Event Alert: Easy E-commerce for Everyone (24 March, 2017)

Teespring helps aspiring entrepreneurs in Cebu with Payoneer and Facebook

Aspiring e-commerce entrepreneurs can now jumpstart their online businesses by joining the “Easy E-commerce for Everyone,” an event organized by Teespring, an online business solutions platform, with Facebook and Payoneer here in Cebu.

Intended to inspire, Teespring pioneer in the Philippines Marvin Espina will share how he and his wife Khate succeeded in his online business with customers mostly in the United States.

“I don’t have to go abroad to earn a living anymore. Two years ago, building our own home seems too far to realize but last year we just started the construction of our dream house, hoping to finish it this year. We were also able to travel the country and even brought my little girl to Disneyland Hong-Kong—all thanks to Teespring,” Espina said.

Speakers from Teespring, Facebook, and Payoneer are slated to provide insights and trigger discussions on the use of Facebook as a marketing tool, setting up online businesses, and keep conversations going with customers online.

Aside Marvin Espina, another Teespring seller Norlito Baclayen will also present his testimonial.
Paolo Lacuna of Facebook, Miguel Warren of Payoneer, and Ha Nguyen of Teespring will be on hand at the Sky Hall B, SM Seaside City Cebu on March 24, 2017.

Ha Nguyen is the UK country manager of Teespring, an online platform that allows one to create and sell customs apparel with no cost, risk or hassle.

Lacuna, the business development lead of Facebook for the Philippines, will talk on cross-border selling.

Warren, meanwhile, is the Philippine country manager for Payoneer, a New York-based online payment solution which was established in the archipelago in November 2016. Payoneer provides online payment solutions to leading brands such as Airbnb, Amazon, Google, Upwork and millions of small businesses around the world. With over 3 million users worldwide, Payoneer can send money to more than 200 countries in over 150 currencies.

Teespring’s Ha Nguyen is optimistic about Cebu because of its vibrant trade and economic atmosphere.


Online selling in the e-commerce market in the Philippines is estimated to reach US$1,237 million in 2017. This is expected to grow annually at 17.3 percent resulting in a market volume of US$2,345 million in 2021.

To register and join the event, go to -https://ecommerceforeveryone.splashthat.com/. Registration is free, but seats are limited.

Note: This is a press release from PRWorks in behalf of Teespring.


So Much Fuss About Cebu's Favorite Lechon Lately

One claim by a television giant has stirred Cebu netizens as to which lechon brand is actually Cebu's favorite. In a news release the TV network reports that Cebu's "number 1" and "favorite" lechon, Zubuchon, is opening soon in Manila. Not too long after, the post has gone viral but necessarily on a positive note. Netizens were up in arms amid what they perceived as a ridiculous claim. 

Cebu's Number 1 Lechon

I've been around the Cebu food scene for quite a time now. And lechon happens to be one of my favorite Cebuano dishes. In this post, I will weigh in on this trending #LechonWars and will make my own personal ranking. Do note that I will only rank the lechon brands that I have personally tried. Although I will also make some notes on the ones I haven't tried yet.

House of Lechon (Cebu City) 


House of Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines
House of Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines
My personal favorite among Cebu lechon brands is House of Lechon. While this restaurant is located in Cebu City, their lechon recipe more closely resembles the one from Carcar. With or without that accompanying sauce Carcar lechon is known for, this one really tastes good. And they probably cook one of the best baked scallops in Cebu too!

House of Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines
House of Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines

CnT Lechon (Cebu City)

I'm pretty sure many Cebuanos would agree that CnT Lechon has long been one of Cebu's top favorite lechon brands. For one, it is prepared the traditional Cebuano way and it's been on the scene for a while. Never mind that there are many lechon brands popping up. CnT Lechon still has a solid customer base. And lately, they are bringing the brand to the shopping malls. That should open up more opportunities for them.

CnT Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines
CnT Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines

Zubuchon (Cebu City)

In terms of ambiance, Zubuchon is up there as their restaurants are usually located in modern commercial areas such as The Walk at Asiatown IT Park and Escario Central Mall. Zubuchon though has a unique flavor profile that is unlike any of the traditional Cebuano lechon recipes. This is probably the reason why Cebuano netizens were kind of outraged by the claim that it is Cebu's favorite and number 1 lechon brand. It just isn't Cebuano! Zubuchon's lechon preparation includes coconut milk as one of its ingredients.

Zubuchon in Cebu City, Philippines
Zubuchon in Cebu City, Philippines

Crispchon (Cebu City)

Another non-Cebuano lechon preparation in this list is Crispchon which is on the menu at La Mesa Grill in SM City Cebu. This one is fried, not roasted like the rest of the lechon brands listed here. Like Zubuchon, it's more of the ambiance and the unique taste profile that makes La Mesa's Crispchon interesting.

Lechon sa Intsik (Carcar City)

When driving down south, a popular lechon stop is the public market in Carcar. And here's a trick I learned from one of my cousins: ask for the lechon sa intsik. The Carcar lechon is unlike any other in Cebu. They put in some sauce with the lechon, a practice not advisable elsewhere in Cebu as you would want your lechon skin crispy to the bite.

Celia's Lechon (Talisay City) 

Back when I was living with an aunt during my high school years, Sunday was always lechon day. We bought lechon near the old Talisay City town hall. Every Sunday, that one stretch of lechon stalls teem with buyers mostly churchgoers who just finished their Sunday obligations hearing mass at the nearby Santa Teresa de Avila Parish Church. And some are about to enjoy a picnic in the nearby beaches. But one lechon stall stands out from them all. And it wouldn't be hard to notice that people actually flock to Celia's. Now run by the late Celia's offspring, Celia's also has a stall in Banilad, Cebu City.

Cebu's Original Lechon Belly

Cebu's Original Lechon Belly is a game changer in the Cebu lechon scene. This trendsetter created a unique space in the Cebuano lechon industry. Now, many up and coming lechon brands have taken from the boneless lechon craze pioneered by Marlon Gochan. Now, they have stalls all over the country.

Ayer's Lechon (Cebu City)

Ayer's Lechon, another traditional Cebuano lechon brand that has been around for quite a time now. They are easily recognizable by Cebu visitors as they have a stall just outside the departure lobby of the Mactan Cebu International Airport. They are one of the pioneers in packaging Cebu lechon to be brought on flight mostly to Manila.

Ayer's Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines
Ayer's Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines

Alejo's Lechon (Labangon, Cebu City) 

While Alejo's Lechon do not have a restaurant space, the sheer amount of daily orders they get will make one really curious why they are a hit. Alejo's is but one of 2 places that my family orders a whole lechon from during special occasions. It's good-tasting lechon cooked in massive quantities. Sometimes though, they can be too salty so consistency seems to be an issue here.

Lechon sa Lilo-an

A Sunday treat at the Lilo-an poblacion, lechon sa Lilo-an also has its loyal following which is largely middle-class and lower income families out to spend a family day in the affordable beach resorts in Lilo-an and neighboring towns. Many of these Sunday lechon stalls in Lilo-an can be found by the roadside fronting the town hall. 

Mila's Lechon (Talisay City)

A more established lechon place in the Talisay City poblacion is Mila's Lechon. Other than Sundays, this is the preferred lechon brand in the area. Celia's just takes over on Sunday. There's nothing really fancy about Mila's Lechon and I would rather gladly eat their grilled seafood over their lechon.

Abling's Lechon (Talisay City)

I know of 2 spaces that Abling's Lechon occupies. One is at the Gaisano Capital SRP in San Roque, Talisay City. The other is an inato-style carenderia near the Tabunok Public Market also in Talisay City. I prefer the one in Tabunok as the air conditioning at the Gaisano Capital SRP takes the crisp out of the lechon skin.

Lechon Brands I Have Yet to Try

Rico's Lechon 

Known for it's spicy lechon, I have yet to try Rico's Lechon. I've been craving for it for a long time now and it seems like I'll have to wait a few more years to finally try it. Rico's really has very good reviews and many of my foodie friends in Cebu attest to how good it tastes.

Tatang's Boneless Lechon 

When you cannot have enough of lechon, Tatang's Boneless Lechon may be right for you. They offer a lechon buffet every Monday. And for some reason, I haven't even tried it yet. I did hear good reviews about them so it's worth checking out.

What is your favorite Cebu lechon brand? Let me know in the comments.


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Mismukuno Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

One way of trying out restaurants without breaking the bank is to be on the lookout for deals they offer. We chanced upon a deal from a Japanese restaurant in Ayala Center Cebu recently where they offered buy one, take one on their Japanese rolls. Mismukuno Teppanyaki has this offer from 2 to 5 pm. The offer was buy any two (2) kinds of sushi rolls and pay only for the more expensive one.

Mismukuno Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Mismukuno Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

What we Ordered


So we ordered chicken teriyaki roll maki, salmon skin maki, and a pork teppanyaki plate. They served us some miso soup before we got our orders. Mismukuno specializes in Japanese rolls. Their menu contains ten (10) house specialty rolls: volcano maki, California maki, chicken teriyaki roll maki, sunrise maki, tempura maki, dynamite maki, mango cheese roll maki, Mazinger roll maki, salmon skin maki, and Mismukuno maki. The price for their rolls range from PhP 180 to PhP 230.

They also serve kiddie maki, kani or crab tempura, ebi or shrimp tempura, kakiage or vegetable tempura, kani salad, green tea ice cream, salmon sashimi, tuna sashimi, ika or squid sashimi, ebi sushi, ika sushi, salmon sushi, tuna sushi, kani sushi, beef teppanyaki, chicken teppanyaki, pork teppanyaki, chicken teriyaki, Karubi cut or short ribs steak, Angus beef steak, cube roll steak, strip loin steak, scallops, prawns, yakisoba, Mahi-mahi fish, salmon head teriyaki, mixed seafood, pan-seared salmon, mushrooms, tofu, ika teriyaki, and beef teriyaki bowl.

There was nothing to complain about the rolls we ordered. While the flavors were obviously not original Japanese, they were good nonetheless. I'm assuming they blended the flavors to make it attractive for Filipino diners who prefer their food to be sweeter.

Japanese rolls at Mismukuno Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Japanese rolls at Mismukuno Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

As for the pork teppanyaki, the presentation looked different from what we saw in the menu. We got our bean sprouts along with the meat but they did not serve us cabbage like what we saw on their menu.


Pork teppanyaki at Mismukuno Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Pork teppanyaki at Mismukuno Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Location and Contact Information of Mismukuno Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Mismukuno Teppanyaki Japanese restaurant is located at the rooftop garden level of Ayala Center Cebu right beside The Suite Room and across Fudge. It is a diner-type restaurant with a bar in the middle. Business hours is from 10 am to 9 pm daily. For inquiries and reservations call +63 32 238 7880, or connect with them through the Mismukuno Teppanyaki Sushi Restaurant Facebook page. Also take note that they also have dancing crew but we were not able to notice that when we dined in.

Mismukuno Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Mismukuno Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

A La Carte Menu at Cafe Breeze in Cebu City

Shortly before I left for America, I was invited to a food tasting event at Cafe Breeze along with bloggers from the Cebu Blogging Community and Cebu Bloggers Society.

Cafe Breeze in Cebu City, Philippines

Cafe Breeze is the in-house food and beverage services provider at Bayfront Hotel at Cebu City's North Reclamation Area near SM City Cebu. It is managed by Red Carpet Catering Services. 

During the event, we sampled the best that the Cafe Breeze a la carte menu has to offer: Spaghetti Bolognese, Aglio Olio, Barbieken, Clubhouse Sandwich, Bury Bury Good Steak, Stewbeef, Spicy Squidly, Chomp Chops, and Rolled and Cordoned.

A la carte dishes at Cafe Breeze in Cebu City, Philippines
A la carte dishes at Cafe Breeze in Cebu City, Philippines

Tokyo Tokyo Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Those who know me very well knows how much I love Japanese cuisine and that I will go out of my way to try Japanese restaurants around Cebu, Philippines. In fact, if you notice, there are a lot of articles about Japanese restaurants in this blog. How happy I was when Tokyo Tokyo finally opened at the SM Seaside City Cebu. 

Tokyo Tokyo Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

I first dined at a Tokyo Tokyo restaurant in Manila in 2011 and was craving for it since then. They finally opened their first store in Cebu, Philippines at the ground floor of SM Seaside City at the South Road Properties. It was April 2016 when I visited with my brother Nathan. Here is what we ordered:

Sumo Meal at Tokyo Tokyo Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines 

It was cherry blossom season in Japan when we dined at Tokyo Tokyo. Because of that, Tokyo Tokyo had a limited time promotion on a sumo meal which we ordered. The meal served in a bento box had ebi tempura, yasai itame, beef misono, chicken karaage, and a vegetable salad. It also came with two (2) bowls of rice and two (2) glasses of cherry mist drink, which was Sprite mixed with some cherry flavors. The beef and vegetable dishes were alright, others below expectations.

A sumo meal at Tokyo Tokyo Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
A sumo meal at Tokyo Tokyo Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Chicken Katsu at Tokyo Tokyo Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines 

Part of the promotion that Tokyo Tokyo was running at the time was a discount on chicken katsu that came along with the sumo meal. And so we availed of it. I do have high expectations with katsu dishes and this one was below par. The breading was too hard, was overcooked, and the sauce that came with it was uninspiring. In my opinion, they should have served the sauce in a separate bowl.

Chicken katsu at Tokyo Tokyo Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Chicken katsu at Tokyo Tokyo Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Ebi Tempura at Tokyo Tokyo Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

I remember the first time I tried the ebi tempura at a Tokyo Tokyo branch in Manila that it was pretty good. It was below expectations when I tried it again in Cebu.

Ebi Tempura at Tokyo Tokyo Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Ebi Tempura at Tokyo Tokyo Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Location and Online Presence of Tokyo Tokyo Japanese Restaurant

The first Tokyo Tokyo Japanese Restaurant branch that opened in Cebu is located at the ground floor of SM Seaside City at the South Road Properties, Mambaling, Cebu City, Philippines. To know more, visit the Tokyo Tokyo Philippines website or like the Tokyo Tokyo Facebook page.

Thin Crust Pizza and More at Handuraw Pizza in Cebu City, Philippines

Handuraw Pizza in Cebu City, Philippines specializes in thin crust pizza. yet it has several interesting items on their menu. Let's explore what they do offer.

Handuraw Pizza in Cebu City, Philippines
Handuraw Pizza in Cebu City, Philippines

Pica-pica 

Pica-pica are finger foods and appetizers. At Handuraw Pizza, they have peanuts, potato jojos, French fries, chili chips, tapa tips, chili wings, chicken fingers, sisig, cheese sticks, garlic mushrooms, grilled Italian sausage, and calamares.

The chili chips are homemade nachos that comes along with a spicy salsa.

Chili chips at Handuraw Pizza in Cebu City, Philippines
Chili chips at Handuraw Pizza in Cebu City, Philippines

Potato jojos are fried potatoes that come with a Caesar dressing dip.

Potato jojos at Handuraw Pizza in Cebu City, Philippines
Potato jojos at Handuraw Pizza in Cebu City, Philippines

Chicken fingers are breaded chicken fillet which are fried and served with a garlic mayo dip.

Chicken fingers at Handuraw Pizza in Cebu City, Philippines
Chicken fingers at Handuraw Pizza in Cebu City, Philippines

Salads and Soups 

Salads available at Handuraw Pizza include summer greens salad, tuna mango salad, and chicken salad. For soup, one can have cream of mushroom soup, cream of pumpkin soup, tomato soup, salmon harvest chowder, and beef pochero.

Sandwiches 

Ciabatta sandwiches are served at Handuraw Pizza with two (2) varieties: Tuna in Ciabatta and Chunky Chicken Ciabatta.

Pizza 

Of course, pizza is the specialty at Handuraw Pizza. They take pride in their thin crust pizza. The pizza menu at Handuraw Pizza is categorized into four (4) : Adventurous Pizza, Premium Pinoy Pizza, Classic Pizza, and Simply Basic Pizza.

Classic Pizza

Classic pizza flavors are bacon and mushroom pizza, Hawaiian pizza, meatlovers pizza, pepperoni pizza, vegetarian pizza, and the Handuraw Special pizza.

The Handuraw Special pizza is the signature pizza dish of Handuraw Pizza obviously. This pizza flavor is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, olives, green bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, ham, and bacon, and mozzarella cheese. That's a lot of toppings! Regular size sells for PhP 388 while solo orders are at PhP 208.


Handuraw Special Pizza from Handuraw Pizza in Cebu City, Philippines
Handuraw Special Pizza from Handuraw Pizza in Cebu City, Philippines

Hawaiian pizza of course is the classic Hawaiian pizza with pineapples, ham, cheese, and bacon as toppings. Sells for PhP 198 (solo) and PhP 358 (regular)

Classic Hawaiian pizza at Handuraw Pizza in Cebu City, Philippines
Classic Hawaiian pizza at Handuraw Pizza in Cebu City, Philippines

Those who are on a vegetarian diet will love the vegetarian pizza. It is topped with mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, mushrooms, olives, tomatoes, and green bell peppers. PhP 358 (regular) and PhP 198 (solo)

Vegetariam pizza at Handuraw Pizza in Cebu City, Philippines
Vegetariam pizza at Handuraw Pizza in Cebu City, Philippines

Simply Basic Pizza 

There are three (3) basic pizza flavors at Handuraw Pizza: Cheesy Cheese, Margherita, and Roasted Garlic and Cheese.

Adventurous Pizza 

For pizza flavors inspired by a host of other international cuisines, look out for the adventurous pizza section which lists German Sausage Pizza, American Roast Pizza, Mexicana Pizza, Seafood Delight Pizza, and Anchovy Lovey Pizza.

Premium Pinoy Pizza

Another twist on pizza at Handuraw Pizza is giving pizza a more Pinoy feel with their premium Pinoy pizza flavors such as Chicken Adobo Pizza, Pizza Cebuana, Sisig Scramble Pizza, and Tinapa Delight Pizza. 

Pasta 

Where there is pizza, there must be pasta. Pasta choices at Handuraw Pizza are all meat Bolognese, beef lasagna, carbonara, pesto pasta, tuna vegetariana, and seafood marinara.

Breakfast 

Handuraw Pizza also serves all-day breakfast mainly the popular silog meals such as tapsilog, longsilog, tosilog, sardinsilog, corned-beefsilog, and tinapasilog.


Rice Bowls and Platters

Handuraw Pizza has really diversified its menu outside of pizza and the usual Italian cuisine, Their rice bowl and platters lists items that are mostly Filipino favorites such as lechon kawali, pork binagoongan, adobong humba Bisaya,  chicken adobo, and sizzling bangus. There are also some Japanese dishes such as grilled pork teriyaki, grilled chicken teriyaki, and katsudon.


Desserts

There's not a lot of dessert items at Handuraw Pizza's menu. Selections include Ice Cream Scoop with Oatmeal Cookie, Frozen Brazo de Mercedes, Brownie a la Mode, and Ice Cream Cake.


Branches

Handuraw Pizza currently has four (4) branches in Cebu City and one (1) branch in Mandaue City.

Handuraw Events Cafe 

Street Address: 460 Gorordo Avenue, Camputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines
Telephone Number: (032) 412 2230 | (032) 238 6462
Mobile Number: 0920 958 1630
Facebook Page: Handuraw Pizza Gorordo
Business Hours: 
  • Sundays to Thursdays (11 a.m. to 12 midnight)
  • Fridays & Saturdays (11 a.m. to 2 a.m.)

JY Square Mall 

Street Address: Ground Floor, JY Square IT Building 3, JY Square Mall, Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines
Telephone Number: (032) 406 0380
Mobile Numbers: 0917 306 8358 | 0920 958 1547 
Facebook Page: Handuraw Pizza JY Square
Business Hours: Open Daily (10 a.m. to 2 a.m.)


Mango Square 

Street Address: Ground Floor, Mango Square Mall, Juana Osmeña Street corner General Maxilom Avenue, Camputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines
Telephone Number: (032) 410 7491
Mobile Number: 0920 958 1627
Business Hours: 
  • Mondays to Saturdays (10 a.m. to 12 midnight)
  • Sundays (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

White Gold 

Street Address: White Gold Club Annex Building, A. Soriano Avenue, North Reclamation Area, Carreta, Cebu City, Philippines
Telephone Number: (032) 263 5826
Mobile Number: 0920 958 1552
Facebook Page: Handuraw Pizza White Gold
Business Hours: 
  • Sundays to Thursdays (10 a.m. to 12 midnight)
  • Fridays and Saturdays (10 a.m. to 2 a.m.)


Canduman

Street Address: H. Abellana Street, Canduman, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines (in front of Sacred Heart School - Ateneo de Cebu)
Telephone Number: (032) 328 0071
Mobile Number: 0942 385 9842
Facebook Page: Handuraw Pizza Canduman
Business Hours: Open Daily (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Deliveries

Handuraw Pizza delivery is available by calling a specific branch or through the Food Panda mobile app which charges a delivery fee of PhP 50. Deliveries are available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Handuraw Pizza Good Neighbor Policy

Handuraw Pizza's good neighbor policy extends 10% discounts to students, teachers, staff, and alumni of schools within the vicinity of its branches or employees of nearby businesses or residents of nearby communities. For the Handuraw Pizza Canduman branch, this discount is extended to students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Sacred Heart School - Ateneo de Cebu. For the Handuraw Pizza Mango Square branch, the discount is extended to students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Cebu Institute of Medicine, Velez College, and St. Theresa's College. For the JY Square branch, the discount is extended to residents of Prestigio Hotel Apartments, employees of e-Performax, 1 & 1 Internet - JY Square, and 3D Academy. For Handuraw Pizza White Gold, the discount is extended to employees and shoppers at White Gold Club.

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Affordable Japanese Food at Yoshinoya Restaurant

Those who know me well know that I am a sucker for Japanese food. How delighted I was to learn that the Yoshinoya Restaurant finally opened its first branch in Cebu at the SM Seaside City. A second branch is also opening soon at Robinsons Galleria Cebu.

One fine day last December 2015, we decided to dine at the Yoshinoya Restaurant in SM Seaside City largely because I had a coupon that says I can avail of free serving of California Maki for a minimum spend of PhP 500. This was from a promotion on my SM Advantage Card. Initially, the store did not honor the offer since the electronic coupon from the SM Advantage Mobile Application only indicated the offer was only available at SM Mall of Asia, SM Manila, SM Megamall, and SM North EDSA and not at SM Seaside City. Luckily however, the manager at the SM Seaside City branch later on agreed to give us the free item, a cost of PhP 59 anyway for four (4) rolls of California Maki.

What We Ordered

For appetizers, we ordered ebi tempura and gyoza. Both were fast food-grade. Three pieces of gyoza sells at PhP 59. A piece of ebi tempura retails at PhP 39, three (3) pieces at PhP 115, and six (6) pieces at PhP 229.


Ebi tempura at Yoshinoya Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Ebi tempura at Yoshinoya Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Gyoza at Yoshinoya Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Gyoza at Yoshinoya Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

The California Maki which we got for free was fast food-grade as well, but I am not complaining at its cost of PhP 59 for 4 slices. Plus we got this one on the house.


California maki at Yoshinoya Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
California maki at Yoshinoya Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

For our meal, we ordered a bowl of beef gyudon and two (2) jumbo plates. the gyudon was spot on. Regular size order sells at PhP 139 while large orders are at PhP 175.
Beef gyudon at Yoshinoya Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Beef gyudon at Yoshinoya Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines


Our jumbo plate orders were beef and yakiniku and beef and tempura, The beef and yakiniku jumbo plate was a plate of plain steamed rice topped with beef gyudon, pork yakiniku, and bean sprouts. PhP 215 per order.

Beef and yakiniku at Yoshinoya Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Beef and yakiniku at Yoshinoya Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

The beef and tempura jumbo plate was also served as plain steamed rice topped with beef gyudon, yasai itame or stir-fried mixed vegetables, and four (4) pieces of ebi (shrimp) tempura.

Beef and tempura at Yoshinoya Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Beef and tempura at Yoshinoya Japanese Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Location and Contact Information of Yoshinoya

As of December 2015, Yoshinoya's only Cebu branch is at the Lower Ground Floor, Mountain Wing of the SM Seaside City at the South Road Properties, barangay Mambaling, Cebu City, Philippines. Some stores in the immediate vicinity are Krispy Kreme, Max's Fried Chicken, Kuya J Restaurant, and Cinnabon.

Plans to open a second Cebu branch are underway at Robinsons Galleria Cebu at the North Reclamation Area.

SM Seaside City Cebu Branch

Unit 051 - 053, Lower Ground Floor, Mountain Wing, SM Seaside City Cebu, South Road Properties, Cebu City, Philippines
Business Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily



Dining at Kuya J Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

On the 25th of December 2015, I had dinner with my brother, sister-in-law, my brother's mother-in-law, and my nephew at Kuya J Restaurant along Escario Street, Camputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines.

Kuya J Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Kuya J Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Our Christmas Meal at Kuya J's Restaurant in Cebu City 

Baked Scallops

I have heard great reviews about the baked scallops at Kuya J. So we took one order just to try. It was not the best one I tried in Cebu to be honest and so that was a bit of disappointment. It wasn't bad however, it should still make my top five (5) list. PhP 165 per serving of ten (10) pieces.


Baked scallops at Kuya J Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Baked scallops at Kuya J Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines


For my top picks for best scallops in Cebu read:



Sinigang na Baboy 

For our soup, we had sinigang na baboy. Seems like this was everyone's favorite. Pork belly slices in a sour soup base mixed with 

Sinigang na baboy at Kuya J Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Sinigang na baboy at Kuya J Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Grilled Tuna Belly in Chili Sauce

My favorite so far at Kuya J is their grilled tuna belly in chili sauce. Well done but not charred then topped with dried chili. Spicy food lovers would be delighted in this. PhP 315 per order.


Grilled tuna belly in chili sauce at Kuya J Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Grilled tuna belly in chili sauce at Kuya J Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Pancit Canton

Another personal favorite. Stir-fried egg noodles topped with prok slices, squid balls, squid bits, shrimp, carrots, chayote, cabbage, beans, and green onions. 

Pancit canton at Kuya J Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Pancit canton at Kuya J Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Chopsuey

stir fried vegetable dish that has chayote, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, beans, pork slices, and chicken liver.

Chopsuey at Kuya J Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Chopsuey at Kuya J Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Humbinagoongan Rice Platter

While we ordered some plain steamed rice, we were also attracted to their fried rice varieties. We had a choice of danggit rice, dilis and salted egg rice, humbinagoongan rice, chorizo rice, sisig rice, and crab rice. We ordered the humbinagoongan rice platter. It was a bit too salty for my taste.

Humbinagoongan rice at Kuya J Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Humbinagoongan rice at Kuya J Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Location and Contact Information of Kuya J Restaurant

Kuya J has five (5) branches in Cebu: Escario Street, SM City Cebu, SM Consolacion, Ayala Center Cebu, and SM Seaside City. They also have several branches throughout the Philippines. For more information about Kuya J Restaurant, visit the Kuya J Restaurant Website.


Ayala Center Cebu Branch

2nd Floor, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park, Barrio Luz, Cebu City, Philippines
Telephone Number: + 63 32 232 0537
Mobile Number: +63 923 642 6734

Escario Branch

Escario St. corner Tojong Street, Kamputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines
Telephone Numbers: +63 32 260 2991 | +63 32 260 3563
Mobile Number: +63 919 911 2098

SM Cebu Branch

Upper Ground Floor, SM City Cebu, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City, Philippines
Telephone Number: +63 32 266 8600
Mobile Number: +63 998 962 4269

SM Consolacion

Ground Floor, SM Consolacion, Cansaga, Consolacion, Cebu, Philippines
Telephone Numbe: +63 32 266 8188
Mobile Number: +63 998 862 4271

SM Seaside City Cebu

2nd Floor, SM Seaside City Cebu, South Road Properties, Cebu City, Philippines
Telephone Number: +63 32 255 7085
Mobile Number: +63 998 962 4273

2 Treats to Try at Frozen Snack Bar in Cebu City, Philippines

We chanced upon a cafe near midtown Cebu City specializing on frozen treats such as ice cream, banana splits, sundaes, and parfaits. I'm referring to Frozen Snack Bar at the Cebu Century Plaza Complex along Juana Osmeña Street, barangay Kamputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines.

Two (2) Treats to Try at Frozen Snack Bar in Cebu City, Philippines

During one of the business meetings I held for Cebu Teambuilding Services back in the day, one was held at the Frozen Snack Bar and we ordered some light snacks while we discussed important things with my business associates.

Street Food Platter

We ordered a street food platter which had colored shrimp crackers, kikiam, squid rolls, and fish balls with a sweet chili sauce accompanying it. Nothing fancy, tastes just like how we expected it.

Street Food Platter at Frozen Snack Bar in Cebu City, Philippines
Street Food Platter at Frozen Snack Bar in Cebu City, Philippines

Chocolate Supreme Whopper

Frozen Snack Bar is basically a dessert cafe. While they do serve meals, it's the dessert items that stand out. We ordered one big dessert based on the recommendation of the waitstaff: the Chocolate Supreme Whopper. There were five (5) of us and it was a real challenge to consume just one order. Chocolate lovers will really love this treat. It has chocolate wafer sticks, several scoops of chocolate ice cream, chocolate puffs, chocolate cereals, and marshmallows served on a big bowl of crushed ice.


Chocolate Supreme Whopper at Frozen Snack Bar in Cebu City, Philippines
Chocolate Supreme Whopper at Frozen Snack Bar in Cebu City, Philippines

Other desserts worth mentioning would be the banana splits, ice cream, and milkshakes.

Location and Contact Information

Frozen Snack Bar is located at the Cebu Century Plaza Complex along Juana Osmeña Street, right across Muvanz Pocherohan and beside the Boiling Shrimp Haus. Other establishments in the business complex include the Cebu Century Plaza Hotel and Alejandro's Crispy Pata.

Street Address: Unit 41, Cebu Century Plaza Complex, Juana Osmeña Street, Camputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines

Telephone Number: +63 32 254 0107

Mobile Number: +63 943 613 5919

E-mail Address: malusaludes@yahoo.com

Facebook Page: Frozen Snack Bar

Pacific Cebu Resort in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines

When companies have decided to conduct a training outside of the company, one of the top questions in mind is the location of the place and how conducive it is to hold such activities. Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network finds a good team building venue at the Pacific Cebu Resort in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines.


Why Pacific Cebu Resort is a Good Team Building Venue

Pacific Cebu Resort in Lapulapu CIty, Cebu, Philippines
Pacific Cebu Resort in Lapulapu CIty, Cebu, Philippines
Pacific Cebu Resort as a team building venue in Cebu can not only provide those requirements, you also get to enjoy white sand beaches, water sports and several activities that make your team building event a truly remarkable experience.

Pacific Cebu Resort in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines
Pacific Cebu Resort in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines



Pacific Cebu Resort is a beach resort located at Suba-basbas, Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan, Cebu. The resort has been managed by Sav Hospitality since January 2014 which has undergone a series of renovations and new developments.

The location of the place can be tricky to find so it’s best to look it at Google Maps or check the Pacific Cebu Resort website for more location details and landmarks. The resort may also be reached at +63 32 495 6601 or +63 32 495 6608 or through fax number +63 32 495 6008. Overseas sales offices are also located in Hong Kong, Japan, and Taiwan.

The beach resort offers five (5) different kinds of rooms all inclusive with buffet breakfast, complimentary WiFi access in rooms and public areas, 50% discount on their resort-owned spa, complimentary use of their infinity pool and kid’s swimming pool, and complimentary bottled waters that are replenished daily.


The entire beach resort is big enough to fit several team building activities. The beach has its own swimming pool and is close to the sea as well, ideal for water sports and water-related activities. The place also has places that are filled with grass if participants prefer to sit on the grass than on the sand. The access leading to the rooms are long and wide ideal for treasure hunting games or Amazing Race-inspired activities.


The beach at the Pacific Cebu Resort in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines
The beach at the Pacific Cebu Resort in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines

To compliment one’s team building experience, one can also avail of the resort’s multitude of water sports, scuba diving and other flora of activities. The different activities include Island Picnic, Snorkeling at different islands in the Mactan Channel, Island and Sunset Cruising. They also have equipment rentals for various activities such as Jetski, Flyboard, Hoverboard, Parasail, Flyfish, Band Wagon, Banana Boat, Kayak and Paddle Board. Whatever team building plans one’s company may hold, this place is surely a conducive place to hold such fun-filled activities.


Room Rates



Standard Room - Php 5,600
Superior Room - PhP 6,700
Deluxe Garden Room - Php 7,500
Deluxe Ocean View Room - Php 9,900
Family Suite - Php 19,900
1 Room of 1 Villa - Php 13,500
Extra Person - Php 1,900


  • Room Rates are inclusive of service charge and applicable taxes
  • Inclusive breakfast buffet at La Terraza for single or double occupancy
  • Family Suites have four breakfast included
  • Extra bed is not applicable for Standard and Deluxe View rooms.
  • Extra person charge is inclusive of breakfast
  • Php 1,200 surcharge may apply during Peak Seasons and Php 2,400 surcharge for Family Suites.
  • A minimum of three-night stay shall apply during Peak Seasons.


Amenities



  • Welcome Drink
  • Buffet Breakfast per person
  • Complimentary 2 bottled waters in guest rooms, replenished daily
  • Complimentary use of the new Pacific Cebu Resort kids club and kids program
  • Complimentary WIFI access in all rooms and public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • 24 hour security
  • Secured car park
  • Hot & cold shower
  • Cable TV
  • 50% discount on the resort-owned spa, Aroma Mosaique Spa services and facilities
Note: This article is written by Christopher Douglas Avila, Chief Operations Officer of the Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network.