A Taste of Filipino Culture at Mandala Park


On its 5th installment, the Mandala Park Weekend Market, in collaboration with the Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement, celebrated the love month through showcasing different locally crafted goods last February 20. The 3.2-hectare space located in the heart of Mandaluyong was flanked with white canvas tents and picnic tables and stools, with the stalls lined up according to their kind. The pop-up restaurants offered organic, natural and homegrown food by merchants reflecting the Filipino culture in their products, initiating wellness and sustainability among the people.

Among the list of entrepreneurs present are:

Explorer Wax Co.-wax creations perfect for travelers, with scents like Summer Siesta, Clean Sheets, 5-Star Hotel and Happy Camper

Atsui Apparel-minimalist Japanese clothing for men and women

Yakang-Yaka Barter-a social enterprise advocating Philippine craftsmanship which sells  handmade and local products such as yoga bags and sandals

D’ Famous Imus Longganisa-homestyle goodness in pork sausages

Ribs Manila– sumptuous grilled cuts of pork ribs in barbeque sauce

Punta-beef nachos and cheesy fries

Asiong’s Carinderia and Café-Cavite’s pride, Pancit Pusit

Jonas Manila-beef pares

Edgy Veggy-vegetable dishes like gyoza, soft tacos

Po’ke Boy-tuna ceviche and salad

Le Petite Soufflé-Chef Miko Aspiras and Kristine Lotilla’s Japanese-French fushion dishes

Huat Pot-Taiwanese-style hot pot with braised pork and salted fish

Wrapped Shawarma-signature lechon belly and savory beef shawarma

Taco Vengo’s– authentic Mexican mix of pork and chicken tacos, burritos, and nachos

Bio Reis-organic black rice

Project Hearth-broth and sauces in jars

Homemade Treasure-Pampanga’s fluffy and delectable ensaymada

Bayani Brew-all-natural locally made iced tea with flavors like Kickass Lemongrass and Camotea Commotion

Stanford & Shaw-refreshing ginger ale

Craftpoint Brewing Company-a local and independent brewing company specializing in beers and cocktails

Out of the Box Bulletproof Coffee-made with low toxin, Bulletproof Coffee beans, grass-fed butter for nutrient-dense energy boost and brain octane oil for faster metabolism and energy

Scout’s Honor-inventive cookie creations on top of milkshake cups

Fog City Creamery-preservative-free ice cream in flavors like Strawberry Shortcake, Espresso Almond Coco Sugar, Peppermint Brownies and Negrense Native Coffee with Choco Bits, plus Vanilla Fortune Cookies

Sapin Sapin-Filipino rice desserts

Pastry Armoire-desserts like salted caramel opera cake, the “break-up cake”, classic chocolate chip cookies and leche flan on brownies


The guests had a good time munching up on their food finds as Keiko Necesario from Philippine Popular Music Festival filled the air with the hits of today. The weekend market does not only promote the food stalls and their products individually but also gives the message that holistic wellness and our own heritage are as important as eating three times a day. So if you feel like eating healthy today, get up and head to Mandaluyong’s Mandala Park.

For more information on the Mandala Park weekend market series, follow Mandala Park on facebook at facebook.com/mandalaparkph, and on Instagram, @mandalaparkph.