Entrepreneur Manny Osmeña opened the doors to Ibiza Beach Club, his 1,000-seater flagship restaurant in April, enjoying the best of both dining and entertainment. I got a sneak peek at what was in store for guests when they visit, and I have to be honest, I had a really good time. If you’re looking for a few more reasons to check out Ibiza Beach Club in BGC, here are eight more.
Whenever I tell friends who are not from here that I live in Metro Manila, the capital of the Philippines, the first sentence out of their mouths is usually something around the lines of, “How do you survive the traffic?” (Answer: I work from home and try not to go anywhere during rush hour). Their second question usually is, “So what can I do there? I’m headed to [insert one of our many beach paradises here] and will be in Manila for a day or two. Well, why not take a tour of the city and learn about what makes a Filipino, Filipino? It isn’t just all adobo and videoke, you know.
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.
So what do you do when you’re craving for dishes like deep-fried pigeon, honey-glazed char siu, double-boiled black chicken soup, or the infamous Buddha jumps over the wall? You make a beeline for Harbor City in Hong Kong. But when you’re in the Philippines? You go to Greenhills, for XIÙ Fine Cantonese Dining, of course.
WOKBy 4900 is situated along Durban Street, near Alchemy Bar, the fairly new hole-in-the-wall that opened in January is just the thing for backpackers renting out beds in one of the nearby hostels to get a good meal, while making the most of the co-working space which also includes air-conditioning, reliable wifi, charging stations, and pour-over coffee.
Now, let me clear a few things up first. Astral projection or Out-of-Body Experience (OOBE) is not an “ability” or a “talent,” but a natural occurring phenomenon. It happens to almost anybody, whether they’re aware of it or not, and doesn’t always manifest as you floating in the air looking at yourself lying down on the bed. Generally, astral projecting is safe and harmless, unless of course you choose to do something incredibly stupid like astral project in a haunted house.
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 trying out all of Crisp on 28th’s new Filipino fusion dishes, I can’t pick a favorite. They were all incredibly well thought out and expertly executed, with Chef Siggy Santiago-Torrente taking inspiration from the owner’s go-to Filipino dishes, like co-owner Solenn Heussaff’s fondness for kansi.