Category Archives: Tributes


By | Tributes | No Comments

 In honor of Mom’s 70th birthday, we made a 100 page book for Mom written by family and friends.  Thank you to Vicky Tensuan of Whisk Designs for laying out the pages and making each chapter so lively and colorful with her beautiful flora and fauna designsMenchu Front Cover Foreword TOC 2 LIFE Cover LOVE Cover FAMILY Cover Friendship Chapter Cover MTL Chapter Cover Hoome Chapter Cover Entertaining Chapter Cover CELEBRATE Chapter Cover Gourmet Chapter Cover STYLE Chapter Cover TRAVEL Cover Page 1 STORIES & QUOTES Chapter Cover TRAITS Chapter Cover Giving Chapter Cover GOD Chapter Cover Afterword

The Moment Group Turns 5

By | Celebrations, Tributes | No Comments

Celebrating The Moment Group’s @themoplex 5th year anniversary today from 130pm to 630pm with a food crawl curated by JJ Yulo @nekkidchef who is so funny & entertaining. So much fun and surprises. 7 Restaurants @8cutsburgers@phatphomanila @ooma_ph@dintaifungph @manamph @mechauma1 bar , 18 dishes, 7 drinks, 4 Bus rides, 1 theater visit and a fat belly ( haha ) Happy 5th year anniversary to a family Heart2Heart loves!  More power @jonsyjuco@abbanapa @eantonino @tarasantos@maitaq  #BGCxTMG #ExploreBGC#TheMomentGroup #TMG5#h2hcelebrations

Since being founded in 2012, The Moment Group (TMG) has produced some of the most prominent restaurant brands in Manila. It began as a team of three hungry dreamers, led by founders Eli Antonino, Abba Napa, and Jon Syjuco. “Operating in the first year revolved around having the mindset of us working on a ‘school project,’” Napa shares. “The role we played revolved very much around being, primarily, a dreamer, and a cheerleader, and an inspiration to the team.”

This trio then grew to nearly a thousand makers of moments. “The reality of having to put in place structure and professionalism without losing touch of entrepreneurialism, and the ability to dream big and turn on a dime, has been the most challenging aspect of growth that we now have to balance on a daily basis,” Napa says of the right work balance.

The Moment Group's co-founders - Abba Napa, Eli Antonino, Jon Syjuco 2

Throughout the challenges TMG has faced, they’ve been greatly rewarded with many milestones. This month, they celebrate one of their biggest achievements yet—five years of creating moments through so many different dining experiences.

The TMG Purpose

The commitment put into TMG’s research and development that can be seen and tasted, in each dish churned out in every single shop under TMG’s 10 brands. Alongside the constant kitchen development, thorough branding and passionate service have attracted a strong following across various generations. Hand in hand, this collaboration has produced restaurant brands that have created demand as seen in crowds and the long lines stretched outside their doors.

When it comes down to it, The Moment Group has put much thought and hard work into creating experiences for every kind of diner, across all brands in their roster. This dedication to achieving the right mix of good food, service, and atmosphere, has earned TMG quite a following—which, in turn, has made way for opening more spaces.

Brands that Make Moments Happen

The Moment Group offers a diversity of cuisines as seen in their various brands:

  • 8Cuts is an authentic burger joint, and was the first of its kind to offer hand crafted burgers with the full service experience.8Cuts Burgers
  • Manam is the definitive experience of Filipino cuisine that is at once current and timeless, offering classic and reinvented local dishes, including the “#1 Best Sisig in Manila.”Manam Exterior 2
  • Ooma is a bold new take on casual Japanese fare, through playful and creative dishes, paired with a range of beers and sakes.Steak Aburi Maki
  • Mecha Uma is the city’s most dynamic chef’s table, in collaboration with young and talented chef Bruce Ricketts, which highlights global cuisine with Japanese inflections, and champions special ingredients.Chef Bruce Ricketts
  • Bank Bar, listed by CNN as one of the “7 Most Intriguing Speakeasies in the World,” is a top-shelf drinking den that serves the most extensive range of liquors, spirits, and cocktails in the city.Bank Bar Interior 2
  • The Mess Hall is a perpetual pop-up of The Moment Group’s establishments and dish concepts, served up in the in-house canteen of the TMG headquarters.The Moplex
  • Phat Pho Manila, a partnership with Cebu’s Abaca Group, is an upbeat and casual noodle bar that dishes out a variety of phos, alongside a delicious array of modernized Vietnamese street food.PHAT Pho Facade
  • Linguini Fini Manila, a partnership with Hong Kong’s Homegrown Foods, is an Italian restaurant rooted in New York culture, where the pasta and pizza are 100% homemade.Linguini Fini Interior 3
  • Din Tai Fung is an award-winning and half-century-old Taiwanese restaurant brand, known all over the world for its quality, consistency, and most importantly, its world-famous xiaolongbao.DTF Kitchen

There are thoughtfully crafted burger stacks and sides at 8Cuts, classic and unconventional Filipino meals at Manam, unlikely Japanese dishes at Ooma, and creatively concocted cocktails at Bank Bar. The Moment Group is constantly driven to creating dining experiences in Manila unlike any other. “To be honest, we’ve never thought as far as five years until now that we’ve approached it,” Napa confesses, “But now that we are here, the dream is to make it to 50 and build Moment to become something that can be constantly creating value and adding value to our industry, our dining scene and even to our society.”

The Moment Group’s vision is to be where you want to eat—be it now, five years from this moment, and perhaps even five decades down the line.

Apart from food, we’ve got  the launch of the Moment Five card!

It’s been a long time coming, but now it’s finally here! The Moment Five card is our way of giving our diners exclusive offers – with benefits that include discounts and freebies when used at participating TMG restaurants. The card is available for purchase at P1,000 and comes with an initial P500 voucher, and a 10% discount on every single-receipt purchase with a minimum of P500.

The Moment Group Turns 5. (9)

Love the 5th Anniversary giveaway :-)

The Moment Group Turns 5 (3)The Moment Group Turns 5. (6)The Moment Group Turns 5. (3) The Moment Group Turns 5. (4)The Moment Group Turns 5. (7)The Moment Group Turns 5. (8)Moment group turns 5 playlistMoment group turns 5 life hacksMoment group turns 5 cookie recipeThe Moment Group Turns 5. (5)The Moment Group Turns 5. (11)The Moment Group Turns 5. (1)Moment group turns 5 giveaway


By | Tributes | No Comments

 Love this guy Sunday Alcaraz who is responsible for all the beautiful set ups and displays. Ever since I worked in Rustan’s ( 26 yrs ago) Sunday was already there in VMD ( Visual Mdsg Dept) as Asst Visual Merchandiser for Interiors. Sunday was with Rustan’s dept store for 7 years but had to leave to take care of his mom when his dad died. Then after 3 years my aunts hunted him down and got him back for SSI and now has been there for 16 years and still going!  Yet Sunday looks the same and doesn’t look a day younger :-) Naks 😉  Love  all our loyal people!   #H2HPeople #H2HTributeSunday


By | Animals and Pets, Tributes | No Comments

 6 years ago #chefjavs wanted a dog and so he chose Romeo from the litter of puppies because he was the friendliest. Romeo was the “runt” of the litter But Javs insisted on getting him so we took him into our family. Romeo was our companion at all times and loved  us all unconditionally. Last week he was surprisingly taken from our family and we are very sad. We will miss him  #H2HTribute #h2hanimals #BostonTerrierRome (1) Romeo (2) Romeo (3) Romeo (4) Romeo (5) Romeo (6) Romeo (7) Romeo (8) Romeo (9)

He loved being tickled and  Papa James would do it :-)Romeo (10) Romeo (11) Romeo (12) Romeo (13) Romeo (14) Romeo (15) Romeo (16) Romeo (17) Romeo (18)  At around 1140am before leaving for the airport (Jan 25)- our other dog Chef came up rushing to the family room. We don’t keep him in the house because he’s magulo. But somehow he escaped and was able to go up. But it was at that same time james got a missed call from the vet about Romeo. It was Romeo saying goodbye  ( Romeo was in the clinic when he died so we didn’t see him ) Last October a friend gave #chefjavs a puppy and maybe that’s God’s doing in preparation for what was going to happen since only He knows.

Romeo and chef Javs Chef Javs labrador

God has always given new life to our family every time He takes someone He gives new life. When Mommy Carmeling was called, 3 months later the twins – Luis and Ariana- were born. A month before Dada Monching passed away, Antonio was born. God always watches over us.   #H2HTribute #H2HAnimalsRomeo (19)

Happy Wake

By | Decor and Set ups, Tributes | No Comments

 Heart2Heart doesn’t usually post wakes but this is a different kind of wake. It’s a happy wake. As soon as I entered, the vibes of the kapilya was not heavy, it was not sad. Apparently Jojo was like that – he always had good vibes. I even heard that on the last night his friend played some music and friends were dancing and celebrating his journey to heaven. I noticed nowadays it’s becoming more like this and it’s nice because it helps everyone accept the fact that we will all go one day and we have to think of it as a milestone in our life where we can celebrate just like other milestones. And imagine it’s the milestone where we will go back to our creator – a celebration indeed. Yes we will miss them but they will forever be in our hearts. To the family of our #Nisekrew friend Carmina @thecrazycook_ph and Raffy @dondurian our deepest condolences – Jojo’s definitely in a better place  #h2hquotes #H2HG?d #H2HTributeHappy Wake (2) Happy Wake (1)

I Love Tanny

By | Tributes | No Comments

 Last December 10, Tito Tanny Tanjutco went to heaven. He was the founder of Creative Concepts, one of the first Advertising companies in the Philippines and launched many effective campaigns and promotions for Rustan’s. It was nice to see the family yesterday – Tita Brenda @brendalt , Vincent, Michele my AC batchmate who lives in New York and Yazzy @yazzymoya and Ryan who are not in the photos. We have known this family for many years as business partners and as part of our family. I LOVE Tanny pins were being given out to all those who came to church yesterday ( I made sure to get one) while the family members had “I love Dad” and “I Love Lolo” pins. So nice!!! May you Rest In Peace Tito Tanny  #H2HTributesi-love-tanny-2 i-love-tanny-3 i-love-tanny-1 tanjutcosi-love-tanny-4 i-love-tanny-5 i-love-tanny-6 i-love-tanny-1 i-love-tanny-8 i-love-tanny-7

Dr. Ramon Syjuco de Jesus

By | Tributes | No Comments

 Dad would have turned 89 last September 4.
Dr. Ramon Syjuco de Jesus ( September 4, 1927) peacefully passed away at home surrounded by all his children at around 1230pm. He is now in heaven with Mommy Carmeling.dr-ramon-de-jesus-thank-you

Dad was very much present in our lives even if he never required us to be in any event or occasion. He never demanded anything from us yet we all willingly and voluntarily do things for him and spend time with him. Dad never wanted to inconvenience anyone because he always thought of others before himself. My other dad, Dad Monching, is the closest person I know who is like the Pope. He has the same effect on me as the Pope, it is because of him that I want to do good and change for the good. And that is my promise to Dad. We will miss Dad tremendously but his memories and the memories from all of you, the people whose lives he has touched, will remain in all our hearts  forever.

Reposting here a bday tribute I made for Dad on his 87th bday in 2014.

Happy 87th Birthday to my other Dad!!! Dad Monching or known to everyone as Dr. de Jesus. A well respected surgeon and the BEST in the country. A self made man and so accomplished.

Dad completed his GS and HS at St. James Academy ( run by the Maryknoll sisters ) in Malabon. In 1947, he went to Vermont on full scholarship at St. Michael’s College and graduated with a BS ( Biology ) degree, summa cum laude, in 1951. He then went to medical school at the University of Vermont and graduated in 1955. Dad then took his internship and residency in surgery at Columbia University in New York City, Afterwhich he stayed on at Columbia as a member of the faculty till 1963, when he went back to Manila for good. After having to review and take the Philippine board exams, Dad started his surgical practice in 1964. He worked at Manila Doctors Medical Center Manila and then Makati Medical Center ( when they opened in 1969). He taught at the UP Medical School in 1966 and was a professor for 26 years. Dad also became a doctor for Philippine Airlines ( PAL ) sometime in 1990 til 2012. Everyone in PAL knew Dr. de Jesus.

Dad is one of the nicest people in the planet. Ever since I met him, I never heard him say or do anything bad to anyone. Whenever I meet someone who knows Dad, they have all good things to say about Dad. Everytime we celebrate our birthday, Dad gives us the best gift, the gift of prayer and his wish for us to always have good health. Today and always we wish that back for him too because we LOVE him!december-24-2015-dr-ramon-de-jesus-family-copy

Just as Mom did when she passed away, we did not have a wake.  We had the funeral mass at the earliest available booking in the church and so it happened the next day after we had cremated Dad
dr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-18 dr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-17 Thank you to Fr. Horacio Rodriguez and Fr. Julian Mazana for saying mass for Dad when he did not want to go out of the house anymore.  We had 6 Sunday masses at home with Dad and so Dad was able to receive communion stilldr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-12 dr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-20Beautiful singing by the Colegio San Agustin Church Ministry
dr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-19 The church was full which showed how many lives Dad has toucheddr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-15 dr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-13 Eulogies by

Eldest grand daughter, Ria Campos Lopez
funeral-mass-eulogy-ria-campos-for-dr-ramon-de-jesus Dr. Mike Celdrandr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-14 Gerry de Jesusfuneral-mass-eulogy-gerry-de-jesus-for-dr-ramon-de-jesus Aunty Remy Reyes, sister of Dadfuneral-mass-eulogy-remy-reyes-for-dr-ramon-de-jesusEldest son, Mike de Jesus
dr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-funeral-capilya-father-julian-mazanadr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-funeral-capilya-tammy-camposThere was a beautiful celebration at Makati Medical Centre where Dad practiced as a General and Cancer Surgeon.

A mass, lunch and tributes were made by the doctors
dr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-21 dr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-1 dr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-229th Day mass9th-day-novena-mass-colegio-san-agustin-chapel dr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-2 dr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-4 dr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-7 dr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-5 dr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-6 dr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-3 offertory-dad-de-jesus  Eulogies by

 Tito Albert del Rosariodr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-8 Tito Serge Osmeñadr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-9 dr-ramon-syjuco-de-jesus-109th-day-novena-mass-629

ninth-day-dr-ramon-de-jesus-1 ninth-day-dr-ramon-de-jesus-2 ninth-day-dr-ramon-de-jesus-3 ninth-day-dr-ramon-de-jesus-4 ninth-day-dr-ramon-de-jesus-5 ninth-day-dr-ramon-de-jesus-69th-day-novena-mass-6399th-day-novena-mass-mike-de-jesus9th-day-novena-mass-3869th-day-novena-mass-619ninth-day-dr-ramon-de-jesus-4ninth-day-dr-ramon-de-jesus-2ninth-day-dr-ramon-de-jesus-3ninth-day-dr-ramon-de-jesusninth-day-dr-ramon-de-jesus-5


Bowling Alleys at the Manila Polo Club

By | Tributes | No Comments

 Old photo of my hubby ( yellow stripe shirt) at the bowling alley in Manila Polo Club. Their team had just won a tournament in 1980 :-)   When we were kids, the Polo Club was very busy. We would hang out in the club and go all over from badminton to bowling to tennis to swimming to baseball to the library to the cogons. I used to see my hubby and his twin around the club but we didn’t know each other yet at that time.   So many memories. We will miss the bowling alleys  #themanilapoloclub #bowling #H2HTributeBowling Alleys at the Manila Polo Club (1) This is the latest version of the bowling alley before it closed.  Before it was all manual and there were ball boys there at the back setting up the pinsBowling Alleys at the Manila Polo Club (7)  I joined my husband last night as he joined other friends who used to bowl at the Manila Polo Club. Last night ( July 29) was the last night of the bowling alleys  at the Manila Polo Club. Some of the players from when we were kids gathered to bowl one last time here before it closes :-(  I did not join any tournament but I have a lot of memories with friends we grew up with in the club. I guess not many people play bowling anymore.   The place will close down but the memories will last forever  #themanilapoloclub #bowling #H2HTributeBowling Alleys at the Manila Polo Club (6) Bowling Alleys at the Manila Polo Club (5) Bowling Alleys at the Manila Polo Club (4) Bowling Alleys at the Manila Polo Club (3) Bowling Alleys at the Manila Polo Club (2)