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Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna

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So happy to discover another Filipino restaurant. Thanks to CJ Jesena for the recommendation. The place was full during lunchtime Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna (1)Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna (2)

 So happy to see the owners of Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna- Mother and son – Lorna and Justin. Justin is 28 years old and studied culinary in New York City at the French Culinary Institute. Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna (14)

 Their first restaurant is called Mio Cusina and is 6 years old already in Liliw Laguna. The restaurant was put up by the Lola of Justin and she trained three cooks to make her recipes. She passed away two years ago. I asked Justin if he plans to put up his own restaurant with his recipes ….. Who knows? Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna (22)

 This painting in the restaurant is a painting of the restaurant in Laguna :-) Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna (20) They opened last year in July. More power!!! 
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I like the uniforms because it resembles a barong :-)Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna (19)Compliments :-) Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna (3)

Sinantolan – Santol preserve – can be dated with the bonete ( bread )  or with other dishes :-)Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna (5)

Bonete which is their verso of a brioche :-)  It is freshly delivered everyday from a panaderia from Liliw Laguna Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna (4)

One page menu :-)  SIMPLE! :-)Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna (9)

Crispy squid YUM!Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna (6)

 Pako salad – the Pako is delivered fresh from Laguna everyday as wellRural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna (7)

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Chicken in Coconut milk YUM!!!Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna (10)

Adobong pusit YUM!!!Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna (11)

Lapu Lapu with Mango  YUM!Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna (12)

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Habi Fair 2015

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I was so happy I was able to finally attend the Habi Fair.  So many beautiful works of art!  They are works of art because of all the labor of love and passion they put into coming up with handmade textilesLikhang Habi 2015 (1)Hali Fair 2015 (2)

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 Early in the morning upon opening, Habi board members were there – Tita Maribel OngpinHali Fair 2015 (17)

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Knitting Expedition

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Super love Knitting Expedition!!! Truly a labor of love!

Candy Reyes Alipio @candyreyes Monsters, wooly warmers and home items hand knitted by Mamas who also take care of awesome rice terraces in Ifugao. When you buy these cute products, you also help these mamas Knitting Expedition (6)

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Thank you for helping us GLO and grow! ? The On The Glo Project has been funded! Keep your orders coming!!!glo knitting expedition

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Knitting Expedition crafts cute toys, home decor and woolly warmers which are hand knit by women who tend to the rice terraces in the Ifugao region.

Knitting Expedition crafts cute toys, home decor and woolly warmers which are hand knit by women who tend to the rice terraces in the Ifugao region.

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Manille Liqueur de Dalandan

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Congratulations Olivia Limpe Aw on the launch of Manille Liqueur de Dalandan.  You are amazing! And so nice to know that a friend’s idea came to life – Gaita  apparently suggested to do citrus flavors – so after Olive launched Calamansi, now Dalandan and Gaita says maybe Pomelo.   Not only is it a good product, it helps farmers in our country.   And because Olive goes straight to the farmers, the farmers are able to get better profit ( compared to having the usual 8 middlemen leaving them with less than 10% of the cost.) Thank you Olive and Gaita

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“Manille  Liqueur de Dalandan is the only liquor  in the world that utilized the essential oils of  the fruit    [dalandan] and captures the sweet zesty profile of dalandan,”  says Olivia Limpe-­Aw, President and   CEO of Destileria  Limtuaco & Co., Inc. She  adds that the company’s Philippine Craft Spirits line was    made out of  the need to create something  uniquely local. “I saw the limited use of the crops we had    here…I wanted  to show everyone  that  with proper research, the right materials and most importantly,    drive and passion, we can find a way to be advocates  of  our own produce,” follows Limpe-­Aw.

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This ties  in perfectly with Margarita Forés and her active support of local farmers and championing our local    produce all over the world. “I’ve had the honor in recent years to be able to present Filipino cuisine and    products abroad. And being able to showcase the best in our country, has always made me proud,” she    adds that, “Having encountered products like Manille  Liqueur de Calamansi and now Manille Liqueur de Dalandan,  I think that it has brought this advocacy of mine full circle.”Manille Liqueur de Dalandan (13)

Manille  Liqueur de Dalandan also does its  part  in joining this support of  local farmers by paying    them    the market price of dalandan. By cutting out the traders, the farmers get 100%  of the  profits from    dealing with the company.  “It’s sort of a CSR effort for our company… this increases every farmer’s margins  a great deal.”

Destilera Limtuaco & Co., Inc. together with Brand Ambassador Margarita Forés officially launched the second variant of the company’s Manille Liqueur collection – Manille Liqueur de Dalandan.

Held in the Grace Park, Margarita Forés’ very own farm-­to-­table concept  restaurant, guests were treated  to an exclusive menu  utilizing  Manille Liqueur de Dalandan  as  well as the dalandan fruit, itself.

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 Nothing goes to waste at Disteleria Limtuaco – since they only use the rind for the liqueur they thought of making something out of the fruit.  SOAP! Manille Liqueur de Dalandan (7)

As  part of the company’s  thrust to help preserve the environment  and reduce its carbon footprint,    Destileria Limtuaco & Co., Inc. has decided to convert their post processing, calamansi and dalandan rind, fruit and seeds into a by-­product: a natural ingredient which is called calamansi and    dalandan mud that is filled with so many complex  substances.  Such natural ingredients find useful    applications in the cosmetics and personal care industry.

 During  the launch of its product, Manille Liqueur de Dalandan, Destileria Limtuaco & Co., Inc. also launched their line of soaps, “Si” Handcrafted Calamansi and Dalandan Face and Body Soap. Both the natural ingredient calamansi and dalandan mud and the finished soap products have great    export potential.Handmade soaps using natural food and drink  ingredients are now quite a    popular trend abroad. The soap    itself carries a lot of the cosmetic advantages of calamansi such as    its whitening, antiseptic and anti?acne properties.

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Destileria  Limtuaco & Co., Inc. has tapped the expertise of  Dr. Rainier B. Villanueva, President & CEO of  Rainiers Research & Development Institute, Inc. to develop  the soap product and he is currently    working on more product applications. According to Dr. Villanueva: “this is indeed a versatile natural ingredient which has very strong export potential. We are currently in talks with companies    abroad who have expressed strong interest in our calamansi and dalandan mud. There is a trend    towards using natural ingredients and  Destileria Limtuaco comes just in the right time with the right product. It is definitely an exciting time for us at Rainiers Research & Development Institute to have the access to such promising  ingredients that allow us to come up with  superior personal care products.“

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Dr. Rainier Villanueva is a Neurosurgeon by profession who found his calling in the concoction of formulations using different local herbs under strict clinical parameters. This has led to a prolific 70–product line extensively using plants and minerals endemic to the Philippines. He developed Rainiers Research & Development Institute in 1988 and this has since become one of the pioneers and leaders in the field of herbal cosmetics in the country. With the addition of Destileria Limtuaco’s calamansi and dalandan mud, he says: “we can now expand our product offering which will better address the needs of our discriminating personal care clientele who are continuously on the look out for better, more natural and more effective products.”

“Si” Calamansi and Dalandan Handcrafted Face and Body Soaps may be purchased online through the company’s e–store https://cmc.estore.convoymktg.com/. For inquiries, please call Noreen Gatmaitan 3617491–98 loc 841.

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 One of the top mixologists in the country, Enzo Lim, provided the drinks for the evening. His two interpretations were: Doña Sol, a blend Liqueur de Dalandan, local whisky, sweet vermouth and orange juice while the Sinturis Smash was a refreshing mix of Manille Liqueur de Dalandan, muddled lemon and mint with a little bit of gin. These drinks perfectly highlight the versatility of the dalandan liqueur. Those who didn’t look to drink cocktails were offered ice-cold shot os Manille Liqueur de Dalandan, the perfect way to cleanse the palate.

 

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Destileria  Limtuaco & Co., Inc. was established in 1852 and is the oldest distillery in the Philippines.    Through five  generations of master blending tradition,

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Limtuaco  has  invented, developed and patented numerous formulae and aging processes in the  wine     and liquor industry. The company  has been awarded various distinctions by the Mode Selections, Institut   Pour Les Selections De La Qualite in Rome, Italy and London, England for  its whisky, rum, brandy,  vodka   and  gin. It had recently also been recognized by the International Taste and Quality Institute  in Brussels,   Belgium  for its Paradise Mango Rum Liqueur, Napoleon VSOP Brandy, Old Captain Rum, Amadeo   Coffee Liqueur, Manille Liqueur de Calamansi and Manille Liqueur de Dalandan.

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Now on its 163rd year, the company has enjoyed loyal following due to its product quality, taste, aroma     and smoothness as proof of master blending expertise, technical innovation. These steps have allowed     Destileria Limtuaco & Co., Inc. to gain recognition as the quality leader of the Philippine liquor industry.    Its expansion to the international market has made it the top exporter of distilled spirits i thecountry   today.  Destileria Limtuaco’s commitment to quality and continual improvement is also manifested by   beingthe country’s first and,  to date, only distillery with  an ISO9001:2008-­?certified quality    management system.

Destileria  Limtuaco & Co., Inc.  is  a 1997 Centennial Awardee of the Philippine Department of Trade    and Industry where  it was confirmed to be not only the oldest distillery in the country but also the oldest    manufacturing company in the Philippines.

For online orders, please visit our e-­commerce store at https://cmcestore.convoymktg.com/

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Likhang Habi 2015

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Likhang_Habi (1)_01Likhang_Habi (1)_1Likhang_Habi (02)_1 Look how nice!!! They are all wearing our very own textiles – Rambie Lim ( Treasurer) , Maribel Ongpin – ( Chairman of the Board) Monsy David ( Pres ) Ruby Roa ( VP – not in photo ) Louis Locsin ( Corp Sec ) Rene Guatlo ( Editor of HABI book ) Please join and help support the efforts of HABI The Philippine Textile Council and visit the Habi Market Fair 2015Likhang Habi_ (10)Once again, it’s time to shine the spotlight on hand-woven traditional textiles of the Philippines. The Likhang Habi Market Fair will be held at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center on October 23 to 25, 2015.

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Likhang_Habi (03)_1Traditional textiles have been gaining a steady following of admirers since its appearance at bazaars and fairs in Manila, especially at Likhang Habi, which focuses solely on this traditional art and its long heritage within our culture.

From Luzon to Mindanao, weaving communities have used pineapple, abaca, cotton, silk, banana, buri and pandan to produce their own particular weaves which will be featured in Likhang Habi: Inabel from the Ilocos region and La Union, Cordillera weaves from Banaue and Padcal in Benguet, tnalak (an abaca weave) from Lake Sebu in Mindanao, piña from Aklan and Palawan, hablon and patadyong from Iloilo, Mangyan textiles and baskets from Mindoro, Yakan weave from Basilan, and mats and bags from Samar and Bukidnon.

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With inputs from creative consultants, fashion designers and design workshops, traditional textiles have been harnessed and integrated into products that suit the everyday lifestyle, bringing a touch of artisanal creativity to home essentials such as blankets, mats, cushion covers, table runners, napkins, baskets, trays and items of furniture as well as clothing and fashion accessories.

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Opening night will also serve as the launch of Rara: Weaving “Mats of Dreams” in the Philippines, a book on our distinctive banig.

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Habi, The Philippine Textile Council, founded in 2009 to research, promote and develop hand-woven traditional textiles, sponsors the Likhang Habi Market Fair. Funds raised will go to the social outreach projects of Habi in weaving communities all over the country. Recently, the proceeds from last year’s fair allowed Habi, with technical support of PhilFIDA, the Philippine Fiber Development Agency, to fund cotton crop at their facility in Batac, Ilocos Norte. This will allow cotton to be brought back to small farms.Likhang_Habi (03)_2Likhang_Habi (04)_1Likhang Habi 2015 (7)

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For more information on Likhang Habi Market Fair please contact Ms. Norie Moldez of HABI at (632) 478-2765 and moldeznorie@yahoo.com.ph or Ms. Irene Venturina of Philippine Art Events Inc. at (632) 831-0953 and irene@artfairphilippines.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HabiThePhilTextileCouncil

Instagram: @habifair #lovethehabilifestyle #supportthehabilifestyle

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Visiting the Truly Negros – 30th Negros Trade Fair

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Negros Trade Fair (2)Heart2Heart loves the Negros Trade Fair!  Actually Heart2Heart loves Negros!  because that is where Daddy Heart2Heart comes from! :-)  And I am not biased when I say that all the products they sell here are all beautiful and makes us proud to be PINOY!
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My best friend Eds and I bought this Sleeping Joseph ( we have plenty petitions haha!! ) made out of egg shells!  Visiting the Truly Negros - 30th Negros Trade Fair (1)

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