Zomato Philippines held the biggest summit for resto owners in Metro Manila

Game-changing insights, mind-boggling questions, and heart-wrenching realities in the restaurant industry were all tackled last August 19 at the Future of Food 2019. Attended by more than 1000 restaurant owners, industry leaders, restaurant operators, and senior marketing professionals, the Future of Food is dubbed as the biggest restaurant summit for restaurant owners in Metro Manila yet.
Zomato Philippines, the leading food app in the country, organized the Future of Food with the country’s most prestigious companies, Arla Foods and Globe myBusiness, in partnership with, McCormick Philippines, Century Pacific Food Inc. – Food Service, and Avida Land.
Future of Food 2019 was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Philippines’ most luxurious Resort, Hotel & Casino – City of Dreams. The summit tackled topics on the Modern Consumer, Sustainability, Innovative Food Solutions, The Future of Marketing, and Goals in the Philippine Restaurant Industry. The event was a huge success due to its all-star keynote speakers and panelists.
Some of the nation’s most reputable key opinion leaders who shared their insights at the event were Chris Evans (Business Head, Zomato Philippines), Amor Maclang (Co-Founder and Chief Communications Officer, GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications Inc.), Leigh Reyes (President & Chief Creative Officer, MullenLowe Philippines), Pamela Pacete-Garcia (Executive Strategic Planning Director, Wunderman Thompson Philippines), Enzo Pinga (Chief Farmer, Earthbeat Farms), Melody Melo-Rijk (Project Manager of The Sustainable Diner Project World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines, WWF -Philippines), Jens Christian Krog Nielsen (Senior General Manager, Arla Foods Philippines), Johan Movido (Innovations Manager – Flavor Solutions, McCormick Philippines Inc.), Tenten Casasola (Innovations Manager – Culinary Team Manager, McCormick Philippines Inc.), Jason Cruz (Executive Strategy Director), Karen May Garcia (Head for Business – Technical Solutions Partner of Broadband and WIFI, Globe myBusiness), Eric Dee (President and Chief Operating Officer, Foodee Global Concepts), Sam Christopher Lim (Chief Marketing Officer, Francorp Philippines), and Donald Lim (Chief Executive Officer, Dentsu Aegis Network Philippines).
Because of these outstanding speakers, the night ended with an immediate demand for the next conference!

HBO Asia Original INVISIBLE STORIES To Premiere at 2019 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and 30th Singapore International Film Festival

INVISIBLE STORIES, a six-episode half-hour drama series which shines light into dark corners and tells untold stories from the heartlands and a fictional neighbourhood housing estate in multi-cultural Singapore, is HBO Asia’s first entry at the 2019 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and the first production to be screened at the 30th Singapore International Film Festival’s (SGIFF) Singapore Panorama section. 

Scheduled to premiere early 2020 on HBO Asia’s on-air, online and on-demand platforms, INVISIBLE STORIES brings to life stories of everyday people – their joy, their struggles, their sacrifice, with each episode following one neighbour as he or she navigates through everyday life and its challenges.

The first episode, which revolves around the lives of a single mother and her autistic son played by Golden Horse Award winner Yeo Yann Yann (‘ILO ILO’, ‘881’ and ‘Singapore Dreaming’) and Taiwanese newcomer Devin Pan respectively, will make its global debut at the 2019 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival – “Shorts: Beyond the Edge” section on 16 November. 

The first two episodes of INVISIBLE STORIES will be presented in the Singapore Panorama section at SGIFF, which spotlights Singapore’s dynamic filmmakers and their stories that reflect the realities of contemporary society. An iconic event in the Singapore arts calendar, SGIFF, which takes place from 21 November to 1 December 2019, is also recognised internationally as both the discovery ground of Southeast Asian independent cinema, and an enabler in nurturing the next generation of storytellers. The second episode, which will make its worldwide debut at SGIFF, stars veteran Singapore actor Wang Yu Qing (‘Hello From The Other Side’ and ‘Reach For The Skies’) who plays a taxi driver by day and a spiritual medium by night.  

The series is created by Singaporean Ler Jiyuan with a team of local writers, produced by Singapore-based production house Birdmandog, and features a regional cast from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore.

INVISIBLE STORIES is produced as part of a two-year partnership with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in Singapore. Through a series of workshops and collaborations with local companies and talent on HBO Asia Original productions, the partnership aims to develop the content production capabilities of Singapore’s media industry.

HBO Asia started producing Original productions in 2012 and has produced a range of Asian Original productions including series, movies and documentaries. To date, HBO Asia has produced and aired 18 Asian Original productions with more in the pipeline.

HBO is available on SKYcable Ch. 54 SD/Ch. 168 HD (for Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Lipa-Batangas) or on Ch. 402 SD/710 HD (for Bacolod, Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo). SKYdirect subscribers can watch it on Ch. 22 HD. HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming on HBO GO. To subscribe, call your local SKY office or fill up this form.

Show details and image provided by HBO in a recent press release.

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Introducing Keepr: the first app-based full-service storage solution in the Philippines

Keepr Storage PH is the first full-service, highly-secure, app-based storage
provider in Metro Manila! Available now on the App Store and Google Play, Keepr’s mobile app allows you to securely store and monitor your most valuable possessions without having to leave the house! Prices start at just PHP 449.00 a month.

Keepr: An Extension of Your Home

Metro Manila is one of the most crowded cities in the world, with a population density of 20,785 persons per square kilometer. Combined with the rising costs of living, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find spacious housing in Metro Manila alone. Personal and storage space is fast becoming a valuable resource. Because of this, people regularly look for ways to free up space and bring out the beauty in their homes that are otherwise covered by too many objects.

Enter Keepr: a full-service solution to all your storage needs! Available on Apple and Android, Keepr allows you to clean up without having to give anything away. Keepr adapts to your personal needs by combining high-level security, strategic logistics, and modern technology into an easy-to-use app.


“Vertical living has been growing over the past few years – with an estimated 7,000 new units churned out by developers annually. This has mostly been due to rising real estate prices and scarcity of land within proximity of business districts. Office spaces and residential condo units have been getting smaller and smaller and prices get steeper as household consumption has been steadily increasing,” shares Keepr founder, Anna Moncupa. “We’ve been buying and putting stuff into our homes, and we’re running out of space. We’re basically consuming more but living smaller. Keepr was born out of this fundamental need for space within the city.”

How Does Keepr Work?

  1. Create an Account. After downloading Keepr Storage PH, simply follow the format to create your account through e-mail, Facebook, or Google.
  2. Schedule Your Free Assessment. Enter your mobile number and Keepr’s Storage Expert will get in touch with you right away. This initial assessment will provide our team with the necessary information to determine which monthly plan best suits your storage needs.
  3. Schedule Your Pick-Up. Once you’ve subscribed to a plan, you can now schedule a pick-up by booking an appointment. A Storage Specialist will be on hand to guide you through the process, while Keepr’s team will expertly wrap and pack your valuables in the most efficient and space-saving way possible. Packing services start at just PHP 150.00 per hour, per personnel.
  4. Manage Your Inventory. Keepr’s warehouse is equipped with 24-hour security and CCTV. The constant attention to your personal belongings extends to the access you have right from the app itself. Every item stored with Keeper is photographed, tagged with a QR code, and uploaded to your account. This provides you with constant access and a host of features that allows you to manage and
    customize your storage.
  5. Schedule Your Delivery. Want something back? Just select the item you need, set a location, and simply schedule the delivery date for a flat rate of just PHP 500.00! When you’re done, our team will return and pick-up the empty Keepr bins for free.

Keepr: The Only Storage Solution You Will Ever Need

“Most storage options cater to bigger corporations with the means and resources to manage their own inventory and logistics, whereas Keepr was really made for SMEs, growing families, and busy individuals,” adds Moncupa. “We’ve combined cutting edge technology and customer-centered ideologies to provide hassle-free storage to the everyday city dweller. Everything can be done online through our website or via app – convenience was one of our main goals when creating our system. It’s really about having a full life and creating more room for the things that truly matter.”


Download Keepr Storage PH now on the App Store and Google Play. Keepr provides you with a host of storage solutions combined with real-time and customizable storage management. Prices start at just PHP 449.00 a month! Learn more at https://keeprstorage.ph!

Product details and images provided in a recent press release.

Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke star in four-part HBO limited series, CATHERINE THE GREAT, premiering 22 October

HBO presents, in association with Sky, the four-part limited series CATHERINE THE GREAT, premieres same time as the U.S. on Tuesday 22 October at 10am (11am from 5 November) exclusively on HBO GO and HBO. The episode encores on the same day at 10pm (11pm from 5 November) on HBO.

Oscar®-winner Helen Mirren stars in HBO’s latest historical drama, CATHERINE THE GREAT, as the tumultuous monarch and politician who ruled the Russian empire and transformed its place in the world in the 18th century. Over the course of four one-hour parts, the enthralling limited series charts Catherine’s reign as the intelligent, resourceful and utterly determined Empress who fights off threats to her crown, wages war with the Ottoman Empire and expands Russia’s borders as far as the Black Sea and Crimea, turning the nation into a great global power. But more than a political success story against all odds, CATHERINE THE GREAT is a sweeping epic that follows the love affair between Catherine and Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin (Jason Clarke), the most extraordinary woman and man of their age, who formed a singular and powerful relationship that helped shape the future of Russian politics.

Upcoming episodes:
“Episode 1” – TUESDAY, 22 OCT 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Russian Empress Catherine the Great (Helen Mirren) faces challenges to her throne on all sides, as she meets the forthright and bold Lieutenant Grigory Potemkin (Jason Clarke).
Written by Nigel Williams; directed by Philip Martin.

“Episode 2” – TUESDAY, 29 OCT 10:00-11:00 a.m.
A victorious Potemkin (Jason Clarke) returns from war to find Catherine (Helen Mirren) preoccupied, leading the two to speak candidly about their pasts and future, while a Cossack stirs discontent among peasants in the countryside.
Written by Nigel Williams; directed by Philip Martin.

“Episode 3” – TUESDAY, 5 NOV 11:00-12:00 p.m.
Catherine (Helen Mirren) and Potemkin (Jason Clarke) experience growing pains in their relationship, as Potemkin’s push for expansion puts him at odds with Panin (Rory Kinnear).
Written by Nigel Williams; directed by Philip Martin.

“Episode 4” (Series finale) – TUESDAY, 12 NOV 11:00-12:00 p.m.
Pressure from foreign powers leads to a bitter argument between Catherine (Helen Mirren) and an ailing Potemkin (Jason Clarke). Catherine works to change the line of succession as her reign draws to an end.
Written by Nigel Williams; directed by Philip Martin.

CATHERINE THE GREAT IS directed by Philip Martin; written by Nigel Williams; executive producers, Helen Mirren, Philip Martin, David Thompson for Origin Pictures and Charlie Pattinson and Christine Healy for New Pictures.

HBO is available on SKYcable Ch. 54 SD/Ch. 168 HD (for Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Lipa-Batangas) or on Ch. 402 SD/710 HD (for Bacolod, Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo). SKYdirect subscribers can watch it on Ch. 22 HD. HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming on HBO GO which is exclusively available to SKY subscribers. To subscribe, call your local SKY office or fill up this form.

Show details and image provided by HBO in a recent press release.

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Ilustrado celebrates thirty years

To mark its 30th year anniversary, Ilustrado Restaurant in Intramuros, Manila is offering an 8-course Degustation menu for the whole month of October.

The menu is curated by Chef de Patron Bernice Pimentel, featuring local ingredients and Philippine cuisine on trend. “This years’ theme is from ordinary to extraordinary – ordinary food you would see in a weekly Filipino household menu but in haute fashion,” notes Chef Bernice.

“As the famous adage goes … ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan.” Philippine cuisine has arrived thanks to our multitude of brilliant chefs and champions bringing forward our culinary heritage and roots.” Pimentel continues.

The Ilustrado Anniversary Degustation starts with Kalabasa Pan de Sal – pillows of Filipino soft roll with shaved squash and served with EVOO, balsamic vinegar and a home- made queso de bola dip.

Ilustrado celebrates 30 years

Next comes the amuse bouche of Longga burger – a Boracay staple longganisa patty turned pintxos with kesong puti and tomato jam.

Ilustrado celebrates 30 years

The cold starter is Ensaladang Talong – a mélange of grilled eggplant, onion, tomato, salted quail egg in a spicy pinakurat beurre blanc.

Ilustrado celebrates 30 years

The hot starter, lumpiang bangus comes next which is flaked tinapa in a baked shell with a sweet, tangy mango compote.

Ilustrado celebrates 30 years

The soup is kinamias which is clear sinigang like vegetarian broth.

Ilustrado celebrates 30 years

The first entrée is Adobong Pusit – grilled baby squid in balsamic adobo sauce followed by the main course Bulalo – seared bone marrow and beef risotto with twice-cooked angus beef shortplate and corn salsa sopresa.

Ilustrado celebrates 30 years

Ilustrado celebrates 30 years

The sweet ending is a delightful saba con hielo which brings together evaporated milk panna cotta, banana cue slices topped off with chewy bobba pearls.

Ilustrado celebrates 30 years

Diners have a choice to order the whole 8-course menu or order select dishes, ala carte. Each dish is priced separately and the whole menu is at PhP 1,400.00 plus 10 per cent service charge.

Like and follow Ilustrado on Facebook and Instagram as it celebrates thirty years with exciting giveaways, food promotions and discounts year round.

The restaurant is located at 744 General Luna street, Intramuros, Manila. Call to inquire or reserve at 527-3674, 527-2345, 0939-9206822 or email catering@ilustradorestaurant.com.ph.

Degustation menu details provided in a recent press release

Photo credits: EJ Bunag of ilovetoeatph.wordpress.com

Girls gone #WOKE

Janine Teñoso, Bea Lorenzo, and Clara Benin all started on the path to music as very young girls. And though they’ve forged their names as solo artists, from the first time they met, there was an instant rapport that made their Coke Studio collaboration feel free-flowing and natural.

Janine says, “Literally, I was just listening to their songs, and then a few days after, we were meeting together. It felt as if we were sisters right away, we just started sharing our ideas and talking and talking.”

For their Coke Studio Season 3 episode, the girls tackled something the youth feel strongly about: the environment, and how to create even more awareness and action to save it. These days, people are getting more and more #woke and want to do their part to help, and Coke is taking action through their various green initiatives. With this musical collaboration, Coke champions two things they firmly believe in: an active stance on environmental issues and women empowerment.

Girls Gone #Woke

Knowing that their Coke Studio episode would focus on the single biggest issue of this generation, all three realized that the big environmental issue comes from the smaller task of deciphering one’s priorities. They saw that the root of caring for the environment is self knowledge. From self knowledge comes the realization that we are all connected to each other.

Girls Gone #Woke

Janine understood that they were taking on a big task. “We knew that the song had to be uplifting spiritually.”

In creating their all-girl anthem, Clara says a little spontaneity went a long way. “You also have to surprise yourself. That’s part of the process. We want to write a song that will encourage people to be themselves.”

At the end of the day, it’s all about being true to your heart. As Bea sums it up: “The essence of being woke is doing what you love. You have to do something that really speaks to you. And for our song, it was about finding that balance without being too preachy.”

Watch how Bea Lorenzo, Clara Benin and Janine Teñoso, collaborate for Coke Studio Season 3. Catch them this coming October 5, at 10:00 a.m. on ABS-CBN or online at www.youtube.com/CokeStudioPH.

Show details and images provided in a recent press release.

Be casually preppy with Zilingo’s September 2019 Collection

Garb up this season with Zilingo’s latest clubhouse cool and preppy looks!

This September, leading online fashion platform Zilingo, released their latest trends selection. Doused in plaid and preppy looks, the collection boasts different cuts and arresting foray of silhouettes.

The brand marries chic styles and clubhouse cool collection, featuring preppy threads in Khaki, Cream and Beige accentuated by season’s colors of chartreuse and turquoise and red. Fashion fans will also be thrilled with the platform’s take on layers and cardigans and playful pleats in White, Black and Brown matched with modern looks and textured sheets.

Zilingo Preppy

Zilingo will provide customers with coveted pieces suitable for all occasions. “We are ecstatic about this season’s trends that combine style and comfort, and the best part is that these fashion essentials are available at the click of a button,” says Ryza Dipatuan-Razo, Marketing Director, Zilingo Philippines.

Zilingo Preppy

Recognizing the continuous growth and potential of the online retail market, and the need to constantly provide its customers with new and exciting options, Zilingo aims to showcase a unique shopping experience to its customers and enable brands to expand their reach to fashion enthusiasts across the

Fashionistas across the country can purchase the collection anytime and anywhere via Zilingo’s website and app, and have them delivered to their doorstep at no extra charge, with multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery.

About Zilingo

Zilingo is a commerce platform that is making the fashion and beauty supply chain more efficient through technology. With over 50,000 merchants on the platform Zilingo connects businesses across the entire supply chain and empowers them with everything they need to run a business – from design, product development, fabric procurement, manufacturing, cataloguing, marketing, inventory management, distribution, billing, customer service, working capital & trend forecasting. With over two million product listings on Zilingo.com, users can effortlessly shop from a selection of indie labels, local designers, international and celebrity brands – all in one place. Founded by Ankiti Bose and Dhruv Kapoor in 2015, the company has offices in 8 cities globally with over 600 staff representing 20 different nationalities.

Zilingo is available for download for free on the App Store and Google Play across Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand.

For more information, please visit www.zilingo.com.

Details and images provided by Zilingo in a recent press release.