Bong’s 8 Arroz Caldo in Oton

It was a lazy afternoon and Jane and I were resting after working on some chores and online tasks. I was hungry because we only had brunch with Jane’s brothers and we didn’t feel like cooking so we decided to go to town and eat arroz caldo at Bong’s 8.

Bong’s 8 is this simple arrozcaldohan located beside South Coast International School in Oton, Iloilo. They serve surprisingly delicious arroz caldo there. Their chicken siopao is also noteworthy. It’s not as good as Roberto’s but it’s halfway there. :)

When you order arroz caldo you get a choice whether you would like it with eggs and chicken. They also serve batchoy and pork siopao. And guess what – they also have free wifi for their customers!

Here’s a photo Jane took with her android phone:

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Chieffy Caligdong – Get To Know Your Football Idol

Globe Football sa Bayan was held last February 22 to 24 in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo with Globe sports ambassador Chieffy Caligdong at the helm. This year’s football festival’s beneficiary is the TEN MOVES campaign (The Entire Nation Moves!) which aims to raise enough resources to help build 10,000 classrooms in public schools all over the Philippines. For more information about Globe Football sa Bayan you can check  Jane’s blog.

He is not just man of the hour, but of 2012, at least in Philippine football.

Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong has become a household name especially to sports aficionados both here and abroad. At 30, he is a certified football star, consistently scoring goals, winning matches, and driving victory for his team and beloved country. But like every expert, Chieffy started young and early in mastering the sport that catapulted his name to fame.

Chieffy Caligdong holds Globe “Football Para sa Bayan” 1

Chieffy Caligdong with Bong Esguerra, Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility and Rodellyn Manalac of Ten Moves (Ayala Foundation, Inc.)

Humble beginnings

Football came to Chieffy’s senses at the tender age of 7, where most of the kids his age are just starting to learn how to read and write. A native of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, Caligdong got his first international debut as a football player when he played at the 2004 Tiger Cup Qualifiers as member of the Union Manila Football Club scoring three goals, leading the first-ever victory of the Philippines in the ASEAN Football Championship against Timor-Leste.

Chieffy also played for the Philippines U-23 at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games and in the pre-SEA Games tournament where he scored against Myanmar and Timor-Leste as part of Philippine Air Force Football Club.

In the 2011 Long Teng Cup, Caligdong emerged as the top scorer in the tournament, earning him the Golden Boot trophy. A year later in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup, Caligdong scored a goal that was named as one of his career’s best goals.

In September 2012, Chieffy scored a goal on the 34th minute in the last match of the 2012 Philippine Peace Cup versus Chinese Taipei which ended in a 3-1 score line. The Philippines got the championship title with a 3 win, no draw and no loss record. In November that same year, Chieffy scored an important goal for the Philippines in a 1-0 victory against Vietnam in the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup. The Philippines eventually finished second in the group stage and qualified for the semi-finals with a 2 win, 1 loss record.

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Auntie Anne’s Iloilo FREE Pretzel Day

WHAT: Three’s A Treat: AA Iloilo 3rd Year Anniversary

WHEN: Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 3:00pm until 6:00pm

WHERE: Upper Ground Floor, SM City Iloilo, 5000 Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Philippines

Auntie Anne's Free Pretzel Day!

Auntie Anne’s Iloilo is celebrating its third year anniversary and to make it special they’re inviting everyone to come to their FREE Pretzel Day! It’s going to be on September 9th, Sunday at 3PM to 6PM. They want all of us to come because the longer the line, the more thrilled they will be!

For more information about this awesome event and to let Auntie Anne’s Iloilo know that you are coming, you can check out their official Facebook page here. And the event page here. See you there!

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Fuel.Ph – More Than Just A Place To Hang Out

I finally met with my dear friend Monica again today – and guess where – at FUEL.PH! The last time we met was I think September 2011 – too long ago! If you check out my old blog posts you’ll learn that Monica works in Manila which is the reason why we don’t see each other often. She goes home once every 3-4 months. When she does go home she of course spends time with her family first. And sometimes we don’t get to meet because I have work too. But today we finally got to spend time together. We met after I was done with a number of meetings related to my new job. Oh about my new job, I’ll share about it here soon when we officially relaunch in Iloilo! It’s a very exciting and fulfilling job that fills my days with awesomeness! And those are too many adverbs in one paragraph!  LOL!

So back to the reason why I’m blogging now at midnight. Tim and I met with Monica at Fuel.Ph. It’s this new place at Smallville where people can hang out. But wait scratch the word hang out. It’s actually not just a place to “hang out”. Fuel.Ph is more than that.

Adobo Rice

At Fuel.Ph you can engage in a membership that’s made especially for you. At Php500 you can become one of the passionate members of this VISION. If you believe in their vision and you have passion for writing, singing, sports, politics, current events, business, the sciences, the arts – and whatever your passion is – then be a member. Your Php500 is actually consumable. So you will get to enjoy their delicious food and drinks as well. And the membership also includes upgraded iPad use, 5% back at the end of the year, get to attend special events for members only and avail of their discounts and promos.

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Join America in 3D Contest: Kabataan Challenge

America in 3D is coming to Iloilo from March 2-4 and they have a lot of activities slated for all of us Ilonggos! Check out their long awaited schedule below and share this with your friends.

America in 3D is a Road Show in Diplomacy, Development, and Defense. Last year, the U.S. Embassy (Manila Philippines) has staged three America in 3D events at Manila (March 2011), Baguio (July 2011) and Cebu (September 2011).

Aside from the various events scheduled, America in 3D also has contests where you can join. One of them is America in 3D Kabataan Challenge.

To join, answer this question in 50 words or less: “How can Filipino and American youth work together to make the world a better place?”

Challenge is open to students aged 13 and up currently enrolled in any school in the Western Visayas.

To submit your entry, go to the U.S. Embassy Facebook page, “Like” our page and click on link on the left menu entitled “America in 3D Kabataan Challenge.” Click on “Enter Contest”, fill out the form and on the next page, write your entry. Entries must be originally written by the student. Entries with derogatory remarks or references to any offensive content will not be accepted. Entries will be screened to certify that it abides by guidelines. All accepted entries will be posted on the U.S. Embassy Facebook “America in 3D Kabataan Challenge” page tab.

Challenge officially begins on Monday, February 6, 2012. Deadline for submission is on Monday, February 20, 2012 12:00am

Submissions are displayed in random order. Voting is open from February 20 to 26, 2012. People can vote for 3 submissions once per day.

How are official entries selected?

Winners will be determined by public voting online and the top three (3) entries with the highest number of votes will be selected. Special prizes will be awarded on March 2, 2012 during the opening of America in 3D at SM City Iloilo. Transportation to SM City Iloilo is the responsibility of the winners.

Arnel Pineda is also coming to entertain us all at America in 3D! Watch his video invitation:

America in 3D will be held from March 2 – 4, 2012 at SM City Iloilo. For complete schedule of programs & events, visit their Facebook page at To enter the contest, please look for the America in 3D tab or the Contests/Challenges tab.