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The Best Cebu Restaurants to Splurge Over $40 On

When you marry food with luxury, it’s certainly going to be a rewarding experience. Here’s a list of our top 5 restaurants you can dine at for $40.

Cebuanos love to eat, evident in the fact that many restaurants and food spots are popping up all over the island. It’s almost as if food is one of the few things that they wouldn’t mind spending on. That being said, reward yourself with a luxurious meal at one of these restaurants. We made a list of dishes that are a must-try at these restaurants — we guarantee that you won’t regret it!

Photo taken from hungryhongkong.net


Punta Engaño Rd, Cebu, 6015 Cebu

Described in the Philippine Tatler’s Best Restaurants 2011 as a menu that showcases “the best seafood dining”, Cowrie Cove’s selection of dishes promises pleasure for the palate. Enjoy a sumptuous selection of fresh seafood, succulent steaks and Asian-inspired dishes.

For starters, order Cowrie Cove’s Spanish mackerel confit and quinoa salad with organic tomatoes, ricotta and lime. Priced at Php505, this is their signature dish. You can also opt to go for another of their signature dishes, which is their caesar salad with grilled prawns, croutons, anchovies and parmesan shavings, priced at Php500.

Moving on to the main dish, if you’re up for seafood, why not try their slow-cooked octopus with Bohol prawns and potato confit? It’s priced at Php575, but if you’re not a fan of seafood, you can try their organic chicken and foie gras with corn congee and champignon, priced at Php560 — it’s also one of their signature dishes. Or, if you’re a vegetarian or just feeling a healthier option, they have a green tagliatelle with spicy tomato and sautéed spinach, priced at Php380. 

And of course, dessert! Try their chocolate semifreddo with greek yoghurt and mango tartar, priced at Php280.



Punta Engaño Rd, Lapu-Lapu City, 6015 Cebu

Abacá Restaurant provides a full service California-Mediterranean inspired restaurant and bar. Their menu – which uses the finest local and imported ingredients – was developed by their executive chefs and includes wood fired oven roasted meats and seafood, homemade pizzas and pastas, freshly baked breads, tapas and a wide array of salads and appetizers. The award winning restaurant is open to the public for lunch and dinner.

For your appetizer, you can ask their staff for their daily soup, priced at Php395. Their salt ‘n pepper calamari is good too, with chili salt, lemon and traditional aiolo — priced at Php475. You can also opt for their Caesar salad with crisp egg, smoked bacon, lemon and a creamy parmesan dressing, priced at Php545.

Their wood-fired flatbread pizzas are also popular; try their prosciutto variation, with fire-roasted onions, mozzarella, parmesan and arugula, priced at Php525.

For the main course, their slow-roasted lamb shank paired with a creamy garlic mash and glazed vegetables is heavenly, priced at Php895.

To finish your luxurious meal, try their Tahitian vanilla creme brulee, priced at Php165, or their homemade fruit sorbet, Php165.



Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan, Seascapes Resort Town, Soong, Lapu-Lapu City, 6015 Cebu

Nowhere else but Spain boasts tapas with such intricate flavors, so Chef Chele Gonzalez has come home to Cebu and brought his family’s kitchen with him. Enye is quite the pleasant spot where the surprising aesthetic never surpasses the combination of amazing flavours.

Start off with their flavourful jamon y parmesano, with Serrano ham and parmesan mousse on toasted sliced bread, Php85. Or try their charcuteria or cold cuts, particularly their degustacion jamon that has Serrano and Iberico ham, Php390. If you’re up for seafood as a starter, you can have their gambas al ajillo, which is shrimp sauteed in olive oil with garlic and chili, Php460.

Their paella negra, or black ink paella with squid and octopus, is an indulgent main course, priced at Php690. Paired with a refreshing cucumber mule – made of cuke, ginger, ale, fresh lime juice priced at Php220, this makes for a pleasurable gastronomic experience.

Of course, you can’t have a luxurious meal without dessert! Try their tarta de chocolate y helado de vainilla, a chocolate-orange tart with vanilla ice cream, Php290.



Negros Rd, Cebu City, Cebu

The Pig & Palm is the first Filipino restaurant from Michelin-starred British chef Jason Atherton and his wife Irha Atherton. Located in Irha’s hometown of Cebu, the restaurant offers a modern Spanish tapas menu with a focus on pork dishes. An adjoining bar serves innovative cocktails and bar snacks.

Their beef and foie gras mini burgers (that have bacon, cheese, onions and tomato relish) are very filling, priced at Php690. They also serve a pork truffle mac n’ cheese with toasted breadcrumbs, priced at Php595. Or, if you’re trying to keep away from eating pig (even though it’s evident that their menu revolves around pork), you can have their beer-battered fish and chips with tartar sauce at Php810.

To finish your meal, try their matcha Cheesecake with raspberry, yuzu (Japanese orange) and white chocolate, Php380. You can also pair your meal with one of their many wine choices.


32 Sanson Rd, Cebu City, Cebu

Taking inspiration from the world, KAYU’s modern-fusion cuisine uses only the freshest and finest ingredients cooked with Chef Francis “Izzy”Sy’s imagination and passion. KAYU is derived from the Bisaya word “kalayo” meaning fire or passion.

Start off your meal with their shishito peppers, priced at Php150. Or try their beetroot salad with goat’s milk ricotta, tzatziki and guave gel, with an orange garam masala vinaigrette, Php270.

As an entree, try their braised shortrib with cornbread puree, braised shallot, beech mushroom and a demi glaze, Php950. Pair this with their virgin mojito, Php100.

To finish your meal, get their “potted” chocolate tiramisu, made of sabayon, a crunchy hazelnut meringue, coffee sponge cake, chocolate “sand”, strawberry gelee and vanilla sauce, Php240.


PANDEMIC DIARIES: Twelve Months Later

Photos taken by Pablo Quiza around Cebu City during the months of March, April and May 202

AS WE APPROACH ONE YEAR under pandemic times, we look back at March 2020 with fascination. And awe. We had 12 months of lockdown and survived the so called new normal. We lived with masks and alcohol even today. Carless roads and dark malls. Those were the early days of March, April and May.
It stretched to October and past Christmas. No Sinulog. Virtual parties on Zoom and virtual mass on You Tube and FB Live. We debated on the best meds to take if we get sick and whether to wear masks (please do!). We scampered for face shields and anti-viral sprays. Vitamins C and D and zinc. Later, we survived being swabbed and we learned the difference between a PCR and an anti-gene test. The latter cost less.

We dreaded the declarations of IATF mandated from Manila. And we got mad at the police chief who had a birthday party while his people were busy locking up everyone violating the lockdown. Most horrifying of all, we needed to produce IDs! Are you a resident of Barangay Lahug or Banilad? Are you employed and why are you still working? Everyone suffered thru endless checkpoints. Most sad of all are those using motorbikes, they seem to get the raw end of the deal since those with cars are not as scrutinized. We managed to trick the system by putting a big handwritten note in front of the car: COMPANY CAR, and zipped tru the police desks in the middle of the road. Don’t even think of travelling, by plane, boat or bus. The collection of the required documents is enough for one to get exposed to Covid.

We learned to shop online, order groceries and necessities thru delivery. We slowly moved towards cashless payments. Gcash and banks like Union Bank and China Bank with friendly apps are heroes for making life easy for most of us to spend what little cash we have to spend on Lazada or pay the VECO bill. Oh and we binged on K dramas on Netflix and You Tube, kamsaminada.
As 2021 enters, there are some good news. For those obsessed with news, you already know that 7,000 vaccines arrived last March 2 in Cebu, with more expected in the next few weeks. The death rate is not as high among those who caught this pesky virus, which tells us that doctors in the hospitals have some proven expertise in dealing with Covid. More cures should be in the horizon.

Meanwhile, lets continue dreaming of the day when we can cross borders again, even if its just Bohol or Boracay, Bangkok or Hong Kong. Ready those luggages and bags bought during the 3/3 sale in Shopee in preparation for the day when we can take the ferry or the plane for new adventures.


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Keep Calm by Knowing These Myths About COVID-19

by Chrissy Grey Resaba


In these times of pandemic, hysteria and panic have taken over the world and nonchalance is a word not to be manifested for today. Worry and fear are enveloping around Cebu with enough evidence of the actions taken by the public – the hoarding of necessities and goods.


Cebu – both the city and the province – is working towards making the island a safe haven from the pandemic caused by the Novel Coronavirus. Entry points of both ports – aerial and naval – are now closed. Curfew hours are being implemented to secure that no one is outside during the hours indicated. Business and academic sectors shifted their modes to work-from-home and online classes. Medical professionals have been on the frontlines battling against the proliferation of COVID-19.


It is quite eerie to look at the main streets of the Queen City of the South having few crowds to none. The hustle and bustle of the metropolis has gone into an empty space. The actions taken by the government and the Republic of the Philippines are for better or for worse; it is only for the good of the public.


Cebu has been under the state of community quarantine and certain measures were implemented to ensure the public’s safety and well-being. However, there are still myths making rounds in social media and the public in general about the ways to avoid COVID-19. These myths are not supported by scientific evidence. The scattering of fake news worsens the situation instead.


Here are some myths about the Novel Coronavirus:


1. Hot and cold weather

Contrary to popular belief, the COVID-19 virus will never die when exposed to hot or cold weather. This type of coronavirus can be transmitted in all areas regardless of the weather.


2. Drinking water

It is necessary to hydrate ourselves and to moisturize the throats but there is no scientific evidence that consuming volumes of water can flush out the virus.


3. Antibiotics

Clear enough from the name of the medicine, antibiotic never kills the virus but bacteria instead. It is not advisable to take antibiotics to prevent COVID-19.


4. Eating banana

There is a video circulating in social media about the banana fruit that miraculously kills the COVID-19 virus. However, if one should be keen enough to examine the video, it is a hoax. To date, there are no approved treatments for the virus. Eating a banana and other fruits can boost the immune system instead but not kill the COVID-19 virus.



Practicing proper hygiene such as regular hand washing with soap and water remains to be an effective way of preventing infection since soap dissolves the structure of the virus. The public should not be very complacent enough to rely on hand washing alone. Maintaining social distance, staying at home, having proper coughing or sneezing etiquette, and putting oneself in self-quarantine if one traveled from outside Cebu or the country are some of the best ways to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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La Liga Henerales: Shaping History Awareness Back Again in Cebu

La Liga Henerales is a community of young talents passionately promotes historical awareness through periodic costumes carefully researched for its authenticity and accuracy and promoted as well in events and schools.

Only few individuals before were into pursuit in this historical awareness project until the age of communication where internet is convenient in the palm of our hands through our gadgets. New information travel fast and data is retrievable, yet also possess a disadvantage with the plethora of different social media platforms carried by various makers as well. In a daily basis, historical backgrounds are unearthed making its trend until now as new discoveries are released, but the idea of these information being shown and shared is as close as not valuing or commemorating to its sources leaving this information just a trend.

There is a certain community of Cebuanos that are taking a quest to rewrite and restructure what was in the past, filling the gaps in facts with further research of variable sources that are made debatable but sticks to it true cause, to unveil the truths of our heritage and our origins, as Cebuanos and as Filipinos as well.

La Liga Henerales is a Cebu-based, non-profit organization composed of a group of talented, committed and respectable individuals from different walks of life, schools and profession whose primary aim is to promote both, Cebuano and filipino culture and heritage that was depicted before in pre-colonial and colonial eras via re-enactment with costumes vested in proper research and investigation to achieve authenticity. They also push their cause on schools and other social gatherings promoting and spreading awareness about our local, and national heroes that we look up to. With these said, they also portray a closer look of the lifestyle of the past to where they perform stories, perform forgotten dances and rituals and portray their individual roles, vital in the fight of our country’s future during those challenging times, and in honor to spread awareness of the lost practices we had in those times.

The Founder

Combining passion and education. Louis Villaflor re-enacts his way patriotism through his periodical costumes and expresses his love for Cebu and Philippines as a culture-centric country.

Louis Kenneth Villaflor, an entrepreneur and an avid history enthusiast and costumer, founded the group on the purpose of re-educating the youth about real local and national history, he saw the opportunity to combine his favourite hobbies which is costuming and story role-playing and the process to instill the historical awareness and value among the youth and in schools, along with a group of fellow enthusiasts who shares his passion about research and history, they took it among themselves to be purposeful in the advocacy in spreading historical awareness in schools or events by wearing periodically correct costumes and sharing the stories and its value to the youth.

Behind the Garments

With the its senior expertise of fashion design and a teacher of the field, his passion also of history caters also in his designs as he pushes through sustainable fashion and historical awareness combined.

Meet Rodney “Pee-Wee” Senining, who has been in the fashion industry since the late 90’s, strives  in concepts of avant-garde, innovation and cutting edge-fashion forward design. And also a teacher of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design of University of San Carlos, he had grown into research of books like the holy grail in the Library Resource Center and is always fascinated of the periodical times and how to preserve it; Hence, his interest had grown for the affinity of Periodical Costumes and Sustainable Fashion.

 Being part of the group La Liga Henerales, he was tasked to instantly be their mentor for the young talents and as the organization is still new and developing with limited funds, resourcefulness and research were done to come up with a good output of photo shoot and was quite proud of it and still promise on the next editions of pieces to be more historically accurate. Even as teacher for Fashion Design in SAFAD, his expertise comes hand in hand with the members as he helps them do research as well. His passion and interest somehow led him with enough knowledge to key the insights of the significant periods and historical backgrounds of it.

Historical Awareness in Cebu

The strength and progress of a country is anchored on how well they know and honor its history. The means of historical awareness in Cebu is almost non-existent among the Cebuanos, although we push forward in tourism and promote beauty through sceneries and other aspects of culture yet never commemorate deeply on historical icons such as our other local heroes, and ancient cultures as well that is almost been forgotten in an urban Cebu. Nevertheless, as long as communities’ like La Liga Henerales are now evolving in a learning state by real discovery by multiple resources, this will always reflect of how we appreciate love, patriotism and honor to our country and would look forward to progress.


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