Da.u.de Tea Lounge

by Val Amiel Vestil

The culture of tea awareness here in the Philippines often only resonates to a bottled soda, a complementary beverage in fast food chains, or the kind mixed with milk which we aptly call milk tea.1

A place in Bonifacio Global City takes root of the real and original tea that is often put to the sidelines.

Da.u.de Tea Lounge, owned by the first Filipino Certified Tea Master Renee Sebastian, is a wellness company with the mantra of “traditional wellness for modern lifestyles.”

With the primary goal of educating Filipinos about tea and tea culture, da.u.de Tea Lounge is conceptualized and created to feature different teas and their blends, and show customers the wonders that they can do with tea, and hopefully bring it to their households.


Da.u.de Tea Lounge doesn’t just serve tea it shows you how it’s actually made. The “chicest tea lounge in town” also cooks and bakes pastries with tea—a flavor that would seem unusual at first, but ends up surprisingly gastronomic. Not to mention the health benefits of tea.

Although organic is as healthy, anti-oxidants are the new wellness critters in the market. Infusing tea into your food, which is an anti-oxidant in itself, gives tea a big advantage in fostering for a healthier lifestyle.


Da.u.de Loose leaf teas and blends are inspired by ancient remedies. And one favorite that customers look for every time their feet take them drudgingly to the tea lounge is something that can calm their nerves and keep them rested. Seffarine is a nice blend that Renee suggests. Its components include peppermint, lemon verbena, rose marigold, chamomile, lavender and cornflower.

Although the tea lounge has a myriad tea blends that wish to suit your needs, Renee lets out the artist in her and keeps it personal by doing her own blending as well, challenged to come up with a new flavor and not forgetting about the wellness angle of it all.


Renee also thinks that there is no value in using every tea leaf from every region. Rather, to showcase the craftsmanship and the mastership of tea is what she feels is treasured.

Creating tea is a marvel to watch in itself. From pouring the hot water to your blend and seeing tea leaves unfurl, da.u.de Tea Lounge is the perfect venue for seeing the Zen magic of making and consuming tea, coupled with the modern buzz of the tea lounge.

Oh, and it’s pronounced /da-you-deh/.


by Val Amiel Vestil

There are not a lot of cafes and restaurants in the city that offer scrumptious meals all the while helping the environment, serving the community, and preparing fresh, organic, and healthy food.


Slice in Bonifacio Global City does all of them, giving customers their “slice of good life.”

Inspired by her travels, Pia Cayetano opened this concept restaurant to share her idea of healthy eating with occasional indulgences.

There are three things that make Slice special: their food, their way of helping the environment, and their way of providing livelihood for those who need it.

Dishes in Slice’s menu are cooked using ingredients that are fresh, organic, and locally-produced where you get more anti-oxidants and enjoy the meal with its fullest nutritional value.


Customer favorites include their Brown Rice Arroz Caldo which is made with organic carrots and broccoli, Malunggay Pasta using fresh malunggay and pastas made out of semolina flour, a Camote Top juice drink, and how can we fail to mention the Slice Champorado!

The Slice Champorado is served with home-made granola that’s cooked with coco sugar, so you’re sure the unconventional but tasty champorado is low in sugar but high in fiber.

Caring for customer’s health is not the only priority of Slice. The restaurant goes the extra mile to promote local, organic, fresh produce.

This smoke-free restaurant is also doing its part in helping the environment. When there are not a lot of customers in the restaurant, Slice dims its lighting or turns off one of its aircons. They will soon be using wooden forks and spoons instead of plastic and even encourage their customers to bring reusable bags if they want to take out food.

In terms of livelihood, Slice has a pool of unemployed moms that make take-out bags from recycled magazines.


Slice is a one-of-a-kind restaurant in today’s competitive food industry and stands out as a restaurant that provides for its customers a lifestyle choice that is green in every sense of the word.

Sun Life Centre

by Val Amiel Vestil

“You know you’re doing right when you’re committed to sustainability. But acting on that commitment makes all the difference.”


The Sun Life Centre in Bonifacio Global City is a living testament to long-term sustainability both in business and the environment.

In fact, the building is the first in the country to have received the GOLD level certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Core and Shell.

The building has two key features: water and energy efficiency and improved indoor quality.

There are double-glazed low emissivity glasses that allow daylight in while blocking noise and heat from the outside so that you’re “getting the daylight, getting the view, but you’re not getting the things you don’t want.”

Materials used in construction are also highly recyclable. The Sun Life Centre building uses primarily bamboo flooring to foster sustainability and promote the bamboo.


There are three kinds of sensors in the building: the motion sensor, the daylight sensor and the CO2 sensor. Motion sensors turn the light off if a room is unoccupied. Daylight sensors dim or turn off artificial lights if there’s daylight coming in while CO2 sensors pump in fresh air into the building if too much carbon dioxide is detected.

Offices and cubicles are placed strategically so that everyone has access to a view. Because of the bright and well-formed working environment, business results are “strong and all-time high in terms of employee engagement.”

The building also boasts of the green roof which provides insulation for the building’s thermal requirements. Underneath it is an irrigation system which collects rainwater and filters it for non-potable use.


The green roof is also a great place to de-stress as it has a walking path and an Al Fresco type garden in its lower level where tenants can both unwind or even continue working on their laptops.


Truly, with sustainable building materials, Energy-use optimization, and attention to details such as air quality, light and temperature, Sun Life Centre serves as the perfect example in clean and green living in the Philippines.

Ants Pocket

By: Faith Llera


Ants Pocket means “Alphabet, Numbers, Toys, and Scrapbooking.”

It is a crafty, handy eco-friendly shop, and its mostly educational stuff from alphabets, animal characters, plushies, and stuffed toys.


Ants Pocket shows that eco-friendly goes hand in hand with creativity.


ANTS Pocket also has dolls they call Moody Dolls. It has 12 different faces, and children can change them according to atheir feelings or thoughts.


ANTS Pocket follows zero waste production and they make sure that no scrap goes unused. They do crafts by hand sewing and they see to it that they strategically trace and cut the fabric that they use to make sure nothing goes to waste.


Costa Del Sul

by: Faith Llera


Eco-conscious furniture buyers will appreciate what they see in Costa del Sul. One of a kind furniture pieces are on display revealing the natural beauty of old wood with added design and purpose.

“All our furniture, cabinets, chairs, sofas are all done with recycled wood,” says Didier Kerveillant, the director of Costa del Sul.

Didier adds that the main purpose of Costa de Sul is “not to cut trees.”


Costa del Sul sources wood from old houses, train rails, and old boats. They collect wood that is supposed to be thrown away and reprocesses them and assemble them into furniture.


It is French design carried out by Filipino craftsmen and the outcome is spectacular.


Not only does Costa del Sul sell custom-made furniture, they also give free designing tips to their customers. One thing they always emphasize is color.

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Water Sources


Through the years, millions and millions of people have lacked access to clean and potable water. This fact alone has inspired individuals to come up with groundbreaking inventions and solutions that are now here in the country.

Wade Bodlovic, CEO of Greenfocus Inc. says “The Waterboy is an atmospheric water generation machine. We produce an unlimited supply of pure, clean water from the atmosphere.”


Water is sanitized through a five-part filtration process using this machine.

Long-term effects of the Waterboy:

You know the source of your water.

The Waterboy on average saves 11,000 plastic bottles per year.

Another incredible innovation lets people drink potable water even from the dirtiest of puddles.


LifeStraw is a microbiological water purifier and it has the technology of converting contaminated water into a safe drinking water.

Filters inside the straw remove 99.9% of water-born bacteria.

There are three kinds of LifeStraws:

  1. LifeStraw Personal is for individual use. It has a capacity of 1000 liters amd can be used for a year and a half.
  2. LifeStraw Family has a capacity of 18,000 liters which can be used by a family of 5.
  3. LifeStraw Community has a capacity of 100,000 liters.


More than just everyday survival, the Waterboy and the LifeStraw are geared towards something bigger: a cleaner and more sustainable way of getting water in the next years to come.

Project Lightline

by: Faith Llera


Project Lightline is uses old cellphone chargers and tries to make what is known as joule thiefs, which tries to get old batteries and extract its energy, so people can charge their phones and send very important texts that they’re safe in a storm.


Project Lightline was a brainchild of Gillian Uy, a student of the National Institute of Physics.


Lightlines are not replacements for chargers because of their source of power being ild batteries which cannot sustain long charging. They are enough for a person to send one text, hence the name Lightline.

Lightline’s idea is to give people one more text so they can relay their current whereabouta and whether they are safe and okay in times of natural disasters.

“Being green is really trying to make good use of what you have, the environment or even the things that you have and we have these chargers lying around, we dont know what to do but here in this project we can make use of those old chargers and give an extra lightline, lifeline to the people in need. So Project Lightline is actually giving not only the people in the disaster areas an extra lifeline but also an extra lifeline for your devices,” says Dr. Giovanni Tapang, I’m an Associate Professor of the National Institute of Physics.

Malong ni Mama

by: Faith Llera


The malong is a traditional “tube dress” made of hand-woven or machine-made multi-colored cotton cloth, bearing a variety of designs. The malong is similar to the sarong worn by the people in Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

It is traditionally used as a garment by numerous tribes in Southern Philippines.

Now that we know what a malong is, let’s find out how this piece of garment can help make a difference.


Malong ni Mama was created in order to give relief to calamity-stricken people. Aside from encouraging sustainability, also provides a more particular Filipino touch by sourcing local goods.


Malong ni Mama also reminds us that it is as one community that we can provide better assistance to those in need.

Malong ni Mama’s packs are called “dignity kits.” Included in the dignity packs is a booklet that contains instructions on the many different uses of malong.


Aside from encouraging sustainability, Malong ni Mama also provides a more particular Filipino touch by sourcing local goods.


Visit Malong ni Mama at malongnimama.tumblr.com


by: Faith Llera


There are still a lot of things that we can do to help our Kababayans affected by the typhoon.  Today on Green Living, we will share with you different ways on how people are taking part in the nation’s relief efforts.


And of course, one way to lend help is by volunteering in operation centers.

What do I need to know about being a volunteer?

Tip #1: Be open-minded and expect to do random tasks.

Tip #2: Check social media sites for updates and information.

Tip #3: Bring an extra shirt and towel.

Tip #4: Verify first information, better to have personal connections.

Tip #5: Be a responsible social media user and help disseminate information.

Tip #6: Donate to verified organizations.

Tip #7: Dine in at restaurants that have relief efforts.

Tip #8: Attend benefit concerts and fun runs.

A Liter of Light: A Yolanda Special for Disaster Preparedness

by: Faith Llera

How can one plastic bottle make a difference?

Plastic discards, specifically plastic bottles continue to pollute the environment, but the green revolution has opened up opportunities for these junk to become useful…again.

Plastic bottles can go a long way. A Liter of Light or Isang Litrong Liwanag, a brainchild of Iliac Diaz, brings the eco-friendly bottle light to communities living without access to electricity. This simple technology makes use of recyclable plastic bottles filled with water and chlorine, and metal roof sheet.


It’s simple and inexpensive, definitely something helpful during emergency situations.


There is no stopping this guy from helping communities get a better and eco-friendly light source. Illac also came up with Liter of Light version 2.0— which can illuminate well into the night.


These ideas can be easily adopted in the absence of electricity or in emergency situations. With available resources and a dose of ingenuity, you can have a brighter, well lit home.