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Here’s Where You Can Have Your Pre-Nuptial Photoshoot

Pre-nuptial shoots are the trend for soon-to-be-newlyweds. Here are some of our top picks for the perfect shoot location.

Weddings are a momentous occasion. Couples would love to have something to look back on later on in their marriage, and pre-nuptial photos are a great way to remember the past. In this post, we list some of the many beautiful locations where you can have your pre-nuptial photoshoot.

Temple of Leah

Transcentral Highway, Cebu City, Cebu

This Roman-inspired location was built as a symbol of Teodorico Adarna’s undying love for and ceaseless devotion to Leah Villa Albino-Adarna, his wife of 53 years. The regal statues and structures can stun you with their grandeur. The Temple of Leah is perfect for the soon-to-be-wed couple who wants a royal-themed pre-nuptial photo shoot —  and what better place to have it where the whole place itself was built because of love?

Chateau de Busay

Transcentral Highway, Cebu City, Cebu

Nestled on a hill with a breathtaking view of lush green mountains and the cityscape beyond, Chateau de Busay Inn and Restaurant offers a rejuvenating break from the humdrum of urban living. With its lush green gardens and amazing view of the Queen City of the South, couples can have their tea party-themed or fairytale-themed photo shoot here.

La Vie Parisienne

371 Gorordo Ave, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu

What started out as a French cafe is now one of the most popular photoshoot locations in Cebu — whether it be for a pre-debut, a pre-nuptial and whatnot, La Vie Parisienne’s interiors are a recreation of a European wine cellar cum old hotel in France that narrowly treads the fine line between classic and gothic with his clever use of elements.

Cebu Yacht Club

Lapu-Lapu, F. Martir St, Lapu-Lapu City, 6015 Cebu

The Cebu Yacht Club has a charming marina with restaurants, shops and a stunning view of the water. As the sun sets and bathes the marina in soft changing hues, it’s ideal as a backdrop for a couple in love.

Circa 1900

Sanjercasvil Road, Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City 6000 Philippines

The old-house-turned-restaurant is reminiscent of the Spanish era in the Philippines. Its charm lies in its colonial-style architecture and interiors. Emulate a Don or Doña as you schedule your photo shoot at this location. They even have a pool, too.

Plantation Bay

Marigondon, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu City, 6015 Cebu

One of the most popular resorts in Cebu, Plantation Bay is known for its saltwater lagoons that take up most of the resort’s 11-hectare area. Couples can have their photoshoot on the wooden walkway right in the middle of the lagoon.

Terrazas De Flores Botanical Garden

Budlaan – Busay Rd, Cebu City

Cebu’s first flower terraces are a superb location for couples who wish to capture their romance with an enchanting backdrop. Bits of inspiring quotes and  beautiful pieces of literature are scattered all over the area, adding romance and drama to the garden. Meanwhile, the fresh mountain breeze, exquisitely arranged flowers, and cozy cabanas will surely relieve the pre-wedding jitters. 

Tieza Botanical Garden 

Budlaan – Busay Rd, Cebu City

A scenic garden of celosia flowers by the lake, Tieza Botanical Garden offers an exquisite view for couples who want to have outdoor pre-nuptial photoshoots. Located at the foot of Sirao Peak, this hidden paradise in Busay is home to some of the gorgeous flowers perfect for that authentic romantic setting.

Azienda Milan

Talisay City, Cebu

With an alluring pool and a garden sitting on the top of the hill that overlooks Talisay City, Azienda Milan truly is a picturesque venue for couples. The intimate vibe partnered with the well-tended garden creates an enthralling moment sure to be remembered. 

Big Q Farm

Sitio Cantipla, Barangay Tabunan, Cebu City

An escapade in the forest on a foggy afternoon, with tall trees hiding a cute little wooden cabin sounds a little dreamy — but we assure you, it’s real! For outdoor and fantasy-loving couples, Big Q farm is the spot for you. Achieve that enchanted pre-nuptial set-up in the center of wilderness and with a white horse just like in fairytales. 


Cebuano Pride: The National Museum of Cebu

Pride of Cebu

By Eva Gullas 
photos courtesy of DOT
“With the National Museum of Cebu, the cradle of Christianity in the country, we open the doors to a temple in history and culture, inviting tourists and locals to witness our archaeological and natural treasures. The NMP-Cebu is not just a museum but a bridge to our past and a window into our future,” declares Christina Frasco, our Secretary of Tourism, at the ceremonial opening last July 28.
Located at the heart of the city’s historic port area, the former colonial Customs House, built in 1910, was transformed into an elegant edifice worthy of the city’s place in history. It was in Cebu where the Spanish conquistadors first landed in 1521 and where Magellan met his end at the hands of the local chieftain Lapu-Lapu. Starting August 1, the National Museum of Cebu will open its doors daily from 9 am to 5 pm except Monday.

Cebu City Tourism’s Neil Odjigue, Cembeth Hortillano and CCTC Chairperson Joy Pesquera

Worth checking is the first floor, where a few art pieces from national artists like Cebu’s own Martino Abellana, Fernando Amorsolo, and Jose Joya take pride of place. On the right wing are finds from archeological digs found all over the islands. Called Ang Karaang Sugbo or Old Cebu, they include a gold death mask and ancient vases from China. There’s also Kinaiyahan: Cebu’s Natural Wonders, which features an impressive wall containing the different layers underneath our soil. There is also a display case that interactively showcases the various elements around the area, like gold, copper, and gypsum. Another wing is Paglawig: Cultural Movember Across the Seas, showcasing the islands’ maritime history and sea bounty, including rare shells.

Museum Director Jeremy Barns, Maryanne Arculli, Andronik Aboitiz and wife Doreen, Amanda Luym

Some of the abstract art from the New York collection

It is on the second floor, though, where the museum shines. Up the grand staircase, guests are greeted by Elmer Borlongan’s massive Battle of Mactan, facing a facsimile of the Sta Maria galleon, Magellan’s flagship. Then on to a limited-time exhibit on loan from the Philippine Center New York Core Collection of 1974, a treasure trove of almost 90 paintings collected by former First Lady Imelda Marcos, including Ang Kioks, Sanso, Manuel Rodrigues, and many more representing both avant-garde and classic Filipino masters. The New York collection is only available until March 2024 and is not to be missed.

Writer Eva Gullas beside Elmer Borlongan’s Battle of Mactan

The National Museum Cebu has been years in the making, and this cultural milestone has finally been made possible under the new administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who famously said during the inauguration, “I am a museum fan, and I can stay in art museums for hours and hours.” He added, ” museums are considered valuable natural assets to a nation as they build a sense of community, document history, inspire creativity, promote tourism, and unite people through a shared heritage.” Kudos to the National Museum Board of Trustees, chaired by Andoni Aboitiz and Museum Director Jeremy Barnes, for this cultural gift to Cebu!
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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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

MODEL: Michael Joseph Mortola Enriquez & Alexis Wingfield
PHOTOGRAPHER: Gianne Paolo Anciano
STYLING: GPA Lifestyle + Clothing

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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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