Father’s Day 2018 Promos:
Special Treats for Dad

Let Dad enjoy a pampering 'Pure Bliss' massage on Father's Day

Let Dad enjoy a pampering ‘Pure Bliss’ massage on Father’s Day

FATHERS have a special and unique way of showing their love for the family. They work hard to provide for the financial and material needs of their beloved wives and children. They squeeze in quality time to bond with the kids while they, at the same time, try to make time to keep fit not just for their own benefit but to stay healthy for the family.

On Father’s Day this Sunday, June 17, 2018, we turn the table on them and celebrate the special men of the house by treating them to satisfying feasts and relaxing staycations.

Here are some options:


Marco Polo Ortigas Manila urges everyone to pay tribute to the family’s ‘hero’ via a culinary journey at Cucina, Lung Hin or Café Pronto as well as a rejuvenating massage.

Marco Polo Ortigas' Cucina

Marco Polo Ortigas’ Cucina

At Cucina, special dishes from different cuisines are featured for Father’s Day lunch and dinner buffets. For one, there is Roast Loin of Pork with Apple Sauce and Roast Angus Beef with Horseradish Sauce, available at the Carvery Station. Executive Chef Alisdair Bletcher also features signature dishes, including Medallions of Beef with Onion Gratin and Onion Jus, and Sumac Rubbed Chicken on Roasted Vegetables with Lemon Coriander Dressing. The best part is that dads get to dine for free for every two paying guests from June 15 to 17.

Barbecued Cold Cuts Platter

Barbecued Cold Cuts Platter


Lung Hin's Father's Day Set Menu

Lung Hin’s Father’s Day Set Menu

Over at Lung Hin, it’s a fine Oriental feast that comes in a special set menu that showcases authentic and traditional Cantonese dishes. Available only on Father’s Day (June 17) are Steamed Live Garoupa in Supreme Soy Sauce, Authentic Hong Kong Chicken with Ginger Juice, and Barbecued Cold Cuts Platter.

Chocolate Truffle Creme Brulee

Chocolate Truffle Creme Brulee

A sweet treat, Chocolate Truffle Crème Brûlée, awaits guests at Café Pronto. This lovely dessert is a blend of silky smooth Crème Brûlée and chocolate truffle ganache topped with melt-in-your-mouth brownie pieces, and is available only this month of June.

Dad will also appreciate being rewarded for all his hard work with a rejuvenating Pure Bliss treatment. This complete package includes a 30-minute Organic Red Rice Body Scrub, a 60-minute Aromatherapy Massage, and a 60-minute Algotherm Facial for Php5,100. This limited offer is available only until the end of June.

(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at the corner of Meralco Ave. and Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City; with telephone number (632) 720-7777.)


For all the hard work that Dad puts into his job to provide for the family, Diamond Hotel Philippines suggests a day of pampering or a stress-free weekend break for him on Father’s Day weekend.

Dad Indulgence Room Package, priced at Php8,500 nett per night, includes room accommodation in a Deluxe room, buffet breakfast for 2, WiFi access, a complimentary bottle of wine, and a choice of lunch or dinner for 2 at Corniche. This promo, which allows the family to treat Dad to a relaxing getaway, is available from June 15 to 17. Visit www.diamondhotel.com and use the promo code FORDAD to book a room to make Dad feel like a king for the weekend.

Pamper Dad with all the best on Father's Day

Pamper Dad with all the best on Father’s Day

If Dad likes to eat, Corniche brings the family together this for Father’s Day weekend (June 15 to 17) for a Lunch or Dinner Buffet brimming with scrumptious international favorites for Php2,980 nett per person. Father’s Day itself is extra special, however, since Dad gets to pick-a-prize for every Php5,000 spent and thus a chance to win items from Saville Row, Nautica, Jack Nicklaus, Dunhill and American Tourister. Live entertainment is provided by a Trio while everyone dines.

Waiting for Dad at Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant is an authentic Japanese Family Set Menu for 4 for Php7,980 nett, which includes entertainment by a Duo.

Express your love for Dad on Father’s Day with a glass of wine and a lunch or dinner set menu at Lobby Lounge for Php1,680 nett per person.

Or hang out with Dad at the Bar 27 lounge in the sky from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. this whole month of June. Snack on wings and wash them down with a bucket of beer—all for Php1,480 nett per order.

Plus, the best deal: All fathers dining at the restaurants of Diamond Hotel on June 17 shall receive a giveaway.

(Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Blvd. corner Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila; with telephone number (632) 528-3000 local 1140 for inquiries and reservations on room packages and (632) 528-3000 local 1121 for restaurant reservations.)


Richmonde Hotel Ortigas kicks off the Father’s Day celebration with a weekend treat for Dad in the form of a staycation. An overnight stay in a Deluxe Room, priced at Php3,700 nett, comes with breakfast buffet for two at Richmonde Café, WiFi access, and complimentary use of the gym and heated indoor pool. For Php4,000 nett, Dad gets an extra surprise, which is a luscious cake. This Father’s Day room promotion is available from June 15 to 17 for local residents.

A Deluxe Room at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas

A Deluxe Room at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas

Father's Day buffet at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas...

Father’s Day buffet at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas…

On Father’s Day itself, which is on June 17, Richmonde Café will be offering a grand luncheon fiesta of Filipino favorites—from appetizers and soups to entrées and carvings to yummy native delicacies for dessert. This Father’s Day Lunch Buffet is priced at Php998 nett per person, inclusive of one round of drink, and big families who dine in get to enjoy a 4+1 deal, where Dad gets to eat for free for every four persons dining and paying the regular buffet rate.

(Richmonde Hotel Ortigas is located at 21 San Miguel Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City; with telephone number (632) 638-7777.)


Fathers will have a blast at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s Eastwood Café+Bar on Father’s Day, June 17, because Daddy’s Day features sumptuous global-inspired lunch and dinner offerings. For Php1,250 nett per person, the whole family gets to enjoy a special buffet. Dad even gets to dine for free with the 4+1 deal, which treats one diner to a free buffet when in the company of four persons who are partaking of the buffet at its regular rate.

Eastwood Cafe+Bar

Eastwood Cafe+Bar

What’s more: Dads who dine at Eastwood Café+Bar get a mug of San Miguel Beer or a bottle of Raffa Sparkling Wine on the house.

The Father’s Day lunch buffet is available from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and the dinner buffet is open from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on June 17, 2018.

(Eastwood Richmonde Hotel is located at 17 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan, Libis, Quezon City; with telephone number (632) 570-7777.)


Over at Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, dads enjoy a big blowout on Father’s Day at The Granary, with its dinner buffet spread teeming with a delicious variety of Asian-inspired cuisine. For Php1,350 nett, indulge in delectable dishes such as Korean Pork Trotter, Beef Rendang, Steamed Oysters, Crown Pork Ribs in Hickory Sauce, Braised Beef with Rosemary and Garlic, plus a la minute grilling of fresh meats and skewers, and tempura frying.

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo's The Granary

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo’s The Granary

Dads dining at The Granary on Father’s Day, June 17, get a special treat—unlimited Heineken draft beer and a freebie from Emperador Distillers.

The Father’s Day dinner buffet is available from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on June 17.

(Richmonde Hotel Iloilo is located at Megaworld Blvd. corner Enterprise Road, Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Iloilo; with telephone number (6333) 328-7888.)

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California Cheeses and Milk Products
Now Available in the Philippines

A good selection of California cheeses available for tasting in the recent CMAB event

A good selection of California cheeses available for tasting in the recent CMAB event

TIRED of being confined to a limited selection of cheeses to enjoy and to cook with? Soon, there will be a wide variety of soft and soft-ripened, semi-hard, hard and Hispanic style cheeses available in the Philippine market. All these shall come from the state of California in the United States of America, and the choices are truly wide and varied.

Just recently, the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), which represents California’s 1,300 dairy farm families, held a cheese tasting affair to introduce California cheeses to Filipinos. Made from fresh California milk produced by happy cows specially cared for by farmers in the ideal climate of the state, California cheeses do not scrimp on ingredients, thus making them more flavorful than other cheese brands.

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CMAB consultant and cheese expert Joe Baird holding a platter of California cheeses for tasting

CMAB consultant and cheese expert Joe Baird holding a California cheese platter for tasting

Joe Baird flanked by CMAB country representatives for the Philippines Evelyn Mercurio and Reji Retugal-Onal

Joe Baird flanked by CMAB country representatives for the Philippines Evelyn Mercurio and Reji Retugal-Onal

For the cheese tasting event, Joe Baird, CMAB cheese expert and consultant for respected dairy organizations in America, discussed how California cheeses reign supreme over other cheeses and how they make dishes more flavorful in a unique way.

“California cheeses are packed with natural flavors that make your dish stand out. Smoked cheeses give your taste buds a nice kick when incorporated in salads or sandwiches, besides giving off an enticing aroma that whets your appetite. Meanwhile, aged cheeses tend to have a sharper taste, which is good for soups. They also have a longer shelf life so they can be stored for a while,” Baird says.

California Cheese product photo 5California Cheese product photo 4California Cheese product photo 3Aside from cheeses, a wide selection of which will soon be available in the local market, CMAB also offers other dairy products, such as milk, ice cream, yogurt and yogurt drinks.

“If you’re looking for milk, cheese or other dairy products in the supermarkets, look for the Real California Milk seal. These products are packed with flavor because they are produced by well-fed cows from family farms in California. Major supermarkets are already carrying a variety of cheeses, and we will be introducing more products such as yogurt and yogurt drinks as well as new ice cream flavors later this year,” explains Reji Retugal-Onal, CMAB country representative for the Philippines.

California dairy products are available in leading supermarkets, such as S&R, Robinsons Supermarket and SM.

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Experience Slow Food Dining
at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Cucina lets diners experience slow food dining

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Cucina lets diners experience slow food dining

THESE days, when fast food has become the way to go to keep up with the fast-paced life, slow-cooked food is almost a thing of the past. Only a few households would indulge in it, with just a few lolas willing to spend long hours slaving it in front of the stove. This is why Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Locally Green: Reviving Traditions, Rediscovering Good Food is like a whiff of fresh, cool air on a hot and humid day.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila has partnered with Slow Food Philippines in linking good food with local communities to preserve local food culture and tradition and bring them to the table at the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, Cucina, for diners to enjoy. Marco Polo’s world-class chefs collaborate with Slow Food Philippines’ farmers, fisher folk, artisans, chefs and producers, who harvest indigenous an endangered ingredients from all over the country.

Cucina is the hotel's all-day dining restaurant

Cucina is the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant

By presenting slow food dining at Cucina, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila treats diners to great food and at the same time “teaches” them to be aware of the movement practiced in over 100 countries.

“We believe in Slow Food’s thrust of preventing the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract fast food, and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, and how their food choices affect the world,” says Stuart Stancombe, director of restaurants, bars and events.

Native Chicken Tinola with Banana Blossom

Native Chicken Tinola with Banana Blossom

Grass-fed Yellow Cattle Afritada with Atsuete Potato and Carrots

Grass-fed Yellow Cattle Afritada with Atsuete Potato and Carrots

Steamed Stone-ground Adlai on Pandan Leaf with Butter and Purple Corn

Steamed Stone-ground Adlai on Pandan Leaf with Butter and Purple Corn

Paula Aberasturi, president of Slow Food Philippines, adds: “The food in our country is as diverse as our islands. Sadly, not a lot of people are aware that some local ingredients are endangered. We are slowly losing our traditions. The farmers will not produce them if there is no interest. We want our children to enjoy them, too. We are grateful for Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s support for our advocacy.”

Thus, Cucina will serve provincial and regional specialties starting with the Pampanga edition. Locally Green: Reviving Traditions, Rediscovering Good Food is a new and ingenious way to learn about mindful consumption because food choices affect not just the members of the family but also the community and the entire country.


(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City; with telephone number (632) 720-7777.)


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Enderun Colleges Wins Top Prize
in Great American Taste Contest

Enderun Colleges' appetizer, main dish and dessert won the grand prize for the school

Enderun Colleges’ appetizer, main dish and dessert won the grand prize for the school

THREE competitive culinary schools with a good background of winning cooking competitions battled it out for culinary supremacy during the first-ever Great American Taste Culinary Competition hosted by the United States Embassy in the Philippines and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in partnership with Lyceum of the Philippines University last May 5, 2018.

After putting up a really good three-way fight, Enderun Colleges emerged victorious and beat out De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and Lyceum of the Philippines University to be the first grand champion of the Great American Taste Culinary Competition.

Each team had three culinary students and one coach as members, and they prepared an appetizer, a main dish and a dessert using U.S. ingredients, such as U.S. beef, turkey, potatoes, cheese, raisins and nuts.

The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde team preparing an appetizer using U.S. Turkey

The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde team preparing an appetizer using U.S. Turkey

What earned the nod of the judges was Enderun Colleges’ winning repertoire of Evolution of Pho with U.S. Beef Carpaccio and Dumpling (appetizer), Turkey Jambonette and Terrine with U.S. Potato Puree and U.S. Turkey (main dish), and Modern Pecan Tart with U.S. Pecan Praline and U.S. Raisin and Almond Ice Cream (dessert). The taste, preparation of the dishes and their presentation really impressed the judges.

“Every dish in this competition was exceptional, and it was very difficult to choose between them. The students’ creativity really came through. Not only was every item beautifully executed, but they all exhibited an originality that reflected the unique culinary personality of the chef who created them,” says U.S. Embassy Agricultural Counselor Ralph Bean.

Lyceum of the Philippines University incorporating U.S. Almonds in a dessert

Lyceum of the Philippines University incorporating U.S. Almonds in a dessert

For his part, U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim recognized the participating students as “tomorrow’s top chefs” and praised the culinary competition as “an example of the strong cultural collaboration between our two countries and our shared passion for food. Ambassador Kim also highlighted the availability, quality and wholesomeness of the featured U.S. food ingredients in the Philippines today.

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Foodpanda Goes Green:
No Cutlery Unless You Need It

Foodpanda is revolutionizing the food delivery service industry by launching the "opt-in and opt-out" plasticcutlery option

Foodpanda is revolutionizing the food delivery service industry by launching the “opt-in and opt-out” plastic cutlery option

WHEN you order takeout or delivery, your food usually comes with a few sets of disposable cutlery. Sometimes, the cutlery included is one too many or, worse, not used at all. What’s worst is that disposable cutlery is made of plastic, and too much plastic is bad.

This is going to change now that foodpanda—an online food delivery service with over 27,000 partner restaurants in more than 190 cities across 12 Asian and Central Europe countries—has waged war against plastics by launching an opt-in and opt-out function for plastic cutlery. Starting this June (201Smilie: 8), customers of the food delivery service’s partner restaurants will have the option to say “no” to disposable cutlery. Since regular cutlery is readily available in most offices and homes, foodpanda is hoping this initiative will significantly reduce the use of plastic cutlery. The “no cutlery” option is being supported by more than 50 participating restaurant partners of foodpanda, such as S&R New York Style Pizza, Yabu, Tim Ho Wan and Frankie’s across its three key cities in Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Davao.

foodpanda - Cutlery PR (20180525-2)The opt-in a opt-out cutlery function is the first step in the food delivery company’s efforts to reduce its impact on the environment. Other initiatives in the pipeline for the coming months include replacing plastic bags with brown paper bags and increasing the number of cyclists and walkers in the delivery fleet, with hopes that less motorized vehicles will be used in delivering food to customers.

These combined initiatives shall hopefully encourage customers to do away with plastic cutlery when they order food and therefore reduce the overall environmental impact of food and plastic wastage in the country.

“We hope that this campaign would encourage customers to opt out of disposable  cutlery since many of them are ordering food from their homes or offices. We estimate that this option can help reduce usage of plastic utensils by 30% in 2018,” says Iacopo Rovere, CEO of foodpanda Philippines.

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