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IMELDIFIQUE MAGNIFIQUE: An evening to celebrate good food and great wine


Imelda Marcos an Mrs. Bongbong Marcos: Ilocanos are known for frugality and bitter rivalries in local politics, none of which was evident during a glittering gathering of prominent personalities from the Solid North’s social and political circles at Victorino’s Restaurant in Quezon City this week.
Indeed, everything was grand and bountiful, and in keeping with the post-EDSA1 minted word Imeldific, which was the inspiration for Imeldifique, a cooking wine named after Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos, who came to the event with daughter Governor Imee Marcos and only son Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. The candidate for vice president gamely and expertly demonstrated how to use his mother’s cooking wine by preparing beef salpicao, gambas, goat kaldereta, and kilawen that the appreciative throng devoured in minutes. image: http://www.mb.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/416.jpg Heny Sison and Deogracias Victor Savellano Heny Sison and Deogracias Victor Savellano (Images by kevin dela cruz) Joining the former occupants of Malacañang Palace were members of prominent Ilocano families as well as social and political leaders of the Ilocos region. Besieged by crowds for group selfies were Presidential granddaughter and Miss World franchise holder Cory Quirino and Ilocos Sur governor Chavit Singson, who came with a stunning foreign lady friend. READ MORE...

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[Burgos Eats in BGC reinvents the traditional dining experience]


Burgos Eats at BGC


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Imeldifique magnifique: An evening to celebrate good food and great wine

(Images by kevin dela cruz)

MANILA, DECEMBER 7, 2015 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Sol Vanzi December 6, 2015 - Ilocanos are known for frugality and bitter rivalries in local politics, none of which was evident during a glittering gathering of prominent personalities from the Solid North’s social and political circles at Victorino’s Restaurant in Quezon City this week.

Indeed, everything was grand and bountiful, and in keeping with the post-EDSA1 minted word Imeldific, which was the inspiration for Imeldifique, a cooking wine named after Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos, who came to the event with daughter Governor Imee Marcos and only son Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.


Imeldifique cooking wine

The candidate for vice president gamely and expertly demonstrated how to use his mother’s cooking wine by preparing beef salpicao, gambas, goat kaldereta, and kilawen that the appreciative throng devoured in minutes.

Joining the former occupants of Malacañang Palace were members of prominent Ilocano families as well as social and political leaders of the Ilocos region.


Chicken pastel

Besieged by crowds for group selfies were Presidential granddaughter and Miss World franchise holder Cory Quirino and Ilocos Sur governor Chavit Singson, who came with a stunning foreign lady friend.


Chavit Singson

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Consul Annette Ablan, daughter of longtime congressman and Marcos political ally Roquito Ablan, took time off from diplomatic duties and Russian language instructions to celebrate with her kaile and members of the diplomatic corps.


Annette Ablan

The evening also marked the first public appearance of the beautiful coffee table book NAIMAS! The Food Heritage of Ilocos Sur by Heny Sison and Deogracias Victor Savellano, who autographed hundreds of copies.


Heny Sison and Deogracias Victor Savellano  (Images by kevin dela cruz)

With the authors was Neal Oshima, one of the country’s most respected photographers, who traveled extensively with the production team for years, taking thousands of photographs of all the aspects of life in Ilocos Sur.


Lechon

It was an evening of great Ilocano food, reunions of old friends and political figures who proudly recalled having sent two of their favorite sons (Elpidio Quirino and Ferdinand Marcos) to the Palace by the Pasig River.


Poqui-poqui


Former First Lady Imelda Marcos

The night’s excitement was all about the “Solid North” doing it again soon.


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Diverse eats @ Burgos Eats, Bonifacio Global city
[Burgos Eats in BGC reinvents the traditional dining experience]


Burgos Eats at BGC

Amid the high-rises of Bonifacio Global City is a brand-new, one-level structure that glimmers like a gem, exuding energy that reaches out in the night.

Even from a distance, Burgos Eats projects movement and life as diners within flit from glass cubicle to glass cubicle to eat, mingle, and sway to the beat of musicians.

Inside, there are fun things to do: origami lessons at Teriyaki Boy, crafting pizzas at Yellow Cab, designing personal doughnuts at Krispy Kreme, munching on Pancake House tacos, or simply chilling with friends while musicians play.

 

The night we visited, customers were composed of four generations of urban Filipinos and expats who mixed comfortably. Some sipped wine. Others drank beer or refreshments from Jamba Juice. The one constant was movement. Food and drinks ordered from one outlet could be consumed in the premises of another restaurant.


Diners enjoy music and craft sessions at this new enclave.

That’s the most interesting innovative feature of Burgos Eats—the freedom and flexibility that diners enjoy. Wherever they may be in any of the five stores at the venue, customers can order whatever they want from all five restaurants without having to physically move from one store to the next.

An example would be ordering a smoothie from Jamba Juice without leaving the table at Pancake House—an innovative approach that gives diners the chance to experience diverse dining experiences.


Pancake House's tacos

“Burgos Eats is enriching Filipinos’ dining tradition while catering to the country’s changing food culture. It is a breath of fresh air in the local casual dining scene,” says Jim Fuentebella, executive director for Marketing of Max’s Group, Inc.


Yellow Cab craft pizza

The musicians, craft artists, open shared spaces, and smiles on all the faces of its guests would remind a foreigner of “Paris in the spring time,” while making another reminisce about “the sidewalks around the Sydney Opera House” at all seasons.


Relax while listening for some soothing music

Jim, obviously enamored of his creation, is proud of the addition of musicians to the Burgos Eats equation. “We have music. Music is like a glue that flows, holding people together—a gentle spirit enveloping everyone,” he explains.


Teriyaki Boy's meat dish

The place is already changing people’s dining habits. One of the outlets is open 24/7, and there is strong customer demand for others to follow suit. The blueprint is transforming one’s ordinary dining expectation to a more intimate yet interactive urban dining experience.

Through its rich mix of flavors and interaction, Burgos Eats is becoming an epicenter of leisure and activity that provides the community a momentary escape from the buzz of the busy metro.


Jim Fuentebella, Executive Director

Jim was born with restaurateur genes, being a third-generation member of the family that gave the world Max’s Fried Chicken. Now part of MGI, the Philippines’ biggest operator in the casual dining segment.

The group is currently growing its network of over 500 stores in the country and more than 30 international stores in the USA, Canada, Middle East, and Southeast Asia.


Inside Burgos Eats at BGC, A New Dining Concept thru Shared Spaces ventured by Max's Group Inc.

Burgos Eats, the group’s newest baby, is designed to provide a convenient space for people to get together and share ideas over a variety of good food within the buzzing district of Burgos Circle, a highly urbanized hub in the metro characterized by a community of people leading multifaceted cosmopolitan lifestyles.


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