I can still remember the first time I experienced Cibo at its very first location—near the future Landmark walkway in Glorietta 2.
Our friend was raving about Margarita Fores’ sandwiches and her price points. I ordered the chicken sandwich, which I still enjoy today. 15 years later, my kids love Cibo. It’s always Tagliata di Manzo, Aglio Rosmarino for the boys.
As for me, I’ll have a red grape shake, spinach dip, mushroom rice, four-cheese pizza, or Farfalle alla Genovese.
This August 15-21, 2012, Cibo invites you to celebrate its 15th anniversary by offering popular items at 1997 prices:
August 15: “Te Freddo at P40!”
August 16: “Spinaci Zola at P85!”
August 17: “Uva Nera at P50!”
August 18: “Crema di Zucca at P95!”
August 19: “Insalata di Mare at P150!”
August 20: “Penne al Telefono at P175!”
August 21: “Tagliata di Manzo, Aglio Rosmarino at P195!”
1. Promo duration: 15-21 August 2012.
2. A chosen item from the Cibo menu will be selling at its price in 1997 for a specific day.
3. The “1997 price” is valid only on the date indicated, and for dine-in transactions only.
4. Other choices of food and/or beverages ordered, except the featured product of the day, will be sold at regular prices. A maximum of three (3) orders per transaction for Spinaci Zola, Crema di Zucca, Insalata di Mare, Penne al Telefono, and Tagliata di Manzo will be allowed.
5. No minimum purchase is required; and no bill-sharing will be allowed.
6. This promotion is available at all Cibo outlets except Cibo at the Mind Museum.
7. Prices are inclusive of 12% VAT.
8. This promotion is not valid in conjunction with any other promotions. It is also not valid for use with senior citizens’ discounts and the Magna Carta for the disabled. Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 5367 Series 2012
So I almost got into a Robert Blair Carabuena kind of scuffle today at Trinoma.
Keri and I were invited to see Korean pop stars Siwon and Dong Hae of Super Junior, who are the newest BENCH endorsers.
Traffic was insane going to Trinoma. You know what they say about Manila traffic—it’s instant. Just add water.
Keri and I arrived shortly after 4. We were rushing in our heels (Keri) and wooden platforms (me).
The crowd was so thick at the activity center, it was hard to tell where we could squeeze in to enter.
Keri said last time, she passed through the side when Kim Hyun Joong was here also for Bench, so we ran to the left side and found an opening.
But then a bouncer stopped us. I started out friendly but the bouncer would not budge. To make a long story short it could’ve turned into a Robert Blair scene, except I don’t hit people on the face.
I was trying to tell him we are guests of Bench, and he kept pushing me with his big tummy (he gives a new meaning to the word “bouncer”) and saying “trabaho lang po” and exagg things like “wag mong hawakan yan, baka ma-electrocute ka.”
I was frustrated because he was insisting we go around to the main entrance, which was thick with fans, it would be impossible to see anyone from Bench.
Good thing Keri spotted Bryan Lim of Bench. I called him up and he brought us in.
After all that stress, Keri and I got the best seats in the house—right in front of the stage.
Good thing we were early. We sat with the lovely Bench family.
Behind us were thousands of excited fans. They were rather loud, I had to make earplugs out of Kleenex.
Next time I will bring real earplugs. (These people are louder than Tears For Fears fans!)
There was even a lola fan on the upper floor, whom they showed on the TV screens. Adorable.
High-tech si Lola
Finally, Siwon and Dong Hae came out. Watch them cover their ears.
For those who don’t know, Siwon and Donghae are two members of the phenomenal Super Junior band of South Korea
From what I gathered, Bench picked the cutest ones
Siwon was recently photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for V Man magazine, so you know he’s hot property
And here he is in BENCH
Between the two, I find Dong Hae cuter in person
Sharing my photos from the Trinoma event. I know the fans would love these.
I love the hair. Filipino boys need to realize hair is so important. You don’t have to be handsome, sometimes hair makes all the difference.
They gave signed T-shirts and posters to lucky fans
I wonder what happened to that water bottle
They were awfully sweet to the fans. What I loved was when Dong Hae told them not to love any other boy band, which made the fans scream.
Actually the fans scream at anything. If one of the boys sneezed, that would make the fans would scream too.
Finally, it was over. Dong Hae and Siwon posed for a parting shot
They exited, and then they came back to take a souvenir photo, which Dong Hae tweeted
After Tears For Fears’ hugely successful concert in Manila last May 2010, it was inevitable that they would come back for more—and I knew I wanted to be there again.
As soon as they sold tickets online, I was there with my credit card. I bought 5 patron tickets and printed them out at home. Yes, we are high-tech now. No need to deal with SM ticket sellers equipped with MS-DOS.
On August 10, our group left Pasig at 6:30 PM and arrived at Araneta at 7:15 with lots of time to eat. I was starving.
All the restaurants were full. I had forgotten to make a reservation of Café Bola where we normally hang out before concerts.
We ended up at the food court of Gateway Mall. Then at 8 PM we made our way slowly and carefully to the Smart Araneta Coliseum as it started raining cats and dogs.
Per Sorensen was already singing when we arrived.
I have never been a fan of Fra Lippo Lippi but I really enjoyed their set that night. Per Sorensen sounds amazing live and exactly like the ’80s.
Jeroen and I were delighted to see his son on keyboards—simply adorable. I love that this young man can appreciate his father’s music and hopefully share it with younger generations.
Fra Lippo Lippi back in the day. You can see where the son gets the hair
They were warmly received, followed by another front act we didn’t know about. It gave us time to go to the loo, before Tears For Fears finally came onstage at 9:45 PM.
This was the full-house crowd on the first night, as captured by photographer Magic Liwanag.
And this is what greeted Tears For Fears back in Manila. WILD!
So sorry I had to stop the video because it’s hard to enjoy what’s live in front of you when you’re minding a tiny camera. Here’s another point of view from the second night, and it is just as insane!
Curt Smith looked well-preserved and lololicious
While Roland Orzabal and I need to see Dr. Belo for ulthera
That does not change the fact that I adore him.
And I love that he had this big ass fan right in front of him, for that windblown effect
The second time around was not as phenomenal as their concert last May 10.
Just the same, Tears For Fears, minamahal ka namin.
But if you do come back, please don’t start at 9:45 because we are all getting old.
After 30 minutes I started to feel low batt and sat through half of the songs. I felt like a grandma. I could just close my eyes, feel the shivers and go back the ’80s.
Like I said, I’m so grateful to God for having me live through the ’80s. They were the best times, and no one can take that away from us.
Thank you Ovation Productions for bringing them here. And thank you Magic Liwanag for sharing the pics.
OMG. I find traffic enforcers a hassle too (especially the ones that pull you over for bribes). But this one’s a bit much for me.
“TV5 producers chanced upon a motorist—identified as Robert Blair Carabuena, a resourcing supervisor at Philip Morris International—manhandling an on-duty MMDA traffic enforcer. The incident took place at Capitol Hills Drive corner Tandang Sora in Quezon City on Saturday.
In his LinkedIN profile, Carabuena is listed as an alumnus of Ateneo de Manila University and an “experienced recruitment executive.”
As of this posting, Carabuena has refused to talk to TV5 regarding the incident.”
(He needs to talk to a lawyer.)
I remember my Samsung DualView when it first came out in 2009.
Because it had two LCD screens—one in front and one in the back—you can see what you look like before taking a shot.
At that time it was quite a gadget. It wasn’t as clear as my Canon—but I’m a fan of such cameras when taking photos of myself. The less clarity, the better. As my friend says, lower-res cameras take more flattering self-portraits.
Unfortunately that camera didn’t last long as it got “lost” inside the Rockwell Mall. It was a sad day and for the longest time I thought about getting a replacement.
Three years later, here’s a special offer from Ayala Malls’ A-Deals.
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Not bad if you ask me.
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