Showing posts with label whats up dagupan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label whats up dagupan. Show all posts

Monday, November 13, 2017

JAMES REID, NADINE LUSTRE LIVE IN DAGUPAN!!

YES! You read that right..

 Last night, we got to party with James, Lauren, Brent and Nadine during the Emperador Hot Shot Brandy Party in Dagupan City. It was jam-packed with JaDine fans from all over the province, but minors were not allowed to get inside. No brandy for you JaDine babies!

James Reid performed his latest single, he even sang a duet with Nadine Lustre and that made the crowd roar even more. The rest of the gang were giving out brandy shots, taking pictures and dancing the night away. 




You can see how James was so protective of Nadine in one of the clips, can't help but swoon over this power couple. Watch the rest of the video here and tell me what you think! 
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THANK YOU WHAT'S UP DAGUPAN

Friday, January 13, 2017

A Day With Team What's Up Dagupan

Hashtag squad goals!

We always hear this phrase whenever we see group of friends accomplishing something rad, or anything worth the envy. Like traveling outside the country together, finishing college together, or just basically doing things you all enjoy with just one goal in mind. For me and my team, FOOD IS LIFE!! And photography, and coffee, and social media too! We are the team behind What’s Up Dagupan, spearheaded by Simon Vistro. What’s Up Dagupan chronicles what’s hip and hot in Dagupan City. It is a compendium of the news, events, culture, food, arts, language and music of Region 1’s “Pandaragupan” or gathering place, the Longest Grill World Record Beaker and the Bangus Capital of the World – Dagupan City!

So what does it feel like going out with the team?

From left to right: Mike Fernandez, Simon Vistro, Grey, Jec Mabasa. Photo by Jojo Estrada Tamayo.

Last Saturday, we were invited to attend the soft opening of Gloria Maris Restaurant here in Dagupan City. The restaurant had a major revamp and it’s worth the five-month wait. Love the interiors especially the lighting, perfect for taking a selfie. They also added new dishes to their menu and we tried them all. Did you know that they now have pumpkin soup for appetizer? Okay, I admit that I didn’t want to try it at first as I’m not a big fan of the veggie. But to my surprise, the pumpkin soup even tasted better than the usual corn and mushroom. The tiny bits of seafood in it added a twist!

Spinach Tofu. Photo by Mike Fernandez

Then they served Spinach Tofu, which became an instant favorite of the group. Then came the super tender Shanghai Beef, Sweet Fire Chicken and Yang Chow Rice. But what excited me the most? The delectable Salted Egg Prawns! We see and hear salted eggs mixed with almost everything and turned into almost anything. Like Irvin’s salted egg potato chips and Fryday’s chicken wings with salted egg. But the Salted Egg Prawns by Gloria Maris Dagupan still tops my list. Just thinking of it makes my mouth water and my tummy growl. We took lots of photos of course, we want to be the first ones to share it with our friends. I took videos though, for my new baby VLOG on Youtube.

The new Gloria Maris Restaurant Dagupan City. Photo by Jojo Estrada Tamayo

After our lunch, the boys had a relaxing spa session at Luxus Spa while I do some errands. We met again for dinner at Papi’s Grill – the first eat-all-you-can grill in Dagupan.

UnliKalot at Papi's Grill

So wait there’s more! After our dinner, Mamu and Papu invited us to join them at the newly-opened Bo’sCoffee located along Jose De Venecia road C5 extension. Yes, the Bo’s Coffee of Manila is now in Pangasinan! Sir Simon and I tried Artisanal Choco drink, it’s made from pure cacao and it’s so tasty. We also had carrot cakes and s’mores brownie. I can’t wait for you to watch the whole video on my vlog!

Thank you Mamu and Papu for the coffee and cakes! (Bo's Coffee)

A day with #TeamWhatsUp is a day to remember! We did everything we loved doing, it was a care-free, stress-free kind of day. Follow our adventures on Facebook and Instagram! I can’t wait for our next trip, so lucky to be a part of this group promoting the city and the entire province one post at a time!
P.S. We miss you Senyorita Myx!
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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Summer To-Do List in Dagupan City

And just like that, summer season officially starts in the Philippines. We can feel the heat here in Dagupan City! You wake up soaked in sweat and you're already feeling like getting in the shower, but you just got there. Haha! Bikini body or not; Dad Bod or abs of steel.. you don't fucking care anymore. You take that shirt off anyway and wear that panty-shorts of yours. Everybody lookin' but they not hatin'. Ang init sa Pinas eh!!

But ALL IS WELL, sabi nga ni Pochacho. And because I think I'm obliged to talk about things and share this to-do list with you guys, I hope you still bear in mind.. kanya-kanya tayo ng trip. You might find some boring or total childish bullshit, like the sago-straw fight kids used to do during my time, like decades ago. Charot! Wherein you buy a five-peso 'sago palamig' or in English 'sweet tapioca pearl summer drink.' Charrr! Packaged in a special palamig plastic with, probably, recycled plastic straws. You sip and leave a few pearls in the straw as your ammo, you be alert and be ready to blow any time -the equivalent of pulling a gun's trigger. Every breath counts, so take this very seriously, don't laugh and breathe with your mouth if you don't want to choke on it. Head shot is okay, but ear shot is way better. It gets your enemy every time, but parental guidance is advised. Takes a lot of training, you know. 

Hi Mr. Pochaho! Idol/Crush, you had me at papatas. Charrr!
On a more serious note, there's another reason you should all go to Bonuan Tondaligan Beach. But first, shout out to those college students who have endless drinking sessions in the cottages there, and to the vendors who give special student discounts. Hahaha. As long as you guys do it after class and you finish college sober. Hmm. I'm being too honest here, rated PG na naman. Haha!

So yeah, as I was saying.. you should guys check out mural paintings by the Biskeg Pangasinan artists. You drive to Bonuan Tondaligan and ask where the spot is, and everyone knows. The spot is an abandoned office space, there used to be just walls standing there and beach grass. But they've cleaned up the area and voila, instant location for Instagram worthy photos. Take extra care though, as there are shards of glasses and beer bottles everywhere. Please take note, dear city government officials - OPLAN walang bubog na daan. Charot!


Syempre, let's not leave the beach behind. I can say that Bonuan Tondaligan beach is now cleaner compared to before, and if you don't want to go for a swim you can just yah know.. take pictures and tampisaw.. in English - Instagram & Chill. Hahaha. Or Instagram & Tempe-saw. Charr. Alam ko ingles nun noh, ginoogle ko. Tampisaw is to wade in the water. O ha, GMT (Google Mo Tanga!) Joke!

The best time to go to the beach is in the morning at 6AM - 9AM, you need fresh air lalo mga sakitin. And then, of course, in the afternoon at 4PM to 6PM to watch the sunset. Because sometimes guys, sometimes all we need is Vitamin Sea yah know? 

Thank you #SocialMediaMan Simon Vistro for this photo haha #WhatsUpDagupanMan
What else can you do here? Ahh! Since you're in Bonuan, there is the famous Matutina's restaurant that all balikbayans and local tourist go to, to eat fresh Bangus and other seafood. Dagupan is famous for our milk fish or Bangus. And speaking of the devil, Dagupan Bangus Festival is fast approaching! Click here to see the schedule of events. There are a lot of activities to do here this summer, especially because of the festival. Plus, I am so looking forward to the first ever Up North Music Festival on April 23! Watch out for LVLYGREY x UNMFDagupan - make sure to get updates on these Facebook pages: LVLY GREY, UNMFDagupan, Pixelhub Creative, Senyorita and What's Up Dagupan.


Special shout out rin to everyone, please stay hydrated. We're always thirsty pag summer, or at least I am. Always. As a matter of fact, I'm writing this here at Yellow Tree Cafe. YTC is still the best place to be when you're craving for milk tea. My favorite is Hazelnut milk tea with Oreo sinker. So don't expect me to have bikini body this year, I love good food and drinks too much. Try again next year. Hahaha! Shout out to boss Chester. Haha. Share mo to ah. Charot!


Madami, madami pa. This post does not include other things like: ligo sa batcha this summer, outing with friends na hindi natutuloy, reunion with high school classmates pero walang budget, palamig sa mall kasi aircon, start your own iced candy/iced water business, barbeque business, get drunk, summer flings, new hairstyle new me this summer, hugot and more. 

Okay, so, gora na ako.. I have to cross out other things on my To-Do List rin. Char! 
Take time to rest, pray, repent and reflect this coming Holy Week.
x



Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Hotel Review: Hotel Le Duc - Dagupan City, Pangasinan

So, last month we celebrated the birthday of my dearest Louise and I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the hotel we stayed at. Hotel Le Duc is a one-year old lifestyle hotel in Dagupan City. It also stands as a training hub for the Hospitality Management students of Lyceum Northwestern University. I say it's a minimalist haven, well-maintained, chic and cozy. 

Our room
Desk, TV and Rest Room

Upon arriving, we were greeted with a smile by the friendly staff - from the guard at the entrance to the front desk officer. I booked a reservation beforehand through phone so as to avoid hassle especially because I'm with my Mum who doesn't like waitingThe porters were a big help carrying all our stuff - luggage, giveaways, gowns, and other props for the party. We booked the De Luxe Room with one Queen Sized bed, bedside tables, cabinet, desk, flat screen tv, two chairs, a toilet and a shower with heater. With our things in place, we still have room for more. The bed can fit two adults and a child, well it still depends. The sheets are clean and fresh, same as with the towels. There's no mini fridge in the room but you can ask at the front desk. The in-house restaurant is not yet open but, hey, more options for you since there are more than 5 restaurants and cafe within 100m reach. You can choose from Texan, Chinese, Mediterranean, modern and traditional Filipino cuisines. They can deliver it to you in a few good minutes, call the front desk officer for assistance.

Compiled snaps, these videos originally appeared on my live Snapchat Oct. 5-7, 2015
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Hair and make up was also done in our room on the day of the event. We even had photo shoot in the hotel. (Will add those photos as soon as it's available)

There's enough room for hair and makeup artists & photographers - the veranda helped a lot
We had an undisturbed beauty sleep before the party and a much needed rest after, all at the comfort of our hotel room. Overall, we had a hassle-free stay at the hotel. Excellent service from the staff for being alert and very patient, the management for being organized and open to our requests and suggestions. If these suggestions were to be executed and operations run smoothly, Hotel Le Duc will definitely be number one in Dagupan in the years to come. Grey approves!


Check out Hotel le Duc's Facebook Page
Tapuac District, 2400 Dagupan City, Dagupan, Philippines
Contacr Number: +63 75 515 8684
E-mail Address: hotelleduc@lyceum.edu.ph
Price range: 


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"NABLOS" Art Exhibit

Biskeg Pangasinan is back with yet another successful art exhibit in celebration of the Philippine Independence Day entitled "NABLOS" which is a local term for the act of breaking free. The opening reception was held last Saturday June 20, 2015 at Liongoren Art Gallery, Tapuac District Dagupan City where I also met Patrick B. Fernandez, a self-taught artist who was inspired by exhibitions in Dagupan City's Pista'y Dayat Festival. He graduated from the Pangasinan State University with honors and has held various positions in corporations and local government before deciding to become a full-time artist and art instructor. Fernandez was a finalist in the 2009 GSIS National Painting Competition and a Semi-Finalist in the LRT Art Competition 2009 before being voted as the president of the Dagupan Artists' Circle and the AAP Dagupan City, Pangasinan Chapter. He is also one of the four founding members of APATIRA. I asked Patrick to give a message and a piece of advice to all aspiring artists and here's what he has to say,

"For young aspiring artists... its not easy to push a career in the arts.. passion is not enough to get you through.. you need dedication and hardwork to perfect your craft and master your creativity.. To be true artist is not just to learn the skill to draw or paint but to have the Discipline to create wether there is an urge or not. Artist live in the bliss of creation and should not stop creating arts even if inspiration comes or not."

There will be new art exhibits every month and it'll be open to public, follow Biskeg PangasinanArtcetera and my page LVLY GREY on Facebook for updates.
'Coming Out' by Cherry Lynn Aquino (leftmost)
'Paglaya sa Kabigatan' by Kevin Vila (left); 'Earnest Endeavors' by Ma. Grace Carpizo

'We started a joke' by Frenk Sison (left); 'Malaya' by Jojit Solano (Right)

'Conspicuous Mind' by Mark John Macaraeg (left); 'Let's pretend that everything is all good' by Patrick Fernandez (center); 'Pahinga' by Pemee Legaspi (right)

Laters!
x

Sunday, May 3, 2015

ColorManila Dagupan 2015

I woke up at 5AM and arrived at the CSI The City Mall grounds just in time for the 10k runners to start and for me to find my friends. After a few Hi's and Hello's from everyone, I found myself third wheelin' with Ezer and Shayne. Main goal here is to cover the event for my blog, run and have fun, and so I did! Okay, I walked. Brisk walking, it's totally the same thing guys! Haha, kidding. But, I was happy to see that a lot of people participated. Students, barkadas, serious runners, foreigners and balik-bayans alike. Along the way into our five-kilometer run, we were greeted and cheered on by the members of the University of Luzon Drum & Bugle Corps. How nice of them! Incoming runners were welcomed with 'color throws' in every 2 km reached, and if I remember it correctly, the first color throw was green, followed by blue, then yellow, pink and purple. Paramedics and police officers were also there circling the grounds, always ready for anything. Good job guys!

 Each of us were given a color packet after the run, we're supposed to throw it out in the air all at the same time. One must choose whether to film it or jump in with the rest of the crowd. I chose the latter and was engulfed in colors! It's like a massive rainbow unicorn fart except that it actually didn't smell, and the foldable shades that came with the race kit didn't defeat its purpose. Color Manila assured that the color powder used are all certified non-toxic and free of any heavy metals. It's also easy to remove, just follow the step by step instructions shown at the end of the program, or you can watch the animated infographic about it on Color Manila's Facebook Page. 

Of course, the best part is when the DJ brought the house down with awesome dance music and pretty sick mix. I tell ya, everybody's still pumped up for the after party. The people, the music, the energy.. Man, we were killin' it back there. It's evident to everyone's faces how colorful the event had been. Ye, seriously. Both literally and figuratively speaking. Haha! 

I am so looking forward to joining more color runs in the future, maybe in India or in Germany where it all began! This has surely been one of the main highlights of my summer!
Photos by Kristian Fajardo Enriquez
Not sure if patronus charm or a pair of angel wings from Victoria's secret haha! #colorthrow

With Jeto Seen
With #TeamWhatsUp | Photo by Jec Mabasa
Photo by Simon Vistro of What's Up Dagupan
Special thanks to my Ate Mica of Senyorita.net and Jeto of CSI Malls for the invite. You can find more photos and videos in What's Up Dagupan's Facebook Page.
xx