Lead-tainted products to be phased out Dec. 31

To mark the 10-week countdown to the Dec. 31 phase-out of lead-containing products like paint, toxics watchdog EcoWaste Coalition led a “Zombie Run” at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Sunday and called on sellers and distributors to rally behind removing lead as a material for some of their products. Kids and teens covered in lead-safe paints were the highlights of Sunday’s activity, which was inspired by the hit US television series “The Walking Dead.” Dubbed the “toxic zombies,” some of participants performed a “Walking Lead” number while the rest ran for “health and safety.”

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Mt. Bulusan’s ashfalls threaten crops, people’s health in 3 Sorsogon towns

Four times during the past week, Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon belched out gray ash plumes in a series of minor phreatic (steam-driven) eruptions that sent ashfalls over villages in the
towns of Bulusan, Casiguran and Irosin, threatening crops and endangering the health of some residents. Antonio Bañares, 64, a resident of Barangay (village) Central in Bulusan town near the slope of the volcano said he had thought the ash falling from the sky last week was just drizzle.

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7 Local Innovations that will Make You Proud to be Pinoy

Filipinos are great innovators, adept at coming up with practical and ingenious solutions to everyday problems. However, due to limited funding and support, these local innovators rarely see their products go to market.

This is why Newton Agham, the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering, the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) are all working together to develop the Leaders in Innovation Fellowship (LIF). The LIF Programme in the Philippines is a partnership between the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering and DOST. AIM delivers the training locally. The program is also offered in other Newton Fund countries.

LIF aims to equip scientists and engineers with knowledge about entrepreneurship, so that they can turn their innovations into products that can be sold in the market.

Check out the innovations developed by some of this year’s LIF fellows—and yes, some of these innovations can give Google Maps, Microsoft, and Tesla a run for their money.


Say goodbye to bulky monitors and flat-screens. With SmartSurface, one can turn any surface, such as a wall or a table surface, into an interactive screen for learning, presentation, and even play purposes. SmartSurface primarily wants to “change the world one tap at a time” by creating a classroom environment that is feasible for interaction, says its innovator Dr. Nestor Michael Tiglao. He and his team already have an existing prototype and patent for this innovation, and are now on to product development and market validation.

Ginhawa by ReliefVent

Unknown to most, there is a lack of ventilators in the intensive care units of public hospitals in the Philippines. These life-saving devices are bulky and often come at a cost, which is why most public hospitals can’t afford to have one. This prompted critical care specialist Dr. Abundio Balgos and his team to develop a lightweight and easy-to-use ventilator called Ginhawa. Ginhawa also has a back-up battery, which makes it ideal as a transport and home ventilator. Currently, Balgos’ startup called ReliefVent is in need of an additional Php 20 million funding. “We want to be a self-sustaining startup and not depend on government funding,” adds Balgos.

PinPoint by Tech2Go

Having a basic GPS (global positioning system) tracking device in vehicles is not something to be proud of anymore. “Why do we limit ourselves to this technology?” says Dr. Proceso Fernandez Jr., the innovator of PinPoint, which boasts of an accurate multi-sensor tracking system, with initial use to prevent vehicle theft and other forms of vehicle-related theft. Then, it is improved to have an integrative geo-tracking system, which can now sync camera and microphone functions. This feature, says Fernandez, can help in both traffic management and vehicular accident reporting. Fernandez built a startup company called Tech2Go so that they can further develop related technologies around PinPoint.


Heart and vascular diseases remain the top killer diseases in the world, even in the Philippines. Who among us doesn’t have a relative who has had a heart attack? What’s worse, one in five survivors will die within one year after their first heart attack without proper cardiac rehabilitation, says Engr. Gianinna Santos. This prompted Santos and her team to develop HeartSmart, a stand-alone and adaptive exercise training system for cardiac rehabilitation. Since HeartSmart fully automates the cardiac rehabilitation process, doctors and therapists can now take on more patients at a time, making them productive and efficient.

Jolt by JouleBank

Power banks and other energy storage technologies are now as ubiquitous as smartphones. But the Jolt energy storage system by startup company JouleBank is more than just a power bank—it’s a power hub with dual-mode chargers and solar panels which can then be integrated into a home energy storage, communications and security system. “There’s a growing market for energy storage technologies, and Jolt has retail, commercial and emergency power purposes,” says its innovator Dr. Joey Ocon. He adds that his startup company JouleBank is on its way to develop more energy storage technologies, as it “wants to be the Tesla of energy storage in the Philippines.”


It can be quite expensive to set up a science lab, especially in public schools. This lack of science and research equipment in public schools is doing young, inquisitive Filipino minds a disservice. VISSER, which stands for Versatile Instrumentation System for Science Education and Research, aims to “put modern science laboratories in every high school and college,” says its innovator Dr. Giovanni Tapang. VISSER is a complete hardware and software solution which enables over 60 experiments in biology, chemistry, physics and engineering. Tapang and his team are currently looking for licensees to help them manufacture the technology for distribution in public and private schools.


Bacterial skin infections are common in the Philippines. Traditional healers have used guava as a natural antibacterial solution, but it has yet to be fully utilized in medicine. Dr. Cecilia Maramba-Lazarte and her team at the Institute of Herbal Medicine, the same team that brought lagundi and sambong to the over-the-counter medicine market, developed a topical ointment made from guava called Guaviderm. Guaviderm, unlike antibiotics, has less chance of resistance to advanced skin infections due to its multiple antibacterial compounds. Currently, Maramba-Lazarte and her team are looking for licensees to help them mass-produce Guaviderm.

The Leaders in Innovation Fellowship of the AIM and DOST is open to any Filipino scientist, researcher or innovator who wants to develop a business proposition or a startup business for an existing technology or innovation. To know more about the program, visit its official website at excell.aim.edu/lif.

Toni Antiporda is a freelance business journalist and former deputy associate editor of Entrepreneur Philippines. You may reach her at toni.antiporda@gmail.com.

This story originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com.ph.

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There’s Finally an Amazing Swimsuit Line For Plus-Size Pinays

One of the best things about being in the tropics, and pretty much only having one season (hot) is the fact that we can wear swimsuits all year round! But until this year, plus-size Pinays didn’t have a lot of options when it comes to beachwear. And the few we did have were too tacky! Thank goodness for wonder twins Danah and Stacy Gutierrez! In collaboration with SXY, they recently came out with a new swimsuit line for plus-size women, and they are to die for!


Cosmo.ph spoke to the Gutierrez sisters to find out more about their collaboration: We met the girls behind SXY and it just happened! They made an offer and we couldn’t let such a wonderful opportunity pass. We’ve been eyeing their designs waaay before we even met up, so we knew we’d produce a very fierce and sexy collection with them.


On their favorites: “Gotta be The Madame and the Sultry Sugar! We think all shapes look great in them.”


On how they designed this collection: It’s very mature and far from our first collection. Our pieces are so versatile! We really designed this line in a way that lets women wear our pieces at the beach, but also on a night out in the city! Our clients can get creative, and style the pieces however they please.”


On the message they’re trying to send with this collection: “We want people to realize that not all bodies are meant to look the same. We also want Pinays to know that it’s important to respect your body enough to give it genuine TLC. If hitting the beach and soaking up the sun is one of the many activities you enjoy, go for it. Don’t let something as superficial as how your body looks in a bikini keep you from doing it.”


You can find and shop the entire collection here.

This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

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Latest Metro Manila Traffic Schemes You Need to Know

Traffic in Metro Manila has gotten so bad it has become the status quo. EDSA is now the butt of jokes (just add water, i.e. heavy downpour, and you have instant traffic much like a cup of 3-in-1 coffee), memes (Buti pa sa EDSA, may forever), and even an excuse for when you’re running late. With this perennial problem, traffic management units in the Metro have come up with possible solutions to ease congestion in our streets. Sort of.

We round up recent impositions that you should take note of unless you want to be fined for not following the rules.

No more window hours along EDSA
Metro Manila Development Authority General Manager Tim Orbos announced on October 6 that the so-called “window hours” along EDSA and C5 Road are no longer in effect. This refers to the five-hour period, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., when the Unified Vehicle Volume Reduction Program (a.k.a. number-coding scheme) is temporarily lifted. The traffic management group is hoping that this will drop the volume of traffic along the two major roads by 20%.

Closed U-turn slots and counterflow along EDSA
The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic tested a new traffic scheme along EDSA on September 5 and motorists were not too happy about it. The following changes were implemented:

  • Closure of U-Turn Slots Southbound near Trinoma after West Avenue to SM City Northbound
  • Closure/Removal of counterflow at Rockwell Flyover from Rockwell to EDSA
  • North Road is now one-way only from EDSA

UV Express is back on EDSA…with conditions

On July 28, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board prohibited UV Express vehicles from traversingÂEDSA. Commuters were relieved when theÂvansÂwere allowed back on the road on September 9 but with designated routes. Vehicles goingÂfrom Makati to south of the Metro are supposed to take the Skyway or South Luzon Expressway; those going to and from the east, south, and northeast of Metro Manila to the Cubao area are advised to take C5 Road and Aurora Boulevard; those going to and from the east of the Metro to Makati should take Kalayaan; and vans traversing the road beyond the North Triangle Area should take the Balintawak Interchange.

Number-coding in Parañaque
Parañaque City, which has been experiencing an “unacceptable” volume of traffic for the past five years, reimplemented the number-coding scheme on October 1. It bans private and public utility vehicles on selected weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., depending on the last digit of their plate numbers. The window period is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, trucks are banned on city streets from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Marikina and Muntinlupa are the only cities left that havenât imposed the number-coding traffic system.

Experimental odd/even traffic scheme in Pasig

The Pasig Command Center implemented an experimental odd/even traffic scheme in the city on September 1. Under the new rule, vehicles with even plate numbers are not allowed to enter the westbound side of Elisco Road on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; while vehicles with odd plate numbers are prohibited in the area every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Re-routing scheme along Marcos Highway
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on August 26 that more personnel were deployed alongÂMarcos Highway to address the traffic situation in the major thoroughfare traversing Marikina, Pasig, and Antipolo. In addition, the following re-routing schemes were implemented:

  • Vehicles coming from Cubao/Katipunan to Antipolo shall either take Aurora Boulevard, turn right to C.P. Garcia Avenue (C5), left at Ortigas Avenue extension to destination and vice versa; or A. Bonifacio Avenue (to Marikina City proper), straight to Sumulong Highway to destination and vice versa.
  • Vehicles coming from Antipolo to Quezon City shall take Ortigas Avenue extension, left at Kaytikling towards Taytay Palengke, East Bank Service Road, left at Legaspi Bridge, left at C. Raymundo to destination to vice versa.
  • Vehicles from Cainta, Rizal to C-5, Quezon City from Felix Avenue left at Kaginhawaan Street/Magsaysay Street, right at Amang Rodriguez Avenue, left at Calle Industria to C.P. Garcia (C5), to destination and vice versa.
  • Vehicles from Cainta, Rizal via Valley Golf to Cubao, Quezon City from Ortigas Avenue extension left Don Celso Tuazon Avenue, take Sumulong Highway to destination and vice versa.

One-way roads in Quezon City

The Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety announced on September 14 a new traffic management scheme and re-routing plan for Barangay South Triangle to ease traffic from Quezon Avenue to Welcome Rotonda. However, the new system is postponed indefinitelyÂdue to ongoing road works in the area.

Anti-littering and anti-jaywalking drive is stricter than ever
More than 100 MMDA personnel were deployed on October 3 to reinforce the anti-littering and anti-jaywalking drive in the Metro, specifically in crowded areas like Monumento, SM North, Cubao, Ortigas, EDSA-Taft, Guadalupe, and Coastal Road. Apprehended violators can either pay the P500 fine or render three to eight hours of community service. Payment can be done through bank deposit or atÂthe MMDA office at EDSA corner Orense Street in Guadalupe.

This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

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7 Seemingly Harmless Habits That Can Ruin Your Relationship

Marrying someone means you’re willing to spend the rest of your life with your significant other — all of him, the goodm, the bad, and the yucky. It’s true. You can’t marry a person and expect him to change. However, there are some habits that you and your spouse may work on changing, as these can be destructive to your relationshio over time. Check if you’re guilty of these and find ways to consciously stop doing them.

1. Someone’s keeping score on the other.
Love shouldn’t be measured by who pays for date nights or who gives the more expensive gift. If you continue to bring up your partner’s shortcomings and compare it to how much you’ve done for them, then feelings of guilt and resentment will surely build up. Instead of keeping score on who does more in the relationship and then letting it all out in one blow, focus on doing nice things for your partner without asking for something in return and voice out your concerns when you feel like your partner should make more of an effort.

2. You don’t pay full attention when they’re talking.
It may seem natural to you but scrolling through your social media feed while your significant other is gushing about their day can make them feel secondary and unappreciated. Mindless browsing during times when you’re supposed to be listening gives off the vibe that what you’re doing is more important than them. “Be aware of what you’re paying attention to,” says Christie Hartman, Ph.D., author of Find the Love of Your Life Online. “If they start complaining or showing annoyance, it’s a sign that you’ve gone too far,” she adds.

3. Nagging.
While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to improve yourself to be a better person, you have to remember that being in love isn’t about being the perfect couple. If things aren’t going your way, no matter how good your intentions are, your partner needs to make the decision to take action himself. Constantly barking orders could lead to unnecessary fights.

4. You constantly compare them to others.
…especially to your ex, which is one of the worst things you can do. Instead of comparing, focus on the good qualities of your beau and work on improving the bad together.

5. White lies are your go-to when they seek comfort.
Honesty is essential in any relationship; and white lies are STILL lies. If you continue to sugarcoat issues and problems just to avoid offending your partner, eventually, it will catch up to you and you’ll wish you told them the truth earlier.

“One thing we deceive ourselves about is that we’re lying to protect others’ feelings. That’s not usually true. We often lie because we want another person to love us — we’re trying to protect ourselves from others’ disappointment, anger, or abandonment,” says David Livingstone Smith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at the University of New England and author of Why We Lie.

6. Past mistakes are constantly brought up.
…even when they have supposedly been forgiven and forgotten. Yes, there’s such a thing as tough love, but if you’re constantly bringing up the past like it just happened yesterday, it’s going to wear him out.

According to Gary Chapman in his book The 5 Love Languages: The Secrets to Love that Lasts, the best way to handle it is to let the faults be a thing of the past. “Yes, it happened. Certainly it hurt. And it may still hurt, but he has acknowledged his failure and asked you forgiveness.”

7. You don’t appreciate the little things they do.
Did you know that a small ‘thank you’ can do wonders? You may not know it but the feeling of entitlement in a relationship can breed contempt – so don’t take them for granted and be grateful for the things they do for you. Besides, a little gratitude won’t hurt anyone, right?

GIFs from Giphy.

This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com.

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Protect Yourself From These 8 Common Travel Scams

It’s insane how far people will go for easy money, and as much as we advise you to connect with the locals of every place you visit, a healthy dose of paranoia can’t hurt. Scams are rampant, and anyone can be a target. We’ve compiled a list of common scams travelers have encountered just so you know when something shady or out of the ordinary is happening.

1. The broken taxi meter
This one’s the oldest scam in the book! Some taxi drivers, especially near airports, are notorious for lying about a broken taxi meter just so they can charge you an absurd amount. And as many of you may know, they don’t just do this to foreigners. The best way to avoid this is by negotiating rates, or simply getting out once you find out that “the meter isn’t working.”

2. The overbooked hostel
This scam involves a taxi driver and an expensive hostel. The driver’s job is to make you believe that your hostel is either overbooked or closed. He will then “recommend” a pricier place where he gets a cut of what you pay. You can avoid this by calling your hostel in advance or lying about having a reservation.

3. The fake police
Someone approaches you with what appears to be drugs, and police officers appear out of nowhere. They ask for your wallet and passport. Never hand them these things. Instead, let them know that you need to call the police to confirm that they aren’t scammers. You could also just lie and say that your passport is at your hotel.

4. The photographer
Posing as a helpful citizen, someone might approach you and offer to take your photo. While it’s tempting to give someone the benefit of the doubt, we advise you to read the situation. A safer situation is if you approach someone instead of handing your camera over to someone who approaches you.

5. The stolen rental
Tourists in Vietnam, Cambodia, and even the Philippines have experienced this scam. A rented bike is damaged or stolen, and the customer will have to pay the owner a substantial amount. Sure, it could have really been stolen, but in some cases, the owner is the one who arranges the whole scam. You can take “before” photos of the bike so you have proof of its condition. You can also buy your own lock.

6. The hotel call
This one’s a little scary. You get a phone call in the middle of the night from someone pretending to be the front desk agent of the place you’re staying atonly it’s a scammer. They ask for your credit card details to confirm your reservation. Again, never give out sensitive information like that. If you have to, walk over and confirm that it was really them who made the call.

7. The stain
We’ve heard some pretty disturbing variations of this one, like when scammers take advantage of people who get bird poop on them. The common scenario is when someone “spills” something on you, and then offers to clean it up. While you’re distracted by that, an accomplice could be stealing your stuff. This one’s hard to avoid because in the moment, you’re flustered. And sometimes, it really is just an accident. Still, be aware of moments when people are unnecessarily near you.

8. The freebie
Anytime someone offers you a free bracelet, postcard, picture — don’t believe it! Nothing is free anymore! There’s always a catch. They will eventually start asking for some sort of payment, and sure, you can walk away, but others haven’t been so lucky—some people are threatened for refusing to pay up!

Source: The Expert Vagabond.

This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

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3 Skin Whitening Treatments That Promise Glowing Results

There are numerous products and treatments that can help you achieve a lighter complexion, but it’s crucial to make sure that these are not only effective but also very safe and won’t put your skin at risk. Below are three treatments our friends from Preview.ph says will give you a healthy radiant glow.

1. Beauty Lab Whitening by SuavissRed Light Collagen Therapy

If you’re obsessed with all things K-beauty, then you’d be glad to know that South Korean skin expert Suaviss is now in the Philippines with Beauty Lab Whitening, a new specialized skin treatment center perfected in Seoul. Using an innovative skincare technology called Red Light Collagen Therapy, it offers a safe, non-invasive, and effective way to restore the skin’s youthful glow. While it promises to make your skin one shade lighter after a single session, the process will also help encourage collagen production in the body, thereby making your skin feel suppler and firmer.

Price: P2500 per session / P11000 for 5 sessions (Face); P5000 per session / P19500 for 5 sessions (Full Body)
Location: 3F BGC Stopover Pavilion, Rizal Drive Corner 31st Street, Taguig
Book an appointment: 564.4601 or 0927.512.0000

2. Flawless’ Beauty Drip

On its website, the treatment is described as a “cocktail of various antioxidants and immune system boosters.” This is also a popular choice of whitening procedure among Hollywood and local celebrities. Via intravenous therapy (IV drip) done by their clinics’ medical experts, FlawlessBeauty Drip basically feeds your body the “ultimate antioxidant” that’s packed with Glutathione, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B complex.

Price: P7000 per session
Branches: SM Mall of Asia, SM Makati, SM Megamall, Trinoma
Book an appointment: flawless.com.ph

3. Belo Medical Group’s Wet and Dry Dermabrasion

An excellent treatment for both the face and the whole body, Belo‘s Wet and Dry Dermabrasion is a combined technique of mechanical dermabrasion and hydra dermabrasion. It lightens and evens out skin tone through exfoliation and infused serums, while simultaneously hydrating the treated skin with hyaluronic acid and other essential skin nutrients that promise to leave it smooth, supple, and velvety soft.

Price: P15,000 per session
Branches: Bonifacio High Street Central, Greenbelt Makati, Trinoma, SM The Block
Book an appointment: belomed.com

This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.

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5 Charming Design Ideas for Kids’ Bedrooms

A lot of homeowners tend to struggle with decorating rooms for kids, and we can’t say we’re surprised. After all, there is so much ground to cover: how much floor space should you allot for toy storage? Is there enough room for their essentials? Can you still squeeze in a study area? Don’t fret — with a little inventiveness and a few smart design ideas, you can style a space fit for your kids’ needs! Here’s how you can get started:

1. If you have enough space in the bedroom for a proper play area, don’t think twice about going all out. Put up empty frames on the walls and display their artwork or cartoon posters. You can also create a focal point using a teepee and fill it with their well-loved toys.

Looking where to buy a teepee? You can order online via Pottly N Tubby’s Facebook page.


2. You don’t need a neighborhood playground to have a fun time. For homes with high ceilings, utilize the extra space by building a slide that lands on the kids’ bed. Consider using a brighter color scheme of yellow and blue to keep the youthful vibe going.

3. Murals are always a good idea for kids’ bedrooms! Aside from adding an interesting element to the decor, it helps younger children practice recognizing colors, too.

No need to worry if you’re not the artsy type. You can always hire a muralist to help you out.


4. Even if you’re styling a kids’ room, you can still use bespoke materials as long as you’re able to commit to its maintenance. For the girls, feel free to invest in a tufted headboard in their favorite color which they can still use as they transition to their teens. Use accessories in similar patterns too add a playful flair.

5. Since most kiddie rooms are filled with vibrant colors and prints, you can go the other direction with plain white walls and open shelves. If you want to add life to the space, do it through the decor—accessorize with stuffed animals and toys.

    Photos by Jun Pinzon, At Maculangan, Miguel Nacianceno, and Marc Jao

    This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph.

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    5 Restaurants for Couple Dates Under P1,000

    There are different types of couples — whether you prefer intimate dinner dates or playful bonding time over beer, there’s a perfect date place waiting to be discovered. Great dates don’t need to be overly expensive, so we round up 10 restaurants to have fun, romantic dates that won’t break the bank.

    Bean & Yolk

    Up for a breakfast date? Bean & Yolk makes hearty breakfast selections with eggs prepared in different ways. It’s a bright, airy space beside a mall but you’ll find the restaurant to be a serene, comfy place for conversations over cups of good coffee.

    For the lady: Lucy (P175) and Flat White (P150)

    For the sir: Chorizo Mama (P250) and Iced Hand Brew (P150)

    Bean & Yolk is at G/F Bel Air Soho Suites, Polaris Street, Poblacion, Makati City.

    The Wild Poppy

    The Wild Poppy is just the ticket for days when you want to chase away those rainy-day blues. This rooftop resto has vibrant, warm interiors and an indoor and al fresco seating area. It’s perfect for chill nights when all you want is to enjoy each other’s company over some quirkily named dishes like Pokpok Bites and Ping Pongs.

    For the lady: Kim and Reuben (P260) or Pad Tide (P280)

    For the sir: Shrimp & Co. (P170) or Roll chi Minh (P125)

    The Wild Poppy is at 2/F 5666 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City.

    Happy Garden Café

    Happy Garden Café is a garden-inspired restuarant that’s all about organic, healthy food. Make no mistake though, everything on their menu is colorful (the salads, especially) and flavor-packed, including their gluten-free desserts. It’s a great place to have post-gym dinner dates.

    For the lady: Awesome Sandwich (P325) or Rejuvenated Salad (P465)

    For the sir: Serene Pasta (P365) or Immortal Main (P325)

    Happy Garden Café is at Sunshine Place, 56 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City.

    Tilde Hand Craft Café

    This café is a surprising hideaway in the middle of the city. Tilde is a modern eatery that bakes all of their bread from scratch, by hand, serving them fresh-from-the-oven (you’ll be won over by the delicious aroma way before you see the food). Indulge in their selection of homemade soups, pastas, and sandwiches.

    For the lady: Pumpkin Soup (P220) or Chili Chicken Fettuccine (P360)

    For the sir: Vongole (P425) or The Tilde Burger (P320)

    Tilde Hand Craft Café is at G/F EWC Building, 5417 Matilde corner General Luna Street, Poblacion, Makati City.

    Diner on 16th

    This retro hole-in-the-wall is a gem for fun couples; the black-and-white tiles and bright-red booths provide that neighborhood diner vibe. Have your fill of picks from an extensive menu that ranges from appetizers to gourmet chicken and waffles, rice plates to kebabs, burgers to ribs, and more. If you’re willing to splurge a bit more, play a round of beer pong!

    For the lady: Bacon Pepper Dogs (P279) or Hanger Steak (P320)

    For the sir: Bourbon BBQ Steak Kabob (P360) or Cheddar Jalapeño Burger (P250)

    Diner on the 16th is at 16 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.

    More date restaurants can be found at Spot.ph where this story originally appeared.

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