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Aug 27, 2010
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Even those living under a rock would have an idea that the week hasn’t been the proudest moments in our country’s history.[firstpara] But as we pointed out, good news is always right around the corner. And what do you know? The weekend is here, a long weekend at that, with a wealth of surprises for you.

Food feasts
Asian flavors will be teasing your taste buds this weekend, starting with Essences of Vietnam: A Food Festival to be held at Spiral, Sofitel Philippine Plaza.

Scrumptious, spicy dishes showcasing authentic Vietnamese cuisine by renowned master chefs, Somnuck Attawon, Executive Chef of Cham Charm Restaurant in Vietnam, and Le Quang Danh, Executive Chef of Nam Phan Restaurant in Vietnam will be served from August 25 to September 5 at the luxurious hotel.

For reservations and inquiries, please call 551-5555 local 1086 or 832-6988, or email at fbreservations@sofitelmanila.com.

Resume your quest for exotic flavors at Xin Tian Di at the Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila where the star will be Nonya cuisine that has been known for its distinct aromatic and spicy dishes.  Have a taste of Chap Chai, a dish of stewed vegetables with prawns and pork in soy bean sauce for the Kuah Putih or how about some Ikan Pedas, fish braised in spicy tamarind gravy for the Kuah Pedas?  Want more? Then check out Udang Pedas Nanas, prawns and pineapple in spicy gravy or some Hee Peow Soup, which is clear soup with three types of meatballs, fish balder, pork tripe and cabbage.

The names sound exotic, don’t they?
They’re sure to taste just as good. Make sure to catch it from August 23 to August 31.  For inquiries, call Tel. No. 633-7222.

From those prestigious hotels we head to Power Plant Mall in Makati where Food Trip: Chasing Chinatown happens from August 23 to August 31. From egg pies and hopia to siopao and mami and even Chinese specialties made in Manila's very own Chinatown, this food trip features only the most authentic and most delicious Chinese dishes. For inquiries, call 898-1702.

Had enough of the spiciness and oil? Then your last destination should be Restaurant 101 where Dessert Comes First happens on August 27, 6:30 PM. Enderun Master Chef Andreas Gillar will be at this food event as he presents a decadent eight course feast that’s perfect for your sweet tooth. 

Enjoy the delectable dessert dishes for P1,980 per person (subject to 5% service charge).  For reservations, call 856-5000 local 101 or 403-7840. You may also email 101@enderuncolleges.com. Restaurant 101 is at 1100 Campus Avenue, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Motown Tribute Party at M Cafe
On August 27, 2010 join a retro party like no other at M Café in Greenbelt 4. That’s where Motown: A Tribute Party to the Sound of Motown happens, which will be featuring music from DJs Kristian Hernandez, Ms Badkiss, Mike Cons, Pasta Groove, and special guests.

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Party goers are encouraged to come dressed as your favorite Motown artist because the best costume awardee gets a free bottle of champagne. Holy effin’ awesome!

Dubplate Manila X Obey Bashment Round 2 at B-Side
B-Side is going to be rocking again this Saturday as Red-i Sounds and 32Bar Productions present DUBPLATE MANILA X OBEY Bashment Round 2. Featuring Don P, Caliph8, Mulan, Immortal DJ, Soulflower, and Red-i with special guests Free the Robots and Roam Elsewhere, it’s sure to be a night to remember. Door charge is P200.

Party fever
 It’s Saturday Supreme  once again at Manor Super Club in Libis, and this week’s shebang will be headlined by music from DJ Buzz, DJ Slick J, DJ Mick, DJ J Reyes and MC Boo. Over at Republiq near NAIA Terminal 3, prepare to get a party high as PURE happens on a Saturday night featuring unadulterated house and electronic music by Marc Naval, Manolet Dario, Martin Pulgar, GP Reyes, Marie Garcia, Bing Reyes, and Emil Angeles. For table reservations, call 0917-5508888 or email reservations@republiqclub.com.

At the opposite side of the metro, it’s going to be a happening evening as well over at Bliss Ultraclub at Tomas Morato. Blissful Saturdays happens featuring DJ Chinaman, DJ Lime, DJ Ace Ramos, and DJ Richard. We’re sure no one’s going to be sad here. Likewise, Saturday Night Live at Club Bureau is going to be blissful too featuring DJ Chris Myk and Violator Allstar DJ Euric. Club Bureau is located  at A-Venue Mall, Makati Ave., Makati City.

Volcom Sari-Sari Skate Stop 3 and Free-For-All Skate Clinic
Skaters unite! Aloha Boardsports and Five-0 Skate Shop will be celebrating skate culture with the Volcom Sari-Sari Skate Tour series of competitions to be held on Saturday, August 28, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.

Being the third leg in a series of five local skateboarding competitions in different venues across the Metro, we know that the skaters here will be ready to give it all thev’ve got. We’re sure it’s going to be a rocking event. 

Along with the competition,  there will also be a Free For All Skate Clinic featuring the Aloha Boardsports team riders, Jeff Gonzalez, Rasheed Al Rasheed, and Otie Tipan as coaches. The skate clinic will be held on Sunday, August 29, 3 to 7 p.m. at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall. Registration is ongoing at all Aloha Boardsports branches and Five-0 Skate Shop.

For more information, contact 09178813711.

4th International Silent Film Festival
In case you didn’t notice, the 4th International Silent Film Festival will be happening on August 28, Saturday, and August 29, Sunday at Shang Cineplex 2, Shangri-la Plaza. Entrance is free, so it’s a cheap date. Click here to check out our feature on the said event, and the films to be shown as well.


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WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES

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