Ignite Manila Talks at Adarna Food and Culture Restaurant

AMAZING night last night where two of my favoritest things in the world came together! Food and Smart People!

Ignite Manila held their second event at the absolutely sumptuous restaurant called Adarna Food and Culture Restaurant. For those of you not familiar with either, let me “edumacate” you:

The well named event called Ignite, is actually a global trend similar to that of T.E.D.x or Pecha Kutcha. Still not ringing a bell? Well pretty much an Ignite event is where you can hear a bunch of speakers (in this case 12) talk about anything, from frying an egg, to starting a revolution, and everything else in between. What makes Ignite events so unique is that Ignite talks are exactly five minutes long, Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds—whether they’re ready or not.

Igniters gather in pubs, theaters, and other convivial venues for an evening that is a unique blend of networking, information, and fun, encapsulated in the Ignite motto:“Enlighten us, but make it quick.”

It’s actually a perfect way to get exposed to new things! If you want to find out more, you can always talk to the speakers afterwards and also do your own research. But the 5 minute, automatic-slide-changing platform is perfect to just give the a teaser of a multiverse of topics.

For more information, you can check out http://ignitemanila.com

Oh and the speakers last night were:

  1. Carlos Celdran on the Real Story Behind Damaso
  2. Erick A. Fabian Sr. on DIY Electronic Music on a Budget
  3. Marga Deona on Passing the Torch: A Brief History of Information
  4. Bob Guerrero on Unitarian Universalism: The Church for Today
  5. Giney Villar on Filipino Cuisine
  6. Mike Aquino on Travel Writing
  7. Kenneth Keng on Board Games
  8. Chei Billedo & Tonton Clemente on Psych O’clock Habit
  9. Irene Sarmiento on Science and Fiction: Educating Through Stories
  10. Ronnie Gatbonton on Couchsurfing – Traveling Through Other People’s Couches
  11. Dustin Celestino on Sexual Performance Anxiety
  12. Margie de Leon on Head Meds: How Not to be a Zombie


Now about the venue, it’s actually one of the YUMMIEST and classiest places in the Metro. The Adarna Food and Culture Restaurant!

Adarna Food and Culture is a restaurant that celebrates Filipino culinary heritage by serving historical, regional and heirloom recipes in a warm, elegant and homey setting. Every table offers a special view of the place with its collection of Filipino memorabilia.

Hosts are on hand to provide each guest with efficient and polite service to make dining pleasurable and worry-free. Adarna serves a selection of dishes based on the accounts of old family cooks, descendants of families with culinary traditions and old Filipino cookbooks.

Try Sulu Piassok, Pancit 1913, Menestra Favorito, Bicol Express, Sigarillas Salad with Grieben, Pancit Musiko, Batanes Yellow Rice, Chicken Relleno Antigo, Adobong Batangas, Felicidad and grilled meats with Salsa Monja among other gastronomic finds. It also offers vegan options for many of its recipes and can accommodate requests for special dietary needs with prior arrangements.

The restaurant commonly uses organic ingredients. It uses no MSG, artificial flavors, seasonings and preservatives. All ingredients that can be sourced locally and from their points of origin are used.

Traditional cooking methods are applied in a modern kitchen that observes strict sanitary standards to ensure that the food served is safe and clean. Adarna regularly offers new dishes on its menu to celebrate the diverse culinary traditions of the country for its guests to discover and enjoy.

Experience Filipino food again.

Here’s the exotic dishes we tried that night at

Adarna Restaurant’s Grilled Chicken Breast with Kesong Puti P345

Adarna Restaurant’s Adobong Batangas P240

Adarna Restaurant’s Fresh Strawberry Fruit Shake P 85

Adarna Restaurant’s Kesong Puti Langka Fry with Mango Drizzle Dessert P95

Adarna Restaurant is actually also very famous for their Langka Shake, of which I’m a very big fan of. Unfortunately, they were sold out that night. Fortunately, their Strawberry Fruit Shake was just as delightful!

Here’s some pics of the very classy Adarna Restaurant:

When In Manila, do check out the Ignite Manila events to get yourself an “edumacation” and learn cool new things! You also get to meet lots of great individuals who attend the Ignite Events.

When In Manila, also be sure to get a taste of REALLY GOOD Filipino food at Adarna Food and Culture Restaurant. Try their fresh fruit shakes, especially the Langka Shake. I’m also a big fan of their Grilled Chicken Breast with Kesong Puti dish and the Kesong Puti Langka Fry with Mango Drizzle Dessert. Either way, you’re sure to have a gastronomic time, while feeling that sense of culture with every visit to Adarna Food and Culture Restaurant!

Adarna Food and Culture Restaurant

119 Kalayaan Avenue Quezon City, Philippines

632-9268712, or +63917-9618113

1130am – 10:30pm

Ignite Manila


Ignite Manila at Adarna Food and Culture Restaurant


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