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PH’s Itogon Coffee debuts at the World Trade Market in London this November

Itogon Coffee, one of our country’s premium specialty coffee from Benguet province, debuts at the World Travel Market London (WTM London), the leading global event for the travel industry that will take place from November 4 to 6.

Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines (TPB) and Henry & Sons will brew, serve and share the beautiful story behind this delicious coffee from Itogon, a mining town in Benguet that is continuously transforming into a sustainable coffee-growing community. This opens an opportunity for Henry & Sons’ to fulfill its commitment to bring back the Philippines in the global coffee spotlight through a sustainable coffee economy.

Through the Foundation for Sustainable Coffee Excellence, the advocacy arm of Henry and Sons, different programs are being conducted to help the farmers produce quality coffee beans. While the country takes pride in brewing the Itogon coffee at the WTM London, the beautiful journey of the coffee farmers from mining profession to growing, harvesting and delivering delicious coffee for the world to taste will also be shared during the event. The Institute for Coffee Excellence's Chief Educator Raoul de Peralta will brew and man the coffee bar at the Philippine Pavilion.

WTM London is a global event where industry professionals meet and conduct business deals. Through its industry networks, unrivaled global reach, WTM London creates personal and business opportunities, providing customers with quality contacts, content and communities.

Get to taste Itogon coffee and contribute in helping them shift their main livelihood from mining into coffee farming and in empowering the farmers to process world-class specialty coffees in their own backyards.

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Century Park Hotel Celebrates A Chic and Fabulous Christmas

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Held

Manila, Philippines — Century Park Hotel (CPH), one of Manila’s finest hotels in Manila, recently held their Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the hotel’s Atrium Lounge.

Century Park Hotel owners Dr. Lucio Tan and wife Carmen Tan led the lighting ceremony of the 30-ft. Christmas tree to the delight of hotel employees, guests, and media friends.

This year, the hotel is showcasing Modern Chinoiserie, a fusion of Eastern and Western elegance that perfectly balances symmetry and style, combining modern and traditional artistry.  Pink and blue ornaments infused with gold trimmings were accentuated with Chinese designs, lending a unique Christmas vibe to the hotel.  It is also a fitting homage to the hotel’s Chinese roots.

Carolers from the Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. sang Christmas carols to the guests, making the event more festive.

The event was made more memorable with the presence of newly-crowned queens, Miss Earth 2019 Nellys Pimentel from Puerto Rico, Miss Earth Fire 2019 Alisa Manyonok from Belarus and Miss Earth Water 2019 Klára Vavrušková from Czech Republic.

As the event marks the countdown to Noche Buena, Deli Snack also launched its elegant selection of Christmas Hampers starting from P2,780 net which includes delectable delis, sublime breads, jams and satisfying wines.

Avoid the Holiday rush, place your Christmas orders at (632) 8528-5855 to 56 or email two days or 48 hours prior to your preferred pick-up date at the hotel.

“Our theme this year is about striking a balance between being modern and traditional.  This truly reflects the Century Park Hotel spirit since we have been in the industry for more than 40 years yet we keep innovating to embrace the everchanging times. It has been a memorable 2019 and all credit is due to our employees, clients, friends and media partners. We thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for making us your home away from home,” said CPH General Manager Anthony Tan.

What to Eat and Shop at EarthOrigins Quezon City

The newly-opened Quezon City branch of EarthOrigins Marketplace+Café has curated healthy and locally-produced options that are consumed with less, if not totally free, guilt at all.

Say for instance in the some drinks and chocolate bars, the sweetener used is coconut sugar. Thus, diabetic people can grab some when they get into this two-storey shop-cafe without worrying of their health.

Honestly, organic restaurants and shops are becoming boring. But this new branch has every reason to grab your attention.

Black Bun Burger

I am not sure if this is the same black burger that fast food chains offer during Halloween. The  interesting black bun from EarthOrigins is prepared with activated charcoal that detoxifies and cleanses the body. Yeah, some sort of black magic or witchcraft. 

Korean Fried Cauliflower

This is a very intriquing finger food or pulutan. Referred as KFC, the food is literally breaded and fried cauliflower. It is an excellent form of re-engineering cauliflower, one of the hated veggies by kiddos. It looks like friend siomai so kids will be lured into picking one. 

Lechon Kawali, Lechon with Thyme Dip

At this point, I was totally suprised to see lechon and lechon kawali on the menu. According to Rman Lorenzo, owner of EarthOrigins, the pigs that they use are raised in South Cotabato. Down there, pigs are fed with rice husk. And before the pigs are turned into food, there is a two-week detoxifying period to make sure that the pigs are free from chemicals and other unwanted elements. Outstanding! 

Juice in Jar

Right in front of you, the process of juicing can be demonstrated as their juice offers are supplemented with a machine that could be purchased at this branch. Raw sliced sayote, carrots, celery, and other ingredients are thrown into the juicer. And as the liquids are extracted, these are collected in its jar container with no additional procedure. The ready-for-takeout items may be stored for three to four days.

Bamboo Tumbler and Ballpen

Bamboo tumblers became a top talk of the town when Senator Pia Cayetano gave her co-senators similar product for some environmental awareness. While at EarthOrigins, I was fancying bamboo items. So when I come back there, I will make sure that I buy one of the items.

Organic Chocolate

When we were kids, we were often asked not to eat chocolate because of its high sugar content. An innovation for health's sake, organic chocolate at EarthOrigins uses coconut sugar for sweetener. The cacaos used are grown in Davao. Well, I find their dark chocolate better than milk chocolate. 

Guyabano Drink

Island Flow is one of the brands inside EarthOrigins producing healthy beverages. It secures guyabano fruits from Laguna and wild, raw honey from the island of Mindoro to create the healthiest guyabano beverage. Since there is no preservative added to it, the guyabano drink can only last for six months in the shelf.

Coco Ginger Drink

When I tasted the coco ginger, it instantly became my new favorite. As we all know, raw ginger is really not pleasant. But with coconut add on, the taste buds and the throat easily and smoothly take in the drink. High in fiber, the drink could be a good buddy for diabetic people. It's also safe for those who are acidic. The best thing about it is that it's okay to drink it in the morning even without eating breakfast.  

Other interesting items and dishes that you should try out:

For more information about EarthOrigins: 
Branch Facebook page:

EarthOrigins Marketplace+Cafe Quezon City 
72 Mother Igancia Street cor. Scout Reyes St.
Brgy. Paligsahan, Quezon City

Other Branches: 
-Wilson Street, San Juan City
-ADB Cafeteria, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City 
-Westgate Filinvest Alabang, Muntinlupa City



P499 ONLY: Escape boredom with RedDoorz

I know the heavy traffic along EDSA and the unpleasant weather (oh that habagat sh*t) have been both tiring, exhausting the very core of our innocence. 

But let's face it, what's left for us is to enjoy every inch of the bumper-to-bumber experience and the cold rain. Do we have any choice anyway?

If you are living in Baguio or somewhere in the Cordilleras, it has been an un-fateful week after continuous rainfall. I was there last weekend and I had to return back to Metro Manila in less than 12 hours because the weather was making me less productive. 

Well, there is some new that will cheer us up if you want to skip the ghosting of this ghost month (for non-Chinese pips, this month is considered the All Saints season that should be observed quiet and boring), RedDoorz has something for us!

It’s that season between vacay-happy Summer and the coming ‘Ber months. Traffic, too much work, piled up tasks and pressure can likely get you down.

There’s one word that will lift you up. Escape. The very thought of it is the ultimate adventure, whether just around the city or in destinations around the Philippines.

According to the still ongoing Framingham Heart Study, men and women who travel often are less likely to get heart disease. It also found that because travel relieves stress, it improves mental health, boosts the immune system and promotes fitness.

The good news is, it’s so easy to travel these days. Affordable hotels with quality accommodations like RedDoorz have 150+ properties in 10+ cities all over the Philippines. The RedDoorz travel app, downloadable from the Apple store or Google Play Store, puts staycations or out of town trips literally at one’s fingertips.

You can escape anytime you want and find an affordable RedDoorz hotel from north to south. Here are 6 Escape ideas you can easily pull off when the spirit moves you:

1. Do a Staycation. Treat the family to a fun weekend. Or just disappear for a day or two watching streamed movies all day. You can choose from boutique hotels, inns, apartels or condotels that are part of the RedDoorz partner chain. It won’t cost much, but the experience is priceless.

2. Go Out of Town. You can easily book a room using the RedDoorz app and find your desired accommodation in Baguio, Pampanga, Metro Manila, Tagaytay, Palawan, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod or  Davao. Just leave the world behind even for just a weekend. Even for just a day.

3. Try a Couple Getaway. The pressure of work and the day to day grind of housekeeping can really be straining. Grab some time off with your special someone for some peace and quiet and rediscover the joy of each other’s company.

4. Reward yourself. Pat yourself on the back for that promotion or the exam that you just passed. Celebrate your accomplishments and be kind to No. 1. Effortless travel is the best gift you can give yourself. A weekend in Palawan or Davao would be a really good choice!

5. Celebrate a Special Occasion. Blow your birthday candles in the private cocoon of a RedDoorz hotel room. Toast one another on your special anniversary. You can even invent holidays and celebrate the victory of your winning team. It all feels extra good when you don’t have to wash the dishes yourself.

6. Get some Me Time. Ultimately, the most important person is you. Discover the fun and adventure of solo travel and feel relaxed, recharged and rejuvenated.

This August, RedDoorz released its biggest sale ever! Just P499 per night on rooms anywhere in the Philippines till August 31. You can paint the town red. In any RedDoorz town you want.