OctoartsFilms: Tom Hanks is back in ‘A Hologram For The King’

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Tom Hanks has endeared himself to the movie going public with funny and poignant portrayals such as that of Forrest Gump and Chuck in Cast Away. He is back in a role that seems tailor made for him in A Hologram For The King. Continue reading “OctoartsFilms: Tom Hanks is back in ‘A Hologram For The King’”


UrMajestySiresFoodExperiments: ‘Sinigang na Hipon sa Sampalok’

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Shrimps!!! My absolute favorite whether sauteed, grilled, etc. but especially if its ‘sinigang’ (cooked in tamarind broth). One important thing to remember when cooking seafood, especially shrimps is to not overcook it. What’s different with my version you might ask, well its julienne ginger and…read the cooking tips below. Enjoy!

‘Sinigang na Hipon’
onions, quartered
tomatoes, quartered
labanos or radish, sliced
tamarind paste or mix / shrimp bouillon or cubes
siling pang-sigang or long green chili
kangkong leaves or water spinach
sitaw or long string beans
salt & pepper
patis or fish sauce
5-6 cups of water

– In a deep pan, place the water, onions, tomato, tamarind mix/shrimp bouillon, radishes, and string beans and bring to a boil Continue reading “UrMajestySiresFoodExperiments: ‘Sinigang na Hipon sa Sampalok’”


UrMajestySiresFoodExperiments: ‘Spanish Sardines Pasta’

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Spanish Sardines Pasta
spaghetti pasta
olive oil
1 onion, minced
1 clove of garlic, minced
tomatoes, sliced
1 bottle of Spanish-style sardines
pitted black olives, rough chopped
capers, drained
parmesan cheese, grated
juice of 1 lemon
a sprig of parsley, rough chopped

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– Cook the pasta according to package instructions and set aside Continue reading “UrMajestySiresFoodExperiments: ‘Spanish Sardines Pasta’”


UrMajestySiresFoodExperiments: ‘Adobong Bisaya’ or ‘Adobong Binisaya’

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‘Adobong Bisaya’ or ‘Adobong Binisaya’ as we like to call it, (my father side’s family hails from Leyte) is an absolute must for every celebration. We use ‘Bahalina’ or ‘Tuba’ (coconut wine) for this dish. Nowadays, we request my sister to cook it especially during birthdays because she makes almost the same version as our mother’s (she hails from Bulacan, but is a great cook!).

Going back to our mother’s version, she marinates the meat overnight and does ‘sangkutsa’ or parboils the meat in low fire to ‘extract’ the fats and juices. The extracted fats and juices are also what you use to saute the meat for extra flavor!

Oh, and once the meat is plated, it is our guilty pleasure to saute (more) minced garlic to the remaining sauce and add cooked rice to make ‘sinangag’ or garlic fried rice. Plus, we take it with ‘patis na may labuyo’ (fish sauce with sliced red chili) dip. Boiled eggs and quartered potatoes are added as bonus too.

Happy childhood memories with every bite! Or to some, heart-attack-waiting-to-happen, cholesterol clog, etc. whatever you call it just eat in moderation. Enjoy!

Adobong Binisaya
1 kilo pork
1 onion, sliced
1 head of garlic, (cut in half and have some minced and some crushed)
‘Bahalina’  or ‘Tuba’
cooking oil
3pcs. bay leaf

– In a bowl, mix the coconut wine, salt, peppercorns and minced garlic Continue reading “UrMajestySiresFoodExperiments: ‘Adobong Bisaya’ or ‘Adobong Binisaya’”


UrMajestySiresFoodExperiments: Cooking the trend called ‘Garlic Butter Shrimps’ plus tips!

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My absolute favorite since I was a kid (and learned that I am not allergic to seafood), is shrimps! Sauteed, grilled, Sinigang, etc. super love it!

Well there’s been a proliferation of shrimp ‘bags’ or shrimp ‘bucket’ food establishments in Manila these days and after trying a few, IMHO, its still better if you cook it yourself. Its economical and fun to share with family and friends plus the bragging rights that you know how to cook the trend, right?

What’s the difference with this recipe or with the restaurant recipes you might ask. The recipe here is the basic procedure but the added herbs combo and techniques makes a big difference. Oh and what matters most, do not over cook the shrimps!

Garlic Butter Shrimps

olive oil
garlic, minced
salt & pepper
cayenne powder
paprika powder
spring onions, minced
juice of fresh lemon

– Clean the shrimps (keeping the head) by washing over running water; if you prefer, you may shell and de-vein the shrimps and/or remove the heads Continue reading “UrMajestySiresFoodExperiments: Cooking the trend called ‘Garlic Butter Shrimps’ plus tips!”


UrMajestySiresFoodExperiments: ‘Tinuwang na Danggit’

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‘Tinuwang na Danggit’ is a Visayan dish similar to Tagalog’s ‘Tinola’ (Chicken Ginger Stew). My sister taught me how to cook this when we we visited our cousin in Laguna a few weeks ago.

Its a clean and simple dish if you want a break from eating meat and you are not in the mood for vegetables as well. You can also use any small to medium sized flat fish and add more veggies like green papaya slices or ‘upo’ (bottle gourd).

During rainy days, you can up the ginger and serve it with hot steamed rice with a dip of fish sauce with sliced red chili for some punch (that’s how we take it hehe!)


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Ovation Productions: Leroy Sanchez and other YouTube Favorites in Manila this July!

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The season’s hottest concerts will be featuring a formidable line up of YouTube sensations.

Ovation Productions officially announce one of this year’s most exciting concerts featuring a formidable line up of YouTube sensations headlined by the artist with captivating vocals Leroy Sanchez together with equally talented performers Max Shneider. Sam Tsui, Hurt Hugo Schneider and the band At Sunset!

Ovation Productions brings them together in one major concert on July 9 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, 8 pm.

Tickets on sale starting 12 noon of Saturday May 21 at regular ticketnet outlets and ticketnetonline.

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