My CosplayMania 2016 Experience – Cosplayers And TORCH Tournament of Champions

Sorry for the late update! I just got so busy lately but it’s better late than never right? I’m taking you back to the recently held Cosplay Mania 2016. Interestingly, this is my fifth convention this year but unlike the rest, Cosplay Mania has a very special place in my heart as it is my very first cosplay convention ever! Even though I am not really a cosplayer, I have been an avid attendee of Cosmania since 2012.  Cosplay Mania 2016 is a two day event and was held at SMX Center in Mall of Asia. This year, the price for a day pass is worth Php350 (for Silver which gives you a brief access to their concert area) and Php599 for Gold which allows you to watch the concert at 7pm. The event was a blast for me.

This will be a two part posts. The first one will feature those cool cosplayers I spotted during the second day of the event and also the Torch Tournament of the Champions competition while the second post will highlight those interesting booths and items I found.

Take note, I am not familiar with some of the characters here so if in case you know, feel free to drop a comment below!
IMG_0410tElsa of FrozenIMG_0417tKimahri RonsoIMG_0440tEkko (League of Legends)IMG_0444tPikotaro of PPAP songIMG_0446
The Next page will feature some highlights from TORCH: Tournament of The Champions

Travel Back In Time With Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar Part 2 – Inside The Casas

IMG_0089tWe’re back to our Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar post. After almost an hour of waiting, our tour guide finally arrived! I just love how the resort remained very faithful with their theme. All the workers, whether the tour guide or any of their crews are wearing traditional Filipino clothing during the Spanish era.
IMG_0049tOur tour guide giving us a quick introduction about the Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar. The tour started around 10 and the tour begins with the La Puesta Del Sol. You can check the map below. The red trail are those areas we visited that is part of the tour.  There are many houses in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar but not all of them were accessible for public viewing. Some are hotel rooms.sdsdIMG_0043tAdjacent houses near the Estero De Binondo (these are houses facing the seaside). They are hotel rooms which are not part of the tour and they are not accessible for public viewing as well. You see that railing on the lower right? You can actually avail a train ride tour just in case you don’t prefer walking. Not sure with the rate though. 

IMG_0059tAfter the brief introduction with the first set of casas (houses), we are guided to a brick bridge which is connected to two islets. The one on the left is where the Plaza Maria can be found (here you can find three different buildings, the Casa Gapan, Balanga and Irosin) and all of which can be occupied or be rented privately. We took the right route which takes us to Plaza Marcelino.IMG_0061tHeading to Plaza MarcelinoIMG_0063tOne of their La Ribera houses

La Ribera HousesIMG_0067tAs what the title of these houses connotes, these houses are connected to small canal that comes from the Umangol River. So basically, there is some kind of Venice vibes here!IMG_0069tThe Plaza MarcelinoIMG_0077tAt the basement of one of the La Ribera Houses. IMG_0073tThe porch connected to the canal. I think you can appreciate this place more if you availed their boat tour packages.IMG_0074tIMG_0083tJust look at this intricately designed Veranda!IMG_0081tThe fountain at Plaza Marcelino

Casa Hagonoy
IMG_0090tThe first house that we visited is the Casa Hagonoy. Interestingly, in observance with Filipino Tradition, everyone of us were encouraged to take off our shoes when entering each building. Much like in Japan, removing shoes before entering a home is a classic Filipino custom to pay respect to the house owner. IMG_0094tThe dining area at Casa HagonoyIMG_0096tThe living room area at Casa Hagonoy. The Veranda or the terrace on the other hand will give you a great view of Santuario de San Jose church.IMG_0100tWe were told that not all the furniture in the casas were originally taken from the real house. Some of them were added to bring the house more alive and also to matches the theme.IMG_0102t

Casa LubaoIMG_0125tCasa Lubao is said to be one of the youngest houses in Las Casas. It was built in 1920 and was owned by  Arastia and Vitug families. The house served as  storage for rice and sugar, and became a Japanese garrison during World War II.  The fate of the house was saved during the World War when a Japanese colonel stopped his men from burning the house in gratitude for the kindness of the Arastia family who, unknowingly, hired him as a driver and gardener before the war.IMG_0121tIMG_0123tIMG_0138tIMG_0160tThe balconyIMG_0140tThe very detailed ceiling on the balcony area of Casa Lubao. It actually reminds me of that “Balcony of Sinners” in Aguinaldo Shrine in Cavite.IMG_0141tThe best thing I love about Casa Lubao is the ceiling and how intricate the details are. IMG_0145tIMG_0146tGranite table and rattan chairsIMG_0148tOne of the bed rooms in Casa LubaoIMG_0153tThe luxurious dining areaIMG_0154tA stunning view from the window

Casa BiñanIMG_0168tCasa Biñan is our third stop and the heavy rain forced us to stay in this place quite longer as expected. By the way, did you know that each Casa is named based on the place where they originated? Casa Biñan, for obvious reason, is a replica of a historically significant house from Laguna. It is also known as the Alberto House and is a replicated version of the house of Teodora Alonzo, the mother of Jose Rizal. IMG_0179tAlthough a replica, some of the parts of the house like the doors, stairs and planks of woods were taken from the original ancestral house.IMG_0169tIMG_0189tAnd yes, another thing that makes this casa even more special is the fact that this is where the iconic scene from Heneral Luna were shot! His death scene in particular

Casa Quiapo
IMG_0200tCasa Quiapo built in 1867 and owned by Don Rafael Enriquez, which was given to the University of the Philippines and became the first Fine Arts school from 1908 to 1926. This building is also known as Casa Hidalgo and if I heard it correctly from our tour guide, the house once cater sex shows and abortion services. IMG_0204tIMG_0209tIMG_0210tOnce you enter the Casa, you will be welcomed by this enigmatic hallway adorned with different portraits from different artist and huge chandeliers (ang lakas makaHarry Potter)IMG_0214tIMG_0219tThe buildin features a lot of eerie displays and I don’t think I have enough courage to stay here overnight haha. IMG_0226t

Just in case you’ve missed my previous entries, feel free to visit the links below

Travel Back In Time With Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar Part 1
Travel Back In Time With Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar Part 2
Travel Back In Time With Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar Part 3

[VIDEO] Cosplay Mania 2016


Have you been to Cosplay Mania this year? Cosplaymania or Cosmania is one of the biggest cosplay convention here in the Philippines and it is being held every year. Cosmania was the first ever convention I have attended way back in 2012 and since them, I have been patronizing this convention as it brings out the inner geek in me! Unfortunately, I have missed the convention last year due to my conflicting schedule but I’m glad I was able to make it this year (too bad I didn’t get a chance to cosplay due to some costume-making delays). Anyway, I will post more of my Cosplay Mania 2016 experience in my future entries (which includes the photos) but for the mean time, feel free to watch this video summary that I made!Make sure to watch the video in HD

Sweet Solutions Cakes And Cafe in Robinsons Place General Trias Cavite

Sweet Solutions Cakes and Cafe recently opened their newest branch in Robinson Place in General Trias Cavite. The bakeshop itself started in 2006 (the first shop is located in Imus)  and eventually due to their highly in-demand products which are being patronized not just by “Imusenos” alone but also by different customers in nearby towns, the business grew and expanded in larger scale. They had their first outlet (an in-line store) in The District Imus which caters more than just pastries but also meals and beverages.  Now, in celebration of their 10th strong year in the business, they just opened a new outlet and this time, in Robinsons Mall. IMG_0429tI was grateful enough to witness their grand opening in Robinsons Place General Trias.  The shop is owned by Mr Leo Fajutagana and we were warmly welcomed by their Operations Manager, Ms Sarah Jane Campana. The place is relatively small with a very limited capacity but still neat and cozy enough to provide you a satisfying dining experience. Sweet Solutions Cakes and Cafe caters a wide range of delightful pastries including their signature products like Ensaimada and their best seller, the moist chocolate cake. 



Coffee and other Beverages that are being offered in Sweet Solutions The Cakes IMG_0473t

One of their best sellers, the Moist chocolate cake (Php110/slice -Php615 Whole)IMG_0416t

Tiramisu Cake (Php630)IMG_0418t

Red Velvet Cake (Php765)IMG_0466t

Carrot Cake (Php630)IMG_0471t

Black Forest Cake (Php645)IMG_0475t

Cookies and Cream (Php645)IMG_0483t

Classic Sansrival (Php630)IMG_0491t

Blueberry Cheesecake (Php855)IMG_0413t

They also have mini cakes too! IMG_0409t

Mini Carrot Cake(Php150)IMG_0474t

Mini Mango Cake (Php150)IMG_0423t

Their signature Ensaimada and their packaging Meals IMG_0462t

Like I said, they also offer meals in their cafe. This includes this meaty and cheesy Lasagna! I wasn’t able to try the rest of their meals but they also offer other pasta dishes like Carbonara and spaghetti. They also offer salads. Beverages IMG_0444t

The cafe also offers wide range of beverages both hot and cold. They have their signature coffee and the image above is their honey blend Tea. IMG_0467t

Feel free to visit their shop at Robinsons Place General Trias Cavite. IMG_0408t

Feel free to watch this video below which includes a brief interview with the Sweet Solutions Operation Manager  Ms Sarah Jane CampanaVerdict: Food: ♥♥♥♥♥ Place : ♥♥ Price : ♥♥♥♥ Service: ♥♥♥♥ Note: If you are tired of those cakes that are massively produced in factories, Sweet Solutions is a perfect alternative! Their cakes are really affordable yet the quality and the taste are not being compromised at all!