Welcome the New Da Vinci's Pizza

Da Vinci's Pizza, the Cebuano pizzeria that started in 2002, has been known for it's famous white sauce pizzas. Fast forward to 2015, there's more to just white sauce pizzas at Da Vinci's Pizza. From it's humble beginnings, Da Vinci's Pizza now serves patrons in seven (7) branches located across Metro Cebu and has expanded its menu to now include tomato sauce and white sauce pizza, pasta and potatoes, pizza piccolo, sandwiches, chicken meals, and breakfast bowls.

Da Vinci's Pizza in Cebu Philippines
Da Vinci's Pizza in Cebu, Philippines
Along with several other bloggers from Cebu Blogging Community, I attended the brand relaunch of Da Vinci's Pizza at their Parkmall branch last August 29, 2015. During the event, we sampled the new items on the menu of Da Vinci's Pizza, as well as their old-time favorites. We were also briefed on the rationale for the enhanced branding effort.

We Hit The Groove at Hermit's Cove

One Sunday morning, me, my cousins, and a few other friends needed to scratch some wanderlusts' itch. And off we went to Hermit's Cove in the mid-western town of Aloguinsan in Cebu, Philippines a place slowly becoming popular among local tourists in Cebu and around the Philippines, thanks to social media and government promotion.

Hermit's Cove in Aloguinsan Cebu Philippines
Me and my gang at Hermit's Cove in Aloguinsan, Cebu, Philippines

Affordable Buffet at La Regatta Restaurant on Fridays

An affordable buffet at La Regatta Restaurant at Alta Cebu Village Garden Resort and Convention Center is available every Friday night. The theme for this affordable buffet differs from time to time. We were able to experience Filipino night last August 21, 2015. Me and my co-facilitators from Cebu Teambuilding Services just recently concluded a leadership training program for a manufacturing company at Marigondon when we decided to drop by Alta Cebu Resort to try La Regatta's affordable buffet.

Cheap Beach Resort in Mactan: Pado Beach Resort

Lapulapu City has branded itself as Cebu's Historic Resort City and prides itself as the beach capital of Metro Cebu. Mactan Island, which comprises most of Lapulapu City, is where most of the beach resorts in Metro Cebu are located. Aside from the fact that this is where most of the high end beach resorts are located, there are many cheap beach resorts in Mactan Island as well.

Finding My Dream Home in Cebu

We all look forward to finally settling down on our dream home. I am no exception. I recently came across Property24 and I am amazed at how they were able to put together the several properties for rent and for sale in one page.

Property 24 is the fastest growing property portal in the Philippines. They provide an effective online platform for leading Real Estate Developers, Agencies, and Brokers that allows them to showcase their property listings to a wider audience of qualified prospective Buyers.

As I was browsing through the #Property24PH website, I came across some really interesting property listings that come close to my dream home in Cebu, my #PerfectHome.

14 Reasons Why Traffic Is Bad In Cebu

Cebu's traffic situation has turned from bad to worse in recent memory. It has become a major problem in Metro Cebu. So I took on a few road trips with my brother to investigate why traffic is bad in Cebu, Philippines. In some occasions, I took some snapshots of these factors.

Note: This article is a prequel to the 8-part Traffic Solutions for Cebu series:
Part 1: Pedestrian Safety in Cebu
Part 2: Role of Public Transportation in Cebu
Part 3: Obey Traffic Rules in Cebu
Part 4: Motorcycle Safety in Cebu
Part 5: Defensive Driving in Cebu
Part 6: Appeal to the Business Community in Cebu
Part 7: Stricter Law Enforcement in Cebu
Part 8: Government Solutions in Cebu

Enjoy Grilled Tuna Panga and More at STK ta Bai!

Me and some of my college classmates haven't had a get-together for quite some time. Although modern technology allows us to communicate through mobile phones, e-mail, and mostly Facebook, I haven't physically been with my buddy Jai since we last watched a Philippine Azkals football game against the Los Angeles Galaxy at Manila's Rizal Memorial Coliseum in 2011. I do meet up with Orville more frequently compared to my other college batch mates. This past weekend we had a chance for a get-together with some college classmates and our batch mates from the 8th circle of the Facilitators' Circle. When it was time to part ways again, three of us decided to have dinner on a Sunday night. We ended up at STK ta Bai as Orville was craving for some grilled tuna panga.

 STK ta Bai at Paolito's Seafood Restaurant in Cebu City Philippines

Yakski: Cebu's Best Barbecue Restaurant

Barely two years after it opened its doors to the Cebuano dining public in September of 2012, Yakski Barbecue restaurant was already recognized by SunStar Cebu's Best of Cebu Awards as Cebu's best barbecue restaurant in the year 2014. The foodie in me just can't resist not trying this out. You would see a lot of people queuing up at Yakski Barbecue restaurant's branch along Mariano Cui Street in Capitol Site during dinner time and even minutes before its opening time. It can get so packed that it is but wise to place your reservations ahead of time when you plan to dine in at Yakski Barbecue restaurant. Another thing that surprised me is it's budget-friendly too! It's not too expensive and I'm sure many can afford it's pricing.

Yakski Barbecue Restaurant in Cebu Philippines
People line up at Yakski Barbecue Restaurant Capitol Site branch in Cebu City, Philippines



Things A Tourist Can Do in Cebu For A Dollar

As a major city in the Philippines, Cebu can be expensive. However, there are a lot of things in Cebu that a tourist can actually do to experience the culture for the cost of a dollar, less, or just a bit more.

Want it free instead? Check out Free Things a Tourist Can Do in Cebu City

Ride Some Local Transportation 

Ride A Jeepney 

The minimum fare for public utility jeepneys in Cebu is only PhP 7.00(roughly USD 0.15). A tourist's dollar  will allow him to take at least 6 short jeepney rides. Think how much exploring one can do with that.

Ride A Pedicab 

Pedicabs are pedal-powered tricycles that is called trisikad in Cebu. Most pedicabs operate in smaller interior roads leading from provincial or barangay roads to subdivision or community roads. Short rides cost at least PhP 5 per person. When you are heavier than the average person, that tends to double.

Ride A Tricycle

I have come across many foreign tourists who are enamored at the design of local passenger tricycles. I figured foreign tourists might have fun riding in those. Minimum fare is PhP 7 but double that if you occupy a seat for intended for two. You can also negotiate with the tricycle driver to make the ride exclusive for you.

Ride A Tartanilla 

Tartanillas or horse-drawn carriages still operate along Magallanes Street near Carbon Market. One can experience this for less than a dollar.

Ride the Ferry Across Mactan Channel

A one-way trip riding the ferry from Cebu City's Pier 3 to Lapulapu City's Muelle Osmena Wharf or vice versa costs less than PHP 15 or USD 0.33. The roundtrip does not even cost a dollar. It is also the fastest way to commute from Mactan Island to Cebu City. Within the Muelle Osmena Wharf is a century-old lighthouse. Within the area is the miraculous Birhen sa Regla Church and first private school in Mactan, the Saint Alphonsus Catholic School built by the Redemptorist Fathers in 1916.

Grab A Drink 

Beers

Refreshments can also come at dirt cheap prices in Cebu. Here are a few examples:



Most local beers sell for around a dollar or just a little bit more. Popular local beers are San Miguel Beer, Beer na Beer, Red Horse Beer, Colt 45, and Gold Eagle Beer.

Soda 

Small softdrink bottles are available in retail at various locations in the Philippines and Cebu. Popular brands are Coke, Sprite, Royal Tru Orange, Pepsi, 7-Up, Mirinda, RC Cola, Jaz, and Sparkle.

Coffee

A cup of coffee in many Cebu coffee shops retail for around a dollar. Popular coffee shops are Bo's Coffee Club, Mr. Coffee, and Figaro. Also try Barako Haus Cebu, a coffee shop that sells refillable coffee.

Figaro



Grab A Bite

A lot of food items in Cebu can be bought for less than a dollar. Here are some examples:

Bo's Coffee

Burgers

Angel's Burger

A pair of Angel's Hamburger costs PhP 23. That's around USD 0.50 for 2 burgers.

The regular yum at Jollibee is only priced at PhP 30 or roughly USD 0.33.


Fastfood 

Many fastfood joints in Cebu offer meals you can have for a dollar. One local fastfood you may want to try is Orange Brutus.

Pizza

Pizza Hut offers a pair of pizza slices at slightly more than a dollar, PhP 55.00 or USD 1.21.


Greenwich also offers a pair of pizza slices for PhP 55.


Donuts

Some donuts cost a dollar or less such as Dunkin Donuts, Happy Haus Donuts and Mister Donut.

Street Food

Street food in Cebu come at dirt-cheap prices, pun not necessarily intended. So if your gut can handle it, eat like a local and try the street-style tempura, fish balls, squid balls, kikiam, kwek-kwek, tukneneng, pork barbecue, siomai, and a lot more. Don't forget the Pinoy all-time favorite balut.

Local Delicacies

Local Cebuano delicacies such as masareal, otap, caycay, rosquillos, ampao, bocarillo, chicharon,  and dried mangoes also come in retail packs that cost less than a dollar.

Visit A Museum 

Some museums in Cebu cost less than a dollar to enter. Some do not even collect entrance fees such as the museum at the Oslob Heritage Park.


Chase Some Waterfalls 

Most waterfalls in Cebu charge very minimal fees that are usually less than a dollar. The more popular ones are Kawasan Falls in Badian town, Mantayupan Falls in Barili, Aguinid Falls in Samboan, Inambacan Falls in Ginatilan, and Tumalog Falls in the town of Oslob.

Related article: Beaches and waterfalls in Southern Cebu

Get A Haircut

The cheapest haircut you can get in Cebu is at PHP 30 or about USD 0.67. Lookout for the small barber shops along the streets. Spot the shops with their trademark red, blue, and white stripes painted at their door frames. 

Spend An Hour Or Two At An Internet Cafe 

Some per hour usage rates of a workstation at internet cafes in Cebu can go as low as PhP 5.00(roughly USD 0.11). Generally, the per hour rental rate is between PhP 20.00 to PhP 30.00.

Sing Your Heart Out

Cebuanos love to sing. As a testament to this, many food joints in Cebu actually have videoke machines installed for customers to enjoy. Generally, each song costs PhP 5 to play while you sing along on a microphone. Your dollar is good for 8-9 songs depending on the exchange rate you got.

Play Arcade Games

A token coin at an entertainment arcade in Malls cost about PhP 5 or USD 0.11. Think about how many token coins a dollar can buy and how many arcade games you can play with those.

Workout at a Local Gym 

Some local gyms charge less than a dollar for every session. I know of many neighborhood gyms where one can lift weights for PHP 20 or less than half a dollar. Some charge about PhP 50 or around USD 1.11.

Rent A Bike in Bantayan Island for an Hour 

Rent a bike and pedal around Bantayan Island for about a dollar per hour. Rent it for a day, and the per hour rate becomes cheaper. Rent it for a week and the per hour cost further decreases.


Bum Around Beaches

Entrance to the Tingko Public Beach in Alcoy Town costs only PhP 10.00(roughly USD 0.22). Other popular beach destinations that will cost less than a dollar to get into are the beaches of Moalboal, Tabuelan, Pinamungajan, Aloguinsan, Barili, Argao, and Badian. There are also public beaches in Bantayan Island and Camotes Island.


Buy Souvenirs

Several souvenir items do sell for a dollar or less in Cebu. Vendors of souvenir items and souvenir shops can be mostly found around the more popular tourist attractions in Cebu.

In Focus in August: Halo Restaurant's Barkada Meal Package

Cebu, being a foodie's paradise have restaurants in cutthroat competition to offer the best deals to diners and food junkies. In this post, we shall focus on Halo Restaurant's promotion for the month of August: the Halo Restaurant Barkada Meal Package. Priced at PhP 1,589, the Barkada Meal Package at Halo Restaurant can satisfy 4-6 diners. It features a tower of barbecue spare ribs tower, calamari fritos, spaghetti Alfredo, vegetable spring rolls, a pitcher of fruity minty iced tea, and six (6) local beers. While you are enjoying your meal, a band will entertain with some music too.

Barkada Meal Package at Halo Restaurant at St. Mark Hotel in Cebu City Philippines
Barkada meal package inclusions


5 Must Try Dishes at Halo Restaurant

Cebu can be a foodie's paradise. As such, I am always open to try restaurants in Cebu, Philippines. This past weekend, I went with my colleagues from the Cebu Blogging Community to Halo Restaurant at St. Mark Hotel along Queens Road in Barangay Camputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines. We sampled the best-selling and most recommended dishes for dinner.

Halo Restaurant in Cebu City Philippines
5 must try dishes

Honey Herb Chicken 

The honey herb chicken is my personal favorite. I just love how the honey gives it a sweet flavor, a treat for my Filipino palate. It looks good and tastes just as good.