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Locales: Alexis Yap

We ask TV host and restaurant owner Alexis Yap 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.

TV host and restaurant owner Alexis Yap (Photography by Kurt Fick/Zee Lifestyle November 2014 issue)

TV host and restaurant owner Alexis Yap (Photography by Kurt Fick/Zee Lifestyle November 2014 issue)


I feel relaxed sitting outside at night with the cool breeze, enjoying a glass of calamansi juice, while hanging out with my friends. Also, it’s home to the best crispy pata in Cebu!

Century Plaza Commercial Complex
Juana Osmeña St., Cebu City
6332. 253 7921

Alejandro's Crispy Pata

Alejandro’s Crispy Pata

The crispy pata that Alejandro's is best known for (Photo courtesy of the Alejandro's Crispy Pata)

The crispy pata that Alejandro’s is best known for (Photo courtesy of the Alejandro’s Crispy Pata)


Located near Sacred Heart School for Girls’ back gate, this hole-in-the-wall burger place makes the meanest, honest-to-grilled-goodness sirloin beef burgers! Their special sauces that add to the kick are just to-die-for.

M.P. Yap Street, Cebu City
6332. 254 0990


Burgers from Burgaholic

Burgers from Burgaholic


I like going to Mountain View because it takes you away from the cray in the city. The cooler temperatures and cleaner are are quite refreshing.

Sitio Garahe, Busay, Cebu City

Mountain View Nature Resort (Photo courtesy of

Mountain View Nature Resort (Photo courtesy of


Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory, February 2015. Like Zee Lifestyle Directory on Facebook.


LONDON IN FULL BLOOM: An Exclusive Look at the recent Chelsea Flower Show

Dame Judy Dench (center in white) with gallery owner, Jerry Sibal, Edwin Josue, writer Eva Gullas and artist James Doran-Webb.

The Chelsea Flower Show in London, one of the most prestigious horticultural events in the world, returned in full glory in May 2023, captivating visitors with its stunning displays and landscape designs. Held annually on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, this year’s show proved to be a true feast for the senses, showcasing an array of breathtaking gardens, vibrant floral arrangements, and innovative landscaping. The 3-day event showcased 36 outdoor gardens, including four balcony gardens for small spaces. Inside the giant pavilion, blooms compete with each other, exotic flowers, roses, and many more.

Princess Kate Middleton walking the booths at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Dame Judy Dench, who owns several of Webb’s pieces in her garden, with James Doran-Webb and Jerry Sibal discussing the works of James.

One of the flower arrangements competing at the show.

The 2023 Chelsea Flower Show embraced a Nature’s Harmony theme, with a strong focus on sustainability and mental health. The show’s organizers emphasized the importance of sustainable gardening practices and biodiversity conservation, inspiring attendees to create beautiful outdoor spaces while preserving and protecting the environment.

One of the floral gazebo displays recycled chairs and salvaged materials.

Shops at the Chelsea Flower Show are mostly from sustainable materials.

What’s Cebu got to do with the Chelsea Flower Show in London? One person. James Doran Webb (, an Englishman working with driftwood, has been displaying his artworks for several years. James collects cast-off driftwood and shapes them into beautiful animal shapes that find places in some of the most iconic gardens. Leaping horses, owls, reindeer, and the occasional dragon, James Webb’s creations are avidly collected by landscapers to add accent to gardens in all sizes, using cast-off wood, fitting perfectly with the sustainable element—something Mr. Webb has done quite well for the last decade.

The impressive dragon of James Doran-Webb


The Philippine International Flower Festival will be held at the PICC in Manila from January 14 to 18, 2024. Watch out for more info from our website!

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