Take a piece of Cebu with you when you bring home these not-so-ordinary finds.
Music lovers go to Abuno, Mactan to find well-crafted guitars that Cebu is known for. Alegre Guitar Factory is one of the more popular factories visited. Here, guitar (and other string instruments’) production can be observed at different stages before the finished product is perfected to an impeccable finish and design.
You will have to go through a throng of shops in Ayala Center’s Maze to reach Trappings. Though the jewelry is fancy, there is nothing common about them. The latest line takes on a denim theme—denim fringe, denim balled up inside hollow metal beads, and so on. The entrepreneur and designer constantly incorporates creative techniques in preparing these unique works of art.
Reme Jewelry Clutches
Minaudieres made of shagreen, and abalone or mother of pearl shells are all the craze in the social circuit. These evening bags by a young Cebuana entrepreneur and designer are crafted locally and guaranteed one-of-a-kind for they take on the individual shape and contours of each shell. The prices are also slightly more affordable than the competition, and the bags are made to order through www.remejewelry.com.
Les Chocolateries Belgian Lace Cookies
These paper-thin cookies are so sinful that one simply isn’t enough. Each has a Belgian chocolate center framed by crispy oatmeal and is best paired with coffee or tea. The dark chocolate is a favorite whereas those with a sweet tooth will want to try the white chocolate filling. They can be bought in packages of 300 or 600 grams at Don Merto’s Restaurant outlets.
SM Kultura Selection
If you’re looking for anything native, SM Kultura will indulge you. This is a one-stop shop for tourists looking for authentic local-made merchandise that displays a wide range of items—from home decorations to garments and accessories. Being located in SM also makes it very convenient to head to the supermarket to add Cebu’s must-try dried mangoes and otap to your purchases.
856G Gallery Artworks
The gallery is a venue for Filipino artists to showcase their work and mingle with other artists and art enthusiasts. It is different from other gallery spaces in that varied forms of art such as sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and others are exhibited. You will see the works of respected Cebuano artists such as the father of Philippine contemporary print making Manuel Rodriguez and his protégé Pandy Aviado, the famous sculptor Jet Florendo, and ceramic artists Lanelle Abueva and Hadrian Mendoza.
This was the roasted pig or lechon that Anthony Bourdain proclaimed the best he’s ever tasted. The skin is extra crunchy because of a pricking method done while the pig is slowly roasting to let the excess fat drip. Apart from this, it follows the traditional flavors of the Cebuano lechon. Zubuchon can now be enjoyed in two restaurant outlets along Mango Avenue and Escario Street. Share a kilo or two with friends and have it with the refreshing kamias fruitshake.
Thirsty and Mooon Café are well-known brands that started in Cebu. They were both acquired by Pages Holdings Inc (PHI) and have grown and expanded nationwide. No doubt, the Pages group belongs to the movers and shakers when it comes to the food and beverage industry of the Queen City of the South – just look at their success with Mooon Café that began with a one-store operation and is now a fast growing chain of more than 15 restaurants in just four years.
This November, another contribution of the Pages group to Cebu’s restaurant and tourism industry is the launching of LANTAW Floating Native Restaurant located in Cordova, Mactan. One restaurant after another, year after year—how do they do it? “Hard work, passion and a matter of choosing the right people to do the job,” says Bunny Pages. During his speeches or in one-on-one chats, he always shares what he practices: “Put the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus and the right people in the right seats.”
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.