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By Admin, Jul 23 2019 04:54PM

Romulo Café re-opens 26th July!

Back in 2014, frustrated that Filipino cuisine was Asia’s best kept culinary secret,

Rowena Romulo decided to do something about it. The result was Romulo Café.

Opened in Kensington High Street in March 2016, it was an overnight sensation,

seducing the capital with its food – and its ambience. Some three years and countless

awards later, Rowena and managing partner Chris Joseph have decided that rather

than sit on their laurels, it was time for their creation to undergo a subtle reinvention.

Officially reopening its doors on the evening of Friday 26 th July, and henceforth known

as Romulo Café & Restaurant to further emphasise its fine Filipino dining credentials,

guests here will discover a revitalised offering that still keeps the heart and soul of the


The interiors have been refined by the design team at award-winning agency Cada

(Fortnum & Mason, The Dorchester, The Shard).

The first thing guests will see on entering is a reconfigured layout. The front and back

sections of the restaurant are now a cohesive whole, while the striking new bar, with its

brushed satin champagne nickel edge and skirting, has been moved, allowing for tables

to be positioned in the window.

Taking as their starting point the restaurant’s heritage, but ensuring classic elements

are used alongside the contemporary, the designers have further reinvigorated the

space with geometric black and white wallpaper panels which form a spiritual link

between London and the Philippines, as this is the signature style of the three Romulo

restaurants in Manila.

A palette of greys, whites and light blues with strong accents of lime green, new lighting

and reupholstered banquettes - also in lime green - are offset by beautifully reframed

historic photos and documents featuring Rowena’s Pulitzer Prize-winning grandfather,

the late General Carlos P. Romulo, who was the inspiration for all of the family’s


Externally, the restaurant façade comes to vibrant life too with its canopy, signage and

balustrades, all in the same striking lime green.

Complementing the interiors is a new menu that keeps all the existing favourites and

signature creations but in a more pared down form.

In addition, Romulo Café & Restaurant is delighted to announce the launch of its new

prix fixe lunchtime menu from Monday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm. Featuring two courses

for just £12.95 or three for £15.75 – and dishes of the calibre of Ilocos-style miki noodle

soup, grilled pork belly barbecue and mango float ice cream – this is not only a great

value ‘express’ offering for time-pressed diners, but a fantastic introduction to Filipino

cooking for those unfamiliar with the cuisine.

Created by executive chef Jeremy Villanueva, all dishes continue to be made with the

finest seasonal ingredients sourced from such renowned local suppliers as Dingley Dell


A carefully curated selection of Old and New World wines and Romulo’s celebrated

collection of Filipino-inspired cocktails will continue to complement the dining


Romulo Café & Restaurant, 343 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 6NW

Romulo Cafe Website

By Admin, Jul 2 2019 04:04PM

BAR FM hosted the 3rd annual SPMA 2019 (Side Projects Music Awards) A celebration continuing to give recognition for the creative musical talents of local Filipino bands and artists in the UK, who tirelessly pass joy to our communities. Also giving awards to the efforts of our organisers, DJs, producers, Filcom leaders and charities.

Bar FM also bagged the "Best Music Venue" renowned for hosting most of the local Pinoy bands, singers and artists in the UK as well as celebrities from the Philippines.

X Factor's Neneth Ortega was once again awarded "Best Female artist" as Riversion and Ooberfuse won the "Best Live Band" and "Band of the Year" respectively.

This year acknowledged Trans singer/ songwriter and entertainer Dee Chanelle with the award for "Best Solo Act" which she describes as "a major breakthrough for the LGBT community." and added "I accept this award on behalf of all my fellow artists and supporters, most specially my LGBT brothers and sisters. Not forgetting of course my live band "The in-Laws" I humbly thank SPMA for recognising my artistry"

Special Awards were given this year to multi-instrumentalist Norbz Gayanilo for "Rock Icon" and also to Athena Alcantara for "Top Mentor" for guiding and discovering WCOPA (World Championships of Performing Arts) of the UK delegates bound to California this July.

Lifetime Achievement awards were given to the OPM rock legends Gary Perez of Anak Bayan/Sampaguita (composer of Laguna, Tao, & Bonggahan) and Marvin Velasquez. (previously received by The Boyfriends)

The night also featured some of the best live music from Sam Cajipe of Salatin, Skylove, MVMENT, Marvin Velasquez and SP40 ft Abrakadabra offsprings to name a few.

Winners were voted and influenced by fellow musicians, public opinion and a board of judges.


Best Male Artist - Jun Degamon

Best Female Artist - Neneth Ortega

Band of the Year - Ooberfuse

Best Live Band - Riversion

Best Media - One Philippines

Best Solo Act - Dee Chanelle

Best Sound System - R & R Bristol

Event of the Year - Summer Filipino Fiesta

Best Organiser - Carol Panday

Best Music Venue - Bar FM

Best Instrumentalist - Leon Gonzales

Woman of the Year - Cynthia Barker

Man of the Year - Gene Alcantara

Best Emcee - Mudak

Musician of the Year - Ordep Resplandor

Most Inspiring Musician - Sam Cajipe

Best Organisation - Dabawenyo UK

Special Awards:

Rock Icon - Norbz Gayanilo

Rap Icon - T. Max

Composer of the Year - Erasmo Mallillin

Recording Artist of the Year - Marvin Velasquez

Lifetime Achievement Award - Gary Perez

Album of the Year - Skylove (Luwalhati)

Posthumous Award - Jun Mallillin

Top Charity - Give Love Program

Top Mentor - Athena Alcantara

Photo Credits: Side Projects Productions

By Admin, Jul 2 2019 01:26PM

☆☆☆☆ Review by Stephen Vowles/ Photo by Johan Persson

On Your Feet, the life story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, is one of the most fabulous, exotic, sexy and passion driven ‘juke box’ musicals I’ve seen this year. The music is infectious and from the get-go you could tell that all the audience wanted to do was get out of their seats in the normally conservative London Coliseum and party.

The energy levels of the cast are explosive. Performing at such a high intensity, the vibrancy and vividness of the Cuban-Miami culture came out from the stage and it was almost tangible.

The couple’s story is full of thrills and spills, tragedy and turmoil. Gloria dealing with her father who suffered from MS, the near fatal bus crash that left her spine shattered and meant two steel rods had to be inserted into her back. She had to learn how to walk again. This is the story also of drive and determination, dealing with the knock-backs, the rejections like being told that Latin music would not cross over to middle America – and falling in love.

Starring Christie Prades as Gloria and George Ioannides as Emilio, the chemistry between the two of them is instant and supported by an excellent cast, especially Madalena Alberto as the mother whose own ambitions were thwarted meaning she has reservations about her own daughter’s career. This is where the musical scores massively well with writer Alexander Dinelaris and director Jerry Mitchell not sugar-coating Gloria’s relationship with her mother at all. In fact the second act has that relationship at its heart as the musical success of Gloria’s fame escalates. Through the clever use of video screens and news reel footage the time frame is well documented culminating in Gloria’s memorable performance at the American Music Awards.

This is a feel good, high-octane crowd-pleaser and once seen, be sure the rhythm is gonna get cha!

On Your Feet runs to Saturday 31st August at The London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, Charing Cross, London WC2N 4ES. Box office: 020 7836 0111

By Admin, May 11 2019 09:34AM

Actress-host Dimples Romana and her son Onzo will have a surprise ingredient for you each episode,

which can be seen on TFC Online (

Celebrate and have your kids enjoy healthy meals this Mother’s Day as ABS-CBN actress-host Dimples Romana with her son Onzo share healthy but yummy dishes via TFC Digital Shorts “Dimps’ Kitchen”, seen in most countries worldwide starting this May 12 via TFC Online (

Just like every mom, Dimples make sure to spend quality time with her kids despite her busy schedule with the taping of her shows “Kadenang Ginto” and “Kabuhayang Swak na Swak”, and the recent launch of her book “Dimps Tips”. Cooking different recipes with her kids is one of her favorite bonding moments with them, and she will let everyone get a glimpse of this moment with her son Onzo through “Dimps’ Kitchen”.

“I'm so excited about Dimps' Kitchen because I'm in my element. Nandito ako sa lugar na pinakagusto ko 'yong ginagawa ko, 'yong pinakamasarap gawin para sa pamilya. I love cooking and I love my children, and this is a mix of both of the things that I love to do,” said Dimples about her upcoming show.

For the first episode of the show, the mom and son duo share a Mac n Cheese recipe with a twist because of the surprise ingredient that Onzo challenged her mom to include in the recipe—that you will find out on the launch of the show on Mother’s Day, May 12.

So get your pen and paper ready and tag along with your kids as you watch the episodes of “Dimps’ Kitchen”, seen in most countries worldwide via TFC Online ( starting on May 12. All episodes of “Dimps’ Kitchen” are FREE for all registered users.

By Admin, Apr 16 2019 05:20PM

A film inside a film is Star Cinema, N2, and EMBA’s latest movie offering that will be screening in most countries worldwide via TFC at the Movies starting April 18

Some people fantasize about seeing their life turned into a film, with their favorite stars portraying them and the people in their lives. But what will happen if your life will be turned into a film and you must be the film’s director?

This is the theme of the romantic-comedy film “Last Fool Show” which stars real-life friends Arci Muñoz and JM de Guzman under the direction of Eduardo Roy Jr. and produced by Star Cinema, N2, and EMBA that will be screening in most countries worldwide via TFC at the Movies.

“Last Fool Show” tells the story of Mayessa (Muñoz), an award-winning director who will take inspiration from her failed relationship with Paulo (de Guzman) to create her first romantic-comedy film.

But things will get a bit more complicated for Mayessa when she crosses paths again with her ex-boyfriend Paulo.

How does doing this film affect Mayessa’s view on her failed relationship with Paulo? Will this lead them to have a second chance or will this forever end the love story they once had?

Find out what will become of Mayessa and Paulo’s story as “Last Fool Show” screens via TFC at the Movies in the following regions on these dates: in the Middle East starting April 18; in the U.S. & Canada starting April 19; in Paris, France on April 28; in Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, and Papua New Guinea starting May 2; and in Saipan starting May 3.

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