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Locales: Tourist Recommendations from Cebu bloggers

The city’s most prominent bloggers recommend the best places for tourists to check out while they’re in Cebu.

Islands Pasalubong (Photography by Jean Yu, originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory December-January 2015)

Islands Pasalubong (Photography by Jean Yu: Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory December-January 2015)

If you’re in Cebu and planning to buy something for your family, friends or co-workers, visit Islands Pasalubong, a one-stop shop housing Cebu’s hard-to-find local delicacies and homemade varieties. It focuses mainly on pasalubongs, making it convenient for tourists to shop without having to wait for long lines in groceries and department stores. Let your loved ones back home enjoy what Cebu has to offer as well!
Life on a Flavored Runway

Ralfe Gourmet (Photography by Roriza Reyes-Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory, Dec-Jan 2015)

Ralfe Gourmet (Photography by Roriza Reyes: Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory, Dec-Jan 2015)

Get to know a chocolatier’s journey and sample Raquel Choa’s artisan chocolate boutique at Ralfe Gourmet in Topaz St., Casals Village, Mabolo. Set an appointment by e-mailing
The Style Cebu

Basilica Minore del Sto Nino (Photo by Snapholic: Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, June 2013)

Basilica Minore del Sto Nino (Photo by Snapholic: Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, June 2013)

“During Sinulog, I would suggest a visit to the famous Basilica Del Sto. Niño. For interior geeks like me, the beautiful mixture of Spanish Baroque, Greco-Roman and Neoclassic concepts of one of the oldest historical sites here in Cebu is a must-see!”
By Details

Pizza Republic-Photography by Marco Diala (Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory-Dec-Jan 2015)

Pizza Republic (Photography by Marco Diala: Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory-Dec-Jan 2015)

Be adventurous and create your own pizza masterpiece at Pizza Republic. Customers can dress their pizza with as many toppings as they want and choose from over 60 ingredients for a fixed price. The taste of the pizza really depends on the toppings, so carefully choose the ingredients that will taste good together. They also do ready-made pizzas for the less adventurous customers at the same price.
Lami Kaayo!

Camotes Island (Photography by Edd Buenaviaje-Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory, Dec-Jan. 2015)

Camotes Island (Photography by Edd Buenaviaje: Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory, Dec-Jan. 2015)

From a cool dip in the clear natural pool inside Timubo Cave and a swim in turquoise and sapphire waters of Santiago and Mangudlong Beaches, to a refreshing shower at Poro and Tudela Waterfalls and underwater adventures through snorkeling or diving, Camotes Island offers boundless activities that would surely marvel any nature lover. Don’t forget to watch out for the dolphins as you cross the Camotes Sea!
I Luv Cebu

Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory’s December 2014-January 2015 issue. Lead photo by Vincent Gallarde.


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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