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When Gilt Sets You Free

An artisan lounge, a cocktail bar, a space to connect—call it what you may; Gilt is the new chic avenue for self-expression.

Jay Chiongbian

An artisan lounge, a cocktail bar, a space to connect—call it what you may; Gilt is the new chic avenue for self-expression. Owner Jay Chiongbian says that the idea for Gilt sparked from “a need to fill a gap that Cebu’s night life was missing.”

As one enters through the ground-level beer bar and moves up to the second-floor saloon and outdoor deck, it is hard not to appreciate the interiors that breathe life into Gilt. According to Jay, the process of arriving at the aesthetic was just as creative as the output, where he, his girlfriend Lani Taylor Pasquet who owns a business that manufactures exotic skins, and artist and interior designer Delphine de Lorme pooled in suggestions and left it up to Delphine to work her magic. The result is an explosion of whimsy that really works—traces of personal artifacts from the three creators, out-of-the box design ideas using recycled paraphernalia, and a showroom for local art that can be purchased while drinking with friends. Next up for Gilt’s clientele is a new menu they’re cooking up. “People will be interacting with the food much the same way they already do with the furniture and the art on display by allowing the items to appeal to each of their five senses,” Jay revealed.

  • GILT, Crossroads Mall, Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue, Banilad, Cebu City
  • Business hours: Monday to Saturday, 5pm to 2am
  • For reservations, call 6332. 416 2342.


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