Celebrate the Holidays at Diamond Hotel

A Diamond Hotel holiday spread with Porchetta

NOW that dine-in in restaurants is allowed, Diamond Hotel Philippines invites everyone to celebrate the holidays indulging in well-curated holiday feasts from buffets, set menus and extraordinary culinary selections in the hotel’s restaurants on December 24, 25 and 31, 2020, and January 1, 2021.

At Corniche, indulge in an unlimited selection of appetizers, meats, seafood, pasta, salads and desserts when availing of the Lunch and Dinner Buffets.

Christmas Turkey

Appreciate the intricacy and simplicity in presentation and taste of authentic Japanese cuisine at Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant with a get-together with family or friends. Now available are Japanese Lunch or Dinner Set Menus for 4 persons and for 6 persons.

Spend an unforgettable celebration in a relaxed setting at the Lobby Lounge, which is the ideal spot for a tete-a-tete. A hearty fill of a satisfying Lunch or Dinner Set Menu is the perfect way to experience the splendid food and impeccable service that the place has to offer. Have a piping hot cup of drip coffee or fragrant tea with an assortment of decadent pastries and desserts.

Honey Glazed Leg of Ham

Chicken Relleno

Whether it is a holiday dinner for the family or an intimate gathering for you, Diamond Hotel’s savory platters will surely be the showcase of the yuletide spread. Partake of any of the finest gourmet favorites, such as Slow Roasted US Choice Rib Eye, Honey Glazed Leg of Ham, Lechon de Leche (Roasted Suckling Pig), Baked Mediterranean Crusted Norwegian Salmon,  Christmas Turkey, Porchetta (Roasted Pork Belly Roulade), or Juicy Chicken Relleno; and enjoy the laughter and good tidings that complement every bite.  Savor meat and seafood of the highest quality, seasoned and brimming with flavor, prepared by the hotel’s talented team of chefs.

Make sharing more special this season of giving with a luscious selection of delicately crafted pastries and sweets available at the Lobby Lounge. An array of irresistible delights are sure to fulfill your fondness for sweets.  Complete your festive spread with a decadent whole cake indulgently bedecked with sweet trimmings. Topping off the list are the favorites Baked Cheesecake, Super Moist Cake and Le Royale. Wrap up your meal  with Sable Crunch Cookies in Chocolate Almond, Salted Caramel, and Double Chocolate that will surely leave your palate dancing all Christmas long.  Partake of different kinds of loaf like Chocolate Pound Loaf, Lemon Loaf, Choco Chips Banana Bread Loaf, Walnut Banana Cake and Chocolate Christmas Babka Loaf;  or bring out assorted Christmas Muffins to share in flavors like Blueberry, Dark & White Choco Chips, Double Chocolate & Hazelnut, Red Velvet, Green Tea and Raspberry. Take home a box or two of the renowned Diamond Ensaymada and give them out as presents. You also should not miss the La Crown Chocolate Viennoiserie, Chocolate Cruffins, Raspberry Brioche Feuilette,  Christmas Éclairs, and the  Mango & Passion Buche de Noel.

La Crown Chocolate Viennoiserie

Chocolate Cruffins

The hotel’s full catering service is ready to deliver an unforgettable party feast at your doorstep. Preparations for your Noche Buena or other get-togethers are made more convenient with the new holiday set menus meticulously created to serve up a variety of satisfying dishes. Choose from the Set Menus or the Chinese Christmas platters.

To place an order for Christmas Goodies, Party Platters or Gift Certificates, call Diamond Hotel at 8528-3000 ext. 1121 or 1118 from 9am to 8pm, Mondays to Fridays; or email restaurant_rsvn@diamondhotel.com. You may also visit onlineshopping.diamondhotel.com to purchase. Orders must be placed at least 3 days before day of pick-up or delivery and 7 days prior to your event for the catering service. Payment is through cash or credit card. Pick-up venue will be at the Lobby Lounge of Diamond Hotel.

(Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Blvd. corner Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila.)

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Eastwood Richmonde Hotel Stages
First Kitchen Masters Competition

This dish, Braised Pork Adobo with Fondant Potato and Pineapple Foam, won for Karl Kenneth Watson the honor of being the first ever grand champion of Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s Kitchen Masters: Home Edition cooking competition

EASTWOOD Richmonde Hotel believes in the Filipino talent—especially when it comes to cooking. So, to kick off its 10th anniversary celebration last November (2020), the hotel launched its first ever Kitchen Masters: Home Edition cooking competition to honor outstanding home cooks.

“We wanted to provide budding amateur chefs who are passionate about elevating Filipino home cooking to a higher level with a platform to showcase their specialties and the rare opportunity of serving these to some of the country’s top chefs,” says Executive Chef Victor Barangan, the brains behind the competition.

Kitchen Masters: Home Edition called for home cooks to submit an original recipe of theirs or one of their family’s heirloom dishes. A total of 58 recipe entries were sent in, from which Chef Vic chose the Top 5 based on taste, creativity and the stories behind their respective dishes. The five finalists—Ryan Christopher Cayabyab, Ricel Decano Gabi, Walt Aaron Lazarte, Dick See, and Karl Kenneth Watson—then faced each other in a live cook-off and presentation to a distinguished panel of judges.

The Kitchen Masters: Home Edition finalists battling it out in a live cook-off…

Kitchen Masters grand champion Karl Kenneth Watson

During the cook-off, Cayabyab prepared his Chicken Sinnog, Gabi made Pork Tapang Taal Roulade, Lazarte cooked Pork Higadillo, See presented his Zharina’s Roast Chicken, and Watson wowed everyone with his Braised Pork Adobo with Fondant Potato and Pineapple Foam. After observing the budding chefs prepare their dishes, looking at their food presentation, and tasting their dishes, the judges—Chefs Bruce Lim, Myke ‘Tatung’ Sarthou, Sau del Rosario, Rob Pengson and Mikel Zaguirre—handpicked Watson as Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s first ever Kitchen Masters grand winner.

Chef Bruce Lim

Chef Myke ‘Tatung’ Sarthou

Chef Sau del Rosario

Chef Rob Pengson

Chef Mikel Zaguirre

Inspired by memories of his mother’s cooking, his father’s favorite food, and his interest in molecular gastronomy, Watson created a dish that incorporated an adobo recipe from home, his personal interpretation of mashed potatoes, and pineapple foam. For this, he won a cash prize plus hotel gift certificates, and his winning dish shall be featured at Eastwood Café+Bar this holiday season.

Placing second was Cayabyab, and Lazarte took third place.

The grand finalists, from left: Dick See, Walt Aaron Lazarte, Karl Kenneth Watson, Ryan Christopher Cayabyab, and Ricel Decano Gabi. With them are the celebrity chef-judges, back row, from left: Mikel Zaguirre, Bruce Lim, Rob Pengson, Sau del Rosario, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel Executive Chef Victor Barangan, and Myke ‘Tatung’ Sarthou.

The winners were announced and presented to the public during Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s recent online anniversary celebration.

Making the first ever Kitchen Masters cooking competition possible were sponsors Luntian Farms, San Miguel Foods Inc.-Great Food Solutions, Sysu International, Elle & Vire, Hershey’s Chocolate, Leiro Chocolate, Masflex Cookware and Kitchenware, and Nationale Bladeworks.

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Enjoy Exclusive and Unlimited Deals
with foodpanda’s pandapro

Miss World Megan Young endorsing foodpanda’s pandapro…

YOU just got to love foodpanda’s new exclusive membership program called pandapro. It is a gift that keeps on giving because it is an exquisite rewards card that unlocks a wide array of exclusive benefits, especially for those who love to go grocery shopping and those who like to order restaurant food to enjoy at home.

In continuation of its kumukutikuti-TAP Christmas weekly surprises, foodpanda, the country’s on-demand delivery service with countless restaurants as partners, recently launched pandapro, an exclusive membership program that gives its loyal users more rewarding shopping and dining experiences. For an introductory price of Php50 per month, pandapro offers perks and exceptional rewards with the new monthly subscription program that gives you benefits such as free delivery and discounts.

“Food is a big part of our culture as Filipinos, and we want to give our most avid customers the option to have a more premium experience by way of discounts from our partner restaurants and free delivery. It’s something we want to roll out as more people adjust to the new normal and depend on delivery services,” explains foodpanda Philippines managing director Daniel Marogy.

Another celebrity endorser, Mikael Daez,, swears by foodpanda’s pandapro


Whether you have your food delivered or pick up your order in the store, you can turn these purchases into something more. Here are the monthly perks and privileges of being a pandapro subscriber:

• Exclusive and unlimited 20% off from over 3,000 restaurants
• Five times free delivery from all shops and restaurants
• Three times 10% off from foodpanda shops
• Unlimited extra 5% off on foodpanda pick-up orders

A minimum order worth Php400 qualifies you for the free delivery perk as well as the 10% shop offers. More exciting benefits for foodpanda’s pandapro subscribers in the months to come.

Gamer and cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao loves foodpanda’s services


1. Simply update your foodpanda app, click “How to be a Member,” and fill in the required details. A user must be 18 years old or older and a holder of a valid credit card. The membership fee will be deducted from the credit card you used to sign up.
2. The subscription and its benefits will automatically be renewed monthly.
3. If you fail to settle a ‘payment due,’ your subscription will be cancelled and you will need to subscribe again in order to avail of the benefits.
4. Cancellation of a subscription can be made any time, but it will take effect only in the next monthly renewal date.

So, subscribe to pandapro now and start enjoying all the premium benefits for a minimal monthly fee of Php50. Download the app and check out foodpanda’s Facebook and Instagram pages for the latest news on pandapro.

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Rico’s Lechon Now at 7-Eleven!

Rico’s Lechon Paksiw and Lechon Dinuguan are now available at select 7-Eleven stores in Luzon

DON’T look now, but, yes, Rico’s Lechon, which is considered as Cebu’s best lechon, is now available at 7-Eleven.

7-Eleven, one of the leading convenience store chains in the Philippines, has just established a partnership with Meat Concepts Corporation to bring Rico’s Lechon’s famous “crispy, juicy and flavorful” lechon to 7-Eleven in the form of hot rice meals under its Chef Creations meal line. So, now, 7-Eleven customers can enjoy two special meals at affordable prices—Rico’s Lechon Paksiw and Lechon Dinuguan.

Rico’s Lechon Paksiw

Lechon Paksiw is chopped Rico’s lechon simmered in vinegar and garlic and served with rice at Php99.

Rico’s Lechon Dinuguan

Lechon Dinuguan is Rico’s lechon simmered in rich, spicy, dark gravy made of pig’s blood and served with rice for Php95.

These two variants are now available in select 7-Eleven stores in Luzon and will soon be available in Pampanga and Batangas.

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Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
Sets Prime Holiday Sale on 11.11

MANY big sales are going on tomorrow, November 11, 2020, and they involve just about everything—clothes, shoes, houseware, appliances, electronic gadgets, furniture, beauty products, health supplements and implements, and, well, yes, hotel stays and dining, too!

True to its innovative approach to hotel sales and marketing, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila joins the 11.11 madness as it stages a one-day Prime Holiday Sale on November 11, 2020. Avail of special discounts on future hotel stays and restaurant visits. For one day only, Marco Polo Ortigas will be offering overnight accommodations in any Superior Room for a package price that starts at Php5,000 for bookings made on November 11 for hotel stays from December 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021. It is up to guests to book room accommodations only or include dining credits of Php1,000 to their stay package.

Dining credits of Php1,000 will also be available for a purchase price of Php750 only during the one-day prime holiday sale of the hotel. These may be used in any of the hotel’s restaurants.

To book and purchase these 11.11 exclusive deals from Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, call (632) 7720-7777 or email resv.mnl@marcopoohotels.com.

(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City.)

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