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Jamie’s Steak Room launches Lunch Express and Afternoon Snacks

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

Hip-hop dancer turned entrepreneur helps people get jobs

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Iloilo -- After years of teaching dance in order to pay for his college expenses, Leif Brian Margallo now offers work opportunities to his fellow Filipinos through a business he founded - Virtual Workforce Professionals.
After graduating from high school little did Margallo know that he was to become the chief executive officer of his own company someday. At that time, he has other problems such as whether or not he could go to college. “Our only source of income was my father who was a casual worker in the Province of Guimaras Capitol Motor Pool Department,” he said. 


Although Margallo earned a full tuition scholarship in ISAT-U, he needed money for his boarding house and allowance. This is where his God-given talent in dancing came in.
“I taught hip hop, jazz, contemporary, cheer dance and the likes to different schools, colleges and universities in Iloilo. Plus, I became a member of a dance group called KOA Dancers which was a regular talent of a local TV station here in the city. The…