SM City Iloilo launches solar panels

To meet the growing demand for energy efficiency and sustainability amid climate change, SM Supermalls is poised to complete the installation of a total of 33,000 solar panels in its various malls.
One of them is SM City Iloilo which has 2,904 solar panels that could generate 827 kilowatts of energy directly into the mall. Their solar technology installed by Solar Philippines is so advanced that they no longer have to store the generated energy before using it.
The use of solar energy "reaffirms SM Prime's commitment to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities that enrich the quality of life of millions," said Majella Libo-on, SM Regional Operations Manager for Visayas 3.

The other SM malls that have solar panels as of August 2017 are SM Mall of Asia, SM City Cauayan, SM City Cabanatuan. To follow are SM City Trece Martires, SM Seaside City Cebu, SM City Dasmarinas, SM City Olongapo, and SM City Tuguegarao Downtown.

Sea Spa: the first beach spa in Iloilo

Having a massage on the beach while I was in Boracay Island many years ago is one of my unforgettable "feel good" experiences.

Back to the city, I held on to that experience during my meditative moments at home. Through You Tube, I would play my favorite nature sound - the soft sound of the small waves kissing the shore - as I visualize myself lounging idly on the beach or getting a good massage.

It is nice to have this for real in a place that is easily accessible. So, it's a welcome development when Adhara Boutique Resort,  rejuvenation sanctuary, announced that they will soon offer Sea Spa. 

The first beach spa in Iloilo, this one-day spa experience aims to melt our tensions away and calm our restless souls.

Sea Spa will be managed by Spa Riviera, Iloilo's premier spa which is backed by 17 years of experience.

Upon arrival, Sea Spa guests will enjoy a welcome drink, aromatherapy mood enhancers, and a relaxing foot soak. It will be followed with meditation…

Jamie’s Steak Room launches Lunch Express and Afternoon Snacks

One misconception about Jamie’s Steak Room is that it is a place for fine dining. 
Perhaps it’s the word “steak” and the tastefully designed interiors of black and brown that created this impression. But regular patrons of Jamie’s Steak Room would attest to the fact that their steaks, especially those sourced locally are so affordable and good-tasting. So, the apt description would be “modern casual dining.”

In addition to that, not only do they serve affordable steaks, they also offer a good selection of healthy salads and appetizers, as well as fish, chicken and pork dishes.
After my third visit at Jamie’s Steak Room, I would believe that many misconceptions about the restaurant are not true. As a personal rule, I am not going to write about a restaurant if I don’t like their food.

Recently, Jamie’s Steak Room launched two exciting offerings, their Lunch Express and Afternoon Snacks.
LUNCH EXPRESS Jamie’s Steak Room Lunch Express includes meals that won't put a dent in your budget bec…

5 delicious reasons to visit Nino's Burritos

What's not to love about Mexican food? Their popular dishes such as quesadillas, burritos, and tacos are filling and balanced because of the combination of protein (ground meat), dairy (cheese), carbohydrates (rice and tortillas) and vegetables.
Nino's Burritos at SM Southpoint Iloilo serves a wide variety of Mexican food for your discriminating taste buds. During a visit to Nino's Burritos at SM Southpoint Iloilo, we tried five of their many mouthwatering offerings. Here they are.

Platillos with Burritos, Tacos and Quesadillas Good for 3 to 4 persons (even 5 for those on a diet), Platillos are available in two combinations. Platillos A includes burrito, quesadilla, nachos, and drink. Platillos B includes burrito, taco, nachos, and drink). Never mind your waistline, this plato fuerte is worth the trip. Price: P550
One can also order these items separately. Their Quesadillas and Burrito are available in three sizes - solo, regular and large. For their tacos, you get to choose b…

Brewery Gastropub: home of craft beers and gastronomic dishes

With the opening of many bars and restaurants in Iloilo City, one establishment continues to thrive and enjoy positive reviews - Brewery Gastropub Iloilo.
Their secret? They have a well-stocked bar of more than 100 imported and local craft beers (the list is growing) and they have a wide array of well-prepared appetizers, salads, soups, pizza, pasta, and main dishes made from the best ingredients.
Specialties Here are some recommended house specialties that you do not want to miss. They are good for sharing.

Rack of Skewers -- this house specialty is a mix of Thai Pork, Lemongrass Chicken, Veal Sausage and Hungarian Sausage.
Slow Cooked Beef Belly -- U.S. Beef Belly is cooked and made tender in the oven for eight hours with herbs and spices and served with red wine reduction in order to create the perfect meal for beef lovers.
Asian Buffalo Chicken Wings -- this best-selling appetizer comes with a sweet yet spicy sauce served with blue cheese dip and celery.
Mozzarella Bombs -- Italian mozz…

There is always time for tea

Saturdays I make time for quality time which normally includes face to face conversations over good food with family and friends. Recently, most of these meaningful conversations with my tribe take place in Mrs. Wharton Pastries, London Bakes and English Teas at SM Southpoint Iloilo.
One Saturday morning, it was about “having crushes and the benefits of waiting for the right one to come along” with my sister and niece over English Breakfast, S’mores and Apple Crumble with Ice Cream at Mrs. Wharton Pastries, London Bakes and English Teas.

Mrs. Wharton's English Breakfast is served daily from 7 am to 12 noon. Adjusted to the Filipino palate, it includes bacon, two sunny side up eggs, toasts, beans and a choice of sausage or ham. This hearty plated breakfast priced at P150 is also made more enjoyable by add-ins to choose from; yogurt, almond butter, French toast, pudding, fruits, cheesy frittata, cappuccino muffins, salted caramel pancake, brioche pudding, scones, Waldorf salad, green …

The first years last forever

The early years of a child are crucial because it is a time when the foundation for adulthood (positive or otherwise) is established.

Galileo Enrichment Learning Program, Inc. believes in this so they have made building the future of children an advocacy through education.

It is a learning center that leads in terms of making Math, English and Singaporean Math made easy. It is located at the Narita Building, Delgado Street. While this is its first learning center in Iloilo City, this is Galileo’s 34th in the whole country.

“Galileo is our lifetime advocacy that opens minds and enriches lives. Our philosophy in guiding students is to impart mastery of the topic, which is principal to lifelong learning. Our namesake substantiates our existence: Galileo's fearless and adventurous pursuit of knowledge has inspired us to impart his legacy to learner-adventurers in today’s evolving world. Our learning environment creates a positive visual and emotional appeal to the learners. Every Galileo…

Amid poverty, these Ilonggo moms raised successful children

Parenting is its own thing. I heard this spoken in a movie. It's because you have your own needs but you have to sacrifice some of them when you have an added role to play - being a parent.

I believe that the bigger sacrifice is being done by mothers because apart from raising the kids, they also have to go through nine months of pregnancy and hormonal changes that can wreak havoc to one's mental state.

Child birthing, albeit a common procedure, is actually a big risk that women take.

In Iloilo City, we have a project called Bulawanon nga Nanay, a search for deserving mothers who were able to raise successful children who can contribute to the growth of the community despite their circumstances. Bulawanon means 'gold' while Nanay means "mother'.

It was started in 2009 by the Iloilo City Government Task Force on Street Children chaired by Rosalie Trenas. 

"A mother's love for her child is nothing else in the world. She loves fiercely," said Marivic Mab…