Santa Teresa de Avila Parish Church in Talisay City

In what was once the center of Talisay City, the Santa Teresa de Avila Parish Church serves as a stark reminder that the poblacion was once the center of governance in Talisay City before the new city hall was relocated to Lawaan III.




Reminiscent of Spanish-era town centers, the poblacion of the then municipality of Talisay was where the main Roman Catholic Church was located. The town hall and other important offices of the locality were also found in the area. Shortly after it became a city, the seat of government of Talisay City was transferred. The new city hall is now located in Lawa-an III along the Cebu South Coastal Road. Despite that, the old poblacion retains its significance. Many churchgoers still go to hear mass on Sundays and religious holy days at the Santa Teresa de Avila Church.

Santa Teresa de Avila Church
Santa Teresa de Avila Church


Temple of Leah: An Attempt At Classic Architecture

When some of my kin visited Cebu in November 2015, they wanted to visit the Temple of Leah. I accompanied them to the place in Barangay Busay. It is located nearby the Lantaw Native Restaurant Busay, the Mountainview Nature Park, and the Roosevelt Hideaway Resort. Does the building look familiar to you? Have you kind of seen this somewhere? That's because its is built as a copy of the Parthenon in Greece.





An Attempt at Classic Architecture

The Temple of Leah is an attempt at classic architecture, specially Greek and Roman. It has similarities with American colonial era buildings that heavily utilize piers and columns with Greek and Roman elements such as the Aduana Building, the Cebu Provincial Capitol, the Compania Maritima Building, and the old BPI building.

Temple of Leah
Temple of Leah



Kamampay Public Beach in Cordova, Cebu, Philippines

Cebu is known for its white sand beaches. Not all beaches in Cebu, however, are of the fine grain, white sand variety. Cordova's Kamampay Public Beach is one such example. 





Picturesque Kamampay Beach

Unlike most beaches in Cebu, you don't come to Kamampay Public Beach to enjoy bathing in the water. You don't come to marvel at it's white sands. The limestone coast at Kamampay Beach means that the waters are kind of murky. Mud is formed from limestone soaked in seawater. You come to Kamampay Public Beach to enjoy the vista of the rocky beach scenery. You also enjoy the sight of mangroves seen on the horizon off its coast.


Kamampay Public Beach
Kamampay Public Beach


According to a poster at Kamampay Beach, it has it's own value. The value of the place is economic, social, aesthetic, and socio-cultural. The economic value is because it provides for livelihood of the residents. Tourism potential accounts for the socio-cultural value. As a place where locals gather, it has social value. Being a tourist spot being promoted, the local government is banking on it's uncommon aesthetic.

Buagsong: Bakasi Capital of Cordova

The barangay of Buagsong is one of two barangays considered as the eel or bakasi capital of Cordova. The other one is barangay Day-as. A common livelihood of the residents of barangay Buagsong is gathering eels. There is a small port for bancas of fisherfolk who live in the village. These catch are then sold to restaurants or carenderias that serve up dishes of eel recipes. The most popular eel recipes are nilarang na bakasi and piniritong bakasi. One popular restaurant that serve up these dishes is Lantaw Native Restaurant. Lantaw has a branch at the boardwalk in barangay Day-as. Many of the stores along Kamampay Public Beach serve these dishes as well.


Fishermen's boats at Kamampay Public Beach
Fishermen's boats
For a deeper cultural experience, you can ask the locals to show you their ways. You can ask them to show you how the eels are caught, slaughtered, seasoned, and cooked.

Visit Kamampay Public Beach and try a different cultural experience. You may share your experiences with us in the comments section below.

Purple Craves' Dessert Buffet: A Treat for Your Sweet Tooth

Calling the attention of all those with a massive sweet tooth out there in Cebu! This one is for you. How does a PhP 143 per person dessert buffet sound to you? All you can drink bottomless iced tea is already included in the price. No, this is not a rhetorical question. What I'm talking about actually exists for real. It happens every Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Purple Craves Cafe. The cafe is located at the ground floor of the Century Plaza Hotel along Juana Osmeña Street in Cebu City.




I had the chance to partake in the Purple Craves dessert buffet. This was during the recent Cebu Blogging Summit 2.0. The event was held at the Century Plaza Hotel last 12 December 2015. Along with media professionals and volunteers, we were treated to an all you can eat buffet of the sweet creations at Purple Craves Cafe. And oh boy! What a real treat it was.

Purple Craves Dessert Buffet Menu

So what did we get to enjoy at the Purple Craves dessert buffet? Of course there was bottomless iced tea. I love iced tea so much and I drank several glasses. There were fruits such as watermelons, pineapples, and mangoes. I knew these would make me feel full right away so I stayed away from it.

watermelon at the Purple Craves dessert buffet
Watermelon

Purple Craves Cafe: Wedding-Themed Cafe in Cebu City

Affordable prices, great ambiance, and amazing flavors. These three don't usually come together when one is talking about restaurants in Cebu. But worry no more because we have found a place that have achieved the marriage of value for money with great food and beautiful aesthetics.




The place we are referring to is the Purple Craves Cafe at the ground floor of the Cebu Century Plaza Hotel.

Purple Craves Cafe
Purple Craves Cafe





Enjoy All Day Buffet Dining at Lé Mon Restaurant

Le Mon Restaurant at Golden Prince Hotel now offers an all day eat all you can buffet dining experience from breakfast, brunch, dinner, and late dinner. I was invited to the launch of the all day buffet last 17 December 2015 along with other bloggers and media people. At the launch we were treated to the culinary expertise of Le Mon's chefs.



Related Reading: Eat All You Can Buffet Resturants in Cebu

All Day Buffet Dining Schedules and Costs

Le Mon Restaurant now offers the EBIsaya buffet dining all day long. To start the day, the breakfast buffet will be from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. at a cost of PhP 350 per person. Brunch buffet follows soon after from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a price of PhP 298 per person. The dinner buffet will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a tab of PhP 350 per person. For the nightcap, a late dinner buffet happens from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at a very affordable cost of PhP 250 per person. On Friday and Saturday nights, Le Mon offers the Taste of Heaven buffet featuring lobsters on the menu. Kids who are under 4 years of age are free of charge, and kids who are 5 to 10 years of age get a fifty percent (50%) discount. Kids who are 11 years or older pay in full.


EBIsaya: Daily Buffet Highlight 

The highlight of the all day buffet dining at Le Mon Restaurant is ebi or prawns prepared in two (2) tempura dishes: ebi tempura and ebi furai. At one section of the buffet, you can just grab a bucket filled with both ebi furai and ebi tempura as well as some vegetable karaage.


Ebi Furai and Ebi Tempura at Le Mon Restaurant
Ebi Furai and Ebi Tempura

Chicken Deli Bacolod Restaurant Opens 1st Branch in Cebu

From its humble beginnings in 1983, Chicken Deli Bacolod restaurant has now opened its 22nd branch. Their newest store is at the Robinson's Galleria Cebu, it's first ever restaurant in Cebu. Being a Bacolod restaurant, Chicken Deli will of course offer Bacolod's famous chicken inasal. More than chicken inasal however, there is a lot more Chicken Deli can offer to the Cebuanos' selective and discriminating palate.


It started as a hole in the wall place along Bacolod City's Lacson Avenue by the then 29-year old widow Mamang Lourdes. Chicken Deli Bacolod restaurant has expanded its menu from simply serving chicken inasal and pork barbecue to now include many Pinoy favorites such as kare-kare, sinigang, halo-halo, and more.

Cebu Branch Now Open!

Along with my fellow bloggers from the Cebu Blogging Community, we were invited to witness the store blessing and pre-opening event of Chicken Deli's Cebu branch at Robinsons Galleria Cebu last 9 December 2015. During the event, we got to sample the menu at Chicken Deli.

Chicken Deli Restaurant opens in Cebu City
Chicken Deli is now in Cebu

Gayuma ni Maria Restaurant: Romantic With a Hint of Naughty

On an otherwise boring street in midtown Cebu City, the colorful flowery detail at a small nook catches my attention. A flower shop! That's what I thought. But a flower shop it is not.



Gayuma ni Maria
is a full service restaurant themed as a fun dating place with not just a subtle hint of naughty. As mystifying as its external appearance, the food itself at Gayuma ni Maria is mesmerizing.

Gayuma ni Maria Restaurant
Gayuma ni Maria Restaurant



Cebu Century Plaza Hotel: A PWD-Friendly Hotel in Cebu City

When in Cebu and you are looking for a Cebu City hotel that is friendly for families and provides universal accessibility to persons with disabilities, look no further than the Century Plaza Hotel. It is located along Juana Osmeña Street, Cebu City. The Century Plaza Hotel is known for its wide and very spacious rooms and very friendly staff. They also have a great location right at the heart of Cebu City.











Room Types at The Cebu Century Plaza Hotel

The 33 hotel rooms available at the Century Plaza Hotel is categorized into four types: Budget Room, Standard Room, Family Room, and Superior Room.


Century Plaza Hotel
Century Plaza Hotel

Wasted Chef: Unlimited Shawarma, Burger, Pizza, and Pasta

Are you a fan of Mediterranean cuisine, Greek food, and Italian favorites? Wasted Chef Restaurant just opened up along Gorordo Avenue across the Asilo dela Milagrosa Church in Cebu City. The house specialties are the Greek pita burger, shawarma, a couple of pasta dishes, and a couple more pizza varieties.







Also read: Eat All You Can Buffet Resturants in Cebu

Wasted Chef

Wasted Chef is owned by Powerspoonz band's resident drummer Ian Sekong and his skater boy friends. Wasted Chef was not their original plan. They would have wanted to open a seafood buffet restaurant. When they were still looking for a suitable location for their project, the space across the Asilo dela Milagrosa became available. It was in the same business complex where Ian's Azul Tuslob Buwa venture was also located. It was however not suitable for a seafood buffet place. So they tweaked their plans and came up with the concept of offering a buffet for Mediterranean, Greek, and Italian food. This was also something new in Cebu.


Wasted Chef
Wasted Chef


Shabu-Way Restaurant: Eating Shabu-Shabu the Right Way

I recently got invited to sample the menu at Shabu Way Restaurant at the Ayala Terraces together with some of my blogger pals from the Cebu Blogging Community.



Together, we enjoyed learning the technical stuff about how to eat shabu-shabu the right way. We now better appreciate this part of Japanese cuisine.

the feast before us
The feast before us


Yakimix: Japanese Restaurant Offers Eat All You Can Buffet

After months of anticipation, I have finally dined at the Yakimix Smokeless Grill and Japanese Restaurant at the Capitol Square. Yakimix is located along Escario Street, Cebu City. It wasn't the best experience, but there were some good points nonetheless. I honestly do not understand the hype and the buzz about this new eat and drink all you can restaurant in Cebu City now that I have tried it. I think they over-hyped this too much that it can disappoint.



Related Reading: Eat All You Can Buffet Resturants in Cebu

Problem Number 1 at Yakimix: Parking Space

My brother and I went to eat lunch at Yakimix on a Monday and the place was packed. This made it harder for us to find a good parking space. And the restaurant staff did not help us at all with that issue. All they said that there was a security guard assigned for it but we never found him. We had to cross the street and park at the Escario Central Mall.

The Food and Drinks 

Sushi and Tempura

The sushi and tempura station is where Yakimix gets it quite right but not really extraordinary. They are a sushi restaurant for crying out loud! I devoured a fair amount of sushi and rolls that had salmon or shrimp on it. It's a Japanese restaurant, it better get this right. Then again, I've tried a lot of better sushi somewhere else.

sushi boat at Yakimix
Sushi boat at Yakimix

Hala Paella: A Taste of Spanish Comfort Food in Cebu City

On the night of my 35th birthday last 15 November 2015, I went out with my brother Nathan and cousin John Stephen. We headed out to Hala Paella at the Banilad Town Center. BTC has some good restaurants. We hoped this one would be another good find.



Hala Paella serves Spanish comfort food in Cebu. Grab one or two of their rice dish specials and pair it with one or two of their main courses, and you are good to go.

Hala Paella Restaurant in Cebu City Philippines
Hala Paella


Parkmall Cebu: A Park-inspired Mall in Mandaue City

Parkmall Cebu recently launched its new atrium featuring park-like features. It features the mall centerpiece  Discovery Tree patterned after the magtalisay tree, a lemonade stand, park benches, and artificial grass to truly bring about a feel of nature right inside Parkmall Cebu.

The Rediscover Life Park

The new park at the atrium inside Parkmall Cebu was designed by Architect Buck Richnold Sia and Miss Janice Minor. Both are world-class Cebuanos who have not only made their marks in the local scene but also beyond the borders of the Philippines. The idea was conceptualized by Architect James Co who is Parkmall Cebu's managing director.




Rediscover Life Park at Parkmall Cebu
Rediscover Life Park

Noh Eul Korean Restaurant: Unlimited Samgyeopsal in Cebu

Prominently advertised on the billboards outside the Northgate Center in Banilad is Noh Eul Korean Restaurant's unlimited samgyeopsal offer. Me and my brother happened to pass by the area one November afternoon and did not pass up the chance to try the offer.




Unlimited Samgyeopsal at Noh Eul Korean Restaurant

You can have unlimited samgyeopsal at Noh Eul for only PhP 250 per person. It also comes with unlimited sides. However, it does not come with rice and drinks. Rice and drinks will have to be ordered separately. 


Unlimited samgyeopsal at Noh Eul Korean Restaurant
Unlimited samgyeopsal


Hale Manna Beach Resort and Coastal Gardens in Moalboal

Moalboal is a prime beach destination in the southern part of Cebu. It's most popular beaches are Bas Diot or White Beach in barangay Saavedra and Panagsama Beach in barangay Basdiot. Both have been promoted as recreational diving sites and awesome beach destinations. The drawback of this aggressive promotion is that sometimes, you have too little privacy in these public beaches. There are a few resorts in the area that does offer some quiet space for its guests, away from where most of the noise. Yet, these resorts are not too far away from where you can enjoy the natural beauty of Moalboal's beaches. One such resort is the Hale Manna Beach Resort and Coastal Gardens in Bas Daku, Saavedra, Moalboal, Cebu. I recently visited Hale Manna. I was tasked to facilitate a 2-day team building program for Oceana Philippines last 12-13 November 2015. CTFN affiliate Chen Tan accompanied me during that trip.



Amenities

Hale Manna House

The Hale Manna House is the house of good energy at the shores of Moalboal. Hale means house in Hawaiian while Manna means energy or gift from heaven.


Hale Manna Beach Resort
Hale Manna Beach Resort

Escario Central Hotel: Setting A Standard for Budget Hotels in Cebu

When you are on a limited budget while in Cebu City and need a hotel that is both affordable, accessible, and decent, try the Escario Central Hotel. It is located at the Escario Central Mall along Escario Street, Cebu City. I booked one night here recently and I was amazed at how it turned out.






Amazing Location 

Escario Central Hotel is located at a perfect location. It is at the far end of the Escario Central Mall, right at the heart of the city. It is very accessible to churches, malls, government offices, restaurants, and other businesses. Right within Escario Central Mall is a 7-11 store that is open 24/7, several restaurants and cafes. Zubuchon, Politics, and Porto's are some of the restaurants at this strip mall. There's also Nice Day Carwash and a bank. Right across the mall is another business complex with restaurants such as Yakimix, Hausbrandt Caffe, and Cebu's Original Lechon Belly, some banks, a fastfood, and a number of other businesses. Also a stone's throw away are other restaurants such as Penong's, McDonald's, and Combini Cafe. It is a short walking distance to the Cebu Provincial Capitol. The hotel is a jeepney ride away from Ayala Center Cebu. It is also a jeepney ride to either midtown or downtown Cebu.

Affordable Rates 

Despite its central location in the city, the rates at Escario Central Hotel are not expensive. I got an Orange Room for PhP 1,800 for one night. The Red Room is even cheaper at PhP 1,500 a night but there was none available the night I stayed there. At that price, there's no surprise no Red Room was available anymore.

Decent Accommodations

Despite the very affordable price, the quality is not compromised at Escario Central Hotel. The Orange Room had 2 queen size beds. It can easily fit 4 average size persons. Of course PhP 1,800 was the rate for 2 persons. The Red Room features 2 double beds. Both rooms has it's own toilet and bath, has 2 complimentary water bottles, 2 towels, 2 pieces of bath soap and 2 sachets of shampoo.

Orange room at Escario Central Hotel
Orange Room

Maple: American Fine Dining Restaurant in Cebu City

When you are down for some really good food and you wouldn't mind the cost, head to Maple. It is an American restaurant at The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu. It is one of the few fine dining restaurants located in the mall.






The Ambiance

The very first thing you will notice at Maple is that it provides great privacy. There are not too many people dining in. When we went there, we were greeted with a single waitress working that shift. It was lunch. There were only two other sets of guests being served aside from us.

After we placed our orders, I marveled at the interior design. The interior is dominated by the maple brown color for obvious reasons. They have some sleek hardwood furniture.


The Food 

Salmon Catch 

I love salmon! And Maple's Salmon Catch is so far the best salmon recipe I have come across. At Php 520, I'm sure I will be back for more soon. The salmon is served with vegetables and orzo pasta. I had my salmon pan seared. You can also choose to have it grilled.

pan seared salmon at Maple Restaurant
Salmon Catch

Dong Juan: Pasta and Pizza Overload in Cebu, Philippines

After the first ever Cebu Blogging Community members' orientation program at the Global Hub Serviced Offices, I went with a few other Cebu Blogging Community Leads to Ridges along F. Cabahug Street in Kasambagan, Cebu City. Before we went for some musical recreation at Watever KTV, the gang decided to have lunch at Dong Juan Restaurant. We took advantage of their Everyday Pasta promo which runs until 15 November 2015. It was an early birthday treat for me. Present during lunch were CBC partnership lead and co-founder Bjornson Bernales, CBC social media manager Channel Marie "Shanky" Imperial, food bloggers lead representative Carlo Andrew "Caloy" Olano, photo bloggers lead representative Meliton John "Emjae" Argallon, fashion bloggers lead representative Katherine Annika Cutar, her beau Ramzy Magbitang, and yours truly.




 Pasta and Pizza Overload


We ordered four different kinds of pasta dishes. Dong Juan's Everyday Pasta promo allowed us to pay for only the two more expensive pasta dishes. Then we got the two cheaper dishes for free. We ordered Gambas Al Ajillo, Pacific, Cebu Native Chorizo, and Linguini Carbonara pasta varieties. All the dishes we ordered came with a slice of garlic bread. For pizza, we ordered Dong Juan's Cheeze and and Garlic Pizza. We also ordered the Happy Drink for our beverage.

Gambas al Ajillo 

Dong Juan's version of the Gambas al ajillo not only features a pasta in pesto sauce with shrimps. It also comes with bonito fish shavings. The CBC bloggers marveled at how these bonito flakes kept moving for quite a while when the dish was served.

Gambas al ajillo pasta at Dong Juan Restaurant
Gambas al ajillo pasta

Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts: The Home of Your Sweet Tooth in Cebu

Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts recently celebrated the first year anniversary of their Cebu City store last 15 October 2015. And I'm a lucky winner of their first anniversary giveaway, one box of assorted Yoyi's desserts each month for the next three months. I am so looking forward for those treats each and every month for the next quarter!







Pastries 

Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts in Cebu City
Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts


GT Beauty Products: Proudly Cebuano Made

Last 17 October 2015, I was lead facilitator for the team building event of GT Cosmetics. The event was held at Senen's Mountain Resort in barangay Cabadiangan, Lilo-an.




As a token of gratitude for our service, we were given a gift bag of sample products from GT CosmeticsGT Cosmetics is a beauty and wellness manufacturing company that is proudly Cebuano. We describe their products below as indicated in their packaging.

GT Beauty Products
GT Cosmetics of Liloan, Cebu, Philippines

Products of GT Cosmetics

GT Cosmetics Manufacturing Inc. manufactures lotions, soap, facial products, and creams. It's tagline is "nature's way to beautiful skin".

GT Beauty Products
Product line of GT Cosmetics

Lotions 

GT Cosmetics' line of lotions count papaya lotion and carrot lotions as its products.

GT Beauty Product: lotions
Lotions


GT Cosmectics' papaya lotion has a 3-in-1 whitening formula that whitens, moisturizes, and protects the skin from harmful sun rays. It also contains collagen o help reduce signs of aging. It's sunscreen protection SPF 40 helps protect the skin from the effects of exposure to sunlight. Moreover, it has enzymes from pure papaya extract to exfoliate skin and reveal newer cells thus making one's skin whiter, smoother, and younger looking.

GT Beauty Product: papaya lotion
Papaya lotion




The carrot lotion is a 4-in-1 formula that has sunscreen protection SPF 60, whitening, moisturizing, and body concealing properties. It contains beta carotene from pure carrot extract. Beta carotene is a skin vitamin that reduces signs of aging.

GT Beauty Product: carrot lotion
 Carrot lotion

Soaps 

Soaps are a bestseller for GT Cosmetics. They have bleaching soap, papaya soap, and carrot soap.

GT Beauty Product:  soaps
Soaps


The bleaching soap uses a natural coco soap base with lemon extract. It helps whiten skin naturally without side effects even when exposed to sunlight. It contains vitamin C that gives the skin a naturally glowing feeling. Use of the bleaching soap results to skin becoming tight and firm.

GT Beauty Product:  bleaching soap
Bleaching soap


The papaya soap has an exfoliating and anti-bacterial properties that helps maintain a fair, soft, and younger looking skin. It washes away dead skin and prevents skin blemishes, pimples and acne. Thus, it keeps the skin glowing naturally. After using the papaya soap, skin becomes tight and firm, wrinkles are slowly eliminated leaving a smooth, soft, and healthy white skin.

GT Beauty Product: papaya soap
Papaya soap


The carrot soap contains beta carotene that is good for the skin. It's use reduces signs of aging, promoting a healthy, white, and young looking skin. It helps to remove skin blemishes such as pimples, acne, and blackheads.

GT Beauty Product: carrot soap
Carrot soap

Creams 

The line of creams at GT Cosmetics include a whitening cream, moisturizing cream, and bleaching cream. 

GT Beauty Product:  creams
Creams


The whitening cream causes skin to become moisturized, white, and protected from the sun's harmful effects with its Sunblock SPF 15. It can serve as a make-up base as well and won't clog pores.

GT Beauty Product:  whitening cream
Whitening cream


The moisturizing cream comes with sunscreen protection SPF 60. It is a mild combination of anti-aging, skin moisturizing, and skin whitening. It also contains skin vitamin to nourish skin.

GT Beauty Product:  moisturizing cream
Moisturizing cream


The bleaching cream is a night beauty treatment that has anti-aging with antioxidant. It is richly formulated with skin whitening agents, and Vitamins A, E, and C. These vitamins help restore and rejuvenate skin. This cream treats and prevents pimples, black heads, white heads, and wrinkles. It removes dead skin, whitens dark spots, blemishes, and other discolorations such as freckles and age spots.

GT Beauty Product: bleaching cream
Bleaching cream


Warning:
  • Bleaching cream is not recommended for use by pregnant women.
  • Bleaching cream is not recommended for use on children below 12 years of age.

Other Products

GT Cosmetics also has a line of facial care products such as the essential facial scrub cleanser and moisturizer with collagen and wild hazel extract and the GT Clarifiance facial cleanser with wild hazel extract.

GT Beauty Product:  facial cleanser and facial scrub
Facial cleanser and facial scrub


The essential facial scrub is a multi-crystal exfoliating complex that effectively polishes away dead, flaky skin revealing a youthful radiance. It beautifies skin, minimizes pores, and hydrates the skins cells.

GT Beauty Product: facial scrub
Facial scrub


Clarifiance is a skin cleanser and freshener that has a rejuvenating effect. It effectively removes  deep seated dirt, dead skin, make-up, dark spots, and other skin blemishes and leaves a smooth, fresh, wrinkle-free, and young looking skin. It is very mild and can be used even on sensitive skin.

GT Beauty Product: facial cleanser
Facial cleanser

Location and Contact Information

GT Cosmetics Manufacturing is located at Bagongdaan Road, sitio Kalubihan, barangay Yati, Lilo-an, Cebu. CLICK HERE to locate GT Cosmetics Manufacturing on Google Maps.

To get in touch with GT Cosmetics Manufacturing, dial telephone number +6332 424 6316 or mobile phone number +63 932 855 9829. Their electronic mail address is info@gtcosmetics.com.ph. One can also visit the GT Cosmetics website or their GT Cosmetics Facebook page.


Senen's Mountain Resort: A Breathe of Fresh Air in Liloan

On a weekend in October 2015, I led a team that facilitated a team building program for GT Cosmetics. The venue was at Senen's Mountain Resort in Cabadiangan at Lilo-an town in the northern part of Metro Cebu. This is the first time I visited the place.




Check out other mountain resorts in Cebu: 25 Mountain Resorts in Cebu.

Facilities and Features at Senen's Mountain Resort

Senen's Mountain Resort in Liloan Cebu
Senen's Mountain Resort

Cebu Provincial Capitol: Seat of Cebu's Provincial Government

The seat of the provincial government of the Central Visayas province of Cebu is the Cebu Provincial Capitol Building. It is where the governor of the province holds office. It was declared as a Philippine national landmark on 9 July 2008.





The Capitol Building is located right at the intersection of Escario Street and Osmena Boulevard (also popularly referred to as Jones Avenue, its former name) in barangay Capitol Site, Cebu City. While the Cebu Provincial Capitol is located in Cebu City, Cebu's provincial government does not administer or govern Cebu City. Cebu City is classified as a highly urbanized city (HUC). Still, Cebu City is considered by many as the capital of the central Visayan province. Lapulapu City also gained highly urbanized city status and is governed independently. Mandaue City is also classified as a highly urbanized city but is under the administration of Cebu province.

Cebu Provincial Capitol Building
Cebu Provincial Capitol

Larsian Sa Fuente: Cebu's Most Famous Barbecue Place

When you talk about barbecue in Cebu, the good old Larsian sa Fuente always finds its way to the conversation. It's not as posh as the newer barbecue joints. What's good here is that you actually get to choose among a lot of barbecue vendors.





Other barbecue places in Cebu:

New Look, New Layout at Larsian sa Fuente 


Wednesday night crowd at Larsian sa Fuente
Wednesday night crowd


Barbeque Boss: Grilled Specialties are the Boss in Cebu City

When looking for a good barbecue place in Cebu City, try Barbeque Boss.  Their two branches are in barangays Banilad and Mabolo. Both are open for 24 hours daily, 7 days a week. Aside from barbecue and the other grilled specialties served on their menu, this open air restaurant also serves a variety of other recipes.








Barbecue and Grilled Specialties at Barbeque Boss


Barbeque Boss restaurant in Cebu City
Barbeque Boss in Cebu City

Grilled specialties are the norm at Barbeque Boss. The pork barbecue is really affordable at only PhP 6 per stick. The minimum order is 5 sticks.

Pork barbecue at Barbeque Boss
Pork barbecue

Orosia Food Park Along The Highway in Consolacion, Cebu

Along the main highway in Consolacion, Cebu is a humble snack bar right beside SM Consolacion. It had been there long before SM Consolacion dominated the landscape in the area. Orosia Food Park have already been serving their guests with a vast selection of snacks and meals for quite a time now.




Food at Orosia Food Park in Consolacion

Orosia Food Park has a vast variety of food items on their menu. Snack items found in the menu are burgers, sandwiches, local rice cakes, and peanuts.

Clubhouse sandwich at Orosia Food Park
Clubhouse sandwich

Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network: Cebu Is An Adventure

Cebu is a prime destination for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibits (MICE) in the Philippines. A segment of the MICE market is composed of organizations having their team building events in Cebu. This is a market being served by Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network.






Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network

Cebu Teambuilding Services is a team building services provider based in Talisay City, Cebu. It was founded in 2012. Thadz Engaling established the business. Thadz is also the blogger behind the Wonderful Cebu Blog. In 2014, he sealed a partnership with Gestalt Wellness Institute Southeast Asia. 

Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network founder Thadz
Cebu Teambuilding Services founder Thadz Engaling


Over the past few years, Cebu Teambuilding Services have facilitated team building and leadership programs for organizations from around Asia and the Philippines. It's reach is also not just limited to Cebu. Facilitators from Cebu Teambuilding Services have also done several programs in Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, and Bohol. Some have even done programs in Cagayan de Oro City and Boracay.

human pinball activity with the Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network
Team building and leadership seminar for PCEI


Team Building + Metro Cebu Tour

In March 2014, Cebu Teambuilding Services was hired by General Electric Company-Retail Financing to do an Amazing Race-inspired team building program for around 40 employees. The group responded to the challenge and designed an urban race with challenges scattered in places of tourist interest around the cities of Lapulapu and Cebu. The challenges also allowed participants to learn the local culture. They learned a few Cebuano words. A blind musician taught them to sing a Cebuano folk song. They interacted with locals. And they enjoyed Cebuano foods. The rave reviews from participants of this first event encouraged us to continue to market this event, especially for organizations not based in Cebu.

Cebu Urban Race Team Building

Inspired by the TV hit series Amazing Race, Cebu Teambuilding Services designed an urban race as a team building theme. The objective is to market the urban race team building theme to organizations based outside Cebu. Cebu-based organizations can still opt for this program.

The urban race team building theme is designed in such a way that participants get to optimize both the experience participating in a team building program and explore Cebu through some of its heritage sites. Most of the challenges will happen at tourist spots around Metro Cebu.

2 Program Options: Race-type or Scavenger Hunt-type Program

There are two options for the urban race team building theme: a linear race and a non-linear scavenger hunt. In the linear race type of program, succeeding challenges are revealed once participants complete a prior task. In the scavenger hunt type of program, participants complete a list of challenges revealed at the start of the program where they decide which tasks to complete first.

Nature of Challenges

The nature of challenges in the urban race team building program largely involves appreciating the local culture and heritage. Sample challenges are:
  • Create a music video of a Cebuano folk song.
  • Learn to dance the Sinulog with candle vendors at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino.
  • Learn the 8 basic strikes of the traditional Cebuano martial art of Arnis.
  • Take a group picture inside the Philippines' oldest dated house.
  • Take a photo of an old plancha in one of the oldest Philippine houses.

Location of Challenges

The urban race team building theme is designed in a way that participants experience Cebu as a local Cebuano would on a daily basis. Participants get to interact with locals. They learn how to commute from one place to another. Their negotiation skills will be tested by local vendors. At the same time, participants also get to visit places of tourist interest. Most of the challenge stations are scattered in areas around Metro Cebu. Probable locations of challenges are at Muelle Osmena wharf and lighthouse, Mactan Shrine, Fort San Pedro, Fuente Osmena Circle, Plaza Independencia, Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino, Colon Street, and Plaza Hamabar.

More About Cebu Teambuilding Services

Cebu Teambuilding Services is a network of team development facilitators bonded by their common passion to effect positive change in organizations that they help move forward. They utilized mostly play-based activities as a medium for learning. Yet their programs are firmly grounded on theory. They use a debriefing model largely borrowed from David Kolb. To know more about the organization, visit the Cebu Teambuilding Services About Us page.

Pool of Facilitators

Cebu Teambuilding Services boasts of a huge network of facilitators. They can tap tis network for their programs. It is probably among the biggest pool of facilitators in Cebu and the Philippines. It's collaboration with Facilitators' Circle alone provides it access to more than 300 facilitators. For a profile of the core group of facilitators for Cebu Teambuilding Services, visit the Cebu Teambuilding Services Facilitators' Directory.

Partial List of Clients

Cebu Teambuilding Services have facilitated programs for organizations across various industries including hotels, manufacturing, business process outsourcing, software, manpower recruitment, sales, real estate, insurance, banking, pharmaceutical, the academe, shipping, MLM, and non-government organizations. Some of the more prominent organizations serviced by Cebu Teambuilding Services are Petron, General Electric, Yamaha, Convergys, Expedia, and Teradyne. For a list of the clients served, visit the Cebu Team Building Services Our Clients page.

Request for a Proposal

To request for a proposal from Cebu Teambuilding Services, one may access the online inquiry form to submit a response. For further contact, one can also email cebuteambuilding@gmail.com or call mobile numbers +63 916 291 8488 (Globe) or +63 923 317 3433 (Sun Cellular).

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