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Akiyama Japanese Cuisine now in Iloilo

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By Marie Katherine Villalon
When your local cuisine lands in another place, what is the first thing that comes into your mind?


La Paz in Iloilo, is popularly known as the home of the Lapaz Batchoy. Naturally, when restaurants in Manila announce that they, too, serve this dish, an Ilonggo in Manila becomes curious if it is indeed as delicious and hearty as the one we have back home.
Such is the case with Chef Yoshihisa Akiyama, a Japanese who owns a restaurant called “Sushi Izakaya” in Japan. Whenever he and his Filipina wife, Karen, visit the Philippines, they try out many Japanese restaurants. He said he felt bad because Japanese food here is not authentic. “It was merely ‘Japanese food’. It didn’t taste like real Japanese food,” he said.

The desire to make Filipinos experience authentic Japanese food is so strong and genuine that it manifested when Karen’s nephew, Jesmer told them about Iloilo City and The Shops Mall in Amigo where they can open a Japanese restaurant.Three years later, …

Coming home to Sta. Barbara Heights

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By Marie Katherine Villalon
I spent most of my childhood days in my mom’s family house in Brgy. Inangayan, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo.
During summer vacation, my siblings, cousins and I would go out of the compound through the back gate and traverse the sloping terrain until we reach the Iloilo Golf and Country Club, which is located in another village. Along the way, we would stop to watch the carabaos relax in their puddle. Sometimes, we would run fast whenever a snake crosses our path.

Those fields and rolling hills are now being bulldozed to develop Sta. Barbara Heights, a 170-hectare mixed-use development of Megaworld’s Global-Estate Resorts, Inc. Thirty-four hectares will be used for residential lots while the rest will host varied businesses like restaurants, malls and more, for the ease of its future residents.

We saw that Phase 1 is complete. In fact, beautiful houses, apart from the clubhouse, are already there. The clubhouse has a pool and a natural lake. It has carefully manicured g…

AirAsia offers E-Boarding Pass for quick and hassle free check-in

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AirAsia Philippines, the Filipino Low Cost Carrier that flies hand in hand with AirAsia, voted the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for six consecutive years, is offering a brand new service that makes boarding  your flight much faster and easier.
AirAsia’s “E-Boarding Pass” is a paperless boarding pass that allows guests without check-in-baggage to proceed straight to the boarding gate without having to queue at the check-in counter or desk at the airport. Guests with check-in-baggage, however, are required to proceed to bag drop counter first before going to the boarding gate.


To enjoy this convenience, guests have to download the AirAsia Mobile App in their smartphones and use this application to check-in and receive their e-boarding pass in their mobile phones. Upon boarding, guests will use their mobile phones to show their e-boarding pass instead of the traditional paper tickets.
Joy Cañeba, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Philippines commented, “With E-Boarding Pass, time spent qu…

Tigerair Philippines now Cebgo

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Tigerair Philippines, the wholly owned subsidiary of Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB), now operates as Cebgo. Its new logo utilizes CEB colors, to further reflect the airline’s relationship with its parent company.


“The new Cebgo brand clearly identifies us as part of the CEB group, and streamlines our operations further. Cebgo will continue to leverage on CEB’s distribution channels and network, and work together to serve more guests,” said Michael Ivan Shau, Cebgo President and CEO.
Starting this May, Cebgo crew has been conducting Fun Games onboard to unify the CEB group flight experience. Flight and ground crew will don Cebgo uniforms in a few months’ time.
Cebgo continues to operate flights Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 and Clark International Airport. It flies to 16 destinations:  Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Clark, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legazpi, Manila, Roxas, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, and Hong Kong.
Since CEB’s acquisition of Cebgo…

Anna makes her Havaianas

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By Marie Katherine Villalon Photos by Anna Martina Villalon
Making a choice is tough especially when you have to choose among colorful soles, straps and pins to come up with your beautiful pair of Havaianas.
For 12-year-old Anna Martina Villalon, making her own Havaianas was a fun experience this summer.
“It’s such a happy feeling. Then, I got to learn how the soles, straps and pins are put together,” she said on the first day of the “Make Your Own Havaianas” event at Flip Flips, SM City Iloilo, from May 7-10, 2015.
“This is my third pair.  I like Havaianas because their designs are so creative and the rubber material is gentle on the soles of my feet. Even their store is so clean and the personnel are friendly,” she added.
Havaianas is the Portuguese word for Hawaiians, a pair of flip-flops created by Robert Fraser in 1962. It started as a popular brand in Brazil and later on became a fashion trend everywhere.
History “Make Your Own Havaianas” or MYOH is a yearly tradition and brand customer…

3rd Geeks On A Beach in Boracay this August

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Geeks On A Beach (GOAB) surfs its way back to Boracay Island this August for its third year of gathering tech startups, technopreneurs, businessmen, and designers from all over the world.
“Also known as the International Summit for Tech, Startups and Design, GOAB 3 eyes to create productive discussions on building products that make a difference and enhancing​ the lives of everyday people with less hype but more action,” said Tina Amper, TechTalks.ph founder.
With the past two years’ massive success, GOAB returns with a triple splash this coming August 20-21 which means triple number of innovative minds, triple funding opportunities, and triple dose of fun.
Amper confirmed the attendance of 17 tech champs so far to speak before an expected 600 to 1,000 participants from across the globe.

Some of the speakers include IdeaSpace President, Earl Valencia; Monk’s Hill Ventures Managing Director, Kuo-Yi Lim; Kickstart Ventures President, Minette Navarrete; Rappler CEO, Maria Ressa; SMART Commun…