I honestly didn’t know what to expect when Jericho and I made our way to Pampanga yesterday morning. I had been reading about the real-life crucifixions as part of the Lenten rites all over the Philippines, Cutud, especially, and had wanted to see one for myself for the solemnity, the drama, the stories behind the penitents for mortifying their flesh as an act of contrition every Good Friday.
The incredibly talented Karla Reyes of Swizzle Mobile Bar, Go Gourmet by The Plaza, and The Plaza Catering, has a new baby… and it’s really cheesy! Literally. This multi-talented biz wiz put up a premium cheese buffet in Metro Manila and everyone’s going gaga over the creamy, strong, stinky varieties of cheese on offer. She hosted an intimate gathering the launch of La Petite Fromagerie, and so naturally, everyone came out in droves to support the advent of unlimited French cheese in Manila.
After everyone had finished eating and settled down, Lee came up to the stage and started playing. How have I never heard of this woman before? What rock was I living under?! Her voice is amaaaazing! And all her original songs are about (or written under) full moons, which if you believe in angels and muses, is pretty special. Her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah is probably one of my favorites.
Hosted by the beautiful, entrepreneurial ladies of Flow Retreats, the Waldorf mommies teamed up with the school’s Laguna branch and Holy Carabao to launch its first ever Flow event at The Farm Shed located in the Acacia Waldorf School in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
I spent a good part of the evening chatting with tita Millie, Karla’s mom, about the rich history of The Plaza Catering, Inc. The former cafe-turned-catering company has become somewhat of an institution in the country, catering celebrations of some of the biggest names in movies, politics, and social circles. Going through their albums of clippings, it is pretty amazing to see how they have touched lives through serving excellent food.
The chefs at New World Makati, in partnership with the Embassy of Canada and the Canada Beef International Institute, share their expertise on high-quality and healthy cuisines through a hotel-wide premium Canadian beef promotion the whole month of July.
The Block Party’s second installment, aptly titled Summer Send Off, was back for another fun weekend, last June 6 and 7, 2015, a community gathering bringing good food from the north, in down south, interesting buys for the whole family, craft workshops, art exhibits, laid-back entertainment, kids activities, and lots of green space to lay the blankets and soak in the easy revelry.