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    Baby Shower @ McDo Glorietta

    by cyndymc Updated Sep 4, 2010

    Do you know you can have a Baby Shower at any of the food outlets in Glorietta? I had the opportunity to attend a Baby Shower in a McDo outlet. It was my first time to attend such activity in the commercial center. (Other Baby Showers are usually held at hotels/function rooms if not at the mother's house.)

    I've always associated McDo & Jollibee with children's birthday parties. Perhaps other people were like me, who are not used to seeing such an event at McDo. I noticed a lot of folks passing by were peeping through the glass wall, perhaps curious about the presence of adults playing games instead of children.

    Games for the Baby Showers were arranged by the hosting party with the staff, and relatives/personal friends of the mother acted as co-emcees of the program. Freebies (non-McDo stuff) were brought and distributed to guests by the hosting party instead of instore loot bags. McDo Mascots later joined the party for some dancing and picture taking. It was amusing to see how the presence of said mascots unleashed the "little child" in each of the adult guests as they had their own pictures taken with them.

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    Great Father's Day Steak Out Powerplant Mall

    by machomikemd Written Aug 25, 2010

    every red blooded meat loving male should come to this once yearly deal at the powerplant mall in makati city to savor assorted cuts of steak at discounted prices of only 200 pesos per 100 grams brought by the top steakhouses of manila like Elbert's Steak Room, Myron's Place, Bistecca, Mamou's, 22 Prime and other independent players (an average USDA Prime or Black Angus steaks costs about 300 pesos per 100 grams in these parts). So As a tribute to father's everywhere who long for imported, succulent, fork tender steaks for just 1 day on father's day and you should see my pictures to drool and seek the wonderful steaks!

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    Electronic Research on Philippines Heritage

    by cyndymc Written Dec 13, 2009

    The Filipinas Heritage Library is a one-stop electronic research center on the Philippines. It is a division of the Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI).

    Starting with donated materials from Ayala Corporation and the Zobel de Ayala family, the Filipinas Heritage Library was initially a part of the Ayala Museum. Then, the collection was transferred to the historical Nielsen Tower in 1996. The transfer heralded the library’s mission to become a knowledge network in the Philippines, serving as a "catalyst for culture".

    Today, the library contains a good inventory of resources on Filipino history, art and culture, and is also the repository of thousands of images/references related to the Philippines. Interesting artistic and historical photos are on display, and there is now also a bookstore.

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    Prayer & Meditation At Greenbelt Chapel

    by cyndymc Updated Aug 5, 2009

    The Sto. Nino de Paz Chapel or Greenbelt Chapel for short, is a brainchild of the late Fanny del Rosario Diploma, then Dean of the Institute of Social Work and founder of Centro Hispanico (now Languages International). She was so inspired by the New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral during a visit in 1977 with her husband, Atty. Nordy Diploma, that she envisioned a chapel for “the busy office employees and working people, right in the heart of Makati’s Business District ”. Through divine providence, the proper contacts and her strong will, the Greenbelt Chapel was born, and for the past 25 years, Sto. Nino de Paz Chapel has served as she envisioned, as an "oasis of tranquility and spiritual sustenance" and “home of spiritual communion and celebration with God, self, family, and the society”.

    The prayer vigil and healing masses for former President Corazon Aquino were held at Greenbelt Chapel until she passed away last August 1,2009.

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    Bring Your Kids To A Play & Learn Place

    by cyndymc Written Jul 12, 2009

    Kids are sometime left by parents at the playground in the Activity/Events Area in Glorietta while they shop at Ayala Center's Malls. Another option is to bring your kids to Kevin's Toys & Library. There, they can hang out and play, and learn a lot of things, too. At Kevin's, they have the latest toys, and there are many books and fun stuff to make the kids busy.

    Kids below 3 years old have to be accompanied by a nannie or guardian inside the premises, while the the older ones may be left to the supervision of attendants.

    For your peace of mind and security reasons, you or a guardian will be required to have your fingerprint scanned, so only the one who registered his/her fingerprint will be allowed to claim the child.

    Rates:

    1 hour playtime - P165 on weekdays; P185 on weekends
    30 minutes extension - P60 on weekdays; P70 on weekends
    Unlimited stay - P300 on wekdays; P350 on weekends
    Guardian - P20
    Socks (socks are required inside, but you can buy if your child doesn't have socks) - P 25

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    Visit Yuchengco Museum

    by cyndymc Updated Jul 6, 2009

    At the Ground Floor of RCBC Plaza in Ayala Avenue, you can't help but notice the unique structure of the Yuchengco Museum. The Yuchengcos opened its museum's doors to the public in September 2005.

    The Museum showcases the precious paintings of the masters and other art collections of the former Secretary Alfonso T. Yuchengco, a respected diplomat, businessman, patron of the arts, arts collector, philanthropist, and advocate for education in the Philippines and abroad.

    The Masters Gallery features three of the most famous Filipino visual artists: Juan Luna , whose "academic-classical style represents a high point of western influence in Philippine visual arts"; Fernando C. Amorsolo, whose forte was "Filipino genre painting, celebrating key features of high and popular culture—beauty, nostalgia, pageantry, the fantasy of how the Philippines was, and the dream of how it should be"; and Carlos “Botong” Francisco, known as "the greatest muralist and modernist the country has produced".

    Understandably, you can't take pictures inside, as in other museums.

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    Join the Fun in Makati's Caracol

    by cyndymc Updated Jul 5, 2009

    Makati's version of Mardi Gras is its Caracol Festival. The City Government of Makati and the Museum and Cultural Affairs Office (MCAO) envisioned this festival as the city government’s way of showing its commitment to instill awareness, and in the process, preserve our cultural heritage, environment and natural resources.

    Traffic is diverted as Makati "paints the town red" with its colorful parade and street dance participated in by all the schools and barangays. Participants are dressed in nature-inspired costumes, and they express their love for nature through choreographed ethnic/tribal dances.

    This year's Caracol Festival was held last January 18, 2009. My husband was lucky to have been allowed to take pictures within the cordoned area of the parade and near the stage where the dance exhibition/competition took place. He has given me permission to post some of his pictures.

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    Recharge At Greenbelt Park

    by cyndymc Updated Jul 5, 2009

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    Greenbelt Park is a popular destination for tired shoppers, weary Makati employees, and nature lovers who find rest at the beautifully landscaped gardens and well-manicured lawns, with refreshing sight of ornamental plants, huge trees and bamboos, koi pond, garden fountain, sculptures and other art pieces. There are also playgrounds and resting benches all around, and nearby coffeeshops and restaurants.

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    Walk/Drive Along the Central Business District

    by cyndymc Updated Jul 5, 2009

    The Central Business District (CBD) is the area bounded by EDSA, Antonio Arnaiz Road (formerly Pasay Road), Chino Roces (formerly Pasong Tamo), and Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (formerly Buendia). To have a feel of the progress of Makati City or sense the pulse of the Central Business District (CBD) and simply see for yourself the modern skyscrapers, take a leisurely walk along Ayala Avenue, or drive through the heavy traffic around CBD.

    Aside from the offices or headquarters of multinational companies, major financial institutions and the bustling call center companies, CBD is home to the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Makati Business Club. Many of the country's tallest skyscrapers are located at the CBD. In fact, you'll find here the tallest building (currently holds the title, since 2000) in the Philippines. PBCom was listed as the 99th (as of 2008) tallest building in the world, with 52 storeys plus an 8-level radio tower, and with a total ground to architectural top height of 259 meters (850 ft).

    My husband used to work with a Japanese multinational company occupying 2 of the top floors of PBCom, and they could see Manila Bay and nearby cities. My eldest daughter who works with a British multinational firm also goes to PBCom to supervise some of her staff, but she holds office at the Philamlife Bldg. in Paseo de Roxas. My youngest daughter who works with an American multinational company holds office at the Corporate Centre.

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    Yuchengco Museum

    by stamporama Written Mar 24, 2009

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    It houses the art collection of Alfonso Yuchengco that includes the works of noted Filipino painters like Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo and Botong Francisco.

    Entrance fee is 100 pesos for adults, 50 for students (age 15 and above), 25 for children and senior citizens. Wheelchair-accessible. Paid parking available.

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    Relax, detox and unwind

    by iclee Written Jan 15, 2009

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    Book a massage session in Island Spa, Makati and you'll feel so pleased you did it. My husband discovered this spa along Jupiter St.

    You can choose between solo, communal (3+) or the couples room. We always choose the Asian themed couples room with an LCD mounted on the wall. The bed cum chair with oversized armrests are fitted with tons of beddings.

    Let me start tip on wet area....guests are given bracelets with locker keys. The lockers are basic wooden cubes although a wee bit bigger than most spa lockers I've seen. The locks can be improved for better security. Two dressers provides guests with lotions, alcohols, swabs, brush, hairgel, mouthwash and a hair dryer. I think 3 shower cubes are beside the 2 toilet cubes and 2 steps away from the female steam room. The steam room is spacious enough to accomodate about 6-8 sitting guests. I tend to lie down inside so I prefer that I check in their facility when I can use the steam room alone. There is no mechanical watch that beeps and alerts you that steam time is up; you'll just have to monitor your usage. I prefer to alternate between the steam room and taking cold showers so it is easy to monitor.

    Back to the couples' room....they did not scrimp on space. Masseuse (note: female) do not bump into each other or into walls when performing their mind numbing task. You are served a very soothing cup of ginger tea whenever you ask for it.

    Pluses:
    1. They do not seem to act in a hurried state.
    2. They offered to prep hot towel compress under my neck & shoulder as I lay. Believe me, this felt wonderful.
    3. They wipe away the oil they use after massaging each area. Some spas let you leave their area feeling like a greased duck.
    4. Unobtrusive masseuse service. They do not chat among themselves while in the massage area.
    5. Promos!!!! Use your Citibank credit card and they will give you complimentary 30 minutes of feet massage using chinese medicine soak. One card = one free...2 cards = 2 free

    Downside:
    Hard to find a parking spot.

    Price: PHP550 for 1 hour of swedish/combination/shiatsu.
    Operating hours start at 12:30pm

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    OUR FAMILY WELCOMING YEAR 2009

    by listenandlearn Written Jan 1, 2009

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    As you know and view our family photo throughout our VT homepage, yes, we do come from a large family. ten girls and two boys. We between the family, the neices, nephews, cousins, auntie's, uncles, in laws on both family side, we all rented the largest or smalles conference room in Shangrilla Hotel and invited few close friends to join us, the 31st of Dec. Party lasted till 4 in the morning. To overlook the shyness of many middle age, we also hired 4 D.I. (dance instructors) all of which were males, then we had a live band. Food was prepared by the hotel which was composed of 4 large long tables, one table was seafoods, then there was a pasta table, then meat table, then salad table, and there was a table all deserts. It certainly was just over floowing with good scrumptous food.

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    Watch a stage play

    by yellowbell Updated Nov 22, 2008

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    For artsy intellectuals, you can watch a stage play (in English) at Onstage Greenbelt. There are matinee shows at 3 pm and evening performances at 8 pm on Fridays-Saturdays. Tickets usually range from P300-700.

    It's Onstage where local artists perform and it's also the house of Repertory Philippines.

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    Business. Think-tank places 4U

    by virtually_cd Written Jul 7, 2008

    Makati is one of the best places where you can conduct business-as-usual in the Philippines.

    If you need to conduct your business in Armani or YSL suits, there are the 5-star hotels scattered around Makati: Shangri-la, New World, Dusit, Sommerset, Penn (The Peninsula), Mandarin, outdoor Gbelt5, etc.

    In your other tailored suits, you can opt for Gbelt2, Gbelt5 or outdoor restos in Rockwell.

    Then, in your casuals--Jeans & birkenstocks, even Havaianas (as long as you look clean & fresh), I suggest Greenbelt2, 3 & 5, Rockwell or, Bonifacio High Street (about 10minutes away from Makati CBD)...

    My suggestion is based on how a certain need comes up, as you think...Those I mentioned are the places you can have things quickly--servings of good and very good coffee & salad, internet access, fresh/green sites to wander your eyes off as you think, decent restrooms, people you can discuss things with if you need an outsider's perspective (juz don't be too forward or they'll think you're bugging them). Where I settle to do my "thinking," I'd say I don't see anybody who's not intelligent enough for a practical perspective. And the locals in these places speak English well. Heck, they speak English better than they speak the local language.
    And, as long as it's day time, these places are quiet enough to do what you have to.

    And the Church is right behind the bushes if you already need the Divine intervention. Hehehe...

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    Divisoria Night Market

    by yann.ng Written Apr 10, 2008

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    Divisoria Night Market Manila is one of the oldest but largest local shopping markets of the city.

    Divisoria Night Market is an ideal place for cheap and tight budget shopping and if you're good in bargaining. . Some merchandise you can purchaes at the market are fabric, ready-to-wear clothing, shoes and slippers, house ware and home decor items and fresh products at the market.

    Note: Security officers can be found at the night market. My friends and I were stopped by one of the officer when we tried to take a photo of the night market.

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