For Greenwich Pizza president Albert Cuadrante, being young is a state of mind.
Having been previously the vice president for marketing of Jollibee Foods Corp. where he was among the younger executives, Cuadrante now leads the country’s leading pizza and pasta chain in a room full of millennials, and yes, that includes himself.
“I consider myself a millennial,” the 46-year-old said. “Greenwich is actually very dynamic, very energetic, and very fun. Nakakabata (It makes me feel young).”
Cuadrante’s unmistakable alacrity to embrace latest trends and the social media has completely transformed the pizza chain from a family-friendly fast food restaurant to a modern-day pizzeria for young adults—and it has proven to be a successful strategy.
In just four years since he took over in 2013, Greenwich revenues kept growing and has been expanding its reach in the country with an average of 30 new stores every year. To date, it has over 300 branches nationwide.
In true Filipino fandom fashion, fans went berserk during the concert of the French indie rock band Phoenix in Manila at the Kia Theater, their second in the country. Some were even driven to tears from such a spectacular show which second timers described as “better than the first.”
Christopher Nolan’s latest movie Dunkirk is said to be the biggest feather in his cap, and I am not going to argue about that. If anything, his first foray into non-fiction proves that his talent goes beyond fucking the mind. He can, without any pretense, also offer an experience that does not only linger, but stays to become a part of who you are.
The discomfort and anxiety that have becomes staples in his films are still there, but so are feelings of hope, fortitude, and a ceaseless will to live. This may be Nolan at his best – in full control of his craft, showing a relentless picture of the intimacy of war even in the remotest conditions.
Maybe, this really is the best Nolan film ever made.
Everything in Bonifacio Global City is atrociously expensive, and chances are, without food recommendations from people I trust, I don’t try food spots to avoid being schemed.
With that, I entered Kushikatsu Daruma as a cynical faux-food connoisseur. The place is another brainchild of the Tasteless Food Group, which means innovation is what they’re best at. It is a franchise of the famous food spot in Dotonburi, Osaka, which is now available to you if you visit the Uptown Mall in Taguig.
Kushikatsu literally means fried food on a skewer, no surprises there. But more than that, the place prides itself with good umami sauce – the perfect balance of sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness. Not everyone gets it right, but they do.
To loyalists of the rap battle conference FlipTop, Skarm, or Philip Pacheco, is known for his lyrical flow and consistency. He’s also regarded as one of the best local freestylers in the English language today. But recently, the 27-year-old decided to conquer the music scene more than the underground. For this, he struggled to detach himself from his rap battle days and reintroduced Skarm as a musician.
We had a sitdown with members of Ang Bandang Shirley days before the launch of their latest album Favorite at Blue Bay Walk in Pasig City. We asked Owel, Enzo, Selena, Ean, Joe, Zig and Kathy to share their favorite Favorite lyrics. From the most random to the most heartbreaking, here’s a peek of what you can expect from their 14-track album, devoid of music and context (for now).
The Wonderfruit Festival in Pattaya, Thailand, is the first lifestyle festival in Asia. Locals and foreign backpackers are usually what make up the crowd, with a few families also joining in on the fun. The best thing about Wonderfruit is that it offers something for everyone. You like hiphop with a twist of Scotland? They have Young Fathers in the line-up. Not into Thai food? Try Morimoto for some Japanese. Looking for something to entertain the kids? Sign them up for some Photography Walk. All these – the food, the music, and the workshops – are bind by sustainability and love for ecology.
It was my first time to attend last February this year, and the experience has been nothing but amazing. Wonderfruit is opening its gates again this December, and if you’re thinking of going, here are the basics: