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The top five reasons to visit The Tinder Box

What started out as a quaint cigarette and cigar boutique has since evolved over the years into a prime destination that has a lot to offer.

A tinderbox literally means something readily ignited. While the same may hold true for The Tinder Box sparking passion for quality food and fine wine, we’d like to think of the place as a Pandora’s Box of sorts, provoking curiosity. After all, what started out as a quaint cigarette and cigar boutique has since evolved over the years into a prime destination that has a lot to offer.

Here are top five reasons to visit The Tinder Box.

A stylish, sophisticated lifestyle destination in the heart of the city

The Morals Lounge

The Morals Lounge

The Tinder Box features a clean modernist architectural design, with all-white interiors serving as the perfect backdrop for the delicatessen and grocery’s colorful offerings. The wine cellar portion has an ambiance that’s both cozy and luxurious.

On the second floor, Anzani Prime continues the place’s pristine look, with conversation-starter bull heads of varying finishes mounted on one side and splashes of color in the form of murals.

Adjacent to Anzani Prime is Morals & Malice. The Malice Bar’s interiors were designed by Kenneth Cobonpue—the world-renowned designer’s first full-scale installation over a decade ago. The organic cocoon, created using steel and hand-tied bamboo with rattan, is complemented by a lit onyx flooring by Archt. Ed Calma. On the other end, the Morals Lounge gives a Garden of Eden vibe with accents ingeniously made out of up cycle blinds. It has trees springing from tables, and glass walls to allow natural light to come in.


The most comprehensive offering of steaks in the city at Anzani Prime

The Black Angus MB3 flat iron hanging tender from Anzani Prime

The Black Angus MB3 flat iron hanging tender from Anzani Prime (Photography: Oliver Echevarria)

Chef Marco and wife Kate Anzani’s latest venture is dedicated to highlighting meat in its best element. Anzani Prime, at the second floor of The Tinder Box, offers the most comprehensive listing in terms of cut, grading and aging. The beef is sourced from the finest cattle in the U.S., Australia in Japan, including the U.S. Ribeye Special, the signature Certified Angus Beef, MB3 Grade Wagyu Tenderloin, and the utterly indulgent Full Blooded MB 7 Grade Wagyu 600 Day Rotation Rump.


Quality cold cuts and sumptuous dishes at The Tinder Box

The Tinder Box

The Tinder Box

What started out as a smoke shop specializing in imported cigarettes and cigars has evolved into a whole new dining experience fusing elegance and comfort. There is an ample selection of cold cuts to go with your wine, and The Tinder Box also has a menu that caters to the tastes of both foreigners and locales. Additionally, the grocery is bountiful in international goods, from condiments to jams and more.


Craft coffee and cocktails at Morals & Malice

The Malice Bar

The Malice Bar

Morals is a lounge that highlights craft coffee and coffee cocktails. A first for the local scene is the craft coffee using beans specially chosen by coffee connoisseur Glenn Soco, and coffee cocktails which are harmoniously blended cups of caffeine with a hint of alcohol. They use customized blends from Brazil and Indonesia. A must-try is the Pumped Spice Latte which is a crafted white pumpkin rum with coffee liqueur and steamed milk topped with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.

Malice pioneers a craft cocktail culture which is already a hit in Europe. The bar has a wide selection of handcrafted signature cocktails made from plant-based home infusions and local ingredients, all creative exclusively by mixologist Kalel Demetrio and Lee Watson. The Burning Bush, comprised of ginger liqueur, fig syrup, Yoichi single-malt whiskey, Makers Mark bourbon, salinated herb, lemon, and a burnt rosemary twig, is definitely one of the most unique cocktails this side of the country.


An impressive array of wines from Bibendum at the wine cellar

The Bibendum Wine Cellar

The Bibendum Wine Cellar (Photography: Oliver Echevarria)

Another recent addition to The Tinder Box is the Bibendum Wine Cellar. Bibendum Wines is a leading source of a wide selection of quality fine wines from across the globe, meaning there’s always something for whatever occasion you may find yourselves in The Tinder Box for.


Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Banilad
Open 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

6332. 234 1681 | Facebook | Instagram

6332. 888 7921 | Facebook | Instagram

Open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Morals),
6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on weekdays, 3:00 a.m. on weekends (Malice)

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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.

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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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