Make Mother’s Day extra special at home with The Manila Hotel

The Manila Hotel is pulling all the stops so we can still give our moms a memorable Mother’s Day at home. Celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day with a five-star hotel feel and The Manila Hotel will make sure it gets close to a real feast.

TMH Cakes

Clockwise from bottom: Mango Cheesecake, Ohaina Chocolate Gateau, Opera Cake, Trio of Chocolate Mousse

The Manila Hotel’s Mother’s Day Surprise gives you discounts when you choose to order the food-and-cake bundle and pay online on or before May 8, 2020 (Friday). You may choose items from the A La Carte Menu or Home Buffet sets (Filipino, Italian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese favotires, as well as Certified Halal items) and get a 20% discount on your food bill, and a 10% discount on the cake of your choice.

Because mothers deserve the only the best, you can choose from Manila Hotel’s awesome selection: decadent Opera Cake; Ohaina Chocolate Gateau, a Lifestyle Inquirer Best Dessert Winner; the mouthwatering Trio of Chocolate Mousse, and the amazing Mango Cheesecake.

To order or for more information, please call 8527 0011 or message 0998-9501912.

Who says Mother’s Day has to be cancelled given our current circumstance? With a little creativity and a whole lot of love, you can still cherish the special women in your lives this Mother’s Day at home.

What to Try at Starbucks Reserve

There’s a newly opened Starbucks Reserve in Pasay City, at Three E-Com Center, Bayshore Ave. Mall of Asia Complex. Being the coffee lovers that we are, we decided to check it out. While it’s not the first Starbucks Reserve we checked out, gotta say the look of the place is very Instagram worthy with its mahogany brown walls.


Check out that interesting design on the wall where they prepare the drinks.

We veered away from our usual orders and tried out coffee drinks included in Starbucks Reserve’s New Tradition menu.


First up: Vanilla Bean Latte with snack, Kouign amann (pronounced QUEEN-ah-mahn).

Vanilla Bean Latte has a creamy light flavor with a slight hint of darkness from coffee. Imagine yourself waking up in the morning with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafting through the air. That’s how this coffee drink will make you feel.

And this is legit vanilla bean that was used as you won’t taste any bitterness with this coffee. Vanilla Bean grande size cost Php215.

The snack, Kouign amann, is a cake that first originated in the 1800s in Brittany, France. Its name comes from the Breton words for cake “kouign” and butter “amann.” It contains layers of butter and sugar folded into a yest dough. This is how Huffington Post describes it.

I got to taste it for myself. I thought there was cheese on it initially. But there’s really none. What I actually tasted, I was told, was the soft bread together with the sweet caramel on top. Our taste buds are so used to the soft texture of cheese that it easily mistook the bread texture for it. But yes, it’s a sweet snack – great for those with a craving for the sweet stuff. Get Kouign amann at Starbucks Reserved for Php95.


Another coffee we tried out was the Hazelnut Bianco. The moment I got a sip of this drink, the taste that stood right out for me was how nutty it is. Naturally that’s brought by the hazelnut. So to describe it, I would say it’s deep and nutty. Maybe best to drink a tall sized one than grande if you’re not too crazy about a nutty taste. A grande size drink cost Php235.


Photo credits: Ryan Torrejos and Wisdom Caldito






New Nokia Phones Arrive in PH Market

Fans of Nokia have new reasons to get excited about and troop on to their nearest gadget store as HMD Global, home of Nokia phones, recently announced the arrival of not one – but four new Nokia smartphones in the country! The Nokia 7Plus, Nokia 1, Nokia 6 and Nokia 8110 4G were first introduced at the Mobile World Congress back in February.

Delivering on the promise of durability and reliability you expect from a Nokia phone, each new phone sets benchmarks in design with beautiful craftsmanship, without compromising on technology.

Mr. Shannon Mead, Philippines Country Manager of HMD Global, said:

“HMD Global is committed to continue the story of Nokia mobile, through the qualities that we first loved such as durability and innovation, designed to suit every need and style. With the new generation of Nokia Android smartphones and our classic but highly upgraded feature phone, we are proud to continue the Nokia mobile story, by giving the best mobile experiences across all price points.


We are committed to bringing the best technology to everyone. The Nokia 1, with a familiar but refreshing design delivers all your 4G smartphone essentials with the latest Android Oreo (Go edition). The Nokia 7 plus is our flagship hero without the flagship price tag. This means ultimate design and craftsmanship is in the palm of your hand.”

The flagship hero you can rely on

Designed to help you create stunning content, the Nokia 7 plus has the screen, power, design and features that make it a true hero of the Nokia smartphone range. Combining innovative optical hardware and imaging algorithms, the Nokia 7 plus captures moments in photos that are true to life. With its impressive 16MP front-facing camera with ZEISS optics, the Nokia 7 plus adapts to low light conditions by increasing light sensitivity to guarantee picture-perfect moments. Enhanced Dual-Sight harnesses the front and back cameras simultaneously to capture the ultimate #Bothie and keep it safe with unlimited photo and video uploads to Google Photos.

To enable you to capture and enjoy more content for longer, the Nokia 7 plus is backed by the powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 660 Mobile Platform. With a large 3800mAh battery, you won’t have to worry about battery life, even when you are broadcasting your #Bothie videos live on Facebook or YouTube.

The phone’s gently curved back and slim edges give you a big-screen experience in a comfortable, neat package. The vivid 6-inch 18:9 full-HD+ display makes the Nokia 7 plus perfect for browsing, social media consumption, gaming and entertainment with more content in the same width as a traditional 5.5-inch display device.

The Nokia 7 plus comes in Black/Copper and White/Copper. It retails for Php21, 900 and is now available.

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A 4G smartphone for every Juan

The Nokia 1 is a breakthrough in accessible technology, delivering smartphone essentials with the reassuring quality that can be expected of a Nokia phone and a refreshingly familiar design to fans around the world. Giving more people access to technology, the phone comes with Android Oreo™ (Go edition), a version of Android optimized for devices with 1GB RAM or less.


The Nokia 1 is designed to be smooth and responsive, with full access to the Google Play™ Store. This means you can find all your favorite apps from WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram to mobile banking while also highlighting apps that are optimized for Android Oreo™ (Go edition).

You can give your Nokia 1 a makeover, thanks to the addition of the ever-popular Xpress-on covers, available in a range of vibrant colors. Simply press on and off in seconds to express your personal style with these exchangeable covers. Each cover has been built with the same precision and attention to detail as the phone’s original cover. Inherently colored, the tough two-tone polycarbonate cover is ready to take on everyday knocks and bumps with its durable design.

The Nokia 1 is available in Warm Red and Dark Blue and retails for PHP 4,290.

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Pure, secure and up-to-date Android experience

With a commitment to a pure, secure and up-to-date Android, each smartphone will stay fresh over time with monthly security updates guaranteed and with no unnecessary UI changes or hidden processes eating up battery life or slowing the device down, so you can enjoy your new phone for longer. By shipping with Android Oreo™ out of the box, you’ll be able to enjoy the latest Android features of the Nokia 7 plus, including Picture-in-Picture for multitasking, Android Instant Apps to discover and run apps with minimal friction, 60 fantastic new emojis and battery-maximizing features like limiting background app use.

Tailored to devices with 1GB RAM or less, the Android Oreo™ (Go edition) in Nokia 1 comes with a new range of apps from Google, designed to run faster while consuming less data. Optimized to be smooth and fast, these include the Google Go web search app, Google Maps™ Go, YouTube™ Go and Google Assistant for Android (Go edition) to quickly send messages, make calls, set alarms and do more, simply by using your voice.

With fewer pre-installed and much lighter apps on Android Oreo™ (Go edition), you get 2x more available storage out of the box.

Shopping now even more convenient with Lazada Official store

Love online shopping? HMD Global further announced the Official Store for Nokia mobile on Lazada Philippines. You can now avail the full range of Android smartphones and Nokia feature phones with peace of mind.

In addition, you can experience the new generation of Nokia phones at authorized resellers and in Nokia stores, kiosks and exhibits nationwide.

Coming soon: New Nokia 6 and Nokia 8110 4G

HMD Global also confirmed that the much anticipated evolution of the successful Nokia 6 and the newest member of the Originals family Nokia 8110 4G will be coming to the Philippines in month.

Nokia_1HMD Global Oy APAC Head of Communications Nicholas Lim, HMD Global Oy-Philippines Country Manager Shannon Mead, and HMD Global Oy-Philippines Head of Marketing Gilbert Penaflor launched the new lineup of Nokia phones that promise durability and reliability.