GRAND OPENING SOON: Chinampa Taqueria in Tagaytay by Eco Hotel

Eco Hotel is excited to announce the opening of its third restaurant venture, Chinampa Taqueria. The green hotel chain has recently been trying its luck in the food industry, with this Mexican restaurant as its latest brainchild. The food outlet is set to open on October 31st, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in Cabins by Eco Hotel, Tagaytay.

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A1 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour in Manila

Last October 21, 2018, the well-known British-Norwegian boy band A1 are finally reunited for their 20th anniversary reunion tour. It was Paul who made an exit way back 2002 for personal matters, but just last night, they are once again complete to serenade the Filipino fans at Kia Theater, Quezon City.

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Hoppler Empowers Brokers to Succeed with New Strategies

More than a hundred attendees came together on Friday, September 30, 2018 at Microsoft Philippines, 6750 Ayala Avenue, Makati for the third Hoppler Dialogues, co-presented with Homespace360. Themed Leveraging Your Real Estate Business in a Competitive Market, industry experts were invited to present insights on the real estate market and provide relevant strategies on standing out in the competitive landscape of the industry.

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Book Launch: Moymoy Lulumboy Book 5

Lampara Books is back with its fifth book entitled Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Lihim ng Libro from the epic fatasy series Moymoy Lulumboy. The adolescent novel takes the readers to the enchanting world of Gabun where local mythological creatures like aswang, duwende, manananggal, kapre, and tikbalang co-exist with each other and fight for communal peace.

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PhilPop 2018: Song Interpreters, Announced!

The country’s premier songwriting competition, PhilPop has recently announced its roster of interpreters for the 2018 lineup. With the theme “Music. Powered by Pinoys,” the foundation continues to defy expectations by championing homegrown talents from different backgrounds and music genres.

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HYDRO Manila Music Festival 2018

In just 24 hours, Hydro Manila Music Festival 2018 will once again bring a bigger and stronger rain in the metro!

Official Poster by HYDRO Manila Music Festival

Hydro Core Events and Productions Corp. is presenting its annual installation of the new but well-known Hydro Manila Music Festival. The said music festival conquered the music and rave scene through incorporating various local and international acts to perform and spin for the public. And this event is open to all people who wants to celebrate youth and music in one night.

This year, the music festival is set to commence on August 18, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. The party event will feature live performances of Philippine’s favorite local DJs and artists like Michael Pangilinan, Al James, DJ Patty Tiu, DJ Katsy Lee, DJ M.O.D., DJ Franco Zarate, DJ MC DM, and more.





When you’re in the event proper, Hydro Manila in collaboration with C1RCA Philippines will sell exclusive tees for the party goers. So be early to grab limited shirts that will serve as your souvenir for this once-a-year hydro party.


UNFORTUNATELY, tickets for HYDRO Manila Music Festival 2018 is already sold out. This seems to be a fun party of the year! Next time, be quick for another round of hydro event on 2019.

The event company is one of the biggest productions in the Philippines specializing on music festivals and parties. Hydro has successfully organized more than 20 events all over the Philippines. For more updates about HYDRO events, you can follow their social media accounts in facebook and instagram .

NOW OPEN: Eco Store Refilling Station

Last August 9, 2018, Eco Hotel Philippines opens its first zero-waste store at Spaces by Eco Hotel, Makati.


True to its name, Eco Hotel Philippines supports environmental practices and causes that can help our mother nature rise up again, little by little. The company implements specific measures to gradually conserve our mother earth through protecting the ecosystem, preserving the natural and cultural heritage, educating the locals regarding the environment, and conveying a message to the hotel guests in taking part to the company’s mission in order to help the nature.


And as a business company, they aim to be profitable while being responsible like promoting a zero-waste lifestyle– that is, eliminating the idea of trash altogether. Though in reality, zero-waste isn’t totally 100% achievable but Eco Hotel Philippines are exerting efforts in eliminating wastes one step at time.


The goal of the refilling station is to get rid and reduce single-use plastic just like a sachet of shampoo or unnecessary container of lotion, and their call to action? BRING YOUR OWN BOTTLE (BYOB).


This is the first of Eco Hotel Philippines in introducing a refilling station of bath essentials and lotion. The store is open to guests who want to take home their signature shampoo, conditioner, bath gel, and lotion as long as they bring their own empty containers for reuse.

As of now, the store is open every weekends at Spaces in Makati, Cabins and Containers in Tagaytay. And after a long run of the campaign, the eco store will be opened daily.

Additionally, the eco store will launch an online store on the second week of October 2018. Aside from the stated products, the store will also offer coffee and other items as soon as the store will be up and running.


Currently, the eco store offers basic liquids like shampoo, conditioner, bath gel, and lotion with its own distinct scent. The introductory price of the products is only at PhP 99 per 250ml of container.


Since the products are partly organic, it will last up to 12 months as long as it is in a tight-capped container. And in order to prolong its shelf-life, customers must avoid mixing the products in water and exposing it to direct sunlight.

Eco Hotel Philippines are open for partnerships for individuals or other business establishments who would like to get the brand for their respective locations.

For more updates and information about the first zero-waste store of Eco Hotel Philippines, you can call them at +63 2 881 5318 to 19 or follow their social media accounts, facebook and instagram



Now Open: First Hawker Chan in Manila

Hawkers are so popular in Singapore, these are food stalls along the streets of a city that sell cheap and affordable food. This is, somehow, already a street food culture in the metropolis.  In some formal terms, hawker is a trader who goes from place to place, or along the streets of a town, selling the goods which he carries with him. (The Law Dictionary)

When I went to Singapore a year ago, I had my first experience with hawker food. It was cheap for about S$2-3 per meal and it was not bad at all since we all know that Singapore has a high cost of living.



The world’s first and cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant (hawker) is now in the Philippines, Hawker Chan.

Hawker Chan opened last July 26, 2018 at SM Mall of Asia’s entertainment mall area. The well-known food stall of Chef Chan that originally started in Chinatown Food Centre in Singapore as a humble hawker is now conquering the tastebuds of the Filipinos.

The brand is managed by Foodee Global Concepts along with other brands like Tim Ho Wan, Todd English Food Hall, Pound by Todd English, Hook by Todd English, FOO’D by David Oldani, MESA Filipino Moderne, Llaollao, and Sunnies Café.




It was a long queue when I went to Mall of Asia to try Hawker Chan. They catered the first 100 customers on the opening day with corresponding perks such as 1 year, 6 months, 3 months, and 1 month supply of their signature dish, the Soya Sauce Chicken Rice.

The queue made me wait for about 1.5 hours, but I’m really expecting an inevitable line for a first day. However, the jam-packed opening was a proof that Hawker Chan was welcomed warmly by the Philippine market.


And when I got it inside the outlet, I immediately ordered Soya Sauce Chicken Rice, Thai Style Tofu, and a glass of House Blend Iced Tea. As I see the glazing meat and skin of the chicken plus the aroma of Thai tofu, it makes me want to savor every bite of my order.



The Soya Sauce Chicken Rice will always be on the spotlight of Hawker Chan, maybe because the outlet started from that dish and gave more time mastering the perfect recipe. Hence, it has a good taste. On the other hand, what I loved more when I tasted their food was the Thai Style Tofu, it was indeed flavorful. The mix of sourness and sweetness of the dish makes me want to order more of it. You will never go wrong with Thai Style Tofu. And with this, I’ll give a 4/5.


The waiting line to food service were really organized. Sometimes, first day openings of restaurants is open to lots of mistakes but I find it amusing when the staff gave their passion on the opening day. They have a swift bussing and I personally believe that it plays an important aspect of service that oftentimes being overlooked by restaurant owners. Order time was fast as well, I guess the management took the opening day seriously as this will leave a good impression to the customers. Since everything ran smoothly, it’s a 4/5 then.


Opening day impression for the facilities and overall look of the restaurant was just fine, things were just simple from interiors to exteriors. Well, maybe they still want to stand by their brand as a hawker dining outlet, simple and open to the mass. Cleanliness was impressive though. I’ll give 3.5/5.


It was worth it! Food price is really affordable for a Michelin-starred restaurant. Soya Sauce Chicken Rice is only worth PhP 128 inclusive of the government taxes. Hawker Chan is making it sure that you will not run out of money after dining with them. To think this is rated by Michelin as one of the bests in the world, I’ll rate this a 4.5/5.

My experience with Hawker Chan, as expected, was great. Though it was swarmed by customers on the opening day, the long lines didn’t affect my decision to go home instead of waiting. That feeling when I first tasted and experienced hawkers in Singapore was almost the same experience I felt with Hawker Chan. And luckily, I got a 1 month supply of Soya Sauce Chicken Rice. Hurrah!

Hawker Chan is open daily from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm. at G/F Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.  You may follow their social media accounts for the outlet’s happenings, Facebook and Instagram.