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Eats in Cebu: Treat Street Café

After more than a year of delighting customers with delectable cakes and pastries, Treat Street Cafe on the 2nd floor of the Ayala Center Cebu Expansion Wing hopes to invigorate Cebu’s dessert scene once again as it introduces specialty coffee to its offerings.

Treat Street Cafe opened in the middle of 2014 as a natural extension of proprietress Trina Ang Kokseng’s thriving specialty cake business. “We’re very humbled and inspired by the response of the market,” muses Trina. “One thing we often hear from our regular customers is they come back because of the quality of their favorite cakes,” Trina shares. A philosophy which Treat Street Cafe has always espoused from the start is adherence to only the best quality ingredients. Popular customer choices include the Treat Street Pie, Honey Toffee Crunch Cake, Spicy Lechon Pie, and Brownies A La Mode. New cake creations are also introduced monthly so customers have something new to try at each visit.

Treat Street Café's calamansi cheesecake goes well with Toby's Estate's flat white coffee

Treat Street Café’s calamansi cheesecake goes well with Toby’s Estate’s flat white coffee

The Toby's Estate long black coffee brings out the flavors of the Treat Street Pie

The Toby’s Estate long black coffee brings out the flavors of the Treat Street Pie

During interactions with customers and just from simply observing customer buying behavior, Trina noticed an opportunity to add more value for Treat Street Cafe patrons. “When we started Treat Street, I knew coffee was always going to be part of the dessert and pastry experience, but I did not realize that it could play this big a role. I attribute it to the growing awareness and consciousness of the entire coffee industry, from sourcing to serving, that has made customers more discerning of their cup of coffee.”

“When I heard about the story of Toby Smith of Toby’s Estate, I was fascinated,” recalls Trina. “I was inspired by his passion,” she added. During one of her trips to Manila, Trina went to one of the first branches of Toby’s Estate Philippines to try their coffee beverages. After that experience, Trina found it hard to find the same level of quality in local coffee shops, so she was motivated to bring the experience to Cebu by making Toby’s Estate coffee part of the Treat Street Cafe menu.

Treat Street Café's mango black sesame cake is perfect with a café mocha

Treat Street Café’s mango black sesame cake is perfect with a café mocha

The honey toffee crunch cake, paired with a Toby's Estate iced latte, makes for a refreshing snack

The honey toffee crunch cake, paired with a Toby’s Estate iced latte, makes for a refreshing snack

Outside Australia, the Philippines is only the third country in the world to have a Toby’s Estate presence. Currently, there are 6 Toby’s Estate cafes in Metro Manila. In Cebu, Treat Street Cafe is the first establishment to offer Toby’s Estate coffee. Aside from the coffee beverages, retail packs of coffee beans will also be offered for sale.

Treat Street Cafe’s cakes and pastries are a perfect pairing for the coffee concoctions of Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters. Both brands share a passion for using only the best ingredients and processes to provide best dining experience for the customer.


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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.

For inquiries and reservations, call 253-1111 or email hospitality.ceb@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.

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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Christmas in Colonial Cebu: A Themed Exhibit by Teresin Mendezona and Eva Gullas for Stylescapes 2019

Ever wonder how the yuletide season is celebrated in colonial times? This year at Stylescapes 2019, Teresin Mendezona and Eva Gullas collaborated to showcase the elegance of Christmas during the colonial period, specifically most of the Spanish regime.
This pop-up radiated the ambience of Christmas in the colonial times through the various details used within the setting. Specific pieces like the gansilyo table cloth, oil lamp, and the sketches were from Ms. Mendezona and Gullas themselves.
Aside from that, various table and living room pieces were sourced from Rustans and Metro Ayala, and was curated by Doro Barandino.

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