Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Home For Christmas

Kultur (a wordplay on the word “culture”) is an Iloilo-based production group committed to provide novel event opportunities that aim to awaken the arts & culture scene of the city.

The aim is to:
• Provide a fresh outlook of events, whose goal is to stimulate local audiences.
• Widen the people’s scope of art & culture through humanities (music, film, literature, food & others).
• Ensure diverse, quality productions.

As of this year, we have several projects lined up to cater to the growing market of Ilonggos whose interest for creative & original events are at a peak.

One of the events for our 2015 programming is 
Home For Christmas – a dinner & musical showcase of well-loved Christmas songs & standards to be performed by Ilonggo artists who are currently carving their careers in the performing arts.

All tickets inclusive of plated dinner.
VENUE: Emilion Function Room, General Luna St., Iloilo City.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Sophie Paris Iloilo City

Looking for an opportunity to try to make some extra money on the side by doing something that you love? Sophie Paris makes it possible!
Sophie Paris is a global enterprise that initially started off from a home-based handbag manufacturing business in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1992. French entrepreneur Bruno Hasson felt the need for high end yet affordable clothing. Sophie Paris entered the Philippine market in 2002 with its first Manila Head Office in Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, the Sophie Paris Philippines, Inc. (SPPI) where it instantly established itself as a significant player in the country’s Direct Selling and Multi-Level Marketing Industry.

“Sophie Paris catches the trend worldwide. We offer the latest and exclusive French-designed fashion bags, wallets, watches, accessories, cosmetics, shoes and garments. Every month, the company publishes a new fashion catalogue with new apparel designs and distinct styles,” said Daniel Hahn, managing director of Sophie Paris Philippines.
The company’s mission was to create business opportunities and sustainable success for all people involved with the brand. Whoever you are, and whatever you do, you can be successful with Sophie Paris, as proven by many people before you. With Sophie Paris members can look great, make money and have fun.

Members can start their business and earn money instantly with its lifetime 30% discount for shopping the products featured in the catalog while also earning more from the bonuses. With various training opportunities, members can develop new relationships and gain new friends. In addition to that, members have the chance to be rewarded for their hard work, and win many great prizes, including free trips abroad.
Sophie Paris makes sure to treat their customers like family. It has built and maintained enormous trust in all its customers and because of this, Sophie Paris continue to grow with more than 500,000 members and over 140 Business Centers nationwide. Sophie Paris is also a well-recognized member of the Direct Selling Association of the Philippines (DSAP).

Friday, November 20, 2015

SM City Iloilo Northwing Expansion opens today

SM City Iloilo is located along Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue in the district of Mandurriao. With a land area of 170,000 square meters, it is the largest mall in Western Visayas. 
From the existing 71,995 sq. meters and 200 leased units, SM Prime Holdings added four floors of 21,124 sq. meters and 165 units shopping and dining spaces. The mall now has a total area of 93,079 sq. meters and 365 units. 

Now customers can shop from the most number of boutiques and specialty stores and choose from the gathering of local and international restaurants. They can also indulge in the latest tech gadgets in the Cyberzone.

One of the retail spaces added on the new wing at the 2nd floor is the Food Hall which houses new and exciting food choices the shoppers can enjoy.

Hosting the finest stores and dining establishments, SM City Iloilo is the premier shopping destination in Western Visayas. Not only can shoppers enjoy the latest in fashion, health, beauty & wellness and technology, but there are also numerous local and international dining selections, as well as banks and other selections to choose from.

FOOD HALL (2nd Floor)

CYBERZONE (3rd Floor)


SM Primes Holding's total investment in the expansion is 1.3B and set to offer the best entertainment, dining, lifestyle and shopping experience to its shoppers and patrons.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge at the Iloilo Convention Center

Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC), the biggest intercollegiate culinary competition about umami, will hold its Visayas leg at the new Iloilo Convention Center on November 27, 2015 from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Ajinomoto® UCC is the new home where food and culinary enthusiasts meet with a common dedication to unite taste and health in food preparations. It aims to train HRM and Nutrition students to cook with culinary confidence and nutrition alertness and showcase the talents of aspiring Filipino chefs in creating culinary masterpieces that are both healthy and delicious.

Judging criteria is aligned to Ajinomoto’s CHOOSE, COOK and SERVE advocacy. Each entry will be evaluated based on intensity of umami taste, choice of quality ingredients (CHOOSE), use of proper culinary methods and techniques (COOK) and practice of portion control in plating (SERVE).

Food and culinary enthusiasts are welcome to join this event for free. Apart from the cooking competition, Ajinomoto will bring leading technical experts in food and nutrition to educate people about umami and its role in health and nutrition. Umami, the scientifically recognized and proven 5th basic taste alongside sweet, sour, bitter, and salty, was first identified and isolated by Dr. Kikunae Ikeda of Tokyo Imperial University in 1908.

Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) Visayas is presented by AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION in partnership with La Germania and Solane.

Watch out for the event pics on Cafe Ilonggo

Sunday, November 1, 2015


Real estate giant’s 20th township by the bay to be highlighted by PH’s 2nd Resorts World complex, international hotel brands, luxury mall, residential condominiums and PH’s first grand opera house

MANILA, Philippines, November 2, 2015 – Megaworld, the country’s leading developer of integrated urban townships, and Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc., the developer and operator of Resorts World in the Philippines, are allocating P65-billion to develop a 31-hectare leisure and entertainment township at the booming Entertainment City in Paranaque City. To be called Westside City, the township will house the second Resorts World property in the Philippines, scheduled for completion by last quarter of 2020.

The township will also be home to Megaworld’s upscale residential condominiums, a luxury mall as well as international hotel brands such as The Westin Hotel of the Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts Group, Hotel Okura Manila of the Okura Hotels & Resorts, the Genting Grand and Crockfords Tower of the Genting Group, and Kingsford Hotel. These hotels will have a total of around 1,500 rooms.

Part of the company’s vision for Westside City is to become the “Broadway of Asia” as the township highlights facilities for the performing arts. It will be home to the Philippines’ first Grand Opera House that has a total capacity of 3,000. 

Megaworld chairman and CEO Dr. Andrew L. Tan is known to be a staunch supporter of the Filipino performing arts, with the Newport Performing Arts Theatre in Newport City paving the way for the rise of original Filipino stage plays in the country’s capital.

“We are very excited to see Westside City rising to be a showcase of Manila as a truly world-class Philippine capital,” says Dr. Andrew L. Tan, chairman and CEO, Alliance Global Group, Inc., the mother company of Megaworld and Travellers International.

Westside City is Megaworld’s 20th integrated urban township. It is also the company’s second leisure and entertainment township, next to Newport City. 

Just last month, Megaworld also announced that it is investing P30-billion to develop a 35.6-hectare township in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga. 

Other existing townships include Eastwood City in Quezon City, (18.5 hectares), which holds the distinction of being the country’s first cyberpark; Newport City in Pasay City (25 hectares), which is the home of Resorts World Manila; McKinley Hill (50 hectares), McKinley West (34.5 hectares), Uptown Bonifacio (15.4 hectares) and Forbes Town Center (5 hectares), all in Fort Bonifacio; The Mactan Newtown in Cebu (28.8 hectares); Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao, Iloilo City (72 hectares); ArcoVia City in Pasig City (12.3 hectares); Northill Gateway (53 hectares) and The Upper East (34 hectares) in Negros Occidental; Davao Park District in Lanang, Davao City (11 hectares); Boracay Newcoast  in Boracay Island (150 hectares), Southwoods City in the boundaries of Cavite and Laguna (561 hectares); Alabang West in Las Pinas City (62 hectares); Sta. Barbara Heights in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo (170 hectares) and Twin Lakes in Tagaytay(1,300 hectares) of Global-Estate Resorts, Inc. (GERI), a subsidiary of Megaworld; and SuntrustEcotown in Tanza, Cavite (350 hectares) of Suntrust Properties, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Megaworld.

The Megaworld Group has around 4,000 hectares of land in its portfolio. Around 80 percent have been dedicated for LIVE-WORK-PLAY townships or mixed-use communities, the concept of property development that Megaworld pioneered in the Philippines way back in the 1990s. The townships combine the residential, office, commercial, retail, recreational and institutional components to form mixed-use communities.  

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students in Iloilo

 I was invited by sir Troy Camarista, SM City Iloilo's PR officer to join other bloggers and members of the local media in an exclusive workshop of watercolor painting at the mall's cinema lobby area. This workshop was done hours before the ribbon-cutting of their exhibit at the activity center. For more info, visit their site at
Chinese & Western Painting Exhibition