Father's Day Treats from Royce Hotel and Casino

June is a special month for fathers. It is the perfect time to reward the hardworking man of the house with a special treat in the form of relaxation, food, and entertainment. All these are possible in a luxurious place like Royce Hotel and Casino.

Accommodation Deal

One of the simplest ways to give back to your Dad is to just let him do his “thing”. Give him the freedom to unwind and enjoy a vacation at his own pace. Does he like wild adventures? Take him on Royce’s Daddy Safari to Zoocobia. The package includes deeply comforting accommodations so he can just relax. And if you book the It’s Dad’s Time package for Father’s Day, you can even avail of great room rates, passes to the swimming pool, buffet perks, and an exclusive gift for our beloved fathers.

Junior Suite
Deluxe King
Deluxe Triple
Dining Deal

All Dads love a good feast. At Royce, all your Dad’s cravings will surely be sated. Royce’s gastronomic hubs have great treats for every guest. If your Dad has a sweet tooth, dine with a group of four at The Lounge and get free Almond Nut Caramel Lattes each if your bill is at least P1,500. 

Those who visit Café Majestic will get free Kimbap when you buy food worth at least P1,000. Or if modern comfort food is more of your Dad’s tastes, then dine at the Empire Bar and Lounge to enjoy his favourite pizza and 10 bottles of beer for just P998! And just for Father’s Day, Dads get a buffet meal for free for every festive lunch or dinner for two.

The Lounge Restaurant
Empire Bar and Lounge
Amare by Chef Chris Restaurant
Fun and Games Deal

Royce Hotel and Casino Facade
Another way to give your Dad a Father’s Day he’ll never forget is to give him winning moments #OnlyAtRoyce. Take him for a day of great games at the casino and get a chance to win fantastic prizes just by playing. 

Casino Entrance
Casino Lobby
As long as you avail of a carded Royce Rewards membership, you can be one of the lucky 100 members who’ll win P500 worth of slot non-cashable promotional tickets. 

Being a certified foodie that my husband is, he would really love to sample the dining deal as described above. I'm sure other dads would have every reason to visit the hotel, whether it be to experience the food, accommodation, or games. 

Check out the hotel's Father's Day perks and promos and offer a one-of-a-kind experience to the best Dad in the world. 

New Look for Coke in Cans

Have you noticed anything new about the look  of Coke in Cans? Seems to me there is an attempt to have the variants attain a unified look judging from the predominance of the color red. So instead of seeing the usual black Coke Zero and  the familiar silver Coke Light, we now see them sporting just a sliver of their original can colors to make way for the iconic Coke red disc. Standing side by side with Coke Original, they actually look like one family.

The Coca Cola Red Disc

The Coca Cola Red Disc is a sight so familiar, no one can mistake it for anything else. Essentially a flat red circle with the brand name at the center, it has become part of Coca Cola products since its introduction during the 1930's. The use of the Red Disc was systematized in 1947 for retail signage. As new products rolled out in varying colors and themes, this red disc remained a constant for branding purposes.

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Now it has been chosen by the company as the unifying factor for branding all its products. By doing so, the company hopes to unite all its variants under the Coca Cola Trademark through its so-called One Brand Strategy. Since packaging is the most visible way of achieving this, such marketing move is easily understood.

One Brand

We are expecting therefore to see related changes in other Coca Cola Products, not just in Coke in Cans. The company admittedly has an asset in the Red Disc. It simply makes sense to use it to present its line of products under one distinctive brand. 

El Real Recipes for Mother's Day

Mothers deserve to be treated with a special dish on their special day. For this reason, El Real Pasta, one of the brands of Universal Robina Corporation, came up with two exciting sumptuous pasta recipes. Try these recipes and let these women in our lives feel the “yumayakap ang sarap” goodness of El Real Elbow Macaroni and El Real Flat Spaghetti.

Elbow Macaroni with Chicken & Wild Mushrooms

250 g. El Real Elbow Macaroni
1/4 cup salted butter or margarine
1/2 cup thinly sliced white onions
1 tbsp. crushed garlic
250 g. chicken breast fillet – cut into 1-inch-long thin strips
4 pcs. fresh or canned oyster mushroom, thinly sliced
8 pcs. shitake mushrooms –  soak in 3/4 cup water (15 minutes). Save mushroom water. 
Remove stems. Slice thinly.
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh or canned button mushrooms
1 cup frozen peas – thawed
1 cup all-purpose cream
1 tbsp. rock salt or 1 tsp. fine salt
1/2 tsp. white pepper
1/4 cup chopped green bell peppers
1/4 cup chopped red bell peppers

First, cook the El Real Elbow Macaroni according to package directions, drain under faucet water and set aside. In a 12-inch skillet, melt the butter and sauté onions and garlic. Add chicken and cook until it changes color. Add mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes. Add peas, salt and pepper. Stir until boiling. Add cream and simmer. Top with bell peppers. Turn off fire and toss in the macaroni. Serves 4-6.

Flat Spaghetti with Creamy Sausage and Chicken

250 g. El Real Flat Spaghetti
1/4 cup salted butter or margarine
1/4 cup minced white onion
1 cup Italian sausage
1/2 cup chopped chicken breast fillet
1 tsp. fine salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
3 tbsp. Continental All-Purpose Flour
2 cups fresh or full cream milk
10 fresh or frozen broccoli flowerettes


Cook the El Real Flat Spaghetti according to package directions, drain under faucet water and set aside. Cook 10 fresh or frozen broccoli flowerettes in boiling pasta water for 10 minutes, drain and set aside. In a 12-inch skillet, put butter and sauté onions until soft. Add sausage, chicken, salt and pepper. Stir until half cooked. Then add Continental All-Purpose Flour and mix well. Lastly, add milk, stir and simmer. Place pasta on a serving platter, top with sauce and garnish with broccoli flowerettes. Serves 4-6.


Eating popcorn has just been made perfect with the partnership of Sharp Home Electronics Company of America (SHCA) and Orville Redenbacher’s® Gourmet® Popping Corn. This is via the launch of three all-new Countertop Microwave Ovens (SMC1443CM, SMC1442CS and SMC1132CS) with Orville Redenbacher’s certified popcorn preset button. A simple touch on the specially-tuned “Popcorn” button plus either the Orville Redenbacher’s Microwave Popcorn Classic Size (3.3 oz.) or Single Serve Mini Bag (1.16 oz.), produces a perfectly popped, buttery flavor within minutes.

Exclusive, tuned popcorn preset option delivers convenient cooking to complete the perfect pop

Perfect Partnership

Sharp has been a pioneer in the microwave business since mass producing the first microwave oven in 1962 while Orville Redenbacher’s brand has been America’s #1 freshly popped popcorn choice for years. Their partnership is exciting and natural as it produces the highest quality popcorn experience with just the touch of a button. Popping the perfect movie night bowl just got even easier.

The mid-sized 1.1 cubic feet and family-sized 1.4 cubic feet Sharp microwaves are equipped with One-Touch key presets that capture the most popular cooking times, from thirty seconds to up to six minutes, making it ready for even more than just a perfect bag of popcorn. Auto Defrost and Sharp’s innovative Carousel® turntable system further enable quick and seamless microwaving. Sharp’s Countertop Microwave Ovens come in an easy-to-clean, stainless steel finish that complements any kitchen. 

Features and Benefits

- Orville Redenbacher’s certified popcorn preset is specially engineered for optimal popping results

- Full 1,000 watts of power provide rapid reheating and fast cooking
- Convenient One-Touch controls and Auto Defrost allow for quick and accurate      cooking
- Premium stainless steel finish make it easy-to-clean
- Sharp’s Carousel® turntable allows for even cooking 

SMC1443CM: $139.99
SMC1442CS: $139.99
SMC1132CS: $119.99

The Sharp Countertop Microwave Oven tuned for Orville Redenbacher’s® popcorn is available at kitchen retailers nationwide. For more information about the newest Sharp Microwaves (SMC1443CM, SMC1442CS and SMC1132CS) and retail availability, please visit www.SharpUSA.com.

About Sharp Home Electronics Company of America (SHCA)

SHCA is the U.S. Consumer Products Group of Sharp Electronics Corporation, the U.S. sales subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer and manufacturer of one-of-a-kind premium technology products.  SHCA includes the manufacturing of Home Appliances in Memphis, TN together with the sales & marketing and servicing of Home Electronics in the United States. Leading products include Sharp Carousel®, Microwave Drawer™, SuperSteam+™ ovens, and Plasmacluster® Ion air purifiers. Sharp was named one of the Most Admired Brands in America and Sharp Corporation was named one of the 20 Most Loved Companies globally*.  Learn more at http://www.sharpusa.com/.

*Sources: Buyology Inc., 2012; APCO Worldwide, 2013

Sharp, Carousel, Plasmacluster, Microwave Drawer, Supersteam+ and all related trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sharp Corporation and/or its affiliated companies. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.


Orville Redenbacher dedicated his life to creating the highest quality popcorn. In 1952, Orville hand selected a small group of family farmers to grow his exclusive kernel that pops up light and fluffy. Today, our family farmers continue to uphold Orville’s commitment to quality, growing only the best popcorn. And, Orville Redenbacher’s® is the only leading brand who uses real butter in many of its products. Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn offerings include buttery, sweet and savory, 94% fat free SmartPop!®, and Naturals microwave popcorn, as well as jarred popcorn kernels. For more information, visit www.orville.com.


Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG), headquartered in Chicago, is one of North America’s leading branded food companies. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit, Conagra Brands combines a rich heritage of making great food with a sharpened focus on innovation. The company’s portfolio is evolving to satisfy people’s changing food preferences. Conagra’s iconic brands, such as Marie Callender’s®, Reddi-wip®, Hunt’s®, Healthy Choice®, Slim Jim® and Orville Redenbacher's®, as well as emerging brands, including Alexia®, Blake’s® and Frontera®, offer choices for every occasion. With an ongoing commitment to corporate citizenship, Conagra Brands has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability™ North America Index for six consecutive years. For more information, visit www.conagrabrands.com.

Cable Car Bar and Restaurant Combines Food with Fun

Food and fun is a much desired mix. At Cable Car Bar and Restaurant, this combination has been its secret formula in ensuring its niche in the industry. Proof of this is its recent celebration of its 25th anniversary via new branch openings and a menu revamp.

Appearing on page 132 of the 164 page magazine's March 2017 issue of Philippines Airline's much-loved inflight magazine, Mabuhay, is the advertorial of Cable Car, one of the Philippines' well-loved bar and restaurant.

It first opened its doors to the public with its Makati branch in 1992. Cable Car now has a total of five (5) branches: 4 in the metro area located at San Lorenzo in Makati, the Fort Strip in BGC, Tomas Morato in Quezon City and Ortigas in Pasig and one branch in Mandurriao in Iloilo. Franchises in Pampanga and Alabang are expected to open soon. 

Cooking with Ajinomoto's Sarsaya Oyster Sauce

Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation recently launched its newest product Sarsaya Oyster Sauce and this got me very interested. For a person who loves to cook, any food product introduced will always be a subject of interest. Why not when it can allow me to come up with meals that excite the palate of my family, making me more fulfilled in what I do. 

Celebrity Endorser

No less than the Primetime King Coco Martin was chosen to be the product endorser of Sarsaya Oyster Sauce. I heard that he is also very much into cooking, being a big fan of his lola's cooking and a with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management to boot. I'm certainly glad to know that men are really very much into cooking and proud of it, just like Chef Mcrhyan Rodrigo who facilitated the cooking demo and cook-off.

Taste Test for Sarsaya Oyster Sauce

With Sarsaya Oyster Sauce now in our kitchen, I lost no time in trying it. Here are two recipes I got from Ajinomoto using their newest product. 

Pancit Canton

My Version:

Ginisarsayang Kangkong with Tokwa

My Version:

The Verdict

Using the Sarsaya Oyster Sauce in these seemingly ordinary dishes indeed provided a new dimension to flavor. It lent its blend of savory, sweet, and salty taste perfectly to the dish, providing just the perfect touch to a satisfying meal without incurring extraordinary cost. I would certainly be experimenting more with my cooking using the Sarsaya Oyster Sauce in the days to come. I'm also checking out the other spices and seasonings available from Ajinomoto.

The Goodness of Villa del Conte's Dark Chocolate

At my age, I limit my consumption of chocolate and other sweets. Because of this, I really choose those that are really good but will not necessarily cost an arm and a leg, so to speak. Fortunately, I found Villa del Conte's Dark Chocolate.

Chocolate Health Concerns

Contrary to popular belief, chocolate is not bad for the health. Like in most things, taking it in moderation is actually beneficial to the human body. Nutritionists however agree that the best option is dark chocolate which has less sugar content and tremendous antioxidant properties.

The higher the cocoa content, the more beneficial it is for those enjoying it. Believe it or not, this ultimate comfort food can be good for the heart, circulation, and brain. It is also said to be good for the skin. But of course, the key lies in moderation. It is more of enjoying the goodness of excellent chocolate rather than packing in on the calories of sugary and cheaper versions in large quantities.

Villa del Conte - Cioccolato Sublime from Padova, Italia

Villa del Conte Chocolates originated from Padova, Italy, a small town in between Venice and Verona. This finest cioccolato was created by Nazzareno Cattapan which was passed on to the following generations. It has since afforded many to enjoy hand crafted artisanal chocolates without the guilt. Continuing the legacy today is third-generation chocolate connoisseur Enrico Nazzareno.

Here in the Philippines, we also get to enjoy the goodness of Villa del Conte Chocolate. I recently tried Villa del Conte's Bonta Dark Chocolates. It is available in three luscious flavors, Dark Chocolate with White Cream and Cocoa Cookies in silver foil wrapper, Dark Chocolate with Cocoa Cream and White Chips in gold foil wrapper, and Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut Cream and Whole Hazelnuts in red foil wrapper. 

The new Bonta Dark Chocolates collection is available at Villa del Conte stores in Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Mall, Resorts World, Alabang Town Center, SM Megamall, and Robinsons Magnolia. 

For bulk orders, please contact 893-2575 or 621-6101. To know more about Villa Del Conte, you may visit http://www.villadelcontecioccolato.com/ or follow them on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VillaDelContePh 
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