Thursday, November 28, 2013

Valenzuelano Ako: Maria Charo Pineda Wins Nationwide Poster Making Contest

The Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. and the National Library of the Philippines, in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, recently held a nationwide poster making contest with the theme "Libraries:Preservers and Promoters of Culture and Arts". The illustration which places first shall be used as the official cover of the National Book Week 2013 souvenir program and other publicity materials (including posters which were distributed all over the country). The winner shall also bag a cash prize.

One Valenzuela would like to gladly inform every Valenzuelano that a Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela student's  work was chosen! She is Maria Charo Pineda, a graduating education student from the said university. Reading from a letter sent via e-mail, "Chosen among hundreds of entries from all over the country, your [Ms. Pineda] poster perfectly captured this year's theme...".

79th National Book WeeK: Charo at the Awarding Program
A well attended event lead by Atty. Antonio M. Santos (Director of the National Library of the Philippines), Mrs. Elizabeth R. Peralejo (President, PLAI), Hon. Raul M. Sunico (President, Cultural Center of the Philippines), and Mrs. Emma M. Rey (Over-all Chair, 2013 National Book Week Committee)

Souvenir program 
Atty. Antonio M. Santos renders the welcoming remarks. 
We are proud of you!

Congratulations, Charo!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Semestral Break at Hotel Dominique in Tagaytay

Tagaytay is One Valenzuela's nearest go-to place if she wants to unwind and relax (though this time she had to bring her notebook to submit a paper and a project due on the weekend. Haha!). Together with hubby and Little One Valenzuela, they went to Tagaytay to have a bit of family bonding before the second semester brings in much taxing work.

Front of Hotel Dominique
With a discount voucher via Cashcashpinoy (Hooray for one year validity!), she reserved an overnight stay in a Superior Room. Since Little One Valenzuela is quite a big girl now, she wants to have her own bed and so they got a room with two beds. By the way, One Valenzuela has already spent a night at this hotel together with her co-employees in what they call "Casitas".

Without further ado, here are some shots she took of the hotel:

Though it is pretty cold now, many still swim in the pool.
One Valenzuela loves walking around the hotel which is like a little European village. Halloween is in the air because the funny witch and ghost decorations are still everywhere. Little One Valenzuela did a lot of kawaii posts with them!
Room 101: the room where we stayed
The room is just a short walk away from the pool which is a plus for water babies like them. It is quite small yet enough for a family of three. It has a refrigerator, a cabinet, and a safety deposit box. As always, One Valenzuela loves the big shampoo and liquid bath soap dispensers in the comfort room.
Photo op with the curtains closed.
Let the sunshine in!
What's on the desk
Gym facility

Awww, memories! Miss those fun days.

Kawaii posts of Little One Valenzuela
More photos
The plated complimentary breakfast is really satisfying after a good night of sleep. Hubby ordered the Pahimis breakfast (Php210), One Valenzuela had their American breakfast (Php220; converted bread to plain rice), and Little One Valenzuela had Eggs and Bread (Php61) with mango juice. 
Hubby's Pahimis breakfast
Little One Valenzuela's breakfast: too excited to swim and not to eat!
Though the WiFi connection can only be accessed at the hotel's restaurant, it definitely provides a strong and continuous signal. One Valenzuela was able to upload a 20MB file, her comic project, in a breeze.

The hotel is located along Aguinaldo Highway. You can also drop by known spots for eating and buying interesting finds like what One Valenzuela did. She went to Pink Sisters, Ilog Maria and Gourmet Cafe. You can reach Pink Sisters from the hotel through a quick walk. Ride a jeepney with the "Silang" signage for Ilog Maria and Gourmet Cafe. 

To sum it up, One Valenzuela's family really had a good time at the hotel. Aja, for the second semester!

You may also want to read about One Valenzuela's side trips to: Tootsie's, Ilog Maria, Gourmet Cafe, and Pink Sisters (Articles to be posted soon!). You can find her old post on Tagaytay here or try the search box at the top and right sides of the page.
How to Reach Hotel Dominique from Valenzuela City:

Do not be afraid to travel to Tagaytay without your own vehicle. It's easy, Valenzuelanos!

From Brgy. Malinta, take a jeepney to Monumento (Php10.00) and ride the train bound to Gil Puyat (Php20.00; LRT opens at 5 a.m.).
LRT Gil Puyat Station
Go down the said station and you will find the DLTB Bus Terminal. When One Valenzuela called DLTB, the operator told her that she will have to ride a bus bound to Nasugbu, Batangas. It will pass by Tagaytay via Emilio Aguinaldo Highway (Php83.00; First trip as early as 4 a.m.). One Valenzuela told the conductor that they will be going down at Hotel Dominique. A very popular landmark near the hotel is Pink Sisters, which is just a quick stroll away.
DLTB Bus Terminal
Hotel Dominique also replied to One Valenzuela's Facebook query on how to reach the hotel. Here is their response:

A. Bus going to BACLARAN or get off at COASTAL MALL
B. Bus with sign board MENDEZ/NASUGBU/TAGAYTAY
A. Take a jeep to ZAPOTE KABILA
B. Take a jeep from ZAPOTE to SM BACOOR
C. From SM, take a bus with sign board
B. From TAFT, back of CHOWKING there is a bus terminal going to BATANGAS (BALAYAN/NASUGBU) and MENDEZ

Hotel Dominique
Address: Km. 55 Aguinaldo Highway, Brgy. Maitim II East, Tagaytay City, 4120
Contact numbers:
Mobile: (0917)8664140 and (0998)9749404
Landline: (02) 5844641, (02) 5298173 and 5298182
Like Hotel Dominique on Facebook or visit their site here.
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Pineapple Cake from Michael's Bakery

If you have been following this blog for quite a while now, you might remember One Valenzuela's post on those cheesy doughnuts made by Michael's Bakery, a small store along A. Pablo Street in Malinta that sells good tasting bread. 

Their pineapple bread is also a simple snack that you can get for merienda in the afternoon. One Valenzuela's well loved co-employee just turned 65 last week. Though she has bought a calamansi sans rival cake from Caroline's for a small lunch celebration, One Valenzuela still asked Kuya Michael to make a whole pan of pineapple bread for her friend.

Happy Birthday, Tita Cora!
Eat this together with some hot coffee
The whole pan cost only Php95.00! The group ate this together with some hot coffee and chocolate. Kindly check out One Valenzuela's  previous post on Michael's Bakery to know its location.

Let us support local entrepreneurs in Valenzuela City!
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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Winding down over coffee and tea: Roots and Herbs Coffee at Marulas, Valenzuela City

After a big and hearty lunch buffet at Primero Casa Filipino, One Valenzuela's group decided to wind down and sip coffee. It is their usual tradition after eating a lot.

"Subukan natin yung bagong bukas na coffee shop diyan sa atin." (Translation: Let us try the newly opened coffee shop at our place.) her sister suggested.

And so onward they go to Roots and Herbs Coffee at Brgy. Marulas, Valenzuela City.

Roots and Herbs Coffee: A healthy treat in every sip!
Roots and Herbs Coffee counter. One Valenzuela saw that they also have Malunggay Coffee!
One Valenzuela wants to have a slice but she is really full.
Delish Cheese and Egg Sandwich (Php48.00)
Little One Valenzuela loved it! She wished it was a bit bigger though.
Hot Green Tea (Php48.00) and Hot Cappuccino (Php48.00)
And they have rice bowls too!
You will see what they put into your cup at the display area.
Cioccolato Frappe (Php88.00) and Iced Red Berry (Php88.00) 
Uber sister having a light moment with Tatay over a glass of Green Tea Frappe(Php88.00)
By the way, WiFi strength here is good because the group was able to view a home made video for Tatay's birthday posted at a social network. The group also talked and laughed about happy as well as embarrassing moments during their childhood years. As always, Tatay got a lot of stories in the bag. Hahaha! 

Having a great time with your family over some coffee and tea? It is definitely priceless.
How to reach Roots and Herbs Coffee:
It is easy to find Roots and Herbs Coffee since it is along MacArthur Highway.
Address: No.185 MacArthur Highway, Marulas, Valenzuela City.
Tel. No.: (02)444-9267

Roots and Herbs Coffee accepts small private functions. 
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