Santa Teresa de Avila Parish Church in Talisay City, Cebu, Philippines

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 the locality that is Talisay City in southern Metro Cebu before the new Talisay City Hall was relocated to Lawaan III.


Santa Teresa de Avila Parish Church in Talisay City, Cebu, Philippines
Santa Teresa de Avila Parish Church in Talisay City, Cebu, Philippines

Temple of Leah: An Attempt At Classic Architecture

When some of my kins visited Cebu in November 2015, they wanted to visit the Temple of Leah. I accompanied them to the place in Busay. Temple of Leah is nearby Lantaw Native Restaurant Busay, Mountainview Nature Park, and Roosevelt Hideaway Resort.


Temple of Leah in Cebu City, Philippines
Temple of Leah in Cebu City, Philippines

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 town'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. The limestone coast at Kamampay Beach means that the waters are kind of murky because of the mud formed from limestone soaked in seawater. You come to Kamampay Public Beach to enjoy the vista of the rocky beach scenery and of mangroves seen on the horizon off its coast.

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Buagsong: Bakasi Capital of Cordova

The barangay of Buagsong is one of two (2) barangays considered as the eel or bakasi capital of the town of Cordova, the other one being the barangay Day-as. A common livelihood of the residents of barangay Buagsong is gathering eels and 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 of which are nilarang na bakasi and piniritong bakasi. One popular restaurant that serve up these dishes is Lantaw Native Restaurant which has a branch at the boardwalk in barangay Day-as. Many of the stores along Kamampay Public Beach serve these dishes as well.


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Activities at the Kamampay Public Beach

Common tourist activities at Kamampay Public Beach are simple sightseeing, photo shoots, enjoying the food, singing at the few videoke joints in the area, enjoying a boat ride on a banca, and simply enjoying the fresh air. Most tourists who come to the place are locals from other parts of Metro Cebu who just want a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. The public beach is not very well-developed in terms of infrastructure.

Treat Your Sweet Tooth at Purple Craves' Dessert Buffet

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 with all you can drink bottomless iced tea sound to you? No, this is not a rhetorical question. What I'm talking about actually exists for real, happening every Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Purple Craves Cafe at the ground floor of the Cebu Century Plaza Hotel along Juana Osmeña Street, barangay Kamputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines.

Purple Craves Dessert Buffet in Cebu City, Philippines
Purple Craves Dessert Buffet in Cebu City, Philippines

Satisfy Your Cravings at Purple Craves Cafe

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 in Cebu City, Philippines
Purple Craves Cafe in Cebu City, Philippines





Robinsons Selections Opens Its 3rd Store in Cebu

Robinsons Selections, Robinsons Supermarkets' premium lifestyle brand has opened its 3rd store at the ground floor of the recently opened Robinsons Galleria Cebu last 10 December 2015. This is it's biggest store yet at 4,500 square meters of floor area. Along with some bloggers and media professionals, I got to join an exclusive tour of the upscale supermarket shortly before it opened its doors to the public.

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Enjoy All Day Buffet Dining at Lé Mon Restaurant in Cebu

Lé 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 Lé Mon's chefs.

All-day eat all you can dining at Le Mon Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Le Mon Restaurant all-day buffet in Cebu City, Philippines

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 at the Robinson's Galleria Cebu, it's first ever restaurant in Cebu, Philippines. 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.
Chicken Deli Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Chicken Deli now in Cebu City, Philippines

Lose The Weight And Get Your Money Back at Crossfit Pintados' Boot Camp

Have you always been wanting to shed off the weight for the longest time like me? You may be interested to join Crossfit Pintados' Boot Camp program starting in 18 January 2016. I was invited to the press conference of the Boot Camp Challenge last 14 December 2015 at the Sunburst Fried Chicken branch in Calyx Building. The press conference was hosted by Bradd Burchards of Magic 92.3 and graced by Crossfit Pintados' head coach and program director Jason John Santayana.

Crossfit Pintados Bootcamp in Cebu City, Philippines
Coach Jason John Santayana and Bradd Burchards

Spellbound at Gayuma ni Maria Restaurant

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 in Cebu City, Philippines
Gayuma ni Maria Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Century Plaza Hotel: PWD-friendly Cebu City Hotel

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 Cebu Century Plaza Hotel along Juana Osmeña Street, barangay Kamputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines. Century Plaza Hotel is a Cebu City hotel known for its wide and very spacious rooms, very friendly staff, and great location right at the heart of Cebu City.





Room Types at Century Plaza Cebu City Hotel

The thirty three (33) hotel rooms available at the Cebu Century Plaza Hotel is categorized into four (4) room types: Budget Room, Standard Room, Family Room, and Superior Room.

Budget Room 

Budget rooms are the cheapest hotel room options at Cebu Century Plaza Hotel. These three (3) rooms at Cebu Century Plaza Hotel is equipped with a single bed only.

Standard Room 

There are fifteen (15) standard rooms at Cebu Century Plaza Hotel equipped with twin beds. The standard rooms at Cebu Century Plaza Hotel is so spacious. In other hotels, rooms as spacious as the standard rooms at the Century Plaza Cebu City hotel are already classified as suites.

One of the hotel's standard rooms (Room 311) is directly next to the hotel's function room at the 3rd floor and can be utilized as the "war room" for events like what the Cebu Blogging Community's volunteers did during the Cebu Blogging Summit 2.0 held last 12 December 2015.

standard room at Century Plaza Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines
Standard Room at Century Plaza Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines

Family Room 

The three (3) family rooms at Cebu Century Plaza Hotel have three (3) whole beds each. This room can accommodate up to six (6) persons, truly a family room.

family room at Century Plaza Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines
Family Room at Century Plaza Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines

Superior Room

The twelve (12) superior rooms at Cebu Century Plaza Hotel are equipped with twin beds. These rooms are the the premium rooms at Cebu Century Plaza Hotel.


Rack Rates at Century Plaza Cebu City Hotel

The published rate for the single occupancy, single bed budget room at Cebu Century Plaza Hotel is PhP 1,600 per night. The double occupancy, twin bed standard room retails for PhP 2,200 per night. The triple occupancy, triple bed family room sells at PhP 2,400 per night. The double occupancy, twin bed superior room can be had at PhP 3,000 a night. Extra bed or person will be charged PhP 600 each. Rates are already inclusive of government tax and complimentary breakfast at Purple Craves Cafe, a wedding-themed events cafe that services the food and beverage section of the Cebu Century Plaza Hotel.

Room Amenities at Century Plaza Cebu City Hotel

All rooms at the Cebu Century Plaza Hotel are equipped with the following amenities:
  • full air conditioning with silent split-type air conditioning units
  • hot and cold shower
  • 32" wall-mounted flatscreen television set with cable channels (serviced by SkyCable)
  • International Direct Dial (IDD) and National Direct Dial (NDD) telephone system
  • Free wi-fi access 
  • hygienic, disposable slippers (available upon request)

Superior rooms are also equipped with a mini-refrigerator and a bath tub.



One of a Very Few Cebu City Hotels That are Truly PWD-friendly

Rooms at the Cebu Century Plaza Hotel are people-friendly. The Cebu Century Plaza hotel also allocated five (5) rooms that are handicapped friendly. These rooms were designed with the needs of special needs populations in mind such as guests with children on strollers, senior citizens, and wheelchair users. These rooms have toilets and baths that are accessible and barrier-free built using universal design principles. These so-called "universal rooms" have lower switches, reachable outlets, lower hanging racks, grab bars in the toilets and showers, dual height lavatories, lower mirrors, deep spaces for wheelchair footrests, handheld showers, and a bathing wheelchair which is made available upon request. According to managers of the hotel, only Pillows Hotel can claim of the same accessibility in Cebu.

Facilities and Services at Century Plaza Cebu City Hotel

Cebu Century Plaza Hotel has a spacious parking area, 24 hours closed circuit television (CCTV) security cameras, a 24-hour standby generator, 24-hours elevator service, 24-hour room service, 24-hour roving security guard, laundry and pressing service, a function room, and massage service by appointment.
function hall at Century Plaza Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines
Function Hall at Century Plaza Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines

Function Room

The Cebu Century Plaza Hotel's third floor function room was the venue for the Cebu Blogging Summit 2015 as one of the platinum sponsors of the event organized by eStrat Media and co-presented by Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) Home and the Cebu Blogging Community. The function room can hold up to 100 sitting guests on a theater setting although the Cebu Blogging Summit 2.0 was a standing room only event that had more than 100 participants. The function room is also very near the stairway and the hotel's passenger elevator so event organizers need not to worry about event participants getting lost around the hotel.

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Food and Beverage Service at Century Plaza Cebu City Hotel

Cebu Century Plaza Hotel does not have an in-house food and beverage service. Instead, its food and beverage section is served by Purple Craves Cafe, a concessionaire. Purple Craves Cafe is a wedding-themed events cafe and serves a full menu from breakfast, snacks, lunch, and dinner. During Saturdays, they serve a dessert buffet at a very affordable cost of PhP 143 per person and that already comes with bottomless iced tea. Purple Craves Cafe can also be booked to cater for functions at PhP 350 per person for a minimum of thirty (30) persons.

Century Plaza Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines
Purple Craves Cafe dessert buffet at Century Plaza Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines

Location and Contact Numbers of Century Plaza Cebu City Hotel

The Cebu Century Plaza Hotel is located at the Cebu Century Plaza Commercial Complex along Juana Osmeña Street in barangay Kamputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines. This is a great location for a Cebu City hotel as it is right at the heart of midtown Cebu City. The hotel complex is a stone's throw away from the party places at Mango Avenue, the historic Fuente Osmeña Circle, and Chong Hua Hospital. Restaurants and other business establishments are located within the hotel complex while there are also restaurants, malls, banks, fast food joints, souvenir shops, and other businesses also surround the hotel complex. Some of the food joints within the complex are Muvanz Pocherohan, Alejandro's Crispy Pata, and Frozen Snack Bar.

It is very accessible to public transportation and is a short drive away from all the important locations in Cebu City. Jeepney routes that pass nearby Cebu Century Plaza Hotel are Lahug-bound and Apas-bound jeepneys (04B, 04C, 04D, 04H, 04I, 17B, 17C, 17D), jeepneys plying the Labangon to Ayala route (12L), some jeepneys plying the Mabolo to downtown Cebu City route, and jeepneys plying the Ayala to downtown Cebu City route (14D).

Cebu Century Plaza Hotel may be reached through telephone numbers (+6332) 412 6673 or (+6332) 255 1697 or through fax numbers (+6332) 255 1664 or (+6332) 253 9205. One may also visit the Cebu Century Plaza website or the Avila Group of Companies website and e-mail them at cnturypl@mozcom.com.

Cebu Blogging Summit 2015: Bloggers as Thought Leaders and Opinion Makers

Blogging has come of age. As we move forward into the digital age, bloggers will no longer be seen merely as individuals struggling to create influence in their own online sphere. Collectively, bloggers are now able to shape the world we live in.


Get Wasted With Shawarma, Burger, Pizza, and Pasta at Wasted Chef

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 barangay Kamputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines. The house specialties are the Greek pita burger, shawarma, a couple of pasta dishes, and a couple more pizza varieties.


Wasted Chef Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Wasted Chef Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines


Eat Healthy at Shabu-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 shabu-shabu. We now better appreciate this part of Japanese cuisine.

Shabu Way Restaurant in Metro Cebu, Philippines
Shabu Way Restaurant in Metro Cebu, Philippines

Yakimix: Japanese Restaurant Offers Eat All You Can Buffet in Cebu City

After months of anticipation, I have finally dined at the Yakimix Smokeless Grill and Japanese Restaurant at the Capitol Square along Escario Street, barangay Capitol Site, Cebu City, Philippines. 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.

Yakimix in Cebu City, Philippines
Yakimix in Cebu City, Philippines