s new look. From the logo down to the landscaping details, Pancake House has managed to start anew while staying loyal to its roots.

Shack, Shelter, Shed

Pancake House Lipa under Max's Group

The Inspiration for Pancake’s new look came to Jim Fuentebella (Branding Director of Max’s Group Inc) upon seeing the construction space for its branch in Lipa City. He describes, “Its long and narrow facade reminded me of a shed.

Jim continues: "The first three words that came to mind was shack (functionality), shelter (comfort), and shed (accessibility). If you look at the things those words are associated with, they are actually the same things used to describe Pancake House."

Jim continues: “The first three words that came to mind was shack (functionality), shelter (comfort), and
shed (accessibility). If you look at the things those words are associated with, they are actually the same
things used to describe Pancake House.”

According to Jim, the brand's new design concept is all about comfort and finding a place where everything one needs is already there—just tike home.

According to Jim, the brand’s new design concept is all about comfort and finding a place where everything one needs is already there—just tike home.

The new old

The logo, on the other hand, now shows a new interpretation of the restaurant's famed house symbol,

The logo, on the other hand, now shows a new interpretation of the restaurant’s famed house symbol,

While the look changed the taste of our all-time favorites never changed.  This Crab ans Mango Salad is my favorite.

While the look changed the taste of our all-time favorites never changed. This Crab ans Mango Salad is my favorite.

Pancake House Waffle

Pancake House Crepe

Pancake House Crepe

The famous Spaghetti! Shakes and Roast Beef

The famous Spaghetti! Shakes and Roast Beef

It was a coincidence to dine with Batangas Vice Governor Mark Leviste who said he frequents Pancake House because it is a comfort food for him and hia family.  Having sweets or pancakes with the pair of kapeng Barako from Batangas is something he always enjoy, he said.

It was a coincidence to dine with Batangas Vice Governor Mark Leviste at the Pancake House who said he frequents Pancake House because it is a comfort food for him and his family. Having sweets or pancakes with the pair of kapeng Barako from Batangas is something he always enjoy, he said.

With Vice Governor Mark Leviste at Pancake House Lipa Batangas

Max’s Group Inc led by Jim Fuentebella with Vice Governor Mark Leviste and son at Pancake House Lipa Batangas

Vice Governor Mark Leviste was curious about The Black Fleet so we let him have a peek inside and have a party with us! Haha!

The Black Fleet with Vice Gov Leviste

We did not tour around Lipa as time is short but we are waiting for Vice Gov invite as he said he would. He also head the Tourism Council of Lipa he said.


Here is a short video clip to show you more about The Black Fleet ride

Stay gorgeoua everyone!

The Galèon: A New Museum to Rise in Manila

The Galèon Manila Ground Breaking Ceremony

Don’t be surprised of one of these days you’ll see an on-going construction of a large ship by the Manila Bay beside the SM Mall of Asia. It is not Noah’s Arc being recreated or the second Noah because another great flood is coming, it is a construction of The Galèon- a new museum to rise in Manila by the end of 2015!

The SM Group of Companies in collaboration with Museo Del Galeón, Inc. held the ground-breaking ceremony for The Galèon Museum Manila  , enivisioned to be a worthy addition to the community of museums, to open in late 2015.

The Galèon Museum in Manila

His Excellency Ambassador Julio Camarena of Mexico and Hans T. Sy initiated the ground- breaking ceremony at the Mall of Asia. Also present was Pasay City Mayor, the Honorable Antonio G. Calixto. The program featured Ms. Marian Roces, Lead Curator of TAO Inc. as the keynote speaker, and Senator Edgardo J. Angara who is also a member of Museo Del Galeon, Inc.

The Manila – Acapulco Galleon Museum will be a cultural facility with an 8,000 sqm. Total exhibition space, featuring a full-scale reproduction of a magnificent galleon. Unlike all other galleon reproductions attempted before in the Philippines, the new museum bases its reproduction on a very precise set of naval architectural plan published in 18th century Manila.

The Galèon Manila Ground Breaking Ceremony
The Galeon Museum Manila will convey accuraye, exciting information that will throw light on the roots of today’s banking, shipping, commerce, and cultural exchange in the Pacific region.

The Galeon Musuem Manila
Silver, gold, and potatoes from the Americas and wine, tools, and furniture from Europe were traded for
Asian silk, spices, and ceramics in global circuits that are still used today by more than 40 modern nations.

The 300 year exchange produced extraordinary cultural change on both sides ol the Pacific. Notably, the thousand year old tradition of boat-building in the Philippine archipelago transitioned into ship-building according to European design.

When Madame Margarita Zavala spouse of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, visited the Philippines in 2011, she enthusiastically endorsed the plan to build a galleon museum in Manila .

This is situated beside the SM MOA IMAX! I can’t wait!

 

Stay gorgeous everyone!

Bloggers Weather Forecast Team at The Explorarium

Bloggers Weather Forecast Teat at The Explorarium

This is what happens when you leave bloggers alone in a studio set-up with a working video camera, green screen and a TV monitor… they become wanna be weather forecasters!

Bloggers Weather Forecast Teat at The Explorarium
Bloggers Weather Forecast Team:
Florencio Jusay Jr. (hanging habagat), Earth Rullan (weather girl), Rain Ferdinand (rain), Mark Vincent Nuñez (wind), Azrael Colladilla (the janitor), Ferdie Bondoy (thunderstorm), Myrns Roman (camera woman), Julie Fuentes (dancing weather).
This is our first broadcast! Please comment below if you want a second edition!
This was just one of the many crazy things we did at the Expolarium at the SM Mall of Asia.

The Expolarium is an interactive museum/ science and technology exploratory gallery where you can take your kids to learn in a fun and interactive way. It is also a place you can take your friends or a date for a fun interactice experience like this!

Have you seen the movie Interstellar? You can pose like the movie poster wearing the spacesuit!

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Or drive a solar powered car! I was surprised when it moved! Haha!

Or drive a solar powered car! I was surprised when it moved! Haha!

See how fast can your run. Simulate flying an airplane or driving a car or try the Gyro Ride!

See how fast can your run. Simulate flying an airplane or driving a car or try the Gyro Ride!I

Pin impresion of yourself, can you guess which was me?

Pin Impressions at The Expolarium

Or go back in time and see vintage computer, cellphone, TV set, stenograph, radio and telephone.

Vintage at The Expolarium

There’s just so many fun and educational things to discover at the Expolarium for kids and kids at heart like me!  If you have time soon go pay it a visit!

We were there to meet Robert Irwin of Wild But True of Discovery Kids who had a meet-and-greet and capsule show for his Philippine fans.

Robert Irwin (10) of Wild But True Adventures on Discovery Kids. Bindi Irwin his sister both recieved the Biggest Greenies Award at the Nicolodean Kids Choice Award in 2009.

Robert Irwin (10) of Wild But True Adventures on Discovery Kids. Bindi Irwin his sister both recieved the Biggest Greenies Award at the Nicolodean Kids Choice Award in 2009.

Wild But True Adventures is Discovery Kids newwest show where Robert with his co-host Isabel Yamazaki will find out how mother natyre has influenced our modern world. The show premieres every Tuesday at 5pm starting December 2,2014 and encores every Saturday at 930am and 130pm.

You can get a chance to meet Robert Irwin and his family too at the Explorarium, info is on the poster below.

Meet and GREET robert Irwin

Stay gorgeous everyone!

You Know What I Did Last Halloween

Globe Lifestyle Bundles

There’s only two options either you stayed at home did a movie marathon and got interrupted by trick or treaters from time to time or you were one of the thousands who troopped to the “it” bars in BGC/Makati/Quezon City and wore costume and partied the night away.

I was the later. At 7pm I was already walking at BGC with my Halloween look on for the first party of the night. The Globe Halloween Night where they introduced Globe’s Lifestyle Bundles perfect for the millenials who are having online/mobile dependency.

Globe Lifestyle Bundles includes Shopping, Navigation, Chat, Work and Photo bundles that suits your needs starting at Php99.00 a month.

 

Globe Lifestyle Bundles

To know more about the Globe Lifestyle Bundles visit www.globe.com.ph/lifestylebundles

The event was held as Skinny Mike in BGC where the traditional Skinny Mike’s Quiz Night also happened with a drink-off between female members of the teams to break a tie!  
But my mosr favorite part of my night was seeing people making an effoet to come in their Halloween costunes/attire.   

The "Shopping" team table! Love the costumes!  Sailor Moon, Pin Head and the winner of the Best in  Costume the Living Dead Pirate of Pirates of the Carribean!

The “Shopping” team table! Love the costumes! Sailor Moon, Pin Head and the winner of the Best in Costume the Living Dead Pirate of Pirates of the Carribean!2

Globe Halloween NightGlobe Halloween NightGlobe Lifestyle BundlesI left the Globe Halloween Night around 1030pm and went to my second party destination the Fort area.  Lines were long everywhere and it was full! Glad Aylin included me at the guest list at Haze so I was able to cut the line and warmed up with some friends there. Haha actually warmed up at the Globe party already with 3 bottles of beer! Hello Guiness I love you! 

Club Haze

This was the only shot I got from Club Haze my fone got dead batt and had to borrow USB wire from Melanie which was taking too long to charge so killed my fone and partied!

 

This is how i looked that night and a cute guy I met in another bar gave me a cute "pickup" line. Lol!   "Hey, you're looking pretty scary tonight.  I mean you look pretty even if you look scary. If you know what I mean."

This is how i looked that night and a cute guy I met in another bar gave me a cute “pickup” line. Lol!
“Hey, you’re looking pretty scary tonight. I mean you look pretty even if you look scary. Umm if that makes any sense.”

I wasn’t dumb I wasn’t born yesterday so I know what he means. Thank you.

Around 12mn the Club was getting full. We were getting tipsy but to lazyvto move out.  We stayed inside and partied and people watch. Then some group of  those kind of girls woth those kind of men arrived.  Tasteless in anyway just making out in front of everyone like they’re cool.  So we went out about 2am and this is what we saw!

Chaos outside Club Haze, Imperial and Craft! So many people trying to get in!  Inside was already full!

Chaos outside Club Haze, Imperial and Craft! So many people trying to get in! Inside was already full!

 

Aracama and Prive

Aracama

 

Lotsnof fun characters coming out. It was literally a circus out there that night!

Lots of fun characters coming out. It was literally a circus out there that night!

 

It was a real circus that night in the area.  So decided to head out coz I’m kinda tipsy.

It was fun much fun if my phone cooperated hahaha!

Actually Halloween parties are just starting to buzz in the Philippines even trick or treating because usually Filipinos go to cemetery and remember their dead and light tons of candles for all relatives to the nth degree departed souls.

Anyway, where and how did you spent your Halloween night?

Stay gorgeous everyone!

*pics from the Globe Halloween Night from Astig.ph

What Will You Go Outside For?

Go out on an adventure. Try something different. See something new.

Meet friends or make new ones, try something different, relax and unwind, see something new. Those are the things I will go out for. How about you?

See people. Meet friends, make new ones!

See people. Meet friends, make new ones!

With the crazy traffic in Metro Manila, and the inconvenient delays of airline flights lately, most people opt to stay at home and just do a movie marathon,  sleep in, rest and read. While it is underatandable, it wouldn’t hurt if you go out from time to time and enjoy life outside your comfort zone.

R.O.X. has taken it in stride to do all that it can to promote the sheer goodness of the outdoor. And it found a way to do so with its “Get Outside” campaign.

R.O.X. launches the What Will You Get Outside For app. Bent on getting more people to realize the fun and excitement of getting outside, the App asks the quintessential question. What will you get outside for?

Go out on an adventure. Try something different. See something new.

Go out on an adventure. Try something different. See something new.

Whether it is camping at your backyard or an afternoon barbeque with your buddies, to a challenging climb or an adrenaline-pumped wakeboarding session or have you always wanted to try out trail running or surfing? Or perhaps hike or climb Mt. Pulag? Or better yet, is it something as awesome as paragliding or maybe something self-reflective such as camping out in the woods!

Get Outside and Win an Adventure Promo

Now, the thrill and excitement will no longer be stuck in your imagination as R.O.X. gives you a rare chance to turn your dreams of adventure into a reality. Hurry and don’t miss the opportunity to experience the ultimate outdoor adventure trip of your life. Log on to www.facebook.com/roxphilippines, click on the app and answer the question “What Will You Get Outside For?” R.O.X. will be choosing three grand winners to experience the different outdoor activities like camping/glamping, trekking, surfing, rapeling and others .While ten runners-up will have one adventure activity granted by R.O.X., submission of entry is until November 8, 2014.

What will you go outside for?

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R.O.X. offer is a one-stop outdoor shop offers limitless doors to an outdoor lifestyle by offering rare products and equipment for all ranges of outdoor activities such as cycling, watersports, adventure travel, and even wellness. On top of all that, all products are by a dynamic selection of world-class outdoor brands such as The North Face, Salomon, Columbia Sportswear, Quicksilver, and even rare yet premium labels such as Eddie Bauer, Osprey, Nalgene, Sea To Summit, ZEM Gear and Black Diamond among others.

For more information about the Get Outside campaign and the different outdoor activities you or your friends and family can try out, don’t hesitate to head out to any R.O.X. branches and feel free to ask and look around.

Visit R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street, Marquee Mall Pampanga, Camp John Hay Baguio, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala Centrio Mall Cagayan De Oro and the District North Point Bacolod. R.O.X. is owned and operated by the Primer Group of Companies, Asia’s next retail giant.

A life spent outside is a life well lived.

Stay gorgeous everyone!

I Can Fly! My Flying Trapeze Philippines Experience

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It feels really great to be able to cross-out again something on my bucket list! Finally, I was able to fly and even swing twice on a flying trapeze at the Flying Trapeze Philippines!

Mind you Flying Trapeze Philippines, is 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.

Here’s a video clip of me flying! My Flying Trapeze Philippines Experience!

 

The first try is always the scariest. But once you let go there's no stopping you!

The first try is always the scariest. But once you let go there’s no stopping you!

Was it difficult?   No. It was just like swinging on an ordinary swing the difference was instead of sitting you are hanging 32 feet above the ground!

I Can Fly! My Flying Trapeze Philippines Experience

The first drop is the scariest! Just hang on, listen to instructions and enjoy the ride

Were you scared?  Yes at first I was. The first try and the first drop is always the scariest.  The fear of doing something because of pressumed danger is the hardest to overcome.But once you have gathered the courage to let go and  just listen well to instructions, there’s nothing to fear at all.  In fact conquering your fear and doing something for the first time is a great achievement.

The fear of doing something because of the pressumed danger is the hard to overcome. But once you get the courage there's no stopping you!

The fear of doing something because of the pressumed danger is the hard to overcome. But once you get the courage there’s no stopping you!

Do you need strong muscles/ upper arms so you can swing or lift yourself?  I think you need a strong grip and maybe stretching before you fly as it will stretch you from head to toe.  If you think you are fit, no injury or other healthy issues (ask your doctor if you can do such activity, this one is somewhat extreme) you are good to go.  Plus you will be asked to sign a waiver/consent form before flying, so better read it well before signing.

My Flying Trapeze Experience

When you’re out there swining it is pure fun and freedom. Actually it reminded me of my childhood when I play on the swing and would do stunts like stand on the swing up or hang down on a monkey bar!

Is it safe?  With an entire team of kind and encouraging Trapeze experts led by Will Shu guiding you all througout, there’s nothing to fear. The facility looks sturdy and safe and it looks like it can carry the biggest and heaviest person I’ve see at the scene when I was there yesterday for the San Marino Corned Tuna #WhatsNewWhatsNext event.

My Flying Trapeze Philippines Experience

My awkward drop!

There’s a net to catch you when you fall, harness on both of your sides incase you fall because you didn’t grip well or your grip was bad. A cushion below the net for additinal safety precaution.

I really don't have fear of heights to begin with, I just have fear of falling and hitting the ground and break ny bones! Haha!

I don’t have fear of heights to begin with, I just have fear of falling and hitting the ground and hurting myself badly! Haha!

Will you do it again? Absolutely!  I swung twice. For my second time up there I was able to hook my knees on the swing and let my hands go. It was super fun! I will do it again and maybe next time experience being caught by another swinger or even catch someone that  would be awesome! Haha!

Flying Trapeze Philippines team lead by Will Hsu sample performance for the San Marino Corned Tuna event.

Flying Trapeze Philippines team lead by Will Hsu sample performance for the San Marino Corned Tuna event

How and where to go if I want to try flying?

If you want to try flying, just go straight to Flying Trapeze Philippines located at the open grounds at Bonifacio Global City near Mercato BGC Tent.  The one I just tried is what they called Open Swing which you can avail of. Rates for open swing is Php300.00 for 1 swing and Php500.000 for 3 swings and is open for walk-ins.

But if you are serious about flying, they also give flying lessons rate starts at Php1,000 on weekdays to Php1,250 on weekends and holidays.

They also accept booking for flying party just visit www.trapeze.com

Let me know if you tried it ok?

Stay gorgeous everyone!

Archery at Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range: On Target Date Venue

What I've realized with the competitive on target game we had was that balloons are harder to pop than hitting a bullseye!

This would be my third venue to try archery since my first one last July 2014 and I must say, I love Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range better than the other one because of the size of the range and the facility.  I should say that Gandiva is on target if you want a nice venue for your bonding date with your friends, coworkers, family member or lover.

Why I think Gandiva is an on target dating venue?

  1. Gandiva is bigger. The archery range longest reach is 18 meters, the other one I’ve been to is just 10 meters. Gandiva Cafe aArchery Range
  2. Gandiva has a bar and snack area where you, your friends or date can eat while waiting for your turn or just having a break.
  3. Gandiva Cafe serves vegetarian and vegan menu. The owners are vegan themselves so they are promoting healthyveating at their cafe too. I hace tried their veggie sisig and wow, it doesn’t taste veggie but very regular sisig yummy!

    Aside from the archery range, they also have a cafe/bar area where you can sit and snack with your date.  My favorite is their Ebi Mushroom, Veggie Sisig and the cupcakes.  That's Icy Mendoza, Rhea Bue and Alyssa Lapid enjoying the snacks with me at the cafe.

    Aside from the archery range, they also have a cafe/bar area where you can sit and snack with your date. My favorite is their Ebi Mushroom, Veggie Sisig and the cupcakes. That’s Icy Mendoza, Rhea Bue and Alyssa Lapid enjoying the snacks with me at the cafe.

  4. Their regular rate for 1 hour archery, with free use of equipment (bow, arrow, protective gear, use of range, target paper) is Php980.00 but they have an ongoing promo for Mondays to Thursday 1 hour playvrate of Php680.00.
  5. The range is open from 9am-7pm Mondays through Saturdays only.
  6. Gandiva promotes fun and fitness at the same time.

I was able to shoot few arrows when I was invited by Icy Mendoza and surprised myself by hitting bullseye on the target game we had at the event.

What I've realized with the competitive on target game we had was that balloons are harder to pop than hitting a bullseye!

What I’ve realized with the competitive on target game we had was that balloons are harder to pop than hitting a bullseye!  I also realized that their bow was different from the other range I’ve tried.

Gandiva’a first branch opened in SM Mall of Asia in 2009 with the aim of popularizing the sport and of becoming a one-stop’shop for fitness, focus and fun. Some of their basic offerings are the 1-hour archery package, range and equipment rentals, Archery training (recurve and compound archery), Archery armory (archery equipment repairs and servicing) and offset archery range setup and facilitation. 

Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range

Getting tips from the expert archer with Paul Riyahd Chuapoco, Rhea Bue and me Earth Rullan

Some celebrities who have graced the ranges at Gandiva are Sarah Geronimo, Matteo Guidicelli, Liza Soberano, Richard Gomez, John James Uy, SlatT Young, Rafael Rosell, and many others. Celebrity ambassador Bangs Garcia is currently enrolled in Gandiva’s basic and advance module. 

As a training facility, Gandiva also desires to further bring pride to the country as it makes more Filipino athletes competitive and equips them to be at par with Archery champions around the world. 

Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range is located at the 7th floor of One Corporate Center in Ortigas Center.

How about you, have you tried archery yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?

Stay gorgeous everyone!

EverydayMe: P&G Community Website Launch

EverydayMe P&G Community Website launch

Geared at making the women’s life easier, Procter and Gamble (P&G) Philippines launched EverydayMe.com.ph, a by membership community website with informative global and local lofestyle content, relevant conversation and delightful rewards.

EverydayMe P&G Community Website launchYes you read that right it is by membership the great part is once you sign-up you will get a starter kit of P&G lifestyle products and a membershop card with discounts and coupons worth Php900.00. The membership card gives you priviledge on first dibs on the lates P&G products and you can even request for product samples for testing.  You can also get first hand news on latest events and news about P&G.

EverydayMe.com.ph

EverydayMe P&G Philippines community website has various sections that cover topics that are relevant to the lives ofthe modern, multi-tasking Filipino woman: Family Life – Whether , Health and Well- Being-Tips Home and Garden , Beauty and Fashion – and Smart-Shopping.

The launch was held at The Peninsula Hotel Conservatory where their first celebrity contributors were introduced.

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During the launch Kim and Jenni’s fab finds and insights come to life through installations showcasing their travel finds and must-haves.
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There was also a DIY lip balm station
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And my favorite the Tea station where wr get to create our our own tea mix!
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EverydayMe.com.ph memvers can also expect content from top bloggerd and personalities like Camille Co,Frances Amper Sales, Patty Laurel, Jackie Go and Sam Oh.

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Like I mentioned earlier upon signing in you will recieve a membership card and a starter kit of P&G products liek what we got from the event. This was just somenof my favorite things from the loot.

Olay CC cream

It was a pleasure to see Ms.Jenni Epperson too she was with her family daughter Aryanna and husband Tom.
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I also love the home-made chocolates from the Peninsula Hotel taste like imported brands!
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Visit EverydayMe to signup and become a member to read member exclusive content and get privileges.

Stay gorgeous everyone!

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. 

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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.

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“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. 

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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.

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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!

 

 

 

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