Gabriel Macht. Photo: Handout

‘Suits’ star to visit Yolanda survivors in Ormoc

Gabriel Macht. Photo: Handout

MANILA – Gabriel Macht, known for his role as lawyer Harvey Specter in the hit US TV series “Suits,” is set to visit the country this weekend.

Macht will arrive in the Philippines on March 8 to visit survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) in Ormoc, Leyte, according to Globe Telecom.

The actor has joined Globe Telecom’s Project Wonderful nation-building efforts. The telecommunications firm has partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development to help grant livelihood opportunities to beneficiaries identified by the government agency.

“Witnessing the devastation of typhoon Haiyan, I felt compelled to raise awareness More >

People You Might Not Realize Are Filipino

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, here are some people you might not have realized are Filipino.

1. Rob Schneider

He’s a quarter Filipino.

2. Enrique Iglesias

Half Filipino.

3. Sharon Leal

Half Filipino.

4. Vanessa Hudgens

Her dad is of Irish and Native American ancestry, and her mom is of Filipino, Spanish and Chinese descent.

5. Nicole Scherzinger

(Pussycat Dolls) She was born to a Filipino father and a Hawaiian-Russian mother.

6. Kirk Hammett

(From Metallica) He’s half Filipino.

7. Bruno Mars

Half Filipino.

Filipinos Do the Darndest Things: Crazy Funny Pinoy Signs

When In Manila, there’s lots of crazy things you’ll see, hear and experience. You can call it stupid, you can call it idiotic, or maybe, you can just call it innovative. Here are some of the most innovative and funniest Filipino signs from all around the Philippines.

Funny Filipino Signs were taken from all around the web.

Had enough Funny Pinoy Signs? More of the funniest Filipino signs coming your way!

8 Obscure Makati Bars for Secret Date This Weekend


227 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati 0917 549 2264

Open from: Friday to Saturday 6PM-3AM, Sunday to Thursday 6PM-2AM Price range: PHP1,000-1,500

When you get to the address, all you’ll see is a locked door—no sign (except maybe for that tiny metal Braille one), no light, no nothing.You’ll have to knock and say your name (make sure you make a reservation) and they’ll buzz you into a smallish dimly-lit room with the usual booths on the sides, a sufficient spread of a bar and couple of tables in the middle.

Their menu is a short but impressive list of cocktails for the More >

Blacktown Arts Centre in conversation with Sipat Lawin Ensemble & David Finnigan

Blacktown Arts Centre invites you to attend a forum on cross cultural collaboration, savvy community engagement and innovative space activation.

10am – 12pm Wednesday 9 October 2013 Performance Studio Blacktown Arts Centre

“We watched star-crossed lovers as they danced and kissed in the moonlight. Sisa (a tragic literary character) ran through the crowd, searching for her children. A girl sang of her unrequited love, and we sang with her. Some of us even danced with guns to our heads.” GMA News, Philippines

The Centre has invited Manila-based theatre company Sipat Lawin and their Australian host, writer David Finnigan to lead a presentation and discussion centred on More >

Chorizo, crispy pork belly and garlic breadcrumbs

In Peter Kuruvita’s recipe, the pork belly is first steamed, then roasted until the crackling is lovely and crisp. It is then briefly fried, along with chorizo and the garlicky breadcrumbs, and served with chilli vinegar for a spicy kick.

This advertisement is directed at adults. James Squire encourages the responsible consumption of alcohol.

  • 500g crusty bread
  • 200g pork belly
  • salt
  • 5 raw Spanish chorizo
  • 125ml olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1 tbsp smoked Spanish paprika
  • 2 oranges, peeled, sliced into rings
  • chive flowers and chopped parsley, to serve

Chilli vinegar

  • 100 ml Suka Iloko (sugar cane vinegar)
  • 6 whole red bird’s-eye chilies, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

Soaking time overnight

Tear the bread into chunks and More >

Mmm...Anne Quatrano's free-range, antibiotic-free fried chicken is a guilty pleasure you can feel good about.

On Fried Chicken Day, new ways the South is serving up the bird

Courtesy Abattoir

Mmm…Anne Quatrano’s free-range, antibiotic-free fried chicken is a guilty pleasure you can feel good about.

With Southern cuisine in the spotlight these days, staples like fried chicken are getting elevated to whole new levels. And with July 6 being National Fried Chicken Day, it’s only right that we take a finger-lickin’ good look at the creative ways Southern chefs are (if you can believe it) making fried chicken even better.

“There’s more than one way to fry a chicken and we’re seeing a lot of that being celebrated,” Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia and Milkwood in Louisville, Ky., told “Fried More >

Filipinos cannot progress if they cannot follow even simple guidelines

A noted blog commentator once made an assertion that the Philippines will never be a great nation unless Filipinos learn to live by the principle of the “rule of law”. Indeed, some people even insist that none of the calls by certain sectors of Philippine society for a system change like a shift from a Presidential to a Parliamentary system or even constitutional amendments will work to uplift the status of the nation because most Filipinos simply cannot follow the “rule of law.”

Earthquake discipline: Japanese orderliness even in time of stress

It is quite certain that the success of any nation More >

Huge Turnout for Fiesta Kultura

Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis cutting the ribbon to formally open Fiesta Kultura 2012.

Turnout in today’s Fiesta Kultura could be one of the biggest in the event’s 24 year history. [More photos here]

With clear skies, visitors to the Fairfield Showground Filipino festival could not ask for more.

Thousands have again enjoyed traditional Filipino audio-visual and gastronomic feast offerings.

As of this writing (4:32 pm), singing, folkloric and modern dance performances are continuing on the main stage whilst the beauty pageant contests are getting ready. To be contested are the Miss Philippines – Australia and Charity Queen Australia titles.

The popularity of Fiesta Kultura More >

Songs From The Heart


There’s a great amount of cultural diversity in Australia and we’ve all got our own experiences of being Australian.

This theatre project explores Filipino cultural identity in an Australian context. There are many layers to the stories, whether it’s a story from a first or second generation Filipino-Australian or a recent arrival. It’s a collection of poignant, amusing and honest observations of life as Australians of Filipino heritage, and is essentially every Australian migrant’s story.

Inspired by our experimental production Aussies of the Magic Mic and Adobo Kind for Sydney Fringe Festival 2011, we hope to bring a new theatre project to More >

BORACAY named 2012 No.1 World’s Best Island

The Philippines’ Boracay Island made world-famous for its pristine and white sand Boracay Beach placed 1st (no 1) best overall in Asia according to Travel+ Leaisure’s World’s Best Awards 2012,

BORACAY named 2012 No.1 World’s Best Island, as featured on NBC’s Today Show… Boracay has been named as this year’s world’s best island getaway by an international travel magazine.

The magazine’s editor, Nilou Motamed, made the announcement Friday on the “Today” daily American morning television show that airs on NBC.

“The world’s best island, I confess to never having heard of it in the Philippines,” “Today” host Willie Geist.

“This is important, Boracay. It beat out Bali, More >

2012 Miss PA Campaign

Hi everyone,

If you have facebook, please visit Miss Philippines Australia facebook page and share the post “The Search is on…” to help with our Miss PA campaign.

The page is located at .

If you haven’t already, please “like” the page so you can be kept up to date with what’s happening in the pageant.


Regards, Honeylet

Perfection trailer

This is the trailer for my short film Perfection. I produced it with the help of Donna Svanberg at Capitol Productions, the DOP was Murray Stillman, the actor is the beautiful Kenneth Moraleda and the music on the trailer is composed by Rosie Chase, who created the music for the film. It is a 7 minute study on the inter-relationship of beauty and violence.

Guactruck Mobile Eatery

The food truck craze has officially hit Manila, Philippines by way of the Guactruck, a modern mobile eatery full of sustainable initiatives. The truck itself is a used delivery truck that has been outfitted locally with LED and energy-saving lighting.

Too bad this Filipino-Mexican food truck can’t swing its way through the States for a peek at the truck and a chance to taste the delicious-looking food.

The design for the packaging is a creative solution to the wastefulness that most containers are today with it’s single cardboard, origami-inspired design. It’s made of biodegradable paperboard that is easy to recycle. Customers are More >

The Philippines – beyond the beaches

Think of the Philippines and images of gorgeous beaches and crystal blue seas are sure to spring to mind. Islands such as Boracay and Palawan easily attract travellers with their picture-perfect looks but if you get away from the coast (which granted in a country with more than 7000 islands might not seem like the obvious thing to do), you’ll see a whole new side to the country.

Yes, the Philippines is a tropical paradise and yes, it has some of the best beaches you can swing a hammock on, but there is plenty more to this country than just a More >

Visa Exemption for Filipinos

Visa Free for Pinoys

If you’re a Filipino and a holder of Philippine passport who likes traveling and exploring the beauty of the world, but hates the visa requirement to some countries, frown no more for you can still go to wonderful places without hassle-visa-appointments.

The list of countries below doesn’t require a visa for Filipinos prior to arrival. All you need are passportplane tickets / itinerary, and some money for your tour.

No Visa Required for Filipinos in the Following Countries… Asia

ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)

  • Brunei Darussalam – 14 days
  • Cambodia – 21 days
  • Indonesia – 30 days
  • Laos – 30 days
  • Malaysia – 30 days (sufficient fund More >

Puey Quinones: The designer the Philippines loves to hate

“Puey Quiñones: cheat, thief, liar, embezzler, fraudster,” tweets one Puey Quinones hater just a week before Project Bilibid Runway 3 is mounted on November 7, 2011.

It’s the third year the designer has hosted his fashion show competition at the New Bilibid maximum security prison in Muntinlupa City, a city in southern Metro Manila.

Since 2007 he has been teaching male prisoners convicted of rape, murder and kidnap how to create gowns and accessories to be worn on the runway by professional models; his contribution to National Correctional Consciousness Week.

This year cash prizes of P10,000 (USD$227) and sewing machines have been put More >

Sizzling Fillo Restaurant


We, Oliver and Joel of Sizzling Fillo Restaurant would like to invite you to please watch our very first production, a Comedy Concert on Saturday, 26 November at 6:30 pm at Blacktown RSL Club, 2nd Avenue, Blacktown.

This is a not-to-be-missed show as it surely is an entertaining and quality show as we feature top comedians all the way from our country, the Philippines! Featuring Ms Kakai Bautista and the impersonators of the Divas, Ms Regine Velasquez, Ms Kuh Ledesma, Ms Szasza Padilla and Ms Pops Fernandez!

Thank you very much for your patronage and see you there!


They will also be dining More >

Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal I Rehabilitation and Renovation

A pro-bono proposal from Budji Layug, Royal Pineda and Kenneth Cobonpue in cooperation with the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines.

Its time someone did something about the worst airport in the world. So we made this design because we believe that no matter how beautiful our country is, our airports give the first and last impressions. This plan is relatively inexpensive and simple to adapt. The plan also involves renovating the interiors to allow faster flow of travelers between security, immigration and departure.

The first step has been done. Lets hope our government moves on this proposal quickly.

More >

Aussies of the Magic Mic and Adobo Kind world premiere at the Sydney Fringe Festival 2011

Think of Sydney’s vast and varied population, and you initially think of the cultural groups that have made this city their home.  The Greek community, the Italian community, the Vietnamese.   The Filipino community, by and large, barely get a look in.

In Aussies of the Magic Mic and Adobo Kind, the Filipino community is presented in a no-holds-barred comedic production brought to the Sydney Fringe Festival by two of its own, Rosary Coloma and Erica Enriquez.   First-time producers and passionate about their heritage, Coloma and Enriquez want to show Sydney how funny, messy, embarrassing and downright beautiful it is to be More >

Aussies of the Magic Mic and Adobo Kind premieres at the Sydney Fringe Festival 2011

First-time playwrights Rosary Coloma and Erica Enriquez have collaborated to developed a unique production for the 2011 Sydney Fringe Festival, called Aussies of the Magic Mic and Adobo Kind.  This piece of contemporary theatre is a series of candid vignettes portraying the many layers of being Filipino-Australian, whether they are first or second generation or recent arrivals.  The idea was born from the writers’ amusing and poignant observations of life in Australia as a person of Filipino heritage. Comprising a cast of talented Filipino-Australian artists, Aussies of the Magic Mic and Adobo Kind will show at:

The Cultural Centre at the More >

‘America’s healthiest drink’ is made in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – An organic coconut water drink once named by Health magazine as “America’s healthiest beverage” is proudly made in the Philippines.

Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory L. Domingo told ABS-CBN News that O.N.E. organic coconut water is manufactured in the Philippines but is sold in export markets such as the US.

The product was praised as an example of how the Philippines’ coconut product exports can be packaged in an attractive way for the foreign export markets.

O.N.E. organic coconut water is made with coconuts from the Philippines and packaged in shiny blue Tetra Pak cartons. The stylish but eco-friendly Tetra More >

Pinoy artist nominated for comics ‘Oscars’

For many, the best comics may conjure images of dark, brooding superheroes and warriors. Who would have thought, however, that the story of a chicken living like a human would create enough acclaim to be considered among this year’s best?

And one created by a Filipino komikero, at that. Gerry Alanguilan’s “Elmer” has been nominated for Best Graphic Album in the 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, widely considered as the “Oscars” of the comic book industry.

The Eisner Award, a celebration of the best of the comics art form established in 1987, is a much-awaited event at the Comic-Con International, the United More >


It was inevitable.

Pinoy-Aus actor FELINO DOLLOSO has signed up to do a play about being a Filipino-Australian.

The play will be a part of the Sydney Fringe Festival 2011


Written and Directed by fellow Pinoy-Aussies and a cast of whos who of Pinoy-Aussie actors.

Here’s the link to the Theatre/Play details and a synopsis of the play.


A series of candid vignettes portraying the many layers of being Filipino-Australian, whether they be first or second generation or recent arrivals. It will inspire the audience to contemplate notions of empathy in multicultural Australia. Although told More >

Youth Concert Auditions by Hoopdreamz

Auditions open for youth concert Community Announcement

Marco Selorio, community advocate and founder of events and entertainment management group Hoopdreamz, takes on the task of rounding up Fil-Aus youth singers, dancers and performers to showcase their talent at a youth concert to be held in October.

This month, Selorio, as director of the Philippine Community Council of NSW (PCC NSW), said he has accepted the role of organising the youth concert to promote Filipino-Australian youth talents in NSW. The event is not a competition but a showcase.

“I’m looking for Filo-Australian singers, dancers, rappers, beatboxers, MCs, or any kind of youth talent More >


Kenneth Moraleda is a guest artist in “Within and Without”- a collaborative performance installation by Paschal Berry, Valerie Berry, Deborah Pollard and acclaimed Philippines based Anino Shadowplay Collective presented by Performance Space and Blacktown Arts Centre. Rehearsals have been in progress for the last 4 weeks. Preview is on Wednesday 22 June and opens on Thursday 23 June followed by a 2 week season.

23 June – 2 July Wed – Fri 8pm, Sat 3pm & 8pm

Within & Without is a new performance and installation that examines a capital city through its physical and psychological landscape. Audiences are immersed in a More >

Bruno Mars: The Fil-Am Artist with Universal Appeal

Filipino-American singer-songwriter-producer Bruno Mars ended 2010 with a big bang. His song, Grenade is at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 and expected to stay there for some time. He wrote on his website, “Grenade is the no. 1 song in the country. What a way to end my year! Thank you all for giving me the greatest year of my life.”

Yes, 2010 has been Bruno Mars’ greatest year in his 25 years in the planet. Grenade is Bruno’s third number one after Nothin’ On You with B.o.B. and Just the Way You Are. Grenade sold over 500,000 singles in More >

Taken by Cars (TbC)

Taken by Cars, usually referred to as TbC, is a Filipino indie rock band composed of Sarah Marco on vocals, Bryce Zialcita on lead guitar, Derek “Siopao” Chua on rhythm guitar, Isa Garcia on bass guitar, and Bryan Kong on drums and sampler. They describe their sound as a mixture of electro, shoegaze, andnew wave.

Formation (1998–2008)

Zialcita, Chua, Yap, and Kong, who have been friends since elementary school, formed a rock band in 1998 when they were high school sophomores. In an interview with Philippine Daily Inquirer, Zialcita said that their only goal was to play gigs in saGuijo, a café in Makati City, Philippines, which caters to indie rock enthusiasts. They performed during their high school and college days More >

Kenneth Cobonpue

Kenneth Cobonpue (born 1968, Cebu, Philippines) is an industrial designer known for his signature designs in natural fibres and materials. Designs mainly focus on nature’s forms using rattan, buri, bamboo, and abaca.


  • Microsoft Special Award for Most Dynamic Entrepreneur 2007
    • Manila Peninsula | Nov 6, 2007
  • Entrepreneur Magazine’s 10 Most Outstanding Entrepreneurs 2007
    • Manila Peninsula | Nov 6, 2007
  • 13 Mugna Design Prizes for Exhibition and Product Design 2007
    • Best Indoor Furniture | Noodle Collection
  • Ten Most Outstanding Alumni
    • Given on the 50th year of the founding of Sacred Heart School for Boys | Cebu City, Philippines
  • 5 Katha Design Awards for Product Design
    • Philippine Furniture Industries Foundation | Manila, Philippines