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Mother’s Day Celebration with Kitchie Nadal and Barbie Almalbis

No place in this world is, as safe as my mother’s womb. And nobody in this world is, as loving as my mother. – Luffina Lourduraj. Indeed, we want to honor the first woman everyone can have in a lifetime. And Iloilo Business Park Megaworld wants to have this day more than special by having two of the incredible moms in the industry of OPM – Kitchie Nadal and Barbie Almalbis.

Kitchie serenaded IBP Megaworld on a Saturday night, May 13, 2017, at the Festive Walk Parade. Everyone is electrified seeing a mom with a baby and a guitar up to the beat of the songs. It’s good to see Kitchie still performing together with her lovely soon-baby.

Barbie felt home as she made her come back to Iloilo after a couple of years. She made the celebration even brighter at the Festive Walk Parade last Sunday night, May 14, 2017, as she sang her smash hit songs. Her energy and excitement filled the whole area with laughter and smile.

As fun and memorable it can be, Book Latte supported the celebration all the way. And we are more than happy to serve Kitchie and Barbie our best in the house after they have performed.

We had rare moments with two of the most adorable moms and artists in the country. Moms are always the silent heroes everyone deserves.


Do You Remember the Resurrection Sunday?

The tomb of Christ is famous because of what it DOES NOT CONTAIN.Sam Morris. For Christians, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is more than just a sacrifice. It is actually a saving grace denoting that death has no hold to our soul when we die. It is a perfect time to reunite and have a great weekend with the family and friends. It is a celebration!

Many times we overlooked the very essence of death and resurrection of Jesus yet so the meaning stays pure and impactful. Many historians believed and published their findings about this most debated event. From physical proofs to literary evidences, the historicity of it all is established. The history cast no shadow of any doubt about the truthfulness of the resurrection.

This is a season of hope and celebration for those in faith of Jesus Christ. Whatever life throws at you, you know you can survive it – thrive above it. What will you do in this celebration of hope? Are you going to have a weekend getaway with the family? Take a blissful walk at the park? Enjoy delightful food in a resto? Hang out at our café? Make some plans and find some people to spend it with at our place.

Here are four (4) ideas for you and your family and friends after meditating and basking the essence of Resurrection Sunday.

  1. Go somewhere with your family and friends to reunite the fun and loving memories you have away from the busyness of the day. Perhaps, spend some hours by the beach or at a farm. Nature is very powerful in balancing our perspective. The tranquility of its existence resonates peace. Find peace this Sunday!
  2. Watch a good movie. It is one of the activities that will leave us away from the scolding busyness outside. Relax and relive fun moments together with your family and friends. Find a family-oriented movie that will trigger and encourage everyone else to engage afterwards. Relax together this Sunday!
  3. Go shopping together. Well, I guess you might think it will be costly. Don’t let money rule over your happiness with your family. Find something you can buy that will make everyone happy. For sure, you will see to it that it be beneficial to everyone. Perhaps, buy your favorite food to share with them. Spend on quality over quantity this Sunday!
  4. Dine out together with your family and friends. It is said that eating together is the best way to catch up with one another despite the busyness of the day. It is one activity that will open up each other’s heart towards more closeness of the relationships. Rebuild closeness this Sunday!

Call mom – send a message to dad! Make some plans for this one. You have a long vacation during the holidays. Make it enjoyable this time. Sure fun you will find! Got a little brother or sister? Do something memorable with them. Take them to the place they would surely love. Play at the amusement or bring them to the sweets. Make sure you will put a smile on their faces.

What are you waiting for? Make us part of your celebration! Celebrate with Book Latte Megaworld at the Festive Walk Parade this April 16, 2017 from 10AM to 2PM. Enjoy the all-time best sellers in a brunch buffet with your family and friends for only P258 with drinks! For inquiries, contact us at 0917-310-7888. Let us all remember the Resurrection Sunday with a smile on our faces!


WOFEX – Country’s Biggest Food Show Comes To Iloilo

World Food Expo (WOFEX) brought the country’s biggest and most prestigious food show to Iloilo City last February 23 – 25, 2017 at Iloilo Convention Center participated by local and foreign businesses and consumers.

Iloilo is rising on the horizon of businesses in Western Visayas. With the progressive development, its rapid growth in its economy shifted the attention of the country and the world. More hotels, resorts, and restaurants have opened up as local and foreign tourists flock the city and province.

The challenge in the city is creating sustainable tourism industry worthy of international interest. As a response to the challenge, WOFEX aims to plow the ground for global exposure and new markets, trends and techniques to support business investors and owners.

The whole event includes training programs on Catering, Baking and Pastries, Restaurant, and Digital Marketing for Real Estate and HoReCa, Hospitality, Food and Beverage and Tourism Industries. The three-day event is packed with training sessions with hands-on and a large food expo. For the schedule and topics in the training sessions, see the event flyer below. Book Latte is honored to take part in this event.


Book Latte is Iloilo’s first library café. It was recognized as the Best Concept Café during the 10th and 11th National Product Quality Excellence Awards. It supports local book clubs, writers, arts and artists. It is also the forerunner of book swap tradition in the city starting last December 2016. More than anything else, it is an avenue where good books, delicious food, flavorful coffee, remarkable art pieces and great minds meet.

 Book Latte is honored and grateful to fully open a new library café in Festive Walk Parade, Iloilo Business Park, Megaworld, Mandurriao, Iloilo City and serve more Ilonggos and visiting tourists. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram (booklatteiloilo) for the official announcement of our grand opening. More milestones are coming up to our very own library café.

Iloilo is indeed fronting more business and tourism opportunities more than ever. WOFEX stretches the city with trainings and expo to advance through this event joined by the country’s businessmen, investors and consumers. Below are some of the photos during the event – photo credits to Iloilo Convention Center.



2017 New Year Resolutions at Book Latte

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s 2017! – And now we welcome the New Year. Full of things that have never been. – Rainer Maria Rilke. Glitters of hope and sprinkles of excitement are brewing at Book Latte. To open up this amazing year, we have compiled creative mixtures to head on your calendar. You can think of these as Book Latte’s New Year Resolutions just for you!


New Year Resolution #1: Coffee and Health

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="435" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Got some hang ups you need to hang up? Well, you can always do it with a cup of coffee in the morning. From hot brewed to iced coffee, you will surely wake your sleepy morning on the go with energy. Take a sip or better yet, have a drink at our lounge. Be healthy with coffee this year!

Coffee beans are miracle carrier on our body. Progressive research on coffee shows that coffee drinkers have lower chances on developing type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and Dementia compared to nondrinkers. Drinking coffee can also lower the risk of having liver cancer by 40%. Start the year off with your favorite brew!


New Year Resolution #2: Books and Nooks

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="436" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Letters, words, sentences, paragraphs and stories are the elements of great minds. Looking for some place to read your new book? Or would you read some from our nook? Take some time to sit, relax and travel in the world of books. Make books part of your world in 2017!

Astoundingly while you enjoy reading a book, your mental processes are honed to respond and react intellectually. A habit of reading stimulates your mind to improve memory, expand vocabulary, strengthen analytical skills, reduce stress, and develop focus and concentration. It will slow down the progress of dementia and can help loose down bad moods. Now, grab a book and begin the journey of a great mind this year!


New Year Resolution #3: Art and Heart

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="439" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. – John W. Gardner. Looking for a place where art exists and artists live by the creativity of their passion and love? Discover the art within your heart and look pass time and space. Enjoy your creative power at Book Latte! Connect your heart to the art from within this year!

You can organize a workshop or a session at the lounge with a very affordable package. Last year, a calligraphy session packed the lounge with aspiring artists. Fun and excitement filled the atmosphere. Not an organizer? Then you can just be part of another art-related event. Just watch out for Book Latte’s announcements this year! It is good to start the year with a creative mind.


New Year Resolution #4: Food and Mood

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="440" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]When you are not in the mood and everything goes out of control, food is your best friend! Right on the line, grab the best meal you would love to eat and expel bad aura from your soul. Let your senses be awakened by the mere culinary excellence at Book Latte. Create a time to enjoy excellent food in 2017!

You can check our menu online and get a list of the food you want to eat. Also, for people on the go, you can grab food coupons with huge discounts at From snacks to full meal, Book Latte has it all for you. Enliven your mood this year with Book Latte!

Still thinking what can you do this year? Make this year a mixture of your soul and your goal. Creativity will never be out of trend. A simple bend from the ordinary will start at our lounge. Start putting out your plans and we will make them come true at Book Latte!



Book Latte Goes Online With Huge Savings

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="405" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Shout out to all great minds in Iloilo City!

Book Latte is spreading good vibes online with great deals plus huge savings with, the city’s first and biggest shopping website. What can we say? Ilonggos are now up to a more convenient and gratifying offers with the rapid evolution of technology in the business world. So here we go![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="404" img_size="large"][vc_column_text]Together with Unlideals, Book Latte is offering their best treats to Ilonggos with amazing discounts. Time to choose a menu is not gracious? Well, dig into your laptop and android phones and go online. Find our best deals to lessen your hassles as you choose to enjoy at our place.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

For rice bucket people…

Rice meal packages good for your family or friends are way to go! Get your loved ones at our lounge and spend a worthwhile moment with us. Reunite, reconnect and rejoice with these packages.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner css=".vc_custom_1480216315597{padding-top: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;}"][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="422" img_size="large"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

Book Latte Rice Meal Package, Good For 4 Persons For Only P224 Per Person

Before: Php 1,275.71
NOW: Php 893.00

Choose Four (4) From The Following:
– Buttered Chicken
– Corned Beed Hash
– Fiery Chicken And Pork Adobo
– Fish Fillet
– Bistek Rice

Four (4) Frozen Iced Tea
Four (4) Cheese Cake Or Waffle With Toppings[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

Book Latte Rice Meal Package, Good For 6 Persons For Only P268 Per Person

Before: Php 2,140.00
NOW: Php 1,605.00

Six (6) Backribs Or Salpicao
Six (6) Frozen Iced Tea
Two (2) Cheese Cake W/ Toppings
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For past timers at the lounge…

Take a look at these deals as your best shot! All round snacks with drinks or frappe to make your past time memorable with us. Talk, laugh and enjoy with these packages![/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner css=".vc_custom_1480216341275{padding-top: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;}"][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="407" img_size="large"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

Frozen Iced Tea Meal Package At Book Latte, Good For 4 Persons, For Only P110 per Person

Before: Php 594.00
NOW: Php 440.00

Chilli Wings Basket
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Pastime Meal Package, Good For 4 Persons At Book Latte For Only P175 Per Person

Before: Php 933.33
NOW: Php 700.00

4 Glasses Of Lime Soda Or Tea Chillers
2 Cheese Cake
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Frappe Or Thick Shake Package At Book Latte, Good For 6 Persons, For Only P168 per Person

Before: Php 1,440.00
NOW: Php 1,008.00

Six (6) Frappe Or Thick Shake
Six (6) Waffle Or French Toast[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

Frozen Iced Tea Meal Package At Book Latte, Good For 10 Persons, For Only P130 per Person

Before: Php 1,860.00
NOW: Php 1,302.00

Two (2) Nachos
Two (2) Fries
Two (2) French Toast
Ten (10) Frozen Iced Tea

Choose Two (2) From the Following:
– Chicken Sandwich
– Tuna Melt
– Bacon Coleslaw and Tomato
– Ham & Egg W/ Cheese[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="424" img_size="large"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Yes, I know you well! Cravings are shivering down your throat. So how can you avail these mouth-watering deals with discounts?  Go to these exclusive offers at Unlideals:

Great minds go online, go to Book Latte now for these packages with huge savings![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


Top 5 Paulo Coelho Books

the_alchemist_paulo_coelho_040313_marg0d69Paulo Coelho is a great author. Ever wondered which of his books to read first? Which ones give you a great sense of Paulo Coelho’s style? Which ones have the best storyline? The best message? The best reads?
Well, here are my suggestions as to the best books by Paulo Coelho and therefore definitely the ones to read first! Enjoy!
#1 Veronika Decides to Die
No, not The Alchemist (although that too is brilliant), but Veronika Decides to Die. Despite having read both books over and over again, Veronika Decides to Die is still my favourite and number 1 recommend. While the Alchemist is a story of following one’s dreams, Veronika Decides to Die deals with the question of life and madness. What is madness? The value of life? Do we take it for granted? In his unique and amazing style, Paulo Coelho explores these issues in a way that keeps you 100% entertained and wanting more. You won’t put it down until you finish!!
#2 The Alchemist
The book that made him internationally famous, it has been critically acclaimed and translated into numerous languages. A favourite and a classic, just about everyone who has read any Paulo Coelho has read this. A great novel of adventure, following one’s dreams and of determination and faith, it is the ultimate pick-me-up book, and therefore makes number two on the list. If you’re ever feeling down, read The Alchemist!
#3 Eleven Minutes
This book is a tale of a Brazilian girl who goes to Switzerland with an ‘agent’ who misleads her into working as a dancer in his bar. Being determined to come back to Brazil having ‘made it’, she chooses not to return until she has made enough money and done enough to go back without having ‘lost face’. Her journey is full of choices- which will she make? A great tale of perspective, right and wrong, love and ultimately choice. As always, Coelho leaves the judgment up to you yet raises important issues in such an entertaining way.
#4 Brida
#5 The Fifth Mountain
the devil wears prada

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

WeisbergerL_DevilWearsPradaA delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses.

Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of Runway magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that show off their lifelong dedication to the gym. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child.

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to complaints about “The Boss from Hell.” Narrated in Andrea’s smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns and over Cosmopolitans at the trendiest cocktail parties. From sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda’s children in Paris by private jet, to locating an unnamed antique store where Miranda had at some point admired a vintage dresser, to serving lattes to Miranda at precisely the piping hot temperature she prefers, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day—and often late into the night with orders barked over the phone. She puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether or not the job is worth the price of her soul.

“I soon came to realize that Hope – along with every other anorexicallty skinny girl in the office, and most of the guys – was able to accurately evaluate other people’s weight. It was just when it came time to look in the mirror that everyone genuinely saw a wildebeest staring back.” (pg 174) 

“It seems that I can see other people and say they look good but when it comes to me (no matter how much I loose) I always see something wrong.”


Quotes From “Aleph” By Paulo Coelho


I enjoy reading Paulo Coelho’s novels. They are always inspirational. Or simply put – food for the soul. To be frank, I enjoy reading some of his earlier works better than his recent ones. Hence my expectation for “Aleph” was not that high. This book surprises me on several fronts.

First, it is quite a page turner, which is not usually the case of Paulo Coelho’s books.

Second, it seems genuine, pouring out from author’s personal experience. After some research (and to    my horror as you will find out in just a bit), while “Aleph” may not have accounted for all that has    happened, what is written is 100% bibliography based on a true story.

Hence, depending on your moral compass, it could be inspirational for some, troubling for others.

The center theme of “Aleph” can easily be related by many. Routines wear us down. Great losses in    life too may dip us into an emotional abyss. We may find faith and then lose it along the way. Or regrets in our past and worries in our future too can weigh us down. How then can we get out of this? A pilgrimage, as suggested by the author, may have the answer we need.

In “Aleph”, the 59 years old Paulo Coelho has taken a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway to meet his     readers across Russia. During his journey, a 21 years old Turkish girl Hilal has insisted to travel with     Paulo and his team of editor, distributor, and translator. Coelho (who is married) and Hilal became physically, emotionally, and spiritually close that even with my rather liberate mindset, I was finding it a bit uncomfortable to read. But it is what it is. Two people performed rituals together in an intimate setting. And if you buy into the concept of reincarnation, that two lifetimes ago, Coelho and Hilal were lovers, that past and present are one, I suppose it is OK to be that close. A bit confusing if you are an outsider. But say for a moment that reincarnation does exist and we do happen to meet with the same people through time and space, perhaps what Coelho and Hilal have done is beautiful. It is certainly romantic to read. I love you like a river, said him to her. That is probably the most artistic thing a married man can say to his admirer (and lover from another lifetime).

There are quite a few quotes that are memorable, that I can relate and would like to share with you.

1. It’s what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future.

2. When faced by any loss, there’s no point in trying to recover what has been, it’s best to take advantage of the large space that opens up before us and fill it with something new.

3. People never leave, we are always here in our past and future lives.

I think the first quote is self-explanatory. What we do at present matters the most. The next two are to help us coping with losses.

4. Although sometimes, we need to be strangers to ourselves. Then the hidden light in our soul will illuminate what we need to see.

What it means, I suppose, is that in order to rediscover ourselves, we need to look pass what has become so familiar. Examine our lives in the eyes of a stranger in a detached manner.

5. Now each morning, when your mind is still empty, devote a little time to the Divine … Inhale deeply and ask for all the blessings in the air to enter your body and fill every cell. Then exhale slowly, projecting happiness and peace around you. Repeat this ten times. You’ll be helping to heal yourself and contributing to healing the world as well.

I have not tried the above method. It may work out better than screaming out loud into the mirror every morning and say: This is going to be a great day!

6. Walking is doing wonders for body and soul. I’m completely focused on the present moment, for that is where all signs, parallel worlds and miracles are to be found. Time really doesn’t exist.
When I was young, I used to walk a lot, in great distance. My mother used to call me Walkman. I agree with Paulo that walking does wonders for our bodies and souls. Ideas do hit me. But I have yet to encounter lovers from my past incarnations that way.

7. Don’t be intimidated by other people’s opinions. Only mediocrity is sure of itself, so take risks and do what you really want to do.

8. Anyone who knows God cannot describe Him. Anyone who can describe God does not know Him.

Both quotes are again self-explanatory. But it does take some time to fully internalize.

9. Love is beyond time, or, rather, love is both time and space, but all focused on one single constantly evolving point – the Aleph.

That, is the Aleph. You may need to read the book in order to understand what he says.

10. We can never wound the soul, just as we can never wound God, but we become imprisoned by our memories, and that makes our lives wretched, even when we have everything we need in order to be happy.

On face level, this quote can be useful to most. But after reading the book, I think that the author may refer to memories of our past lives. I am not ready to believe in reincarnation (as yet). Having said that, we should be reminded that we have everything we need to be happy. And those things are within our reach.

11. Is it possible to deviate from the path God has made? Yes, but it’s always a mistake. Is it possible to avoid pain? Yes, but you’ll never learn anything. Is it possible to know something without ever having experienced it? Yes, but it will never truly be part of you.
This is probably one of my favorite quotes. We shall always seek to experience, accept the pain as it comes, and follow God’s will.

Last but not the least, there is one quote to share. I agree wholeheartedly.

12. Like the children we will never ever cease to be.