Migs and Alaine

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The VC Experience

As husband and wife, we always make sure that we find time for each other. Specially with the jobs that we have, a dinner, movie date or even an overnight stay at a hotel/motel could really mean a lot to us. We love spending our time just relaxing and not thinking about anything related to work. We have tried Victoria Court and was impressed with their customer service. So, when we got an invite to attend their event last Friday, we immediately confirmed our attendance.

The party started at around 5:00 after touring Victoria Court’s thematic rooms.

Did you know that you can actually celebrate occasions at Victoria Court and invite friends over?

Victoria Court has a dream. That dream is to transport its
guests to a different reality from the time one drives into the properties
until they check out. Victoria Court has a vision. That vision is to be the
perfect host and delight guests every time, every stay. 

Having these challenges in
mind, the team has come up with #TheVCExperience
– a campaign aimed at informing guests of the distinction that comes with
staying at Victoria Court. What makes Victoria Court unique? What sets Victoria
Court apart from its competitors? It is #TheVCExperience.

showcases everything you can possibly do at Victoria Court. Victoria Court’s
goal is to own milestones. From Anniversaries to thematic debuts, they offer
the experience customized and catered just for you. Being known for having
Superthematic Suites that cater to one’s fantasy date or perfect thematic party,
why not party in costume or character. Choose who you want to be for your
birthday or stag party. If you want to be the President of the United States
for a day, try the Oval Office at Victoria Court Pasig. Addicted to game of
thrones, choose your Kingdom and win the Throne at Victoria Court Cuneta. So
many themes to choose from – Be Someone Else today.

Wanting that perfect place for a proposal? Choose from
Victoria Court’s destination suites. Santorini, Maldives, Sedona, Bali,
whatever backdrop you wish, they can provide. Victoria Court will do everything
it can to make her say YES. Share with the world how She said Yes.

Dance like no one is watching or try to hit those high notes, in
the privacy of your own suite with only your friends to see and hear. Party
Beyond Ordinary is Victoria Court’s promise.
Relax and put your feet up. Victoria Court’s amenities include
Jacuzzis and intimate tubs where you can just forget the world, even just for
awhile. Enjoy the LED Flat Screen TVs and surround sound system and cheer for
your favorite Ms. Universe candidate and scream as loud as you can when she


This 2015, Victoria Court will be coming up with more themes
and packages experiences to tickle your fancy. Victoria Court’s dream is to
give you the perfect experience for that once in a lifetime milestone. Victoria
Court’s vision is to be THE perfect host at that perfect moment.

So, our top picks are:

1. Venice Room
We find this room very artistic and we just fell in love with the Gondola. They said that this room can accommodate up to 30 guests but this is the type of room that we’d love to book just for ourselves. It’s
so romantic.

2. Alladin
We love this because it’s the only room with a designated smoking area! Perfect for non-smokers like ourselves. This room was created for women. A costume-themed bridal shower is perfect for this party room.

3. Moulin Rouge
Who wouldn’t be interested to party at a Moulin Rouge inspired room?


4. Cirque.

This room is perfect for a larger and more adventurous crowd.


Find your Sweet escape, Party Beyond Ordinary, Feel the
distinction and let Victoria Court share with you #TheVCExperience.  


For inquiries and
reservations, please call us at 0917-9810084. Follow @victoriacourtvc
on Twitter and Instagram and like our Facebook Fan page facebook.com/VictoriaCourtph or check our website at www.victoriacourt.biz for new promos
and events.


Christmas Tree Lighting at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas

We were invited to witness Richmonde Ortigas’ Christmas Tree lightning event last November 20, 2014. Unfortunately, Miguel wasn’t able to join me.

I have been to Richmonde Hotel at Eastwood City and aside from their bigger reception area and chandelier, nothing much differs them from the one in Ortigas when it comes to customer service.

Before the event started, we had a short hotel tour. I fell in love with their indoor pool and day dreamed of holding a private party. It’s also perfect for those who wish to swim but maintain their gluta-white skin.

Amongst the 3 rooms that we visited, I personally love their two-bedroom suite where guests can accept visitors and cook their own meals. Good for a whole family who’d love to experience the luxury living that Richmonde Hotel Ortigas offers.

Looking forward for some happy hour this sweater weather? 

Drink all the local beers, featured cocktail drinks, iced tea, or soda you can, with matching tasty bar chow to boot! Priced at only PhP 535nett per person.
Available Mondays to Fridays, except holidays, from 6pm to 9pm at The Exchange.
But make sure to make an early reservation specially during Fridays.

Are you a foodie?

Have a hearty and delectable kick-off to the weekend! Savor enticing offerings at the buffet spread at a very affordable PhP 695nett per person.
Served every Friday from 6pm to 9pm at the Richmonde Café. Children 6 to 12 years get 50% off and those 5 years old and below get to eat for free.

It was a quick yet worthy hotel tour. We headed back to the lounge for the much awaited Christmas tree lighting. We were even entertained by the hotel’s Executive Chef and shortly after, serenaded by one of their staff after the lighting activity which by the way was very lovely and quite exclusive since there were only six bloggers including myself who joined the hotel’s staff along with some of their guests.

Every dish that were served to us was good. But I kinda reserved my tummy’s space for the pastries.

I had tasted too many pastries that I could hardly recall which one is better that the other. The cinnamon donut, choco fudge and their chocolate cakes were my picks. Their Oreo Mint cake is yummy but I find it too minty like you just brushed your teeth.

Here’s a tip: Prices of all the yummy baked goodies at the Lobby Café are slashed 40% thirty (30) minutes before closing time.

Available Mondays to Fridays, from 6:30pm to 7pm; and Saturdays & Sundays, from 3:30pm to 4pm. First come, first served.

Richmonde Hotel Ortigas is located at 21 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City 1600 Metro Manila, Philippines

For inquiries/reservations:
(632) 638-7777
(632) 638-8567


October 21 is National Coffee Day

I love coffee. So when I found out about Essential Brand’s National Coffee Day Celebration, I immediately signed up even if that would mean slashing at least a good 6 hour of my sleep before I go to work. I spend most of my summer vacations at our house in Silang,Cavite. Our property used to be a mini-coffee farm and some coffee trees remained untouched until late 1990’s when my parents decided to sell a piece of our property. I grew up picking coffee beans and playing on the trees’ branches like a wild monkey. Haha! Yeah, I had a very happy childhood and most of the time I feel sorry when summer vacation’s over because we live in a boring village in the Metro.
I know when it’s already 5:00 am or 3:00 PM because these are the times when I smell freshly brewed coffee at home. One of my childhood dreams is to put up a coffee shop when I grow up – and I am still holding on to it. Haha.

Okay, so enough of me.
Maybe you’re wondering when did National Coffee day started?
This occasion is originally conceived in order to promote Lipa in Batangas as the coffee granary of the Philippines. Recognizing the importance of coffee in the Philippines and in the daily lives of the Filipino people. Essential Brands Group South Each Asia decided to launch a simple celebration to highlight National Coffee Day 2014 and I was really happy to be part of it!

As new members of the Coffee Club, we were treated with overflowing coffee and some pastries. There was also a motivational talk given by Significantologist, Cornel Bongco.
All of these is to highlight and raise awareness on the role of the country as one of the coffee producers along the “coffee belt.”

Essential Brands Group South East Asia also announced the recognition of “I LUV Coffee Express” as one of the rising preferred coffee machines by some of the leading convenience stores as well as other businesses in the country.

EBG SEA is proud to announce its partnership with key business in the Philippines which will begin using I LUV Coffee Express machines this year. Ministop, The Frab Bar in Nueva Ecija, Sky Go Delta Airlines,7-Eleven, Polland Hopia and San Miguel Food Ave. will be among the many places where you can enjoy the exciting taste of I Luv Coffee and savor real coffee flavor produced by an innovative and world class machine.

The flagship brand of Essential Brands Group is I LUV Coffee Express. These premium coffee machines are designed to meet the needs of businesses that don’t fit the traditional cafe market such as convenience stores, service stations, retail outlets, pubs and clubs. I LUV Coffee Express machines
are sourced through exclusive agreements with suppliers in Europe, predominantly Italy through EBG Australia, and are made using the finest components available.

 “We are looking forward to an annual event celebrating National Coffee Day and hopefully
collaborating with more companies and people at the same time. This year we are partnering with
bloggers since we know that through them and social media we can relay that we are still part of the
world coffee production map,” says Gabriel Balancio, Business Lead for EBG SEA.

I LUV Coffee Express machines is seen to be deployed in more stores nationwide as a testament of the love of Filipinos for coffee and a service which is fast and convenient.
As we celebrate National Coffee Day, Essential Brands Group South East Asia is committed to preserve and promote the Filipino’s passion and love for coffee. It also has heart to help in empowering the awareness of our role in world’s coffee production.

I went to work last Tuesday happy, because I met new friends and I can proudly say that I was part of the first ever National Coffee Day held in Metro Manila.

Before I actually forget… remember my previous post about EBG’s contest where you can win a brand new coffee maker? The contest is extended until October 28 so, send in your entries!

Looking forward to a bigger National coffee day celebration!

For more information about EBG, you can visit www.ebgsea.com, their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ebgsea and Twitter account at www.twitter.com/ebgsea.


#NationalCoffeeDayPH (Press Release)

Essential Brands Group South East
Asia (EBG SEA) is all set to celebrate National Coffee Day on October 21, 2014
at their main office in Shaw Blvd. Mandaluyong. 
The celebration will be made in a simple but meaningful manner and
includes a Free Coffee Morning, An Amazing Coffee Story contest and a Bloggers
Forum in the afternoon.

National Coffee Day 2014
celebration coincides with the Coffee Festival being held in Batangas.  The first national celebration is being eyed
this year through this simple awareness campaign.  The aim of the celebration is to highlight
the importance of coffee and the significance of coffee in the Philippines with
the country being one of the first major producers and exporters of coffee.
Filipinos generally loves coffee
and is a part of their everyday life.  It
is in fact part of the Filipino culture but was not acknowledge in such
prominence.  Though the Philippines is no
longer at the top of the coffee production and exportation, it remains to be
one of the country who loves coffee the most.
What to expect on October 21?
– As we celebrate National Coffee free coffee day, an appreciation
for those who love coffee will be celebrated through a free coffee morning for
the first 50 individuals who will sign-up and join EBG SEA’s Coffee Lovers
Amazing #CoffeeStory
– there is also an ongoing contest from October 10 to
October 18 which asks people nationwide to share their amazing and memorable
coffee story.  The story can be about anything
as long as you relate it to coffee and include a photo with coffee.  Send your entries to nationalcoffeedayph@gmail.com.

The best story
will win a brand new coffee maker while the top five stories will each receive
a special commemorative National Coffee Day item plus a chance to be one of
their brand ambassadors.

– later in the afternoon there will be an exclusive forum for
bloggers to discuss about coffee and other topics. This is an invite only
Essential Brands Group SEA is
calling on every Filipino to participate and join the event on October 21.  They can even setup their own events and we
will gladly share it as well.  Netizens
can use the official event hashtag of #NationalCoffeeDayPH.
For more information on the event
you can visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ebgsea
and Twitter account at www.twitter.com/ebgsea.
Essential Brands Group Southeast
Asia (EBG SEA) is the food division of Mustard Seed Systems Corporation, a
major provider of office systems and solutions in the Philippines with a wide
technical support network covering all of the country’s three major regions,
Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Top 3 Reasons why I am excited to attend Blogapalooza 2014

It’s the time of the year for the most awaited B2B event…Blogapalooza 2014!
Allow me to share with your my Top 3 reasons why I am overly excited to attend this year’s Blogapalooza.

1. Because of Blogapalooza 2013, we met a lot of business owners/marketing people who gave us freebies and some even collaborated with us (the latter we greatly prefer). This year, we are expecting a bigger Blogapalooza. Which means, it will open more doors for bloggers and business owners.

2. When we attended last year’s Blogapalooza, we weren’t that active with the blogosphere yet so, we only met very few familiar faces thus, made the event a little boring and made us decide to go home after after two hours. But this year, Mommy Bloggers Philippines, an online community for mommy bloggers which I am part of is officially one of Blogapalooza’s media partners. Mommies are cooking a meet-up after the event!

3. As you all know, my husband and I met Tim Tayag and Patrick Cruz of Comedy Cartel last year at the Blogapalooza. So, it’s like his first year anniversary with them. But what’s more exciting is that my husband will be performing on stage with the rest of the Point-of-view Stand up comedians of Comedy Cartel!

Looking forward to a more fun Blogapalooza this year!
Have you signed up yet?

Find out how to be part of Blogapalooza 2014 here.

See you there!


Comedy Cartel – The true pioneers of Point-of-view Stand Up Comedy in the Philippines

Comedy Cartel, the true pioneers in point-of-view stand-up comedy in the Philippines produced another quality comedy show last night as they held the 8th Leg of the Laugh and Stack Open Mic showdown.

We invited blogger friends over, so they could witness the type of comedy that Comedy Cartel offers and to help us spread the good news that there are superb comedians waiting to be discovered.

The event was held at Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge at BGC.

Before the show started, we were treated by Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge with sumptuous dishes.

Relik Olla Mia, is a platter with Spicy chicken empanada, garlic mushroom, patatas bravas, baked mussels, pepper pizza rolls and my personal favorite, fried chicken skewers.

Relik Olla Mia, Php. 1,150

Flaming Pork Belly Hamonado, hamonado, baked to it’s perfection placed in a bed of mashed potato and some veggies. I’m not really a fan of sweet meat but if you guys are…this could be a bang for your buck. It’s perfectly plated and it adds excitement when you see your food served at your table with flame.

Flaming pork belly hamonada, Php. 695.00

Chorizig. One of Relik’s most popular dishes. I’ve tried this before and this is really, REALLY good. Who doesn’t love chorizo and sisig? 

Chorizig, Php 220.00

Relik’s Nachos. These nachos tastes authentic with 3 dips served for your satisfaction.

Relik Nachos, Php 275.00

I ordered some beer and Relik Spicy Beef barbeque (photo not available) as a token of appreciation for the bloggers whom I invited and showed up despite the short notice.

Comedy Cartel aims to develop fresh stand-up comics by giving them a room/venue with a real audience to practice their materials and hone their comedic skills. At the same time the genius behind the show(Patrick Cruz) spiced it up by turning it into an open mic competition with a cash prize for the champion.
All comics are being coached by veteran comedians right after their sets, and are also undergoing workshops to assure 100% improvement.

The open mic competition will run till the end of the year. They are already on their 8th leg. The audience, professional comedians and the open micers gets to vote who’s gonna be in the top 5 for each leg. The top 15 comics will qualify to hit the stage for the finals in December. 

The show started at 9:15 PM with 11 contestants who shared their comedy prowess to the crowd. The house is packed with comedy fans from all over the globe. Relik even turned down 20 walk ins because the place is already a standing room. So if you wanna see the show, you better book your reservation as early as now. The Next leg will be on the 26th of July 2014. 

Comedy Cartel is known for producing good comedians like Alex Calleja (who was discovered by Tim Tayag and now writing for a Comedy show at ABS-CBN) and GB Labrador, one of the founders of Comedy Manila. Other talents of Comedy Manila like Victor Anastacio, Red Ollero, Ryan Rems, Ryan Puno, James Caraan and Jeps Gallon also started with Comedy Cartel and are now reaping the fruits of their hard work.

Here are the Top 5 for Laugh and Stack’s 8th Leg.

1. Walter Mark “Nonong” Ballinan.

current winner

2. Haresh Daswani

3 time winner

3. Justin Harmon

first time open-micer

4. Rene Cruz

consistent member of the Top 5 comics

5. Juan Miguel Alejandrino

2 time winner

The Open Mic showdown started and ended well with closing performances by professional comedians, Uli Oposa and Mike Unson.

’til next time,


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Email: info@ecircleentertainment.com, ecircle_entertainment@yahoo.com, or comedycartel@yahoo.com

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Comedy Cartel’s Laugh and Stack

Happy Monday! 

Last month, we blogged about Comedy Cartel’s Laugh and Stack and some readers asked us the type of comedy that this group offers. Miguel joined the Laugh and Stack Open Mic show down last Saturday and I was able to take a video of his performance. So, for those who asked, and who’re still asking, here’s the video clip of Miguel at the Plantation Bar.

The contest is still open to those who’d love to try stand-up comedy. Please check out Comedy Cartel’s Page for more details.

Leg 4 of Laugh and Stack will be at Relik Tapas Bar this coming Saturday, May 24, 2014. Entrance is FREE but expect that the venue will be jam packed so make your reservations early.

eCircle Entertainment and Management Corporation
“The Official Management & Booking Agent of The Comedy Cartel” 
Mobile: 0922-8596144 | Tel: 533-9316 | Fax: 531-4136

See you there!

Migs and Alaine

Comedy Manila – Changing Stand up comedy in the country


Ever been to a show by Comedy Manila?
If your answer is no, well you’re missing half of your life!
Comedy Manila has the best line-up of talented comics who doesn’t use sarcasm or insults as a form of entertainment.
Here’s your chance to catch the funny men of Comedy Manila with their very first international feature with Daniel Spaulding!
We guarantee that these men will give you a stand up comedy experience that you’ll never forget for only php300!

For updates and inquiries, please visit Comedy Manila’s facebook page or contact 0917 883 7486.

Migs and Alaine

PS:Out of budget? We hear you! You can catch Comedy Manila every Wednesdays at Tomato Kick, Katipunan for their regular open mic where they test their new materials. Entrance is FREE!

Hello, 2014!

Hello, loves!

2013 had been one of the most challenging year for us Filipinos, and yet we were still able to celebrate despite the disasters that hit our country. Thanks to all Filipinos who made us happy and proud. It was indeed the Philippines’ year for Beauty Pageants and boxing!

For us, as a couple it was a memorable year because it marked our first wedding anniversary. It was also the year where we were able to do the things that we really love. Highlights include Para Kay Mamu, a fund raising event where Migs had the opportunity to share his talents in performing (singing and playing guitar) in a series of bar tours. Second would be honing his talent as a stand-up comic every Wednesdays at Tomato Kick Katipunan as one of the funny guys of Comedy Manila (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxrPu57zhwk).
As for me, my dream of being part of the Red Cross Philippines finally came true. 

Last year also opened many doors for us, as bloggers. Vince Golangco of When in Manila helped us meet business owners who gave us opportunities to write for them. It was indeed a wonderful experience and we will always be thankful.

We both celebrated our New Year’s eve at work but we still got the chance to celebrate yesterday!

working on a holiday?! LOL!

Let’s all make 2014 OUR year by staying positive!

To all our readers,friends, family and colleagues, we love you and we look forward to sharing more wonderful years with you!

Much love,

Migs and Alaine

We just created our facebook page today and we would really appreciate it if you share us some love by hitting the “like” button. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/migsandalaine

Walk in LOVE


Still thinking of what gifts to buy for your loved ones?
True Love Waits Philippines invites you to shop, dine and help all at the same time!

Walk in LOVE” is happening on December 6-7,2013 at Gen. Lim St., Brgy. San Antonio Pasig City.

Here’s a list of the partner brands who will “Walk in LOVE” at the Christmas Bazaar for Typhoon Yolanda survivors and TWL Philippines.

Sueňo Espadrilles Manila
Grace cookies
Chelsea and Pia
Styista Diaries
Zipp Tea
His Love
Mr. Fox

Tree of Life
MDP Foundation
Haggle & Kisses

Urban Flavors Kitchenette

Instead of going somewhere crowded, drop by “Walk in Love” Christmas bazaar on December 6-7,2013 for a one of a kind shopping and dining experience,and a chance to meet new friends! Helping has never been this cool!

See you there!

Migs and Alaine

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