Monday, October 23, 2023

Globe and Fine Dining Club Philippines launch Gourmet Giving Series

“With the Gourmet Giving Series, we're channeling Filipinos' love for food and sharing meals together into meaningful avenues of giving. We are excited and grateful to have some of the best Filipino restaurants and chefs as partners in our endeavor. Globe is not only a service provider. We are catalysts for change, forging pathways that seamlessly link our customers to opportunities where they can make a genuine difference and leave a lasting impact." ~Yoly Crisanto, Chief Sustainability and Communications Officer at Globe

As the holiday season approaches, the Gourmet Giving Series embraces the Thanksgiving ethos by blending gourmet experiences with giving back. Renowned chefs and restaurants will unite their skills and  influence to support a worthy cause. Attendees can relish a deluxe culinary expedition while contributing to The Hapag Movement fundraiser events.

Globe, in partnership with Facebook Online Community Fine Dining Club Philippines, proudly introduces the “Gourmet Giving Series: A Fine Dining Thanksgiving Experience for the Hapag Movement.” This culinary venture brings together Metro Manila’s hottest restaurants, each pledging a portion of their proceeds to support supplementary feeding and livelihood training initiatives for Filipino families experiencing involuntary hunger.

Mr. JC Cailles Lo, Entrepreneur, Founder of Fine Dining Club Philippines

Participating establishments include A-list Filipino restaurants: Alegria Manila, The Black Pig, Chef Jessie Rockwell Club, Ember, Flame by Discovery Primea, Gallery by Chele, Helm, La Cabrera, The Test Kitchen, Tiago’s Restaurant, Txoko Asador, and Your Local. Every venue promises distinctive offerings, from special Hapag Movement set menus to exclusive holiday previews.

“We are using the power of the social media community to help transform and uplift the lives of The Hapag Movement beneficiaries. We believe that engaging with Facebook’s Fine Dining Club Philippines is leveraging the platform’s passion for food to also make a purposeful difference.” ~RG Orense, Globe Digital and Social Strategy Head

Ms. Yoly Crisanto, Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer Globe

Globe Platinum customers are in for a treat with exclusive priority booking access through their dedicated lifestyle concierge exclusively for Globe Platinum and Fine Dining Club Philippines members from October 24 to 28. Special treats also await other Globe mobile and broadband customers who avail of the Hapag Movement tasting menus from November 20 to 30.

"Through the Gourmet Series, we hope to unlock meaningful, memorable, and sought-after dining experiences for our customers with this food offering. By partnering with some of Metro Manila's premier restaurants, Globe delights customers to dine in their favorite establishments while supporting a movement for social good.” ~Darius Delgado, Head of Globe’s Consumer Mobile Business

Fine Dining Club Philippines, a vibrant community of over 23,300 culinary enthusiasts, has been instrumental in fostering unique dining partnerships and events, making this collaboration with Globe a perfect pairing.

The event builds on the momentum of Globe’s Longest Hapag series, which bridged World Hunger Day to World Food Day and has mounted a number of food-driven fundraisers to gain support for the Hapag Movement.

Ms. Cynthia Mangahas, Director, Customer Growth & Experience Globe

Since its launch in August last year, the Hapag Movement has already raised PHP21.5 million, impacting close to 70,000 Filipinos through supplemental feeding and livelihood training.

With the Gourmet Giving Series, Globe further widens the ecosystem of support for the Hapag Movement, leveraging fine dining as a focal point to inch closer to its goal of transforming the lives of 500,000 Filipinos facing involuntary hunger.

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Friday, October 6, 2023

Dookki, Korea's No. 1 Topokki Buffet Now Serving at SM City Baliwag

Bulakenyos can anticipate a delicious Korean feast as Dookki has started serving at SM City Baliwag. Dookki, originally founded in December 2014 in Seoul and even featured in popular Kdramas, has evolved into more than just a well-loved food franchise. It has become a prominent company with global expansion into various countries, including China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, the USA, and now the Philippines.

"Dookki" signifies two meals: the first being Topokki, and the second being fried rice. As soon as customers step into the establishment, they will find themselves immersed in a Korean buffet experience. The spread includes a diverse selection of dishes categorized into sections such as street food, a sauce station, side dishes, a renowned rice station for crafting personalized kimchi fried rice, noodles that can be combined with various ingredients, rice cakes, and unlimited beverages, among other offerings.

With 20 store branches nationwide, Dookki Philippines targets providing quality food and the best service experience to Filipinos. Furthermore, Dookki aims to create a place where Filipinos can have fun and a space where friendships can be built over food.

It’s definitely a treat, as friends and family may take advantage of Dookki’s discount promo this holiday season. Instead of P599, patrons can enjoy an unlimited Korean buffet for as low as P549 until December 31, 2023. Hurry and visit Dookki at the mall annex of SM City Baliwag. Also, check out their other branch located on the second level of SM City Marilao.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Mercato Centrale Partners with I-We to Host 'The Great Indian Fiesta', Commemorating 75 Years of India-Philippines Friendship

"I love Indian food - it's my favorite cuisine. I love the mixture of spices and the subtle flavors. It's really erotic; the spices are so sensuous." ~Joe Perry

Mercato Centrale, in collaboration with Indian Women in Enterprise Philippines (I-We), is set to host "The Great Indian Fiesta" to mark 75 years of friendship between India and the Philippines. The dynamic two-day event that featured Indian food, Fashion, Culture, and Entertainment, an exceptional occasion, creating an engaging and vibrant ambiance reminiscent of India took place on September 30 to October 1, 2023, at Paseo De Roxas Street, Makati City.

The fiesta showcased over 30 vendors serving authentic Indian dishes such as curries, biryanis, and sweets, providing attendees with a taste of India's diverse culinary traditions.

Aiming to foster growth within women-led MSME businesses, the fiesta also showcased over 30 vendors serving authentic Indian dishes such as curries, biryanis, and sweets, providing attendees with a taste of India's diverse culinary traditions.

In addition to the array of Indian delicacies, attendees also purchased arts, handicrafts, handlooms, accessories, wellness products, and pet products. 

The event also featured classical and contemporary Indian dance performances on a red carpet, providing attendees with an immersive cultural experience. Additionally, there are various games and contests where attendees participated and enjoyed.

Notable guests from Ayala Land, the Embassy of India, and other esteemed dignitaries graced the occasion, underscoring the cultural significance of this celebration of friendship and entrepreneurship.

See you next time for a festive event dedicated to Indian culture, cuisine, and entertainment at Mercato Centrale.

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Established in 2010, Mercato Centrale has since served as an incubator for micro and small food business enterprises, helping them navigate the business environment as the New Normal. Setting a high standard for the outdoor food lifestyle market, Mercato Centrale has continuously provided support to small food businesses from both private entities and local government cooperatives.