Hog’s Breath Café, The Home of Hog’spitality

Dec 23, 2012

They do Great Steak! This new Aussie steakhouse is Hog’s Breath Café, The Home of Hog’spitality. An Aussie steakhouse with lots of grunt!

Hog’s Breath slogan goes-“There are many things we’ve never done, but we ain’t never had too much fun.” It’s an expression of a philosophy that has made Hog’s Breath a tear away success story.

An Australian home-grown steak house expand from a single outlet when the doors of the first restaurant were opened in July 1989 to 80 outlets in Australia, 4 in New Zealand, 1 in Thailand, 1 in Singapore, 1 in Papua New Guinea, 1 in Vietnam, first in the Philippines, largest in the world to open in the Philippines particularly in Davao at SM Lanang Premier and still counting…

So what has made the Hog’s Breath Café successful?

First, they provide unique dining experience as seen on the appearance, atmosphere, style and type of service it offered to customers (all friendly staff speak in vernacular). 
Second, they provide quality food and beverage services.

Lastly, the basic simple philosophy of Hog’s Breath “have fun and enjoy yourself”
- a principle engendered by its
 unique & unlikely décor
 that sees walls crowded with
 unusual paraphernalia like
 plate numbers of different states of Australia
 and memorabilia from active sports like
 Drag Racing, Extreme Sports, Golf, 
water sports such as sailing and surfing 
and a lot more.

Hog’s Breath promotes and encourages an active lifestyle.

It doesn’t get any better because at Hog’s Breath it’s a party every night!
Inside the spacious Hog's Breath Cafe

So if you want to try something new for lunch or dinner? Come and visit them at SM Lanang Premier, fountain side nearest the SM Hypermarket exit.

Here's some of the delectable foods that I've tasted:

Fantastic Appetizers

Let the feasting begin with their crunchy garlic bread with melted cheese. P135

Served with a Hog’s home style coconut chili sauce. 6pc P295

Dusted and marinated with their own traditional hot sauce, fried and served with their own Hog’s Breath blue cheese ranch dressing, celery and carrot stix. 6pc P275               9pc P395

Premium Pizza

The classic double cheese and double pepperoni on a tomato base. P295

Sensational Salads

Pan seared slab of salmon on a b ed of salad greens, accompanied with seasonal potato chunks, cherry tomatoes then drizzled with their own Hog’s Breath Italian vinaigrette. P395

Vegetarian friendly.

Hand cut calamari rings dusted with salt and pepper breadcrumbs, piled high on a bed of sweet potato chips and sweet chilli sauce. P295
The Italian Hog’s Pasta

For lovers of seafood and pasta, pan seared fish fillet slices, prawns, squid rings & mussels, tossed with their own home made Hog’s Breath tomato concasse and olive oil topped with parmesan cheese. P495

Hog’s Breath famous grain fed, highest quality prime rib steak, is slow cooked for maximum tenderness, then cut to size & seared quickly on the char grill to seal in the flavour & moisture. Prime Rib Steaks best served medium rare with lashings of mashed potato or Hog Tail Fries & fresh vegetables. House salad, baked potato or Cajun rice are available upon request.

For the purist Prime Rib steak fan, char-grilled, tender and mouth-watering with baked potato, and fresh vegetables. Classic P1095

Incredible Main Street

An old favourite. A rack of grilled sticky back ribs basted in our own Hog’s Breath Hickory Smoked BBQ sauce and served with Hog Tail fries and house salad or creamy mashed potato and vegetables. Half Rack P595 Full Rack P895

Fruity Smoothies

Alcohol free smoothies…All one price…P155
Leave the hard stuff out & keep the fun in!

Frozen Mixed Berry
Combination of Sorbet, Strawberry, Raspberries & apple juice.

Combination of Banana, Yoghurt, & Skimmed Milk

Combination of Mango & Apple Juice

Delicious Desserts

A perfect comfort food.
Hog’s Breath guarded the recipe since 1989 when Hog’s Breath began.  Served with cream and ice cream. Don’t get done for resisting dessert! P350

The old 50’s favourite, banana served with crushed nuts, cream and ice cream, and garnished with a chocolate wafer. Add your choice of topping-chocolate, caramel or strawberry. P250

Home style apple crumble served with a deliciously smooth caramel sauce, topped with cream and ice cream. It’s better than what your Mum used to make! P295

 Hog’s Breath Café also offers alcohol-free mojitos, fruity smoothies, exotic cocktails,premium sharp shooters, cold beers,premium spirits.

Hog's Breath CafeUnit 147-149 Ground floor, SM Lanang Premiere, Lanang, 8000 Lanang, Davao, Philippines285-2393

You can visit their FACEBOOK PAGE or follow 

them at their TWITTER ACCOUNT

The Magic of Christmas with David Pomeranz

Dec 12, 2012

Feel the magic of Christmas on December 15 with David Pomeranz at Casino Filipino Davao. 
It's a FREE concert! Show starts at 9pm. First come, first served basis.

Globe Telecom adopts Boracay as 1st Community of Practice (CoP) in Visayas

Dec 4, 2012

Globe Telecom adopts Boracay, the country’s premiere tourist destination, as its first Community of Practice (CoP) in the Visayas to help the island achieve social, environmental, and economic development.

Having a strong presence in Boracay especially with the recent establishment of its cable landing station, Globe deemed it necessary to protect the area’s marine life, support conservation efforts by local stakeholders and  participate in raising environmental awareness  among the  youth and local residents.

“Consistent with its sustainable business practices, Globe is committed to collaborate with government, NGOs and private businesses in helping transform the degraded marine life in Boracay via innovative solutions and financial grants for conservation projects. We hope that through CoP, Globe can make a significant contribution in addressing the environmental issues affecting this tourist gem,” said Rob I. Nazal, head of Globe CSR.

                CoP is a program designed to synergize the different initiatives of Globe Bridging Communities, the CSR arm of Globe, via active partnerships with community-based non-government organizations, barangay leaders, youth, and the beneficiaries themselves.  For this undertaking, Globe has allotted P1 million for various support activities that will be implemented in Boracay and has also tapped Huawei, its end-to-end network solutions provider, as a resource partner.

                BridgeCom has five pillars which will be mobilized to serve Boracay, namely:  iLead (good governance), iAccess (social services delivery), iProsper (entrepreneurship), iConserve (environment and sustainability), and iGive (active citizenship through volunteerism). 

Initially centered on iLead and iConserve pillars, Globe has entered into a one year partnership with Sangkalikasan Cooperative to support the sustainability of the marine protected area initiative called The Code Blue Project.  Code Blue is a medical term generally used to indicate a patient requiring resuscitation or otherwise in need of immediate medical attention similar to what is happening to the coral reefs of Boracay.

Through Code Blue marine habitat enhancement component, 5,000 artificial reef buds have been planted within the 20-hectare marine protected area by grafting or attaching fragments of semi- live corals to the buds to assist in propagation and maintain high survival rate of the corals.  Globe comes in by donating marine epoxy as well as water buoys and markers to cordon off the area and clearly set demarcation lines for navigation, swimming and recreational activities.  Early next year, Globe  employees who are also divers will be mobilized for off-shore clean-up and training so they can  be part of the quarterly preventive maintenance of the area.

For law enforcement, Globe already has an existing Sagot Ka ni Kap (SKK) program in Brgy. Manok-Manok which it extends to include the whole of Boracay.  SKK equips local barangay officials with the necessary tools to upgrade the capacity of the village police (Tanods) and the Boracay Action Group for necessary coast-line patrolling.  Globe provides a multi-cab vehicle and boat to beef up coast and sea patrol activities.

Likewise, Globe will help Sangkalikasan monitor its Reef Patrol volunteers and other partners through information and communication technology tools such as the Globe TxtConnect facility which allows text messages to be blasted off simultaneously to members of an organization for easier coordination and reporting as well as receiving real-time feedback.

Environmental education is another drive which Globe will provide to three public elementary schools in Boracay --- Manok-Manok E.S., Balabag E.S., and Yapak E.S. using the Text2Teach (T2T) program implemented through Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI).   T2T utilizes educational videos to make it easier for young students to learn Math, Science, and English.  This time, more environmental conservation materials will be shown to the students to make them aware of the environmental situation in Boracay and encourage them to be proactive in protecting the area and saving it from further destruction. The effort will also be extended to the other nine public elementary schools in the whole municipality of Malay where Boracay is located. 

Youth clubs and private schools will also be tapped for the six-month youth education program to be handled by Sangkalikasan partner University of San Carlos Cebu, also aimed at opening the eyes of the youth to the ecological destruction at the popular tourist spot and their responsibility as young active citizens to protect the island’s future.

“It is no longer new for Globe to adopt critical environmental areas.  We already have the Cordillera conservation program in Northern Luzon and the Taal Lake protection program in Southern Luzon.  Just recently we gave our support to the Forest Corridor program in Arakan Valley, South Cotabato to save the habitat of the Philippine Eagle.  This time, we have chosen Boracay for our environmental initiative in the Visayas,” Nazal said.

Samsung debuts the most compact A4 color laser printer: The CLP-365

 Ultra-compact design with ease-of-use for individuals and small offices

Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation (SEPCO), a leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today unveiled the new compact CLP-365 series printer, boasting leading edge technology combined with superior performance for optimum productivity with a minimum footprint.
The device pioneers a unique approach to printer construction, conceived by the Samsung Design Team, which separates the printer interface from the system unit for exceptional convenience and management. Specifically engineered to meet the needs of individuals and small offices, the CLP-365 is the most advanced personal solution - offering customers a high-end quality printing experience in a compact, low maintenance device, straight out of the box:
·         Smallest A4 printer in its class, CLP-365 measures just 382mm x 309mm x 211.5 allowing minimum footprint on desks
·         ReCP image enhancing technology offer crisper and more vivid print as well as unparalleled speeds of up to 18 pages printed per minute (color 4ppm)
·         Easy “One Touch” operating functions such as instant one-touch Wi-Fi setting and One-touch print screen
·         Easy mobile print, offering printing at the touch of a button from any device, including smartphones and tablets

“With the CLP-365 series we want to enhance our home office customers’ printing experience by harnessing cutting edge technology within one of the world’s smallest compact printer to deliver superior, eco-friendly performance,” said Eric Sulit , Samsung IT Business Unit Director.
With our new line, we will continue to innovate and provide our customers with state-of-the-art, faster and more productive printers.”

True Color with Speed
Equipped with Samsung’s most advanced color printing technology, the new CLP-365 series now offers crisper and more vivid color print results. Thanks to the ‘Rendering Engine for Clean Pages (ReCP)’ color edges and text/graphic clarity are amazingly enhanced. The new Polymerized toner delivers extremely sharp professional image qualities for maximum results.

Award Winning Cost Control
As important as exceptional color quality and fast printing speeds is the cost aspect for any user. Samsung’s award winning Easy Eco Driver* enables users to effectively manage printing options and save overall TCO by more than 10%, disabling unnecessary text, images or space prior to printing. The Eco-simulator within the driver allows users to set up their preference showing how much toner, electricity and paper have been saved in real-time.

Print From Any Device – Free from Wire
Via a router, the CLP-365 series is able to print in a wireless environment without any USB cables or attachments. Just set up the wireless printing feature and send through the printing jobs.
Push your boundaries and free yourself from the fixed idea that there has to be a PC to print. Samsung Easy Mobile Print enables print from any mobile devices with Samsung’s network/wireless printers without operating a PC. Users are able to print images, PDFs, web-pages, office documents.
The Samsung MobilePrint application can be easily downloaded to the users’ smartphone or tablet. The application supports Android, Windows and iOS smartphones.

Small and Easy
Through the convergence of technology and design, the new CLP-365 series more compact and lighter than existing competitive models – up to 32% smaller – saving desk space for maximum efficiency.
Not just in size but also functionality, the new CLP-365 series offers various ‘One-touch’ functions such as the One-touch Print Screen button, printing exactly the same result the user sees on his/her screen. No page adjustments are required prior to printing. Just print what you see.

Pricing and Availability
The Samsung Printer CLP-365 series is available in all Samsung IT concept stores nationwide for Php 9,990 and Php 10,990 for the CLP-365W model. For more product information and multimedia content, please see www.samsung.com.ph


CLP-365 Series
Speed (B/W)
18 ppm in A4 (19 ppm in letter)
Speed (Color)
4 ppm in A4 (4 ppm in letter)
Up to 2,400 x 600 dpi effective output (600x600x2bit)
Less than 14 seconds (From Ready Mode)
FPOT (Color)
Less than 26 seconds (From Ready Mode)
300 MHz
32 MB
SPL-C (Samsung Printer Language)
Paper Capacity
150 sheet
Dimension (W x D x H)
382 x 309 x 211 mm
9.85 kg
Less than 45 dB
1.5 K (black), 1 K (Y/M/C)

BETA opens Entrepreneurial Academy and the first Incubation Center in Mindanao!

Nov 27, 2012

New opportunities for young entrepreneurial people in Davao.
BETA opens Entrepreneurial Academy and the first Incubation Center in Mindanao!

 On January 7, 2013 the first batch of young people will start their 6 month entrepreneurial program to prepare them for new career opportunities.

BETA – Business & Entrepreneurial Training Academy  offers them a hands-on and ‘ready to use’ curriculum what equip the students for:
-          Starting up their own (small) business
-          Taking responsibilities in the family business
-          Pursuing their studies in Australia
-          Getting hired in one of the top contact centers in Davao, the day after graduation.
or  for the job they like to be in because at BETA we are convinced that entrepreneurship is more than business, it is in fact  the ability of everyone to put ideas into action!
Half of the time students will be trained in English communication skills what will lead them to an IELTS 5.5- 6, not only for  getting a study/work visa to go abroad but also to equip them with high standard English communication skills needed to  be successful in business and/or in a job in a corporate setting or a call center.
The other half of the program will be consecrated in developing entrepreneurial skills such as idea development, business systems, marketing, management, basic accounting and financial management but also financial literacy and IT-skills.
The program is open for everybody with a high school degree, an open mindset, creativity , a vision on their own future and a passion to realize that vision.
BETA doesn’t deliver any degree, BETA is a training center with their own customized programs and  doesn’t claim to be depEd or Ched recognized.  Our objective is to train and equip young people beyond the degrees and to help and assist our graduates with the startup of their careers, here or abroad.
For those who want to get official degrees, they can pursue their education (with a study/work visa) at our partner school ‘Australian Academy of Commerce’ in Sydney  (Australia ) and obtain official and worldwide recognized Australian degrees in their field of interest.

 BETA cares for the students after they graduate!
-          When they want to startup their business we will assist them in the development and implementation of their business concept and business plan, helping them to find the necessary funding, ….
-          When they opt to pursue their studies in Sydney (Australia) , the BETA-staff and the people of our partner school in Australia, the Australian Academy of Commerce,  will assist them with the paperwork , the choice of the study program and with finding them  a place to stay and  a job when they want to work during their studies ( foreign students in Australia with a study/work visa are allowed to work 20 hours a week)….
-          And for those who want to get some experience in the business world, we get them a job in the contact center industry.

The courses and workshops are offered by experienced faculty, both academic and entrepreneurial as assuring the best and most practical approach of the subjects.
To assure a quality program BETA accepts maximum 20 students per batch. In limiting the number of participants per group we can offer them the best modules, the most experienced teachers and the best care after they graduate.

But BETA is more than a training academy!
In the incubation center we will assist and support the entrepreneurs with the Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation of their project.
This will happen during a period of 3 to 6 months. During this time they can develop their idea or business plan, ready to present to investors.
The entrepreneurs will be guided by mentors and coaches and will get input through workshops, seminars and strong business advice.

BETA – Business & Entrepreneurial Training Academy is located in on the AMS-Campus along F. Torres St with up-to-date facilities , green open spaces and parking facilities and easy accessibility with public transport.
Interested students and their parents can register for the FREE information seminar that will be organized on December 1, 2012 at 2pm in the school at AMS-Campus along F. Torres St. Limited seats are available, so participants have to reserve their seats by calling or texting Tessie on 0921 386 4487

BETABusiness & Entrepreneurial Training Center
AMS-Campus, F. Torres St
Davao City
Tel:  (082) 304 4948
Email: trv.davao@gmail.com

For more information:

-          About the program & curriculum: Raf Vlummens -0920 675 2754
-          About studying & working in Australia: Tessie Martinez Vlummens – 0921 386 4487

SM Cinema celebrates 100% digital clarity with a Free Movie Day  

Nov 21, 2012

SM Cinema, currently the largest cinema exhibitor in the country, has been part of the lives of Filipino families for over 20 years. With its commitment toward quality movie entertainment, SM Cinema recently converted all its film-based theatres into Digital Theatres—the first cinema franchise in the country to do so. With this notable milestone, SM Cinema gives back to its loyal patrons with another FIRST in Philippine cinema history—the FREE MOVIE DAY event, a grand movie blow-out slated to happen this December 8, 2012.

This SM Cinema event will offer free movies in all of SM Cinema’s 246 Digital Theatres in all 45 branches nationwide! The line-up of movies will include the horror-thriller House at the End of the Street, Stolen, the latest Nicolas Cage action flick, the biopic Supremo: The Andres Bonifacio Story, crime drama film Deadfall, the popular Step Up Revolution and the restored version of Ishmael Bernal’s Himala. Apart from these six movies, two independent films courtesy of the Film Development Council of the Philippines will also be a part of the line-up.

Registration for SM Cinema’s Free Movie Day is from November 22 to December 6. Just follow these five easy steps:

  1. Like and Register at our e-PLUS Facebook Fan Page (www.facebook.com/eplus.sm)
  2. Click on the Free Movie App.
  3. Choose your Cinema, Time and Movie
  4. Print the confirmation email.
  5. Surrender the printed confirmation email at your preferred SM Cinema branch for your free two tickets.

Free Movie Day is made possible by SM Cinema, e-PLUS card— your most convenient access to the movies, Multivision Pictures of the Philippines, AV Production, Crystalsky, Pioneer Films, Star Cinema and the Film Development Council of the Philippines. Free Movie Day is also being brought to you by Coca Cola, Bright Pop, Purefoods San Miguel and Mister Donut. 

Bistro Selera experience, a true taste of Mindanao flavor.

Nov 17, 2012

If you're a local who's looking for a delicious filipino cuisine as a break from the typical fast food chains, or a tourist who wants to have a taste of a Davao regional specialty dishes on your palates, then Bistro Selera is one place to be.

Bistro Selera is a newly opened bistro mixed Davao born branch of Filipino Family owned restaurant located at the Fountain side 2nd level strip of SM Lanang Premier's casual and fine dining restaurants with a view of the 122 meter musical fountain, the first of its kind in Mindanao and the longest in the country. The first branch is Kusina Selera, a cozy restaurant located at Paseo de Legaspi  in Pelayo St., Davao City.

According to COO Googie Sanga and Chairman Marivi Laurel, bistro is mainly casual dining in individual servings.  For Bistro Eating, it is a style of cooking that involves using fresh, local Davao ingredients to produce delicious, and nutritionally healthy recipes that will stand out locally but also internationally.

The man behind the 18 dishes is reputed chef Jaypee Landingin who carefully chooses davao ingredients that will not just satisfy our taste buds but thoroughly prepared uniquely cooked dishes with true Mindanao taste and flavor.

Bacon wrapped Bagaybay (tuna gonads) 

Bacon wrapped Bagaybay (P250)
Bacon wrapped Bagaybay with garlic toppings
2 Fish (combination of Bangus and Tuyo) with mango selantro sauce
Fish Roll (P260)

Very hospitable Michael Trinidad made a funny pose with fish roll 

Signature Cocktails
Strawberry Mintini 
(fresh mint leaves,  tequila based, fronzen margarita, smells good)
Strawberry Mintini  
Michael's Madness 
(combination of orange, melon liquor, triple sec,grenadine,gin)
Signature Cocktails from Left to Right: Strawberry Mintini, Michael's Madness
Selera Seafood Curry Soap my favorite dish cooked with the freshest seafood,fish,shrimps, lemongrass, coconut and the sweet native fruit durian to make a more flavorful texture of the soup.

Selera Seafood Curry Soap (P310)
Pan Seated Tuna is a european style, cooked outside, raw inside.
Pan-Seated Tuna (P288) with durian curry sauce and toyo mansi sauce

Pan-Seated Tuna (P288) topped with garlic, mixed with tomato, and fried kangkong
Selera's Beef Roullade (P320)

another twist of Bistek Tagalog is Beef Roullade

Pork Ribs Inasal (P320)

Pork Ribs Inasal (P320) 

Mangosteen Ice Cream with Biko (P110)

Pure mangosteen ice cream that taste heavenly superb. 

Biko, a great combination with Mangosteen Ice cream. A treat to my tongue.

Mangosteen Mousse (P138)

Mangosteen Mousse taste creamy and delectably sweet. 

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As expected we were stuffed. Filled not just with delectable Filipino cuisine but as well with the Laurel's formidable brand of style and hospitality. An enriching experience for us indeed.

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Happy Tummies and Happy Faces
Sitting from Left to Right:
Bistro Selera's Restaurant Manager Anton Chiew, COO Googie Sanga, Chairman Marivi Laurel, and Chef Jaypee Landingin and Standing at the Center Michael Trinidad with the Davao Bloggers

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I would like to thank Karla Stefan Singson for inviting me to join the exclusive lunch together with other food and lifestyle bloggers to taste the selection of food serve with the management of Bistro Selera last November 12,2012.

Truly, eating out at SM Lanang Premier brings the dining experience to a higher level in the northern section of Davao City, bringing a laid-back ambiance for dining.