Jollibee Partners with Globe Business to Expand its Express Delivery Service



Globe customers can now call Jollibee Delivery for free via #8-7000


Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), the largest fast food chain in the Philippines, recently signed with Globe Business, the enterprise and information and communications technology (ICT) arm of Globe Telecom, to centralize its express delivery service to one convenient number: #8-7000.

Over 59 million Globe customers will now be able to call #8-7000 for free with the use of their mobile device. Not only that, Jollibee’s delivery number also ensures easier access and greater reach for areas that have a growing demand for delivery services.

“With this new partnership with Globe Business, we will be able to bring the convenience of one nationwide delivery hotline to more customers. Globe Business is an excellent partner for us since they have a high level of expertise in ICT. Add to this a solid business background and reputation, and being an industry leader makes it a no-brainer partnership for Jollibee,” said Jollibee Vice President for National Business Channels Manjie Yap as he shares the brand’s thrust in choosing Globe Business as its service provider. “We are highly confident with their infrastructure, back-end and client support capabilities – so we’re sure that we have a reliable partner to bring this service to our customers. “

“Nowadays more and more technological innovations are coming out, and of course we are looking forward to maximize this so our customers can benefit more. The ‘Hashtag’ project is just a start of the many innovations we foresee to improve our service,” adds Yap.

(L-R) Jollibee Foods Corporation Business Channels Director Mario Malalis, Jollibee Foods Corporation Vice President for National Business Channels Manjie Yap, Globe Business Senior Vice President Peter Maquera, and Globe Business Cluster Sales Head Robie Reyes display the ‘Hashtag’ hand sign for the #8-7000 Jollibee express delivery partnership.

“We are honored and privileged to be Jollibee’s partner in their pursuit to elevate their service delivery and in adapting a customer-centric focus in their operations,” said Globe Business Senior Vice President Peter Maquera. “We aim to continuously improve and look for new solutions that help address business pain points and drive further collaboration with our customers.”

On top of the partnership with Jollibee, Globe Business also partnered with the country’s top fast food chains that belong to the JFC group of companies. Globe Business will soon bring Burger King’s #22222, Greenwich’s #55555, Mang Inasal’s #71111, and Chowking’s #98888.

As Jollibee’s trusted business partner, Globe Business redefines how businesses work— which go beyond functions, numbers, and performance. We help turn businesses passion and purpose into reality through the right technology, infrastructure, and know-how to transform people’s lives.

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Gourmet Dimsum Cafe: A Taste of Singapore on a Budget


The continuing growth of the restaurant industry in the city opened the doors for the locals to enjoy food beyond local cuisine and more ” common” international cuisines like Chinese and Italian. They say food is the best way to get to know a particular culture and one of my latest food discovery is Gourmet Dimsum Cafe where you can dine Singapore-made dim sum at affordable price.



Gourmet Dimsum Cafe is one of the restaurants you can find in Southpoint, SM Iloilo’s dining strip and Iloilo’s new favorite hangout. I think there are only two ( including Gourmet Dimsum) Singaporean restaurants in Iloilo but Gourmet Dimsum Cafe is the affordable choice. Thus, you can enjoy Singaporean dim sum and more without waiting for your pay check.



Singapore cuisine itself reflects their multi-cultural society – Chinese, Malay, and Indian. Majority of the food especially the dim sum are all made in Singapore and flown to Iloilo fresh for locals to enjoy.

I had a great selection of Shao mai from Black Pepper Chicken Shaomai to Chicken and Prawn Shaomai.



Prawn Har how ( more commonly called, Ha kao)



I like the kid-friendly size of their Mini-Chicken Barbecue Bun



Let’s explore Singaporean cuisine further with this fried buns. Made me miss kaya toast though.



A staple Indian food, roti is a significant part of Singaporean cuisine. You will love this Roti Onion Paratha with chocolate, cheese pimiento, and curry sauce.




Roti and fried egg, drizzled with honey! Perfect for breakfast but I think you can have this anytime you like.



Part of Singapore’s Malaysian heritage, try their laksa. I haven’t had laksa since Malacca.




And what is Singaporean cuisine without Chicken Hainanese? The food presentation may need some work. I thought it was a flop but my food buddies said it was good especially the sauce.



For dessert, we had this. Apologies, I forgot its name.


If you are looking for something different to try in Iloilo, or craving for Singaporean dim sum, laksa, or roti, visit Gourtmet Dimsum Cafe now!



To know more about them, visit and follow them on Facebook!

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Iron Grill for Busy Moms with Hungry Kids


pizza margherita


Moms with school kids can relate to this – famish kids who need to be fed right after school asap! With our long list of things to do and chores, we don’t have the luxury to prepare cooked meals before picking them up in school. This has been a challenge for me lately with my kids, especially my eldest who seems to be hungry 24/7 and I don’t want to keep myself in the kitchen cooking and preparing food.

That’s why I’m glad we live in Iloilo where food is relatively affordable. If only eating out is not expensive, all parents will just dine out – no cooking and cleaning up and parents have more energy.  More energy means parents are more patient. Last week, I discovered a new dining venue where I can bring my kids for a heavy snack or even dinner post-football practice.

Located at the Lower Ground floor of SM City Iloilo is Iron Grill, one of the latest tenants in the mall, recently opened last month. Iron Grill, as their name suggests offers grilled meals, mostly American as well as local food tagged at affordable prices.

Kids-Approved Meals at Iron Grill Iloilo

Can you believe this hefty serving of Cheesy Backribs ( with rice) is only Php128?


This is great for those with meat-lover kids or older kids with bigger appetite.

Kids love chicken, Iron Grill offers many grilled chicken with rice like this one. Their fried chicken meal is only Php69.


It looks nothing special and I admit that I judged it. Turns out it was a hit! The crust is made from wheat and grilled.


Yum yum!

Your kids will love their chicken and nachos.


Kid1’s favorite at Iron Grill along with their cheesy ribs.


We all love their mojos!


For drinks, have this Dark Chocolate Banana Smoothie (Php130).


Perfect for after-school meals!

Affordable meals for the family

With Iron Grill, you don’t have to worry for spending so much on food even with a big group. Here are more food you can enjoy at Iron Grill.

Don’t miss their steaks.


Iron Grill is the place to go if you want to eat steak for less!


Juicy and cooked the way I like it. If you want it medium or raw, feel free to inform the staff.

The offer beef bowls. I like the spicy kick of this dish.


Hungarian Sausage


For those who want to skip meat, they offer seafood meals like Baked Talaba with cheese. Also available are Spicy Talaba and Wasabi Talaba.They also have Stuffed Grilled Squid but this is something to look forward – Grilled Salmon with Pesto.


To my fellow mommies, don’t torture yourself with all the cooking. If you are pressed for time, feel free to dine out! With Iron Grill, you don’t have to hurt your family’s treasury while serving delicious and non-fastfood meals to your family.

To know more about Iron Grill, visit their Facebook Page.

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Taste the Flavor of Modern Iloilo at PUNOT




With all new restaurants in Iloilo sprouting like mushrooms in recent years, it can be hard to decide on where to eat in Iloilo. For visiting tourists or those who want to eat local cuisine, Punot Restaurant is the place to go.  For locals, this restaurant needs no introduction as it has become a gastronomic institution especially in northern Iloilo. For tourists, this is a new place to enjoy Ilonggo cuisine without going to a neighborhood talabahan and seafood restaurant.

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With their tagline, “ Flavors of Modern Iloilo”, Punot offers not just Ilonggo classics like batchoy and KBL but a twist and an upgrade from what Iloilo is known for – seafoods and affordable ingredients. The result is a menu using local ingredients for less the price. Though they specialize in Ilonggo cuisine, diners are not limited to grilled fish or talaba but to some take and version of regional and even international dishes.

Virtual food tour with Punot

Let’s start with the appetizers of Liempo Chips ( get this if you are dining with kids!), Gambas Ilonggo Style, and Crispy Sriracha Adobo Wings.



What most local restaurants lack is salad – the green salad. At Punot, there are great choices, some with a hint of Ilonggo cuisine adding local ingredients like balingon ( dried anchovies) and green mangoes. Everyone loves this Tres Mangoes Salad.



Crispy lechon with cheese? This is an irresistible appetizer.



Enjoy Filipino Fiesta at Punot

Where should I start?  My favorite – because this is a dish my family loves – Stuffed Crispy Pata Hamonada. It’s hard not to think about Christmas with this dish.



Because Punot is famous for their seafood dishes ( the word “Punot” means “fish cage”), order this to enjoy seafood in Iloilo in just one dish. With Grilled Seafood Fiesta, you have baked imbao ( mangrove clam), crab, dried fish,etc.



A delicacy and expensive in other places – Sizzling Indong (eel)



For chicken lovers, here is Soy Chicken 



and Chicken Cordon Bleu



Their version of Paella Negra



Laing for me  as a Visayan is a love-hate relationship. I love this one.


Always on the menu with a twist – Krispy Kare-Kare


Share this food spread with your family and friends!



Save room for dessert

A sweet way to end your dining experience at Punot is with this dessert sampler. I love samplers, small servings of different choices.



For those with visitors from abroad, halo-halo is always a good choice.




Iloilo local food

Punot also offers Ilonggo must-eats particularly for tourists. This restaurant in Iloilo offers classics like batchoy, KBL, and desserts like Bayi-Bayi Croquettas and Ibos.



Fun twist to Ilonggo kakanin turning them into desserts.



I love this Ibos Skewers with mango and tsokolate dip.



If you are looking not just for the best restaurant in Iloilo city but a dining venue in the city of love where you know everyone will love and enjoy, visit Punot Restaurant.


For more information follow them on Facebook and Instagram!





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Kusina Tsina, Reloaded



” Reloaded”. That’s the word Eugene Chua of Kusina Tsina wants to attach to his gastronomic baby after its renovation and menu relaunch. For me, it was an afternoon of rekindling my love for this Chinese restaurant in Iloilo.

You see, we used to be one of their loyal customers and some bumps along the way – mostly due to service – made us shy away from dining at Kusina Tsina. But it is hard to say goodbye to good food and I appreciate how the owners responded with an open mind to my constructive review of my previous dining experiences at their Chinese restaurant in Iloilo.

As Eugene further shared, if he can only call all of their loyal diners with a not-so-pleasing experience at his restaurant, he would love to invite them over to prove that they have made major tweaks from menu to servers. Therefore, I didn’t hesitate to visit Kusina Tsina again because it will be a chance to interrogate the owners. Kidding.

My return to Kusina Tsina

The first thing I noticed when I entered was the new color – red. When they first expanded, the color theme was orange.  The food photos printed on its walls helped customers in choosing what to order.


The color is not just suited for a Chinese restaurant (Chinese = red), but the color is highly recommended for food and restaurants because the color red makes you eat. That explains why most food company logos are red.


Compared to the first years of Kusina Tsina, their menu now is more varied and I have seen new names like Golden Pumpkin Soup, Polunchay Sauteed in Garlic, and choices under their Roasting menu. Their dim sum choices are affordable ranging from Php65-Php85 . Their roast duck ( 1/2) is the most ” expensive” on the menu, priced at Php900.

Now, what to order? Of course, dim sum! They are just comfort food for everyone, not to mention how budget-friendly they are.

Comforting Chinese Food

My kids love their siomai so much that they know what is good and bad siomai. Kusina Tsina’s siomai was such a hit that Kid1 asked for a second serving. Yeah, he had like 8 pieces of siomai so I think we leave it there. Wanton Siomai Rice Topping (Php98).



Hakao, Php85. I love how translucent the wrappers looked. Inside, it was well stuffed with shrimps.  To be honest, I eat hakao because they look so pretty but this one is just delicious.



I used to eat this at Kusina Tsina when I was pregnant with Kid2.  Lechon Macau, Php220. This time, the serving is way bigger ( so better share it!).




I challenged myself to try something new, so I picked this from their Hotpot menu – Fish Fillet Taosi Beancurd in Pot, Php220.



My goodness, it was love at first taste. I love tofu and with the sauce, I will definitely be getting this for our next visit.

For rice, we had Yang Chow Fried Rice, Php168.



To help me push all these Chinese food into my tummy, I had Fresh Lemonade, Php80.



How do you say, ” Let’s eat!” in Chinese?

Kusina Tsina

New, Better Kusina Tsina

If you can’t make it to their restaurant, they also deliver for free within Iloilo City proper and for a minimum order of Php700 within Iloilo City.

I’m glad to have Kusina Tsina back and can’t wait to enjoy Chinese food again in Iloilo. I’m hoping they can permanently maintain the good food and impeccable service this time around, because Chinese food will always be a hit.

For inquiries, visit their Facebook Page.


Quezon St. Iloilo City


Opening hours- 9:30AM-9PM


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Tea Time at Mrs. Wharton Pastries



Photo by Feature Iloilo


A new place to enjoy great food and company in Iloilo, Mrs. Wharton offers tea, coffee, and a well selected English cakes and pastries. From the lobby of Spa Riviera, Mrs. Wharton is ready to serve more with their new location at SM City Iloilo’s Southpoint. It is easy to located Mrs. Wharton, as it directly faces the fountain in Southpoint.  Serving British pastries from cakes to scones, this is perfect for post shopping or malling hanging out.

There are two things that Mrs. Wharton distinguishes itself from other cafes or pastry shops – its interiors and British menu.

London bakes and English teas


Iloilo is no doubt haven for food and cake shops provides uncommon baked goods but British, it’s got to be Mrs. Wharton.  Their freshly baked scones for one is my favourite.




Available daily is their British pudding, I brought my parents and kids to Mrs. Wharton on a different occasion and they love the place and the food. Again, something different from the usual.

This is a crowd favorite – Creme Brûlée.


                                                        Photo by Feature Iloilo


Here are other sweet goods you can enjoy at Mrs. Wharton over tea or coffee.











Come to Mrs. Wharton and enjoy Apple Gallettes, Dark Chocolate Ganache, Banana Carrot Cake, Vegan Cake and much more. Follow their Facebook Page to know what is available for the day – they bake fresh every day.

They also serve Lasagna  – a winner! My eldest, who is Garfield in human form loves Mrs. Wharton’s lasagna.

An inviting space at Mrs. Wharton


Mrs. Wharton’s store is dainty with an edge.  Edgy that men will not be intimidated to come in and have tea – you will see distressed tables, exposed pipes, a growing vertical garden and more. . Perfect blend of pretty-ness and industrialism.


Here is Mrs. Wharton herself in her cozy space…



Her place is so Instagrammable, perfect backdrop for photos.




The moment you walk in, you just want to sit on a couch and relax – truly homey with attitude!




You will appreciate the interiors when you know the story behind, from this chandelier that Mrs. Wharton herself made because she can’t find the chandelier that she wanted




to the furniture brought from real markets and repurposed items.




Completing the ambiance is their location right at the end of Southpoint, giving guests a calmer atmosphere even during malling rush hour.  I prefer to visit Mrs. Wharton right before heading home, you’ll be glad to know that they close at 11pm!


So have tea, enjoy the fancy British teas with an Ilonggo touch at Mrs. Wharton Pastries London Bakes and English Teas. Tea time!


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Cabalen Opens 28th Store in Iloilo




Cabalen is one of the most familiar names in the world of restaurants in the country. Whenever we hear, ” Cabalen”, you will automatically think about ” local cuisine” and “buffet”. For the past 30 years, Cabalen has kept their ground as one of the top names in the industry.

A restaurant known for their Kare-Kare as well as other Kampampangan dishes, Cabalen adds more cuisine choices for Ilonggos. I asked what does, ” Cabmen” mean? And a few Google searches, I learned it means ” town mate” – “balen” means, ” town” while “ka” means ” mate” or “fellow“, just like the word, kabayan. Thus, the restaurant offers family-friendly dining venue for all types of occasions and dishes that everyone will love.


When it comes to gastronomy, the Kapampangans takes the lead and they are known to be good cooks. Yesterday, Cabalen formally opens their 28th store in Iloilo bringing more dining options in a city known for gastronomy and flavor. Cabalen is another addition to the various restaurants opening their doors to the local market.



The ambiance is homey, drawing inspirations from local homes in the Philippines or those elegant heritage homes in the country. Thus, everyone feels at home with the company of good friends and family.



At the far end is their function room, for Ilonggos to host their special occasions and intimate events.



What’s in the menu?

Proud to be the Home of the Best Kare-kare, Cabalen offers a complete set of menu from starters to desserts.



When you say, Kapampangan, I look for one of my favourite dishes – sisig – which was invented in Pampanga.



Plenty of options like chicken and bangus. I still go for the original and tofu.



Cabalen is famous for their signature dishes like Dinuguan, Caldereta and Lechon Paksiw.



I’m hungry just writing this post.



Still on your 2017 New Year’s resolution? Cabalen also offers low-calorie choices like their own salad station.



If you want to skip meat, my personal choice is their Lumpia Hubad. Tokwa’t Baboy as well as Crispy KangKong won’t hurt your diet regimen too.



Their dessert table ranging from local sweets to foreign like the chocolate fondue.



Kapampangan Cuisine

I love discovering cuisines from other regions of the country and I found a taste ( literally and figuratively) at Cabalen. I only learned that they call Arroz de Valenciana ( a local take on Paella) as “brenghi“.

Here is  Sampelot– Kapampangan’s version of “Ginataan” or what we call in Cebu as ” Binignit”.


Tibok Mais for me is a hybrid of sapin-sapin and maja.



Ilonggo Dishes

Though Cabalen is a restaurant known for Kapampangan dishes, I overheard from the owner while taking photos that they also want to focus on Ilonggo food. True because it is not easy to cook Ilonggo dishes at home these days.

One of them is Bagongon. Bagongon is type of snail ( that grows mostly in fishponds) and Cabalen’s alternative to their famous snail dish which is another authentic Kapampangan.



My dad will be happy to dine at Cabalen in SM City Iloilo. Whenever we visits Iloilo, off we go to the local market to look for bagongon and he patiently cooks and prepares them. I’m not into  “exotic” food but I love bagongon. I just wonder how I can suck the snails with class while dining at Cabalen.

Another Ilonggo favorite is Tambo – young bamboo shoots.



Aren’t you not salivating yet?  This newest restaurant in Iloilo is located at the 2nd floor of SM Iloilo ( Cinema Level). For Cabalen Iloilo price tag and contact information, here it is:



Kids 4-feet and below get 50% discount while kids 3feet and below can eat for free. Now that’s a new addition to the list of family restaurants in Iloilo.

If you are looking for where to eat in Iloilo, check out this new restaurant in Iloilo.


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Raging Ribs and Wicked Wings from Bourbon Street



Iloilo has always been synonymous with great food from its local dishes to restaurants offering delectable dishes to diners. In recent years, restaurants both from local restaurateurs to franchises has been sprouting all over the city. Still, some restaurants has kept a loyal following and one of them is Bourbon Street.




Catering to yuppies ( young professionals), Bourbon Street is also a nice place to bring your family, friends or enjoy a dinner date. If you love meat as much as I do, Bourbon Street is the place to dine.

Speaking of meat, Bourbon Street is happy to introduce one of their latest dishes  of wings and ribs. What can go better than that duo?

Introducing Bourbon Street’s Raging Wings..



From clockwise you have,  Garlic Parmesan, Fiery Buffalo, and Mango Lemon. My personal favourite is Garlic Parmesan. The saltiness in parmesan was a great contrast to the ribs’ natural flavor.

If you want something tangy and sweet, have the Mango Lemon..



But if you can’t get enough of the classic ribs, Fiery Buffalo is for you.



The best way to enjoy some drinks with your friends is to nibble these wings – Teriyaki, Garlic Parmesan, and Honey Mango Lemon.



For the wings, my personal pick is the Honey Mango Lemon. The Garlic Parmesan is the best if you want to eat them with your hands.


All in all, Bourbon Street continues to offer dishes that fits the palate of today’s hip and adventurous diners. Bourbon Street is also located in Smallville, Iloilo’s nightlife hub.



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Haunted Halloween Feast at The Promenade




Growing up, I only see Halloween on TV. No costume parades or Trick or Treat. As time goes by, Western culture has intertwined with our local ones. I personally don’t mind because it means knowing a different tradition and as long as we still continue our own local practices ( hey, bring back Magandang Gabi Bayan Undas Specials! #Batang90s).

But of course, food. From Fourth of July to Easter, I like these Western celebrations because they become themes in many restaurants just like The Promenade’s Haunted Halloween Feast.

Days Hotel Iloilo‘s in-house restaurant is having their Halloween-themed Lunch Buffet (October 24-28) for this week and Dinner Buffet this Saturday ( October 29).


No, they won’t turn their food into something gross. You can see and taste the Halloween at their dessert table which is great for kids. Just a sprinkle of Halloween at the main courses and appetisers like this Dinuguan …


Main Station is Lechon de Rondalla. See, no grossy food!


Up close. That crackling skin. Yum!


I always say that I’m already full with Promenade’s appetizers. I have Pumpkin Soup which was delectable.


I won’t share each dish so you can have something to look forward.  But maybe some of the desserts because they are such eye candies!

Mummy Cupcakes


Poltergeist Pannacota


Heaven and Hell Cake


Green Blob Jelly


Conjouring Fruit Medley


Bat Cupcakes


And other Halloween-themed sweets like these cake pops.




If you want to skip, The Promenade always have a halo halo Station.

Now for the drinks, they serve both Alcoholic and non-alcoholic Halloween-themed drinks on top of their regular offerings.

To name some, here’s my drink- Ghastly Glycol Punch


Here’s another one – Vampire Kiss


Don’t forget to bring your kids and enjoy The Promenade’s Haunted Halloween Feast!

The Promenade is located at Days Hotel Iloilo, 4th Floor of The Atrium.

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Craving for Greenwich’s Lasagna


I remember Greenwich giving me an updated taste of real pizza from what we used to eat growing up in Cebu. I remember their place in Gaisano Mactan and how my Grade 6 teacher corrected our pronunciation of “Greenwich“. College days, Greenwich was a treat with affordable pizzas and pastas.

After so many decades, I found myself ordering their lasagna while window shopping and running errands. It was perfect for the price of less than Php100, just to cure your famish body. A week ago, together with some bloggers, I met Greenwich’s lasagna again.

Would you look at that.


Perfect for summer or anytime you want to fix your pasta craving without going to a fancy Italian Restaurant. My reaction was the lasagna is cheesier and even “saucier”. Oh, yum yum!

As described in their press kit, it is “ perfectly cooked al dente noodles smothered in a generous coating of tasty meat sauce and mounds of rich cheese in each layer, topped with creamy white sauce with mozzarella cheese basked to perfection. The cheesy Lasagna Supreme is now made even cheesier and every forkful is sure to get to saying “#OMCheese.

True to Greenwich’s appeal of affordable pizza and pasta, you can enjoy this starting at Php80 only for snack size ala carte! Beat that!  Since it is summer, enjoy Lasagna Supreme Pasta Pans at Php 825 (large) or Php 451 ( regular). Take it with you to your next summer adventure.

Of course, pasta is best paired with their Garlic Stix, and Wacky Wings. Among their pizzas, my new favourite is the Ultimate Overload.



Visit your nearest Greenwich  Pizza and Pasta store and check out their new flavors and offerings. Enjoy summer more with Greenwich!

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