10 Reasons Why Richmonde’s Takeaways Should Be Your Go-To Choice for To-Go Meals

Richmonde Hotels have created takeaway collections of satisfying familiar fare and gourmet creations, for easy options to make ordering a cinch.

Choice overload is real and can add to your stress especially in our current situation where there’s so much to think about. With the slew of restaurants and home businesses offering a variety of food items, just choosing one can already be time-consuming and there’s still the matter of whether your order will be accepted, delivered when you need it, and as good as you expect it to be.

The Richmonde Hotels, namely Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas, and Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, have created takeaway collections of satisfying familiar fare and gourmet creations, for easy options to make ordering a cinch. Here are just some of the reasons to order your next takeaway from Richmonde:

  1. You get hotel-quality food minus the exorbitant price. Richmonde always aims to provide good value for money. So, for the food offerings in all three properties, expect high-grade ingredients and tasty flavors at reasonable rates. Since splurging is not an option these days, Richmonde provides menu options that are still affordable so you can treat yourself to enjoyable and indulgent meals without spending a lot.
  1. All kitchen and food & beverage teams of the Richmonde Hotels strictly observe stringent hygiene protocols in food handling and preparation. You order in to keep safe but are you confident that the food you’re ordering is safe as well? The kitchens of Richmonde Hotels have passed the quality inspection of the Department of Tourism and have been duly certified to operate. Hotel management enforces strict safety and sanitation standards to ensure the hygienic preparation and packaging of food. Proper PPEs are supplied to all staff who follow all established COVID-19 prevention guidelines to a T.
  1. You get to select from a menu of familiar comfort food favorites. Ordering becomes so much easier when you know what you’re getting. Richmonde Hotels curated some of the best-sellers of all their menus to create the ultimate takeaway list to satisfy any craving. Offering dishes from breakfast items, gourmet meals, and bento boxes, to snack bites and sweet desserts, Richmonde is your very own one-stop shop for food-to-go. What’s more, all three hotels offer your favorite signature items like the Richmonde Burger made with 100% Angus beef and a freshly baked pretzel bun, the soft and cheesy Richmonde Ensaymada, and the super moist Richmonde Chocolate Cake.
  1. You can be assured of a warm meal anywhere you may be. Because you don’t always consume your takeaway at home or in places where there is a stove or oven, Richmonde has meals packed in self-heating Hotboxes so you can conveniently warm up your food anytime and anywhere with just a pull of a string.


  1. You can choose menu items with just the right serving size you need. There are combo meals if you have a big appetite, family sizes and food platters that are great for sharing, and bento boxes for solo eating that are still quite filling. Even party-like feasts perfect for home celebrations are available with servings good for up to 4 to 6 persons.


  1. Customization is possible for bulk orders. These days, bulk ordering of packed meals for delivery is the new catering. For these requirements, the Richmonde can accommodate requests for custom-made meals for a minimum order requirement. Plus, you can even add your own label, note, or branding to the Richmonde Black Box packaging.


  1. Advance ordering means you get your order on time. A specified lead time is required for certain menu items to ensure that your order gets to you exactly at the time you want. And because you communicate with the hotel directly, you can be assured that there is no chance of your order getting canceled once it is confirmed.


  1. Delivery is free within neighboring areas. Richmonde offers complimentary delivery service of takeaway orders to addresses within Eastwood City and within the areas of San Miguel Avenue, Pearl Drive, Lourdes St., and Escriva Drive, if ordering from Eastwood Richmonde and Richmonde Ortigas, respectively.


  1. Delivery fees help displaced hotel workers. As a way of helping displaced hotel associates, Eastwood Richmonde and Richmonde Ortigas gives those willing to work part-time the opportunity to earn some money by being part of the hotels’ pool of delivery riders. Delivery charges are given to them in full.


  1. Contactless transactions are available. Convenient online payment options are available. Minimize physical contact during ordering and pickup. Payments for your takeaway orders can be settled via an online payment gateway for credit card transactions, or online bank transfers, whichever is more convenient for you. Richmonde even accepts LYKA gems now as payment. If you opt to pick up your takeaway from the hotel, there’s no need to park and get out of your car because you can have your order conveniently handed over to you at the hotel driveaway.

Staying home and staying safe doesn’t mean depriving yourself of the delectable dishes you’ve come to love and enjoy at Richmonde. According to Richmonde Hotel Iloilo Sous Chef Jeffrey Ticao, “With the special takeaway menu, we created, our loyal patrons here in Iloilo can continue to enjoy their usual favorites in their residences or offices.”

Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ Food & Beverage Manager Ria Rosal adds, “In putting together our menu, we listen to what our patrons want and take this into consideration.”

For those clients with specific tastes or even dietary restrictions, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel Executive Chef Victor Barangan confidently reveals, “As much as we can, we try to apply the usual flexibility we give our dine-in guests to our takeaway customers. Our main goal is and will always be the satisfaction of our guests.”

For the complete and updated menus of the Richmonde Hotels and instructions on how to order, visit the Dining page of the hotels’ official websites.

The Richmonde Hotels are members of the Megaworld Hotels group with the following addresses and contact information:

Richmonde Hotel Ortigas is located at 21 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For more hotel information, log on to www.richmondehotelortigas.com.ph and follow RichmondeHotelOrtigas on Facebook and Instagram.

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel is located at 17 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagymbayan, Quezon City. For more hotel information, log on to www.eastwoodrichmondehotel.com.ph and follow EastwoodRichmondeHotel on Facebook and Instagram.

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo is located at Megaworld Boulevard cor. Enterprise Road, Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City. For more hotel information, log on to www.richmondehoteliloilo.com.ph and follow RichmondeHotelIloilo on Facebook and Instagram.

Featured photo: Richmonde’s takeaway menus include familiar comfort food like this set of all-time Filipino favorites in the Boodle Black Box of Eastwood Richmonde Hotel.

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Globe empowers youth to connect the nation with #Globe5GHackathon

The 5G Hackathon is part of the telco’s continuous efforts to create a #FirstWorldNetwork in the country.

 It’s been more than a year since the start of the pandemic and even the most forward-thinking people were genuinely unprepared for the challenges of these unprecedented times. Globe believes that through technology, many people, especially the youth, have connected with others and even come up with innovative solutions to modern problems.

In partnership with Animo Labs of De La Salle University-Manila, Globe has launched #Globe5GHackathon, the biggest hackathon event in the country last April 27. Kicking off on Virtual Hangouts, students and young professionals from all over the country are invited to attend enablement workshops to inspire them to think out of the box and reinvent their power to create change today and for future generations through Globe’s 5G technology.

Issa Guevarra-Cabreira, Globe Chief Commercial Officer.

“Globe believes that the youth can unlock the nation’s potential through breakthrough innovations. By giving them a platform and the right tools to turn their ideas into reality, they can create lasting impact through the proper use of 5G technology,” said Issa Guevarra-Cabreira, Globe Chief Commercial Officer.

The workshops, slated to happen between May 21 and June 4, 2021, will give participants the chance to be coached and mentored by industry experts on 5G technology and innovation.  They will then be able to cultivate their ideas and bring them to life through a nationwide pitch from June 21 to 25, 2021. Winning teams will get exciting prizes and get the opportunity to have their ideas funded by one of Globe’s partners and 917Ventures, Globe’s largest corporate venture builder. Awarding of winners is on September 3, 2021.

The 5G Hackathon is part of the telco’s continuous efforts to create a #FirstWorldNetwork in the country.

The company strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 9 which highlights the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development. Globe is committed to upholding the 10 United Nations Global Compact principles and 10 UN SDGs.

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LIVE! Matters 2021 Announces Full Program

Featuring 35+ speakers from the world’s most innovative entertainment organizations, sponsors, and technologies as the world go back to live.

Singapore  – Branded, the producers of All That Matters, presents LIVE! MATTERS 2021, an online series designed for anyone interested in the evolution of live sports, music, gaming, and entertainment.

LIVE! MATTERS featuring over 30 speakers representing the region’s biggest names in live events and experiences, alongside world-class business leaders, artists, and technologies.

CEO of organizer Branded, Jasper Donat says, “The event world has been virtual for 12 months and is starting to go back to physical in real-life concerts, festivals, conferences, and large meetings. Some markets and some industries are more advanced than others so we’re bringing everyone together and allowing them to peer over each other’s fences to share learnings and hopefully prepare for a global bounceback”.

What will LIVE look like: Virtual? In Real Life? Hybrid? The Asian event industry is creeping back and where some cities are partying the night away others are starting to gingerly look and see if it’s safe to go out again. From online conferences and concerts to streamed music festivals and mega online eSports events everyone is doing something “live” but who’s getting it right and how? What have the pandemic pioneers achieved and how will they lead the industry forward — and how do they avoid Zoom lag?

From 27-30 April, Live Matters 2021 will deliver a content-rich online discussion series featuring brands, venues, promoters, rights holders, media, and tech companies.

Sessions will cover:

  • The future of live music, sports, and gaming
  • New technologies at online and physical events
  • Sponsorship in a new hybrid world
  • Insurance, health, and safe distancing measures

See the full program here: https://www.allthatmatters.asia/livematters

LIVE! MATTERS 2021 is the only conference convening Asia’s live sports, gaming, music, media, and entertainment events sectors.

REGISTER NOW and listen to those who are bringing the fun back into live, hear how they did and what they plan to do next.

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Melco becomes first in Macau and the Philippines to receive esteemed third-party Responsible Gaming accreditation RG Check

Highlighting leadership commitment to the Company’s promotion and enhancement of Responsible Gaming processes and safeguards.

 Macau – Melco Resorts & Entertainment announces it has become the first integrated resort operator in Macau and the Philippines to achieve the esteemed international third-party responsible gaming accreditation RG Check, with its entire integrated resort portfolio including Altira Macau, City of Dreams Macau, Studio City, and City of Dreams Manila receiving the certification. Developed by the Responsible Gambling Council, RG Check is the world’s most comprehensive and rigorous responsible gaming accreditation program. It is designed to meet or exceed all existing responsible gaming regulatory requirements and is valid for three years. Accreditation is reviewed by a prestigious and independent panel of responsible gaming specialists.

Mr. Lawrence Ho, Chairman & CEO of Melco, said, “Responsible gaming continues to be at the core of our commitment to society as we continue to offer the highest standards of service whilst striving to ensure the provision of a safe and fair gaming experience for all our valued guests. We are committed to the development and maintenance of a culture of responsible gaming in every jurisdiction in which we operate, respecting and fully cooperating with international government and gaming regulators. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizers and our many dedicated colleagues who made this achievement possible.”

 Ms. Shelley White, CEO of Responsible Gambling Council, said, “We commend Melco on demonstrating their commitment to responsible gaming and being the first operator to achieve RG Check accreditation for venues in Macau and the Philippines. RG Check is an important tool for continuous improvement, helping operators manage risk and increase the effectiveness of their RG programming. RGC is proud to be able to support Melco’s efforts in player education, employee training, and harm minimization with evidence-based best practices in areas of responsible gaming.”

About Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited

The Company, with its American depositary shares listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (NASDAQ: MLCO), is a developer, owner, and operator of integrated resort facilities in Asia and Europe.

The Company currently operates Altira Macau (www.altiramacau.com), an integrated resort located at Taipa, Macau, and City of Dreams (www.cityofdreamsmacau.com), an integrated resort located in Cotai, Macau. Its business also includes the Mocha Clubs (www.mochaclubs.com), which comprise the largest non-casino-based operations of electronic gaming machines in Macau.

The Company also majority owns and operates Studio City (www.studiocity-macau.com), a cinematically-themed integrated resort in Cotai, Macau. In the Philippines, a Philippine subsidiary of the Company currently operates and manages City of Dreams Manila (www.cityofdreamsmanila.com), an integrated resort in the Entertainment City complex in Manila. In Europe, the Company is currently developing City of Dreams Mediterranean (www.cityofdreamsmed.com.cy) in the Republic of Cyprus, which is expected to be the largest and premier integrated destination resort in Europe.

The Company is currently operating a temporary casino, the first authorized casino in the Republic of Cyprus, and is licensed to operate four satellite casinos (“Cyprus Casinos”). Upon the opening of City of Dreams Mediterranean, the Company will continue to operate the satellite casinos while the operation of the temporary casino will cease. For more information about the Company, please visit www.melco-resorts.com.

The Company is strongly supported by its single largest shareholder, Melco International Development Limited, a company listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and is substantially owned and led by Mr. Lawrence Ho, who is the Chairman, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

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Tai Kwun Contemporary Showcases ‘Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys’

Stemming from the research of Ha Bik Chuen’s archive by Asia Art Archive, with five new commissioned works.

 Tai Kwun Contemporary is pleased to announce a new group exhibition, Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys, on view until 1 August 2021 at the art galleries in Tai Kwun.

Presented by Asia Art Archive (AAA) and curated by Michelle Wong, Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys takes the extensive personal archive of the late Hong Kong artist Ha Bik Chuen (1925–2009) as a starting point, exploring what this archive does in contributing to today’s art history and discourse and additionally inviting contemporary artists to respond to Ha’s archival and art practice with new commissions. The exhibition thus allows more complex narratives about Hong Kong’s art ecology to emerge and reveals parts of Hong Kong’s cultural world that are not always visible.

Walid Raad
Untitled #79
Photography: Kwan Sheung Chi.

The starting point of Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys is the late sculptor and printmaker, Ha Bik Chuen, who left behind a vast personal archive—his “thinking studio”—of visual materials such as negatives, contact sheets, photo albums, as well as illustrated magazines and book collages. His documentation of over 2,500 exhibitions over a thirty-year period certainly records a crucial part of Hong Kong’s cultural and contemporary art history and dispels the common misconception that Hong Kong does not have an art history.

Stemming from Ha’s archive, Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys features a series of “sets”, a carefully composed assemblage of images, objects, and stories. Blurring the line between artwork and archives and placing them on the same plane, the “sets” work together to create an environment where guests can experience portals into new surroundings and possibilities.

The artworks on display for Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys take on a number of distinct forms, which include a sofa with pre-stitched Tyvek and LED panel at its back that was designed to emulate an animal in primary color fields. Other pieces on display include miniature collage landscapes which feature cut-outs of human figures, such as Ha on top of an art crate, flipbooks enlarged to human scale with seating furniture resembling those found inside the pages, sculptures, a series of screenings, and more.

Commissioned artists taking part in the exhibition with their own artistic responses to Ha’s archive include Walid Raad (Beirut/New York), Kwan Sheung Chi (Hong Kong), Lam Wing Sze (Hong Kong), and Raqs Media Collective, comprised of artists Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi and Shuddhabrata Sengupta (New Delhi). Additionally, Banu Cennetoğlu (Istanbul) proposes an artistic intervention—with talks and screenings, among others—that raises questions about the challenges and inadequacies of archives to recover and represent what is “lost”.

Raqs Media Collective
Photography: Kwan Sheung Chi.

Tobias Berger, Head of Art at Tai Kwun commented, “Tai Kwun Contemporary is delighted to be partnering with Asia Art Archive in making this exhibition possible. Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys goes beyond the life archive of Ha Bik Chuen to invite Hong Kong and overseas contemporary artists to intervene with new works that allow us to imagine or reimagine the nature of narratives, memories, and archives.

Claire Hsu, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Asia Art Archive echoed, “As we mark our twentieth anniversary, we are exceptionally excited to be presenting Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys with and at Tai Kwun Contemporary. After 7 years of digitizing and making accessible the vast holding of materials documenting Hong Kong’s cultural development from Ha Bik Chuen’s archive, we are delighted to be presenting an exhibition that probes, imagines, and activates what is creatively possible from within an archive beyond the important work of research, scholarship and education. We are most grateful to the artists who have so thoughtfully responded to this invitation, and to Ha and his family for their generosity in sharing this life’s work with the community. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has made this exhibition possible, especially Tai Kwun and Exhibition Lead Research Sponsor Chinachem Group, and invite all to journey with us through the many portals the Ha Archive has opened up.”

Michelle Wong, the curator of Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys, added, “Through their own creative processes, the artists featured alongside Ha Bik Chuen in Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys have created mysterious portrayals of their own, allowing audiences to see the parallels of archives that are not commonly explored and respond to various facets of his archival and art practice. Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys offers an extraordinary opportunity for visitors to Tai Kwun to delve into the history of Hong Kong’s past through the often-overlooked visual materials and reckon with how contemporary artists see the city’s present and future.”

Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys has given Tai Kwun the opportunity to celebrate Hong Kong’s rich cultural and artistic history, offering an expansive range of programming that is free to the public. At the same time, the exhibition marks a special moment for Asia Art Archive, constituting part of a highly anticipated program that celebrates AAA’s twentieth anniversary.

Visit the Tai Kwun website for more details:


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Marvin Agustin’s newest venture

“As one of the owners and brand ambassador of Oh Crop!, samahan n’yo ako na mas matutunan pa ang benefits ng Adlai, and I promise to create delicious recipes using this powerhouse grain, a great source of energy, protein, and fiber.”  –  Marvin Agustin


Marvin Agustin is no stranger to the culinary industry of the Philippines. His growing empire of restaurants include Wolfgang Steakhouse PH, SumoSam, Marciano’s, John and Yoko, and Johnny Chow, and there has gotta be reasons why someone with such an outstanding reputation would make investments in Oh Crop’s Adlai rice.

Let me enumerate these for you:

  • Healthy options for rice lovers

Rice is life for millions of Filipinos. Rice meals are the go-to comfort food for most of us. Who doesn’t enjoy classic tapsilog or sinangag with eggs and hotdog in the morning? Rice has been a staple part of our lives and chef Marvin Agustin understands that. Unfortunately, eating rice more than three times a day can increase the risk of diabetes and other diseases. Luckily there’s a healthier, low carb, and gluten alternative– Adlai!

Adlai is considered a superfood because it has anti-cancer, anti-diabetes, and anti-allergic effects. It’s also rich in fiber that improves digestion that could potentially help with weight loss.

  • Support for local farmers

If you are health conscious and you substitute quinoa for rice, time to rethink your choices and start supporting locals! This powerhouse grain is indigenous to our beautiful country, and the best is sourced from farmers in Bukidnon and Cotabato. By buying Oh Crop!’s Adlai rice, you are not only buying good quality and a healthier alternative but you are also supporting local farmers.

  • Adlai’s versatility

The flexibility of Adlai rice is such that you can create a variety of dishes from savory to sweet without feeling guilty about the carbs and sugar. Seafood Paella, Kimchi Rice, Sushi Bake, Mango Sticky Rice, or some chocolate-y Champorado – you name it! Feel the flavor without feeling the guilt. No wonder Chef Marvin set his eyes on Adlai. As someone who is passionate about food and creating dishes, he just knows what’s up.

Adlai sells at P399 per 1kg pack, good for about 20 cups of rice, or 5kgs for P1,899. Just fill out the order form before the 3 pm cut-off time and on the same day, a bag of healthy Adlai rice will be delivered to you. You may also find the products in Shopee, Lazada, and BeautyMNL. To know more about Oh Crop brand, visit their Instagram and Facebook pages. Support local and get your Adlai Oh Crop! Today. Don’t miss out on the best Adlai brand out there.

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Hi-Precision Diagnostics opens two new branches amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Undeterred by the lockdown, HPD opened two more branches located in Sta. Ana Manila, and Dasmarinas, Cavite, and hopefully more will follow in the near future.

In times of crisis, there are those who rise up to the challenge by giving valuable assistance and becoming inspirations for those around them. Such is Hi-Precision Diagnostics (HPD), the country’s pioneer and leading medical laboratory.

Despite the restrictions brought about by current health protocols, HPD has remained focused on helping the community by providing quality health care. Undeterred by the lockdown, HPD opened two more branches on April 16, 2021, and hopefully, more will follow. This reiterates HPD’s commitment and dedication to serving patients during this pandemic.

The Reception area of HPD Sta. Ana branch.

One of these branches is located in Sta. Ana, Manila. This branch offers services like fully automated lab exams, X-ray, ECG, ultrasound, drug test, multi-specialty doctors’ clinics, home service, mobile on-site services, and online results.

The Imaging section of HPD Sta. Ana.

With clinic hours from Monday to Saturday, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, the Sta. Ana branch is located at G/F Rivergreen Residences 2217 Pedro Gil St. Brgy. 880, Zone 97, Sta. Ana, Manila. Cellphone number: 0917-803 2504. Email address: hpsta.ana@hi-precision.com.ph

HPD Dasmarinas, Cavite branch

The second new HPD branch is in Dasmariñas, Cavite. This HPD Plus branch offers services like fully automated lab exams, X-ray, ECG, ultrasound, drug test, multi-specialty doctors’ clinics, home service, mobile on-site services, online results, and RT-PCR test. It also highlights its MomMe Care, which especially caters to obstetric and pediatric patients.

The facade of HPD Plus in Dasmarinas, Cavite.
MomMe Care in HPD Plus Dasmarinas, Cavite caters to obstetric and pediatric patients.

With clinic hours from Monday to Saturday, 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, the Dasmariñas branch is located at Lot 4-A. Aguinaldo Highway Pasong Tala Zone 4, Dasmariñas, Cavite. Cellphone number: 0917-800 1791. Email address: hpdasma.pasongtala@hi-precision.com.ph.

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Featured photo: At the opening of HPD Sta. Ana, Manila branch.

An exciting lineup of activities for Viva Europa 2021

During this cultural summer, get ready for a wonderful European online experience of the best of poetry, music and visual arts, dance, film, literature, science, cycling, and children’s arts and crafts.  

Get immersed in an exciting cacophony and tapestry of European culture and arts from April to June 2021 as the European Union presents “Viva Europa 2021.”

European Union Ambassador Luc Véron said that Viva Europa 2021 aims at highlighting the partnership, friendship and the shared cultural values between the EU and the Philippines and in the context of the bilateral Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. The cultural festival will also mark Europe Day on 9 May.

European Union Ambassador Luc Véron addressed his welcome remarks to the media guests and delegates during the recent Viva Europa virtual press conference.

In view of the ongoing pandemic, these cultural treats will be made available on the Facebook page of the EU Delegation to the Philippines:   https://www.facebook.com/EUDelegationToThePhilippines/

Joint EU Activities

  • Children on Spotlight: Children will once again be in the spotlight of this year’s cultural programme for children and their families. On 16 May at 10 a.m., through the “Lakbayin Natin ang EU” (Journey to the EU) festival, the EU Delegation together with the Embassies of Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy through the Philippine-Italian Association, Austria and Poland have prepared the best of European stories and tales, games, languages, film, music, arts and crafts for Filipino children. The art of creating friendship bracelets in line with the theme “Friendship and Partnership” will be taught to kids during the festival.
  • Bersong Euro-Pinoy: The passion, the romance, and fire of European and Filipino poetry continue during this Viva Europa cultural summer. This year’s recital will have the participation of Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, and Poland.

Carl Norac is Belgium’s fourth National Poet and a prize-winning poet and author of many widely acclaimed and best-selling children’s books. His work has been translated into 47 languages. His bilingual children’s book “My Daddy is a Giant” appeared in Tagalog-English in 2005. In 2009, Norac received the Grand Prix de la Société des Gens De Lettres. He will recite his original works: “Pour Marcel Moreau” – For Marcel Moreau, his friend who is a Belgian writer too and who has unfortunately recently passed away and “Pour Mustafa, pour Mustafa Kör” (For Mustafa, for Mustafa Kör), a poem dedicated to Mustafa Kör who will in fact succeed him in January 2022 as a National Poet.

Famous poet and director of Instituto Cervantes in Madrid, Mr Luis Garcia Montero, will recite his original work for Bersong Euro-Pinoy.

For the first time, German artist/actress Luisa Katharina Davids will recite the German translation of Mi Ultimo Adios“ as 2021 is the year when the German Embassy also unveils José Rizal’s former furniture from Heidelberg, Germany, and an official marker with the German translation of “Mi Ultimo Adios“ at the Museo ni José Rizal in Intramuros. (Please see more information about the artist www.luisakatharinadavids.de)

This year, La Punta della Lingua poetry festival from Italy will once again join the Bersong Euro-Pinoy poetry recital. Poems to be rendered adhere to the theme of “Friendship/Partnership” Bersong Euro-Pinoy will be held on 21 and 28 May at 6 pm.


  • Filipino poets from the Department of Literature, De La Salle University will read their original works in Filipino, Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, and Waray. The poets and their works are:  Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles   “Kasama”(“Comrade”); John Iremil Teodoro, “Sa Hardin sang Ginuo: Isa Ka Pangamuyo sa Tiempo sang Pandemya” (“In the Garden of the Lord: A Prayer During the Time of the Pandemic”); Carmie Ortego  “Paglakát mo nag-lipstick ako hin pula” (When you left I put on red lipstick); and Genevieve L. Asenjo “Sa Gihapon, Palangga, ang Uran” (“Always, Beloved, the Rain”).
  • Filipino poets from Ateneo de Zamboanga University and Mindanao will read their pieces also in the mother tongue: M.J. Cagumbay Tumamac, poet in Hiligaynon, Southern Mindanao, Awardee of Makata ng Taon 2019, and Sigrid Gayangos, poet in Chabacano, Zamboanga City/Dumaguete City, Awardee of Palanca Award 2018.
  • Dora Šedivá, daughter of Ambassador Jana Šedivá  (Czech Embassy) is back with her friend, Marika Štěpková, daughter of Deputy Ambassador Jana Peterková, (Czech Embassy)  will read Fortune (Štěstí) by Adolf Heyduk both in Czech and in English.
  • “Det er Liv et Reise” or “To Travel is to Live” by Hans Christian Andersen will be read by Danish Ambassador  Grette Siallasen.
  • The famous poem “Amis, Un Dernier Mot” by Victor Hugo will be read by a representative from the Embassy of France.
  • “Rima LII”, a sonnet on friendship by Dante Alighieri, will be read by Alessandro Milano, General Manager of the Philippine-Italian Association.
  • “Love” by Erich Fried to be read by Gerald Poellabauer and Crystal Eunice Dela Cruz of the Embassy of Austria.
  • “Labirynt” or “Labyrinth” by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wisława Szymborska will be rendered by Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Poland Jaroslaw Roman Szczepankiewicz.

Euro-Pinoy Concert: Beat the summer heat and join us on 4 June at 6 pm!

Spectacular performances await Filipinos this year as the EU readies a performance with a blast from Embassies of the Czech Republic, Germany Spain, France, Italy, Austria, and Poland.

  • A highly acclaimed contemporary dance titled “GUIDE” will be performed by Věra Ondrašíková and Co. from the Czech Republic. (Please see the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG8ihIatJRw)
  • German visual artist Lisa Kossen will bring to life a musical number through her visual art. Be ready for a surprise fun night as she instantly interprets music via her powerful brush strokes.

Get ready for:

  • Jazz artist Eric Soulard from France
  • Violinist Tullio Vidmar from Italy
  • “Trio Artio” from Austria
  • Jazz artist Artur Dutkiewicz from Poland

In the spirit of friendship, collaborative performances will be held by some Euro-Pinoy artists with local talents.

Musica FEUropa Choral Festival: The traditional choral festival of the EU Delegation to the Philippines and Far Eastern University will be held in the afternoons of all Saturdays of May 2021 from 8:00 to 9:30 pm. Watch the choirs perform famous music from folk to classical from both the EU and the Philippines during the month-long choral concerts.

EU Whiz Competition: Give your best shout out and cheers to your alma mater as students colleges and universities across the Philippines gear up for the much-anticipated “EU Whiz: Filipino Youth of the FEUture”, an inter-collegiate competition spearheaded by the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines and is endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education. Hurry up as applications are being received until 1 May 2021.

Mechanics are available at https://www.eeas.europa.eu/philippines or https://www.euwhizfyf2021.engage.eu/

Since 2006, the EU Whiz has been a fun and exciting way for Filipino students to showcase their knowledge and understanding of the EU and EU-Philippine relations. Apart from the quiz, the EU Whiz: Filipino Youth of the FEUture has been expanded to include two more events—the “My Space, My Rights” video competition, and the “Green ECO I See” digital art competition. This year also marks the first time that all events will be held online as a result of the pandemic. The EU Whiz thanks the Embassy of Czech Republic for its support.

“Beyond the Stars, Reach out to the Skies” Webinar on Copernicus and Galileo:  This webinar will be held on 25 June 2021 from 3 pm to 5 pm. Space scientists from the European Commission and Hungary will join a roster of local speakers and participants from the Philippines.

EU Film Festival and EuroPelikula: Films are always an important signature component of the Viva Europa festival and this year is no different as carefully selected films will be accessible from 5 May to 5 June.

Films include the following:

  • ACASA MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc (2020)

Romania, Finland, Germany

  • AURORA by Miia Tervo (2019)


  • FIRE WILL COME (O QUE ARDE) by Oliver Laxe (2019)

Spain, France, Luxembourg

  • HER JOB (I DOULIA TIS) by Nikos Labôt (2018)

Greece, France, Serbia

  • OUR STRUGGLES (NOS BATAILLES) by Guillaume Senez (2018)

Belgium, France

  • PERFUMES (LES PARFUMS) by Gregory Magne (2019)


  • THE AUDITION (DAS VORSPIEL) by Ina Weisse (2019)

Germany, France


Webinars on Bicycle Tourism, Road Safety/Etiquette, Bike-Friendliness, and People-Centred Architecture. On 21 May at 9:30 a.m., the Danish Embassy and Intramuros Administration will present these free webinars.

21 May@ 3 to 4:30 pm: The Royal Netherlands Embassy and Makati Business Club will conduct a webinar on “Starter Sessions: Your Guide To Be A Bike Friendly Business”  with Mr. Chris Bruntlett, Marketing & Communications Manager of the Dutch Cycling Embassy as a speaker.

Dante in the Philippines: Teaching and Translating Dante Today, a free webinar from the Philippine-Italian Association on 7 May at 2 pm. Professor Paul Dumol (University of Asia and Pacific) and Professors Michael Coroza and Jonathan Chua (Ateneo de Manila University) are resource persons.

Viva Europa 2021 is the outcome of fruitful cooperation between the EU Delegation to the Philippines, the Embassies of Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark Germany Spain France, Italy through the Philippine-Italian Association, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Dela Salle University and Far Eastern University.

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Mall and shopping updates this week

Araneta City opens a number of curbside pickup stations in each of its properties. Meanwhile, check out Marvel Home items at Miniso’s Home and Living Sale ongoing until May 02.

  • Araneta City offers shopping convenience via Drive & Go curbside pickup
To provide safety and comfort to shoppers, the City of Firsts introduces the Drive & Go curbside pickup service.
This new retail offering allows Araneta City customers to pick up their orders in curbside locations without having to leave their vehicles.
Customers will just have to call any Araneta City store to place an order, discuss their preferred mode of payment, and set a pick-up schedule for the ordered items.
Signages are placed in the following locations to designate the official curbside pickup spots:

– Gateway Mall (fronting Boulangerie 22 at Gen. Roxas Avenue)

– Ali Mall (fronting Starbucks, Times Square Entrance)

– Shopwise Arcade (fronting Tour Les Jours at Gen. Aguinaldo Avenue)
– Farmers Plaza (fronting BDO at Gen. Roxas Avenue)

– Farmers Market (fronting JAM at Session Road)

In each curbside pickup spot, customers will only have to wait for a maximum of 10 minutes for store attendees to bring them their orders.
The use of any of these curbside pickup locations is FREE of charge, with each customer having to pay only for the items purchased.

Contact any Araneta City store now, and enjoy a taste of safe and convenient shopping at the City of Firsts!

  • Marvel X Miniso at Home and Living Sale

Superhero fans will be happy to know that Japanese fast-fashion brand Miniso has collaborated with Marvel, adding and bringing a touch of comic design and heroic style to everyday life. Better still, shoppers can enjoy up to 50% discounts on Marvel Home items at Miniso’s Home and Living Sale, which is ongoing until May 02.

Organize your home with the latest Marvel x Miniso wardrobe and storage solutions- from large bins to store toys and clothes; to storage boxes that breathable, dust-proof, and foldable. Wardrobe organizers and storage drawers, on the other hand, are perfect space-saving solutions.

Marvel x Miniso wardrobe organizer bags are made of premium fabrics that are sturdy and stackable.

Create your own Marvel Avengers nook at home by hanging stylish wall clocks and a collage of your Marvel superheroes. There are also fun tumblers and bento boxes for healthy snacking with your favorite hero.

Shop in-store or online via shop.minisoph.com. For more updates, follow MinisoPhilippines on Facebook and Miniso PH on Instagram.

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Mapúa University Manila embarks on digitalization with Globe

The prolonged closure of schools has widely impacted how students learn. With face-to-face limitations likely to continue for the majority of schools in the Philippines, collaboration tools have become the central medium for learning.

Understanding the need to adjust to new learning modalities as the world goes into the new normal, Mapúa University-Manila partnered with Globe Telecom to set up Zoom video conferencing and connectivity solutions for its students and faculty.

“Despite offering fully online programs and courses years before the COVID-19 pandemic, we did not foresee how difficult it would be to transition to remote learning,” said Danilo Tiongco, Chief Information Officer for Mapúa University and iPeople Inc., a holding company that drives investments in the education sector. “We found ourselves fast-tracking our digital initiatives. We had to hasten the production of electronic materials for our students. We even went as far as enrolling our staff to get certifications in Instructional Design for Online Courses. As a school, we recognize our role in guiding our learners as they go through changes. Having Globe as our partner made the shift to digital learning easier for Mapúa and allowed us to focus on helping our students.”

Zoom has become Mapúa’s primary tool for synchronous learning, wherein class sessions happen in real-time. The school also uses the video conferencing tool as a channel for consultations between teachers and students. Through Zoom, users enjoy collaborative and easy-to-use features such as chat, breakout rooms, content sharing, annotation, digital whiteboarding among others.

This Zoom access was also coupled with Globe GoLearn and SchoolSURF data plans for students. Using these connectivity solutions enables learners to access educational content and utilize communication and collaboration applications as they participate in online classes.

“Globe commits to its duty to not just be a solutions provider, but also a partner of our customers and organizations in their fight for resilience, recovery, and transformation,” shared Peter Maquera, Senior Vice President for Globe Business.

With the help of iPeople and the seven schools it operates (including Mapúa University), Globe has successfully distributed multiple education solutions such as Home Prepaid WiFi kits, Load Up services, licenses for collaboration tools, and internet and mobile data plans. This initiative of strengthening Philippine education is part of Globe’s sustainability program, which aims to contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Work intelligently using best-in-class productivity tools. Talk to your Globe Business Account Manager or visit their website to learn more about their specialized education offers.

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