Monday, August 7, 2023

Esguerra Farms' Kurobuta Cochinillo


I would like to take this opportunity to express my feelings about what I consider the absolutely finest pork available. The Kurobuta pigs from Esguerra Farms are raised in a fashion that just makes you proud—the first of its kind in the country (and probably the only kurobuta farm as of this writing!) The non-use of hormones or antibiotics as well as the fact that pigs have everything they could have sans stress was enough to get me to buy my pork from them. The meat is extremely marbled and a very dark rich color. It’s the best I have ever tasted. I became an instant fan and customer of Korubuta pork.

Sir Hermie Esguerra and Cochinillo

Esguerra Farms' proprietor, Mr. Hermie Esguerra mimics the Japanese method of raising Kurobuta Berkshire pigs which he learned and studied during his visits to Japan. By doing so, the flavor of pork his farm in Lipa City offers is intense, and the texture, is sublime. Their Cochinillo is another story altogether. These are mostly milk-fed, suckling pigs which are brined and roasted for hours until crisp. Their Kurobuta Cochinillo is the first of its kind in the market. I can testify that Esguerra Cochinillo has a natural clean and almost buttery taste. It is also juicier and tastier plus far more tender than the rest I've previously tried in the market.

Esguerra Farms raises Kurobuta, the Japanese term for "black pig." But not just any black pig! Kurobuta is a coveted title reserved for purebred Berkshire pigs raised with the utmost care and accuracy.

The health of the Kurobuta pigs is the first focus at Esguerra Farms. They're enjoying the dream, frolicking freely in Batangas' spacious, stress-free meadows. The barns are deliberately planned to provide little stress during the pigs' many life stages, and these joyful hogs are even offered music therapy.

Esguerra Farms' has an assortment of Kurobuta offerings such as  Tomahawk, coppa, ribeye, and more - each bite is a taste explosion that will leave you wanting more. It's no surprise that top-tier restaurants and elite hotels can't get enough of this premium pork. Esguerra Farms caters to the dietary needs of every Filipino family with domestic cuts and processed foods for health-conscious households. 

If there's a special occasion, don't forget to try their milk-fed Berkshire Suckling Pig, better known as Cochinillo weighing 5 to 10 kilos. It is a treat you don't want to miss!. It's a feast fit for royalty, with crispy skin and juicy, ultra-tender flesh that erupts into delicious savory sensations in your mouth.

Esguerra Farms’ Kurobuta and other meat products, visit the Esguerra Kurobuta Pure Berkshire Meat Shop at Herma Building, located at 94 Scout Rallos Street, Bgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City, or stop by the Esguerra Farms Pasalubong Center, located near the entrance of Esguerra Farms & Stud Inc. along Indian Tree Street, Lipa City, Batangas. You can also place your orders online through its official website,, or reach its sales team via email at

For inquiries, whether retail or wholesale, give Esguerra Farms a call at +63 917 8203382 or +63 917 8524669.

Friday, June 11, 2021

June is Father's Month at The Manila Hotel


For all that he’s done for us, Dad deserves a treat on his special day. This Father’s Day, raise your glass to the main man in your life with The Manila Hotel’s Father’s Month Home Buffet Supreme or Special Packages specifically crafted for Dads. We have prepared the ultimate gift for beloved dads—full stomachs and warm hearts. You can still celebrate and make Dad feel extra special by treating him like a King with our amazing mouthwatering family-style home buffet dishes from our Take Out service.

Our Father’s Month Home Buffet comes in two sets: The Special and Supreme. Our Home Buffet Special  [Php 4,500++] serves 4 to 5 persons and  consists of Green Mango and singkamas with bagoong alamang, Chicken Binakol, BBQ Pork Spare Ribs with atchara papaya, Kalderetang Kambing, Suahe in Garlic Butter, Annatto Fried Rice with green peas and Mango Float.

Our Father’s Home Buffet Supreme [P7,500++] serves 4 to 5 persons has all the dishes on the Home Buffet Special plus Kare-Kare, Bangus Belly Paksiw and Cha Misua.

On Father’s Day, treat your old man to a Father’s Day feast to remember even at home with our special set menu for either lunch or dinner—and share them with the rest of the hungry family, too. Plus, an order gets you a special “World’s Greatest Dad” shirt to give him as a gift!

Prices of both sets are subject to 12% VAT and 1% local tax.

To purchase, please call our hotlines at 8527-0011 or 0998-9501912 or order via our website at

Café Ilang-Ilang Gift Voucher

Our famed Café Ilang-Ilang has reopened recently and as our welcome treat we are giving our valued guests the opportunity to enjoy dining by offering a massive price drop on lunch and dinner vouchers for two. The best part is, the Café Ilang-Ilang vouchers have no Expiration date.

Indulge in our wide selection from our Italian, Japanese, Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Halal, Churrasco and our Carving stations plus cold section, breads, cheese, and awesome desserts to cap off your meal! Reservation must be made to prior to redemption of the vouchers. Terms and conditions apply. Promo ends on June 30, 2021.  To avail, simply call 85270011 or 09989501912.


Exclusively for Prestige Members: Father’s Day at The Champagne Room

They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, and no man deserves more loving than your dad. Show him how much you appreciate his hard work by treating him to a great meal on Father’s Day [June 20].

We are reopening the famed Champagne Room for Father’s Day with a special deal for our beloved Prestige members who can enjoy the special lunch or dinner set menu for only P2,800 nett*

 Meal set specially curated with fathers in mind will be available at our Champagne Room. Indulge in Tiger Prawns in Zucchini Ribbon, Clear Duck Cranberry Consomme, Dry Porcini Risotto, Savory Tomato Sorbet, with a choice of Tranche of U.S.  Beef Tenderloin Wellington or Oven Roasted Fillet of Chilean Seabass. Cap off your meal with luscious Tiramisu Semifreddo for dessert with coffee or tea with macarons.

*Full rate of P3,500 nett will apply to non-Prestige members.

*We adhere to protocols and guidelines set by the government and the IATF. We are only allowed to accept guests ages 18 to 65 years old.

Celebrate Father’s day with us and make dad feel special by spending time with him and treat him to lunch or dinner as a token of appreciation for all he’s done for the family.

For inquiries and table reservations, please call our hotline numbers at (02) 85270011 or 0998-9501912. You may also email


Café Ilang-Ilang Special Father’s Day Menu

Father’s Day is one of the most special times of the year. It is a day where we take a step back and set time aside to remember and appreciate all that our dads have done for us. If you are currently contemplating on where to head out for your special Father’s Day gathering, a wonderful option is definitely to treat your dad on a Sunday lunch or dinner at Café Ilang-Ilang where you and dad can enjoy dishes and various decadent desserts.

Whether your dad is inclined towards exploring and having food adventures or is simply happy with plate of his staple meals, Café Ilang-Ilang offers a myriad of thoughtful and modern dining options. Café Ilang-Ilang brings you the premium flavors of the world through our world class gourmet. Taste the gastronomic delights we have prepared for dads which gives diners a truly unforgettable epicurean experience.

For more information and table reservations, please call our hotline numbers at (02) 85270011 or 0998-9501912. You may also email

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Memorable Valentine's Day at The Manila Hotel

On Valentine’s Day is synonymous to a time for wining and dining. It is also the perfect opportunity to show your love and appreciation to your favorite people, or your significant other. Here

A dinner to remember

Be inspired to take your special someone out on an ultimate date night at The Champagne Room, touted as the most romantic room in the country—the exquisite backdrop to many proposals and declarations of love. The destination of choice for top-tier dining, The Manila Hotel reopens its signature French restaurant exclusively for heart’s day weekend.

Escape the monotony of everyday dining and let your palate escape to France with our especially curated Valentine’s set dinner which kicks off with Pan-Seared Foie Gras and Lobster on melon gazpacho, followed by decadent entrees like Aged Sherry-Scented Roasted Pigeon Consomme with stuffed morsel and sous vide poached quail egg; and Sweetpea Mascarpone Agnoloti (butter-parmesan emulsion with prosciutto). For mains, you have a choice of generous Chilean Sea Bass in creamy balsamic-pomegranate sauce, Oriental risotto, and fresh market vegetables or our signature Beef Tenderloin on wild mushroom puree, with Anna potato and market vegetables. End your night by lingering over dessert—a must for any romantic occasion—with Raspberry Delight on pistachio shortbread, and a Valentine Praline. 

As an added treat, lady diners will be given one long-stemmed Ecuadorian rose. Combine all of this with the chic French ambiance and intimate seating, and your Valentine’s Day will be complete.

The gourmet dinner will be available from February 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2021 at Php4,500 nett per head. Don’t wait though—a table for two at our Champagne Room is always a hot commodity. Call us now for reservation and book a table at 85270011. 

Sunday, April 26, 2020

The Relief Brought Mint Relief Soft Gel Capsule for Tummy Aches

Mint Relief eases tummy pain, indigestion, flatulence, dysmenorrhea and many others.

Mint is the name for over a dozen plant.species which includes peppermint and spearmint, both belong to the genus Mentha. These plants are more popularly known for the cooling sensation they impart. They are usually added to refreshing drinks for both aesthetic reasons and for its thirst-quenching cooling effect. They can give extra boost to any drink or food regardless if they are fresh or dried. Mint is a popular ingredient in several foods and beverages, ranging from salads to teas and alcoholic beverages, sauces even some desserts. But when they're used for food supplements, how do you think these mint will fare? 

I recently tried using Mint Relief, a newly launched food supplement that is believed to relieve tummy aches, flatulence, indigestion, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), dyspepsia, and even dysmenorrhea. Mint Relief is said to be made from all-natural ingredients with both peppermint and spearmint components. 

I had IBS quite recently and I needed something to help ease the pain and discomfort. It's a common digestive tract disorder characterized by digestive symptoms like stomach pain, gas, bloating, and changes in bowel habits. Upon taking Mint Relief, I noticed that it contains a compound called menthol which has helped alleviate my IBS symptoms through its relaxing effects on the muscles of the digestive tract. 

Mint may also help relieve indigestion as well as other digestive problems such as upset stomach. Indigestion may occur when food sits in the stomach for too long before passing into the rest of the digestive tract. Multiple studies have been shown that food passes through the stomach quicker when people take peppermint based food supplements like Mint Relief with meals could ease out symptoms from indigestion. 

Mint Relief speeds up mint's ability to relieve indigestion by using peppermint and spearmint in one food supplement soft gel. You really can't go wrong adding some mint supplement to your diet. I have just proven it myself. But please don't take my word for it. You can try it yourself. Check it out via Lazada, Shopee or on its website at It's being sold at Php150 each box for 10 soft gel capsules.