My Foodgasm2015 experience as a blogger-judge at Maginhawa #KrishgeekEats

October 17, 2015

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A day of ultimate food tasting experience “Foodgasm invades Maginhawa” #Foodgasm2015. I was really honored and flattered to be chosen as one of the blogger-judges of the event.  Well Nov 17, 2015 was the week Lando decided to invade the area of responsibility.Judging that day was a definite challenge, I wasn’t able to use my DSLR, the fear of getting my cam to get soaked under the rain so I used my iphone instead. Well I was able to get a few shots and some were not of good quality. Imagine me, foodtasting under the pouring rain (well it drizzled most of the time) and scoring/judging the same time (hassle but challenge accepted). Kudos, also to my fellow bloggers for this “buwis-health” moment, for the giving justice to food. Im just glad I have my pals, Jacky and Jovi with me to assist me.

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with Jovi and Jacky!

The best part is the eating part! Yes. Before anything else, I really aimed before the event to reach my fitness target goal of 79 kgs, and luckily I did. Deep down inside, I know the event would be my ultimate cheat day. I would be tasting 40 different food stalls (Set A and Set B). To be fair I would not be revealing my faves, because as a judge I have to be fair. Actually I had a hard time on deciding which – would it be the savouries or the sweets (I’m guilty of having a sweet tooth).

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Not bad for P200 (pre-selling) / P250 (door price) to purchase tickets, I was able to ask some people who I met along the way and said it was “sulit”. For just one time payment, you get to taste a lot of foodstalls. There was also a bazaar, eating contest, programs & festivities prepared and I heard the concert was a hit, based on the posts I saw on instagram and twitter. The were also other concessionaires who rented a space, The main participants of the events were not charged for their tents. A back story of how they were able to gather participants – some of them registered and others were invited via emails and they did door-to-door. The proceeds of the event will be collected and used to support their college, high school scholars and partnered communities.

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I congratulate UP Economics Society along with the sponsors and partnered organizations for being able to pull off the event even though it rained and there was a delay in following the allotted time frame. Foodgasm is an outlet to promote new up-and-coming food businesses in hand with the bloggers and social media partners in promoting the event.  Congrats also to the winners!

CHAMPION: (Voted by the attendees, blogger-judges and guest chefs)
Set A: Hangovurger by Big B
Set B: Blueberry Cheesecake by Chewy Treats by Claire
1ST RUNNER UP:
Set A: Double Bagnet by Bagnet Rice Patong
Set B: Beef Kebab by Mandi Persian Grill

EXPERTS’ CHOICE: (Voted by blogger-judges and guest chefs)
Set A: Silly Chocolate Cupcake by The Fahrenheit
Set B: Lechon Bagnet by CrazyChef

PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Set A: Hangovurger by Big B
Set B: Blueberry Cheesecake by Chewy Treats by Claire

Here are the list of participants, and please do check them out! and check out FOODGASM page on facebook https://www.facebook.com/UPEcosoc.Foodgasm/?fref=ts to know more

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Food Participants:
Egg-it Asian Street Food | F.A.T. Cupcake | Keyks by Kai | Big B Burgers | Empire Cakes | Stoners Soul Food To Go | Saj’s Cakes and Pastries | Meal Point Burger House | Mister Miswa | Only The Best Cafe and Dining | DonDay’s Korean Buffet | Bagnet Rice Patong | Food Vine Cafe and Restaurant | Brazo | CJSS Griddle Steak and Chicken House | Food Clinique | Dorissimo Cakes | MasterBakers | Maniego’s Plate | Lola Seseng | Bugle Boy | Mandi Persian Grill | Branda’s Canteen |Crazy Chef | The Fahrenheit | Chalkolate Ph | Sancho Churreria Manila | Cookie ng Ina Mo | Chewy Treats by Claire | Beeth’s Oven | Teritopps | Sugarmommy

Photos: @krishgeekness and Foodgasm2015

 

Countdown to a Tummy-Filling Experience: Get to know more of Foodgasm goes to Maginhawa

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I’ll be one of the food blogger-judges for this upcoming “Foodgasm goes to Maginhawa” event. Very honored and humbled to be chosen, first of all.  Hope to see you guys there! Please don’t feel shy to approach me.

I’ve been getting all the workout I can do before the event since I’m considering this my ultimate cheat day haha!- approved by my Trainer and Nutritionist (The past few months have been challenging to lose weight, eating a balanced meal  and working damn hard, sweating your ass of in the gym can be exhausting)

Please do keep posted on my blog and on my instagram @krishgeekness (You can tag me, if you want – no worries and I’m sure to press LIKE and COMMENT hopefully)

Please do like their FB page and stay tune for the official HASHTAG.

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Hungry and Stoked? Nuff said. A Tummy-Filling experience brought to you by the UP Economics Society, Foodgasm goes to Maginhawa 

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In partnership with

The Body Shop | Fight Factory Manila | Bacardi‪#‎ItsNotAPartyWithoutBacardi‬

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Get ready for the yummiest event of the season!

Make sure to get a Foodgasm ticket now and get a chance to taste and rate all the bite-sized versions of these dishes with no additional cost! There will also be freebies together with your ticket and a chance to win free prizes!

Please be reminded: Each ticket would automatically entitle you 1 set during the day. There will be Set A and Set B where the specific set that you would get would be determined through a first-come first served basis during the day itself. If you want to taste all the entries, you can buy two tickets, but be early to make sure there would still would be slots for both sets.

Reserve you tickets here: tinyurl.com/FoodgasmTickets
*Tickets also available at the School of Economics and AS Walkway in UP Diliman and the Bgy Hall of Teachers Village East

Ticket prices Pre-selling P200 and Door Price P250

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Meet the Participants

Crazy Chef | Food Clinique | Big B Burgers | Bagnet Rice Patong | Food Vine | Brazo | CJSS Griddle Steak and Chicken House | Dorissimo Cakes | FAT Cupcake | Saj’s Cakes and Pastries | The Fahrenheit | Chalkolate PH | Cookie ng Ina Mo | Blush Pastries by H&S | Pat’s Foodcart Enterprise | Maniego’s Plate | Teritopps | Egg-it Asian Street Food | Bugle Boy | Mandi’s Persian Grill | Meal Point Burger House | Mister Miswa | Only The Best Cafe and Dining | DonDay | Branda’s Canteen | Master Bakers | Lola Seseng | FAT Cupcake | Keyks by Kai | Empire Cakes | Sancho Churreria Manila | Chewy Treats by Claire | Chef’s Hub Enterprise | Beeth’s Oven

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Foodgasm Goes to Maginhawa
October 17, 2015
Maginhawa St., Brgy Teachers Village East, QC

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Get to know the media partners for the event!

media partners

Radio Jam 88.3 | Buhay Kolehiyo | Rappler | Click the City | When In Manila | Philippine Daily Inquirer | Tara Let’s

Get to know the partner organizations for the event!

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Grip UP Sports Climbing Association | UP Society of Students for Korean Popular Culture | Ateneo Management Engineering Association | Ateneo Management Economics Ogranization | The Polaris Project | United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary | UP Association of Civil Engineering Students | UP Association of Chemistry Majors and Enthusiasts | UP Assocation of Clothing Technology Students | UP Aniban ng mga Kabitenyo | UP Geology Majors’ Society | UP School of Economics Student Council | UP Theta Epsilon Sorority | UP Variates | UP Mathematics Majors Circle | Youth for Christ – Ateneo

Get to know the other  food blogger-judges for the event! (Please do check their sites too)

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SwitiRoh Says | Foodamn PH | Gastronomy by Joy | Krish Geek | What Neil Writes About | Sarois Trip | Geoffreview | ForkSpoonManila | The Mind’s Worth | Lavishly Parsimonious | Be Carol | The Kitchen Goddess | Chuck Bravante | 365 Stories to Tell | What’s to Love PH | The Food Scout | I am a dekaphobic | Appetizing Adventure

EATING CONTEST
Come in groups of 4 and battle it out with fellow foodies to win our cash prize and gifts from our sponsors.
Before Oct 17: P100/person
Day itself: P120/person
Contact: Gel Clemente 0917 804 0924

CONCERT
Get to hear some of the most promising acts and performers.
8PM onwards
Admission is free!
*Alcoholic beverages will be available

BAZAAR
Shop with the various online shops and stores we have for you.
9AM til 12MN

Your favorite foodie event is back and tastier than ever, bring your taste-buds and we’ll see you there!

Also brought to you by

Curves | P&P Tattoo | Lydia’s Lechon

Media Sponsors

JAM 88.3 | WhenInManila.com | ClicktheCity.com | Taralets! |BuhayKolehiyo.com | Philippine Daily Inquirer

With Our Major Organization Partners:
UP Association of Chemistry Majors and Enthusiasts, UP Society of Students for Korean Popular Cultur,e Grip Up Sport Climbing Association, UP Theta Epsilon Sorority, Youth For Christ Ateneo, The Polaris Project

Minor Organization Partners:
UP Geology Majors Society, UP Aniban ng Mga Kabitenyo, UP Association of Clothing Technology Students, UP VARIATES, UP Association of Civil Engineering Students, UP Mathematics Majors Circle, United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary

See all of you foodies there on October 17! For what you need to know you can click on this link:
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For inquiries and questions, kindly email us at upecosoc.financeproject@gmail.com or contact Miguel Ramos, 09273138714.

 

Foodgasm Invades Maginhawa! A Tummy-filling experience :)

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LIVE. FOR. FOOD

Enjoy a day filled with food, shops and entertainment of some of the best upcoming food establishments and performers in the Metro as The UP Economics Society and Barangay Teacher’s Village East

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Proudly present

FOODGASM GOES TO MAGINHAWA
A 40th Anniversary Celebration of Barangay Teachers Village East
October 17, 2015
Maginhawa St., Teachers Village East

Get ready for the yummiest event of the season!

Line-up of activities:

FOOD TASTING COMPETITION
Get ready to taste and judge the best upcoming dishes the Metro has to offer.
Pre-Selling: P200
Door Price: P250
Reserve your tickets at tinyurl.com/FoodgasmTickets
*Tickets are also available at the Barangay Hall and at the Ecosoc tambayan in the School of Economics, UP Diliman.

EATING CONTEST
Come in groups of 4 and battle it out with fellow foodies to win our cash prize and gifts from our sponsors.
Before Oct 17: P100/person
Day itself: P120/person
Contact: Gel Clemente 0917 804 0924

CONCERT
Get to hear some of the most promising acts and performers.
8PM onwards
Admission is free!
*Alcoholic beverages will be available

BAZAAR
Shop with the various online shops and stores we have for you.
9AM til 12MN

Your favorite foodie event is back and tastier than ever, bring your taste-buds and we’ll see you there!

Also brought to you by

Curves | P&P Tattoo | Lydia’s Lechon

Media Sponsors

JAM 88.3 | WhenInManila.com | ClicktheCity.com | Taralets! | BuhayKolehiyo.com | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Food Bloggers:

Appetizing Adventure| | Foodamn PH | Forkspoonmanila | What Neil Writes About | |Geoffreview | Krish Geek |The Kitchen Goddess | What’s To Love PH | The Food Scout | Dekaphobe | Gastronomy by Joy | Be Carol | Sarois Trip | 365storiestotell | The Minds Worth | Chuck Bravante | SwitiRoh Says | Lavishly Parsimonious

Food Participants:

Egg-it Asian Street Food | F.A.T. Cupcake | Keyks by Kai | Pat’s Foodcart Enterprise | Chef’s Hub Enterprise | Big B Burgers | Empire Cakes | Stoners Soul Food To Go | Saj’s Cakes and Pastries | Meal Point Burger House | Mister Miswa | Only The Best Cafe and Dining | DonDay’s Korean Buffet | Bagnet Rice Patong | Food Vine Cafe and Restaurant | Brazo | CJSS Griddle Steak and Chicken House | Food Clinique | Dorissimo Cakes | MasterBakers | Maniego’s Plate | Lola Seseng | Bugle Boy | Mandi Persian Grill | Branda’s Canteen |Crazy Chef | The Fahrenheit | Chalkolate Ph | Sancho Churreria Manila | Cookie ng Ina Mo | Chewy Treats by Claire | Persephone’s | Beeth’s Oven | Teritopps | Thirdy’s Relleno Bangus

With Our Major Organization Partners:
UP Association of Chemistry Majors and Enthusiasts, UP Society of Students for Korean Popular Cultur,e Grip Up Sport Climbing Association, UP Theta Epsilon Sorority, Youth For Christ Ateneo, The Polaris Project

Minor Organization Partners:
UP Geology Majors Society, UP Aniban ng Mga Kabitenyo, UP Association of Clothing Technology Students, UP VARIATES, UP Association of Civil Engineering Students, UP Mathematics Majors Circle, United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary

See all of you foodies there on October 17! For what you need to know you can click on this link:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1237424589608458.1073741847.502181379799453&type=3

For inquiries and questions, kindly email us at upecosoc.financeproject@gmail.com or contact Miguel Ramos, 09273138714.

MANILA’S BEST TEMPURA

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They have been called “Manila’s Best Tempura”, From “Japanese Tempura Grill” they have upgraded themselves to be called, what we see now as “TEMPURA”, (It’s a trend know a days that our fave childhood joints are into the whole upgrade thing). They will celebrating their 15th year next year.DSC_1484

First, when I got the invitation to blog for “Tempura”, I was a wee bit ecstatic because I love Tempura, more of a shrimp tempura fan here!. Well I know I won’t be dismayed since I’ve seen Tempura around the Metro and I’ve heard they’ve served hella good dishes.

 

 

THE PLACE –  I like the comfy asian vibe, playing around with red and black hues for the interiors. (Don’t worry,  not that striking red) The lighting is good for taking food shots (As you could see with the shots I have). Well for now, you won’t be seeing the grills on top of the tables since its more of providing and serving the best – cooked and good quality tempura. Perf, for family get togethers.

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SERVICE – I was able to dine again to Tempura with friends, but another branch early this week. Service was alright, not too fast nor not too time consuming- JUST RIGHT. The servers are very accommodating and greet you everytime you get in and exit.

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PRICE RANGE – Affordable to mid range (Meals start atleast P195 above). If you are a student, there are meals good for sharing.

MENU – Not word heavy, just straight to the point , Font size is alright, they’ve highlighted their best sellers to avoid misleading context. Foodshots are enticing to scan and food types arrange accordingly. Represents, very asia and not too flashy colors.

BEST SELLERS – Their wide range of TEMPURAS, ofcourse. “The Classic” is their most known tempura.

If you have a sweet tooth,  try their molten lava cake (P110) . For me, the Green tea ice cream (P85) is my fave on the dessert menu (SARAAAAAP!) – you can request it, to go with your molten lava cake instead of Vanilla  <3

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Praline Mousse Ganache

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Molten Lava Cake

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Green Tea Ice cream It was soo good, I forgot to take a photo before eating it <3

They still have their platter selection for bulk orders and your fave, California Maki(s).

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Kaisen Raisu

Sa pinoy hindi mawawala ang RICE! , the Kaisen Raisu (P210) is so MASSIVE and the flavors and spices play right in your mouth – Good for 3-5 people

Their special House tea will be served when you dine – It’s not rice tea like other Japanese resto serves  🙂

What’s new? Well They’ve wanted to showcase their PREMIUM TEMPURAS – To watch for.

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The KING SIZE PRAWN TEMPURA, HOKKIADO GIANT OYSTER TEMPURA, SOFT SHELL TEMPURA, JAPANESE SCALLOPS TEMPURA 

Tip: Drizzle with sauce and lemon zest 🙂 

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Especially, KING SIZE PRAWN TEMPURA–  Its Massive though its P480 (not very pang student  price) but its worth it. Proportions are good for sharing. – MY FAVE.

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HOKKIADO GIANT OYSTER TEMPURA (P285)

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SOFT SHELL TEMPURA (P325)

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JAPANESE SCALLOPS TEMPURA (P360)

Check out their branches located at TRINOMA, BANAWE, LEGASPI VILLAGE, ALABANG TOEN CENTER, ERMITA, MANILA AND MALL OF ASIA. Like them on Facebook and Follow them on INSTAGRAM @TempuraJapaneseGrill

 

Nothing But Real Chocolate :)

 Delighting Filipinos with Nothing but Great Taste

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Photo by Charlene Ajose

A good combination of sugar, milk and cocoa to create Nothing but great taste Cocio. Last September 3, 2015 at Whitespace Manila was the launch of the Iconic Danish chocolate milk drink. Cocio is now set to delight Asia for the very first time, starting in the Philippines, with the launch of Cocio classic and the global launch of Cocio Dark.

Photo by Charlene Ajose
Photo by Charlene Ajose

The Cocio Dark, which is my fave among the two, (since I love dark chocolate ever – its healthier!) was first introduced here, we are ahead of Denmark BTW! My take on the classic is ofcourse lighter compare to the bitter-sweet taste of Dark Cocio, but I love the flavor! The sweetness is just right, just how I love my chocolate milk drink.

Photo by Charlene Ajose
Photo by Charlene Ajose

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Here are some photos during the launch, the media had a taste of both, the classic and dark cocio. During the event they explained the contents of the drink, The history and future plans for the brand. I sincerely feel that the brand will be embraced here in the Philippines, Well Filipinos love sweets especially chocolate!

Photo by Charlene Ajose
Photo by Charlene Ajose

The event was lively, there was band that played, good food was served, they served red wine that goes with the entree of cheese!  I love the ambiance of the venue and they have great spots to take photos if you are going for a minimalist white backdrop. Honestly I arrived late but I was able to enjoy and meet people from the media 🙂

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Photo by Charlene Ajose
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Photo by Charlene Ajose

Cute story,  I was carrying a bunch of Cocio drinks, in the elevator of my friends’ condo I just got home from the event,  a kind citizen helped me out with pressing what floor I am going to because I have my hands full. And she noticed the drinks and I told her you’ll be seeing them soon in the market, so watch out 🙂 – I think its already available?

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Hosted by the charming, Laura Lehmann Photo by Charlene Ajose

Cocio Models

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PH Launch of Cocio Marks the Brand’s First Launch in Asia

After winning over the hearts of Europeans worldwide, Iconic Danish chocolate milk drink Cocio is now set to delight Asia for the very first time, starting in the Philippines, with the launch of Cocio classic and the global launch of Cocio Dark.

 Jens Krog and Jun Cochanco
Jens Krog and Jun Cochanco

Laura, Jens, Jun

Models with Principals

Local Cocio distributor FlyAce, a company that endeavors to bring the best of the world closer to the Philippines, finds Cocio remarkable in that the brand embodies FlyAce’s commitment to great taste and responsible ethical production.

“I was impressed with Cocio’s meticulous processes when I visited their office in Copenhagen. Every step involved – from choosing ingredient suppliers to advertising the product – stayed true to their core values,” said Fly Ace President Jun Cochanco. “Cocio is undoubtedly the best chocolate drink in the market, and we think it’s about time we share it with the country.”

This marks the first time that Cocio classic will be sold in the Asia Pacific region, and the first time Cocio Dark, which features more cocoa in each bottle, is to be launched ever.

Unlike other brands, Cocio advertises nothing except its great taste. It does not believe in overly hyping or in doling out claim after claim of benefits a consumer can get. Cocio instead uses their trademark wit and dry humor to focus on letting consumers know they can only guarantee one thing: that each bottle contains Nothing but Great Taste.

Not only is Cocio known for their distinct approach to their beverage and their marketing, the brand is a staple in the lives of Danes. Commonly paired with hotdogs, Cocio’s versatility invites consumers to think up of even more Cocio pairings.

A Tradition of Great Taste, Preserved

 Developed in the home kitchen of Danish couple Anker and Ella Pallesen in 1951, Cocio is the result of much trial and error over the course of 2-3 years. In the pursuit of the greatest chocolate drink, they discovered that they didn’t need much. What was important was the quality of the ingredients and the science behind the process.

The recipe they created uses only 3 ingredients: milk, cocoa, and a little sugar, all of which are sourced from premiere suppliers around the globe. The milk is from Arla Foods, the world’s largest multi-national dairy cooperative owned by over 14,000 farmers; the plain sugar is from established sugar suppliers; and the cocoa are UTZ-certified from West Africa.

The fact that the brand uses beans that are UTZ-certified means that they are supporting the farmers. It means that Cocio supports sustainable farming and better living conditions for the impoverished.

Free from preservatives, Cocio has no artificial taste. Cocio is the only chocolate drink free from stabilizers in the market. Bottling the beverage and cooking them for a specific amount of time gives Cocio that rich and silky smooth feel. This is where the ingredients mix together to create a unique flavor. To this day, Cocio still uses the same recipe from 1951 and still upholds the same ideals.

A European Staple Coming to Asia

 Following the immense success of Cocio in their native Denmark, the brand was then introduced to their Scandinavian neighbors Sweden and Norway. In more recent years, Cocio has also branched out to other European countries, and to the USA. Cocio continues to make waves as the beverage of choice for anyone looking for a straightforward cocoa drink.

This year marks the time the brand finally reaches Asia, through the Philippine shores. “We know that Filipinos will love Cocio because not only is it delicious, it’s also made from natural ingredients, ingredients that are perfect for those trying to adapt a healthier more wholesome diet,” explains Jens Christian Krog, Senior General Manager of Arla Philippines.

“Cocio satisfies the sweet tooth without any additives or false promises. It’s the kind of beverage that Filipinos will surely love.” Krog ends.

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Folow them on IG @cocioPH #NothingBut      Photo by Charlene Ajose

 

Photo by Charlene Ajose
Photo by Charlene Ajose