The Manila Hotel Café Ilang-Ilang offers halal-certified food for Takeout and Delivery

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Muslims around the world celebrate the end of the fasting period of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Breaking the Fast this May 12, 2021. It is celebrated through prayer, gifts, and lavish feast. While the country is predominantly Catholic, Islam is the second largest religion in the country. No wonder, Filipinos have become fond of Halal foods. 

Halal food is prepared following a set of Islamic dietary laws and regulations that determine what is permissible, lawful and clean. Any dish can be halal, as long as the meat used is religiously slaughtered and no pork or alcohol is involved. 

The Manila Hotel’s Café Ilang Ilang has a Halal kitchen certified by the Muslim Mindanao Halal Certification Board. This kitchen dedicated to Halal food preparation serves Indian and Middle Eastern-inspired halal dishes will whet your appetite and pay homage to its traditional roots. 

Designed for proper breaking of the fast, The Manila Hotel’s Ramadan Special Halal Home Buffet set comes with dried dates and juice, chickpeas hummus, Fatoush mixed salad, roti and naan bread, vegetable biryani, tandoori chicken, lamb rogan josh, vegetable samosa, and baklava. The set is just one of the three choices for the Halal Certified Home Buffet. 

“Our Lamb Rogan Josh is a must-try. It’s imported from Australia and it has the spices and sharpness that will surely be enjoyed by everyone. We can also customize the food according to our customer’s request. Say you don’t like chili, we can make it milder. We can tweak a dish to please your palate while still being true to its authentic taste,” says Chef Kiran Singh, the hotel’s Halal trained chef.  

Celebrate Eid Al Fitr by ordering any of The Manila Hotel’s Halal Home Buffet sets or dishes, available for Takeout and delivery. Visit for the full menu; or call 8527-0011 or 0998-9501912. 

REVIEW: Luxe Organix Rosewater Soothing Gel

Sunday, May 2, 2021


Since this pandemic started (I know that you are all getting tired of this intro) many things have changed and we need to do our part to minimize the spread of the virus. One of the things that we must do is wearing face masks, masks and faceshield.

Facemask and shield combo causes heat, friction and a moist environment when combined with your breathing, sweating, or talking; unfortunately, it is a major cause of breakouts and now we commonly know as "maskne"

Few Tips to reduce "Maskne"

- Minimize the use of make up

- Washing your mask (A MUST)

- Rest your face - remove mask every 4 hours (make sure that you are on a safe place)

- Stay away from harsh skin care products and use skin care that has gentle ingredients.

Having that said, I am in the search of finding a great product that is affordable and effective. I stumbled on the Luxe Organix Rosewater Soothing Gel, and since I love their Rosewater Glow Mist I've decided to give this a try. I also think that this is quite unique because most of the soothing gel in the market is Aloe Vera. I got this for Php 259 and it holds 300mL of product.


- With whitening beads for brighter skin.

- Keeps skin hydrated and moisturized throughout the day.

- Controls oil production and reduces the appearance of enlarged pores.

- Brightens and evens out skin tone.

- Made in South Korea.

Active Ingredients


Hyaluronic Acid, 


Full List of Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Rose Centifolia Flower Water (20,000ppm), Niacinamide, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Pearl Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allentoin, 1.2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyace-tophenone, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol,Mannitol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Sucrose, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, CI 73360, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Ethylhexylglcerin, Carbomer, Arginine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

How to use:

Apply a proper amount and evenly massage on the skin until completely absorbed.

Overall Thoughts:

After 2 months of religiously using Luxe Organix Rosewater Soothing Gel, I can definitely say that it works wonders to my skin. This soothing gel made my face brighter and I did not experience and breakouts upon using it (however if you have sensitive skin, I highly suggest to do a skin test). This product helped to remove the dark spots caused by maskne .

I use Luxe Organix Rosewater Soothing Gel on my nighttime skin care routine and if I am feeling extra, I also use this product on my morning skincaare. After application especially if you put a generous amount, I have this sticky feeling and eventually gone after couple of minutes. Also, unlike other skincare product, this soothing gel has a strong floral smell however since I love the smell of rosewater, I don't mind it. If you are sensitive to the smell of skincare products, take this as a consideration. This product also comes with a spatula which a huge game changer. Overall I love and highly recommend this product.

Have you tried Luxe Organix Rosewater Soothing Gel? If you did, don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Hey, how are you?

Monday, April 26, 2021


Hey how are you doin? This pandemic caused by Coronavirus is something we shouldn’t take lightly. At the span of a year, many things happened and up until we are still uncertain what the future may bring to us. To those fortunate enough, they are still working from home, there are some losing their jobs, many businesses are now closed, and many lost their lives. This pandemic turned our lives 360 degrees.

Many things happened to me, and I never thought that I’ve come up to a situation that was completely different a year ago, nevertheless I’ve been happier and contented.

Some days I am not okay and that is totally okay. This lockdown, slowly changing the way I think and act to every situation. It’s been a year, and I still feel overwhelmed with the sudden thoughts or feelings and there are times that I can’t figure out how to process them. Most of the time, I am wishing for us go back on normal which I know it’s impossible but for now, the only way is through and find the meaning of life in the new normal. This pandemic thought me on how to be grateful for the things that I have, let go of the things that doesn’t serve purpose on my life.


So to anyone who feels the same, hang in there. We’ll all get through this.

PS: More contents are coming on your way, so stay tuned


Wednesday, March 31, 2021


This is the second year we would be celebrating Easter without events featuring fun and games for kids, or even their much-awaited Easter egg hunt. While we are all advised to stay at home and keep safe, parents can still bring joy into their homes with a simple activity they can do with their kids. 

Putting a spin on the popular Mystery Boxes that are being sold online, The Manila Hotel offers the “Easter Joy! Mystery Egg,”—a giant egg hand-made from Belgian chocolates that kids and adults alike can enjoy cracking open to discover what’s inside. Add to that, the Mystery Egg is also the highlight of The Manila Hotel’s “Easter Joy! Raffle” that will be held on April 5, 2021 at 2pm via Facebook Live (@TheManilaHotel). 

Every purchase of the Mystery Egg for only P2,500 nett from now to April 4, 2021 gives guests a stub for the raffle, wherein they can win the major prize of a Chromebook laptop—a perfect gadget for online classes and workshops kids can enjoy. They can also win one set of The Manila Hotel Gelatos, and The Manila Hotel’s Willy The Bear.

The Manila Hotel also partnered with several groups to help make the Easter celebration a little more special for kids. Mystery Egg buyers also get the chance to win passes to online kiddie workshops from Make Believe Productions, like Superhero Art, Groovebeats Dance Workshop, Imaginart: Drawing and Painting for Kids, and Make Believe N’ Yoga for Kids; Activity Kits for kids from Kits For Kids by RC Lab like My Body Care Lab Kit, 25-in-1 Science Bear Experiment Kit, and Fizzy Easter Activity Kits; and also Introductory Visit to The Little Gym online classes. 

The Easter Joy! Mystery Egg is available from now until April 4 (Easter Sunday), 6pm, and may be ordered for pick-up or delivery by calling 85270011 or 0998-9501912. Bulk orders must be done in advance. The Manila Hotel’s Deli is also selling various Easter-related chocolates and goodies that can be ordered for pickup or delivery.