By: Arnold A. Alesna

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Madrid Fusion 2017, the biggest food event of the year, went into a spin as Region 10 brought in the best of the province in a variety of kakanin. With Regional Director Marie Elaine S. Unchuan of the Department of Tourism (DOT) leading the way, Region 10 aimed to win the heart and stomach of all attendees of the event, local and foreigner alike.

With this year’s delivery of the best delicacies from the region, RD Unchuan aimed to let people knew that there is truly more than what is known about Region 10. From point to point of the region, the whole Region 10 DOT was ready to wow those in the event with what they were presenting in the 3-days event. From Bukidnon to Misamis Occidental, a good selection of delicacies was presented as part of the gastronomic wonder of the region. The delegations are as follow: RD Marie Elaine S. Unchuan – DOT10, Josephine H. Roque – DOT 10 Focal Person, Leonila S. Arguelles – Kitchen Focal Person, Chef Benzar Aradani , Camille Ambalario – Chef’s Assistant , Nelia B. Lee (Food Sponsor), Agnes Garcia Sue (Food Sponsor – Clarin, Misamis Occidental), Mayor Clive Quino and Mrs. Rina Quino (Food Sponsor -Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon) with other DOT 10 personnel.

People were won over by the delicious suman from Clarin, Misamis Occidental, the crunchy peanut brittle, the delicate pastel by Vjandep from Camiguin, that grated young corn delicacy called binaki and chicharon from CDO, the peanut goodness of Cheding’s from Iligan City ad the sweet pineapples of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. Paired off with it were the various coffee goodness of the region. Not only are delicacies featured but also the Humba de Oro and Ostrich Salpicao; two dishes displayed during the regional lunch last April 8 under the careful hands of Chef Benzar Aradani.

A good number of gastronomic wonders are to be expected and seen at this year’s Madrid Fusion. Region 10 was all set to give and serve their own tongue-wonder creations and win the hearts of people to come and explore and taste what they have to offer as a region, as a province and as Mindanao.


Wild Juan

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April is a busy month for a good number of people in the food service industry as Madrid Fusion 2017 takes place.  From April 6 – 8, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, people from near and far places come together to share their passion for food.  Part of the delegation representing Calabarzon is the chef behind the placed tagged as “definitely not your ordinary food find among the rising places at Tagaytay Ridge”; this is Chef Thomas Murillo of Wild Juan.


His love for food started young and he took his first step towards it during his sophomore year as a Consular and Diplomatic Affairs student at the College of Saint Benilde.  He decided to take commercial cooking and culinary arts at First Gourmet Academy and had his apprenticeship at 2nds after.  This lead him further by becoming one of the pioneering member behind Paprika PH and years later his own restaurant at a family-owned place at Tagaytay Ridge.  Wild Juan is born.


Wild Juan bears the concept of East meets West and is delivered with the hospitality of Filipinos in the Southern part of Luzon.   His food creations are something that we are all familiar with but are delivered with a twist and flair.  Perfect sample are the Sisig Paksiw, Krispy Kasoy Kare-Kare (KKK) and Gumbulalo.  Three common dishes but comes with a new level of flavor and goodness due to techniques and passion.


Learning never ends for Chef Thomas as he earns his NCII Commercial Cooking and ServSafe:  Food Safety & Sanitation certificates.  He pushes himself to be the best and at par to the world, thus making his quality for food high and passion much higher.  He doesn’t stop there as he then shares his knowledge and passion this coming Madrid Fusion 2017 to foreign delegates and proudly represent Calabarzon.

Chef Thomas Murillo, stays humble yet proud of his craft thus from love of food it now is a burning passion.  Come at the biggest food event this season at the SMX in Pasay or visit Wild Juan located at KM 68 Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway and experience the comfort and passion that he shares at every plate served.


The Wild Juan is located at KM 68 Pinesville, Tagaytay- Nasugbu(National) Highway, Tagaytay City, 4120, Philippines

For Inquiries/reservation: +63 9154324196    +63 9178404211


Meeting held in Ozamis City on Peace and Order

OZAMIZ CITY- Last December 28, 2016, The Local Government of Ozamiz City held a Peace and Order Meeting to foster improved coordination among various institutions, agencies and other stakeholders to bring about a more peaceful Ozamiz City.


During the event, Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” Parojinog was overwhelmed over the presence of the City Peace and Order Council members who wholeheartedly supported his administration. “Operation Tokhang led by the City PNP has given us and the Ozamiznon a sound sleep. This is the result of our renewed trust and full cooperation with the PNP.” Parojinog said. “Regaining trust and strengthening our unity will truly make our goals and objectives possible,” Parojinog added. He also said that the City government of Ozamiz is very serious in eliminating the illegal drugs and helping the victims to surrender to law enforcers. “I would be very happy seeing illegal drug dealers, pushers, users, victims and patients who willfully surrender before the government.

This and more could have not been possible without the full support of all Ozamiznon.” Parojinog said. Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espinido, Lt. Col. Hadjial Talib, Prosecutor Gines Beduya, Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog, DILG Provincial Director Pablio Benitez Jr., CLGOO DILG Ozamiz Jenny Villagonzalo, Gilron Sumalpong of NBI among others were in attendance during the Meeting.

Johann’s Cuisine Joins the Frontier of The Food Business in Dine Philippines 2016


Dine Philippines 2016, The Food Business and Tourism Caravan is going to be held at the SMX Convention Center of SM Lanang in Davao. Along with its media and local partners, this year’s theme is Think Big, a way of Dine Philippines in encouraging food entrepreneurs to join and be part of this year’s food tourism event.

Joining this year as a local partner is Johann’s Cuisine from Ozamiz City, along with Kuya J’s, Marco Polo Hotels, Chippens Catering Service and others. Johann’s Cuisine is one of the prime food businesses in Ozamiz City that serves grilled and local dishes that they are known for. For this food tourism caravan, Johann aims to delight the people by showcasing the beauty of a local fish found only in their area called Laya and the different ways of doing Kinilaw with Biasong and Tabon tabon as two of the ingredients.


Located along Aguana St. in Ozamiz, you will find Johann’s Cuisine. This quaint food place is one busy hive despite its size. Known for its grilled dishes, people comes in for quick orders and good food. They also do local food catering and people gets to enjoy their offerings all year round – regular or special day it may be. Owned and managed by a man by which the place was named for, Johann Dagandara aims to let people know of his home place as a note worthy place to visit and explore – through his food offering in this food-tourism caravan event. So when in Ozamiz City, drop by at Lam-An Highway, Ozamiz City or you may call them at 088-521-4351 ; 0920-9459139; 0999-8717631; 0907-4735804

Come and visit the Dine Philippines 2016 Food Business and Tourism Caravan on October 4, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center of SM Lanang in Davao and experience food in gastronomic proportions and tourism in a plate. This event is made possible by Nestle Professional and Nestle Alegria as co-presenter’s, and endorsed by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Commission on Higher Education. (CHED)

Comedy Cartel, Point of View Stand Up Comedy’s Open Mic Nights at 121 Grille

The first time I have attended a stand up comedy show was last year, with Comedy Cartel. Since then, I followed them on Facebook and still be updated on their shows and a daily dose of bright and funny posts. It makes my day whenever I am able to pass by their posts on my timeline.

121 Grille, BGC Stopover, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig


The 4th time I watched their show was last July 21, 2016. It was one of the most memorable shows. First is because it was something new to me, as it was an open mic show. Second, it was a free-for-all event and anyone could be a stand up comedian for a day and who knows, you might be surprised when you try it out yourself that you have that talent in you. Last but not the least, it was the first time I had seen that many people to do stand up comedy in a 2-3 hour timeline. It was indeed overwhelming because in the last 3 shows that I have watched, only about 3 performers get to showcase their pieces. All thanks to The Big Difference Communications (TBDC) for the opportunity!

The open mic show will be every other Thursdays at 121 Grill, same place.

Six comedians from the line up was familiar to me. They are:


Joseph Montecillo

Joseph Montecillo is an Atenean. Though when he graduated high school, he got in at UP Diliman. His comedy is more focused on the education and a personal experience in his journey from a prestigious Catholic school to a state-run university. At a young age, this guy has the talent and the confidence of being up on the stage and perform. An inspiration to the young generation if you ask me.


Michelle Defensor

Yes, a Defensor, a descendant of a political family. She is a motivational speaker. Of all the speakers ever since I have watched them, she’s the rose among the thorns. Her point of view comedy is a bit more focused on her lifestyle and political family. It’s just kind of like introducing herself at the same time joking about everyday life.



Sherwin Cunanan

He was the 1st runner-up of Laugh and Stack 2014. Laugh and Stack is an initiative of Comedy Cartel as a platform for comedians to battle and come out on top. It hones each competitor’s skills and talents so each competition just gets harder and better each time. I wonder what the prize is for the winners but I heard it’s some weird stuff. Oooh I wanna see for myself!



Tim Tayag

I’ve only ever seen him perform twice, and this was the 2nd time. As I remember, his performance was just brief but concise. More on “adulting” stuff actually, but relate-able still. A little trivia about him though, he’s the pioneer of point-of-view stand-up comedy in the country and is a Fil-American. Quite obviously, due to numerous shows and TV appearances, he’s famous here and abroad. Oh, and Tim, congrats on having a new baby! A baby boy. I hope all goes well and the baby comes out healthy and handsome like you.



Renee Cruz

My golly! This guy! I actually have a secret crush on him. Lol! Please don’t tell. Ha-ha! He’s quite a tall guy. I think he’s a 6 footer. Does he play basketball? I think so. But he’s not quite sporty (ok, I’m being judgmental, sorry). Hey! He’s still cute though. Anyway, on all the shows of Comedy Cartel I’ve watched, I noticed that he’s always the emcee. Or maybe, he really is the one who introduces the performers on all of their shows. Oh, and did you know that he’s a writer for Bubble Gang in GMA? No wonder he’s so good and very articulate.

Last but not the least, the most special of all the performers that night is…

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Chip Balbuena, as he is fondly called. A Komikazee awardee of Jack TV, and a 2-time Champion of Laugh and Stack. There’s a reason why he’s always the last to perform in every show I’ve watched. He never fails to make me laugh to my heart’s content! It’s like he’s born for this kind of career. I love how he impersonates and his kind of craziness is my thing. Quite unfortunate that I am still shy to approach him to have our picture taken though. (sad)


What I like about their comedy is its social relevance and the “in thing” in our day-to-day life. They give their personal touch and does not humiliate anyone in the crowd. Very intellectual jokes also are a thing for me. It not only feeds my brain but I get make sense of many things in life too.

It is important to love what you do to make it work out for you. Just like comedy. Combined effort and skill is necessary to be able to get you fueled enough to convince your crowd using your jokes.

Stay tuned for more of Comedy Cartel! 🙂 I encourage you to watch and be amazed!


Asia Leaders Forum: Real Estate in the Philippines

July 5, 2016 — Robert L. Yupanco is one of the country’s business tycoon, an eligible bachelor and owns one of the biggest companies in the Philippines. He is also the grandson of our former president Jose P. Laurel.

Mr. Yupangco has 8 strategic companies and works with his one dynamic team, his siblings, officers, partners and employees.
1. Music – Musical Instruments
· distribute Yamaha Musical instruments
2. Real Estate – condominiums
· include partnership with public real estate companies which include Phil Invest
· condominiums
3. Motor – Buses, shuttles, coasters,vans, trams, amphibian boats
4. Tourism – hotel parks and wildlife
· hotels, parks & wildlife
· 6 zoos in the Philippines, 1 zoo in Japan & developing 1 zoo in Japan
5. industrial products – water
6. finance – remittance, YL finance, Employees’ cooperative
· Other basic small financing for employees
7. Digital Marketing
· Has an important role connecting and managing all his businesses through digital marketing.
8. Trading – restaurants
· operate a dozen restaurants in the Philippines

There are two important things in the corporate that he uses, marketing and innovation. Yupangco always tell his partners that, “It’s the team that makes the company, and not the team making a company.”

“The basis of leadership is morality, doing everything with integrity and the basis of morality is righteousness,” from the book of his grandfather that he always read as inspiration.

Robert L. Yupangco is one of the businessmen that you will admire. He works with passion and integrity which is a good quality of a businessman. Not only that, he treats all his employees as his partners. He is a very friendly and approachable man, and you will never get bored when he speaks. A busy person, but has the time to mingle with ordinary people. He has a very creative mind, always on the go, and still knows how to balance his personal time and business.

On July 29, 2016, meet Robert L. Yupangco at the Asia Leader’s Forum: Real Estate in the Philippines, Shangri-la Hotel, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

For more information about the event, for partnership and sponsorship, please call 09166808650 or send inquiries to TAG Media and Public Relations ( organized the event and the marketing arm of Zoomanity Group. Asia Leaders Forum is presented by Prime Philippines.

Zoomanity Group at Travel Madness Expo at SMX MOA Ground from July 8-10, 2016

On July 8, 2016 to July 10, 2016 at SMX Convention Center at SM Mall Of Asia, Pasay City, the biggest operators of theme park, Zoomanity Group will have a booth to share their products and services to thousands of travelers. The yearly Travel Madness Expo from 9AM to 7PM is here again. Grab amazing travel deals with over 100 participating airlines, hotels, resorts, cruises, theme parks, and travel agencies plus great discounts on travel essentials.


Check the following participating companies;

Participating Airlines and Cruises:

Air China

Air Mauritius

All Nippon Airways

Asiana Airlines

Cebu Pacific Air

China Airlines

China Eastern Airlines

Delta Airlines

Eva Air

Gulf Air

Japan Airlines

Jeju Air

Jetstar Airways

Korean Air

Philippines Airasia

Philippine Airlines

Qatar Airways

Royal Brunei Airlines

Saudi Arabian Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Skyjet Airlines

Turkish Airlines

United Airlines

2GO Group Paradise Cruises & Hotels

Princess Cruises & Cunard

Royal Caribbean International

Star Cruises

Sun Cruises

Participating Hotels & Resorts:

Hotels & Resorts

Azalea Hotels

Bayview Park Hotel Manila

Be Resorts

Bellevue Hotels & Resorts

Boracay Summer Palace

Boracay Tropics

Crimson Hotel and Resorts

Diamond Hotel Philippines

El Nido Resorts

F1 Hotel Fairways & Bluewater

Fersal Hotel Group

Fuego Hotels & Properties

Henan Bohol Resort

Henan Boracay Regency

Hotel Centro

Island Cove Hotel

Le Soleil de Boracay

Lee Boutique Hotel/Leez Inn

Makati Diamond Residences

Patio Pacific Boracay

Plaza del Norte

Princesa Suites

Quest Hotel

Sofitel Philippine Plaza

Sophia’s Garden Resort

The Manila Hotel

The Tides Hotel Boracay

Thunderbird Resorts


General Admission: P50
Senior Citizen & PWD: P40.00

Zoomanity Group is composed of Zoobic Safari in Subic, Zambales, Zoocobia Fun Zoo in Clark, Pampanga, Residence Inn in Tagaytay City, Cavite, Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite, Zoocolate Thrills in Loboc, Bohol, Nanten Japanese Restaurant inside Manila Polo Club, Makati, Misono Japanese Restaurant in Bel Air, Makati and more. TAG Media and Public Relations is the marketing arm of Zoomanity Group.

For details, contact