8 Reasons Why Filipinos Love Buffets

This is an article I submitted on one of our internal global office publication. I thought, I will share it with you guys as well so that you could let me know what you think. Do you agree? Or Not? Or you have other Ideas in mind? :) Well, here it goes!

Manila, Philippines – A place where buffet is a serious business.

Once upon a time in Manila, buffets were expensive and only exclusive to hotels and resorts. Now, times have changed; buffets are cheap; served everywhere and offered from the time you wake up in the morning up to your midnight snack cravings.


Whether you are craving for Japanese, Filipino, Thai, Malay, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Australian, Italian, Continental, Spanish, Mediterranean, South American, French, Mongolian and even Chocolate (Yes, we do have chocolate buffet)! Everything you want is just within a 3-mile radius from each other with prices ranging only from $5 up to $80.


I was in KL few weeks back and my friends there who went to manila few months ago mentioned that Shangri-La’s breakfast buffet was so huge. It is bigger than some Dinner buffets in KL! Well… that is how serious we are when it comes to buffet.

Here are some reasons why I think Filipinos love buffet.

1. Filipinos love heavy Breakfast!

Breakfast is the most important meal after all right? When other nationalities indulge on cereals, eggs and toasts for breakfast, Filipinos eat Rice (Steamed and Fried), Bread, Pancakes, Pasta (Yes, Pasta!), Noodles, Porridge – YUP! That is Carbs on Carbs on Carbs! - Assortment of processed meats like hotdog, sausages, corned beef and luncheon meats, bacon, and ham are also served. Buffet breakfast usually starts at 5:30am up to 10:30am (Lunch Starts at 11:30AM).


2. It is cheaper than eating Gourmet or Fine Dining.

When you dine in a fine dining restaurant, a complete course will cost you around $100-$200 per person and you get limited choices – and if you do not like one particular dish in the set – it will be such a waste of money. But if you go to the fanciest and longest buffet in Asia at Sofitel Manila, Not only that you get to pay a Maximum of $80, the buffet already includes great steaks, assortment of sea creatures, a chocolate room, and a cheese room where you can find all the cheese that you would think of – Again, All of these and more for just $80. That’s cheap considering that you are in a 5-star hotel, you don’t get to sacrifice the food quality, taste, and ambiance. If you are feeling frugal, there is also Vikings Buffet where you pay only $20 and you get to enjoy Steaks, Seafood, Bottomless Sodas, Juices, Beers, and wait for it - Caviar! #Fancy!



3. Choices, Choices, Choices!

Sometimes you crave for something to eat. But sometimes you are not really sure what you want. So buffet is a good place to start. I'm sure there’s something that will tickle your taste buds.


4. Great for entertaining guests.

Being known for our extreme hospitality, Filipinos love to eat with our guests. It is considered the ultimate bonding experience. But sometimes, if you are not that familiar on the food preference of your guest or if you just don’t have the time to take their request one by one, Then buffet is the perfect place to go!


5. Filipinos don’t really enjoy going through an extensive menu.

FACT! Filipinos just want to sit down and eat whatever.

A common scenario when a group of Filipinos dine – looking at the menu – one will ask “what are you having?” the other person will answer “whatever you’re having or whatever he’s having” then a response of “I don’t know what I'm having” then that conversation will be concluded by calling the waiter and asking for the house best seller. A buffet takes away that hassle. You get more time eating and chatting instead of deciding on what to order.


6. Easier to split the bill.

As tedious as ordering your food, Splitting the bill after the meal is a pain! Usually in a group of friends, there is a dedicated or self-imposed accountant who tries to split the bill as fairly as possible but sometimes there is no one to do that. In a buffet, everyone gets to pay the same amount.

7. No left overs to take away.

Eating ala-carte especially in large groups, you tend to order a lot and end up not eating them. In a buffet, you only get what you can eat. No need to take away left overs especially when you need to be somewhere else after the meal.


8. Filipinos just love to eat – A LOT!

I could list hundreds of logical reasons – Blah! Blah! Blah! - but the real reason is simple - Filipinos just love to eat. If you want to experience it first hand, go to Manila for a training or Business Trip. The first thing that your Filipino Colleague will ask you when you meet them are – How was your flight? How’s the traffic? Have you eaten?

If you attended a training here in Manila, you probably know that you will be coerced to eat a minimum of 5 meals a day with a 2-hour interval. I’ll show you a typical training meal plan –

  • Pre-Meeting: Coffee, Tea, Sandwiches
  • AM Snacks: Noodles, Pasta, Sandwiches
  • Lunch: Rice +++
  • PM Snacks: Pasta, Sandwiches, Some Sweet Delicacy Made from Rice
  • Dinner: Rice +++
  • Peanuts, Cookies, Candies in between sessions

So, Buffet as a choice for a meal is a no brainer right?

If you want to see some of the best buffets in Manila – Head over to this link: http://www.dencio.com/2012/10/denciocoms-list-of-best-buffets-in-and.html

Hope you enjoyed reading my first contribution. Looking forward to your feedbacks.

So what do you think? Feel free to Correct Me! Hahahahaha! :)

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A Peek Inside Manila Hotel’s Grand Presidential Suite

The Manila Hotel
One Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines
Tel (632) 527 0011 | Fax: (632) 527 5348


Sofitel Manila may have the title for the most expensive room in the Philippines but I may have to hand the “Grandest” title to Manila Hotel. Their Presidential Suite is definitely made for a president – not a corporate president – but an actual President of a Country, and a Manny Pacquiao of course.

Marrying the old with the new, Manila Hotel’s Presidential Suite is a room fit for a Royalty. A Private indoor Swimming pool, a private elevator, access to the helipad, an amazing panoramic view of the City of Manila, Exquisite Furniture, Elegant fixtures and accessories, Spacious Living Areas,  Floor to Ceiling windows and drapes, Huge 3D Television, Bose Docking Stations, Extra Luxurious rooms for your friends, and a kitchen and quarters for your servants helps.

For the rest of it, I think I’ll just show you the pictures and you tell me what you think!

How much? …Later :D

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Breakfast Buffet at the Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel

Don Vito Ristorante Italiano
Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel
Station 2, Boracay Island, Malay Aklan Philippines
Contact Numbers:
MANILA (+632) 567.1672 | (+632) 524.4759
BORACAY (+6336) 288.4999 | (+6336) 288 599


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If our previous stay at Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel was great, the breakfast was another story. We had our complimentary breakfast down at Don Vito Ristorante Italiano. It was ok, nothing spectacular. Although the breakfast buffet was complete with the basics, honestly for me, the breakfast really fell below my expectations. It was the kind that you get from a 3-star resort or hotel. I know that the people don’t go to Boracay for the breakfast, people probably skip it especially if they were out partying all night - but hey, it is part of the vacation package you paid for and considering that Boracay Mandarin is marketing itself as one of the luxury hotels in the island, I think a better breakfast buffet spread is in order.

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Yellow Cab’s Christmas Fleet: For a Hassle Free Dining this Holiday Season


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The holiday season is the time for reunions, family bondings, get togethers, and surprise visits which equates to non-stop dining. Admit it or not, Entertaining and Dining during the Holiday Season is such a pain in the ass gut. Most specially if you are dining with your family or with a group of friends. Most of the time, finding a place to eat and ordering food for each in everyone will take forever! Good thing Yellow Cab is here to the rescue! Who Doesn’t love Pizza Right? Whether you are dining as a group of 5, 10 or more, they have the perfect group meals for your fleet this coming Holiday Season. The best thing is, you won’t even have to leave your house or office! They can deliver (+7%) anywhere in the metro and you can even pay using you credit card 24/7!

Introducing, Yellow Cab’s Christmas Fleet!


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