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Chapter XVIII : Manang’s Chicken

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Love is seldom sweeter the second time around.. but such doesnt hold true to my romance with manang’s chicken. our love story started 2 years ago, when me and my best girl friend (notice the space between girl and friend) discovered this chicken wonder near our office. i remembered us having to eat there nearly every day of every week when we discovered it at ACI towers in Ortigas Center. i remembered the first smell, bite, and giddy reaction i had with my first ever Manang’s Chicken. Time sure do pass by so fast.

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(L) Coleslaw and Macaroni Salad Side Dishes, (R) Manang’s Chips and Dips (Creamy Cheese, Garlic Mayo, and Spicy Ketchup)

But here i am, once again, within the fortress of Manang’s, waiting to taste the latest addition to their food line up! we started the night with the side dishes (i am a coleslaw person – so perfect lang!). part of our menu was their coleslaw and macaroni salad which i have always found to be simple and satisfying, (i really hate complicated salads as each ingredient contributes to the overall taste. Therefore the many ingredients  present, the less overall satisfying it is for me!). following our appetizer round was the Manang’s potato chips with 4 different dips (including the latest spicy ketchup dip – which i found to be awesome! (i love ketchup, and i love spicy food – – therefore this combination was a palate-gasmic experience).

i found the main entree to be delicious yet was a bit wondering regarding the price. the garlic pork rice was a unique experience for me! a pork slab perfected with garlic bits and accompanied by a very weird yet addicting vinegar. i have heard of reviews toward this meal, but all that shattered when i tasted it myself. i still found the magic of manangs chicken in it, the same magic that captivated my heart and stomach 2 years ago. yet i was a bit hesitant regarding it being a budget meal and it being 100+ pesos.

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In Totality, my love for manangs remains (if not, have strengthened!). the explanation to why i do can be stemmed from the satisfaction i get everytime i eat at Manang’s Chicken. up to this day, i have many friends that loves manang’s chicken because they love how big, how budgeted, and how delicious every food selection is at this store.

Some Manang’s Chicken Facts and Tips:
1. Manang’s Chicken is Owned and Operated by Giabella Foods Corporation.
2. Manang’s Chicken was first offered December of 2012 at a public stall in Mercato Centrale
3. By June 2011, the first Manang’s Chicken store opened in Ortigas Center Pasay (here was where i discovered my love for the manang’s chicken)
4. The President and CEO, Jill Borja is a lawyer by profession, and selling fried chicken in weekend markets was only a hobby at first (INSPIRATION TO!)
5. Manang’s Chicken current stores: 1. Ortigas Center, 2. Katipunan, 3. Taft (Vito Cruz are), 4. SM Mega Mall , 5. Sm North Branch, 6. Glorietta 4 Food Choices, 7. Tomas Morato, 8. BF Homes, 9. Wilcon City Center, Visayas Ave
6. Mix and Match the chicken sauces to match your tastes (so that your food wont be too spicy, or too mild — Personal recommendation)
7. Order the Large Manang’s Chips and Dips and share with your friend, date, or family
8. Manang’s Chicken gets better with repetition! (TRUST ME ON THIS!)

so with that, ill just end with.. Thank you Manang’s Chicken for existing, and being part of my life!

— Behind Thick Framed Notes
1. Visit the Manang’s Chicken Website at http://www.manangschicken.com
2. Like them on Facebook : Manang’s Chicken
3. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram :  @manangschicken
4. Visit them now, and try their latest and old food selection so you can relate to my feeling!
5. Thank you Manang’s Chicken for making me try your latest food selection!

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Chapter VI : Citizen’s Pub – I Partied with the Sun People!

REDUX – To Bring BACK, To Restore.

Last year, i managed to join this guild of photographers, videographers and other art enthusiasts called Helios Project International. it was one of the most stable group that i have been part of for the longest time, and a group showing much promise in terms of future plans and goals. this was the case until we hit a rather unexpected roadblock, hindering the growth and putting everything everyone has worked for to a halt.

Two Months ago, me and other members of the Helios Admin Council decided to “do a phoenix” and have a of rebirth of sorts to this dying group (honestly, there was inactivity for a series of months, and it was rather frustrating.) The Helios Project (now without the International) is here to set roots once again and claim its place as one of the active and top photo guilds in the country (haha).

Last August 18, the group celebrated the actual 4th Anniversary (we called it Helios Project : 4th Anniversary Redux). last year we celebrated the 4th Year (when in fact, it was supposed to be just the 3rd year for us). but past is past, and we have moved on from this incident. the High Council also decided to open the event to the public, inviting non-Helios members and other photo guilds to the party. with this move, we declared that helios will not isolate itself from others, and will not create any more rifts to create gaps between other groups (our “Collective” Passion will live on!).

The Helios Project + Young Photographers of the Phils (YoPho)

Admin Jaypee (stripes), Bill (Grey), Admin Francis (thumbs up), Jarryd “Panda” Ching (pout)

The venue chosen for this anniversary was this awesome pub called Citizen’s Pub, located in Citigolf – Ortigas. we pretty much occupied half of their roof deck, partying the night away without any program, dramas and other gimmicks. just one night of pure conversations, mingling and togetherness!

Helios Group Hug

Bill with Admins Francis and Mina

Niqui and Admin/Founder Aia

Need we provide other reasons for you to join?

The Helios Project grows larger by the day, new members are pouring in, and many activities and events are being laid out. suffice to say, this group is here to stay! watch out for more Helios related posts soon!

Occupying Half of the Roof Deck (Thanks again, Citizens Pub for accommodating us

 THE PASSION WILL “DEFINITELY” LIVE ON!

— behind Thick Framed notes:

1. All photos grabbed from Donna Kiritharan

2. How to Join Helios
– Visit Facebook Page
– Accomplish Registration Form (click see more in the info section of the page – look for join us!)
– Wait for Admin Confirmation
– Follow Helios’ Twitter Acct : @heliosINT

3. Follow Citizen’s Pub on twitter @CitizenPubMNL

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Chapter II : Fresh from the Kitchen – Manang’s Chicken

I never heard of Manangs Chicken until a friend at my photography group, Helios Project International, mentioned it on our community page. Although it is really near my workplace, i never ventured to it alone. Until one day, Len David, a friend and fellow blogger, asked me to visit Manangs’ Chicken to try it out. right there and then, we agreed to have lunch there and experience the now talked about establishment.

Photo was taken during my fourth visit, with Helios Project

The first impression that i had of Manang’s Chicken Ortigas was the very modern and hip look and feel of the place. the colors are very friendly to the eyes, and the smell of the place was not a turn off. 80% of the places that i have dined at ortigas center always left a vile smell in my attire, making it really embarrassing to face the boss after lunch.

Before entering Manangs Chicken at Ortigas Center

The menu focused more on their chicken selection, a one piece chicken with rice and a two piece chicken with rice. Other meal options includes but not limited to are the Chicken Wings, Liempo, Fried Pancit , Spaghetti and Burgers.

Two Leg Piece Chicken – Extra Spicy Sauce , no drinks – 136 pesos

After selecting my Chicken meal, i was first asked for the part that i want – combine any leg, thigh or breast for the two piece chicken meal. I was then asked to choose the sauce for it (Original, Mild Spicy and Extra Spicy). After paying, Len and I looked for a place to sit in while waiting for our order. I thought that it would take a significant amount of time before our chickens actually find our table, but NO!, and to both our surprise, Len’s Chicken (since she ordered first) arrive just as we arrived at our table. it took less than 5 minutes to get our order! perfect for us corporate employees as our lunch is sometimes limited.

the Chicken looks ABSOLUTELY GREAT! the aroma that emanated from the stro container has already captivated my heart, and the first bite was actually HEAVEN! (the smell and the first bite are two very important factors for me to consider food as splendid!). the only downside with the meal is that it came in a styro container and not a plate, and at that time was accompanied with a plastic spoon and fork.

Two piece chicken meal with regular iced tea – 154 pesos

the newly added coleslaw at 30 pesos

MANANGS CHICKEN lives up to the reviews and the buzz that has been created. in my opinion, this could actually overthrow some well established chicken joints like Bonchon and all those Chicken wing shops that has been sprouting here and there like wild mushrooms! I have been to manangs 4 times just this month alone (and its only the 12th of october), and i have to say that it keeps getting better and better everytime! as the saying goes, Love is sweeter the second time around! what more on the third or fourth try?

me and len, waiting for my order to arrive

Thank you Manangs Chicken. see you tomorrow! right Len?

— Behind Thick Framed Notes

1. All Photos courtesy of Bobbit Lim
2. Visit or Contact Manangs at:
Manangs Chicken
AIC Gold Tower, Garnet Road, Ortigas Center
584-8848

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