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The Flavors of Spain

by guest
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
Posted in Candy Bites |

¡Hola! Thinking of a great place to treat your friends and family? We were invited to the launch of Alqueria Restaurante Y Chocolateria, and with its soothing house music, cozy interiors, and scrumptious meals, you will surely have a dining experience that is one for the books.
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“Alqueria” is a Spanish term that means “farmhouse”. Alquerias have served as homes to rural families in Spain, and now, they are being converted into places for social gatherings. If you’re lucky, you might catch performances of traditional Spanish dances that are sure to keep you entertained while you enjoy your food. Some of our favorite dishes include Tabla de Jamon en Queso (appetizer), Fabada Asturiana (soup), and the Paella—they’ve got a variety of them!

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You should also try the Sangria, a popular Spanish drink, and Bacalao a la Vizcaina, a seafood dish.

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Alqueria is also home to Valor Chocolates, a well-loved sugar-free Chocolate brand in Spain. One of the restaurant’s best-sellers are the Churros, which are perfect with Valor Chocolate dips.

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Chef Adrian came all the way from Barcelona to share several family recipes, which have been passed down from many generations. Here, he demonstrates the traditional way of cutting the Cochinillo. The chefs in Alqueria tend to be very hands-on. You’ll see them manning the open kitchen and approaching the guests in their tables, so you might want to google some common Spanish terms and greetings so you can strike a conversation with Chef Adrian!

Visit Alqueria Restaurante Y Chocolateria, 3rd level, SM Mega Fashion Hall, Building D, Mandaluyong. For reservations, contact 09175463370.

Macee Rosimo & Chiara Ocampo
Council of Cool 15

Why You Should Watch The Book of Life

by guest
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Posted in Spotlight |


Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna) and his best friend Joaquin (Channing Tatum) have been head over heels for Maria (Zoë Saldana) since they were little. It may have started off as puppy love, but now there’s no turning back! This rivalry is made more interesting by two spiritual deities as they bet on which guy will win Maria’s heart. Because of this, Manolo finds himself in different worlds, determined to do whatever it takes to reunite with her—conquering his fears and following his heart in the process. Both hilarious and heartwarming, The Book of Life is an animated comedy filled with moments that will make you LOL and go aww. Its catchy tunes and vibrant colors will surely keep your eyes glued to the screen. This movie is a celebration of life and love, perfect for the Halloween season! Catch it when it premieres on October 16. —Coleen Pascual, Candy Council of Cool 15

Dekada: A Mouthful of #TBTs and #FBFs

by guest
Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Posted in Candy Bites |

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I was transported back to my history classes when I stepped into Dekada restaurant in Glorietta 3 and got a taste of their authentic Pinoy dishes.

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Every detail was on point, from the cozy ambiance to the names of the food on their menu. (Each dish corresponded to a specific decade from the ’50s to the ’90s.)

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The restaurant was decorated with Filipino memorabilia and played classic Pinoy hits.

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Even though the restaurant served Filipino dishes we already know and love, Dekada was such a refreshing food experience. With many restaurants offering foreign cuisine, Dekada is one place that truly feels like home. It’ll make you remember your mom’s adobo rice. It’ll make you miss your lola’s kare-kare. It’ll make you reminisce about your childhood yaya’s leche flan. It has all the flavors of home that’ll just make you feel all fuzzy inside.


So if you’re interested in more than the usual food trip, you should definitely give Dekada a try. Let’s see what memories their food stirs up in you!

Dekada is located in Glorietta 3, Makati. Log on to for more details.

Sam Labrador, Candy Council of Cool 14 Launches New Label Called BMBX

by guest
Friday, September 26th, 2014
Posted in Spotlight |


I’ve been a big fan of, from his Black Eyed Peas days up to his judge stint for The Voice in the Philippines. Now he ventures to new heights as he unveils his new label, BMBX (Boombox)! The Fil-Am rapper wants everyone to take notice of the talent of Southeast Asians like Singaporean rapper Kevin Lester a.k.a. THELIONCITYBOY, Jessica Reynoso from The Voice in the Philippines, and Filipino band Slapshock. says he wants these artists to experience the Western production, similar to what he experienced when he was in the US. He hopes to find more talented artists and help make their dreams come true.

Why don’t you upload your cover of the latest hits on YouTube and tag Maybe you’ll be the next artist to sign under BMBX! —Ian Sta. Maria, Candy Council of Cool 14

Kids Got #Swag

by guest
Saturday, September 13th, 2014
Posted in Candy, What's Up |

I’ve never really been into dancing (never mind the fact that I’m not good at it at all!). But I do love watching other people dance. Seeing their heart poured into a single performance is always nothing short of moving.

Dance X from Xavier School

In their second year, SMART Jump In Dance-off held the Metro Manila leg of their qualifying round in two venues: SM Mall of Asia and SM City North EDSA last Sunday, September 7. In an effort to expand their reach and make more dreams happen, SMART decided to include grade school teams this year. Over 25 hopefuls from schools, colleges, and universities across the Metro came together to battle out their moves on the stage. And, in order to make it to the final show, which will be held on October 5 at the SMART Araneta Coliseum, each team must gain enough text votes, which will then be added to the scores the judges gave them.

Sayawatha Dance Troupe from Miriam College

Being able to catch the show in SM City North EDSA, I would say I was really impressed by the well-thought-out routines presented by the contestants. It’s simply amazing to see all these kids and teenagers – most of them younger than me – move to the beat of the music almost flawlessly. I cannot dance to save my life, but they sure can!

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Want to know if your school’s favorite dance troupe made it to the grand finals? Visit for the complete list of finalists!

Andy, COC 14

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by: kaye, 2014-10-26

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