Tortuga Arrives at Poblacion

While I frequent the bars and clubs at Poblacion, Tortuga is quite new. I found out from the owner that they used to be at Katipunan. They sure picked a good spot to move to. For those who haven't heard of Tortuga, it is a Caribbean-inspired bar that has very nice interiors. How were their food and drinks? Read on:

Jerk Chicken

One menu item that we got first dibs on is the Jerk Chicken. Who doesn't like grilled chicken paired with fried plantains and mixed veggies? I know I loved it. This one will certainly stay on the menu for a long time.

Jungle Pumba (P350)

For those who love pork, their Jungle Pumba is slow-cooked pork belly with lettuce and rice. The pork is very tender too. I learned one lesson here. Never underestimate the food of a bar.

Pork Skewers

One dish that's perfect to be paired with their drinks is the Pork Skewers. The meat is cooked to perfection and it's pretty big too.

Chicken Skin (P180)

One of their best-sellers is the Chicken Skin. When I tried it, I found out why. It is fried to perfection and very crunchy too.

Espaniola (P240)

I love the selection of cocktails they have. The Espaniola is a Tequila-based Aloe vera drink with pomelo pulp. I guarantee you're going to have 3 of this before the night is over.

Sol Swizzle (P240)

This fruity cocktail contains pineapple, guyabano and rum. It's so addicting that you won't notice how many you've had by the end of the night.

Sneaky Tiki (P240)

Out of the three cocktails, this one is my favorite because it tastes like iced tea. It is actually sweet tea with vodka, bourbon and rasperry. I guess that's why.

Tip: Stay glued to their Facebook and Instagram for amazing happy hour promos. You would not want to miss out on their amazing deals.

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Students Step Up in Asia Young Designer Awards

Nippon Paint names winners of the Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) Philippines 2018

Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines, Inc. announced recently the winners for the Philippine edition of the Asia Young Designer Award (2018) in a ceremony held recently in this city.

For the Architecture category, the Gold award with a Php 50,000 cash prize was awarded to Prince Lu of UP Mindanao, while the Silver award with a Php 30,000 prize went to Megan Recato of UP Diliman.

For the Interior Design competitions, University of Santo Tomas’ Odrysa Mie Serino bagged the Gold award and Php 50,000 prize money while the Silver and Php 30,000 prize went to Jhessa Mae Romero of University of San Carlos.

Lu’s winning design, called “Neokamaigen,” is a futuristic city concept that hopes to answer housing needs in the future and prepare the Philippines for the melting of the ice glaciers that will raise water levels around the globe. Serino, on the other hand, came up with “Gunita,” a greenhouse cemetery concept that will deal with social issues like environmental deterioration and land insufficiency. This space-saving cemetery places the dead vertically inside a Manunggul Jar, a pre-historic practice where the jar serves as a burial pod.

As Gold awardees for AYDA 2018, which carried the theme “FORWARD: Challenging Design Boundaries,” Lu and Serino will go to the AYDA 2018 Regional Finals, which will be held in Singapore and compete with the best Architecture and Interior Design students in Asia. They will vie for the chance to be included in the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s Design Discovery Program.

Aside from the major prizes, special prizes were also handed out during the glittering ceremony. For Architecture, the Best Color Concept award went to Eunice Ignacio of UST, while Best Green Innovation was collared by Jan Melvin of the Technological Institute of the Philippines. Jericho Calderon of the Far Eastern University (FEU) won the People’s Choice award, and the Most Supportive School award went to FEU with 217 entries. As for the Interior Design category, Best Color Concept award went to Cristiane Macarabe of University of San Carlos, while Nino Tayao of College of St. Benilde won both the Best Green Innovation and People’s Choice award. UST was declared the Most Supportive school for Interior Design with 36 entries.

“This year’s entries were truly out of the box and very creative, perhaps triggered by this year’s theme. Since Nippon Paint became part of AYDA, we know the entries to be very strong and in fact, we almost won the regionals before. This year, we’re optimistic that a Filipino will go to Harvard,” declares Michael Francisco, Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines General Manager.

He said AYDA 2018 is the perfect opportunity to highlight the best of the country and showcase the brilliance of the youth. He also thanked the mentors and academic partners who selflessly guided, motivated and shared their expertise to the students, and for allowing them to join. Nippon Paint, he said, is proud to shine the spotlight on these great talents through AYDA 2018.

The Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) 2018, held at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, is a design competition open to Architecture and Interior Design students. The AYDA 2018 judges is composed of prominent and well-established industry professionals and is supported by the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), Council of Deans and Heads of Architecture Schools in the Philippines (CODHASP), the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID), and the Council of Interior Design Educators (CIDE).

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