April 8, 2017

Now a UNESCO Heritage site, the Banaue Rice Terraces, in the mountains of Northern Luzon, are said to have been built around 2000 years ago by the ancestors of the Ifugao, the indigenous people, who still live here. Rupert Parker sets out to take a look.


April 8, 2017

Whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea and Donsol, in Bicol, is one of the few places in the world where sightings are guaranteed. Rupert Parker goes swimming with them.

Luzon is the largest island in the Philippine archipelago and is home to the capital, Manila. Around 300 miles to the south is the Bicol Region, largely untouched by mass tourism. I fly into Legazpi City and the tiny airport is dominated by the perfect cone of the Mayon Volcano, at 2,463 metres the most active in the Philippines. Fortunately, today it’s quiet, although I can see wispy puffs of smoke coming out of the top. It’s one of only two active volcanoes in Bicol, the other being Bulusan, in the south of the region.


April 7, 2017

Rockstar chefs from different parts of the world gathered at the second day of the 3rd Madrid Fusión Manila at the SMX Convention Centre, imparting their culinary expertise and insights primarily on sustainable dining with esteemed guests, members of the press, epicureans and gastronomes alike, as well as aspirants in the culinary industry.

See more: Inside Madrid Fusion Manila 2017 (Day Two)

April 7, 2017

Can the world, including the Philippines, manage to achieve a sustainable planet without sacrificing and stunting the growth of its gastronomic traditions? That’s what 22 of the world’s leading chefs will try to reconcile and explain to fellow chefs, restaurateurs, culinary arts students, and journalists, as the three-day Madrid Fusion Manila (MFM) opens today, Thursday, morning at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

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April 7, 2017

Spanish fever seems to be gripping Metro Manila’s food scene these days, as the Diamond Hotel launched last Monday its weeklong Spanish food festival dubbed Exquisita Comida Español at Corniche, the hotel’s premier dining destination.

Now on its fourth day, the food festival features new dishes every day from key regions of Spain such as Madrid, Cataluña, Valencia, Canary Islands, and the Basque region. Among the featured dishes during the launch were cochinillo asado, paella de verdura (vegetable paella), gambas al ajillo (Spanish-style garlic shrimp), and chipirones en sutinta (stuffed squid in black ink), among others.

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