Category: Feature

  • Jessie shares secrets to delicious Argao torta

    Jessie shares secrets to delicious Argao torta

    Baking the perfect Argao torta requires a confluence of several things, revealed one of the town’s top makers Jessie Magallones. The tuba (coconut wine) must be fresh and fermented just right so it is neither too sweet or sour. A clay oven or what Cebuanos call the “hurno” gives the best Argao torta results. Cooking […]

  • Cebu-wide digital tourism project launched in Argao

    Cebu-wide digital tourism project launched in Argao

    When someone mentions torta, I usually and immediately think of Argao because I associate this popular Cebu delicacy with the town. I’m sure a lot of Cebuanos do the same. Our frequent visits to Argao however have made me realize that its indigenous industries of torta and tableya, another specialty, are just one of the […]

  • Dong Juan offers great food at affordable price

    Dong Juan offers great food at affordable price

    Entrepreneur couple Aubrey and Barney Borja were on a mission when they started Dong Juan and that was to provide fine food at affordable prices to the average Pinoy. Six years on, Dong Juan continues to serve dishes made with only the choicest ingredients and finest herbs and spices. Take, for example, its best-selling burgers. […]

  • Camping out on Basdako beach in Moalboal

    Camping out on Basdako beach in Moalboal

    Sand is not the most comfortable of beds but our weekend camp-out on White Beach or Basdako in Moalboal, Cebu had its benefits. It was cheap as a tent cost only P500 to rent, afforded us a front seat to a spectacular view of the night sky, and gave us first crack at the morning […]

  • Marco Polo Plaza Cebu offers culinary treats at Cafe Marco

    Marco Polo Plaza Cebu offers culinary treats at Cafe Marco

    When they served my buko shake in its original green shell, I knew I would enjoy my lunch at Cafe Marco in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Anyone who spends extra effort on such details as presentation would pay even more attention to taste as well. I was right. I’m not that into food so it […]

  • Bathalad, InnoPub Media launch free Bisaya poetry e-book

    Bathalad, InnoPub Media launch free Bisaya poetry e-book

    Literary group Bathalad Inc. and journalism start-up InnoPub Media have released an e-book anthology of Cebuano poems for smartphones, tablets and e-readers.

  • The Linotype Machine: Hot affair blows cold

    The Linotype Machine: Hot affair blows cold

    (This article was written by Mayette Tabada for the CJJ Media Gallery and is reprinted here with permission) For generations, men slaved over heated metal for love of the printed word. Then the affair turned cold. Before the advent of computer-aided publication, newspapers were printed using a Linotype machine. When it was introduced in 1886, […]

  • Battle of Mactan: history and myth

    Battle of Mactan: history and myth

    This spot is revered by Mactan Island residents more than any other place. A marker says it was on that site that a man who had sought dominion over the island in the name of the Spanish king had died in the hands of the brave warrior chieftain Lapu-Lapu 485 years ago. Lapu-Lapu’s deed is […]

  • Cebuano musical heritage comes alive at Halad Museum

    Cebuano musical heritage comes alive at Halad Museum

    (Information for this article was provided by Halad Museum curator Audrey Tomada) Halad means “tribute” or “offering” in Cebuano and the Halad Museum of Jose “Dodong” R. Gullas in downtown Cebu City serves to immortalize Cebu’s musical heritage. The museum displays memorabilia of Cebuanos who contributed to the formation of Cebu’s musical culture with their […]

  • Cebu heritage walk showcases island’s history

    Cebu heritage walk showcases island’s history

    What tourists should include in their Cebu to do list is go on a heritage walk. Cebu City’s downtown area is a heritage belt of old churches, houses, and other structures that date back to its colonial Spanish past spanning no less than 300 years. These places are of walking distance from each other and […]

  • Hale Manna: House of Good Energy

    Hale Manna: House of Good Energy

    Nature never travels in a straight line and at Hale Manna, which is Hawaiian for House of Good Energy, great pains are taken to ensure that this natural order of things is followed. The ground is uneven and rocky and trees are planted to match this terrain, steps are carved from rocks to serve as […]

  • Cebu’s selection of white sand beaches

    Cebu’s selection of white sand beaches

    Cebu beaches are known for their fine white sand and clear waters. Being in the center of a long and narrow island that is 200 kilometers long and nowhere exceeding 40 kilometers in width, Cebu City is half an hour to a few hours away from white sand beaches, long coastlines, beautiful resorts, and paradise […]

  • Centuries-old churches in southern Cebu

    Centuries-old churches in southern Cebu

    Centuries-old churches of various architectural influences that were built during the Spanish occupation of Cebu can be found along the entire stretch of the mainland and even in satellite islands. A trip down Cebu’s southern part is a glimpse into the religious aspect of Spain’s influence on Cebuano heritage. Spanish period churches in souther towns […]

  • Cebu City’s heritage of churches

    Cebu City’s heritage of churches

    Cebu is an architectural feast of Spanish period churches in the styles of late Baroque, neoclassical, Greco-Roman, and Gothic or a combination of their elements. The Augustinians came with Spanish conqueror Miguel Lopez de Legazpi to the Philippines through Cebu in 1565 and zealously went about converting people to Christianity. Proof of their fervour is […]

  • Marian devotees flock to Mary’s shrine in Simala, Cebu

    Marian devotees flock to Mary’s shrine in Simala, Cebu

    A popular pilgrimage destination of Marian devotees in Cebu is Mary’s shrine in the village of Simala in Sibonga. The shrine is located inside an imposing and huge 3-level concrete structure that Fra. Ma. Martin call as Sanctuary Castle of Mama Mary, which also houses the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist Church. Fra. Ma. Martin, […]

  • Moalboal in Cebu hosts over 10 dive sites

    Moalboal in Cebu hosts over 10 dive sites

    When people talk of diving in Cebu, they usually mention the small town of Moalboal in the province’s southwestern coast that is famous for the thousands of sardines that have come to populate its seas. Italian Sergio Forti, who manages a dive resort named Sampaguita in Moalboal’s Panagsama Beach or what they call Bas Diot […]

  • Cordova’s bakasi and other bounties from the sea

    Cordova’s bakasi and other bounties from the sea

    Text and Photos by Boboi Costas The bakasi (saltwater eel) thrives abundantly in the town of Cordova, Mactan Island, a 45-minute drive from the city of Cebu. In taxonomic classification, eels belong to the Muranidae family which includes 200 species in 15 genera. In Buwagsong, Cordova, a local fishing community; the bakasi is a prized […]

  • Smart, MyCebu.ph to deliver info on tourism, heritage sites through phone scanning

    Smart, MyCebu.ph to deliver info on tourism, heritage sites through phone scanning

    Philippine wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and Cebu-based website MyCebu.ph have partnered to deliver information on tourism and heritage sites to mobile phones and tablets through quick response or QR code scanning. The project is being undertaken in partnership with the Department of Tourism. Smart and MyCebu.ph will place special markers on tourism and […]

  • Sto. Nino pilgrims find a place to stay in Cebu

    Sto. Nino pilgrims find a place to stay in Cebu

    Cebu’s Fiesta Senyor or feast of the Sto. Nino draws devotees from all over, and thousands converge every January in Cebu City to fulfill a “panaad” (devotion). There are pilgrims, however, who do not have relatives here and cannot afford to pay for rooms so the City Government puts up a “Devotee City” every Sinulog […]

  • Magellan’s cross symbolizes conversion

    Magellan’s cross symbolizes conversion

    This small octagonal structure in downtown Cebu City may appear unimpressive, but it houses a valuable relic and marks an important spot for Cebuanos. Enclosed in tindalo wood inside the octagonal kiosk is what is left of the original cross that Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan planted in Sugbu (now Cebu) some 490 years ago. The […]