The tourism in the north (Batanes in particular) is starting to boom, the regions in the south is starting to generate attention as well. Region 12 (the central Mindanao) or better known as the SOCCSKSARGEN is probably your next Philippine destination and they got so much to offer. SOCCSKSARGENis basically an accronym which stands for SOuth Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Saranggani and General Santos City.
Interestingly, you do not have to go that far yet just to taste their well known products because there’s currently an ongoing “Treasure of SOX” Travel and Trade Expo in Glorietta Activity Center. It is a five day event which started last April 3 and today marks their last day. Today’s highlight is the “Flavor of SOX” presentation which features the Hinugyaw Cultural Dance Troupe and also the closing ceremony that will conclude this event.
I went here on Monday. I actually had an event to attend but I decided to take a quick peek. The first thing that took my attention are these mannequins sporting some strange outfits. I have learned that these are some unique designs by a renown Filipino contemporary artists Leeroy New. He named it as “Aliens of Manila“. Aliens of Manila: is a collection of New’s experiments with sculpture and fashion using found objects and industrial materials. These pieces have been used as costumes for theatrical performances and exhibited as wearable sculptures.The expo highlights a lot of farm products from the south. These Dark chocolates from Kablon Farm is truly intriguing. They got distinctive flavors to try on.A handy bag made from coconut shells! Fascinating!Wooden flutesHow about these fresh mangoes?Or these famous Tuna Dayok (intestine of Tuna)?Pure honey and dietary supplementsThe Kape Dulangan of Sultan Kudarathandmade products from SOX
They also promote different tourist destinations in SOCCSKSARGEN including the well known Lake Sebu and more
Today marks the last day of the Travel and Trade expo! So go ahead an catch them today at Glorietta Activity Center!
Travelbook.ph, the leading local hotel booking website in the Philippines, is turning four!
And in celebration of four exciting years in the business, TravelBook.ph encourages you to explore and see the beauty of the Philippines in the coming months with ongoing exciting promos: Win a free trip to Japan for two in the Konnichi-wow: Free Trip to Japanand avail of highly affordable deals on hotels and resorts with Super Summer Sale.
In addition to the anniversary, TravelBook.ph is also celebrating a lot of huge milestones. In just four years, TravelBook.ph grew exponentially in the e-commerce industry. Its number of bookings increased up to 200% ever since they started offering affordable hotel reservations in March 2013. Today, over 3,200 local hotels and resorts are listed on their website, providing more opportunities for Filipino wanderers to travel around the country and support local tourism.
TravelBook.ph dares to brave that extra mile and achieve even more by further establishing their brand as the only online travel agency (OTA) that promotes local tourism and highlighting the unique perks and services they offer to Filipino travelers, including attractive discounts, convenient payment options, exclusive reward points, and the TravelBook.ph mobile application.
TravelBook.ph will also be releasing TravelBook magazine, the company’s official free publication that aims to inspire Filipinos to visit local destinations, meet new people, and immerse themselves in the country’s rich culture.
All these and more will officially be announced to the media on TravelBook.ph’s upcoming Summer Anniversary Blowout press launch on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas.
The Philippines is undeniably full of wonders that are meant to be appreciated as well as explored. As they celebrate their fourth anniversary, TravelBook.ph encourages you to go out there and explore the amazing places in the Philippines and gain memorable travel experiences like no other.
Manila Cathedral (Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception) is currently hosting an ecclesiastical exhibit known as the Pasion Y Gloria. The exhibit will showcase different Filipino Religious images that are usually used during Lent or the so-called cuaresma (forty days of Lent, fasting, reflecting, and penitence) . These images include antique pieces from family collections which date back from as early as the 17th century, as well as newly crafted images by talented Filipino artists.
The exhibit started since March 19 and will conclude this coming April 2 so you still have enough time to visit the Cathedral and witness these wonderful images.
The exhibit covers three chapels of the Cathedral but I was only able to visit one 🙁
The first chapel welcomes you with some of the religious artworks made by a well known sculptor Isabelo Tampico. We have seen most of his works on display at National Museum (Check : Things You Should Not Miss When Visiting National Museum)Another Tampico’s masterpiece entitled “Ecce Homo” a Jesus sculpture made from Cold cast Carrara Marble and is made since the late 19th century.Nuestra Señora Delos Dolores De Turumba on Oil Canvas. The image belongs to John Felix-Santos CollectionMater Dolorosa Ora Pro NobisAnother antique Marian image on displaySeñor Dela Pacencia , a 17th century old sclupture depicting the image of Jesus seating after being scourged at the pillar.La FlagelacionScourging
Another Señor Dela PacenciaSan Pedro Apostol (Saint Peter)
Dumaguete-based Massive Munchies is now set to conquer the Metro with their delightful and rich-tasting pocket pies! The company which is interestingly founded by two business-minded young individuals (Tad Angara and Dexter Bautista) decided to bring their famous pocket pies in the heart of Manila.
They just had a soft opening last Saturday (February 18). They set up a small outlet in F Hidalgo Street in Quiapojust in front of the Manuel L Quezon University and they are planning to add more outlets soon, hoping to experience the same success that the company had in Dumaguete. Massive Munchies has been in operation since 2014; with just one store initially branching out into 3 in just 2 years. With their products that are available in such affordable and reasonable prices without compromising the quality and the taste, it is not impossible for Massive Munchies to capture the heart of Manileños.
Mr Tad Angara, one of the store’s founders, warmly welcome us (bloggers) in their soft opening in Quiapo. He cheerfully tell us their humble beginning and how this business started out from a simple idea and how they struggle to make it grow. Surprisingly, despite of having no formal business training, the two managed to establish their first business successfully and the response from the people of Dumaguete was simply overwhelming.
“About four years ago, we started this company in Dumaguete City with only about 25k capital and then with no formal business training, no mentorship from anyone, it was hard and there was time we thought about giving up… but with right attitude and by utilizing every resources we got.. especially the Internet, we were able to maintain it” Mr Tad Angara
Massive Munchies is mainly catering “pocket pies” which is currently consists of 4 amazing flavors to choose from. Each of the flavors are quite unique and are very much packed full of flavor. Each hot pocket meat pie cost around a measly Php 39 for it’s regular size to PHP 59for it’s King size option – which is truly a total steal!
Each of this delectable goodie is available for both dine-in (solo/combo meal) and take-out (5/10pcs box) orders.
Cheesy PepperoniThe Cheesy Pepperoni Pocket Pie marked the beginning of Massive Munchies; as it’s signature flavor it truly is a crowd favorite! It’s when Italian cuisine meets Filipino’s ingenuity! One of their best sellers! a definite must try!
CHEESY TACO The Mexican PocketPie with a whole lotta cheesy goodness. A definite perfect fit for every cheese lover out there! With this much cheese on it, you would totally crave for more!
BEEFY MUSHROOM – Simply BEEF Stroganoff in a pie! – Tender slices of beef sauteed in rich mushroom sauce makes this pocket meat pie a true meaty lovers’ favorite!
Tuna LasagnaTUNA LASAGNA , Massive Munchies treat to our health conscious peers!, This pocket meat pie is definitely a healthier option! For those who love lasagna but are into lesser calories? Try this! tastes like lasagna, but is made from tuna.
They are planning to bring more of their menus from their flagship store in Dumaguete in their Manila outlet soon. In addition to that, Mr Angara mentioned that they will be offering healthier options pretty soon (he mentioned about Baked pocket pies instead of deep fried).
Additional flavors like Cheesy Sisig, Chicken Inasal, Cheesy Hungarian, Chocolate Fudge, Mango Bango, Apple Pie and Banana Caramel were all under development and could be part of their growing menu (possibly on the shop’s grand lunch which could be 3 or 4 months from now).
Massive Munchies Pocket PiesThey were generous enough to give us a box full of this pocket pies. Cheesy Pepperoni is my personal favorite and it is not really surprising why this flavor is one of their best sellersBeefy Mushroom is equally delicious too
According to Mr Angara, some of their customers in Dumaguete used to buy their pies raw (uncooked) so they can store it in the fridge for several days and cook or bake it afterwards.
Aside from the pies, they also gave us this cool black shirt sporting their company’s logo. I also learned that they are offering Massive Munchies hoodies and shirts too which are exclusively available online (you can check them here – http://shirt.ly/massivemunchies)
For more updates about Massive Munchies, feel free to visit their Social Media pages below Facebook : https://web.facebook.com/MassiveMunchiesPH Instagram : @massivemunchies
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