Engage in new adventures through the pages of the all-new Explore Philippines

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Explore, explore, explore and live life! I enjoyed reading Explore Philippine’s feature on Siargao featuring Rhian Ramos. The pictures (by Jake Verzosa) and article ( by EIC France Pinzon) were beautifully composed. In the article, Rhian expressed her surprise when she saw how raw and untainted Siargao was—and it definitely translates to every image taken. 

Recently, I got to attend the launch party of Explore Philippines, a quarterly in-flight as well as retail magazine. What makes Explore  Philippines unique from the other travel magazines is that its focus is travelling within the Philippines. Not only that. True to its name, the people behind the magazine make it a point to discover as much as they can. They go beyond the usual tourist spots and really, well, explore. This is not only good for the avid adventurer, but also for the locals who can earn from the tourism in their area.The well-attended launch was held at the events place of Century Mall, Makati, and was graced by two of their cover girls, Rhian Ramos and Janine Gutierrez.

During the event, December cover girl, Rhian Ramos was called up onstage and interviewed about her experience in Siargao, Surigao del Norte  (known as the surfing capital of the Philippines) and the actress was all praises.

I enjoyed reading the magazine’s  Siargao X Rhian Ramos spread. The pictures (by Jake Verzosa) and article ( by EIC France Pinzon) were beautifully composed. In the article, Rhian expressed her surprise when she saw how raw and untainted Siargao was—and it definitely translates to every image taken.

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Rhian Ramos interviewed by EIC France Pinzon. 

The Explore Philippines people also took the stage as they enthusiastically introduced the revamped magazine.

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Publisher Christina Po
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Managing Editor Alyssa Lapid
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EIC France Pinzon 
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Explore PH team + host , Juilian Rodriguez

I’m excited to follow Explore Philippine’s adventures for 2017. I’m sure the team behind the magazine has a lot of ideas up  their sleeve.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT:

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Grabbing some grub from from event food sponsors like Thirsty Turtle, Chillout Cooks,and  Johann’s Cuisine
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Yummy friend pizza courtesy of @chilloutcooks.  
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Also got a refreshing melon smoothie from @thirstyturtleph
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with Janine Gutierrez
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Yup! I’m a badass.  😛
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With Rhian Ramos
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#chilloutcooksteam 

Visit BAO on the block for an Asian street party in your mouth

Recently, I’ve had a chance to try an interesting take on Asian cuisine at Bao “on the block”.  The thing about their menu is that although it is dominantly  Chinese-based, the people behind this awesome food spot put their brains together and fused hints of other asian cuisines  namely Japanese, Korean, and Filipino.

 

Here is copy of the menu that I got from their Facebook page.

<look how creative their Bao Special’s names are! 🙂 🙂 🙂 )

I LOVE THEIR FISH WASABI

Particularly interesting (and addicting!) was their fish wasabi, which makes the dish subtly hot, but not to the point of distracting you from enjoying the meal. It’s available both as a Bao and a rice bowl. I think it was a good decision to include rice, since we, Filipinos, will always be on the lookout for rice.

Both made me feel like I was eating a giant sushi so,” yay!”, for that!

 

Fish Wasabi—Rice Bowl. 
Fish Bao with You

 

Also, their Deep Friend Ice Cream Bao  is winner! 🙂 Crunchy meets creamy is always a good idea 🙂 Maybe in the future they can even do the ice cream themselves…and explore different flavors!. That would make the dish even more interesting.

Deep Fried Ice Cream Bao

 

My only comment is that I wish the food were less oily. I’m a fan of crispy fried food, but without the excess oil.

To go straight to the point, their menu is comfort street food—casual and addicting. Their are different types of food, and I’m happy for share that for me, this hangout has found a deserving spot in the comfort street food we crave for after long day’s a work.

Operating hours: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Call 0995 783 9797
Sgt. Esguerra Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila