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directory CEBU’S #1 CITY GUIDE Vol.3 No.10 December-January 2013

Holiday Issue INSIDE At the Banquet Marriott’s New Ballroom ON THE COVER Louis and Honey Thevenin welcome diners at La Maison Rose


La Vie En Rose La Maison Rose marries colorful Indochine design influences and classic French cuisine, with specials that change everyday throughout the year.



HAPPY HOLIDAYS & PIT SEÑOR! The end of the year is always an influx of activity for Filipinos. Christmas is a season that we take seriously in this country. In Cebu, though, the reunions and get-togethers are made more special with an appearance of lechon. This year, try and make it a French lechon from La Maison Rose—or the duck confit, a dish that made it almost impossible for us to let go of our forks. As the New Year ushers in, though, Cebu somehow becomes abuzz with a different kind of holiday. Sinulog is definitely the biggest event of the year on the island, and whether you’re here regularly or a complete Sinulog noob, we’ve got your weekend covered with a list of the parties and the items you need to survive the festivities. Get into the spirit of things with an Islands Souvenirs shirt, much like Rizbelle does on our inside cover. In fact, you can take inebriation to a whole new level and join us on our bar crawl—and maybe walk away with P15,000 worth of items! Make sure to wear comfortable shoes throughout the weekend. The party’s not going to wait for your blisters to heal. See you on the streets!

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Mango and coconut tiramisu

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SHARI QUIMBO Editor Profiteroles au chocolat

Vol.3 No.10 Dec-Jan 2013

photo by Romain Rivierre


Publisher Jacinto E. Ramos Managing Editor Shari Quimbo Creative Director David Jones Cua Layout Artist Edwin Javier Jr. Contributor Joanna Cuenco

Photographers Dan Ong, Adrian Yu, Andrew Andres JJ Tan, Christine Cueto Advertising Amy Undaloc, Lorlaine Yutico ZEE Publications Inc., G/F PDI Bldg. Gov. Cuenco Avenue Cor. J.Panis St., Banilad, Cebu City, Philippines Tel. No. 6332. 234 2636, 415 8597 © All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without prior permission from the publisher.

ON THE COVER Inside the private room at La Maison Rose with Honey and Louis Thevenin.


Photography by Dan Douglas Ong Hair & Make-up Gari Son

Sitting just off Gorordo Avenue, La Maison Rose lives up to its name, its bright pink façade popping against the sprawling green lawn that it sits on. Built in the 1930s, the art deco home used be the residence for members of the Velez family before Alliance Française de Cebu (AFC) started renting the house in 2012. “When I visited, it looked like the house was frozen in time; as if it hadn’t moved,” says Louis Thevenin, the organization’s director. “It seemed like it had history and a past, and that is what I loved instantly about the house.”

The allusion to a different age works well with the new tenants, Alliance Française being a satellite in Cebu for a culture that is rich in history. The AFC is the first and currently the largest collection of non-profit French teaching associations with interdependent local communities. Besides the growing number of French classes, the organization also has movie screenings and cultural events throughout the city, giving locals a taste of a French lifestyle. Of course, there’s no immersion in a

photography by Dan Ong

the Profiteroles au Chocolat, which are pastry buns filled with sweet vanilla Chantilly cream and covered with hot chocolate sauce, or the Mango and Coconut Tiramisu, a French version of the Filipino mango float. Diners looking for more variety will be glad to know that La Maison Rose is the only French restaurant in Cebu that offers 365 menus in a year, with a new special dish every day. The set menu includes an appetizer, main course and dessert at affordable prices of P500 for lunch, and P750 for dinner that comes with a glass of wine. The restaurant even works in partnership with AFC’s activities upstairs. January marks the beginning of yoga classes for kids and adults, a program that the organization promotes for wellness and wellbeing. Those availing of the program can also take advantage of the Yoga+Vegetarian menu, which has deliciously healthy dishes like the wild tofu served with fresh mushrooms and black rice, or bell pepper mille feuille, a dish with green and red bell peppers layered in sheets of crispy filo pastry. Certainly, La Maison Rose is more than just a restaurant. It represents the cultural nuances of the French, while

culture like taking an actual taste, and La Maison Rose’s ground floor restaurant has an array of dishes that make French cuisine approachable and appealing to the Cebuano palate. Although less than a year old, already locals have been raving about the dishes, the iPad menus and the restaurant itself. With vibrant colors and a confluence of patterns, La Maison

and tender Pepper Steak are savory main courses, but the editors’ personal favorite is the Duck Confit and Potato Gratin. The dish features a large suculent duck leg cooked in its own fat and fried to a crisp, creating a mouthful of flavors that is perfectly complemented by the oven-baked potatoes. Dessert is just as delightful—with top choices being

maintaining an affinity to the history and tastes of the Asian region Cebu belongs to. It’s a combination that works well for its look and its food, and it certainly has the locals positively tickled pink.

photo by Romain Rivierre

reminiscent of French Indochina, the colonial territories that included Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Outside, blue parasols shade white garden furniture as a colorful complement to the greenery and taking advantage of the island’s mostly sunny weather. The food, of course, is really what makes La Maison Rose a must-dine location in the city. While French food might normally be seen as intimidating, the restaurant keeps it simple but sumptuous, its classic dishes packed with flavors that need no translations. French chefs Antoine Rollin and Adrien Guerrey take inspiration from fresh ingredients available in the market and grown in the herb garden on the premises. The Variation de Foie Gras—a selection of foie gras terrine layered with spiced bread, foie gras poached in red wine and served in thin slices, and a foie gras “crème brulee”—is an interesting mix of cooking styles and flavors to highlight the rich duck liver. The Beef Bourguignon photo by Romain Rivierre

Confit de conard et gratin de pommes de terre (duck confit and potato gratin)

Rose’s dining areas are decorated with antique furniture interspersed with paper lanterns and pop-art paintings from the woman behind the space’s look, Delphine de Lorme. “We like our antiques, and when something is broken, we fix them. We don’t just throw them away and get a new one,” she says, wanting to embody various aspects of the French culture. In this case, it’s

La Maison Rose 371 Gorordo Avenue Lahug, Cebu City 6332. 268 5411



December 8-22 GILT Christmas Toy Drive Donate clothes, toys, school supplies and books for the benefit of the Gawad Kalinga Child and Youth Development Program 5:00PM-2:00AM Gilt Artisan Lounge, Crossroads December 15-30 Festive Buffet A holiday feast at your choice of three outlets Marco Polo Plaza Cebu December 16 Christmas Choral Competition Grand Finals 6:00 PM Parkmall December 20-30 CHRISTMAS DINNER Sumptuous buffet at PHP 1,880 net per person Tides Restaurant Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa December 23 Hi-5 Holiday 4:00 and 7:00 PM Waterfront Cebu City Hotel December 24 and 25 Christmas Indulgence at the Garden Café Lunch and dinner buffet at PHP 1,400.00 Cebu City Marriott Hotel December 31 Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve Celebration Dinner buffet, cocktails and countdown to 2013 Cebu City Marriott Hotel December 31 Auld Lang Syne Cocktails and perfromances from the Mood Icons Band and Mactan Dynamic Dancers Cebu Parklane International Hotel December 31 New Year’s Countdown Witness the fireworks display on the grand balcony with performances from The Retro All Stars and Leandro Zayko and The Patiqueros Marco Polo Plaza Cebu


December 31 NEW YEAR GALA DINNER PHP 6,000 net COUNTDOWN PARTY 10:30 PM Live band and pass-around cocktails The Marquee Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa


The Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo is a distinctly Filipino tradition of attending the nine-day devotional masses before Christmas, as is customary for Roman Catholics, at dawn. During the Spanish era, farmers had to work in the fields throughout the day and the priests sympathized with the workers who attend the novenas despite their obvious fatigue. The clergy then started holding masses in the morning before the natives went to work, and the tradition has remained throughout the years. Now, Filipinos continue to attend the dawn masses, usually at 4:00 or 5:00 AM, with the promise of a wish granted upon the completion of the nine days. It’s also been customary for churchgoers to grab servings of bibingka or local rice cake after the mass. CEBU CATHOLIC CHURCHES Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe Guadalupe, Cebu City 6332. 254 4593 Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City 6332. 255 6699, 255 6697 Carmelite Monastery Juan Luna Ave., Cebu City 6332. 232 8503 Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral P. Zamora St., Cebu City 6332. 255 8823

Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod SM Seaside Complex Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish N. Escario Street, Cebu City 6332. 255 8516 Redemptorist Church Queen’s Road, Cebu City 6332. 253 6315 Sacred Heart Parish D. Jakosalem St., Cebu City 6332. 254 3950, 253 6479 St. Joseph Patriarch Parish Mabolo, Cebu City 6332. 232 5979, 412 8096



THE MARRIOTT HOTEL In the heart of the bustling streets of Cebu Business Park, one of a few districs in the city that resemble the developed world, the 15-year standing hotel makes the optimal venue for your private and corporate event this season. by David Jones Cua photography Adrian Yu

The 564 sqm. ballroom procured a long awaited facelift keeping up with the standards of modern design. Earth-toned double doors with bistre shagreen handles leads you into your celebration. The old dark and heavy oak paneling breaks out to breathe, meekly glowing with a backlit wooden frame encasing stainless to veneer marquetry panel. A patterned carpet that fills the room from wall to wall creates the visual illusion of a larger space. For elaborate party decorators dolling up the room from floor to ceiling, a notable food selection keeps the location a strong contender. An upscale dining experience designed by new

Food and Beverage manager Fernanda Lopez, an Argentinian national, and Executive Chef Chachpol Suaisom, a Thai national, includes starters of canapés, caviar, and cold cuts; a wide array of soups and salads. For main dishes, guests can partake of an exotic assortment of pink salmon in sauce Café de Paris, beef tenderloin in mushroom sauce, osso buco, grilled sea bass, braised lamb shank, roasted barramundi. Notably, the Cebu City Marriott Hotel serves truffle pasta packed with flavor, as well as coconut-lemongrass rice for those watching their figure. In a buffet setting, these delectable comestibles can be set beside live

culinary stations serving carved prime rib of beef, salmon en croute, maple glazed whole ham, or authentic Japanese, Thai or Vietnamese cuisine. As no real party is complete without libations liberating your guests en garde, a full bar service is available with different options for an open bar of luxury and premium liquers and spirits, wine and local beer. Standard event technology is available paired with a “Red Coat” service event professional at your beck and call. As a side note from the writer’s personal preference, an efficient valet is ready; a great boost for a fuss free celebration.

Tuna Ceviche in Martini Glasses

A rendering of the new ballroom Walnut Brownies and Fruit Skewers

Cosmopolitans and Martinis with Olives

Action Stations

Cebu City Marriott Hotel Cardinal Rosales Avenue Cebu City, 6000 Philippines Contact No.: 63-32-4115800 Fax: 63-32-4115801 Sales Fax: 63-32-4156169




“It was a couple years back when Islands Souvenirs launched the ‘I Heart’ line, a brainchild of our president and CEO Jay Aldeguer, and it has since become a massive success,” Josh Eballe, the head of communications for the Islands Group, says about the personalized shirts that have been gaining a following from tourists and Cebuanos alike. “We wanted to bring Cebu closer to the Cebuanos.” True enough, the campaign has become a way for locals to express their pride of place, giving way to variations that have wearers specifying what exactly it is about Cebu that they love. It’s the kind of innovation that has kept the Islands Group on the forefront of the Cebu tourism industry for the past 20 years. Starting out as a fresher take to the cottage-industry souvenir products available, the group has become a veritable force in various aspects of tourism—from the budget-friendly accommodations at the Islands Stay Hotels, to Islands Banca Cruises’ luxurious take on island hopping. With their bright orange logo and the inviting and fun appeal of the brand, Islands has done more than give tourists an avenue to

acquire items to commemorate their holidays; it has also come to embody Cebu and other neighboring provinces, and their innate hospitality. “The reason behind why the Islands Group decided to go into different tourism-related businesses is because we found there was a gap in the industry that we needed to fill in,” says Josh. “When travelers visit a certain area, they’re not just looking for souvenirs. They’re also looking for things they want to do, so we’re filling the gap of what’s missing.” True enough, the Islands Group covers numerous aspects in the business of vacations, with plans of further expanding to other branches and brands. However, they remain strong in the industry of their beginnings, providing one-stop destinations for tourists in the form of the Islands Pasalubong Centers, which invites travelers to find a little something that will let them “take the islands with you.” With locations in the heart of a vacationer’s itinerary— across the Basilica Minore de Santo Niño and along to the road to the Cebu-Mactan International Airport— these stores feature everything a tourist could need

THE ISLANDS LIFE After 20 years in the industry, the Islands Group continues to symbolize Cebuano creativity, hospitality and pride ON THE INSIDE COVER photography Dan Douglas Ong hair and make up Raisa Bercede model Rizbelle Ostrea ON THIS PAGE photography Adrian Yu


while on vacation, along with local delicacies and products they can bring back home. The next few months will see more Pasalubong Centers throughout the city, in accessible locations such as Rain Tree Mall along Mango Avenue and on Archbishop Reyes across Ayala Center Cebu. The Islands Pasalubong Centers have a collection of merchandise that include local treats, beachwear and travel essentials, camera and electronics accessories, toiletries and, of course, Islands Souvenirs’ collection of colorful apparel. The shirts do more than just have Cebu emblazoned on the cover; the Islands’ highly creative team come up with new concepts regularly and especially during special occasions. Already, festive new prints are coming out for Sinulog, vibrant and comfortable enough for partying out in the streets. “Islands is very Cebu, and so is Sinulog. It’s like the Cebuano Christmas,” explains Josh. “The best way to commemorate our triumphs as Cebuanos is, of course, to be part of and celebrate with Sinulog.” From showcasing the locals and their love for the place, to being a strong presence in Cebu’s biggest event of the year, the Islands Group continues to be firmly rooted in its hometown, even as it expands to other islands. Although it is very much a business that caters to the tourists, it’s a brand that takes pride in being local.



Viva Pit Señor! Sinulog seems like an invitation to the rest of the world to visit Cebu, party with the locals, indulge in the food, and immerse into a cultural activity that could very well be the highlight of most years. But more than the floats, the parties and the crowds, the Sinulog weekend is a celebration to commemorate the province’s acceptance of the Catholic faith, and to pay homage to the Santo Niño. photography Dan Douglas Ong

HISTORY Ferdinand Magellan presented the image of the child Jesus or the Santo Niño, as a gift to Hara Amihan, the wife of Cebu’s ruler Rajah Humabon, when he landed in Cebu in 1521. It’s said that Hara Amihan, later named Queen Juana, was overjoyed at the sight of the Santo Niño that she starting dancing, and eventually paved the way for the conversion of some 800 painting by Isabel natives to Christianity. When Oil Echevarria inspired by Sinulog Miguel Lopez de Legazpi arrived more than 40 years later, his men found the Santo Niño in a house, along with other native idols. The devotion to the Santo Niño has steadily grown stronger since then, with the annual Sinulog parade that has only gained momentum since it started in 1980. THE FESTIVITIES The Sinulog festivities include a nine-day novena before finally culminating in the grand parade on the third Sunday of January. Before the weekend’s festivities, it has become tradition that the Santo Niño is brought to visit his parents. The image is brought to the St. Joseph Parish in Mandaue, where he spends the night as


devotees hold vigil. Come dawn, the image is then brought by boat through the Mactan Channel to visit the Virgen dela Regla or the Virgin of the Rule. By the time the sun is up, a fleet of colorful boats join the Santo Niño in its journey back to Cebu City to reenact the Cebuano’s acceptance of Christianity from the Spanish. At sundown, a solemn procession is held throughout the city’s main roads, where the large crowd can number in the millions as they walk with the Santo Niño as it returns to the Basilica. On Sunday, the crowd goes into a more festive mood, with the grand parade of floats and dancers through the city’s main roads. Contingents from around the island and the neighboring provinces make their way through the streets and into the Cebu City Sports Complex to show off their choreographed presentations. Outside, revelers celebrate throughout the afternoon, dancing alongside performers while done up in face paint and feathered accessories. The day culminates with elaborate fireworks displays throughout the city, while the crowd continues to party well into the night.





photography Christine Cueto


January 18, Friday

Sinulog Festival Queen Search Cebu City Sports Complex, 7:00 PM The lead dancers from the participating contingents compete for the title to represent the most graceful and talented beauty in the parade. Cebu Popular Music Festival Cebu Coliseum, 8:00 PM Lifedance The Boardwalk Complex FF Cruz Reclamation Area Republiq Sinulog Pre-Party Distillery Cebu

January 19, Saturday

Fluvial Procession Ouano Wharf to Cebu Port, 6:00 AM The Santo Niño is brought back to Cebu City, recreating the local’s acceptance of the image from the Spanish. Solemn Procession Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, 3:00 PM Starting out at the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, the image of the Holy Child, along with Mary and St. Joseph, go on procession around the city and culminates with high mass back at the church.


Sinulog Fireworks Competition SM City Cebu, 7:00 PM Street Party Fuente Osmeña and Plaza Independencia 7:00 PM Kasadya Nite Mardi Gras Ayala Center Cebu 8:00 PM Republiq Sinulog Pre-party Penthouse

January 20, Sunday

Sinulog Festival Grand Parade Sinulog Route, 9:00 AM The most vibrant part of the weekend, the parade features contingents from Cebu and its neighboring provinces who dance on the streets, before performing onstage in front of judges as the Cebu City Sports Complex. Annual Rhipstop Sinulog Invasion Baseline, Juana Osmeña St., Cebu City Grand Finale and Fireworks Cebu City Sports Center, 7:00 PM Republiq Invades Sinulog Ayala Terraces Cebu, 6:00 PM

FOLLOW CEBU’S MOST HAPPENING HOT SPOTS FOR THEIR SINULOG FESTIVITY SCHEDULES Formo 6332. 416 1990 FB: Formo Restaurant & Lounge @FORMOCebu VUDU 63. 917 710 0400 FB: VUDU Cebu @VUDUcebu Loft 6332. 2380532 FB: The Loft Cebu @theloftcebu Penthouse 6332. 231.3284 FB: The Penthouse Cebu @penthouse_cebu Maya 6332. 238 955 FB: Maya Mexican Restaurant @mayacebu Alchology 63.922 6963040 (9am till 6pm) 63.932 1862007 (6pm onwards) FB: Alchology @alchologycebu   Distillery 63.32 266 9064 FB: The Distillery Cebu @distilleryphils   Gilt Artisan Lounge 63.32 416 2342 FB: GILT @GILT_Cebu   Level Ei8ht 63.32 2360027 or 63.32 236 0028 63.906 3001530 FB: Level E Ight   Barcode 63.927 223 8766 FB: The Barcode








Not your average street parade, Sinulog’s street parties are legendary for taking you in and leaving you soaked, sullied, and further from sober than you’ve ever been. Don’t be a noob and grab these items from our list of essentials. photography Andrew Andres

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Fluorescent Pink and Green Flip-Flops from Havaianas PHP 1,045

THREE-PIECE SWIMSUIT SET (with sarong) from Sunny Side Up PHP 1,848


WATER BOTTLE from Beach Mums PHP 250


STORE INFORMATION SUNNY SIDE UP 2/F, Ayala Center Cebu (Cebu Business Park), Cebu City, Cebu 6000, Philippines 6332. 415 4880

BEACH MUMS Maribago Road, Mactan Island 0917 622 5161, 63 32 2665161

HAVAIANAS All Flip- Flops, G/F Paseo Ciudad, Ayala Center Cebu, 6332. 236 0985 G/F North Wing, SM City Cebu North Reclamation Area 6332. 236 0985

CANON Unit 15, The Gallery Golam Drive, Juan Luna Avenue Mabolo, Cebu City 6000 Golam Drive, Cebu City Contact No: 032 233 5735

ISLAND SOUVENIRS 2/F Ayala Center Cebu, Arch Bishop Reyes Street, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City, Cebu 6332. 231 2581

HTC Cyberzone of SM City Cebu

CANON PHP 219,998

Get ready to

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DENIM SHORTS from Sunny Side Up PHP 570





Even if comfort is key during Sunday’s festivities, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your edgy fashion. Stay true to your personality with a pair of kicks that lets you pound the pavement in style. photography JJ Tan

Hipster For those who want the height but not the blisters, the Skch +3 adds a couple of inches to help you stand out in style. Skechers Skch +3 in black PHP 3,995

Club Kid Straight from a night of partying to the streets of Sinulog, the club kid keeps comfortable with shoes that don’t lose their cool. Creative Recreation W Cesario in purple, red, orange and yellow, from Complex PHP 1,135

Girly Girl Jewelry is best left at home, but these shoes keep you safe even with a little bit of sparkle. Keds Ch Stars in cream, from Complex PHP 2,590

Athletic Lightweight and promotes a mid-foot strike, these ultra comfy shoes let you run faster, stronger and longer. Skechers GOrun ride for Men in red and black PHP 4,295

Easy-Going Laidback but certainly not sloppy, a pair of the original boat shoes, Sperry Top-Sider, in a neutral color takes you around the hottest spots throughout the weekend. Sperry Top-Sider Bahama 2 Eye in black PHP 3,295

Boy-Next-Door With its classic shape and color, these Polo Ralph Lauren canvas shoes for teens help the young ones stay charming while outdoors. Polo Ralph Lauren Gavin in navy and red canvas, from Complex PHP 2,995

STORE INFORMATION Complex Lifestyle 2/F Ayala Center Cebu


Skechers 2/F Active Zone Ayala Center Cebu 6332. 412 6273

Sperry G/F SM North Wing Mandaue City



Every year, Cebu’s hotel occupancy is up to its fullest, similar to the occurrence during the birth of the very savior the festival celebrates. If you’ve developed a penchant for adventure and prefer backpacks as trunks, here are a few essentials you should keep packed up for the weekend. photography Christine Cueto THE NORTH FACE Single Track Shoe from R.O.X. PHP 6,990

Hurley Dimension Shirt from R.O.X. PHP 2,090


RED POLKA Dot Belt Bag from D.C. PHP 3,290




ROXY WALLET from R.O.X. PHP 1,490

THE NORTH FACE COVERTABLE PANT/SHORTS from R.O.X. PHP 3,190 Cleo Shoes Women from D.C. PHP 2,990

OluKai KAYA Jaya Slipper from Rest/Toe/Run PHP 6,790

NALGENE 500ML TRITAN SLATE from R.O.X., PHP 550 and NALGENE Centre Blue PHP 650



Lafuma Kurobe Daypack from The Travel Club PHP 2,790

TRAVELON PURPLE HOBO BAG from The Travel Club PHP 3,890

TUMI NAVY BODY BAG from The Travel Club PHP 8,990




STORE INFORMATION R.O.X. G/F Active Zone Ayala Center Cebu 6332.412 6247 6332.234 6003

Bratpack 2/F Ayala Center Cebu 6332.415 8343

Rest/Toe/Run 1/F Ayala Center Cebu 6332.232 9943

D.C. 2/F Active Zone Ayala Center Cebu 6332.412 4037 2/F SM Northwing 6332. 416 7092

Travel Club 2/F Ayala Center Cebu 6332.231 9045

Quiksilver 2/F SM Northwing 6332. 239 1138

The NorthFace Upper G/F SM Northwing 6332. 236 3542






You might find your body fatigued and your head throbbing with a hangover after the festivities. If you’ve got one more day in town, indulge in a few of our morning after rituals to get your body up and able for the next day. photography Adrian Yu

Coffee Dream

You passed out and woke up in Mango, with paint on your face and an aching back. Crawl your way to Body and Sole for a non-invasive, hypoallergenic facial and full body massage.

Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu, 6332. 238 1051; Ayala Center Cebu 4th level Cebu Business Park, 6332. 344 7249; 2/F SM City Cebu, North Reclamation Area;

F. Ramos Street, Cebu City, 6332. 254 9639; G/F i1 building, Asiatown I.T. Park, Apas, Lahug, 6332. 232 2919; 2nd floor Elizabeth Mall, N. Bacalso cor. Leon Kilat Street, Cebu City, 6332.417 7403;



You got an extra night and find your needing to escape the city, make your way to Mactan and book yourself a suite at the spa, inclusive of a massage and a facial right inside your room at Mogambo Springs at Plantation Bay.

Besides the obvious smears on your face, the afternoon in the sun and all-night partying could leave skin dull and blemished. Sneak away to Lohas for a few hours of their rejuvenating facial, which relaxes the skin and repairs sun damage.

Plantation Bay, Marigondon, Mactan Island 6332. 340 5900;

Paseo Saturnino, Maria Luisa Road, Banilad 6332. 416 1171;



Body and Sole

Grab a Café Mocha for those who need to warm up their bodies or a Green Tea Chill for those that need to cool down. The antioxidant properties in green tea is sure to help the Monday blues on the city’s day off.


Before heading to the airport, make a detour to the hills to remove the remnants of partying. An array of massages relieves aches and pains, while body scrubs and wraps get you clean and refreshed for the flight back home.

Forget about chipping your nails, imagine what you got under them. Take the paint stains and dirt out from under your finger and toe nail and treat yourself to a manipedi with a cute and quirky color for the flight home.

Basement Level, Marco Polo Plaza Hotel Cebu, Nivel Hills 6332. 253 1111;

Basement 1, Ayala Center, 6332. 505 0900; 2/F The Walk, IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City, 6332.266 1812; Basement 1 J Center Mall (soon to open)



Chocolate-dipped AND ORIGINAL Dried mangoes from R&M The classic dried mango with a twist, they go great with sikwate or local hot chocolate. The original flavor is said to be an exotic pair to a glass of wine, along with other favorites dried papayas, pineapples, mango-tamarinds and mango chew. Original: PHP 46 Chocolate-dipped: PHP 220 Highway 77, Talamban, Cebu City 6332. 257 5738, 254 5777 Metal banana leaf bowl with glass fruit by Janice Minor The chinese (a major subculture in Cebu) believe adorning pineapples by the entrance brings in prosperity to the home. Make it an eccentric designer keepsake for extra luck and maybe grab some accessories made from indigenous material too. PHP 3,705 L’Anchora Bldg., Gov. Cuenco Ave., Banilad, Cebu City 6332. 345 3971 or 63. 932 857 2670

Take a bit of Cebu back with you with these specialties that make the perfect “pasalubong” or travel gift to friends and family back home. photography Andrew Andres

Bamboo Speakers by Loud Basstard A product of Cebuano ingenuity for modern technology, these speakers promise your neighbors or parents that your music will stay at appropriate level. PHP 995 63. 917 621 2888, 917 303 0805 Blue Single Fin and Third World shirts, AND Driftwood LOCAL ENTERPRISE TOTE BAG by AFRAME from Free Energy Coop Bring home a bit of Cebuano graphic art with comfy cotton shredder tees for the extreme sportsman. Take them home in a chic and colorful slack bag. PHP 450 for both items Pueblo Aznar UNO Bldg, MJ Cuenco Ave. cor. Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City 6332. 266 8388 Ace Pujols Hardcase in Turquoise from The Travel Cub Its color makes it the exception to the “Made-in-Cebu” rule and gives you sturdy souvenir bag. PHP 9,490

Chicharon with no MSG from Zubuchon Fresh-cooked daily, an alternative to the sinfully succulent Cebuano delicacy of pork rinds usually pair with spicy vinegar. PHP 120/100g, PHP 200/200g Zubuchon Escario, Escario Bldg., Escario St., Cebu City 6332. 583 5699 Zubuchon Capitol, Capitol Site, Cebu City 6332. 254 7342 Zubuchon Mango, Mango Ave. Bldg. Cebu City 6332. 239 5697 Lechon from Rico’s Lechon The local’s choice when it comes to pork rotisserie, they’ve got packing lechon for planes and boats down to a technique. PHP 2,800 Highway 77, Talamban Cebu City 6332. 344 0119, 345 5688 www.rico’



Level Ei8ght Spooktoberfest

When was the last time you were on a date with a zombie or a mummy? For some people, it was at Level Ei8ht’s Spooktoberfest Halloween Party, where guests enjoyed Level Ei8ht’s newly expanded and re-furnished resto-lounge. People were decked out in the most colorful array of costumes while enjoying music from the Renaissance Band. Afterwards, Archie Marcial entertained the crowd with the accompaniment of the Level Up Band before DJ Allan got everyone on the dance floor until 2AM. The Level Ei8ht staff kept with the spirit, serving guests as zombies and witches, along with PR consultant Tico Aldanese as the Monk From Hell.

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Heart Tea’s sample servings of their new flavors

Joanna Cuenco, Mike Acebedo Lopez, Frank Oliva and June Rabin


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A year since they first served their popular milk teas, Heart Tea now has more locations, with three branches for their avid customers and a fourth one opening in December. Managing partner Frank Oliva says that Heart Tea wants to provide delicious drinks to complement a healthy lifestyle. Their beverages are freshly prepared, all-natural and without artificial coloring or preservatives. Their best-selling milk tea flavors are Wintermelon, Coffee Konjac and Tapioca, which are lactose-free. Other flavored iced teas include the Basil Heath Drink, with vitamin C and basil seeds rich in dietary fibers, and are all available at prices that average at Php 50.00. On November 10, Heart Tea invited loyal customers and members of the media to an exclusive re-launching party at Gilt. Guests were served canapés and brand-new milk tea flavors like Caramel-Wintermelon and Hazenut, and add-ons such as Blueberry, Mango, Orange and Cranberry. (by Joanna Cuenco)

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pitsenyor RESORTS & HOTELS


ABACA BOUTIQUE RESORT Punta Engaño Road, Mactan Island Tel No: 6332. 495 3461, 236 0311 email:

MARIBAGO BLUEWATER BEACH RESORT Buyong Maribago, Mactan, Cebu Tel. No. 6332. 232 5411

Alba Uno Hotel 1007 Villa Amores Compound Apas, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 505 2111, 318 1613 Fax No. 6332. 236 6880

MARCO POLO PLAZA Nivel Hills, Apas, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 253 1111 Fax No. 6332. 253 8910

Alegre Beach Resort Calumboyan, Sogod, Cebu Tel. No. 6332. 254 9800, 254 9811 254 9822 Fax no. 6332. 254 9833 CEBU CITY MARRIOTT HOTEL Cardinal Rosales Avenue Cebu Business Park, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 411 5800 Fax No. 6332. 411 5801 CEBU PARKLANE International HOTEL Cebu Office: Cor. Arch. Reyes Ave. and Escario St., Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 411 7000 HOTEL ELIZABETH Archbishop Reyes Ave., Camputhaw Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 231 8000 IMPERIAL PALACE WATERPARK AND SPA M.L. Quezon Highway, Brgy. Maribago Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu Tel. No. 6332. 494 5000

PLANTATION BAY RESORT & SPA Marigondon, Mactan, Cebu Tel. No. 6332. 505 9800 Fax No. 6332. 236 4821 RADISSON BLU HOTEL CEBU Sergio Osmeña Blvd. cor. Juan Luna Avenue, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 402 9900 Fax No. 6332. 402 9999 SHANGRI-LA MACTAN RESORT & SPA Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City Tel. No. 6332. 231 0288 Fax. No. 6332. 231 1688 THE HOUSE OF CEBU DESIGN HOTEL 1 Paseo Saturnino, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 520 7516 WATERFRONT CEBU CITY HOTEL & CASINO 1 Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 232 6888 Fax No. 6332. 232 6989

856 G Gallery Business Walls, 856 A.S. Fortuna St. Banilad, Mandaue City Tel. No. 6332. 344 3039



VIRUS BOUTIQUE A.S. Fortuna St., Mandaue City Tel. No. 6332. 239 7461 Banilad, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 520 6330 Mobile. No. 63. 917 633 6733

FASHION DESIGNERS A pair of embellished dresses in Cary Santiago’s atelier

JESSIE GLOVA STYLE SALON 2/F Pacific Square, F. Cabahug Street, Mabolo, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 236 1808 Monday to Saturday:10:00am - 8:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am - 7:00pm THE SPA AT CEBU #1 Paseo Saturnino, Ma. Luisa Road, Banilad, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 412 0888, 416 3888 10:00am – 12:00mn daily

LOHAS SKIN CLINIC Paseo Saturnino, Ma. Luisa Road, Banilad, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 416 1171 Mobile. No. 63. 933 363 2550

CARY SANTIAGO 176 Juana Osmeña Street, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 238 0429 Mobile No. 63. 917 505 9068 By appointment WENDELL QUISIDO 8-A Wilson St., Lahug, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 254 5479, 231 8830 By appointment DEXTER ALAZAS No.7 Villalon Drive, East Capitol Site Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 583 6105 Mobile No. 63. 923 887 8861 921 520 9695 By appointment




Level Ei8ht

Bellini Champagne Bar


Emerald Isle Irish Bar and Restaurant

Paseo One Restaurant




Level Ei8ht 8/F Adnama Bldg., Larrazabal Ave., North Reclamation Area Mandaue City Tel. No. 6332. 236 0027, 236 0028 Go for: 70s, 80s and 90s RnB, pop and disco Specialty: Asian chili chicken wings, angus tenderloin, seafood Price Range: PP Oakridge Pavilion Oakridge Business Park, 880 A.S. Fortuna St., Banilad, Mandaue City Tel. No. 6332. 343 3820 Emerald Isle Irish Bar and Restaurant Piazza Elysia, Talamban, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 421 3255 Go for: British and Irish cuisine, and Thursday trivia nights Specialty: Meat pies, fish and chips, baby back ribs Price Range: PP Bellini Champagne Bar Panorama Heights, Nivel Hills, Lahug Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 232 7375, 236 0097 Go for: Mediterranean cuisine and spectacular views of the city Specialty: US T-bone steak, flat bread pizza, and grilled seafood and pork Price Range: PPP

Linea Italia


VUDU Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City Mobile No. 63. 917 710 0300 917 710 0400 Go for: all-night dancing Price Range: PP FORMO Restaurant & Lounge Banilad Town Center (BTC), Banilad Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 416 1990 Go for: old school musical favorites Specialty: salmon, spring roll Price Range: PP Darras+Bowler Unit 1&2 Crossroads Mall, Banilad Cebu City Tel No. 6332. 233 0832 Go for: varied wine selection Price Range: PP La Maison Rose 371 Gorordo Ave., Lahug, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 268 5411 Cuisine: French Specialty: beef bourguignon, French lechon Price Range: PPP

A Cafe

Scrapyard The House of Cebu, 1 Paseo Saturnino, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 520 7516 Go for: artsy interiors Specialty: mojitos and bar food like calamares and nachos Price Range: PP

Paseo One Restaurant The House of Cebu, 1 Paseo Saturnino, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 520 7516 Cuisine: German, Asian and European Specialty: mango avocado salad topped with grilled scallops, wieners schnidzeo and jajer schnidzeo Price Range: PP

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Asiatown IT Park, i2 Bldg., Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 412 1388 Cuisine: light meals and coffee Specialty: roast beef sandwich, sardine and garlic linguine Price Range: PP

Nonki A.S. Fortuna St., Banilad, Mandaue City Tel. No. 6332. 422 3159 Cuisine: Japanese Specialty: sushi and sashimi, tempura, ramen noodles Price Range: PPP

Maya Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 238 9552, 238 9618 Cuisine: Mexican Specialty: pescado vera cruz, enchiladas de queso y pollo Price Range: PPP Ginza J. Panis St., Banilad, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332 232 5406 Cuisine: Japanese Specialty: fish head, beef, fried rice Price Range: PPP

Laguna Garden Cafe

Abaca Punta EngaĂąo Road, Mactan, Cebu Tel. No. 6332 495 3461, 236 0311 Cuisine: Mediterranean Specialty: braised lamb shank, sea bass fillet, six-hour pork belly, chicken tagine Price Range:PPP The Beverly CafĂŠ Beverly Boutique Business Hotel, F. Manalo St., Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 254 8570 Cuisine: American and Filipino Specialty: fresh corned beef, baby back ribs, Angus steak Price Range: PP

Cafe de France

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf


La Maison Rose


Siam Thai Cuisine


Siam Thai Cuisine The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu Mactan Marina Mall, MEPZ Lapu-Lapu City; 88 JMD Bldg., B. Aquino Ave., Iloilo City; Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City Tel. No. 6332. 417 1318 Specialty: seafood Price Range: P MooOn Café The Walk, IT Park; The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu; Parkmall; Robinsons Cybergate; Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan Tel. No. 63. 922 706 5349 Cuisine: Mexican Specialty: chimichanga, baby back ribs and moon steak Price Range: PP Linea Restaurant & Lounge E-Bloc, IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 520 2299, Mobile. No. 63. 932 271 9926 Cuisine: international Specialty: pasta, pizza, salmon, grilled tilapia with curry Price Range: PP A Café Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332, 505 5692 Cuisine: modern American food Specialty: burgers, sandwiches, salads, steaks Price Range: PPP

Mooon Cafe

The Beverly Cafe

Laguna Garden Café/ Café Laguna Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 231 0922, Mobile. No. 63. 922 233 8602 Cuisine: Filipino Specialty: kare-kare, lengua, paella, beefsteak Price Range: PP Café de France Mactan Marina Mall, Lapu-Lapu City Tel. No. 6332. 340 6938 Southgate Mall, MEPZ 2 Lapu-Lapu City Tel. No. 6332. 238 3877 Robinsons Place, Fuente Osmeña Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 254 3608 Cuisine: Filipino breakfast and French Specialty: breakfast meals, fish fillet in white wine sauce, salads, pasta Price Range: PP Don Merto’s Restaurant Casa Escaño Bed & Breakfast 94 Juana Osmeña St., Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 253 5563 Cuisine: continental Specialty: steak Price Range: PP

Café Georg G/F MLD Bldg., Banilad, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 234 0887 Cuisine: Asian, Mandarin and Filipino Specialty: fresh tomato and basil pasta, Singapore-styled fish Price Range: PP La Tegola Group Idea Italia - Ayala Center Cebu La Tegola - Banilad, Busay, Lahug and Mactan Tel. No. 6332. 232 0344 Cuisine: Italian Specialty: pizza and pasta Price Range: PPP Pizzeria Michelangelo Paseo Saturnino, Maria Luisa Rd. Banilad, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 236 4297 Hola España, Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City Tel. No. 6332. 340 5119 Cuisine: Italian Specialty: Biancanavy pizza Price Range: PP Cafe Elysa 30-A Zamora St, Pari-an, Cebu City Tel. No. 6332. 414 9265, 416 6793 Cuisine: local, travel-inspired Specialty: Elysa spring roll, salt and pepper squid, pan-roasted snapper fillet Price Range: PP

PRICE RANGES: PPP = PHP 500+ per person. PP = PHP 500 or less per person. P = PHP 150 and below per person. Prices not including drinks. Cafe Georg

La Tegola

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Mobile 63. 920 970 1394 Pizzeria Michelangelo

Don Merto’s Restaurant



Start off the night with pre-dinner cocktails while enjoying the cool ocean breeze on Level Ei8ht’s rooftop deck. Lounging on the cozy Dedon furniture and the upbeat retro music might tempt early birds to stay on for the dancing.


8/F Adnama Bldg., Larrazabal Ave., North Reclamation Area, Mandaue City



Newly refurbished and with an extensive new menu, Formo is a place to grab dinner while sneaking in a cocktail or two. Try one of the signature cocktails, and don’t forget to tip the hot Russian bartender. Banilad Town Center (BTC), Banilad, Cebu City

Coming only once a year, locals and tourists alike view the Sinulog festivities as a chance to get properly inebriated. With what feels like the entire Cebuano population being down to party, take advantage of the weekend and hit up the city’s hotspots. Make sure to assign a designated driver—it’s going to be a long night.




The last stop for many a reveler’s night is sometimes the craziest and at Alchology, the party goes on until the sun comes up. The flashing lights and pumped-up music gets the large crowd going for hours; expect to stumble out at dawn and head straight to breakfast. Mango Square, Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City


8 LOFT AND PENTHOUSE Continue the party at IT Park, whether it’s in the chic white spaces of Loft or the lit-up dance floors of Penthouse. If you’re feeling intimate, cozy up with someone special and share the leather swing and some vodka tonics at Loft’s Grey Goose lounge.


CJRS Point, Cebu IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City

Give your feet a break and your body another alcohol boost with a tequila sampler or 100% agave from Maya. An energy boost can also come with an order of a burrito or any of their selections of dips—the night’s not over yet! Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City



Grab a bottle of the best liquors or choose from the widest selection of foreign beers at Distillery Cebu with the yuppies. Though really more of a watering hole, it transforms into a quasi dance club with the crowds pouring in as easily as the liquor pours out.


A younger set has claimed Barcode as their pre-game venue of choice, their favorite drinks on the wide selection of cocktails and beers. The hip urban interiors and music selection is a good energy boost for what’s to come.

Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City

Gov. M. Cuenco Ave, Banilad, Cebu City





When properly tipsy, take a breather at Gilt and admire the stylish lounge’s quirky knickknacks and embellished corners. Pair your drink with a bowl of their garlic cracklings or chicharon to help soak up the alcohol and power up for the rest of the night. Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City


At this point of the night, you should be getting your moves ready. Sweat out the ingested calories on Vudu’s wide dance floor to the beats of the Billboard Hot List or progressive hot music. Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City












Tweet or Instagram yourself with a bottle of San Miguel Light by the Zee Standee! Visit all the bars and clubs above and tag @zeedirectory on your post with the corresponding #HASHTAG. First person to visit all nine (9) bars and clubs and submit their photo during the Sinulog weekend will take home Php 15,000 worth of products from SPERRY, SKECHERS, DC, KEDS and more! Consolation prizes will be awarded to twenty (20) runner ups. REMEMBER TO TAG AND HASHTAG. ONLY SUBMISSIONS WITH PROPER TAGS WILL BE COUNTED. For more information go to ZEELIFESTYLECEBU.COM/BARCRAWL



Holiday and Sinulog Issue 2012-13  

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