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Alabang gets a taste of HIP’s Backyard Grill


It was a HIP day in Ayala Alabang last Saturday.

Over 250 people flocked to Makiling Park to attend Hinge Inquirer Publications’ Backyard Grill at the Park. Presented by HIP magazines, luxury mag Inquirer RED and community lifestyle magazine Southern Living, the festivities opened with kid-friendly activities, punctuated by booths helmed by Manila’s most popular food purveyors.

Kids enjoyed the DIY pinwheel and activity sheets provided, while others learned the ropes of ukulele from The Ukulele Philippines Ensemble. The group also provided the much needed musical entertainment with their performance of the hit All About that Bass.

Charlie’s Grind and Grill, Roku Sushi + Ramen, Toby’s Estate, Cupcakes by Sonja, and Bun Appétit (famous for their lobster buns) fed the hungry crowd with some of their bestselling dishes and drinks. Guests dined for a cause, with all five restaurants providing 30 percent of their sales to their chosen charities, which include David Dee, a loving husband and father who was diagnosed with CNS Lymphoma and severe pneumonia; I Want to Share Foundation, a group of women with a passion to help others and a commitment to spiritual growth; Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, a non-stock, non-profit organization that supports programs and projects concerning Down Syndrome; Move.org, an organization that aims to educate children under Habitat of Humanity; and FUTKAL, or Futbol sa Kalye, an alternative football program promoting football in the Philippines.

  • Carla Barretto & Meg Manzano
  • Carlos Cang and Rafael Cang
  • Cookie & Dimples La O' Balaguer and family
  • Connect-the-dots and maze were some of the activities provided for the kids.
  • Pinwheels adorned the wooden tables of Makiling Park.
  • The huge Backyard Grill balloon display during the event
  • Attendees got free ukulele tutorial courtesy of Ukulele Philippines.
  • Attendees got free ukulele tutorial courtesy of Ukulele Philippines.
  • Some of the children did the activities slumped on picnic blankets.
  • The balloon display was a hit with the kids.
  • The park was full until nighttime.
  • At the Grill, Southerners get to enjoy Charlie’s burgers without leaving their turf.
  • Japanese food aficionados dig in on the makis and sushis offered by Roku.
  • The next Backyard Grill will be in Urdaneta Park, Makati on December 13, 4:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Ukulele Philippines’ rendition of All About That Bass was a crowd pleaser.
  • Attendees didn’t mind drinking coffee late in the afternoon just so they can try out Toby’s Estate’s fresh brews.
  • Marga Espiritu & Johann Espiritu
  • Maricris & Patrick Joson
  • Marika Manglapus and son Xanti
  • Vernice Songco of Bungalow 300 with her daughter Nana
  • Bea Lucero-Lhuillier, Stephan Lhuillier, Sandy Prieto-Romualdez
  • Berry Tenchavez-Stehmeier and Paolo Tantoco
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Freebies were also up for grabs during the event. Dove gave samples of Dove Daily Hair Vitamins to the first 200 female guests. Globe Tattoo Platinum provided free Wi-Fi at the venue, as well as prizes to those who tried out the game Bistro Rock. Current Tattoo Platinum and Tattoo home broadband subscribers also received free grub compliments of Globe. Avida gave limited edition Swatch watches for those who took their pop quiz, while Alveo Land granted booth visitors a sneak peek of their perspective for Circuit Makati’s Solstice.

Backyard Grill at the Park is made possible in partnership with Globe Tattoo Platinum, Alveo Land, Dove, and Avida. Watch out for the third Backyard Grill at the Park this December 13 at Urdaneta Village Park, Makati. Follow @SLivingph and @inquirerRED on Instagram and Twitter for updates on the upcoming Backyard Grill at the Park.

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