02/19/17

A Museum For Filipino Seafarers

The Philippines has been considered as the “manning capital of the world” for the maritime industry. That should not come as a surprise as Filipinos comprise the majority of the world’s 1.5 million strong maritime personnel at more than 25%, largest for any nationality. The hard work, the loneliness being at sea for months, and the other sacrifices our Filipino seafarers have made for their families and to the country cannot be stressed hard enough.

Sadly, their contributions seem to be overlooked as the general public do not seem to have an idea as to what the Filipino seafarers go through in their job at sea. Come to think of it, the maritime industry has not been given that much appreciation either. Which is why it is nice to hear that there are place the public can visit to appreciate the contributions of the Filipino seafarers in the maritime industry, which is the where the Urban Roamer is headed for in this entry. Continue reading

02/12/17

A Sweet, Good Food Tour in Alabang

It has been a long while since the Urban Roamer joined a food tour. So I was fortunate and excited to take part in a food tour again. Never mind if the place where the tour will be held is very much far away from the usual haunts. In this case, the far south of the metropolis in the Alabang Town Center area.

This particular food tour is actually the latest edition in the series food tours being held since last year called the “Good Food Tour”. This tour series is organized by foodpanda, an online food delivery service that delivers food from various partner restaurants. Each Good Food Tour event offers something different. For this edition, being the month of love and all, the food tour was all about desserts. This is going to be sweet.

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02/5/17

Jollibee Gets A Jolly New Look

What is there to say about Jollibee? It is pretty much a very well-known, beloved, and an omnipresent institution in the country that many people have talked about over the years. Jollibee has grown into a formidable force that even a global behemoth like McDonald’s could not conquer (And I just happened to have watched The Founder recently). Having occupied the topmost position in the country’s fastfood restaurant business for many years now, it would have been easy for Jollibee to be content in its position and become dull and stagnant, which would have jeopardized its long-held position.

Thus, it is a pleasant surprise to see Jollibee make some bold steps forward and reinvent itself is some way. This is apparent when the Urban Roamer checked out the newly renovated Jollibee branch in Glorietta 4, which is considered to be a flagship branch of this fastfood chain. Continue reading

01/25/17

Miss Universe in Manila

During the past couple of years, we’ve had a leader of Catholic Church and leaders of the countries belonging to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation grace Manila, and the country as a whole with their visit. This year, we have been graced again with the holding of perhaps one of the most celebrated events that has been beloved by many Filipinos as much as any important international event. I am of course talking about the Miss Universe pageant.

This year’s Miss Universe pageant (technically, Miss Universe 2016 because of the screwed up schedule that pushed it further from the calendar year over time) is going to be held on January 30 this year. And while the Urban Roamer is by no means a beauty pageant expert, this presents an opportunity to do this special feature as we look back at the past Miss Universe pageants that have been held here in the metropolis.. Twice past to be exact. Continue reading

01/18/17

Two New Malls in the East

Pasig in the eastern portion of Metro Manila has been, by large, a traditionally residential and industrial hub. And for a long while, it had a problem with regards to the commercial activity. Up until the 2000s, commercial development was largely confined to the Pasig side of the business district that is Ortigas Center. Come to think of it, the Pasig is not getting much from Ortigas Center as far as commercial activity is concerned since Mandaluyong and Quezon City got the “better parts” of the CBD, so to speak. At the time, Pasig’s only mall was the Ever Gotesco Mall Ortigas which opened in 1995 and, admittedly, was not much of a standout as a commercial landmark in Pasig.

The 2000s began a shift in the city’s landscape as malls slowly began sprouting in its premises: Robinsons Metro East in 2001, Tiendesitas in 2005, and Estancia in 2014 presented a shift in Pasig’s character as commercial development has penetrated deep into the city. But perhaps the most evident sign of this shift can be seen with the recent opening of, not one, but two new malls in Pasig in just a span of two months. The Urban Roamer checked out these developments which will be shared here. Continue reading