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Do you have plans this Holy Week? For some of us who’d rather opt to stay in Manila and avoid the Armageddon of cars before and after this holiday season, Having so many things in our lives from the daily rat race we participate in it is imperative to take a pause. Finally, some peace and quiet in the city! Truly a pretty rare occasion where more than half of the population will go on a hiatus elsewhere.
EAT, GO and DO this Holy Week
Not everything is closed for Holy Week and we’re here to show you how you can optimize your down low time during this season.
We’ll show you which restaurants are open, where you can go with your family and loved ones, and compliment that with worthwhile activities.
So you’ve probably seen listings of open restaurants in Metro Manila this Holy Week, but the thing is those list will just give you branches of all the popular commercial chains, by which is already a Captain Obvious information. As we always commit to curate things for you, here are 5 restaurants that we frequent. 24 hours open and solid good food!
SINSUN SEOLNONGTANG (MALATE)
A hidden Korean Shabu-Shabu and Samgyusal Restaurant in the center of Manila. Unlimited deals, good quality meat, and excellent sauces.
- Open 24/7
- Quality and premium meats (dry aged pork and USDA beef)
- Bang for the buck! Unlimited deals starts at 450php
What to Get?
- Go for their excellent Shabu-Shabu
- The Unlimix BBQ set
- 1845 Maria Orosa St., Malate, Manila
- Contact:02 310 8282
OLD SWISS INN (MAKATI)
- Open 24/7
- Quality comfort food
- Private and comfortable ambiance
- Zomato Gold: Buy 1 Take 1 on main dishes
Where in Makati can you go to get hearty, authentic Swiss food? Not to mention a place that is also open 24 hours round the clock for 7 days delivering the same level of consistency for the past 70 years? With this special feature, we want to give homage to the famous and the original Swiss-European restaurant.
What to get?
Try out their lent special, The Neptune Fondue (1,650php); The wealth of the sea on your table: salmon, shrimps, fish fillet, squid and scallops, dipped in saffron-infused seafood stock. Served with a carousel of sauces and garlic rice
Satisfy your relentless cheese appetite with lots of melted cheese.
Perhaps go for their signature classic dishes;
- Makati: G/F Somerset Olympia, Makati Avenue corner Santo Tomas Street, Urdaneta, Makati City
- Contact: 818-8251
The home of the best chicken barbeque in Manila! Introduced back in 1945 and has been well loved for generations of Filipino families.
What to Get?
- Open 24/7
- Comfort food served the right way
- Central location
Find The Aristocrat (24/7 Branches)
- Makati: 46 Jupiter Street corner Saturn Street, Bel-Air Village, Makati City Phone: 899-5035/ 895-0725
- Roxas: 432 San Andres Street, Malate, Manila Phone: (02) 524 7671 to 7
The Original Pares Mami House
Located at the corner of N.S. Amoranto (famously known as Retiro). Red and white walls are scruffily faded and the bright orange bowls are readily available to welcome patrons. The place is simple, again scruffy, and raw. But you can see the old hardware of aluminum, paint on the wall, faded old menus that it is a heritage restaurant and the tradition of eating at this place had been passed on from generation to another.
What to get?
But none of these competitors or copycats can battle out The Original Pares Mami House. I recommend ordering the classic Beef Pares, of course, the camaron rebusado and their campto soup. Good food stands the test of time. You do not need so much forward thinking concepts and expensive restaurants to satisfy your search for palate satisfaction. A complete set of Pares will cost you 90php (2 USD) as of May 2017. Expect to spend 300php (4 USD) for two people. You already have 2 sets of Pares, 1 side viand or noodles and share a bottle of cold Coke.
Find The Original Pares Mami House
- The Original Pares Mami House (check Waze for exact location)
- N.S Amoranto Sr. Avenue, La Loma, Quezon City
- Open 24/7 (except Maundy Thursday and Black Friday)
Engaging Reflection with Church Simplified’s WALKWAY: REFLECTIONS ON THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Most will do Visita Iglesia (visiting churches) as traditional we all grew up doing, but you can pray and commune spiritually in a different way.
From filling an exhibit that covered 20 feet back in 2008 to 2 kilometers stretch if installations across BGC High Street. The Walkway: Reflections of the Stations of the Cross exhibit re-imagines how we experience Christ and re-establishes why there is a need to reflect during Holy Week. Experience the Station of the Cross in a different way. The event runs from March 20-27.
Location: Stretch of Bonifacio High Street, Global City Taguig.
Get to know Church Simplified here.
Start a Gratitude Journal
Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for instance, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants or thinks they need. The feeling of Gratitude constitutes another facet of Positive Psychology.
Practicing gratitude means paying awareness to what we are thankful for the scale of feeling more compassionate toward the world at large. It can motivate people to make positive changes in their lives.
One of the best ways to show thankfulness on a daily basis is to keep a gratitude journal. While regular journaling has been proven to improve your well-being, making a point of jotting down all the things that you are grateful and experience this feeling of calmness and contentment. If you haven’t tried it, now is the perfect time to form this daily habit.
Check out our related article: HOLY WEEK 2019 MALL SCHEDULES IN METRO MANILA
The Quintessential of Holy Week
Us Christians remember with sorrow all the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus also comes is the resurrection. The quintessential representation of Life, Death, and New Hope. This is the season when we can just pause and reflect on our spiritual life. We don’t want to sound preachy here, but often times we tend to forget how important it is to keep our parched souls nourished from time to time.
Wishing you a blessed and restful Holy Week.
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Café Havana is one of the 1st few restaurants in Greenbelt 3. I would remember back in the mid 2000’s that this Latino-Cuban restaurant, the bar would come across as something interesting. Why so?
You would see expats frequent this place and over the years as it developed this reputation where foreigners would come and meet the “dalagang Filipina” of their dreams so to speak. The famous al fresco area became their meeting. But see, there’s more to this Greenbelt 3 tenure restaurant.
The late Larry J. Cruz. Founder and president of the LJC Chain got inspired from his trips to Cuba. There’s something about Cuba’s collective vibe and more so its vibrant cuisine. This restaurant offers homecooking inspired Cuban comfort food that are married with spices and flavor that are pretty similar to Spanish and African cooking, with some Carribbean influence.
Stepping inside Café Havana transports you to a cuban cigar and bar joint. The restaurant’s pastel-colored walls, historical décor commemorating Larry J. Cruz’s noteworthy photographs over the years, celebrity photographs, menu and classic cocktails are a love letter to his passion and the he grew fond of re-visiting when he was in Cuba.
The venue resembles a ’50s-era Havana bar, complimented by wooden homespun tables and chairs in the main dining area. Antique memorabilias and neon signs gives the space more character. Antique Cuban cigar boxes and rum bottles, historic posters and family heirlooms. During week nights, there’s live Latino music.
Our Recommended Food Choices
Popular foods in Cuba are replicated in Café Havana which include everything from rice and black beans withto chicken and shredded beef, and sampling the island cuisine is a real treat for your taste buds. Below are a few staple dishes you shouldn’t missed out on.
Bianca and I love our appretifs so we suggest that you grab a glass or two of their refreshing mojito. Tangy with enough punch to prepeare your palate to an excellent meal.
Inspired from sugar canes that grows abundantly in Cuba, rum is a tradition deep seated in Cuban culture. From the inhouse mojito prepared with muddled mint leaves and sugar to rum with a mixture of tropical fruit juices and the daiquiris that Hemingway famously guzzled at the Floridita Bar in Havana.
Sopa de Frijoles Negros (Cuban-style black bean soup)
Black beans are basically part of Cuban staple elements when it comes to food. Filling and comforting with every spoonful.
Shrimp in Coconut Curry Sauce
Chuletas de Pollo con Arroz Mejicano
Pan fried chicken breast topped with sauteed onionss served with Mexican rice.
Carribean Style Salmon with Mango Mambo Salsa
Fillet of juicy salmon steak complimented with mango and grain mustard sauce, served with fluffy squid ink rice.
Succulent baked pork spareibs served with Cafe Havana’s unique thick guava sauce.
Pudin de Pan Habanero
The cuban version of a bread pudding. Rich, thick, and yet delicate to the taste. The perfect ending to a nice meal.
A warm guva pie with light whipped cream served on the side. You’d want to pair this with coffee.
Our overall take
Café Havana yields more than just a ‘meet up’ bar they have so much to offer with their well thought out concept, background history, and with fine food influenced by places like Spain, Africa, and the Caribbean, plus invigorating drinks, such as the cocktails and the Cuba Libre (rum and coke), Café Havana sure feels almost designed to delight the palate and the senses.
The LJC Group never fails to deliver quality and cosistency over the years. Heck, we literally grew up eating at their restaurants. Learn more about their other concepts;
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El Chupacabra in Poblacion, Makati is a Mexican restaurant which earned its credo to be serving really good street tacos and cheap local beers. I remember stumbling at this joint back in 2012 while my former date and I wanted to still hang out and […]
The result of the collaboration between DoubleDragon group and chef Margarita Forés, Islas Pinas is a project that aims to spark an unrequited love for the Philippines and to cultivate patriotism by through diaorama heritage display and Filipino cuisine.
For 24 years now, Fete de la Musique in Manila has been showcasing the best that the Philippine music scene has to offer. The Fête de la Musique began in Paris in 1982. This season, the summertime musical event will draw music lovers in over 300 European cities and over 540 cities worldwide.
An Experience Worth Sharing
I remember attending my first Fête de la Musique event back in 2005 I was in my senior year in college and the OPM scene was rising yet again. We wanted to see all our local favorite bands in a centralized venue for free. We dressed up, waited a few hours in El Pueblo Ortigas to witness the event. The crowd, from all walks of life, gathered in each pocket channels for the sole love for music. It was such an experience that I have to do it annually as a pilgrimage. It has been more than 10 years since that time and whenever I meet new people as I get older, I will always introduce them to Fête de la Musique festival.
Free gigs, covering all music genres, take place across France and around the world (including The Philippines) as part of this festival for the summer solstice on June 21st.
Alliance Française de Manille, the Embassy of France to the Philippines, and other local partners will host the 23rd streak of this audio sensory event in Manila. 30 pocket events covering all genres in music peppered across the following centralized venues;
Schedule of Performances
- Stage locations
- Artist line up
- Other event details
What I love about this event is how they give importance to different music genres, it’s a buffet to your audible sensories. It is a portfolio of the best Filipino music has to offer from OPM legends, mainstream bands, independent artists trying to get into the scene, weird-electronic enables to downright world music beat creators.
Personally, I forego going to the main stage as it tends to be more mainstream and too much waiting time. If you’re a FETE DE LA MUSIQUE virgin and your cherry needs to be popped properly by experiencing their pocket stages. I am strongly recommending you to at least go to these 3 stages in Makati before transferring to the rest of the partner venues.
- The Acoustic Stage (A Space Greenbelt): A Proper early afternoon induction
- The Soul Funk Stage (H&J Poblacion)
- The New Wave Stage (The Woodman’s Head)
Few pointers to remember:
- Pre-select stage venues you will go. If you’re bringing a car better park somewhere safe and just transfer to each pocket venues either by walking or taking a short cab/jeepney ride.
- Bring water as it could get really humid and hot due to the influx of people
- Last 2017 most of the crowd was over at the Indie Stage. So if you’re planning to go there make sure to come early.
- Wear light and comfortable clothing. Again it could get really hot and humid.
- Immerse, Enjoy!
If you haven’t been to any Fête de la Musique event then you should go at least once. You can never go wrong with music and engagement.
As we always say, go forth and wander! Be a storyteller of your experience.
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