Sisig your heart out at Sisig Society, Fisher Mall

The Sisig. (bow)

It is a traditional Kapampangan dish made from parts of pig head and chicken liver – the livestock parts that are normally left behind by mainstream diners. Well, at least before this dish became popular.

It is a testament to the Pinoy cook’s ingenuity that meat from seemingly unpalatable animal are made into a savory and scrumptious dish.

Sisig Society – the establishment behind the cheekily controversial sisig lip balm – has made it its mission to proclaim the glories of this dish beyond the token inclusion in a Filipino restaurant’s menu.

Sisig Society, Fisher Mall

Sisig Society, Fisher Mall

Sisig Society, Fisher Mall

To this end, the resto has crafted several ways to enjoy sisig which my officemates and I were able to sample during one of lunchtime forays using the GCs I received from Sisig Society. These sisig meals are served sizzling, together with rice, egg and sinigang soup.

Sisig Society, Fisher Mall

These include:

Classic Pork (Php179 for solo | Php275 for sharing). The sisig that’s dear and familiar, with tender pork cheeks, crunchy bits of chicharon, caramelized onions and flavored with Sisig Society’s secret sauce.

Sisig Society, Fisher Mall

Sisig Society, Fisher Mall

Bacon and Cheese Chicken (Php179 for solo | Php275 for sharing). Chicken bits cooked sisig-style together with bacon pieces, sprinkled with grated cheese and a cheddar cheese sauce. Cheese, for me, is always a good bet; however, I found this dish just a tad too salty for me.

Sisig Society, Fisher Mall

Sisig Society, Fisher Mall

Suman Turon Ala Mode (Php89). The classic rice delicacies wrapped in lumpia wrapper, fried to a crisp golden brown, drizzled with mango puree then topped with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. This sweet treat is a great counter-balance for the salty-savory sisig variants we tried.

Sisig Society, Fisher Mall

Sisig Society, Fisher Mall

So the next time you have a craving for sisig, why don’t you drop by your nearest Sisig Society branch and get a taste of the dish from the resto that knows and loves it best?

This Sisig Society branch is located at Third Floor, Fisher Mall, Quezon Avenue, Del Monte. Quezon City, open daily from 10am to 11pm. For inquiries, call +63 908 4693015.

Other outlets are located at:

  • East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
  • Food Gallery, Third Floor, Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, Ayala Malls Marikina, Liwasang Kalayaan, Marikina Heights, Marikina City
  • Unit 12, The Fort Strip, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
  • Ground Floor, One World Square, Ma
    East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
    Food Gallery, Third Floor, Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City,
    Calle Bistro, Ground Floor, Ever Gotesco Mall, Commonwealth Avenue, Old Balara, Quezon City
    Ground Floor, One World Square, McKinley Hill, Taguig
    Third Floor, Circuit Lane, Ayala Malls Circuit, Olympia, Makati
    Ground Floor, Dela Rosa Carpark 2, Legaspi Village, Makati
    Ground Floor, Fisher Mall, Navotas-Caloocan Junction, Longos, Malabon City

Disclosure: Part of this meal is sponsored by Sisig Society through gift certificates I received prior to the visit. The remaining balance of the bill was paid for.

Sisig Society Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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CinemaWorld presents SKY subscribers with “Around the World with Cannes”

This May, CinemaWorld brings its viewers to an awe-inspiring journey across the globe through endearing stories of life and second chances that won acclaim in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Every Wednesday at 9pm, indulge yourself with a celebrated international film, in its original language with English subtitles, available exclusively on CinemaWorld on SKYcable.

Chouf (France), May 1

Cannes Film Festival 2016, Official Selection, Special Screening

After witnessing the death of his drug dealer brother in a fatal shooting, Sofiane joins the gang seeking revenge. Leaving behind his school life, he becomes Chouf – the lookout guy within the French drug cartels.

The Rest of the Night (Italy), May 8

Cannes Film Festival 2008, Directors Fortnight

After getting fired from her job under the suspicion of stealing, Maria plots with her ex-con former lover and his cocaine-addicted friend to rob her former boss.

Amreeka (USA), May 15

Cannes Film Festival 2009, Fipresci Prize

Single mother Muna and her son leaves their chaotic life in the West Bank to start anew in the promised land in a small town in Illinois.

Villegas (Argentina), May 22

Cannes Film Festival 2012, Golden Camera Nominee (Gonzalo Tobal)

Despite years of separation, cousins Esteban and Pipa embark on a road trip together to Villegas for their grandfather’s funeral.

The Owners (Kazakhstan), May 29

Cannes Film Festival 2014, Official Selection, Special Screening

Three orphaned siblings left the city to return to their family home in a quiet village. Trouble ensues as they fight a corrupt bureaucracy in order to keep a roof over their heads.

CinemaWorld is a 24-hour movie channel that premieres the world’s best and award-winning movies, box-office successes, critics’ favorites from all around the world.

In the Philippines, SKYcable subscribers can add it to their channel line-up for only Php150/month. To subscribe online to this and other movie channels, click here.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

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Unli Premium Korean BBQ at Muhan Samgyupsal, Greenhills

My love affair with Korean BBQ has already spanned more than a decade and I welcome every chance to enjoy it, especially with my family in tow. Really, what’s not to love about it? Sizzling strips of tender beef or pork cooked right before our eyes, a proliferation of side dishes (called banchan) to munch on while the meat is cooking, the interplay of tastes from the meat wrapped in crisp lettuce accompanied by the complexly flavored ssamjang paste.

This past week, I was quite fortunate to try out one of the newer entrants among Korean barbecue restaurants: Muhan Samgyupsal.

This resto is situated in a newer buildings along Ortigas Avenue in the Greenhills area, and it boasts of ample parking space as well as expansive and well-appointed interiors.

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

As I have come to expect in all Korean barbecue joints, this branch of Muhan Samgyeopsal is equipped with exhausts to suck the smoke from the meats cooking on the table-top grills.

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

Its menu is refreshingly simple but packed with value. The choices consist of:

UNLI 1 (Php369/person for lunch available from 11am to 3pm and Php399/person for dinner available from 3pm to 2am): unlimited refills of 5 kinds of pork barbecue

UNLI 2 (Php399/person for lunch available from 11am to 3pm and Php449/person for dinner available from 3pm to 2am): unlimited refills of 5 kinds of pork barbecue and 3 kinds of beef.

UNLI 3 (Php449/person for lunch available from 11am to 3pm and Php499/person for dinner available from 3pm to 2am)): unlimited refills of 5 kinds of pork barbecue, 3 kinds of beef and shabu-shabu.

All these come with soup, unlimited banchans and steamed egg.

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

Plus, the resto currently runs a Lunchtime discount promo wherein a group of four diners get to enjoy, not just the discounted pricing on the Unli sets, but also a free 1.5 liter Coke. Now, isn’t that a great combination?

The fam opted for Unli 2 so we were able to enjoy various options of marinated and unmarinated pork and beef. Granted, our tastes veer towards the unmarinated kind.

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

The premiumness of the meat cuts was apparent in their flavor, juiciness and tenderness, which, together with the clean and comfortable surroundings and the warm and friendly assistance from the wait staff, makes the price of the menu items so worth it.

We all enjoyed our first dining experience at Muhan Samgyeopsal and we look forward to our next visit.

Muhan Samgyeopsal, Greenhills

This Muhan Samgyupsal branch is located at the Ground Floor, Eton Square Building, Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan, open daily from 11am to 2am. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 956 3912240.

Other branches are located at:

  • Second Floor, One Archers Place, Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila (Tel: +63 2 7175627)
  • 830 Padre Noval Street, Sampaloc, Manila (Tel : +63 955 4957585)

Muhan Samgyupsal Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Part of this family lunch is sponsored by Muhan Samgyupsal through free Unlimited Meals good for two people, the balance of which was paid for.

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K-pop group BTS set to perform at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards

Hosted by Kelly Clarkson, the “2019 Billboard Music Awards” Airs Thursday, May 2 at 8:00am on Blue Ant Entertainment

dick clark productions recently announced that global superstars BTS will take the stage with chart-topping singer/songwriter Halsey for the worldwide collaborative debut of their brand-new track “Boy With Luv” at the “2019 Billboard Music Awards.” BTS and Halsey join previously announced performers Kelly Clarkson, Lauren Daigle, Khalid, Panic! At The Disco and Sam Smith & Normani, plus a special performance by 2019 ICON Award recipient Mariah Carey.

The “2019 Billboard Music Awards,” with returning host Kelly Clarkson, will broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 2 at 8am on Blue Ant Entertainment available on SKYcable channels 53(SD) and 196(HD), and will feature this year’s hottest musical acts, unexpected collaborations and buzzworthy moments.

Two-time Billboard Music Award winners BTS last performed at the “2018 Billboard Music Awards” with their top 10 Billboard Hot 100 single “Fake Love.” They also walked away with the Top Social Artist trophy in both 2017 and 2018, and are nominated in the Top Duo/Group and Top Social Artist categories this year. Three-time Billboard Music Award winner Halsey took the Billboard Music Awards stage in both 2017 and 2018, first performing her hit “Now or Never” and then joining The Chainsmokers the following year to pay tribute to Avicii. Halsey is nominated this year for Top Female Artist and Top Selling Song for “Without Me.”

The “2019 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman, Kelly Clarkson and Robert Deaton are executive producers.

For the latest news on the Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs), exclusive content and more, be sure to follow Blue Ant Entertainment on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BlueAntEntertainment/, @BlueAntEntertainment on Instagram and @BlueAntEnt on Twitter.

Billboard Chart Facts:

BTS
In the past year, BTS scored its first two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart with Love Yourself: Tear and Love Yourself: Answer. The act also claimed their first top 10 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Fake Love.” So far, the South Korean pop phenom has seen its catalog of albums earn 2.6 million equivalent album units in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, while their collected songs have tallied over 4.2 billion on-demand streams. Additionally, BTS remains an incredible force on social media thanks to their fans ARMY, as reflected on Billboard’s Social 50 chart. The group has racked up over 100 weeks at No. 1 on tally, which ranks the most popular music acts on social media.

Halsey
In 2015, Halsey launched at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with her debut studio album Badlands. A year later, she scored her first No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single, as featured on The Chainsmokers’ “Closer.” She tallied her first Billboard 200 leader, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, in 2017, while 2019 brought her first Hot 100 No. 1 as a lead artist, “Without Me.” She has earned four No. 1s on the Pop Songs chart, with her latest, “Eastside,” with Benny Blanco and Khalid, replacing “Without Me” directly at the summit.

“Billboard Music Awards” nominees and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the chart period of March 23, 2018 through March 7, 2019. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.

Blue Ant Entertainment

Blue Ant Entertainment is a general entertainment channel with the best mix of reality, drama, comedy, and daily programmes. Featuring hit series such as Siren, Bull; competition series The X Factor UK; dailies airing express and day-and-date with the U.S. and U.K. markets, including: Entertainment Tonight, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden. The channel also airs box office classics and ‘LIVE’ broadcasts some of the biggest award shows in the world, including The Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards.

Show details and photo provided by Blue Ant Entertainment in a recent press release.

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Notable character developments leading to the Avengers: Endgame

Seven years after Earth’s mightiest heroes assembled in one epic movie in Avengers, band together again against another global threat in Avengers: Age of Ultron and were then left to face the aftermath of The Decimation at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, many of the team’s character arcs may be considered completed by the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame.

With this, I thought a review of characters’ initial appearances and growth over the course of the franchise quite fitting.

Warning: This post may contain spoilers on previous MCU movies, but no spoilers about Endgame. I promise.

So here’s what the original Avengers have gone through so far:

Clint Barton aka Hawkeye

Played by Jeremy Renner

During his first appearance in Thor, he was a wise-cracking deadshot agent of SHIELD. In his later appearances, we learned that he was the one who decided against eliminating Black Widow and recruited her as a fellow SHIELD agent instead. Their shared adventures and strong bond outside the Avengers include the “Budapest Incident” and Nat’s familiarity with Clint’s wife and children.

Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow

Played by Scarlett Johanson

Nat has certainly come a long way from her first outing as Black Widow in Iron Man 2 as a SHIELD operative under cover as Pepper Potts’ stunningly gorgeous assistant. Her kick-ass fighting ability was apparent from the get-go, but we got glimpses of her dark past such as her training as an assassin in the Red Room, her loyalty to Nick Fury and Steve Rogers as they revealed Hydra’s infiltration of SHIELD, as well as her budding romance with Bruce Banner which was cut short when Hulk decided against returning to the fold after the events of Age of Ultron.

Bruce Banner aka The Hulk

Played by Mark Ruffalo

The Hulk’s origin stories were told in teo movies that came prior to the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, played on-screen by Eric Bana and Edward Norton, respectively. Throughout the movie franchise, Banner’s disdain for his alter-ego is apparent, referring to the Hulk as “the other guy,” and always seeking ways to suppress him. After serving as a gladiator in Sakaar, helping in the Battle of Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok, he was soundly defeated by Thanos at the start of Infinity War, owing to Thanos’ possession of the Power Stone. The Hulk has since then refused to join the fray in succeeding battles, explained by the Russo brothers as stemming from his resentment of Bruce Banner, and how he is disdained despite always being called upon the save the day.

Thor

Played by Chris Hemsworth

The favored son of the Norse god Odin Allfather, Thor has experienced epic losses in the course of the films such as the death of his mother in Thor: The Dark World, the death of his father and the destruction of his home Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok, and the death of his adoptive brother Loki at the start of Infinity War. Throughout the franchise, he has displayed his earnestness and tenacity; despite being left for dead by Thanos, he pursued the forging of a weapon capable of defeating the Mad Titan.

Steve Rogers aka Captain America

Played by Chris Evans

Considered the First Avenger, Steve is the “man out of time.” Woken up from decades of cryostasis into modern times, his struggle is to find his place in today’s world after losing most of the people from his past.

Tony Stark aka Iron Man

Played by Robert Downey, Jr.

The man who started the MCU, Tony Stark dealt with his father’s death and legacy, the consequences of his billion-dollar empire built on weapons manufacturing and his self-assumed responsibility to protect the Earth from all possible threats.

I’ve just gotten home from watching the movie and I can say that it ended well. To avoid spoiling it for those who haven’t watched it yet, I won’t write about how these character arcs played out in Endgame. Instead, I’ll update this post after a week, which will also give me some time to digest the experience.

For over a decade, the Avengers have been a part of my life, taking me along on their adventures and letting me peek into their family. For me, the Avengers saga is not just superhero movies: it is comprised of stories about love, family, friendship, sacrifice and hope.

Avengers Endgame

I’m happy to be alive at a time when a movie based on comic books can have such an impact, not just on pop culture, but on me personally as well.

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New shows for little kids to enjoy on Baby TV this June

June is when the school year usually starts in the Philippines. Kids of all ages get themselves ready for another year of fun and learning.

Toddlers and preschool kids, however, can also learn new concepts and family values through these shows coming on BabyTV this June.

MOMENTO THE GREAT CHEF

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Momento the Great Chef has a restaurant, three pickled friends and a loyal diner named Perfecto who arrives at the restaurant each day with a surprise in his basket. Momento always manages to make something delicious with what Perfecto has brought, even if he sometimes seems a bit clueless.

CHARLIE AND THE SHAPES

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BabyTV’s successful format of learning new concepts is back with a third series –Charlie and the Shapes. Charlie continues to help his shapely friends with their problems and quests by creating new real life objects from his shape friends.

BIG BUGS BAND

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A spectacularly animated program in which a group of bugs puts on a unique musical performance for an audienceof fellow animals in the woods. Each bug plays a different instrument -improvising, dancing and singing along while introducing viewers to a variety of musical styles including samba, jazz, hip-hop and more.

So mommies, take advantage of these shows to teach and entertain your little ones and get them ready for more learning adventures.

BabyTV is the world’s leading baby and toddler network for children ages four and under and their parents, airing 24 hours a day and completely commercial-free. It features top quality, original and exclusive shows, created by child development experts and designed for for children and parents to enjoy together. Each hour on BabyTV is an enriching journey full of stories, songs, rhymes and lovable characters.

If you’re a SKYcable subscriber, you can add BabyTV to your cable TV subscription plan for only Php20/month. To subscribe to BabyTV and other kids channels, click here.

Show details and images provided by BabyTV.

Header image by Vidmir Raic from Pixabay.

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Barkada-oke at Padi’s Point, Antipolo

Have you ever had the urge to take a break from your busy work schedule and just break out into song? (Well, I have. Lots of times, in fact.)

Well, at Padi’s Point, Upper Antipolo, you can do just that and more with your closest buddies (who hopefully won’t judge you) in comfort (and more importantly, in privacy), thanks to the BKDA-OKE Room at this branch.

Padi’s Point, Upper Antipolo

Padi’s Point, Upper Antipolo

Padi’s Point, Upper Antipolo

Padi’s Point, Upper Antipolo

As the name implies, this room is best enjoyed by a group of friends singing to their favorite karaoke numbers.

One of Japan’s greatest contributions to the world, in my opinion at least, karaoke has surprising health benefits. Singing for recreation makes you feel lighter and less anxious, thanks to endorphins (the “happy” hormones) released when you participate in a fun activity.

Karaoke also helps you express your emotions. Those with pent-up frustrations can belt out Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” or Disney’s “Let It Go” to get that feeling of empowerment. If you want to pay tribute to your Significant Other, go right ahead with Stephen Bishop’s Classic “It Might Be You,” or grieve over a lost love with Adelle’s “Hello.” (But whatever you do, don’t sing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” at least not in the Philippines, ok?)

Singing karaoke also gives you the opportunity to improve your breathing. You hold yourself a little straighter (improving your posture), exercise the muscles in your diaphragm and abdominals as well as utilize more of your lungs.

In between renditions of your favored ditties, why not chow down some of Padi’s Point’s signature dishes such as the onesincluded in the Videoke Package 1 (Php1,599) which were served to our group? Check them out:

Fried Shrimp Crackers and Nacho Chips and Cheese. My favorite chows for mindless eating: kropek and nachos!

Padi’s Point, Upper Antipolo

Padi’s Point, Upper Antipolo

Sizzling Sisig and Sizzling Tofu. Enjoy them separately, or as Chef Jocen of BoodlebearPH suggests, mix ’em together for a new take on the Pinoy classic tokwa’t baboy.

Padi’s Point, Upper Antipolo

Padi’s Point, Upper Antipolo

Building up the courage to bust out your tunes and moves? Work up your confidence with two of Padi’s Points Cocktail Towers that also come with the package.

Padi’s Point, Upper Antipolo

Padi’s Point, Upper Antipolo

So the next chance you get, grab your gang and head off to Padi’s Point for a great rockin’ time.

Padi’s Point, Upper Antipolo

Padi’s Point, Upper Antipolo

Padi’s Point, Upper Antipolo

This Padi’s Point branch is located at L Sumulong Memorial Circle, Dalig, Upper Antipolo, Rizal, open daily from 6am to 4am. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 6953207.

Other branches are located at:

  • Alpha D Compound, Sumulong Highway, Santa Cruz, Lower Antipolo, Rizal
  • Ground Floor, Century Imperial Suites, South Triangle, Quezon City
  • Second Floor, SKY Garden, SM City North EDSA, Bago Bantay, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, Coliseum Center, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
  • Third Floor, Femar Arcade Philcoa, 34 Masaya Street, Diliman, Quezon City
  • 375 Quirino Highway corner Tandang Sora Avenue, Sangandaan, Quezon City
  • Robinsons Nova Market, Quirono Highway, Novaliches, Quezon City
  • Exterior Second Floor, Star Mall EDSA-Shaw Boulevard, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong
  • Gil Puyat Avenue, Libertad, Pasay City
  • Second Floor, Empire Center EDSA Mall, Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, Libertad, Pasay
  • 463 Remedios Street, Malate, Manila
  • A.H. Lacson Avenue across SM San Lazaro, Santa Cruz, Manila
  • Second Floor, The Grandz Commercial Center, MacArthur Highway, South Caloocan, Caloocan City
  • The Grills, Yellow Building Filinvest, South Station, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa
  • Alabang-Zapote Road, Pamplona, Las Pinas

Padi's Point Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I was invited to join a foodie meetup held at this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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