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Locales: John Rey Guadalquiver

We ask businessman John Rey Guadalquiver 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.

John Rey Guadalquiver (executive strategic manager of Tri-J Marketing, owner of John's Detox Bar, founder of Healthy Shots/photography by Joseph Ong)

John Rey Guadalquiver (executive strategic manager of Tri-J Marketing, owner of John’s Detox Bar, founder of Healthy Shots/photography by Joseph Ong)

BEST PLACE TO DINE: Abaseria Café and Deli

Authenticity is becoming harder to come by in our city, but this quaint restaurant will indubitably give you soul-satisfying Filipino dishes, accompanied with an unpretentious ambiance. It’s such a delight to feast on traditionalist native specialities, such as their Adobong Bangus Belly and Mongo Soup.

  • Gen. Lim Street, Mabolo (6332. 233 8339)

BEST PLACE TO HAVE DRINKS: Bellini Champagne Bar

Bellini Champagne Bar has an extensive menu of decent wines, apt for yuppies, who wants to unwind with a charming view of the city and a casual European ambiance.

Bellini Champagne Bar

Bellini Champagne Bar (Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory, April 2015)


This fresh and funky boutique hotel sets apart from all the orthodox hotels in Cebu. Each room and floor of this postmodern hotel is never the same, it’s like you’ve been transported to an art gallery.

The Henry Hotel

The Henry Hotel (Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory, April 2015)


For thrill seekers such as myself, this is a perfect weekend go-to for exhilirating water sports adventures. Try their rip-roaring wakeboarding, or if you are feeling a little daring, rapel down a 60-feet waterfall. I recommend camping here overnight to truly experience an action-packed get-away. 

Danasan Eco-Adventure Park

Danasan Eco-Adventure Park (Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory, April 2015)

BEST NATURAL ATTRACTION: Bojo River Eco-Cultural Tour

Bojo River Eco-Cultural Tour in the town of Aloguinsan promotes the natural heritage of the river and their unspoiled mangroves. The hospitable women, who welcomes you with a lei, and knowledgeable boatmen, are all locals empowered to protect their natural environment and culture.

  • Brgy. Bojo, Aloguinsan (6332. 469 9042)
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Bojo River Tour

Bojo River Eco-Cultural Tour (Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory, April 2015)


What better way to start a riveting canyoning than to jump off a 20-feet waterfall! If you’re nonchalant, get ready for an ultimate life-changing adventure that challenges your mental and physical potential. You will be making your way down the lush Matutinao valley, gazing on mesmerizing stalactites, and leaping countless waterfalls.

  • Badian, Cebu
Canyoneering in Badian

Canyoneering in Badian (Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory, April 2015)

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Cycling has been a growing sport and hobby for many years but it’s popularity has erupted since the Covid pandemic.  People biking to work and for recreation is an everyday sight in Cebu.  More and more are joining the ride.  Many are quite serious about cycling.  I know three ladies who are among those who’ve gone long distances across Cebu.

How did you get into serious cycling?  What was your motivation?

Blinky de Leon.  Event Host, Product Endorser & Influencer

“ I’ve been into cycling since I was a kid. A little backstory, I was around 10 years old when my dad surprised me with my first custom-made mountain bike. I still keep it until now, in fact I had it refurbished. It’s the most sentimental thing I ever received since it was his way/gesture to catch up with me after not seeing each other for almost 6 yrs. My dad is based in Germany and he also loves cycling and makes his own bamboo bike.”


“Just a year ago though, my friend Gazini randomly, out of nowhere, picked me up from home to bike with her to the South of Cebu. I felt really excited and motivated to get back on track because it’s very nostalgic and brings back so many great memories. And since then, the rest was history. We’ve been joining different groups, tried different routes and conquered different heights. I’ve met so many cyclists with very inspiring stories in the bike community who kept me feeling motivated too. I also look forward to the sights and the adventure that comes along with it.”


Yumz Mariot. Branding & Marketing Consultant

“I used to bike along with rock and wall climbing. I am lousy with ballgames which is why. Our usual route were Talamban and Mactan but one time, managed to ship gears all the way to Dumaguete for a quick ride to Valencia, the next town located at a higher elevation. Those were days when I did it for fun and what bike I was using did not matter.”

“Fast forward to 2021, a year after the pandemic lockdown began, I realized I have been lazy to do any fitness routine. Too caught up on juggling between house chores and Work from Home deliverables (I work as a Branding and Marketing Consultant), I started to feel my body needs to move as much as my brain does. A hysical fitness routine is as important as what I eat, or what I read or watch. So I decided to invest on a decent MTB, just very recently and got myself a much necessary restart. What motivates me even more is the area where I currently reside at. It is vast, fresh, green and safe for solo bikers like me.”


Prime Sarino. Digital Media Creative

“I started biking as a young teenager and I got the idea to start it as an adult hobby 3 years ago. I was already into running and I thought it would be great to venture into another outdoor activity to keep me occupied after work hours and weekends. I was set to travel for a year so I had to put aside the idea first but came pandemic. We were all forced to stay put and everything was put on hold. Cycling became my diversion. My cyclists friends invited me to quick and short rides. I enjoyed my first 50km ride and the sceneries and routes most of all. It also helped channel a positive mindset during the hard hit season of the pandemic. Not to mention it’s also another way to stay fit when we were forced into inactivity during the quarantine.”

Next in Part 2, we ask the ladies about their cycling experiences and memorable moments…

by: Zen

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Netflix Original Releases We’re Excited for This August 2021. Part 3

Our selection of Netflix Originals for August Part 3.

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf

Coming to Netflix: August 23


Netflix’s The Witcher series gets an anime prequel film focusing on the origin story of Geralt’s mentor and fellow witcher Vesemir. While we’re still waiting for the second season of the series, we’re sure this film will be more than enough to tide us over.


He’s All That

Coming to Netflix: August 27


From the director of Mean Girls comes another teen comedy starring TikTok star Addison Rae. He’s All That is a remake of the 1999 film She’s All That, proving Taylor Swift right in her theory of the 90’s coming back stronger than ever.


Sparking Joy

Coming to Netflix: August 31


We all remember when Marie Kondo helped us declutter our houses and better our lives with her hit show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. This August, she’s back with another show called Sparking Joy which follows her helping people struggling to balance work and home life.



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Netflix Original Releases We’re Excited for This August 2021. Part 2

Exciting Netflix Original Releases for this August 2021
Here’s the upcoming Netflix Originals we like for mid-August.  Great fun, exciting, and binge-worthy Netflix original releases.

Sweet Girl

Coming to Netflix: August 20

This is another Netflix action thriller film we’re excited for. This film stars Jason Momoa as a devastated husband determined to avenge his wife’s death while protecting his daughter and is sure to put us on the edges of our seats the whole way through.


The Chair

Coming to Netflix: August 20

Sandra Oh stars in this upcoming comedy-drama miniseries as the new chair of the English department at a major university, struggling to meet the demands and expectations of her new position. We’re sure this is another great binge-watch from Netflix.


The Loud House Movie

Coming to Netflix: August 20

The popular Nickelodeon animated series gets a film which features the characters of the series on a holiday trip to Scotland. This film is perfect if you’re a fan of the series or you’ve got kids who are.


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