Claude Tayag: Portrait of the Chef as Artist

Claude Tayag never ceases to amaze me as he not only dabbles but shines in the various endeavors he pours his heart and soul into – whether it be the culinary arts or the visual arts. Bale Dutung We know him as a chef and culinary icon, with his relentless promotion of Pampango and Philippine…

Painting Cakes Brings New Life to Artist Christina Dy

He Is Risen!    As we celebrate the message of hope that Easter brings, allow me to share the story of a friend who found light amidst darkness, strength in the midst of fear, and joy in spite of sorrow. She is a true inspiration.   Her name is Christina Dy.      She is…

Mario Mio, a charming Italian restaurant in Silang, Cavite, near Tagaytay

Mario Mio: Charming New Italian Resto Near Tagaytay

I just had a conversation with my friend Jayme Natividad, Chef of Taal Vista Hotel, that Tagaytay needs a good Italian restaurant. Maybe my wishes resonated across the Universe because – tada! – L’Opera’s Paolo Nesi, who is not only a respected restaurateur but also a certified sommelier, has partnered with lawyer/developer Babes Oreta and…

Taal Vista Hotel

Where Shall We Go This Valentine’s Day?

Ah it’s that time of the year again when the all-encompassing excuse to love (and spend for it) reigns supreme: It’s Valentine’s Day! I’ve been told by friends in the industry that the following are happening so here are a few options on how to be a sucker and succumb to the dictates of commercialism…

Pottery by Aleth Ocampo

My friend Aleth Ocampo, known for her insanely addictive chocolate chip cookies and private dining savvy, has gotten obsessed with pottery. Her hobby has blossomed into a collection and she now has an ongoing exhibit at Aphro Living at The Alley in Pasong Tamo. I had seen bits and pieces of work but never all…