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Good Food an Island Away


One of the hottest culinary destinations in Cebu today is the chain of native restaurants called Lantaw Native Restaurant. Lantaw is a Cebuano word which can mean a few things. The most common definition however, is ‘to look from a great distance.’ So, what’s so special about Lantaw? Well, aside from offering a wide variety of great-tasting food, the chain is also known for picking the most interesting locations. Their very first restaurant is located in Cordova. This restaurant, which is floating at the tip of the Day-As Wharf (yes, it’s floating,) offers an amazing view of the wonderful Metro Cebu skyline. The chain now has a total of three restaurants in Cebu. The second one is located in Barangay Garahe in Busay and the newest one at the South Road Properties. The chain remains faithful to its name as the Busay branch offers an exciting view of Cebu City, while the SRP branch gives guests a spectacular view of the Mactan Channel and Mactan Island. Lantaw owners, if you’re reading this, I suggest you open a branch at the very top of Crown Regency. I bet it would be a huge hit.

Anyway, in case you still haven’t been to this restaurant, here are some photos from my last visit. Although a little pricey for regular Juans like myself, the restaurant has great food, great view, and great ambiance. Highly recommended.

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Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant in Cordova, Cebu. Mangaon ta!

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Movenpick, At Last!


So, interesting story. Two weeks ago, I got an invite from the marketing head of Movenpick Resort and Spa in Mactan (previously Hilton.) If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll notice that the resort has been featured a couple of times since I discovered Olango (my new favorite.) So, anyway, Movenpick was recently awarded the Green Globe award. And to tell some bloggers and media guys about it, a small cocktail event was held.

You guys know that I live in Cebu City. And considering all the recent road repairs and stuff, the trip from Cebu to Mactan would take at least forty minutes. Which was why I left home at 5 pm. Surely, I wouldn’t miss the 6 pm cocktail event. Well… Hahaha!

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Movenpick is A-MA-ZING!

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Cordova


If you want to de-stress without having to shell out a fortune, go to Cordova. Only twenty minutes from Lapu-Lapu City, Cordova offers peace, quiet, and lotsa fresh air. And don’t forget the amazing food and the jaw-dropping view of Metro Cebu! Work has been crazy lately, so last Sunday, exactly one week after my Olango adventure, I drove all the way to Cordova to help me start another work week with nothing but positive vibes.

If you have time, give Cordova a visit. You’ll love it there!

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Cordova, Cebu

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A Different View


Last week, I got a chance to reach the rooftop of the Apple One building at the Cebu Business Park. In case you hadn’t heard yet, the Apple One building is one of the most popular destinations in Cebu City these days. The rooftop is currently occupied by a restaurant called Blue Elephant. Haven’t tried the restaurant coz I heard it’s really expensive. But they say that the view from up there is just so breath-taking that you end up not giving a shiz about the fat tab. Haha! Well, thankfully, a friend asked me to tag along when she went there to schedule a function. So, I didn’t have to shell out a fortune just to see the ‘golden view’ everyone is talking about.

So, let’s keep the ball rolling, shall we? Here are some photos from the top floor of Apple One at the Cebu Business Park. Enjoy!

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Now here’s a totally different view – Cebu City, as seen from the Cebu Business Park.

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Peace and Chaos in Olango


Okay, so last Sunday, I was looking for a little peace and quiet.  I don’t know why and how but out of all the possible options, I found myself driving (once again) towards the island of Mactan. And before I could even realize, I was headed towards the Mactan Shrine. I know it would’ve been a perfect opportunity to snap some shots of the small mangrove forest fronting the spot. But strangely, I didn’t stop at the parking lot. Instead, I continued driving towards Punta Engaño. Before long, I was at the gate of the ‘Hilton wharf’ (FYI – locals still refer to the hotel as Hilton even though the official name is already Movenpick) and chatting up the security guard about boat trips to Olango. You heard that right. It was already almost 4 and out of the many things that I could possibly do on a Sunday afternoon, I was seriously thinking about going to Olango. I know it sounds crazy but as I stood outside the perimeter fence of the wharf, I suddenly imagined myself driving through the small quiet roads of Olango. I was obviously just waiting for an encouragement. So, when the guard asked “Byahe ka Olango, sir? (Are you traveling to Olango Island, sir?)” my quick, confident reply was a solid and rather loud ‘Yes!’

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Late afternoon in Olango. Can’t get better than this.

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One Evening with the Chief


Last Saturday, I had this sudden urge to drive all the way to Mactan and visit one of my most favorite spots in Cebu. I seriously love the ‘Mactan Shrine’ in Barangay Mactan in the island of Mactan (it sounds so complicated, doesn’t it? Hehe.) Not only because I really think Datu Lapu-Lapu is so bad-ass but more importantly because the place never fails to put a smile on my face whenever things start to become tough. Now, whenever I get the chance, I always drop by the area. This park for me is not only a place for romantic dates and long chats with friends. It is also a place for introspection, recollection, and nostalgia.

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Check out the chieftain’s home in  Barangay Mactan in Mactan.

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