Lovely Dining Experience at Filio Bistro

The husband took me out on a date and we went to this lovely place with super good food and a delightful ambiance – the cool kind where you can take your friends for an afternoon treat and can enjoy catching up with one another.  A cozy, special place to bring your special someone for a date, or if  you’re like me, a nice, a homey place to enjoy a favorite book or surf the net and simply unwind.


Filio Bistro – Cafe and so much more!

Filio’s warm and welcoming ambiance



Cozy and homey hang out place



Lovely desserts!

The place is quite impressive with its glass windows, high ceilings, open spaces and thoughtful lighting.  The dining area – tables and chairs is made of fine wood. You can tell that the artwork and designs were tastefully chosen.  Relaxing music plays in the background.   You also would have the option to choose to dine open style in their foyer for a real taste of Antipolo breeze.  Over-all, you would feel the welcoming and relaxing vibe the moment you walk though its doors.

Our order taker knows the food selections well and can give you advice.  And the food??? Oh so yummy!  Let me put it this way, the food, is comparable (if not better) to the food you can have in Ortigas, Taguig and even Makati and these places are hours away from Rizal!  I can say that with Filio’s good food, I should’ve asked for Chef’s name! (Note to self – meet the chef next time!)


Yummy BBQ Ribs – so soft, tasty with their special sauce and well cooked meat that falls off the bone, with choice of 2 sidings: mashed potato and grilled veggies



Delectable Pesto pasta with grilled chicken and bread. Wow!



Cheesy fries with a twist – tomatoes!

We  also enjoyed their Frappe’: Mocha and Dolce de Leche.  We had fun talking about stuff that we forgot to take pictures of what we ordered! 😦

I noted that there is a provision for a function room for special occasions or company meetings.  There’s also an option for diners to stay in the foyer and experience the cool, breezy Antipolo Air.


a foyer / veranda for open dining

Don’t you just love good food and all the more appreciate it when you enjoy it in a relaxing ambiance?  Then you have to visit Filio Bistro, a place I would definitely come back to in Antipolo.

Filio is located at HI-5 Arcade, Sumulong Memorial Circle, Brgy. San Jose Antipolo, Rizal.  Their business hours are from 9:00am to 1:00am daily.  They vary their schedule during holidays and special occasion.  You may get in touch with them via 0906-333-RIBS (7427). The also have an FB page.

It is truly nice to know that we Rizaleños do not have to travel so far to find a cozy, warm place, with good food and dine in style.

We will visit you again, Filio!


Simply Shoes Opens at SM Center Angono

Simply Shoes, an affiliate of SM Retail, opened its 4th branch in SM Center Angono on February 13.  It is a one-stop shoe store offering a wide assortment of shoe selections for women, men and children.

Simply Shoes carries SM’s well loved brands: Parisian and Parisian Comfy brand for us, ladies, Milanos for men. as well as Easy Soft, Durallite, Treads, Islander, Beachwalk, Toeberries, Sling and Kicks for an active and casual lifestyle. There’s a variety of brands for kids too  – Sugar Kids, Tough Kids, Avengers, Sofia the First, Spongebob, Barbie, Ollie and Fisher Price.





Parisian for Ladies


Wish there are adult sizes for these Barbie Shoes!



Cuteness Overload!



SM Milanos for Men

There’s also a wide selection of Hawk bags available.



I love the way the store is arranged! It is similar to stores abroad where you can actually try on sizes of shoes you love. Sizes are neatly stacked according to sizes for a lovely and easy shopping experience.


Shoppers are in for a treat as bonus points will be 10x for all SM Advantage, Prestige and BDO Rewards card holders.


Simply Shoes has a family of branches in Walter Mart Tanauan, Walter Mart Makati, Walter Mart Sta. Maria and now, SM Center Angono.

Travel Back in Time: A Trip to the Lopez Museum & Library

Whenever I go to museums I can’t help but be reminded that I am but a part of something big- that I’m just a link in an enormous, spectacular chain of events. This was what I felt the whole time when I visited Lopez museum and Library last week.

I missed my parents and wished they were with me as I was sort of “transported back in time.”  I remember my lolo Pulo and his stories surviving the World War II.  I suddenly wanted to talk to my grandmother, Lola Ising about her stories on Japanese colonization.  She was a young lady then and can vividly recall how her family and friends protected themselves in order to survive.

I appreciated my subjects in History and Kasaysayan decades ago and noted that I have so much to learn about my country’s rich past and heritage.

The Lopez Museum and Library opened its very first exhibition for the 2015 on February 6.  The exhibition “Propaganda” commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.  What made this exhibit special was the fact that they partnered with Samsung Electronics Phils. to combine traditional media with digital content which provides a unique interactive museum experience.

Manuel Rey Isip, The Fighting Filipinos, Ink on paper (poster), 1943

The exhibit pays tribute to these various artists who truly make us proud as their works are lauded here and abroad.  Don M. Salubayba, 2009 CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee and one of the most promising artists of his generation; Santiago Bose, recipient of various prestigious awards and who has had solo exhibitions here and abroad; Negros Occidental-based artist Nunelucio Alvarado, known for works of art that depict faces, plight, and struggles of the Negros-based Sakadas, and marginalized sectors; 2012 Thirteen Artists awardee Joey Cobcobo and Gawad Urian awardee film-maker Alvin Yapan. (Just a side note: Most of them graduated from UP College of Fine Arts.)



Art pieces bring life to walls – Propaganda 2015


Nunelucio Alvarado, Detail of Wala Title, Mixed media installation, 2015


J. Elizalde Navarro, A Flying Machine for Icarus, 1984



Wala Title, Nonelucio Alvarado, 2014, Mixed media on paper

Enriching the exhibit are works by 18th century masters Juan Luna and Félix Resurrección Hidalgo, along with those of national artists Fernando Amorsolo, Jose Joya, Cesar Legaspi, Vicente Manansala, and J. Elizalde Navarro from the permanent collection.

I fell in love with Juan Luna’s works.  This one is my favorite:  Espana Y Filipinas, 1886.


With a favorite masterpiece by Juan Luna


Augmented reality / Ultraviolet image as seen through a Samsung tablet

Featured in the exhibit are World War II posters, election-related archival materials, LVN movies, (which my parents love)  still photographs, a collection of rare maps, Philippine imprints and many others.  It gives visitors the chance to think of how far we have come as a nation.  Indeed, you would see how strongly connected our history and culture are. It makes me hope for a better, progressive tomorrow for all of us Filipinos.

The exhibit runs from Feb 6 to May 30, 2015.  The Lopez Memorial Museum is open to all students, art lovers, Filipiniana scholars and researchers who wish to discover their heritage and maintain pride in being Filipino. Location is at the  ground floor of the Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avanue, Pasig City. Museum and Library hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Mondays to Saturdays.

Propaganda exhibition poster