Feb 11, 2024

A Celebration of Love: Your Table Awaits at O'kafe This Valentine's Day

Love is in the air, and whether you're swooning with a soulmate, cherishing fond moments with long-time friends, or simply celebrating in the warmth of self-love, O'kafe is setting the scene for a truly unforgettable Valentine's Day dinner on February 14 and 15, 2024. Come join "A Celebration of Love," an exquisite culinary experience designed to ignite your senses and warm your heart.

Savor a Menu Crafted for Connection:

O'kafe has crafted a full-course dinner from heart-warming appetizers to the exquisite main course and topped it off with sweet desserts, enjoyed with a glass of wine to savor the entire meal, designed to spark conversation and create lasting memories.

Beyond the Plate:

The ambiance at O'kafe this Valentine's sets the mood for an intimate and magical evening. Soft lights, elegant décor, and impeccable service will add a touch of sophistication to your celebration.

More Than Just Romance:

Love comes in many forms, and O'kafe welcomes everyone to experience this delightful evening! Whether you're celebrating with your significant other, or a group of friends, or cherishing some quality "me-time," "A Celebration of Love" is for you.

Make Your Reservation Today:

Dinner starts at 6pm on February 14 and 15, 2024. Price starts at ₱1,299/person.
Tables are filling up fast, so don't miss out on this unique opportunity to create unforgettable Valentine's Day memories. Reserve your table by calling 09052718226/09692843695 or online by visiting the 
O'kafe by OLOPSC on Facebook. 

O'kafe is located at General Ordoñez St., Concepcion, Marikina City.

Feb 3, 2024

2 Mercury Drug Branches in Marikina City That Are Open 24/7

For most Filipinos, the familiar red and yellow sign of Mercury Drug is more than just a pharmacy. It's a beacon of healthcare access, a trusted friend in times of need, and a constant reminder that wellness is within reach.

Since its humble beginnings in 1945, Mercury Drug has woven itself into the very fabric of the Philippines. With over 1,200 stores nationwide, it boasts the title of the country's leading drugstore chain, serving millions of Filipinos every day.

In Marikina City, there are 12 Mercury Drug branches. Among them, two branches are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are in search of a Mercury Drug store open anytime, visit Mercury Drug, Concepcion branch at Bayan-Bayanan Ave (near Immaculate Concepcion Parish Church) and Mercury Drug Bayan branch (near Marikina Public Market, and across Marikina Sports Center) at EMH Bldg, Shoe Ave., Sta. Elena. 

If you live in the Marikina City area near Q-Plaza in Cainta, you can also avail of their Mercury Drug 24/7 delivery service, by calling them at +63919806380. 

Mercury Drug branches in Marikina City (open 24 hours a day)

Marikina City Concepcion
  • Address: Bayan-Bayanan Ave., Concepcion, Marikina City, 1810 Metro Manila
  • Telephone: (02) 8941-5302 / (02) 8942-2234 / (0919) 080-6410 / (0908) 865-4226
Marikina City Shoe Ave.
  • Address: EMH Bldg., Shoe Ave., Sta. Elena, Marikina City, 1800 Metro Manila
  • Telephone: (02) 8646-3784 / (02) 8647-0922 / (0998) 846-8661 / (0949) 991-9398

Other Mercury Drug branches in Marikina City:
  • Mercury Drug, Ayala Malls Marikina
  • Mercury Drug, Barangka
  • Mercury Drug, Bluewave Marquinton 2
  • Mercury Drug, C&B Circle Mall
  • Mercury Drug, Concepcion Dos, Lilac
  • Mercury Drug, Concepcion Uno Joseph
  • Mercury Drug, Dela Paz
  • Mercury Drug, J.P. Rizal
  • Mercury Drug, Parang
  • Mercury Drug, Xeland Mall (Mayor Gil Fernando Ave)

Jan 19, 2024

SSS Village: The Neighborhood That Originally Housed 500 Lucky Raffle Winners

SSS Village is one of the longtime neighborhoods in Marikina City. a lively residential place that is full of life. But its story doesn't start with builders and plans. Instead, it starts with a lucky break and a dream of owning a home.

A Raffle, A Dream, and 500 Lucky Filipinos: One of President Ferdinand Marcos's new ideas in 1969 was to hold a draw where 500 members of the Social Security System (SSS) would have the chance to own their own homes. The prize? A chance to own a house in a brand-new community called SSS Village. Our family was one of the lucky raffle winners given the chance to live in this Barangay in Concepcion Dos.

Colorful Beginnings: The lucky 500 moved into their new homes in 1975, full of joy. The homeowners' group was faced with their first challenge: naming the streets. Filipino song names were considered but not chosen because they were too long. They then looked at colors, and presto! Streets in Phases 1 and 2 of SSS Village were given bright names like Aquamarine, Green, Tangerine, Velvet, Olive, and Crimson.

From a humble start to a thriving community, SSS Village has grown over the years. As more phases were added, more schools and churches popped up, and people really cared about each other. Many of the people who lived in the village when it first opened saw their children grow up and start their own lives in the same place they knew so well. The village did face its own set of challenges and difficulties, such as floods, road repairs, renovation, and commercialization.

More Than Just Houses: These days, SSS Village is more than just houses. It’s a place where some businesses have sprouted, like a hotel, a convention center, and a couple of restaurants. Schools and places of worship are also accessible within SSS Village.

What's next for SSS Village after "Bricks and Mortar"? As Marikina City changes, SSS Village is ready to change with it and do well. Its great location, close-knit neighborhood, and long-past history show how strong home is and how dreams can bring people together.

Don't forget to visit SSS Village the next time you're in Marikina City. You may find one of your favorite colors as a street name. You might catch a glimpse of the community's lively energy. It all started with a raffle, a dream, and 500 lucky people.

Jan 13, 2024

Expert Piano Repair, Tuning, and Restoration Services by Leon Celerio, Son Of Music Legend Levi Celerio

If you're looking for affordable and master piano tuning services in Marikina City, look for Leon Celerio. He is an experienced and skilled piano tuner who offers expert piano tuning and piano repair services. If the surname sounds familiar, it's because Leon Celerio is the eldest son of the great Filipino composer and musician, Levi Celerio.

In case you're not familiar with his father, Levi Celerio was known for his prolific songwriting and unique ability to play music using a leaf. He is credited with writing over 4,000 songs, including many popular Filipino standards such as "Kahit Konting Pagtingin", and "Saan Ka Man Naroroon". In 1997, Levi Celerio was awarded the National Artist of the Philippines award for Music and Literature. He was the first songwriter to receive this prestigious award.

As musicality runs in their family, we are fortunate that his eldest son, Leon offers piano tuning and repair services. He has tuned the pianos of OPM musical legends such as George Canseco and Restie Umali. He is also experienced in restoring, restringing, and repairing several kinds of pianos, including well-known piano brands such as Steger & Sons, old or new.

You can contact Leon Celerio at 0977 712 9497 or visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/leoncelerio. Best to call to inquire. He is based in Marikina City but also accepts jobs within Metro Manila and provinces.