Carlo’s Bakeshop and the goodness Iloilo loves


Carlo's Bakeshop

Carlo’s Bakeshop reopens its doors on a bigger and better store. And with the promise of the goodness that Iloilo loves too!

The city’s full-service, quality baker since 1987, today is the big day for the the main branch along Benigno Aquino Avenue in Dungon A. Jaro, Iloilo City.

The city’s first daughter, Raisa Sarabia Treñas oversees the operation with much-needed help from Carlo’s himself, younger brother Carlo. Yet it is to be a family-teamwork for all Treñas siblings.

Raisa is a Pastry Chef from the renowned International School For Culinary Arts and Hotel Management (ISCHAM) as well as a graduate of Bachelor of Science In Management Major in Economics.

Carlo for his part brings in his years of knowledge and training as a graduate of College of Benilde and Bachelor of Science in Hotel Restaurant and Institution Management.

Carlo’s Bakeshop (Bakery – Café) unveils its new look reflecting a modern and welcoming ambiance with wider room and bigger display of its quality products. A modern approach matched with a product line carefully studied offering the buying public quality product with premium taste.

The new Carlo’s main branch has ample parking and can comfortably seat up to 70 people.

The distinct mark of new Carlo’s Bakeshop? Find here a wide array of delectable specialty-cakes and longtime all-time favorite specialty jelly rolls, cheese rolls, different types of breads and health breads and celebration cakes. And true to the legacy of Carlo’s Bakeshop quality, back as well are the all-time favorite“pasalubongs” and delicious pastries at its Pasalubong Center. Only at Carlo’s Bakeshop where you are assured of finding something delicious for everyone.

What’s more — customers who prefer to take their time can sit back and relax and enjoy a cup of coffee to go with the serving of their favorite cake or pastry at the Carlo’s café, wi-fi ready too!

So this offer from Carlo’s Bakeshop – treat your loved ones to its delicious line of baked goodies and mouthwatering delights. Carlo’s Bakeshop pride itself in offering a variety of specialty items all-year round.

Bigger. Better. Carlo’s Bakeshop (Bakery – Café’) is back to serve with all the goodness Iloilo loves. Definitely the place to bring family, friends and guests any time, all the time.

Carlo’s Bakeshop. Distinct Ilonggo goodness in every quality product. Every visit promises to be an experience. Tasting is believing with years of experience you can count on.

Business hours are 9am to 9pm, Sunday to Thursday and 9am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday with lunch and dinner to be served as well.


Japanese food on the fast lane

Wild Bamboo SM City Iloilo

Preparing Japanese food is one delicate job. It involves a lot of processes and effort in order to achieve its authentic taste.

With the fast-pacing life of people nowadays, fastfood has been part of our everyday routine. On that note, even the authentic Japanese dishes which usually take time to prepare are now available on the fast lane.

Thanks to Wild Bamboo, a Japanese fastfood restaurant located at the food court area of SM City Iloilo. Ilonggos can now enjoy their favorite Japanese dishes in an instant.

Owned by young restauranteur Paolo Sarabia Treñas, son of Iloilo Lone District Congressman Jerry Treñas, Wild Bamboo offers delightful Japanese food in affordable prices and in a manner that responds to the people’s modern lifestyle.

Paolo said that Wild Bamboo was born out of out their family’s love for Japanese cuisine. Now, the said restaurant is starting to magnet Ilonggo Japanese foodies.

Among Wild Bamboo’s must-tries are its bento box meals namely, Mixed Tempura, Beef Teppanyaki, Chicken Teriyaki, and Pork Tonkatsu.

Its Spicy Tuna Rolls and its very own Wild Bamboo Rolls should be also included in your order list.

You should not also miss its Spicy Tuna Salad as it will surely complete your Wild Bamboo experience with its distinct yet authentic flavor.

Though served just like in a fastfood chain, the authenticity of every dish is not sacrificed as they make sure that their diners will taste nothing but the best Japanese food in town.

So, try out this Japanese fast food restaurant and experience its delightful offerings yourself!


Ang Kamalig Restaurant: The taste that brings you home

Way back in our humble home in the middle of the green fields in Capiz, I would always hear the word “kamalig” everytime cropping season (anihan) comes. It is a sort of granary where we usually stock our newly-harvested sacks of rice.

That picture of kamalig in my mind seemed to change after I found another food haven in the bustling The Shops at Atria in Mandurriao, which offers probably one of the best tasting Ilonggo dishes in a home-like ambiance.

Ang Kamalig Restaurant is an Ilonggo classic favorite that pioneered the lutong bahay dining concept in Iloilo. It was started by Iloilo Lone District Congressman Jerry Treñas’ wife, Rosalie, in 1987 out of her interest in cooking good food for her family.

After a few years of being gone in the limelight, Ang Kamalig Restaurant is once again breathing with life. This time, the young Treñases are taking over the throne and trying out their expertise in management which has become effective in their other businesses.

Brothers Carlo and Miguel are the ones behind the new Ang Kamalig Restaurant. Carlo, who has been successful in running “Carlo’s Bakeshop” is the one in charge for marketing and customer relations, while Chef Miguel, who finished his culinary course in Culinary Institute of America in Nappa Valley, is taking over the kitchen and the menu book. Their other siblings, Raisa, Gerry and Paolo are also helping in putting up everything into order – a siblings’ effort, indeed.


Upon entering the doorsteps of Ang Kamalig Restaurant, one can already feel and see its homey ambiance. From the customized tables and chairs crafted from old furniture, down to its very cool interior design, Ang Kamalig Restaurant truly sets itself different among the others.

Of course, the food is the best part. Named after each family member’s specialties and favorites, the menu is already an evidence of their strong family ties, giving every diner a feel of home away from home.

Among the most notable comfort food of Ang Kamalig Restaurant – all cooked the lutong bahay style – include Callos ni Rosalia, Kamalig Rice, Jose Maria’s Lengua Estofado, Kamalig Rice, Lola Amparing’s Crispy Pata, Bacalao ni Lola Nena, Household Pochero Pinamalhan na Salmon, Lengua Escarlata ni Buenaventura, and Kadios Manok Ubad sa Gata.

The restaurant’s appetizers or pampagana should not also be missed. Its Fried Trio (Crispy Pig Ears, Chicharon Bulaklak and Bagnet), Spicy Sisig, Kamalig Express, Fresh Vegetable Lumpia, Chicken Inasal Spring Rolls, Calamares, and Crispy Shrimps will surely kick-off your meal as it will make you end up asking for more.

Who would never get tempted to a sweet treat after a delightful feast? The restaurant’s desserts deserve your palate. It’s Tocino Del Cielo, Fried Ibos kag Ice Cream, Turon na Langka, Saba at Ube, HaloHalo Special, RoyalBibingka, Leche Flan, andKakaninPlatter are among the top favorites of its patrons.

Those sweets are best paired with some refreshments of fruit juices squeezed with freshness. They also have some shakes less the milk as they are using yogurt as a healthier option.

Ang Kamalig Restaurant is also serving very Ilonggomeriendameals such as Pancit Molo, Pancit Lomi, Arroz Caldo Manok kag Itlog, and Pork Dinuguan kag Puto. Other snack options include Pancit Palabok, Calo-Calo Bihon, Ensaymada at Tsokolate, Pinoy Spaghetti, and Adobo Sandwhich.

The restaurant also serves breakfast meals ranging from Chicken Adobo Flakes, Beef Tapa, Ilonggo Chorizo, Boneless Daing na Bangus, Pork Tocino, and Chinese Chorizo, all served with brewed coffee or hot chocolate, egg in any style, garlic rice or plain rice, and atsara.

With the lutong bahay concept of the Ang Kamalig Restaurant, every bite you take will surely bring you home. It’s like dining at your own place with the comfort food that you like.

Ang Kamalig Restaurant is located at The Shops at Atria in San Rafael, Mandurriao. To know more about its gastronomical offerings call (033) 501-5002 or like its official Facebook page, Ang Kamalig Restaurant Phl.


Enjoy the Best Ilonggo Cuisine at Ang Kamalig Restaurant


If you want to enjoy sumptuous home-cooked meals in an ambiance that feels like home, then, Ang Kamalig Restaurant is the right destination for you. The restaurant is owned by the Carlo’s Bakeshop Group, the persons behind Carlo’s are Iloilo City Representative Jerry P. Trenas and wife, Rosalie.  Last March the children wanted to bring back one of the best restaurants that catered the Ilonggo since 1989, and so, Ang Kamalig Restaurant once again opened its doors to guests who are craving for perfect Ilonggo flares.

Kamalig is the Ilonggo word for the hut or wooden house that serves as storage place for rice hulls or other farm produce. Homey, relaxing, and ideal for a date or two or bonding moments with family and friends. It’s definitely a lovely place and prides of offering authentic Ilonggo cuisines. Conceptualizing the motif of the restaurant, from the decors, to the menu, is a concerted effort and I should say the results are really astounding! There’s this interior that clean and relaxing. The furniture are all in white, which gives the eyes that perfect rest it needs, especially for people who are tired after a long day at work—a nice complement for a palatable dinner that’s waiting to be served! There are touches of Filipino interior décor as well, which would make any guest feel it’s really a home for Filipinos and Filipinos at heart.

I was offered their appetizers: bagnet, pig’s ear chicharon and chicharong bulaklak. It was homemade really. A bite would let u know its fresh from the kawali! And freshly prepared. Then they offered me their callos which came at excellent portion size and heartily prepared with rich ingredients. It matches my taste buds. Hmmmm. And natural and fresh calamansi juice for the drinks.  Other best-sellers in the restaurant are their chicken inasal spring rolls, pancit molo, lengua estofado, kadios, and manok ubad sa gata. For their dessert, the tablea chocolate cake is the best finale for your gastronic adventure.


I came to the restaurant unknowingly that they were on a test opening and so meals were free (which I didn’t know, too). Play money was given to me before I ordered the menu. Just like other walk in guests. The manager handed me an amount that’s worth 800 and if the order exceeded the, I had to pay the excess. I was done with dinner and so I asked for bill nill. The waiter showed me how much and I was ready to give him cash. Instead, he asked me for the play money and explained to me that my bill didn’t exceed the amount they gave me, so my dinner was free! Nice marketing strategy! But I promise I’ll write a nice post to help promote the resto. So here it is! I checked the price of their flares. For the relaxing venue, on-time service ( the orders I made were served roughly five minutes), and mouthwatering, authentically Ilonggo food, I give Ang Kamalig two thumbs up!  Visit Ang Kamalig Restaurant at the alluring Atria business park in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.