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The LIB: Imbibing the Katipunan vibe

Strategically surrounded by some of the country's most prestigious educational institutions, namely the Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College, and the University of the Philippines, The LIB in Katipunan is a cafe obviously targeted toward the young, upscale demographic of the area. Located along Esteban Abada Street, The LIB is part of restaurant brands under the Cravings Group, such as BNP, Casa Roces, Cravings, Epicurious, The Coffee Beanery, and Wicked. The Cravings Group is also the entity behind ASHA (Asian School of Hospitality Arts) and CCA (Center for Culinary Arts), as well as Seven Suites Hotel & Observatory. Leveraging on the Group's extensive background in food business, The LIB brings to its patrons popular comfort dishes with new twists, fusing them with influences from other cultures. For example, the common tapsilog becomes Tapa Bulgogi with rice, toppings, sauce, and egg options. Mami's Ramen is The LIB's version of a hearty noodle bowl of Filipino, Chinese, an

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Whet your superhero appetite at first DC cafe in PH

The Philippines's first-ever DC Super Heroes Cafe recently opened its doors to the public at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. True to the name of the new foodie hotspot, the Cafe features an interior design and menu entirely inspired by more than 80 years of DC Comics's rich spectrum of animated movies, comic books, films, and television series. Entering the Cafe, pop culture fans from different walks of life will be welcomed by interiors based on beloved landmarks in the DC Universe such as the Bat Cave, Oracle's Watchtower in Gotham City, and the Hall of Justice, interspersed with life-sized statues of Justice League superheroes. Visitors should not miss trying out the Cafe's menu comprising of themed dishes, including the signature Big Belly Burger and Chilidog, all conceptualized and created by culinary geniuses Chef Mikel Zaguirre of Locavore Kitchen x Drinks, and Chef Kalel Demetrio of Liquido Maestro. A powerhouse of wide collection of DC comic books, graphic novels, license

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Nichkhun, Xander Lee try out Pinoy food this July on tvN

K-pop hearththrobs Nichkhun of boy band 2PM and actor-host Alexander "Xander" Lee are set to face off against celebrity cousins Ciara Sotto an Danica Sotto-Pingris in the second season of One Night Food Trip - International Edition airing exclusively on tvN Asia starting July 30, 2018 at 18:30 (GMT+). Inspired by the popular Korean food competition show One Night Food Trip, the International Edition features K-pop celebrities flying to different Asian destinations like Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, and the Philippines. Teams compete by completing challenges involving exotic flavors and cultural attractions to earn stamps. The team which collects the most stamps within 48 hours takes home the Golden Passport. In the Philippine segment of the show, Nichkhun and Xander fly together from Cebu to Pampanga, while Danica and Ciara take a separate route from Coron to Legazpi for a gastronomic odyssey. In the country's capital, the celebrities are treated to a luxurious experience at the Cit

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East marries west at Akrotiri Modern Eurasian Cuisine

A new restaurant is spicing up the already vibrant food scene in the Philippines with the arrival of Akrotiri Modern Eurasian Cuisine featuring a fusion of diverse coastal food cultures from all over the world. "We wanted to bring our knowledge to the Philippines and use all the incredible food that's in the East and blended with the West," said Akrotiri General Manager, David Jones. "Akrotiri's offerings reflect the Mediterranean classics, mainly Greek and other European influences but at the same time, we've localized the taste to create a new flavor. One can call it 'fusion', but we feel that 'EurAsian' highlights what we represent - an amalgamation of influences that have strong ties with the Philippine food culture," he added. Showcasing a comprehensive menu co-conceptualized by Italian Chef Luca Maffei, Akrotiri brings to patrons masterfully reimagined Greek and Mediterranean dishes bursting in blissful flavors with Malay, Oriental, and European influences, matched with a wide

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What to expect at this year's Fête de la Musique

Filipino music enthusiasts are set to gather once again at this year's Fête de la Musique in Manila, organized by Alliance Francaise de Manille (AFM) in partnership with B-Side Productions. The 24th edition of Fête de la Musique follows last year's monumental success which produced more than 30 stages and welcomed over 30,000 music lovers. This year's celebration is happening starting today (June 23), with upcoming events on 29 and 30, 2018. “The annual Fête de la Musique has garnered a huge following through the years. As it gets bigger, we would like to give music fans in the Philippines the best festival experience in every way possible,” says Jean-Pierre Dumont executive director of Alliance Française de Manille. This year, the festival is extending its scope, traversing the digital space through the Fête PH mobile app to help interested music fans by providing them with all relevant information about the free-for-all event. Available for download on Apple's App Store and Google

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Free your home from odor caused by cat's poop and pee

Let's face it. No matter how much we love our feline friends at home, cat poop is generally offensive. Although we can contain its physical presence within the four corners of the litter box, its smell is undeniably hard to contain. Thankfully, Taiwan-based Conary Enterprise Co., Ltd., is taking a leaf out of NASA's (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) book, bringing a "space age" odor eliminator to our homes - the VentiFresh. Sporting a form factor that looks like a capsule speaker or a portable USB fan, the VentiFresh (now at its 2.0 version) houses a UV catalyst core that disintegrates odor by means of natural photosynthesis, resulting in clean air. This is the same photocatalyst technology used by NASA in the International Space Station to process bad smell. Not only the VentiFresh eliminates the bad odor caused by the cat's poop, it also removes the nastiness brought about by the cat's urine. The feline pee contains high amount of ammonia that can cause eye irritation,

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1st Robinsons Land National Art Competition launches

Promoting the admirable talent of Filipinos in the field of the arts, Robinsons Land Corporation joined forces with the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) in launching the first-ever Robinsons Land National Art Competition 2018, hosted by Summit Hotels and Resorts. The art competition, titled Kulayan ang Ganda ng Pilipinas, aims to increase awareness and appreciation for the dynamic Filipino art landscape, while highlighting the natural beauty of the country as interpreted by an artist. Launched at the Momento Function Room of Summit Hotel Magnolia last May 12, the submission of entries is set on June 16, 2018. Collaborating with AAP, the competition was designed to encourage members of the organization, comprised of both budding and veteran in the art scene. Participants are required to create an original piece that falls under either of the two categories: representational and non-representational. The entries for the representational category must revolve around the theme K

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New Era, Gloc-9 launch first locally collaborated caps

New Era teams up with Gloc-9 in unveiling the leading street fashion brand’s first Filipino-collaborated cap collection, just in time for the celebration of the 120th Philippine Independence Day. The launch was held during Gloc-9's concert at the Trinoma Activity Center in Quezon City. "We are very proud to work with a great Filipino talent like Gloc-9 for this special collection. We believe that he is the best to represent our brand, knowing that he's making a name for himself, not just here but also internationally. He embodies everything that is great with Filipino artistry and we know that New Era fans are excited about this partnership and would love the collection," Maritess See-Lazaro, COO of New Era Cap Philippines, said. In this new Filipino-themed cap collection, New Era and Gloc-9 worked together and took inspiration from the artist's simplicity and style. The collection also celebrates the iconic rapper's career and his contributions to OPM. "We released this collection

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A new shopping mecca is rising in Central Luzon

The already vibrant heart of Central Luzon is set to beat further as AC Beautiful Island Realty Development Corporation (ACBI) unveils a new retail and commercial hub dubbed as The Shoppes at The Infinity, the first and largest central business district in the region. "The Shoppes, a sprawling retail strip within the upcoming vibrant fully-integrated city will offer 15,600 square meters of palatable delights, local and global boutique brands, and service establishments, making it not only a shopper's paradise, but a top-of-mind recreation experience," said Byron John T. Siy, General Manager of ACBI Realty Development Corporation. Getting inspiration from renowned mixed-use developments in the country, The Shoppes is expected to enthuse the transformation of the area, resulting in a calm and eco-friendly atmosphere that addresses the retail needs of the region.  "We envision The Shoppes to complement the trade and investment prowess of The Infinity. As business and leisure are indust

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Art meets science at Manila Mini Maker Faire 2018

Over 70 makers from all over the Philippines will showcase local ingenuity combining art and science at the upcoming Manila Mini Maker Faire (MMMF), happening from June 23 to 24 at The Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City. Spearheaded by The Mind Museum, Make Magazine, and co-presenter 3M Philippines, this year's MMMF aims to establish a stronger community of makers through collaboration and networking. "The Mind Museum continues to push for the Filipino public to be part not just of the conversations in science and engineering around the world, but also in making and doing," says Maribel Garcia, curator of The Mind Museum. This second MMMF in a row that The Mind Museum is hosting is a salute to the makers in our local community who not only affirm, but persist, despite the odds, to breed and raise the bar of creativity in the way technology can be at the service of human lives." An event free to the public, MMMF visitors will be treated to a spectacle of projects like paper crafts,

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