The Good and the Bad at Villa Dulce Resort in Naga City, Cebu, Philippines

Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network conducted a 2-day training program for Site Concepts International at Villa Dulce Resort on June 10 – 11. Villa Dulce Resort is located at Sitio Humayan, Brgy. Pangdan, Naga City, Cebu, Philippines.


The Good

If you are looking for an alternative place to have fun, relax, and enjoy with friends then you can try Villa Dulce Resort. From our experience here are some reasons as to why you should look it up and put it on your barkada or family outing list:

All green!

On the southern part of Metro Cebu beside the small mountains, the resort is surrounded by an abundance of trees situated away from the polluted air of the urban center.  The location itself can be enticing for those who want to have a breath of fresh air. We did some meditative exercises during the program and it was really effective!

Their buffet tastes good

I really recommend to try their buffet, it was a delicious experience.  They have a good menu and their kitchen staff are quite accommodating.

Pools and Function rooms

They have 2 function rooms that can accommodate activities for smaller groups.

Function room at Villa Dulce in Naga City, Cebu, Philippines
Function room at Villa Dulce in Naga City, Cebu, Philippines
The resort has 3 swimming pools that can entertain children and adults alike.

One of the swimming pools at Villa Dulce, Naga City, Cebu, Philippines
One of the swimming pools at Villa Dulce, Naga City, Cebu, Philippines


The Bad

Though we did enjoy our stay, Villa Dulce Resort is not free from flaws and surely it has things that need improvement. As our own way of gratitude for their service, here is a list of things the resort management should take notice:

The office is not always open

There are moments when we have to look around the resort trying to find staff that can attend to our needs as resort guests. This should not be a problem if the office is always open so that someone there can answer questions from guests.


Security issues

We experienced someone knocking at our door during midnight. When we asked about it in the morning, we found out that it was just a drunk lady. Although nothing threatening happened this must be taken as a warning to prevent any future mishap.  

Some windows don’t have locks

Our group was staying in the barkada rooms and we noticed that our windows don’t have any locks. I think the management should take it into consideration that locked doors are useless if anyone can open the windows to the room. This is a security issue that needs to be addressed.


To those interested, you can contact Villa Dulce Resort through the information in the poster below:

Villa Dulce Resort in Naga City, Cebu, Philippines
Villa Dulce Resort in Naga City, Cebu, Philippines

Related article: Site Concepts International Goes to Naga City for Team Building Program.

Note: This article was contributed by Marc Julius Rizada who was among the CTFN facilitators who facilitated a training program for Site Concepts International at the Villa Dulce Resort in Naga City, Philippines last 10-11 June 2017. Other CTFN affiliates present were Martin Sentina, Lorenzo Jose Cahig, Ricardo Enriquez Jr., and Philipp Chen Tan.

3 Reasons Why Consumers Should Consider Tosot Air Conditioners and Other Appliances

TOSOT is now in Cebu! Recently, TOSOT Philippines Corporation launched in Cebu with a press conference last 29 May 2017 to showcase their sophisticated and innovative air conditioning products. The press conference was spearheaded by the general manager Mr. Tomas Balete together with the vice general manager Mr. Steven Yang and branch manager Ms. Rosalind Co.

TOSOT Philippines top brass at Cebu launching
TOSOT Philippines top brass at Cebu launching
TOSOT is a globally renowned product, owned by Gree Electric Appliances- the largest air conditioning manufacturer in the world. Being the sole provider of TOSOT products here in the Philippines, TOSOT Philippines Corporation has advantages that other dealers do not have. Recently, they partnered up with Lazada, they gave a promo of 30% less and in less than 3 days, 100 air conditioning units were sold. This is just an example of how “the name speaks for itself.”

TOSOT air conditioner
TOSOT air conditioner
The company is founded in 2015 and ever since is committed to improve the Filipino lifestyle through its innovative air conditioning systems and home appliances. TOSOT products have qualities that are unique to it. I will point out three striking reasons as to why consumers should consider their products:

They have “Cool” designs

Their air conditioning product designs are new and pleasing to the eyes, may it be in the corporate area or at home. It can fit just right. They also have this stand fan which is built with a slim fan head and remote control. The noise it produces is so minute and what’s remarkable is that it is rechargeable. Power outage will be a trivial matter for this stand fan.

Their products are Consumer-friendly

The saying that “less is more” is real with TOSOT air conditioning products. TOSOT boasts that their products consumes less electricity compared to other air conditioning brands, this is an important matter for those who wants to save on their electricity bills.

Their products are Eco-Friendly  

This caught everyone’s attention during the press conference; TOSOT claims that their air conditioning products have little to no effect on our environment. Global warming is an important issue that affects all of us, and these eco-friendly products are just what we need. As consumers and responsible human beings, what more can we ask for?
TOSOT have multiple authorized service centers scattered all around the country, 91 to be exact. These service centers can be found from NCR, South Luzon, North Luzon, Visayas, and all the way to Mindanao. Everyone is welcome to visit their Cebu Showroom which is located at E15-E16 Trader’s Arcade, Hernan Cortes St. Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines. You can also visit the TOSOT Philippines website or follow the TOSOT Philippines Facebook business page, send them a message and they’ll reply right away!

Note: This article was contirbuted by Marc Julius Rizada who attended the TOSOT Philippines launching in Cebu in behalf of the Wonderful Cebu Blog.

















Experience Ukulele, Coffee, and Travel at UkeHUB Kafe

It Really is a Traveller’s Café

The trip to UkeHUB Kafé will be the first part of your adventure. (I say “adventure” without the hyperbole.) It’s located at Airport Road, Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines and literally 5 minutes from the Mactan Cebu International Airport and about an hour from the heart of Cebu City. If you’re at the Mactan Marina Mall, then you’re very close. Just follow the road that leads beyond the Timex Clock Tower and you’ll find Mactan Arcade. From there, simply follow the smell of brewing coffee and the sound of high pitched strumming.
UkeHUB Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines
UkeHUB Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines

The Original Susing’s Guitar

Stepping inside UkeHUB is instantly an aesthetic experience. The walls are decorated with a line-up of the finest ukuleles in the island of Mactan, manufactured by the world-famous Susing’s Guitar, one of the oldest guitar and ukulele companies in the country.
Inside the Ukehub Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines
Inside the Ukehub Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines
(Photo from the UkeHUB Kafe Facebook album)
The ukuleles are the main stuff the UkeHUB Kafé is actually selling, with coffee and sandwiches being only secondary. Their ukulele’s range from 1,500 to more than 10,000 pesos, depending on the wood it’s made from (ranging from mahogany to Swedish oak wood) and depending on what type. Apparently, there is more than one type of these midget guitars, namely the Soprano, the Concert, the Tenor, and the most aptly named Baby Guitar (I wonder how they’re made) or sometimes called the Baritone.
If you’re the kind that appreciates pretty awesome craft, then those Ukulele displays will sure to satisfy you’re aesthetic craving.

There’s Hot Chocolate and Coffee, then Pasta and Sandwiches

Oh, it’s cheap! Yet the quality is top-notch. Literally less than a hundred pesos, but you already got some foam latte art on your cup of hot chocolate. I mean, I don’t always get that kind of love on my hot drinks, and it taste good too!

Menu at UkeHUB Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines
UkeHUB Kafe Menu



I personally love their “Maya’s Lasagna” and “Hungry Harry’s Sandwhich,” and who wouldn’t? I mean, either of these rockstars are only 130 pesos but they definitely make a full stomach, even for one as huge as mine. Delicious to say the least---a must try!
Matcha madness at UkeHUB Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines
Matcha madness at UkeHUB Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines
(Photo from UkeHUB Kafe Facebook page)

The Fun-filled Ukulele Workshop


Part of the UkeHub Kafe’s cause is to promote Ukulele music as an indelible part of the Cebuano’s history and culture. That is why every week, they have ukulele workshops that aims to teach kids of all ages to play and appreciate the chill and bubbly music of the Ukulele. Because, if anything, “chill and bubbly” are two words that best describe the Cebuano spirit, true?

The workshops usually happen on weekends (Friday through Saturday), but you can always work with them to set a schedule for you. To find out the next workshop schedule with UkeHUB Kafe, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UkeHubKafe.


As I undergone the workshop last March 19, 2017, my spirit danced with joy and merriment from how easy yet satisfying it is to strum and rock with this little instrument. I tell you, it feels absolutely natural. Like the Ukulele was meant to be there in my arms, over my chest, close to the beat of my heart. The workshop started with learning the Ukulele’s history, anatomy, its major chords, and its different styles of strumming. With teacher Frank Cane, a pioneer in the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and a local music teacher in Mactan, a funny and high-spirited man, I learned to play three songs, in less than half an hour. And from the chord patterns that he taught me that day, I am now able to play more than 20 songs with the Ukulele. And I think that’s hella rad to say the least!


The price for each workshop starts from 150 pesos per person. Yep, you read that right. It’s that affordable and I guarantee you, my dear readers, it’s worth every single cent.

The Unexpectedly Fantastic “Paint Your Own Ukulele” Workshop

I have always been in love with arts and crafts, besides literature and music, the visual arts is the one closest to me. Since I had always drawn pictures since I was a kid, but as many amateur artists know, color rendering is hell. Water color painting was always my weakness.
Nat and Deah paint their ukuleles at UkeHUB Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines
Nat and Deah paint their ukuleles at UkeHUB Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines

But the painting teachers from UkeHUB Kafe were super cool and friendly, and their cheerful patience was very encouraging. And for the first time in my life, I loved my painting. Although it’s really simple, it made me proud and happy.
Nat shows off his painted ukulele at UkeHUB Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines
Nat shows off his painted ukulele at UkeHUB Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines
By the way, the price for this workshop is only 1000 pesos! Aside from getting a standard Ukulele (Mahogany Wood), you get to learn how to mix paint and render colours plus you get to bring home the brushes and color plates too!  Now, if that’s not perfect. I don’t know what is.
Deah's painted ukulele at UkeHUB Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines
Deah's painted ukulele at UkeHUB Kafe in Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines


Ukulele. Coffee. Travel.  

The UkeHub Kafe is a place for travellers to lounge, chill, and rejuvenate after long hours of flying coach. For the 8 hour stop-overs, it’s the place to go pamper yourself with the beautiful line-up of Ukuleles while you sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee.
It’s for the Cebuano youth to set themselves off for a new kind adventure, the kind that doesn’t require you to trek faraway places. Ukehub Kafe offers an adventure that recalls us back to where we belong, with people who reflect our very own, an adventure based at a place that is home.
Note: This article was contributed by Nathaniel John Arong who attended the UkeHUB Kafe's Craft Party on 19 March 2017 on behalf of the Wonderful Cebu blog.
Thaddeau II Engaling

Spread the love

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.


Thaddeau II Engaling

Spread the love

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.

Thaddeau II Engaling

Spread the love