What’s New at Ayala Malls Legazpi? It’s the Sweet-To-The-Bone Southern Ribs of Bigg’s Diner

Baby back ribs, mashed potatoes, steak fries, cole slaw and a side of barbecue sauce. If you visit Bigg’s Diner at Ayala Mall in Legazpi, can you tell what’s  new?  Yeah, besides it being the newest branch. 😉

Perhaps this photo in the invitation for Bloggers  Lunch held last Wednesday can give you a clue?


You’re right, dear! Bigg’s Diner has a new baby named Southern ribs. Its meat is a little loose, and shreds more easily, yet juicy.

The texture is similar to a traditional barbecue with a pleasant, crisp bark on the outside and tender inside. But of course, these come with a nice pink ring around the edges.

southern ribs
Unappetizing? Don’t be fooled. As per the words of the franchise owner: “Hindi ko ito pinansin kasi akala ko hindi masarap. Pero nang matikman ko, ang sarap pala.” Photo credit to Jethro  Calag.

Was it sweet to the bone? I have to try it again to be sure, and I don’t mind because I liked it. We sampled it after our rice meals with crispy chicken and kebab for me. Both were smoky, juicy and tasty on their own, and kebab was especially sweet.

That made me wonder if they would consider serving the Southern ribs an appetizer. (I don’t know about you, but I like eating meat without rice). Its tender, sligtly fall-off-the-bone meat would melt in your mouth. Yum!

As a meal, the java rice and the sauce were just perfect for it. You would like that the sauce is not that savory since the rice is already salty, and how they blend with its moist, sweet meat.

Lunchtime with these bestsellers.

The bloggers meet the franchise owner and the staff. Photo courtesy of BJ Medina.

Thank you, Bigg’s Diner Ayala Malls Legazpi Branch!


PS Do tell us when you try it. Bon Appetit!

Featured photo (Southern Ribs) courtesy of Dionn Borja.


3 Ways to extract Joy from Your Material Purchases

There was this joke that says: Money can’t buy happiness, but it is more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.

Truth, right?

So if you are into collecting all things material, don’t feel guilty. As long as you buy to use it in more meaningful ways than showing off, possessions can bring real happiness too. Just like when you spend on activities over possessions.

Luxurious shops know that, too.

At Havaianas stores, they have a DIY section where shoppers can mix and match for a personalized flip-flop. This happens annually for their “Make your own Havaianas” event.

Screengrab from Laura Lehmann’s Instagram account.

According to Penguins with People Problems author Mary Laura Philpott, creativity is one way to enhance the experience-value of your purchase. To quote:

When you buy a top-of-the-line Italian cappuccino machine, turn it into a multi-sensory experience: pour enough cappuccinos to fill a bathtub, then get into it and soak. Listen to the foam fizz as the minuscule bubbles burst against your shins like tiny waves upon a human shore. This must be how Earth feels.

Okay that was a bit exaggerated, but she nailed it.

Travel is also on her list of ways to extract happiness from material things we buy. Why, wouldn’t it make you feel great to travel light and still in style? Heck, just thinking of the space you’ll save by getting rid of pairs of footwear is already happiness. Thanks to your dual-function flip-flops!

Her point:

Travel creates a bank of positive memories upon which you can draw at any time. Fly your $425 sunglasses to Central America and show them the Equator. Look around at the local citizens through your shaded lenses, holding their gaze and mentally trading places with them. How do you look in your new glasses as you survey yourself through their eyes? Fantastic, probably. You’ll never forget that.

Lastly, give or share it like what Soleil, a Havaianas store in Ayala Malls in Legazpi, did during its launching. Giving can make us feel good inside, and we don’t need science to prove it. We know and feel it, especially when we are sincere.

Thank you, Soleil, for having bloggers during the event.

As well as for making this traveler’s feet comfortable amidst the sharp rock she was stepping on. It’s a happy coincidence, too, that she can match it with one of her favorite travel accessories: shawl!


Soleil photos courtesy of Ginoel and Alan of http://dropdeaddapper.com/

A Night of Fashion, Culture and Tradition at The Oriental Hotel Legazpi


A fireworks display marked the start of the cocktail celebration at The Oriental Hotel in Legazpi, this year’s host for the opening celebration of Daragang Magayon Festival.

This exuberant spectacle, matched with the brilliant light at the lobby, welcomed guests to a night of fashion, culture and tradition.

The event showcased the indigenous gowns created by Gary Roces, a premiere gown designer of buli (Buri palm) wardrobes.

At least five of his creations were displayed at the night’s exhibit, wherein each was given a “nickname” that represents Bicol landmarks, festivals and other tourism booster found only in the region.

Roces has been designing gowns for weddings, festivals, Santa Cruzan and other celebrations like birthdays and JS prom for 20 years now. Some of his gowns have been featured abroad as entries for international competitions. He owns Pustura, a fashion business that specializes in custom gowns and dresses for men and women.


While the gowns’ colourful patterns provide a cool contrast to the lobby’s minimal design, their life-size height easily captures the attention of an arriving guest.

The food station, which features the hotel’s signature food and drinks, was a feast of colors too. Some of the dishes incorporate local ingredients, like that of tinapa pasta and pili nut brownies.





Everyone stopped to listen to the melodic performance of a popular singing chorale in Albay. This includes the members of the LGU Ligao who are in their rodeo costumes, the top PMA passers from the province and bloggers.

Other highlights of the event include the showcase of (volcanic) rock stone sculptures by Vicente Ajero aka Intong Bato.

The festival aims to showcase the cultural and tourism wonders of the province, as well as relive the Legend of Mayon Volcano. Thus, the change in the festival’s name from Magayon Festival to Daragang Magayon Festival.

Visit The Oriental Hotel Legazpi to see the exhibit which is open throughout the festival. Try to visit it at night where it shines like a jewel in the dark.

This year the festival runs from March 24 to April 30.

For inquiries and reservations, contact the hotel through reservations@theorientalhotels.com or (02) 9945644 (02) 9945644 [Manila] and (52) 435 3333 / 5555 Legazpi.