Via Mare: 40 Years of Splendid Cuisine and Fond Memories

It has often been said that one of the best ways to know and understand the history and culture of a nation is through its local cuisine.  Food, more than just providing nourishment for the body, can tell you how people have evolved and how a nation has developed through centuries. While there are many restaurants that serve Filipino cuisine, there is none as “historic” as Via Mare.

The past 40 years is not only the story of a restaurant,
it is a story of the Filipino people.
∼ Chef Glenda Barretto ∼

The Living Legacy of Filipino Food

This September, Via Mare is celebrating its 40th year serving our favorite Filipino dishes that always remind us of home. Since the Via Mare Seafood Specialty Restaurant opened its doors on the 5th of September 1975, Via Mare has continued to be the country’s premier restaurant and catering company and has brought global recognition to Filipino cuisine.

For 40 years now, Via Mare has always been the first choice for hosting state dinners for heads of states and dignitaries, high-profile weddings of illustrious families, and gala dinners for famous celebrities and international events. It has had the privilege of serving Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis during their Papal Visits. It was the trusted caterer for the 1996 APEC Summit and the 2007 ASEAN Summit.  The glorious aroma of Via Mare’s dishes has wafted through the dining halls of Malacañang Palace time and again.

For 40 years now, Via Mare has continued to serve us our favorite comfort food that evoke memories of our childhood years. The Via Mare Oyster Bar is where we all go to for the freshest and most succulent oysters.  For our much craved bibingkas, kare-kare, arroz caldo and puto bumbong, we head over to Café Via Mare.

At 40 years, we have shown the world and most especially our fellow Filipinos, what Filipino cuisine is all about – it is about the freshest of ingredients cooked in influences of our ancestors and the rich heritage of the Filipino nation, sprinkled with the love and affection of a Filipino chef.


Comfort Food All Day Long

Although it has evolved through the years to reach a wider clientele, Via Mare continues to serve our family favorites with the same fresh ingredients cooked with love following recipes passed through generations. Café Via Mare, the country’s first authentic Filipino café, offers Filipino breakfast, lunch, dinner, and merienda.

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Filipinos are heavy breakfast eaters.  Our breakfast table would often have big baskets of pan de sals or huge platters of rice with an assortment of ulam (viand).  Everyday, Café Via Mare serves  fresh pan de sal grilled with corned beef, Vigan longganisa, Laguna cheese, or queso de bola. Our favorite breakfast rice meals can be enjoyed any time.  Ask for the Altanghap(ALmusal, TANGhalian, HAPunan) menu when you’re craving for tapa, smoked bangus, tuyo flakes, or tocino.

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My kind of breakfast! Grilled pandesal with kesong puti and a warm cup of Tsokolate. :-)


For lunch and dinner, Café Via Mare has an array of salads with native greens, our Filipino favorties – crispy binagoongan, kare-kare, sinigang, and comfort food like arroz caldo and tokwa’t baboy.

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Ensaladang Pako , P220
Healthy and fresh bunches of crisp fern leaves with tomatoes, salted egg and shrimps with a simple refreshing vinaigrette

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Pinais na Alimasag, P 380

My new favorite!!! I love crab, I love coconut.  This blue crab shell stuffed with crabmeat and young coconut, cooked in coco cream is definitely something I’d order again and again and again.

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Crispy Binagoonan, P 325

This deconstructed pork binagoonan may not be served the traditional way but all the flavors we love are there.

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Tortang Alimasag, 195

This crabmeat omelet served with fried vegetable eggroll is for you if you love crab but dislike having to flake the meat off the shells. :-)

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Rellenong Bangus, 560

This stuffed whole milkfish with savory tomato sauce will surely remind many of so many cherished family gatherings.

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Arroz Ala Cubana, P 285

Ground beef cooked in sofrito with raisins and snow peas. Served with fried egg and plantain. Yummy!

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Sinigang na Hipon, P 320

My ultimate comfort food! Fresh shrimps in tamarind broth with vegetables. My tummy would have its fill of this any day of the week.


I do believe that no Filipino has only three meals per day.  We all love having our morning and afternoon meriendas.  At Via Mare, we can have our native puto bumbong, palitaw, and guinataang halo-halo anytime of the day.  When the day gets really hot, we can always cool down with a huge serving of halo-halo and guinomis.

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Two meriendas that remind me so much of childhood afternoons with family and friends. I wish they will soon have a sampler platter like this available soon!



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Via Mare is definitely part of our country’s history and culture.  It has served us for 40 years and I’m sure it will continue to serve for hundreds of years more.  This is our generations legacy to the Filipinos of the next generations.



To find the Via Mare restaurant nearest you and to know more about their menu and products, visit  Like ViaMarePH on Facebook  to stay updated on promos and offerings.

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Teen Years: Navigating Troubled Waters

You’ve hit the teenage years and you are at wit’s end with your son. Things were going smoothly and now it feels like major storms have set in. He’s become destructive in his behavior and his words, lashing out at everyone around him. Not only are his habits harmful to others, they are harmful to himself. This is your most precious gift. You don’t know what happened to cause this transformation, but you want to help your son to smooth his path and find inner calm again. The last thing you want to see is a dead end for your child. It’s time to take action before his problems become bigger than they already are.

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Images by Artur84 /

Set Up an Intervention

When your teenager is acting out, you’re going to need help to confront him. Don’t take him on by yourself. Gather together friends and family members as a support system. Sit your son down and discuss your concerns. Everyone will be a part of the meeting, expressing their worries as well. Your son needs to know that you are doing this out of love, that you care for him and don’t want to see him throw his life away. The teen years can be a troubled time for many girls and boys. When they feel like they are drowning in their problems, you need to throw out a life preserver.

Be Present in Your Son’s Life

You need to be there for your son. Many think that the teen years are a time to let children be independent and leave them to their own devices. This is the point in life when your son needs your guidance more than ever before. Don’t let him have too much time alone. Make an effort to be home in the evenings, to sit together at the dinner table, and to be available when your teenager is heading off to school in the morning. If you drive your child to school, use that time as an opportunity to reach out. Try and turn his behavior around.

Get Help

If your attempts fail, speak with your son’s doctor about counseling services. Consider wilderness therapy programs at the Wood Creek Academy. When your son is put to the test in a challenging situation, he can find a new sense of direction in his life. A change in scenery may be the first step in making progress.


Kids Will Be Jollier with The New Jolly Joy Box!

We have more reasons to love Jollibee Kids Meals!!! I know all kids already love it but Jollibee has made it even more jollier with the new Jolly Joy Box.

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Fun Learning with the New Jolly Joy Box

The Jolly Joy Box is more than just a simple package for your Jollibee Kiddie Meal.  This cute little red box with Jollibee’s jolly face printed on it has more surprises inside. When kids take out their meals and their toys, they can unfold the Jolly Joy Box to reveal learning activities – there are puzzles to solve, words to form, and various challenges to overcome.

The Jollibee Finger Twister, Spot the Difference, Jollibee Face Maze, and Your Favorite Jollibee Meal(jumbled letters) will not only entertain our kids but will also help nurture their creativity and imagination, and develop their problem-solving skills.  This interactive packaging is sure to make meal time so much more fun and exciting.

Jollibee and Friends Road Rollers

This August until September, the Jollibee Kids Meal comes with Jollibee and Friends Road Rollers.  After they finish their meals, kids can drive to wonderful adventures with the Fire Truck Troopers, the School Bus Buddies, and the Ambulance Rovers.

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Roll out some fun on the way to school. Pull the bus backwards, insert the cards on both sides, and watch it drive to school.

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Fill the toy with water, press the spray button, and put out fires to save lives!

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Quick! Take the victims of the fire to the nearest hospital.  Switch the light of the siren on and drive as fast as you can!

Jollibee Kids Meal with Pineapple Juice

Here’s another good news for moms like me!  The Jollibee Kids Meal now comes with regular pineapple juice. No need to pay extra to have that soda changed to a healthier drink. Yey!!!

Order all three Jollibee Kids Meals – Yumburger (P84), Jolly Spaghetti (P87), and 1-piece Chickenjoy (P104) – to collect ALL three Jollibee and Friends Road Rollers.  You’ll have not only food for the tummy but also food for the brain! :-) ♥

Ready for Battle with Ceelin Plus

Every single day we send our children out to battle. It’s a sad truth but our world has changed so drastically that we find ourselves gasping for survival (literally gasping in some countries). Air and water pollution, ozone depletion, global warming…all of these have wreaked havoc on our climate.  The weather has been so erratic that our bodies have difficulty adjusting – sometimes from extreme heat to frigid cold. Aside from that, strains of viruses and bacteria have grown more aggressive, more lethal.

“Ang mga sakit, madaling makahawa, mabilis lumala, mas nagtatagal”

This is why we, as moms, make our kids’ immunity our topmost priority in ensuring that they remain healthy and strong to ward off diseases. In our family, we boost our kids’ immunity with Ceelin Plus.

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Proteksyong Plus with Ceelin Plus

During our kids’ toddler years, they would easily get sick after a trip to the mall or to other public places.  Our little Jade used to be hospitalized annually for pneumonia and would have bouts with flu every few months.  One of the medicines their pediatrician prescribed was Ceelin Plus Zinc.  Since our kids started taking Ceelin Plus, bouts with cough, colds, and flu have been few and far between.

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Ceelin Plus offers an extra layer of protection for our kids.  The first layer of protection, the Ceelin helmet, is Vitamin C.  The second layer, the Ceelin shield, is Zinc. Together, these two reduce the severity and shorten the bout of sickness.  The ZincPlus technology used in formulating Ceelin Plus ensures the optimum levels of Vitamin C and Zinc for superior protection.

We give Ceelin Plus to our kids every day “para ang sakit hindi tumalab, hindi lumala, hindi tumagal”.

It’s Kid-loved, Mom-approved, Pedia-recommended!  Why else would we look for another vitamin supplement?

Of course, aside from giving them Ceelin Plus, we also encourage our kids to eat healthy and be active. With the extra protection they have, we’re not afraid to let them play outside.

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Times have indeed changed and while we do still worry about our kids’ health and their future, our fears our allayed by our partners in health.

Ang batang naka-Ceelin Plus,
may Proteksyong Plus!

Grade 2 Filipino Worksheets

The following Grade 2 Filipino worksheets are based on the textbook Baybayin 2 and handouts from my daughter’s teacher. These worksheets can be downloaded for free for personal home use only. I create these worksheets myself – often late at night while struggling to stay awake 😛 – so please pardon any typo or gram errors.  Kindly inform me if you do see anything that needs to be edited.  I’ll be adding more worksheets throughout the school year so do bookmark this page and check new uploads every now and then.

Mga Magagalang na Pananalita (08.2015)

Diptonggo, Klaster, at Kayarian ng mga Salita (08.2015)

Mga Tunog sa Paligid (08.2015)

Alpabetong Filipino (08.2015)

Anyo ng Pantig (08.2015)


Click here for worksheets for other grade levels and subjects.

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