Manny Librodo’s Summer Workshops in North America

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Manny will be in the Philippines in July to do one on one workshops, he can accomodate 2 or 3 workshops, if you are interested please get in touch with him at


From Manny:

Two months off from school…Another chance to conduct workshops in North America.I hope I can do more. But time is too short.And the whole of July is for….the PHILIPPINES!

Thanks to the workshop organizers. Interested parties, please contact the organizer/s. 




 bannersmall.jpg At long last, we will have an opportunity to learn from a modern master of digital portraiture. Highly admired for his distinct style, world renowned Manny Librodo has signified his intent to come to Los Angeles, CA, this June 21 and 22, 2008 to share his knowledge. (For his galleries and profile, please click on His techniques to be revealed on a hands on workshop of one full day of shooting and post processing for a very limited number of enthusiasts. This will be a digital photography workshop involving your DSLR and your laptop with Photoshop (CS) editing software. This will be on a first come first pay basis, so make your arrangements with me as soon as you possibly can. For all inquiries, I will take your phone calls at 818-808-7434 . Jesus Salvo – RSVP #2 – 9414 Van Nuys Blvd. Panorama City, CA 91402 

In The Footsteps of a Hero: A Writing Workshop for Adolescents

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In the Footsteps of a Hero:  A Writing Workshop for Adolescents

with Ms. Carla Pacis

For ages 13-18 years

April 16, 17, 18, 21 and 22, 2008

10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Fee is PhP 4,500.00



In today’s world, heroes are much in demand.  Some of us may know real life heroes, others play the hero in “virtual” ways through games, but most of us know about heroes only through stories.  The stories people find most engaging follow the structure called the Hero’s Journey.  This is especially true of adolescents whose own lives are similar to the hero’s journey.  This structure will be the basis of the module for the writing workshop to be conducted by Ms. Carla Pacis.  The workshop will be for five days – April 16, 17, 18 and April 21 and 22 – from 10am-12noon.  At the end of the five days, the participants will submit a story.  Fee of PhP 4,500.00 includes materials.


Ms Carla Pacis is a multi-awarded writer and professor of writing and literature at the De La Salle University in Manila.


The Lopez Memorial Museum is at the ground floor, Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.  Museum days and hours are Mondays to Saturdays, except holidays, from 8am-5pm.  For more information, please call 631 2417 or email to or



Silid Sining by Pinky Marquez

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Classes start April 1

Registration- P 5,000.00 per person any lesson

kids 6 – 12 kids  musical theatre

class 1  every monday and wednesday friday  9 to 12 noon 

class 2  teens/adults  13- up  every tuesday, thursday and saturday 9 to 12 noon  



Easter is chocolates!

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Easter is not so prominent in Hong Kong except for the chocolate stores.  It is a big occasion for them and they really have special treats made for the occasion.  I think the only one I missed was See’s Chocolates.

(As usual, in Hong Kong they are very strict on picture taking so all are stolen shots )






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Island Shangri-la Hotel Patisserie- Island Gourmet





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Note:  Logos and some photos taken from websites of the chocolate brands 


Kape Vinta

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 Filipino Coffee Delivers Daily Inspiration to Starbucks Customers

Bold. Earthy. Smooth. Similar to a typical Filipino, Kape Vinta celebrates the blend of coffee and culture.

Launched in 1998, Starbucks Kape Vinta has continued to deliver daily inspiration to Filipinos.  A bold combination of Philippine and Indonesian coffees, it is meant to capture the essence of the shared passion for great coffee between Starbucks and the Filipinos.

The blend is smooth and strong while leaving a syrupy feel in the mouth with a lingering hint of spiciness at the end.  And although the beans are grown in Mindanao, they are brought to and roasted in Seattle.

As soon as you sip the warmth of Kape Vinta, one is immediately reminded of the mountains of Mindanao and the earthiness of the Bukidnon soil.  Specifically in Miarayon region, the community of the tribal minorities is located in the southeastern section of Malaybalay in Bukidnon.  There is a lack of roads, electricity and running water.  There is also limited access to public transportation.  Miarayon’s 5,000 families are of ethnic origins and are heavily dependent on their land’s produce.

One of their main livelihood programs is growing coffee.   Part of the initiative of Rustan Coffee Corporation (RCOC), the official licensee of Starbucks Coffee International, is its commitment to sustainable development in coffee origin countries. 

“With Kape Vinta, we are also helping train our local farmers grow quality coffee and meet the standards of quality set by Starbucks International.”

To further highlight the Filipino look, the coffee stamp was designed by the highly acclaimed Mauro “Malang” Santos.  Like its unique characteristics, it showcased the Vinta of the Mindanao region, where the coffee is grown.  Likewise, the boldness of the coffee reflects the colors of the Philippine flag: red, blue and yellow.  Mellow and earthy, Starbucks Kape Vinta is a true showcase of the Filipino artistry, culture and heritage.

“We can do so many things with Kape Vinta and contribute positively to the communities by donating proceeds to benefit our very own Filipino coffee,” says Lopez.  

Kape Vinta is available in 250g flavorlock packs in all Starbucks outlets in the Philippines.

The Rustan Group of Companies signed in 1997 an exclusive licensing agreement to develop a Starbucks retail business in the Philippines through Rustan Coffee Corporation (RCOC).  The first store was opened in December of the same year at 6750 Ayala Avenue, Makati. Since then, 129 Starbucks Coffee stores have opened nationwide.

“Our company has continued to deliver the Starbucks experience through Kape Vinta – inspiring Filipinos one cup at a time.”




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FINALLY!!!! After 3 failed attempts to have dinner with the group, we finally got to have dinner together.   


Newts and Michelle chose our dinner venue…something new and different. Though maybe we will not go all the way back there to have another meal, we enjoy trying and seeing new places and concepts.  Whenever my family and friends ask where to go to eat, my suggestion is always ” anywhere, as long as it is something new that we have not tried yet.”  There are so many places to go to..and many restaurants to try…



Bulan, which means “moon” in several languages, is owned by Marlene Aguilar, sister of Freddie Aguilar.   

She publishes books and she owns Bulan which is a restaurant and a furniture store.  




She rented the house from the owners of Jo Liza in Little Baguio, San Juan.  All the paintings, furniture, decors, tables, chairs are for sale.  



The restroom:



Though the interiors are Asian inspired, the food is European.  I particularly liked the Paulie’s steak which was steak with gorgonzola cheese and the pasta with three kinds of mushrooms, Crystal’s Flambe that I ordered. Portions are small for most but perfect for me:









There is a second floor where there are more items for sale.  You can also have a private affair in the second floor.




The bathroom on the 2nd floor:


 Beautiful antique chafing dishes from India which are for sale at P 50,000 each: