Bayview Park Hotel Joins Kulinarya Kalayaan 2012 Festival

Bayview Park Hotel in Manila is known to be Your Home by the Bay. It is also a place of endearing contrast. Budget friendly yet first-class accommodations along with their facilities and amenities elevated to modern and international boutique of hotel standards. Romantic but sensibly pragmatic and practical. Serene. Venerable. Hospitable and comfortable. Tucked in several historical places around the Metro, truly, with Bayview Park Hotel you will never go wrong.

This year, 2012, Bayview Park Hotel joins “Kulinarya Kalayaan Food Festival“. In cooperation with Philippines’ Department of Tourism and Restaurant Associations of the Philippines, this aims to provide people the chance to savor, have a very sumptuous and indulge in the finest flavors of Filipino Buffet Cuisine.

This month-long event which started last May 24, 2012 and will last until July 31, 2012 will allow anybody who has the penchant for delectable Philippine dishes will enjoy a competitively priced buffet for only Php450/person from 11:00am to 2:00pm, Monday to Friday. 

Last week, I was able to try the dishes served by Bayview Park Hotel. The place is super accessible to my house so I didn’t have a hard time going there. When I arrived, was greeted by thee friendly guards and was immediately amazed with how vibrant the interiors of the hotel is. Then, a little over to the left side, I saw a coffee shop which was brilliantly decorated with a Filipina motif to match the festivity. The staff were also in their Filipino outfit. 🙂

When we got the green light that we can start with our sumptuous buffet, it was overwhelming. Another thing that made this event more exciting is that Bayview’s in-house chef formulate the Filipino dishes himself, highlighting the specialty of our national heroes’ favorites. 

Even before we started, I already had 2 glasses of their fresh fruit juice. Mango and orange juice 🙂

Mango and Orange Juice

Kare-Kare is a Philippine stew. It is made from peanut sauce with a variety of vegetables, stewed oxtail, beef, and occasionally offal or tripe. Meat variants may include goat meat or (rarely) chicken. It is often eaten with bagoong (shrimp paste), sometimes spiced with chili. Traditionally, Filipino fiesta is not complete without kare-kare.

This is actually the first time I like kare-kare. This one served by Bayview Park Hotel has a really mild peanut sauce tha’s I liked it. 🙂


Relyenong Pusit (Stuffed Squid) is basically a squid made to be succulent by generously filling each with chopped tomatoes, onions and ginger. 

Stuffed Squid

Pansit Canton is also part of the dishes served to us. This originally is a Spanish dish which eventually became one of Filipino favorites and part of every Filipino fiesta. 

Pansit Canton

Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa (String Beans and Squash in Coconut Cream) is a very simple, delicious, and nutritious vegetable recipe. The dish is a combination of string beans and squash simmered in coconut milk.

Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa

Sinigang na Maya-Maya (Red Snapper in Sour Broth) this dish tastes so good, you don’t need to buy expensive fish belly to have a satisfying meal.

Sinigang na Maya-Maya

Lumpiang Toge (Deep Fried Bean Sprout). This is a variation of of the spring roll. Instead of meat, toge is used as the main ingredient. 

Lumpiang Toge

These dishes made my tummy really really full. I love all of ’em! Got my 2nd round of plate. How’s that?! 😛

This didn’t stop there. Desserts are still waiting for us. Oh gosh! But, I didn’t mind. My tummy always have a room for sweets whatever happens. Haha!  So… shall we? Of course the favorite desserts of Filipino fiesta will be included in the feast. 

Maja Blanca, Sapin-Sapin, Kutsinta and Biko are the stars of the dessert table. While enjoying my traditional rice cakes of the Filipinos, I am having a very refreshing Sago’t-Gulaman. 🙂

Sago’t Gulaman

I won’t leave the buffet without the taste of that Halo-Halo topped with smooth and super sweet Leche Flan. This is just so refreshing while enjoying times with my friends. 

Leche Flan


And while having laughters and fun times with my blogger friends, fresh fruits is the right way to go with it. 

This was a wonderful experience. I mean, I love food, I love eating. 🙂 This event was also extra special because of my blogger friends. Thanks to Leirs for inviting me for this sumptuous event. With this I was able to discover the illuminating insights of the Philippines’ widely diverse classic recipes amidst the romantic and historical corners of Bayview Park Hotel Manila. 

This event has also been made successful by the wonderful and authentic taste of the dishes with Bayview Park Hotel’s Chef. 

I hope to be able to go back, soon! 🙂

Bayview Park Hotel

Address: 1118 Roxas Blvd., cor United Nations Ave., Manila
Telephone: 02 247 9000 and 02 526 1555


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