GIVEAWAY: How to win Php 100,000 from CityMall, your everyday mall
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Like most Filipinos, you can find me at the mall at least once a week.
However, I’m not the type to hang out at the mall all day. Most of the time I just go there to eat or buy what I need, and then leave.
So I’ve heard the latest trend in shopping centers is not to “go big and bigger”. Now they have community malls.

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CityMall, owned by Double Dragon Properties, is known as an “everyday mall” in the neighborhood.
At CityMall, you’ll find shopping and dining options like Jollibee, Mang Inasal, Greenwich, Chowking, Red Ribbon, Highlands Coffee, Banco De Oro, Ministop, Robinsons Supermarket, Handyman Hardware Shop, Robinsons Appliances, Daiso Discount Store, RRJ Apparel, Penshoppe, Rose Pharmacy, and many more.

Actress Anne Curtis is the brand ambassador of CityMall. She was chosen because of her genuine and relatable personality. Watch Anne in CityMall’s newest video, and here’s the fun part. You can win up to Php 100,000 cash when you watch and take part in the exciting PadamihAnne sa CityMall raffle promo.

How to join:
1) Watch this video

2) In the video, how many Anne Curtises can you see around the CityMall logo?
3) Register your entry HERE.

Share this entry with your friends on social media and make sure to use the hashtag #PadamihAnneSaCityMall. You just might be the next big winner courtesy of CityMall, your everyday mall.

Per DTI FTEB permit #14417. Series of 2017.

Ogetsu Hime opens at SM Fashion Hall
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Ever since Kimpura Greenhills closed its doors last June, we’ve felt the loss in our family.
Tsukiji on Pasay Road is our favorite, but it’s all the way in Makati.
Lucky for us Pasig dwellers, there’s a new Japanese restaurant at SM Megamall.
I was invited for a food tasting with the owner VJ Villavicencio on a Saturday. On Sunday, I was back with my kids and they loved it.


The 300 square-meter restaurant is on the 3rd floor—at the restaurant row of SM Fashion Hall. It seats 130 people. It has three function rooms and teppanyaki tables, where the chefs put on a show for diners.


The teppanyaki chefs trained for nearly a year to be able to properly do a show AND serve good food. To maintain the authenticity of the food, Ogetsu Hime has two Japanse chefs: Chef Iwabuchi and Chef Takada Isao. VJ told us that the combined work experience of all the chefs and cooking staff in the restaurant would probably reach 100 years.

Sushi Chef Takada Isao (middle) with staff

The seafood is flown in three times a week from Japan. Ogetsu Hime probably has a comprehensive sushi bar that includes Chutoro (fatty tuna), Otoro (blue fun tuna belly), Amaebi (Hokkaido sweet shrimp),Hotategei (Hokkaido giant scallops), Engawa (Japanese halibut), Hamachi (Japanese yellowtail) and Anago (Japanese saltwater eel).



My personal favorite is hamachi, which I only used to eat at Tsukiji. Ogetsu’s hamachi—though thinly sliced—is not bad at all, and it comes with a side dish of chopped hamachi in dressing. Love this!


But Ogetsu Hime’s pride is the Matsusaka beef, touted as the most expensive beef. Matsusaka beef has the highest rating from the Japanese Meat Grading Association, with a higher rating than Kobe and Wagyu.

VJ explained that it took him a year to bring the best Matsusaka beef to Manila. Apparently, only female cows can be used for Matsusaka beef.

Since I’ve been on a diet, I really enjoyed the Matsusaka Seiro, or steamed beef on a bed of vegetables.


It looks plain, but I really love this diet food.


I don’t have a picture of it, but my kids really loved the Matsusaka Ishiyaki cooked on hot stone. That’s one order per boy, plus a side of ebi tempura and lots of steamed rice.


Of course my son Markus needs two bowls of mixed fried rice.


Aside from steamed and cooked on hot stone, they also serve Matsusaka Sushi

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Matsusaka Tataki

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and Matsusaka Teppanyaki

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The cuisine at Ogetsu Hime highlights the freshness of the ingredients instead of smothering them with a lot of sauces. As a picky eater, I like that.

Ogetsu Hime offers a Gold Card to its customers, which entitles the bearer to 50% discount on selected premium food items and other “Best of Japan” offerings. The Gold Card is available for use at SM Aura (the first branch) and SM Megamall.

For reservations and inquiries, call
Ogetsu Hime Megamall at (02) 470-8241, (02) 637-7510, and (0917) 576-2377
or SM Aura at (02) 519-9840, (0917)-809-6585

The Megamall branch is open from 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm from Monday to Friday and the whole day on Saturday and Sunday.

To know more, follow them on Facebook and Instagram @ogetsuhime

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar now part of Historic Hotels Worldwide
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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan is now part of Historic Hotels Worldwide, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, an organization that helps promote heritage and cultural travel to prestigious historic treasures.

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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar was also nominated as one of the Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotels in Asia & the Pacific alongside Alsisar Haveli in India, Sofitel Legend Metropole in Vietnam, Laxmi Niwas Palace in India, Hotel New Grand in Japan and The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore.

Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar
Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar

Historic Hotels Worldwide, an official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (in the United States), represents the finest global collection of historic hotels and other historic lodging spanning more than 10 centuries in more than 30 countries.

“We are delighted to induct Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, a heritage community resort built in 2000 to Historic Hotels Worldwide.” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “We welcome Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Mr. Jerry Acuzar and leadership team into Historic Hotels Worldwide.”

Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar
Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar

To be nominated and selected to be featured on the Historic Hotel Worldwide site, lodging properties must be at least 75 years old; utilize historic accommodations; serve as the former home or be located on the grounds of the former home of famous persons or significant location for an event in history; be located in or within walking distance to a historic district, historically significant landmark, place of historic event, or a historic city center; be recognized by a local preservation organization or national trust; and display historic memorabilia, artwork, photography, and other examples of its historic significance.

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“We are more than honored to be the first resort in the Philippines inducted into this prestigious organization through our efforts of bringing the best of Filipino heritage and culture to the world. We are also very delighted to be nominated as one of the Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotels in Asia & the Pacific. In line with this, we will continue to showcase local craftsmanship and the warmth of hospitality that Filipinos are known for,” said Erwin Dona, Director of Brand Marketing for Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.


Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, which opened its doors to the public, is a development that’s rich in history and architectural integrity. Since 2000, the 400-hectare land has been undergoing development. At present, 26 hectares have been developed and are being used as space for the resort’s growing heritage community.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar has architectural pieces from 18th century Philippines. The casas or houses are the centerpieces of this Bataan resort.

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The resort takes pride in its collection of houses from the Spanish colonial era. With this collection of casas and accesorias, the resort aims to revive Filipino heritage, culture, and tradition in this modern age.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is part of the Conde Nast Johansens Luxury Global Collection and is a project of the New San Jose Builders, Inc. in consultancy with Asian Grand Legacy.

Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar is in Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, 2107 Bataan
Tel (02) 332 5338

To know more, click HERE.

Philippines’ Mark Gonzalez joins 2017 Business of Fashion #BoF500
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If has the Forbes 400, the Business of Fashion has the BoF 500—a prestigious roster of the most influential people shaping the global fashion industry today.
Based on months of research, data analysis, and nominations from current members, the list is refreshed yearly with the names of retail moguls and creative personalities around the globe.

This year, one Filipino—Mark “Jappy” Gonzalez—joins the BoF 500 roster as the Managing Director and co-founder of H&F Retail Concepts, Inc.
Since 1995, when Jappy opened the first homme et femme boutique at the Shangri-La Plaza, his stores and brands have developed a cult following of hard-to-please shoppers that look forward to brands only previously found abroad.

Mark Gonzalez
Photo: Patrick Diokno

H&F Retail Concepts, Inc. is an independently owned retail entity that encompasses multi-brand shops such as UNIVERS and Hoodwink, alongside 16 franchised boutiques such as Balenciaga, Fred Perry, COMME des GARÇONS, and Ladurée.

Jappy is responsible for the conceptual impetus and overall merchandising of the company, with 32 years of experience in the luxury retail industry.
Here’s what some of his friends and best customers say about him.



To see the complete roster of the 2017 BOF 500, click HERE.

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