Red October for the Wonderful Cebu Blog

October 2015 has been a very busy month for the Wonderful Cebu Blog. Let us take a look at what happened with the Wonderful Cebu blog in it's Red October 2015 campaign.

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Wonderful Cebu's Red October

Ram Kuizon Wins PhP 500 Planet Grapes Gift Certificate Giveaway from Wonderful Cebu

Drum rolls and trumpet calls please as we announce the winner of the Wonderful Cebu blog's first ever giveaway. The winner will receive a PhP 500 gift certificate from Planet Grapes who recently celebrated the first anniversary of their store in Ayala Center Cebu.

The winner was chosen through on 31 October 2015. And the winner of the PhP 500 Planet Grapes gift certificate is none other than....Ram Kuizon. Ram is the blogger behind Master Ryo. results

Gift Certificate Terms

The PhP 500 Planet Grapes gift certificate is valid until March 31, 2016. It is accepted toward all major purchases made at Planet Grapes. However, it is only valid for a one-time transaction and the full amount must be redeemed. The gift certificate must be surrendered upon purchase. It cannot be replaced for cash and will also not be replaced when it is stolen or lost. It is within the rights of Planet Grapes to refuse reasonably gift certificates that are tampered with , damaged, or not in good condition.

How To Claim

We will send a private message to Ram Kuizon through Facebook for instructions on how to claim his prize.

Why Do I Blog At Wonderful Cebu

It is the 30th day of October 2015, and it is the final day of the 30-day blog posting challenge organized by the Cebu Blogging Community that the Wonderful Cebu blog joined. 30 days, and I have more than 30 posts published this month, the most I have ever done for any of my blogs in the span of one month. It was definitely an amazing ride the past 30 days. In this Day 30 post, I will be answering three (3) questions: Why do I blog? What is in blogging? What keeps me blogging? Answers to these three questions also specifies the vision and direction of the Wonderful Cebu blog.

30-day blog posting challenge

Why Do I Blog?

I blog to inform the world about the beauty of Cebu. It is my vision to make the Wonderful Cebu blog a reliable source of information about Cebu. The long term goal is to complete the directories of hotels and resorts in Cebu, bars, cafes, and restaurants in Cebu, transportation guide of Cebu, celebrations in Cebu, and places of interest and things to do in Cebu.

What is in blogging?

Blogging through Google's platform helps me towards achieving my vision for the Wonderful Cebu blog in a very cost-efficient and cost-effective manner blogging about Cebu without going beyond my means.

What Keeps me blogging? 

The fact that less than ten (10%) percent of all the directories I have created for the Wonderful Cebu blog are complete is fuel enough to motivate me to keep on blogging about Cebu. And for sure, Cebu's landscape will continue to change over the years and there will always be new things to blog about.


Several people, brands, and communities have been beneficial for the milestones and successes that the Wonderful Cebu blog has achieved this past month. I would like to thank them.

Cebu Blogging Community 

I would like to thank the Cebu Blogging Community for this past month's 30-day blog posting challenge. More than that, the events I attended that were coursed through CBC helped a lot in populating this blog with relevant posts.

Bjornson Bernales 

Thank you to Bjorn for gamely administering the 30-day blogging challenge. You motivated me to start this challenge and although I may have fallen short by a day because of technical issues in internet connectivity, I am still thankful for allowing me to participate in the challenge and create quality content over the past 30 days.

Game Masters 

Thank you to Carlo and Romeo for stepping up to the plate and creating parallel challenges for the other participants during the past 30 days. Your inputs added some spice into the challenge.

30-day Blog Posting Challenge Participants

I am also thanking the 30-day blogging participants, particularly those who have completed the 30-day challenge and earned the golden badge. Your determination to finish the challenge also motivated me enough to continue on each day.


Big thank you goes the way of Cebu Domain, Kalami Cebu, Channel Marie, Zuprome, Philippine Information Agency, and iNewMedia for partnering with CBC and making the 30-day blog posting challenge rock.

#iBlogforCBC #30DayBloggingChallenge #iBlogforCebu #CBCLevelUp #CBC30DayChallenge

Cebu Blogging Community Holds Members' Orientation

The largest and most active community of bloggers in the Visayas and Mindanao, Cebu Blogging Community, just held it's first ever members' orientation on 24 October 2015 at the Global Hub Serviced Offices at the 12th floor of the Keppel Building, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City.

(Photo courtesy of Ashley Uy)

Membership Orientation

Two (2) recently accepted members attended the CBC members' orientation along with seventeen (17) old members. The new members were Ian Limpango of Freedom Wall and Ryan "Ryze" Gerente of Your Practical Guide to Financial Success. Also present were CBC Council of Leads permanent members Bjornson Bernales of Bjorn Bernales and Bjorn Cebuano, Ruben Licera Jr. of Ruben Licera, Jhanis Vincentte Villadolid of Vanilla Housewife and Cebu Gazette, and Channel Marie "Shanky" Imperial of Channel Marie. Recently appointed Lead Representatives present were travel bloggers representative Thaddeau "Thadz" Engaling II, food bloggers representative Carlo Andrew "Caloy" Olano, fashion bloggers representative Katherine Annika Cutar, lifestyle bloggers representative Romeo Nicolas Bonsocan, photography bloggers representative Meliton John "Emjae" Argallon, and technology and business bloggers representative Cesar Ian Fuentes. Other CBC members present were Jazmine Llaguno of Cebu Spa Wellness, Camille Marie Marcon of Wander Woman Wonders, Sheila Ang of Balot's Chatter, Johanna Frejoles of Laagan Nga Bata, Fernan Salibongcogon of YABE Portal, Ram Kuizon of Master Ryo, and Ashley Uy of Suwhat.

The highlight of the CBC members' orientation was a brief learning session facilitated by digital marketing guru Ruben Licera Jr. The brief session was indeed full of insights that bloggers can refer to as they advance in their blogging careers.

Introduction of CBC Council of Leads

The recently appointed Lead Representatives were introduced during the CBC members' orientation. Lead Representatives are temporary members of the CBC Council of Leads with an initial tenure of one (1) year. They will represent bloggers in a specific niche. The representations were Thaddeau "Thadz" Engaling II of Wonderful Cebu and Around the Philippines for the travel niche, Carlo Andrew "Caloy" Olano of Kalami Cebu and Why Cebu for the food niche, Meliton John "Emjae" Argallon of Emjae Fotos for the photography niche, Katherine Anne Cutar of Nested Thoughts for the fashion niche, Romeo Nicolas Bonsocan of Zuprome for the lifestyle niche, Rose Angelie Lapiña of Mommy Wanders for the mommy niche, and Cesar Ian Fuentes of Pinoy Metro Geek for the technology and business niche.

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 (1) box of assorted Yoyi's desserts each month for the next three (3) months. I am so looking forward for those treats each and every month for the next quarter!

30 Thank You Notes From Wonderful Cebu

I have a lot to be thankful for. My life may not be the smoothest ride of all, but it is awesome just being the roller coaster that it is. So let me dedicate this post to express my gratitude to people, communities, and businesses who have helped shaped the man I am today. I also would like to particularly thank all who have been instrumental to the success of this blog.

Wonderful Cebu says thank you
30 Thank You's

30-Day Blog Posting Challenge Update: Day 1 To Day 20

We're now on Day 26 of the 30-day blog posting challenge organized by the Cebu Blogging Communnity administered through the efforts of CBC Partnership Lead and co-founder Bjornson Bernales. It is time to take a look at what has happened so far for the Wonderful Cebu blog in relation to this challenge. Let us take a look at what happened on the Wonderful Cebu blog from Day 1 to 20 of this level-up challenge.

Wonderful Cebu 30-day blog posting challenge
30-day blog posting challenge

Best Spots in Cebu South Beaches and Waterfalls

Beaches always get in the conversation when people talk about Cebu. True enough, there are beautiful beaches in Cebu. While the most popular beaches mentioned are the ones in Mactan Island due to it's proximity to the urban center, more beautiful beaches can actually be found farther away from the metropolis. Of course, there is the popular Bantayan Island and Malapascua Island in the north. Camotes Island too is quite talked about. Down south, there are a number of beaches worth mentioning as well. The best thing about this is that the best spots in Cebu south beaches are public beaches that charge little or no fees so the weary soul can truly relax without breaking the bank.

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Best spots in Cebu south

Did you know too, that Cebu is home to more than ninety (90) waterfalls? Yes, you read that right. Cebu has more than 90 waterfalls, maybe even over a hundred. Pinoy Travel Freak actually made a comprehensive list of 90 amazing waterfalls in Cebu

We chronicled these best spots in Cebu south beaches and waterfalls so read along to find out about the natural beauty of southern Cebu.

Best Spots in Cebu South Beaches: Tingko Beach, Alcoy

A popular public beach in the south is Tingko Beach in Alcoy town. In recent years, many resorts have mushroomed in the area owing to it being a popular weekend getaway. What's great about Tingko is one can enjoy it for a very minimal entrance fee of PhP 10. It is also very accessible being a stone's throw away from the national highway where public utility buses from the city going south pass through. Off the Tingko Beach coast is Mabad-on Reef where abundant marine life thrive. Small boats offer rides to the reef for PhP 25 per person. Sadly, because the beach is too public, garbage is slowly becoming a major problem.

Fellow CBC-affiliated blogger Rea Remigio Alducente of Blissful Snapshots blogged about Voda Krasna Beach Resort on Tingko Beach

Best Spots in Cebu South Beaches: Lambug Beach, Badian

Badian is more known for Kawasan Falls, arguably the most popular waterfalls in Cebu, and beautiful Zaragoza or Badian Island. But it's public beach in Lambug is also slowly gaining popularity to beach goers.

Read about the Lambug Public Beach in Badian from Where is Cebu.

Best Spots in Cebu South Beaches: White Beach, Moalboal

Another popular public beach hangout in the south of Cebu is Moalboal's White Beach at barangay Saavedra (more popularly known as Basdaku). The beach is home to many resorts and dive shops as the area is also known as a popular diving site. Like most popular public beaches, there has been some concern about improper waste disposal in the area.

Best Spots in Cebu South Beaches: Sumilon Island, Oslob

The town of Oslob in the southeastern part of Cebu province is popular for it's whale shark interaction and Tumalog Falls. Equally popular is Sumilon Island. The island's shifting sandbar tickles the fancy of many tourists visiting Oslob. The fee to enjoy this white sand wonder is a mere PhP 10, although one has to rent a pumpboat (for a different price) to get there too. For those with a bigger budget, they may also choose to enjoy what the island's private resort has to offer. 

From fellow CBC-affiliated bloggers Gian Carlo Jubela and Sheila Mei Abellanoza, read about their adventures at the Sumilon Island Bluewater Resort.

Best Spots in Cebu South Beaches: Hermit's Cove, Aloguinsan 

Aloguinsan is probably the most remote town in Cebu. That is probably good as it has preserved such great natural spots like the Hermit's Cove in barangay Kantabugon. There are no commercial resorts in the area and a people's organization manages tourism-related activities within the quiet fishing village. The beach does not boast of fine-grain white sand as the sand is a mixture of crushed seashells, small pebbles, and dead coral that feels ticklish to the bare foot. This is paradise though for those who wish to get away from the routine of the daily grind. Quiet, stress-free, relaxing.

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Hermit's Cove at Aloguinsan, Cebu, Philippines

Best Spots in Cebu South Beaches: Campolabo Sandbar, Pinamungajan 

Probably the least known of this list of the best spots in Cebu south beaches is Campolabo islet in the town of Pinamungajan. While Pinamungajan's wave pool resort is getting mentioned a lot in conversations lately, I'm pretty sure a lot of people can also appreciate the white sand at Campolabo islet, a sandbar that disappears with high tide. Adjacent to it is the Paril rock formation formed out of a typhoon in the past. The area is also a protected marine sanctuary and you can find abundant marine life even at ankle-deep waters.

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Campolabo Sandbar in Pinamungajan, Cebu, Philippines

Best Spots in Cebu South Waterfalls: Mantayupan Falls, Barili 

Mantayupan Falls in Barili is not the most beautiful of waterfalls in Cebu. One interesting fact though is that it has the tallest drop among all waterfalls in the entire province. The water drop at Mantayupan Falls is 98 meters or more than 321 feet. It's small hydroelectric plant also generates some power for Cebu.

Best Spots in Cebu South Waterfalls: Kawasan Falls, Badian

Simply the most popular waterfalls in the entire Cebu province is the Kawasan Falls in Badian. Sadly though, wanton over-commercialization in the area has degraded its appeal over the years. Check out it's three levels of waterfalls, swim in the refreshing waters in its pool, or ride a raft to get to the water drop in the two (2) lower levels.

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Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu, Philippines
(photo from Rock X Scissors)

Best Spots in Cebu South Waterfalls: Canlaub Falls, Alegria

It is amazing how commercial businesses seem to take no interest in the area around Canlaub Falls in Alegria town. I do personally hope it stays that way though as I enjoy the natural virgin and unspoiled beauty of this natural wonder. It is so remote that there is even a scarcity of blog posts about it.

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Canlaob Falls in Alegria, Cebu, Philippines

Best Spots in Cebu South Waterfalls: Inambakan Falls, Ginatilan

The more popular of three (3) waterfalls in the town of Ginatilan is Inambakan Falls. The other two (2) are Kampael Falls and Bugnawan Falls. The catch basin is not that wide and is 8 feet at its deepest. Inambakan Falls, Kampael Falls, and Bugnawan Falls in Ginatilan town is chronicled by Mike Laagan and Otazu at The Traveling Panda.

Best Spots in Cebu South Waterfalls: Aguinid Falls, Samboan

Fast becoming popular among adventure seekers is the waterfall tour at Aguinid Falls in Samboan town. The tour allows visiting tourists to traverse through the waterfalls, wading through its pool, gripping through rock creases to get from one side of the waterfall to the other, and exploring the entire majestic wonder of Aguinid.

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Aguinid Falls in Samboan, Cebu, Philippines
(photo from

My fellow CBC-affiliated blogger Pam Baroro of Hey, Miss Adventures! takes us to Aguinid Falls in Samboan.

Best Spots in Cebu South Waterfalls: Tumalog Falls, Oslob

Aside from whale shark interaction at barangay Tanawan and Sumilon Island, Oslob's other popular attraction is the Tumalog Falls. It's awe-inspiring beauty is among the more eye-pleasing waterfalls in Cebu. Yet, sadly, Tumalog Falls have been controversial because of littering problems around the area directly surrounding it.

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Tumalog Falls in Oslob, Cebu, Philippines 
(photo from Vernon Go)

Let us explore Tumalog Falls in Oslob with help from Vernon Go, a blogger also affiliated with the Cebu Blogging Community.

Do you have anything to add to this list of best spots in Cebu south beaches and waterfalls? Let us know in the comments section.

Wonderful Cebu Blog Author Named to CBC Council of Leads

Thaddeau "Thadz" Engaling II, the author behind the Wonderful Cebu blog and the Around the Philippines blog, has been appointed into the Council of Leads and/or Managers of the Cebu Blogging Community (CBC). He was appointed as lead representative of CBC-affiliated bloggers whose niche is focused on travel. The appointment comes after seven (7) months of active membership in the Cebu Blogging Community, the biggest and most active bloggers' organization in the Visayas and Mindanao area.

Thadz appointed to CBC Council of Leads
Thadz Engaling

CBC Council of Leads

Aside from Thadz Engaling, other bloggers appointed to the CBC Council of Leads are Carlo Andrew Olano of Kalami Cebu and Why Cebu for the food niche, Romeo Nicolas Bonsocan of Zuprome for the lifestyle niche, Rose Angelie Lapina of Mommy Wanders for mommy bloggers, Cesar Ian Fuentes of Pinoy Metro Geek for the technology and business niche, Meliton John "Emjae" Argallon of Emjae Fotos for the photography niche, and Katherine Anne Cutar of Nested Thoughts for the fashion niche. They were introduced at the first ever Cebu Blogging Community membership orientation held at the Global Hub Serviced Offices at the 12th floor of the Keppel Building in the Cebu Business Park District, Cebu City. The newly-appointed members of the CBC Council of Leads will join permanent members Ruben Licera Jr. of Ruben Licera, Bjornson Bernales of Bjorn Bernales and Bjorn Cebuano, Channel Marie Imperial of Channel Marie, Gay Aida Dumaguing of Exotic Philippines, Jephunneh Deon Flores of Kiat Cebu, Mary Narvasa of Two Way Travels, and Jhanis Vincentte Villadolid of Cebu Gazette and The Vanilla Housewife.

The newly-appointed members of the CBC Council of Leads were formally introduced to the general membership at the CBC's first-ever member's orientation last 24 October 2015 at the Global Hub Serviced Offices, 12th Floor, Keppel Building, Cebu Business Park District, Cebu City, Philippines.

Best Northern Spots in Cebu

Cebu is truly a gateway to a thousand journeys. A thousand journeys could be taken within Cebu itself. This is why it is important to categorize what Cebu has to offer so that it can be easily digested and lessen the probability of information overload that can happen when we talk about Cebu and what it has to offer just spontaneously. In this post, we shall explore the best northern spots in Cebu. I scoured the blogosphere to find out what bloggers suggest as the best northern spots in Cebu. So read along.

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Best northern spots in Cebu, Philippines

10 Popular Cebu Delicacies

Cebu as a tourist destination is not known only for its beaches, old world charm, festivals, and warm hospitality. Cebu is also an awesome treat for the foodie. Among the popular take home items for tourists are delicacies from Cebu that they take home as pasalubong. Here is a list of ten (10) Cebu delicacies that tourists often buy when they visit Cebu.

1. Otap from Cebu City

Sweet, crunchy, sugar-coated biscuits. Otap is a popular pasalubong item for tourists visiting Cebu. This delicacy made a name for Shamrock, but this is now available in other brands as well.

Popular delicacies in Cebu Philippines

Staying Positive in Cebu, Philippines

Maybe you've heard it on the radio, with your best friend singing along. Maybe you've heard it being played in your office. Or maybe you've seen it being shared on Facebook. It's one of the most famous #hugot Vispop songs today. HAHAHAHasula is a song sung by Kurt Fick and composed by Ronald Ucat (aka Medyo Maldito) and Jude Gitamondoc that has a sweet melody, but is all about being brokenhearted.

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Stay positive!

Cebu Lifestyle Shots on Instagram

Cebu has too many things to offer. Dubbed as the Queen City of the South, its capital has been the center of the civilization of the Central Visayas, or even the Visayas and Mindanao area.

Cebu Lifestyle Shots on Instagram

Cebu, for a fact, is more than just the beauty of Cebu City. The Cebu lifestyle includes all that encompasses the adventures within the entire province, rather than just situate everything in the capital. Cebuanos have diversified its offerings to tourists with various towns and must-see travel destinations.

More Anniversary Treats at Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts Cebu

Last 15 October 2015, Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts celebrated its first year anniversary in Cebu City, Philippines. To open that celebration, Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts raffled off a giveaway of one (1) box of assorted pastries and desserts each month for three (3) months to ten (10) lucky winners. The raffle was done through Rafflecopter. Lucky me, I am one of the ten (10) first anniversary giveaway winners. 

First anniversary giveaway and other sweet treats from Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts in Cebu City Philippines
Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts celebrates it's first year in Cebu City, Philippines with a giveaway

GT Cosmetics: Proudly Cebuano Made

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

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

GT Cosmetics products made in Lilo-an Cebu Philippines
GT Cosmetics of Liloan, Cebu, Philippines

Products of GT Cosmetics in Cebu, Philippines

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

GT Cosmetics products made in Lilo-an Cebu Philippines
Product line of GT Cosmetics of Liloan, Cebu, Philippines


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

GT Cosmetics products made in Lilo-an Cebu Philippines

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 Cosmetics products made in Lilo-an Cebu Philippines
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 Cosmetics products made in Lilo-an Cebu Philippines
 Carrot lotion


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

GT Cosmetics products made in Lilo-an Cebu Philippines

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 Cosmetics products made in Lilo-an Cebu Philippines
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 Cosmetics products made in Lilo-an Cebu Philippines
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 Cosmetics products made in Lilo-an Cebu Philippines
carrot soap


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

GT Cosmetics products made in Lilo-an Cebu Philippines

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 Cosmetics products made in Lilo-an Cebu Philippines
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 Cosmetics products made in Lilo-an Cebu Philippines
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 Cosmetics products made in Lilo-an Cebu Philippines
bleaching cream

  • 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 Cosmetics products made in Lilo-an Cebu Philippines
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 Cosmetics products made in Lilo-an Cebu Philippines
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 Cosmetics products made in Lilo-an Cebu Philippines
facial cleanser

Location of GT Cosmetics in Cebu, Philippines

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

Contact Information for GT Cosmetics in Cebu, Philippines

To get in touch with GT Cosmetics Manufacturing, dial telephone number +6332 424 6316 or mobile phone number +63932 855 9829. Their electronic mail address is One can also visit the GT Cosmetics website or their GT Cosmetics Facebook page.

##iBlogforCBC #CBCLevelUp #CBC30DayChallenge #GTCosmetics

Mountain Resort in Lilo-an: Senen's Mountain Resort

Over the weekend, I led a team from Cebu Teambuilding Services that facilitated a team building program for GT Cosmetics. The venue was at Senen's Mountain Resort in Cabadiangan, 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: 24 Mountain Resorts in Cebu.

Taking Gifting To The Next Level

Typically in the Philippines, the Christmas season starts in September. We Filipinos, probably celebrate the longest Christmas season in the world. It's October, and this post about Christmas may already be late by a month. 

I asked myself a few questions on this year's Christmas:
  1. What is my personal wish list for Christmas 2015?
  2. What Christmas gift ideas do I have for my loved ones this year?
  3. How do I plan to give back to others this Christmas?
Continue reading should you want to find out about my answers to these questions.

What Is My Personal Wish List for Christmas 2015?

I am not a very materialistic person and would be happy with a contented heart, good health, and a happy family gathering this Christmas. But if there were a few material items in my wish list this Christmas, these would be a reliable power bank for my mobile phones, a reliable Android mobile phone, or a decent DSLR camera.

What Christmas Gift Ideas Do I Have For Loved Ones This Year?

To be honest, I haven't thought of gift ideas for my loved ones yet for this Christmas season. But since we are a family that loves to eat, I might just get each of my loved ones a gift certificate they can use in different restaurants around Cebu.

Or I may have to check their own wish lists for the season and see what I can get them. Then I came across SM Supermalls' Merry SM Christmas campaign for 2015. Let the holiday shopping begin as early as the first day of October. For as low as PhP 350, I can already buy a Christmas basket or Watson's gift sets can be had for as little as PhP 99. Since I already have nephews and a niece, I might check out the kid's sale where I can enjoy up to 50% discounts on kid's shoes and accessories.

Merry SM Christmas 2015

How Do I Plan To Give Back To Others This Christmas?

For the past several years, I always go around the streets of Cebu City with some family members on some days in December. We go around and give out food to the homeless who seem to increase in numbers during the Christmas season. We plan to do the same this year as a way of giving back and in thanksgiving to the blessings we have obtained in life.

I'm also looking at reorganizing my closet this yearend and I'm sure there are items in there that I will no longer be using. Others may have better use for these items. So I plan to donate them to charity. These are mostly clothing that I have outgrown but are still in good condition.

I also learned about the SM Cares Bears of Joy Campaign wherein for PhP 200, I get to keep one bear for myself and donate another to children in various orphanages and charitable institutions through the SM Cares program.

  • This post is my blog entry in Nuffnang's #MerrySMChristmas2015 Blog Contest #MerrySMChristmas2015 #SeasonofGifting
  • This post is my Day entry for the 30-day blog posting challenge organized by the Cebu Blogging Community #iBlogforCBC #CBCLevelUp #CBC30DayChallenge

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 July 9, 2008.

People Still Flock To The Good 'Ol Larsian Sa Fuente

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 but what's good here is that you actually get to choose among a lot of barbecue vendors.

Larsian sa Fuente barbecue stall in Cebu City Philippines
Wednesday night crowd at Larsian sa Fuente in Cebu City, Philippines
Other barbecue places in Cebu:

Eat Like A Boss At Barbeque Boss

When looking for a good barbecue place in Cebu City, Philippines, try Barbeque Boss at either of two branches 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 serve a variety of other recipes.

Barbeque Boss restaurant in Cebu City Philippines
Barbeque Boss in Cebu City, Philippines

Snack Bar Along Consolacion Highway: Orosia Food Park

Along the main highway in Consolacion, Cebu, Philippines is a humble snack bar right beside SM Consolacion. 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.

Orosia Food Park
Orosia Food Park in Consolacion, Cebu, Philippines

Explore Cebu With Cebu Teambuilding Services

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 Services.

Cebu Teambuilding Services
Cebu Teambuilding Services

Event Alert: Beer and Roast Festival 2015 at Cafe Racer

Are you a big fan of artists Junior Kilat, Franco, Razorback, Wilabaliw, and Powerspoonz? If you are, mark your calendars on 24 October 2015. These artists will be performing 45-60 minute sets at the Beer and Roast Festival 2015 at Cafe Racer in North Reclamation Area, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. The event is brought to you by Cafe Racer, Mooon Cafe, and Skills and Bones Clothing. Other sponsors are Sun Star Cebu, Escario Central Hotel, Cebu Libre, and Y101 FM.

Beer and Roast Festival 2015 in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
Beer and Roast Festival 2015

APEC 101: How Did We Benefit From Hosting The Meetings in Cebu

Cebu was one of the ten (10) locations outside Metro Manila that hosted meetings at the senior and ministerial levels prior to the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit in Manila on 18-19 November. The other nine (9) locations are Boracay, Iloilo, Bacolod City, Clark, Bagac town (in Bataan), Laoag City, Subic, Tagaytay, and Pampanga.

APEC meetings in Cebu Philippines
APEC Cebu 2015

Cebuano Tourist Is Now The Wonderful Cebu Blog!

Do you miss the Cebuano Tourist Blog? Don't fret and worry at all. The Cebuano Tourist blog has only rebranded and is now known as the Wonderful Cebu blog. The reasons for the updated branding of the blog are listed below.

Wonderful Cebu

Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts Celebrates 1 Year in Cebu With Giveaway Contest

Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts, the home of your sweet tooth, will celebrate it's store's first year in Cebu City, Philippines this coming October 15, 2015. In celebration of that significant milestone, they are giving 10 lucky winners one (1) free box of assorted Yoyi's pastries and desserts for three (3) months. Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts Cebu City store is located at J. Llorente Street near the Fuente Osmena Circle in Cebu City, Philippines. It shares the same building with Hi-Precision Diagnostics.

Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts first anniversary promotional giveaway raffle contest in Cebu City Philippines
Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts

The Best of Wonderful Cebu for the First Week of October 2015

Wonderful Cebu has been off to a busy start this October 2015. This can be attributed largely to the 30-day blog posting challenge initiated by Bjorn Bernales at the Cebu Blogging Community. So far, we have written an article for each of the past seven (7) days. Let's take a look at the week that was for Wonderful Cebu blog.

Wonderful Cebu Applauds CBC Bloggers Nominated for #bloggys2015

As a testament to its growing influence in the online community, 18 blogs affiliated with the Cebu Blogging Community have been nominated for the Philippine Blogging Awards 2015 or #bloggys2015. Wonderful Cebu has never been prouder to be part of such a dynamic and inspiring community at Cebu Blogging Community. We proudly cheer on our colleagues from the CBC as they vie for the People's Choice and other awards at #bloggys2015.

Philippine Blogging Awards 2015

Discover Wine, One Grape at a Time at Planet Grapes

Have you ever dreamed of becoming an oennophile? Well, if you have and haven't started on that journey to becoming a oenophile yet, Planet Grapes is a good place to start. The first Planet Grapes store in Cebu, Philippines is located at the top floor of the new wing of Ayala Center Cebu. They are contemplating about opening a second store at SM Seaside once it is completed.

Take a Stroll at Plaza Independencia

Plaza Independencia is probably Cebu's most popular public park. But more than just a meeting place, it is also of great historical value to Cebu having been built during the Spanish colonial era within the main district of the oldest city in the Philippines.

Plaza Independencia in Cebu City Philippines
Plaza Independencia in Cebu City, Philippines
Tourist attractions in the vicinity:
  1. Fort San Pedro
  2. Aduana Building
  3. Compania Maritima Building
  4. Cebu City Hall
  5. Gotiaoco Building
  6. Plaza Sugbu
  7. Magellan's Cross
  8. Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
  9. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
  10. Plaza Hamabar
  11. Cebu Archdiocesan Museum
  12. Don Sergio Osmeña Birthplace Marker

Win and Enjoy With Promos From Planet Grapes Cebu for October 2015

Planet Grapes is celebrating it's first year in Cebu City, Philippines. As an anniversary treat, they are running promotions for the month of October 2015. Here's information on how you can enjoy them.

Planet Grapes in Cebu City, Philippines
Planet Grapes

Win a PhP 500 Planet Grapes Gift Certificate

In celebration of it's domain purchase, the Wonderful Cebu Blog is running it's first ever blog giveaway. Up for grabs is a PhP 500 gift certificate from Planet Grapes Cebu, who is celebrating it's first year in Cebu.

PhP 500 Planet Grapes Certificate
PhP 500 Planet Grapes Certificate

Quick City Tours in Cebu

While Cebu is a popular vacation getaway and a gateway to a thousand more journeys, not much is published about quick city tours in Cebu. I decided to create this post to bridge the gap in information. Read along and I hope this will be a big help for tourists wanting to take on quick city tours in Cebu.

Quick City Tours in Cebu City 

El Cebu Viejo Spanish Quarters Tour

Explore the center of what was the country's oldest city as you take a walking tour of the old Spanish quarters of Cebu City where most of the oldest Spanish establishments in the country are located. Visit Fort San Pedro, stroll at Plaza Independencia, drop by the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino, Come before the Magellan's Cross, say a prayer at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, explore the Archdiocesan Museum of Cebu, and discover Plaza Hamabar. Also within the area is a marker indicating the birthplace of Cebu's Grand Old Man and former Philippine president Don Sergio Osmena, Sr.

Wonderful Cebu Joins CBC 30-Day Blogging Challenge

While Wonderful Cebu came up short in its own 30-day blogging challenge in September 2015, it is again taking part in a 30-day blogging challenge from October 1 to 30, 2015. While September's 30-day blogging challenge was only personally-motivated, the blogging challenge this October will be different in that it will have an extrinsic push as it is being organized by the Cebu Blogging Community, Cebu's fastest-growing community of bloggers.

Cebu Blogging Community
Cebu Blogging Community