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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Sofitel Philippine Plaza feat.Mother’s Legacy–experience new heirloom cuisine, fashion show and trad craftmanship from Ilocos and Taal

Sofitel Philippine Plaza will celebrate Mother’s Day in a special way, for this May 9-17, 2014, they will feature not only good food in Spiral, but also we will appreciate the traditional craftsmanship created by Filipino women from different regions of our country, there’s also a fashion show of modern and traditional crafts, and many more.

Its more than just a mother’s day event for their guest, Sofitel brought a piece of tradition and culture in every corners of the Veranda and Spiral, if you are looking for a place to understand and appreciate the legacy left to us by the early mothers, then you have to check the series of Sofitel’s event with actual demos of weaving and looming, taste the old recipe created by the Sofitel chef’s mother and grandmother, and also feel the vibe of how old tradition of weaving that is not forgotten still exist in this modern age. Its all about our moms, the long forgotten moms and the unfamiliar moms that we want to meet just once in our lives.

Before I introduce to you the photo story and Sofitel’s offerings for Mother’s Legacy theme event, let me share first the rates and also their mother’s day promo.

1. Spiral’s Mother’s Day Brunch ( May 9-17, 2014)
From 12nn-3pm, Rate is set at PHP3550++ for adults and PHP 1500++ for kids. Dinner rate is set at PHP2550++ for adults and PHP 1300++ for kids. Kids 4 years old and below are free. For reservations and inquiries, please call +63 2 832-6988 or +63 2 551-5555 ext. 6988 or email to

2. Mother’s Legacy Fashion Show (May 13, 2014)
Fashion designer Ryan Madamba of Ilocos Norte will be showcase a one of a kind fashion show featuring the cotton loom woven textile called Abel Iloco designed clothing that are hand crafted by female weavers of Ilocos Norte.

Spiral rate at PHP 2550++ for adults and PHP 1300++ for kids. Kids 4 years old and below are free. For reservations and inquiries, please call +63 2 832-6988 or +63 2 551-5555 ext. 6988 or email to

Mothers and Spiral patrons will have the chance to win prizes from Jewelmer and L’Oreal Paris.

3. Mother’s Day Rooms Packages
There’s a special rooms package from May 9-13, 2014. Guests who booked the Mother’s Day rooms package will receive a special three strand freshwater pearl bracelet as a memento of their Sofitel Mother’s Day weekend.

4. Australian wine and bar barbeque (May 10, 2014)
At Sunset bar from 6:30pm to 10:30pm, enjoy Australian bbq favorites partner with Filipino and French cuisines. Enjoy the sunset by sipping a nice Australian Bimbadgen wines from sparkling, white, red and rose, presented by General Manager, Rebecca Poynter. At the Sunset bar there will be cultural shows and fireworks display at night.

Rate is set at PHP 2,200++ for adults and PHP 1100++ for kids.

Mother’s Legacy is brought to you in collaboration with the provincial government of Ilocos Norte, Bergamo and S.C. Vizcarra. Featured on photo: Editha Dacuycuy, Dragon Lady of the Northern Philippines and producer of Dragon fruit, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos with their Ilocos weaver, Bergamo with their women embroiderer of Taal, Batangas, and S.C. Vizcarra with their basket weaver.

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You can see the live demonstration at the Veranda of Spiral, you can also try weaving and also learn how to make your own, there are sessions also about floral arrangements by Larry Pagsanjan, all of this are available on May 9-13, 2014.

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Feel free to check their handmade arts and crafts, if you want buy one, you can inquire directly to them.

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Yes, some of the items here are ready to go.

The apple of my eye of that preview day is this Dragon fruit wine, I’ve tasted this at the wine appreciation session at Spiral few months ago, it is become one of my favorite local wines, thanks to Spiral for bringing this to us, my wife is now planning to buy one this Saturday. The Dragon Fruit wine is priced at PHP350 per bottle.

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A teaser for their upcoming Fashion show

This gown is so beautiful, all are made from hand woven Abel Iloco fabric.

From May 9-13, 2014, during the Mother’s Legacy celebration, Spiral’s inhouse artisan chefs will showcase the food recipe that they inherited form their mothers and grand mothers. It’s like an expo of food recipes that came from way back three generations of mothers of our Spiral chefs. Not limited to French cuisine, they also have Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean food recipes from the chef’s mom coming from their country of origin.

Executive Chef Eric Costille (French)
Braised Oxtail Parmentier – mother’s recipe
Fresh Herbs Ricotta Agnoletti, Chicken Jus – grandmother’s recipe
Classic Ratatouille – great grandmother’s recipe

Executive Chinese Chef Mok Chee Wah
Double boiled eight treasure ginseng soup – mother’s recipe
Stuffed chicken leg with Chinese sausage and preserved vegetables – grandmother’s recipe
Homemade tofu with Chinese spinach and dried and fresh scallop – great grandmother’s recipe

French Chef Bettina Arguelles (Spanish/Filipino)
Cuchinillo – mother’s recipe
Beef morcon – grandmother’s recipe
King prawn gambas Al Ajillo – grandmother’s recipe

Japanese Chef Hiromi Yonekawa
Hongkong style rainbow sashimi, ceviche jelly sauce – mother’s recipe
Hot Pot style “udon suki” beef with vegetables – grandmother’s recipe
Shishamo karaage with lemon wedge – great grandmother’s recipe

Thai Chef Romeo Malate (Filipino)
Fried banana (maruya) – mother’s recipe
Fish in coconut cream wrapped in banana leaf (ginataang tilapia sa dahon ng saging) – grand mother’s recipe
Grilled eggplant with green mango salad (ensalada) – great grandmother’s recipe

Pastry Chef Edgar Butwan (Filipino)
Mango shortcake – mother’s recipe
Pandan roll cake – grandmother’s recipe
Chocolate red velvet cake – great grandmother’s recipe

Chocolatier Tweet Obsequio (Filipino-Chinese)
Chocolate lipstick – mother’s recipe (chocolate sculpted into an object)
Durian stiletto praline – grandmother’s recipe
Peanut clutch bag praline – great grandmother’s recipe

Poolside restaurant manager Caleb Han (Korean)
Bossam with tofu, pork meat and tofu with kimchi – mother’s recipe
Daetongbap, cooked rice in bamboo case – grandmother’s recipe
Jeonbokjuk, rice porridge with abalone – great grandmother’s recipe

Spiral Manager Tanguy Gras (French)
Rougail Saucisse – grandmother’s recipe

Chocolate velvet cake

Mango shorcake

Fish in coconut cream wrapped in banana leaf

Grilled eggplant with green mango salad

Alsatian Baeckeoffe

Rougail Saucisse


Grandma apple tarts

Hongkong style rainbow sashimi, ceviche jelly sauce

Shishamo karaage with lemon wedge

Hot pot style udon suki beef with vegetables

Classic Ratatouille

Braised oxtail parmentier

Double boiled eight treasure ginseng soup

Stuffed chicken leg with Chinese sausage and preserved vegetables

Homemade tofu with Chinese spinach and dried and fresh scallop

Daetongbap - cooked rice in bamboo case

Jeonbokjuk - rice porridge with abalone

Bossam - pork meat and tofu with kimchi

Beef morcon

King prawn gambas Al Ajillo

The Veranda at Spiral

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The special recipes by our Spiral chefs are located here, the demo and other booths can be visited here.


Spiral’s 21 dining atelier

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See you all in Sofitel Philippine Plaza for their Mother’s Legacy celebration


Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
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