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

04/27/15

Mercato @ Glorietta: Mercato Centrale’s New Makati Venture

As someone who has been somewhat abreast with the developments in the metropolis, the Urban Roamer knows all too well the travails of Mercato Centrale with its several attempts to establish itself in the Makati CBD area. There was the food truck concept at Glorietta 1 Park to the one at the carpark rooftop to the one inside Glorietta mall itself, all of them eventually fizzled out.

Now Mercato Centrale is making another attempt to establish themselves in Makati, this time at the Glorietta 4 Park. There are no fancy concepts, just the straight-old Mercato experience folks have come to love known as the Mercato @ Glorietta. Continue reading

01/12/15

Visit Bohol 2015 at Glorietta

I’ve been to Bohol almost 4 years ago, and it was an unforgettable experience having been able to visit the province’s many places of interest that show the diversity it offers. I have very fond memories of Bohol, and I’m sure others who were fortunate to visit the place would agree as well. Thus it was unfortunate to have learned then how Bohol suffered from that strong earthquake in 2013 which took about 200 lives, destroyed some of its infrastructure and heritage structures,  and heavily damaged other structures as well.

In the midst of limited resources, rehabilitation and reconstruction work goes on in Bohol. For the meantime, the province is eager to show that it can rise from calamities and is enticing visitors to come and visit not only to see the beauty of Bohol but also to revitalize tourism in the province which would be of help to the local economy as well.

It was these goals in mind that the Bohol Provincial Government launched the program “Visit Bohol 2015” recently with a 3-day Bohol Travel Expo at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati last January 9-11. Continue reading

12/18/14

The NBA Store Manila, AKA the City’s New Hoops Haven

In the midst of the Christmas rush the metropolis has been going through as of late, a new retail store just opened early December that has made the shopping landscape in the city a bit more interesting in time for the Yuletide season.

It was the opening of the NBA Store Manila, the official retail store of the US professional basketball league the NBA or National Basketball Association. The NBA Store Manila holds the distinction of being the first NBA Store to open in Southeast Asia, as well as for being the largest NBA Store outside the US that has opened. Just goes to show how much Filipinos love the NBA and basketball in general.

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11/17/14

Mi BellySima at Glorietta

There’s something about Mercato Centrale and its ventures in the Makati CBD area that do not seem to last that long. I dunno but it seems the folks behind Mercato have yet to find that formula for success in this part of the city that it has been enjoying in its homebase at the Bonifacio Global City as well as in its Mezza Norte venture in Quezon City, which is a shame since there were some innovative concepts involved.

Nevertheless, that has not stopped them from trying to capture that elusive Makati area market as it has recently unveiled its new venture there, the BellySima.

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