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STO. DOMINGO CHURCH: MUSEO de STO. DOMINGO

Museo de Sto. Domingo entrance | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

Museo de Santo Domingo opened in September 2007 and re-opened last March 28, 2010. Different religious artifacts are on display and exhibits are also held.

Visiting the museum and guided tours are free. It is open from 8AM to 6PM Mondays to Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 8AM to 5PM, with guided tours every Sunday from 10AM to 12PM by appointment.

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#QC75: Quezon City’s 75th Anniversary Tour

Joined the #QC75 Blogventure in honor of Quezon City’s 75th Anniversary and had a blast! As a resident, I didn’t know that there are still places to see and familiar spots revisited now have a deeper meaning.

Here’s my QUEZON CITY experience which started at the city hall.

PRESIDENT MANUEL L. QUEZON, Q.C. HALL | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

A bit of Quezon City history: In 1938, President Manuel L. Quezon decided to replace Manila with Quezon City as the new capital. Quezon City was established on Oct. 12, 1939 thru Commonwealth Act 1502. It was declared as the republic’s capital on July 17, 1948 thru Republic Act. No. 333.

EASTWOOD CITY | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

Our first adventure was at EASTWOOD CITY where we were welcomed with good food and had a trip down memory lane with Philippine Cinema/Showbiz legends.

A bit of Eastwood City history: Eastwood City is a 17-hectare (42 acres) commercial and residential development launched in 1997, located in Bagumbayan, Quezon City.

CUPCAKE LAB EASTWOOD | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved | Clockwise: Churros with Tsokolate or Chocnut Dip, Bagnet and Chicken Burritos, Sisig Fries and Pandan Juice.

A short walk from where we alighted is CUPCAKE LAB where we had delicious food al fresco. (Photo above clockwise: Churros with Tsokolate or Chocnut Dip, Bagnet and Chicken Burritos, Sisig Fries and Pandan Juice.

A bit of Cupcake Lab history: Cupcake Lab started in 2011 as a ‘laboratory’ to make the best Red Velvet cupcakes. Now aside from premium desserts, they ventured into savory offerings like single serve rice meals, sandwiches & wraps, pasta, salads and my favorite churros with Tsokolate or Chocnut dip!

After that hearty food we then took a stroll along Eastwood City’s ‘WALK OF FAME’ or the Philippines’ version of ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ which is special to me because I consider its founders as my mentors when I worked at and attended workshops at Mowelfund, Inc. (Movie Workers Welfare, Inc.) which incidentally is also located in Quezon City, Cubao to be exact.

EASTWOOD WALK OF FAME MARKER | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
EASTWOOD CITY’S WALK OF FAME | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

Eastwood’s ‘Walk of fame’ was established in December 1, 2005. The project almost did not materialize because of lack funds. Mowelfund Inc.’s Executive Director Ms. Boots Anson-King recommended the project to German ‘Kuya Germs’ Moreno who enjoined showbiz friends to support the cause. And worth noting also that Kuya Germs’ voluntarily used his personal fund to launch said project.

Did you know: Quezon City is dubbed as the ‘City of Stars’ because the top TV networks and radio stations are located here plus most actors live in this city.

CRAFT COFFEE REVOLUTION EASTWOOD | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

Next stop was at CRAFT COFFEE REVOLUTION where we had a taste of their Iced Mocha and Cappuccino.

A bit of Craft Coffee Revolution history: The Eastwood branch is the newest branch (Katipunan, Capitol Commons, Estancia, Greenhills, Podium and Broadway). They roast their beans but also outsource from around the globe.

CRAFT COFFEE REVOLUTION’S CAPPUCCINO | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
CRAFT COFFEE REVOLUTION’S ICED MOCHA | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
EASTWOOD CITY MARKER HONORING BPO EMPLOYEES | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

Did you know: EASTWOOD CITY CYBER PARK was an early leader in business process outsourcing in the Philippines; out of 37 call centers operating in the country in 2003, 10 were located there. Major tenants include Accenture, Dell, IBM Global Services, Citibank, Atos, WNS Global Services, hibu, eTelecare and MicroSourcing.

Eastwood City Cyberpark is a BPO-targeted office complex forming part of Eastwood City. Its buildings include the 20-story Global One Center and the 10-story 1880 Eastwood Avenue. The cyber park is listed as an approved IT Center by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, making export-oriented companies located therein eligible for temporary tax holiday, permanent reduced rate of corporate income tax, and other incentives.

DANCING FOUNTAIN AT EASTWOOD CITY | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | all rights reserved

Did you know: Eastwood City has a ‘dancing fountain’ and at night in synchronicity, colorful lights bounces from the surrounding buildings for a spectacular show.

‘SILENT COMPANION’ | EASTWOOD CITY | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com

Did you know: Eastwood City as well as all Megaworld Lifestyle Malls are ‘pet-friendly’ and even has its own version of ‘Hachiko’ entitled ‘Silent Companion.’ They also have ‘annual pet blessings’ during the weekend following the feast day St. Francis.

Our last stop at Eastwood City was at GREEN PASTURES which is one of my family’s favorite ‘healthy’ restaurants.

A bit of Green Pastures history: Their slogan ‘Original, Local, Organic’ stands for original recipes, locally-sourced ingredients and authentic organic food.

GREEN PASTURES EASTWOOD | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
KALE AND MUSHROOM RISOTTO | GREEN PASTURES | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

We were served one of their best-sellers ‘Kale and Mushroom Risotto’ which is so delicious! Green Pastures by Chef Roby Goco has proven that eating healthy and organic does not mean eating bland and boring food.

My family likes their Carbonara, Broccoli-Kale-Arugula Pasta, Sliders, Classic Cheeseburger, Roast Organic Chicken, Duck Shepherd’s Pie and Pan-Roasted Swordfish – link here: Green Pastures

That concludes our Eastwood City venture. We headed on to Ateneo University in Katipunan. Our first stop was at the ATENEO ART GALLERY.

ATENEO ART GALLERY | CARROZA (1958) Polymer on Wood (far right) | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

A bit of ATENEO ART GALLERY history:  It is the first of its kind in the Philippines. It serves as an art resource for the university community and the general public as well. In the 1960s, the Ateneo Art Gallery (AAG) under its first curator Emmanuel Torres, organized regular screenings of foreign art films. Widely recognized today as the first museum of Philippine modern art, The Ateneo Art Gallery was established in 1960 through Fernando Zóbel’s bequest to the Ateneo of his collection of works by key Filipino post war artists. Through the years other philanthropists and artists followed Zobel’s initiative, filling in the gaps so that the collection now surveys every Philippine art movement in the post war era: from neo-realism and abstract expressionism to today’s post-modern hybrid tendencies. Artists represented in the collection include Fernando Zóbel, Vicente Manansala, David Cortez Medalla, HR Ocampo, Galo Ocampo, Arturo Luz, Impy Pilapil and Jose Tence Ruiz.

ATENEO ART GALLERY | GRANADEAN ARABESQUE, JOSE JOYA (1931-1995) | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
ATENEO ART GALLERY | SACRED GEOMETRY, DEREK TUMALA | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

Did you know: The Ateneo Art Gallery hosts innovative exhibitions and public programs highlighting works from its permanent collection as well as works from other collections for special thematic shows.

ATENEO ART GALLERY | UNTITLED [After Metamorphic Histories] III (2014) | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

Did you know: The Ateneo Art Gallery also spearheads an exciting overview of young Philippine contemporary art annually through the Ateneo Art Awards, now recognized as “the most prestigious prize for an emerging artist in the Philippines.

ATENEO CHURCH OF THE GESU FACADE| http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

A bit of ATENEO CHURCH OF GESU history: It was designed by Jose Pedro Recio and Carmelo Casas. The edifice’s massive triangular structure symbolizes the Holy Trinity, as well as the three-fold mission and vision of the school. Its shape and design are also meant to suggest the outstretched arms of the Sacred Heart, and the traditional Filipino bahay kubo (nipa hut).

ATENEO CHURCH OF THE GESU | Semicircle stained glass depiction of the Stations of the Cross with the holy water font | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
ATENEO CHURCH OF THE GESU | The Church sanctuary and the crucifix with Jesus in an unusual posture | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
ATENEO CHURCH OF THE GESU |Sacred Heart of Jesus statue in front of the church | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

The visit at Church of the Gesu was the last destination of our Ateneo trip and we trooped back to Quezon City Hall. Luckily, the floats for the ‘Light parade’ were about to leave when we got there. Here are some of the floats during the parade made from recycled materials from different Q.C. NGO’s.

QC 75 PARADE OF LIGHTS | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
QC 75 PARADE OF LIGHTS | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

And that concludes my #QC75 Blogventure! I really had an educational, enjoyable and exciting time. The tour rekindled my interest in revisiting the city’s landmarks as well as piqued my interest to discover new places to experience. Happy 75th Anniversay my dear Quezon City!

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LA POCA LOCA: Tried some of this ‘Crazy Small’ Mexican Restaurant’s fare

LA POCA LOCA’s facade | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights resrved
LA POCA LOCA’s TURONES MERCEDES, CHURROS WITH SPICY DARK CHOCOLATE DIP, SEXY NACHOS, LEMONADE AND HOT CHOCOLATE | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
LA POCA LOCA’s TURONES MERCEDES is classic ‘turon’ filled with ‘leche flan’ and drizzled with chocolate sauce | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
LA POCA LOCA’s CHURROS with spicy dark chocolate dip | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
LA POCA LOCA’s SEXY NACHOS single serving nacho with salsa and cheese | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

LA POCA LOCA:

0916 917 5622

Blk 64 Lot 13 Ascencion Avenue, Lagro Subdivision, Quezon City
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Uratex Gives You Healthy Sleep

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Ever wondered how to get the best sleep you can ever have? To know more about it, you may probably have to go to a sleep conference or any fora and shell out money to get much-needed information.

Luckily, Uratex, the Philippines’ largest manufacturer of commercial and automotive polyurethane foam and mattress products, knows how valuable information is when it comes to knowing how to get healthful sleep and reap its benefits—and they’ll even bring the information directly to the people.

Just recently, Uratex kicked-off its “Mobile Sleep Solutions” at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City that aims to educate Filipinos in Metro Manila and nearby provinces on how to get the best of sleep health.

On board a customized, air-conditioned van transformed to mimic a cozy bedroom environment, guests learned from Uratex sleep experts the 10 commandments of sleep hygiene for adults, the benefits of good sleep and the many exciting Uratex products that best suit the needs of customers when it comes to their sleeping needs. Inside the van guests also got to sample the cozy and comfortable feel of the Uratex Airlite Mattress that offers superior sleep benefits. Continue reading “Uratex Gives You Healthy Sleep”