Saturday, October 22, 2016

9:04 AM

New Jollibee Chickenjoy TVC Brings Joy Back To The Pinoy Table

Today, with the wave of exciting technological innovations and new apps, people are becoming more preoccupied with their gadgets. Whether it means replying to important work emails, keeping attuned to the latest updates on social media, or fighting off and catching virtual monsters, this new normal of being glued to our screens has kept us from experiencing important and joyous face-to-face moments with family members and loved ones.

Bringing joy to the table

Jollibee, the country’s number one fast food brand, recognizes this new reality and is encouraging Filipino families to bring joy back to their tables with the best-tasting crispylicious, juicylicious, and gravylicious Chickenjoy through a new TV commercial entitled “Bunso.”

The TVC gives viewers a glimpse of a typical modern Pinoy family’s day. In the video, the youngest daughter—the adorable bunso—wants to play and spend time with her father and siblings. However,Ate and Kuya are busy updating social media accounts and playing games, while Dad is in the middle of an important work call. Watch the adorable video directly from Jollibee’s Facebook page or below:

Bunso appears to sadly wonder—through a softhearted rendition of the OPM classic “Ewan”—why it is difficult to talk to her family. “Mahirap kausapin at ‘di pa namamansin,” Bunso laments. “’Di mo ba alam, ako’y nasasaktan?”

Just when the bunso was about to feel dismayed, her face lights up as Mom enters with a bucket of Chickenjoy for the family. As soon as Mom and bunso lift the bucket’s lid, the aroma draws the rest of the family to the dining table. Gadgets are temporarily set aside and the whole family gathers around their favorite Jollibee meal for a joyful quality time together.

“Technology has allowed us to stay up-to-date with whatever’s happening all over the world,” said Kent Mariano, Jollibee Philippines AVP for Marketing. “But despite the many benefits of being online all the time, sometimes technology makes us forget the important things that are also right in front of us. That’s why we must also remember to pause once in a while and savor the joy of missing out on gadgets and devices to enjoy personal face-to-face connections with our loved ones. This is the message we hope to share in our newest Chickenjoy TVC.”

“For years, Jollibee and our best-tasting Chickenjoy have remained committed to making family bonding moments more delicious, unforgettable, and joyful,” Mariano added. “There’s no better place to start than at the dining table, the very heart of the Pinoy home.”

For the latest news, products, and promos from the country’s number one fastfood brand, like, follow @Jollibee on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.

Friday, October 21, 2016

11:00 PM

Nicholas Cage Is a Wacky “Army Of One”

Counter terrorism takes a comedic turn in the movie Army of One, starring Nicholas Cage as a misguided soul who believes himself on a mission to rid the world of Osama Bin Laden.  While the US Troops received their command to capture the al-Qaeda leader from their commander-in-chief, unemployed handyman Gary Faulkner (Cage) got his orders from a series of visions of no less than “God” Himself. 

Following God’s (Russell Brand) instructions, Faulkner makes his way to Pakistan and meets all sorts of characters as colorful and crazy as he is. What’s even crazier is that the movie is actually based on a true-to-life story, with a real Gary Faulkner who was able to infiltrate the backwoods of Pakistan, literally where no journalist or US soldier had successfully ventured out on his own.

The real McCoy was eventually arrested in Pakistan, but only after the former construction worker had an encounter with a “bearded man in a white robe speaking on a walkie-talkie” on an 18,000-foot mountain along the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Time Magazine published a story on Faulkner and his plot in 2010, where he wandered into enemy territory with a “pair of plastic handcuffs”.

The story is rich fodder for a movie plot, of course, and caught the attention of director Larry Charles whose controversial lampoons include Bruno, Borat, and The Dictator. The film is co-written by Rajiv Joseph, Pulitzer Prize finalist for his play “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” and co-stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), Ken Marino (“Party Down”), Denis O’Hare (“True Blood”) and Paul Scheer (“The League”).  

Army of One is set to screen in Philippine cinemas on November 9, 2016. The comedy is released locally by Octotarts Films International. 

Gary Faulkner (Nicolas Cage) is an ex-con, unemployed handyman, and modern day Don Quixote who receives a vision from God (Russell Brand) telling him to capture Osama Bin Laden. Armed with only a single sword purchased from a home-shopping network, Gary travels to Pakistan to complete his mission. While on his quest, Gary encounters old friends back home in Colorado, the new friends he makes in Pakistan, the enemies he makes at the CIA – and even God and Osama themselves.
8:55 PM

Rockwell Primaries Adds Color ToThe South With East Bay Residences

Launching its first property in southern Metro Manila, Rockwell Primaries introduces East Bay Residences, an exclusive condominium community tailored for families.

Rockwell Primaries launches today its biggest development, the 6.5-hectare East Bay Residences located in Sucat, Muntinlupa. Recognizing the charm that southern living has, Rockwell Primaries is bringing something new to the community by creating best value quality homes modern Filipinos can be proud of. It is transforming then Tribeca Residences into a warm and inspiring neighborhood in the South that homeowners yearn for.

Enjoy the best of both worlds—a sprawling sanctuary in the midst of the hustle and bustle of city life. The gated residences promise exclusivity and safety to homeowners of the mid-density property. Expansive on-ground amenities and reliable services aid in the strengthening of the worry-free feeling and of neighborhood ties. The allure of southern suburban living appeals to young families and professionals who are seeking for a more relaxed abode.

Residents are ensured of convenience with a three-level retail row that will house a supermarket, bank, cinema, restaurants, and other essential retail establishments in the future. Rockwell Primaries paints the south with a signature style that harps on accessibility, quality, and the living experience.  This October, Rockwell Primaries offers a glimpse of East Bay Residences with its 2BR pop-up unit at the North Court of Power Plant Mall.

“We at Rockwell Primaries will take all that is great about the South and transform it, making it into a community where our homeowners have the best of both worlds in terms of modern comforts and convenience that city living provides, all while having the laidback ambience the South is known for. We are creating an exciting fresh start, adding color and vibrancy to Southern living,” said Malou Pineda, Senior Vice President, Rockwell Primaries Development Corporation.

East Bay embraces the feel of the outdoors, one very distinct feature of southern dwelling. Much of the designs and functions in the property incorporates the value for open spaces, natural cooling and lighting in a mid-density environment. The project distinctly comprises of more nature than structure in its 60:40 ratio of open spaces to residential ones.

“East Bay will make weekends, and even weekdays all the more enjoyable. Our goal is to build a tight-knit community that’s centered on comfort and convenience,” said Pineda.

East Bay Residences offers a 25-meter lap pool, a gazebo, a barbeque area, a multipurpose court, a playground, a jogging path, and a Clubhouse with a gym and function halls.

The well-planned units allow larger than usual areas that translate to flexible use of the interiors.  The Fordham Tower will be East Bay’s first tower which is 15 storeys high, with 22 units per floor. Units range from 44-98 square meters.

Have ample room for comfort with the one bedroom unit (44-46 sqm.) that is ideal for newlyweds and individuals. The unit comes with a den that can cater to hobbies, be converted into a workspace or an extra bedroom in the future. For families whose children are developing new interests and learning to be independent, the two bedroom unit (70-73 sqm.) accommodates such growing needs. The three bedroom unit provides enough space for grown families akin to an actual house, along with a storage room and maid’s quarters made available.

The modern tropical-themed building perfectly imbibes the soothing south vibe. In keeping with the outdoors, Rockwell Primaries features its passive cooling technology by adding private bridgeways and floating corridors to the units. Garden atriums are present every five floors, providing a charming touch of greenery in the building.

“It’s important for us to deliver livable spaces to our residents. East Bay maximizes form and function to capture the desirable ambiance of the south. East Bay will enrich the south with a community that guarantees a life lived better,” added Pineda.

Visit the East Bay Residences pop-up unit in the North Court of Power Plant Mall until October 27, 2016 and the property site located at Km 21 East Service Road, Sucat, Muntinlupa.
6:32 PM

#FreeTheJoy with Limited Edition Cadbury Dairy Milk Christmas Flavors

Wow! It was so awesome to know that Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates brings back their flavors for Christmas. The three limited edition of Cadbury Dairy Milk is really something to look for and I am so excited to try them all. 

Well, if I am giving a chance to give this limited edition of fantastic chocoate flavors of Cadbury Dairly Milk I will definitely give the Cadbury Dairy Milk Black Forest to my son, Arnie Jet because ever since, he loves black forest flavor whether from a cake to ice cream and for sure he will absolutely love it too. The Smooth sensation with real chocolate cookies and red jellies of Cadbury Dairy Milk Black Forest will certainly perfect to his taste buds. I can imagine how he will enjoy the crunch and chewy of Cadbury Dairy Milk Black Forest.

One of the person that I think when it comes to loving surprises is my niece, Sofia, she is always so grateful to have even a small surprises that you will give to her and I think the Cadbury Dairy Milk French Vanilla is your perfect for her this Christmas.

While the Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Mousse will definitely perfect for my husband because he loves richer chocolate taste. He enjoy eating even my simple ganache recipe and for sure the  delicate decadence of Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Mousse with its light and airy chocolate-flavored cream enveloped in classic milk chocolate shell will elevate his taste buds.

By the way, I heard that  the Cadbury Dairy Milk Black Forest, Cadbury Dairy Milk French Vanilla, and Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Mousse are available in 180g packs for a suggested retail price of P180.00. Hurry and get all flavors – available until supplies last! #FreeTheJoy this Christmas with Cadbury Dairy Milk!
2:57 AM

Midea’s Trusted Partners In Providing Filipinos Home Solutions

A few years ago, Midea was basically a new entrant brand in the minds of the Filipino market. With so many established appliance brands already etched in every consumer’s thought whenever on a search for appliances, Midea was on a tough road in competing to capture the attention of the market, more so, landing a space in their homes. But slowly and surely, Midea made its way to consumers through the help of their retail partners, the first line of people these consumers meet, who effectively convey the philosophy behind the brand and the benefits of Midea’s consumer friendly solutions. 

“When we were set to bring the brandin, what we were looking for is not just selling boxes, not just selling products, ”Concepcion Midea,Inc. General Manager, Mr.Phillip Trapaga also points out that home chores are taking away a lot precious time for the whole family, “for us, it is really about studying the consumers, the pressures and the problems they are having with home chores, and bringing them friendly solutions that would make doing home chores easier for them. 

”Abensons and Robinsons are just few of the first major retailers which easily welcomed the brand and have taken in its philosophy of not just ‘pushing the boxes’. “What we wanted to do in pushing the Midea brand to consumers is to stop talking much about the technology and start talking about the benefits and teach the consumer show they can have a worry-free life with our home-friendly products,” Trapaga said. Midea’s retail partners immediately adapted what the brand stands for and were willing to take the opportunity in taking Midea to their stores.

From the time Midea was launched up to this time, the brand has be enable to break through and has already achieved a significant position in terms of market share. Thanks to Midea’s retail partners who fervently communicate what Midea stands for and what their solutions can really do well in every the consumers’ homes. “I really thank our partners for letting us be part of their homes—their stores so to speak, and for letting us connect with our consumers. 

”Midea and their trusted retail partners will continue their work in bringing in solutions to Filipino homes and educating them how these home-friendly solutions can give them a life better than they used to have with their old appliances. Midea nowenjoys its place in major appliance stores all over the country: SM Appliance Center, Conceptrade, CW home Depot, Magic All Home, Savers-Sentine, Savers Appliances, MegaSavers, Imperial, Asian Homes, Gleen Marketing, Quality, RJHomes, Price wise Marketing, Dimdi, RoyalStar, Robinsons,Abenson,Western, and BHF.

For more information on Midea’s products check out their website at page

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

12:00 AM

Why Skip Bins Are Important For Handling Large Quantities Of Waste?

On any given typical week, most households can make do with the outdoor bins they’re provided with to accommodate all of their waste. However, in certain cases, there is too much waste for the outdoor bins to handle, and people can’t simply leave their waste lying around. In rare cases, people might generate a little more waste than they typically would, in which case they can wait until the week after to dispose of the excess. But when it comes to very large quantities of waste, homeowners need to look into other options.

It could be that people end up with a lot more waste than they expected as a result of a spring clean.Oftentimes, people go for years without throwing out the things they no longer have a use for, and that surplus of junk could be enough to fill 10 typical outdoor bins.

People often like to give their home a complete revamp, and that might include tearing down all the wallpaper in every room, ripping up all the carpets or laminate flooring, and maybe even throwing out old unwanted or unusable furniture.

The large quantity of waste might even be the result of a new home extension. For all of the situations listed above, hiring a skip bin is an absolute necessity.

Why is Skip Hire so Necessary?

For starters, all that junk and waste needs to be disposed of because it can’t simply sit on the front lawn of someone’s home. Homeowners take great pride in the appearance of their property, and the last thing they want is to ruin its image by having the front yard full of clutter.

In addition, people have a responsibility to do whatever they can to help the environment. When people think about how humans are damaging the environment, they usually think about climate change. However, the world is quickly running out of precious resources that everybody depends on, and that means recycling whatever can be recycled needs to be a top priority.

For the reasons above, bin hire can help homeowners tremendously in the following ways:

- The hire company will deliver the skip to the homeowner so that they can dispose of all of their waste easily.

- The hire company will then retrieve the skip and its contents in order to dispose of it without the homeowner having to lift a finger.

- More importantly, the company chosen will separate the waste from the recyclable materials in order to dispose of everything responsibly.

- The results are that less waste ends up in a landfill and the maximum amount of recyclable materials are recycled.

Needless to say, only the most reputable bin providers should be trusted with such an important task. Perth skip bins from Recover Bins are a common choice amongst homeowners who want to know their waste is being disposed of properly. As long as the right company is chosen, homeowners can feel rest assured that they are doing their best for the environment.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

11:41 PM

PAROKYA NI EDGAR Release New Album After 6 Years

Parokya ni Edgar, one of the country’s longest-standing outfits from the ‘90s band explosion, is back in the music scene this month with an album of all-original material, titled Pogi Years Old.

The new record, released under Universal Records, is their 9th studio album, and their first in six years.

The record is a mixture of comic relief, serious outtakes, and love bites, all with a dash of kapilyuhan, something that the band has always been known for in their career that has spanned 2 decades.

The new album contains 21 tracks - fourteen in Filipino, two in English, and five short pieces that serve as a ‘break’ between tracks. Its carrier single is the ballad “Lagi Mong Tatandaan,” whose music video has just been premiered last October 4 via music channel MYX. The record also features collaborations with Rico Blanco, Gloc-9 and Frank Magalona.

All songs were written by the band themselves, except for “Ulan” by Coco Laurente, “Beautiful Girl” by Jose Mari Chan, and “Panahon Na Naman ng Harana,” a medley which comprises of “Panahon Na Naman” by Rico Blanco, and “Harana” by Eric Yaptangco, originally included in the band’s 2nd studio album, 1997’s Buruguduystunstugudunstuy.

Pogi Years Old is released under Universal Records and will be available on CD in all record stores nationwide and on Spotify and other digital formats beginning October 17.

Get an ADVANCE CD of PAROKYA NI EDGAR #PogiYearsOld at the ALBUM LAUNCH: October 14 – Robinsons Galleria Cebu, October 16 – Eastwood Central Plaza.


01. Friendzone Mo Mukha Mo (Miranda)

02. Si Aiza, Si Norma, At si Jen (Semaña)

03. Sing (ft. Rico Blanco) (Chee Kee)

04. Wala Lang ‘Yun (Miranda)

05. Lagi Mong Tatandaan (Miranda)

06. Ok Ka ‘Tol

07. Kweba ng Ermitanyo (Semaña)

08. Beautiful Girl (ft. Francis Vincent Montaner) (Chan)

09. Chaleco

10. Pan de Monio (Semaña)

11. Ulan (Laurente)

12. O Inday (Isang Munting Harana ni Gardo sa Maid ni Mr. Lim) (Semaña)

13. Ngayong Wala Ka Na (Miranda)

14. Hamon ng Buhay (Miranda)

15. Ang Parokya (ft. Gloc-9 and Frank Magalona) (Miranda, Pollisco, Magalona)

16. Francis Vincent Montaner, Back-up Extraordinaire

17. Panahon Na Naman ng Harana (Blanco, Yaptangco)

18. Long Live the Loyzaga Bros.

19. Tanduay (Chee Kee)

20. Nakapunta Ka Na Ba sa America?

21. Salamat Po (Miranda)
10:45 PM

When All Else Fails - 10 Last Minute Gifts that are Appropriate for Almost any Occasion

Gifts are not just for Christmas and birthdays, there are so many occasions when it is appropriate to demonstrate one’s appreciation, or share in a celebration, and very often these events come upon us with little or no warning. So, if a person is stuck for a suitable gift, whatever the occasion, here are some 
great ideas that are guaranteed to please.

1. Christmas is a time for giving, and the list can be long, especially if one is a social person.  Australian Christmas hampers are always welcomed, and with a wide range of tasty items, one can stock to suit the recipient’s taste.

2. Perhaps a dear friend has just been promoted, and one feels it only right to send something to make them feel special. A selection of fine beers or wines would definitely help the celebrations along. The Basket People have an incredible range of affordable hampers and baskets, and with a wide selection, there is something for everyone.

3. Retirement is definitely a milestone in anyone’s life, and perhaps one’s parents have reached that time when they can say goodbye to the toils of working for a living. A fruit basket is the perfect gift, along with a suitable card and message.

4. A new arrival in the family is always a welcome event, and for the new parents, a new born hamper is the ideal gift. Full of wipes, lotions, and other essentials, this gift will be more welcome than any other.

5. For that special woman in one’s life, there are hampers filled with all the things ladies love. Candles, soaps, lotions, and essences to pamper her, along with wine and chocolates to make the day a pleasant one.

6. One might have a dear friend who is a wine connoisseur, so why not put together a selection of their favourites? Guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

7. When a couple move into their first home, it is definitely a special event, and one can include many useful items in a welcome hamper, including a bottle of sparkling wine for that celebration drink.

8. Mother’s Day is always a special time in every family, so why not say it with flowers? A floral basket, along with some of mum’s favourites, will certainly make her day.

9. For that special man, there are hampers filled with his favourite wine or beer, which is sure to make the day a little more special. Birthdays, Christmas, or just because one wants to say thank you, are all ideal for a hamper.

10. Nobody likes to fall ill, and if one happens to have a friend who is in the hospital and needs cheering up, a fruit basket is the ideal way to bring a little happiness into their life.

Hampers and baskets are an ideal choice for any occasion, and by tailoring the gift to suit the recipient, one can be sure the gift will be most appreciated.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

3:26 AM

Trying Out Some Greek Cuisine At Kos Greek Ouzeri

One of the best tasting and interesting food around the world comes from Greek. They have shared a wide flavorful dish that contributes to the culinary world.

I was invited to experience Greek cuisine that I will definitely recommend to all of my friends to try. Have you ever heard about Kos Greek Ouzeri?

Kos Greek Ouzeri is a restaurant managed by the First Gourmet Academy, one of the Top Culinary School in the Philippines. Kos Greek Ouzeri offers Greek cuisine and is a part of the Mediterranean cuisine that includes the culture of the Mediterranean Sea. Their cuisine is notable of using olive oil. vegetables and herbs, wine, fish and various meats. Also, olives, cheese, aubergine, courgette and yogurt in their dish.

As we step on their restaurant, I can feel the homey ambiance in a little yellow lighting while the fixtures are kinda modern but in the elegant style of interiors.

The restaurant was headed by Chef Mats Loo. This guy knows what to serve with us (bloggers). He was so generous in serving us a feast for that day.

Now, let's talk about our food adventure with Kos Greek Ouzeri. First, we have the  Sampler of 5 with unlimited breads. It's basically in various breads that has 5 choices of spreads such as Mekitzanosalata, Tzatziki, Hummus, Artichoke Spinach Spread and Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic Spread.

I love the Tzatziki amongst the five, it's actually yogurt cucumber dip flavored with garlic, dill, olive oil and lemon juice. Hummus is also flavorful and perfect for the breads.

Next is the Soutzoukakia Smyrneika who is a sausage shaped meatballs cooked in spices tomato sauce. The Keftedakia was also a meatbals but with herbs and spices serve with lemon and yogurt dip.

Here comes the Spanakopita, it's a spinach pie made with layers of filo, spinach, onion and feta cheese. I love the flaky texture of the Spanakopita and the well balance taste of spinach inside it.

Afterwards the salad, soup, and pasta was serve. I was so excited to try their pasta but first let talk about their salad and soup first. Kos Salata was a mixed of greens with sun-dried tomatoes, figs, caramelized nuts, cheese and grapes tossed with honey-grape vinaigrette while their soup called Bourou-bourou was a vegetable soup with pasta and croutons. Sounds interesting right. Salad is very good and the soup is very interesting because of pasta in it. Actually, it's like one of the comfort food of the Greeks, just a guess.

Pasta... oh I love Pasta a lot! Their Pastitio was like a lasagna but actually its not because they use some tubular pasta in it. One the mystifying things about it is that it has two kinds of sauces, it was actually divided in a tomato and bechamel sauce. Sounds mysterious right? But I'm telling you that this dish with turns you up side down.

Oh! here's the entree, Chicken Souvlaki was a skewer meat with roasted vegetables, yogurt and garlic sauce and red bell pepper sauce. The meat was so delicious and tender like you will not going chew it. The explosive flavor of the meat will burst to your mouth.

And now the Lamb Fricasse, actually, this braised lamb cubes with white onion, ouzi, leeks, lettuce and potatoes.

But wait, because the dessert is next in line.

The Glyka Lokoumades and Galaktoboureko was served. OMG! I was drooling to try it, but needs to take a few bites on it because I'm so full at that moment. By the way, our drinks are the Greek Cardamom Iced Tea which is theirs in-house iced-tea and the Tarragon Lemonade which is one of the favorites.

Now, if you’re going to ask me what are my favorites. I am telling you that these are the Sampler of 5, Soutzoukakia Smyrneika and of course the Galaktoboureko. All of the dishes that we tried that day was memorable and have its distinctive taste. However, there are some of it who truly marks on my heart and mind. Kos Greek Ouzeri was definitely served authentic Greek food that you will never taste in other Greek restaurants out there. The best thing about this restaurant is that they know that we all value for our money. So, if you are looking for great foods, plus affordable, decent meals equals Kos Greek Ouzeri.

Try them! You can visit them on the Ground Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City. Like them on Facebook at They are open from 11:30 AM to 9:00PM daily.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

7:58 PM

Solane Promotes Filipino Values In Their Dapat Lang Campaign

The countries leading LPG provider has launch its newest campaign that advocates the positive Filipino Values and emphasizes the importance of family.

ISLA LPG Corporation (ILC) aims to remind consumer of the importance of family and a positive Filipino values in their "Dapat Lang" Campaign. It was programmed to emphasized to do the right thing, for the family for others and for society. It also touches the importance of bringing back the traditional Filipino values which have somehow been forgotten in our high-technology, fast-paced, modern setting of life. These values include commitment to the family, honesty, hard work, respect for others, and integrity.

As part of the Dapat Lang campaign, ISLA LPG is also launching their new website which outlines the various ways which Solane stakeholders can live out the new campaign principle in their everyday lives. The newly revamped site is also features a blog that will serve as a way for ISLA LPG to communicate directly with its customers. It will feature the quick and easy recipes and helpful and time saving tips on cooking for the family, keeping a safe environment at work and home.

In addition, ISLA LPG offers Solane Hatid-Bahay Service, an exclusive provided to Solane LPG residential customers. Their well-trained riders can conduct a weight check in front of customers using calibrated portable weighing scales, assuring households of value for their money. They also perform the 7-Point Safety Check for free to help ensure the safety of customers and their families.

ISLA LPG also holds a regular safety seminars for its customers as well as to various communities nationwide. This commitment to provide the best and safe product and service is needless to say, reinforced with the launch of the company's new advocacy campaign because as they say, Kapag LPG, Dapat Lang Solane!

To leran more about the Dapat Lang campaign, visit Solane website at and Facebook page at
3:21 AM

Festa del Vino The Most Italianesque Wine Festival at McKinley Hill

The inaugural wine festival of Festa del Vino at McKinley Hill was set to happen from September 30 to October 09.

Festa del Vino is a Wine and Food Festival in its first of a kind in McKinley Hill to be set in the most romantic mall in Venice Grand Canal. Guest will immerse a wine experience reminiscent of one f the world's top win producing countries, Italy, through its Italian-inspired activities and attractions.

The event will officially kick off on September 30 with a celebration set to the photogenic view of the Venice Grand Canal.

Festa del Vino will transform Venice Grand Canal into a Gourmet Wine Market, a fair that will offer wine tasting sessions, sampling of delizioso gourmet wine and food pairings, plus live performances from classical artists.

Highlighting the event are the participating authentic Italian-owned restaurants, like Gran Caffe Lavena and Toni and Sergio that will serve special wine pairings for the duration of the Festival along with Sauceria and Trattoria Pogio Anttico at Tuscany and Comfort Tuesdays at Venice Grand Canal.

Sponsors Emperador and Carlo Rossi will also delight wine lovers with a grand showcase featuring up to 27 variants of wine including labels by Gallo Family Vineyards, Barefoot Wine, Red Rock Winery, Canyon Road, The Naked Grape, Turning Leaf, and Starborough.

Guest will also witness life sized wine bottles that will be painted on the spot by some of the country’s most prolific and respected artists such as Annaliza Laxamana, Aner Sebastian, Convocar, Edgar Cornito, Eman Santos, Erwin Mallari, Jet Bernal, Perry Henson, Renato Andres, Robert Deniega, Rommel Toledo, Salvador Ching, and Xander Calceta.

Finally, during the festivities, visitors will get to enjoy the dolce vita or “the sweet life”, on relaxing Gondola Rides available through special Wine and Gondola promo bundles every weekend from September 30 to October 09.

Wine lovers and wine connoisseurs are invited to the first wine festival at McKinley Hill. Take part in Festa del Vino only at the Venice Grand Canal! For more information, please contact the Venice Grand Canal Concierge at 624-1971, 0917-5129934 or

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