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!


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


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

GT Beauty Product: 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 are a bestseller for GT Cosmetics. They have bleaching soap, papaya soap, and carrot soap.

GT Beauty Product:  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


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

GT Beauty Product:  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

  • 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).

Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network
Cebu Teambuilding Services

Planet Grapes: Discover Wine, One Grape at a Time in Cebu City

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

Wine Without the Drama: The Planet Grapes Story

Planet Grapes was built on the idea of introducing wine to the common Filipino. Brand manager Lhady Dizon shares: Planet Grapes came about to create a stepping stone for the ones who are just starting to appreciate wines. Hopefully, they graduate into a more dedicated devotion to wines at Wine Story. Wine Story is a sister company of Planet Grapes. Start your journey to becoming a wine connoisseur at Planet Grapes. They have 80 to 100 exclusive wine labels.

Planet Grapes in Cebu City
Planet Grapes

Take a Stroll at Plaza Independencia

Plaza Independencia is probably Cebu's most popular public park. The plaza is more than just a meeting place. It is also of great historical value to Cebu. This public space was built during the Spanish colonial era. It is located within the main district of the oldest city in the Philippines.

Tourist attractions in the vicinity are:
  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

Plaza Independencia: A Park With Many Names

Plaza Independencia has evolved through the centuries and so has its name. In the 1600's, it was called the Plaza de Armas. Back then, it was a public square used for military training and parade grounds. Then it was known as the Plaza Mayor when it was expanded to reach nearby properties of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Cebu. It was also once known as the Plaza Maria Cristina in honor of the Spanish queen. During the American colonial era, it was known as the Plaza Libertad. That was to acknowledge the liberation of the islands from Spanish colonial rule. After the Philippines gained independence from the Americans, it was finally known as the Plaza Independencia.

Plaza Independencia in Cebu City
Plaza Independencia in Cebu City

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. Take a walking tour of the old Spanish quarters of Cebu City. It is 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.

Tour in Cebu stop: Magellan's Cross
Magellan's Cross