Sekaya gifts go back to nature
LIMITED edition Sekaya gift packs help reforestation efforts. The Prescribing Nature Gift Packs contain high-quality plant-based products that are backed by science and tested by tradition and at the same time, help the Cordillera Conservation Trust, an organization committed to providing sustainable solutions to environmental problems. For every purchase of any of the Sekaya Prescribing Nature Gift Packs, one Philippine endemic tree seedling (either a Benguet pine, dipterocarp, or mangrove) will be planted to contribute to the organization’s reforestation campaign. The trees are also reflected in the packaging, illustrated by Cynthia Bauzon-Arre, a botanical artist and conservation advocate. The Raw Actives Starter Pack (P900) features nutrient-dense superfoods served in ready-to-mix powder format so they’re easy to incorporate in drinks and meals. The gift pack includes two single-serve sachets each of Sekaya Raw Actives Vegan Protein, Maca Factor, and Barley Green and one single-serve sachet each of Daily Greens and Powerbeet. It also has a 500 ml stainless steel shaker bottle with a metal ball. The Cleanse & Detox Pack (P1,750) contains medicinal botanic infusions meant to clear the skin of impurities and aid in strengthening the body’s daily detoxification action. The gift pack contains both Sekaya Botanic Infusions Skin Cleanse blend and Gentle Detox blend, and a three-piece 600 ml teapot with infuser and wooden cover and four teacups. The Immune Travel Pack (P1,000) contains the Sekaya Botanic Infusion Immune Brew in convenient and compostable tea bags stored in a can, and a four-piece borosilicate glass travel tea infuser for two with a case. These gift packs are available at @sekayaph on Facebook and Instagram, via SMS or Viber at 0917-5SEKAYA (735292), or at the S Sentials store on Lazada for Christmas. A brand under Synnovate Pharma Corp., the natural products company of Unilab, Sekaya offers functional plant-based solutions that are scientifically studied and processed within pharma-grade facilities to ensure safety and purity. To know more about Sekaya, visit https://www.sekaya.com.ph/.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ sustainable Christmas recipes
THIS year Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has expanded its sustainability practices beyond the walls of its hotels to inspire a greener festive season in homes around the world. Chefs from St. Andrews to Singapore, Hawaii to the Maldives, have shared their passion for produce and conscious cooking with 18 special recipes for the festive season and beyond. From leftover turkey noodle soup to goose and red cabbage Strudel; gingerbread cookies to fruit pulp crackers, these recipes will delight both the taste buds and the conscience. For the full recipes visit: http://www.fairmontmoments.com/sustainable-christmas-recipes. For three decades, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has been committed to proactively protecting local environments through its award-winning Fairmont Sustainability Partnership. Fairmont’s approach combines leading operational efforts aimed at reducing overall impact on the planet with forward-thinking and innovative programs promoting responsible tourism. Fairmont’s culinary teams are highly committed to creating sustainable dishes that minimize food waste and use local produce and ingredients to their fullest to enhance the flavors.
Beefeater’s strawberry-flavored gin
BEEFEATER Gin has released the new Beefeater Pink, a delicate and refreshing strawberry-flavored gin. Beefeater Pink brings a delicate and fruity kick to an award-winning gin by fusing a natural strawberry flavor to the traditional hand-picked citrus and juniper botanicals. Have Beefeater Pink on its own or as a strawberry-flavored twist on a favorite gin-based cocktail, such as a strawberry B&T (Beefeater and tonic). The transparent bottle design features a graffiti-style logo inspired by stencil art and shows off the gin’s vibrant pink hue. A limited-edition Beefeater Pink VAP that comes with a free gin goblet is available exclusively at all S&R outlets for P699. Beefeater Pink is also available in leading supermarkets.
Okada’s holiday buffet, Christmas goodies
CELEBRATE Christmas with Okada’s Medley Buffet. On Dec. 24, Christmas Eve dinner is P3,588 for adults and P1,588 for children. Families and friends can also enjoy Christmas lunch on Dec. 25 for P2,700 for adults and P1,350 for kids. Guests can have a special New Year’s lunch at the Medley Buffet on Jan. 1, noon to 3 p.m., for P2,700 (adults) and P1,350 (children). All prices are net. Meanwhile, those looking for a sweet Christmas treat can drop by Okada Manila’s Lobby Lounge for gingerbread cookies, chocolate rusks, and festive madeleines. Filipino Christmas staples puto bumbong and bibingka are also now available until Jan. 1. For inquiries, call Okada Manila at 8888-0777, or visit www.okadamanila.com.
Century Park reopens Japanese restaurant
THE CENTURY Park Hotel reopened Century Tsukiji, the hotel’s Japanese food outlet, on Dec. 1, and is offering a number of treats and specials for the holidays. There is an Eat-All-You-Can Special featuring classic Japanese delicacies. Customize a meal by choosing from the following categories: appetizer (potato salad, kani mango salad, kani krunch maki, yasai itame, vegetable tempura and yasai salad), main course (ebi tempura, chicken teriyaki, tenderloin teppan, salmon belly teppan, pork tonkatsu, buta kakuni, chicken karaage and yakiniku), rice (steamed rice, mixed fried rice, vegetable fried rice and beef fried rice), soup (miso and corn miso), and dessert (tiramisu, matcha cake, Hokkaido cheese cake, vanilla ice cream and strawberry ice cream). At P999 net per head, the Eat-All-You-Can Special is available daily from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The holiday deal expands with additional dishes like salmon and tuna sashimi and ramen on Dec. 24, 25, 30, and 31 and Jan. 1 for P1,450 net. For ramen lovers, there is the Unlimited Ramen offering. Choose from among five versions: tonkotsu ramen, chashu negi miso ramen, niku shoyu ramen, tori age yasai ramen and niku to uminosachi yaki ramen. These are best paired with sushi such as shake chizu, kani kyarameru, california maki, kappa maki and kampyo maki. The Unlimited Ramen offer is available for as low as P699 net. Protocols such as temperature check, disinfection, filling out of health declaration form upon entrance, social distancing, one-way policy and wearing of masks will be enforced. For more information, call 8528-5855 or 0917-633-2497, via SMS or Viber.
All-you-can-eat dimsum at New World’s Jasmine
NEW World Makati Hotel’s Chinese dining destination, Jasmine, offers a signature array of all-you-can-eat dim sum dishes for lunch and dinner on Saturdays as well as lunch on Sundays for P1,088 nett per person. Guests can enjoy favorites such as barbecued Honey roasted pork, steamed Har gao shrimp dumplings, Xiao long bao Shanghainese pork dumplings, Shao mai pork and crab meat dumplings, and Barbecued pork buns, as well as Fried wonton dumplings, Seafood taro puffs, Barbecued pork puffs, and much more. Some of the restaurant’s best-selling main courses are also included in the offer, such as the Deep-fried sole fillet with salted egg, Wok-fried Kong Pao chicken and cashew nuts, sweet and sour pork, and Braised bean curd with black mushrooms. A selection of rice, noodle, and congee dishes are likewise available such as Fried rice Yeung chow-style, Pork and century egg congee, and Braised e-fu noodles with vegetables. Guests can opt to add more of Jasmine’s signature dishes to complete the bountiful meal. Dishes such as Crispy pork belly (P240), Soy chicken (P240), Pan-fried beef tenderloin (P280), and Sliced beef with vegetables in oyster sauce (P280) are offered at an add-on price.
Sheraton Manila offers Festive Spreads To-Go
ENJOY a wide-range of sumptuous spreads made for home celebrations and intimate parties through Sheraton Manila’s Festive Spreads To-Go. Choose from roast turkey, smoked leg of ham, baked salmon, roast rib-eye, or Spanish pork belly, and have a bounty of sides good to be shared by eight to 15 persons. For reservations or orders, call 7902-1808 or 0917-822-3213. Meanwhile, indulge in a new buffet experience at the hotel’s S Kitchen featuring a surf and turf spread. As bountiful as before, the buffet is made more personalized with plated service. And diners can even get to catch a lobster on weekends. S Kitchen is open daily for lunch and dinner (Monday to Thursday, P2,100; Friday to Sunday, P2,350). For reservations, call 7902-1800. The hotel also has offsite party packages so one can celebrate in one’s office or at the comfort of one’s home. Choose from the hotel’s festive selection of intimate party packages inclusive of delivery and live online entertainment. For details call 7902-1800.
Jollibee launches Virtual Parties
WITH the current health situation, most parties have been limited to one’s household with the usual online gathering of family and friends. So now Jollibee enables everyone to get the party experience with the launch of the Jollibee Virtual Party, a fully online celebration package. The Jollibee Virtual party includes Jollibee meals that are delivered straight to guests. For party decor, customers can choose from available party themes like the Jollitown Theme Park or Fairytale Land. The easy to set up party decors will be delivered to their homes. Games are covered too, with a one-hour program complete with interactive games, sing and dance-along activities and surprises facilitated by a professional party host. Of course, there’s also a special gift for the celebrant — a Jollibee doll. To avail of the Jollibee Virtual Party experience, customers can first choose their party size. A celebration for five homes, which is good for 15 persons, is priced at P11,500. A party for 10 homes with a total of 30 guests is offered at P16,500, while a celebration for 20 homes with 60 invitees combined is packaged at P26,500. Customers can then choose the Jollibee meals to share with their guests. Customers can also customize their party bundle to their needs once they have chosen the initial package. Fun giveaways can also be sent to guests. They can choose to give out a Jolly Kiddie Meal toy, a Jollibee Doll, a Jollibee Funko POP! In Philippine Barong, a Jollibee Funko POP! on a Delivery Bike, or a Jollibee Hetty Funko POP! two-pack. For more info, visit Jollibee’s official Facebook page.
Foodpanda’s Merriest Deals promo
GET 20% off and more through foodpanda’s Merry Deals of the kumukutikuti-TAP Christmas weekly surprises. As an additional gift this Christmas, foodpanda will offer free delivery from select restaurants when the client uses the code PANDAMORNING from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. Customers can also get P77 off when they use the code PANDA77 for a minimum order of P299 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. For more information and updates about foodpanda’s Merry Deals and the kumukutikuti-TAP Christmas campaign, visit foodpanda’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@foodpanda_ph) account or look out for the pink tags on the foodpanda app.
Diageo launches positive drinking campaign
DIAGEO, a global leader in beverage alcohol, highlights its commitment to drinking in moderation with the release of “The Balance Challenge,” an augmented reality (AR) Instagram filter designed to encourage people to swap an alcoholic drink with water and raise money for WaterAid in the process. The challenge demonstrates the importance of balance, allowing users to balance virtual water vessels on some unusual parts of their bodies by matching a series of on-screen poses. To date, the challenge has seen bartenders and celebrities around the globe take part in the fun campaign, helping remind people over the festive period about the importance of drinking in moderation as part of a balanced lifestyle. All participants are encouraged to donate the cost of an alcoholic drink to international charity, WaterAid. To participate in #TheBalanceChallenge, click on the effects icon in the Instagram app and search for “TheBalanceChallenge.” People can donate the cost of an alcoholic drink (or more) to WaterAid through Instagram’s “donate” sticker.