International Women’s Day Tribute

Mark the date 8th of the current month; the world celebrates the day to honour women of all regions. It celebrates respect, love and appreciation to the female gender beyond its contribution to political, social and economical achievements. Thus, you can hardly believe what the world would be without the prejudice only a woman can give over. I just noticed it when I checked my friends in my social networking sites stream greetings the whole day. How would everyone depict a woman’s experience that is rejected nor obliterated with a sudden commotion? Neither can’t I express my answers. Everyone is entitled for the freedom of speech; so the women are.

Here are some facts about the International Women’s Day that even my son should know.
  • The first Women’s Day was initially celebrated at the 28th of February 1909.
  • It was then agreed with an idea to promote political franchise as well as equal rights for women.
  • In some countries like Russia, the said date is celebrated during the last Sunday of February each year which fell on March 8th accordingly to gregorian calendar.
  • May 8th, 1965 is the date declared by the decree of the USSR Presidium of the Supreme Soviet that is stated as a non-working holiday only in USSR; so as the China in 1922 and the Spanish communists in 1936.
  • In western countries, the date dully observed when the United Nations General Assembly states March 8th as the United Nations Day for women’s rights and world peace.
I’m glad that here in Philippines, Avon empowered the women through its beauty, self-expression, fun, speaking-out and health. Salute to that!

I have this video commemorating the women of local music. Some may know them and some may not but the bottom line is we are all here because we jive the same thing. Am I right?


Heading South Going Sonya’s Garden

It was early Sunday morning when we start things up going Tagaytay proper; to find the nature – loving place, Sonya’s Garden. A week before this, we were already spotting all possible locations and read blogs to rest assure ourselves where and which way to go. Determining landmarks, bus stops and wikimapping everything; knowing that we are commuting, indeed. So we go as stray as hungry hippies struggling block every block from Imus to Dasmariñas because of excitement and finally Tagaytay. We drop off at the block next to Casino Filipino and believing that it will only took few walks away to Sonya’s according to the map. Reaching the point where the bus will took its rerouting point, we started asking where Sonya’s Garden was. The guy told us that it will take 3 more kilometers away more. He instructed us more by taking Nasugbu jeepneys and drop off to Buck Estate then take a tricycle ride for us to reach the garden. Perhaps we didn’t expect that it is farther than what we’ve thought. My intuition is walking a bit will reach the garden but it’s not. Sonya’s garden is nested in the roads of Alfonso, Cavite and it is right after Tagaytay.


From Imus to  Tagaytay -  P72.00
Tagaytay to Buck Estate (going Nasugbu) – P12.00
Tricycle to Sonya’s Garden – P30.00

My brother is quite audacious and I know that. We left Imus by 10 am and now were here at Sonya’s at exactly 1 pm. Gasping to find the lobby; of course the restaurant’s jam packed! Sonya’s Garden is known for its greenery scenes that will capture your senses whilst cool temperature. Aside from spa services, they also offer an eat-all-you-can buffet which highlights fresh green salads with their signature dressing. Together with greens are numerous homemade spreads for their authentic wheat bread and the pasta with several sauces that adorn each platter. It all completes you whatever your personality is as well as your taste preference. So complete. I’m surprised. There’s no serving of rice. It was a total experience of buffet; getting burped by all freshly served greens.

After all the surprises, we take a chit – chat at their park which is open for the guests. Sonya’s Garden do accepts inquiries for weddings, debuts and other special moments that you would cherish for the rest of your life. At the same time, the place also accepts house accommodations for vacation purposes. Why not try to unwind and experience life like one. Make reservations!

 Perfect venue for your wedding

The Prospect Accommodation

Sonya's Garden

Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite, Philippines
(near the vicinity of Tagaytay City, Philippines)

For reservations, call or text the following numbers:
+63-9175329097 / +63-9175335140 / +63-9175231080

Send email at: info@sonyasgarden.com


Rock the Heavens Karl Roy

Perhaps his legend will never fade and it will remain as what he did the first time you saw him. First impressions last. Karl Roy has been in underground music scene for years. He continues to support Pinoy rock music and never afraid to do covers and mix music genre with his own style. I’ve noticed him first as the lead man of Advent Call (1996). Their original composition “Puting Ilaw” was fervently played in the airwaves of L.A. Rock and NU 107. Later P.O.T. comes with a bang with a fresh groove of funky Pinoy rock genre; which is also did by Sir Roy. Kapatid made great acclaim during year 2003 with “Pagbabalik Ng Kuwago”. Truly, Karl Roy never gave up with his calling. Meeting errands beyond the view of genuine Pinoy rock enthusiast makes the music scene seen far funkier with him; his styles.

Today, Tuesday, March 13, 2012; He died at the age of 43 and it is confirmed by his manager, Pam Lunar.

Karl’s brother Kevin, who is a member of Razorback, posted on his Facebook wall:

Growing Up With Karl
2012 in New Manila, QC
Karl was an inspiration.
Seeing Karl at 13 years old made me want to be him.
Karl was The Man. I soooo wanted to be him.
He asked me to be myself... and I did.

I learned my rasp from him....
I learned some moves from him - to his dismay

By his influence we are here….. Rock the heavens Sir Karl Roy. You will always be loved.


Chef Boy Logro’s Ping – Ping – Ping Life

Actually, a lot of cooking aspirants hail Chef Boy Logro as a supreme kitchen hero and that includes me. I’m a regular watcher of Delicioso which is hosted by Ms. Sam Oh and Ms. Jackie Ang – Po where they showcase easy steps on preparing bravura meals as well as pastries and desserts. They introduced Mr. Logro, in a certain episode, as the guest chef and did a scrumptious boneless crispy pata. As he demonstrates on how to debone the hind legs, skills flourish while he did it with a twang; so easy as a, b, c. For sure, several viewers of that show did impressed with Mr. Logro’s wittiness and cooking supremacy. Although, some people are making fun of the way he talks, it doesn’t matter. After all, he is the highest – paid chef in the Philippines. It's better to focus on the way he cook and not the way he talk.

Chef Pablo “Boy” Logro as we all know start in humble beginnings. He only finished his elementary years and didn’t manage to continue. They lived nearby in a small house by the sea with his father Justiniano as fisherman, mother Consorcia together with eight brothers. He went to his uncle in Manila to work and able to help his family as a houseboy in a Chinese Restaurant in Quiapo for P50/monthly. He speaks only Visayan language so he cannot understand Tagalog. Therefore, going to market wasn't that easy, he'll draw the things he needed and able to show to the seller then he’ll make transactions after it.

Later, he was employed as a dishwasher in Astral Villa Restaurant in Makati. Mr. Logro has been a protégé of Spanish Executive Chef Antonio Cuadrado Perez. With continuous perseverance and hardwork, Mr. Logro had a chance to work overseas in 1982. He impressed the Sultan in Oman which makes him accompany with His International trips enabling him to taste and learn foreign delicacies like French, Turkish, Japanese, Spanish and more. Furthermore, his family joined him in Oman provided with life that they could not ask for more.

After several years missing the place where they came from, Mr. Logro and his family finally went home in 1992. He joined the team of sous chefs in Manila Diamond Hotel and garnered the title of the first and only Filipino Executive Chef in a five-star deluxe hotel in the Philippines within three years. With all his accomplishments that even himself surprises him, he decided to settle down in the lands of Cavite. Mr. Logro thinks that he can share his talent to individual as well as youngsters and provide them an attitude and correct approach in cooking. Now, established in Gen. Mariano Alvarez, Cavite, Philippines is the Chef Logro's Institute of Culinary And Kitchen Services. They offer Kiddie Workshop, 10 Days Basic Culinary Arts Course, 10 Days Advance Culinary Arts Course an more. By the way, he's a very hands on chef. He will teach you the way you've seen him in the national television.

Ages: 9-16 years old Monday-Friday
Course Fee: Php 7,500 Time: 8:00am-12:00nn 

Day 1 - 
Egg Oscar
Spanish Omelette
Fil/Am Breakfast
Pancake w/ Maple Syrup w/ Egg on Top
French Toast

Day 2 - 
Clubhouse Sandwich
Monte Cristo
Tacos & Burritos
Kiddie Burger

Day 3 - 
Homemade Pizza w/ Different Toppings
Spaghetti Marinara w/ Garlic Bread
Baked Macaroni with Ham & Cheess
Chicken Cordon Bleu

Day 4 - 
Tropical Fruit Crepes
Apple & Banana Fritters
Avocado Shakes
Chocolate Crinkles
Food for the Gods

Day 5 - 
Shanghai Fried Rice
Chicken Nuggets
Sushi Roll
Country Style Chicken w/ French Fries

Chef Logro's Institute of Culinary And Kitchen Services
398 Reuben St., delas alas, GMA Cavite. Phil.

Telephone Number:

(046) 890-0292
(0927) 784 7532
(0919) 431 0748

Do you like to be the lucky audience in Idol sa Kusina? Just email your request at idolsakusina@gmanetwork.com with:

  • name
  • school
  • course
  • please identify if you're going as a group
  • and your pictures
They will email you back as long as there's available slot. Like their page at facebook and you are now entitled to view Chef Boy Logro's recipe everyday.

Now, with his ping – ping – ping in Idol sa Kusina and yum – yum – yum in Kusina Master at GMA 7, Cooking shows will never be the same. What a nice!