We ask businessman John Rey Guadalquiver about his favorite spots in Cebu, and why he thinks they’re the best on the island. Whether they’re obvious choices or obscure destinations you’ve never heard of before, they’ll be a refreshing step off the beaten path.
BEST PLACE TO DINE: Abaseria Café and Deli
Authenticity is becoming harder to come by in our city, but this quaint restaurant will indubitably give you soul-satisfying Filipino dishes, accompanied with an unpretentious ambiance. It’s such a delight to feast on traditionalist native specialities, such as their Adobong Bangus Belly and Mongo Soup.
- Gen. Lim Street, Mabolo (6332. 233 8339)
BEST PLACE TO HAVE DRINKS: Bellini Champagne Bar
Bellini Champagne Bar has an extensive menu of decent wines, apt for yuppies, who wants to unwind with a charming view of the city and a casual European ambiance.
- Panorama Heights, Nivel Hills, Lahug (6332. 232 7375)
- Visit the website
FAVORITE HOTEL: The Henry
This fresh and funky boutique hotel sets apart from all the orthodox hotels in Cebu. Each room and floor of this postmodern hotel is never the same, it’s like you’ve been transported to an art gallery.
- 1 Paseo Saturnino, Banilad (6332. 520 8877)
- Visit the website
BEST OUT OF THE CITY DESTINATION: Danasan Eco Adventure Park
For thrill seekers such as myself, this is a perfect weekend go-to for exhilirating water sports adventures. Try their rip-roaring wakeboarding, or if you are feeling a little daring, rapel down a 60-feet waterfall. I recommend camping here overnight to truly experience an action-packed get-away.
- Danao City (6332. 234 0773)
- Visit the website
BEST NATURAL ATTRACTION: Bojo River Eco-Cultural Tour
Bojo River Eco-Cultural Tour in the town of Aloguinsan promotes the natural heritage of the river and their unspoiled mangroves. The hospitable women, who welcomes you with a lei, and knowledgeable boatmen, are all locals empowered to protect their natural environment and culture.
- Brgy. Bojo, Aloguinsan (6332. 469 9042)
MUST-VISIT TOURIST ATTRACTION: Canyoning in Badian
What better way to start a riveting canyoning than to jump off a 20-feet waterfall! If you’re nonchalant, get ready for an ultimate life-changing adventure that challenges your mental and physical potential. You will be making your way down the lush Matutinao valley, gazing on mesmerizing stalactites, and leaping countless waterfalls.
- Badian, Cebu
Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory, April 2015. Like Zee Lifestyle Directory on Facebook.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Marco Polo Plaza
Marco Polo Plaza will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Festival with the rest of the Irish community! It’s not only a feast of greens and four-leaf clovers but of good food too! From March 17 to 19, dig in and enjoy traditional Irish dishes and delights such as Irish Stew, Potato Nachos, Cheesy Reuben Loaf, Guinness Beef Stew Pot Pie, Beer Mac N’ Cheese and many more. These on top of the international lunch and dinner buffet at Cafe Marco. Complete the experience in true Irish fashion with an ice-cold mug of Irish Beer, also available at Cafe Marco.
Gastronomic adventures await at Café Marco! For inquiries and reservations, you can call (032) 253-1111. For real time updates, like the Facebook page at facebook.com/marcopolocebu or follow on Twitter at @5StarInCebu. Visit the website at www.marcopolohotels.com.
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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.
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
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.