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6 Spots in Cebu to Get Your Good Old Cup of Joe

Not all coffee is created equal—here are the best spots in Cebu to get that glorious brew.

Black, white, sweet, no sugar… there’s certainly no prejudice against the different ways to take your cup of joe. But one thing’s for certain, not all coffee is created equal—here are the best spots in Cebu to get that glorious brew.

Linear Coffee Roasters

Linear Coffee Roasters is a small specialty coffee shop with a big passion to evangelize their love for their beans. Once you are here, you are not just up for some special blends, but also for a quick coffee appreciation session with their devoted baristas. They double as personal coffee guides, eager to unravel the coffee preparation from harvest to cup.

Like anything else, the capacity to appreciate coffee is only limited by the profundity of knowledge a coffeephile has acquired.

 

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Another two days of Coffee classes going on at Bottega Gallery this weekend… Try to ask if there are still spots available.

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BIG Hotel, Parkmall Drive
Open from 9:00AM to 6PM everyday except Mondays and Thursdays
12:00PM to 6:00PM on Mondays
7:00AM to 6:00PM on Thursdays

Drip & Draft

There is a place where the upper meets the downer, and it is called Drip and Draft. It’s a hybrid store that offers both healthier specialty coffee beans—high grade single-origin coffee from Rwanda, Panama and Nicaragua—and locally crafted beers on tap. Now on its new location, Drip and Draft has ample space, a bar, and bigger and longer tables for groups. The place is ideal for some beer nights when you just want the booze and not the loud music in bars.

 

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Our Iced Latté doesnt disappoint👌😊

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Streetscape, Paseo Saturnino, Banilad, Cebu City
Opens from 7:00 AM to 12:00 on Sundays to Mondays, and 7:00 AM to 2:00 AM
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Fridays and Saturdays

Purveyor Coffee

A relatively new homegrown brand, Purveyor is nestled into a nook towards the back of the former Sampaguita Suites. Purveyor Coffee promises a relaxed atmosphere to catch up with friends, with interiors that are clean and minimalist in nature.

Unit G-10 Ground Floor 4J Bldg (Sampaguita Suites), General Maxilom Ave, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu
Opens from 8:00AM to 6:00PM everyday except Sundays

Bicester Cafe

Coffee is mostly associated with breakfast. Bicester Cafe cleverly makes breakfast available all day so that you can enjoy your coffee and breakfast, heavy or light, anytime without the trouble of waking up early in the morning. Bicester Cafe encapsulates the clean and bright high street vibe of Bicester Village in London, with a twist of neon lights. They also serve coffee cocktails, if that’s right up your alley!

Mahogany Place Arcade, Pope John Paul II Ave., Mabolo, Cebu City
Opens from 7:00 Am to 10:00 PM on Mondays to
Saturdays, and 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Sundays

Abaca Baking Company

What could be better than handcrafted, fresh goods served at your table? At Abaca Baking Company, they see to it that only the freshest ingredients come out the kitchen – including coffee. Whether it’s freshly brewed coffee in the mornings or a brunch with the ladies, Abaca Baking Company brings hearty dishes in a unique identity of sophistication and class.

Branches in Crossroads, Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu, IT Park, Robinsons Cybergate, and Robinsons Galleria
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Yolk – Coffee and Breakfast

For all the breakfast lovers out there, this is for you. Yolk Coffee and Breakfast serves scrumptious breakfast food and coffee ALL DAY. They also have a branch in IT Park!

Tan Kim Building, 80 Tres Borces Padres St, Cebu City, Cebu
Opens from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM everyday

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The Uncommon Traditions that Mexicans and Filipinos share when celebrating the Day of the Dead.

Dia de los Muertos

By Allain Dumon Fonte

The 2nd of November is All Soul’s Day, a holiday that is very important to many Filipinos to remember our loved ones who passed on. This is also widely celebrated in Mexico as “Dia De los Muertos” or in English, “The Day of the Dead”. And Mexicans celebrate the 2nd of November grander than they celebrate Christmas. Well, you can witness it from the Disney movie, “Coco”.

As All Soul’s Day or Dia de los Muertos is about to end, here are some interesting traditions and superstitions that Filipinos and Mexicans share:

1. IT IS NOT ON THE 31st OF OCTOBER

Dia de los Muertos or All Soul’s Day is not practiced on October 31st or on the Hallow’s Eve as many other western cultures practice; but we celebrate it on the 2nd of November. We celebrate November 1st as All Saint’s Day or the Day of the Holy, while in Mexico they call it Dia de los Innocentes or Dia de los Angelitos to commemorate the children who died too early in life.

2. THE RITUAL

Both in Mexico and in the Philippines, we visit the grave of our loved ones and we clean it well. This is a ritual to honour their resting places and to let them know that they are never forgotten.

3. FLOWERS INVITE SPIRITS

In Mexico, they believe that the scent of flowers attract spirits. So the flower offerings are invitation to their dead loved ones to visit the living families. While in the Philippines, we believe that flowers offered to the dead exalt the souls and somehow fill in the sadness that we feel when missing our dead loved ones.

Most of the time, Filipinos choose all-white flowers to offer because white is the absence of colour, which means the absence of Joy and happiness. White also symbolises purity of soul which we hope our dead loved ones will attain as they journey to heaven. While in Mexico, they have the yellow Mexican marigolds as the official flowers of the dead that will guide them in their journey to the afterlife.

4. THE LEGEND OF THE MONARCH BUTTERFLIES

Both cultures believe that monarch butterflies are dead loved ones who visit us and show their appreciation that we have not forgotten them. A presence of monarch butterflies also means that our dead loved ones are always there guiding us and looking after us.

5. A PICNIC IN THE GRAVEYARD

Spending a night at the graveyard and picnicking with the rest of the family may sound very creepy to many; but to both Filipino and Mexican cultures, picnicking and spending a night at the cemetery is a must to show our love to our dearly departed. It is the only time in the year that families gather and tell stories of the dead loved ones and how colourful or how great their lives were.

6. FOOD FOR THE DEAD

In Mexico, they have what they call “ofrendas” or an altar where the pictures of their dead loved ones are displayed and offered with flowers, candles, and their favourite food. Very similar to the Filipino culture of cooking the favourite food of our dead loved ones and everyone in the family enjoys the food for dinner.

My family tradition involves me driving all the way to Colon street and buy that famous Snow Sheen’s “pancit canton”. This is my granddad’s favourite snack. Sadly, the old Visayan Restaurant is no longer there. My late uncle and my late grandpa love their sweet ad and sour fish. We also set up an “ofrenda” on their graveyard and eat their favourite food while picnicking in the cemetery. We do not spend a night in the cemetery; but while we are picnicking there, we usually play the songs of Pilita Corrales and Susan Fuentes that my late grandpa used to listen every afternoon while enjoying his coffee, pan de sal, and pancit canton.

What about your family traditions? Share your thoughts by commenting to this article.

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Catch Ted Lasso the Emmy Award Winning Comedy Series on Apple TV+

Catch Ted Lasso the Emmy Award Winning Comedy Series on Apple TV+

 

Rating: *****/ *****

The multi award–winning comedy series airing on Apple TV+ is one of my favorite shows.  Ted Lasso starring Jason Sudeikis is about a fun good-natured American football coached hired by a British soccer club (AFC Richmond in London) to become their new coach.  In spite of the fact that Ted has no experience or knowledge about British football/soccer, his positive demeanor and charm helps him overcome the animosity of the team’s players, staff and fans.  Eventually Ted wins over the team and the locals as they fight for position in the English Premier League.

The show won the 2021 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and 7 Emmy Awards in its 2 seasons and Season 3 is just around the corner.  You can catch Seasons 1 & 2 of Ted Lasso on Apple TV+

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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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