Vivo Reveals Secret to Perfect Selfies with V5 smartphone




Vivo, the top 5 global smartphone manufacturer, today revealed its secret to perfect selfies with the launch of the Vivo V5 smartphone. The Vivo V5 smartphone boasts Perfect Selfie capabilities with its high-quality front-facing camera, fast performance, and upgraded features that ensure great experiences for its users.

“The V5 embodies Vivo’s relentless pursuit of innovation, with technologies and functions that our consumers look for in their device. With the V5 and its industry-leading features, we continue to push the boundaries of a premium mid-range smartphone as we highlight Vivo’s high standards in smartphone design and feature, “ said Vivo Vice President Hazel Bascon.

Premium mid-range elegance




The Vivo V5 sports an all-metal unibody shell black case that comes in champagne gold and rose gold colors. Up front, it features an 5.5-inch 12x80x720HD display clad in 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass for protection, giving the V5 an ideal premium feel in the hand. Performance wise, the Vivo V5 is equipped with a MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor running at 1.5GHz and paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage expandable via micro SD up to 128GB.

The V5 also features a front-facing fast fingerprint scanner capable of unlocking the smartphone in as fast as 0.2 seconds. It also features fast-charging technology to quickly top-up its 3,000mAh built-in battery.


Redefining the perfect selfie




The Vivo V5 features an innovation that is set to be the benchmark of future smartphones. It is equipped with a 20-megapiel Moonlight front-facing camera featuring a ½.78” Sony IMX376 camera sensor coupled with a 5P lens system and an aperture of f/2.0. It also comes with a front-facing soft-light flash that helps illuminate its subjects whenever they take selfie, ensuring that its users can capture perfect selfies anytime and anywhere.

Meanwhile, its rear camera boasts a 13-megapexiel sensor that features phase-detect autofocus that will help users snap photos as they happen.


Value-added benefits

Vivo’s V5 smartphone is also equipped with a 32-bit AK4376 digital to analog converter HI-FI chip, as well as a new iteration of its propriety operating system, Funtouch OS 2.6, now based on Android’s 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system.

Among its new features is an improved version of Vivo’s take on multitasking, Smart Split 2.0 which allows users to view two apps side-by-side. Another feature is the Eye Protection Mode, which filters blue light from the screen to protect its suers’ eyesight.

“ With the launch of the Vivo V5, Vivo again sets the benchmark of a premium midrange smartphone with perfect selfie features that one would normally only see in flagship offers. Filipinos will once again have a capable and compelling smartphone choice, and one that can fulfill a wide range of roles in their everyday lives, “ added Bascon.

A Plus for the family




Vivo also revealed its upcoming device that is set to supplement the Vivo V5. The Vivo V5 Plus will feature a similar factor as the Vivo V5 smartphone, at 5.5 inches, but will feature a 1920×1080 display and 20-megapixel dual front-facing cameras that are set to enhance the perfect selfie experience of its users.

Vivo also announced Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry as part of the Vivo family. The two-time NBA MVP and Golden State Warriors pointing guard will serve as the new face of the Vivo V5, highlighting its perfect selfie capabilities alongside local influencers like Mccoy de Leon and Verniece Enciso.

“I’m really thankful for being part of the Vivo family and I’m looking forward to doing more activities with Vivo and its Filipino plans soon,” said Curry.


The Vivo V5 Plus will be coming soon on Philippine shores. Meanwhile, the Vivo 5 will be available in Vivo concept stores and major retailers nationwide for PHP12,990. Consumers can also pre-order the V5 smartphone in major retailers starting November 23 to receive exclusive freebies including Vivo peakers, Vivo selfie stick, and a Vivo-branded phone stent.


About Vivo

Vivo is a leading global smartphone brand focused on introducing products with professional-grade audio, extraordinary appearance, and a fast and smooth user experience. The company is committed to developing dynamic and stylish products for energetic and passionate young people. The company had retained its position as a top 5 global smarthphone in the IDC Q2 2016 report.

Visit them on Facebook at



Source: Vivo Philippines Press kit

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A Night at B Lifestyle’s Bed & Bath Serviced Suites




After leaving my kids for three days for Blogapalooza, it was timely to bond with them over an overnight stay at Bed&Bath Serviced Suites of B Lifestyle Complex. Giving more options when it comes to hotels in Iloilo, it’s my pleasure to introduce to you this new accommodation in the city.

Bed & Bath Serviced Suites is one of the lifestyle brands housed at B Lifestyle Complex, located along Diversion Road. It reminds of Airbnb with the services (room service, etc) offered by conventional hotels and resorts. So basically, you enjoy the best of both options and truly a nice place to stay in Iloilo if you want some privacy, peace, and a less-rigid lodging while in Iloilo.



There are only few rooms and if you like staying in small hotels, B Lifestyle’s serviced suites perfectly fit.

We stayed at Brisbane Room. All rooms are named after destinations starting with the letter B like Bali, Barcelona, Boracay etc. Yes, all lifestyle brands within the compile start with the letter ” B”, giving homage to the owner’s family name which starts with no other than the letter B.



As soon as we got to our room, my kids hugged the bed, feeling the smooth and soft cover. They loved the sheets for it reminded them of their baby blankies 😉



Perfect for business travelers, it has a nice work station with the plenty of sockets.



The rooms at B Lifestyle gave me a lot of inspirations on how to maximize rooms in a smaller space.  I showed it to the husband for our future space. Bed&Bath has all you need- it has a kitchen, dining and living/seating spaces.



When my kids were babies, I only stay in suites to give me more comfort and I can prepare their meals.  The fridge let me stock on food and for their milk. Same with the microwave. Within the complex is a convenience store in case you need some provisions. Thus, if you are a family with babies, stay at B Lifestyle Bed&Bath serviced suites.



Bed&Bath guests can enjoy their meals at The Barn. I love The Barn and I can’t wait to dine there again.



It is homey and the interior resembles a barn ( of course) and the food is great. My blogger friends who had a food tasting at The Barn recommended their homemade corned beef.



As a whole, Bed&Bath offers a respite for guests who want to avoid busy hotels. With only few rooms, guests can assure that their needs are well taken cared for. With little children, my requests can be tedious but the staff efficiently provided them.

B’s Lifestyle Brands

There are more reasons to visit B Lifestyle as it offers more than dining and lodging. It has a shop for all natural wellness products. Perfect for gift-giving this Christmas!




A gym, Boost Beyond Fitness, which I’ll be signing up by 2017. #NewYearsResolution



And a beauty salon, Blush.



Breezy for your laundry. This is also great for long-term guest of Bed&Bath. If you are traveling and you don’t want to bring home your dirty clothes, have them cleaned. They also used commercial washers – I haven’t seen them in other laundromats in the city.



Co-working space is a hit nowadays, especially in the Philippines where our coffee shops can be rowdy. A freelance writer myself, I would love to try BONDS coworking space when I need a change of scenery while working.



B Lifestyle is a place you should check out in Iloilo. It appeals to everyone from freelancers to those who need a place to stay while in Iloilo.

To get to know more B Lifestyle Complex, visit their official Facebook page.


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Coldplay Announce Asian Tour for April 2017



Coldplay have today announced a run of Asian stadium shows for the acclaimed A Head Full Of Dreams Tour, including the band’s first ever concerts in Taiwan, the Philippines, and South Korea (they last played Japan in 2014 and Singapore in 2009).

Sat Apr 01 – National Stadium, Singapore, SINGAPORE
Tue Apr 04 – MOA Concert Grounds, Manila, PHILIPPINES
Wed Apr 12 – Taoyuan HSR, Taipei, TAIWAN
Sat Apr 15 – Olympic Stadium, Seoul, KOREA
Wed Apr 19 – Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, JAPAN

Tickets for the Asian dates go on sale on 17 Nov (Seoul), 18 Nov (Singapore, Tokyo) and 24 Nov (Manila, Taipei).

Since March of this year, the A Head Full Of Dreams Tour has played to 2.5 million people across Latin America, the US and Europe. The show was created by the band alongside celebrated production designers Misty Buckley and Paul Normandale. The tour reaches Australia and New Zealand in December.

A Head Full Of Dreams has sold more than 5 million copies since its December 2015 release, spawning the hit singles Adventure Of A Lifetime, Hymn For The Weekend and Up&Up, with more than a billion YouTube video views between them.

Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams World Tour” in Manila is presented by Globe — the #1 mobile brand in the country today and the preferred digital brand of the Filipinos. Globe customers get first dibs on an exclusive pre-sale on November 20, 2016 at all SM Tickets outlets. To join the pre-sale, fans just have to text GLOBECOLDPLAY <ticket type> to 2363 on November 18 starting at 9:00 AM. Customers will receive a reservation code which they need to present to purchase the tickets at any SM Tickets branch on November 20. For details on the exclusive pre-sale, visit

Follow Globe’s official Facebook page or @enjoyGlobe on Twitter and Instagram for more updates.

As the official pre-sale credit card for “A Head Full of Dreams World Tour”, Citi® card customers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning November 21-22.

Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams World Tour” is produced by Live Nation and is promoted by MMI Live. Tickets to Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams World Tour” in Manila will go on sale on November 24, Thursday at 10 A.M. through SM tickets outlets, or call 470-2222.

For more info, visit or follow @MMILive (on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter).
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Source: Press Kit

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Southpoint: Your New Favorite Hangout in Iloilo




Just a year ago, SM Iloilo opened their mall extension, giving Ilonggos more reasons to shop at the biggest mall in Western Visayas. Last November 11 ( Friday), SM City Iloilo opened another  area of the ever growing mall with Southpoint –  your new favorite hang out in Iloilo!



Open and Park-Like




We all know that Philippines’ doesn’t care about our wide open spaces and we definitely lack clean and safe parks. The opening was graced by no other than Hans Sy and during our “ambush” interview, he shared that he wanted Southpoint to have an ” open-park” feel and to make use of their vast space.

I just love the idea. We need to appreciate space, the outdoors, and enjoy the therapeutic green hue. Southpoint has well manicured lawn, complete with a fountain area.


At this digital age, we need more green spaces. Have you noticed how rapid Iloilo’s development has been in recent years?


Hans Sy also revealed that they will be building a Park Inn hotel in Iloilo that will be connected from Southpoint. Hello, Staycation!


Iloilo is a foodie paradise and SM wants to celebrate that with Southpoint. Southpoint is a place where you can enjoy great food and company even beyond mall hours. Restaurants at Southpoint closes at 10pm and with SM’s core values, diners can avoid those rowdy drunkards we often meet in restaurants closing late at night.

One of the restaurants to dine at Southpoint in Jaime’s Steak Room. I will be blogging about this new restaurant in Iloilo soon.


Christmas is coming and if you have friends coming to Iloilo, enjoy Southpoint with family-friendly restaurants or just to enjoy the area. It’s a nice place to walk around even with kids in tow.


Congratulations to SM City Iloilo for this new addition and for bringing something new to the Ilonggo shoppers. Hang out and enjoy Southpoint!


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My Blogapalooza Experience


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I’ve been blogging for almost 8 years now and so far, so good. I will always be grateful that I am live in an era where moms can earn money without ” going to work”.  Blogging has evolved. While I primarily used my blog as a portfolio, I have transition to directly earning from my blog by collaborating with businesses. In fact, blogging is no longer an online journal but a marketing tool harnessed by business and bloggers, who are now influencers.

What is Blogapalooza?

Many bloggers no longer treat blogging as a hobby that pays. It is not just a hobby anymore, it is  business with passion. Passion for sharing and writing about what you love about. Passion towards the interest of your readers.

Blogapalooza is the country’s biggest B2B (Business-to-Blogger) networking and marketing event.  It all started in 2011 when the Blogapalooza team gathered a few bloggers and back then, only few businesses answered the call.

It is an event where businesses can meet bloggers who they can collaborate with through the blogger’s contents and social media. For bloggers, it is a chance to meet potential advertisers  for their blogs. If you are serious with your blogging career, you need to work with brands.

Blogapalooza Horizon 2.0

Ace Gapuz of Blogapalooza officially opening Blogapalooza 2015.
Ace Gapuz (center) of Blogapalooza officially opening Blogapalooza 2015.


For Blogapalooza 2016, the theme is “Charting the Uncharted Horizon” and for the first time, Blogapalooza was attended by bloggers outside Metro Manila. Blogapalooza brought bloggers from all over Luzon like Zambales, Visayas, and Mindanao and flocked to Novotel Araneta Center ( stay tuned for my hotel feature on Novotel) for a one-day event last November 5.

Yours truly represented Iloilo Bloggers along with my fellow Ilonggo blogger, Greg Flores.  I appreciate how Blogapalooza has opened the doors to influencers in other parts of the country, charting more influence.

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The Bridal Gazebo of Novotel Araneta Center’s 6th floor was field with booths from different brands and companies with their own way of attracting bloggers to know more about their business. It was fun hopping from one booth to another, though I felt a little shy approaching them. Glad that all of them have big smiles on their faces and has the enthusiasm to meet us, bloggers.



If you are planning to attend Blogapalooza in the future, make sure you have enough business cards with you.


On top of the exhibitions, there were series of talks throughout the event. I personally like the talks, learning a lot even after almost a decade of blogging.

Here is the Panel Discussion with Ace along with bloggers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao!




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Blogapalooza 2016 wrapped up with the launching of Buzzin, a new platform that matches bloggers and brands. I am excited about this because, I have joined campaigns from international brands and with Buzzin, I get to work on campaigns for local brands.

To sum it all, Blogapalooza is well spent “me time” as a blogger and as a mother. I got a chance to spend days by myself while nurturing my blogging career. Plus, I got to meet bloggers and gained new friends!

Kudos to Blogapalooza! Madamo guid na salamat!

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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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Lazada Launches 11.11 with More than 1M Deals!




The biggest online shopping event in Southeast Asia kicks off on November 11, 2016 with the participation of more than 12,500 local and international brands and 6,000 merchants. This month-long shopping event is Lazada’s fifth Online Revolution since its launch in 2012.

This year’s theme is ‘Brands for All,’ putting customers’ favorite brands in the spotlight. Customers can expect jaw-dropping, well-curated offers, and exclusive launches of branded items.

These deals come on top of the wide and growing assortment on Lazada. To date, Lazada boasts an unmatched catalog of close to 30 million products for consumers across six Southeast Asian countries. In the Philippines, the assortment grew 4x more than in 2015.

Lazada will offer everything customers love – from huge discounts to flash sales and exclusive bundles. P11 peso deals featuring a Virtual Reality Box, LED light bulb rotating lamp and a Genius gaming mouse among many others, are up for grabs. Limited-time flash deals on a 32” Slim LED TV for Php 5,499, a Fujidenzo 20L microwave oven for Php 1,999, a Star Mobile 4.5” smart phone for Php 999, an HP desk jet printer for Php 888, and a L’Oreal lip and cheek palette set for P399 are only some of the many highlights during this mega shopping day. Perfect value indeed for all the Christmas gift-seekers out there.


The deals extend to over 17 product categories including Fashion, Health & Beauty, Home & Living, and Electronics. Lazada is focusing deep into its customers’ interests with weekly specials- a curation of items for beauty fans, supermoms and families, techies and fashionistas.

As if these weren’t enough, Lazada will also launch games to make Christmas online shopping more fun. Follow Lazada’s social media channels to get free shopping vouchers, brand giveaways from Samsung, MamyPoko, Unilever, JBL, Lenovo, and more.

Online Revolution was launched in 2012 so more consumers could experience the ease and benefits of online shopping. Since then, Online Revolution has become the biggest shopping event in Southeast Asia, where consumers can find amazing deals from the most popular brands conveniently from their smartphones or laptops,” said CEO Inanc Balci. “This year, we have secured commitments from big brand partners for more than one million deals to make Christmas shopping more exciting and effortless for Filipinos. The best of the world is truly at everyone’s fingertips now, more than ever.”

Lazada has also partnered with top brands to make shopping more rewarding. Use your MasterCard to get an additional 12% off on top of already discounted prices. And if you’re feeling lucky, Isuzu Philippines is giving away a brand new pick-up for more out of town road trips, and Turkish Airlines is raffling off air tickets to fly you off to your dream vacation.

Ever tried making a wish whenever you see 11.11 on your watch or clock? No need to be on the constant lookout because Lazada’s Online Revolution is guaranteed to make your Christmas shopping wishes and dreams come true with an awesome plethora of deals and steals. Visit or download the Lazada mobile app for free to join the biggest online shopping event of the year. Sale runs from November 11 to December 12.



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Our Accidental Staycation at L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod




Living in Iloilo, Bacolod will always be the best idea to enjoy a trip without going too far.  With my kids, there is only one hotel in Bacolod for us over the years – L’Fisher Chalet–  but I wanted to stay at the first hotel, L’Fisher Tower I, for a change.

Alas, our car had a problem as soon as we arrived in Bacolod and we were just lucky that my good old car, Sally, still brought us to the hotel with her engine dying every now and then. Therefore, our plan to visit Bantug Lake Ranch and Lakawon Island had to take a setback.

And there is only one thing to do to avoid ruining our planned semestral break vacation – staycation. With L’Fisher’s amenities and location, we did beyond fine and the kids had a great time.





L’Fisher is located along Lacson Street, the city’s main street where everything particularly restaurants are just a short walk. To name a few, across is Calea and Chicken Inasal if you want more options on top of L’Fisher’s dining venues like Ripples and C’s Cafe.

For those traveling with kids, the hotel is close to the Lagoon for your kids to enjoy a safe open space. Nearby is a local zoo. The hotel is also close to malls like SM Bacolod. To cut the story short, I think L’Fisher has the best location in Bacolod.


Lobby and Room




Tagged as the top leisure hotel in Bacolod, guests will feel the affluent vibe of the property as soon as you find yourself within the realm of its lobby. The lobby is the quickest access to Ripples where buffet breakfasts are served. At night, the piano serenades guests.




On its 26th year, L’Fisher Hotel is well-maintained and at its best shape. Our room is just on the 2nd floor and it is fascinating to watch the activities at the lobby.



Rooms are more spacious compared to L’Fisher Chalet, great for my kids.




As a freelance writer, I like it when hotels have big working stations.




The bathroom is tidy with the right amenities. Our room has a tub, to the delight of my kids.




Amenities and Facilities



As Bacolod’s premier hotel, L’Fisher has a wide array of facilities like conference halls, a casino, spa, and gym. But for traveling families like us, their Rooftop Deck is the best. I like their pool, with a separate kiddie pool.

My kids are can swim and they prefer to enjoy the adult pool with a swim-up pool bar.



We never miss ordering their pizza while here. During our stay, L’Fisher offered coupons like free pitcher of iced tea for every pizza or free coffee for every cake at C’s Cafe. Moms might want to avail their promos at their Cocoon Spa.



Our vacation seemed to be ruined with my broken car but thanks to L’Fisher, my kids were having a great time. Well, the only thing kid2 wailed was that we had to go home after 3 days.


Thank you for the 2nights and 3 days of fun, L’Fisher! Definitely, the best hotel to stay in Bacolod for families!




PS. If you are on a budget, stay at L’Fisher Ecotel Tower III. You can still enjoy the amenities like the pool at affordable prices. 


Follow them on Facebook for the latest and best deals – L’Fisher Hotel Facebook Page


L’Fisher Hotel

14th Lacson Street, Bacolod City

+63 34 433 3731


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Globe Lifestyle Launches 1st Apparel Lineup with 0917 & Pop Art Collections

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In celebration of the annual 0917 fest, Globe launches its new collections of lifestyle apparel and accessories. The new collections represent the vibrant and wonderful world of Globe, through colorful prints, fun designs and graphical pop arts. The collection ranges from shirts, sweaters, hoodies, and caps, which are available in two must-have designs.

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The 0917 collection is a typography-based basic wear, taking inspiration from Globe related culture. These are words that resemble the company which is the famous “0917” prefix, the company’s building address of “32nd street corner 7th ave” in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

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On the other hand, the Pop Art collection is a graphical-based lineup that shows fun and colorful artworks that is designed to stand out. Inspired by today’s generation, the lineup illustrates artworks that look old-fashioned combined with new elements and produce a retro-fashion look.

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“Globe Lifestyle is our new way to connect to our customers, we bring a fresh and wonderful experience through fashion. The new collections of 0917 and Pop Art is just the beginning and customers can expect more lifestyle products to be launched soon.” says Globe Stores and Retail Transformation Head, Joe Caliro.

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To complement the collection, lifestyle accessories such as wallets, pouches and tumblers under the 0917 collection are also available. These accessories are a must-haves to finish off the looks of an everyday urban junkie.

The new Globe Lifestyle apparel collection now available in select Globe Gen3 stores nationwide. Check out the complete lineup by visiting the online store

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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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